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Thanks to Leon for providing me with this amazing data about the amazing success of the DB2 Express-C On-Campus series of books.
IBM DB2 Express-C is the community edition of the DB2 data server that you can download and deploy for FREE. The target audience is small businesses or developers and business partners who serve these customers.
Not only is DB2 Express-C easy to install and use, but it contains the core functions of the more scalable editions of DB2 such as pureXML and self-managing capabilities. You can find out more about the requirements to use DB2 Express-C on the "About DB2 Express-C" website.
To support DB2 Express-C a series of On-Campus books have been created to support this community. Since the DB2 Express-C product can be downloaded for free, we needed to make sure that we could help people develop their skills for free. Thanks to Leon, Raul, Rav and many others, we have many books available for people to learn for free:
Getting Started with DB2 Express-C has been downloaded just shy of 83,000 times and distributed to more than 100,000 people world-wide. Just think of that! That's a lot of people learning and using DB2... and creating applications that run on any edition of DB2, regardless of the platform. This book is available in 9 languages, so the coverage is world-wide.
Getting Started with Data Studio was only recently made available and has been downloaded nearly 1500 times.
The team who created these books are planning to provide even more! There are 26 new books planned for 2010.
Now the success story behind the success of these books - there were 107 authors involved in the writing and translation of these books. 80 people from IBM and 27 outside of IBM. I hope each and everyone of these people benefit greatly from this career development stepping stone. Writing about anything makes you a better expert in that topic, and we all know that writing is one of the most valuable skills for a person to have.
Do you have your copy of DB2 Express-C and the supporting books yet?
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Scott Hayes the fabulous host of the DB2Night Show has published the details of the upcoming shows that he has planned.
ONLINE TABLE MOVES with special guest Ergin Babani, IBM Toronto LabIn this episode, special guest Ergin Babani from the IBM Toronto Lab will share with us information and tips on the new Online Table Move capabilities introduced in DB2 9.7. Be a guest in our virtual studio audience so you can learn how easy it is becoming to move data in DB2. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after Ergin's presentation and demonstration.
DB2 AUTONOMICS UPDATES and STMM with special guest Adam Storm, IBM Toronto LabIn this episode, special guest Adam Storm, DB2 Kernel Development, from the IBM Toronto Lab will share with us recent updates to DB2 autonomics in V9.5 and V9.7, plus share updates on STMM and best practices. We will take questions from our virtual studio audience after Adam's presentations.
DB2 LUW Performance Update & Best Practices with special guest Berni Schiefer, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Toronto Lab
In the DB2 LUW Community, Berni Schiefer is a man that doesn't need an introduction - but, just in case you are newer to DB2 LUW (like one of the many Oracle converts), Berni is "the performance guy". He's a Distinguished Engineer who leads the Information Management Performance and Benchmarks team at the IBM Toronto Lab. Berni has been a frequent speaker at IDUG conferences and other venues, and he gives terrific presentations that share DB2 Performance Benchmark results and performance best practices.
As always, if something prevents you from attending one of these sessions live, remember that they are recorded. Scott just mentioned that the Oracle session was downloaded more that 5000 times! Did you see that one yet?
Scott is also trying to fit Sam Lightstone into a session either as a secondary guest or for a show of his own to promote is new book: Making it Big in Software.
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I just noticed two things that I want to share with you.
First of all, the book "The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight" that is expected to publish on April 9 is still available for the pre-order discount of 37% off the regular price. You'll save $22.20 if you buy now! Amazon normally sells books at full price once the book is available.
Secondly, I noticed that one of my top blog entries is about this book! I made the entry "New Book: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight " on Oct 9, 2009 and have had nearly 2000 views so far.
The amazing author team worked very hard to pull this book together, so congratulations to Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, and Michael Schroeck.
What's so special about the book? Here are a few reasons:
1) The book covers the information architecture that is needed for enterprises to operate on the leading edge. The authors provide examples of real cases in the healthcare and automotive industries.
2) Learn how you can implement and take advantage of Smarter Planet and Intelligent Enterprise scenarios.
3) Learn about Predictive Analytics, Returnable Container Management, and Information Services in a Cloud Computing environment.
4) Understand how the enterprise architecture can be implemented with all or a subset of the InfoSphere Products:
* InfoSphere MDM Server
* InfoSphere MDM Server for PIM
* InfoSphere Traceability Server
* InfoSphere Dynamic Warehouse
* InfoSphere Streams
* InfoSphere Dynamic Warehouse
* InfoSphere Foundation Tools
* InfoSphere Information Server
Benefit from the vast experience of the authors that comes together in this most amazing book!
Today I've been reading Chapter 8 in Sam's book: Making it Big in Software. The chapter is called "Career Killers". I'd be surprised if you've managed to avoid all the problems that are mentioned.... I know I have witnessed most of them in my career. Here are the headings within this chapter:
Becoming the Complaints Department
Helping Too Much with Suggested Improvements
Displaying an Inability to Work the Org
Exhibiting Inappropriate Decision Making
Showing Lack of Teamwork
Failing to Give Credit
Writing Buggy Code
Displaying a Lack of Productivity
Missing Your Dates Consistently
Getting Stuck in the Wrong Time Quadrant
Focusing on Sidebars and Skunkworks
Letting your Skills Slide
Engaging in Excessive Self-Promotion
Getting Stuck in an Unimportant Role
Fundamentals versus Incidentals
The advice in this chapter is dead on... and in times when many jobs are disappearing, it might be a good idea to read this chapter to make sure that you are on the right side of a layoff.
