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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!
The Premier Cloud & Mobile Conference
February 22-26, 2015
Las Vegas NV
In today's digital economy, the impact of Cloud, Mobile, DevOps and Security on business is pervasive. Cloud, the great equalizer. Mobile, the activation point. DevOps, the culmination of innovation. All underpinned by Security.
From a data perspective, you'll find many options available:
Speakers: Beth Smith from IBM and Jeff Charette from Menuat
Organizations are looking for new ways to hone their engagement with clients through compelling web and mobile apps, and anticipate their clients‘ next move and optimize their operations with big data and analytics. Come join us for an evening of entertainment with a celebrity host to learn how data, when infused into all interactions and decision making, provides us all with new ways to create value and transform experiences. Sit back and have a drink, meet someone new and learn something unexpected.
KEY-6441: The New z13: Redefining Digital Business Through Integration of Cloud, Mobile, and Analytics
Speakers: Beth Smith and others.
Learn how the next generation of IBM z Systems is architected to meet the needs of your digital business. While operational excellence is still a focus, IT investment is shifting to value creation, service excellence and better client experience required in this digital era. Digital business fuels enterprise growth, and is vital for engaging clients and new prospects in new and better ways – empowering them through data and information, personalization and 24x7 access. New technology, innovations and solutions will be introduced that build on the strengths and core values of the IBM Mainframe platform and provide new opportunities and possibilities for growth and progress.
In the Expo, you'll find the IBM Analytics Zone. Here you will find the following pedestals:
Manage and analyze Data - in the cloud and on premises
Featured products: IBM dashDB, DB2 with BLU Acceleration, Informix, PureData
Integrate and govern data – for increased data confidence
Featured products: IBM InfoSphere Optim, Guardium, MDM, information integration
Refine data in the cloud – for data-aware applications
Featured product: IBM DataWorks data refinery
Analyze big data – at rest and in motion
Featured products: IBM InfoSphere Streams, BigInsights–enterprise-grade Hadoop
Leverage NoSQL database-as-a-service – in the cloud, always on
Featured product: IBM Cloudant
Build data-driven apps – in the cloud and on premises
Featured product: IBM Cloud data services
Attend an Expo Theatre Session to learn the latest from an expert:
There are a few books that have just published that are launching at this conference. Be the first to get a copy of the book and have it signed by the author!
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). http://
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IBM Impact 2014 is the place to learn how to use disruptive technologies like Cloud, Big Data, and Mobile to create faster, more adaptive and secure solutions to overcome challenges and thrive in the digital economy.
The conference takes place at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, April 27 - May 1.
There is much taking place at Impact 2014 for those of you in the Data Management business. Attend these sessions to help your organization get faster answers and breakthrough performance, with exceptional time-to-value.
From our Executives:
On Monday 4:00-5:15, join the keynote "Give Your Application an Unfair Advantage" featuring Beth Smith and Leon Katsnelson in Palazzo L. You’ll get a practical perspective on how to turn the world of insight into a weapon that gives your organization and applications an unfair advantage.
On Tuesday 8:30am - 10:00am the General Session presentation is “Made with IBM” and features Bob Picciano. This takes place in Level 2, Hall B.
You will learn how to drive better engagement through deeper insight and smarter applications. And you will learn how to embrace open innovation to put data to work for your organization.
At the Expo Theater:
We’ve carefully chosen two of our most exciting topics to share with you:
Internet of Things: Choose an Intelligent Database by Fred Ho
Expo Theater, Session #1, Sunday Apr 27, 7:00 pm
The "Internet of Things" refers to the growing number of devices and sensors that communicate and interact via the Internet, offering businesses new customers and revenue opportunities. Harnessing data from billions of connected devices lies in the ability to capture, store, access and query multiple data types seamlessly and use that data in meaningful ways. Attend this session to see the Internet of Things in action with a demo of this end-to-end solution from IBM and Shaspa.
Data Warehousing for everyone with BLU Acceleration by Adam Ronthal
Expo Theater, Session #2, Monday Apr 28, 7:00 pm
IBM’s BLU Acceleration is a game-changer for data warehousing and analytics. When paired with the cloud infrastructure and business models, BLU Acceleration opens up the world of analytics to clients looking to benefit from business intelligence (BI) technology, without lengthy project approval times.
Stop by the BLU Experience, located in the Social Impact Lounge, Sands Foyer. Get a BLU tattoo to show your colors! You can also take a "selfie" and upload to facebook or twitter so it "doesn't have to stay in Vegas!" Meet with our BLU Ambassadors onsite to get further details.
I’ve pulled out these two sessions related to big data. Unfortunately, they occur at the same time, so you have to choose which you want to attend.
Getting Started with Big Data - 5 Game Changing Use Cases
with Rick Clements
Tuesday, April 29 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session 3145: Lando 4201 A
IBM has seen a pattern emerge within and across its clients’ organizations and has identified the top five high-value applications of big data technology that can be the first step into big data. During this session, hear about each of these use cases - data warehouse modernization, enhanced 360-degree view of the customer, security/intelligence extension, big data exploration, and operations analysis - and how clients are identifying and tackling big data projects today. In addition, presenters explore the IBM big data and analytics platform - Watson Foundations - and how it sets the standard in the market with its breadth and depth of capabilities and is packaged so clients can address their immediate need, build on what they have, and realize value at every step of their journey.
Taming Big Data Derived from the Internet of Things with Big SQL
with Berni Schiefer
Tuesday April 29, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session 3477: Delfino 4103
Big data means many things. But with the many trillions of objects in the Internet of Things, each with many attributes, including geospatial and temporal, big data takes on new meaning. Gaining insight from all this data effectively and efficiently is a daunting challenge. SQL access over Hadoop data is an ideal and highly productive interface to extract value from all this data. In this talk, presenters describe why SQL is the right interface and how IBM InfoSphere BigInsights, with its next generation of big SQL processing, opens new frontiers for exploring big Data. Presenters provide performance-oriented best practices for storing, searching, and analyzing big data with Big SQL.
In the Expo:
We have three booths staffed with experts to answer your questions related to these areas:
InfoSphere - Information Integration & Governance
Information Integration and Governance (IIG)—a critical element of Watson Foundations, increases trust in your information; makes business operations more efficient, and mitigates risk. Learn how IIG brings together a unified set of capabilities; including data integration, master data management, data security and lifecycle management.
Think BIG: Big Data, BigInsights and Big SQL
Big SQL 3.0 is the next generation of IBM’s SQL on Hadoop offering in InfoSphere BigInsights. Big SQL 3.0 delivers full/rich SQL language support, industry-leading performance and security, open integration with analytics and reporting tools and built in security. Learn how Big SQL can give you a single point of access to your data within Hadoop.
Data Management for the Era of Big Data
Business and IT leaders in forward-thinking organizations are taking an integrated approach to unlocking value from all available data by exploiting a new generation of data management solutions. Learn how the next generation of in-memory computing can help deliver greater scale and efficiency in the era of big data.
As always, the Expo area is huge, so find us with these directions: Find the Big Data Area and go to Booth BD-7. Besides expert advice, visit also for a few trickets, books, and other surprises.
Social, Bookstore, Certification
Three of my favourite things… and yes, they’ll be well represented at the Impact conference. Join the social lounges to meet the faces behind the social messaging; drop by the bookstore to browse through the great selection of books, and pick one or two up at a discounted price; take a certification exam to prove to the world that you have the skills to perform your job.
This will be my first time attending Impact. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can while at the conference and networking with many people. I’ll being taking photos and live tweeting as much as I can. If you’re at the conference, come say hi and tell me you’ve read my blog!
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Conferences are ideal for learning and networking This year at IOD, a new tutorial series has been created to help you do both. These are full day tutorial sessions that you can take either Sunday November 3 or Thursday November 7. There are 3 tutorials you can choose from. Each is a full day in length and is taught by an industry expert who is influential in the topic area.
Here are the 3 that are scheduled at this time. There is an additional fee for each and there is only limited space so we expect them to fill to capacity quickly.
Data Governance Fundamentals with IBM InfoSphere
Sunday, November 3
Sunil is the author of numerous books on data governance, including The Data Governance Unified Process, Selling Information Governance to the Business and others.
Evolving your Information Architecture; What? Why? How?
Dr. Peter Aiken
Thursday, November 7
Dr. Peter Aiken is widely acclaimed as one of the top data management authorities worldwide. In addition to examining the data management practices of more than 500 organizations, he has completed multi-year immersions with a range of diverse organizations in multiple industries. His latest book is The Case for the Chief Data Officer: Recasting the C-Suite to Leverage your most Valuable Asset.
