Another great IBM conference is around the corner. This one is called InterConnect and is focused on cloud and mobile technologies. Since data and analytics play in both areas, you'll find great sessions to increase your skills and knowledge by attending.
The conference takes place in Las Vegas, February 22-26. I think most of us in the north east are already tired of winter, so a conference in a warmer climate is very welcome this time of year!
IBM InterConnect 2015
A few weeks ago, I started a discussion in the DB2 Professional LinkedIn group that turned out to be quite popular. Request to join the group so you can take part in this and other discussions.
My question: When you were using DB2 for the first time, how did you go about learning how to use it? If you are already an expert, what learning path do you recommend to any newbies who you may meet?
This blog entry summarizes the responses. The text in italics is a response... [More]
I was pretty surprised when I heard the top selling books at the IBM Insight conference that started October 26, 2014 in Las Vegas. Why? Well, I had blogged about each and every one of them. So either I had a premonition as to what would be popular or my blog entries helped them sell? Cause and effect??
Anyway, the books that most people took home were the books that we were giving away for free. This includes the three latest Flashbooks, plus these retail books that were purchased by IBM to give away:
Can you think of an industry that is changing more drastically than publishing is at this time? More books are now being sold for devices such as Kindle than printed books. There are so many Kindle-like book readers available that it is pretty difficult to name them all. I’m not sure if “books on tape” or audible forms of books were popular in the past, but I’ve personally become a huge fan and am listening to about half the books I consume in a year.
Another big change is the... [More]
Here is the master list of current and upcoming books for DB2 on Linux, Unix and Windows . Updates will be made to this page as books are published, so bookmark this page and come back often.
DB2 Essentials: Understanding DB2 in a Big Data World (3rd Edition)
By Raul Chong and Clara Liu
(Oct 10 2013)... [More]
time for the annual IBM Press book sale, which is on from now until
Friday December 28, 2012. This is a perfect time to stock up on great
books that will help you become more effective at your job. Here’s a
list I put together along with reasons why you’d want to read this book. 40% off from IBM Press: —save
40% on print books, eBooks, and videos during our this Sale. Also, as a
special reward for purchasing, you will automatically receive one free
month's access to Safari Books Online via email confirmation. Use
find it interesting to see what people buy at a bookstore. Personally I
love bookstores and online book sites. I can spend hours researching
bookstore at the IBM Information on Demand conference was very busy
this year, and I’ve put together this blog to tell you want others were
buying. The biggest seller was Nate Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't.
The best selling book at a conference tends to be one from a special
guest. Nate was quite the guest to have given... [More]
This is it. We’ve done all that we can do and now we get to reap the rewards of our hard work. Show time! IBM
Information on Demand starts this weekend. Many of us are flying to
Las Vegas tomorrow already. The weekend will be filled with customer
meetings, business partner sessions and the inevitable last minute
can you expect? You’ll walk a lot, meet many people, maybe even eat
too much. You’ll learn about many new products and technologies.
You’ll be tired by the end of the week, but I hope you’ll end the... [More]
I enjoy meeting people, so the IBM Information on Demand Conference
is one of my favourite events that I attend every year. In this post,
I’d like to talk about the authors I’ve met and those who will be available to
meet you this year. I’ve
been lucky enough to meet some pretty famous people at previous IOD
conferences. Some of the highlights: Malcolm Gladwell, the Stephens
from the Freakonomics books, Steven Covey, Michael Eisner; and remember
the craziness surrounding Michael Lewis and Billy Beane last year? Beyond
call them IBM’s Best Friends! One of the reasons is that they are so
knowledgeable about our products and another is that they tend to make
excellent authors. Take a look at this list and you’ll see: Craig Mullins Craig has published two books this year! What a great accomplishment. DB2 Developer’s Guide 6th Edition: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the Foundation and Capabilities of DB2 for z/OS Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures (2nd Edition) Meet
Craig on Tuesday, October 23 from... [More]
One of the things that I love most about the IBM Information on Demand
Conference is the buzz on books. Every year we have a giant bookstore that
showcases all the latest books related to DB2, Analytics, Big Data, and more.
My job is to arrange to have the right set of books at the conference and to
invite authors to be available to sign copies of their books for attendees.
All books purchased at the bookstore are discounted by 20% off the retail
Here are the featured books and authors that we have planned for this... [More]
I like to read when I’m on vacation. Actually, I like to read all the time.
I get through many books in a year and find that I really like learning this
way. I do read fiction, but also read many non-fiction books.
Here are a few books I'd suggest you consider for your summer reading list:
1) Technical Blogging: Turn Your
Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence by Antonio
Cangiano . Improve your blogging skills if you’re already a blogger
or learn how to blog if you’re not. Antonio is an expert and lays out... [More]
Last week I blogged about social
media sites for DB2 for LUW and all of my recommendations were for IBM
sites. I’m really happy to say that IBM has many friends who are great at
creating content about IBM products and sharing their knowledge with other
users. Today’s entry is my thanks to all of you!
developerWorks ibm.com/developerworks/data/ and
IBM Data Management magazine ibmdatamag.com might be run by IBMers, but a
great deal of the content that lives on these sites was created by IBM friends. ... [More]
IBM Press Memorial Day Sale: Save 50% on purchase of 2 books with Coupon MEMDAYIBM
Kick off summer with extreme savings from IBM Press! Save when you stock
up—buy any 2 eligible books or eBooks, and save 50% with coupon MEMDAYIBM . Offer ends May 30, 2012. Start shopping now! .
Need some suggestions? Here’s what I’d recommend:
Introduction to IMS, An:
Your Complete Guide to IBM Information Management System, 2nd
Guide: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the... [More]
I am looking forward to going to Denver this weekend in preparation of IDUG NA which starts on Monday, May
14. I’m hoping to blog and tweet from there, so regardless if you are at the
conference or not, you can follow what’s going on. Here are some key links:
From Twitter :
#idugna for conference level tweets
#idug for IDUG in general
@IDUGConference will be used for announcing room changes and formal
From Facebook :
IDUG’s Facebook page will also be pretty busy during the conference too:... [More]