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.
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
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
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
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!
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
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:
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
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.
Today I registered for the IOD conference, requested a hotel room and certified that I’ll be presenting this year. Now it is time to start using the SmartSite to schedule my time. The conference takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Hotel during the last week of October 2011. I hope you plan to come!
If you are planning to register, remember that you can save $300 by registering by Aug 31!
As you may know, I manage the book signings that take place at the bookstore conference, and as in previous years, we have a very full schedule planned. I’m busy building the schedule right now, so I can get the book signings added to SmartSite as we did last year.
As a teaser, I’ll tell you this:
1) We will be launching 2 new certification guides.
2) We’ll be giving out 3 brand new Flashbooks.
3) Michael Lewis will be signing his many books… some of which have been made into movies.
4) There are 8 new technical books launched at the conference that will appeal to you.
Stay in touch and I’ll reveal details as I can.
There are many reasons to attend! Amazing speakers, deep technical education, free certification exams and more. See the Justification information on the website for more reasons.
Very late notice… sorry, but hope you can join for at least part of this virtual conference for DB2 10. As you may know, Roger Miller (one of the fathers of DB2 for z/OS ) retired in May from a very successful career at IBM… but he is back for this conference.
DB2 10 Virtual Conference
Wednesday June 29
Three speakers: Roger Miller, Terry Purcell, and Mike Biere
Can’t make it today? I don’t blame you! But, this will also be available on replay so if you cannot attend please register to access replay.
Track 1: DB2 for z/OS Technical Update
Developed for: Database architects, DBAs, database managers
- Session 1 Meeting the business analytics and data warehousing needs of your users with Mike Biere
- Session 2 DB2 10 for z/OS: Technical update with Roger Miller
- Session 3 DB2 for z/OS: DB2 10 including migration strategy for DB2 9 or DB2 10 with Roger Miller
- Session 4 How to get DB2 9 and DB2 10 for z/OS performance benefits and reduce costs with Roger Miller
- Session 5 What’s new for SQL optimization in DB2 9 and DB2 10 for z/OS with Terry Purcell
Virtual doors open at 10:30 am ET. Enjoy!
The Central Canada DB2 Users Group (fondly known as CCDB2UG) Event takes place in June in Toronto every year. I’m once again planning to attend and hope if you are in the area you do as well.
Dates: Monday & Tuesday, June 27 & 28
Location: BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning
3550 Pharmacy Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada M1W 2Z3
Registrations must be received by Friday Jun 17th, 2011.
Sorry - NO WALK-INS.
- Entry to sessions for EITHER DB2 for z/OS OR DB2 for LUW
- Presentation materials
- Continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch
- Vendor reception
I’ll be taking part in the Vendor Reception which takes Monday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. As always, there will be prizes. The prizes I will bring are books. Lots of them.
Agenda & Speakers
Keynote: Sal Vella “DB2 Trends & Directions "
DB2 for z/OS Track:
- Bonnie Baker "DB2 Doctor – Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Cures for Poor Performance – Part 1 & 2"
- Joe Burns "SQL: How Should I Do That? – Part 1 & 2"
- John Campbell "DB2 10 for z/OS Planning and Early Experiences (90 min. Spotlight)"
- John Campbell "Optimizing DB2 for z/OS System Performance using DB2 Statistics Trace – Part 1 & 2"
- Jim Dee "DB2 10 Skip Migration"
- Phil Grainger "A DB2 Workload Tuning Methodology"
- Phil Grainger DB2 10 for z/OS - In Depth (Half Day)"
- Ulf Heinrich "Can I control a dynamic world? Dynamic SQL Management for DB2 zOS"
- Ulf Heinrich "Workload insights without a trace – Introducing DB2 SQL Tracking"
Bryan Paulsen “DB2 10 for z/OS – John Deere’s Beta Experience"
DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Track:
- Chris Eaton “Data Governance for DBAs – Securing Production Data Assets"
- Chris Eaton “Data Governance for DBAs – Privacy for Test Data Assets"
- Martin Hubel “Improving Access Paths through Proper Index Design"
- David Kalmuk “Advanced Performance Diagnostics for SQL in DB2 9.7"
- David Kalmuk “New ways to solve your locking problems with DB2 9.7"
- Serge Rielau “Versus - Many SQL roads lead to Rome… But which is best?"
- Kelly Schlamb “pureScale – Customer Experiences"
- Vijay Sitaram and Melanie Stopfer “Advancements in DB2 LUW 9.7 Monitoring – From Paper Weight CRT Monitors
to Light Weight LED Monitor"
- Melanie Stopfer “Improve Performance by Analyzing DB2 LUW Access Strategies – Part 1 & 2”
- Melanie Stopfer “DB2 LUW Advanced Utilities & Problem Determination Tips & Tricks – Part 1 & 2”
For the schedule and details on each talk, see the website.