I received my copy of Sam Lightstone's latest book: Making it Big in Software. What chapter should I read first? I think I'll start with Chapter 14: "Zen and the Critical Art of Balance". Why this chapter? I think software developers are notorious for NOT HAVING A LIFE! I must admit that working in the software business (and for IBM for that matter) can be all consuming and never ending... and maybe a bit addictive. Can a balance be achieved? I think it can and I'll let you read what Sam says about the subject.
The only hint I'll give you is the last paragraph that Sam wrote in this chapter:
"Careers do require hard work and enthusiasm, and those are attributes that encourage people to spend more time at the office. Finding your own balance is hard, but if you discover the Philosopher's Stone that helps you get it right, you'll have done the best possible service to your career and your life. No other tactic or vice will serve you better. With only one life to lead, it's definitely worth the effort".
Thanks Sam for helping all these hardworking people achieve a balance in their life while pursuing a very gratifying career in software.
PS... the book is now available for purchase, but it appears that amazon is still saying that it hasn't been released and are offering their standard 34% discount while it is in this state.
Apparently this is Read an E-Book Week. Have your read an e-book this week? I'm reading one that hasn't published yet, but am interested in adding a few more books to my collection.
InformIT.com is offering a 40% discount on the list price eBooks. Visit their store for a complete list of eBooks and enter the coupon code EBOOK during checkout to get your discount. This offer is valid through March 15, 2010.
PS... The new book by Sam Lightstone is available as an ebook:
Several years ago, Howard Fosdisk wrote a whitepaper about the Return on Investment of gettng certified. Since Howard is certified in both Oracle and DB2, he was able to do a price comparison between the two programs. I can no longer find the whitepaper on the internet, so you'll have to take my word for it that the conclusion was that it is much cheaper to get certified in DB2, but the benefits are equal to Oracle.
This week I read an interesting article in InfoWorld, Oracle hikes certification testing fees: "The cost of a MySQL Certified Associate exam is said to have more than doubled under the new pricing." Some of the proctored Oracle tests appear to be $195 per take in emerging countries. You can see the blog entry from Oracle's certification team for more details.
The IBM DB2 exams are typically $200 per take in the US and $100 in emerging countries.
For more discussion on the Benefits of Getting certifed... see my previous blog entries.
The IBM Data Management portfolio continues to grow to help you advance your skills. Study when and where you want with unlimited access to courses and labs for 90 days. New and popular courses include:
DB2 9 Administration Workshop for Windows
DB2 9 for LUW Quickstart for Experienced Relational DBAs
DB2 9.7 for LUW Quickstart for Experienced Relational DBAs
Fast Path to DB2 9 for Experienced Relational DBAs
Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration
Developing Applications Using Informix 4GL
Implementing Web Services using Informix 4GL
InfoSphere Warehouse 9 Components
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I have one final set of book recommendations that I'll blog about. These titles are largely topics that do not directly relate to our IBM Information Management products, but instead cover other IBM products or general topics. Once again if you feel that there are books in this list that shouldn't be here... or if you think I should add a title, please let me know. These books will ultimately be listed on our bookstore website.
For my previous entries see:
Translated this means: Books: Enterprise Content Management, Information Integration, Master Data Management, and Data Warehousing.
I need help with today's list of books! I need better recommendations for the Enterprise Content Management area and the Data Warehouse area. I have a few Data Warehouse books in the works, but sadly no ECM. Can you help?
See yesterday's blog entries for Data Management books.
Thanks for your help!
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In addition to the books listed in my previous post, I also have these books. Right now they are in a separate list... and for the Certification Study Guides, even on a different tab than the rest of the DM books. I wonder if this is the best way to present the books. Your suggestions?
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I hope you are aware that we have a Bookstore website where we showcase the books that are related to IBM's Information Management products. Nicole from my team is in the process of redesigning the site and has asked me to update the content. I'm glad we're doing this as I noticed that there are quite a few changes that are needed!
I'd like to ask for your help to make sure that I have the right set of books listed in each of the categories. Today's post is for the Data Management area. Let me know if you think there are books that should be deleted from this list or if there are some that you think should be added.
I'll be posting more lists in my blog each day until I'm finished.
Thanks for your help!
The DB2Night Show Episode 14: 12 March 2010
Back by popular request, the DB2Night Show is doing another CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS episode wherein a live performance health check will be performed for a real DB2 LUW production database. If you would like to see how this works, watch the replay of Episode #9.
Obviously, to make this show successful and educational for participants, YOUR snapshot data is needed! If you would like a free performance health check analysis completed for your database, please send the text outputs (in a zip file) from these commands to db2nightshow at dbisoftware .com:
* db2 get snapshot for database on DBNAME
* db2 get snapshot for bufferpools on DBNAME
* db2 get snapshot for tablespaces on DBNAME
* db2 get snapshot for tables on DBNAME
As you will see in Episode #9, care will be taken to not reveal the organization that provides the data - your contributions will be anonymous unless you specifically request to be identified.
One studio audience member will be randomly selected to win an Amazon.com gift certificate - use this towards a new USB thumb drive, a new book, or anything you like!
I've been posting information about the DB2 Certifications in the past couple of weeks and am very pleased with the interaction I've been receiving on several LinkedIN groups that I'm a member of. The two most active groups that I posted information in were DB2 Professionals and IDUG The World Wide DB2 User Community.
A couple of the comments were about how difficult the Advanced DBA exam was. Here is my response that I want to share with everyone: