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DB2 9 is a leading-edge hybrid data server that offers optimum storage, scalability, and availability. DB2 pureScale is a new technology primarily optimized for scale-out transactional processing clusters in an active-active manner. This succinct guide will show you how DB2 with pureScale can provide you transparent application scalability, the ability to deliver agile-like computing to your transaction systems, and extreme availability.


Want even more information about DB2 pureScale?  See the blog entry I wrote in August: More on DB2 pureScale.



Pre-Order: DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737

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Congratulations to Judy Nall whose first book is about to publish.  The book goes to the printer today!

DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737

by Judy Nall


This is an addition to the series of Certification Guides published by MC Press to support DB2’s popular certification program.

Not only was Judy part of the exam development team, but she is well known in the DB2 area as an internationally recognized lecturer, consultant, writer, educator, and DB2 expert. She is the president of Computer Business International, Inc., a member of the IBM DB2 Gold Consultants Group, and the recipient of an IBM Data Champion award for contributions to the IBM Data Management community.

This book was written with system administrators in mind, this reference offers information about both DB2 and z/OS operating systems as well as guidance for preparing for the IBM Certification Test 737. Helpful and thorough, this technical guide summarizes the new features of DB2 9 environments and provides essential system administration information, such as installation and maintenance procedures. With chapters on troubleshooting, performance and tuning, and securing and auditing, as well as practice questions, this reference is a one-stop shop for DB2 system administrators.

At the time of writing this blog entry, the book did not have a special price on either amazon or MC Press.  I’m hoping that changes, so check both links for the best price.

Other books that are part of this series are:

DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich

DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow

DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
Roger Sanders

DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
Roger Sanders

DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
Roger Sanders

All of these books were authored by experts who were part of the exam development team, the structure of the book matches the exam objectives, and there are sample test questions to help you prepare for the exam.


Congratulations to Judy!  Job very well done!



Book: Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions

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Just published by O'Reilly Media:

Beautiful Data:  The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions

By Toby Segaran, Jeff Hammerbacher
July 2009
Pages: 382

IBM's Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics; and all-round amazingly fun guy co-wrote chapter 7 with
Lisa Sokol, Senior Managing Consultant - Entity Analytic Services.

PS... I love the cover... it is beautiful just like the topic!

From the publisher:

In this insightful book, you'll learn from the best data practitioners in the field just how
wide-ranging -- and beautiful -- working with data can be. Join 39 contributors as they explain
how they developed simple and elegant solutions on projects ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video.

With Beautiful Data, you will:

    * Explore the opportunities and challenges involved in working with the vast number of datasets made available by the Web
    * Learn how to visualize trends in urban crime, using maps and data mashups
    * Discover the challenges of designing a data processing system that works within the constraints of space travel
    * Learn how crowdsourcing and transparency have combined to advance the state of drug research
    * Understand how new data can automatically trigger alerts when it matches or overlaps pre-existing data
    * Learn about the massive infrastructure required to create, capture, and process DNA data

That's only small sample of what you'll find in Beautiful Data. For anyone who handles data, this is a truly fascinating book.

Visit Jeff's blog to get your hands on a PDF version of chapter 7 while it is still posted.

Congratulations Jeff & Lisa :)



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Here's another book I'm adding to my reading list:
by Jay Baer
I'm fairly new to working in a marketing organization, so rather than learn the "old" methods, I'm focusing on learning from people who have learned from the old ways and are transforming them to more effective methods that are reaching the people in today's modern, fast, mobile world.
One of the first messages that I got from Jay's book is that people prefer to be informed about what's available rather than being "sold".  So marketers should inform rather than promote.  
Here is the information from the back cover of the book: 
The difference between helping and selling is just two letters, but those two letters make all the difference. 
What if - faced with more competition than ever before - you stopped trying to be amazing, and just started being useful? 
Jay Baer's Youtility offers a new business approach that cuts through the clut­ter: marketing that is truly, inherently useful. If you sell something, you make a customer today, but if you genuinely help someone, you create a customer for life.
Drawing from real examples of companies who are practicing Youtility as well as his experience helping more than seven hundred brands improve their marketing strategy, Baer provides a groundbreaking plan for using information and helpfulness to transform the relationship between companies and customers.
See why Jay Baer's Youtility framework is now a standard part of the marketing framework in many of the world's leading companies, powers the marketing approach of thousands of small businesses, and is part of the curriculum of dozens of college and university business 
You can get a discounted copy of this book and meet the author, Jay Baer at the IBM InterConnect Conference on  Wednesday, February 25 from 5:10 pm -6:00 pm at the conference bookstore.
Other books that will be featured at the conference with book signings are:

by Judith Hurwitz, Marcia Kauffman, and Adrian Bowles.

You can pick up this book at the IBM InterConnect Conference.  Also, be sure to attend Judith's talk and have her sign your copy of the book.  She'll be speaking at the Expo Cloud Theatre on Tuesday, February 24 from 6-6:30 pm (Vegas time). 
Rob will be at the IBM InterConnect bookstore on Wednesday February 25 from 10:30 – 11am (Vegas time).


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Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns

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If you are attending the IBM InterConnect Conference this month, you can pick up this book at a discount and have it signed by the author:

Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns

This is a collaborative work by IBM Vice President of Big Data Products, Rob Thomas and Oxford Research Fellow, Patrick McSharry.  
They wrote the book in a story format that demonstrates the power and potential of Big Data within the business realm.  Research has shown that stories are one of the best ways to connect with readers.  I've heard a few of Rob's stories and can tell you that months later I still remember them.
Big Data has been mentioned more often than any other technical term in the past 5 years,  but what does it actually mean?  By reading this book, you'll be guided through tried-and-true methodologies for getting more out of data, and will learn how to use it to your utmost advantage. 
Big Data keeps evolving, and this book also describes the major trends emerging in the area.  You'll hear about the pitfalls and triumphs being experienced, and will learn the many considerations surrounding Big Data, and how you can make better decisions by analyzing your own data.
Rob will be at the IBM InterConnect bookstore on Wednesday February 25 from 10:30 – 11am (Vegas time).  
Read more about this book directly from Rob via his blog entries:
Congratulations on your book Rob!  I'm looking forward to reading it once I get my hands on it!!


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IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook

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Another great book that will be featured at the IBM Insight conference this year is:

IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook

By Keith McCormick, Scott Mutchler, Dean Abbott, Meta Brown, and Tom Khabaza

At IBM Insight:

If you are attending the IBM Insights Conference, you can purchase this book and have Keith and Scott sign your copy.  They will be available for signing on Monday, October 27 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. 

