25 June - our Season 1 FINALE - YOU REQUESTED IT!!!
Berni Schiefer RETURNS to talk about DB2 LUW Storage Optimization and Best Practices. He will be joined by his peer Robin Grosman who is the manager of BPS development. What's BPS? Another IBM acronym of course! Berni tells me that "BPS is the DB2 code layer that does I/O to storage".
Registration links and additional details:
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The two things that these books have in common are:
1) They were published by IBM Press (Pearson Education), IBM’s partner in publishing. Check out the deals that are being offered on IBM Press titles.
2) They were all authored by women. Normally I wouldn’t mention this…. but lately there has been plenty of news in the Canadian papers about the G20 and G8 summits that we are hosting this month. Part of the goal of the meetings is to discuss the plight of women in the world. So kudos to all the women in the world! Keep achieving greatness like these female authors.
Innovation Passport: The IBM First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) Journey From Research to Reality
by Mary Jo Frederich, Peter Andrews
- Get Inside IBM’s Breakthrough FOAK Program for Delivering Profitable Innovation!
- Learn from one of the world’s most successful innovation initiatives
- Align researchers, clients, and partners behind innovation that matters
- Get the right innovations to market fast
How can you promote innovation that delivers real, profitable business value–again and again, year after year? For 14 years, IBM’s FOAK program has done just that. In Innovation Passport, FOAK’s leaders share the powerful lessons they’ve learned. Through actual project examples, you’ll discover how to craft more effective processes for making innovation happen...encourage collaboration...manage innovation portfolios...protect intellectual property...and systematically improve the chances of marketplace adoption. Whatever your role in innovation, this book will help you do it better, faster, and more profitably.
The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking
by Maria Azua
- Harness the Power of Social Networking to Promote Innovation and Drive Growth
- A treasure trove of strategic and tactical insights for the business leader
- Provides relevant experience from a host of powerful case studies and compelling business scenarios
- Secrets for avoiding costly mistakes that can cripple a social networking initiative
Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
by Sheila Forte Trammel, Audrey J. Murrell, Diana A. Bing
Use mentoring to develop tomorrow’s world-class business leaders
Actionable solutions and best practices from IBM’s breakthrough mentoring program
• Embrace mentoring as a high-performance work practice
Maximizing, capturing, and communicating the value-added impact of mentoring
• Set the right goals for mentoring: then achieve them
Utilize mentoring to strengthen organizational learning, improve retention, promote innovation, and more
• Use mentoring to solve your organization’s most “wicked” problems
How mentoring can help you respond to complex, tangled challenges you’ve never faced before
Agile Career Development: Lessons and Approaches from IBM
by Mary Ann Bopp - Sheila Forte Trammel – Diana Bing
How do you make career development work for both the employee and the business? IBM® has done it by tightly linking employee-driven career development programs with corporate goals. In Agile Career Development, three of IBM’s leading HR innovators show how IBM has accomplished this by illustrating various lessons and approaches that can be applied to other organizations as well. This book is for every HR professional, learning or training manager, executive, strategist, and any other business leader who wants to create a high performing organization.
Enjoy these books!
Join Scott Hayes and special guest Burt Vialpando from IBM tomorrow (Friday June 18) on the DB2Night Show.
Burt will provide a side by side comparison of architectures, terminology, file system layouts, directory structures, administration commands, memory architectures, parameters, storage models and so much more.
If you are a DB2 LUW professional, after this session you will be able to understand your Oracle peers (really, it isn't a foreign language). If you are an Oracle professional, you will discover that the DB2 people aren't so strange after all.
Don’t miss this free webinar!
If you've considered making the move to DB2, developerWorks has made it easier than ever to find out everything you need to know.
The new DB2 enablement page for DBAs and database developers is loaded with resources -- articles, tutorials, demos, webcasts, and more -- to help you understand the benefits of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Benefits like industry-leading performance, autonomic admin features, and lower costs.
Are you already working with another relational database management system (like, say, Oracle)? Why not find out how easy it is to migrate your applications to DB2 9.7? Plus, new SQL compatibility features in DB2 9.7 (including support for Oracle's SQL and PL/SQL dialects) make it easy to reuse your PL/SQL knowledge.
And for more on all of IBM's data solutions, stop by our Information Management zone here on developerWorks.
