Schiefer is the guest on this week’s DB2Night Show. Berni is a DB2
performance legend and you’ll greatly benefit from hearing his talk.
Berni will share the latest news, tips and advice about DB2 LUW 10.Thanks to IBM Champions and hosts of this fabulous show: Scott Hayes and Martin Hubel
Remember, all shows are recorded, so if you miss it, you can still catch up at a later time.
Also remember that Feb 1 begins the 3rd "DB2's Got Talent Competition. For information, see my blog entry: Become a DB2 evangelist by being speaker!
bet you do! If you follow my blog, you know that I often promote the
fabulous work that our champions do to support IBM’s products. I like
to call the champions IBM’s Best Friends!
Just announced today, the nominations for the 2013 IBM Champion for Information Management program are now open (worldwide) and are being accepted through February 28, 2013.
Candidates may be nominated by another individual or they may
self-nominate at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Nomination2013 .
The official call for nominations information:
applications will be reviewed and approved solely on the efforts of
one’s community contributions, we are especially interested in
applicants outside the United States.
are looking for individuals - customers, business partners,
consultants, professors/students - who demonstrate a strong impact
within the community in some of the following ways....
Information Management offerings in the community with competence and
credibility (content, blogs, presentations, customer references,
analyst/press, videos/podcasts, etc.)
knowledge with and provide support to the community (books, articles,
blogs, forums, IBM Redbooks, presentations, education etc.).
- Nurture Information Management communities (online communities, social groups, user groups, regional user groups, etc.)
A list of current 2012 IBM Champions
To get an idea of some of the work that Champions are appreciated for, take a look at some of my previous blog entries:
Attend IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2013 - Apr 29 - May 3, 2013 in Orlando, Florida
- Many of the speakers at this conference are IBM Champions, including
Craig Mullins, Bonnie Baker, Martin Hubel, Scott Hayes, Roger Sanders,
Judy Nall, Susan Lawson, Fred Sobotka, and many more!
DB2 Symposiums 2013
- Many of the champions who take part at large IDUG events, also take
part in more regional events like the DB2 Symposiums. Klaas Brant is
the leader in these education sessions.
Check out these Rising Stars in the DB2 Community!
- I’m not sure how many of these “rising stars” are currently
champions, but I think each and everyone of them should be nominated!
What's Happening in Your DB2 World?
- In December, I was having much fun reaching out to many of the
champions who I interact with via twitter and asking them about the DB2
activities they were involved with.
Best Selling Books, 2012 and Many IBM Champions are Authors -
Many of our champions have written books, which I’m very happy about!
I have more writing opportunities as well, so if you’re interested, you
know where to find me!
Become a DB2 evangelist by being speaker!
- IBM Champion Scott Hayes takes part in the DB2 community in many
important ways, but I think that his grooming of future speakers /
experts is outstanding. Perhaps taking part in this competition is a
first step in becoming a champion!
Three DB210 for LUW Certification Exams are now available
- Have you ever considered who creates the questions on these exams?
Would you be surprised if I said IBM Champions did? People like
Rebecca Bond, Roger Sanders, Dan Luksetich, Judy Nall, Susan Lawson, and
others are critical to the success of the certification program.
IBM Champions at IOD: A perfect match and More IBM Champions - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again... without champions, would there even be an IBM Information on Demand Conference?
haven’t mentioned every champion, but be sure, they are very
appreciated. If you think you contribute in ways such as these, be sure
to nominate yourself or ask someone to nominate you.
you have worked with me and I’ve promoted the work that you’ve done,
feel free to use me as a reference, but give me a heads up. I look
forward to working with all the IBM Champions who I can in the coming
Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product ManagerDoes social business work, or is it just the latest marketing buzzword?I
think I know a product manager or two who I’d recommend this book to!
Do you? I’ve only been able to read the foreword and preface of this
book so far, but I can see the value the readers will gain in using a
more social way of performing their jobs.Take a look at the content from the back cover of the book: "Social
business isn't some hot new fad that will be over in an Internet
minute." So says IBM executive Ed Brill, in his new book Opting In.
