Don't be left behind, upgrade to DB2 9.5 now
..... before DB2 8.2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows is put out to pasture.
Why should you upgrade to DB2 9.5 now
DB2 9.5 offers a lot of good reasons to upgrade
- 35% Improvement in DBA Efficiency
DB2 automatically performs time-consuming database administration tasks like memory management and storage allocation.
- Lower Server and License Costs
DB2 needs fewer processors, which means less hardware to purchase. It also means less software to license and maintain.
- Lower Storage Costs
DB2 customers are reporting compression ratios of up to 83%, which means less storage to buy and maintain.
- Easier XML projects
Customers are reporting that XML projects require between 30% and 66% fewer people.
- Peace of Mind
DB2's world class security and audit features ensure that you meet your current needs, as well as your evolving future needs.
- Free update for customers with DB2 support!
Need even more reasons? See the technical reasons to upgrade.
Download these podcasts and listen on your ipod, iphone, computer... whatever...Podcast Series: DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML
by Guogen Zhang
This is a 10-part introductory podcast series on pureXML business value and technical knowledge. The first part covers overview and business value, and the follow-on 8 parts cover different aspects of pureXML. The last part talks about best practices.
- Part 1: pureXML in DB2 9 for z/OS makes XML consumable
- Part 2: Getting started with pureXML
- Part 3: Querying XML data with XPath in SQL for Beginners
- Part 4: SQL/XML Constructor functions (publishing functions)
- Part 5: Leveraging SQL for XML data with XMLTABLE function
- Part 6: XML Indexes and Access Plans
- Part 7: XML Schema Support
- Part 8: pureXML Performance and Cost Factors
- Part 9: pureXML Utility Features and Impact on DBAs
- Part 10: Best Practices of pureXML in DB2 9 for z/OS
And... while you're visiting ChannelDB2.com, be sure to check out the groups
that are available for you to join!
Expected to publish April 25, you can now pre-order this book:The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment
by John Lamb
IT can drive immense business value by "going green."
John Lamb provides the business case and best practices
for making it happen, including multiple case studies of IT organizations that have successfully gone green, and lessons from IBM's $1B green computing initiative.Table of Contents
Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. The Basics of Green ITChapter 3. Collaboration is Key for Green ITChapter 4. The Government’s Role - Regulation and EPA ActivityChapter 5. The Magic of “Incentive” - The Role of Electric UtilitiesChapter 6. A Most Significant Step — “Virtualizing” Your IT SystemsChapter 7. The Need for Standard IT Energy Use MetricsChapter 8. What about Chillers, Cooling Tower Fans, and All That Cooling Equipment Usually Ignored by IT?Chapter 9. Green IT Case Studies for Energy UtilitiesChapter 10. Green IT Case Studies for Universities, Large and Small CompaniesChapter 11. Worldwide Green IT Case StudiesChapter 12. The Future of Green IT for CorporationsAppendix A. Tools for IT Power and Cooling EstimatesAppendix B. Comparison of Different Power Generation MethodsAppendix C. Worldwide Electricity Average PricesGlossaryBibliographyJohn Lamb
is a Senior Technical Staff Member and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect for IBM Global Business Services. A senior member of the IEEE and ASME engineering societies, he has published more than 50 technical papers and articles
, and has authored four books including Lotus Notes and Domino 5 Scalable Network Design
and IBM WebSphere and Lotus: Implementing Collaborative Solutions
. Lamb holds a B.A. from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Last week at the Data In Action Virtual Conference Event
that I attended, speaker R. Ray Wang
, Vice President, Forrester and Lise Neely
, Product Manager, IBM co-presented "Data Management for a Lean Economy: Strategies to Cut Costs, Improve Performance, Reduce Risks". During their talk they mentioned several ways for you to begin making improvements in your data to help save money by right-sizing your database.
Although the event is now over, you can still register and access the recorded presentations. The presentation by Ray and Lise can be found in the Auditorium. To answer the question... where do I start... Ray suggests regulatory compliance, Lise agrees but also suggests archiving. Listen for yourself.
