Keep on Learning
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you have a safe and beautiful holiday with those who you love!
For those of us who are not in the US, this is typically a quiet week. If you are looking for something to do if you are experiencing a few quiet days, here are some suggestions:
Replay of Raul Chong's DB2 9.7 Technical Update: Ignore the message that the session is over... as there is a replay button on the page as well. There were many people who joined the session live... so if you missed it, by all means take advantage of the replay!
Replay of the DB2 NighShow episodes. Join Scott Hayes and his guests for a variety of topics. All sessions are recorded and more are planned. Enjoy!
IOD at Your Desk... Yes, you can replay many of the sessions that took place at IOD in Vegas at the end of October, including the Malcolm Gladwell session.
Continue or Begin your Certification Journey. Use the checklist that I created or read more about the process of getting certified.
Join or catch up with one of our communities, including PlanetDB2, ChannelDB2, (DB2 in Books), and My DeveloperWorks (see the list of available books... but there are many opportunities to learn on this site!!)
Read one of my favourite blog entries: Trying to Get Fired?
Thanks for reading!!
This year at the IOD Conference in Las Vegas, authors Dan Luksetich and Susan Lawson hosted a live podcast party with guests including Willie Favero and Jay Bruce from IBM.
What was discussed at this party?
Worth a visit? Podcast Party.
Also, check out Susan & Dan's best selling book:
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Join Raul Chong at 11 EST for a Technical Overview of DB2 9.7.
Join Chris Eaton, Scottt Hayes, and Rebecca Bond for SQL Fun at 12 EST.
Click the links for details.
November IM testing days
Grow your skills and save
Take advantage of reduced pricing on professional certification exams by attending testing day events, scheduled in select venues worldwide. Receive a 50% discount on all Information Management (IM) Professional Certification Exams as well as Lotus, IBM Rational®, IBM Tivoli® and select IBM WebSphere® Exams.
For November there are still openings for:
November 17, 2009
November 24, 2009
Schedule and reserve your seat
Why certify? How to prepare? What exams are available? I attempted to answer all of these questions and more in my series of certification blog entries: Certification 101.
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Beginning tomorrow you can participate in IOD virtual sessions... from your desk... for free.... whether you attended the conference in person or not. Personally I love attending these virtual conferences and have a good headset and mic to get the most out of the experience.
Which sessions should you choose? There have been many blog entries describing the sessions that took place, so take advantage of this information and choose the sessions that you most want to see. My recommendation is the Malcolm Gladwell session. He only spoke for half an hour, which is my only complaint! I could listen to his stories for hours, so I hope that in the future he is invited back to speak at the conference, but is given a large time period.
Malcolm's session is playing tomorrow... Tuesday Nov 10 at 11 EST. Don't miss it!
Register for this complimentary event and share with colleagues who did not attend this year’s live conference.
At the Information On Demand Virtual experience, you will learn how you can:
- Transform data into a trusted strategic asset using an information agenda
- Improve business performance with data analytics and optimization techniques
- Accelerate information intensive projects for immediate ROI
Date: November 10, 2009
Time: 8:00 am Pacific Time
Register now for the Information On Demand Virtual experience at
For advice on what to attend, read these blogs:
There are more... but that's a good start!
Watch The DB2Night Show episode #5
Nov 12 11am EST
"SQL Snapshot Potluck Party"
with special IBM guest Chris Eaton
In this episode of The DB2Night Show, special guest Chris Eaton from IBM will share his TOP 10 Favorite SQL Snapshot commands, host Scott Hayes will throw in a few of his faves, and EVERYONE who contributes at least one of their own favorite SQL Snaps to the show will receive access to a FREE text/zip file containing ALL of the SQL Snaps on the Show! WOW - What a great way to build your toolbox of SQL Snapshots!!!
Click on the registration link for details on how to submit your SQL Snapshot to this potluck party.
Rumor has it that another special guest may make a cameo appearance as well - independent security consultant, published author, and now DB2 LUW Security blogger Rebecca Bond has threatened to share SQL commands with viewers that will help analyze DB2 Security! Have you discovered her new DB2 LUW security blog yet?
ALSO - are you following http://www.twitter.com/db2nightshow yet? YOU SHOULD BE! Set your "follow" to enable mobile messages - The DB2Night Show is now starting to give away Amazon.com gift certificates! Just be the first to directly and correctly answer DB2 trivia, sample certification, or other DB2 related questions, and you could win valuable prizes!
Visit http://www.DB2NightShow.com weekly for updates on upcoming shows and recorded replays. Here is a look at future shows that are currently being planned:
* Nov 20 "Free Application Development Tools - Data Studio vs Quest Toad" (tentative)
* Dec 4 "SQL Server versus DB2 LUW and FREE DB2" with special guests Paul Z and Leon K from IBM (tentative)
* Dec 11 "Managing the DB2 Workload Manager" with special guest Paul Bird from IBM --AND-- A REAL LIVE CUSTOMER that is using WLM! (confirmed)
* Dec 18 "Crunching the Numbers - Snapshot Analysis with Scott Hayes" We'll be looking at real data from real live production databases. (confirmed)
* Jan 8, 2010 "DEAR IBM, ..." Special guests include IBM senior executives and leaders Sal Vella, Tim Vincent, and Drew Bradstock. Send your praise, comments, feedback, questions, and requirements to the show! This is a virtual CAC of sorts with a guest panel of IBM DB2 LUW top shelf leaders! (confirmed)
Congratulations on reading this far! Here is your reward! The first five people to register for Episode #5 and who contribute a SQL Snapshot command will receive a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate in appreciation for your contribution to the Potluck Party.
The International DB2 User Group (IDUG) is a co-sponsor of The DB2Night Show.
Here is the list of the best selling books at last week's IOD 2009 conference. Do you have your copy yet??
1) DB2 Certification Series of books, including:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 by Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow
I'm sure that these books were used to help prepare people when taking their exams. Over 600 tests were taken over the course of the week. Daily prizes were given to high scorers as well. I suspect that these people were also readers of these books! Let me know if you were one of the top scorers and what you did to prepare for your exam.
2) DB2 pureXML Cookbook by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
3) Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
by Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul van Run, and Dan Wolfson
4) Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
by Neal A. Fishman
Congratulations to all authors and thanks to all buyers / readers! I hope you find the books useful in your quest to improve your skills!
Free Webinar on Optim portfolio expansion in 2009 and looking ahead
to 2010 THIS WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4.
Since IBM acquired Princeton Softech in 2007, IBM has invested heavily in the portfolio. In 2009, IBM has delivered several new products to the Optim family. The Optim portfolio is designed to offer integrated capabilities to manage enterprise application data from requirements to retirement. With Optim, teams can share data artifacts (like models, policies and metadata) to align data management with business goals and improve collaboration.