5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success
by Brian Green , BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Kay Van De
Vanter , The Boeing Company, Tracy Harris , IBM, Bill Frank ,
Johnson & Johnson, John Boyer , RCG Global
About the Book:
Business Analytics is becoming increasingly strategic to all types of
organizations. It leads to higher business performance and helps organizations
outperform their peers by 2.2 times, according to a recent IBM Institute for
Business Value study. However, many organizations appear to struggle in... [More]
Harness the Power of Big Data - The IBM Big Data Platform
by Paul Zikopoulos , Dirk deRoos , David Corrigan , Tom
Deutsch , Krishnan Parasuraman , James Giles
Information about book:
Big Data represents a new era of computing – an inflection point of
opportunity where data in any format may be explored and utilized for
breakthrough insights - whether that data is in-place, in-motion, or at-rest.
IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate this transformation. This
book reveals how IBM is leveraging open source Big... [More]
Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more
DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Window New Features
by Paul Zikopoulos , Walid Rjaibi , George
Baklarz , Matt Huras , Matthias Nicola , Dale McInnis ,
and Leon Katsnelson . Can you imagine a stronger author
Here are a couple of details about the book:
Up to 3x faster performance for complex query workloads
Breakthrough compression technology that sets us apart from the competition
New Time Travel Query for easy and fast historical and trend analysis
New Continuous Ingest... [More]
Lots of people love IBM Redbooks. As you know, they are FREE and available
for you to download in PDF or EPUB versions at anytime from the IBM Redbooks website .
One of the most popular giveaways at IBM Information on Demand Conference is
printed IBM Redbooks. This year we have 10 different titles to give away.
Please note that the PRINTED copies are in limited quantity .
Make sure you attend one of the sessions planned at the bookstore to make sure
you get the title that you want. While you're getting your free copy, meet the... [More]
The IBM Information on Demand Conference is a great place to promote books
that are published through out the year. In fact, quite often publishers time
the release of their books to coincide with this conference. As a result, we
are typically able to set up book signings and giveaways to help promote the
This year is no different. We have quite a few books that have published
already that we’ll promote as well as books launching just for the conference
and we’ll have 4 (possibly 6) new Flashbooks that we’ll be... [More]
One of the things that I love most about the IBM Information on Demand
Conference is the buzz on books. Every year we have a giant bookstore that
showcases all the latest books related to DB2, Analytics, Big Data, and more.
My job is to arrange to have the right set of books at the conference and to
invite authors to be available to sign copies of their books for attendees.
All books purchased at the bookstore are discounted by 20% off the retail
Here are the featured books and authors that we have planned for this... [More]
Funny story: The Bare Naked Ladies are from Toronto and they are a rock
band… in case you didn’t know. Before they became famous, they were booked to
play in Toronto at our City Hall for some event. The mayor of Toronto at that
time didn’t realize they were a band and made a huge stink about having nudity
at a public event. They say that no publicity is bad publicity and I think this
proves it. They became known to all in Toronto regardless if people were fans
of their music!
I am a fan and was the minute I heard the... [More]
One of the things that I like about going to conferences is the opportunity
to hear the great speakers who are invited to inspire and wow us. This year,
the speaker on Wednesday, October 24th in the General Session is Nate
Silver. Called a "spreadsheet psychic" and "number-crunching prodigy,"
Nate will explain how to distinguish real signals from noisy data as well as how
predictive analytics is used in politics.
Immediately following this session ( Wednesday 10:15 -
11:15 ), attend the book signing we have... [More]
September is turning out to be a busy month for learning. A new DB2 Redbook , IDUG in Sydney , 2 DB2 Tech Talks,
and 3 DB2Night Show episodes !
What a great community we have for DB2.
real-time operational data warehouses a reality
Date: Tuesday September 11
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
Speakers: Jon Lind (presenter) and Serge Rielau (host)
This DB2 Tech Talk will continue the deep dive into the major features of
the new DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows and InfoSphere Warehouse 10 products.
This talk will... [More]
The DB2Night Show is back for it’s 4th season and what a great start to the
season! Join hosts Scott Hayes and Martin Hubel along with their
special guests. Scott and Martin are both IBM Champions (aka IBM’s Best
First off is two shows featuring Steve Rees who will share the ANSWERS
to many Frequently Asked DB2 LUW Performance Questions. Steve is a Performance
Specialist and is often a speaker at IDUG .