Whether you are a product or brand manager, marketer, customer
satisfaction expert, strategist, HR executive, IT manager, or CFO, this
book will help you understand how you -- and your organization -- can be
more successful through becoming a social business.In Opting In,
you will learn how to be successful in social business, based on the
strategy and lessons learned as IBM adopted a culture of transformation
and engagement. Brill candidly shares the best practices, challenges,
and results of IBM's social business transformation. Opting In
outlines the process of becoming a social business, through
organizational commitment, cultural change, the right tools, and a
strategy for engagement. Brill helps readers develop individual
strategies and a roadmap for using social business tools, from time and
place considerations, volume and amplification, offense and defense
considerations, through building an army of advocates.Opting In will
help you learn how to use social business tools to grow your business
through customer intimacy, global reach, and product lifecycle
acceleration. You will improve your individual and organizational
effectiveness through influence and reach. You will learn when and how
to engage with customers as individuals and the marketplace through
unique voice. Brill also shows how social business helped him enhance
his personal brand through leadership, influence, balance, and inclusion
-- and how it can do the same for you.
From the Inside FlapUsing
today's social business tools and approaches, product and brand
managers can bring new products and services to market faster, identify
new opportunities for innovation, and anticipate changing market
conditions before competitors do. In Opting In,
IBM's Ed Brill demonstrates how product managers can fully embrace
social business and leverage the powerful opportunities it offers.Brill explains why social business is not a fad, not "just people wasting time on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube," and not
just for marketers. He shows how to drive real value from
crowdsourcing, interactivity, and immediacy, and from relational links
across your organization's full set of content and networks.Drawing
on his extensive experience at IBM, Brill explores powerful new ways to
apply social business throughout product, service, and brand
management. Using actual IBM examples, he offers candid advice for
optimizing products by infusing them with the three core characteristics
of social business: engagement, transparency, and agility.Also see the Amazon page for a large and growing list of reviews of this book.Get your book:IBM PressAmazonIf you want the audio version, make sure you make the request on Amazon.com.At the IBM Connect Conference.
Buy the book at a 20% discount and have your book signed by author Ed
Brill on Monday, January 28 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Conference
Bookstore.See also:Information Management Sessions at IBM Connect 2013Ed’s BlogI’m looking forward to reading the entire book as I see many ways I can improve my day-to-day job with the advice in this book.Susan
IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2013 is scheduled for April 29 - May 3, 2013
in Orlando, Florida. Make your plans to attend now. The IDUG.org website has been updated with detailed information about the conference, including:
year’s conference will be special for a number of reasons. First of
all, this year is the 25th anniversary of IDUG. That’s right, 25 years
of great technical education for users, by users. This is also the 30th
anniversary of DB2. You can be sure that attendees and organizers will
be in celebratory moods throughout the event! Why not come out and
join the celebrations?
any IDUG conference that takes place in Orlando tends to be special?
Why? Many people like to attend conferences in Orlando so that they
can bring their families for part of the week to combine the business
travel with a bit of vacation. Orlando has plenty to offer, so while
you’re learning, enjoy the weather and the attractions.
Full Day SeminarsIDUG
One Day Seminars allow you to take a deep dive into specific aspects of
DB2 with some of the most renowned speakers in our industry. Listen to
these speakers and ask them your specific questions as well. This year
the seminars will be held on Monday, April 29 2013
and the full day experience includes lunch as well as hard copies of
the course materials. There is an additional registration fee for these
seminars. For details and to register, see: Full Day Seminars at IDUG.
Here are the topics and speakers you can choose from:
these are free, but be sure to register quickly since they tend to fill
up very fast! There are two to choose from and they take place after
the official conference is over, on Friday, May 3; from 8 - 2.
- DB2 10.5 for LUW Immersion Workshop - with new BLU Acceleration
- Data Warehousing with DB2 for z/OS: IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator Deep Dive Workshop
For details and to register, see Complementary Workshops.
Technical SessionsThere are hundreds to choose from over 6 different tracks. The list can be found on Agenda, but follow my blog to get highlights and details of many of the sessions.
first step is for you to get funding from your boss to come to the
conference. If you need help with your justifications, see:
- Need help justifying expense of your 2013 IDUG conference? We have resources to help. http://ow.ly/gpfn6
- Great blog entry about tech conferences: "Technical Conference – It’s a skill builder, not a trip to Vegas" http://bit.ly/WRRkan
Stay tuned for more highlights and details!
Are you planning to go to the IBM Connect event this year? It’s coming up soon: Jan 27 - 31 in Orlando, Florida. For more information and to register: click here.
you are going, check out the Information Management sessions that you
can participate in that address the pain associated with an
overabundance of information. Learn how to start building an
information strategy for smarter analytics, especially around social
media and sentiment analysis.
Title: IBM Big Data, Information Integration and Governance: Turn Information into Insight for Smarter Analytics
Location: Ped number 31 - IBM Platform for Social Business Zone
us at an IBM Big Data, Integration and Governance demonstration to
learn how to turn your ever-growing supply of data into an enterprise
source of knowledge. The demonstration—which addresses both strategies
and technologies—will identify the pains associated with the
overabundance of information and spur thinking around building an
information strategy for smarter analytics especially around social
media and sentiment analysis.
