Dan Scott

Paul C. Zikopoulos, BA, MBA, is an award-winning writer and speaker with the IBM Database Competitive Technology team. He has more than 10 years of experience with DB2 UDB and has written over 60 magazine articles and several books about it. Paul has co-authored the books DB2 Version 8: The Official Guide, DB2: The Complete Reference, DB2 Fundamentals Certification for Dummies, DB2 for Dummies, and A DBA’s Guide to Databases on Linux. Paul is a DB2 Certified Advanced Technical Expert (DRDA and Cluster/EEE) and a DB2 Certified Solutions Expert (Business Intelligence and Database Administration). In his spare time, he enjoys all sorts of sporting activities, running with his dog Chachi, and trying to figure out the world according to Chloë–his new daughter. You can reach him at paulz_ibm@msn.com.


George Baklarz, B Math, M Sc (Comp Science) is a senior manager in the DB2 Worldwide Pre-sales Support Group. He works closely with customers to help them understand new information management technology and to gain their feedback for improving DB2 products. He has more than 20 years of experience with DB2 and has co-authored a number of books, including DB2 UDB Version 8.1 Database Administration Certification Guide (Prentice Hall, 2003) and DB2 UDB Version 8: The Official Guide (Prentice Hall, 2003). In addition, he is a member of the International DB2 Users Group Speaker and Volunteer Hall of Fame. In his spare time, he lectures at the University of Guelph (database theory) and presents at a variety of user conferences, including the International DB2 Users Group. You can reach George when he’s not traveling at baklarz@gmail.com.


Dan Scott has been working for IBM on DB2 Universal Database since 1998, and currently holds the position of product manager. He has been involved in the intersection of DB2, Linux, and open source scripting languages as a user, author, public speaker, and occasionally a developer since 1999. In addition to authoring technical manuals for IBM and contributing articles to IBM developerWorks, Dan wrote the original “DB2 for Linux HOWTO” and tested and documented the PHP Data Objects (PDO) extension for www.php.net. Dan has presented internationally on the subject of developing applications with scripting languages that connect to Apache Derby, IBM Cloudscape, and IBM DB2 Universal Database. He lives in Toronto with his wife, cat, a coffee roaster, and a wide range of outdoor sporting equipment. You can reach him at dan.scott@acm.org.