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I was just informed that the McGraw-Hill book DB2 9 New Features is also available in India. One of the major selling points of this book, besides the fact that it lists all the newest features is it's coverage of XML. There is no other book on the market that has such thorough coverage of XML on DB2 9.
I've been working with Aziz Shroff lately.... the owner of Shroff Publishers & Distributors Pvt. Ltd. Shroff buys the publishing rights to retail books published in the US and reprints them in India using local people and resources, and pricing the books in the local currency.
Shroff also runs a series of bookstores throughout India and is happy to sell books at IBM conferences that we have planned for the year. The one I'm working on right now is a conference that is taking place in Bangalore in early March.
Here are some of the books that you can find at Shroff's online bookstore:
DB2 9 Fundamentals: Certification Study Guide for Rs. 500DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration for Rs. 800DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Upgrade for Rs. 300DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration for Rs. 675DB2 9 for Developers for Rs. 550IBM DB2 9 New Features: Maximize All The Latest Features And Functionalities for Rs.396
Enjoy these new books!
From the sounds of it... and from the photos from Anil Mahadev... IDUG India was a huge success! Thanks to my publishing partner in India for setting up a bookstore at the conference.
If you are in India and didn't make it to the conference, you may still buy books at local currency from Shroff Publishing.
Thanks to all participants and congratulations to all organizers! We're looking forward to many future events!
The Information Management Technical Conference (IMTC) is taking place this week in Bangalore, India. Two of my colleagues, Susan Dykman and Bonnie-Lynn Murphy, are providing free certification testing for attendees. I've arranged for Shroff Publishers and Distributors Private Limited to set up a bookstore on site so we can showcase the large number of Information Management books that we have available to the Indian population.
Vineet Mishra, one of the attendees... has told me that the conference is quite useful and that he was amazed at the number of books that are available. One thing that I should make clear... these books are not just available to conference attendees, but we have them available in India... all the time. Just a URL away.
You may buy IBM Press books directly from Pearson Education India. Here you'll find primarily DB2 V8 editions of books, but soon the DB2 9 books will be available as well.
If you want printed IBM Redbooks at a very good price, see Shroff Publishing - Printed IBM Redbooks. Shroff Publishers is also selling the complete set of DB2 9 Certification Study Guides.
Please pass this information onto anyone who thinks that there is a lack of retail books to support DB2.... I'm trying to get every possible resource made available throughout the world!
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My friends in India have given me information that I’d like to share with you. This coming weekend, two user group meetings are taking place. If you are in one of the hosting cities, I encourage you to attend to build your skills and your network.
The DB2 Bengaluru Users Group ( www.db2bug.org ) is meeting on Saturday, September 21, 2013. To register visit the website at http://www.db2bug.org/Sep-2013-meeting.
Guest speaker for this event is Vishwanath Narayan, IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO- Industry Solutions Architecture. His talk will be about Big Data.
For this meeting, there will be separate presentation tracks for DB2 LUW and DB2 z/OS, allowing you to attend sessions that are best suited for you.
This event takes place in the IBM "Block A' cafeteria, at the IBM Embassy Golf Links Business Park, off Indiranagar Koramangala Ring Road, Bengaluru, and has free parking.
For more information on the presentations that are available and to register, see http://www.db2bug.org/Sep-2013-meeting.
The Chennai DB2 Users Group is also meeting on Saturday, September 21, 2013. They will commemorate the 30 years of superior innovation with DB2!
While at the meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to interact directly with Chris Crone, IBM Distinguished Engineer - one of the pioneers in the field of DB2 for z/OS.
To register for this full-day event, visit this web site: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WMQSWP3
This meeting takes place at the IBM India Pvt Ltd, DLF SEZ IT Park, Block 1A, Mount Poonamalle Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, In
For more information on the sessions that are taking place, see and like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChennaiDB2UsersGroup
Please share with others in your networks to help the success of these two events about our favourite database, DB2!
Yesterday I received a comment on my blog entry asking when the book would be available in India. Here is my answer.
Most of our DB2 titles are published with either MC Press or Pearson Education. Pearson has a subsidiary in India and their site has an IBM Press page. I don't see any current books on the site yet, which is strange since the Security book was published in January this year. I've asked the publisher to let me know when the books will be ready in India and I'll pass the information along via my blog.