And don’t forget the great books that are available for you to make the move to DB2:
Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional
by Grant Allen
Understanding DB2®: Learning Visually with Examples, 2nd Edition
by Raul F. Chong, Xiaomei Wang, Michael Dang, Dwaine R. Snow
Improve performance by 74%, while lowering data costs and downtime by up to 40%
Modern day levels of high-velocity data growth have put increased pressure on today's database management systems to support increasingly complex workloads, applications and service levels to meet business demand.
Attend our upcoming seminar to learn how IBM's integrated server and DB2 software offerings can help you improve application performance by up to 73% while lowering your data management costs by up to 40%.
You'll learn how to reduce the complexity of your current DBMS landscape, increase DBA productivity and improve IT service levels by ensuring near-real time access to critical business data.
Register today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or completing our quick online registration form.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND:
Whether you’re considering a new information infrastructure or are interested in learning how to meet next generation database workloads, attending this complimentary seminar will enable you to:
- Drastically improve the performance of mission-critical business applications.
- Reduce downtime while scaling dynamically to meet growing business requirements.
- Learn how an IBM-based virtualization strategy can help reduce database server costs with DB2’s reduced compression rates.
- Get an up-close look at IBM's DB2 9.7 release and learn how the Oracle compatibility feature can increase DBA productivity.
- Tailor the agenda to suit your specific needs by selecting from a range of sessions on Oracle, SAP, data warehousing and more!
- Network with like-minded, forward-thinking IT leaders from your local area.
Switching information platforms has never been easier or more cost-effective. Find out how to break free from high data management costs while minimizing IT complexity, reducing energy consumption and improving service levels.
Register today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or completing our quick online registration form.
DW 2.0 - Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing
Data Warehousing has been around for 20 years and has become an integral part of the IT infrastructure. In this session Bill Inmon, the "father of data warehousing" will discuss the evolution of DW 2.0 and the future of data warehousing that is technologically possible now, at both an architectural level and technology level. Discover how your organization stacks up as Bill explores the overall architecture requirements and delves into the underlying components to help you determine: what new technology to buy, how to plan extensions to the data warehouse, what can be salvaged from the current system, and how to justify the expense--at the most practical level.
You’ll walk away with a comprehensive overview of how best to implement the necessary technology and tools to enable the new generation of the DW: metadata, temporal data, ETL, unstructured data, and data quality control.
Meeting your Next Generation Database Needs
The automation of database admin tasks and sophisticated workload management capabilities are redefining how easy it is to optimize performance for your database software, while industry leading XML data management and data compression capabilities ideally position DB2 to handle your evolving workloads. When these features are tightly integrated with IBM servers to deliver workload-optimized systems, organizations are realizing benefits such as improving performance by up to 73% and lowering costs by up to 40%. Learn how organizations like yours can realize such benefits too.
POWER7 servers are a new generation of Smarter Systems
The new Power systems feature virtualization without limits, resiliency without downtime, dynamic energy optimization, and management with automation. Learn about the workload optimized features that make these systems the choice for both transaction processing and throughput processing - features that can dramatically reduce your costs and improve service to your end users.
Moving to IBM DB2 has Never Been Easier, Cheaper and Faster
In this session you'll learn about the built-in feature's of IBM DB2 that enable smoother, easier migration from other database platforms. In particular, IBM DB2 9.7 enables you to port applications written for a different database, with minimal or no change to your code. In addition, switching to DB2 can reduce operational costs and increase throughput through innovative technologies packed into the heart of the database engine. Learn how a move to DB2 guarantees these benefits, coupled with DB2's strong tradition of reliability, resiliency, and availability.
Smart Warehousing, Smart Decisions with the IBM Smart Analytics System
The recent surge in data warehouse technologies and appliances has led to a lot of hype surrounding the business intelligence (BI) and analytics space. Find out why IBM is uniquely positioned to deliver the most comprehensive workload optimized solution – one that includes not only an integrated data warehouse on IBM Servers – but also the required BI reporting, data mining and OLAP capabilities expected to make smart decisions. This session will provide an overview of how IBM’s Smart Analytics System can provide your organization with BI capabilities to hit the ground running with scalability to grow and adapt as your analytic requirements change. You'll also hear concrete examples from current customers using the technology.
Optimize your SAP system by significantly reducing the TCO
Architected, integrated and optimized together DB2/SAP on Power is the best combination for your SAP applications. Come and learn why customers including SAP have chosen to run their SAP applications on DB2. Over 100 customers migrated with 100% success to DB2 in the past 6 months, come talk to the thought-leaders as to how you too can benefit from DB2/SAP on Power – you will be able to reduce the memory, storage significantly while still getting superior SAP system performance.
