Here’s a summary of the books that have published in 2012. I’m quite pleased with the progress
we’ve made so far this year, and have many books left to go. Make sure to follow my blog to stay in the loop as to when new books come out or if there is a sale you should know about.
An Introduction to IMS: Your Complete Guide to IBM Information
Management System, 2nd Edition
by Barbara Klein , Richard Alan Long , Kenneth Ray
Blackman , Diane Lynne Goff , Stephen Paul Nathan , Moira
McFadden Lanyi , Margaret M.... [More]
Friday’s DB2 Night Show had two very important purposes. 1, to give us
valuable information about the upcoming IDUG conference and 2, to reveal the winner of this year’s
DB2’s Got Talent competition. I’ve put my comments about the competition in
this blog entry: We HAVE a winner!
DB2’s Got Talent Competition
For the IDUG part, we had two guest speakers, Rob Crane (chair) and
Vijay Sitaram (chair-elect). They gave us all kinds of things to look
forward to. Here’s a summary:
The IDUG conference taking place in... [More]
“Flashbooks” are small-sized books that have fewer than 150 pages, and have easy-to-read messages about products, solutions, or technology. Flashbooks are published to coincide with conferences such as IBM’s Information on Demand Conference or IDUG. The huge quantity of messages and content delivered at such conferences makes it difficult for attendees to retain all the key messages. Flashbooks are designed to contain the key messages IBM experts want you to take away with you.
Flashbooks are handed out in print format at conferences and... [More]
There are so many places for you to keep your skills sharp with DB2 and
InfoSphere, that sometimes it gets difficult to “see the trees for the forest”!
I hope that this is a list that you’ll save and go back to often to help you
find your way.
A wide range of IBM experts, programs, and services are available to help you
take your information management skills to the next level. Participate in our
online community though developerWorks. Find whitepapers, videos, demos, DB2
Express downloads, and more. Visit... [More]
Look at this great webinar that is taking place Monday, April 23 at 1:00
Optimize Your Data Integration Environment with the InfoSphere Information
Server Operations Console
Many users need access to the operational metadata of their data integration
environments. Whether they are confirming that the environment is live,
reviewing job run history, or working to troubleshoot system failures, these
users need direct access to the most relevant information in order to perform
their jobs efficiently. These users may be... [More]
Today’s show had two very important purposes. 1, to give us valuable
information about the upcoming IDUG
conference and 2, to reveal the winner of this year’s DB2’s Got Talent
competition. If you’ve been following the competition, you’ll know that the
competition was really strong this year. This meant that some amazing talent
did not make it to the top 3, but those who did were consistently good at
entertaining and educating all the listeners.
The prizes for the winners were provided by very generous sponsors. My... [More]
Yet another great reason for you to attend IDUG in Denver this May… we are launching the latest
Flashbook. This one coincides with the new DB2 10 product release and has an
awesome group of authors: Paul Zikopoulos , Walid Rjaibi ,
George Baklarz , Matt Huras , Matthias Nicola , Dale
McInnis , and Leon Katsnelson . Can you imagine a stronger
Here are a couple of details about the book:
Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more
DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Window New Features
Up to 3x faster... [More]
Another great book about Cognos 10 has just published by McGraw-Hill. The
amazon price is now 40% off the regular price.
Cognos Business Intelligence 10: The Official Guide
by Dan Volitich
and Gerard Ruppert
Updated for the latest release of the software, IBM Cognos Business
Intelligence 10: The Official Guide explains how to create, implement, and
manage an enterprise BI solution. Maximize all of the new and enhanced features,
including the powerful modeling, monitoring, and analytics capabilities. Build
My previous entry gave you an IBM view of the new InfoSphere Warehouse 10 and
DB2 10. This entry will give you a perspective from our IBM Champions.
"We are most intrigued and impressed by the new and improved index and data
access techniques. We anticipate that the new Index Jump
Scan technique will help minimize the number of indexes needed on
any given table, and that this, in turn, will save disk storage, improve
insert, update and delete performance, reduce lock contention, and lower CPU
consumption. ETL processes... [More]
Was it really 5 years ago that DB2 9 was released? The DB2 Fundamentals Guide by Roger Sanders was released in
the spring 2007, so it is likely that the product was released the same year.
We’ve had many changes and releases since then…DB2 9.2 and the “ Understanding DB2 ” book by Raul Chong and others, then
DB2 9.5, DB2 9.7 and DB2 pureScale . And now, in the past week, DB2 10 for Linux,
UNIX, and Windows was announced.