Big Data, Hadoop, and Big SQL; A Crash Course
Dr. Vladimir Bacvanski
Thursday, November 7
Dr. Vladimir Bacvanski has more than two decades of engineering experience with software and data technologies in areas such as architecture and design of mission critical enterprise systems, rule-based systems, modeling tools, real-time systems, and database technologies. Vladimir is published worldwide and is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. He was awarded the title of IBM Champion for five consecutive years -- 2009-2013.
For more information on the sessions and the speakers, see bit.ly/iodtutorials
How to register
Visit ibm.co/IODtutorials and click the blue register button. This brings you to the main Information on Demand Conference page where you can register for the conference and also the tutorials. (Please note that if you are an IBMer, you will not see this list.)
To attend these sessions, you must be registered for the Information on Demand Conference. You can select the tutorial options you would like to attend as an add-on to your conference pass as part of the conference registration.. If you are already registered for the conference, then please contact the Registration / Housing line at 770-359-6591 to add one or more of these sessions to your conference registration.
Here is the screen to look for on the registration page:
Watch for coming blog entries that will describe sessions that you can choose to take while at the conference.
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IBM Innovate 2013 is a Technical Summit that provides insights that you need to stay ahead..... and it takes place June 2 - 6 in Orlando Florida.
This Summit offers over 450 outcome-driven sessions, including quite a few that are focused on the ever popular Big Data area. If you are attending the conference, you should consider attending these Big Data sessions:
BD-1962 : Agility in a Relational Database World - Dynamic Schema with JSON and DB2
Speaker: William Bireley, IBM
Today's mobile, social, and analytic applications demand agility, speed, and scalability using a flexible data model. This partly explains the huge interest in NoSQL databases. Modern applications frequently need to add, drop, or modify fields in the data store without administrator involvement. Change management processes associated with relational databases can be an impediment to continuous integration processes. A popular NoSQL approach is the use of a "document database", where documents are stored with a flexible format, such as JSON. Many existing NoSQL solutions offer these advantages, but sacrifice "ACID" characteristics of a traditional database, such as transaction control, recover-ability, and other aspects taken for granted in DB2. Using DB2 as a JSON document store provides the best of both worlds. This session describes a solution that does exactly that. The session also includes a live demo showing the power and flexibility of this JSON over DB2 solution.
BD-2501 : Big Data Predictive Analytics
Speaker: Mike McRoberts, IBM
Learn about the new Big Data feature in IBM SPSS Modeler and how to automate and integrate this capability into your application. You don't have to worry about Map/Reduce programming to take advantage of predictive analytics on Big Data.
SC-2486 : Cloud and DevOps: Big Demands, Big Iron
Speakers: Phil Murphy, Forrester; Hayden Lindsey, IBM
DevOps is changing how software is delivered, but how does it fit into your shop? The demands of delivering applications across mobile, social, big data, and cloud technologies are driving development teams to use many different types of technology. Furthermore, Agile methodologies are enabling development teams to deliver usable application features on quicker schedules. This is now happening for application development on all platforms, in private datacenters and public clouds. Learn how your organization measures up as Phil Murphy, VP and Research Director with Forrester Research, presents fresh research on the impact of these technology trends on IT organizations. Listen as Hayden Lindsey, IBM VP and Distinguished Engineer, discusses how software from IBM Rational brings agility to all of your development environments, from mobile apps to mainframe environments.
CLD-2185 : Developing in the Cloud? Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Speaker: Todd Moore, IBM
Address the increasing challenges of meeting the requirements of your customers. Reduce the pressures on development to deploy new services. Address the challenges by leveraging technologies that can develop once and deploy anywhere. Maximize the power of the cloud, while streamlining your development processes to include Mobile, Social, Big Data, and Business Analytics. Understand how OpenStack is providing flexibility in architecting your cloud. Learn how OSLC and TOSCA are integral to simplifying and accelerating your development processes. Todd Moore of IBM and Jay Snyder of Aetna Insurance will take you through their experiences on how they enabled their developer community to leverage these leading technologies to effectively deliver interoperable solutions. By the end of the session, you will understand how to take your team's development processes to the next level and be more responsive in meeting the needs of your customers.
BD-2498 : InfoSphere BigInsights Programming Overview
Speaker: Anshul Dawra, IBM
Get the most from your Big Data by developing new applications. We'll cover the popular programming styles for Big Data, including Map-Reduce, HBase, SQL and Hive, Jaql, Pig, and Text Analytics. We'll show how to create new applications from spreadsheets and display the results graphically. Learn how developers and end users can leverage big data with simple yet powerful programming styles.
BD-2499 : InfoSphere Streams Programming Overview
Speaker: Pete Nicholls, IBM
Big Data is everywhere we look. In late 2012, IBM conducted an audited benchmark illustrating how IBM Platform Symphony delivered a dramatic 7.3 times performance gain across a range of representative Hadoop MapReduce workloads. While the performance results are compelling, for many organizations the real value lies in associated opportunities for cost savings that arise from greater efficiency and resource sharing on a multi-tenant grid infrastructure. In this session, we will explain the benchmarks and results, detail the technologies that enabled the results, and discuss how organizations can take advantage of low-latency scheduling and new file system technologies to achieve dramatic efficiency improvements in their own Big Data projects. IBM will also unveil a total cost of ownership calculator that can help organizations estimate cost savings opportunities for a variety of distributed computing workloads including Hadoop MapReduce.
BD-2510 : Lightning fast access to Data with IBM Caching
Speaker: Brian Martin, IBM
Traditionally, data is placed in storage and when needed, accessed and acted upon in memory. This results in a natural bottleneck that impacts performance. As data volumes increase, the time required to access and analyze grows and becomes cumbersome. Complex calculation can't be accomplished in real time. With in-memory computing, we can better understand how data is shaped and stored. In this session, we will discuss how in-memory data grids like WXS & XC10 mark an inflection point for enterprise applications, especially with big data. Real-time information provides decision makers with insights not previously available. The session will cover how large data sets can be made available and accessed near-instantaneously.
BD-2511 : Test Data Management in the New Era of Computing
Speaker: Swati Moran, IBM
Big data means high volume, variety, velocity and veracity data. Most development and testing organizations aren't prepared to develop and test applications in this high pressure environment. Clients demand access and high availability. In the rush to meet growing client needs and build applications to support the speed of business, testing becomes even more critical. This session will explore best practices for test data management in the software development lifecycle to satisfy the demands of big data, while protecting sensitive data. In addition, it will explain how to speed delivery of big data applications while reducing cost by enabling testers and developers to access and refresh test data.
BD-2049 : Three Steps for Securing Big Data Environments - Why Big Data Doesn't Have to Mean Big Security Challenges
Speaker: Kimberly Madia, IBM
The ability to harness big data has opened the door for world-wide collaboration in real time. Organizations are able to process data on an extreme scale to derive maximum value. However, as big data environments ingest more data, organizations will face significant risks and threats to the repositories containing this data. Failure to ensure data security reduces confidence in decision making. Ironically, organizations are generating more data now as compared to any other point in history, and yet they don't understand how to protect it. In this session, we will discuss three steps to improve security in big data environments.
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As usual, IBM Champions are well represented at IDUG this year. Gain knowledge from this group of talented and hardworking people, who I consider IBM’s best friends!
I’ve done my best to pull out all the sessions that IBM Champions are taking part in at the
IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA 2013
April 29th - May 3rd, 2013
If I missed any, please let me know and I’ll update this entry.
Monday April 29 - Full Day Educational Seminars
Tuesday April 30: Technical Sessions
Wednesday May 1: Technical Sessions
Thursday May 2: Technical Sessions
Friday May 3: Technical Sessions
Besides announcing Mohan as the winner of the 2013 “DB2’s Got Talent” competition,
Vijay Sitaram and Bob Vargo, volunteers from IDUG joined the DB2Night
Show today to provide information as to what is taking place at IDUG
Orlando. The conference begins April 29 and ends May 3 and there are
plenty of reasons to attend the conference.
are two milestones being celebrated this year: IDUG celebrates 25 years
of amazing learning and DB2 has been a product for 30 years. Can you
imagine the number of people who have been involved in the conferences
over the years as well as the number of hours of learning that has taken
place? Definitely great reasons to celebrate! I salute all
volunteers IDUG and creators of DB2!
On Tuesday Apr 30:"DB2: Database Software for the Era of Big Data" with Bob Picciano & Judy Huber
On Wednesday Wed May 1:"The Latest News on DB2 Application Development Technology" with Curt Cotner & Bill Bireley
There are over 100 sessions spread over 8 tracks.
