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IBM Redbooks are cherished by many, since they provide excellent technical content in electronic format, all at a price that is hard to resist: FREE! This year IBM Redbooks are also available in ePub format, allowing tablet owners a new way to read these books.
You can find the most popular downloads for Information Management on the IBM Redbooks site: IBM Information Management Redbooks.
Rather than give you this list, I’ve compiled my own list that includes the top downloads of the most recent DB2 or InfoSphere titles:
1. High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
This IBM Redbooks publication describes the DB2 high availability functions and features, focusing on High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) in the OLTP environment. The book provides a detailed description of HADR, including setup, configuration, administration, monitoring, and preferred practices.
2. Oracle to DB2 Conversion Guide: Compatibility Made Easy
This Oracle to DB2 migration guide describes new technology, preferred practices for moving to DB2, and common scenarios that can help you as you move from Oracle to DB2.
3. InfoSphere DataStage for Enterprise XML Data Integration
XML is one of the most common standards for the exchange of information. However, organizations find challenges in how to address the complexities of dealing with hierarchical data types, particularly as they scale to gigabytes and beyond. In this IBM Redbooks publication, we discuss and describe the new capabilities in IBM InfoSphere DataStage 8.5. These capabilities enable developers to more easily manage the design and processing requirements presented by the most challenging XML sources. Developers can use these capabilities to create powerful hierarchical transformations and to parse and compose XML data with high performance and scalability. Spanning both batch and real-time run times, these capabilities can be used to solve a broad range of business requirements.
4. Optimizing DB2 Queries with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS
This IBM Redbooks publication provides technical decision-makers with a broad understanding of the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator architecture and its exploitation by documenting the steps for the installation of this solution in an existing DB2 10 for z/OS environment.
5. Unleashing DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
This IBM Redbooks publication provides a broad understanding of the key features in IBM DB2 10 and how to use these features to get more value from business applications.
6. Smarter Business: Dynamic Information with IBM InfoSphere Data Replication CDC
In this IBM Redbooks publication, we show you examples of how InfoSphere CDC can be used to implement integrated systems, to keep those systems updated immediately as changes occur, and to use your existing infrastructure and scale up as your workload grows. InfoSphere CDC can also enhance your investment in other software, such as IBM DataStage® and IBM QualityStage®, IBM InfoSphere Warehouse, and IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server, enabling real-time and event-driven processes. Enable the integration of your critical data and make it immediately available as your business needs it.
7. Smarter Modeling of IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Solutions
This IBM Redbooks publication presents a development approach for master data management projects, and in particular, those projects based on IBM InfoSphere MDM Server.
8. DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics
This IBM Redbooks publication provides an overview of the performance impact of DB2 10 for z/OS discussing the overall performance and possible impacts when moving from version to version. We include performance measurements that were made in the laboratory and provide some estimates.
9. IBM InfoSphere Streams V3.0: Addressing volume, velocity, and variety
Still in draft format, learn how IBM InfoSphere Streams provides a development platform and runtime environment where you can develop applications that ingest, filter, analyze, and correlate potentially massive volumes of continuous data streams based on defined, proven, and analytical rules that alert you to take appropriate action, all within an appropriate time frame for your organization.
10. Managing IBM DB2 10 for z/OS Using the IBM DB2 Administration Tool for z/OS Version 10
This IBM Redbooks publication highlights the data administration enhancements introduced by DB2 Administration Tool for z/OS Version 10 by providing scenarios of their use with the new functions provided by DB2 10 for z/OS.
Stay tuned for next year for more great content from the IBM Redbooks team!
Yesterday I focused on what an outstanding job our IBM Champions do to enhance the acceptance and usage of IBM products. Check out my posts:
These entries took a lot of research and the chances of me missing someone was high. And of course, I did miss a few people who I actually know quite well! My apologies to these people and any others I have missed!
Frank Fillmore will be a panelist with IBM SVP Robert LeBlanc at the 4245A Break Free Forum on Monday, October 22 from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m in the Four Seasons Ballroom.
Also check out Frank’s blog.
I had mentioned Cristian Molaro, but neglected to mention that he will be available to sign copies of the IBM Redbook that he was recently involved with:
Tell me if you want me to blog about you or be a guest blogger. I’m very happy to promote the activities of all IBM Champions.
