A 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. In the past I’ve seen many IBM Champions on the schedule including Bonnie Baker, Martin Hubel, Bryan Paulson, and IBMers such as Melanie Stopfer, Matt Huras, and Tim Vincent.
The team that brings you the DB2 Symposium wants to know what you like and what you don’t like by answering this survey.
What is a Symposium?
In ancient Greece a Symposium was a meeting where they discussed a topic. So is the DB2 Symposium. These one day seminars began in 1999 and have been very successful. The feedback over the years has been very positive. But times are changing and the team wants to be sure that they are still fulfilling your needs.
I haven’t attended a DB2 Symposium, but I’ve worked at several that have taken place in Toronto. I like the format and find that many people attend for a day or two allowing them to get excellent education, but with fewer interruptions to their home life. This is of course if the Symposium is taking place in the city where you live or work. You can help influence this by filling out this survey. This survey is for USA DB2 users, so don’t even attempt if you are outside the USA. Perhaps the events outside of the USA are already located in convenient locations… like the one in Toronto.
Another reason to fill out the survey is to win a prize. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a full 3-day DB2 Symposium Pass or another prize. The survey closes Sunday December 18, 2011, so don’t delay.
The questions on the survey will ask you about the topic you want covered as well as where you want the event to take place. For a symposium to work well, the right balance of topics needs to be scheduled. You can influence the agenda by filling in the survey, saying what you would like to see in the sessions. The 2012 schedules will be adjusted to what you want, so be sure to send this survey to others in your area who may also to attend the symposium.
See http://www.db2-symposium.com for details. Results for this survey, including the winner, will be made public in the DB2Night Show of 20 December (Eggnog party and Scott’s 50th birthday).
Pass this information on to ensure that you continue to have world class education brought to you by experts.
I know… what happens in Vegas is supposed to STAY in Vegas. But I’m going to break that rule and give you links to a few videos that you’ll want to check out.
First, check out the interviews I did with some of the authors who were doing book signings at IOD11. I interviewed:
Sandy Carter about her latest book Get Bold: Using Social Media
Tony Giordano for his book Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling
James Taylor for his latest book Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent Systems
You can find all three videos on the IBM Press Book’s Channel on YouTube.
To go with the author them, remember to check out the audio interviews I did before the conference for the IM Skills Cast Series. I interviewed Roger Sanders, Roger Johnson, Filip Draskovic, Sunil Soares, and Bob Laberge.
Here are a few interesting clips that I found on YouTube that you may want to take a look at.
I’m already looking forward to IOD12. If you are too… here is the info so you can block your calendar and start building a justification to attend.
I have so much that I want to tell you about last week’s IOD11 conference, but I keep running out of time! I wasn’t able to connect last week while at the conference, so I had much mail to respond to today. So, here are the highlights, but look for more entries in the next few weeks.
1) People. Wow… were there a lot of people at the conference! I spoke to many people and made so many new friends. I’m already looking forward to IOD 2012 to see them again. Last year was amazingly well attended, and this year had more attendance. Thanks to all of you who attended! And… sorry for not spending time with the many people who have emailed me saying that they came to the bookstore to see me, but I wasn’t around!
2) Books. We sold more books this year than we did last year… and last year was a record for us. Shortly I’ll have all the details and will be able to tell you which books were best sellers. I can tell you from what I witnessed at the signings that the most popular books were Moneyball, Cognos 10, and Bold… followed closely by Netezza, Data Warehouse, and Data Integration. More on these books later.
3) Michael Lewis and Billy Beane. One of the highlights for me was meeting Michael and Billy. I’ve read two of Michael’s books and fully intend to read others. I really like his style of writing and encourage you to pick one up if you haven’t. Billy is amazing… friendly, good looking, athletic… I found it hard to believe he has a temper! The talk that the two of the had in the opening session on Wednesday was a lot of fun and for those who missed it, I can only guess that it will be edited before it is releases as a video, if it is released at all. The signing was truly amazing… never have I seen such excitement for a book. For those who missed the fact that there was a signing…. make sure you keep reading my blog as I’ll know in advance who the speaker will be and if it is an author, will read their books before the conference.
4) Jeff Jonas. He opened the conference with a short but amazing talk on Monday morning. In my opinion, he was the highlight of the day.
5) Train. The event on Tuesday featured the band Train. They were great. The lead singer knows how to work a crowd. The food was lacking, but everything else rocked! Sal Vella and I hung out and made the best of the opportunity to meet & greet as many people as we could.
6) Women. The WIT event on Wednesday night was the best attended WIT event I’ve ever attended! Is it because it was just announced that Ginny was taking over from Sam as CEO? Or was it better promoted? In any case, we have more reason than ever to celebrate women at the event. Inhi took a photo of the 300 attendees and sent it to Ginny who was touched by the gesture. The one shadow over the event was the tribute we had for one of our female colleagues who had just passed away due to breast cancer. Many of us at the event knew her well and were deeply saddened by her suffering and our loss. RIP Linda!
7) Champions. We have new champions this year and more coming. I am very lucky to know many of them… but there are many more who I’d like to meet. I had breakfast with Susan and Terry, who I nominated to be champions.
8) Flashbooks. We produced 3 new flashbooks for this conference and were blown away at the response. Let’s start with the Big Data book. We gave out 3000 copies after the Monday opening session. I couldn’t believe that we went through all the books, so spent the rest of Monday looking for the rest of my shipment. It was proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I did in fact receive all the books and yet, it is possible to give away that many books in half an hour! I then ordered 1000 additional copies to give out to the many disappointed people who were unable to get a copy on Monday. The other two Flashbooks also generated a huge amount of excitement and I was very pleased to see us “sell out” of every single copy. If you missed your copy, watch for another entry from me about how you can get an e-version of any of these books free of charge.
9) Walking. Last year I wore a pedometer and walked 99 miles. I inspired my team who were running the “Services, Support & Education Zone” to have solar-powered pedometers as their giveaway. I’m sure that there are several people who were able to beat my distance from last year! Let me know if you did. I didn’t wear a pedometer this year, but know that I walked many a mile. I still say “ouch” with nearly every step!
10) Social Media. I gave two presentation about social media and received positive feedback from these sessions. I have more to tell you about this topic, but wait for another entry. Before the conference, I created 25 blog entries to help promote the many events that were planned. I’m happy to say that I have had the more views this month than any other month since I began blogging. I hope that means you find my entries helpful. I wasn’t able to tweet while at the conference, so I thank those who tweeted about my entries. Long live blogging!
More to come!