Big Data Sessions at IDUG
New to DB2? Why you should attend IDUG 2013
Full Day Seminars - Monday, April 29
DBA Administration Cert Crammer Course with IBM Champion Susan Lawson
DB2 for z/OS System Admin Cert 617 Crammer Course with IBM Champion Judy Nall
DB2 10 LUW DBA Cert Exam 611 Preparation with IBM Champion Roger Sanders
DB2 Developer's Guide comes Alive with IBM Champion Craig Mullins
DB2 for LUW Top Gun Perf Workshop with IBM Champions Scott Hayes & Martin Hubel
Improving Query performance in DB2 LUW Warehouses with Calisto Zuzarte
Matching Indexes to SQL with IBM Champion Bonnie Baker
Spotlight sessions - Tuesday, April 30
Tip... you will learn about exciting new product announcements in these sessions!
DB2 for LUW: Recent Enhancements & Trends with Matt Huras
DB2 for z/OS: Recent Enhancements & Trends with John Campbell
What is Big Data in 90 Minutes vs 1,000,000,000 Google Search Results with Paul Zikopoulos
Technical Networking Opportunities (formerly called SIGs) Wednesday, May 1
Seven great opportunities for you to choose from : meet experts & speakers.
BI & Data Analytics - Tooling & Challenges with Jon Lind, James Cho, Clifford Austin
DB2 Security Challenges with IBM Champions Rebecca Bond & Roger Sanders, Walid Rjaibi
Fun With SQL: Sheryl Larsen, Calisto Zuzarte, Matthias Nicola, Bonnie Baker, Dan Luksetich, Kurt Struyf
Nuts & Bolts of DB2 LUW Performance: Melanie Stopfer & Brent Gross #TechSession
Oracle to DB2 Migration: Robert Goodman, Tony Leung, Chris Eaton, Eric Alton #TechSession
Social Networking for the Database Professional with Surekha and Willie Favero
Tips & Tricks for the Systems DBA with Judy Nall, John Campbell & John Iczkovits
Two Mini-Panels - Thursday, May 2
your questions in advance, online. We’ve listed likely people who will
take part, but past experience has shown that many other experts show up
and take part in these discussions.
DB2 LUW with Matt Huras, Paul Zikopoulos, Melanie Stopfer, Calisto Zuzarte, Chris Eaton
DB2 for z/OS with John Campbell, Haakon Roberts, Randy Ebersole, Jeff Josten, Terry Purcell
Free Workshops - Friday, May 3
are free and take place from 8 am - 2 pm. There are other technical
sessions taking place at the same time, so if you attend these, you will
miss those. Be sure to book your flights for late afternoon so you
don’t miss these!
“DB2 10 for LUW Immersion Workshop" with Chris Eaton
"Data Warehousing: DB2 Analytics Accelerator Deep Dive Workshop" with Gary Crupi
More information about these events will be released closer to the event.
Monday - CA event
Tuesday - DBI & HLS event - Shining Star Band will be playing
Wednesday - IBM event
Thursday - DineAround - These fill up quickly, so register immediately!
Meet with Willie Favero & others at "Benihana"
Meet with Sheryl Larson & Bonnie Baker at "Fulton's Crab House"
Meet with Dave Beulkeat "Johnnie's Hideaway"
Meet with John Iczkovitz at "Moonfish"
Meet with John Campbell at "Portobello"
Meet with Dan Luksetich at "Raglan Road Irish Pub"
Meet with Melanie Stopfer at "Wolfgang Puck Cafe"
Meet with Kelly Schlamb & Scott Hayes at "Vito's Chop House"
Free Certification Exams
Each attendee can take up to 2 exams for free. All others are $25 each. There are many exams available, along with many hours that the exam room is open. Exams are normally $200 each, so this is a huge savings.
will not be for sale at the conference, but stop by booth 316 to see a
sample of the books that you can purchase at a discount if you purchase
online and directly from the publisher. IBM Press books are available
to IDUG members at a 45% discount!
Booth 316 is also where you can pick up copies of free Flashbooks.
Use social media to stay in touch
Once again, Scott Hayes has set up an aggregator so that you can see all conference related tweets in one spot: bit.ly/idugna13.
you want to tweet, use the hashtag #idugna for any conference related
messages and your message will be included in the aggregator feed.
Screens at the conference should also be showing the tweet messages as
they are sent, so you can stay in touch with your ipad, smart phone, or
screens at the conference.
created tweet messages for each session and will include information
about the location, time, and speaker, so watch my twitter site to stay
in touch as well: @ibm_db2.
Access to new products
IBM’s announcements took place on April 3,: so IDUG provides you with the FIRST opportunity to see DB2 10.5 features and Big SQL features.
Follow my blog for more information on this conference & more!
The GigaOM Structure:Data Conference is taking place next week in New York City: March 19-21.
very own Paul Zikopoulos will be speaking at the conference... so make
sure you add that to your agenda. Oceanic Suite 1:05 pm, Wednesday
talks are both entertaining and informative. Another draw is that Paul
will be handing out and signing copies of his book "Harness the Power
of Big Data."
For more details about the conference, see GigaOM Structure: Data Conference.
More about Paul’s talk:
Date: March 20
Time: 1:05 PM
Room: Oceanic Suite
Venue: Pier Sixty at The Chelsea Piers (map) New York, NY 10011
has worked with hundreds of clients to identify the highest impact big
data analytics use cases. Learn from the author of “Harnessing the Power
of Big Data” about these use cases and the technologies needed to turn
big data into a competitive advantage.
Speaker: Paul Zikopoulos. Director, Information Management WW Technical Professionals, IBM
Social media connections for the conference:
tweet about it (@gigaom / #dataconf)
The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando
is a MUST attend event for database experts and those aspiring to be an
expert! And this year is special beyond special! Why? DB2 is 30
years old and IDUG is 25 years old. Come and celebrate these amazing
accomplishments while you’re learning.
There are many things to learn about... here are a few for you to consider:
1. Robust Technical Session Schedule
are designed to fit your needs. You will have no problem filling your
agenda with the right education for your job role and organization's
2. Celebrations for IDUG's 25th Anniversary
mentioned above, IDUG is 25 this year! Join us to look back at where we
have come from and see where IDUG is headed in the future.
3. IBM DB2's 30th Anniversary
DB2 will also celebrate a significant milestone in 2013. Stay tuned for
more information about celebrations for IBM DB2's 30th anniversary.
4. One Day Seminars
The perfect opportunity to learn more about specific aspects of DB2 that you deal with on a day-to-day basis.
5. Certification Exams
advantage of this opportunity to gain IBM professional certifications
at no additional cost. All IDUG DB2 Tech Conference attendees are
eligible to take two complimentary certification exams.
6. Save on Registration, Be an IDUG Mentor
offers an incomparable loyalty reward program for those who have
attended three or more IDUG conferences, are an IBM Champion or are a
member of a Regional User Group.
7. Complimentary Wi-Fi
Throughout the meeting space and in each hotel guest room at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center.
8. Easy-to-Navigate Meeting Space
The Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center is compact and easy to navigate.
in Orlando, gain access to old and Stay Connected new connections.
Trade business cards with industry leading vendors, your DB2 peers and
speakers at the Exhibit Hall and networking events sponsored by some of
IDUG's top vendors
10. Hot Industry Topics
Hear from experts regarding their opinions on important topics. Key sessions include:
Explaining Tuning Results to the C-level
Thomas Baumann, Swiss Mobiliar:
DB2 10 LUW Securely Hiding Behind the Mask
Rebecca Bond, SAP DBA Contractor
The 10 Commandments of Supporting E-commerce Databases
Ember Crooks, Rosetta
The Top Ten Things You Need to Know: For DBAs, Developers and Managers
Craig Mullins, Mullins Consulting, Inc.
Register before March 22 and save on registration!
I have much more to say on this topic, so be sure to follow my blog to avoid missing any updates.
Are you planning to go to the IBM Connect event this year? It’s coming up soon: Jan 27 - 31 in Orlando, Florida. For more information and to register: click here.
you are going, check out the Information Management sessions that you
can participate in that address the pain associated with an
overabundance of information. Learn how to start building an
information strategy for smarter analytics, especially around social
media and sentiment analysis.
Title: IBM Big Data, Information Integration and Governance: Turn Information into Insight for Smarter Analytics
Location: Ped number 31 - IBM Platform for Social Business Zone
us at an IBM Big Data, Integration and Governance demonstration to
learn how to turn your ever-growing supply of data into an enterprise
source of knowledge. The demonstration—which addresses both strategies
and technologies—will identify the pains associated with the
overabundance of information and spur thinking around building an
information strategy for smarter analytics especially around social
media and sentiment analysis.
