Roger told me that he had completed this podcast... and today an article about the podcast and a link can be found in the DB2 Advisor from SearchDataManagement.com.
About the podcast:
This 20-minute podcast is relevant to those seeking more information about DB2 9 certifications, as well as to those who are already certified, but who wish to strengthen their resumé with additional certifications. Listeners will:
* Learn about the IBM DB2 9 certification process * Hear how IBM DB2 9 certifications compare to job experience – and whether certifications are worth it for industry veterans * Get information about the potential benefits – both personal, professional and financial-- of IBM DB2 certifications * Find out what an IBM DB2 9 certification really means to an employer and which ones are hot in the job market today * Learn whether it's beneficial to get multiple IBM DB2 certifications
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I've blogged about ILO (Instructor-led online) training before, but I wanted to tell you that we've now added a demo so you can see how it will work. Note that you need to have a flash player installed to view this demo.
Take advantage of our special offer and receive a complimentary headset !
Receive a handy headset to enhance your instructor-led online learning experience. Your headset will be mailed when you enroll in any IBM Information Management ILO course while supplies last.
For those of you who are not yet sure what ILO is... here are the basics:
Let your desk become a classroom. Let the instructor come to you. When you take an online course, do you miss the benefits of being in a classroom: live instruction, hands-on labs and group interaction? Now you don't have to. IBM offers our most popular courses in a new format we call instructor-led online. This format means you get the benefits of being in a classroom with the convenience and cost savings of online training.
How instructor-led online training works
Instructor-led online courses are taught by a live instructor on a specific day and time. These courses are exactly the same as their classroom equivalent, including the course length, content and student materials. You receive the course materials in advance. To participate on the day of the class, all you need is a broadband Internet connection. This allows you to connect to a virtual classroom that lets you interact directly with the instructor to ask questions or clarify the material ... just as you would in a physical classroom.
And since the best way to learn is by doing, you'll have access to the same hands-on labs available in the classroom course. Our Citrix®-enabled lab environment is available 24x7 for the duration of the class. The instructor can shadow you as you work through the lab exercises, provide guidance and address questions or issues.
If your team is geographically-dispersed you can also request that our instructor-led online format be delivered as a private class for your company. This is very cost effective, minimizes travel, and enables you to receive training customized to your unique needs - all with this alternative method of delivering education in multiple locations simultaneously.
Benefits of this format
* No travel costs or travel time * Same content as in the classroom version of the course * Live instructor with whom you can interact and ask questions using Voice Over IP (VOIP) * Modest connectivity requirements let you participate from anywhere * Thin client implementation for easy system preparation * Hands-on labs reinforce concepts learned * Purchasing is even easier with an IBM Education Pack - online account
Many of the IBM Information Management courses are currently being offered in this format, including:
DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Linux DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for UNIX DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Windows DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Transition DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, Windows DBA Certification Crammer DB2 9 for LUW Advanced Database Administration for ExpertsDB2 9 for LUW Advanced Recovery DB2 9 for LUW Quickstart for Experienced Relational DBAs DB2 Data Warehouse Edition 9 Components DB2 Family Fundamentals DB2 for z/OS Data Sharing ImplementationDB2 SQL Workshop DB2 UDB for z/OS Data Sharing Recovery and Restart Informix Dynamic Server 11 Transition Informix Dynamic Server Database Administration: Managing and Optimizing Query XML data with DB2 9 Using Rational Data Architect
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Along the same lines as my last post, I'd like to give you a suggestion as to how you can prepare to pass for Exam 733. We do NOT have a book in the works to accompany the DB2 9 Application Development Exam 733. If you are getting ready to take the exam, here are a few ideas to help you prepare for the test despite the lack of a dedicated book.
Read the book by Roger Sanders: DB2(R) Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 703 Study Guide. This book prepares people to pass the V8 Application Development Exam 703. If you want this book... buy it right away. The series of V8 study guides published by IBM Press are considered out of print by the publisher, so the only copies of the book that you can get are the ones that are sitting in inventory. No reprints are possible.