About the book:

IBM SPSS Modeler is a data mining workbench that enables you to explore data, identify important relationships that you can leverage, and build predictive models quickly allowing your organization to base its decisions on hard data not hunches or guesswork.

IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook takes you beyond the basics and shares the tips, the timesavers, and the workarounds that experts use to increase productivity and extract maximum value from data. The authors of this book are among the very best of these exponents, gurus who, in their brilliant and imaginative use of the tool, have pushed back the boundaries of applied analytics. By reading this book, you are learning from practitioners who have helped define the state of the art.

Follow the industry standard data mining process, gaining new skills at each stage, from loading data to integrating results into everyday business practices. Get a handle on the most efficient ways of extracting data from your own sources, preparing it for exploration and modeling. Master the best methods for building models that will perform well in the workplace.

Go beyond the basics and get the full power of your data mining workbench with this practical guide.


What you will learn from this book:

  • Use and understand the industry standard CRISP_DM process for data mining.
  • Assemble data simply, quickly, and correctly using the full power of extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) tools.
  • Control the amount of time you spend organizing and formatting your data.
  • Develop predictive models that stand up to the demands of real-life applications.
  • Take your modeling to the next level beyond default settings and learn the tips that the experts use.
  • Learn why the best model is not always the most accurate one.
  • Master deployment techniques that put your discoveries to work making the most of your business’ most critical resources.


About the Authors:

Keith McCormick is an independent data mining consultant, trainer, and author. He has a wealth of consulting experience in statistics, predictive analytics, and data mining. For many years, he has worked in the SPSS community, first as an External Trainer and Consultant for SPSS Inc., and then in a similar role with IBM. He possesses a BS in Computer Science and Psychology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is an expert in IBM's SPSS software suite including IBM SPSS Statistics, IBM SPSS Modeler, AMOS, and Text Mining. He is active as a moderator and participant in statistics groups online including LinkedIn's Statistics and Analytics Consultants Groups. He also blogs and reviews related books at


Scott Mutchler is the Vice President of Advanced Analytics Services. Scott has a long track record of delivering enterprise class Advanced Analytics solutions that drive massive customer value. Scott is equally proficient at building high-performing teams, where ever team member focuses on their individual strengths. This approach has resulted in a team this is passionate about Advanced Analytics. That passion for Advanced Analytics is reflected in every client engagement.



For a full list of the book signing events at the conference, see



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IBM Cognos Insight

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I met Sanjeev last year at the IOD Conference.  We had tried to set up a booksigning, but the information came in late and there were issues.  So, we’re promoting this book this year. 

IBM Cognos Insight

By Sanjeev Datta

At IBM Insight:

Buy your copy of the book at the conference bookstore and have it signed by Sanjeev in his booth.  Sanjeev will be available for signing copies on Tuesday October 28 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm in the Solution EXPO - Booth 802.

About the book:

Based on in-memory technology with write-back capabilities for What-if scenario planning, Cognos Insight gives spreadsheets the rich visual appeal for better analysis and planning. Leverage the collaborative features to seamlessly publish the personal analysis workspaces to an enterprise-wide Cognos Business Intelligence solution.

"IBM Cognos Insight" is a fast paced, practical hands-on guide with step-by-step instructions to build Cognos Insight workspaces. Take advantage of the in-memory TM1 cubes as the underlying engine to answer business questions by analyzing data in the form of reports & dashboards. Share these insights with other Cognos services or mobile devices to empower users with real-time data.

This book introduces Cognos Insight as a personal yet powerful analytics application. It covers how decision making is applied in all domains of the business world and how data can be analyzed effectively in the form of fast in-memory cubes. Leverage the write-back functionality to build budgets, plans and forecasts.

"IBM Cognos Insight" will empower new and existing users to maximize the features of the application and analyze data by building visually rich reports and dashboards in minutes.


This book takes a practical tutorial approach to teaching users the features of Cognos Insight.

Who this book is for

New and existing users of Cognos Insight who are looking to gain more knowledge about the product and Business Analytics in general.

About the Author

Sanjeev Datta is a seasoned Consultant, passionate text and video blogger, and Business Analytics enthusiast. As Practice Director at PerformanceG2, Inc., he works extensively with executives and decision-makers across finance, manufacturing, retail, and pharmaceuticals as a trusted advisor in corporate performance management, building client relationships and managing Business Analytics implementations.

Sanjeev's work as a strong Project Manager, Pre-sales and Post-sales Consultant, trainer, and mentor has led to many successful implementations. While at Merador, LLC, Sanjeev worked as a Consultant/Architect building solutions for global organizations.

Previous to that, Sanjeev was a Cognos Developer/Consultant while at Softpath Systems, LLC and lead successful Cognos BI solutions and developed Cognos BI training material for numerous clients.

He is certified in numerous IBM products and is an IBM Technical Specialist and IBM Sales Mastery Professional.

Sanjeev has a degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University and a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Texas.

Connect with Sanjeev on LinkedIn or Twitter: @1dsanjeev


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Hadoop for Dummies

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This book was published earlier this year, so I was given a few free copies and had them at the IDUG conference in Phoenix.  I didn’t think people at the conference would be interested in this book, so I had put them aside.  But, when people started noticing the book, they wanted to know how they could get a copy.  On the spur of the moment, I decided that if people tweet the message “I want a copy of the Hadoop book from Susan”, I’d give it to them.  To my huge surprise, I gave out more than 20 copies of this book in this way.  Of course a data centric audience is interested in a book that teaches them how to modernize their data environment!

Hadoop for Dummies

by Dirk deRoos and Paul Zikopoulos

At IBM Insights:

The book signing is scheduled for Monday October 27 from 4:30pm - 5:00pm at the Conference Bookstore.  I’m pretty sure Dirk will be there… and I made sure it was on Paul’s calendar, but I’m sure Paul will be in huge demand the entire week, so it is possible that Paul will not be able to make it at this time.

About the book:

Big data has become big business, and companies and organizations of all sizes are struggling to find ways to retrieve valuable information from their massive data sets with becoming overwhelmed. Enter Hadoop and this easy-to-understand For Dummies guide. Hadoop For Dummies helps readers understand the value of big data, make a business case for using Hadoop, navigate the Hadoop ecosystem, and build and manage Hadoop applications and clusters.

