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The best book to buy right now for a beginner's look at DB2 is the Understanding DB2 book. The one that is available today is for V8.2, but it covers everything that you need to know about DB2 in a very easy to understand way. I like the way the authors added a mini case study at the end of each chapter to solidify the material covered in the chapter. There are also 5 or more study questions at the end of each chapter that can also help ensure that you've grasped the concepts.
The subtitle of the book is "Learning Visually with Examples" and the authors did a fine job of including many diagrams and screen captures throughout the book to make learning a bit more interesting. Check out the positive reader feedback that is posted on the amazon.com site linked above.
Also, I've had feedback from people who were trained on our databases or platforms (Oracle or DB2 for z/OS) and mentioned that they found it amazingly easy to transfer their skills to DB2 Linux, UNIX, Windows with the help of the book.
The newest version of this book comes out in the next month, Understanding DB2 Second Edition so you may want to wait till it is available, or you can buy the 8.2 version now at a reduced price. The best place for a European to buy this book is from Pearson Education EMEA Bookstore where this book is now available for £27.94; free shipping in Europe.
Another site worth checking is our IBM Information Management Bookstore where we have information about a deal where you can get 35% off all IBM Press books ordered before the end of December. Free shipping in the US.
What technical books have you read this year that have been well-written, helpful, and worth the money?
I'm putting together a list of the best books of the year and would like to have your input. Put a comment in or send me an email, but I'd really like to hear from you.
Also, I'm planning for the books that will be published next year, so if you feel that there is a gap of information on a topic, let me know and I'll see what I can do!
Discover the best of the best with this collection of top-selling books from IBM Press.
New to DB2? IBM Press has an easy, visual guide to introduce you to every concept behind DB2, step-by-step, including installation, configuration, objects, database instances, storage, connectivity, security, performance, backup and recovery, SQL fundamentals, and much more: Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples
By Raul Chong, Clara Liu, Sylvia Qi, Dwaine Snow
Full price: $59.99
Loving Linux? Here's your indispensable guide to maximizing Linux system and application performance, with easy-to-understand examples based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server: Performance Tuning for Linux Servers
By Sandra Johnson, Gerrit Huizenga, Badari Pulavarty
Full price: 54.99
Bundle information and price: ISBN: 0132227673; $78.30
If you become an IBM Press member, your price is $73.95. This is a savings of $41.03 if you buy the bundle rather than each book individually.
If this bundle doesn't appeal to you, check out one of these:
The Foundation for Certification Bundle
Essentials for DBAs Bundle
z/OS and Loving It Bundle
I haven't yet figured out whether these bundles and their prices will disappear at some point or not. I'm checking into it and will update this post.
I hope that anyone who reads articles on dWorks understands that DB2 runs on multiple platforms. A couple of months ago, I was surprised to find a large number of attendees at a data warehousing conference who still think of DB2 as a database that runs ONLY on the mainframe!
Of course DB2 has servers that run on the mainframe, including s/390, z/OS, VM, VSE, and midrange systems such as iseries or OS/400.
But it also runs on Linux and UNIX such as AIX, HP-UX, and Solaris.
(Clients exist for all platforms as well.)
Most of the people at the conference were using competitive programs such as Oracle or SQL Server, so perhaps it is understandable that they were unaware of the platforms that DB2 runs on, but the next time I work at a similar conference, I'm going to ask for a huge sign that says DB2 runs on Windows!
The fact that we have servers on so many platforms is a huge benefit to our customers in that the function is the same (or very similar) regardless of which platform is being used. Applications can be developed on one platform and then executed on others against data in DB2 on any of the platforms. But the biggest benefit is the transfer or reuse of skills.