Best Practices: Managing DB2 for Oracle® Applications and beyond
Organizations increasingly depend on business-critical enterprise systems to drive results and meet the challenges of daily operations. The combination of skill availability, increasingly complex technology options, and the business demand for a greater ROI have pushed many IT engineering teams to either design or adopt best practices to support these systems. In this session, we will explore case studies and discuss best practices for managing your Oracle applications on DB2. This session will benefit both those who are managing data on DB2 and those considering DB2 as part of their database portfolio.
Attendance is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or apply online.
I don't know about you, but I keep running into examples in the world where technology could be used to improve the experience. Here are a few recent examples:
A friend of mine was charged a fee for not using her chequing account for a 3 month period. When she called the bank they told her that they are trying to encourage people to come into the branch. That doesn't make much sense... but that's what they said. So, my friend plans to write herself a cheque every month for the amount of $1 and deposit it into the same account. Complete silliness!
I've been using the Toronto Transit lately and the last time I needed to buy tokens, I noticed two things. First of all, you can only buy tokens for cash. Credit cards are not accepted. I can use my credit card to pay $1.50 for parking somewhere, but can't buy 8 tokens for $20 unless I pay cash. The day I was there, the machine wasn't working, so I had to walk a fair distance to find a ticket booth that had an employee to sell me tokens. I don't carry cash very often, so I must first find a bank machine. Don't you think this could be easily automated and simplified?
In some cases the technology exists, but someone chooses to bypass the technology and end up making the experience a miserable one. For instance, I ordered a Blackberry that was to be shipped to my home via UPS. The phone company I purchased the Blackberry from decided to limit UPS in how and when they delivered the phone to me. UPS could only deliver during regular business hours when it just so happens that I'm at work! I asked for them to deliver to the local UPS store so I could pick up the phone after hours, but again the phone company restricted UPS and forced them to deliver to their central warehouse which is very far from my house. I should have cancelled the phone, but instead I had to work from home in order to receive the shipment.
What can we do about all this stupidity? IBM's current campaign about a SMARTER PLANET is the ultimate answer... and hopefully they are successful in improving the situation somewhat.
There are three books that I've read where the answer is provided... and I encourage all to read these books and help find people to build a smarter planet:
Also take a look at some cool videos that IBM put together:
Do you have examples of stupidity as well? Share them if you like.
Thanks to Leons Petrazickis
for reminding me about the DB2 Wiki
. Leons was able to add a recently written white paper to the site and I thought this would give me a good opportunity to tell you what you can find on this site.
The white paper that was just added is:
Authors: Andre Albuquerque, Irina Delidjakova
This paper will help you get started with DB2 Express-C and Virtuozzo Containers for Linux. Combined with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 for Linux®, DB2 Express-C software can be a powerful addition to your information management infrastructure. Virtuozzo Containers offers a high-performance, space-efficient operating system virtualization solution that you can use to create new virtual machines, also known as containers,within seconds.
What else can you find on this wiki?
This wiki contains an extensive list of articles, publications, tutorials, and other DB2 material. Check the appropriate document in this wiki to see the full list.
These are our latest featured DB2 articles and tutorials. This is just a small subset of all the material available in the wiki, so if you don't see what you need in this list, check the complete listings.
I hope you find something of interest on this site. If you have or know of content that should be placed here, let me or Leons know and we'll see what we can do.....
Have you seen Leon's
recent blog entry?
Move over Oprah, DB2NightShow.com is moving up in ratings
My last post about the DB2Night Show was in error... I said that Mark Wilding was the special guest this week... but it's actually Mike Winer! I'm sure Mark will be rescheduled for a future show.
So, what's Mike Winer going to talk about? I was a recent guest at his new cottage, but I'm sure that topic won't come up! Instead, he's talking about DB2 Locking. Mike was at the IDUG Tampa conference and at last week's CCDB2UG, so if you missed those talks, you'll be able to catch up in this special 90 minute webinar with Scott Hayes.
Educate - Inform - Entertain ...
Our "mystery" show has turned into a very special feature "The Keys to Mastering DB2 Locking" with guest Mike Winer, IBM STSM and DB2 Kernel Architect.
Mike gave an awesome presentation at IDUG North America in Tampa on DB2 Locking, updates, 9.7 Current Committed, and much more. So that Mike can deliver his full talk on this topic, we are extending the duration of The DB2Night Show to 90 minutes. We should have time for questions from the Studio Audience at the end.
