IDUG EMEA took place in Prague a few weeks ago and like all European conferences, it was fun and educational. In some ways it feels like a DB2 reunion as well since it is much smaller than other conferences that I attend. This makes it easy to connect with people and to catch up since we last got together.
Personally I have a few stories I’d like to share with you, but not now. Now I’d like to tell you about meeting "DB2’s Got Talent” winner Norberto. This was a trip of “firsts” for Norberto: his first time in Europe, first IDUG, and likely a few other firsts as well. If you missed the conference, I strongly encourage you to join Friday’s DB2 Night Show episode where you can hear directly from Norberto about his trip, what he learned, and what he thought of IDUG.
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The DB2Night Show Episode #64: Things I Learned at IDUG EMEA with DB2's GOT TALENT Winner Norberto Filho
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 EST
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During this unique episode of The DB2Night Show, Norberto will share with our audiences many of the most interesting things that he learned while attending IDUG EMEA.
Refresh your memory on the absolutely wonderful series of “DB2’s Got Talent” Shows:
First Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Second Episode of DB2 has Talent
Third Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Fourth Episode of "DB2 has Talent"
DB2's Got Talent - March 11 Episode
DB2's Got Talent - 3rd Episode of the Finals
DB2’s Got Talent Finale
DB2, DB2Night Show and IDUG as viewed by JB
Tips for DBAs from Guest Blogger Norberto.... DB2's Got Talent contestant
And the winner of the DB2's Got Talent Competition is….
PS. I’ve completely lost my voice due to a bad cold. I’m glad Norberto is presenting and not me. You likely wouldn’t be able to hear my whispers :)
Here are the InfoSphere sessions that you can attend while at the conference (user submissions in this colour):
748: Making Your CIO Successful with Analytics, Greg Lotko, IBM, IBM, Cross Platform
434: DB2 Z/OS V8 Data Warehouse Conversion to DB2 LUW 9.5, William Gannon, Palm Beach County School District, Company/Organization That Uses DB2, Cross Platfor
785: Introduction to Smart Analytics for DB2 & Power Systems, IBM, IBM, Eddie Daghelian, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
786: Infosphere Warehouse Deep Dive, Bill O'Connell, IBM, IBM, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
793: Maximizing the Value of DB2 for z/OS in Data Warehousing, Beth Hamel, IBM, IBM, DB2 for z/OS
784: Mainframe DB2 Data Warehousing 2010, Robert Catterall, Catterall Consulting, Consultant, DB2 for z/OS
351: Solving Warehouse Source Data Issues Using DB2 on z/OS , Robert Goodman, Florida Hospital, Company/Organization That Uses DB2, DB2 for z/OS
339: DB2 in the Cloud: The Hottest Topic for 2010, IBM, IBM, Leon Katsnelson, Cross Platform
534: IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer -- Not Your Father's Database System!, Guy Lohman, IBM, IBM, DB2 for z/OS
481: Best Practices for Query Performance In a Data Warehouse, Calisto Zuzarte IBM, IBM, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
391: Introducing IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer - DB2 Performance Revolution, Namik Hrle, IBM, IBM, DB2 for z/OS
You can view session details and build your curriculum with the on-line conference scheduler.
While you're at the conference, stop by the conference bookstore and consider picking up a copy of:
This is the only book with a large amount of InfoSphere content, including coverage for the following products:
* InfoSphere MDM Server
* InfoSphere MDM Server for PIM
* InfoSphere Traceability Server
* InfoSphere Dynamic Warehouse
* InfoSphere Streams
* InfoSphere Dynamic Warehouse
* InfoSphere Foundation Tools
* InfoSphere Information Server
* 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.
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I found a guest blogger for today who can navigate through all the amazing IDUG sessions and recommend the best for a person who is from the z/OS side of the house. Thanks to Rebecca Bond for being my guest blogger for the LUW sessions: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!
Before I pass the baton to my guest blogger Beth Zlotky, I’d like to thank Suresh Sane for connecting me to Beth. Now, here’s Beth:
Greetings IDUG bloggers. As an IDUG NA attendee for the past two years, I'm very much looking forward to a repeat great experience in Anaheim. The friendly atmosphere in the hallways, at the sessions, and, let's face it, while dining too, has made the week very comfortable and enjoyable for me in the past. For those of you perhaps new to the conference, you may be surprised at how quickly you start recognizing familiar faces. The value of the information presented in the sessions and while networking with peers makes this a fantastic learning experience.
