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As usual, IBM Champions are well represented at IDUG this year. Gain knowledge from this group of talented and hardworking people, who I consider IBM’s best friends!
I’ve done my best to pull out all the sessions that IBM Champions are taking part in at the
IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA 2013
April 29th - May 3rd, 2013
If I missed any, please let me know and I’ll update this entry.
Monday April 29 - Full Day Educational Seminars
Tuesday April 30: Technical Sessions
Wednesday May 1: Technical Sessions
Thursday May 2: Technical Sessions
Friday May 3: Technical Sessions
* Originally published on July 30, 2012 by Crysta Anderson at MasteringDataManagement.
Champion for DB2 Bjarne Nelson has trained DB2 users around the globe,
from his home in Switzerland to multiple Korean engagements. Regardless
of location, though, Bjarne bonds with students who really want to learn
how to get more out of DB2.
1985, Bjarne has consulted in multiple industries, becoming an IBM Gold
Consultant in 1996 and working closely with IBM Labs. He also serves on
the IDUG Board of Directors and has chaired the European Conference.
know Bjarne by his nickname, Kermit. Of course, we had to ask the
origin of the moniker. Bjarne explained that he once had long hair, a
“very green car,” and did a spot-on impression of Kermit the Frog as he
introduced his rock band to crowds.
name stuck, as has the role of mainframes. Bjarne disagrees that
mainframes are going the way of the dinosaur. He explains, “Of course
there are huge changes in technology, but the mainframe is capable of
still surviving. It’s probably the longest living platform that we have
in IT…that continues to maintain its virtue of stability, performance,
high scalability. And at the same time, you can still build modern
programming paradigm applications,” while letting the data reside safely
on a “good old mainframe.”
while mainframes persist, organizations face evolving compliance and
security needs that require new software and solutions. Bjarne has found
DB2 10’s new features very helpful for meeting these needs, though new
software means migrations.
all have to go through migrations,” Bjarne noted, explaining that
conference and web sessions dealing with migration topics and best
practices tend to stand the test of time long after their original
presentation. Such migrations – which may lag several years after a
release – make it more important than ever to collaborate throughout the
migration is an educational experience, Bjarne said, and afterwards,
many “are proud of what they know” and want to share their insights.
Hence, Bjarne has worked with IDUG to assemble a content committee that
shares information between conferences. The resulting IDUG DB2 Tech Channel on BrightTalk has proved very popular, with more than 1200 technical webcasts ready for viewing.
that doesn’t mean conferences are going away. Face-to-face
conversations and the opportunity to ask questions are very valuable.
Bjarne explained, “If you go to an IDUG conference and pick up 3 or 5
good things you can go home and implement…that’s enough to pay for a
conference because quite often, it’s the issues you’d otherwise spend
hours and hours trying to solve yourself.”
his spare time, Bjarne is an avid SCUBA diver, particularly in the Red
Sea, and has an impressive music collection that he uses to bridge the
generation gap with his children and granddaughter, Naia, when she gets
old enough to choose her own music.
year, David Pittman and Crysta Anderson interviewed many of our IBM
Champions and created a series of blog entries and podcasts on
“MasteringDataManagement". This site is going away, but I thought the
content was still very valuable.
a result, I have permission to republish these articles on my blog. I
plan to do one every day or so until I’ve finished. Here are the
entries I plan to publish:
- Bjarne Nelson
- Phil Gunning
- Roger Sanders
- From Idea to Print
- Cuneyt Goksu
- Julian Stuhler
- Martin Hubel
- Bonnie Baker
- Iqbal Goralwalla
- Alex Philp
- Dan Luksetich
- Dave Beulke
- Isaac Yassin
- Cristian Molaro
- David Birmingham
- Kim May
- Fred Sobotka
- Sheryl Larsen
- Scott Hayes
- Mike Martin
I’ll update the entries if necessary and will add links to this page so you can easily find out about our awesome IBM Champions!
Thanks to Crysta and David for all their hard work. I hope you find this series as valuable as I do.
bet you do! If you follow my blog, you know that I often promote the
fabulous work that our champions do to support IBM’s products. I like
to call the champions IBM’s Best Friends!
Just announced today, the nominations for the 2013 IBM Champion for Information Management program are now open (worldwide) and are being accepted through February 28, 2013.
