Database support by product (aka, don’t forget DB2!)
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Earlier this week, I was invited to attend and present at the Inaugural Iowa DB2 Users Group Semi-Annual Event in Des Moines. It was a very well-organized event and had great attendance. During one of the breaks, I had someone tell me, "I understand the vision of heterogeneous database tooling, but please don't divert your attention away from further work on the tooling in support of DB2, in exchange for, say Oracle." It was valid concern since we spend a generous amount of time in our presentations talking about support for Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase... on the horizon. I tried to reassure her that we are still very focused on DB2, and that much of our support extending to other database platforms is done when we can leverage things like common SQL interfaces to the other platforms. I referred them to Curt Cotner's slide (included below – I also added Guardium for completeness) that he showed during the kickoff presentation as further evidence of this. I think she was convinced, or at least felt that I understood her concern.