The Foundation for Big Data: Information Integration and Governance
Day/Date: Monday Jan 28th
Speaker: Rick Clements, Program Director, MDM Product Marketing, IBM
Time/Location: 2:15-3:15PM, Dolphin Southern Hemisphere I
customer satisfaction with the right mix of personalization,
self-service, and commerce capabilities requires a high performing
business analytics platform. Organizations are turning to big data
technologies to deliver this solution. The potential of big data rests
in finding the value in the volume, velocity and variety of data. Those
companies that capture meaning through the analysis of the torrent of
data will be in advantageous positions over their competitors. During
this session, we will explain how Information Integration and Governance
best practices can assure trusted information, make business operations
more efficient and mitigate risk. Establishing Information Integration
and Governance will optimize your investment in big data and streamline
operations. Join this session to learn how Information Integration and
Governance provides trusted information on a secure platform to serve as
the basis for in-context, effective interactions.
How to build data security into big data environments
Day/Date: Wednesday Jan 31st
Speaker: Kimberly Madia, WW Product Marketing Manager, InfoSphere Guardium & InfoSphere Optim, IBM
Time/Location: 3pm-4pm Swan, Swan 1-2
be competitive, organizations are taking advantage of today's data
explosion to grow business while controlling costs and reducing risks.
At the same time, organizations must come to terms with the security
challenges they introduce. Big data environments allow organizations to
aggregate and share more and more data — much of which is financial,
personal, intellectual property or other types of sensitive data. The
good news: You don’t have to feel overwhelmed when it comes to securing
big data environments. Find out how you can apply the same fundamentals
of securing databases, data warehouses and file share systems for
securing Hadoop-based environments to prevent data leaks, ensure the
integrity of information and automate compliance controls. You will
- Unique challenges of big data environments
- How to prioritize data security for Hadoop environments
- Three tips to improve security in big data environments
- IBM InfoSphere® Guardium® data security and privacy solutions for big data
a treasure chest full of great content from experts. Articles,
tutorials, best practices, downloads, spotlights, podcasts, videos... so
much is available to help you deepen your skills... all for FREE. 2012
was a busy year and I’m pleased to tell you the top 10 articles that
were published. Were you one of the readers who helped make these
articles to the top? Check it out. Read the ones you missed. Share
the ones you liked.
- Comparing the Informix Version 11 Editions by Carlton Doe
about the various editions of IBM® Informix®? In this article, get an
introduction to each edition, then you can compare features, benefits,
and licensing considerations in a side-by-side table. Regardless of
which edition you choose, Informix brings you legendary ease of use,
reliability, stability, and access to extensibility features.
- Run Oracle applications on DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows by Serge Rielau
DB2® 10 for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows® has out-of-the-box support for
Oracle's SQL and PL/SQL dialects. This allows many applications written
against Oracle to execute against DB2 virtually unchanged. In this
article, get a high-level overview of what Oracle compatibility means in
DB2. Whether you want to switch your custom application to DB2 or
extend your DBMS vendor support to DB2, now is your time. [2012 15 May: This article has been updated to include new resources.]
- Hadoop Tutorial: Hello World with Java, Pig, Hive, Flume, Fuse, Oozie, and Sqoop with Informix, DB2, and MySQL by Martin Lurie
article is focused on explaining Big Data and then providing simple
worked examples in Hadoop, the major open-source player in the Big Data
space. You'll be happy to hear that Hadoop is NOT a replacement for
Informix® or DB2®, but in fact plays nicely with the existing
infrastructure. There are multiple components in the Hadoop family and
this article will drill down to specific code samples that show the
capabilities. No Elephants will stampede if you try these examples on
your own PC.
- Migrating from the DB2 Control Center to IBM Data Studio by Antonio Maranhao, Kevin Jiang
the IBM® DB2® Control Center tools have been deprecated in DB2 9.7,
users have been encouraged to adopt IBM Data Studio and IBM InfoSphere®
Optim™ tools for managing DB2 databases. IBM Data Studio 3.1 was
released in October 2011 with several enhancements over previous
versions, making it an excellent replacement for Control Center. This
article aims to help DB2 users who are familiar with Control Center
tools to quickly transition to IBM Data Studio.
