Giving Thanks in the DB2 Community

It’s Thanksgiving in the US. This is a time to stop and reflect on what I’m thankful for in my life, and a big part of that is the DB2 community for me.

Here’s who and what I’m thankful for in the DB2 community this year:

  • My new employer, Xtivia. I have a wealth of inspiration for the blog based on my job change and think it was a great move for me. And no, I’m not saying that because my boss is reading because I don’t think he does./li>
  • Conferences and the friends we make at them. Technical conferences like IDUG and IBM Insight are at the heart of the IBM DB2 Community, and going to them lets us strengthen old friendships and make new friends.
  • IDUG for hosting conferences and providing great technical content.
  • My readers – you keep me on my toes and keep a smile on my face with your comments and questions. Readership is up something crazy like 300% over this time last year!
  • Ian Bjorhovde for catching 90% of my typos and not twitter-shaming me for all of them. And for working with Fred Sobotka on The Whole Package Cache
  • Mike Krafick for taking my old job so I don’t feel so bad about leaving, for guest-blogging for me more regularly than anyone else, and for generally being my sounding board and friend. And for kicking me in the butt when I need it. And for looking good in pink.
  • Talented IBMers who answer my questions so I can better blog – Melanie Stopfer, Susan Visser, Steve Rees, Dale McInnis and many others
  • Other talented contacts and mentors – Roger Sanders, Rebecca Bond, Ken Shaffer, Roland Schock, Leo Pedron, Martin Hubel, and others
  • Other DB2 bloggers – Craig Mullins, Pavan Kristipati, Henrik Loeser, Dean Compher, and so many more
  • DBI Software and Scott Hayes – love them or hate them, they provide great DB2 education on the DB2Night Show, and their software is pretty good too.
  • Google search – seriously, how would anyone do their job, much less find my blog, without it?
  • WordPress and the WordPress ecosystem – for making blogging so much easier.
  • IBM – for writing DB2 software and creating a career for me. For developerWorks and all the support and documentation, and for the Knowledge Center, but only when the search works.
  • The IBM Champion and IBM Gold Consultant programs – for recognizing and helping to promote those who contribute to the DB2 community.
  • My husband – I know he’s not a part of the DB2 community, but without his help, I would never make a blog entry every single week.
  • Not supporting e-commerce databases for any big retail clients during Black Friday/Cyber Monday – what a relief!

Take time to pause and thank the people in your life who have made a difference. Peace and Prosperity to you and yours this holiday season and all year round.

Ember Crooks
Ember Crooks

Ember is always curious and thrives on change. She has built internationally recognized expertise in IBM Db2, spent a year working with high-volume MySQL, and is now learning Snowflake. Ember shares both posts about her core skill sets and her journey learning Snowflake.

Ember lives in Denver and work from home

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