IBM’s DB2 RFE Program

RFE stands for “Request for Enhancement”. IBM has this program for a number of products, but until late 2016, the RFEs for DB2 on LUW were not publicly available to vote on. Now they are, and we’re seeing action on them.

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IBM’s October Conference – WoW, not World of Warcraft!

I’ll once again be attending IBM’s October Conference in Las Vegas. I can remember when it was focused on DB2, and the year they started calling it Information on Demand (IoD). Then they changed it to Insight, and this year it’s normally called World of Watson (WoW), though I’ve seen some references to it as “Insight at World of Watson”. Maybe I’ll understand what that’s all about after the conference.

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Participating in the DB2 Community

One of the questions I ask in every interview these days is “How do you participate in the DB2 community and keep up to date on new features in DB2?” If I am hiring for a more junior position, this might morph into “What sources do you use to learn about DB2?”. I sometimes worry that this is or will be interpreted as fishing to know if they read my blog. It really comes from a different place. This question comes from a place of knowing that DB2 knowledge is not a static thing. It is my firm belief that no expert knows everything, however they do know where to look for answers, how to approach a problem, and who to ask. This question aims to determine if a candidate knows where to go when they have a question and if they help others.

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