Tip: You may be able to save 35% on the purchase of this and any other books at the IBM Press Bookstore. For a limited time, you can save 35% off your order when you make a purchase at the IBM Press Bookstore on or between October 15, 2007 and December 31, 2007. PLUS you can receive FREE ground shipping in the U.S. To take advantage of this special offer, simply visit the IBM Press Bookstore, select your books and enter case-sensitive coupon code SAVEDB2 at Step 3 during checkout. See IBM Information Management Books for links and details.
Read the IBM DB2 9 New Features book to learn the new functions for DB2 9. I'd pay particular attention to the XML sections.
Exam 733 also has a series of tutorials that were created to help you prepare to pass it: DB2 9 Application Development Certification Exam Preparation TutorialsThis series of nine tutorials has been developed to help you prepare for the DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Application Development Certification Exam (733). Each tutorial includes a link to a DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows trial download at no charge to you! These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam. However, you should not rely on these tutorials as your only preparation for the exam. After a quick registration, you can begin a tutorial. Each tutorial should take about an hour to complete. You can take the tutorials online, or download a PDF.
For this exam, I recommend that you gauge your readiness by taking the assessment exam.
I've had quite a few people in the Toronto Lab successfully pass Exam 733 using this strategy.
I've mentioned before that the book to prepare you to pass the DB2 9 Advanced DBA Exam 734 will be published early in 2008. If you are getting ready to take the exam now, here are a few ideas to help you prepare for the test.
Read the excellent book by Dwaine Snow and Tom Phan: Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 UDB v8 for Linux, Unix and Windows. This book prepares people to pass the V8 Advanced DBA Exam 706.
Read the IBM DB2 9 New Features book to learn the new functions for DB2 9. I'd pay particular attention to the XML and Security sections. For this exam, I recommend that you gauge your readiness by taking the assessment exam.
I've had a few people in the Toronto Lab successfully pass Exam 734 using this strategy. Let me know how it works for you.
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Thursday last week was my last day at the IOD conference. I attended the keynote in the morning as I had arranged for a book signing with Chris Anderson and Carl Kessler, but I had never heard either of them speak on the topics that they are well-known for. I also was trying to arrange a meeting with Jeff Jonas who was a member of the panel. I was disappointed with the number of people who attended this keynote given the stature of the innovators who were on the agenda. I did get a message from each of the speakers, but would have liked to hear more from each of them. Interestingly, each of the speakers has a blog, so you and I both can learn more from this esteemed group!
Chris Anderson was the host / moderator of the session and the only non-IBMer in the group. Chris is the editor of Wired Magazine and the author of The Long Tail. I found out later during our book signing that Chris is working on his next book, possibly to be titled Free. The main message that I learned from Chris is that most companies block certain websites from their employees. Interestingly.... IBM does NOT block these websites and may be one of the only companies, certainly of this size, to be able to make that claim. For those who attended, you'll remember the photograph of the black and white cable... white being the websites that were allowed to employees, and black being the "sandbox" sites where real innovation happens. After the session, we spoke about the one site that was not used by IBMers: Skype. I've never attempted to use it, but was told that IBMers have access to much better tools than Skype so there is no need for us to check this tool out... at least at work.
Carl Kessler is VP of worldwide development for IBM’s Enterprise Content Management business and very recently, author of Outside-in Software Development: A Practical Approach to Building Successful Stakeholder-based Products. Carl's blog provides a near transcript of the points he covered at this event... the main point being that there is a gap between IT and line of business users that has always existed, but that is growing exponentially. If the gap continues to grow, IT will be so out of touch with future employees that business agility, client satisfaction, and business success will be the biggest loser.
I spoke to Carl about how he came to write his book and he said that in his previous assignment, he was given the task of creating a framework and practical implementation of techniques that any development team could quickly benefit from, regardless of project type or scope. Carl began spreading the word about this framework and implementation, but quickly found out that he needed help in getting the message to as many people as possible. Hence a book was recommended so that it could become one of the was to spread the message without the need to clone Carl! The book is brand-new... and perhaps it needs to be mandatory reading for certain groups?