  • Explains the origins of Hadoop, its economic benefits, and its functionality and practical applications
  • Helps you find your way around the Hadoop ecosystem, program MapReduce, utilize design patterns, and get your Hadoop cluster up and running quickly and easily
  • Details how to use Hadoop applications for data mining, web analytics and personalization, large-scale text processing, data science, and problem-solving
  • Shows you how to improve the value of your Hadoop cluster, maximize your investment in Hadoop, and avoid common pitfalls when building your Hadoop cluster

From programmers challenged with building and maintaining affordable, scaleable data systems to administrators who must deal with huge volumes of information effectively and efficiently, this how-to has something to help you with Hadoop.

Learn to:

  • Understand the value of big data and how Hadoop can help manage it
  • Navigate the Hadoop 2 ecosystem and create clusters
  • Use applications for data mining, problem-solving, analytics, and more

The easy-to-use, practical guide to using Hadoop for big data

With most of the world’s data created in only the past two years, Hadoop has emerged as the definitive computing paradigm to handle big data. This comprehensive guide from IBM big data experts provides a hands-on resource for those who want to dig into the details of HDFS and MapReduce to take data storage and processing to the next level.

  • Get started with Hadoop — discover the origins of Hadoop, the realities of worldwide data growth, and practical use cases for this revolutionary platform
  • Under the Hadoop hood — dig into Hadoop’s distributed framework, including HDFS and MapReduce and the best tools for working with data in Hadoop
  • Hadoop and structured data — modernize data warehouses with Hadoop and discover data utilities like HBase, Hive, and Sqoop
  • Hands on with Hadoop — get your hands dirty with details on configuring Hadoop clusters and an overview of day-to-day Hadoop administration
  • Take your Hadoop knowledge to the next level — use additional Hadoop resources to understand the technology at a deeper level

Open the book and find:

  • Coverage of the Hadoop 2 ecosystem and Yarn
  • Real-world use cases to help you get started
  • Details on Hadoop distributions and cluster setup
  • How to use Oozie for scheduling workflows
  • How to add structure with Hive and HBase
  • Details on running native SQL queries on Hive
  • On-premise and cloud deployment options for Hadoop
  • The challenges faced by administrators

About the Authors:

Dirk deRoos is the technical sales lead for IBM’s InfoSphere BigInsights. Paul C. Zikopoulos is the vice president of big data in the IBM Information Management division. Roman B. Melnyk, PhD is a senior member of the DB2 Information Development team. Bruce Brown and Rafael Coss work with big data with IBM.



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Buy the book "From Idea to Print" - by the Chapter

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One of the best books I’ve read in the last while was this book by Roger Sanders that is about how to write and publish articles and books.  Roger has done very well in his career by writing technical books and articles and this book is his crowning achievement that teaches others how to do what he does.  Well…. I should say… to try to do what he does.  I wish everyone was able to write like Roger, including myself!


You can purchase the full book from many bookstores, including amazon: From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published.



To make it more convenient for you to benefit from this book, the publisher MC Press has decided to sell each chapter individually, in electronic format.  Although I enjoyed the entire book, there are individual chapters I’d recommend to specific people.  Here are the chapters along with descriptions as to why you’d want to read it.



Chapter 1, "Before You Begin"


Chapter 1, "Before You Begin," provides some opening thoughts of the task of writing and discusses tips and techniques you can use to stay on task once you decide to embark on the journey to become a published author.  Learn how Roger got into writing and know that you don’t have to have a degree in writing.  You just need to write, revise, and write more!


Chapter 2, "First Steps – Technical Articles"

Chapter 2, "First Steps – Technical Articles," introduces the process for writing a technical article -- how to find a publication that might be interested your work, how to construct a query letter, how and when to follow up, and advice on what to do if your article idea is rejected.  I’m now managing the intake of IM articles for developerWorks.  Great advice here if you want your article published!


Chapter 3, “First Steps – Technical Books

Chapter 3, "First Steps – Technical Books," introduces you to the initial steps that get you to the point at which a publisher extends you an offer to print and sell your book. It covers how to locate a publisher, how to write a book proposal, how to compose a query letter, how to respond to requests for your proposal, when and how to follow up, how to handle rejection, and what to take into consideration if you decide to use a literary agent.


Chapter 4, “The Publishing Agreement, the Author Questionnaire, and Working with an Editor

Chapter 4, "The Publishing Agreement, the Author Questionnaire, and Working with an Editor," is designed to help you understand the terminology s found in most publishing agreements, to show you the questions you're likely to encounter on an author questionnaire, and to provide some basic guidelines to help you build a strong working relationship with an editor.


The chapter examines the basic structure of a typical publishing agreement and introduces the terms and conditions commonly found in this important document. It describes the author questionnaire and shows you the types of information you might be expected to provide if you're asked to complete and return one to your publisher. The chapter concludes with a discussion on things you can do when working with an editor to ensure that, together, the two of you will create an article or book that's the best that it can possibly be.



Chapter 5, “Developing the First Draft

Chapter 5, "Developing the First Draft," introduce you to the process of writing a first draft and provides tips that will make the writing effort easier. It shows you how to develop a working outline, how to create a strong opening, and how use headings and subheadings appropriately. The chapter also provides recommendations on how to develop a clear and concise manuscript, how to find your voice and set the proper tone, how to use transitions effectively, and how to craft a strong closing. It concludes with a brief discussion on using publisher templates.


Chapter 6, “Using Tables, Artwork, and Sidebars

Chapter 6, "Using Tables, Artwork, and Sidebars," provides guidelines for creating and using tables, artwork, and sidebars. It begins by telling you what tables are and how they should be created and referenced. Then, it introduces the types of artwork often found in technical articles and books. It shows you how to create line drawings, screenshots, photographs, and text figures that can be easily reproduced without sacrificing quality. It continues with an overview of sidebars and concludes by describing how and when sidebars are typically employed.


Chapter 7, “Staying Out of Trouble

Chapter 7, "Staying Out of Trouble," provides tips on how to avoid trouble whenever you write anything for publication. It explains how to write bias-free text and how to avoid making libelous statements, plagiarizing others, and infringing on copyright.


The chapter begins by explaining what bias-free text is and continues by providing some guidelines you can follow to ensure your writing treats all of your readers equally. Then it provides definitions for terms like defamation, libel, and slander, and it shows you how to avoid making statements in your writing that could be considered libelous. This is followed by a discussion of plagiarism and how to avoid it. Then, in-depth information on copyrights, copyright law, the public domain, the “fair use” doctrine, and how to acquire permission to use copyrighted material is provided. Some tips on how to avoid copyright infringement are offered. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion on self-plagiarism and when it is appropriate to reuse your material.