Also at the conference is an opportunity for you to take a Certification Exam for free. The test day is Tuesday June 28. Make sure you come to the exam prepared to pass. Here are a few blog entries that you may want to read before taking the exam:
Benefits of Earning a Certification
New in Certifications
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification
Details about DB2 Certification Program
Once you are Certified... What Next?
Study Materials Electronically
Roger Sanders Books, Videos, and Crammer Course
Sign up for an exam when you register for the conference. (Note that exams are normally $200 each, so this is a great savings!)
I hope to see you at the conference.
Ready to learn more about Netezza? Next week in Boston for 3 full days, you can attend Enzee Universe to learn from the experts, find out what’s going on, and add new people to your network.
The Westin Boston Waterfront
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
I like the format that they use for this conference. Day 1 is a fixed schedule, Day 2 has five tracks for you to choose from, Day 3 is a fixed schedule. Day 4 & 5 are optional full day education sessions. You can find the entire agenda on the Agenda page. Notice that there is also an opportunity to get certified at this event.
Be Mezrich, Bestselling Author of 11 books including The Accidental Billionaires
Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.
He has authored eleven books, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages. His latest book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal - debuted at #4 on the NY Times Bestseller list, instantly became an international phenomenon, and has been adapted into a major motion picture.
Merv Adrian, Research Vice President, Gartner
David Birmingham, author of Netezza Underground and Senior Principal Consultant, Brightlight Consulting
Matt Dorison, Senior Business Analyst, REI
Dr. Usama Fayyad, Former Chief Data Officer at Yahoo! and CEO of Open Insights
Rick Fox, Head of Information Systems, Airwave Solutions Ltd
Christopher Hane Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Director, Ingenix
Richard Herson, Senior IT Business Intelligence Manager, Colt Technology Services
Training courses available
- Netezza Data Warehouse Appliance Usage
- Leveraging Netezza 6.x
- Introduction to R for SAS Users
- Track 1: Analytics Driving a Smarter Planet
- Track 2: Appliances in the Enterprise - Technical Deep Dive
- Track 3: User Innovation
- Track 4: Partners in Action
- Track 5: Leveraging IBM
Bookmark these Links to Stay in Touch
Enzee Universe Hub
- Stay tuned for news and live updates from Enzee Universe
- Speaker interviews
- Blog posts, interviews, video and more from Enzee Universe
- What will the Data Warehouse appliance pioneers reveal?
Thinking Inside the Box
Visit this site for almost minute-to-minute content update on the following subjects:
- New Product Announcement
- Transition from Intelligent Economy to Smarter Planet (Jim Baum Key Note)
- Speaker sound bytes and thoughts
- Speaker Video Interviews conducted by Mike Kearney
- Customer Video Interviews conducted by Karina Bernier
- Blog posts, photos, tweets by several Netezza SMEs
- 30sec “Man on the Street” video interviews of conference goers
Keep a close watch on @Netezza and the #Enzee11 so that you can tweet and re-tweet the content as it goes live.
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Enjoy the Conference
Last May a bunch of us were in Rome for the IBM IOD EMEA conference. This year there is a smaller conference that is more technical in content and is being held in France this July:
6 - 8 July 2011
Register now and learn how to reduce costs, manage risk, optimize customer insight, and increase operational efficiency. Learn the latest about information management, Enterprise Content Management , Business Analytics, Smart Analytics Systems, and network with your peers. Learn how to turn your Information, Content, Analytics into a strategic driver of innovation and business optimization.
Featured are all the new major versions of IBM products announced in 2010 & 2011, such as
- DB2 10 for z
- Informix 11.7
- Cognos 10
- InfoSphere Information Server 8.5
- FileNet P8 5.0
- IBM Case Manager 5.0
- Change Data Capture 6.5
- ... and more
What you can expect:
- Thought-provoking general sessions from leading industry commentators and IBM executives Technical & Business Leadership
- Compelling speakers, including business and technical luminaries, analysts and customers. See the Agenda for a complete list of the sessions and the confirmed speakers.
- Ability to meet one-to-one with IBM executives
- Opportunity to meet the experts, providing solution, industry and technical insight
- Expo Solution Center showcasing information management solutions
- World-class technical training, free certification testing and education Extensive networking opportunities
- Hands-on Labs and Usability Labs
This is the event for gaining unique insight into the value that information Management, Content, Business Analytics technologies are
delivering today. To cover your specific needs, this Technical Conference offers two tracks – Business Leadership and Technical.
Move between tracks and create a personalized agenda to ensure you get the most value from your Conference attendance.
