Presentations of software products can sometimes be downright hard.
I recently participated in a customer lunch-and-learn seminar called "Recession Busting Data Management Software". The seminar was absolutely brilliant. We talk to potential customers on how to save money, right now in this down economy, with IBM software. The presentations were 20-minute brief talks on IBM Optim Data Growth Solution and Test Data Management Solution, Data Studio Administrator, Data Studio pureQuery Runtime, and DB2 Storage Optimization Feature.
These are all particularly well suited for saving money and are really cool tools. My part was on Data Studio and pureQuery. It started nicely by describing pureQuery Runtime, which also included my reasons for why it is such a money saver. The ability to have WLM schedule the DDF work into other service classes with statically-bound "named" packages that are easily managed with Data Studio Developer resonates with DB2 on z/OS customers.
All went well until I ran into slides that were not coherent in the aggregate. Simply put, it was not a smooth flow.
But, quoting a very famous radio legend, here is the "rest of the story".
I had created the presentation from several other presentations and combined the slides very quickly while in a hotel room in Austin. Then, I proceeded to give a different presentation later that afternoon at SHARE in Austin. But that wasn't the end of it. The next morning, I went to the airport at 8 AM thinking my flight was at 10 AM but in reality it was boarding as I arrived at baggage check-in. Needless to say, I did not arrive home until 7 PM instead of 11 AM. In my original plan, the day I lost waiting for the next flight was the day I was going to get to know my slides and practice them.
In retrospect, there is a bigger answer to the poorly presented presentation and missing the flight - have a plan B but ALWAYS be prepared.
Until next time,