Chapter 8, “Revising for Perfection

Chapter 8, "Revising for Perfection," is designed to help you understand what revision actually is and to provide some basic guidelines on how to revise a manuscript and polish your writing. It begins by telling you why revision is important and continues with some suggestions on how to turn a first draft into a second draft, a second draft into a third, a third into a fourth, and so on until you have a near-final draft that you are satisfied with. Then, it shows you how to polish your prose so that every sentence is written in the most powerful way possible. It continues by offering recommendations on how to develop and analyze the final draft, and it concludes with a discussion on revising as you write and on finding a way to revise that works best for you.


This is a very important chapter and something that will distinguish a good author from a not-so-good author.  Rule of thumb: read and revise your writing so much that you are completely sick of it.  If you’re not sick of it yet, you haven’t reviewed and revised enough yet!



Chapter 9, “Soliciting Feedback

Chapter 9, "Soliciting Feedback," shows you how to solicit feedback from others and provides suggestions on how to incorporate reviewer feedback into your work. It begins by telling you why feedback is important and continues with suggestions on how to find reviewers who will carefully critique your work and make recommendations on ways you can improve it. Then, it offers advice on when and how to ask others for feedback, and it provides suggestions on what to do with any feedback you receive Finally, it discusses how to deal with your feelings if you receive feedback that's less than favorable, and it concludes with some recommendations on how to reward those who offered their services to help you improve your writing.


Chapter 10, “Last Steps

Chapter 10, "Last Steps," introduces the elements that most publishers will expect you to supply as part of your “completed manuscript,” provides guidelines for reviewing your material as it moves through the publication process, and gives you some ideas on how to promote your work after it is published.


The chapter begins by showing you how to prepare a byline and a credit line for an article, as well as the elements that make up the front matter and back matter of a book. Then, it offers some suggestions on how to obtain endorsements and testimonials—important items that can convince others to read your work. It continues by providing some basic guidelines for manuscript submission and recommendations for reviewing copy edits and page proofs. It concludes with a discussion on how to handle mistakes found after printing and offers suggestions on how to promote your finished article or book.



See also my blog entry Interested in Writing







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New book: Patterns of Information Management

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A couple of years ago, an author who I’ve worked with on a few projects, Dan Wolfson, introduced me to his friend Mandy Chessell who was interested in writing a book.  A few months later, Mandy was in Toronto and we met to discuss her book.  She told me that it was based on work that she was doing with her clients and that many of her clients were very excited to get their hands on this book.

Mandy showed me the work that she had already completed and I was astounded at the level of completeness and quality that she had already put into the book.  I introduced her to the people at IBM Press and the book was accepted and after much more work... the book is complete and will publish next week!  I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the book and intend to read it cover to cover.

Here are details about the book, Mandy, and her co-author Harald Smith.

Patterns of Information Management

By Mandy Chessell, Harald Smith


Use Best Practice Patterns to Understand and Architect Manageable, Efficient Information Supply Chains That Help You Leverage All Your Data and Knowledge



In the era of “Big Data,” information pervades every aspect of the organization. Therefore, architecting and managing it is a multi-disciplinary task. Now, two pioneering IBM architects present proven architecture patterns that fully reflect this reality. Using their pattern language, you can accurately characterize the information issues associated with your own systems, and design solutions that succeed over both the short- and long-term.


Building on the analogy of a supply chain, Mandy Chessell and Harald C. Smith explain how information can be transformed, enriched, reconciled, redistributed, and utilized in even the most complex environments. Through a realistic, end-to-end case study, they help you blend overlapping information management, SOA, and BPM technologies that are often viewed as competitive.


Using this book’s patterns, you can integrate all levels of your architecture–from holistic, enterprise, system-level views down to low-level design elements. You can fully address key non-functional requirements such as the amount, quality, and pace of incoming data. Above all, you can create an IT landscape that is coherent, interconnected, efficient, effective, and manageable.


Coverage Includes:


  • Understanding how a pattern language can help you address key information management challenges

  • Defining information strategy and governance for organizations and users

  • Creating orderly information flows you can reuse and synchronize as needed

  • Managing information structure, meaning, and lifecycles

  • Providing for efficient information access and storage when deploying new IT capabilities

  • Moving information efficiently and reliably to support your processes

  • Determining how information should be processed and maintained

  • Improving quality and accessibility, and supporting higher-value analytics

  • Protecting information via validation, transformation, enrichment, correction, security, and monitoring

  • Planning new information management projects in the context of your existing IT resources




About the authors:




Mandy Chessell




Mandy has worked for IBM since 1987. She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Master Inventor, and member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team. As the chief architect for InfoSphere® Solutions in IBM’s Software Group, Mandy designs common information integration patterns for different industries and solutions.


In earlier roles, Mandy’s work has focused on transaction processing, event management, business process management, information management, and model-driven development. This breadth is reflected in her invention portfolio, which to date stands at over 50 issued patents worldwide.


Outside of IBM, Mandy is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, UK. In 2001, she was the first woman to be awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2000, she was one of the “TR100” young innovators identified by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. In 2006, she won a British Female Innovators and Inventors Network (BFIIN) “Building Capability” award for her work developing innovative people and the BlackBerry “2006 Best Woman in Technology - Corporate Sector” award. More recently, she was granted an honorary fellowship of the Institution for Engineering Designers (IED) and she won the “2012 everywoman Innovator of the Year.” For more information on Mandy’s publications, see


Harald Smith


Harald has worked for IBM since 2005. Harald is a software architect in IBM’s Software Group specializing in information quality, integration, and governance products, and is IBM certified in delivering IBM Information Management solutions. In this role, he develops best practices, methodology, and accelerators for common information integration use cases.


Harald has 30 years of experience working with data quality products and solutions; product and project management; application development and delivery; system auditing; technical services; and business processes across the software, financial services, healthcare, and education sectors. Harald was the product manager at Ascential® Software and IBM responsible for designing and bringing the IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer product to market as a key component in IBM’s information quality portfolio. He has been issued three patents in the field of information quality and rule discovery and was recently recognized as an IBM developer- Works Contributing Author.


His publications include the IBM developerWorks articles “The information perspective of SOA design” [parts 6, 7, and 8], “Use IBM WebSphere® AuditStage in a federated database environment,” “Using pre-built rule definitions with IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer,” “Designing an integration landscape with IBM InfoSphere Foundation Tools and Information Server” [part 1], and “Best practices for IBM InfoSphere Blueprint Director” [parts 1 and 2]. For the IBM InfoSphere Information Server documentation, Harald contributed to the “IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer Methodology and Best Practices Guide” and “IBM InfoSphere Information Server Integration Scenario Guide”; he has also contributed to three IBM Redbooks®.