Anant Jhingran was next. He made us all laugh with his use of music and lyrics to make his point: "How can you have any pudding if you don't wash yer feet?" Essentially, IBM has previews of unfinished Web 2.0 components (Mashup Hub, DAMIA, and QEDWiki) available to be downloaded and played with, but will improve as feedback is gathered. You can learn more about Anant's Info 2.0 views from the latest edition of the printed DB2 Magazine.
Carol Jones made a couple of excellent points that I walked away with. One... it is safer for employees to be walking around with a blackberry rather than a laptop as the blackberry will only hold a small subset of the information that is normally found on a laptop. So if stolen or lost, there is much less risk of losing critical information. Two... university and college students today have access to all the latest web tools. If companies restrict the access to these tools when these people finally begin their working career, these future employees will be handicapped in a way that they won't know how to use the tools that they are allowed to and may resent having restrictions to tools that could really make them effective at their jobs.
And finally Jeff Jonas. He'll say that he can't draw, but his slides make for a lasting impression. I've never heard the term information amnesia before, but the term along with Jeff's story make a lasting impression. The story: Jeff checks into a hotel very late at night... telling the front desk person that he wants a wake up call and breakfast at 10 am... and his dry-cleaning at 10:30. The next day housekeeping knocks on his door at 9 am. Seems like a very simple problem to solve, but if you think about it, everyone has examples of how the right hand knows not what the left hand is doing. Jeff is chief scientist of the IBM Entity Analytic Solutions group and intends to help the world solve these types of problems.
Jeff joined Chris and Carl at the book signing after the session and we were able to have an interesting chat about new technologies and publishing. I'm hoping that I can help these gentlemen with future publishing projects.
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I ran three book signings last week at the IOD conference. I've already mentioned the event where we handed out copies of the DB2 Viper Strikes Back book... and the IDS 11 book by Carlton Doe, but I haven't mentioned the Stephen Covey, Chris Anderson, and Carl Kessler signings.
Stephen Covey was our motivational speaker and gave the keynote on Wednesday morning. Personally I am motivated by this kind of message, so it made a deep impact on me. I spent 2 hours managing the book signing for Stephen's books. He sold out of 300 copies of books and spent time with each person who had a book for him to sign. I over heard him mentioning "trimtab" to most of the people. A trimtab is a relatively small piece on the rudder of a huge ship. It is the trimtab that moves to make the rudder move, and therefore the ship. Stephen's message is that we are all trimtabs and we all have the power to make huge changes in our workplaces... we just have to act. The videos he showed at the keynote about the inner city school and the crime in NY subways illustrated his points very well. His book "The 8th Habit" has pointers to a website where videos can be found and the concept of a trimtab is more fully explained.
I offered to take photos of people shaking hands with Stephen Covey, but many people forgot to bring their cameras. I had my camera, so I took the photos. I loaded the photos on my facebook site and sent an email to all those people who gave me business cards. I hope you enjoyed your photo... if you got one..
I have to get through some email right now..... and will post later about the keynote and book signings with Chris Anderson and Carl Kessler.
It has been pretty tough to find time to create blog entries while at the IOD conference! One of the things I was really proud of this week was the launch of 3 NEW certification guides! I've blogged about this before, but the books were displayed in their full splendor at the conference. With the 20% discount for attendees, the book seller was very happy that the books were flying off the shelves...
Here are the books that made their debut while at the conference:
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 (MC Press) by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders.
Congratulations to Roger, Susan and Dan for their excellent achievements! If you bought one of the books, I hope you found it useful in your quest to pass an exam or two. I would love to hear about your experience.
Congratulations to Belal Tassi, Paul Zikopoulos, Aamer Sachedina, and Dwaine Snow for the publication of our latest book:
DB2 Viper Strikes AgainNew Features in DB2 9.5ISBN: 978-0-07-154910-3
The book was custom published by McGraw-Hill, and currently I am the holder of the copies... although I am distributing them across the world to IBM people who may be offering a copy of the book to you. I'm hoping McGraw-Hill is able to distribute some of the copies of the book through the normal channels as well.
So, what's the book about?
This very short book... 134 pages in TOTAL, will help you gain an inside view into the key new features of DB2 9.5 - the ultimate data server! We fully believe that these new features will help you eliminate business barriers in order to take your business to the next level.
This book ONLY covers the features that are new for DB2 9.5, so if you are at the V8 level and want a complete picture of DB2 9 features, you'll need a copy of the book IBM DB2 9 New Features that was published earlier this year.
Yesterday after the IOD Conference keynote led by Arvind Krishna, we ran a book giveaway and signing session for this book as well as the one that was published earlier in the year by Carlton Doe. The giveaway and signing event was a tremendous amount of fun! I have some photos of the session, but I'll to increase my blog skills to learn how to post the photos!
If you are at the IOD Conference and have not received your copy yet, you may be able to find a copy in one of these areas:
* Certification Lounge* Developer's Den* Expo - pedestals for Education and for DB2 * Registration Desk
I hope you enjoy the book!
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Today's online issue of CIO Insight includes the article Fall Reading for IT Managers. I haven't read any of the books on the list, but the titles sound interesting. I'd like to make my own list of business titles in the IBM Press series that you should consider as well:
Can Two Rights Make a Wrong?: Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture Approachby Sara J. Moulton Reger
This book leverages the lessons learned during IBM’s $3.5 billion acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting: insight that IBM has crystallized into a powerful methodology for transforming business culture. The authors introduce “Business Practices,” an actionable surrogate for “culture” that business people can identify with, gauge, and act upon. Whether you’re involved with M&As, joint ventures, major transformation, internal restructuring, or any other initiative where culture is important, this book can help you take culture from a worrisome risk to a competitive advantage. Irresistible! Markets, Models, and Meta-Value in Consumer Electronicsby George Bailey, Hagen Wenzek
In this book, two world-renowned consultants preview the industry’s future–from online gaming to telehealthcare, and beyond. Next, they present a powerful new blueprint, offering indispensable guidance on everything from technology platforms to user interface design, branding to channel strategies. You’ll discover how to uncover new sources of value, design better models for doing business, and fuel growth by reaching new geographical markets.
Inescapable Data: Harnessing the Power of Convergenceby Chris Stakutis, John Webster
As communications, computing, and data storage converge, data is becoming utterly ubiquitous...and that changes everything. In this book, two leading data management visionaries reveal how data transforms the way you do business, the technologies you use, the investments you make, the life you live, and the world you live in. ...More Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt’s Theory of Constraintsby Dr. John Arthur Ricketts
Managing services is extremely challenging, and traditional “industrial” management techniques are no longer adequate. In Reaching the Goal, Dr. John Arthur Ricketts presents a breakthrough management approach that embraces what makes services different: their diversity, complexity, and unique distribution methods. Ricketts draws on Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC), one of this generation’s most successful management methodologies...thoroughly adapting it to the needs of today’s professional, scientific, and technical services businesses. He reveals how to identify the surprising constraints that limit your organization’s performance, execute more effectively within those constraints, and then loosen or even eliminate them. This book’s relentlessly practical techniques reflect several years of advanced IBM research and consulting with enterprise clients. Step-by-step, Ricketts shows how to apply them throughout your most crucial business functions...from project management to finance, process improvement to sales and marketing.
The New Language of Business SOA and Web 2.0by Sandy Carter
The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2.0 is based on thousands of interviews with analysts and industry leaders at organizations of all sizes in over 50 countries, who shared their views, experiences and challenges of aligning technology with business goals. IBM SOA Strategist Sandy Carter examines the best practices methodologies behind hundreds of successful SOA implementations, from companies large and small.
Outside-in Software Development: A Practical Approach to Building Successful Stakeholder-based ProductsBuild Software That Delivers Maximum Business Value to Every Key Stakeholderby Carl Kessler, John Sweitzer
Imagine your ideal development project. It will deliver exactly what your clients need. It will achieve broad, rapid, enthusiastic adoption. And it will be designed and built by a productive, high-morale team of expert software professionals. Using this book's breakthrough "outside-in" approach to software development, your next project can be that ideal project.