Lots of people love IBM Redbooks. As you know, they are FREE and available
for you to download in PDF or EPUB versions at anytime from the IBM Redbooks website.
One of the most popular giveaways at IBM Information on Demand Conference is
printed IBM Redbooks. This year we have 10 different titles to give away.
Please note that the PRINTED copies are in limited quantity.
Make sure you attend one of the sessions planned at the bookstore to make sure
you get the title that you want. While you're getting your free copy, meet the authors who wrote the book and have them sign it for you!
I included links to the eversion of the book if it already exists. Notice that some are not yet published? They’ll be launched specifically for IOD:
Tuesday, October 23, 12:00 – 1:00 at the IOD bookstore
Wednesday, October 24, 12:00 – 1:00 at the IOD bookstore
Thursday, October 25, 12:00 – 1:00 at the IOD bookstore
As you can see, we’ve made it easy for you. Come by the bookstore Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at lunchtime to get a printed book!
While you’re at the bookstore, check out the technical books that are available for you to purchase at a 20% discount as well as pick up one of the many free Flashbooks that are scheduled to be handed out at the bookstore on Monday, October 22.
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:
Here are the other signings and giveaways that are taking place at the event:
Coming soon: A podcast series where I’ll interview as many of these authors as I can!
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:
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.
The ITSO has been busy creating technical publications to help you deep your knowledge and hands on skills with IBM’s Information Management products. Here is a list of the Redbooks and Redpapers that have published in first three months of 2011:
This publication introduces IT architects and IT specialists to the case management concept, its benefits, and how it is different from traditional business process management or content management. In addition, this book introduces the IBM Case Manager product, designing a case management solution, setting up the appropriate environment, and building and deploying the solution. In addition, it serves as a practical guide for IT professionals who are responsible for designing, building, and deploying case management solutions.
This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is devoted to tools that can be used for accelerating the development and debugging process, in particular to the stored procedure support provided by the latest and fastest evolving IBM product: Data Studio.
In this IBM® Redpaper™ publication we provide suggestions, hints and tips, directions, installation steps, checklists of prerequisites, and configuration information collected from a number of Information Server experts. It is intended to minimize the time required to successfully install and configure IBM Information Server.
This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces the architecture and components of the IBM Smart Analytics System family. We describe the installation and configuration of the IBM Smart Analytics System and show how to manage the systems effectively to deliver an enterprise class service.
In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we discuss and describe the capabilities for embedding Informix® into applications and software. We introduce the technological architecture and describe several of the functions and features that support Informix as a robust and powerful embeddable DBMS. Many of these features are unique in the industry today, enabling clients to create a business advantage.
This IBM Redbooks® publication describes the architecture and components of Optim Performance Manager Extended Edition. We provide information for planning the deployment of Optim Performance Manager and detail steps for successful installation, activation, and configuration of Optim Performance Manager and the Extended Insight client.
In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we document the steps for the implementation of a simple but meaningful XML application scenario. We have chosen to provide samples in COBOL and Java™ language. The purpose is to provide an easy path to follow to integrate the XML data type for the traditional DB2 for z/OS® user.
This IBM Redpaper™ publication focuses on the benefit and technical details of the integration of ECM products and offering with the Information Archive device. We explain the need and concept behind the IBM Smart Archive strategy, provide an overview of the Information Archive device and ECM products and offerings, and discuss how integrating them can benefit an organization. The technical details that we provide include integrating the Information Archive device with the following ECM products and offerings:
In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we give you details of the hardware and software architecture that make up the SONAS appliance, along with configuration, sizing, and performance considerations. We provide information about the integration of the SONAS appliance into an existing network. We demonstrate the administration of the SONAS appliance through the GUI and CLI, as well as showing backup and availability scenarios. Using a quick start scenario, we take you through common SONAS administration tasks to familiarize you with the SONAS system.
This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces the enhancements made available with DB2 10 for z/OS. The contents help you understand the new functions and performance enhancements, start planning for exploiting the key new capabilities, and justify the investment in installing or migrating or skip migrating to DB2 10.
The other day I posted an entry listing the 30 IBM Redbooks that were created this year for the Information Management products: 30 IBM Redbooks from the ITSO
Today I’m listing the top 15 Redbooks in this area that were downloaded this year. Notice that most of them have reader feedback.
This IBM Redbooks publication provides you with sufficient information to effectively use the WebSphere and VisualAge for Java environments to create, manage and deploy Web-based applications using methodologies centered around servlet, JavaServer Pages, and JavaBean architectures.
This IBM Redbooks publication includes some of the announced features for stored procedures, triggers, and UDFs in V5R1, V5R2, V5R3, and V5R4. Among the topics in this book, you will find suggestions, guidelines, and practical examples on how to effectively develop DB2 Universal Database for iSeries stored procedures, triggers, and UDFs.
This book helps to demystify VSAM and gives you the information necessary to understand, evaluate, and use VSAM properly. It clarifies VSAM functions for application programmers who work with VSAM. The practical, straightforward approach should dispel much of the complexity associated with VSAM. Wherever possible an example is used to reinforce a description of a VSAM function.
This IBM® Redbooks® publication develops usage scenarios that describe the implementation of IBM InfoSphere DataStage flow and job design with special emphasis on the new features such as the distributed transaction stage (DTS) in Version 8.0.1, slowly changing dimensions stage ( Version 8.0.1), complex flat file stage (Version 8.0.1), and access to mainframe data.
This book provides both introductory and detailed information about installing, configuring, managing, and monitoring DB2 in a Linux environment.
In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we provide an overview of IBM FileNet P8 and describe the core component architecture. We also introduce major expansion products that extend IBM FileNet P8 functionality in the areas of content ingestion, content accessing through connectors and federation, the application framework, and discovery and compliance.
This IBM Redbooks® publication addresses IBM Cognos Business Intelligence V10.1. You can use this book to:
This IBM Redbooks® publication describes DB2's high availability functions and features, focusing on High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) in the OLTP environment. The book provides a detailed discussion of HADR, including setup, configuration. administration, monitoring, and best practices.
In this IBM Redbooks publication we describe and demonstrate dimensional data modeling techniques and technology, specifically focused on business intelligence and data warehousing. It is to help the reader understand how to design, maintain, and use a dimensional model for data warehousing that can provide the data access and performance required for business intelligence.
To help you become well prepared to perform this certification, this IBM Redbooks publication provides all the information required to pass the Business Intelligence Solutions test.
This IBM Redbooks publication gives detail coverage to the topic of data modeling techniques for data warehousing, within the context of the overall data warehouse development process.
This IBM Redbooks publication covers the implementation best practices and recommendations for P8 Content Manager solutions. It introduces the functions and features of P8 Content Manager, common use cases of the product, and a design methodology that provides implementation guidance from requirements analysis through deployment and administration planning.
This IBM Redbooks publication shows customers how to use ADO.NET effectively to harness the power of DB2 UDB for iSeries, showing examples, best practices, pitfalls, and comparisons between the different ADO.NET data providers.
This IBM Redbooks publication helps you design, install, manage, and tune stored procedures with DB2 for z/OS. Stored procedures can provide major benefits in the areas of application performance, code re-use, security, and integrity. DB2 has offered an ever improving support for developing and operating stored procedures. DB2’s enhancements are related to tooling, language support, system environment, and have opened new possibilities for secure, highly portable applications in line with the e-business strategy of today's organizations.
This IBM Redbooks publication is designed to help system designers, system administrators, and database administrators design, size, implement, maintain, monitor, and tune a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) for optimal performance on AIX. RDBMS is usually a significant factor in building the profit line of a company. They represent an important investment and their performance is vital to the success of the company.
Wow… some of these titles are rather old. I’m glad that they are still found useful to readers!
As usual it’s been a very productive year for the ITSO who publish IBM Redbooks. Here is a list of 30 titles that were released for the Information Management area in 2010. Notice that the ITSO allows you to give reader feedback and ratings for these books. If you like a book, make sure you leave a comment. Word of mouth feedback is impressively influential.
This one was handed out in printed format at the IOD conference, and it proved to be extremely popular.
Looking for more e-books:
DB2 on Campus series of ebooks - 7 titles published, more coming. Free!
Earlier this year I wrote a blog entry entitled Year of the e-Book. Indeed it has been a very popular year for people trying or switching to ebooks. In the recently published article Top Trends of 2010: Growth of eBooks & eReaders, author Richard MacManus states that “eBook sales almost doubled over 2010 and now make up 9% of total consumer book sales”.