My particular role at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is that of a DB2 for z/OS systems programmer; thus, my session choices tend to lean towards overall subsystem performance, migration experiences, etc. That said, I'm always eager to also get familiar with those new features available to the DBAs and developers in new releases. (Of note, for you developers – I've had the privilege of hearing both of Suresh Sane's sessions in our area User Group meetings: B15 – DB2 Design Selected (Controversial?) Topics and E10 – DB2 10 Application Topics – A Sneak Preview. Go. It'll be well worth your time).
I'm fortunate this year to be able to attend one of the Monday sessions: Z03 – Optimizing DB2 for z/OS System Performance Using DB2 Statistics Trace, with John Campbell. By the way, did you know that if you attended an IDUG Regional Event in 2010, you can use the monies paid as a credit towards the IDUG 2011 NA conference? In our case, the credit nearly covered the cost of the Monday session.
In these days of ever-tightening budgets, I feel very thankful for the opportunity to use precious training dollars. I want to say thank you to my employer by thinking, "what sessions will best help me to help our company?" Of course, my track leans heavily towards z/OS, and our shop in particular has embraced (and is continuing to develop in this direction) distributed Java apps running under WebSphere on UNIX, using DB2 on Z as the data server. I'm constantly trying to better understand how those apps access DB2 on Z and how we can improve performance from a subsystem perspective. There are some great sessions along those lines this year. I've yet to completely flesh out my week's agenda, but have identified these for sure:
- Z03: Optimizing DB2 for z/OS System Performance Using DB2 Statistics Trace. John Campbell
- B02: Mastering Distributed Access to DB2 for z/OS. Cristian Molaro.
- A03: Continuous Monitoring of Dynamic Queries. Thomas Baumann.
- A04: IBM Reorg Utility and RTS – A Smooth Transition. Paul Walters.
- B05: The DB2 V10 Catalog – A Revolution. Steen Rasmussen.
- B06: DB2 for z/OS Migration Planning Survival Guide. Linda Claussen.
- F07: DB2 10 for z/OS – John Deere's Beta Experience. Bryan Paulsen.
- G08: Early Experiences with DB2 10 Metrics/Metadata. Terry Berman.
- B10: DB2 10 for z/OS Planning and Very Early Experiences. John Campbell.
- A11: A DB2 Hitchhikers Guide to RMF and SMF. Frank Petersen.
- B12: Omegamon PDB – Exploit the Power of the PDB to Solve Performance Issues. Billy Sundarrajan.
- A14: Cost Control Methods for DB2 for z/OS Workloads. Mary Beth Jeffords.
- G15: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Distributed Access to DB2 for z/OS. Cristian Molaro.
If you see a "Beth Zlotky" name tag, please say hello. It's always nice to compare notes and share experiences. See you in Anaheim.
Thanks so much Beth! I’m sure this will help people choose the best sessions out of the wonderful selection that is available. For details on the sessions, see my blog entry All about IDUG DB2 Tech Conference – Anaheim.
Sadly I’m not at IDUG this year. I’ll definitely miss many very special people, the education, the networking, and the dine around event. For those of you who are there, let us know how it is going, and get full use out of your visit!
My good friend Kate Kurtz is attending IDUG this year. It is her first time and she is presenting a session. I’ve asked her to guest blog for me while the conference is going on. This is the first of her entries. I hope you enjoy:
My name is Katherine Kurtz, and it is my first time going to IDUG!
Susan invited me to write some guest blogs, to give the inside scoop on the various sessions at IDUG and what the experience is like. I work with a great team of people developing best practices for the IBM Smart Analytics System and InfoSphere Warehouse Environments, and I am currently a manager for DB2 and IBM Smart Analytics System Information Development.
I really believe that we should educate people - ourselves and our customers - about the best way to use our products, which is how I ended up submitting several sessions to IDUG. (Note to self: Be careful what you ask for! Preparation for IDUG was about 5x more work than I expected). Best Practices are all about taking what is tried and tested in the field, putting it together with the future directions our development team is working on and then working together to make a great product even better.
I love what I do - and it is great to always be learning.
It is the night before I leave and I am currently building my checklist.
- presentations ready? check (well - maybe not quite, I think I still want to tweak a few things)
- packed? check
- American $$ , just in case I get to go shopping... :-) check
What will I be doing while I am at IDUG?
I have two sessions I am co-presenting. Warehouse Best Practices In Action - The IBM Smart Analytics System and also Best Practices for Building a Recovery Strategy for your Data Warehouse. I was also asked to participate in a Special Interest Group panel discussion, focusing on Data Warehousing. I am sure there will be lots of interesting debate - and I hope I can think on my feet! There is also the first timer luncheon on Wednesday - where I get to go as an IDUG first timer and as an IBMer, plus I get food, which is always a good thing.
