IBM Champions speak on DB2 10 and InfoSphere Warehouse 10

  • IBM Champion podcast series

    In this podcast series, six IBM Champions— some of the leading experts on DB2— will discuss their personal experiences with DB2 10 and InfoSphere Warehouse 10. Hear their thoughts on new performance features, new storage optimization capabiities, and time travel query.

The podcasts

Meet the experts

Jean-Marc Blaise, IT Solutions Architect, Delta DB

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Jean-Marc Blaise is an IT Solutions Architect for Delta DB, a company in France that specializes in DB2 for z/OS® and DB2 for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows®. Delta DB assists customers in migrating from competing database systems to DB2, as well as designing, maintaining, and optimizing their information systems. Delta DB provides a "Database Easy Deploy" solution that includes licensing, training, and consulting on DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. The company also provides expertise and teaches a transition class on DB2 for z/OS.

Jean-Marc is working on several project in France and other countries in Europe to help companies make the best use of new features in DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: XML, migration, performance design, security, and high availability, as well as working with related tools that he tested extensively during the IBM beta program, such as Optim® Performance Manager, Merge Backup, and Recovery Expert.

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Iqbal Goralwalla, Principal Consultant, Triton Consulting

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Iqbal Goralwalla is the principal consultant for Triton Consulting, the leading provider of IBM Information Management consultancy in the UK. As As IBM Premier Business Partners, Triton consultants are able to advise on the full range of IBM Information Management solutions including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, DB2 pureScale, and IBM Optim. With a first class team of fully IBM-qualified consultants, Triton is able to provide a full range of services from database consultancy through to education and 24/7 database support.

Iqbal has been involved in all aspects of relational databases including database architecture, strategy, design, modeling, development, and administration. Iqbal has extensive project support and technical liaison experience within DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows environments. During four years in the IBM Toronto Lab, Iqbal worked on several versions of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, and published two IBM patents. As well as leading the Managed Services (remote DBA) team and running the DB2 midrange consulting and education team, Iqbal is also an active consultant and is engaged with customers for short, focused assignments to help them with all DB2 issues. Iqbal has a PhD in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, Canada.

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Triton Consulting

Martin Hubel, President, Martin Hubel Consulting Inc.

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Martin Hubel is President of Martin Hubel Consulting, Inc. An Information Champion, Martin has consulted and taught more than 400 clients worldwide to use DB2 effectively. Since 1985, Martin has been active in a number of professional organizations including the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), is an internationally recognized speaker and author on DB2, and has been in many beta programs. Martin's current engagements include expert support for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, and teaching classes on DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows performance and DB2 10 for z/OS new features.

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Sameer Kumar, Database Administrator, Misys PLC, Solution for Banking

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Sameer Kumar joined Misys PLC as a fresher in 2009 and since then has been working as a DBA there. He supports banking product development with DB2, DB2 for i, SQL Server, and Oracle as RDBMS. He loves busting performance issues and blogs at Besides work and databases he loves cycling, poetry, and gadgets.

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Terry Mason, Database Specialist, Brooklands Technology Limited

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Terry Mason is a database consultant, specialising in large data warehousing. He was a founding board member of the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG), is also a member of the IBM GOLD Data Management program, and is an IBM Champion. He can be contacted using email id terry.mason at his company website

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Fred Sobotka, President, FRS Consulting

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Fred Sobotka is an information management consultant and IBM database specialist with more than 20 years of IT experience. He has operated his consulting practice, FRS Consulting, since 2005, and has attracted a diverse mix of clients that includes Fortune 500 companies, multi-national firms, and law enforcement agencies across the United States. IBM has recognized Fred's expertise by inviting him into their Gold Consultant program and by making him an inaugural member of the IBM Champions community. Fred is also an award-winning IDUG conference presenter who travels the world to speak about his favorite topics: XML databases, advanced SQL programming, and how to trick the network operations team into monitoring your databases for you while you sleep.

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