You can pre-order this book from the IBM Press bookstore.



Remember if you are an IDUG member, you are entitled to 45% off all IBM Press books, including this one.  Find the secret code on the IDUG.ORG site after you sign in.





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Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems - meet author Rick van der Lans at IOD

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Rick van der Lans is an IBM Gold Consultant and has authored yet another book: Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems: Revolutionizing Data Integration for Data Warehouses

About the book:

Data virtualization can help you accomplish your goals with more flexibility and agility. Learn what it is and how and why it should be used with Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems.
In this book, expert author Rick van der Lans explains how data virtualization servers work, what techniques to use to optimize access to various data sources and how these products can be applied in different projects. You'll learn the difference is between this new form of data integration and older forms, such as ETL and replication, and gain a clear understanding of how data virtualization really works.
Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems outlines the advantages and disadvantages of data virtualization and illustrates how data virtualization should be applied in data warehouse environments. You'll come away with a comprehensive understanding of how data virtualization will make data warehouse environments more flexible and how it make developing operational BI applications easier. Rick also describes the relationship between data virtualization and related topics, such as master data management, governance, and information management, so you come away with a big-picture understanding as well as all the practical know-how you need to virtualize your data.

  • First independent book on data virtualization that explains in a product-independent way how data virtualization technology works.
  • Illustrates concepts using examples developed with commercially available products.
  • Shows you how to solve common data integration challenges such as data quality, system interference, and overall performance by following practical guidelines on using data virtualization.
  • Apply data virtualization right away with three chapters full of practical implementation guidance.
  • Understand the big picture of data virtualization and its relationship with data governance and information management.

About the author: Rick F. van der Lans is an independent consultant, author, and lecturer specializing in business intelligence, data warehousing, and database technology. He is the managing director of R20/Consultancy which is based in The Netherlands. Rick has advised many large companies worldwide on defining their data warehouse architectures. He is the chairman of the annual European BI and Data Warehousing Conference organized in London, he writes for,, and for Database Magazine. He is the author of several books on database technology, including Introduction to SQL (Addison-Wesley, 2006), currently in its fourth edition.

Published: Big Data Governance: An Emerging Imperative by Sunil Soares

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Just in time for IBM’s Information on Demand Conference: a new book by Sunil Soares:

Big Data Governance: An Emerging Imperative

No doubt the biggest topic in tech these days is Big Data.  Sunil uses this guide to focus on Big Data plus one of the most important tech topics: Governance.

This guide focuses on the convergence of two major trends in information management—big data and information governance—by taking a strategic approach oriented around business cases and industry imperatives. With the advent of new technologies, enterprises are expanding and handling very large volumes of data; this book, nontechnical in nature and geared toward business audiences, encourages the practice of establishing appropriate governance over big data initiatives and addresses how to manage and govern big data, highlighting the relevant processes, procedures, and policies. It teaches readers to understand how big data fits within an overall information governance program; quantify the business value of big data; apply information governance concepts such as stewardship, metadata, and organization structures to big data; appreciate the wide-ranging business benefits for various industries and job functions; sell the value of big data governance to businesses; and establish step-by-step processes to implement big data governance.

Sunil is a leading expert in the field and is the founder of Information Asset LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping clients build information governance programs, and a former director of information governance at IBM.

He is the author of two other high rated books: The IBM Governance Unified Process and Selling Information Governance to the Business.


Jeff Ma – book signing & speaker at IOD

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The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big In Business

by Jeff Ma

Jeff is speaking at the General Session in the Business Partner Summit.  Jeff has agreed to be available on Sunday, October 21 from 11:00 –12:00 at the IOD bookstore immediately following the General Session.  The bookstore will open an hour earlier than normal to accommodate Jeff’s signing and you can purchase his book there at a 20% discount.


About Jeff & his book:

As part of the notorious MIT Team depicted in Ben Mezrich’s now classic Bringing Down the House, Jeff Ma used math and statistics to master the game of blackjack and reap handsome rewards at casinos. Years later, Jeff has inspired not only a bestselling novel and hit movie, but has also started three different companies—the latest of which, Citizen Sports, is an innovative marriage of sports, betting, and digital technology—and launched a successful corporate speaking career.


The House Advantage reveals Jeff’s cutting-edge mathematical insights into the world of statistics and makes them applicable to a wide business audience. He argues that numbers are the key to analyzing nearly everything in the world of business, from how to spot and profit from global market inefficiencies to having multiple backup plans in anticipation of every probability. Ma’s stories and business lessons are as intriguing as they are universally applicable.


I’m looking forward to meeting Jeff and reading his book.  I hope you are inspired to as well!


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Published: Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures (2nd Edition)

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Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures (2nd Edition)

by Craig Mullins


This is Craig’s second book this year!  Make sure you congratulate him on this amazing accomplishment!

The DB2 Developer’s Guide 6th Edition: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the Foundation and Capabilities of DB2 for z/OS  came out earlier this year and Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures (2nd Edition)will be launched at the IBM Information on Demand Conference.

If you're in Europe, you can purchase this book and many others in the IBM Press series at 35% off the retail price, plus free shipping in the UK and discounted in other countries. 

About the book:

Database Administration, Second Edition is the definitive, technology-independent guide to the modern discipline of database administration. Packed with best practices and proven solutions for any database environment, this book fully reflects the field's latest realities and challenges. Drawing on his unsurpassed database experience, Craig focuses on the problems today's DBAs actually face, and the skills and knowledge they simply must have. Craig covers every aspect of the DBA role, including creating database environments; data modeling and normalization; design; performance; data integrity; compliance and governance; security; backup/recovery; disaster planning; data and storage management; data movement/distribution; data warehousing; database connectivity; metadata; tools, and more.

This edition's updates and improvements include:

  • New coverage of "Big Data," database appliances, cloud computing, NoSQL, and other crucial trends
  • An all-new chapter on regulatory compliance and the DBA
  • New material on data breaches, auditing, data encryption, data retention, database archiving, data masking and sound metadata management policies
  • Coverage of important new features in leading databases (e.g. temporal data, multi-level security)
  • End of chapter questions that reinforce readers' understanding and can serve as project-oriented classroom assignments
  • New glossary and updated DBA "rules of thumb"


Meet Craig on Tuesday, October 23 from  12:00  – 1:00 pm at the IOD bookstore.   These books can be purchased at the IOD bookstore for a 20% discount.   Meet Craig and find out how he managed to publish two books in a year!

