Another guest post from Kate Kurtz who is attending IDUG for the first time. I’m really glad that she’s doing this for me as I can’t be there this year.
Phew! The time is flying by and my only regret is that I do not have enough time to attend all the sessions. I also should have brought more comfortable shoes! Today I was lucky enough to get to see Matt Huras (Distinguished Engineer, DB2 Development) speak. He was discussing "The latest from the Lab and Customers on DB2 pureScale".
Matt was able to take a complicated concept and explain it in a simple straightforward way, making it easy to understand. In his session he mapped all the things that you know about how to manage a traditional DB2 LUW environment, to how they are implemented in DB2 pureScale, and the differences. The management concepts are straightforward, and wherever possible processes are automated. The complicated part (which does not affect the user) is the technology behind the scenes that makes it all work. With a simple, straightforward manner and excellent automated build slides, Matt made all the technology easy to understand.
Recently there have been some best practice papers published for DB2 pureScale, so if you want to read more, take a look:
In the afternoon, Kelly Rodger and I ran the session "Best Practices for Your Database Recovery Strategy". It was lively session with lots of questions from the audience. As you can imagine, database recovery planning is something that people are very passionate about. All the concepts that we covered in the session are discussed in detail, in the best practice paper: "Building a Recovery Strategy for an IBM Smart Analytics System Data Warehouse". We also added some additional content about compression which we plan in incorporating in the next update to the paper.
The presentations are amazing and IDUG is excellent networking opportunity. In addition to that, while you are IDUG you can take the DB2 Certification exams for free. What a great opportunity to test what you know!
A note about the certifications at IDUG. Roger Sanders has a new book for DB2 9.7 Certification Exams coming soon. We were hoping it would be done for IDUG, but alas. The latest DB Magazine has an article about Roger & certification that you might want to read.
Susan Lawson and Dan Lutsetich have also updated their DBA Certification for DB2 10. The book will be ready in June, so check back for ordering information.
For more live coverage of the IDUG conference, see Leon Katsnelson’s blog entries, check out the DBI Live Feed, the IDUG Daily Summary, and of course the best blog aggregotor, http://planetdb2.com/.
PS… speaking of Roger Sanders, I’m reviewing the last chapter for his upcoming book “From Idea to Print”. See a blog entry I wrote about part of the book: Campus Visit: How to improve technical writing skills. Anyway, the chapter I’m reading is about the author contract and how to best negotiate the terms so that they are favourable to the author. I am completely blown away by the content and think that this chapter alone will sell the book!