MC Press doesn't have a subsidiary, but they and other publishers tend to use local Indian publishers such as Schroff Publishing. I see that some of the books that I highly recommend are already on the site, including: DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide, which you can purchase for Rs. 500.
I'll have more information about book availability in India and China very soon!
Coming up fast is the 3-day Information Management Technical Conference (IMTC India 2011) that is taking place in Bangalore, India. The conference starts Wednesday May 4 and goes until Friday May 6. If you’re in the region, you should attend for many reasons.
There are four tracks that you can follow:
To register and for full conference details, see the IMTC India 2011 web page.
See a previous blog I wrote about the resources that you can find in India that are related to Information Management.
One day I’ll visit India, but right now I’m satisfied with eating the fabulous India food at nearby restaurants and building my network of talented people who live and work in India.
The first group of people I want to mention are the contestants who have competed in the “DB2 has Talent” competition that has taken place this month on the DB2 Night Show. I didn’t take note of how many of the contestants were in India, but I’m thinking nearly half… If you’ve missed any of the sessions, I highly encourage you to listen to the replays. You’ll benefit from the educational and thorough presentations that have taken place.
Next, Shroff Publishers who have built a substantial collection of books that range from printed IBM Redbooks to IBM Press to MC Press books. These are produced locally in India and priced in the local currency. You’ll be surprised at the selection of books that are already available and I’m working on getting more added all the time.
And last, but not least are my IBM counterparts. They have been busy planning the IBM Information Management Technical Conference which will take place in Bangalore the week of March 16. The sessions look amazing, so if you are in the area, you should plan to go.
For more information see these links:
If I've forgotten to mention events & resources that I should know about, kindly let me know and I'll be happy to blog about it. This is true for other countries as well.
If you are in Bangalore, make sure you attend thisDB2 User Group Meeting. Thanks to Anil Mahadev, President DB2 India User Group for sharing this information with me.
Come Learn Collaborate & Share the experience at the DB2 India User Group Launch
Limited DB2 Certification vouchers available at the event! Register early to qualify!
* Venue: The Pride Hotel, Richmond Road, Bangalore (valet parking available)
* Date: 25th of November 2010
8:00 – 9:00 Registrations
9:00 – 9:10 DB2 India User Group Introduction by Anil Mahadev, Embarcadero Technologies
9:10 – 10:00 Welcome and DB Optimization Best Practices by Srivatsa Subramanya, Country Director & Anil Mahadev, Principal Software Consultant, Embarcadero Technologies
10:00 – 11:00 Key note by Rav Ahuja, IBM Canada
11:00 – 11:15 TEA BREAK
11:15 – 11:45 DB2 Appliance Development by Anil Mahadev, Embarcadero
11:45 – 12:15 pureXML and Fast Track 2 DB2 - DB2 Enablement for Oracle DBAs by Mallarswami R Nonvinkere, IBM India
12:15 – 12:45 Incremental Backup and Restore – An in depth look by Sheena Tharakanparampil, IBM India
12:45 – 1:15 Replication and HADR - An in depth look by Amit Bhattacharya, IBM India
1:15 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK
2:00 – 3:00 Setup and Deployment, Windows Client Profile by Vijay Raj, Blogger & Technology Evangelist at MSIGeek.com, MVP for Setup and Deployment
3:00 – 3:30 DB2 On campus & DB2 Student User Community by Raghuveer Babu
3:30 – 4:00 Birds of a Feather Session A Community Members Speaking Opportunity
4:00 – 4:15 TEA BREAK
4:15 – 4:45 Future Events Discussion
4:45 – 5:15 Closing Notes
How to register:
* Web: RSVP on the DB2 India User Group at http://db2india.in/events/db2-user-group-meet-bangalore
* Phone: +91-9910053744
* SMS: DB2UG (Your Name) to +91-9910053744
* Email: DB2Communities@bitflipping.com
I just finished reading the novel "Secret Daughter" that was set in India. Not the best book I've ever read, but gives those of us on this side of the world a peek into India.
