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Welcome to db2Dean’s web site. I’m Dean Compher an IBM IT Specialist who, along with my team, helps customers and prospective customers with DB2 on Linux, UNIX and Windows (LUW) technical questions and issues. As this page makes painfully clear, I am a DBA and not a web designer, but I would be happy to get your DB2 questions answered or talk to you about the great features of DB2 or IBM Integration Products. If you are looking at a new database solution or want to compare us to your existing database vendor, please do not hesitate to contact me about getting a presentation or just to ask questions. My e-mail address is dean@db2Dean.com
I am located in Utah and primarily serve DB2/LUW customers in Utah, Nevada and Montana, but I can forward requests to my peers in other technology and geographic areas as well. My team also covers Big Data and Informix and products. There are questions that I get on a regular basis, and I will write articles relating to them here. I hope that you find them useful. I also welcome suggestions for future content. Click here for more information about me.
29 September 2014
Whether you are into DB2, Big Data, Informix, lectures or labs, it is now time to start building your agenda for the 2014 Insight Conference (The Conference formerly Known as IOD - TCFKIOD). There are tons of great sessions and networking (fun) evening activities at the conference and by planning ahead you can squeeze the most value out of the conference. If you like lab sessions then sign up early or you risk them filling with other people. In this article I’ll share a few tips on building your agenda and even some sample agendas for various interests to help you get started. If you’re not that familiar with the conference this may help your planning, but you should review all the choices on the conference web site. Please browse the sessions on the agenda and pick the ones of most interest to you. In this article I also provide information on using the agenda building web site. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, make sure to select IBM Rep and type “Dean Compher” in the box where it asks you how you found out about this conference when you do register.
There are several technical sessions again this year. If you want to see what is available before you register you can browse the available sessions using the Sample Agenda Builder to see all of the great content. With the sample agenda builder you can create different prototype agendas and save them with different names, and get a URL link to each agenda that you can save or give to others. The other people can see the link and manually add them to their agendas. Using this method, you can use any of the agendas I have in this article. So if you don’t have time to create one for yourself, just click on an agenda here that looks like what you want and then type the sessions into your agenda and then onto the calendar on you phone or laptop. You can use more than one of the agendas below.
If you have not already done so, you will need to register for the conference. Once you have done that you will get an email from “Insight2014” with a subject line starting with “Enroll in…”. It will contain your user id and password for the conference site. To build your private agenda where can add sessions, reserve your spot in labs and make appointments with experts go to the Insight2014 site, login and click the Sessions tab for private agenda building. Even if you used the system last year, you will need to register again before you start using this year’s agenda builder. Once you are registered you can start selecting.
Agenda Builder Tips
There are so many tracks that I couldn’t come up with just one agenda, so I’ve added a few sample agendas that you can use as a template for creating your own schedule. Each time slot actually has many more sessions; these are just some of my favorites. Make sure to examine other available sessions using the agenda builder or sample agenda builder.
If you want to get a lot of information about several topics, then attend as many sessions as you can. This agenda shows the ones that db2Dean recommends. Some time slots show multiple sessions because I like them all, but you will need to cross off the ones you would not take. Matt Huras’ DB2 Internals sessions are happening again this year. Don’t miss these two sessions on Thursday morning to see what is going on inside DB2/LUW! Unfortunately, his second session does not show up in this agenda.
If you like to get more in depth on fewer topics then Labs are the way to go. The agenda in this link is almost exclusively lab sessions, but you can mix and match labs and lectures.
If Informix is more you thing, then check out this agenda that includes both lectures and a lab.
Automate your management of test databases (IBM and non-IBM) and use the great test cases from production, while privatizing sensitive data so that anyone can see your test data because it has been obfuscated. These sessions showcase our Optim Test Data Management and Data Privacy tools, plus tools for archiving old data.
There are many threats to your databases these days. Come learn about the tools for securing your IBM and non-IBM databases with our comprehensive set of privacy, protection and auditing options.
Come see what all the fuss is about when it comes to Big Data and the really interesting we are doing in that space.
Don’t forget about the other interesting things you can do at the conference. There are several after hours receptions. I’ve added the ones open to the general public to this agenda. The main fun event is Tuesday evening and is called “CGS-7153A: Tuesday Social Event”. No Doubt will be playing at this event. Make sure to merge these sessions into your technical agenda. There are also several events that are not widely announced, but you can ask your sales rep if you would like to be invited to them. Also don’t forget to stop by the expo if you are interested in chatting about particular technologies or just want to get some cool toys for you or your kids. Also Breakfast and Lunch are included in your conference registration and are normally held next to the Expo.
Keith Redman has graciously provided additional Agendas that might be of interest to you.
Watson is doing a lot more than winning at Jeopardy these days. Attend these sessions to learn about cognitive computing.
Special interest Sessions
There are a number of sessions that I did not include on the above agendas because of their specialized nature. However, if that specialty appeals to you then you may want to attend them instead of some of the sessions on the above agendas. Here are some that tickled my fancy:
Lots of development had been done on the pureScale active/active feature over the past year. Come to these sessions to see what is new.
IBM and SAP are still very strong partners and DB2 is the best database for your SAP applications. This agenda shows the sessions where you can learn more about how to run SAP on our DB2 systems.
Talk to the Experts
Go to the “Ask the Experts” or “Birds of a Feather” sessions to talk in small groups about how to do something that interests you. There is no other forum where it is this easy to corner someone from the lab. All that you have to do is to go to these sessions and bring up your topic
This year there does not seem to be a way to import sample agendas into your private agenda like last year. I’ve sent a note to the conference team asking about this. If this status changes, I’ll update this page with instructions.
There’s a lot more to the Agenda Builder than what I’ve listed in this article, like a way to connect with friends and advanced search options. I encourage you to explore that site and use all of those features, but if you run out of time, then using one of these agendas is better than showing up with nothing and wondering aimlessly! Also don’t forget to make sure to select IBM Rep and type “Dean Compher” in the box where it asks you how you found out about this conference when you register for the conference!
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