- Designing a database for multi-tenancy on the cloud by Raul Chong
some considerations that new software as a service (SaaS) vendors need
to take into account when developing applications or modifying existing
ones to enable them for multi-tenancy on the cloud. The article
discusses the considerations only from a database perspective —
specifically, from an IBM® DB2® perspective. Six cases or methods are
- Physical database design for OLTP environments by Amyris Rada and others
article focuses on physical database attributes that are affected by
the specifics of DB2 database servers in online transaction processing
- IBM federated database technology by Eileen Lin, Laura Haas
a large modern enterprise, information is almost inevitably distributed
among several database management systems. Despite considerable
attention from the research community, relatively few commercial systems
have attempted to address this issue. This article describes the
technology that enables clients of IBM's federated database engine to
access and integrate the data and specialized computational capabilities
of a wide range of relational and nonrelational data sources.
- A flexible data integration architecture using InfoSphere DataStage and InfoSphere Federation Server by Wendy Tam and others
InfoSphere® DataStage® and InfoSphere Federation Server to provide an
efficient and flexible architecture for moving and transforming data.
This article promotes the use of InfoSphere Federation Server as a "data
pre-processor" for InfoSphere DataStage, and demonstrates situations in
which the combination reduces both the elapsed runtime (by as much as
91 percent) and overall resource consumption of the job. The article
does not promote the combination of InfoSphere Federation Server and
InfoSphere DataStage for all data consolidation scenarios, rather it
attempts to characterize the situations in which the combination is most
- Starting your education in big data: free courses with hands-on labs you can run on the cloud by Raul Chong
about current free, online courses that are available at
BigDataUniversity.com. Follow the suggested path to get started and grow
your knowledge on big data, and get ready to implement it to meet your
own business needs.
- Analyzing social media and structured data with InfoSphere BigInsights by Cynthia Saracco, Anshul Dawra
you want to work with "big data" without writing code or scripts,
you'll want to look into BigSheets. BigSheets is a spreadsheet-style
tool for business analysts provided with IBM® InfoSphere® BigInsights, a
platform based on the open source Apache Hadoop project. This article
teaches you the basics of using BigSheets to analyze social media and
structured data collected through sample applications provided with
BigInsights. You'll learn how to model this data in BigSheets,
manipulate this data using built-in macros and functions, create charts
to visualize your work, and export the results of your analysis in one
of several popular output formats.Congratulations
to all these authors for a job very well done! I hope you plan to
write more this year because we’d like more great content from you!Susan
are three DB2 Symposiums planned for the first half of 2013. Hopefully
you’ll be able to attend one of these as they are a great way to hear
from industry leading experts on topics that most concern you. You may
join for 3, 2 or just 1 day(s), depending on your needs and budget. Symposiums are different than a conference as they are full day learning sessions that will provide you with the depth you need on a particular topic.
The locations planned for this year are:
Dallas, TX - March, 13-15 2013
Boston, MA - March, 18-20 2013
Veldhoven, Netherlands - May, 28-30 2013
I enjoy Dallas and Boston, I highly recommend you combine education and
vacation together to enjoy the tulips that will be in bloom in the
Netherlands during last week of May! My family is Dutch, as I’m sure
you can tell by my surname, and I’ve been lucky to visit this lovely
country several times. It is quickly becoming one of my favourite parts
of the world.
For detailed information on the locations and the sessions that will be offered, see the DB2 Symposium website.
Welcome to January 2013! I hope you had an excellent break from work to have some fun, food & time with family & friends! I did and am now ready for a fast start into the year.
I can see that it will be a very busy year for me, and I'm sure for many others. Here are a few things that are already on my radar:
- Key anniversaries: DB2 for z/OS = 30 years; IDUG = 25 years; and DB2 for LUW = 20 years.
- New releases. I can't say more, but apparently there may be something new on the horizon!
- New books: yes... there are several on the horizon. Follow my blog and I'll let you know first :)
- Interesting events: Orlando, Barcelona, Las Vegas for the big events and Toronto, Boston, Dallas, and the Netherlands for smaller events.
- Free webinars: Lots of topics are being planned for both the DB2Night Show and DB2 Tech Talk webinars.
- Articles, tutorials, and best practices. So much is already in the pipeline for developerWorks!
- Articles and columns - also planned for IBM Data Management Magazine.
- Social media! Find us on twitter, facebook, blogs, YouTube videos, podcasts, slideshare, communities, linkedIN... just about everywhere!
- IBM Redbooks, product docs, and training courses: stay in touch to find the best of the best to keep your skills sharp.
- DB2 Evangelists? Our partners, customers, IBM champions, gold consultants, and of course our very own IBM employees are working together to ensure that there will be no end of fun this year!
Happy New Year!
PS: I found the image on the DB2 Symposium
page and liked it very much that I used it here as well!