On the same topic, you should read the latest article Integrate IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server using WebSphere Process Server, Part 1: Deploy and execute MDM Server Web services in a distributed environment
by Stephanie J. Hazlewood
, Allan Luo
, and Martin Oberhofer
. This is Part 1, so stay tuned for the coming parts.
Also on the same topic, the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
is continuing to sell well and is educating people on the many ways that they can start down the road of Master Data Management. There are now 5 customer comments on this book... all 5-star ratings! You won't regret reading this book!
Enjoy this amazing knowledge!
If you missed the virtual conference that took place yesterday, here is another chance... with a different topic.IBM Smart SOA™ Global Virtual ForumMarch 3 at 10:30 am ET
Immerse yourself in our cool virtual business environment to hear how companies like yours are cutting costs by working smarter. So don’t get crushed by the economy; fight back by working smarter with Smart SOA and leveraging Social Media Tools & techniques.Conference Agenda10:30-12:00 5 Ways to Work Smarter and Take Out Costs with Smart SOA
Presentations and live Q&A panel discussion with Sandy Carter, Ralph Warchol, Manoj Saxena and James Governor12:00-12:455 Ways to Work Smarter and Generate Real ROI Using Social Media Tools & Techniques
New Web 2.0 technologies are shaking up the lives of your customers and changing their expectations of you. Join Jeremiah Owyang, Senior Analyst, Forrester and Sandy Carter, the author of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 for a live discussion on how you can stay ahead of the curve and generate real ROI by leveraging these tools and technologies.12:45-2:00
Continue the discussion with IBM experts and customers live in the Smart SOA Exhibit Zone
Mystery giveaways, sign up offers at the SOA Exhibit Zone and scheduled group chats at the Get Smart SOA CaféWhat did I like about the virtual conference I attended yesterday?
- I didn't have to travel, so sat at my desk, watching and listening to the presentations when I could. This didn't tie up my phone, so if I got a call, I could do both.
- It was free. It can be so difficult to get approval for any expenditure these days!!
- The keynotes were live, so participants were able to ask questions.
- The high quality. The presentations, speakers, moderators, and the environment were all very high quality. I've been to many "real" conferences and I didn't feel the least bit cheated by this virtual representation.
- Access to others at the conference. I have to admit that one of the best things about a real conference is networking with the other attendees. Networking at this virtual conference was via chat systems. You could search to find someone you were looking for and then request a chat. Many experts were available for you to initiate a chat with.
I hope you enjoy(ed) your experience as much as I did. If you do attend next Tuesday, search on IBMers and ping me if you see me online :)
encourage everyone to give this a try today! I blogged about this virtual conference (No-travel conference: Feb 25 - Data in Action)
last week, but today is the day.
One thing that I didn't mention in my previous blog is that this conference is FREE
. You have nothing to lose except the experience of this wonderful new technology.
Cool things that I've noticed so far.... the "booth presentations" are short and very well done. You can chat with an expert... and when you do, check out their super-cool avatar! You can also go to the Chat Zone to chat with others who are "attending" this conference.
How do you join? Register here: Data in Action Virtual EventSolutions for an efficient environment
Have fun! Let me know what you think.
One more thing... pass it around... we want as many people to join this conference as possible.
I found this article about Athabasca University in Alberta
that uses the concept of interactive virtual learning environments in some of their classes: Alberta university takes academic cue from video games
From the article:Young people have long been able to hone physical skills through realistic video games, and the university wants to approach academics the same way, says Rory McGreal, the university's associate vice-president of research.
Hours spent hunched over a computer perfecting how to shoot a gun or explore a virtual environment could also be spent learning how the body works or understanding the universe.
“We're trying to harness the power of games and how we can use them to promote learning,” Mr. McGreal said Wednesday.
Personally I've witnessed the popularity of games with young people and I've also experienced the use of gaming to teach people to learn DB2. I was part of the pilot program that created the first "DB2 Detective Game" and loved seeing the students "get" the power of SQL while playing the game.
