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Henrik Loeser: Thoughts on IT, Life, DB2, and More

IT Professional (IBM), Information Management Architect / DB2 pureXML / Database Kernel Developer, spent 7 years living in California (Bay Area), now back in Germany, living in a passive house in Friedrichshafen

Note: The content of this blog is the opinion and thoughts of the blogger and does not necessarily represent the opinions of IDUG.

 

 
After IDUG is before IDUG: Back from Db2 conference in Charlotte, NCLast week the IDUG NA 2019 was held in Charlotte, NC. It featured 8 parallel tracks dedicated to Db2 for z/OS and Db2 for LUW and emerging technologies. In addition, two tracks for hands-on labs and workshops were offered. Personally, I delivered three presentations, moderated and attended sessions,…
Cloud-based FIPS 140-2 Level 4 crypto serviceLocks, keys, and data securityYesterday, I got my hands on a FIPS 140-2 Level 4 cloud-based crypto service. If you are asking "what's that and what can I do with it?" you should continue to read. It is a dedicated HSM (Hardware Security Module) to manage encryption keys and offered as IBM Hyper Prot…
Your chatbot with Watson Discovery NewsSome months back I introduced you to a barebone news chatbot. Today, with the updated tutorial to build a database-driven chatbot in place, I want to show you how to easily combine Watson Assistant with Watson Discovery. Watson Assistant already provides steps to deploy an integrated search skill wh…
Db2: SQL-based explain and printed acccess planVote for this Db2 ideaThis Friday in Munich, I gave a talk about the new native JSON functions in Db2 at the German Db2 user group (DeDUG) meeting. To speed up queries and to enforce uniqueness or some structural rules, Db2 functional indexes can be used with the new JSON_VALUE. As usual for some pr…
Updated tutorial: Database-driven chatbotIf you want to build a chatbot that gets its content from a database, there is a good news. The existing tutorial "Build a database-driven Slackbot" was just updated to adapt to latest features of IBM Watson Assistant. First, define a skill that reaches out to a database service like Db2. Thereafter…
Running Db2 Developer-C as Docker containerContainer: Db2 the easy wayLast week I wanted to start testing some new Db2 features without going through the steps of installing that Db2 version. I turned to my local Docker installation, issued a single command and had Db2 up and running. Quite interesting, that command downloaded Db2, installed…
Digital ethics, trusted AI and IBMLast week I gave a talk followed by a discussion at a university. The presentation was about the current state of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI research topics. A good chunk of the discussion was dedicated to fairness, trust and digital ethics. In the following, I am sharing some of the relate…
Startup lessons from a Fuckup NightLast Wednesday, I attended the Fuckup Night Friedrichshafen Vol. II. If you don't know, Fuckup Nights is a global movement and event series dedicated to professional failures. That is, usually founders of failed startups tell their stories. Typically, it is a mix of funny adventures into the world o…
Enterprise digitalization and cybersecurity: How companies struggleCybersecurity Workshop at Zeppelin UniversityLast Friday, 25.01.2019, I attended the Cybersecurity workshop of the "Bodensee Innovationscluster Digitaler Wandel" (digitalization). The innovation cluster is organized by the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. It tries to bring together companies …
Hello again, Davos, AI ethics, cybersecurity, Db2 events and IBM CloudHello, here I am again after a while. I hope you had a good start into 2019. I enjoyed being offline for a while, then got busy with not much time to blog. So, here is a roundup of things going on.The anual World Economic Forum in Davos, CH, reminded me of writing a blog. It brings a lot of extra ai…