Dusting off my virtual desk and filling up the inkwell...

For those who don't know me, which I assume is most of you, I am a senior technical staff member (STSM) in the DB2 development organization. I have had the fortune to work as a lead developer and architect for the DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows product over the last 20+ years in a number of diverse areas such as workload management, monitoring, security, and general SQL processing. Recently, I have been working on extending the BLU technology into the MPP environment and now I am looking at improving our diagnostics in areas like the time it takes to pinpoint and resolve problems.

One of the more interesting aspects of being a software developer (for me) is interacting with the users of our product to help them understand it, use it, and, by teaching me about the real world, improve it.

I still get questions every week or so from people inside and outside of IBM asking general questions about DB2, about past articles I have written, or about the DB2 workload Management best practices document I wrote several years ago.

I would like to use this blog to share my answers to some of these questions in the hopes that someone else out there has the same question or perhaps a better answer. I would also like to update and extend portions of the workload management best practices to reflect the recent advancements in the product and to cover additional scenarios. And I guess I will use it to share any other information that I think people find interesting too :)

At a minimum, I'll be leaving a public record of some answers to common questions and, if we're lucky, this material will help generate new questions to further educate all of us!

My "day job" keeps me busy so I will not be posting frequently but I will try to post at least 1 or 2 questions a month as a minimum after the traditional initial burst of blogging trails off...  :)

If you find this information useful, let me know (it will also motivate me to continue! ;). If you have suggestions or questions of your own, fire away.

I will post the first entry in the next day or so....

Thanks,

Paul.

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