Yesterday I was a last minute attendee / booth girl for the BMODUG event that was taking place down the road from my office. I met up with many people I already knew (Tim Johnson, Yvonne Kulker, Joe Borges, Susan Lawson and Melanie Stopfer), but also met quite a few new people. I strongly encouraged the new people to take a look at my blog, so I'll do a short recap today.
At the booth, I was handing out DB2 Gaming DVDs. For those who were not able to get a copy here is the site ibm.com/software/data/education/games.html where you can learn more about the games and also where you can download what you need to play or share the games. Happy Gaming!
I also had a few copies of a DVD that was created last year that contained a bunch of IBM Redbooks. Although it is nice to have a DVD with all this content, it is best to get the IBM Redbooks from the website as you can be sure that the content is most current.
Pearson Education Canada supplied the postcards that provided a Canadian website for you to purchase IBM Press books. The offer is for a 35% discount. Books that you might want to consider from this site are: IBM Press in Canada.
Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition) The book is the best way to learn (or relearn) DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows. The book is filled with case studies, study questions, and well-written details on everything you'll need to know. Some competitively trained people who have read this book have told me that this is exactly what they needed to take the fear out of switching to DB2!
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep, 6th Edition This is the one book that all DBAs should have on their bookshelf. This book was written by George Baklarz and Paul Zikopoulos, two very well-known DB2 experts who know how to write a good book! The book is the best guide and reference that you can own and will surely be one of the most used books on your bookshelf.
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information I mentioned this book to a few people yesterday. This is beyond a database topic... but is really insightful as to how data can be managed effectively throughout an industry... I read the book in draft form about a year ago and am surprised with the amount that I've been able to retain. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a place to go beyond data.
I helped a few people with some certification questions that I have... and since today is testing day, I hope everyone does well on their exams! The best places on the web to go to are:
1) To help you decide where to start, see the certification roadmaps: ibm.com/software/data/education/cert-roadmaps.html.
2) For a breakdown of the exam objectives and the recommended study materials, see ibm.com/software/data/education/certprep.html
Many people were interested in the information I was giving about the ILO classes that are now available. ILO = instructor-led online and means that you sit at your desk at home or work and take part in an actual class via your computer (headphones and mic absolutely essential). You interact with the instructor and the other classmates as you would if you were sitting in a class with them, but you do it without needing to travel! There are 70 different ILO classes now available, some are short and take place in the evening, but others are full day classes. For all information, see: Instructor-Led Online Training. See also a recent blog entry that I wrote.
And finally, community! You are all community, so consider joining one of the groups on ChannelDB2.com:
DB2 in Books
I've listed every published book in this discussion group and I encourage you to use this as a way to reach the authors or to find related information such as events that the authors are taking part in, podcasts or webinars that are related to the book topic, and so on....
DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
This is a place where you can find information about anything related to DB2 for LUW. Feel free to add discussions for areas that are not yet created. I've created a few discussions that you might find useful, including information about the latest ILO courses or current promotions that are being offered.
DB2 for z/OS
Same as the one above, only content is specific to the z platform.
I just started this group to be a collection of the many things that are happening at the IOD conference. With so much information being sent on a daily basis in regards to the conference, isn't it nice to have one spot that collects that information? And better yet, this is a place where you can share your thoughts on events that are taking place at the conference.
What do you think? Worth checking out? I hope so. When you're a member, make me a friend! A girl can never have too many friends!