Just published: IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced Administration Cookbook by Adrian Neagu and Robert Pelletier.
This book was published by Packt Publishing and is available in several formats. The book contains over 120 “recipes” focused on advanced administration tasks to build and configure powerful databases with IBM DB2 V9.7. Although there is a new release coming out soon, there are many people still at the 9.7 level.
The book allows you to:
- Master all the important aspects of administration from instances to IBM's High Availability technology pureScale
- Learn to implement key security features to harden your database's security against hackers and intruders
- Empower your databases by building efficient data configuration using MDC and clustered tables
DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows offers industry leading performance, scalability, and reliability on your choice of platform on various Linux distributions, leading Unix Systems like AIX, HP-UX and Solaris and MS Windows platforms. With lots of new features, DB2 9.7 delivers one the best relational database systems in the market.
IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced Administration Cookbook covers all the latest features with instance creation, setup, and administration of multi-partitioned database.
This practical cookbook provides step-by-step instructions to build and configure powerful databases, with scalability, safety and reliability features, using industry standard best practices.
This book will walk you through all the important aspects of administration. You will learn to set up production capable environments with multi-partitioned databases and make the best use of hardware resources for maximum performance.
With this guide you can master the different ways to implement strong databases with a High Availability architecture.
What you will learn from this book
- Learn to make best use of scalability with multi-partitioned databases
- Get to grips with advanced technological breakthroughs with RBAC, and pureScale technology
- Sharpen your troubleshooting skills
- Design and implement the best backup strategy
- Master the new exciting features added to the DB2 9.7 version
- Get step-by-step instructions to tune and optimize DB2 to achieve best performance
- Understand the database objects and their integration
This cookbook has recipes written in a simple, easy to understand format, with lots of screenshots and insightful tips and hints.
Who this book is written for
If you are a DB2 Database Administrator who wants to understand and get hands on with the underlying aspects of database administration, then this book is for you.
This book assumes that you have a basic understanding of DB2 database concepts.
About the Authors
Adrian Neagu has over ten years experience as a database administrator, mainly with DB2 and Oracle databases. He started working with IBM DB2 in 2002.
He is an IBM DB2 Certified Administrator version 8.1.2 and 9, Oracle Database Administrator Certified Master 10g, Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional 9i, 10g and Sun Certified System Administrator Solaris 10. He is an expert in many areas of database administration such as performance tuning, high availability solutions, replication, backup and recovery.
In his spare time he enjoys to cook, take photos and catch big pikes with huge jerkbaits and bulldawgs.
Robert Pelletier is a Senior DBA Certified Oracle 8i, 9i, 10g, and DB2. He has twelve years experience as a DBA, as production/development support, database installation and configuration, tuning and troubleshooting.
He has more than thirty years IT experience in many applications in development in central Environments, client-server, and UNIX. More recently he has added expertise in Oracle RAC 11gR2, 10gR2, 9i, DB2 UDB DBA, ORACLE 9iAS, Financials, PeopleSoft and also SAP R/2 and R/3.
His expertise has been recognized by many major organizations worldwide, and he has a solid consulting background in well-known firms.
IBM Cognos Analytics and Cloud Computing: Best Practices for Deploying
Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud
by Anant Jhingran, Stephan Jou, William Lee,
Thanh Pham, Biraj Saha
This book introduces cloud computing, workloads in cloud computing, analytics as a service, and its implementation using Cognos Software and provides guidance and considerations for your cloud solution, such as “Where should the data be located” and “How many images should I create?” Step-by-step instructions on how to install, configure, secure and test a Cognos Business Intelligence deployment in the IBM Cloud are provided to help you get to a point where you have a saved private instance to an image that you can then deploy in minutes on demand.
Learn how to graduate from single images to multiple images and more complicated topologies that are better suited for production workloads and how to secure your Cognos cloud solution.
More advanced topics include moving from a single image to multiple images, scalability and performance, and how to plan for scaling to ensure a high performing solution. Finally, tip are provided to ensure that your Cognos BI cloud solution is highly available and handles failover scenarios.
IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples
by Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
About the book:
IBM Cognos 10 is the next generation of the leading performance management, analysis, and reporting standard for mid- to large-sized companies. One of the most exciting and useful aspects of IBM Cognos software is its powerful custom report creation capabilities. After learning the basics, report authors in the enterprise need to apply the technology to reports in their actual, complex work environment.
This book provides that advanced know how. Using practical examples based on years of teaching experiences as IBM Cognos instructors, the authors provide you with examples of typical advanced reporting designs and complex queries in reports. The reporting solutions in this book can be directly used in a variety of real-world scenarios to provide answers to your business problems today. The complexity of the queries and the application of design principles go well beyond basic course content or introductory books. IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples will help you find the answers to specific questions based on your data and your business model. It will use a combination tutorial and cookbook approach to show real-world IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio solutions. If you are still using IBM Cognos 8 BI Report Studio, many of the examples have been tested against this platform as well. The final chapter has been dedicated to showing those features that are unique to the latest version of this powerful reporting solution.
About the authors:
Roger Johnson is a learning consultant on IBM Cognos technologies delivering a wide variety of courses focusing on the needs of his learners. His education experience has been honed over years of work in training software professionals, college students, and many types of technology users. After he started his career as a computer programmer, a co-worker said, "Hey, you do community theater productions. You would make a good trainer." With those words, his career took a different direction. Over the next 20 years, he never moved too far from either technology or education.
As a learner, he has master's degrees in Systems Management and Education. Currently, he is researching the end-user adoption of technology as his doctoral dissertation at Capella University.
He calls Orlando home, but is regularly seen around North America delivering any number of IBM Cognos courses.
Filip Draskovic has spent his professional career, which covers the past 11 years, living and breathing IBM Cognos. For the first 8 years of his career, he had been a Cognos consultant and developed his skills applying Cognos Business Intelligence and Planning solutions in multiple industries. Wanting to do something different, he spent the next 3 years as a Cognos trainer teaching public and private IBM Cognos courses in IBM's offices around North America. Following his desire to constantly gain new experiences and knowledge, he is currently filling the role of a Cognos client technical professional. You can find him today in Toronto's financial district. At home, with his wife, he is enjoying raising their son and daughter.
This book was recently published by Packt Publishing:
IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials
A User’s Guide
Mastering Online Enterprise Cmmunicaton with this collaborative software
by Marie Scott and Thomas Duff
If you work for IBM, you know and love Sametime as much as I do. For those who don’t work for IBM and don’t use Lotus Notes as their mail server, Sametime is similar to MSN, except it is much more. I personally can’t imagine doing my job without this amazing tool!
Should you read this book? According to the back cover, this book was written for:
If you want to learn how to use IBM Lotus Sametime, then this book is for you. No matter if you’re new to Sametime or want to become a Sametime “power User”, this book contains something for you. The focus is on using Sametime as a user and does not include information about development or administration of a Sametime environment. But any user of Sametime in an organization will be able to take this book, sit down at their computer and learn how to use each feature of Sametime from start to finish.
From this description I think that anyone new to a Lotus Sametime environment would greatly benefit from reading this book. For those who already heavily use this tool, we’ll be able to enhance our skills and become more productive. For those who do not yet use Lotus products in your business, you’ll learn what power you’re missing!
I plan to read the book and hope to get tips on power functions such as:
* How to configure preferences. I’ve already been using the Primary Contacts feature and the Feed feature.
* How to customize Sametime instant messages with emoticons, text styles, graphics, attachments and hyperlinks. I’m using some of these already, but not all.
* Tips for adding voice and video to chats or meetings. This I don’t know about yet and it looks to have major promise.
* How to create and manage online meeting rooms to bring together everyone who needs to be at a specific meeting. I’ve been using online meeting rooms but need to know more about the features that available.
* Get tips on how to improve my usage.
