George Baklarz , B. Math, M.Sc., Ph.D., has spent 22 years at IBM working on various aspects of database technology. From 1987 to 1991 he worked on SQL/DS as part of the product planning department, system test team, performance team, and application development group. In 1991, Baklarz was part of the team that helped moved the OS/2 ES database to Toronto to become part of the DB2 family of products. Since that time he has worked on vendor enablement, competitive analysis, product marketing, product planning, and technical sales support. Today, Baklarz is the Program Director responsible for Dynamic Warehousing Pre-Sales Support, and he works with customers to help them understand DB2 technology directions and uses their feedback to improve the product. When not traveling the world, Baklarz lectures at the University of Guelph, teaching relational database concepts to students. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul C. Zikopoulos , B.A., M.B.A., is an award-winning writer and speaker with the IBM Database Competitive Technology team. He has more than thirteen years of experience with DB2 and has written more than 150 magazine articles and is currently working on book number twelve. Zikopoulos has authored the books Information on Demand: Introduction to DB2 9.5 New Features; DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Guide and Reference (6th Edition); DB2 9: New Features; Information on Demand: Introduction to DB2 9 New Features; Off to the Races with Apache Derby; 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. Zikopoulos 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, including running with his dog Chachi, avoiding punches in his MMA class, and trying to figure out the world according to Chloë, his daughter. You can reach him at email@example.com.