Did I ever tell you that I love my job? Part of why I do is because I’m surrounded by some of the most creative people in the world! Yes, all these developers in the Toronto are very creative, but right now I want to mention authors.
I’ve met famous authors: Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Covey, famous people who became authors: Devon Harris (bobsled olympian) and Michael Eisner (Mr. Disney) and just plain interesting people who have written books: Mark Jeffries, Chris Anderson, Magnus Lindkvist, and Chad Fowler. Meeting these people is the icing on the cake, but I’ve noticed that they have the same enthusiasm and drive as the lesser known authors who I work with to get books about DB2 and other IBM products produced.
Let’s start with some of the most prolific authors who I know. Enthusiasm is number one, but one of the things that sets these people apart from others is their desire and willingness to teach other people the tricks of the trade:
Then there are the gold consultants. These are people who don’t work for IBM, but may as well. They are essentially IBM’s cheerleaders. I should say that Roger, Craig, and Rebecca listed above are not gold consultants, but they are definitely passionate about IBM’s DB2 products!
Rick Van Der Lans
And then there are the IBMers who are already so busy in their day jobs but still manage to find time to write a book! Paul, George, and Bill also fall into this category:
I should also make a note here to congratulate those authors who are writing in English even though English is their second language!
Finally, there are the people who want to be authors who find the time to create a proposal and send it to me. I hope that these people one day find the right topic to become their book. These people tend to review many of the books that I work on and are amazing reviewers.
What makes a good author? Writing a book is very hard work, so the two primary things that are necessary for success are willingness to work hard and a very strong passion for writing about the chosen topic. Roger Sanders is writing his 21st book and this one is about how to become an author of technical articles and books. If you are interested in writing, I high recommend that you start with Roger’s book: From Idea to Print.
I wasn’t able to list all the authors who I admire in this post, because believe me, there are many more. I appreciate all the experience, passion and hard work that you pour into your projects. I hope you all have many more books in you and that you encourage others to follow your paths.
If you will be at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this October, please stop by the many book signing sessions that I have planned to congratulate an author on a job well done. To find the book signings that are scheduled, search on “signing” when logged into the Smart Site. You should find 15 entries.
I’ve known this for the last week, but haven’t been able to blog about it till today! The authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics will be special guest speakers at this year’s IBM Information on Demand Conference. They are scheduled to speak at the General Session on Wednesday morning.
We’ve managed to arrange for Stephen Dubnar and Steven Levitt to come to the bookstore for attendees to get their books signed… the unfortunate things is that they only have 20 minutes available for the signing! Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. Their session is Anc # 3779.
Have you read the books yet? I have listened to both books in audible versions and can speak endlessly about how much I enjoyed the stories in their books. I will purchase both copies in printed format so I can get these amazing authors to sign them!
About the books:
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?
Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: What’s more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it’s so ineffective? Can a sex change boost your salary?
I’m very interested in hearing what they have to say to an IBM audience. I presume it will be related to IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative… which really is looking at the world in a different way much as the freak guys did in their books.
by Atul Gawande
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s General Session and he’ll be signing copies of his latest book. Atul’s signing session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3722.
About his book:
Over the past decade, through his writing in The New Yorker magazine and his books Complications and Better, Atul Gawande has made a name for himself as a writer of exquisitely crafted meditations on the problems and challenges of modern medicine. His latest book, The Checklist Manifesto, begins on familiar ground, with his experiences as a surgeon. But before long it becomes clear that he is really interested in a problem that afflicts virtually every aspect of the modern world--and that is how professionals deal with the increasing complexity of their responsibilities. It has been years since I read a book so powerful and so thought-provoking.
Gawande begins by making a distinction between errors of ignorance (mistakes we make because we don't know enough), and errors of ineptitude (mistakes we made because we don’t make proper use of what we know). Failure in the modern world, he writes, is really about the second of these errors, and he walks us through a series of examples from medicine showing how the routine tasks of surgeons have now become so incredibly complicated that mistakes of one kind or another are virtually inevitable: it's just too easy for an otherwise competent doctor to miss a step, or forget to ask a key question or, in the stress and pressure of the moment, to fail to plan properly for every eventuality. Gawande then visits with pilots and the people who build skyscrapers and comes back with a solution. Experts need checklists--literally--written guides that walk them through the key steps in any complex procedure. In the last section of the book, Gawande shows how his research team has taken this idea, developed a safe surgery checklist, and applied it around the world, with staggering success.