One of the things I liked the most about IOD last fall (which was also the first time I attended IOD) was the conversations I had with customers I met during different sessions. It was always interesting to hear their point of view, and I think it really changes the way I think about the products that we are developing. I hope IDUG will be the same way - lots of great discussions, and chance to learn a lot from others.
If you are attending IDUG, please be sure to stop by and say hi,
Thanks Kate! Looking forward to hearing more from you.
Others who are at IDUG and are blogging include:
Rebecca Bond: What do your car keys, Nemo and IDUG NA have in common?
There already seems to be a lot of traction for the hash tag #IDUG, so I put together a web page that searches for Twitter updates containing #IDUG. It’s pretty cool: http://bit.ly/kW3MoM or http://www.dbisoftware.com/idugna11.php
This tracks something like the newest/most recent 50 tweets, 8 second continuous updates.
Cristian Molaro: DBBuzz
See my previous entries about the conference. If you are there and would like me to blog about your experiences, let me know :)
Just a bit more about IDUG
Guest blogger: Beth – What IDUG Sessions are recommended in the DB2 for z/OS track?
All about IDUG DB2 Tech Conference - Anaheim
Rebecca Bond: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!
Budgeting for IDUG North America conference as viewed by the DB2 Locksmith
PS… If you see Roger Miller, please give him a big kiss goodbye as he is retiring very soon …
Join the “one of the best speaker presentations at IDUG North America
” webcast that is taking place tomorrow, Nov 2, free of charge.
This webcast will be kicked off by Jeremy Dodd, the current IDUG
President. Jeremy will provide an overview of IDUG and then introduce Suresh Sane
. Suresh presented one of the best presentations this year at the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2011 in Anaheim – DB2 10 Application Topics—A DB2 10 Customer's Experience
. Suresh has updated his presentation since the May conference and has added even more experiences and best practices. He has also recently shared his experiences at IBM Information On Demand Conference
in Las Vegas.
Gain valuable insight on the DB2 10 user experience such as:
- How temporal tables can simplify your code
- How hash access can speed up queries against large tables
- How new SQL features can help
- How access path determination is now smarter
- How concurrency can be improved without sacrificing integrity
This presentation is offered as a webcast for those who missed the IDUG conference in May. The feedback from customers for this presentation has been excellent and IDUG wanted to give you all an opportunity to learn directly from a DB2 10 customer and get insight on the top DB2 10 features. This webcast is particularly a must-see for Application Developers and Database Administrators and is filled with rich content, helpful hints and tips.
Join this interactive webcast and be among the first to learn how the top DB2 10 features can help your business succeed!
Jeremy has been an active volunteer with IDUG since 2000 as a conference presenter, moderator, Conference Planning Committee member, and had a two-year run as Conference Chair of IDUG Europe (2005-2006). His assignments on the Conference Planning Committee included leading the presentations, marketing, vendor liaison teams. Professionally, Jeremy is a Consultant within the Database Technologies area within Accenture and has 10 years of DB2 for Linux/UNIX/Windows (LUW) experience.
DST Systems, Inc.
Suresh Sane is an IDUG Hall of Fame speaker who has lectured worldwide and co-authored 4 IBM Redbooks (Dynamic SQL, Stored Procedures, Data Integrity and DB2 Packages). He was recognized as an IBM Information Champion in 2009 and 2010. He is a long-time IDUG volunteer and was the Conference Chair for IDUG NA 2008. He recently served on the IDUG Board of Directors.
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Thanks again to Kate Kurtz who is guest blogging for me this week as a first time attendee & presenter at IDUG.
Today was my last full day at IDUG. There are still some sessions tomorrow, but I have an early flight, so I won't be able to attend any of them. I really hope I can make it back to IDUG next year - it was an amazing experience and I had a wonderful time. I am already thinking of topics! :-)
First up today was Haider Rizvi's session on "IBM Smart Analytics System - A Technical Update". Haider invited me to cover a section in that presentation as well, and it was great to have another opportunity to present and participate in the customer discussions. I covered the overview section, and then Haider did a deep dive into the architecture and design of the IBM Smart Analytics System. The people in the room loved it, and there were a lot of questions about the system design and how to plan for system growth with multiple generations of an IBM Smart Analytics System.
Later on in the day I attended Albert Grankin's session, "DB2 LUW Operational Performance Troubleshooting - Finding CPU Bottlenecks". Albert's session was very detailed, giving a thorough overview of the tools you can use for performance analysis, as well as really good case study through which he illustrated how to use all the utilities he introduced in the first part of his session. There was also some solid common sense tips:
- Make sure you collect baseline information so you know what "normal" is for your environment.