The Foundation for Big Data: Information Integration and Governance
Day/Date: Monday Jan 28th
Speaker: Rick Clements, Program Director, MDM Product Marketing, IBM
Time/Location: 2:15-3:15PM, Dolphin Southern Hemisphere I
customer satisfaction with the right mix of personalization,
self-service, and commerce capabilities requires a high performing
business analytics platform. Organizations are turning to big data
technologies to deliver this solution. The potential of big data rests
in finding the value in the volume, velocity and variety of data. Those
companies that capture meaning through the analysis of the torrent of
data will be in advantageous positions over their competitors. During
this session, we will explain how Information Integration and Governance
best practices can assure trusted information, make business operations
more efficient and mitigate risk. Establishing Information Integration
and Governance will optimize your investment in big data and streamline
operations. Join this session to learn how Information Integration and
Governance provides trusted information on a secure platform to serve as
the basis for in-context, effective interactions.
How to build data security into big data environments
Day/Date: Wednesday Jan 31st
Speaker: Kimberly Madia, WW Product Marketing Manager, InfoSphere Guardium & InfoSphere Optim, IBM
Time/Location: 3pm-4pm Swan, Swan 1-2
be competitive, organizations are taking advantage of today's data
explosion to grow business while controlling costs and reducing risks.
At the same time, organizations must come to terms with the security
challenges they introduce. Big data environments allow organizations to
aggregate and share more and more data — much of which is financial,
personal, intellectual property or other types of sensitive data. The
good news: You don’t have to feel overwhelmed when it comes to securing
big data environments. Find out how you can apply the same fundamentals
of securing databases, data warehouses and file share systems for
securing Hadoop-based environments to prevent data leaks, ensure the
integrity of information and automate compliance controls. You will
- Unique challenges of big data environments
- How to prioritize data security for Hadoop environments
- Three tips to improve security in big data environments
- IBM InfoSphere® Guardium® data security and privacy solutions for big data
are three DB2 Symposiums planned for the first half of 2013. Hopefully
you’ll be able to attend one of these as they are a great way to hear
from industry leading experts on topics that most concern you. You may
join for 3, 2 or just 1 day(s), depending on your needs and budget. Symposiums are different than a conference as they are full day learning sessions that will provide you with the depth you need on a particular topic.
The locations planned for this year are:
Dallas, TX - March, 13-15 2013
Boston, MA - March, 18-20 2013
Veldhoven, Netherlands - May, 28-30 2013
I enjoy Dallas and Boston, I highly recommend you combine education and
vacation together to enjoy the tulips that will be in bloom in the
Netherlands during last week of May! My family is Dutch, as I’m sure
you can tell by my surname, and I’ve been lucky to visit this lovely
country several times. It is quickly becoming one of my favourite parts
of the world.
For detailed information on the locations and the sessions that will be offered, see the DB2 Symposium website.
would you like to share your expertise with others at a conference?
While at the conference, you can attend sessions and learn about other
areas and encourage other speakers. I’m
sure many people have mixed emotions about the prospect of speaking at a
conference because public speaking is still one of the number one fears
in the world. Even people who you think are natural at speaking in
front of thousands of people have fears. Ask Jeff Jonas!This fear can be overcome, and thanks to the DB2Night Show’s “DB2’s Got Talent”
Competition, you can slowly build up the skills you need to create a
presentation that conveys content you want to share and to speak in
front of others. You’ll get feedback, you’ll be recorded, and you can
learn from your mistakes and do it again. I can’t think of a better way
to build presentation skills.This
will be my third year acting as a judge on the competition. I must say
that I learn an incredible amount simply by listening to the
presentations and offering feedback.I hope you’ll consider joining our cast of contestants this year in our quest to build more talent in the DB2 pool of experts.Here are the details of how the contest works along with a few tips: Contest Information
Why should you take part in this competition?1) To win a great prize2) To become better at public speaking3) To build a network of talented people in the DB2 world4) To become better at your current job or to help you get promoted to your next job5) To share the knowledge that you’ve created that will likely help someone else.There
are plenty of tips on the internet to help you overcome the fear of
public speaking, but here are a few tips from me for those who wish to
take part in this competition.First,
watch the replays of the past two competitions. This will give you an
idea on the topics that you can choose for your presentations and you’ll
quickly see the difference between good slides and not-so-good slides.
A good presentation vs a not-so-good presentation. Simply by watching
you’ll improve your skills.Secondly,
you’ll be asked to create a short presentation and speak to the
attendees on the webinar. Speaking in person versus speaking on the
phone can be quite different and hopefully you’ll find speaking on the
phone less intimidating to start.Third,
you’ll be given feedback from the judges as well as host Scott Hayes.
Our intention is to encourage you, so you won’t be publicly trashed
like Simon Cowell does to the contestants who face him! You can use the
feedback to improve your slides, your style, and your choice of topics.Here are links to the past shows.We HAVE a winner! DB2’s Got Talent CompetitionSession 1 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 CompetitionSession 2 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 CompetitionSession 3 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 CompetitionSession 4 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 CompetitionDB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 1DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 2DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 3Summary of 2011 Competition
Sample presentationIn Session 4 of the 2012 competition, Klaas Brant gave a presentation and tips to help you. Here is what I wrote in my blog about his presentation: Extra Special Presentation – KlaasDB2 LUW Prefect IO ConfigurationThis
was a real presentation and a good one, at that. Klaas gave this
primarily to show the contestants a well organized presentation, that is
interesting and informative. If you are moving on, or if you simply
want to improve your presentation skills, take a look at what Klaas did
to get some ideas. The first thing I noticed and mentioned on the show
is how appealing graphics are. I’m not sure if I would have said that
before, but after today’s amazing 8 presentations I can say that the
ones that captured my attention to the fullest were the ones that had
graphics. And not complex graphics, rather simple ones that are make a
connection to the technical material being discussed. Here’s a summary
of the tips we gave over the past month:
And for good measure, here’s an article I found on the internet from Forbes: “How to Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking” by Nick Morgan.I hope I’ve convinced you to give it a try. You have nothing to lose, but much to gain!Susan
- Get rid of all typos.
- Use simple graphics.
- Finish on time.
- Run in Presentation mode.
- NEVER ever try to present without slides.
- Choose an interesting topic that is not routine or found in the manuals.
- Speak loud and clear.
- Don’t send too much time on I am and thank you for being here.
- Even if the presentation is small, give a small agenda (I’m going to talk about x and the solution for it).
- Define the environment where the “problem” occurs.
- Clearly explain the problem and why this is a problem.
- Explain the solution (watch your time…).
- Any “extra” advice.
- Where to obtain more info (references, email me, read my blog etc.).
- That’s a lot for 4 minutes! Even Klaas went over time. Remember to practice, practice….
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.
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?
the famous authors are the incredibly amazing technical experts who
choose to give up all their free time to share their knowledge with us.
This includes people like Martin Oberhofer, Dan Wolfson, David
Birmingham, Roger Sanders, and James Taylor.
this year’s conference, we have a great line up of both famous and not
so famous people who you can meet, talk to, and take home a signed book
that the author signed. Just to mention a few, Don Haderle, the “Father
of DB2”, Jeffrey Ma, one of the players in “21” who “Brought down the
house”, and Nate Silver, statistician / predictor.
Use Smart Site to schedule these event into your calendar so that you don’t miss a single one.
We’ve also arranged for the ITSO team to hand out 10 different titles of printed IBM Redbooks. For the complete list see: Free printed IBM Redbooks at IOD. The
signings for these are not listed in Smart Site, but they are
conveniently scheduled at the IOD bookstore on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday 12:00 - 1:00 PM.There
were many other books that published this year but unfortunately
the authors are not attending IOD and cannot be appreciated with a book
signing. I suggest that you take a look at this excellent collection of
books that will also be for sale at the bookstore: Books published in 2012 – Featured Titles.My thanks goes out to all of these authors who help us keep our skills sharp!If
you are interested in writing: articles, books, blog entries,
tutorials.... whatever, touch base with me. I may have an opportunity
| ||Sunday, Oct 21, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the book at a 20% discount and meet author Jeff Ma
| ||Giveaway: Expo Booth #622 - during all Expo hours|
Signing: Bookstore - Bayside Foyer: Tuesday, Oct 23; 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Get a free printed Flashbook in the Expo & meet authors on Tuesday during their signing: Paul Zikopoulos, David Corrigan, Tom Deutsch, Krishnan Parasuraman, James Giles
| ||Monday, Oct 22, 2012; 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Get a free printed Flashbook & meet authors: Surekha Parekh, Terry Purcell, John Campbell, Don Haderle (aka “Father of DB2”)
| ||Monday, Oct 22, 2012; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Get a free printed Flashbook & meet authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Walid Rjaibi, George Baklarz, Matt Huras, Matthias Nicola, Dale McInnis, and Leon Katsnelson
| ||Monday, Oct 22, 2012; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the book at a 20% discount and meet author Dan Luksetich
| ||Monday, Oct 22, 2012; 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the book at a 20% discount and meet author Rick van der Lans
| ||Monday, Oct 22, 2012; 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Get a free printed Flashbook & meet author Dr. Arvind Sathi
| ||Monday Oct 22; 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM|
EXPO reception: Booth #1212
Get a free printed Flashbook & meet authors: Brian Green, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company, Tracy Harris, IBM, Bill Frank, Johnson & Johnson, John Boyer, RCG Global
| ||Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012; 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the book at a 20% discount and meet authors: Kenneth Blackman, Margaret Wilson, John Butterweck, Sandy Sherrill
| ||Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the books at a 20% discount and meet author Sunil Soares
| ||Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the books at a 20% discount and meet author Sunil Soares
| ||Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the books at a 20% discount and meet author Craig Mullins
| ||Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the books at a 20% discount and meet author Craig Mullins
| ||Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012; 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM|
Book Store - Bayside Foyer
Buy the book at a 20% discount and meet author Nate Silver
Another great IDUG conference is
about to begin. This one takes place in Sydney, Australia, 12-14
There is still time to register and many reasons why you should attend.