I haven’t read any books by Atul yet, but I’m looking forward to buying this one at the conference and meeting Atul.
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight
Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, the authors of this book will be speaking at several sessions and will be signing copies of their latest book. Their signing session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. This session is Anc # 3617.
About the book:
Tomorrow’s winning “Intelligent Enterprises” will bring together far more diverse sources of data, analyze it in more powerful ways, and deliver immediate insight to decision-makers throughout the organization. Today, however, most companies fail to apply the information they already have, while struggling with the complexity and costs of their existing information environments.
In this book, a team of IBM’s leading information management experts guide you on a journey that will take you from where you are today toward becoming an “Intelligent Enterprise.”
Drawing on their extensive experience working with enterprise clients, the authors present a new, information-centric approach to architecture and powerful new models that will benefit any organization. Using these strategies and models, companies can systematically unlock the business value of information by delivering actionable, real-time information in context to enable better decision-making throughout the enterprise–from the “shop floor” to the “top floor.”
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM
Software and Best Practices
by Sunil Soares
What’s the book about? Briefly, in the word of Arvind Krishna, General Manager at IBM:
IBM has assembled a comprehensive approach to Information Governance
that delivers the industry’s strongest portfolio of products, services, and best
practices to address every organization’s needs. This book provides a practical
set of detailed steps and sub-steps to implement an Information Governance
program, as well as the associated automation provided by IBM Software.
Last week in my blog entry titled "Freak me out!"
I broke the news about the fact that the authors of Freakonmics and SuperFreakonomics, Stephen Dubner
and Steven Levitt
would be guest speakers at the IBM Information on Demand Conference. They are doing the Keynote on Wednesday October 27 and are avaliable for an incredibly short signing session from 10:00 - 10:20 am. I hope you can join us.
I hope you're as excited about this movie, book, book signing as I am :)
Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great.
by Sam Lightstone
Sam’s book shines light on the differences between the skills acquired in university versus those needed to succeed in the business world. It also shares what recruiters look for in a candidate and what preferred skills will help you get your dream job. How can you differentiate yourself from the others who are similarly educated or similarly skilled, climb the ladder, become a technical leader and innovator, or even start your own successful software company? This book tells you how to accelerate your career and includes interviews with 17 of the industry’s biggest stars including inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs and leading executives, to find out what they did to stand out in this industry. Even if you are modest about your goals of making it in the software industry, this book will give you an edge that will last your entire career.
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Sam Lightsone will be speaking at several sessions and he’ll be signing copies of his latest book. Sam’s signing session is scheduled for Thursday, October 28 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3618.
About the book:
Software development is unique industry that includes many of the trappings of corporate American culture, and many odd divergences. It’s an industry where teenage hackers compete head-to-head with MIT PhD graduates. A world where crinkled t-shirts and unlaced running shoes coexist with stock options and executive titles. The dynamic and somewhat bohemian quality of the software industry introduces unique challenges in building a successful software career.
More importantly the insight on how to get ahead in the software business simply isn’t taught in formal degree programs. With supporting data from Gartner Group, IBM, KPMG, Standish Group and others this book discusses the dynamics of software development organizations, and how to build a successful career. In addition the book includes interviews with some of the most influential software innovators and leaders of the past 30 years – ACM Turing Award winners, and CEOs of major corporations alike; people who literally changed the world. These interviews add an intimate and profound quality to the book.
*** Mark's signing time changed to Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon.
Last year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference in Las Vegas, I was lucky to meet Mark Jeffries who was host for the General Sessions. Mark had written the book “What’s up with Your Handshake” and I arranged a book signing session for him. I really enjoyed meeting Mark and reading his book.
