Have you seen the news on this yet? Deep data analytics…. indeed! IBM’s supercomputing machine “Watson” will compete on Jeopardy ( Feb 14, 2011 ) against the two top champions of the game show: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Read the article . This first-ever competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over the three days. Watson was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge: to build a computing system that rivals a human beings ability to answer questions posed... [More]
A couple of years ago, an author who I’ve worked with on a few projects, Dan Wolfson, introduced me to his friend Mandy Chessell who was interested in writing a book. A few months later, Mandy was in Toronto and we met to discuss her book. She told me that it was based on work that she was doing with her clients and that many of her clients were very excited to get their hands on this book.
Mandy showed me the work that she had already completed and I was astounded at the level of completeness and quality that she had... [More]
get asked this question all the time. What are we doing to prepare the
next generation in terms of up and coming technology. You’ll be happy
to know that plenty is going on. Even at IOD. Key
faculty who are collaborating with IBM on advanced Big Data and
Analytics curriculum and programs are gathering for a two day special
Big Data and Analytics Academic track at IOD. They will attend several
sessions together to share their current programs as well as brainstorm
about their next steps and their challenges. They will... [More]
Join us tomorrow at noon (eastern) for another Tweetchat. The topic: Enterprise Challenges of Incorporating Hadoop will surely be an exciting one. Panelists: Jeff
Kelly - Technology Market Analyst for Wikibon and contributor to
Silicon Angle; James Kobielus - IBM Big Data Evangelist and ex-Forrester
Analyst; Nancy Kopp - PureData Product Marketing Join us to listen or contribute! You don't need to be on twitter to "listen", but you do to contribute to the conversation. Here's what you do: Go to tweetchat.com Sign in with your... [More]
database expert is in a critical position to become a hero in this big
data era. Why? Because you know data.. you know your database. Now you
need to know how to expand your knowledge to find the secrets lying
dormant in your awesome data. To
help you, I'm posting this podcast which is a conversation between
database expert & IBM champion Jean-Marc Blaise and Big Data expert
Leon Katsnelson. Perhaps you have the same question? Listen & find
out! " Talking Big Data" podcast Beyond this podcast, we have 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]
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]
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]
Have you been holding off buying books? Don’t wait any longer. For the next
6 days, you can save on Books and eBooks with this Presidents' Day offer from
IBM Press. Now through February 21, buy any two eligible titles and save 40%
with coupon PDIBM . Start
Need some suggestions? I have a few for you!
Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business
Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent
by James Taylor
Get Bold: Using Social Media to... [More]
Today I "met" fellow blogger Steffan Surdek . I encourage you to check out his blog . Steffan is the User Experience Lead and self-proclaimed Agile Champion for the WebSphere® Business Services Fabric team. He uses his experience facilitating the two-day Software Group Agile Workshops to help his team work on improving their agile processes. Steffan has written articles that are published on developerWorks and is currently attempting to write a book about Distributed Scrum. This is something that I know very little about, so I had to look it... [More]
If you were at the IOD11 Conference last week and tried to get a copy of the latest Flashbook “ Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data ”. If you weren’t at the conference, here’s what happened: I had 3000 printed copies of this book by IBM experts Paul Zikopoulos , Chris Eaton , Tom Deutch , George Lapis , and Dirk Deroos . We scheduled 2 time periods for the giveaways and author signings… Monday & Tuesday outside the event center after the opening session. None of the books were remaining... [More]
For Episode #28, The DB2Night Show is bringing back special guest Mike Winer , IBM STSM and DB2 Kernel Architect. Mike gave an awesome presentation at IDUG North America in Tampa on DB2 Table Partitioning - during this episode, Mike will share excerpts and highlights of this talk, or "all of the important stuff" in his words. Are Partitioned Tables right for you? Watch are best practices? How have partitioned tables been improved recently? Watch this Episode and find out ! One studio audience member will be randomly selected... [More]
If you haven't yet upgraded your skills to DB2 V9, here is some incentive for you: DB2 V8.2 goes out of service very soon! Meaning that if your company hasn't yet upgraded to V9, they are likely planning a move soon. Make sure your skills match the product you are using or about to use. It is easier than you think to learn DB2 9. There are so many training resources available to suit just about anyone's needs, including travel-free learning , games to make it fun to learn, and books: DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide for Exam 730... [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]
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]