Also attend Craig’s IOD session:  1066A Ten Breakthroughs That Changed IBM DB2 Forever; Thu, Oct 25, 2012; 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Islander B


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New Flashbook for DB2 10 – Launching at IDUG Denver

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Yet another great reason for you to attend IDUG in Denver this May… we are launching the latest Flashbook.  This one coincides with the new DB2 10 product release and has an awesome group of authors:   Paul Zikopoulos, Walid Rjaibi, George Baklarz, Matt Huras,  Matthias Nicola, Dale McInnis, and Leon KatsnelsonCan you imagine a stronger author team!


Here are a couple of details about the book:

Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more

DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Window New Features


  • Up to 3x faster performance for complex query workloads
  • Breakthrough compression technology that sets us apart from the competition
  • New Time Travel Query for easy and fast historical and trend analysis
  • New Continuous Ingest for real-time data warehousing
  • And even greater compatibility with Oracle PL/SQ
  • Enhancements for a Big Data world



Save Time and Money with DB2 10 for LUW

Even travel through time and shrink data


How would you like to compress data, store it in a cloud, and analyze your data as though you are traveling through time? Do all this, plus experience lower costs and faster performance. Sound good? Read this book to understand the power of DB2 10 and get started immediately!

This book provides you with the comprehensive knowledge you need to get started with the latest DB2 release. Try the new features by downloading DB2 Express-C - it is free to develop, deploy, and distribute (with no user and database size limitations) and features Big Data and Cloud technology. Go to

Technical editor: Roman B. Melnyk


Only 250 copies are being shipped to IDUG, so make sure you get your printed copy if you are attending.  After the conference, we’ll post a free e-version of the book on our Bookstore website.


While at IDUG, make sure you attend all the sessions geared towards the new release: 

Want to know what the labs are working on for the next release?  IDUG in collaboration with IBM is featuring DB2 v 10 by offering a dedicated track for DB2 vNext as well as offering in-depth knowledge on the coming releases. This session and others are available for registered conference attendees free of charge.



My favourite quote about the new release comes from IBM Champion Jean-Marc BLAISE: "This makes DB2 10.1 a very talented release.
  For this and more quotes, see



Just published: Agile IT Security Implementation Methodology

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Congratulations to Jeffrey Laskowski on the release of his new book “Agile IT Security Implementation Methodology”, published this week by Packt Publishing. 


Security is one of the most difficult areas in today’s IT industry. The reason being; the speed at which security methods are developing is considerably slower than the methods of hacking. One of the ways to tackle this is to implement Agile IT Security. Agile IT security methodology is based on proven software development practices. It takes the best works from Agile Software Development (Scrum, OpenUp, Lean) and applies it to security implementations.


This book combines the Agile software development practices with IT security. It teaches you how to deal with the ever-increasing threat to IT security and helps you build robust security with lesser costs than most other methods of security. It is designed to teach the fundamental methodologies of an agile approach to IT security. Its intent is to compare traditional IT security implementation approaches to new agile methodologies. Written by a senior IT specialist at IBM, you can rest assured of the usability of these methods directly in your organization.


This book will teach IT Security professionals the concepts and principles that IT development has been using for years to help minimize risk and work more efficiently. The book will take you through various scenarios and aspects of security issues and teach you how to implement security and overcome hurdles during your implementation.


It begins by identifying risks in IT security and showing how Agile principles can be used to tackle them. It then moves to developing security policies and identifying your organization's assets. The last section teaches you how you can overcome real-world issues in implementing Agile security in your organization including dealing with your colleagues.


What you will learn from this book :

  • Understand the various modern-day security risks and concerns and how Agile IT security is useful in dealing with these risks
  • Learn Agile principles like pairwise, refactoring, collective ownership, collaboration, track project divergence and velocity rates
  • Develop security policies and articulate security value and take steps to ensure your employees’ security awareness
  • Identify your organization’s high value assets and apply risk-driven security
  • Employ Lean implementation principles like eliminating waste, amplified learning, late decisions and fast deliveries
  • Learn what teams in your organization can help you with security, and tie up with them
  • Learn how to overcome Agile barriers and fears and train your security professionals
  • Learn Agile team success factors and Agile risk success factors


The book is a tutorial that goes from basic to professional level for Agile IT security. It begins by assuming little knowledge of agile security. Readers should hold a good knowledge of security methods and agile development.

Who this book is written for

The book is targeted at IT security managers, directors, and architects. It is useful for anyone responsible for the deployment of IT security countermeasures. Security people with a strong knowledge of agile software development will find this book to be a good review of agile concepts.


All this… and did you see the price!


Book and eBook available now

Print only price: $17.99 save 10%

eBook only price: $10.19 save 15%

Print + eBook + PacktLib: $19.79 save 38%


Jeff Laskowski is a senior IT Specialist with IBM's Software group, the author of Agile IT Security Implementation Methodologies, and a freelance author for IBM Developer Works. His expertise in the area of software delivery and security spans more than a decade. During this tenure, Jeff was a principal consultant for application quality at Compuware. As such, Jeff enabled businesses around the globe to proactively integrate effective security practices into their organizations. Jeff joined the IBM team in 2006 and is now a Lead Engineer for the Great Lakes software business unit for Security.

Enjoy!  Susan

DB2 10 for z/OS Flashbook: Planning Your Upgrade by John Campbell & Cristian Molaro

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 DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve Performance

by Cristian Molaro and John Campbell and Sureka Parekh

About the book:

Under the current economic climate, businesses are under significant pressure to control costs and increase efficiency in order to improve their bottom line. DB2 for z/OS customers around the world are still trying to gain competitive advantage by doing more with less: more business insight, more performance, more operational efficiency, more functionality, more productivity with less cost, quicker time to market and a lower TCO.

With the support for DB2 Version 8 scheduled to end in April 2012 there has never been a better time to start planning your DB2 10 upgrade - there are many more reasons to upgrade to DB2 10 and users will see significant business benefits. Here are the top 10 reasons why we feel you should start planning your upgrade.

1) Improved performance, reduced software license costs

2) Increase the number of concurrent users by a factor of ten

3) Reduce contention in database administration

4) More administrative capabilities while database is online

5) Improved security and auditing

6) Maintain “snapshots” of changing data – Temporal Data

7) Improved portability via enhanced SQL

8) Enhanced pureXML performance and usability

9) Improved productivity for database/systems administrators and application programmers

10) Better online transaction processing performance – Hash Access


About the authors:

Both authors are very well known, so hardly need to be introduced, but nevertheless, here are details:


John Campbell, an IBM Distinguished Engineer working at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. John is one of IBM’s foremost authorities for implementing high-end database, transaction-processing applications. Over the past 12 months he has been working closely with DB2 10 Beta customers.


