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IBM Champion Spotlight: Julia Carter

By Namitha K posted Fri November 10, 2023 02:50 AM


Meet the Data & AI Champion Julia Carter who is a Db2 Technical Consultant in Broadcom. It is really exciting that she has been a Champion for last 4 years!

This is what she has to say about her favourite product Db2 for z/OS: “Its importance in the world is almost unbelievable, it's everywhere and it has such a positive impact on our daily lives, most of the time without us even knowing. It has the perfect union of reliability and trustworthiness that comes from 4 decades of being awesome along with constantly evolving and exploiting innovation to continue to adapt to whatever the world is throwing at it whilst still being cutting edge”.

She considers herself lucky to be able to do a monthly podcast with her friend and fellow IBM Champion, Marcus Davage, which is called “IDUG's Db2 Table Talk”. She says, “For me this is my favourite way to contribute to the community because it is so much fun talking to other members of the community and I always learn a lot from our guests, and hopefully our listeners do too. I also like to present on topics that I've had some fun (or failures!) with!”

Julia thinks it could be the Dopamine that drives her to give back to the technology community- “It just feels good to be part of the Db2 and Champion communities and the more you do, the better it feels. I also regularly refer to the contributions from others in my daily job, like reading/watching other people's presentations, or reading blogs or forums, so it's only right that I give back and make my own experiences available to others which will hopefully help them.”

She feels equally proud and humble to win the “IDUG Exemplary Volunteer award” because she is a part of such a large and incredible volunteer community. 

If she weren’t a part of the technology world, she would be probably a music teacher. But according to her, she is already doing her dream job !!

IBM Champion nominations are now open. Here is what she has to tell the prospects: 

“Nothing that I've contributed to the community is as much as what I've got out of being part of the community. Even the effort of writing a blog or preparing a presentation is not as significant as the learning path it takes me on and the value of having that new knowledge, plus all the people that I meet and connect with who in turn want to support and share their knowledge and experiences with me. I feel very connected to the IBM Champions community and with that comes a sense of pride, identity and satisfaction.”

She has also presented a session at IDUG EMEA in Prague, and hopes to speak at more conferences in 2024.

Lightning round:

What would be your superpower and why? An Eidetic memory! I'd love to be able to read something once and remember it - would be very helpful with all the manuals!

Ice cream or cake? Cake

Cats or dogs? Cats

Summer or winter? Winter

Morning or evening? Morning

eBook or paper book? Paper book (but if it's technical then eBook so I can use the search function!)

TV shows or movies? TV shows 

A night out or a night in? A night in

Cannonball into the pool or dip a toe in first? Toe Dip

Go-to karaoke song? Wilson Phillips - Hold On

Drive or fly? Train

Connect with Julia in LinkedIn and Community page.

Want to be a part of the community of IBM Champions? You can jump on the path through the IBM Rising Champions advocacy badge program or nominate to become a 2024 IBM Champion through the end of November 2023.







1 comment



Fri November 10, 2023 09:24 AM

Congratulations Julia for being a long run IBM Champion, for your on-going accomplishments and for the brilliant career you're building.

By the way, I would like to have your the same superpower, an eidetic memory, too.