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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
Sessions 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 priorities!
2. Celebrations for IDUG's 25th Anniversary
As 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
IBM 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
Take 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
IDUG 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.
While 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.
If 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
Join 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
Improving 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
To 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 learn:
There 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
Although 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.
How 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 prize
2) To become better at public speaking
3) To build a network of talented people in the DB2 world
4) To become better at your current job or to help you get promoted to your next job
5) 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 Competition
Session 1 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
Session 2 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
Session 3 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
Session 4 of the DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 1
DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 2
DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round 3
Summary 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 – Klaas
DB2 LUW Prefect IO Configuration
This 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!
I enjoy meeting people, so the IBM Information on Demand Conference is one of my favourite events that I attend every year. In this post, I’d like to talk about the authors I’ve met and those who will be available to meet you this year.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some pretty famous people at previous IOD conferences. Some of the highlights: Malcolm Gladwell, the Stephens from the Freakonomics books, Steven Covey, Michael Eisner; and remember the craziness surrounding Michael Lewis and Billy Beane last year?
Beyond 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.
At 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 for you.
Another great IDUG conference is about to begin. This one takes place in Sydney, Australia, 12-14 September, 2012.
There is still time to register and many reasons why you should attend.
Sessions available for you to choose from:
John Campbell - DB2 for z/OS - Trends and Directions
John Campbell - Enterprise Application Development with DB2 for z/OS
John Campbell - Enterprise Application Development with DB2 for z/OS
Saghi Amirsoleymani - The Truth about Data Studio 3.1
Neale Armstrong - Bringing Analytics to the Data - Data Warehousing and
Business Analytics on System z
John Tobler - Leveraging the Instrumentation Facility on DB2 for z/OS:
Tracing and Monitoring Fundamentals
Phil Grainger - ALTER in DB2 10 - Things got easier didn't they?
Nenad Vasiljevic - In the land of traces
Scott Hayes - DBI Software Presentation
Terry Purcell - Runstats Challenges for Optimal Query Performance
Terry Purcell - Do these DB2 10 Optimizer Enhancements Apply to Me?
Terry Purcell - Optimizing DB2 Applications Using Extended Explain Tables
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
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:http://ibm.co/IODspeaker
Why this conference?
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
Education and training opportunities
Discounts available for the conference
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 period.
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 Friends):
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!
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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:
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:
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!
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Customer Experience Analytics: Fast, Intelligent and Action-Packed
by Arvind Sathi
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.
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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.
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Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data
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.
This book is about Big Data: but you already knew that. Big Data is a Big Deal! This book’s authoring team is well seasoned in traditional database technologies; and all recognized one thing: Big Data is an inflection point when it comes to information management technologies. In fact, Big Data is going to change the way you do things in the future, how you gain insight, and make decisions (the change isn’t going to be a replacement, rather a synergy and extension). Recognizing this inflection point, the author team decided to write this book to help you get quickly up to speed on this technology and to show you the unique things IBM is doing to turn the freely available open source Big Data technology into a Big Data Platform; there’s a major difference and the platform is comprised of leveraging the open source technologies (and never forking it) and marrying that to enterprise capabilities provided by a technology leader that understands the benefits a platform can provide.
By the time you are done reading this book, you’ll have a good handle on the Big Data opportunity that lies ahead, a better understanding on the requirements that ensures you have the right Big Data platform (as opposed to just technology), and have a strong foundational knowledge as to the business opportunities that lie ahead with Big Data and some of the technologies available.
PART 1: The Big Deal about Big Data
Chapter 1 – What is Big Data? Hint: You’re a Part of it Every Day
Chapter 2 – Why Big Data is Important
Chapter 3 – Why IBM for Big Data
PART II: Big Data: From the Technology Perspective
Chapter 4 - All About Hadoop: The Big Data Lingo Chapter
Chapter 5 – IBM InfoSphere Big Insights – Analytics for “At Rest” Big Data
Chapter 6 – IBM InfoSphere Streams – Analytics for “In Motion” Big Data
Chris Eaton, B.Sc., is a worldwide technical specialist for IBM’s Information Management products focused on Database Technology, Big Data, and Workload Optimization. Chris is also an international award winning speaker, having presented at data management conferences across the globe, and has one of the most popular DB2 blogs located on IT Toolbox at: 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+ customer engagements.
George Lapis, MS CS, is a Big Data Solutions Architect at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. He has worked in database software area for more than 30 years. He was a founding member of R* and Starburst research projects at IBM's Almaden Research Center in the valley, as well as a member of the compiler development team for several releases of DB2.
Paul C. Zikopoulos, B.A., M.B.A., is the Director of Technical Professionals for IBM Software Group’s Information Management division and additionally leads the World Wide Database Competitive and Big Data SWAT teams. Paul has written more than 300 magazine articles and 14 books on DB2 and can be reached at: email@example.com.