Keep on Learning
Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday!
I had a present waiting for me when I returned to work. Two books by the publisher Packt. I was recently made aware of this publisher and hope to work with them this year. Here are the two books that they sent to me to take a look at:
by Ned Riaz, Jason Edwards, and Rich Babaran
This was published in July 2009 and is aimed at those who need an introduction to IBM Cognos 8 Planning. According to the cover, the book gives clear, easy to understand instructions on how to design, build and deploy Planning models. It focuses on the essential tools that first time developers need to know.
The authors are very experienced consultants who provide step by step guidelines to using the modeling tool, Analyst.
Interested? You may qualify for a free copy of the book.
by Anthony Chaves
This book is aimed at intemediate Java EE developers who want to build applications that handle larger data setas with massive scalability requirement. IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale 6 provides a solution to scalability issues through caching and grid technlology. Working with a data grid requires new approaches to writing highly scalable software. This book covers both the practical eXtreme Scale libraries and the design patterns which will help you build scalable software.
Also see the publisher's website for this book.
If you've read either of these books... or other title by Packt, let me know what you think.
19 – 21 May 2010, Rome, Italy
Registration is now open for our 3rd Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2010! This industry-leading, pan-IBM event will be held from 19 – 21 May in Rome, Italy, and provides you with the strategy and roadmap you can use to turn information into a strategic driver of innovation, business optimisation and competitive differentiation.
IOD EMEA 2010 offers a world-class technical and business leadership programme and provides an unrivalled forum for to share best practices, learn the latest on information-led transformation and network with peers. If you register before 26 February 2010, you can take advantage of our "Early Bird" offer and save up to € 610 so sign up early!
I don't have my approval to attend the conference ... yet... but I'm working on it. Planning sessions for the bookstore begin next week. Regardless of the location, the IOD EMEA conference is worth attending! But going to Rome to attend this conference makes it a MUST-attend event.... do you agree?
Watch The DB2Night Show Episode #10 on 8 Jan 2010 10am CST "DEAR IBM..." with IBM Executive Guests.
Host Scott Hayes has lined up IBM Executives Sal Vella (Vice President, Development, Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing), Tim Vincent (IBM Fellow and Chief Architect DB2 LUW), and Drew Bradstock (DB2 LUW Product Manager) to hear what is on YOUR mind regarding DB2 LUW.
This is a RARE and special opportunity - usually you would have to attend an IDUG or IBM IOD conference to gain access to these DB2 LUW executive leaders.
Register NOW for your FREE seat in our Studio Audience - the capacity of our audience is limited to only the first 1,000 seat reservations. You are part of the DB2 LUW community - let your voice be heard!
Instructions for submitting a "DEAR IBM" letter, the show registration link, and recorded replays of previous shows can be found on:
Sorry for the late notice! I hope you can make it...
Join me (as Scott's special guest) on Feb 12 at 11 am EST on
The DB2Night Show Episode #12- "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Resources"
What will I talk about?
I'm open to suggestions, but I'll likely cover the following:
1) Books published in 2009.
2) Books that are expected to publish in 2010.
3) Websites where you can get additional information about the books and have a chance to communicate directly with the authors of the books.
4) Opportunities for you to get involved in writing / reviewing or promoting books.
5) How to get a discount on books.
6) Future of publishing as ebook readers are becoming increasingly popular.
Is there something else you'd like me to discuss as well? Let me know!
Thanks for the opportunity Scott!
It's been awhile since I blogged about the ChannelDB2.com. I've noticed that we now have cool posters on the walls of the lab to build awareness for ChannelDB2.com. The poster says
ChannelDB2.com now has 2,388 members, 71 groups, 259 videos and presentations, discussions, and links to free books and software. Are you a member yet? I've noticed that the university relations teams are reaching out to people in universities across the world and encouraging people to join groups that are specific to their country or university. If your country / university isn't represented, add it!
The videos are very interesting interviews and presentations featuring various people inside and outside of IBM. You'll find topics on just about everything covered in these videos. The best thing? If you have an educational video that you would like to share, you can add it to the collection.
The groups allow you to give and get information about related topics. For instance, one of my groups is DB2 in Books where I post information about the latest published books, events related to the books, and discounts if they are available. If you are a member of the group, you are able to ask questions that can be answered by me or perhaps an author of one of the books. If you aren't yet a member of this or other groups, it is easy to join... and you won't get too much mail as a result of joining.
You can also create groups yourself. If you feel that there is a topic that isn't yet covered, create a group and invite people to join.
Raul Chong and his team have been busy creating e-books for you to download for free. These are full books in the 300-page range and can be read on your computer. The two latest titles include "DB2 Express-C: Updated for 9.7" and "IBM Data Studio for DB2". These books are part of the "Getting Started" series and will introduce you to the software and how to use it. The books are full of screen captures and are easy to read.
In conjunction with the books is the free software. From ChannelDB2.com, you'll find links to the Express-C software that you can download for free to try all the latest features. If you haven't tried DB2 yet, this is the best way to get your hands on it to see how easy it is to use and learn.
Lastly are the blogs. You may already know that PlanetDB2.com is an aggregate of all DB2 related blogs. These blogs are also pulled into ChannelDB2.com, so you can come to one place for all kinds of important information.
ChannelDB2.com is a way for you to actively participate in learning, sharing, and discussing the DB2 products.
If you are a member, ask me to be your friend :)
Yesterday I blogged about all the benefits of joining ChannelDB2.com. One of the things that I encouraged you to do is to join a group if there is a group that covers topics that you are interested in... and to participate in the groups in whatever way you can.
Today I got an invite from Rav Ahuja who has just created a new group on ChannelDB2.com called "Chat with the Lab" . If you are a member of this group, you'll automatically receive a notification for upcoming or previously recorded Chat with the Lab sessions.
Chat with the Lab sessions are free webinars from the IBM Labs. Join the experts to learn about DB2-related breakthrough technology, best practices, and to get your questions answered during a live Q & A session.
Some of the previous Chat with the Lab sessions include:
Thanks Rav for setting this group up! I'm sure you'll have many people join the group to stay on top of these amazing sessions.
Rebecca Bond - MY Data Champion!
Have you had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Bond in person yet? I have, and must say that my world is a better place knowing her! If you haven't, take a look at her accomplishments so you can get to know her in a virtual way.
Today another of Rebecca's articles on security published in Database Journal: DB2 LUW Security - The DB2 DBA as a Locksmith.
Rebecca started a blog several months ago and the focus is on security as well: DB2 LUW Security
Last year IBM recognized Rebecca as a Data Champion.
Scott Hayes the host of DBI's DB2Night Show saw the brillance in Rebecca and has had her on his show twice now! I love the video Rebecca created in New Orleans for her first show!
I saw Rebecca being filmed at the Information on Demand 2009 conference, but I'm unable to find the video online. Can anyone point me to it?
And how could I forget the amazing book that Rebecca was involved with! She was planning to write it all on her own, but Katrina and a few other issues got in the way, so a few others were happy to work with Rebecca to achieve this wonderful accomplishment:
To promote the book, check out this article from Rebecca: DB2 Security - The Starting Point
Can you see why I've chosen Rebecca as my first Data Champion? The funny thing is that Rebecca likes to thank me for some of her accomplishments! I'm completely flattered by the compliment and if I had anything to do with her success, I'm so very proud!
I've enjoyed putting the spotlight on Rebecca and think that I'll do this for a few other people who truly stand out in my mind!
PS... Keep up the AMAZING work Rebecca!!