- Take advantage of 46 hours of technical presentations.
- Attend either full day or half day Education Seminars featuring some of the
leading speakers in the DB2 community. Featuring: Susan Lawson, John Campbell,
Phil Grainger, Scott Hayes, Tony Winch, and George Baklarz.
- Get your free signed copy of the DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, Windows New
- Meet authors Paul Zikopoulos, George Baklarz and Matthias Nicola. Wednesday September 12 at noon.
- Attend a free Database Administration Certification Seminar on
Tuesday September 11. Seminars are available for DB2 LUW with
Robert Clow and DB2 for z/OS with Susan Lawson.
- Take one Certification Exam for free on Thursday,
- Stay in touch with social media while at the conference. Scott Hayes has
set up a twitter aggregator: bit.ly/idugap12
This is a
can't-miss event! Register today!
Sessions available for you to choose from:
John Campbell - DB2 for z/OS - Trends and Directions
Les King - A Modern
[Scientific] Approach to Smarter Planet
John Campbell - Enterprise Application Development with DB2 for z/OS
George Baklarz - NoSQL - Is this the end of SQL?
Frank Rhodes - An XML
Document,s Life - Dr. Node!!!
Matthias Nicola - Temporal Data Management
with DB2 10 - A Deep Dive
John Campbell - Enterprise Application Development with DB2 for z/OS
Scott Hayes - Customer Success Story: How a Top Retailer achieves 250,000
SQL/Sec on Black Friday
John Tobler - Looking Behind the Curtain of DB2 for
z/OS 10 Performance and Scalability: Stored Procedure Analysis
Nicola - Temporal Data Management with DB2 10 - A Deep Dive
Saghi Amirsoleymani - The Truth about Data Studio 3.1
Scott Hayes -
Celebrating 20 Years of DB2 for LUW: DB2's Greatest Hits, Tips, and Best
Steen Rasmussen - Eliminating the DBA nightmare of U-D-C-L
George Baklarz - DB2 10 Performance Enhancements
Neale Armstrong - Bringing Analytics to the Data - Data Warehousing and
Business Analytics on System z
Nathan Jolly - Linux to AIX Migration: Big
and Little endians
Steen Rasmussen - The DB2 V10 catalog - a revolution
YunCheol Ha - DB2 pureScale implementation experience and lessons learned
from a Korea Credit
John Tobler - Leveraging the Instrumentation Facility on DB2 for z/OS:
Tracing and Monitoring Fundamentals
Matthias Nicola - How to Design a Hybrid
XML/Relational Database Schema
Frank Rhodes - INLINE LOBS - Dare We Go
Paul Zikopoulos - Big Data Introduction - Part 1
Amirsoleymani - Data Studio Hands-on lab
Phil Grainger - ALTER in DB2 10 - Things got easier didn't they?
Nicola - Understanding and Tuning Page Cleaning in DB2
Purcell - DB2 for z/OS Migration - Query Performance Considerations
Zikopoulos - Big Data Introduction - Part 1 Con't
Nenad Vasiljevic - In the land of traces
Robert Mala - Going Barefoot
with UNIX for the DB2 DBA
Paul Murray - Went to tune an application and
ended up tuning the subsystem, space and stored procedures
Kingo Saito -
Various Tips from Japanese DBA
Phil Downey - Analytics Accelerator, DW
strategies and more
Scott Hayes - DBI Software Presentation
Ian Chudleigh - CA CHORUS by CA
Vinicius (Vinnie) Cardoso - Vendor Software Presentation from
Paul Casson - Test Data Privacy Manager in Eclipse
Terry Purcell - Runstats Challenges for Optimal Query Performance
Schlamb - Multi-Temperature Data Management in DB2 10.1
John Tobler - DB2
for z/OS V9 and V10 enhancements for system programmers
Paul Casson - Test
Data : The End to End story
Phil Grainger - Virtualise Production in DB2
z/OS with Profiles
Terry Purcell - Do these DB2 10 Optimizer Enhancements Apply to Me?
Schlamb - IBM DB2 HADR 2012 state of the union
Susan Lawson - DB2 10 for
z/OS Data Sharing: New Features and Member Consolidation Considerations
King - Advanced security features
Terry Purcell - Optimizing DB2 Applications Using Extended Explain Tables
John Campbell - Getting the most of DB2 V10 to reduce performance cost
Les King - PureSystems
I hope you can attend!
I know it seems early to start planning for a fall conference, but I’m sure
you’ll agree that time flies! Not only does it fly, but it takes time to put
together a justification proposal to attend the conference and to get it
approved. If you do it now, you still have a month to take advantage of the
early bird special. Register by
August 31 and you’ll save $300.
IBM Information on Demand 2012 (#ibmiod on twitter)
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Thursday, October 25, 2012
Location: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada
- 700 Technical Education Sessions. 110 Hands On Labs. 300 Customer Speakers.
Usability Sandboxes. All the Experts on hand and so much more...
- Meet 1 on 1 with the experts, IBM executives and innovative IBM Business
Partners. Network in a variety of interactive sessions and activities.
- See what's possible in your industry. IBM's largest EXPO
invites you to experience products, services and solutions in action.
- Early Bird savings on registration and Hotel end on August 31. See other
incentives that help you and your company get there with the most savings.
See how you may get additional savings with the IBM
- Get certified at an 85% discount: all IM, BA and ECM exams will be $30. The
normal price is $200.
- Shop at the bookstore and receive 20% off your book purchases. We have at
least 15 NEW IM related technical books that weren’t for sale at last year’s
- Look for Flashbook giveaways. This year there are 5 new titles.
See IOD Website for full details on the conference sessions.
Register by August 31 and
you’ll save $300.
Once you register, you can begin building your agenda: Explore the IOD
conference with the Sample Agenda Builder that lets you search for sessions by
program, track, date or industry. Crysta Anderson shares her sample agenda with
an Information Management focus. Read more: http://ibm.co/OhKcEW
I have plans for many blog entries that will drill down into the items
mentioned in this entry, so follow my blog to avoid missing any details.
Are you an expert who would like to share your knowledge with a world-wide
and large audience? If yes, I would suggest that you submit a proposal to speak
at the IBM Information On Demand 2012 Conference to be held
October 21-25, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This conference provides in-depth technical education through an agenda that
includes Information Management, Business Analytics and Enterprise Content
Management. The Business Leadership program also addresses strategy issues and
the industry challenges facing today’s business leaders. The call for speakers
is open now http://ibm.co/IODspeaker until Friday, April 13,
2012 at 5:59 pm Eastern time.
Proposals are being accepted for the following programs:
We’re looking for best practices
and case studies to be featured in all of the above tracks. Details and
guidelines can be found on this page: http://ibm.co/IODspeaker
Why this conference?
- The conference attendees come from around the world and it’s expected
that more than 11,000 business and technology leaders will attend to experience
four days of in-depth education.
- The Business Leadership program addresses strategy issues and the industry
challenges facing today's business leaders.
- More than 700 sessions will be offered and we welcome your proposal that
highlights how IBM technologies and solutions help
leverage information to
gain insight and drive business results.
- Technical sessions will cover products, solutions, and implementations
including Hands On Labs. These sessions target IT professionals, DBAs,
architects, developers and programmers.
Why become a speaker?
- To share your expertise.
- To be seen as an an expert in your area.
- If you’re an author, to promote your book.