Our certification program was designed to take advantage of the similarities across multiple platforms by having exams that can work for everyone:
Exam 700 DB2 Family Fundamentals (http://www.ibm.com/certify/certs/dbdaudv81.shtml)
Passing this exam earns you an IBM Certified Database Associate Certification. Every question on the exam is true on ALL of the following platforms: UNIX, Linux, Windows, iseries, and z/OS. The exam covers the following topics:
* Planning (15%)
* Security (9%)
* Accessing DB2 UDB Data (15%)
* Working with DB2 UDB Data (31%)
* Working with DB2 UDB Objects (19%)
* Data Concurrency (11%)
Exam 703 DB2 Family Application Development (http://www.ibm.com/certify/certs/dbapudv81.shtml)
Passing this exam (plus Exam 700 or equivalent) earns you an IBM Certified Application Developer Certification. The questions on this exam allow you to create an application that can access any of the DB2 servers, regardless of the platform. The exam covers the following topics:
* Database objects and Programming Methods (13%)
* Data Manipulation (26%)
* Embedded SQL Programming (11%)
* ODBC/CLI Programming (13%)
* Java Programming (13%)
* Advanced Programming (16%)
* User Defined Routines (8%)
The exam is structured so that you only need to know one of the following three sections very well in order to pass the exam:
* Embedded SQL Programming (11%)
* ODBC/CLI Programming (13%)
* Java Programming (13%)
Of course you'll have to know a fair amount about the other section of the test if you do not know ODBC or Java.
A few years ago, we tried to combine the DBA exams for all the platforms, but we found that we were only able to do so for the Linux, UNIX and Windows platforms, since the tasks for these platforms are virtually identical. See Exam 701 DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration (http://www.ibm.com/certify/certs/dbdbudb81.shtml). We needed to cover the DBA tasks for the z/OS platform in a different exam to adequately cover the range of topics that are essential. See Exam 702 DB2 UDB V8.1 for z/OS Database Administration (http://www.ibm.com/certify/certs/dbdbudb8os.shtml).
We tend to make the same split for the books by covering all DB2 topics for Linux, UNIX and Windows in the same book and put the DB2 z/OS topics into separate books. We have a few exceptions though:
DB2 SQL PL: Essential Guide for DB2 UDB on Linux, UNIX Windows, i5/OS and z/OS, Second Edition
This book covers SQL PL for all platforms!
DB2 for Solaris: The Official Guide
Obviously this is for the Solaris platform only.
Wee also looking into have a book specific for Windows and another specific for Linux in the next release. Perhaps that will help spread the word that DB2 is really available on ALL platforms?
IBM Press Program Manager
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It’s finally here!
by Roger Sanders
I can’t tell you how many people have asked for this book in the past few years! And look at the great price: Less than $15!
What’s in the book?
What do you need to know to pass the exam?
This is an outline of the Exam Objectives. You can see the details on the website: Exam 541 Objectives
Section 1 - DB2 Server Management (10%)
Section 2 - Physical Design (20%)
Section 3 - Business Rules Implementation (5%)
Section 4 - Monitoring DB2 Activity (15%)
Section 5 - Utilities (15%)
Section 6 - High Availability (20%)
Section 7 - Security (10%)
Section 8 - Connectivity and Networking (5%)
Roger Sanders was featured in the latest edition of the DM Magazine.
The Man to See About Certification - The guru of DB2 certification tests talks about how he puts them together—and how they can help your career
by Howard Baldwin
Q&A with Roger Sanders who has helped IBM develop 17 DB2 certification exams, more than any other individual. Want to know why certification is important? Roger Sanders is the man to ask. We talked to him about how the tests are put together, how they can help a DBA’s career, and—oh yes—about the certification test he failed.
I wrote an entry on my blog some time ago that I still recommend: Certification 101. I do need to update the entry to include the DB2 9.7 exams such as Exam 541, but the content is still accurate in most ways:
Benefits of Earning a Certification
Good luck on your exams!
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I subscribe to many newsletters and was reading through them this week..... the one that caught my attention the most was this:
5 surefire ways to get fired by Denise Dubie
I don't want to get fired... and I'm sure most of you don't either! So, reading the article I found that one of the best ways to KEEP your job is by continually growing your skills! I can give plenty advice as to how you can grow your skills... and not all of them require a great deal of time or money!