In Outside-in Software Development, two of IBM's most respected software leaders, Carl Kessler and John Sweitzer, show you how to identify the stakeholders who'll determine your project's real value, shape every decision around their real needs, and deliver software that achieves broad, rapid, enthusiastic adoption.
The authors present an end-to-end framework and practical implementation techniques any development team can quickly benefit from, regardless of project type or scope. Using their proven approach, you can improve the effectiveness of every client conversation, define priorities with greater visibility and clarity, and make sure all your code delivers maximum business value.
Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Informationby Scott Spangler, Jeffrey Kreulen
In Mining the Talk, two leading-edge IBM researchers introduce a revolutionary new approach to unlocking the business value hidden in virtually any form of unstructured data–from word processing documents to websites, emails to instant messages.
Search Engine Marketing, Inc.Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Siteby Mike Moran, Bill Hunt
Effective search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) is now crucial to the success of your business. But it™s never been more challenging—especially if you’re responsible for a large, complex site. Finally, there’s a definitive guide source of reliable information for implementing a successful program in your business or organization. In Search Engine Marketing, Inc., the ibm.com site architect and world-leading enterprise SEO consultant present best practices, step-by-step techniques and hard-won tips for driving maximum traffic at minimum cost. Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing RulesStart Fast, Fix Fast, and Fix Again: Marketing for Breakthrough Resultsby Mike Moran
For decades, marketers have been taught to carefully plan ahead because “you must get it right–it’s too expensive to change.” But, in the age of the Web, you can know in hours whether your strategy’s working. Today, winners don’t get it right the first time: they start fast, change fast, and relentlessly optimize their way to success. They do it wrong quickly…then fix it, just as quickly!
In this book, Internet marketing pioneer Mike Moran shows you how to do that–step-by-step and in detail. Drawing on his experience building ibm.com into one of the world’s most successful sites, Moran shows how to quickly transition from “plan then execute” to a non-stop cycle of refinement.
If you look through these links to amazon.... you'll notice that the rated books all scored 4 1/2 stars or greater... out of a max of 5 stars..... and most of the amazon prices are discounted by 34%.
The series of DB2 V9 Study Guides by Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson / Dan Luksetich are being published in India (at local currency) through Shroff Publishers & Distributors:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study GuideDB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
I don't see these books on the Shroff site yet, but they have the manuscripts and they are expected to appear very soon.
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I hope that many of the people reading this are actually planning to attend the IBM Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas that begins Oct 13. From my perspective, we've been working hard creating collateral, sending packages, producing signs and posters, and much more to ensure that the attendees of the conference are well taken care of.
I've heard that the attendance is very strong... and the sessions are filling up fast. If you haven't yet registered for the conference or sessions, there is still time. If you can't make it this year, try to get it on your agenda for next year.
Personally my schedule isn't completely filled up... but I wanted to share with you the events that I'm definitely planning to attend:
Sunday October 14Conference Registration 6:30a–9:00p - I have to begin work really early, so I'll likely register at 6:30 am!Pre-Conference Education 7:00 am - I'm not attending any sessions, but I'm helping those who are registered to find class room locations. If you want more information on these sessions, see the website or one of my previous blog entries.Bookstore 8:30a – 7:00p - Rupin is the bookseller again this year. He will have a very wide selection of books available at a 20% discount. Buy your books early as there is a limited supply... plus, it might help you pass an exam or two. Watch for several books that are making their publishing debut at this conference.Certification Testing 9:00a – 4:00p - Susan, Heather, and a few others will be permanent fixtures in the certification area. With the number of machines that they have set up this year, no one who wants to take an exam will be turned away! Notice that they are testing on a Sunday..... this is a conference first.How to Navigate Conference 1:00p-4:30p - Also a new addition to the conference. A conference this size can be a bit overwhelming. I plan to attend this session so I can see how to make the best use of my time. Unfortunately this session conflicted with a mock trial that I considered attending.Kathrine Rutledge Meet & Greet 4:00p – 5:00p - Kathrine is my third line manager, and this will be the first time I'll meet her. Only people in our organization are invited to this session....Expo Center Grand Opening Dinner Reception 5:00p-7:00p - Food, drink, desserts, networking: what more can you ask for!Community Reception 7:00p-9:00p - This is new. Choose from a number of community receptions, join the one that most closely matches with your area of interest/expertise, and meet others "just like you!".
