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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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Making Plans for IBM Think 2019 I'm looking forward to once again attend IBM Think, IBM's flagship technology conference. I attended the inaugural Think conference and it was one of the highlights of the year (2017). This year IBM Think is being held in San Francisco February 12 thru 15 at the Moscone Center and surrounding hotel…
Happy Holidays 2018It is hard to believe that yet another year has come and gone (well, almost) and that the holiday season is once again upon us. And that means it is time to reflect on the past year -- including all that we have accomplished and what is yet to be done. And importantly, it is also time to wind down …
Dirty Reads... Done Dirt Cheap Let's talk about dirty reads (with apologies to the AC/DC pun in the title of this blog post). Application programmers must understand how concurrency problems impact the access and modification of Db2 data. When one program attempts to read data that’s in the process of being changed by anothe…
Happy Thanksgiving 2018Just a quick post today to wish all of my readers in the US (and everywhere, really) a very Happy Thanksgiving. Historically, Thanksgiving has been observed in the United States on various dates. From the earliest days of the country until Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed differed from st…
Data Masking: An Imperative for Compliance and Governance For those who do not know, data masking is a process that creates structurally similar data that is not the same as the values used in production. Masked data does not expose sensitive data to those using it for tasks like software testing and user training. Such a capability is important to be in…
30th Anniversary of the Platinum Db2 Tip of the Month If you have worked with Db2 as long as I have you probably have fond memories of the Platinum Db2 Tip of the Month... but I know there are a lot of you out there who have no idea what I'm talking about. So let me explain. First of all, there used to be a software company called Platinum Technology…
A Guide to Db2 Application Performance for Developers - New Book on the Way!Those of you who are regular readers of my blog know that I have written one of the most enduring books on Db2 called DB2 Developer's Guide. It has been in print for over twenty years in 6 different editions. Well, the time has come for me to write another Db2 book. The focus of this book is on the…
Unboxing My Book: A Guide to Db2 Performance for Application DevelopersJust a quick blog post today to show everybody that my latest book, A Guide to Db2 Performance for Application Developers, is published and ready for shipping! I just got my author's copies as you can see in this video: Hope you all out there in Db2-land find the book useful. If you've bought a…
Published and Available to be Ordered: A Guide to Db2 Performance for Application DevelopersThe print version of my new book, A Guide to Db2 Performance for Application Developers, can now be ordered directly from the publisher. (If you want the ebook, it can be ordered from the same link below). Just click on the book cover below and you can order it right now! The link provides more det…
What Do You Think of the New Design?Regular readers should have noticed that the logo and basic design of the blog has been "spiffed" up a bit. I did this because the blog has been around for a long time now... my first post was in October 2005! So it was time for a bit of freshening. Generally speaking, I think blogs are mostly for …