I've blogged about how to get certified many times. The only thing I want to add at this point is that you can use the path to get certified as a roadmap for building skills. You will learn a lot but will also have validation that your skills are up to par by passing one or more certification exams. For further information on how to start, see my blog entry "Certification 101". To make it even more cost effective for you to get certified, we have Certification Days where exams are offered half price, and a Try it Again offer that allows you to retry your exam if you failed to pass. In my opinion, getting a certification is the FASTEST and most COST-EFFECTIVE way to build skills... bar none!
Travel is expensive, so take a look at the new way to take an IBM class where you choose the time, place, and best of all, no travel involved! Self-paced Virtual Classes are one option, ILO classes are another. Right now, you can take a free SPVC to see how it works.
Another very cost-effective way to build skills. You can buy a printed book, read a book online, borrow from a library... whatever works for you. There is a wide selection of books available... that cover just about every topic imaginable. For the entire list of books that we have available for Information Management topics, see either DB2 in Books or IM Bookstore. The online engines where you can read books are Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online. You can read more about these options in my blog entry.
OK... a conference is very expensive... but is it really? If you factor in all that you get when you attend a conference, you may find that it is very cost-effective. The IOD conference has free certification exams, 400 technical sessions, demos... not to mention networking! See Kate's blog for a series of entries about the IOD conference. Another option is to attend a virtual conference. I don't know of any that are scheduled at this moment...but when I learn about one, I'll blog about it. Sure it is quite different than attending a conference in person in a city away from your home / office, but it still provides some training, demos, and networking, but is usually free to attend.
So, please! Don't get fired because you've let your skills stagnate! Keep up to date with the many options that are available to you!
If you haven't yet upgraded your skills to DB2 V9, here is some incentive for you:
Today I received my copies today.... what a great book!
Expert Preparation for Exam 734 - DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide. This book contains everything you'll need to study for Exam 734 AND is full of reference details that go far beyond the exam!
With this book, you will:
• Gain the knowledge necessary to pass the DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration for Linux, UNIX, and Windows exam (Exam 734)
• Receive an explanation of every topic included on the test…by experts involved in the creation of the actual exam
• Find appendices with information beyond the test requirements on monitoring buffer pool activity, using MQTs, employing advanced joining techniques, and using the Explain Tools.
• Discover over 100 sample questions plus a 120-question practice exam, all with comprehensive answers and explanations
Congratulations to authors Dwaine Snow and Roger Sanders on the release of their latest book!
Thanks also to the team of reviewers who ensured that the book was accurate and had the quality that you demand:
Bob BernardRoger ArchambaultMelanie StopferMatthew RheaDan TuckAdil SardarNick TchervenskiEmilia CifaniSalma ElshatanoufyTariq Al-OmariKevin See
I received amazing feedback from a reader that I want to share with you:
This person took Exam 734 and didn't pass. She asked me for a recommendation, so I gave her an early version of the book on the condition that she would give me feedback. She read the book and tried the exam again... and this time passed. She says the book was essential to her passing the exam!
I can't send out an early version of the book to everyone, but this testimonial is very encouraging to me in my quest have quality, useful books published. I hope everyone who reads the book can say the same thing... and please say it publicly as we all benefit from your feedback.
If you are attending IOD, you can purchase a copy of the book while at the conference for a discount that is offered for attendees.
You can also meet the authors Roger E. Sanders and Dwaine R Snowand have them sign YOUR copy ofDB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration...on Wednesday Oct 29, 1:30 – 2:30at the Book Signing Area in Bayside Foyer.
Enjoy the book... and make sure you get your copy ASAP... they'll go fast!
I've been working with Aziz Shroff lately.... the owner of Shroff Publishers & Distributors Pvt. Ltd. Shroff buys the publishing rights to retail books published in the US and reprints them in India using local people and resources, and pricing the books in the local currency.
Shroff also runs a series of bookstores throughout India and is happy to sell books at IBM conferences that we have planned for the year. The one I'm working on right now is a conference that is taking place in Bangalore in early March.