A recent article published in Certification Magazine entitled Developing your Leadership Skills by Katherine Spencer Lee lists some basic ways to develop into a leader:
1) Keep Learning2) Increase your Involvement3) Develop Your Communication Skills4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
I think that Katherine provides sound advice for all... and would like to embellish a bit with some suggestions in each of these categories:
1) Keep Learning
My blog is filled with suggestions for books, tutorials, and articles to read. I'll add to that list with some suggestions for books more in the business area:
* Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints
* Can Two Rights Make a Wrong?: Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture Approach
* SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility
* New Language of Marketing 2.0, The: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market
* Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Site, 2nd Edition
2) Increase your Involvement
One of the best ways that I can suggest for you to become involved is via ChannelDB2.com. With 1057 members as of today, this is the perfect place for you to get and/or share information with other database experts in the world.
As a reward for those who get involved, they have a chance to win the IBM Data Champion Award. There is still time to nominate a champion... so if you have someone in mind, please go to the site and give them recognition. And who knows, maybe you'll be nominated next year!
3) Develop Your Communication Skills
You'll find loads of advice regarding how to improve your communication skills, just about everywhere you look, but the best advice I can give is that practice makes perfect. So look for opportunities to write, present, review, blog, podcast, etc. The more you do, the better you'll be.
I need to recommend a book as well! This is one of our classics, but is so highly rated that it is clearly a winner in providing advice for improving writing and reviewing skills:
* Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2nd Edition
4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
Mentoring is such a key opportunity for improving both your skills and your network. Benefit from this book that was written by a team of IBMers: Drawing on IBM's experience, the authors demonstrate how to build a diverse portfolio of effective mentoring programs...use mentoring to strengthen organizational intelligence...build sustainable communities of mentors and mentees...promote collaboration across differences...and above all, link mentoring to strategy and use it to sustain competitive advantage.
* Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
All of the books I've mentioned in today's blog are IBM Press books. You may purchase these books in a number of places... the obvious is through amazon. Direct from the publisher sites include:
USA: www.ibmpressbooks.comCanada: www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2EMEA: www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop
and in India, try our publishing partner Shroff Publishers. If they don't have the book on their site, send a message to them requesting a book and they will see if they can sell it on their site.
And last, but not least, for electronic versions of these books, you can purchase Kindle versions from amazon or subscribe to Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online.
Are you looking for a unique gift this December? Consider giving someone you care about the means to improve their skills. You can never have too many skills when the economic climate is as rough as it currently is!
Here are my suggestions.... surprised?
Architects* Physical Database Design: the database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more => Save 10% from amazon.com* Enterprise Master Data Management – An Architectural Perspective => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore
DBAs* DB2 9 New Features => Save 31% at amazon.com* Understanding DB2 9 Security => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore
Everyone* Understanding DB2 9.5 => save 37% at amazon!* Administering Informix Dynamic Server, Building the Foundation => save 10% at amazon* Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional => save 36% at amazon!
Certification Candidates* DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* DB2 9 DB2 z/OS DBA Certification Study Guide => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 => Save 20% at Digital Guru
Business Intelligence specialists* Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide => Save 37% at amazon.com* Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence
Database Programmer* Building an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice * DB2 for Developers => Save 20% at Digital Guru
Note that the savings mentioned are accurate today... and may change without notice.
If you are in India, check for these books at: shroffpublishers.com.If you are in Canada, check for the IBM Press books at: www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2.If you are in Europe, check for the IBM Press books at: www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop.
I posted last week about the vast number of retail books that are available in India at local prices. Did you know that Shroff Publishers also reprint IBM Redbooks?
The following IBM Redbooks books are available for purchase, in printed format, through Shroff Publishing in India: AIX V6 Advanced Security Features Introduction and Configuration for Rs. 450AIX Version 6.1 provides many significant new security technologies and security enhancements. The purpose of this IBM Redbooks publication is to highlight and explain the security features at the conceptual level, as well as provide practical examples of how they may be implemented. Some features are extensions of features made available in prior AIX releases, and some are new features introduced with AIX V6.
