Faced with the challenge of reduced IT budgets and an increased need for new information systems
to help improve operational efficiency and competitiveness, IT administrators adopt virtualization
technologies to optimize their IT infrastructure. IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows database
software (“DB2 database software”) together with VMware virtualization technologies may help companies
reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business responsiveness through server consolidation
and software licensing options that allow customers to pay for only what they use.
Learn more by reading this paper that details the potential cost-saving advantages of running DB2 software
on a VMware virtualized environment on x86 platforms. Achieve more with less: Helping to reduce total cost of ownership with IBM DB2 and VMware software
written by:Jason Chan
, IBM Canada LabIrina Delidjakova
, IBM Canada LabBob Goldsand
, VMware, Inc.Johanna Holopainen
, VMware, Inc.
Also available, IBM Redbooks DB2 Virtualization
If you plan to be at the IOD Conference next week, get a printed copy of this IBM Redbooks, and meet Jason:Jason Chan
–Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
–Author will be available to sign your copy of IBM Redbook: DB2 Virtualization
–Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South
PS... I'll be at the IOD conference in Vegas
next week. If you are there, connect to me via the SmartSite
or visit me at the IOD bookstore.See Kate's blog for many details about IOD.
Plenty of books exist, and if you've read any of my blog entries,
you'll know that I blog quite frequently about books before they
publish, when they publish, or if we have an event around a book. To
make it easy for you to keep up to date on the growing collection of
books, I encourage you to join my group:
This group is on MyDeveloperWorks
. With My developerWorks, create your own personal profile and custom
home page (My Home) to get instant access to the people, feeds, tags,
bookmarks, blogs, groups, forums, etc. that you care about. See this how-to article
Once you have a profile, you can join my group and learn about
discounts, offers, events, and when a book publishes. I've invited the
authors of these books to also join the group to make it easy for you
to contact the author if needed.
Three more days till I fly to Vegas.... for the IOD Conference! I really can't believe how busy I am... and most of it is prep work for IOD! My primary function at the conference will be to introduce you to the many books that are available for you to read to grow your skills on multiple Information Management topics. And guess what? I have much to announce to you on this topic!
First of all, if you are attending the conference, come and visit me at the IOD bookstore: Bayside Foyer, Mandalay Bay Convention Center - South, Level 1
**Books at the IOD Conference bookstore are 20% off the retail price
There are too many books to list here, so come by and browse. Of particular interest are the following books that you can buy and get signed by one or more of the authors:Mark Jeffries
signing copies of What’s Up With Your Handshake?
–Mon 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
–Tue 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
–Location: At Conference Bookstore Neal Fishman
signing copies of Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
–Mon 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
–Location: At Conference Bookstore Malcolm Gladwell
signing copies of his newest book, Outliers
, along with his best-sellers, Blink
and The Tipping Point
–Wed 10:15 am - 11:15 am
–Location: At Conference Bookstore Matthias Nicola
signing copies of DB2 pureXML Cookbook
–Mon & Wed 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
–Location: At Conference Bookstore
As usual, we also have a collection of books that we are giving out free of charge. I call these "flashbooks" because they are small, easy to read, and introduce you to a new topic. These books are in limited quantity... and you MUST be at the conference to get a copy:Judith Hurwitz
, Fern Halper
, Marcia Kaufman
, Glenn Hintze
, Adam Gartenberg
–Mon 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
–Authors will be available to sign your copy of Information on Demand for Dummies
–Exchange your coupon for a free book at the Bayside Level Ticket Counter (across from the IOD Main Information Desk)
–Signing location: At Conference Bookstore Bill Wong
, Rex Wiederanders
, Alan Meyer
, Pat Bates
, Mike Biere
–Wed 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
–Authors will be available to sign your copy of New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
–Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South Kelvin Looi
–Mon 3:30 pm – 430 pm; Tue 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
–Signing copy of book MDM for Customer Data: Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
–Location: Mandalay Bay South: Bayside D – Data Management Room Paul Zikopoulos
, Belal Tassi
, George Baklarz
& Chris Eaton
–Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
–Authors will be available to sign your copy of Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features
–Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South Jason Chan
–Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
–Author will be available to sign your copy of IBM Redbook: DB2 Virtualization
–Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South Jacques Roy
–Tue 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
–Author will be available to sign your copy of Informix Dynamic Server Application Development – Getting Started
–Location: Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South
I'd also like to invite you to the new group I created on MyDeveloperWorks
. I will add information about new or existing books as I learn it. If you have questions, this is also a great place to ask it. I'm planning to invite every author who I work with to join me and ask them to answer your questions!
You must join MyDevelopersWork
to join my group. Find information here:https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/
and then join my group: BOOKS! Primarily technical books that cover Information Management products... but a few others too!
There has been lots to read about DB2 pureScale in the past couple of weeks, but if you're like me... you've been too busy to read much of the press and are therefore missing some key information. I plan to attend the upcoming DB2 Chat webcast on Wednesday, Oct 21
so I can learn what I need to learn. I hope you can join too!
Here are the details:DB2 pureScale: Scaling Databases without LimitsDate
: Wednesday, October 21, 2009Time
: 11:30 - 13:00 Eastern
10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30 hrs London / 17:30 hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9PMPresented By
: Experts from Toronto Lab: Sal Vella
(IBM), Matt Huras
(IBM), Aamer Sachedina
DB2 pureScale is an integrated solution that provides virtually unlimited scalability for all your transaction processing needs while ensuring continuous database availability. It allows you to scale capacity dynamically to meet peak demands, and pay for only the resources you require. In this webcast experts from the IBM labs will share technical details about DB2 pureScale.
- Vice President, Matt Huras
- Distinguished Engineer, Aamer Sachedina
- Senior DB2 Architect,
to learn how you can scale your existing and new database applications transparently with DB2 pureScale.
Register for this webcast by using the following link:http://bit.ly/2BfXG
If clicking the above link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your Web browser.
Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great.
by Sam Lightstone
Sam works at the Toronto Lab and the book will be published in Jan or Feb next year. Sam is willing and available to speak at events on topics related to the book.
Here is the link to pre-order the book:http://bit.ly/MakingBig
Feel free to spread the word about this book! I've read most of the chapters already and think that the advice that Sam gives is amazing!Book Description:
Software development is unique industry that includes many of the trappings of corporate American culture, and many odd divergences. It’s an industry where teenage hackers compete head-to-head with MIT PhD graduates. A world where crinkled t-shirts and unlaced running shoes coexist with stock options and executive titles. The dynamic and somewhat bohemian quality of the software industry introduces unique challenges in building a successful software career.
More importantly the insight on how to get ahead in the software business simply isn’t taught in formal degree programs. With supporting data from Gartner Group, IBM, KPMG, Standish Group and others this book discusses the dynamics of software development organizations, and how to build a successful career. In addition the book includes interviews with some of the most influential software innovators and leaders of the past 30 years – ACM Turing Award winners, and CEOs of major corporations alike; people who literally changed the world. These interviews add an intimate and profound quality to the book. Table of contents:
Chapter 1: Makin’ it big
Chapter 2: School versus job
Chapter 3: What good software is really about
Chapter 4: Mission impossible? Getting a job in software development
Chapter 5: Making the most of the early years as a software developer
Chapter 6: Essential skills. Some are even technical.
Chapter 7: The sweet science of software R&D organizations
Chapter 8: Working the org
Chapter 9: Successful software project proposals
Chapter 10: Career advancement
Chapter 11: Time management
Chapter 12: Avoiding software development overruns
Chapter 13: Zen and the critical art of balance
Chapter 14: Career killers
Chapter 15: Leadership in software innovation
Chapter 16: Secret insights on software project management
Chapter 17: The big leagues. From medium-shot to big-shot
Chapter 18: The big leagues. From big-shot to visionary
Chapter 19: If only I’d known then what I know now
Chapter 20: Going out on your own: The “software startup”
Chapter 21: Compensation: Kuh-ching!
