January 05, 2010

Looking Back, and Ahead

I'm thankful that the people at IBM Systems Magazine gave me the opportunity to start this blog, DB2utor, back in July 2007. I'm especially thankful for you readers. Average daily readership for DB2utor has grown from 20 to more than 200 per day, and in these two and a half years, this blog has received more than 100,000 views.

During this time, interest in DB2 for z/OS has also grown. IBM remains committed to the database and continues to deliver important enhancements. And everyday, database professionals--be they recent college grads or seasoned pros--begin new careers on DB2 for z/OS.

I've been working with DB2 on z/OS for over 20 years, and I'm still learning. I love going to conferences like IDUG and IOD to network with other DB2 professionals and learn from their real-life experiences. And as I continue to learn of new features, tips and tricks, I'll share them with you.

In addition, I want to hear from you. Questions are certainly appreciated. Some of you have contacted me, asking how something works, and these requests have served as the basis for multiple postings. You can always e-mail me or post a question in Comments. Don't be shy. No question is stupid. In fact, odds are that if you have a DB2 question, someone else out there is wondering the same thing.

You can also make this blog better by sharing your own real-life experiences with DB2. Writing about new features is one thing, but the real value comes in getting hands-on with new features. I generally limit my posts to those features that I've had a chance to work with. But there are always things I haven't gotten my hands on. This is where you come in. If you've used a feature that I've written about, please post a comment about it. Everyone in the DB2 community can benefit from your experience.

The new year promises to be a very exciting one for the DB2 community. The next version of DB2 is sure to bring many new and important features. I'll be writing about many things, and I'm already looking forward to that.