Major new security enhancements introduced with AIX V6 in 2007:
- Trusted AIX (Multilevel Security)- Role Based Access Control (RBAC)- Encrypted File System- Trusted Execution- AIX Security Expert Enhancements
This IBM Redbooks publication will provide a technical introduction to these new enhancements. The topics are both broad and very complex. This book will serve as an initial effort in describing all of the enhancements together in a single volume to the security/system hardening oriented audience.
Connecting Enterprise Applications to WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus for Rs. 600Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) promises a great leap forward in the re-use of applications by simplifying application composition. The technology that simplifies application composition is Service Component Architecture (SCA). SCA is an open component architecture for wiring services together to build composite applications.
WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus provides the on-ramp and off-ramp to incorporate many different applications and services into an SOA solution.
In this IBM Redbooks publication we introduce SCA and how it has evolved from earlier application integration architectures. We explain how WebSphere ESB connects applications and components to the service bus by using adapters and other types of SCA imports and exports.
Our main focus is helping you sort through the many choices that need to be made when deciding how to connect applications together to meet the requirements of a business scenario. We propose six different solution patterns, each with alternative implementations to choose from, to take on most integration scenarios. We also provide seven worked examples of some of the alternatives, which are fully described in the text, and are also available as working samples from the ITSO Redbooks Web site.
Developing SIP and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Applications for Rs. 650The convergence of Internet Protocol (IP) networks is enabling seamless communications that combine data, voice, video and other information streams. The true value of converged IP network however is realized through the converged applications that leverage the network. The key enabler to developing converged applications is the platform for designing, developing, testing, and deploying applications that integrate and compose services.
This IBM Redbook introduces IBM tools for creating converged Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) applications. It provides programming guidelines and working examples that demonstrate how to use the different development tools. It also provides hints and tips that enable you to quickly get up to speed developing converged applications.
The portfolio of products include the IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment, IBM WebSphere IP Multimedia Subsystem Connector, IBM WebSphere Presence Server, IBM WebSphere Telecom Web Services Server, and IBM WebSphere Integration Developer.
This IBM Redbooks publication is aimed at the diverse set of professionals that design and develop SIP and IMS applications.
Dynamic Warehousing: Data Mining Made Easy for Rs. 525Data mining has evolved from the ethereal domain of the highly-skilled mathematician to the expert data miner's workbench tool and ultimately to widely accessible business applications. For decades, industry and academia have been engaged in far-reaching research and development of data mining. At the same time, businesses have been leveraging this research, exploiting a handful of algorithms most useful in finding information to help resolve business problems.
Recent trends have made these algorithms and systems, which are rooted in solid research, available to a wide range of business users in easy-to-use forms. Large numbers of business analysts, who may not be data mining experts, can now solve high-value business problems using data mining technology embedded in database-resident business applications.
In this IBM Redbooks publication, we discuss the methodology and selected techniques of embedded data mining and show how sophisticated technologies can be used in today's business environment to create significant business value. All this is enabled by the IBM DB2 Warehouse (DB2W) data mining capabilities. Using DB2W, we show examples of using data mining capabilities for such analytic functions as data modeling, scoring, and visualization. In addition, there are scenarios and examples that help in understanding where, when, and how to use data mining. For techniques, technical details, and practical examples, this is the book you need.
Experience J2EE! Using WebSphere Application Server V6.1 - Update for Rs. 500This IBM Redbooks publication is a hands-on guide to developing a comprehensive J2EE application, including core functions, security, Web services, and messaging. In the context of J2EE, messaging is also known as Java Message Service (JMS).
Novice users are thus able to experience J2EE, and advance from theoretical knowledge gained by reading introductory material to practical knowledge gained by implementing a real-life application.
Experience is one stage in gaining and applying knowledge, but there are additional stages needed to complete the knowledge acquisition cycle. This IBM Redbook also helps in those stages:
Before experiencing J2EE, you learn about the base specifications and intellectual knowledge of J2EE through brief descriptions of the theory and through links to other information sources.
After experiencing J2EE you will explore advanced J2EE through previews of advanced topics and links to other information sources.
IBM DB2 9 for z/OS: New Tools for Query Optimization for Rs. 600The cost-based optimizer of IBM DB2 for z/OS has continually evolved since its initial inception. Support has included new optimization algorithms, join methods, complex relational data structures, such as star schemas. DB2 for z/OS V8 has provided access path visualization and a Statistics Advisor function through a new Visual Explain.