Cristian Molaro is an independent consultant based in Belgium working in Europe for customers with some of the largest DB2 for z/OS installations. He has presented papers at several international conferences and local user groups in Europe and North America.   He holds a Chemical Engineer degree and a Master in Management Sciences and is coauthor of 5 IBM Redbooks related to DB2 including the recent "DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics".  He was recognized by IBM as an Information Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Cristian is part of the IDUG EMEA Conference Planning Committee, where he works as the Presentations Team Leader, and he is Chairman of the DB2 LUW User Group BeLux.


Author Signing – Roger Sanders for new book: From Idea to Print

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Another book that will publish just in time to be launched at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference is

From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published

By Roger Sanders


Roger will be at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference this year and will be available for two book signings at the Conference bookstore:

  • Monday October 24 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday October 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Soon you’ll be able to add this signing to your Smart Site Schedule.  This book and another of Roger’s books (DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes)that will also launch at the conference will be sold at the Conference Bookstore for a 20% discount.  


 About the book:

I’ve already read the book and highly recommend it.  It covers everything that you need to know & do in order to get an article or book published.  What makes this book so different than others of the same sort is first of all Roger’s extensive experience in writing technical books and articles and second his explanation of an author contract.  I personally find legal contracts to be very difficult to understand and I have little interest in putting in the effort to understand all the terms that appear in an author contract.  Roger put the effort in, and it shows.  He goes through each clause and term that you’ll encounter and explains it in a very understandable way.  In addition, Roger gives examples of what he’s encountered throughout his career and how the various clauses in the contract affected the situation.


Getting the skills to write well isn’t nearly as hard as you think.  Here are the basics that Roger covers in his book:

1.  Schedule time to write.  If you wait until you’re “in the mood to write”, you’ll never get anything done!  Set goals for how much you want to accomplish and move to another section if one is causing you grief.  Reward yourself as targets are reached.

2.  Have a strong outline before you start to write.  I know it sounds cliché, but the more up front planning you do, the easier the writing will be.  Even for technical documents, you should “tell a story”.  Have a beginning, say a problem that needs to be solved; a middle, the search for a solution; and an end, a strong conclusion.

3.  Let some personality show through in the writing.  There are some cases where dry, factual writing is required, but where it’s not, let the writing be conversational or slightly casual to be of interest to the reader.  Always think of your reader.  Even if the writing is just for a school paper, the last thing you want to do is to bore the reader so that the ending is never reached.

4.  Diagrams and tables are useful, but ONLY if they are tied tightly with the text.  Don’t put them there just for filler because they’ll never be looked at.  The best idea is to add reference numbers to the diagrams and have text to lead the reader from one point to the next.  If that sounds like too much work, maybe the diagram isn’t really needed.

5.  No one’s writing is perfect… every author needs to review and revise their work many times.  Most authors get quite tired of reading what they’ve written by the time it is “finished”. 

To make revision as easy as possible, Roger suggests that each time you go through your draft, look for one specific thing at a time.  For instance, the first time through, check that you are using the active voice instead of passive.  Next, go through and look to make sure headings and lists use parallel wording.  Next, look for words that are commonly spelled incorrectly that will not be caught by a spell checker.  And so on.

6.  For everyone, but especially if you are English-second language, consider reading the text out loud or have the computer read it to you.  You may be able to hear problems in the wording easier than you can read them.   Also, look at past comments you’ve received on writing assignments.  Likely you often make the same errors every time you write, so pay close attention to how your previous errors were corrected, and go through your document to specifically focus on improving these problem areas.

8.    One last piece of advice.  If you’re writing a technical document, your goal is not to make it “beautiful”… your goal is clarity.  You want to ensure that anyone who reads what you’ve written understands your technical messages.


There are a lot more details that will help you, so I encourage you to get a copy of Roger’s book.


Roger is also attending the IOD conference to share his expertise on DB2 Certification.  He was an exam developer of many DB2 exams and is the instructor at a highly rated Pre-Conference Certification Crammer Course: (9Q020) DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows DBA Certification Crammer for Exam 541 .  His other book, DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes will help you pass one of the free exams that are being offered to attendees.


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Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data

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Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data

by Dirk deRoos, Chris Eaton, George Lapis, Paul Zikopoulos, Tom Deutsch


Big Data represents a new era in data exploration and utilization, and IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate this transformation. This Flashbook reveals how IBM is leveraging open source Big Data technology to deliver a robust, secure, highly available, enterprise-class Big Data platform.

The three defining characteristics of Big Data—volume, variety, and velocity—are discussed. You’ll get a primer on Hadoop and how IBM is 'hardening' it for the enterprise, and learn when to leverage IBM InfoSphere BigInsights (Big Data at rest) and IBM InfoSphere Streams (Big Data in motion) technologies. Deployment and scaling strategies plus industry use cases are also included in this practical guide.

  • Learn how IBM hardens Hadoop for enterprise-class scalability and reliability
  • Gain insight into IBM's unique in-motion and at-rest Big Data analytics
  • Learn tips and tricks for Big Data use cases and solutions
  • Get a quick Hadoop primer


This book is about Big Data: but you already knew that.  Big Data is a Big Deal! This book’s authoring team is well seasoned in traditional database technologies; and all recognized one thing: Big Data is an inflection point when it comes to information management technologies. In fact, Big Data is going to change the way you do things in the future, how you gain insight, and make decisions (the change isn’t going to be a replacement, rather a synergy and extension). Recognizing this inflection point, the author team decided to write this book to help you get quickly up to speed on this technology and to show you the unique things IBM is doing to turn the freely available open source Big Data technology into a Big Data Platform; there’s a major difference and the platform is comprised of leveraging the open source technologies (and never forking it) and marrying that to enterprise capabilities provided by a technology leader that understands the benefits a platform can provide.

By the time you are done reading this book, you’ll have a good handle on the Big Data opportunity that lies ahead, a better understanding on the requirements that ensures you have the right Big Data platform (as opposed to just technology), and have a strong foundational knowledge as to the business opportunities that lie ahead with Big Data and some of the technologies available.

