Today was the second show of the finals for the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition. I wasn’t able to participate, so IBM Champion, Cristian Molaro filled in for me. Like many of you, I’m listening to the replay a few days after the live show.
If you didn’t participate live, I strongly encourage you to watch the replay. We had the top 10 contestants from Round 1 present 4-minute technical presentations to us. Once again, we ended up with very high quality presentations from very experienced users of DB2 products.
The control is now in the hands of you, the audience. You must vote for who you think should go on in the upcoming shows. Here’s what you need to do. If you were in the audience, vote in the survey provided for who you thought was the best. If you weren’t able to make it to the show today, watch the replay, and then VOTE. The top 6 contestants based on your votes will present again on March 30 and the judges will save one contestant from the bottom 4 (again based on your votes). Don’t watch just to vote, watch to learn great DB2 tips as well as examples of excellent presentation skills. Here’s a summary of what happened:
Contestant 1 – Yonghang
DB2COS and Related Commands
Yonghang had a slide for “what is db2cos”, but I wasn’t able to figure out from his presentation as to what this command is and what it is used for. Most of his presentation centered around customizing the command to use it most efficiently. Yonghang was nervous during his presentation, but the judges found that the command was a little known command and the presentation was useful.
Contestant 2 – Rodolfo
Discovering DETAIL Option in DISPLAY Command
Rodolfo chose to present about the DB2 for z/OS command and its options. The DETAIL option is only available on DB2 V10. This was a good topic with good slides with pointers to additional information. Clear and to the point. Examples were easy to follow. Cristian mentioned that there is also a Redpaper about this topic. You can follow Rodolfo on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/_rodc
Contestant 3 – Kingo
DB2 for z/OS Access Path Verification by REBIND command
Kingo, being from Japan, missed that North America is now on daylight savings time. We’ll have to be sure to warn international contestants when times change in the future. Very good presentation about how you can clone your system and find the differences.
Contestant 4 – Richard
Unfortunately Richard has needed to leave the competition due to workload pressures.
Contestant 5 – Kohli
Command was clearly defined regarding its purpose and when to use it. I liked that he showed how he uses the command and why. Very good presentation with a summary and good examples. The format of the presentation was perfect for this type of venue. Succinct and clear. Great job!
Contestant 6 – Elder
DB2top Collector, Auto-Performance Analysis, and Replay Options
Very clear definition of the command and why you’d want to use it. He contained his presentation by discussing only 3 options that are available for this command. He got caught up a bit in the introduction and ran out of time for some of his examples, but otherwise it was a very good presentation.
Contestant 7 – Brian
Top 10 db2pd
Intro was excellent and humorous! The history of the command was also interesting. Brian presented on the top ten options that he uses on a regular basis. Interesting and dynamic slides with animation. Clearly presented with the command, option, along with an example. Brian clearly has much experience using this command and its options. Brian tweets at https://twitter.com/#!/fairchild_db2 and blogs at http://bit.ly/yGpae2 .
Contestant 8 – Ember
DB2caem: The Untold Story
Ember gave a clear introduction to the command and its benefits and then wondered aloud what this command is doing to her databases. Her presentation focused on this. She does a fine job investigating the command to find out how it does what it does. She gives very clear conclusions regarding the consequences of using the command, and give all sides of the story. As usual, Ember did a very fine job with her slides, presentation, and was enthusiastic and professional throughout. This is a relatively new command, so the topic was very valuable to all. Ember tweets ember_crooks & blogs http://db2commerce.com/.
Contestant 9 – Jean
Dynamically Generating Scripts and Control Cards
Jean worked with her colleague Chuck to create this presentation, but she presented on her own. Again this was a cross-platform topic. Clearly Jean and Chuck have much experience using this command and its options. They clearly defined the command and when it is used and how it helps. A lot of information was given, very clearly, in only 4 minutes. Conclusion: If you are a DBA and know your SQL, you can perform miracles. Some of the SQL showed new features of the product.
Contestant 10 – Douglas
DB2 LUW 9.7 CLPplus Command Line Processor
The preamble to Doug’s presentation was very interesting. We know from Doug’s previous appearances on this show that he is a DB2 & Oracle expert. Doug’s screen saver is a photo of a motorcycle he received as a birthday gift upon the return from an Oracle conference. He then gave us a couple of interesting comments about the conference. I’ll let you listen to the replay to hear what those comments are! The presentation focused on why you’d want to use CLPplus versus CLP. Great slides, clearly presented topic, but he ran out of time unfortunately.
The judges, Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant, and Cristian were asked to save one of the bottom 3 presenters based on the voting from the past two weeks. It was a tough decision, but the judges decided to save Rodolfo! Congratulations!
While the judges were deliberating, Scott showed us some of the amazing feedback people have been providing about the contestants, the show and of course the learning opportunities. Keep giving feedback, we find it very helpful!
96% of the listening audience said they learned something new today. How about you, listening to the replay? Did you learn something new?
Now the control is with you the listeners. After you watch the replay, VOTE! I’m glad I don’t get to choose… there is such great talent appearing on this show that it will be very difficult to choose.
March has one more show for the finals where those who have moved on will present for the final time and the audience can choose the winner. Be sure to join us March 30. If you get reminders for March 23, please ignore this reminder.
Thanks to host Scott Hayes for this opportunity for me as a judge and for the contestants for helping them build technical presentation skills that are so valuable.
For details on the prizes for this competition… and a summary of last year’s event… see my blog entry: http://ibm.co/AnZxb4
See also: DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 1
PS… If you are in the NY area, make sure you look into attending the DB2 Symposium that is taking place March 28-30 in this area. See DB2 Symposium for details.