There was some discussion on DB2-L this past week, not about “charming developers” (as in, “gee, that developer sure is charming!”), but about how the DB2 community can encourage developers to use the IDUG listserv as a resource for application coding questions. Because, there are many extraordinary technical people monitoring the list. And yes, many can also be quite charming to new listserv users!
Right now I see the division between DB2 users and their organizational colleagues growing as System z workloads are being restricted by cost and security concerns. Quite frequently there appears to be very little communication between DBA’s and developers within organizations. With larger organizations bringing teams of data scientists on board, many of whom are unfamiliar with the mainframe, the divide further broadens, as the data scientists view developers as their allies.
With the introduction of Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing (HTAP), the ability to run OLTP and Analytics together should be bringing data warehouse applications back to the mainframe. The new data scientists, and their application developer colleagues, will need their DBA colleagues to help. I hope DB2-L is one of the resources that makes the transition for everyone easier.