Here are some of the books that you can find at Shroff's online bookstore:
DB2 9 Fundamentals: Certification Study Guide for Rs. 500DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration for Rs. 800DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Upgrade for Rs. 300DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration for Rs. 675DB2 9 for Developers for Rs. 550IBM DB2 9 New Features: Maximize All The Latest Features And Functionalities for Rs.396
Enjoy these new books!
Although an amazon link is provide for each book, they are also available through most other book channels and directly from the publisher for bulk orders. See Information Management Bookstore for an ongoing update of all the books that are available for Information Management.
PUBLISHED in 2007
Understanding DB2 9 Security (IBM Press)by Rebecca Bond, Kevin Yeung-Kuen See (IBM), Carmen Ka Man Wong (IBM), Yuk-Kuen Henry Chan (IBM)
Understanding DB2 9 Security is the only comprehensive guide to securing DB2 and leveraging the powerful new security features of DB2 9. Direct from a DB2 Security deployment expert and the IBM® DB2 development team, this book gives DBAs and their managers a wealth of security information that is available nowhere else. It presents real-world implementation scenarios, step-by-step examples, and expert guidance on both the technical and human sides of DB2 security.
IBM DB2 9 New Features (McGraw-Hill) by Paul Zikopoulos, George Baklarz, Leon Katsnelson, Chris Eaton (all IBM)
Enhance productivity, profitability, and efficiency using IBM DB2 9 and the detailed information in this comprehensive resource. Written by experienced IBM data server professionals, IBM DB2 9 New Features covers the technical details of the major new aspects of DB2 9 alongside real-world business uses, syntax examples, and insider tips. Learn how to manipulate and manage XML data using pureXML, automate maintenance tasks, and seamlessly integrate Java, PHP, and Perl scripts. Plus, you'll get vital coverage of the brand-new DB2 Developer Workbench, enhanced .NET developer support, Ruby on Rails, and database security.
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide (MC Press)by Roger Sanders
Starting with the certification process itself and ending with the concept of isolation levels and locking, this guide covers everything needed to know to pass the DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Exam (Exam 730). The prerequisite for all intermediate and follow-on DB2 certifications, XML usage, basic table creation, a rich set of sample questions, and detailed answers are all included, forming the foundation for understanding the newest version of IBM’s flagship database product. Regardless of what future certification path the reader is planning on pursuing, this study guide will chart a course for proficiency in DB2 9.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11, the Next Generation in OLTP Data Server Technology (MC Press) by Carlton Doe (IBM)
Also known as “IDS Flash Book”Published 4000 copies, June 13, 2007; paid for by IBM, distributed by IBMLearn what's new in the latest Informix IDS release.
Physical Database Design: the database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more (Morgan Kaufmann)by Sam Lightstone (IBM), Toby J. Teorey, Tom Nadeau
Physical Database Design discusses the concept of how physical structures of databases affect performance, including specific examples, guidelines, and best and worst practices for a variety of DBMSs and configurations. Something as simple as improving the table index design has a profound impact on performance. Every form of relational database, such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Enterprise Resource Management (ERP), Data Mining (DM), or Management Resource Planning (MRP), can be improved using the methods provided in the book.
Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information (IBM Press)by Scott Spangler, Jeffrey Kreulen (both IBM)
Written by IBM researchers, and describes, techniques used in research assets used internally at IBM and by IBM consultants on customer service engagements. IBM Alphaworks provides a free demonstration copy of one of the early text-mining tools called IBM Unstructured Information Modeler, as an adjunct to this book: alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/uimodeler.
DB2 Viper Strikes Again - New Features In DB2 9.5 (McGraw-Hill)by Belal Tassi, Paul Zikopoulos, Dwaine Snow, Aamer Sachedina (all IBM)
Also known as "Viper Flash Book".Not currently available for purchase.... but I'm working on it!Published 8000 copies, October 15, 2007; paid for by IBM, distributed by IBMLearn what is new in DB2 9.5.
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (IBM Press) by George Baklarz and Paul Zikopoulos (both IBM)
Everything a DBA needs to know about DB2 9... from installation to XML to security.