* Connect to other users outside of our organization. This one has real potential. Right now I connect to some people via gtalk and others via MSN. Would be good to put all my business contacts in one place.
NOVEMBER is IBM Month at Packt Publishers. Save on this book or ebooks and more!
*** Mark's signing time changed to Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon.
Last year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference in Las Vegas, I was lucky to meet Mark Jeffries who was host for the General Sessions. Mark had written the book “What’s up with Your Handshake” and I arranged a book signing session for him. I really enjoyed meeting Mark and reading his book.
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Mark is also hosting several sessions and will be signing copies of his latest book:
The Art of Business Seduction: A 30-Day Plan to Get Noticed, Get Promoted, and Get Ahead
About the book:
Description: These days, more than ever, you need an edge to win the job, the sale, or the contract that you want. And once you have it, keeping it is part of the job. You're always selling yourself, getting re-hired everyday with everything you do and say.
"The Art of Business Seduction" elevates your game by allowing you to recognize what's essential in getting noticed for the right reasons and by the right people. You'll get powerful tools you can use immediately, including A Strategic Communication plan The no-fail, four-step L-WAR process (Listen, Watch, Anticipate, React) Real-life exercises you can implement over thirty consecutive days that will then become a winning part of your routine and lifestyle
Your secret weapon in today's business struggle, "The Art of Business Seduction" peels away the hype to give you the unadorned facts on what will drive your continued, consistent success.
Mark’s signing session is scheduled for ***Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3766.
Let me share a few of the tips that Sam shared today... but if you get the opportunity to hear Sam yourself, take it! Sam is a very fun speaker to listen to. Also, you won't be disappointed with the book!
1) Dress for Success
What does a successful software developer wear? The same as a CEO? NO! CEOs are typically polished wearing fancy suits. Software developers? Running shoes, jeans, t-shirts... don't believe me? Find a photo of the Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and you'll see that they dress like ROCK STARS!
Senior Software Architects make much more money than junior employees. Check it out on payscale.com. But... what you don't see on sites like this is the other money superstars make. They often get large bonuses and stock options beyond their base salary.
A superstar developer has much freedom in their job in terms of where they want to work and customers they want to visit.
4) Getting Ahead
There was lots of advice about getting a promotion and rising in your field, but the one thing that stood out for me is that you should become the expert in YOUR DOMAIN. Whatever that domain is... become an expert. It doesn't take long, but unfortunately it is rarely done. So, it would be fairly easy to stand above your peers if you just invested a bit of time each month to learn something new about your domain.
5) Pros and Cons of Climbing the Ladder
There are cons to anything you do in life... but the pros of climbing can be worth the cons, if that's what you want to do.
What is more important than inspiration? Would believe that it is following through on your plans? It is! And apparently following through is rare. Surprising!
7) Time Management
Did you know that goofing off can actually be important to your career? Really! Your brain needs a break from time to time, so give in. But make sure you don't abuse this advice!
There are lots of considerations regarding getting promoted.. and the most important is to do something that makes you stand out from your peers. Publish, files patents, join groups, present about your topics, etc. Do what you like to do and what makes you feel appreciated.
9) Social Dynamics
One of the key messages here is DON'T GOSSIP! 9/10 times you gossip, it may not get around... but even 1 out of 10 times could be a career killer! I've worked with Sam for a number of years and let me tell you! He practices what he preaches.
The last hint that I'll give you today is.... you can hear Sam speak. He's been invited as the guest speaker on the DB2 Night Show
. There is a 200 person limit to this webinar, so register today to reserve your spot!
PS... find out more about Sam and what makes his clock tick via this interview:
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Just published by IBM Press:
Performing Information Governance: A Step-by-step Guide to Making Information Governance Work
By Anthony David Giordano
Unfortunately Tony will not be at IBM Insights this year, so you won’t get a chance to get him to sign his latest book. His book, however, will be at the conference, and it looks like Tony has another best seller on his hands!