Chapter 22: Making it big?
Appendix A: Contents of a business plan for software startups
Appendix B: Historical timeline of software innovations
I know! We're on a roll here with all the new books that are publishing or about to publish. October seems to be our big month!
I'm very happy about all of the books, but especially this one! I've been working with Liwen for what seems like 10 years on getting a book about DB2 & SAP published! Lots of hurdles, lack of authors, lack of time...you name it... it was a problem. But persistence from everyone and look what we have! Right now we only have the e-version of the book...which you can print if you want a printed copy... and hopefully we can go the next step with this book in the near future.
Here are the details:
SAP DBA Cockpit - Flight Plans for DB2 LUW Administrator
This book is a reference document on the fully integrated monitoring and management of DB2 through the brilliantly designed SAP front end. The book takes the reader through all aspects of the DBACOCKPIT tooling and suggest certain best practices that should be considered. DB2 & SAP
have been partners for many years now... so take a look at what that partnership brings you! You won't be disappointed!Click this link to go directly to the PDF book.... no landing page yet!
New IBM Redbook: DB2 Virtualization
technologies are becoming more popular to help efficiently utilize
resources by consolidating servers. IBM, the first company that
developed and made available the virtual technology in 1966, offers
advanced, powerful, reliable, and cost-saving virtualization
technologies in various hardware and software products including DB2®
for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. This IBM Redbooks publication describes
using IBM DB2 9 with server virtualization.
The book starts with a
general overview of virtualization and describes specific server
virtualization technologies to highlight how the server virtualization
technologies have been implemented. With this introduction anyone new
to virtualization will have a better understanding of server
virtualization and the industry server virtualization technologies
available in the market.
Following the virtualization concept, the book describes in detail the setup, configuration, and managing of DB2 with
three leading server virtualization technologies:
- IBM Power Systems™ with PowerVM™
The virtual machine setup is done with DB2 in mind to help IT support
understand the effective ways of setting up a virtual environment
specific for DB2. The architecture and components of these
three server virtualization technologies are explained to allow DBAs to understand
how a database environment using DB2 can benefit from using the server
In addition, the DB2
features and functions that can take advantage of using server
virtualization are discussed. These features are put into practice when describing
how to set up DB2 with the three virtualization technologies discussed
in this book. This book also includes a list of best practices from the
various tests performed while using these virtualization technologies.
These best practices can be used as a guideline or a reference when
setting up DB2 using these virtualization technologies.
For those of you attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference later this month, you'll be given a chance to get a free printed copy of this book and meet author Jason Chan.
Enjoy all the coverage that DB2 is getting because of theIBM DB2 pureScale announcement last week! From what I've seen... very positive reactions!
There are lots of places where you can buy a printed copy of the IBM Press book DB2 pureXML Cookbook by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee,
but unfortunately due to an unknown mix up... you CANNOT buy the book
at the IDUG Rome conference that is taking place this week.
I'm sorry for the mix up and will make sure that future conferences are
NOT missing key books like this! I know it matters in terms of ease
and expense that these books are available for sale at conferences...
so my apologies to anyone who wanted to buy a book and was unable to!
Here's what I can do, however. I'll tell you where you can buy the
book at a discount that is higher than than the discount offered at the
First of all, if you are a MEMBER of IDUG... and if you attended the
conference, you are automatically a member, please remember that ALL
IBM Press books are available for you to purchase at a 45% discount!
This is a significant savings that is offered to you with your
membership, so make sure you take advantage of your special status. You must log into the IDUG members site to take advantage of this offer.
If your office or home is in Europe, you're likely concerned about
duties, taxes, and shipping costs that may be significant if the books
are shipped to you from the USA. For you, we suggest that you purchase
your IBM Press books at the Pearson Education EMEA bookstore
. They offer a 35% discount and free shipping in Europe.