Candidates may be nominated by another individual or they may
self-nominate at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Nomination2013 .
The official call for nominations information:
applications will be reviewed and approved solely on the efforts of
one’s community contributions, we are especially interested in
applicants outside the United States.
are looking for individuals - customers, business partners,
consultants, professors/students - who demonstrate a strong impact
within the community in some of the following ways....
Information Management offerings in the community with competence and
credibility (content, blogs, presentations, customer references,
analyst/press, videos/podcasts, etc.)
knowledge with and provide support to the community (books, articles,
blogs, forums, IBM Redbooks, presentations, education etc.).
- Nurture Information Management communities (online communities, social groups, user groups, regional user groups, etc.)
A list of current 2012 IBM Champions
To get an idea of some of the work that Champions are appreciated for, take a look at some of my previous blog entries:
Attend IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2013 - Apr 29 - May 3, 2013 in Orlando, Florida
- Many of the speakers at this conference are IBM Champions, including
Craig Mullins, Bonnie Baker, Martin Hubel, Scott Hayes, Roger Sanders,
Judy Nall, Susan Lawson, Fred Sobotka, and many more!
DB2 Symposiums 2013
- Many of the champions who take part at large IDUG events, also take
part in more regional events like the DB2 Symposiums. Klaas Brant is
the leader in these education sessions.
Check out these Rising Stars in the DB2 Community!
- I’m not sure how many of these “rising stars” are currently
champions, but I think each and everyone of them should be nominated!
What's Happening in Your DB2 World?
- In December, I was having much fun reaching out to many of the
champions who I interact with via twitter and asking them about the DB2
activities they were involved with.
Best Selling Books, 2012 and Many IBM Champions are Authors -
Many of our champions have written books, which I’m very happy about!
I have more writing opportunities as well, so if you’re interested, you
know where to find me!
Become a DB2 evangelist by being speaker!
- IBM Champion Scott Hayes takes part in the DB2 community in many
important ways, but I think that his grooming of future speakers /
experts is outstanding. Perhaps taking part in this competition is a
first step in becoming a champion!
Three DB210 for LUW Certification Exams are now available
- Have you ever considered who creates the questions on these exams?
Would you be surprised if I said IBM Champions did? People like
Rebecca Bond, Roger Sanders, Dan Luksetich, Judy Nall, Susan Lawson, and
others are critical to the success of the certification program.
IBM Champions at IOD: A perfect match and More IBM Champions - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again... without champions, would there even be an IBM Information on Demand Conference?
haven’t mentioned every champion, but be sure, they are very
appreciated. If you think you contribute in ways such as these, be sure
to nominate yourself or ask someone to nominate you.
you have worked with me and I’ve promoted the work that you’ve done,
feel free to use me as a reference, but give me a heads up. I look
forward to working with all the IBM Champions who I can in the coming
I focused on what an outstanding job our IBM Champions do to enhance
the acceptance and usage of IBM products. Check out my posts:These
entries took a lot of research and the chances of me missing someone
was high. And of course, I did miss a few people who I actually know
quite well! My apologies to these people and any others I have missed!Frank Fillmore
will be a panelist with IBM SVP Robert LeBlanc at the 4245A Break Free
Forum on Monday, October 22 from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m in the Four
Seasons Ballroom. Also check out Frank’s blog.I had mentioned Cristian Molaro, but neglected to mention that he will be available to sign copies of the IBM Redbook that he was recently involved with: Tell me if you want me to blog about you or be a guest blogger. I’m very happy to promote the activities of all IBM Champions.Susan
usual, host & IBM Champion Scott Hayes has some interesting shows
lined up on his award winning webinar series: The DB2Night Show.October 5, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM"You CAN Teach an Old Programmer New Tricks” with Bonnie Baker, IBM DB2 Gold Consultant October 12, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMBREAKING NEWS from IBM!
Special guest, Les King, Director, Information Management Solutions
& Warehouse Development at IBM, tells us he'll have some exciting
"breaking" news to share! October 19, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM“The Joys of Big Data” with Dave Beulke If
you’ve missed any of the shows in the past, remember that they have
been recorded and are available for you to watch anytime you like. Here
are a few that I’ve blogged about in the past:Happy Learning!Susan