It’s all about being social these days! There is much value in interacting with our customers, partners, competitors, collaborators, and fellow employees around the world. We can only benefit in all of our objectives by embracing ideas from the many people in the world that have opinions on what we do.
Before I buy anything of value, I first search the internet for customer feedback and recommendations. I do this for books, movies, electronics, cars, just about anything I consider buying. Do you do the same thing? If the feedback from someone with actual experience is positive, I am more likely to seriously consider buying the item myself. If the feedback is overwhelmingly positive from many people, my buying decision gets easier. If the feedback is negative, it helps as well... but only if a clear description of the problem is described and multiple people have experienced the same problem / dissatisfaction.
That, in a nutshell, is the power of social media! And the same is true for free content on the web: If you recommend content that you’ve read and liked or follow blogs or twitter accounts that provide valuable information, others may follow your lead and read the content as well.
This blog post contains my recommendations for content that is available to keep your skills sharp with DB2 and InfoSphere. I hope that this is a list that you’ll save and share.
A wide range of IBM experts, programs, and services are available to help you take your information management skills to the next level. Participate in our online community though developerWorks. Find whitepapers, videos, demos, DB2 Express downloads, and more. Visit ibm.com/developerworks/data/.
IBM Data Management magazine delivers interactive, highly dynamic content, including webinars and video about the technical topics of interest to you. Connect with a community of the world’s top information management professionals and a broad range of voices from across the industry. Visit ibmdatamag.com.
Database Journal focuses on Database Management & Programming News, Articles & Tutorials for Database Administrators. Visit http://www.databasejournal.com/features/db2/
Here is a collection of the blogs that I recommend for the DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows products:
IM Skills by Susan Visser
Build your Skill on Information Management: books, certifications, tutorials, and more
Thoughts from Information Management Support Contributors: Kate Dawson and DB2 support team members.
Blogging to benefit Information Management Support customers worldwide.SQL Tips for DB2 LUW by Serge Rielau (瑞赛奇)
You ask, I blog the answer - Submit a question and help make this blog as useful to you as it can possibly be. I will read all questions and answer what I can.
DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Availability Topics by Dale McInnis
The intent of this blog is to discuss the availability aspects of DB2 LUW as well as share some tips and tricks to help you out.
DB2dean by Dean Compher
Dean Compher is an IBM IT Specialist who, along with his team, helps customers and prospective customers with DB2 on Linux, UNIX and Windows (LUW) technical questions and issues. As this page makes painfully clear, I am a DBA and not a web designer, but I would be happy to get your DB2 questions answered or talk to you about the great features of DB2 or IBM Integration Products. If you are looking at a new database solution or want to compare us to your existing database vendor, please do not hesitate to contact me about getting a presentation or just to ask questions.
An Expert's Guide to DB2 Technology by Chris Eaton
Chris is a DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows lifer having worked at IBM on DB2 since its inception. Follow along as Chris shares his experiences and provides tips and techniques for getting the most out of DB2 including how to exploit new features and releases as they come on-line.
Smarter Questions Blog Contributors: Nancy Kopp, Conor O’Mahoney, Gary Crupi and more.
The posts on this blog are written by IBM experts and Champions for the purpose of exploring the differences between IBM solutions and Oracle solutions.
BigDataOnCloud + FreeDB2 by Leon Katsnelson
This blog is about free database products in general and IBM DB2 Express-C in particular. For most people “free” means they get to keep their money. Open source people often refer to this kind of “free” as “free as in beer”. The focus of this blog is the “free as in beer” database products.
At times I also talk about “free” as in “freedom”. I really want to exercise some degree of freedom on this blog. I work at the IBM Toronto Laboratory in the DB2 Development organization. I’ve been here for as long as I can remember. Which is equally an indication of my age, or loss of memory with age, and the length of time I’ve spent being at IBM and around DB2. Part of my job is managing the team that delivers DB2 Express-C. As an IBM manager, I have some restrictions on my freedom. I am, for example, not free to disclose IBM future plans. So, on this blog I will be expressing opinions that are mine alone and I will not be speaking for IBM in any way. I will not be disclosing any secrets. By the same token, I will not be giving you the IBM party line either. I will do my best to stay impartial but I have to warn you, I am opinionated and biased.
