I’m just this guy, you know?

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Ok, so I’m female.

But the point is that I am not trying to sell anything with this blog. I do not work for IBM (though I started my career there, in the trenches), nor am I selling consulting services or add-on products. I’m just a techie-geek in the trenches, working for “The Man”. I want to work for “The Man”. “The Man” worries about hiring and payroll and finding work and all that, and all I have to do is be the best techie that I can be, give the clients in front of me awesome service, and help my co-workers be better techies too. If you want Commerce or DB2 work, I could find the right person for you to talk to at my company, and it would look good on my annual review and all, but I wouldn’t get financial gain from it, and won’t ask for that.

My career goal is to be a DB2 for LUW Guru. I want to go to the conferences. I want to present at them. I love training clients and co-workers. When I met Melanie Stopfer, I thought I’d like to do what she does – at least the parts I can see – training clients, being called in to assist in problems(while training the clients in the process), writing training materials, and being one of the best presenters at DB2 conferences. I don’t know that I have the networking and social skills for it, but I do love the training aspect of my current job. I might even write a book one of these days. But right now, I just want to share what I know and talk with my techie-fellows out there.

I loved Chris Eaton’s Blog (yes, he works for IBM and has all kind of internal info I don’t), and was sad when his post frequency went down. I do read Scott Hayes’ blog and like a lot of his gospel, but he is selling a tool that I will keep trying to convince a client to buy, but until I do, won’t get to use and can only cobble together some scripts to do a very few of the same things. I read random bits of other blogs, and find that most come from one of those two directions – Consultants trying to sell a service or product, or IBM itself. There’s nothing really wrong with either approach – they’re just not me. I’m just this guy, you know?

The answer is 42.

Lead Db2 Database Engineer and Service Delivery Manager , XTIVIA
Ember is always curious and thrives on change. Working in IT provides a lot of that change, but after 17 years developing a top-level expertise on Db2 for mid-range servers and more than 7 years blogging about it, Ember is hungry for new challenges and looks to expand her skill set to the Data Engineering role for Data Science. With in-depth SQL and RDBMS knowledge, Ember shares both posts about her core skill set and her journey into Data Science. Ember lives in Denver and work from home for XTIVIA, leading a team of Db2 DBAs.

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