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
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approved. If you do it now, you still have a month to take advantage of the
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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]
I just got this note from Dean and thought I’d share it with you. I’m quite
impressed by the content that Dean has created and want to make sure you are
aware that this content exists. Thanks Dean!
New db2Dean.com Article - DB2 10.1 New Features DB2 v10.1
became available on 30 April 2012 and has TON of new features and improvements,
some of which you can begin taking advantage of without doing anything other
than upgrading your database. As with the past “features” articles, this is a
summary of the new features in v10.1 that... [More]
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Need some suggestions? Here’s what I’d recommend:
Introduction to IMS, An:
Your Complete Guide to IBM Information Management System, 2nd
Guide: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the... [More]
Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more
DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Window New Features
Now available for FREE as an e-book.
Last week at the IDUG Conference,
we handed out 250 copies of this new Flashbook to attendees. It was fun &
exciting. Here’s a photo:
What an awesome group of authors on this book: Paul Zikopoulos ,
Walid Rjaibi , George Baklarz , Matt Huras , Matthias
Nicola , Dale McInnis , and Leon Katsnelson . Can you
imagine a stronger author team!
Here are a couple of details... [More]
Over the years, DB2 has become more compatible to Oracle, thus making it much
easier for people skilled on Oracle to move to DB2 jobs as well as much easier
for companies to switch their Oracle databases and applications that rely on
With DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows , you’ll find the
PL/SQL Compatibility features and other enhancements make it even easier for you
Learn about why and how to switch by joining this latest DB2 Tech Talk that
takes place on May 31:
DB2 Tech Talk: Oracle... [More]
Join host Scott Hayes and special guest Maria Schwenger from
IBM for a free 90-minute episode of “ The DB2Night Show ”. The
topic is “ Crucial things you want to know as a DBA to manage a pureScale
system ” and Maria will share her opinions and insights.
Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
Time: 11-12:30 EDT
Do you know Maria yet? Here’s more about her:
Maria Schwenger is a member of the Competitive Software &
Power Systems team at IBM, North America, where she works in a “ high
touch ” model with early... [More]
I am looking forward to going to Denver this weekend in preparation of IDUG NA which starts on Monday, May
14. I’m hoping to blog and tweet from there, so regardless if you are at the
conference or not, you can follow what’s going on. Here are some key links:
From Twitter :
#idugna for conference level tweets
#idug for IDUG in general
@IDUGConference will be used for announcing room changes and formal
From Facebook :
IDUG’s Facebook page will also be pretty busy during the conference too:... [More]
The web is wonderful, but the web is evil! Wonderful because it contains so
much content and evil because it contains so much content! It can be
overwhelming to navigate through the content and if you don’t immediately find
what you’re looking for, it is very easy to get distracted and forget what you
were looking for in the first place.
My intention for this blog entry is to help those who use the DB2 for z/OS
products find skills resources that are specific to you. I hope you find this
IBM Data... [More]
I like to believe that we all “have a book in us”. I’ve written two books
and found it hard work, but very gratifying to accomplish such a feat. I know
many authors and most feel the same way. You can tell by looking at how many
people become repeat authors!
Maybe not everyone can write a book, but for those who have an interest,
consider writing an article for starters. Many people come to me with ideas for
articles and books and I’ve helped people get published in many places. Most
recently I’ve worked with Dan Gibson... [More]
I hope you’re taking part in some of the learning opportunities available now
that DB2 10 & InfoSphere Warehouse 10 have released. Check out my blog from
yesterday about all kinds of options: April 30, 2012: GA of Version 10 products: DB2 for LUW and
InfoSphere Warehouse .
Today I want to expand on a couple of webinars that I mention in that post.
First off, the DB2 Night Show . Last Friday, May 4, host
Scott Hayes invited IBMers Danny Arn old and Glen Sheffeld
to talk about the latest release: DB2 LUW
Yesterday was the day that DB2 10 and InfoSphere Warehouse 10 were
made available to purchase. The products were announced on April 2, so I’m sure
you’ve seen some of the buzz surrounding this outstanding accomplishment.
On a personal side, my desk in the office is in the middle of the Release
Team who managed these releases. It has been an exciting and busy time for all
those involved and a huge congratulations go their way for all their hard work!
We had a brief celebration in the lab as well and I learned many... [More]
You may have noticed that I’ve added a new link onto my blog page today.
This link will take you to the DB2 for z/OS Exchange.
The DB2 for z/OS Exchange was launched today. The Exchange is intended to
play a similar role to the old " zHotline " as we strive to
better equip customers to help themselves by pushing critical technical
information out on a regular(monthly) basis. This content can take many forms,
such as: technical best practices, critical issues seen in the field and
recommendations of how to handle... [More]
Join Serge Rielau , Conor O’Mahony , and Cindy Fung as
they take you on a tour of DB2 10 & InfoSphere Warehouse 10.
Details : DB2 Tech Talk: Technical Tour of New DB2 10 and
InfoSphere Warehouse 10
Date : Thursday April 26
Time : 11:30am – 1:00 pm EDT
Get the details behind these new product releases as announced on April 3.
Learn about powerful new features such as:
Storage Optimization Advances, including Adaptive Compression and
Multi-Temperature Data Storage, which are designed to... [More]
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