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference (#IOD11), there is a crammer course for InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 (Exam 422). If you use this product, you may want to earn an industry-recognized IBM Information Management certification by passing Exam 422. Passing this exam is a great way to validate your skills on the InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 product. Remember, if you are a registered Information On Demand conference attendee, taking the exam is free. Normally it is $200 per take, so you are saving significantly.
To help you pass this exam, consider taking the Crammer course that is being offered for the first time at this event: (9Q061) InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification Crammer for Exam 422. This course is being offered the day BEFORE IOD begins: Sunday, October 23. You can register in advance or show up early morning to register at the event.
The instructor for this course is Dale Buckingham. Dale is a learning consultant and technical architect for InfoSphere.
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.
To gauge whether you need to take this course or not, consider taking the assessment exam. Normally these exams cost $10, but for conference attendees they are free and will show you how much more you need to know to pass the exam. Beyond this crammer courses, check out the other types of education that are available to learn the material to pass this exam. Of course, you may not have time to take any of this education before going to IOD, so the crammer course may be the best timing and value.
The test contains six sections totaling approximately 62 multiple-choice questions. The percentages after each section title reflect the approximate distribution of the total question set across the sections.
Section 1 - Methodology (5%)
- Describe the steps in data quality methodology.
- Understand the impact of data integration preparing.
Section 2 - Design Considerations (18%)
- Identify the steps for standardization.
- Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge how to optimize QualityStage jobs using parallel concepts.
- Given a scenario, describe how to handle data from multiple countries.
- Describe initial vs. delta vs. real-time design considerations. (may use scenarios)
Section 3 - Investigation (10%)
- Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of investigation types.
- Given a scenario, describe how word investigation results can be used.
Section 4 - Standardization/Addresses/Postal (11%)
- Describe the differences between address certification, verification, and standardization. (may use scenarios)
- Define what the standardization stage is and how to use it. (may use scenarios)
- Given a scenario, describe the purpose of standardization and what results are produced by the process.
Section 5 - Rule Sets (16%)
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to customize standardization rules. (may use scenarios)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the components of a rule and their functions.
- Demonstrate knowledge of managing standardization rules.
- Demonstrate knowledge of user defined standardization rules.
Section 6 - Matching (21%)
- Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of match concepts.
- Describe the match job components. (may use scenarios)
- Given a scenario, describe how to review and tune a match.
- Demonstrate knowledge of managing match specification (re-usability). (may use scenarios)
- Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of match job design to achieve optimal performance.
Section 7 - Survive (10%)
- Describe the purpose of survive.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the different rule types for surviving data and when to use them. (may use scenarios)
- Describe how to implement a survive stage.
Section 8 - Setup and Troubleshooting (10%)
- Identify how to troubleshoot a QualityStage job. (may use scenarios)
- Describe how to configure data quality environment functionality.
- Describe QualityStage deployment considerations. (may use scenarios)
- Demonstrate knowledge of NLS/non-NLS install and its impact on QualityStage stages. (may use scenarios)
Good luck on this an any other exam you may choose to take at the IOD conference this year.
Don’t miss the chance to save $200 per exam. The conference offers free exams to attendees. Impress your boss by coming home with shiny new certifications!
FREE Information Management Certification testing at the Information on Demand Conference (IOD11) continues to be very popular. Earning an industry-recognized IBM Information Management certification is a great way to validate your skills on our newest products. So, if you are a registered Information On Demand attendee, you'll want to start preparing now for your upcoming certification exam.
All attendees are eligible for three complimentary exams at the conference. Complimentary exams apply to all Information Management, Business Analytics and Enterprise Content Management Professional Certification and Technical Sales Mastery exams. A 50% discounted fee for all subsequent exams will apply. We will also be offering the discounted price of $100 for all Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere, SOA, and XML Certification exams.
Don't miss this opportunity to validate your skills and demonstrate your proficiency in the latest IBM software technology and solutions. Ensure your success on exam day with the help of our preparation resources. Arrive early and take advantage of pre-conference crammer and training classes on Sunday offered at preferred attendee pricing of US $499.00. With 7 courses to choose from, you should not miss this opportunity to advance your skills with a full day of education, delivered by professional IBM instructors. The certification testing will be located at Surf DEF.
View a complete list of IBM SWG certification exams.
Certification at IOD11 will be available during the following hours:
- Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
- Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
- Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
- Wednesday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.*
- Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
* Please note: The closing times listed above are for the last exam seating available on that day.
In the new podcast series “IM Skills Cast”, Susan Weaver, the program manager for the IBM Information Management Certification Exams and I discussed the exams and the procedure to take them for free at the IBM Information on Demand Conference. Listen now: Conversation with Susan Weaver.
Judy Nall, Susan Lawson, and Roger Sanders who are IBM Champions, famous authors… and instructors of Certification Crammer courses will once again be teaching their popular crammer courses on Sunday October 23 to help you prepare to pass your exam. For details, see my blog entry Certification Crammer Courses: IOD pre-conference training.
Come to the Conference Bookstore to see the growing collection of Certification Guides that are available to help you study: Bookstore Activities – IBM Information on Demand Conference.
Remember that doing well on your exam will pay off in more ways than one. If you get the Daily Top Score on your Cert test you could win a gift certificates for the Logo Store.
I’ve been working on these for the last month and I’m happy to announce that I have the first 7 podcasts finished and ready for you to download and listen to.
At this time I focused on the upcoming book and certification events that are taking place at the IBM Information on Demand Conference later this month. I hope to add many more podcasts to the series and plan to interview experts throughout the IM education area.
As I say in the introduction, this is the series that introduces you to authors, instructions and other subject matter experts in the IBM Information Management area. Here is what I’ve competed so far:
Episode 1: Conversation with Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
This is a discussion I had with Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic about their latest book: “IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples”.
Episode 2: Conversation with Roger Sanders
This is a discussion I had with Roger Sanders about his latest book “DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes”.
Episode 3: Conversation with Bob Laberge
This is a discussion I had with Bob Laberge about his latest book "The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights".
Episode 4: Conversation with Susan Weaver
This is a discussion I had with Susan Weaver, the program manager for the IBM Information Management Certification Exams and the procedure to take them for free at the IBM Information on Demand Conference.
Episode 5: Conversation with Sunil Soares
This is a discussion I had with Sunil Soares about his latest book: “Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function”.
Episode 6: Conversation with Roger Sanders
This is a discussion I had with Roger Sanders about his latest book "From Idea to Print - How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published".
Episode 7: Conversation with Martin Keen
This is a discussion I had with Martin Keen from the IBM Redbooks team. We discussed what the IBM Redbooks are and the books that will be handed out at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference.