About the book:
Most enterprises recognize the crucial importance of effective information governance. However, few are satisfied with the value of their efforts to date. Information governance is difficult because it is a pervasive function, touching multiple processes, systems, and stakeholders. Fortunately, there are best practices that work. Now, a leading expert in the field offers a complete, step-by-step guide to successfully governing information in your organization.
Using case studies and hands-on activities, Anthony Giordano fully illuminates the “who, what, how, and when” of information governance. He explains how core governance components link with other enterprise information management disciplines, and provides workable “job descriptions” for each project participant.
Tony helps you successfully integrate key data stewardship processes as you develop large-scale applications and Master Data Management (MDM) environments. Then, once you’ve deployed an information asset, he shows how to consistently get reliable regulatory and financial information from it.
Performing Information Governance will be indispensable to CIOs and Chief Data Officers…data quality, metadata, and MDM specialists…anyone responsible for making information governance work.
Recognizing the hidden development and operational implications of information governance—and why it needs to be integrated in the broader organization
Integrating information governance activities with transactional processing, BI, MDM, and other enterprise information management functions
Establishing the information governance organization: defining roles, launching projects, and integrating with ongoing operations
Performing information governance in transactional projects, including those using agile methods and COTS products
Bringing stronger information governance to MDM: strategy, architecture, development, and beyond
Governing information throughout your BI or Big Data project lifecycle
Effectively performing ongoing information governance and data stewardship operational processes
Auditing and enforcing data quality management in the context of enterprise information management
Maintaining and evolving metadata management for maximum business value
About the Author
Tony Giordano is an experienced executive with more than 25 years of global professional services experience in the information management field in the areas of business intelligence, data warehousing, customer relationship management and program management. He has significant work experience in the financial services, life sciences, and automotive sectors. Mr. Giordano has functioned in various roles, including positions such as IBM Japan BAO Service Line Leader, Financial Services Practice Partner, and other consulting roles.. Tony has been dedicated to implementing customer-focused business analytics and information management platform that deliver business outcomes.
Watch this video I recorded with Tony about his last book.
Congratulations to Matthias Nicola for being named the best overall speaker from the IDUG EMEA conference that took place last year in Vienna.
Here are the details for the Matthias’ presentation:
E15: The XMLTABLE Function – A Swiss Army Knife for Application Developers
What!? An entire presentation on just one SQL function? Yes! DB2 supports well over 200 functions that can be used in SQL statements, and one of them is XMLTABLE. What makes XMLTABLE different from most other functions are its powerful data transformation capabilities, its versatility, and its diverse set of use cases. Available in DB2 for z/OS and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, the XMLTABLE function allows you to read XML data and return relational result sets to your application. Read more.
Matthias Nicola is a senior software engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab, in San Jose, CA, USA. He focuses on all aspects of XML in DB2. Matthias works closely with the DB2 pureXML development team as well as with customers and business partners to help them design, optimize and implement XML solutions. Previously Matthias worked on data warehouse performance at Informix Software.
You can purchase a recording of this session by clicking here and searching for session E15.
Some other details about Matthias that you should know. Not only can he present well, but he wrote a great book too:
You can also keep up with Matthias more regularly through his blog:
Are you attending IDUG this year in Anaheim? It takes place the first week of May and if you’re attending, you can catch two of Matthias’ sessions:
E14 - The XMLTABLE Function – A Swiss Army Knife for Application Developers!
C04: Understanding and Tuning Page Cleaning in DB2
For more information about IDUG, see my blog entry: IDUG = International DB2 User Group
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence
by John Boyer, The Nielsen Company; Bill Frank, Johnson
& Johnson; Brian Green, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Tennessee;
Tracy Harris, IBM; Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company
Business Intelligence is a top priority for organizations around the world.
value of its promise is well known: BI can yield valuable insight that will
achieve competitive advantage, productivity gains, and cost savings. However,
for many organizations, achieving this type of success is difficult; user
is low, politics and culture run deep, and BI programs can be derailed by
beyond technology—often related to people and process.