- Plan a data collection strategy - don't wait until you have a problem.
I also attended Chris Eaton's session, "Workload Optimized Systems: Don't Run a Marathon in High Heels". A great title and a great session! Chris' session was a competitive analysis of Oracle Exadata, the IBM pureScale Application System and the IBM Smart Analytics System. I asked Chris afterwards if he would be willing to give this session again, for our development teams, since I think it would be interesting for them, and also useful to understand the market in which our products compete. (He said yes :-) Chris is in the Speaker Hall of Fame for IDUG, and I paid a lot of attention to how he presented his sessions, as it was a great chance for me pick up some tips from an expert speaker.
One of the best parts of the day was the number of customers that stopped me to ask a question in the hall, at lunch or in the expo. I really enjoy getting to meet new people, and having a chance to talk about data warehouse, best practices, DB2, IBM Smart Analytics System ... Well, it was just a lot of fun. The ideas were all interesting, and there were a lot of people here who had passion for their work and that led to some great conversations.
After all of that, I finished the day participating in a Special Interest Group: IBM DW Trends - LUW, z/OS and Netezza. This session was an informal discussion group where customers could come in and ask anything they wanted about data warehousing. There was a panel of experts - Beth Hamel (z/OS), Namik Hrle (z/OS), Haider Rizvi (IBM Smart Analytics System/DB2 LUW), Michael C Lee (Netezza) - and then the not-so-expert me :-), all there to discuss whatever came up. There were a lot of questions about the Smart Analytics Optimizer for z/OS, as well as Netezza.
It really was a privilege to be able to attend IDUG and have the core concepts of pureScale, IBM Smart Analytics System, DB2 LUW and DB2 for z/OS explained by the people who developed the code and designed the systems.
Thanks Kate! I don’t have much to add today… just a couple of things:
- I’ve been getting twitter messages about the lack of a bookstore this year. If you missed the bookstore, make sure you put it on your feedback forms, and maybe I’ll be able to come next year to show you all the books that are available.
- If you are a member of IDUG, you can get 45% off IBM Press books? Find out more: http://ibm.co/fhR46O
- Get Certified for Free at IDUG in the Grand Ballroom A & B. Open 7:30 to 11:00 Friday. New exam 617 (DBA for z/OS) is available.
- 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/.
Sadly I will not be attending IDUG in Denver next week. At first I was OK about this, but when I started going through the speaker list, it made me realize all the great people I'll be missing! I can't mention all the people who I'll miss... but let me tell you about the authors who will be there. Breakpoint books
will be there as well providing a wide selection of books for you to browse and buy. Note that all attendees get a 10% discount on their book purchases.
To see the topics that these and other speakers are scheduled for, see the Agenda for IDUG
For a laugh... you need to check this out: Kitchen Perfect.
I hope everyone has a great time while you are learning!
Can you believe that it is already late in March! I've just returned from vacationing with my son for his March break from school... and am refreshed from the vacation... and pumped because SPRING is here!
There are several deadlines approaching quickly that you must take action on to avoid missing important opportunities.
- DB2 Chat with the Labs session featuring a panel of DB2 experts who will discuss cloud computing. Listen live on March 25, 2009 10:00 am PDT/1:30 pm EDT.
Cloud Computing and Virtualization have been named the top 2 strategic technology trends for 2009 by various analysts. With the current climate of tight IT budgets and restraints on capital expenditure, Clouds can come to the rescue with pay-as-you-use models for compute, storage and software resources, and offer flexibility to scale-on-demand. You can now lower the costs of your database solutions by taking advantage of Cloud computing with DB2.
A replay of this and prior DB2 Chat with the Labs are available for approximately one year.
- Safari Books Online is holding an exclusive webcast with Thomas Erl during which he will discuss some of the most important SOA design patterns in use today. Register today for the event that takes place Thursday, March 26 10:30 am PDT/1:30 pm EDT.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Thomas Erl, author of the newly published SOA Design Patterns, a catalog of 85 design patterns for service-oriented architecture and service-orientation. In development for over three years, the catalog has been subjected to comprehensive reviews by hundreds of industry professionals and is in use by many of the world’s leading technology companies.
Erl will reference design principles and technologies covered by his previous two titles, SOA Principles of Service Design and Web Service Contract Design & Versioning for SOA and will further highlight some of the recent contributions to the SOAPatterns.org community site.
- Register before March 27 to qualify for the early bird discount for the IDUG 2009 NA conference taking place in Denver Colorado from Tuesday May 12 until Friday, May 15.
