Roger Sanders: Previewing the DB2 Sessions at IBM Insight 2014
October 21, 2014 Leave a comment
As a DB2 professional, there are two major events I look forward to each year – the International DB2 User’s Group North America conference and the IBM Insight (formerly Information On Demand) conference. And this year, I’m really excited about the IBM Insight 2014 conference.
Why? Well, for one thing, I have a new book out and I will be autographing copies outside the bookstore, right after the opening session on Monday morning. Writing is a solitary, lonely activity. And until others have read your work and commented on it, writing is an activity that is essentially done in a void. At book signing events, I have the rare opportunity to meet some of my readers and solicit their input on things I have written in the past. By finding out what readers like and (what they don’t), I can improve my skills as a technical writer.
For more information on the book signings taking place at the conference, see Book Signings and Giveaways at IBM Insights 2014.
But the conference is much more than just an opportunity to sign books. It is also an opportunity to hear technical presentations from many of the IBM Distinguished Engineers who are responsible for the development and testing of the DB2 software. This year, I’m looking forward to hearing about the latest features and functionality that can be found in the “Cancun” release of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (DB2 10.5, FixPack 4).
I’ve read many of the product announcements and I have participated in a couple of webinars, but after attending some of the sessions being offered, I expect to come home with a burning desire to get some hands-on experience with some of the new features I will learn more about.
Finally, I’m looking forward to seeing many old friends. I’ve been attending both conferences regularly for over a decade and it seems like I meet new people every year. Consequently, each conference now feels like a family reunion. And after a day of trying to absorb a lot of technical information, spending time at the evening activities catching up with old friends is a great way to relax and wind down.
Here are some of the DB2 sessions that I am looking forward to attending:
- IDB-6159A: A Crash Course in IBM DB2 in 60 Minutes
- IWS-6295A: IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration: New Super-Fast and Easy-to-Use Engine for Analytics
- IDB-5936B: Tooling for Data Movement and Recovery in an IBM DB2 Linux, UNIX and Windows Warehouse Environment and Beyond
- LCI-4708A: Exploring 7 Big Ideas with DB2 BLU
- IDB-4944A: IBM DB2 Performance Update
- IDX-6811A: DB2 Time Travel Query Patterns for Integration, Monitoring and Profit
- LCI-4635A: OLTAP – The New Frontier of Database Workload Powered by DB2 with BLU Acceleration
- LCI-5082A: SQL-Based Monitoring and Administration with DB2 10.5
- IDB-4142A: Best Practices Upgrade to IBM DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration
I’ve made my travel arrangements, created a conference agenda, and have started packing my bags. Hope to see you at the IBM Insights 2014 conference next week!