There is so much to this release, that for my first post about it, I’m going
to give you sound bites... [More]
I had to miss the show on March 30th, but hopefully you were able to attend
the show live. I’m listening to the replay and here’s a summary of what took
The theme for this show was for the contestants to showcase their best
success story with DB2.
Today was the third show of the finals for the DB2’s Got Talent 2012
Competition. I wasn’t able to participate, so IBM Champion, Julian Stuhler
filled in for me. Thanks Jules!
If you didn’t participate live, I strongly encourage you to watch the replay . We had... [More]
How would you like to save 50% on an Information Management Certification
exam? With the Assess & Save offer, you must take and pass
an online assessment or "Practice test" to receive a voucher for 50% off the
corresponding exam. That's a savings of $100 USD! IBM Professional Certification is the way for skilled IT professionals
to demonstrate their expertise to the world. Certification validates your skills
and demonstrates your proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions.
This offer will make it easier... [More]
I’ve been reading IBM Data Management magazine
since it was launched 15 years ago. I’m sure you’ve read an issue or two as
well! The next generation is about to launch and it will capitalize on digital
The world looked very different when the IBM Data Management
magazine was first launched. Digital technology allows a whole new world
of opportunities and the new online format gives us more flexibility to cover
the latest information management developments and IBM advances as they happen.
Apparently this is happening to many of our customers. They move from Oracle
to DB2 and achieve improved performance. Could this happen to you as well?
Here are some of the details of this particular case study:
JSC Rietumu Banka achieves faster database performance moving from
Oracle and Sun to IBM DB2 on Power Systems
With the worldwide recession placing pressure on banks to reduce costs, JSC
Rietumu Banka's CIO was concerned with total cost of hardware, software
and administration supporting the company’s online... [More]
Here’s another book just published by Packt Publishers: IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced
Application Developer Cookbook by Sanjay Kumar and Mohankumar
About the book:
With lots of new features, DB2 9.7 delivers one the best relational database
systems in the market. DB2 pureXML optimizes Web 2.0 and SOA applications. DB2
LUW database software offers industry leading performance, scale, and
reliability on your choice of platform on various Linux distributions, leading
Unix Systems like AIX, HP-UX and Solaris and MS... [More]
Are you an expert who would like to share your knowledge with a world-wide
and large audience? If yes, I would suggest that you submit a proposal to speak
at the IBM Information On Demand 2012 Conference to be held
October 21-25, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This conference provides in-depth technical education through an agenda that
includes Information Management, Business Analytics and Enterprise Content
Management. The Business Leadership program also addresses strategy issues and
the industry challenges facing today’s... [More]
Today was the second show of the finals for the DB2’s Got Talent 2012
Competition. I wasn’t able to participate, so IBM Champion, Cristian
Molaro filled in for me. Like many of you, I’m listening to the replay a
few days after the live show.
If you didn’t participate live, I strongly encourage you to watch the replay . We had the
top 10 contestants from Round 1 present 4-minute technical presentations to us.
Once again, we ended up with very high quality presentations from very
experienced users of DB2 products.
After a long delay, I can finally announce that this long awaited book has published.
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study
by IBM Champions Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
I can also tell you that the covers for the certification series of books by
have been redesigned and will be launched on this title. I hope you like the
What’s in the book?
Read this book to prepare to pass Exam 612 – DB2 10 for
z/OS Database Administration .
All test... [More]
Developer's Guide: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the Foundation and
Capabilities of DB2 for z/OS (6th Edition)
by Craig Mullins This book published in May this year, just in time for IDUG Denver , and for the first
time, will publish under the IBM Press imprint: DB2 Developer's Guide is the best source for on-the-job
information on programming and administering DB2 on IBM z/OS mainframes. Now,
three-time (or is it 4 times now?) IBM Champion Craig S.
Mullins has thoroughly updated this classic for DB2 v9 and... [More]
Just published by McGraw Hill: IBM Cognos TM1: The Official Guide , by TM1 experts Karsten
Oehler , Jochen Gruenes , and Christopher Ilacqua .
What’s in the book:
Deliver timely, accurate, and actionable performance management solutions to
users across your enterprise. Filled with expert advice from a team of IBM
professionals, IBM Cognos TM1: The Official Guide shows you how to deploy
and maintain a dynamic planning, forecasting, and scenario analytic solution.
Learn the latest Cognos TM1 10.1 best practices on how to... [More]