As we approach the end of the year, you'll find that everyone has a list that they want to share with you. I like lists... and you can likely find a few in previous blog entries. But, this entry is about a few other lists that I've discovered when reading newsletters in the past week. I hope you find one or two of these interesting!
The ten reasons why software companies lose in a losing economy? by Judith Hurwitz
Five reasons why the Web Services Test Forum is critical Marcia Kaufman
Stress-Busters: 12 Ways to Renew Yourself by Kathleen Barton
Enterprise Web 2.0, Four part series * Part 1 examines the business and technical drivers behind Web 2.0, the challenges and opportunities Web 2.0 presents to enterprises, and the relationship between Web 2.0 and SOA. * Part 2 covers the major solution types emerging through which enterprises can exploit Web 2.0. * Part 3 presents a collection of industry and business scenarios in which those solutions can be deployed, and explains the value that can be realised by doing so. * Part 4 is a more technical article focusing on the options for exposing the content and functions of core information and transaction systems such as IBM® CICS®, IBM Information Management System (IMS)™ and IBM DB2® in Web 2.0 solutions.
1013 members of channeldb2.com.37 groups that you can join, including my favourite DB2 in Books
Five new SOA certifications from the SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) program
The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual from PCWorld.ca
The 10 most embarrassing tech flubs that could happen to you from ITBusiness.ca
Five competition classes available in "The Search for the XML Superstar" Prizes include laptop computers, GPS devices, iPod® portable media players and PlayStation® games. All who register at http://www.xmlchallenge.com and complete a short quiz receive free tee shirts. Individuals can join contest groups at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Orkut. Contestants who invite a friend to enter earn points toward the XML Superstar Grand Master prize. The Grand Master prize is a Bose Wave Radio.
Happy Holidays everyone! See you in 2009.All the best to you and your family!
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Two New Demos: See Informix Dynamic Server products in action. Thanks to Carolyn M. Kniffin for this information!
Watch how Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) products can deliver blazing online transaction processing (OLTP) performance, legendary reliability and nearly hands-free administration.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise Replication:This illustrated demo shows the capabilities of IBM IDS Enterprise Replication and how it can help ensure an effective and consistent delivery of corporate data, enterprise-wide.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server High Availability:This illustrated demo presents IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) High Availability solutions and how they can drive maximum business value and fully leverage your hardware and software investments.
> Read the blog posting in the DEMOcentral News blog for more information> Watch the "IBM Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise Replication" demo> Check out the "IBM Informix Dynamic Server High Availability" demo
I'm interested in what your answer is....
What new skills will you pursue in 2009?
1. XML2. SOA-related skills3. Database modeling and design4. Information systems design5. New programming languages and techniques6. Catching up with new features in DB2 and Informix7. Certification8. All of the above9. None of the above
From:IBM Database MagazineDecember 16, 2008Volume 9, Issue 26
At IBM... keeping our skills current is one of the most important goals we set for ourselves each year. But the typical human trait of procrastinating quite often sets in, leaving December the time when people scramble to take courses and exams! If you are like this... I have good news for you.... there are lots of options available for you. Here are five options:
1) Take a free ILO course. See this blog entry by Kate.
2) Take a certification exam. You can take exams at Prometric Testing Centers, so book your time now.
3) Which exam should you take? For exam objectives and cutscores for each exam, see the exam preparation documents.
4) Read a book. See my blog entry for a list of my suggestions.
5) Enter a contest. See my blog entry for some choices.
One of my favourite topics to blog about is ILO = Instructor Led Online Training. Why? I think largely because I believe that this kind of training fits into modern life so perfectly. With the world focusing on "green" options, is there anything more green than attending a class to upgrade your skills while staying at home? With the financial pressures that the world is currently under, everyone needs to do their part to reduce costs, but keeping skills up to date remains CRITICAL. ILO provides the same excellent transfer of skills that you've come to expect in classroom training, but it eliminates the most expensive part of taking a class: traveling.
ILO also keeps getting better. This time with new scheduling options:
* ILO Select provides targeted information in a packed lecture of three hours or less, at a much lower price than full training courses.
* ILO Flex Time offerings enable you to experience the full scope of ILO from anywhere in the world over several days so that you can balance both work and education.
These two new ILO options give you the ability to enhance your skills when and where it is convenient for you.
And lastly, more ILO classes are being added all the time. See the list of featured classes below, but make sure you check the ILO website to keep current on the latest courses that are available.
* 3E060 - (FREE) Basics of the Data Studio Environment- ILO Select * 3N120 - SQL Workshop - ILO Flex Time * 3N610 - Advanced DB2 SAP for Administrators - ILO Flex Time * 3S490 - HADR High Availability Disaster Recovery Implementation - ILO Select * 3S410 - Introduction to Data Sharing - ILO Select * 3S301 - Managing Informix DS Using the SQL Admin API and Scheduler - ILO Select * 3L242 - DB2 9 for LUW Multiple Partition DBA Workshop - Classic ILO * 3E120 - SQL Workshop - Classic ILO * 3L201 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Linux - Classic ILO * 3L211 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for UNIX - Classic ILO * 3L231 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Windows - Classic ILO
Yesterday I blogged about a few contests that were available for you to join. Today I want to remind you to nominate someone as an IBM Data Champion to recognize exceptional contributions to the Data Management community.
Here are details from the website:
Technical communities, Web sites, books, conference speakers and blogs all contribute to the success of IBM’s Data Management products. But these activities don’t run themselves. Behind the scenes there are dedicated and loyal individuals who put in their own time to run user groups, manage community Web sites, speak at conferences, post to forums and write blogs. Their time is uncompensated.
IBM is honoring the commitment of these individuals with a special designation — Data Champion — as a way of showing our appreciation for the time and energy these exceptional community members expend.
Data Champions are objective experts. They have no official obligation to IBM. They simply share their opinions and years of experience with others in the field, and their work contributes greatly to the overall success of Data Management.
Do you know an exceptional community member who should be recognized as a Data Champion? Nominate them today!
Do you need a few suggestions? Take a look at the blogs that you can read from Planet DB2. You'll quickly see a growing community as well as prolific community members.
Also look at for active DB2 members.
Five different contests for you to join:
* Video Contest: Invent a creative use of XML, XQuery or DB2 and record yourself doing it.* Gadget Contest: Develop a downloadable gadget or widget leveraging DB2.* Query Contest: Use XQuery to find five answers. The best queries win the best prizes!* Ported App Contest: Port or develop a new app for DB2. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.* XML Contest: Win by building useful, user-friendly XML apps from scratch. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.
The Ported Application Contest and pureXML Programming Contest went live in the USA on December 1st! Four new countries are going live this month: France, Japan, Italy and Israel.
This competition consists of five different contests aimed at students and professionals alike. Each contest offers its own recognition and set of prizes. The range of skills encompasses those with a passing interest in XML and database technology to those with hardcore programming skills in DB2. Before participating, you will first need to take a Quick Quiz, a short questionnaire that requires no prior XML or database experience to complete. You only have to take the Quick Quiz once.
Start now by registering for one of the contests. Earn participation points for each entry. A special prize will be given to the contestant— the “XML Grand Master” —that amasses the most participation points.
I have a math degree from University of Waterloo..... and many of the courses that I took way back then used IBM software and / or hardware to teach the concepts. I remember using SQL/DS on VM/CMS to learn about database concepts. We also had a lab filled with Mac Pluses... and I owned one myself, so the school didn't focus on mainframe even back then :)
IBM and higher education institutes continue to work together as can be seen in this announcement about IBM And DeVry University Launch New Enterprise Computing Track:
The new track will provide students with critical computing skills designed to meet the increased demands of IBM clients and Business Partners. The new Enterprise Computing track is planned to be available to DeVry University students beginning in March 2009.
DeVry University is a member of IBM's Academic Initiative where faculty members worldwide can access more than 1,000 other hardware, software and services training resources at no cost.
If you are a member of ChannelDB2 you'll notice that Agatha Colangelo and Raul Chong are making excellent progress in building ambassadors at universities around the world.
If you are looking for a book that would be helpful at a university level... here are my suggestions:
Database Design* Physical Database Design: the database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more
Advanced Topics* Enterprise Master Data Management – An Architectural Perspective* Understanding DB2 9 Security * Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information * Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide * Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence
Database Concepts* DB2 9 New Features * DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep * Understanding DB2 9.5 * Administering Informix Dynamic Server, Building the Foundation * Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional* An Introduction to IMS(TM): Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System* The Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS (2nd Edition)
Certification* DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide * DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep * DB2 9 DB2 z/OS DBA Certification Study Guide * DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 * DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 * DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Database Programmer* Building an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice * DB2 for Developers
Technical WritingDeveloping Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors (2nd Edition)
Web DesignBuilding an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice
SOA* SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility* Executing SOA: A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect* Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Compass: Business Value, Planning, and Enterprise Roadmap
Marketing* The New Language of Marketing 2.0: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market* Search Engine Marketing, Inc., 2nd Ed.
Are you looking for a unique gift this December? Consider giving someone you care about the means to improve their skills. You can never have too many skills when the economic climate is as rough as it currently is!
Here are my suggestions.... surprised?
Architects* Physical Database Design: the database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more => Save 10% from amazon.com* Enterprise Master Data Management – An Architectural Perspective => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore
DBAs* DB2 9 New Features => Save 31% at amazon.com* Understanding DB2 9 Security => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore
Everyone* Understanding DB2 9.5 => save 37% at amazon!* Administering Informix Dynamic Server, Building the Foundation => save 10% at amazon* Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional => save 36% at amazon!
Certification Candidates* DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* DB2 9 DB2 z/OS DBA Certification Study Guide => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 => Save 20% at Digital Guru
Business Intelligence specialists* Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide => Save 37% at amazon.com* Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence
Database Programmer* Building an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice * DB2 for Developers => Save 20% at Digital Guru
Note that the savings mentioned are accurate today... and may change without notice.
If you are in India, check for these books at: shroffpublishers.com.If you are in Canada, check for the IBM Press books at: www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2.If you are in Europe, check for the IBM Press books at: www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop.
Discover the best practices for IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Get practical guidance for the most common DB2 9 product configurations and use this knowledge to improve the value of your DB2 data servers.
Notice that updates and additions were made recently:
"Database Storage" (October 2008) Updated!Discover best practices for database storage including guidelines and recommendations for spindles and logical unit numbers (LUNs), stripe and striping, transaction logs and data, file systems versus raw devices, Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) devices, registry variable and configuration parameter settings, and automatic storage.
"Physical Database Design" (May 2008)Learn about all of the design features that relate to the physical structure of the database such as datatype selection, table normalization and denormalization, indexes, materialized views, data clustering, multidimensional data clustering, table (range) partitioning, and database (hash) partitioning.
"Information Modeling with Rational Data Architect Version 7" (October 2008) New!Discover the best practices for information modeling based on the experiences of a team of data modelers using Rational Data Architect with DB2. Rational Data Architect is an information modeling tool that can help you establish and use standards in design based on proven design methodologies to create highly reusable models that satisfy business requirements.
"Data Life Cycle Management" (October 2008) Updated!See the best practices to design and implement scalable solutions that facilitate the continuous feed or roll-in and roll-out of data, with minimal interruption of data access.
"DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery" (October 2008) New!Get recommendations for setting up and maintaining a DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) environment in ways that balance the protection HADR provides with performance and cost. This best practice explains optimizing for fast failovers, tuning parameters for network and logging performance, and understanding table reorganization methods and load operations in an HADR environment.
"Tuning and Monitoring Database System Performance" (October 2008) Updated!See best practices for the performance evolution of a Data Server. From important principles of initial hardware and software configuration to monitoring techniques that help you understand system performance under both operational and troubleshooting conditions. For troubleshooting performance problems, this paper provide a step-wise, methodical method for determining the problem.
"DB2 Workload Management" (October 2008) New!DB2 Workload Management helps prevent, detect, and resolve conflicting resource requirements on a DB2 data server based on defined business objectives. This paper details the current best practices for DB2 workload manager.