Monday October 15Breakfast 6:30-7:45 - Those who know me.... know that food is pretty important to me... so I'll list all the food hours for all the other foodies out there!Certification Testing Ballroom D 10:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge Ballroom C 1:00p – 5:00p - This is a repeat of a very popular event from last year's conference. IF you earn an IBM certification or have one from elsewhere, come for a massage, food, or simply just to lounge. When I have free time, I plan to be here. I remember from last year that the cert lounge was one of the only places where you could find a table and comfy chairs to sit in.GRAND OPENING SESSION 8:00a-9:45a MC: Dana Carvey Ambuj Goyal, Steve Mills & Mike Borman - Kick start the conference with welcome message from the host executives, and perhaps a few jokes from Dana Carvey. You remember Dana... from Wayne's World fame! Mike Meyers is from Toronto and the movie spoofed many people who actually exist here!Bookstore 9:45a – 7:00pEXPO OPEN 11:15a-2:00p - Come visit our anchor, Angela Moore at booth 121. She's representing my whole organization and has important things to hand out.Lunch: 12:00-2Data Servers 2.0 Pushing past the Barriers of Information Technology Mandalay Bay Event Center - Arvind Krishna 2:15-3:15 - I can't say for sure... but there might be some important announcements going on at this time.... am I right?Flashbook Giveaway & Signing 3:15p – 4:15p - This event is showcasing some of my best work this year! Join us as we are giving away two flashbooks. What's a flashbook? Come out and find out.... What is the content? That too you'll have to come to find out. But I can tell you that once you get your flashbook, you'll have an opportunity to have it signed by some important people! This session conflicts with a demo that Laura Hammond is running. I plan to go visit her when I'm finished my work here.EXPO RECEPTION 5:00p-7:00p - More food and drinks?BEACH PARTY and dinner 7:00p-11:00p - party? sounds like a plan.
Tuesday October 16Breakfast 6:30-7:45Certification Testing 7:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge 9:00a – 5:00p - I'm scheduled to work in the lounge from 9-2 today, so you know where to find me if you're looking. Bookstore 9:30a - 6:30pGeneral Session 8:00a-9:00a - Emilie McCabe GM Public SectorLunch: 11:30 - 1Expo Dinner Reception 4:30p-6:30pEntertainment - Donna Summer 7:15p-8:30p I mentioned to my 21-year old niece that I was going to see Donna Summer... she said "who?". I guess her peak was the late 70s... long before my niece was born, but clearly Donna Summer had an important part in music history as is shown by her recent nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Wednesday October 17Breakfast 6:30-7Certification Testing 7:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge 9:00a – 5:00pGENERAL SESSION Stephen Covey 8:00a-9:00a - Who hasn't read one of Covey's books! Stephen is our motivational speaker for the conference and I'm sure he'll give us 8 habits to become highly effective.Bookstore 9:30a – 4:00pCovey Signing 11:00a – 12:00p - Buy one of his books and meet Stephen Covey in person. A signed copy of one of his best selling books might make an excellent gift!Lunch: 11:30-1EXPO OPEN 12:00p-03:45p2728 Women In Technology: Leveraging Our Unique Abilities to Build Success 5:30p – 6:30p - Two of my buddies from the Toronto Lab are hosting this... Jennifer Gibbs and Linda Jairam. I try to take part in as many WIT events as I can... not because I'm a feminist, just that I think women often sell themselves short and often need more encouragement. I'm pretty good at giving people encouragement... and have had a few interesting experiences :)
Thursday October 18Breakfast 6:30-7:45Certification Testing 7:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge 9:00a – 5:00pGENERAL SESSION 8:00a-9:30a - Panel host: Chris Anderson, Jeff Jonas and panel of innovators - Chris Anderson of wired magazine has sold 800,000 copies of his book! I've heard him speak and find him to be really down to earth and very interesting. I've only exchanged emails with Jeff Jonas, but have been told that some of his podcasts are outstanding. I'm looking forward to hearing these guys and a few other innovators discuss technology.Anderson and Kessler Author Signing 10:15a – 11:15a - Meet Chris Anderson and Carl Kessler in person while having copies of their books signed. Carl Kessler's book is still so new, so likely you don't own it yet. If you own "A Long Tail" by Anderson, bring your copy to be signed... or buy a second copy.Bookstore 8:30a – 12:00p - Last chance to buy books! If there are any left over, that is. I'm sure Rupin is hoping to sell out so he doesn't have to ship anything back.Lunch: 12:00-1:15
That's it for me. The conference does continue Thursday and half of Friday, but I'm flying home today. Can't be away too long from home!