Although this is significant, there is still a long way to go before ebooks become widely accepted. I’ve owned my Kindle for a year now and my son has a Sony, so from personal experience, two bookworms from different generations were able to make the switch and love the experience. When I ask people if they’ve considered one of the ebook readers, they tell me that they would never be able to give up the feel of an actual book in their hands. My answer to this is that most of us have converted from snail mail to email, so the conversion from printed books to ebooks will happen eventually, but it will need people to first step outside their comfort zone.
One of the things I really liked about Richard’s article was his comparison between printed books and ebooks. I’ve copied his pros & cons here to add my own opinions:
1. Social Highlighting
I’ve used all of these features on my kindle, but would like to add that my favourite features are 1) the ability to get sample books. When I’m out with people and we’re discussing books that we recommend, I can easily build a wish list of books by getting sample chapters for free from amazon.com. On a recent vacation, I read 5 of the samples that I had recently downloaded and decided that 4 of the 5 were books that I was interested in reading further. 2) The price of a new release in kindle format is much cheaper than the hardcover. Along with this is the weight. My wrists hurt when reading those heavy hard cover books! So now I don’t need to wait for the paperback or trade version of the book, I can read it inexpensively and weightlessly on my kindle!
I still share books with others… mostly other people lending me their printed books. I will still pick up used books when I see one that I’d like to read. But for me, most of the books I’ll buy it the future will be gifts or keepsakes. At the IOD conference I was able to get books signed by the authors. Even though I already owned e-versions of these books, I purchased the printed copies to get their signature. I purchased a few as gifts as well. One guy had the Freakonomics authors sign his Kindle in permanent marker!!
There are so many choices for e-readers now and the prices appear to be dropping, so I presume many people will be getting these as gifts this Christmas. If you do get one, step outside your comfort zone and give it an honest try. You might learn that you like it… like I did!
How about technical books? Well, I’ve noticed that some of the kindle sample books for technical books are not perfect yet. One book I downloaded, I ended up with only the Front Matter. I guess looking at the TOC is important, but I wanted to see what the chapters and diagrams looked like. I contacted the publisher to suggest that they fix this.
Not all publishers have put their books in Kindle format. There are still issues that need to be worked through with the profits and graphics quality. The ipad fixes the graphics quality… so that might make technical ebooks more accepted.
From my perspective, all of our books are in electronic format. Really if you think about it, IBM has been a leader in electronic formats for information. IBM Redbooks have been a major source of high quality content for forty years now. Product documentation with IBM products such as DB2 has been delivered in electronic format through the Information Center or online help for more than 10 years now. Our published books are made available in Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online which are electronic book libraries. IBM subscribes to Books 24x7 meaning that all IBM employees can access published books electronically, at no charge. All IBM Press books and all of our Certification Study Guides are available in Kindle format as well as epub format that can be used on any e-reading device.
Check out another blog entry I wrote entitled “The Mainstreaming of e-Books” that gives a bit more information about some of the e-readers. Also check out my blog entry from yesterday “DB2 on Campus Book Series” which is a set of books that are only available in electronic format.
You already know the value of IBM Redbooks:
IBM Redbooks provide quality technical content that enables IBM clients to take full advantage of their investment in IBM products and technologies. Redbooks are developed through an industry unique “residency” process that uses subject matter experts (SMEs) including IBMers, business partners, and customers who produce guides based on actual client environments and business usage. The results are helpful guides written “by practitioners, for practitioners”.
While at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, look for the following:
DVDs filled with IBM Redbooks – Come to the Support, Services and Education Zone in the Expo area for a free Information Management Redbooks DVD.
Printed samples of many of the IBM Redbook titles – As you meet experts throughout the Expo area, don’t be surprised if they show you one or more related Redbooks that are available for you to download for free.
Mass giveaways of a few new IBM Redbook titles – At least 3 IBM Redbooks were printed and will be made available for you to get a free copy. These are in limited supply, so stop by either the Conference Bookstore ore the Support, Services and Education Zone for hints as to where you can get your copy.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the creation of an IBM Redbook, find Todd Kelsey or one of the other ITSO experts to give you some guidance. I’ve also heard that there is a new advertising opportunity available.