To address these challenges, a team of BI professionals from leading
organizations has come together to offer practical advice and proven
for preparing a BI strategy that will help you achieve excellence in your
You will learn:
- How to create a business alignment strategy that helps prioritize business
requirements, demonstrate value, and generate a series of wins for your
- What you need to consider in your organizational and cultural strategy to
better navigate politics and culture, organize, and communicate for success
- How to deliver a technology strategy that will improve total cost of
ownership, provide greater IT efficiencies, and address factors that hinder user
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul
DB2 9 is a leading-edge hybrid data server that offers optimum storage, scalability, and availability. DB2 pureScale is a new technology primarily optimize 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.
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
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
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:
9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam
Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Fundamentals
Certification Study Guide
9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam
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!
Just published by O'Reilly Media:Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions
By Toby Segaran
, Jeff Hammerbacher
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:
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.
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
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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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:
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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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 KeithMcCormick.com.
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 http://bit.ly/BooksatIBMInsight
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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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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.
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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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," 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," 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," 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," 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," 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," 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," 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," 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," 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," 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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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.
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.
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:
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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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Chessell.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 B-eye-Network.com, BI-platform.nl,
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.
Just in time for IBM’s Information on Demand Conference: a new book by Sunil Soares: 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. Susan
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%
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
I’m looking forward to meeting Jeff and reading his book. I hope you are
inspired to as well!
Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures (2nd
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
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,
- 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
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
Follow Craig’s Blogs & Twitter account as well:
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 Katsnelson. Can you imagine a stronger
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
- 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
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.
Storage & Multi-Temperature Data Management -- Making DB2 Storage Management
Easier With Each New Release - H05 - Kelly Schlamb
May 16, 2012 (08:30 AM
- 09:30 AM)
Dive into Multi-Temperature Data Management: Best Practices for Implementing
MDTM - H02 - Jim Seeger
May 15, 2012 (02:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
Dive into Query Performance Optimization: Statistical Views - H14 - John
May 18, 2012 (09:15 AM - 10:15 AM)
Dive into Query Performance Optimization: Zigzag Join , Jump Scan - H13 -
May 18, 2012 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Dive into Row and Column Access Control: How to Define and Implement Security
Policies - H11 - Walid Rjabi
May 17, 2012 (01:30 PM - 02:30 PM)
Dive into Storage Optimization: When and How to use Adaptive Compression - H06 -
May 16, 2012 (09:45 AM - 10:45 AM)
Dive into Time Travel Query: Best Practices for Implementing Temporal Tables
while reusing existing applications - H10 - Matthias Nicola
May 17, 2012
(09:45 AM - 10:45 AM)
Dive into Time Travel Query: First Steps using Temporal Tables - H09 - Matthias
May 17, 2012 (08:30 AM - 09:30 AM)
HUMONGOUS improvements in warehouse query performance in DB2 10 for Linux, Unix,
Windows - H12 - Calisto Zuzarte
May 17, 2012 (02:45 PM - 03:45 PM)
Update: Multiple Stand-by (DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows) - H03 - Dale
May 15, 2012 (03:15 PM - 04:15 PM)
Ways to Tame your Database with DB2 Workload Management - H15 - David
May 18, 2012 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Compatibility Update for DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows - H08 - Sandra
May 16, 2012 (02:45 PM - 03:45 PM)
Best Practices for Performance and Monitoring - H04 - Steve Rees / Matt
May 15, 2012 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Data Warehousing Best Practices: Using Ingest Utility - H07 - Sandra
May 16, 2012 (11:00 AM - 11:55 AM)
New in DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows – Overview of all New Features and
Functionality - H01 - Les King / Sandra Bialek
May 15, 2012 (12:45 PM -
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 http://ibm.co/HvBrUp
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.
DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve
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.
Another book that will publish just in time to be launched at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference is
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.
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and
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
- 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
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 5 – IBM InfoSphere Big Insights – Analytics for “At Rest” Big
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: http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2luw.
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+
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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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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.
- 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, www.smartenoughsystems.com, 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
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