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Looking for an interesting way to introduce DB2 to new employees? Try a new approach to traditional learning with IBM DB2 Gaming. Take advantage of these new interactive self-study learning games to build your DB2 skills using real world problems and solutions. Play now and experience these games at no charge to you!
IBM DB2 Detective GameGetting started with DB2 9 and SQL can be easy with this new interactive game. Using an crime investigation theme, this introductory level game teaches relational database concepts and shows how technology can be applied to solving real-life problems.
IBM DB2 Business GamePut your DB2 and SQL skills to the test with this intermediate level game! Jump into a “run your own business” scenario, where your company’s future depends on a key report needed to secure funds for a critical upgrade. Play the game and you may be ready to transfer your skills into action!
Thanks to Pat and others for these learning assets!
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Most Canadians who browse in bookstores know that deep technical books are rarely found at Coles or Chapters stores. I presume that this is true in most countries.... regardless of the bookstore's name. So where do you find books that support IBM products and technology, such as DB2? Online bookstores, of course.
Canada has two primary choices: amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca. Both online stores offer discounted prices, free or low cost shipping, and a very wide selection. I want to tell you about something I learned about amazon.ca this morning.
Apparently for a large number of titles, amazon.ca... and perhaps other online sites, tend to list the title and its details, but will not have them in stock UNLESS there is an order. There will be a message saying that the book will ship in 4-6 weeks. I've had many people tell me that they want one of the books for DB2, but cannot wait 4-6 weeks for delivery, so they look for a different way to get the book. Sounds like CATCH-22... a book must be ordered before it is stocked, but listed as "out of stock", who will order the title?
I don't have confirmation that the same policy is in place for chapters.indigo.ca, but I suspect that it is. In a way I don't blame the buyers at these bookstores as there are thousands of new titles every month, so which books should you stock? Which ones will sell? Not an easy decision, I'm sure. I guess I could place an order at these sites just to get the books I care about stocked....
The other interesting thing happening in Canada right now is that our dollar is at par with the US dollar. Canadians are used to seeing two prices on the backs of all books... a Canadian price and an American price. These prices are set when the book is first published, but rarely change when the currency fluctuates. Again, a difficult thing to do. As an example, the Understanding DB2 9 Security book has a price of $49.99 US and $61.99 Canadian! What a huge difference! What to do???
Well, you could order the book from amazon.com, but I'm not sure what the shipping charges would be... or if this is even allowed given that there is a Canadian version of amazon. If you live near a border or plan to travel to the US, you could buy when you are there.... a minimum of a $12 difference can be worth it. Another idea that someone mentioned to me is to use US$ at a Canadian store. Most large stores here accept both currencies and offer an exchange depending on the current exchange rate. But... if we are in Canada, I think the store would still charge the Canadian price regardless of the currency used.... so you'd still be paying the inflated price.
Let me know if you have any experience with these dilemmas... I'd like to know what your suggestions are.