There are so many people I’d like to interview for this series and now that my editing skills are improving, I’ll be able to do them more often with increasing levels of quality. If you’d like to do a podcast with me, let me know.
I hope you like these. Share your feedback.
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:
Flashbooks at IOD
Bookstore Activities – IBM Information on Demand Conference
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!
I bet you know an IBM Champion or two! I know I do. I’ve blogged about this wonderful group in the past and lovingly call them “IBM’s BEST Friends”. In IBM’s definition, IBM Champions are thought leaders and advocates who share their opinions and years of experience with people like you.
These people are recognized by IBM for their extensive contributions to the community and IBM Champions help make IBM communities a vibrant, meaningful and useful resource. IBM Champions are sought after experts in their field, and as such, have become renowned speakers at IBM and user group events worldwide.
At this year’s Information on Demand Conference (iod11), we will have 59 IBM Champions in attendance & speaking. An impressive 80 of the planned sessions across all the Forums and a variety of tracks is being led by one or more of our IBM Champions. The full list of 80 sessions can be found in this IBM Champions for Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Information Management PDF document.
I’ve been attending conferences for many years now and I’ve become friends with many of these IBM Champions. Take a look at some of the events where a friend of mine is involved:
Roger Sanders: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, 2 book signings: Idea to Print & DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes.
Susan Lawson: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, Up-coming book: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide.
Judy Nall: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, Book: DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737.
Panel Discussion Speakers: Brian Green, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Manager, BI and Performance Management; John Boyer, The Nielsen Company, Enablement Team Lead; Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing: co-authors of the book, "Business Intelligence Strategy", session BDS-1670B: How to Deliver BI Program Excellence, Tuesday, Oct 25, 3-4 pm.
Bernie O'Connor: IDUG Friend; Session IDB-3162A Anixter Uses IBM DB2 pureScale and Optim for Mission Critical Applications; 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Klaas Brant; Fellow judge on DB2’s Got Talent Competition & Host for DB2Night Show for DB2 for z/OS: Session IDB-2878A DB2 9.7: How to Create, Maintain and Monitor Huge Tables, Tuesday, Oct 25 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM
Cristian Molaro: Friend from DB2Night Show; Several sessions!
Cuneyt Goksu; Future Author; Session IDZ-1012A Practical Recipes for Daily Database Administration Activities Using IBM DB2 9 and 10 for IBM z/OS Monday, Oct 24 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Suresh Sane; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1179B DB2 10 Customer Experiences Part 1 What's New for the Developer? Monday, Oct 24 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Isaac Yassin; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1100A A Closer Look at IBM DB2 (z/OS) Member Cluster Tuesday, Oct 25 08:15 AM - 09:30 AM
Dave Beulke; Co-author of book: DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box; Session IDZ-1731A IBM DB2 Temporal Database Performance Designs Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sheryl M. Larsen; Session IDZ-3504A More Lessons Learned from SQL Performance Review Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bryan Paulsen; Session IDZ-3138A IBM DB2 10 for z/OS: John Deere's Beta Experience Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Julian Stuhler; Co-author of book DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box; Session IDZ-1425A The Business Value of IBM DB2 10 Top Features - Real Customer Experiences Tuesday, Oct 25 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Daniel L Luksetich; Author of up-coming book: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide; Session IDZ-1561A Explaining the IBM DB2 for z/OS Dynamic Statement Cache Tuesday, Oct 25 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Craig S Mullins; Author of many books including an up-coming book; Session IDZ-1380A IBM DB2 for z/OS Performance Tuning Roadmap, Tuesday, Oct 25 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Phil Grainger; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1011A Hash Access: The Hierarchical Direct Access Method (HDAM) IBM DB2 Table? Wednesday, Oct 26 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Bonnie Baker; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-3510A DB2 Doctor: Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Cures for Poor Performance Wednesday, Oct 26 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM
David Birmingham; Author of book: Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions ; Blogger: “Netezza Underground” ; Several sessions, including Unleashing Netezza - Netezza Solution Best Practices Wednesday, Oct 26 08:15 AM - 09:30 AM.
For complete details of the sessions that all the IBM Champions are involved with, see this IBM Champions for Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Information Management PDF document.
Looking forward to going to the conference to see my friends… and to make more friends.
PS… If you follow my blog, you’ll notice that two of my friends are missing from this list: Rebecca Bond and Scott Hayes. Rebecca won’t be attending for personal reasons and Scott doesn’t have any sessions that he’s running, but I hope he’ll be at the conference. If not, I’ll see him in Prague for IDUG.
Every year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference (IOD11) we have a Women in Technology event where conference attendees gather together to network and learn. Our host, Debbie Landers, will this year welcome Alyse Passarelli as our special guest.
Date: Wednesday October 26
Time: 6-7 pm PDT
Location: South Seas A-B Mandalay Bay South Convention Center
Session # 4106A
Appetizers and refreshments will be served and the theme this year is building relationships to stimulate ideas. Discuss how we can use existing relationships to drive innovation and progress in our products, services and business. Share your experiences and build a larger network from which you can draw from in the future.
I’ve been lucky enough to have met Debbie and Alyse several times over the course of my career, and strongly encourage you to come to this event to meet these very successful & real women.
Debbie Landers is IBM VP and Neteeza Integration Executive
Alyse Passarelli is IBM VP WW Information Management Sales
Thanks to Katherine Franklin, Jennifer Gibbs, and Adrian Zubiri for setting up this event. I hope you can make it. Bring a friend or two with you… or come alone and make a new friend!
Congratulations to the hardworking team for updating the Streams Redbook "IBM InfoSphere Streams: Assembling Continuous Insight in the Information Revolution" to Version 2. The team contributed vast knowledge, time, and expertise to this new version and will be happy to hand out copies to 250 lucky IOD attendees.
Come to the Conference bookstore on Wednesday, October 26 11:30 am – 1:30 pm to get your copy and to meet the author & project team. Use Smart Site to sign up for this session: Session #4205 IBM InfoSphere Streams and the Streams Processing Language.
Note, if you prefer a softcopy version, simply go to the IBM Redbooks site and download the book… always green & free!
Besides the updates to all materials from Streams version 1.2 to version 2.0, there have been additions of new chapters and appendices and links to a streamtool reference and also examples that you can download.
About the book:
In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we discuss and describe the positioning, functions, capabilities, and advanced programming techniques for IBM InfoSphere™ Streams, a new paradigm and key component of IBM Big Data platform. Data has traditionally been stored in files or databases, and then analyzed by queries and applications. With stream computing, analysis is performed moment by moment as the data is in motion. In fact, the data might never be stored (perhaps only the analytic results). The ability to analyze data in motion is called real-time analytic processing (RTAP).