The Business Leadership Track
- The Business Leadership Track includes industry sessions, line-of-business managers looking to become more competitive, reduce
costs, enhance customer satisfaction, manage risk and deliver value.
The Technical Track
- The Technical Track focuses on the implementation of Information Management, Content, Business Analytics solutions, the latest
technical developments, plus the most recent innovations from entire portfolio. Together with certification and education, there are technical
demos and opportunity to meet with product and software development experts.
- The Conference fee is 1450 € exclusive of local VAT. This fee provides access to all keynote and elective sessions, workshops, panel
discussions, conference proceedings, meals, refreshments and conference events mentioned in the conference agenda.
For more information and enrollment: ibm.com/training/conf/europe/IMSSTC
Some additional incentives to attend:
25% Discounts on Public Training*
- Take your skills to the next level. Attend a Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management or Information Management public class and save 25% off the tuition. This offer is valid for the IMSSTC EMEA attendees from July, 15, 2011 until March 30, 2012.
- * This offer is only for European public scheduled courses and can not be used in combination with other discounts. Please contact Education representative for complete details
Free Web-based training
- Receive your card to have web-based training for free, offered to the EMEA attendees of the
Free Certification Testing at IMSSTC**
- Validate your skills with an IBM Professional Certification. Attendees can take some of the available tests at no charge.
- ** Visit the Conference website to know more about the available tests and conditions.
Free Education Planning
- Success begins with having a plan. Building a custom Training plan helps to ensure that you and your team have the skills to maximize the value of your IBM software. Meet with one of our training experts to build a training plan that includes role-specific training and certification recommendations as well as cost saving strategies to get the most out of your training budget.
PS… I haven’t been to France yet, but plan to go this summer. Wish I were going to this conference, but I’m not. For those of you who do go, have a fun “geeky” vacation.
Thanks again to Kate Kurtz who is guest blogging for me this week as a first time attendee & presenter at IDUG.
Today was my last full day at IDUG. There are still some sessions tomorrow, but I have an early flight, so I won't be able to attend any of them. I really hope I can make it back to IDUG next year - it was an amazing experience and I had a wonderful time. I am already thinking of topics! :-)
First up today was Haider Rizvi's session on "IBM Smart Analytics System - A Technical Update". Haider invited me to cover a section in that presentation as well, and it was great to have another opportunity to present and participate in the customer discussions. I covered the overview section, and then Haider did a deep dive into the architecture and design of the IBM Smart Analytics System. The people in the room loved it, and there were a lot of questions about the system design and how to plan for system growth with multiple generations of an IBM Smart Analytics System.
Later on in the day I attended Albert Grankin's session, "DB2 LUW Operational Performance Troubleshooting - Finding CPU Bottlenecks". Albert's session was very detailed, giving a thorough overview of the tools you can use for performance analysis, as well as really good case study through which he illustrated how to use all the utilities he introduced in the first part of his session. There was also some solid common sense tips:
- Make sure you collect baseline information so you know what "normal" is for your environment.
- Plan a data collection strategy - don't wait until you have a problem.
I also attended Chris Eaton's session, "Workload Optimized Systems: Don't Run a Marathon in High Heels". A great title and a great session! Chris' session was a competitive analysis of Oracle Exadata, the IBM pureScale Application System and the IBM Smart Analytics System. I asked Chris afterwards if he would be willing to give this session again, for our development teams, since I think it would be interesting for them, and also useful to understand the market in which our products compete. (He said yes :-) Chris is in the Speaker Hall of Fame for IDUG, and I paid a lot of attention to how he presented his sessions, as it was a great chance for me pick up some tips from an expert speaker.
One of the best parts of the day was the number of customers that stopped me to ask a question in the hall, at lunch or in the expo. I really enjoy getting to meet new people, and having a chance to talk about data warehouse, best practices, DB2, IBM Smart Analytics System ... Well, it was just a lot of fun. The ideas were all interesting, and there were a lot of people here who had passion for their work and that led to some great conversations.
After all of that, I finished the day participating in a Special Interest Group: IBM DW Trends - LUW, z/OS and Netezza. This session was an informal discussion group where customers could come in and ask anything they wanted about data warehousing. There was a panel of experts - Beth Hamel (z/OS), Namik Hrle (z/OS), Haider Rizvi (IBM Smart Analytics System/DB2 LUW), Michael C Lee (Netezza) - and then the not-so-expert me :-), all there to discuss whatever came up. There were a lot of questions about the Smart Analytics Optimizer for z/OS, as well as Netezza.
It really was a privilege to be able to attend IDUG and have the core concepts of pureScale, IBM Smart Analytics System, DB2 LUW and DB2 for z/OS explained by the people who developed the code and designed the systems.
