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On Monday and Tuesday this week, the CCDB2UG conference was held in Markham, ON. I was very happy to be invited to take part in a very small way to speak to attendees during the reception and to network with people following the reception.
I handed out my business card to everyone who I met in the hopes that they will become readers of my blog. I hope one or two of you are people I met in person on Monday!
The message that I delivered to the attendees was that our Education and Skills team are dedicated to provide resources to people who want to gain skills on DB2 and other IM products. We have self study courses, books, ebooks, redbooks, conferences, webinars, traditional courses, ILO courses, certification programs, games, and more! I have blogged about these resources in the past and will continue to do so in the future, so keep coming back!
During the event I spoke to many of the excecutives of this user group: Yvonne, Joe, Tim, Dawn, Murray... and others! While talking to them I realized that each and every one of them are using a piece of advice that is prominent in Sam Lightstone's book: Making it Big in Software. That advice is to become a domain expert which will allow you to build your own skills but to help others build their skills and to build your network of like minded people. Can you imagine the benefits of knowing people throughout the industry who have the same passion and skills as you have?
Tim told me that he has attended just about every user group meeting for the past 25 years! I think the dedication that he and others put into user groups is amazing and hope that there are people early in their career who are willing to contribute to keep such an amazing community viable well into the future.
I hope you enjoy my blog entries!
DB2 9.7 brought the biggest infusion of SQL features since DB2 V2.1. In this presentation, learn about features that lead to a ten-fold reduction in enablement costs when Oracle-based applications are enabled for DB2. The virtual tech briefing covers the following:
IOD EMEA which took place in Rome last week was a huge success. I'm working on my trip report and will post some of it here.
Monday and Tuesday next week, I'll be at the Toronto conference CCDB2UG where the Central Canada DB2 Users Group is celebrating their 25th anniversary! I'm quite looking forward to my annual visit with some of the most amazing people I've ever met. For more information, see this blog entry I did recently: Local Conference - Central Canada User Group.
I've already began planning for our huge IOD event that will take place in Vegas the last week of October. I'm looking forward to see the sessions and speakers who have been chosen for the event. The bookstore is arranged already, so just the signings are left to plan. I'm hoping this year that we have the book signing events included in the agenda builder so you won't miss what the signings that you want to attend. More on this conference coming up.
I've talked to a few people about the IDUG conference that is taking place in Vienna the second week of November. I'm not sure what my involvement will be at this point, but it would be a nice one to attend, don't you think?
There are many free webinars that are coming up soon... I hope you are able to take advantage of the amazing content that is available to you for free! I know time is always a factor, but most of the webinars are recorded so you can benefit from the content after the fact.
My favourite ones are:
1) DB2Night Show - tomorrow is Sam Lightstone, and there are several more speakers planned for the coming weeks.
2) Chat with the Lab - there was an event today, but you can keep on top of the scheduled and recorded events by joining this group: Channel DB2 Chat with the Lab
3) Surekha Parekh does a fine job of informing the world of the events surrounding DB2 for z/OS. I strongly suggest that you join one of the groups that she posts to in order to stay on top of what's happening. The World of DB2 for z/OS is one of the places she updates regularly.
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Don't miss Sam's appearance on the
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If you are at the IOD2010 conference taking place in Rome, come by the Bookstore at 1:15 pm to get your free copy of this book. The author team will be signing copies and look forward to meeting you to discuss your Information needs. . Get your coupon at the InfoSphere booth in the expo to get your free book.
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Leveraging Spatial Capabilities in your Database
Date: 5/27/2010 (Thursday May 27, 2010)
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (GMT-04:00)
10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30 hrs London / 17:30 hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9PM
Presented By: Sal Vella (IBM), David Adler (IBM)
This chat introduces the spatial capabilities of IBM relational databases, focusing on the DB2 LUW Spatial Extender. Much of the business data that we work with has a spatial characteristic, such as customer or office locations, sales regions, hazard polygons or facilities such as utility lines and highways. By representing this spatial information in a relational table as spatial datatypes, SQL queries can incorporate spatial functions to perform spatial analysis in the database. Business value is derived by being able to answer questions like:
- where are customers who may be interested in buying flood insurnce?
- what are the patterns of high crime activity
- should a new service center be constructed to support new customers
- where are preferred service providers along a route I plan to take
DB2 with the Spatial Extender is being used to answer these questions.
To learn more join experts from IBM labs - Sal Vella and David Adler.
Presentation charts for this Chat will be downloadable from ibm.com/db2/labchats
To register for this event and receive instructions for attending goto:
If clicking the above link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste tinyurl.com/spatialdb into your Web browser.
For questions/comments/suggestions: http://www.channeldb2.com/group/db2chatwiththelab
How and why do companies use XML? In which cases do they decide to store, index, and query XML in a databases? What are some of the common patterns for such XML usage?
Join XML expert Matthias Nicola to hear the answers to these questions in a Webcast on May 18, at 11am US Eastern Time (15:00 GMT).
He will describe XML use cases that are applicable to a variety of industries, such as finance, insurance, healthcare, and government, and discuss the benefits that XML brings to these application scenarios.
The webcast will be of interest to users who are new to managing XML in a database as well as to experienced XML practitioners. It will also benefit IT architects who have an interest in XML strategies. Basic understanding of databases and of XML will be useful for this webcast.
If you work in the Toronto Lab... Toastmasters Leadership Series Presents: The 12 secrets of successful innovation by Sam Lightstone : 8200 Amphitheatre; Wednesday, May 12, 12-1 pm.
For those who are NOT in the lab... you can hear Sam's presentation live on May 28, 11-12 pm... for free from your desk thanks to Scott Hayes of the DB2Night Show. Register now! http://bit.ly/7am8ED
Safari Books Online is joining me as they provide one of the available options for electronic books.
If you are an employee with IBM, you automatically have access to all the books available on Books 24x7. If you are a student at a University, you may also have access to Books 24x7. Check with your administrator.
The publishers who I work with are presenting e-book strategies to me for future publications. The idea is that the books will be available immediatly in an online format of some kind, but the books are only printed when they are requested / purchased by a reader. This means that the book can be more easily updated when necessary and the publisher will not have a warehouse full of printed books.
I digress... back to the conference: Safaria Books Online and I will set up in a central location and have plans to showcase many of the books that have been recently published. For an idea of the books that you'll see there, see my previous blog entries:
Besides the books, you'll also be able to buy IBM-logo merchandise. A wide range of items are being made available for you to purchase.