I like looking at the list of top selling books from a conference. I think it tells us something about the attendees and what they are interested in this year, and it’s almost like a buyer’s reference. I got this list from Ellice Uffer’s blog entry Top Selling Books At IBM #IOD11 – Cognos, Governance, Decision Mgmt and More. I’ve repeated the list here and have included notes about the book/author.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
I loved the book, very much enjoyed meeting Michael and baseball legend Billy Beane. I wish I had more time to chat with the two of them, but clearly many people wanted to get a few minutes with these two! I really like when we do a celebrity author signing at IOD. The excitement is unbelievable. This signing was beyond that. We had 250 copies of the book in stock and we completely sold out and would have sold more if we had more books and if Billy and Michael didn’t have to leave after an hour. I haven’t seen a video posted of the Michael / Billy discussion, but if I do, I’ll post it.
IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples by Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
I had the great pleasure of meeting both authors in Toronto a few months ago when we recorded a podcast about the book. The book sounds amazing and given the number of copies that were sold at IOD11, clearly many people think the book is amazing. Check out the discussion we had about the book: Episode 1: Conversation with Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
This one is on my to-read list. Or I should say, to-listen list. I like to listen to non-fiction books in audible format and as soon as I can I’ll get this book. What’s it about? Given that Michael came from a Wall Street background and has written many books about the financial world, it makes sense that Michael’s latest book is about the current financial crisis that is taking place throughout the world. It may not sound like a very uplifting topic, but I really like Michael’s style of writing and am looking forward to learning about the big players in this situation.
Liars Poker by Michael Lewis
I haven’t read this one yet either, but Michael mentioned this book in the preface of The Big Short. Essentially he wrote the book about his experiences as an inexperienced bond trader and was always looking over his shoulder waiting for someone to discover that he was not qualified to be in control of so much money. He says he wrote the book to encourage new graduates to pursue something besides finance, but to his horror found that people were buying this book as a how-to succeed in finance. Also, I think a CEO was brought down as a result of this book.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
I listened to this book and loved it. It is shocking to see what actually went down during the sub-prime mortgage crisis a few years ago. In Michael’s typical style, each key player is introduced in biographic style so that by the end, you feel like you intimately know these interesting people. The sad thing about the book is learning that the people who were most at fault in the crisis and lost so much money that huge financial companies crumbled, were given buy-outs (thanks taxpayers) instead of jail sentences. To me, reading this book helps me better understand the Occupy protests that are going on.
Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function by Sunil Soares
This is Sunil’s second book in two years. His last one was a flashbook that was given away for free at IOD10. Everyone was so impressed with the quality of his first book that he was offered a book contract for a full book. The topic is different, and you can hear directly from Sunil as to what is different between the two books in this podcast: Episode 5: Conversation with Sunil Soares. We completely sold out of Sunil’s book at IOD11 and would have sold more copies if we had them.
Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent Systems by James Taylor
I met James during his book signing at the conference and we video taped a short interview together. Check it out: IBM Press Book’s Channel on YouTube.
Get Bold:Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business by Sandy Carter
I bought Sandy’s latest book at the conference and am looking forward to reading it. I’m a big fan of social media and try to read what I can from experts so I can stay on the leading edge. I enjoyed meeting Sandy at IOD11 and very much enjoyed interviewing her about this book. Check it out: IBM Press Book’s Channel on YouTube.
DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes by Roger Sanders
Another great certification study guide by certification expert Roger Sanders. This book is smaller and quite a bit different than Roger’s series of Certification Guides. Find out why by listening to our podcast: Episode 2: Conversation with Roger Sanders.
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
I saw the movie, but didn’t read the book. From the interview that Michael had with Billy, it was suggested that football has much smarter players than baseball. I’m sure that comes across in the book.
Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions by David Birmingham
I enjoyed meeting David Birmingham. He told me that he enjoyed the excitement of the conference and loved the attention Netezza was getting. I should do an interview with David some day.
The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights by Bob Laberge
I really thought this book would have sold more than it did. When it first published, I tweeted about it and was amazed at the interest about the book. Bob didn’t have a session at the conference, so that is likely why it wasn’t higher on the list. Listen to the podcast I had with Bob and find out why you should pick up a copy of this book: Episode 3: Conversation with Bob Laberge
Business Dashboards: A Visual Catalog for Design Deployment by Nils H. Rasmussen, Manish Bansal, Claire Y. Chen
The first book on the list that I don’t know anything about!
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo
Not surprising that this book sold well. RIP Steve.
The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence by Michael Biere
Maybe I should have arranged a book signing for Michael again this year. I’m glad his book is still selling well.
Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling by Tony Giordano
Another author I enjoyed meeting at the conference. From the people visiting Tony during his signing, I got the impression that Tony is a genius at modeling. Who better to write a book about modeling? Listen to the interview I had with Tony about this boo: IBM Press Book’s Channel on YouTube.
From Idea to Print - How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published from Roger Sanders
Many people have dreams to become an author, and this book might actually help people realize their dreams. Roger has written 23 technical books and does a fine job explaining how to get published. There are great tips in the book (I was an official reviewer, so have read it front to back). Organization, audience, working with editors, avoiding procrastination, getting feedback, editing for common mistakes, plagiarism, copyrights, and best of all, how to interpret an author contract. Listen to the podcast we did about this book: Episode 6: Conversation with Roger Sanders
Business Intelligence Competency Centers: A Team Approach to Maximizing Competitive Advantage by Gloria J. Miller, Dagmar Brautigam, Stefanie V. Gerlach
I don’t know about this book.
The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success by Carmine Gallo
Steve again. My first computer was a Mac Plus and my home computer is a Mac Book Pro. Yes, IBMers love Apple too!
Little Green Book of Getting Your Way: How to Speak, Write, Present, Persuade, Influence, and Sell Your Point of View to Others by Jeffrey Gitomer
I haven’t read the book, but we all want to improve our techniques for communicating.
Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager by Bill Carpenter
I met Bill a few years ago at an IOD conference and he indicated he wanted to write a book and voila, here it is! I had many interested authors approach me this year as well, so maybe we’ll have new titles next year that can be traced back to IOD11.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
I haven’t read this book, but vividly remember a famous quote by Thomas Edison: Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Clearly the people buying this book are trying to follow through on their inspirations, right?
Head First iPhone and iPad Development: A Learner's Guide to Creating Objective-C Applications for the iPhone and iPad by Dan Pilone, Tracey Pilone
I saw this book at the bookstore and it looked very interesting.
Star Schema The Complete Reference by Christopher Adamson
iPad at Work by David Sparks, Merlin Mann (Foreword)
I hope you enjoyed this list and that it inspires you to pick one of them up to deepen your skills in some area.