Again, this is a first - a 90 minute show: 10am - 11:30am CENTRAL, 11am - 12:30pm EASTERN.
Remember, all past shows were recorded, so you can listen to previous shows that you may have missed. Also coming this month are:
The DB2Night Show Episode #22
Comparing DB2 LUW and Oracle with Burt Vialpando
The DB2Night Show Episode #23
"DB2 LUW Storage Optimization Best Practices"
with guests Berni Schiefer and Robin Grosman, IBM
Thanks again to the amazing Scott Hayes
for arranging these informative talks with talented speakers!
IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook
Over 80 great recipes for taking control of Cognos 8 Report Studio
- Learn advanced techniques to produce real-life reports that meet business demands
Tricks and hacks for speedy and effortless report development and to overcome tool-based limitations
Peek into the best practices used in industry and discern ways to work like a pro
Part of Packt's Cookbook series-each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible
Cognos Report Studio is widely used for creating and managing business reports in medium to large companies. It is simple enough for any business analyst, power user, or developer to pick up and start developing basic reports. However, when it comes to developing more sophisticated, fully functional business reports for wider audiences, report authors will need guidance.
This book helps you understand and use all the features provided by Report Studio to generate impressive deliverables. It will take you from being a beginner to a professional report author. It bridges the gap between basic training provided by manuals or trainers and the practical techniques learned over years of practice.
This book covers all the basic and advanced features of Report Authoring. It begins by bringing readers on the same platform and introducing the fundamental features useful across any level of reporting. Then it ascends to advanced techniques and tricks to overcome Studio limitations.Develop excellent reports using dimensional data sources by following best practices that development work requires in Report Studio. You will also learn about editing the report outside the Studio by directly editing the XML specifications.
Learn techniques and hacks to make the best out of your Cognos 8 Report Studio
What you will learn from this book
- Learn basic and advanced options around sorting, filtering, and aggregation of data
Explore the powerful features of Report Studio-Conditional Formatting, Cascaded Prompts, Master-Detailed queries, and more
Achieve real business demands such as dynamic drill-though links, showing tooltips, minimum column width, prompt manipulation, and merged cells
Learn to edit reports outside Report Studio using XML editing
Develop sophisticated printer friendly reports
Overcome tool limitations such as row level formatting, timing report execution, handling missing images, and so on
Learn tips on report development time
Introduce best practices such as inserting comments, regression testing, and version controlling in your reports
Enhance the features of Report Studio by using macros
Work with dimensional models (DMRs and Cubes)
Written in cookbook style, this book offers learning and techniques through recipes. It contains step-by-step instructions for Report Studio 8 users to author effective reports. The book is designed in such a way that you can refer to things chapter by chapter, and read them in no particular order.
You will see a new fictional business case in each recipe that will relate to a real-life problem and then you will learn how to crack it in Report Studio.
Who this book is written for
If you are a Business Intelligence or MIS Developer (programmer) working on Cognos Report Studio who wants to author impressive reports by putting to use what this tool has to offer, this book is for you. You could also be a Business Analyst or Power User who authors his own reports and wants to look beyond the conventional features of Report Studio 8.
This book assumes that you can do basic authoring, are aware of the Cognos architecture, and are familiar with Studio.
SPVC courses are self-paced online training that offer you the flexibility to take training when and where you want.
Get the high-quality content, hands-on lab experience, and instructor support of traditional classroom training, without the cost and hassles of travel.
With several courses available in trial format, you can experience this exciting new learning method first hand at no charge!
Take these new SPVC courses today:
1L610T - Trial version of Advanced DB2 SAP for Administrators
1WA52T - Trial Version of InfoSphere Warehouse Components 9 – SQL Warehousing Tool and Administration Console
2X101T - Trial Version of Developing Applications Using Informix 4GL
Once you try this format for learning, you may give up on all other methods! Let me know what you think.
We're down to the wire... only 4 episodes remaining in the premier season of the DB2Night Show.
discusses the REDISTRIBUTE command with Scott Hayes in tomorrow's episode (June 4
, 11:00 am Eastern).
June 11 – IBM Mark Wilding on DB2 in the Cloud – a technical talk – probably Part 1 of 3 part series.
June 18 – Comparing DB2 LUW and Oracle by IBM’s Burt Vialpando
June 25 – Our Season 1 show FINALE – Berni Schiefer returns with DB2 LUW Storage I/O optimization
Much thanks to Scott Hayes for pulling these amazing technical talks together!