Season #4 Kickoff!
Date: 7 SEP 2012 Time: 11am ET
Topic: Top DB2 LUW
Another great IDUG conference is
about to begin. This one takes place in Sydney, Australia, 12-14
September, 2012 .
There is still time to register and many reasons why you should attend.
Take advantage of 46 hours of technical presentations.
Attend either full day or half day Education Seminars featuring some of the
leading speakers in the DB2 community. Featuring: Susan Lawson, John Campbell,
Phil Grainger, Scott Hayes, Tony Winch, and George Baklarz.
Get your free signed copy of the DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, Windows... [More]
Just released: " Unleashing DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows ", and
available for downloading in either PDF format or EPUB format for use on ebook
Abstract: This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a broad
understanding of the key features in IBM DB2® 10 and how to use these features
to get more value from business applications. It includes information about the
Time Travel Query, which you use to... [More]
Help justify your attendance at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this
year by saving $170 per exam for any IM, BA or ECM exam. Each of these exams
are available for you to take for $30 each. That is 85% off the regular price
of $200 per exam.
So, if you take 3 of the latest DB2 10 exams, you’ll save $510. You can take
each exam twice while at the conference, so if it takes you two tries per exam,
you’ll save $1020.
Other IBM Certification exams are available for you to take as well, with a
50% discounted price of... [More]
Do you ever wonder what the big brains in IBM read? You know the people who
I mean! Their names are on books, they have patents and speaking engagements,
and when they talk, you’re wowed at what they know and how they convey what they
Here’s a list of what Netezza / Big Data expert Krishnan Parasuraman
has been reading and recommends for others to read:
1. Analytics: The widening divide.
IBM Institute of Business Value in collaboration with MIT Sloan
2. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair... [More]
I’ve blogged and tweeted about many of the recent articles that have been appearing in the IBM Data Magazine this summer, but decided that a summary of the articles would be a great idea.
Dan Gibson (IBM), Multi-Temperature Data
Going Global with Data Mart Consolidation, Part 1 & Part 2
Is Your Big Data Hot, Warm, or Cold? Part 1 & Part 2
Tom Deutsch (IBM), Big Data
Why Log Analytics is a Great (and Awful) Place to Start with Big Data - The pros and cons of learning... [More]
Tech Talk Details:
Best Practices in DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows Application
Thursday August 30, 12:30 PM ET
Speakers: Holly Hayes and Cliff Leung
Join host Serge Rielau with guests Holly Hayes and Cliff
Leung for a deep dive into IBM InfoSphere Optim
solutions that offer the state of art performance monitoring
and optimization technology for DB2 for LUW.
Rigorous performance monitoring and management are crucial for business
critical applications. Even with premier in-engine... [More]
I know it seems early to start planning for a fall conference, but I’m sure
you’ll agree that time flies! Not only does it fly, but it takes time to put
together a justification proposal to attend the conference and to get it
approved. If you do it now, you still have a month to take advantage of the
early bird special. Register by
August 31 and you’ll save $300.
IBM Information on Demand 2012 (#ibmiod on twitter)
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Thursday, October 25, 2012
Location: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas,... [More]
Have you ever been to a DB2 Symposium? They are quite different than
a normal conference since they provide 3 full days of learning. This one takes
place in Chicago from October 16-18 and provides three-days of training with
three parallel tracks.
Each day there are three one day seminars presented by industry leading
consultants. You may join for 3, 2 or just 1 day(s), depending on your needs
There are nine great sessions lined up with award-winning speakers:
Bonnie Baker Susan Lawson Craig Mullins... [More]
I like to read when I’m on vacation. Actually, I like to read all the time.
I get through many books in a year and find that I really like learning this
way. I do read fiction, but also read many non-fiction books.
Here are a few books I'd suggest you consider for your summer reading list:
1) Technical Blogging: Turn Your
Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence by Antonio
Cangiano . Improve your blogging skills if you’re already a blogger
or learn how to blog if you’re not. Antonio is an expert and lays out... [More]
Write because you have knowledge that you want to share with others, and by
doing so, you may benefit from getting recognized for your talents through a
higher profile within your company, or a promotion. If you’ve spent your
education and career focused on developing strong and deep technical skills,
learning how to write well can make you stand above your peers.
If you think about all the famous scientists throughout time, they all
published. I’m currently listening to “ The Origin of Species”
by Charles Darwin and find it... [More]
Congratulations to DB2 for getting into the Guinness World Records for the largest data warehouse ! Here are some details:
The largest data warehouse resides at the IBM Technology Campus in Dublin,
Ireland and c ontains 3 petabyte (3,000 terabytes) of raw data .
The software is IBM - DB2 Information Management and the official date of the
record is January 18, 2012.
According to wikipedia :
A petabyte (derived from the SI prefix peta- ) is a unit of information equal to one quadrillion ( short scale ) bytes , or 1... [More]
These were the top 6 pieces of content published in the Information Management area on developerWorks so far this
Compare the Informix Version 11 editions by Carlton Doe
DB2 pureScale enablement : Workload balancing, automatic client reroute, and client affinities by Aslam
DB2 best practices: A practical guide to restrictive databases by Mihai Iacob
A guided tour of IBM Database Patterns, Part... [More]
The next DB2 Tech Talk
is in two parts and is about one of my favourite topics: DB2
Certification Prep for new DB2 10 Exam 610: DB2 10.1
Validate your DB2 skills by earning a Professional Certification from IBM . A Certification will
Stand out with your employer Meet your annual skills objectives Gain an edge in the employment market
Attendees of this fall’s IOD
conference will once again be able to take DB2 certifications for free and
in November the “Take it Again”... [More]
Last week I blogged about social
media sites for DB2 for LUW and all of my recommendations were for IBM
sites. I’m really happy to say that IBM has many friends who are great at
creating content about IBM products and sharing their knowledge with other
users. Today’s entry is my thanks to all of you!
developerWorks ibm.com/developerworks/data/ and
IBM Data Management magazine ibmdatamag.com might be run by IBMers, but a
great deal of the content that lives on these sites was created by IBM friends. ... [More]
I’ve been a fan and a contributor of developerWorks since it first began. I’m gaining a whole new
appreciation for this major competitive advantage: I’m a temporary member of
the dW team while one of the brilliant editors is on a leave. I must say, I
have huge shoes to fill, but I’m lucky that the team surrounding me is very
I want to share with you some of what I’ve learned in the past week and
encourage you to “live” on the dW site!
Stay in touch
Are you following developerWorks on twitter ? – More... [More]
It’s all about being social these days! There is much value in interacting
with our customers, partners, competitors, collaborators, and fellow employees
around the world. We can only benefit in all of our objectives by embracing
ideas from the many people in the world that have opinions on what we do.
Before I buy anything of value, I first search the internet for customer
feedback and recommendations. I do this for books, movies, electronics, cars,
just about anything I consider buying. Do you do the same thing? If the... [More]
We’re coming to the end of a very popular season on the DB2 Night Show. This
is the third season and much has happened, but take a look at what host Scott
Hayes has in store for you to end the season:
15, the guest was Sanjay Kumar , author of new book IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced Application
Developer Cookbook . Sanjay gave many tips about using OLAP, Stored
Procedures, Optimization Profiles, PL/SQL, SQL and more with DB2 for LUW.
This is one of the books I gave away earlier this week at the Central Canada DB2... [More]
For every new release, this very popular article “ Which distributed edition of DB2 10.1 is right for you ?” is
updated to help you make the right choice for your environment. Thanks to the
authors for creating and maintaining this valuable information:
Kulju ( firstname.lastname@example.org ),
Product Manager, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, IBM Steven
Astorino ( email@example.com ),
Senior Manager, DB2 for LUW - Install & User Technology, IBM Paul
Zikopoulos ( firstname.lastname@example.org ),
Director of Technical Professionals,... [More]
Conferences are a great way to learn a great deal in a short period of time
and also a great way to meet people in the industry. Unfortunately, not many
people are able to get budget to travel to the big conferences such as IDUG or IOD. The next best thing is to
attend regional user conferences that bring the best of the best speakers to a
location close to your home or office.
The are many regional user groups that take place regularly across the world,
but the one I’ll tell you about is the one in my local: Toronto /... [More]
You can save up to 35% off the normal prices of IBM Self-paced Training
IBM's self-paced virtual classes (SPVC) are classes that
allow you to set your own schedule yet still deliver the same content,
interactive exercises, and hands on labs as IBM’s classroom training.
It allows you to take control of your learning --when and where you want.
The typical self-paced virtual class is a 30 to 80 hour, online course that
uses web-based reading assignments
Multimedia presentations based on the same great content... [More]