IBM InfoSphere Streams takes a fundamentally different approach to Big Data analytics and differentiates itself with its distributed runtime platform, programming model, and tools for developing and debugging analytic applications that have a high volume and variety of data types. Using in-memory techniques and analyzing record by record enables high velocity. Volume, variety and velocity are the key attributes of Big Data. The data streams that are consumable by IBM InfoSphere Streams can originate from sensors, cameras, news feeds, stock tickers, and a variety of other sources, including traditional databases. It provides an execution platform and services for applications that ingest, filter, analyze, and correlate potentially massive volumes of continuous data streams.
This book is intended for professionals that require an understanding of how to process high volumes of streaming data or need information about how to implement systems to satisfy those requirements.
Many thanks to Chuck Ballard, Sandy Tucker, Elizabeth Peterson, Vitali Zoubov, Brian Williams, Warren Pettit, Diego Folatelli, and the team of reviewers who contributed to this new edition.
The Conference bookstore will be a busy place this year. Here are the blog entries that summarize all the events and provide session numbers:
Flashbooks at IOD
Bookstore Activities – IBM Information on Demand Conference
Here are the other signings and giveaways that are taking place at the event: Meet Author Sandy Carter at IOD2011 - Get Bold: Using Social Media Meet Netezza Expert & Author David Birmingham at IOD11 Meet Data Warehouse expert & author: Bob Laberge Meet author Tony Giordano, “Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling” Meet FileNet expert and author Bill Carpenter at IOD11 Meet author & decision management expert James Taylor at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference From Idea to Print by Roger Sanders Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data Meet author and DB2 expert Roger Sanders at IOD11 Meet Flashbook author Arvind Sathi - Customer Experience Analytics Meet DB2 authors and experts Lawson & Luksetich at IOD: DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Cert Guide Meet Sunil Soares - Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function IBM Redbooks – get free printed copies at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference
Coming soon: A podcast series where I’ll interview as many of these authors as I can!
I’ve been creating an individual blog post for each of the flashbooks that we have scheduled for a giveaway and author signing at this year’s IBM Information on Demand conference. I now have session numbers assigned to each of the signings which means that you can add this event to your IOD schedule using SmartSite so that you don’t forget about it. You can find links to SmartSite for web or mobile connections, as well as a tutorial of how to use SmartSite on the Conference website: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/. Use the Session numbers listed below with the book information and register.
We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” and “IBM Redbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time. The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy. Note that registering for the session via SmartSite does not guarantee a book for you. You must still show up at the designated time before the limited supply of books have been given away.
Monday 9:45 - 10:45 am
Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 am
Session #4125 Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data by Dirk deRoos, Chris Eaton, George Lapis, Paul Zikopoulos, Tom Deutsch
Monday 10:45 – 12:30 pm
Session #4202 IBM Production Imaging Edition and Datacap Taskmaster
Session #4203 Metadata Management with IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Both by the IBM Redbook Team
Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Session #4204 DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics by the IBM Redbook Team
Wednesday 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Session #4205 IBM InfoSphere Streams and the Streams Processing Language
Session #4206 IBM solidDB: Delivering Data with Extreme Speed
Both by the IBM Redbook Team
Monday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Session#4126 Flashbook: DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve Performance by Cristian Molaro and John Campbell
Monday 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session #4127 Flashbook: Customer Experience Analytics: Fast, Intelligent and Action-Packed by Arvind Sathi
Also see my entry about the Book Signings that are taking place at IOD.
I’ve been creating an individual blog post for each of the books that we have scheduled for an author signing at this year’s IBM Information on Demand conference. I now have session numbers assigned to each of the signings which means that you can add this event to your IOD schedule using SmartSite so that you don’t forget about it. You can find links to SmartSite for web or mobile connections, as well as a tutorial of how to use SmartSite on the Conference website: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/. Use the Session numbers listed below with the book information and register.
The bookstore, located in the Bayside Foyer Level 1 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, will be open Sunday October 23 through Thursday October 27. It will stock over 200 titles including topics such as Business Intelligence, Database Management, Database Design, Analytics, Data Mining, Netezza, Modeling, Social Media, Cognos and more! All books will be discounted 20%. Also, take note of the various authors hosting live book signings throughout the conference (book signing location is across from the Bookstore). Their books will be available for purchase at the bookstore.
Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
These are Author Signings. Attendees must purchase a copy of the book for the author to sign.
Monday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4109 Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function by Sunil Soares
Monday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Session #4110 DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes by Roger Sanders
Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 am
Session #4111 The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights by Bob Laberge
Tuesday 11:30 - 12:30 pm
Session #4112 Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling: Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture by Anthony Giordano
Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Session #4113 Smart Enough Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions
both by James Taylor
Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4115 From Idea to Print - How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published by Roger Sanders
Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Session #4116 DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
Wednesday 10:15 - 11:15 am
Session #4117 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Session #4118 The Blind Side
Session #4119 Liar's Poker
Session #4120 Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
All by Michael Lewis
Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4121 Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions by David Birmingham
Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Session #4122 Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business by Sandy Carter
Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Session #4123 IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples by Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Session #4124 Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager by Bill Carpenter
Electronic versions of all the books are also available, but must be purchased online. To make it easy for you QR codes will be created to direct you to the appropriate online website for purchase. See QR Codes - How to use them for details.
DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve
by Cristian Molaro and John Campbell and Sureka Parekh
About the book:
Under the current economic climate, businesses are under significant pressure to control costs and increase efficiency in order to improve their bottom line. DB2 for z/OS customers around the world are still trying to gain competitive advantage by doing more with less: more business insight, more performance, more operational efficiency, more functionality, more productivity with less cost, quicker time to market and a lower TCO.
With the support for DB2 Version 8 scheduled to end in April 2012 there has never been a better time to start planning your DB2 10 upgrade - there are many more reasons to upgrade to DB2 10 and users will see significant business benefits. Here are the top 10 reasons why we feel you should start planning your upgrade.
1) Improved performance, reduced software license costs
2) Increase the number of concurrent users by a factor of ten
3) Reduce contention in database administration
4) More administrative capabilities while database is online
5) Improved security and auditing
6) Maintain “snapshots” of changing data – Temporal Data
7) Improved portability via enhanced SQL
8) Enhanced pureXML performance and usability
9) Improved productivity for database/systems administrators and application programmers
10) Better online transaction processing performance – Hash Access
About the authors:
Both authors are very well known, so hardly need to be introduced, but nevertheless, here are details:
John Campbell, an IBM Distinguished Engineer working at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. John is one of IBM’s foremost authorities for implementing high-end database, transaction-processing applications. Over the past 12 months he has been working closely with DB2 10 Beta customers.
