Upcoming Sessions at IDUG 2014 – Phoenix, Arizona

This is what shenanigans look like at IDUG 2013 (Ember, Adam, Mike)
This is what shenanigans look like at IDUG 2013
(Ember, Adam, Mike)

Are you ready yet? Have you started to throttle your work for the week, arrange a backup, even packed a bag? The 2014 IDUG Technical Conference is only a week away.

Ember did a fantastic job on her IDUG write-up, so I am not going to duplicate her effort. However, I do want to relay a few tidbits of information.

The most obvious is that I will be presenting two sessions this year. Session D05 “Attack of the LOB” is an hour-long session on the same topic as my final DB2’s Got Talent presentation. I will be discussing how DB2 internally handles LOBs, why they degrade performance, and what can be done to speed them up. I seriously pulled my database out of a ditch with these methods. We will be discussing topics such as INLINE LOBs, filesystem caching, and the NOT LOGGED feature. It is early at 8:00am on Wed so pump yourself full of the caffeine of your choice and grab a seat. Just do me a favor: this isn’t your 8am college course, so don’t show up in PJ’s and bunny slippers.

On Thursday, I will be pairing up with DB2 power-house Ember Crooks to present at 9:15am. We will be discussing two types of high availability and disaster recovery in D10’s “High availability two-step”. Ember has deep knowledge of DB2’s HADR feature and can pretty much make a server do back-flips on command if needed. Then I am on deck and will discuss how I got tossed into a fire and had to learn AIX’s Power HA (HACMP). Between the two areas of discussion you will take away a good high-level overview of the two methods as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Ember mentioned this but I want to reinforce the importance of the Dine Around on Thursday night. On my first dine around I met Fred Sobotka (@db2fred) and talked to him for an hour. Other years I sat with other performance and tuning experts and IBM big wigs. It is a great way to network and get to know some DB2 Rock Stars. If you want to hob-knob with the cool kids, Ember will be a host with Melanie Stopfer at Pizzaria Bianco. I am not sure which Dine Around I am signing up for yet. I will either be looking to sign up with Scott Hayes or the wonder twins Melanie and Ember. On Tuesday, immediately after the spotlight (or keynote) session, hoof it to the message board or registration desk to sign up (location of the sheets vary).

By the way, do me a favor and tweet! I get so much out of the IDUG conference tweets and will adjust my schedule accordingly. If I see a certain speaker get rave reviews, I go to another session or download the slides. Sometimes I hear of good networking events, restaurants, or see a picture of a session speaker and can put a face to the name. I’ve been tweeting under the IDUG official Twitter handle @idugdb2 for years. Now that the job has been passed to another, I will be active using @mkrafick.

Keep an eye out for:

  • @idugdb2 – Official IDUG
  • @mstopfer1– Melanie Stopfer
  • @susvis – Susan Visser
  • @craigmullins – Craig Mullins
  • @pault99 – Paul Turpin
  • @idbjorh – Ian Bjorhovde
  • @ember_crooks – Ember Crooks
  • @srhayes – Scott Hayes
  • @WalidRjaibi – Walid Rjaibi

Finally, I would love to see you. Please come up an introduce yourself or reach out to me on twitter.

Everyone have a safe trip and I will see you there.


Michael Krafick is an occasional contributor to db2commerce.com. He has been a production support DBA for over 12 years in data warehousing and highly transactional OLTP environments. He was acknowledged as a top ten session speaker for “10 Minute Triage” at the 2012 IDUG Technical Conference. Michael also has extensive experience in setting up monitoring configurations for DB2 Databases as well as preparing for high availability failover, backup, and recovery. He can be reached at “Michael.Krafick (at) icloud (dot) com”. Linked-in Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelkrafick. Twitter: mkrafick

Mike’s blog posts include:
10 Minute Triage: Assessing Problems Quickly (Part I)
10 Minute Triage: Assessing Problems Quickly (Part II)
Now, now you two play nice … DB2 and HACMP failover
Technical Conference – It’s a skill builder, not a trip to Vegas.
Why won’t you just die?! (Cleaning DB2 Process in Memory)
Attack of the Blob: Blobs in a Transaction Processing Environment
Automatic Storage Tablespaces (AST): Compare and Contrast to DMS
DB2 v10.1 Column Masking
Automatic Storage (AST) and DMS

Michael Krafick
Michael Krafick

Michael Krafick is an aspiring Zamboni driver and well known twig-eater. During the day he is a Sr. Database Engineer for a Fortune 500 company. He is a frequent contributor to datageek.blog, an IBM champion, member of the DB2 Technical Advisory Board, and IDUG speaker Hall of Fame inductee. With over 18 years experience in DB2 for LUW, Mike works hard to educate and mentor others.

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  1. Wait… 8:00am and no PJ’s and bunny slippers? I assume the hotel is carpeted, so not wearing my slippers is not that big of a deal. Not wearing my PJ’s may turn some heads!

    Hmm, I guess not that big of a deal there either…

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