Thanks again to Kate Kurtz who is guest blogging for me this week as a first time attendee & presenter at IDUG.
Today was my last full day at IDUG. There are still some sessions tomorrow, but I have an early flight, so I won't be able to attend any of them. I really hope I can make it back to IDUG next year - it was an amazing experience and I had a wonderful time. I am already thinking of topics! :-)
First up today was Haider Rizvi's session on "IBM Smart Analytics System - A Technical Update". Haider invited me to cover a section in that presentation as well, and it was great to have another opportunity to present and participate in the customer discussions. I covered the overview section, and then Haider did a deep dive into the architecture and design of the IBM Smart Analytics System. The people in the room loved it, and there were a lot of questions about the system design and how to plan for system growth with multiple generations of an IBM Smart Analytics System.
Later on in the day I attended Albert Grankin's session, "DB2 LUW Operational Performance Troubleshooting - Finding CPU Bottlenecks". Albert's session was very detailed, giving a thorough overview of the tools you can use for performance analysis, as well as really good case study through which he illustrated how to use all the utilities he introduced in the first part of his session. There was also some solid common sense tips:
- Make sure you collect baseline information so you know what "normal" is for your environment.
- Plan a data collection strategy - don't wait until you have a problem.
I also attended Chris Eaton's session, "Workload Optimized Systems: Don't Run a Marathon in High Heels". A great title and a great session! Chris' session was a competitive analysis of Oracle Exadata, the IBM pureScale Application System and the IBM Smart Analytics System. I asked Chris afterwards if he would be willing to give this session again, for our development teams, since I think it would be interesting for them, and also useful to understand the market in which our products compete. (He said yes :-) Chris is in the Speaker Hall of Fame for IDUG, and I paid a lot of attention to how he presented his sessions, as it was a great chance for me pick up some tips from an expert speaker.
One of the best parts of the day was the number of customers that stopped me to ask a question in the hall, at lunch or in the expo. I really enjoy getting to meet new people, and having a chance to talk about data warehouse, best practices, DB2, IBM Smart Analytics System ... Well, it was just a lot of fun. The ideas were all interesting, and there were a lot of people here who had passion for their work and that led to some great conversations.
After all of that, I finished the day participating in a Special Interest Group: IBM DW Trends - LUW, z/OS and Netezza. This session was an informal discussion group where customers could come in and ask anything they wanted about data warehousing. There was a panel of experts - Beth Hamel (z/OS), Namik Hrle (z/OS), Haider Rizvi (IBM Smart Analytics System/DB2 LUW), Michael C Lee (Netezza) - and then the not-so-expert me :-), all there to discuss whatever came up. There were a lot of questions about the Smart Analytics Optimizer for z/OS, as well as Netezza.
It really was a privilege to be able to attend IDUG and have the core concepts of pureScale, IBM Smart Analytics System, DB2 LUW and DB2 for z/OS explained by the people who developed the code and designed the systems.
Thanks Kate! I don’t have much to add today… just a couple of things:
- I’ve been getting twitter messages about the lack of a bookstore this year. If you missed the bookstore, make sure you put it on your feedback forms, and maybe I’ll be able to come next year to show you all the books that are available.
- If you are a member of IDUG, you can get 45% off IBM Press books? Find out more: http://ibm.co/fhR46O
- Get Certified for Free at IDUG in the Grand Ballroom A & B. Open 7:30 to 11:00 Friday. New exam 617 (DBA for z/OS) is available.
- For more live coverage of the IDUG conference, see Leon Katsnelson’s blog entries, check out the DBI Live Feed, the IDUG Daily Summary, and of course the best blog aggregotor, http://planetdb2.com/.