Cristian Molaro is an independent consultant based in Belgium working in Europe for customers with some of the largest DB2 for z/OS installations. He has presented papers at several international conferences and local user groups in Europe and North America. He holds a Chemical Engineer degree and a Master in Management Sciences and is coauthor of 5 IBM Redbooks related to DB2 including the recent "DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics". He was recognized by IBM as an Information Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Cristian is part of the IDUG EMEA Conference Planning Committee, where he works as the Presentations Team Leader, and he is Chairman of the DB2 LUW User Group BeLux.
Another book that is launching at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this year is by Sunil Soares, “Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function”. You may remember Sunil from last year when we launched his very popular Flashbook, “The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software”. Based on the feedback and enormous success of last year’s book, Sunil was offered a book contract with MC Press for a new book.
The new book, Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function” is so amazing, I’m not sure where to start. First of all, the publisher and the copy editor were completely wowed with both Sunil and the content he created for the book. I haven’t read the book yet, but Sunil has just sent me a draft and from a simple browse I can completely understand why they are so excited.About the book:
One of the major challenges with any information governance program is explaining the value to the business. Most information governance programs deal with certain themes that are common across every enterprise including poor data quality, inconsistent business terms, fragmented data, high storage costs, regulatory compliance, and security and privacy issues. However, these themes present themselves differently across different industries and job functions. For example, poor data quality manifests itself in the form of duplicate customer records in a bank, which affects the ability of the credit risk group to establish the overall exposure to an individual customer across product lines. In retail, poor data quality results in duplicate mailings of multiple catalogs by the marketing department to the same household. I have spoken to hundreds of organizations across multiple industries and geographies about their information governance programs. The conversation quickly proceeds along the following lines: “I get the value of information governance. However, it is very hard for me to convince the business about the value of an information governance program. What best practices do you have to help me do this?” That is why I am writing this book; to help you apply best practices in your organization based on what I have learned, heard, and observed through my industry experience.
This book discusses the best practices to sell the value of information governance, and is divided into four parts:
- Best practices by industry that deal with the application of information governance principles within banking and financial markets, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, travel and transportation, government, oil and gas, telecommunications, and utilities.
- Best practices by job function that deal with the application of information governance principles within critical job functions such as sales and marketing, finance, information technology operations, information security and privacy, human resources, legal and compliance, operations, supply chain, and product management.
- Cross-industry best practices that deal with horizontal topics such as roles and responsibilities, metrics, metadata, maturity assessments, and business cases. These themes appear consistently within information governance programs across job functions, industries, and geographies.
- Information-centric applications and information governance software tools that cover the applications that benefit from information governance and the actual software tools that facilitate information governance.
The objective of the book is to provide a representative sample, rather than an exhaustive list, of best practices to sell the value of information governance within an organization. You should use these best practices as inspiration for what might work within your organization. It is important that you read chapters from industries and functions outside of your own because there are a number of case studies that you might find useful for your specific situation.
Another unique thing about this book is the number of case studies and forewords. There are more than 50 case studies and 16 forewords. I think what I’ll do is list the names of the people writing the forewords for the book. This might give you an idea of how well connected Sunil is and the depths that are covered in this book:
Partner and Global Leader
Business Analytics and Optimization – Information Management Foundation
IBM Global Business Services
Global Vice President
IBM Software Group
Business Analytics and Optimization
IBM North America
From a banking perspective: David W. Bailey
Director of Enterprise Product Management
From a telecommunications perspective: Komalin Chetty
Head – Data Governance Office
Telkom South Africa
From a financial markets perspective: Paul Ranaldo
Senior Vice President
Master Data Management/Data Governance
Brown Brothers Harriman
From an analyst perspective: Aaron Zornes
Chief Research Officer, The MDM Institute
& Conference Chairman, The “MDM & Data Governance Summit” Global Conferences Series
(London, Mumbai, NYC, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, & Toronto)
From a consumer packaged goods perspective: Jay Yusko, Ph.D.
VP Technology Research
From a European banking perspective: Banu Ekiz
Vice President – Business Intelligence
IBM Information Champion
Akbank Information Technologies
From a retail perspective: Michel Boudrias
Director of Enterprise Architecture
SAQ – Société des alcools du Québec
From a manufacturing perspective: Anthony Harris
Enterprise Information Architect
Air Products Gases and Chemicals Inc.
From a distribution perspective: Cengiz Barlas
Vice President & Global Head of Data Management
From an information services perspective: Gustavo Tadao Okida
Chief Enterprise Architect - LATAM
From an analyst perspective: Claudia Imhoff
President of Intelligent Solutions, Inc.
Founder of the Boulder BI Brain Trust
From an analyst perspective: Andy Hayler
The Information Difference
From a retail perspective: Charles Hunsinger
Chief Information Officer
Harry & David
About the Author:
Sunil Soares is the director of information governance within IBM Software Group. Sunil has worked with hundred of clients across multiple industries including banking, insurance, life sciences, retail, telecommunications, media and entertainment, energy and utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, and government. Sunil helps clients establish information governance programs that align IT and the business around common business objectives. Sunil’s first book The IBM Data Governance Unified Process detailed the 14 steps and almost 100 sub-steps to implement an information governance program. The book is already in its second print, and has been translated into Chinese.
I’ve just learned that Sunil is also blogging now! You can find his entries in the Mastering Data Management website. Some of his entries:
Congratulations Sunil for finishing your second book!
Last year at the IOD Conference, one of the more popular events was handing out printed copies of the IBM Redbooks for Cognos 10. There were a limited number of copies that we had to hand out, and we went through them very quickly. Many other people came and left empty-handed, unfortunately. I pointed out that the book was available for free online at the ibm.com/redbooks site. Clearly there are many people who still prefer to have printed copies!
This year at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference, we’re announcing up front which IBM Redbooks we’ll be handing out, and when. Make sure that if you want one of these books that you come to the Conference Bookstore at the planned times to get your copy. If you miss it, you miss it… but can get the content online!
Get one of the limited copies… and meet the author team behind the book. Maybe you can even find out how you can become an author of an IBM Redbooks.
