Today on the DB2Night Show, host Scott Hayes introduced us to the first 5 contestants on the “DB2 has Talent” competition. Scott tapped fellow IBM Gold Consultants Martin Hubel and Klaas Brant to be judges, as well as me. I must say it was put together very professionally and I think all participants and listeners had fun.
Here’s the lowdown on what we experienced.
First contestant Ramesh presented about db2top. Ramesh was clearly very skilled and passionate on this topic and it showed. Unfortunately for Ramesh, he went first, on the first show, so he was at a big disadvantage. Ramesh included too many slides to cover in the measly 4 minutes that he had available. As a result, we were not able to see his conclusion. There is much interest in the topic, so maybe we’ll have to have Ramesh back with a smaller set of slides.
Contestant two was JB. JB is clearly an experienced presenter since she didn’t sound nervous and she did a fabulous job. Here presentation was about using HADR to migrate low level hardware, OS, and software to more current levels. JB’s experience is something many people can learn from and she did a very nice job of explaining the problem, how she convince the team leads to try her solution and the amazing conclusion.
Mary was the third contestant and she presented on Identity vs Sequence. Mary as well was very comfortable with presenting and with her material. It was laid out very nicely giving the pros and cons of using each. I found her presentation to be very educational.
Norberto was the next contestant and he was from hot Brazil. He chose to present on the DB2Night Show instead of going to the beach, and we thank him for that! Norberto said that he learned English by becoming a DB2 DBA. We all know and love the database, but now we can give it credit for encouraging people to learn and become proficient in English. I really liked the humour that Norberto used in his slides, but Klaas cautioned him on using humour when the audience got really big and diverse. You don’t want to offend people! Norberto gave tips on improving SQL statements. His presentation led us through his journey of having very poorly written code to him debugging it and finally finding a way to improve the code so now it runs in 5 minutes versus the previous 10 HOURS! Way to go!!
The final contestant for today was Rob. Rob clearly reads self-help books, like I do, and chose to do a parody on a famous book by entitling his presentation “The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective DBA”. I thought the presentation showed much promise one of the first pieces of advice was to “not sweat the small stuff”. But Rob got too detailed in explaining the power of the db2diag.log and ran out of time. Rob could have used an entire hour to present his material and it would have been very well done. I hope that Rob is able to boil his material down to 4 minutes and that Scott allows him to redo his presentation… it has real promise. I suggested he write a book… but he could certainly turn this into a presentation that IDUG would be happy to have on it’s conference agenda.
All in all I was very happy meeting the contestants today and working with Scott, Martin and Klaas. In the end we invited 3 of the presenters back for a second presentation of the same material. This will allow them to fine tune their work and show us again. The three who are moving on are Mary, JB, and Norberto. Not to be sexist… but doesn’t that mean that the ladies rule????
If you weren’t able to take part in today’s show because of a conflict, I encourage you to get the replay. There are 3 more episodes like today’s and then the finale for 4 weeks in March. Hope you can join us! Oh, I think Scott is still looking for a few more contestants as well. Join in the fun.
Oh, if you do want to be a contestant, make sure you have headphones with a mic for your computer. Unfortunately there were two other people who we tried to hear from, but they weren’t set up correctly. I hope they are able to try again for one of the other weeks.
A reminder about the other shows in this series:
DB2 Night Show in February & March: DB2'S GOT TALENT CONTEST.
Join us on the following dates:
Feb 11, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Feb 18, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Feb 25, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Mar 4, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Mar 11, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Mar 18, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EDT
Mar 25, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EDT
We’re looking for contestants…. are you up for it? Check the site for eligibility. Maybe this will convince you to become a contestant: the prizes!
- 1st Prize: One FREE IDUG Conference Registration to any IDUG Conference in 2011 (North America, Europe, or Australia) provided by IDUG, plus up to $1,500 USD travel expense allowance provided by DBI. Approximate value of prize package: $3,500 USD
- 2nd Prize: Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect (approximate value $500) provided by IDUG.
- 3rd Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificate provided by DBI.
- Finalist Prizes: Each of the top 10 Contestants that are invited by the judges to participate in Finals Shows will win $50 Amazon.com Gift Certificates provided by DBI.