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 (MC Press) by Susan Lawson (IBM Gold Consultant) and Dan Luksetich
Written by two members of the team who participated in the actual writing of the exam, this specialized study guide covers every topic that you will need to know to pass Exam 732, including database design and implementation, operation and recovery, security and auditing, performance, as well as installation and migration/upgrade. But that is only the beginning. It also covers the new features of DB2 9 for both database and application development.
Building an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice (Jones & Bartlett Publishers)by Rajendra Akerkar
Includes DB2 Express; book is a university text book.
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders
This comprehensive study guide steps you through all of the topics that are covered on the test, including server management, data placement, database access, analyzing DB2 activity, DB2 utilities, high availability, security, and much more. Each chapter contains an extensive set of practice questions along with carefully explained answers.
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders
In DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide, Roger E. Sanders—one of the world’s leading DB2 authors and an active participant in the development of IBM’s DB2 certification exams—covers everything a reader needs to know to pass the short—but notoriously challenging—DB2 9 for LUW DBA Certification Upgrade exam (Exam 736).
Getting started with DB2 EXPRESS-C 9: A book by the community for the communityby Rav Ahuja, Don Chamberlin, Akmal Chaudhri, Raul Chong, Ian Hakes, Clara Liu, Matthias Nicola, Cindy Saracco, Ted Wasserman, Paul Yip - (all IBM)Online book.
Understanding DB2 V9.5 (IBM Press) by Raul F. Chong, Xiaomei Wang, Michael Dang, Dwaine R. Snow (all IBM)
IBM DB2 V9.5 and V9 provide breakthrough capabilities for providing Information on Demand, implementing Web services and Service Oriented Architecture, and streamlining information management. Understanding DB2®: Learning Visually with Examples, Second Edition is the easiest way to master current versions of DB2 and apply their full power to your business challenges.
ABOUT TO PUBLISH
DB2 for Developers (MC Press)by Phil Gunning
Written by an "in-the-trenches" consultant, this guide hails the newest version of DB2 as a major release, highlighting the large number of totally new features, most notably the addition of XML capabilities. Packed with the information DB2 developers and administrators need to know when implementing version 9, the discussion covers upgrading from prior releases of DB2, converting relational data to XML data, and how DB2 supports industry standard schemas. With detailed examples and useful scripts, users learn how to develop DB2 XML applications, design an XML database, and tune the DB2 XML hybrid database. Extensive information on DB2 optimization of SQL and XML is a particularly useful feature of the book and includes a rundown on import and export utilities that database managers can use in their own installations. Going far beyond the standard manuals and certification guides, this is a truly comprehensive resource that teaches the "why" and "how" of a well-designed and well-implemented DB2 database.
Coming first half of 2008
Administering Informix Dynamic Server, Building the Foundation (MC Press) by Carlton Doe (IBM)
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information (IBM Press) by M. Oberhofer, D. Wolfson, P. van Run, I. Milman, E. Hechler, A. Dreibelbis - all IBM
Advanced DBA Study Guide for Exam 734, by Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow (IBM)
What an amazing year! Congratulations to all authors for all their very hard work in pulling these books together.... and also to all the people behind the scenes who are needed to support the authors.
Have you ever used an online book engine such as Safari or Books 24x7? Both Safari and Books 24x7 are online book engines that give you access to thousands of retail books. These engines are quite powerful and very suitable in today's electronic world. IBM Press books are now available in both engines.
Safari is an online book engine that is jointly owned by Pearson and O'Reilly. All books that are published by these publishers are automatically formatted for Safari and made available to anyone who has a subscription to Safari. If you have a subscription, you can read the entire book electronically, search for a keyword across the entire library or a subset of the library, bookmark well-used pages in the books you've read, make notes for your co-workers who also have subscriptions, download chapters to print or read offline, or copy code directly from the book into your programs. You can sign up for a 2-week trial from http://safari.informit.com/. Monthly subscription rates can be as low as $19.99 depending on the number of books you choose for your bookshelf.