Monday October 24 from 10:45 – 12:30 p
IBM Production Imaging Edition and Datacap Taskmaster
Metadata Management with IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Tuesday October 25 from 3:00 – 4:00 p
IBM Redbooks DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics
Wednesday October 26 from 11:30 – 1:30 p
IBM InfoSphere Streams and the Streams Processing Language
IBM solidDB: Delivering Data with Extreme Speed
The Conference bookstore will be a busy place this year. Here are the other signings and giveaways that are taking place at the event:
Meet Author Sandy Carter at IOD2011 - Get Bold: Using Social Media Meet Netezza Expert & Author David Birmingham at IOD11 Meet Data Warehouse expert & author: Bob Laberge Meet author Tony Giordano, “Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling” Meet FileNet expert and author Bill Carpenter at IOD11 Meet author & decision management expert James Taylor at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference From Idea to Print by Roger Sanders Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data Meet author and DB2 expert Roger Sanders at IOD11 Meet Flashbook author Arvind Sathi - Customer Experience AnalyticsMeet DB2 authors and experts Lawson & Luksetich at IOD: DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Cert Guide
Keep this in mind as you build your schedule for the conference. Note, soon I’ll have session numbers for all of these events where you can add them to your SmartSite schedule.
Note, as of today, October 12, 2011..... I've been informed that this book has been delayed. I am so sorry for the inconvenience and the trouble this delay is causing for the authors, bookstore and especially the test takers! Susan
Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich have updated their popular certification guide and it is publishing just in time for the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide. This book will be sold at the Conference Bookstore for a 20% discount. Remember that Certification exams are free for attendees at IOD.
You can meet Susan and Dan at the Conference Bookstore and have them sign a copy of your book:
Once again, Susan is teaching the Pre-Conference Certification Crammer Course:(9Q001) DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Crammer for Exam 730 & 612
Dan is speaking at the following session:
Explaining the IBM DB2 for z/OS Dynamic Statement Cache: Tuesday 11:15 – 12:15.
IBM DB2 for z/OS does a good job of caching dynamic SQL statements to avoid recompiling (also known as binding) the statements on the fly. This can save significant system resources. However, users still must determine what dynamic statements are coming in to DB2 and how they are performing. DB2 for z/OS has the ability to capture and report on the statements in the dynamic statement cache. The session will focus on the use and management of this facility, and how to report, understand and act on the available performance information.
What’s in the book?
- Read this book to prepare to pass Exam 612 – DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration.
- All test objectives for this exam are covered in the same degree as they are covered on the exam.
- Susan and Dan were members of the exam development team, so are fully aware as to what questions are on the exam!
- Susan and Dan use DB2 every day and have 22 years experience.
While the book does cover all topics on the test, it also covers much more than that. It covers the new features of DB2 10 for both database and application development.
What do you need to know to pass the exam?
This is an outline of the Exam Objectives. You can see the details on the website: Exam 612 Objectives
730 Exam Objectives – Family Fundamentals
Section 1 - Planning (14%)
• Knowledge of restricting data access
• Knowledge of the features or functions available in DB2 tools (just tools that come with product - distributed space - i.e., configuration advisor, configuration assistant, command line processor)
• Knowledge database workloads (OLTP vs warehousing)
• Knowledge of non-relational data concepts (extenders)
• Knowledge of XML data implications (non-shreading)
Section 2 - Security (11%)
• Knowledge of DB2 products (client, server, etc.)
• Knowledge of different privileges and authorities
• Knowledge of encryption options (data and network)
• Given a DDL SQL statement, knowledge to identify results (grant/revoke/connect statements)
Section 3 -Databases and Database Objects (17%)
• Ability to identify and connect to DB2 servers and databases
• Ability to identify DB2 objects
• Knowledge of basic characteristics and properties of DB2 objects
• Given a DDL SQL statement, knowledge to identify results (ability to create objects)
Section 4 – Using SQL (23.5%)
• Given a DML SQL statement, knowledge to identify results
• Ability to use SQL to SELECT data from tables
• Ability to use SQL to SORT or GROUP data
• Ability to use SQL to UPDATE, DELETE, or INSERT data
• Knowledge of transactions (i.e., commit/rollback and transaction boundaries)
• Ability to call a procedure or invoke a user defined function
• Given an XQuery statement, knowledge to identify results
Section 5 - Tables, Views and Indexes (23.5%)
• Ability to demonstrate usage of DB2 data types
• Given a situation, ability to create table
• Knowledge to identify when referential integrity should be used
• Knowledge to identify methods of data constraint
• Knowledge to identify characteristics of a table, view or index
• Knowledge to identify when triggers should be used
• Knowledge of schemas
• Knowledge of data type options for storing XML data
Section 6 - Data Concurrency (11%)
• Knowledge to identify factors that influence locking
• Ability to list objects on which locks can be obtained
• Knowledge to identify characteristics of DB2 locks
• Given a situation, knowledge to identify the isolation levels that should be used
612 Exam Objectives
Section 1 - Database Design and Implementation (30.5%)
• Design tables and views
• Explain the different performance implications of
• Design indexes
• Create and alter objects
• Perform table space and index partitioning
• Normalize data and translate data model into physical model
• Implement user-defined integrity rules
• Use the appropriate method to create and alter DB2 objects
• Encoding schemes
Section 2 - Operation and Recovery (29%)
• Issue database-oriented commands for normal operational conditions
• Issue database-oriented commands and utility control statements for use in abnormal conditions
• Identify and perform actions that are needed to protect databases from planned and unplanned outages and ensure that timely image copies are taken periodically
• Load and unload data into and from the created tables
• Reorganize objects when necessary
• Monitor the object by collecting statistics
• Monitor threads
• Identify and respond to advisory/restrictive statuses on objects
• Establish timely checkpoints
• Identify and perform problem determination
• Perform health checks
• Develop backup scenarios
• Describe the special considerations for availability in a data sharing environment
Section 3 - Security and Auditing (7%)
• Protect DB2 objects
• Protect connection to DB2
Section 4 - Performance (29%)
• Plan for performance monitoring by setting up and running monitoring procedures
• Analyze performance
• Analyze and respond to RUNSTATS statistics analysis
• Determine when and how to run the REORG utility
• Understand and implement Real-Time Statistics & DSNACCOR(X)
• Analyze cache
• Evaluate and set appropriately the performance parameters for different utilities
• Describe the performance concerns for the distributed environment
• Describe DB2 interaction with WLM
• Interpret traces (statistics, accounting, performance) and explain the performance impact of different DB2 traces
• Identify and respond to critical performance thresholds
• Excessive I/O wait times
• Identifying lock-latch waits and CPU waits
• Identifying and resolving deadlocks and timeouts
• Review and tune SQL
• Dynamic SQL Performance
• Performance Features
Section 5 - Installation and Migration/Upgrade(4.5%)
• Run catalog health checks using queries and utilities
• Identify the critical DSNZPARMs
• Identify the migration/upgrade modes
• Identify and explain data sharing components and concepts such as:
For other IOD sessions related to DB2 10 for z/OS, see the Information Management Roadmaps.
