Conferences are a great way to learn a great deal in a short period of time
and also a great way to meet people in the industry. Unfortunately, not many
people are able to get budget to travel to the big conferences such as IDUG or IOD. The next best thing is to
attend regional user conferences that bring the best of the best speakers to a
location close to your home or office.
The are many regional user groups that take place regularly across the world,
but the one I’ll tell you about is the one in my local: Toronto /... [More]
I am looking forward to going to Denver this weekend in preparation of IDUG NA which starts on Monday, May
14. I’m hoping to blog and tweet from there, so regardless if you are at the
conference or not, you can follow what’s going on. Here are some key links:
From Twitter :
#idugna for conference level tweets
#idug for IDUG in general
@IDUGConference will be used for announcing room changes and formal
From Facebook :
IDUG’s Facebook page will also be pretty busy during the conference too:... [More]
I hope you’re taking part in some of the learning opportunities available now
that DB2 10 & InfoSphere Warehouse 10 have released. Check out my blog from
yesterday about all kinds of options: April 30, 2012: GA of Version 10 products: DB2 for LUW and
InfoSphere Warehouse .
Today I want to expand on a couple of webinars that I mention in that post.
First off, the DB2 Night Show . Last Friday, May 4, host
Scott Hayes invited IBMers Danny Arn old and Glen Sheffeld
to talk about the latest release: DB2 LUW
Yesterday was the day that DB2 10 and InfoSphere Warehouse 10 were
made available to purchase. The products were announced on April 2, so I’m sure
you’ve seen some of the buzz surrounding this outstanding accomplishment.
On a personal side, my desk in the office is in the middle of the Release
Team who managed these releases. It has been an exciting and busy time for all
those involved and a huge congratulations go their way for all their hard work!
We had a brief celebration in the lab as well and I learned many... [More]
Join Serge Rielau , Conor O’Mahony , and Cindy Fung as
they take you on a tour of DB2 10 & InfoSphere Warehouse 10.
Details : DB2 Tech Talk: Technical Tour of New DB2 10 and
InfoSphere Warehouse 10
Date : Thursday April 26
Time : 11:30am – 1:00 pm EDT
Get the details behind these new product releases as announced on April 3.
Learn about powerful new features such as:
Storage Optimization Advances, including Adaptive Compression and
Multi-Temperature Data Storage, which are designed to... [More]
Friday’s DB2 Night Show had two very important purposes. 1, to give us
valuable information about the upcoming IDUG conference and 2, to reveal the winner of this year’s
DB2’s Got Talent competition. I’ve put my comments about the competition in
this blog entry: We HAVE a winner!
DB2’s Got Talent Competition
For the IDUG part, we had two guest speakers, Rob Crane (chair) and
Vijay Sitaram (chair-elect). They gave us all kinds of things to look
forward to. Here’s a summary:
The IDUG conference taking place in... [More]
“Flashbooks” are small-sized books that have fewer than 150 pages, and have easy-to-read messages about products, solutions, or technology. Flashbooks are published to coincide with conferences such as IBM’s Information on Demand Conference or IDUG. The huge quantity of messages and content delivered at such conferences makes it difficult for attendees to retain all the key messages. Flashbooks are designed to contain the key messages IBM experts want you to take away with you.
Flashbooks are handed out in print format at conferences and... [More]
There are so many places for you to keep your skills sharp with DB2 and
InfoSphere, that sometimes it gets difficult to “see the trees for the forest”!
I hope that this is a list that you’ll save and go back to often to help you
find your way.
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... [More]
Today’s show had two very important purposes. 1, to give us valuable
information about the upcoming IDUG
conference and 2, to reveal the winner of this year’s DB2’s Got Talent
competition. If you’ve been following the competition, you’ll know that the
competition was really strong this year. This meant that some amazing talent
did not make it to the top 3, but those who did were consistently good at
entertaining and educating all the listeners.
The prizes for the winners were provided by very generous sponsors. My... [More]
Yet another great reason for you to attend IDUG in Denver this May… we are launching the latest
Flashbook. This one coincides with the new DB2 10 product release and has an
awesome group of authors: Paul Zikopoulos , Walid Rjaibi ,
George Baklarz , Matt Huras , Matthias Nicola , Dale
McInnis , and Leon Katsnelson . Can you imagine a stronger
Here are a couple of details about the book:
Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more
DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Window New Features
Up to 3x faster... [More]
My previous entry gave you an IBM view of the new InfoSphere Warehouse 10 and
DB2 10. This entry will give you a perspective from our IBM Champions.
"We are most intrigued and impressed by the new and improved index and data
access techniques. We anticipate that the new Index Jump
Scan technique will help minimize the number of indexes needed on
any given table, and that this, in turn, will save disk storage, improve
insert, update and delete performance, reduce lock contention, and lower CPU
consumption. ETL processes... [More]
I had to miss the show on March 30th, but hopefully you were able to attend
the show live. I’m listening to the replay and here’s a summary of what took
The theme for this show was for the contestants to showcase their best
success story with DB2.
Today was the third show of the finals for the DB2’s Got Talent 2012
Competition. I wasn’t able to participate, so IBM Champion, Julian Stuhler
filled in for me. Thanks Jules!
If you didn’t participate live, I strongly encourage you to watch the replay . We had... [More]
Today was the second show of the finals for the DB2’s Got Talent 2012
Competition. I wasn’t able to participate, so IBM Champion, Cristian
Molaro filled in for me. Like many of you, I’m listening to the replay a
few days after the live show.
If you didn’t participate live, I strongly encourage you to watch the replay . We had the
top 10 contestants from Round 1 present 4-minute technical presentations to us.
Once again, we ended up with very high quality presentations from very
experienced users of DB2 products.
After a long delay, I can finally announce that this long awaited book has published.
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study
by IBM Champions Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
I can also tell you that the covers for the certification series of books by
have been redesigned and will be launched on this title. I hope you like the
What’s in the book?
Read this book to prepare to pass Exam 612 – DB2 10 for
z/OS Database Administration .
All test... [More]
Developer's Guide: A Solutions-Oriented Approach to Learning the Foundation and
Capabilities of DB2 for z/OS (6th Edition)
by Craig Mullins This book published in May this year, just in time for IDUG Denver , and for the first
time, will publish under the IBM Press imprint: DB2 Developer's Guide is the best source for on-the-job
information on programming and administering DB2 on IBM z/OS mainframes. Now,
three-time (or is it 4 times now?) IBM Champion Craig S.
Mullins has thoroughly updated this classic for DB2 v9 and... [More]