Interested in DB2? You've come to the right place! This is a group for fans of all DB2 versions on all platforms (DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows, DB2 for z/OS and DB2 for i5/OS). We are a community of users, peers and experts whose purpose is to share ideas, experiences and resources to expand your skills and deepen your technical expertise.
hacking diary by Henrique Zambon
Hey! I'm Henrique, a Brazilian student at Poli-USP living temporarily in Canada for an
internship position at IBM.
I'm passionate about new technologies, programming, Ruby, cloud, everything cool! And music! Feel free to subscribe to my blog, follow my Twitter feed, recommend a great album or a tasty recipe. :)
DB2 on Campus Contributed by:
Zen and the Art of Programming by Antonio Cangiano
Antonio Cangiano works as a Software Engineer and Technical Evangelist at IBM, for the Toronto Software Lab, where the kick ass DB2 Express-C database is produced.
Unfolding Code by Marius Butuk
As a final year Master student at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iaşi, Romania, I currently took a break from focusing exclusively on Software Engineering for an internship with the IBM Toronto Software Lab, in Canada. I have to confess, it's impossible to be around great minds and not to feel an abundance of learning opportunities, so I feel it is the moment to share the knowledge.
Leons Tech Blog by Leons Petrazickis
My name is Leons Petrazickis, and I like to scribble about various techie things. Opinions stated here are not representative of anyone other than myself.
Aggregator of all DB2 related blogs.
Developed by the IBM International Technical Support Organization (ITSO), IBM Redbooks publications address product, platform, and solution perspectives.
DB2 database software offers industry leading performance, scale, and reliability on your choice of platform from Linux, Unix and Windows to z/OS. DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows is optimized to deliver industry-leading performance across multiple workloads, while lowering administration, storage, development, and server costs. Know more at ibm.com/db2!
DB2 on Campus
This is a group for anyone interested in DB2, and its reach in educational institutions
IBM Press is the official publisher of IBM books that provide guidance for the critical topics facing today's business and technology students and professionals.
Information Management Skills
Award winning instructors, industry leading software, hands-on labs, why wait any longer? Trust IBMtraining and build or enhance your skills today. Then, lay the groundwork for your personal journey to become a world-class resource to your customers, colleagues, and company. Validate your skills with IBM Professional Certification.
These are some of the twitter accounts you may wish to subscribe to:
To build traffic to blog IM Skills: I help authors publish their books about IBM products or solutions: published retail books, ebooks, and custom books. After a book is published, I promote it.
Go big with your database skills - this is your guide to the many DB2 training, learning and certification resources.
Mix over 10 000 client briefings, nearly 2 000 000 status miles, 15 books, 350 articles, IBM exec, MMA, sports nut, and lost Twitter virginity, you get Paul Z
To promote events happening at IOD conference.
Twitter for All Things Informix.
Twitter for All Things DB2.
Anything related to InfoSphere.
Business Partner perspective.
To promote events happening at IDUG conferences.
More general IBM twitter accounts:
Awareness of IBM training offerings
IBM Training News
Drive Subscriptions to build awareness of IBM Training Offerings
Be smarter about your software with links to news, updates, expert insights, learning tools and special offers.
News and community conversations around IBM Software. We want to hear from you.
Get the latest updates from the IBM and SAP Alliance
This group is for the people working as DBA Professionals. Like Oracle DBA, SQL DBA, UDB DB2, Sybase DBA, Informix DBA etc.
The World Wide DB2 User Community
IDUG is an independent, not-for-profit, user-run organization whose mission is to support & strengthen the information services community by providing the highest quality education and services designed to promote the effective utilization of the DB2 family of products.
for z/OS - What's On !
This group is is an one stop shop to communicate to our customers and business partners "What's On" in the world of DB2 for z/OS.
Certification has arrived, no question. But as a DB2® professional, should you certify? Will it increase your abilities or help your career? How can you do it quickly and inexpensively?
This group is for the DB2 UDB DBA's for exchanging their views, discussing new features and for holding discussions on various topics and problems related to DB2 UDB.
Information Management (DB2/Cognos) Enthusiasts
Profiles that works with the products. Please ensure your work with the product is included in your LinkedIn profile and join today!
To discuss DB2 for z/OS performance and implementation issues and share best practices.
Its all about getting best out of SAP. Innovations and implementation of DB2 database helping SAP Customers get more out their investments
DB2 pureXML Network
This is a group for IBM DB2 pureXML professionals to expand our network of people and ideas. [ XML related group ]
Share your opinion, on these and all sites that you check out... everyone will appreciate it :)
PS: This list is NOT exhaustive. If you think I’ve missed something of interest, let me know. Thanks!