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
Customer Experience Analytics: Fast, Intelligent and Action-Packed
by Arvind Sathi
- Book information on blog
- Link to an online
- Electronic Version (6.98 MB)
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.
Roger is taking part in three highly accessible events that are taking place at IOD this year:
What’s in the book?
- Read this book to prepare to pass Exam 541 – DB2 for Linux, Unix, Windows Database Administration.
- All test objectives for this exam are covered in the same degree as they are covered on the exam.
- Roger was a member of the exam development team, so if fully aware as to what questions are on the exam!
- This book isn't like Roger’s previous books, rather this is a copy of the slides that he uses for his Crammer Courses to teach people at conferences what they need to know to pass the exam. The material has been tested multiple times and updated based on feedback from people after they’ve taken the exam.
What do you need to know to pass the exam?
This is an outline of the Exam Objectives. You can see the details on the website: Exam 541 Objectives
Section 1 - DB2 Server Management (10%)
- Demonstrate the ability to configure/manage DB2 servers, instances, and databases (e.g. scope)
- Demonstrate the ability to schedule jobs
- Demonstrate the ability to use autonomic features
Section 2 - Physical Design (20%)
- Demonstrate the ability to create a database and manipulate various DB2 objects
- Demonstrate knowledge of partitioning capabilities
- Demonstrate knowledge of XML data objects
- Demonstrate knowledge of compression
Section 3 - Business Rules Implementation (5%)
- Demonstrate the ability to create constraints on tables
- Demonstrate the ability to create views WITH CHECK OPTION
Section 4 - Monitoring DB2 Activity (15%)
- Demonstrate the ability to use Admin views and SQL functions for monitoring
- Demonstrate the ability to use Work Load Manager
- Demonstrate the ability to use additional auto-monitoring tools
- Demonstrate the ability to identify the functions of Problem Determination Tools
- Demonstrate the ability to capture and analyze EXPLAIN/VISUAL EXPLAIN information
Section 5 - Utilities (15%)
- Demonstrate the ability to use the data movement utilities
- Demonstrate the ability to use the REORG, REORGCHK, REBIND and RUNSTATS utilities
- Demonstrate the ability to use the DB2 Advisor utility
- Describe the purpose of Data Studio Administrator (basic concepts - replacing existing DB2 tools)
Section 6 - High Availability (20%)
- Describe DB2 data integrity actions
- Demonstrate the ability to perform database-level and table space level backup and recovery operations
- Demonstrate the ability to configure and manage HADR
Section 7 - Security (10%)
- Describe DB2 authentication
- Describe DB2 authorizations and privileges
- Describe the ability to set and remove user, group, and role authorities and privileges
- Demonstrate general knowledge of the Audit facility
- Demonstrate knowledge of the DB2 Security Infrastructure
Section 8 - Connectivity and Networking (5%)
- Demonstrate the ability to configure database connectivity
- Demonstrate knowledge of using JDBC/SQLJ connections with DB2
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
More information about Roger & Certification Exams:
Roger Sanders was featured in the latest edition of the DM Magazine - The Man to See About Certification - “The guru of DB2 certification tests talks about how he puts them together—and how they can help your career” by Howard Baldwin
I wrote an entry on my blog some time ago that I still recommend: Certification 101. I do need to update the entry to include the DB2 9.7 exams such as Exam 541, but the content is still accurate in most ways:
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
Another book that will publish just in time to be launched at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference is
By Roger Sanders
Roger will be at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference this year and will be available for two book signings at the Conference bookstore:
Monday October 24 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday October 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing to your Smart Site Schedule. This book and another of Roger’s books (DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes)that will also launch at the conference will be sold at the Conference Bookstore for a 20% discount.
About the book:
I’ve already read the book and highly recommend it. It covers everything that you need to know & do in order to get an article or book published. What makes this book so different than others of the same sort is first of all Roger’s extensive experience in writing technical books and articles and second his explanation of an author contract. I personally find legal contracts to be very difficult to understand and I have little interest in putting in the effort to understand all the terms that appear in an author contract. Roger put the effort in, and it shows. He goes through each clause and term that you’ll encounter and explains it in a very understandable way. In addition, Roger gives examples of what he’s encountered throughout his career and how the various clauses in the contract affected the situation.
Getting the skills to write well isn’t nearly as hard as you think. Here are the basics that Roger covers in his book:
1. Schedule time to write. If you wait until you’re “in the mood to write”, you’ll never get anything done! Set goals for how much you want to accomplish and move to another section if one is causing you grief. Reward yourself as targets are reached.
2. Have a strong outline before you start to write. I know it sounds cliché, but the more up front planning you do, the easier the writing will be. Even for technical documents, you should “tell a story”. Have a beginning, say a problem that needs to be solved; a middle, the search for a solution; and an end, a strong conclusion.
3. Let some personality show through in the writing. There are some cases where dry, factual writing is required, but where it’s not, let the writing be conversational or slightly casual to be of interest to the reader. Always think of your reader. Even if the writing is just for a school paper, the last thing you want to do is to bore the reader so that the ending is never reached.
4. Diagrams and tables are useful, but ONLY if they are tied tightly with the text. Don’t put them there just for filler because they’ll never be looked at. The best idea is to add reference numbers to the diagrams and have text to lead the reader from one point to the next. If that sounds like too much work, maybe the diagram isn’t really needed.
5. No one’s writing is perfect… every author needs to review and revise their work many times. Most authors get quite tired of reading what they’ve written by the time it is “finished”.
To make revision as easy as possible, Roger suggests that each time you go through your draft, look for one specific thing at a time. For instance, the first time through, check that you are using the active voice instead of passive. Next, go through and look to make sure headings and lists use parallel wording. Next, look for words that are commonly spelled incorrectly that will not be caught by a spell checker. And so on.
6. For everyone, but especially if you are English-second language, consider reading the text out loud or have the computer read it to you. You may be able to hear problems in the wording easier than you can read them. Also, look at past comments you’ve received on writing assignments. Likely you often make the same errors every time you write, so pay close attention to how your previous errors were corrected, and go through your document to specifically focus on improving these problem areas.
8. One last piece of advice. If you’re writing a technical document, your goal is not to make it “beautiful”… your goal is clarity. You want to ensure that anyone who reads what you’ve written understands your technical messages.
There are a lot more details that will help you, so I encourage you to get a copy of Roger’s book.
Roger is also attending the IOD conference to share his expertise on DB2 Certification. He was an exam developer of many DB2 exams and is the instructor at a highly rated Pre-Conference Certification Crammer Course: (9Q020) DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows DBA Certification Crammer for Exam 541 . His other book, DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes will help you pass one of the free exams that are being offered to attendees.