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Mark is also hosting several sessions and will be signing copies of his latest book:
The Art of Business Seduction: A 30-Day Plan to Get Noticed, Get Promoted, and Get Ahead
About the book:
Description: These days, more than ever, you need an edge to win the job, the sale, or the contract that you want. And once you have it, keeping it is part of the job. You're always selling yourself, getting re-hired everyday with everything you do and say.
"The Art of Business Seduction" elevates your game by allowing you to recognize what's essential in getting noticed for the right reasons and by the right people. You'll get powerful tools you can use immediately, including A Strategic Communication plan The no-fail, four-step L-WAR process (Listen, Watch, Anticipate, React) Real-life exercises you can implement over thirty consecutive days that will then become a winning part of your routine and lifestyle
Your secret weapon in today's business struggle, "The Art of Business Seduction" peels away the hype to give you the unadorned facts on what will drive your continued, consistent success.
Mark’s signing session is scheduled for ***Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3766.
DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
by Judy Nall
About her book:
This is an addition to the series of Certification Guides published by MC Press to support DB2’s popular certification program.
Not only was Judy part of the exam development team, but she is well known in the DB2 area as an internationally recognized lecturer, consultant, writer, educator, and DB2 expert. She is the president of Computer Business International, Inc., a member of the IBM DB2 Gold Consultants Group, and the recipient of an IBM Data Champion award for contributions to the IBM Data Management community.
This book was written with system administrators in mind, this reference offers information about both DB2 and z/OS operating systems as well as guidance for preparing for the IBM Certification Test 737. Helpful and thorough, this technical guide summarizes the new features of DB2 9 environments and provides essential system administration information, such as installation and maintenance procedures. With chapters on troubleshooting, performance and tuning, and securing and auditing, as well as practice questions, this reference is a one-stop shop for DB2 system administrators.
Other books that are part of this series are:
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
All of these books were authored by experts who were part of the exam development team, the structure of the book matches the exam objectives, and there are sample test questions to help you prepare for the exam.
by Elizabeth Woodward, Steffan Surdek, and Matthew Ganis
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Matt Ganis will be signing copies of his latest book. Matt’s signing session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3767.
Succeed with Scrum in Even the Largest, Most Complex Distributed Development Projects
Forewords by Ken Schwaber, Scott Ambler, Roman Pichler, and Matthew Wang
This is the first comprehensive, practical guide for Scrum practitioners working in large-scale distributed environments. Written by three of IBM’s leading Scrum practitioners—in close collaboration with the IBM QSE Scrum Community of more than 1000 members worldwide—this book offers specific, actionable guidance for everyone who wants to succeed with Scrum in the enterprise.
Readers will follow a journey through the lifecycle of a distributed Scrum project, from envisioning products and setting up teams to preparing for Sprint planning and running retrospectives. Each chapter presents a baseline drawn from “conventional” Scrum, then discusses additional issues faced by distributed teams, and presents specific best-practice solutions, alternatives, and tips the authors have identified through hard, empirical experience.
Using real-world examples, the book demonstrates how to apply key Scrum practices, such as look-ahead planning in geographically distributed environments. Readers will also gain valuable new insights into the agile management of complex problem and technical domains.
- Developing user stories and working with Product Owners as a distributed team
- Recognizing and fixing the flaws Scrum may reveal in existing processes
- Engaging in more efficient Release and Sprint planning
- Conducting intense, brief daily Scrum meetings in distributed environments
- Managing cultural and language differences
- Resolving dependencies, performing frequent integration, and maintaining transparency in geographically distributed environments
- Successfully running remote software reviews and demos
- Brainstorming what worked and what didn’t, to improve future Sprints
This book will be an indispensable resource for every team leader, member, product owner, or manager working with Scrum or other agile methods in any distributed software development organization.
Recently published: The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence
Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage
By Mike Biere
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Mike is a speaker at several sessions and will be signing copies of his latest book. Mike’s signing session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27 from 11 am – noon. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3619B.
About his latest book:
A Complete Blueprint for Maximizing the Value of Business Intelligence in the Enterprise
The typical enterprise recognizes the immense potential of business intelligence (BI) and its impact upon many facets within the organization–but it’s not easy to transform BI’s potential into real business value. In The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence, top BI expert Mike Biere presents a complete blueprint for creating winning BI strategies and infrastructure, and systematically maximizing the value of information throughout the enterprise.
This product-independent guide brings together start-to-finish guidance and practical checklists for every senior IT executive, planner, strategist, implementer, and the actual business users themselves. Drawing on thousands of hours working with enterprise customers, Biere helps decision-makers choose from today’s unprecedented spectrum of options, including the latest BI platform suites and appliances. He offers practical, “in-the-trenches” insights on a wide spectrum of planning and implementation issues, from segmenting and supporting users to working with unstructured data.
• Understanding the scope of today’s BI solutions and how they fit into existing infrastructure
• Assessing new options such as SaaS and cloud-based technologies
• Avoiding technology biases and other “project killers”
• Developing effective RFIs/RFPs and proofs of concept
• Setting up competency centers and planning for skills development
• Crafting a better experience for all your business users
• Supporting the requirements of senior executives, including performance management
• Cost-justifying BI solutions and measuring success
• Working with enterprise content management, text analytics, and search
• Planning and constructing portals, mashups, and other user interfaces
• Previewing the future of BI
This is not Mike’s first book. Also from Mike:
2003’s Business Intelligence for the Enterprise
and Flashbook: New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet: Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Join us for the 4th Annual Women In Technology Networking Event at the 2010 IOD Conference in Las Vegas.
Hosted by Debbie Landers, VP Information Management Client Support and Education, and Karla Norsworthy, VP Warehouse Solutions, this 'wine and cheese' reception provides an opportunity to build connections with fellow IBM colleagues as well as women clients and partners.
This year, we'll also have the opportunity to hear Sam Lightsone discuss key findings from his book entitled "Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great".
It is preferable that attendees register for the event via the IOD website. (Note: You must be registered for the conference to attend this event.)
Women in Technology: Leveraging Our Unique Abilities to Build Success
Wednesday, October 27th @ 6pm
Session Reference: 3613A
Room: South Seas A/B
If you have a copy of Sam's book, bring it to the Wednesday reception for Sam to sign it. If not, attend Sam's official signing session at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, on Thursday, October 28 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3618.
Sam's passion is software development and recruiting and mentoring software engineers. He recently published Making it Big in Software which encompasses everything he learned in a 20+ year career at IBM as a technical leader in management, software architecture and programming. Come hear tips from Sam on jumpstarting your career, moving up, blazing your way to the top, working the organization, successfully managing your time, projects and life and more!
PS... Join one of the groups so you never miss a date:
Facebook Fan Page - more than 400 members at the time of this writing. This has been a fairly active page so far, so even if you haven't read the book yet, become a fan and learn more about the author and events surrounding the book.
LinkedIn Group - Career based articles and events about the book will be posted here.
Sam's Blog: The Making it Big Blog. Sam has been summarizing some of the points he makes in his book and blogging about them. Active blog and interesting entries.
Read one chapter for free online: http://bit.ly/d1KrQZ
by Neal Fishman
“This book is a must read for any organization using data-integration or data-interchange technologies, or simply any organization that must trust data. Neal takes the reader through an entertaining and vital journey of SOA information management issues, risks, discovery, and solutions. He provides a fresh perspective that no corporation should overlook; in fact, corporations might head blindly into SOA implementations without this awareness.”
–Kevin Downey, Senior Partner, Xteoma Inc., Canada
“Neal Fishman’s book on the viral affects of data is a much-needed warning signal for a time when critical consideration of risk and impact take a backseat in the thrive to integrate and apply new technologies. This book alerts its readers of potential risks and indicates how these can be minimized in real-world implementations. A must read for all decision makers for today’s increasingly complex information architectures.”
–Thomas Buehlmann, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Accenture, United States
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Neal is a speaker at several sessions and will be signing copies of his book. Neal’s signing session is scheduled for Thursday, October 28 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3801.
Ensure the Reliability of the Data Your SOA Environment Depends Upon
Service-oriented environments can share data more widely and rapidly than ever before. Incorrect data can easily trigger inappropriate actions, prevent urgent actions from being taken, disrupt customer transactions and relationships, generate compliance problems, and damage business performance. Companies need a comprehensive blueprint for ensuring data reliability in their SOA environments. Viral Data in SOA provides that blueprint.
Leading IBM information forensics expert Neal Fishman helps you identify the unique challenges of data quality in your SOA environment–and implement solutions that deliver the best results for the long term at the lowest cost. Writing for both business and technical professionals, Fishman shows how to think about data quality on a risk/reward basis...establishing an effective data governance initiative...how to evaluate data quality, and overcome its inevitable decay...and, last but not least, how to actually derive a data quality initiative that works.
• Why poor-quality data in SOA can be dangerous to an organization
• Practical solutions for assessing, improving, and sustaining trusted information
• Why data governance is so critical–and realistic models for implementing it
• Benefits of data provenance
• Why business data is a form of metadata
• Programming and database design techniques to improve data quality
*** changed signing date/time for Mark Jeffries
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been blogging about the authors who will be signing books at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this October. I think it’s a record that we have 9 amazing authors with books that you can buy and get signed. I’ve read several of the books myself and highly recommend them, but I’ll also be in line buying copies of the books I haven’t yet read.
Although it isn’t necessary, I suggest that you use the Smart Site to build an agenda for yourself, and “sign” up to attend these book signings. Why? Simply so you remember when and where they are taking place. I’ve tried to make it easy for you by listing the Meeting number for each author / signing, but you can also search on the word “signing” in the Smart Site and you’ll be presented with all of the signings that have been scheduled.
Here is the list:
Book signings: you must purchase a copy of the book for the author to sign. All books at the bookstore will be for sale at a 20% discount. If you already own the book…. bring it with you!
The Art of Business Seduction: A 30-Day Plan to Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Get Ahead (Session # 3766)
by Mark Jeffries
Monday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Mark is now signing on Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am- 12:00 noon.
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Session # 3622)
by Atul Gawande
Tuesday at 10:00 – 11:00
DB2 V9 for z/OS Certification Guide - Systems Administration – Test 737 (Session # 3621)
by Judy Nall
Tuesday at 12:30 – 1:30
Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics (Session # 3779)
by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Wednesday 10:00 – 10:20 am
New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence, The: Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage (Session # 3619)
by Michael Biere
Wednesday at 11:00 – 12:00
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture (Session # 3617)
by Eberhard Hechler, Martin Oberhofer, Steve Lockwood, Michael Schroek, Mario Godinez, Klaus Koeig
Wednesday at 12:30 – 1:30
A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum (Session # 3767)
by Matt Ganis
Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic (Session # 3801)
by Neal Fishman
Thursday at 11:30 – 12:30
Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great. (Session # 3618)
by Sam Lightstone
Thursday at 12:30 – 1:30
Next week I’ll tell you about the Flashbooks that are being specially produced for the IOD conference and will be given away for free to conference attendees.
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, we have five NEW Flashbooks to give out to attendees for free. What are flashbooks? These are the small and easy-to-read books that we created especially for our IOD audience. I’m really happy with the topics we’ve managed to pull together this year.
For those of you who are not able to come to the conference, all of these flashbooks will soon also be available for sale from amazon.com. I’ll post the details when that happens.
The book signings & giveaways for these flashbooks will take place at the Mandalay Bay Foyer Book Store - Mandalay Bay South Convention Center at the day and time listed below. Add these book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder
We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time. The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy.
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling (Session # 3623)
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad
Monday at 12:30 – 1:15
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box (Sessions # 3736 and 3625)
by David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Roger Miller, Surekha Pureka
Give-away: Monday at 12:30-1:15
Signing: Tuesday at 12:30 – 1:30
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices (Session # 3620)
by Sunil Soares
Monday at 2:30 – 3:15
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence (Session # 3624)
by John Boyer, The Nielsen Company Bill Frank, Johnson & Johnson Brian Green, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Tennessee Tracy Harris, IBM Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company
Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00
IBM COGNOS ANALYTICS AND CLOUD COMPUTING: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud (Session # 3780)
by Stephan Jou, Anant Jhingran, William Lee, Thanh Pham, Biraj Saha
Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00
Hope to see you at IOD this year… It is shaping up to be the event of the year!