I missed last week’s show due to vacation and thank Cristian Molaro for filling in for me. I haven't had a chance to watch the replay yet. If you’re in the same situation, you can find all the replays on the DB2Night Show Blog.
Today we heard from 8 contestants on a variety of topics. If you are thinking of creating a presentation, I highly recommend that you watch what these people do as they are becoming quite expert at showcasing technical information.
Here is a brief description of today’s show:
Mary – db2move
Loved her photos of elephants. Very well organized presentation.
Momi – The Report Utility for DB2 for z/OS
The usability for this function has improved in V10, but the function is still necessary.
Norberto – DB2TOP Tips
Tips for using DB2TOP to find out what’s going on in your database. I was really impressed with how Norberto explained a very complex screen capture. As he was going through each concept, he would highlight the corresponding text on the screen. I highly recommend using this technique during presentations as well as written documents. This is exactly how a complex diagram should be explained.
JB – DB2dart Techniques
JB has a knack for telling a good story. She lead listeners through her presentation via a story of how she was able to reclaim much space & improve performance. If you are looking to improve your presentations or writing in this area, pay close attention to how JB does it. I told her that she’d make an excellent author given this skill.
Raja – DB2Advise Utility
We couldn’t find Raja, so unfortunately had to miss his presentation.
Ahmad – db2look
Ahmad presented his experience in using the db2look command and as a result gave very creative uses for the command. The only thing that could have improved his presentation is with a comparison of using db2look vs the traditional method.
Thiru – db2caem tool for performance analysis
This is a very new command, from V9.7. caem stands for “Capture Activity Event Monitor” and this tool is used to capture activities with details of SQL Statements. I like the way Thiru compared traditional monitoring to using db2caem to monitor.
John – Db2look for z/OS with Federated Tables
Although Ahmad’s presentation was on the same topic, John’s was regarding the DB2 for z/OS version of the tool. I like the way John referred to Ahmad’s presentation where he could. John asked if “IBM was listening” as he had an option he’d like to see added to the command. I was listening, but I’m sure there were others who are more influential than me!
Bob – db2dart techniques
This presentation covered the same topic as JB covered , but from the perspective John’s experience. He wanted to reduce wasted disk space and the size of his backup. He gave the steps he used and marked up his presentation as he spoke to lead people through the data.
Only 8 finalists go to March 18 Finals, so we had to choose between Bob and John as they received the lowest number of votes. I can’t understand why either of these guys were at the bottom as both had very strong presentations this week. The audience asked that we save John, and the judges wanted to as well, but there was a leaning towards Bob…. so Bob it is.
Thanks very much to all contestants. I find this forum to be amazing for the learning and fun experience. I’ve seen some of the comments that were given by voters and see that they agree. I’ll go through the data and blog again. Can’t wait till next week’s show!