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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.

Note: The content of this blog is the opinion and thoughts of the blogger and does not necessarily represent the opinions of IDUG and should not be construed as reflecting official positions of the IBM Corporation. .

 

 
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…
Time for the IDUG North American Db2 Tech Conference 2019 It is hard to believe that May is almost over already and that means that the 2019 IDUG North American Db2 Tech Conference is right round the courner! This year’s event is being held in beautiful Charlotte, NC the week of June 2-6, 2019. That is a little bit later than normal, but I think that is…
Db2 Application Testing Considerations Testing application programs is a discipline unto itself and there are many considerations and nuances to be mastered to be able to test software appropriately. This blog post will not go into a lot of depth regarding testing practices, other than to highlight the important things to keep in mind t…
IBM Releases Db2 12 for z/OS Function Level 504Early in March 2019, IBM announced the latest and greatest new function level, 504 (FL504), for Db2 12 for z/OS. For those of you not paying attention, starting with Version 12, IBM has moved to a continuous delivery model and has been releasing new functionality regularly. This means that new capab…
My Thoughts on ThinkLast week I had the great pleasure of attending the IBM Think 2019 conference in San Francisco. There were many great sessions and content covering my interest areas, including AI, machine learning, analytics, data governance, Db2, digital transformation, and more. Part of the difficulty of attendin…