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]
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 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]
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’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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures (2nd
by Craig Mullins
This is Craig’s second book this year! Make sure you congratulate him on
this amazing accomplishment!
The DB2 Developer’s Guide 6th Edition: A
Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning
the Foundation and Capabilities of DB2 for z/OS came out earlier this year
Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures (2nd
Edition) will be launched at the IBM
Information on Demand Conference .
House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big In Business
by Jeff Ma
Jeff is speaking at the General Session in the Business Partner Summit . Jeff has agreed to be available on
Sunday, October 21 from 11:00 –12:00 at the IOD bookstore immediately following
the General Session. The bookstore will open an hour earlier than normal to
accommodate Jeff’s signing and you can purchase his book there at a 20%
About Jeff & his book:
As part of the notorious MIT Team depicted in Ben Mezrich’s now classic... [More]
Just in time for IBM’s Information on Demand Conference : a new book by Sunil Soares: Big Data Governance: An Emerging Imperative No
doubt the biggest topic in tech these days is Big Data. Sunil uses
this guide to focus on Big Data plus one of the most important tech
topics: Governance. This
guide focuses on the convergence of two major trends in information
management—big data and information governance—by taking a strategic
approach oriented around business cases and industry imperatives. With
the advent of new technologies,... [More]
in this event to experience IBM’s enterprise-class big data platform
that allows you to address the full spectrum of big data business
challenges. The morning will include interactive discussions and live
demonstrations of big data for social media and log analytics, then get
hands on with Hadoop scripting and text analytics with guidance from
development experts. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills and
learn about exciting technologies. Event Details: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration &... [More]
usual, host & IBM Champion Scott Hayes has some interesting shows
lined up on his award winning webinar series: The DB2Night Show. October 5, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM " You CAN Teach an Old Programmer New Tricks ” with Bonnie Baker , IBM DB2 Gold Consultant October 12, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM BREAKING NEWS from IBM!
Special guest, Les King, Director, Information Management Solutions
& Warehouse Development at IBM, tells us he'll have some exciting
"breaking" news to share! October 19, 2012; 11:00 AM –... [More]
started my career at the Toronto Lab writing DB2 product documentation.
I learned a lot, met many great people, and created my career. One of
the things I learned during my 6 years writing is that there is much
work put into this content. Planning, writing, discussing, reviewing,
revising, translating, publishing, and more. Bottom line: there is
quality in the product docs! Another
thing about the product docs is that they cover every area of the
product. People are always asking me how they should prepare to pass
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference , we’ll be launching the NEW DB2
for z/OS book in recognition of DB2’s upcoming 30th Anniversary: Flashbook: IBM DB2: The Past, Present and Future: 30 Years of Superior Innovation by Surekha Parekh, Terry Purcell, John Campbell, Ruiping Li and Don Haderle About the book: Top
DB2 experts John Campbell and Terry Purcell have contributed to this
book, but as a special treat, we also managed to have Don Haderle - "The
FATHER of DB2" contribute to the book. This book is not... [More]
Flashbook: Big Data Analytics by Dr. Arvind Sathi About the Book: Big
Data Analytics is a popular topic. While everyone has heard stories
of new Silicon Valley valuation bubbles and critical shortage of data
scientists, there are equal number of concerns – Will it take away my
current organization or investment? How do I integrate my Data Warehouse
and Business Intelligence with Big Data? How do I get started, so I can
show some results? What are the skills required? What happens to data
governance? Unlike many other Big Data... [More]
Check out the guest blog entries that are coming fast & furious on the Official IOD Blog : Champions at IOD - by me :) Great DB2 Stuff Cooking at Information on Demand 2012 by Craig Mullins. Dan Luksetich’s recent interview with Crysta Anderson and David Pittman: Time Travel at Information On Demand. Preview: Beyond Daily Feeds – IBM Netezza and Aggressive Intraday Processing Enzee Universe Best Practices by David Birmingham. Alex
Philp recently took place in a Big Data panel with Paul Zikopoulos and
Tom Deutsch and a summary of the... [More]
call them IBM’s Best Friends! One of the reasons is that they are so
knowledgeable about our products and another is that they tend to make
excellent authors. Take a look at this list and you’ll see: Craig Mullins Craig has published two books this year! What a great accomplishment. DB2 Developer’s Guide 6th Edition: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the Foundation and Capabilities of DB2 for z/OS Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures (2nd Edition) Meet
Craig on Tuesday, October 23 from... [More]
I focused on what an outstanding job our IBM Champions do to enhance
the acceptance and usage of IBM products. Check out my posts: Champions at IOD IBM Champions at IOD: A perfect match Many IBM Champions are Authors These
entries took a lot of research and the chances of me missing someone
was high. And of course, I did miss a few people who I actually know
quite well! My apologies to these people and any others I have missed! Frank Fillmore
will be a panelist with IBM SVP Robert LeBlanc at the 4245A Break Free... [More]