Books 24x7 has all the same features as Safari, but a slightly different set of books. Books 24x7 is a direct competitor to Safari and as such, typically carry only the books published outside of Pearson or O'Reilly. Exceptions are made when Books 24x7 buys the electronic rights to use a Pearson or O'Reilly book. This was an arrangement that was made for the IBM Press books that are published through Pearson. You can get further information about the subscription details and prices from http://www.books24x7.com.
IBM employees have a paid subscription to Books 24x7 and you can sign up to use it through this internal site: http://w3.ibm.com/education.
I've used Books 24x7 to review books and table of contents, searched for specific topics in a set of books, but one of the key benefits is their newsletter. At least every week I'm sent a note telling me about the new books that are available on the engine. I end up seeing titles that are very interesting and useful that I wouldn't have known about without this newsletter! Another thing that I've recently discovered is that some of the books have a mp3 teaser available that allows you to listen to someone reading part of the book to you. This is great for commuters or for anyone who wants a break from reading!
Let me know if you've tried these engines and if you see benefits to using them.
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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 movement away from large books. Remember when the technical books you used to purchase were at least 2 inches thick? These types of books are not selling well now… nor are publishers eager to get into such a venture.
But, what is one to do when the topic is huge and deserves a large number of pages to cover it effectively? Take a look at what publisher MC Press has decided to do with the certification study guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich: “DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration (Exam 612)”:
Purchase individual chapters in electronic format as needed. The chapters are priced from $2.99 to $9.99 (depending on length).
This link takes you to the “Database & Data Management” category on the MC Press ebook site. When you scroll down, you’ll see the individual chapters for sale, followed by the entire book item.
Let me know what you think of this offering. I am working on having other books made available in the same way.
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.
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I am! For those who don’t know what IOD is, it is the IBM Information on Demand Conference which will take place in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay) during the last week of October. Last year we had 10,000 attendees and it was an awesome conference in so many ways. See my blog entry about the top-selling books at the conference last year.
Why am I thinking of IOD now, when the conference is months away? I’m planning the books that will be published specifically for the attendees of this year’s conference, and working with publishers who have books that will be published before the conference so I can arrange book sales and signings.
Last year I arranged to have 5 new Flashbooks launched at the conference and a total of 16 books signings which included famous authors such as Dr. Atul Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto), Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubnar (Freakonomics), and Mark Jefferies (The Art of Business Seduction). I don’t know who the speakers will be this year, but I hope that they are authors so I can arrange a book signing, and selfishly, meet them in person!
I recommended Dan Ariely as a motivational guest speaker because I loved his book Predictably Irrational. Other IBM conferences this year have included speakers who were involved in IBM Watson and of course this being IBM’s Centennial, so you can be sure that there will be buzz around the two related books:
By Stephan Baker
By Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, Jeffrey O'Brien
As for Flashbooks, I have a few tentative plans… An update to the DB2 z/OS Migration book, an update to the Cognos Strategy book, and maybe the Cloud book. We might have a new DB2 LUW book and maybe a Big Data book. I think a Netezza Flashbook might be useful… maybe a Data Warehouse one as well? We’ll see what I can arrange. Do you remember what a Flashbook is? It is the free, small, published books that are handed out at the conferences to introduce you to key ideas that we want you to take home with you. Here’s where you can find the titles we did last year including links to the e-version, printed version that you can purchase and a blog entry about the book: Information Management Bookstore.
As for published book, I already have several on my list that I’m looking forward to:
By Roger Sanders
By Roger Sanders
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide
By Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
By Robert Laberge
By Sunil Soares
Karsten Oehler, Jochen Gruenes, Christopher Ilacqua
By Anthony Giordano
By Bill Carpenter
Have you registered for the conference yet? I haven’t but will soon. Here is where you can find all the registration information: http://bit.ly/attendIOD
Friday on the DB2Night Show, host Scott Hayes invited Bryan Paulsen and Paul Turpin to talk about the upcoming IDUG conference:
First thing to notice is that the name of the conference has changed. It is now the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference. They made the name change to help people get funding to attend the conference.
