New webinar series - Help wanted

Phil Grainger

New webinar series - Help wanted
Hi all



I'd like to kick off another monthly webinar series (much like the DB2 9
series I did in 2008), but I am not 100% what topics would be of interest



People think I am joking when I say that writing presentations is easy, it's
coming up with interesting topics that's hard - but it's TRUE



I could spend an hour each month talking about DB2 things that interest ME,
but that doesn't help YOU



So, I am throwing myself open to your suggestions



Of course, I cannot promise to deliver all (or indeed any) of your
suggestions, but believe me, they will be helpful



For example, do you still want to hear about new DB2 9 features (surely
everyone is ON DB2 9 by now, aren't they...?) or are there other concerns
you have



What about XML - are you storing that in DB2 yet - are you happy with what
you know about DB2 and XML



Or are you more interested in digging really deeply into one specific topic
- Partitioning for example, or Cloning?



When you think about this, bear in mind that I normally like to have around
45 minutes of material to allow a short 15 minutes or so for questions



Let your imagination run riot (within reason) - here's YOUR chance to
influence the DB2 education that is offered for free



PLEASE send all suggestions to me directly (as always
[login to unmask email]) and NOT to db2-l



Anyone for "How badly the UK copes with snow" as the first topic? :-)



Phil G

Grainger Database Solutions Ltd


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Gary Joehlin

Re: New webinar series - Help wanted
(in response to Phil Grainger)
Hello Phil!

Happy New Year!

I would like to take you up on your offer and to propose several topics. I don't know what the rest of the world wants to see, so my topics of interest are move selfish.

What I would like to see is a series of a practicum, a 'start to finish'. I would like to see topics, perhaps not fully exploited today where I see that have a future for the companies that I've contracted. Since I don't have the experience today I don't wish to start off on a bad footing and by improperly approaching an implementation scheme, miss a defining IT opportunity.

I have heard good technical discussions amongst my peers on DB2-9 this and DB2-next and XML, but how do we integrate these features into what we have today?

I would like to know, a little history of where it originate, say XML; what it can do, what it cannot do (at least today), how to implement and manipulate (best practices), fall-out from different implementation approaches (e.g. choices in recovery, reorg, dasd consumption, performance).

I've seen many a presentation take a topic, say if it's a f it's a new(er) feature that most have not implemented and treat it in isolation that just drops out of the sky. I'd like to understand the implications of integrating it into today's mix of IT work.

Possibly re-introducing some legacy functionality / features that may have had their implementation gone badly and how to navigate to correct and improve. Possibly the result of 'doing more with less', read "We can't afford to buy more tools, we either make our own or do without", or even an awareness of 'shareware' items, i.e. DARWIN, which will not endear me to any vendors, but those of us in the trenches (programmers, DBA's, SysProgs, analysts and DB designers) are tiring of fighting these battles and just want to get our work done, quickly and efficiently.

Topics:

How are companies using LOBs and/or XML in their business? What are the implementation issues and object design choices? How do they get handled in applications? (COBOL, JAVA, Batch, CICS, SQL). How do you keep it from overtaking resources already confined?

Another topic problem determination / resolution. Potentially a multi-session presentation breaking down into various environmental areas. What if we don't have all the fancy 3d party vendor tools to jump in and identify the problem? Espouse the benefits of application code self-reliance (e.g. DSNTIAR/DSNTIAC) and other home-grown long term solutions. But, in the mean time, how to diagnose the various issues with packages (Bind-time, run-time, and package management)

What are techniques for running a (theoretical) 24x7x365 operation? Even an on-line reorg needs to have an exclusive moment to do a switch. What features and processes can be exploited to minimize this outage? What are other issues that are generally problematic that keep us from this goal and what are things that can be implemented to stretch to reach it?

Thanks,
Gary Joehlin
DB2 DBA


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Subject: [DB2-L] New webinar series - Help wanted

Hi all

I'd like to kick off another monthly webinar series (much like the DB2 9 series I did in 2008), but I am not 100% what topics would be of interest

People think I am joking when I say that writing presentations is easy, it's coming up with interesting topics that's hard - but it's TRUE

I could spend an hour each month talking about DB2 things that interest ME, but that doesn't help YOU

So, I am throwing myself open to your suggestions

Of course, I cannot promise to deliver all (or indeed any) of your suggestions, but believe me, they will be helpful

For example, do you still want to hear about new DB2 9 features (surely everyone is ON DB2 9 by now, aren't they.....?) or are there other concerns you have

What about XML - are you storing that in DB2 yet - are you happy with what you know about DB2 and XML

Or are you more interested in digging really deeply into one specific topic - Partitioning for example, or Cloning?

When you think about this, bear in mind that I normally like to have around 45 minutes of material to allow a short 15 minutes or so for questions

Let your imagination run riot (within reason) - here's YOUR chance to influence the DB2 education that is offered for free

PLEASE send all suggestions to me directly (as always [login to unmask email]<mailto:[login to unmask email]>) and NOT to db2-l

Anyone for "How badly the UK copes with snow" as the first topic? :)

Phil G
Grainger Database Solutions Ltd

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