- To save on the conference fee to attend the conference.
- To network with like-minded professionals.
I’ve worked at every IOD conference that IBM has ever put on and I must say
that I love going to these conferences because of the energy, range of topics,
and the caliber of the speakers.
The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2012 is scheduled for May 14 - 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Make your plans to attend now. The IDUG.org website has been updated with detailed information about the conference, including
- On-line schedule
- Education and training opportunities
- Technical certifications
- Discounts available for the conference
I’m sure you’ll find plenty of sessions that interest you. The online session schedule is now available for you to search through. The technical program includes over 120 sessions, addressing a range of topics such as DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows, DB2 Cross Platform, DB2 Application Development, and DB2 New Technology. I’ll try to find friends who can write guest blogs for me that outline their chosen sessions. If you’re going to the conference and have your sessions chosen, let me know and we can work on the guest blog.
Education and training opportunities
You’ll learn plenty from the keynotes that are planned this year. The topic is "Big Data, DB2 and the Future" and includes presenters Anjul Bhambhri, Curt Cotner, and Judy Huber from IBM. For more information and bios for the speakers, visit http://bit.ly/IDUG2012KeyNotes.
Spotlight sessions are always popular and this year, there are 3 sessions scheduled:
DB2 10 for z/OS Migration Planning Workshop: this FREE workshop is scheduled for Friday May 18th from 8.00am to 2:00pm. With IBM DB2 for z/OS Version 8 retiring support in April 2012, many clients are planning their migration strategy. Come and learn from experience how to deal with this normally time-consuming and expensive process. Register early as this workshop has limited places available.
Want to know what the labs are working on for the next release? IDUG in collaboration with IBM is featuring DB2 vNext by offering a dedicated track for DB2 vNext as well as offering in-depth knowledge on the coming releases.. These sessions are available for registered conference attendees free of charge.
I worked at many conferences running certification testing. I can tell you from experience that many people take advantage of the free exams that they can take while at the conference. Since you are saving $200 USD per test that you take, you may be able to justify your conference expenses by taking these exams! For information on which exams are being offered at the conference, see Certification @ IDUG. For tips on passing the exams, take a look at some of my previous blog entries:Cert 101 How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification Exam? DB2 10 for z/OS Certification Roles, Exams and Study Materials Certification Study Guides for DB2 LUW Exams DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows: Certification Roles and Exams Certifications: Beyond DB2 Certification Tips on the DB2Night Show Web-based Training Courses to Consider Certification Promotions and Discounts
Discounts available for the conference
It might seem too early to plan for a May event, but it’s not. And, if you can book before April 6, you can save quite a bit. See this REGISTRATION site to register and to see how much you can save with the Early Bird Discount.
Another great way to save is by using the Multiple Attendee Discount. If your company is sending 3 or more individuals to IDUG you can get a 10% discount.
And finally, the IDUG Mentor Program gives IDUG members the opportunity to pass on the valuable skills they have learned over the years to fellow DB2 professionals. You become eligible to apply for a coupon worth up to 80% off the registration rate for a brand new IDUG conference attendee who accompanies you to IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Denver. Visit www.IDUG.org/Mentor to learn more.
Follow my blog to get even more information about this fabulous conference. There are many things I haven’t been able to add in this entry including whether there will be a bookstore this year, or how many exams you can take, or what full-day sessions are being offered this year.
Last November I posted blog entry about a survey to help decide the topics
for upcoming DB2 Symposiums: “DB2
Symposiums – Take a Survey to ensure World Class DB2 Education Comes to
You”. As a result of this survey, Klaas Brant has pulled together an
incredible group of speakers who will be teaching full day sessions over a 3-day
Today on the DB2Night Show, Klaas announced a 20% discount
for those who register by March 1. Simply use the promo code
DBI12A1 when you register. The symposium takes place at the DoubleTree
Fort Lee – New Jersey.
For those of you who are new to the DB2 Symposium: the DB2 Symposium is a
three day training event with one day seminars presented by industry leading
consultants. The DB2 Symposium fills the gap between a conference and a
multi-day training. The DB2 Symposium is unique because you can join us
for 1,2 or 3 days, depending on your needs and budget.
The amazing line up of speakers are all IBM Champions (aka IBM’s Best
and the Full Day Sessions:
Wednesday 28 March
Thursday 29 March
Friday 30 March
Great speakers, great learning opportunities, and now a great discount! Register now!
Keeping your skills sharp are extremely important and getting certified can certainly help you do that. But, we need to watch the amount of money we spend on everything these days. Good news: IBM’s certification program offers ways to help you keep the costs down while keeping your skills up.
Here are some ideas:
Take It Again is a voucher program
This promotion has been offered in the past and will happen again this year. The details on this year’s promotion are not on the web yet, but I’ve been told that they’ll be there soon. Here’s how the program works: With Take It Again you may purchase specially priced vouchers so that in the event you do not pass an exam on your first attempt, you may quickly and easily retake the same exam for no additional costs. Learn more about Take it Again!
Free or discounted exams at conferences
Conference fees and travel can be quite expensive, so to help, IBM quite often offers conference attendees a chance to take 3 exams free while at the conference and perhaps half price for further exams. Exam fees are normally $200 a take, so this can be an immediate $600 savings to you if you take the exams. Add this justification to your conference request and maybe you’ll be approved to attend the conference of your choice. Find out what conference have free or discounted exams.
Free Assessment Tests
Typically before a conference, the Certification team waives the $10 fee for the assessment exam in the 3 weeks prior to the conference. We want you to pass your exam and to help you do that, you are given tools to help you increase your skills before attempting a free exam at the conference. For the conferences that offer this program, you should be emailed a promotion code after you’ve registered for the event.
For less expensive study materials, check out my previous entries about electronic books, tutorials, product documentation, Express-C versions of products, free webinars, and WBTs:
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification Exam?
DB2 10 for z/OS Certification Roles, Exams and Study Materials
Certification Study Guides for DB2 LUW Exams
DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows: Certification Roles and Exams
Certifications: Beyond DB2
Certification Tips on the DB2Night Show
Web-based Training Courses to Consider
IDUG EMEA took place in Prague a few weeks ago and like all European conferences, it was fun and educational. In some ways it feels like a DB2 reunion as well since it is much smaller than other conferences that I attend. This makes it easy to connect with people and to catch up since we last got together.
Personally I have a few stories I’d like to share with you, but not now. Now I’d like to tell you about meeting "DB2’s Got Talent” winner Norberto. This was a trip of “firsts” for Norberto: his first time in Europe, first IDUG, and likely a few other firsts as well. If you missed the conference, I strongly encourage you to join Friday’s DB2 Night Show episode where you can hear directly from Norberto about his trip, what he learned, and what he thought of IDUG.
Space is limited, so Register now
. Here are the details:
The DB2Night Show Episode #64: Things I Learned at IDUG EMEA with DB2's GOT TALENT Winner Norberto Filho
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
During this unique episode of The DB2Night Show, Norberto will share with our audiences many of the most interesting things that he learned while attending IDUG EMEA.
Refresh your memory on the absolutely wonderful series of “DB2’s Got Talent” Shows:
First Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Second Episode of DB2 has Talent
Third Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Fourth Episode of "DB2 has Talent"
DB2's Got Talent - March 11 Episode
DB2's Got Talent - 3rd Episode of the Finals
DB2’s Got Talent Finale
DB2, DB2Night Show and IDUG as viewed by JB
Tips for DBAs from Guest Blogger Norberto.... DB2's Got Talent contestant
And the winner of the DB2's Got Talent Competition is….
PS. I’ve completely lost my voice due to a bad cold. I’m glad Norberto is presenting and not me. You likely wouldn’t be able to hear my whispers :)
The IBM Information on Demand (IOD11) Conference is a little more than a week away. I feel the excitement through the IOD Social Media Aggregator. If you haven’t been to this site yet, you should check it out. It combines tweets & blogs & photos from many different sources and allows you to watch some of the events via livestream. You can even sign up and make comments yourself. We always like to hear from people so come and join the fun!
Explore this site a bit… you can filter the content by contributor’s name, find all content for a particular topic, see who has been singled out as the featured contributor, and see who is the top contributor.
I’ll be located at the Conference Bookstore starting on Sunday and hope to meet as many of the attendees as possible! Come by and check out all the books that are available for a 20% discount. You’ll be truly amazed at the great books that have published this year, many just in time for the conference. I plan to blog & tweet while onsite, but normally I get so busy with the crowds that this is impossible. I’ll try though!
For a summary of the books & flashbooks that are being featured at the conference, see these two blog entries:
Flashbooks at IOD
Bookstore Activities – IBM Information on Demand Conference
Whether you’re at the conference or not, you can stay in the loop with what is happening via the IOD Social Media Aggregator. Definitely a page worth book marking!