DB2 9 for z/OS starts addressing the challenge of reducing cost of ownership by extending query optimization through expert-based query and workload analysis, server enhancements, and an Index Advisory function. These functions are delivered with two tools: DB2 Optimization Service Center and DB2 Optimization Expert.
This book helps you understand the installation, customization, and usage aspects of the tools. You are guided through scenarios of gradually increasing complexity where the functions of the tools are exploited for query optimization.
IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Deployment Guide for Rs. 550In today's competitive and diverse marketplace, effective collaboration is a critical component of organizational success. Lotus® Notes® and Domino®, the premier IBM® collaboration platform, helps organizations improve collaboration, increase productivity, and streamline business processes. The Lotus Notes 8 interface is intuitive and easy to use, and the Lotus Domino 8 server is secure, flexible, and reliable. Together, Lotus Notes and Domino 8 can help your organization to:
- Increase employee effectiveness and creativity through integrated messaging, collaboration, and office productivity applications.- Reduce overall cost of ownership by deploying integrated offering with office productivity suite included at no additional charge.- Protect IT infrastructure with a layered security model that reaches from server to individual field in a document.- Increase mobile and offline productivity from secure, reliable replication.- Increase individual responsiveness through customizable interface.- Reduce application development and deployment costs through quick creation application component mash ups.- Minimize downtime with high availability and simplified administration tools.
This IBM Redbooks® publication provides you with information about the new enhancements and features of Lotus Notes and Domino 8 and provides guidelines or directions on how to implement or utilize these. It also provides you with an approach to planning and deploying Lotus Notes and Domino 8 in new and existing environments.
Oracle to DB2 Conversion Guide for Linux, UNIX, and Windows for Rs. 700IBM DB2 has long been known for its technology leadership. This IBM Redbooks publication, intended for technical staff who are involved in an Oracle to DB2 conversion project, is an informative guide that describes how to migrate the database system from Oracle to DB2 Version 9 on Linux, UNIX, and Microsoft Windows platforms.This book provides conversion methodology and step-by-step instructions for installing and using IBM Migration Toolkit (MTK) to port the database objects and data from Oracle to DB2. It illustrates, with examples, how to convert the stored procedures, functions, and triggers. Application programming and conversion considerations are discussed, along with the differences in features and functionality of the two products.In addition, you can find script conversion samples for data loading, database administration, and reports that are useful for DBAs. The testing section provides procedures and tips for conversion testing and database tuning. The laboratory examples are performed under Oracle 10g and DB2 Version 9. However, the migration process and examples can be applied to Oracle 7, 8, and 9i.
Patterns: SOA Design Using WebSphere Message Broker and WebSphere ESB for Rs. 450The Patterns for e-business are a group of proven, reusable assets that can be used to increase the speed of developing and deploying e-business applications. This IBM Redbooks publication focuses on the use of the WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus and WebSphere Message Broker together to form an enterprise service bus (ESB) implemented in a service-oriented architecture (SOA).
This book discusses patterns for integrating WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus and WebSphere Message Broker and includes a scenario to help you design, develop, and deploy these products.
This book is designed to assist customers that are approaching the use of both advanced and basic ESB products from typically messaging and J2EE worlds, but are not quite sure when each is appropriate.
Understanding SOA Security Design and Implementation for Rs. 550Securing access to information is important to any business. Security becomes even more critical for implementations structured according to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) principles, due to loose coupling of services and applications, and their possible operations across trust boundaries. To enable a business so that its processes and applications are flexible, you must start by expecting changes – both to process and application logic, as well as to the policies associated with them. Merely securing the perimeter is not sufficient for a flexible on demand business.
In this IBM Redbooks publication, security is factored into the SOA life cycle reflecting the fact that security is a business requirement, and not just a technology attribute. We discuss an SOA security model that captures the essence of security services and securing services. These approaches to SOA security are discussed in the context of some scenarios, and observed patterns. We also discuss a reference model to address the requirements, patterns of deployment, and usage, and an approach to an integrated security management for SOA.
This book is a valuable resource to senior security officers, architects, and security administrators.
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