The conference takes place May 2-6, in Anaheim California. This is the first time an IDUG conference has taken place in Anaheim. I attended IBM conferences there a few times and quite enjoyed the lovely weather and restaurants… as well as the nearby Disney Park. (It is the best Disney park, in my opinion.)
Monday May 2 is a full day of education that costs an extra fee. The idea is to have in depth education that will go to a much deeper level than is normal during the much shorter conference sessions. There is the extra fee, but it is well worth the price. There are 6 classes available for you to choose from:
The next four days, May 3-6 are for the 105 technical sessions. The sessions are split across 7 tracks including: DB2 LUW, DB2 z/OS, and Application Development. Speakers are in three categories: Users, Consultants, and IBM experts:
I recognize every name listed above. I think just about each of them has at one time or another earned Best Speaker awards. I don’t think people will be nodding off in any of these sessions!
Jeff Jonas is this year’s keynote speaker. His topic: “Sensemaking on Streams and What Makes Smart Systems Smart!”. Jeff is one of the most interesting people who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the past few years. He has much energy, enthusiasm and charisma all on top of his very high intelligence! IBM bought the company that Jeff founded that helped casinos reduce fraud and Jeff decided to stay with IBM. He travels the world talking to people including many very influential people. You’ll be very energized after hearing Jeff speak and believe me, you’ll be searching the web to find out more about this fascinating person!
There are three spotlight sessions led by Jeff Josten, Berni Schiefer, and Curt Cotner. Spotlight sessions are highlights of key technologies that will be discussed in depth throughout the week.
As usual, there are also free certification exams. This is how I first got to know IDUG, when I ran the certification program. This year each attendee is allowed to take 3 exams for free. That is a $600 value! Make sure you study before you go to get the best value. See an older blog entry I wrote for some Guidance: Certification 101. For the exams that are available, see this website.
The Vendor Exhibit has more than 20 vendors that you can explore. A fun event IDUG is doing to help you meet the vendors is the “Passport to Prizes”. You need to visit certain vendors to get a stamp on your card. The completed card is your ticket to a draw where you could win some cool prizes. Believe me, the prizes are much better than the free stuff you may pick up! One year a friend of mine won a Wii! I don’t know what the prizes are this year, but it is fun to get the stamps and even more fun to win. Good luck!
Vendor Solution Presentations (VSPs) are where vendors can showcase their suite of products. Don’t think of VSPs as marketing pitches… but rather in depth talks about the solutions being offered by the vendor. I see 16 sessions listed on the website!
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are user community meetings where you can take part in discussions about successes, tips, and more with other users and subject matter experts. There are 10 SIGs scheduled. See the website.
Besides what was mentioned already, there are four networking events set up:
Dine Around sessions where you can have dinner with popular speakers at an interesting local restaurant You pay for your own meal. Know that this has become a very popluar event, so you should sign up as soon as you can. Dine Around – look for the signup sheet immediately so you can get with your favourite speaker or restaurant OR signup on the web at this page. The spots get filled really fast!
There are a few offers that you should be aware of.
IDUG Mentor Program
If you’ve attended 3 or more conferences, you can sign up as a mentor and bring a new attendee at an 80% discount.
DB2Night show special offer $50 off conference fee for show attendees. Listen to the replay of today’s show to get the details on how to get a discount.
Moderators are needed, so if you are interested in volunteering, your efforts will be very appreciated.
See some of my previous posts about IDUG, most notably the two guest entries by Rebecca Bond:
Rebecca Bond: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!
I think tomorrow I’ll have a guest blog by a DB2 for z/OS DBA to help you choose appropriate sessions.
There won’t be a bookstore on site at this event. Instead, order the books you need directly from the publisher at a discount. Members of IDUG get 45% off IBM Press books.
I’m trying to work out a special deal with MC Press on their collection of Certification Guides as well. We’ll be launching two new titles at the conference, so watch here for details.