Customer Experience Analytics: Fast, Intelligent and Action-Packed
by Arvind Sathi
- Book information on blog
- Link to an online
- Electronic Version (6.98 MB)
Today’s customers have the ability to use a variety of media (including Facebook or Yelp) to broadcast their good and bad experience in real time. You must match their velocity! This book will help your organization create the capabilities to sense, isolate and alter the customer experience to your competitive advantage – creating a real time, adaptive relationship with your customers.
Analytics is one of the hottest IT topics of interest among organizations world wide. It has attracted not only the interest of IT organizations, but also has grown considerably in the minds of sales and marketing professionals. Applying analytics to customer experience provides the highest business value and is often the most sought after application area for Analytics. IBM has declared Analytics to be one of the four most important areas of growth towards our 2015 plan.
The role and business capabilities offered through analytics are rapidly changing. Customers are increasingly connected with their suppliers using a variety of electronic touch points – Web browsers, Interactive Voice Response, wireless devices, kiosks, etc. Customer experience can be altered through these electronic touch points in real-time. Also, Customers can use a variety of ways to express their satisfaction or lack thereof, publicly, in real time world wide. The associated data is accumulated by the supplier organizations in peta bytes. This data must be sorted, correlated and analyzed rapidly and intelligently to make a positive long lasting impact on the customer. Last but not the least; it is no longer sufficient to report customer problems to an analyst who routes to business owners on a monthly basis. The actions must be inserted in appropriate customer facing customer service, sales, billing or operational functions to alter the customer experience – often in near real time. While the internet has provided enormous power to the consumers, the business markets have also gained an enormous amount of sophistication in multi-supplier management, electronic gateways and use of customer and product data across the supply food-chain.
The book includes four major segments. First segment introduces the concept of Customer Experience Analytics using a series of customer experience scenarios. It also establishes the scope and focus for the book in types of customer experiences covered linking it to the Customer Life Cycle and a variety of communication touch points. The second segment introduces business value for Customer Experience Analytics. It frames the measurement dimensions, sensitivity across geographies, organizational life cycle and industries, and ways to quantify the business value. Customer Experience Analytics is a journey across maturity levels. We establish here the levels of maturity and what an organization can expect at each level of maturity. The third section covers the solution architecture for CEA solution with components offering real-time processing, intelligence and autonomics. It includes components for data collection, storage, modeling, reporting, and integration with action. This section includes choices that must be made to keep the solution simple and easy to implement. The fourth section concludes our findings and discusses some of the changes we see in the architecture as new disruptive technologies evolve.
This book is intended for semi-technical audience. It uses a series of scenarios (real as well as imaginary), case studies and allegories to illustrate the CEA business opportunity, solution and program to senior and mid level business and IT management. The technical terms are defined and indexed for easy reference. Hopefully, sales executives will also use this book to make their audience aware of the opportunities, and get their interest in exploring a solution for CEA.<
About the Author:
Dr. Arvind Sathi is the Global Communication Sector Lead Architect for Information Agenda team. He is a seasoned professional with twenty-plus years of leadership in Information Management architecture and delivery. His primary focus has been in the delivery and architecture oversight of IT projects to Communications organizations. He has extensive experience with many domestic as well as international Communications service providers as well as with other Services Industries. At Carnegie Group, he was the pioneer in developing knowledge-based solutions for CRM. At BearingPoint, he led the development of Enterprise Integration, Master Data Management and OSS/BSS (Operations Support Systems / Business Support Systems) solutions for the Communications market and also developed horizontal solutions for Communications, Financial Services and Public Services. At IBM, Dr. Sathi has led several Information Management programs in MDM, Data Security, Business Intelligence and related areas and has provided strategic Architecture oversight to IBM’s strategic accounts. Dr. Sathi has also delivered a number of workshops and presentations at industry conferences on technical subjects including Master Data Management and Data Architecture and holds patents in data masking. Dr. Sathi received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and worked under Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon.
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.
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 Anthony David Giordano and have him sign a copy of his book at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference. Come to the Conference bookstore Tuesday October 25 from 11:30 – 12:30 pm to meet Tony. Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling: Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture
About the book:
The book begins with an overview of the “patterns” of data integration, showing how to build blueprints that smoothly handle both operational and analytic data integration. Next, he walks through the entire project lifecycle, explaining each phase, activity, task, and deliverable through a complete case study. Finally, he shows how to integrate data integration with other information management disciplines, from data governance to metadata. The book’s appendices bring together key principles, detailed models, and a complete data integration glossary.
Today’s enterprises are investing massive resources in data integration. Many possess thousands of point-to-point data integration applications that are costly, undocumented, and difficult to maintain. Data integration now accounts for a major part of the expense and risk of typical data warehousing and business intelligence projects--and, as businesses increasingly rely on analytics, the need for a blueprint for data integration is increasing now more than ever.
This book presents the solution: a clear, consistent approach to defining, designing, and building data integration components to reduce cost, simplify management, enhance quality, and improve effectiveness. Leading IBM data management expert Tony Giordano brings together best practices for architecture, design, and methodology, and shows how to do the disciplined work of getting data integration right.
Implementing repeatable, efficient, and well-documented processes for integrating data
Lowering costs and improving quality by eliminating unnecessary or duplicative data integrations
Managing the high levels of complexity associated with integrating business and technical data
Using intuitive graphical design techniques for more effective process and data integration modeling
Building end-to-end data integration applications that bring together many complex data sources
About the Author:
Anthony Giordano is a partner in IBM’s Business Analytics and Optimization Consulting Practice and currently leads the Enterprise Information Management Service Line that focuses on data modeling, data integration, master data management, and data governance. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field with a focus in the areas of business intelligence, data warehousing, and Information Management. In his spare time, he has taught classes in data warehousing and project management at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several local colleges and universities.
Tony is speaking at the following sessions:
Monday 10:15 am:
Implementing Information Governance Best Practices within an Organization
In this session, information governance experts describe what they have seen, and done, and take your questions about how to best implement the various information governance practices within an organization.
Tuesday 10 am:
Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function
This session discusses the best practices used to generate sponsorship for an information governance program. It also describes best practices by job function such as marketing, supply chain, risk management, finance, and legal. It will also discuss industry-specific aspects of information governance.
For IOD sessions related to this book, see the IM Information Governance.
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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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Author Robert Laberge is flying in from Ireland to meet people who are interested in having him sign copies of his book at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference. Come to the Conference bookstore Tuesday October 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 am to meet Bob. Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
by Robert Laberge
What’s in the Book?
In The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights, business intelligence and data warehousing expert Robert Laberge explains the components and different alternatives in building a data warehouse and describes pros and cons for choosing one path over another. Building a data warehouse is unique for each organization but can be guided by the author’s years of knowledge obtained from working on many differing data warehouse and business intelligence environments in organizations around the world.
The book covers practical and technical aspects of current data warehouse and business intelligence issues with views on realistic solutions within the management and technical arenas. Data warehousing topics are first presented from a high-level overview to ensure the terminology and context is understood, and are then covered in deeper detail to clarify the specifics. These topics all pertain to data warehousing, business intelligence, and performance management.
The Data Warehouse Mentor
- Explains the proper implementation of the many available technologies and practices
- Shares the author’s nearly 30 years of data warehouse and business intelligence experience in more than 20 countries worldwide
- Mentors you to success in determining and deploying the most effective data warehouse and business intelligence solutions for your business
- Helps you anticipate future data requirements and usage to ensure the design and build environment for your solution is flexible and open to change
Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Overview; Data in the Organization; Reasons for Building; Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse Strategy - The Plan; Project Resources – Roles and Insights; Write it Up – Overview; Business Intelligence: Data Marts & Usage; Enterprise Data Models; Data Warehouse Architecture; ETL and Data Quality; Project Planning; Working Scenarios - Hands On; Data Governance; Post Project Review
About the Author
Robert Laberge is a lead principle consultant for the IBM Industry Models and Assets Lab in Dublin which focuses on data warehousing and business intelligence solutions. He has helped more than 50 large organizations in 20 countries by mentoring, training, and demonstrating data warehouse and business intelligence solutions, including Target, Qwest, ING, Mayo Clinic, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, BMW, Korea Telecom, Scotiabank, Capital One, Reliance Infocomm, and Tata Group. Robert has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Durham (UK) and has nearly 30 years of experience in IT.
Proven strategies for implementing the right data warehouse and business intelligence solutions for current and future business needs: order the book now!
Other Warehouse events taking place at IOD:
The best way to find out the warehouse specific sessions that are available at IOD this year is to review the roadmaps that were put together to guide you. Here is the mega list!