PS..... If you've missed any episodes, remember that they were recorded and can be found on the DB2Night Show site
IBM's Information on Demand (IOD) Conference took place in Rome: May 19-21.
My purpose at the conference was to sell books to attendees, but I wasn't able to arrange for a bookseller to set up shop. I'm not able to sell books myself so I promoted both electronic books and buying books directly from the publisher.
Safari Books Online joined me as they provide one of the available options for electronic books. Erin and Martin from Safari were giving demonstrations of their system to attendees. We gave out bookmarks that promoted a free trial subscription for people to try Safari. The URL is: http://safaribooksonline.com/requesttrial/ (Feel free to give it a try!) IBM has a corporate license to Books 24x7 which provides a similar service, but there are fewer technical books than are available via Safari Books Online.
I brought my Kindle to the conference to show people technical content on this device. I don't think that it is the best option for technical books. I've downloaded all the readers and find the PC eReaders to be very good. I suspect that iPads will be suitable, but have not been able to use one yet.
The publishers who I work with sent me a sample copy of each book I requested. I likely had 50 books in total. These were merely for display so the attendees could browse through the books and to see the range of titles that were available. There was much interest. If someone wanted to purchase a book, I gave them information on how they could get a discounted printed version by ordering directly from the publisher. Pearson set up a site for EMEA to purchase books at a 35% discount, local currency, free shipping and duty: http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/ibmpressbookshop
Magnus Lindkvist, keynote speaker and facilitator
Author of Book: Everything We Know Is Wrong – The Trendspotter’s Handbook
Magnus brought copies of his book to the conference and sold nearly 100 copies for cash.
Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, and Michael Schroeck
Authors of Book: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture
IBM purchased 300 copies of this book to be given to qualified attendees. Attendees needed to attend a session hosted by one of the authors or to visit the InfoSphere Demo Room. The event was very successful and all the books were claimed in about an hour.
I arranged to have a number of the previously published flashbooks available to hand out. These included:
New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet – Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features
Information on Demand for Dummies, 2nd edition
SAP DBA Cockpit - Flight Plans for DB2 LUW Administrator
I had about 50 copies of each title and they were very well received. Some of the books were moved to the Education Zone to attract / reward people who visited.
I was able to meet with many authors and potential authors! This networking has resulted in more books in the pipeline. I'll have more information on the titles in the future.
James Lumsden from Packt Publishing flew into Rome to meet me in person and attended the Thursday night networking session that was part of the conference. I was able to introduce James to 25 authors or potential authors. During these conversations we discussed potential topics that would be good for the future.
I met an IBM university ambassador for Spain and will work with him to find more ambassadors in Europe so I can further promote some of our books.
Since this was the first time showcasing books at a conference rather than selling them, I learned a few things that I'd like to improve for future events:
Since I had books from 5 or 6 different publishers, it was difficult for me to give one URL for people to go to for our books. Our bookstore website needs to be redesigned and updated to include all the relevant books in both electronic and printed format.
I need a piece of collateral that can highlight the messages we can give to the customer about the book strategy. This can be a flyer, postcard, or bookmark.
On Monday and Tuesday this week, the CCDB2UG conference
was held in Markham, ON. I was very happy to be invited to take part in a very small way to speak to attendees during the reception and to network with people following the reception.
I handed out my business card to everyone who I met in the hopes that they will become readers of my blog. I hope one or two of you are people I met in person on Monday!
The message that I delivered to the attendees was that our Education and Skills team are dedicated to provide resources to people who want to gain skills on DB2 and other IM products. We have self study courses
, traditional courses
, ILO courses
, certification programs
, and more! I have blogged about these resources in the past and will continue to do so in the future, so keep coming back!
During the event I spoke to many of the excecutives of this user group: Yvonne, Joe, Tim, Dawn, Murray... and others! While talking to them I realized that each and every one of them are using a piece of advice that is prominent in Sam Lightstone's
book: Making it Big in Software
. That advice is to become a domain expert which will allow you to build your own skills but to help others build their skills and to build your network of like minded people. Can you imagine the benefits of knowing people throughout the industry who have the same passion and skills as you have?
Tim told me that he has attended just about every user group meeting for the past 25 years! I think the dedication that he and others put into user groups is amazing and hope that there are people early in their career who are willing to contribute to keep such an amazing community viable well into the future.
I hope you enjoy my blog entries!