In the USA, you should take advantage of the IBM Press offer
that is taking place right now. You can purchase IBM Press titles at a 35% discount and receive free shipping in the USA.
If you prefer to read books online rather than in print, you should know that the book is available in both Books 24x7
and Safari Books Online.
Of course if you have a Kindle or Sony Book Reader, you know that you
can purchase electronic copies of this book as you normally would.
Again, I'm sorry that the book wasn't available at the IDUG Conference in Rome, but it WILL be at the IBM IOD Global Conference in Las Vegas
In fact, you will have an opportunity to meet one of the authors
(Matthias Nicola) and get your book signed while you're there. The
signing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28... so drop by if you are
at the conference and help me congratulate Matthias on his first book!
For more information about the IOD conference, see Kate's blog where today she blogged about the IOD Bookstore!
As always, thanks for reading my blog and your continued interest in the published books that I promote!
MDM for Customer DataOptimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
Author: Kelvin K. A. Looi
ALL THIS FOR $14.95!
Master Data Management (MDM) is a fascinating, up-and-coming IT
solution approach that allows an organization to run a customer-centric
business operation. Since MDM is a relatively new concept in the IT
world, its real capabilities, purposes, and values are easily
misunderstood. If you’re looking for an easy way to understand what MDM
really is and how it came about, then this is the book you’ve been
after. Beyond providing a simple understanding of MDM, it also
describes how an organization can implement an MDM solution in phases
to enable the business operation
to be customer-centric, with each phase showing a positive return on
book will also clear up the many misconceptions of what MDM is and how
it is different from Client Information File, CRM, and Data Warehouse
solutions. The differences are clearly explained, and the authors
further show how MDM can co-exist with these other solutions with and
optimize their operations by providing them with trusted data.
With MDM for Customer Data, you will:
• Know the different MDM implementation styles and approaches
• Understand the importance of data governance for successful implementation
• Be prepared to implement the first phase of an MDM project
• And much, much more
Chapter 1: The Elusive Customer-centric Operation
Chapter 2: The Application Agenda Era
Chapter 3: The Information Agenda Era
Chapter 4: MDM for Customer Data
Chapter 5: How Other Organizations Use MDM for Customer Data: Case Studies
Chapter 6: Data Governance
Chapter 7: Be Careful What ou Ask For: Your IT Might Actually Deliver
Chapter 8: Other Master Data Management Data Domains
Congratulations to Kelvin on this amazing accomplishment!
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight
This book is currently being written by the following author team: Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck
•This book is designed to reach out to a wide client audience on a global basis leveraging IBM‘s vision and products in the Information Management area.
•Through a true cross brand author team (GBS, GTS, SWG) with high ranked contributors with proven track records and external visibility this book will promote IBM‘s expertise and implementation engagements in this area.
•This book covers the next generation of IBM‘s Smarter Planet vision in addition to Information Agenda and Information on Demand themes.
•Extraordinary support for the book by IBM external thought leaders and market influencers.
•Author team members have already published books for IBM Press and delivered external articles successfully before; with this book they cover the full range of IBM‘s capabilities covering Business Scenarios, Conceptual & Logical Component Architecture, Implementation Design using Operational Models – all consistent with IBM‘s Unified Method as well as offerings such as the Dynamic Infrastructure.
