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.
This blog article should appeal to a wide audience. This article is not specific to DB2, but speaks to the larger role of the database in the IT organization.
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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A new IBM DB2 Knowledge Center has been released, and search is actually better than before. Though there are still problems. There are some resources and things you can do to customize and make your IBM DB2 Knowledge Center experience better. And always remeber the local copy with really good search is an option, and a good one for those times when this critical resource is not functioning properly.
Sigh, IDUG NA is over for another year. It continues to be my favorite week of the year. I look forward to it more than a vacation. I always come away feeling inspired and refreshed, and this year is no different.
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.
IBM Insight starts in less than two weeks! You can still register and attend if you haven’t planned to already!