If you or someone you know needs to learn DB2... or if you like to volunteer to teach high school students, you need to check out the DB2 games:IBM DB2 Detective Game
Getting started with DB2 9 and SQL can be easy with this new interactive game. Using an crime investigation theme, this introductory level game teaches relational database concepts and shows how technology can be applied to solving real-life problems.IBM DB2 Business Game
Put your DB2 and SQL skills to the test with this intermediate level game! Jump into a “run your own business” scenario, where your company’s future depends on a key report needed to secure funds for a critical upgrade. Play the game and you may be ready to transfer your skills into action!
(THE social network for the DB2 community) continues to attract new members. Today there are over 1300 members. Are you one?
If you are a member, you likely already know about the great information and resources that are available to you... including content for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, Windows, System z, and System i:
- videos (166)
- blogs (35)
- photos (268)
- songs (23)
- discussions (151)
- events (13)
Did you also know that there are 49 groups that you are encouraged to join! The topics range from country-related groups, to certification prep groups, to conference groups. All the groups are open for you to add comments and discussions, but also provide you with targeted information that will surely be very beneficial!
So, join ChannelDB2.com if you aren't currently a member, and if you are a member, get the most from this active social network by joining and participating in the groups.
The groups that I have created (and highly recommend) is DB2 in Books
. I'm also a member of the following groups:
- IDUG Europe 2009
- DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Workshop
- DB2 for z/OS - What's On !
- DB2 in Canada
- IOD Conference
- DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
- DB2 for z/OS
- DB2 pureXML
I look forward to seeing you join as a member of one of these groups or more!
I just came across this whitepaper The Value of Training
and I think this should become required reading for anyone making financial decisions for a company. Unfortunately it is too common and too easy to cut skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins.
But, as this whitepaper points out quite effectively, this short-sightedness will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
But if money's tight, what can you do?
- The IBM Education Pack helps you save money on a variety of training options, and until March 3, the discounts are higher than normal.
- IBM developerWorks, PlanetDB2.com, and ChannelDB2.com are filled with training ideas that are free or less expensive. These include articles, tutorials, videos, podcasts, webcasts, free e-books, virtual conferences, and so on.
- Books continue to be a very low cost way to build skills. Check online bookstores to find the best price for printed books, but also consider e-books. IBM has a company-wide subscription to the online book engine Books 24x7. What a great way to ensure that all employees have access to a wide variety of the latest published books.
- ILO classes can cut down on training costs by allowing employees to call into a classroom setting rather than having them travel to a class. ILO classes may be less expensive, but they still provide the high quality content and instructors that you expect from an IBM training class.
- Certification is another thing that should never be ignored. Going through the certification process, an employee will learn many new things and they will have proof at the end that they are skilled in that area. Also since certifications are job-role based, you can ensure that you or your employee are targeting the skills that are needed for your job. There are many training options for gaining the skills to get certified including classes, books, and tutorials. Best of all is that there is a "Assess and Save" promotion going on right now that allows you to save 50% of the exam fee.
Bottom line... don't sacrifice training budgets in these tough times. Keeping your employees skilled will help you weather the storms.
Mark your calendars for this event:Accelerate Application Development, Achieve greater business agility and improve business insights with DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML
on The World of DB2 for z/OS
- April 21, 2009 from 11am to 12pm
- Virtual Event with LIVE Q&A 11 EST
- Organized By:
- Surekha Parekh
Keeping pace with rapidly changing requirements is a constant challenge for organizations today. One way to meet this challenge is by storing and processing XML natively. Doing so can help enterprises improve application development productivity and quality by eliminating the time-consuming mappings and schema evolution necessary for rapidly changing requirements, thus improving time to market and significantly lowering IT costs.
The breakthrough hybrid database server DB2® 9 for z/OS® integrates XML database technology into relational databases, providing unprecedented scalability and performance for both relational and XML data. The hybrid database server also helps improve performance and scalability by avoiding complex joins commonly seen in an object persistence solution with relational databases. This teleconference offers an overview of pureXML™ technology in DB2 9 for z/OS, its business values and technical feature details.Register Now
See more details and RSVP
on The World of DB2 for z/OS.