The IDUG 2009 North America conference features 120 hours of peer-reviewed technical presentations, written and delivered by the most sought-after DB2 experts in the world: DB2 Gold Consultants, vendor experts, IBM Distinguished Engineers, IBM Fellows, IBM Vice Presidents, and a keynote by General Manager Ambuj Goyal.
During IDUG 2009 NA, IBM is waiving their $200 certification test fee for conference attendees. There is no limit on the number of free certification tests attendees can take (or re-take, if they do not pass on their initial attempt). IBM will offer 40 different certification tests during the conference, covering DB2, Cognos, InfoSphere, content management, and U2. During a down economy, re-certification can be an effective way for database professionals to lock in their skills and value.
- The Assess and Save Offer expires on April 30, 2009. With this offer, candidates who purchase, take and PASS an Information Management Online Assessment Exam during the offering period, will automatically receive a 50% off certification voucher good for the corresponding exam. That's $100 USD right back in your pocket!
IBM offers these online assessment exams for each Information Management Professional Certification. These "practice tests" enable you to test your readiness for a minimal fee, helping you to be successful on exam day.
- Register now for the IBM Information on Demand, Berlin Germany taking place June 2 - 5, 2009.
The IBM IOD EMEA Conference is the premier Information Management conference in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). It is the annual forum for leading organizations across the region - including our key Customers and Business Partners, Press, Analysts and employees to come together to explore the latest in Information On Demand and to share their experiences and expertise with others in this ever-growing community.
If you only attend one Conference this year, here are just some of the reasons why the IBM Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2009 is the one to attend!
If you were lucky enough to take a break... welcome back! I hope spring is inspiring you to change like it is for me.
I'm sorry that I missed the fact that there IS a fee for the Crammer courses. Please see the CORRECT information below. I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused. Thanks to Bryan for pointing out my mistake in this matter.
IDUG Pre-Conference Educational Seminars
IDUG's pre-conference educational seminars provide in-depth DB2 education that both enhances your professional development and offers the information you need to better achieve significant business results. Pre-conference educational seminars are available to both conference and non-conference attendees, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity of fantastic one-day education.
Register today for one of the nine educational seminars before it’s too late. Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Conference Attendee Seminar Fee:||$425|
|Non-Conference Attendee Seminar Fee:||$475|
The 2010 Pre-Conference Educational Seminars are:
- Z01: DB2 9 for z/OS Cert Exam, Susan Lawson
- Z02: Save CPU Costs by Tuning your SQL, Bonnie Baker
- Z03: SQL: What To Use When You Can and Cannot Touch It, Sheryl Larsen
- Z04: DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows DBA Certification Exam Preparation (Exam 541), Roger Sanders (EMC)
- Z05: Deep dive into DB2 LUW Problem Determination and Troubleshooting, Pavel Sustr (IBM)
- Z06: DB2 for LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop, Scott Hayes (DBI)
- Z07: DB2 9 for z/OS In-depth, Phil Grainger (Independent Consultant)
I wish I was in California with my IDUG friends… Kate, Rebecca, Scott, Leon, Eddie, Kermit, and others! Not just for the learning and company, but to get away from this constant spring rain we are getting.
Kate sent me a note today to tell me about her first day at her first IDUG:
Anaheim is beautiful! The weather is sunny, with a clear blue sky and WARM! A big difference from the cold wet rain I left behind in Toronto.
The flight down was great, and it is unbelievable how much work you can get done in 4 hours when you don't have a network connection. I spent most of the flight reviewing presentations and making small updates. Last week, Simon Woodcock kindly reviewed my session and spent some time listening to me practice. He had some really good suggestions, so luckily I was able to spend the flight down making some last minute changes and quietly rehearsing in my head.
I also read the latest draft of the Workload Management Best Practice Paper - which is looking really good. I also made some changes to the Warehouse Recovery Planning session, adding in some of the usability slides that were put together based on the Triton Consulting study that was done. (Thanks Rick Sobesiak!)
Tomorrow To Do List:
- Register for the conference & plan what sessions I want to see
- Meet with Eddie Daghelian for further presentation tuning & practice
- 3:15 - present! (Susan, send me your best wishes, ok? I know I should not admit this, but I am kind of nervous...)
- 4:30 video taping session
I'll let you know how my presentation goes tomorrow :-)
I’m hoping to post again today to tell you about what’s going on with the certification team. I do have some book news to go with that, but more on that later.
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/.
I hope all my IDUG friends who are in Rome this week are enjoying the city, weather, and of course the amazing conference!
If you are an IDUG member, I'd like to bring this information to your attention:
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