In my dual role as CTO and VP of Data Servers, I spend a fair amount of time on the road talking to people about what's going on both with database server technology and with Integrated Data Management, both from a businesses and technical perspective. Anyway, I like these road trips because they help me validate the business reasons behind the technical offerings we make. Because I meet with so many different people in different job roles (CTOs, CIOs, DBAs, architects, developers..) it helps me to calibrate the tradeoffs and priorities to get a product or new functionality out the door and to place that new capability in the context of real customer problems. In addition, no matter how many times I give the "IDM vision" pitch, I almost always get feedback that helps me to make it just a little better the next time, such as finding out what part of the strategy might not be clear when people hear it for the first time. To be honest, these roadtrips also help me keep my technical chops since I have to make sure I'm up to date on the latest functionality and be prepared to answer some tough questions from the audience.
For this reason, I'm really looking forward to my all day appearance at the upcoming Tridex DB2 Users Group on October 15
. I start off with the vision pitch, because I find that helps to place the more technical talks in the correct perspective. Then, I'll go into detail on the integration work we are doing with WebSphere. This work is critically important in making the whole database/application server layer more efficient and easier to manage, as well as providing DBAs with more control. Then I go into a deep dive on Query Workload Tuner, which is our follow-on product to DB2 Optimization Expert. Finally, I'll be closing with a talk on using pureQuery for high volume applications, in which I discuss more about the performance aspects of using pureQuery such as heterogeneous batching, static support, and more.
If you're in the New York area, I think you would get a lot of value from attending this free event. Note that they do require you to register ahead of time, so go to web site, download the invitation, fill out the registration form attached to that invitation, and email it in.
Hope to see you there.