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Craig S Mullins

Craig S Mullins is president & principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, Inc., is an IBM Information Champion, and an IBM Gold Consultant for DB2. Craig has three decades of experience in all facets of database systems development including developing and teaching DB2 and SQL classes, systems analysis and design, database and system administration, and data analysis and modeling. Craig is a frequent speaker at IT conferences, having spoken about database issues to thousands of folks at conferences such as IDUG, IBM Information on Demand, SHARE, and DAMA. He has spoken at events in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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See You in Rotterdam... at the IDUG Db2 Tech ConferenceNext week the 2019 IDUG EMEA Db2 Tech Conference is coming to Rotterdam and I am looking forward to being there. This year’s event is being held the week of October 20-24, 2019. I hope you’ve already made your plans to be there, but if you haven’t there’s still time to get your manager’s a…
Mainframe Modernization: The Why and HowIf your organization uses a mainframe or you are interested in modern mainframe computing issues, be sure to register for and join me in my webinar for GT Software, titled Mainframe Modernization: The Why and How. on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT. This webinar will discuss…
IBM Unleashes the z15 Mainframe In New York City, on September 12, 2019, IBM announced the latest and greatest iteration of its Z systems mainframe computing platform, the IBM z15. And I was lucky enough to be there for the unveiling. The official IBM announcement letter can be found here if you want to dive into the details. Bu…
The Power of Data Masking for Data ProtectionData privacy regulations and the desire to protect sensitive data requires methods to mask production data for test purposes. Data masking tools create structurally similar data that is not the same as the actual data, but can be used by application systems the same way as the actual data. The capab…
BMC AMI for DevOps Intelligently Integrates Db2 for z/OS Schema ChangesOrganizations of all types and sizes have adopted a DevOps approach to building applications because it effectively implements small and frequent code changes using agile development techniques. This approach can significantly improve the time to value for application development. The DevOps approac…
DevOps is Coming to Db2 for z/OS Mainframe development teams are relying on DevOps practices more extensively, bringing the need to incorporate Db2 for z/OS database changes into the toolset that is supporting their software development lifecycle (SDLC). But most mainframe professionals have only heard a little about DevOps and ar…
Webinar: DevOps and Database Change Management for Db2 for z/OS - August 13, 2019DevOps practices are gaining popularity on all development platforms and the mainframe is no exception. DevOps relies heavily on agile development and automated software delivery. However, the ability to integrate and orchestrate database changes has lagged. To learn more about DevOps, change manage…
There’s a New Db2 12 for z/OS Function Level (505) In late June 2019, IBM delivered more great new capabilities with the latest new function level for Db2 12 for z/OS, Function Level 505 (or FL505). If you do not know what a function level is, then you probably aren’t yet on Version 12, because function levels are how new capabilities are being r…
Proud to be an IBM ChampionJust a quick post today about the IBM Champions program, which if you haven't heard about, is a special program run by IBM to recognize and reward non-IBM thought leaders for their work associated with IBM products and communities. IBM publishes the list of IBM Champions annually and the title is …
Two Types of Db2 for z/OS Temporary Tables: Declared vs. CreatedDb2 for z/OS has provided the ability to create temporary tables since way back in Version 5. But the initial functionality was practical only in certain circumstances due to some inherent limitations. The first type of temporary table supported by Db2 is now known as a created temporary table. But…