Author CredentialsMario Godinez
is Executive IT Architect and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect within IBM's Worldwide Information On Demand Architecture team. He co-founded IBM Software Group's Information Management Technical Enablement team, and has spent 15+ years helping IBM financial and industrial customers architect and implement complex enterprise solutions. Eberhard Hechler
is Chief Architect of the European IBM Information On Demand Technical Center of Excellence. As Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect, he is a technical leader of the Information Management organization at the IBM Germany Research and Development Lab. He co-authored Enterprise Master Data Management. Klaus Koenig
is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has been involved in IT for 20 years. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of IT architecture management and IT infrastructure design. As key innovator and chief technology executive he is currently leading several development and transformation initiatives, the major ones in the area of Cloud Computing, Green IT, Service Lifecycle Management and IT Process Automation. Steve Lockwood
works in IBM Software Group as a Lead Architect and within IBM's Business Intelligence practice (a part of Global Business Services). He has been involved in all aspects of the development of information related projects, covering Data Warehousing, analytics, Information Integration for CRM solutions and development of Master Data Management solutions. Martin Oberhofer
is a Senior Technical Consultant at IBM and a member of the World-Wide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence. His areas of expertise are Master Data Management, database technologies, Java development and IT system integration. Michael Schroeck
is a Partner and the Global Business Intelligence (BI) and Information on Demand (IOD) Leader for IBM, Global Business Services. Mike has a proven track record in having guided project teams in the design and successful implementation of large, complex BI/IOD Solutions (e.g., decision support, integrated analytics, data warehousing, data mining, etc.) for a wide range of clients.
You can preorder
the book now. Very soon there will be a Rough Cuts
version available where you can get the electronic version of the chapters as they are completed.
Thanks to the author team for putting in so many hours to create this book to share their extensive experience with all readers!
I hope all my IDUG friends who are in Rome this week are enjoying the city, weather, and of course the amazing conference!
If you are an IDUG member, I'd like to bring this information to your attention:
IDUG members save $100 on registration for the Information On Demand 2009 global conference
Not a member... become one today.
Visit IDUG for promo code
I hope to see you in Vegas!
There are two free learning events taking place today. Are you taking advantage of these offers?
Here are the details:
The Information on Demand conference is fast approaching. I've been doing some final planning for the conference that includes creating signage for the bookstore and book signing events. I'll share with you what the plans are and hope that you'll be able to join us at the conference and specifically for the book events.
The IOD bookstore is offering books at a 20% discount. Browse the selection of books because I think you'll be able to find several books that interest you and can perhaps help you do your job better. I'll be working at the bookstore and whenever I do, the comment I hear most often is... "I had no idea there were so many books!".
The bookstore will be open Sunday October 25 thru Thursday October 29. There will only be a limited quantity of each book... so browse & buy early to avoid disappointment.
The following authors will be at the conference and will be available to sign your books. You can buy your book at the conference or bring a copy you already own. Remember that a signed copy of a book makes an excellent gift!
Mark JeffriesWhat's Up with Your Handshake?
Meet Mark at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 11-12 or Tuesday October 27 from 1:30 - 2:30.Neal FishmanViral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
Meet Neil at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 1:30 - 2:30
Promoting all three of his best sellers: Outliers
; The Tipping Point
Meet Malcolm at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 10:15-11:15Matthais NicolaDB2 pureXML Cookbook
Meet Matthias at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:30 - 2:30
As in previous years, we also have some free FLASHBOOKS that you can take. These books are very slim and easy to read and typically only available to conference attendees.
Information on Demand for Dummies
Authors: Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam Gartenberg
These books are only available to partners or customers. Exchange your coupon for a book.
Meet the authors on Monday October 26 from 2:30 - 3:30 at the IOD Bookstore
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features
Authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, George Baklarz, Chris Eaton
Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Tuesday, October 27 from 12 - 1New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Authors: Bill Wong, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Pat Bates, Mike Biere
Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:45 - 4:45MDM for Customer Data : Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
Author: Kelvin Looi
Get your free book and meet Kelvin the Mandalay Bay South: Bayside D - Data Management Room
I know you may think it's too geeky to get your book signed... but the authors enjoy meeting people and talking about their books and related topics.
If you want more info about IOD... read Kate's blog
. She's been doing an entire series about various aspects of the conference.
hope to see you / meet you at the conference. If you are going, come
and find me at the bookstore and tell me that you read my blog! I like
talking to people too!