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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 .
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]