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What do you know about IBM InfoSphere BigInsights?
BigInsights brings the power of Apache Hadoop to enterprises. This means that by using InfoSphere BigInsights, you can manage and analyze data in ways that were previously unimaginable. You an extract deep insights that can lead to greater efficiencies, value-add services, and opportunity for transformation.
That’s not much to go on, but what I can tell you is if you’re interested in learning more, take advantage of the special one-day class on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in conjunction with the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration for the IOD Conference is NOT required to attend this Sunday class.
This one-day training course is for system administrators and developers responsible for managing Apache Hadoop. Not only will you learn about this new technology, but after you’ve taken the course, you’ll be prepared to take and the BigInsights Technical mastery test, which you can take for free at the IOD conference.
- Big Data Overview
- Introduction to Hadoop and HDFS
- HDFS Administration
- Introduction to Map / Reduce
- Setup of an Hadoop Cluster
- Managing Job Execution
- Overview of JAQL
- Data Loading
- Overview of workflow engine
More about the Mastery Exam: Test M97: IBM BigInsights Technical Mastery Test v1
This proctored technical mastery test examines IBM BigInsights knowledge regarding the ability to identify, manage and close sales opportunities.
The test is applicable to sales representatives who demonstrate sales and technical knowledge of the IBM BigInsights product and targets the technical sales professional who can deliver a comprehensive business solution to customers through solution identification, product differentiation, and competitive positioning.
This technical mastery test meets one of the technical requirements for SVP (Software Value Plus) and counts as a skill towards Advanced and Premier PartnerWorld Membership levels. It is strongly advised that the candidate complete the recommended education prior to attempting this technical mastery test.
- Number of questions: 39
- Time allowed in minutes: 75
- Required passing score: 76%
- Test languages: English
- Section 1 - BigData Overview (23%)
- Section 2 - Introduction to Hadoop (18%)
- Section 3 - HDFS Administration (15%)
- Section 4 - Setup of a Hadoop Cluster (18%)
- Section 5 - Managing Job Execution (8%)
- Section 6 - Overivew of JAQL (18%)
Other Pre-Conference Education available at IOD this year:
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Sandy Carter has just published her third book. This one is:
Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business
I have a book signing session scheduled for Sandy, so you can pick up a book and get it signed. Sandy is speaking Wednesday October 26 in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas D from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Sandy’s signing is scheduled later that afternoon at the Conference Bookstore from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Sandy’s latest book will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
About this Book
Get Bold offers a systematic approach to creating and implementing an effective and successful Social Business strategy that moves your company beyond just looking at social media to realizing tangible results. The author has worked with thousands of clients in more than 60 countries to create an “AGENDA” that can boldly take your business forward.
- Attract and engage customers with exceptional brand experiences and personalized interactions across touch points
- Achieve targeted savings and increased revenue
- Improve customer insight
- Outpace your competition and accelerate growth
Sandy Carter provides lessons on doing it both right and wrong so you gain valuable perspective on techniques using the most critical communication vehicles in social networking. She also provides a shortcut on how to get started, patterning on successes in various companies and more than 50 case studies.
Table of Contents
Ch1 -The AGENDA for Social Business Success
Ch2 - Align Organizational Goals and Culture
Ch3 - Gain “Friends” through Social Trust
Ch4 - Engage through Experiences
Ch5 - Network your Business Processes
Ch6 - Design for Risk and Reputation management
Ch7 - Analyze your Data
Ch8 – Technology as a competitive ingredient
Ch9 – Draw up your Agenda
The book publishes Sept 25, 2011. If you pre-order a copy, you can take advantage of a 35% discount. Also part of this promotion, you can download a free sampler of the book. This free sampler contains Get Bold's Foreword by Mike Rhodin, and Chapter 1: The AGENDA for Social Business Success.
Sandy Carter is Vice President, Social Business Evangelism, where she is responsible for setting the direction for IBM’s Social Business initiative, working with companies who are becoming Social Businesses, and being the evangelist for the concept and best practices around Social Business.
Other Books from Sandy Carter
The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0
Winner of the 2008 Platinum Marcom Award
The New Language of Marketing 2.0: Social Media
Winner of the 2009 Silver MarketingSherpa Award
Sandy is speaking at the IOD Conference on Wednesday October 26 in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas D from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
In this session, Sandy Carter, Vice President, IBM Social Business Evangelism, will discuss how to take advantage of social tools for business process improvement in all areas of your business. This session will address topics such as how a company can apply social techniques to customer service, HR or product development and yield the same benefits achieved in marketing. Sandy Carter will also share how you can use frameworks that can be acted upon and provide case studies of successful transformation from social media to social business.
Have you heard that one of the special guest speakers at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this year is Michael Lewis? Personally I hadn’t hear of Michael before he was signed to speak at the conference, but once I looked him up, I realized that I knew his work.
Michael was a bond trader and then began writing books. He’s published quite a few already, including some that have become movies:
- Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
- Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
- Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
- The Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics
- The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
- Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
- Next: The Future Just Happened
- The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley story
- Trail Fever
- The Money Culture
- Pacific Rift
- Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street
Yes, he’s quite a prolific author! I think the one that most people have heard of is The Blind Side, since it became a very popular movie. I’m listening to the audible version of The Big Short right now and am learning a huge amount about the sub-prime mortgage fiasco of a few years ago.
From what I understand, the topic Michael will be covering at the conference is related to his 2003 book, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” . This book offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes of a Major League Baseball franchise, detailing how an innovative personnel approach allows the Oakland Athletics, with the lowest budget in baseball, to rank among baseball’s best and consistently compete for a playoff spot. Michael will explore the nature of talent, how to identify it and maintain an edge in a competitive field.
Joining Michael is Billy Beane who is the mind behind “Moneyball.” Billy is a sports visionary who convinced his bosses to give him the freedom to apply his statistically driven approach to run the Oakland A’s and make them one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball.
This story resonates not only with the sports-minded, but among audiences from financial services, insurance, or any other numbers-driven industry or profession. He has figured out how to succeed with a limited payroll, employing computers and statistics wielded by people who never played baseball. In a down-to-earth, humorous style, Billy offers concrete lessons for business success and the power behind numbers.
Sound interesting? Check out the movie trailer. The movie is starring Brad Pitt and hits theatres in Sept 2011.
I have a book signing session scheduled for Michael, so you can pick up a book and get it signed. Michael and Billy are speaking Wednesday October 26 at the General Session from 8:15 am – 9:30 am. Michael’s signing is scheduled immediately after that at the Conference Bookstore from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Four of Michael’s books will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
Once you register for IOD you’ll be sent a confirmation email that will tell you about the pre-conference education sessions that are available. Maybe you’ve heard of these before. They are full day classes that go deep in a particular topic. These classes have an additional cost.
Six of the classes are Certification Crammer Courses. These remain popular year after year and help you prepare to pass one of the free certification exams that are offered at the conference to attendees. These classes are taught by well-known experts who helped create the certification exam. Here are the six that are offered this year:
In addition to this Crammer Course, Susan’s latest Certification Guide will be launched at the conference. This book will focus on what you need to know to pass exam 612. The book isn’t listed on amazon.com yet, but as soon as it is, I’ll create an entry about the book. We’ve tentatively scheduled Susan Lawson and co-author Dan Luksetich for a book signing on Tuesday October 25 from 4pm – 5pm.
Judy’s book was launched at IOD last year and is a must read if you are interested in System Administration. DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
Roger’s books will fill an entire bookcase! This year we’re launching two more of his books. One is for Certification – exam 541, the other is about writing technical books and articles. Roger Sanders’ signings are tentatively scheduled for Monday October 24 3:00 – 4:00 pm and Tuesday October 25 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
- (9Q060) InfoSphere DataStage 8.5 Certification Crammer for Exam 421
instructor: Pavan Marpaka - In this one day course, students will review the 11 sections of knowledge candidates are expected to know for the InfoSphere DataStage V8.5 exam. The approach of this course is to review the 'core' knowledge for each section and the associated sub-topics for these sections.
- (9Q061) InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification Crammer for Exam 422
Instructor: Dale Buckingham - This one day crammer course is designed to introduce you to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification exam 422. The material for this course is aligned with the 422 exam objectives.
- (9Q080) InfoSphere BigInsights Essentials Crammer ( Mastery Test M97)
Instructor: Glen Mules - This one-day training course is for system administrators and developers responsible for managing Apache Hadoop. This course will teach you everything you need to know about IBM BigInsights and will prepare you to take the BigInsights Technical mastery test.
There aren’t certification books for these last three topics… yet. If you think that these would be valuable, let me know.