Thanks Kate! I don’t have much to add today… just a couple of things:
- I’ve been getting twitter messages about the lack of a bookstore this year. If you missed the bookstore, make sure you put it on your feedback forms, and maybe I’ll be able to come next year to show you all the books that are available.
- If you are a member of IDUG, you can get 45% off IBM Press books? Find out more: http://ibm.co/fhR46O
- Get Certified for Free at IDUG in the Grand Ballroom A & B. Open 7:30 to 11:00 Friday. New exam 617 (DBA for z/OS) is available.
- For more live coverage of the IDUG conference, see Leon Katsnelson’s blog entries, check out the DBI Live Feed, the IDUG Daily Summary, and of course the best blog aggregotor, http://planetdb2.com/.
Another guest post from Kate Kurtz who is attending IDUG for the first time. I’m really glad that she’s doing this for me as I can’t be there this year.
Phew! The time is flying by and my only regret is that I do not have enough time to attend all the sessions. I also should have brought more comfortable shoes! Today I was lucky enough to get to see Matt Huras (Distinguished Engineer, DB2 Development) speak. He was discussing "The latest from the Lab and Customers on DB2 pureScale".
Matt was able to take a complicated concept and explain it in a simple straightforward way, making it easy to understand. In his session he mapped all the things that you know about how to manage a traditional DB2 LUW environment, to how they are implemented in DB2 pureScale, and the differences. The management concepts are straightforward, and wherever possible processes are automated. The complicated part (which does not affect the user) is the technology behind the scenes that makes it all work. With a simple, straightforward manner and excellent automated build slides, Matt made all the technology easy to understand.
Recently there have been some best practice papers published for DB2 pureScale, so if you want to read more, take a look:
In the afternoon, Kelly Rodger and I ran the session "Best Practices for Your Database Recovery Strategy". It was lively session with lots of questions from the audience. As you can imagine, database recovery planning is something that people are very passionate about. All the concepts that we covered in the session are discussed in detail, in the best practice paper: "Building a Recovery Strategy for an IBM Smart Analytics System Data Warehouse". We also added some additional content about compression which we plan in incorporating in the next update to the paper.
The presentations are amazing and IDUG is excellent networking opportunity. In addition to that, while you are IDUG you can take the DB2 Certification exams for free. What a great opportunity to test what you know!
A note about the certifications at IDUG. Roger Sanders has a new book for DB2 9.7 Certification Exams coming soon. We were hoping it would be done for IDUG, but alas. The latest DB Magazine has an article about Roger & certification that you might want to read.
Susan Lawson and Dan Lutsetich have also updated their DBA Certification for DB2 10. The book will be ready in June, so check back for ordering information.
For more live coverage of the IDUG conference, see Leon Katsnelson’s blog entries, check out the DBI Live Feed, the IDUG Daily Summary, and of course the best blog aggregotor, http://planetdb2.com/.
PS… speaking of Roger Sanders, I’m reviewing the last chapter for his upcoming book “From Idea to Print”. See a blog entry I wrote about part of the book: Campus Visit: How to improve technical writing skills. Anyway, the chapter I’m reading is about the author contract and how to best negotiate the terms so that they are favourable to the author. I am completely blown away by the content and think that this chapter alone will sell the book!
I wish I was in California with my IDUG friends… Kate, Rebecca, Scott, Leon, Eddie, Kermit, and others! Not just for the learning and company, but to get away from this constant spring rain we are getting.
Kate sent me a note today to tell me about her first day at her first IDUG:
Anaheim is beautiful! The weather is sunny, with a clear blue sky and WARM! A big difference from the cold wet rain I left behind in Toronto.
The flight down was great, and it is unbelievable how much work you can get done in 4 hours when you don't have a network connection. I spent most of the flight reviewing presentations and making small updates. Last week, Simon Woodcock kindly reviewed my session and spent some time listening to me practice. He had some really good suggestions, so luckily I was able to spend the flight down making some last minute changes and quietly rehearsing in my head.
I also read the latest draft of the Workload Management Best Practice Paper - which is looking really good. I also made some changes to the Warehouse Recovery Planning session, adding in some of the usability slides that were put together based on the Triton Consulting study that was done. (Thanks Rick Sobesiak!)
Tomorrow To Do List:
- Register for the conference & plan what sessions I want to see
- Meet with Eddie Daghelian for further presentation tuning & practice
- 3:15 - present! (Susan, send me your best wishes, ok? I know I should not admit this, but I am kind of nervous...)
- 4:30 video taping session
I'll let you know how my presentation goes tomorrow :-)
I’m hoping to post again today to tell you about what’s going on with the certification team. I do have some book news to go with that, but more on that later.
For more live coverage of the IDUG conference, see Leon Katsnelson’s blog entries, check out the DBI Live Feed, the IDUG Daily Summary, and of course the best blog aggregotor, http://planetdb2.com/.