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples
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.
Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and
by Dirk deRoos, Chris Eaton, George Lapis, Paul
Zikopoulos, Tom Deutsch
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.
- Learn how IBM hardens Hadoop for enterprise-class scalability and
- Gain insight into IBM's unique in-motion and at-rest Big Data analytics
- Learn tips and tricks for Big Data use cases and solutions
- Get a quick Hadoop primer
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
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 5 – IBM InfoSphere Big Insights – Analytics for “At Rest” Big
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+
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet author Bill Carpenter and have him sign a copy of his book at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference. Come to the Conference bookstore Thursday October 27 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm to meet Bill. Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
- Quickly get up to speed on all significant features and the major components of IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
- Provides technical details that are valuable both for beginners and experienced Content Management professionals alike, without repeating product reference documentation
- Gives a big picture description of Enterprise Content Management and related IT areas to set the context for Content Manager
- Written by an IBM employee, William Carpenter, who has extensive experience in Content Manager product development, this book gives practical tips and notes with a step by-step approach to design real Enterprise Content Management solutions to solve your business needs
- IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager, built on top of the mature FileNet platform, is a complete, world class Enterprise Content Management platform. With its rock solid document management features, tight integration with BPM systems and other components, and rich API set, it is a highly scalable and secure solution to common and uncommon Enterprise Content Management requirements.
- Written by a FileNet insider, who is an Enterprise Content Management architect and engineer, this book is a straightforward guide to effectively install, manage, and administer FileNet P8 content Manager. It emphasizes practical, specific, and hands-on information about features for building Enterprise Content Management solutions. At every step, real-world tips and important information are called out to save you time and trouble when building customized solutions.
- Beginning with an overview of Enterprise Content Management, the book moves quickly to the matter of getting a real Content Management system up and running. You learn key Content Management applications that are demonstrated to show you the major concepts that matter you as a developer, administrator, or as an end user. There are separate chapters that describe major platform features, security-related features, and integrations with other commonly used software components. A realistic sample application, designed right infront of you unfolds the genius in IBM Filenet P8 Content Manager. Finally, you take an in-depth look at troubleshooting, support sites, and online resources to help meet your security needs.
- Master the ins and outs of the FileNet P8 platform, easily
You can also see Bill in the following sessions:
Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm
IBM FileNet Content Manager
In this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with technical architects for IBM FileNet Content Manager and discuss the future direction of the technology.
For IOD sessions related to this book, see the Enterprise Content Management Roadmaps:
- ECM Advanced Case Management
- ECM Content Analytics
- ECM Document Imaging and Capture
- ECM General
- ECM Information Lifecycle Governance
- ECM Social Content Management
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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.
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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
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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!
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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:
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David Birmingham’s latest book is being featured at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this year:
I have a book signing session scheduled for David, so you can buy a book and get it signed. Meet David on Wednesday October 26 at the Conference Bookstore from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. David’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.
There are many Netezza sessions being held at IOD this year. Use SmartSite to choose the sessions that you are interested in. Here are the sessions that David is involved with:
- When the Netezza technology is introduced into a new environment, it can elicit as much mystery as it does excitement. This session on Wednesday 8:15 – 9:30 am, will demystify and simplify many of the high-performance, sometimes counter-intuitive concepts used in the Netezza architecture, such as how to re-think a solution that is no longer obligated to under-powered technology, how to best approach a migration from existing technology into a TwinFin, and a discussion about using the platform as a data processing machine. This session answers questions many new users have, such as: Where do we start? How do we get the most from the machine? What do our people need to know? Or of equal importance, what do our people need to set aside?
- David will also host IBM Netezza Appliances Best Practices sessions at IOD from 12:30 – 1:30 Wednesday October 26 and Thursday October 27. During these sessions, David will share insights and best practices on IBM Netezza appliance selection and deployment, and encourages open discussion and Q&A.
About the book
- A deep dive into the mechanics and pitfalls of migration
- The advantages and disadvantages of in-the-box data processing
- A review of some ETL tool positives and negatives
- How-to's on set-based patterns like slowly-changing-dimensions, change-data-capture, exception handling, referential integrity and how to make it all metadata-driven and metadata-aware
- Parameterized shell-scripting examples, case-studies, vendor proof-of-concept tournaments and converting our Netezza storage machine into a data processing flow-based powerhouse.
Throughout the book is a consistent message of transformation, certainly for data but also for people, corporations, operations, technology and technologists, all leading to an impact on the data warehousing industry as a whole.
Take a look at David’s blog “Netezza Underground” to get more insight into the book and everything else Netezza.
Also of interest:
- A new video series to help you understand the difference between a data warehouse and a data warehouse appliance. The video series is narrated by CEO, Jim Baum and CTO, Justin Lindsey.
- An eBook, written by Mike Kearney, which explores both our technological innovation, resulting performance and our customer's experiences in terms of Simplicity. You can download this ebook for free.
Other posts about the IOD Conference:
As mentioned in a previous post, there are several deep technical courses that you can take immediately prior to IBM’s Information on Demand (IOD11) Conference this year. My previous post described the 6 certification crammer courses that are offered. If you aren’t interested in cramming for a certification, consider this one:
The popular troubleshooting seminar is back, this time with updated information on the newest DB2 release - 9.7 Cobra! Learn how to identify and resolve problems such as database hangs, locking problems, crashes and optimizer/performance problems. DB2 V9 also provides various problem determination facilities and tools such as DB2PD. Knowing how and when to use these tools is critical in resolving problems quickly.
Take this class to learn how to identify and resolve problems such as database hangs, locking problems, crashes and optimizer/performance problems. Learn about the tools and techniques that you can use to identify performance problems caused by resource bottlenecks, locking and poor query access plans.
As a result of the class, you’ll be able to
- Characterize a problem in order to expedite resolution
- Learn how and what data to collect during intermittent hangs, slow-downs and other problems in order to decrease problem resolution time
- Understand DB2 Support's methodology in troubleshooting DB2 problems.
The instructor for this class is Aman Lalla from the IBM Toronto Lab. Aman is a senior development manager and analyst at the IBM Toronto Lab in Canada. He has 13+ years of experience with DB2 on the distributed platforms. He has worked at IBM for 15 years. His areas of expertise include DB2 problem determination in a single and muti-partition environment. Aman is currently the development manager for the IBM Smart Analytics System. He has previously written an IBM Redbooks publication on DB2 Data Links Manager and DB2 Database Partition Feature.
This is a special one-day offering being presented 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. For details on the price and class objectives, see (9Q072) Deep dive into DB2 LUW Problem Determination and Troubleshooting
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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.