PART 1: The Big Deal about Big Data

Chapter 1 – What is Big Data? Hint: You’re a Part of it Every Day

Chapter 2 – Why Big Data is Important

Chapter 3 – Why IBM for Big Data

PART II: Big Data: From the Technology Perspective

Chapter 4  - All About Hadoop: The Big Data Lingo Chapter

Chapter 5 – IBM InfoSphere Big Insights – Analytics for “At Rest” Big Data

Chapter 6 – IBM InfoSphere Streams – Analytics for “In Motion” Big Data


Chris Eaton, B.Sc., is a worldwide technical specialist for IBM’s Information Management products focused on Database Technology, Big Data, and Workload Optimization.  Chris is also an international award winning speaker, having presented at data management conferences across the globe, and has one of the most popular DB2 blogs located on IT Toolbox at:

Dirk DeRoos, B.Sc, B.A. is a member of the IBM World-Wide Technical Sales Team, specializing in the IBM Big Data Platform. Dirk joined IBM eleven years ago, and has a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors English) from the University of New Brunswick.

Thomas Deutsch, B.A, M.B.A., serves as a Program Director in IBM’s Big Data business. Tom has spent the couple of years helping customers with Apache Hadoop, identifying architecture fit, and managing early stage projects in 200+ customer engagements.

George Lapis, MS CS, is a Big Data Solutions Architect at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. He has worked in database software area for more than 30 years. He was a founding member of R* and Starburst research projects at IBM's Almaden Research Center in the valley, as well as a member of the compiler development team for several releases of DB2.

Paul C. Zikopoulos, B.A., M.B.A., is the Director of Technical Professionals for IBM Software Group’s Information Management division and additionally leads the World Wide Database Competitive and Big Data SWAT teams.  Paul has written more than 300 magazine articles and 14 books on DB2 and can be reached at:



Meet FileNet expert and author Bill Carpenter at IOD11

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Meet author Bill Carpenter and have him sign a copy of his book at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference.  Come to the Conference bookstore Thursday October 27 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm to meet Bill.  Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.

The book:

Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager


  • Quickly get up to speed on all significant features and the major components of IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
  • Provides technical details that are valuable both for beginners and experienced Content Management professionals alike, without repeating product reference documentation
  • Gives a big picture description of Enterprise Content Management and related IT areas to set the context for Content Manager

  • Written by an IBM employee, William Carpenter, who has extensive experience in Content Manager product development, this book gives practical tips and notes with a step by-step approach to design real Enterprise Content Management solutions to solve your business needs
  • IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager, built on top of the mature FileNet platform, is a complete, world class Enterprise Content Management platform. With its rock solid document management features, tight integration with BPM systems and other components, and rich API set, it is a highly scalable and secure solution to common and uncommon Enterprise Content Management requirements.
  • Written by a FileNet insider, who is an Enterprise Content Management architect and engineer, this book is a straightforward guide to effectively install, manage, and administer FileNet P8 content Manager. It emphasizes practical, specific, and hands-on information about features for building Enterprise Content Management solutions. At every step, real-world tips and important information are called out to save you time and trouble when building customized solutions.
  • Beginning with an overview of Enterprise Content Management, the book moves quickly to the matter of getting a real Content Management system up and running. You learn key Content Management applications that are demonstrated to show you the major concepts that matter you as a developer, administrator, or as an end user. There are separate chapters that describe major platform features, security-related features, and integrations with other commonly used software components. A realistic sample application, designed right infront of you unfolds the genius in IBM Filenet P8 Content Manager. Finally, you take an in-depth look at troubleshooting, support sites, and online resources to help meet your security needs.
  • Master the ins and outs of the FileNet P8 platform, easily


You can also see Bill in the following sessions:

Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm

IBM FileNet Content Manager

In this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with technical architects for IBM FileNet Content Manager and discuss the future direction of the technology.


For IOD sessions related to this book, see the Enterprise Content Management Roadmaps:

  • ECM Advanced Case Management
  • ECM Content Analytics
  • ECM Document Imaging and Capture
  • ECM General
  • ECM Information Lifecycle Governance
  • ECM Social Content Management



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Meet author & decision management expert James Taylor at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference

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James Taylor the musician makes awesome music and is easy to find when you do a search on amazon or google.  Another awesome James Talyor is the author, CEO, and Principal Consultant of Decision Management Solutions. James is the leading expert in decision management and decisioning technologies. James is passionate about using decisioning technologies like business rules and predictive analytics to help companies improve decision making and develop smarter and more agile processes and systems. James has over 20 years developing software and solutions for clients and has led Decision Management efforts for leading companies in insurance, banking, health management and telecommunications. He is also an active speaker, blogger and author.

James will be at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference this year, but I am not sure of his speaking schedule at this time.  I do know that I’ve arranged for a book signing for him on Tuesday, October 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 at the Conference bookstore.  (Soon you’ll be able to add this signing to your Smart Site Schedule.)


James now has two books that he’s published and both will be for sale at the Conference bookstore for a 20% discount:


Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent Systems

This book launches just in time for the conference.  Decision Management Systems offers trusted advice for applying Decision Management to your own problems and environment. Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, it shows how to refocus existing analytics and business rules initiatives for greater long-term value, and overcome the specific obstacles that can derail your Decision Management initiative.

About the book:

Most companies rely on operational systems that are largely passive. But what if you could make your systems active participants in optimizing your business? What if your systems could act intelligently on their own? Learn, not just report? Empower users to take action instead of simply escalating their problems? Evolve without massive IT investments?

Decision Management Systems can do all that and more. In this book, the field’s leading expert demonstrates how to use them to drive unprecedented levels of business value. James Taylor shows how to integrate operational and analytic technologies to create systems that are more agile, more analytic, and more adaptive. Through actual case studies, you’ll learn how to combine technologies such as predictive analytics, optimization, and business rules—improving customer service, reducing fraud, managing risk, increasing agility, and driving growth.

Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, Decision Management Systems focuses on mainstream business challenges.

Coverage includes

  • Understanding how Decision Management Systems can transform your business
  • Planning your systems “with the decision in mind”
  • Identifying, modeling, and prioritizing the decisions you need to optimize
  • Designing and implementing robust decision services
  • Monitoring your ongoing decision-making and learning how to improve it
  • Proven enablers of effective Decision Management Systems: people, process, and technology
  • Identifying and overcoming obstacles that can derail your Decision Management Systems initiative


His previous book with co-author Neil Raden published in 2007 and has a very distinctive photo on the cover!

Smart Enough Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions

The book’s companion site,, has additional information and references for practitioners as well as news and updates.


I’m looking forward to meeting James and I hope you are too.  In the mean time, I plan to read his blog: James’ blog.


For IOD sessions related to this book, see the Business Analytics Roadmaps:

BA Business Intelligence
BA Delivering Customer Success
BA Financial and Risk Analytics
BA Predictive and Advanced Analytics
BA Social Media and Customer Analytics
BA Workshops



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