In my blog last week, The "Year of Change", I wasn't sure where to send readers for the point: 1. Expand your knowledge beyond the “Big 3” commercial databases to include popular open source database systems. Now I know!
IBM developerWorks Live! has just announced the following virtual tech briefings to help you explore the innovative open solutions available from IBM and see the power and flexibility of an open community development environment.
IBM developerWorks Live! has taken their live tech briefing and packaged it into a part 1 and part 2 sessions that you can attend virtually - no travel necessary.
IBM community tools: Start small to grow large - Part 1Date: Monday, January 26, 2009Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New York time)Sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event.
IBM community tools: Start small to grow large - Part 2Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New York)Sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event.
DescriptionToday development tools should be based on open standards such asEclipse, Apache Tomcat and Geronimo. They provide an attractive,robust, free of charge development environment. However, analternative development environment has emerged that embraces theinnovation of the open source development model while providingthe stability of commercial development tools.
Community development tools from IBM are based on the same openstandards as open source tools while providing enhancedfunctional capabilities and broader platform support for smallteams just getting started or working on proof of concepts. TheIBM Community tools include Eclipse, WebSphere Application ServerCommunity Edition, DB2 Express C and a collaboration environmentcalled Rational Team Concert Express C. These tools can provide arobust and supported development environment.
Discussions will include IBM’s open standards strategy, as wellas an in-depth discussion of IBM’s Open Community developmenttools. This discussion will provide details on the features andfunctions of Eclipse, DB2 Express C, and WAS CE and Rational TeamConcert and their integration for a robust developmentenvironment to create and deploy Web applications. This on lineevent will be divided into two sessions.
Topics Covered:Session 1• Open Standards• IBM DB2 Express C• IBM WebSphere WASCE
Session 2• Eclipse• IBM Rational Team Concert Express C• Resources
Enjoy the virtual briefing.
PS... if you liked my post entitled "The Year of Change", I suggest you read the pair of blog entries by Willie: Are you Managing Your CareerAre you Managing Your Career Part 2[Read More]
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As a follow-on to yesterday's blog entry The Year of Change, I'd like to point out some additional resources in the areas of high availability and pureXML:
High availability High Availability Feature in DB2 9 for Linux UNIX and WindowsThis Web site lists the main features of DB2 which include high availability High Availability Guide for DB2 (Book)This book provides an easy-to-read, illustrated way to learn about high availability concepts and configuration. However, it does not provide much information about high availability of clusters. High Availability and Scalability Guide for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, and Windows (IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This guide provides an in-depth and detailed analysis of DB2 high availability features, including high availability for clusters. This book describes DB2 UDB Version 8.2 and therefore does not showcase the many improvements made in DB2 9 to simplify configuration. DB2 9 DBA exam 731 prep, Part 6: High availability: Backup and recovery (Tutorial)This tutorial is part of the educational materials related to high availability that are part of DB2 certification education materials. It provides a concise summary of the key benefits and uses of the backup and restore utilities. DB2 9 DBA exam 731 prep, Part 7: High availability: Split mirroring and HADR (Tutorial)This tutorial is part of the educational materials related to high availability that are part of DB2 certification education materials. It provides a concise summary of how to implement a split mirroring implementation.
pureXML DB2 pureXML technology (Product Web site)This is the main DB2 product Web site for pureXML. Information Management and XML technology developerWorks domain (IBM community Web site)This is the main developerWorks Web site from which you can access articles, online tutorials, and other technical resources about DB2 and XML standards and technologies. IBM DB2 9 pureXML Guide (IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This IBM Redbooks publication describes the pureXML data store, hybrid database design, and administration. It explains what XML schemas are, how to use industry standards to implement them, and how to manage XML schemas. It covers how to use SQL/XML, XQuery, and XPath for querying XML data by providing easy-to-understand examples and how to use XML technology efficiently in business applications. Get started with XPath (Tutorial)This tutorial introduces the W3C standard XPath Version 1.0. This tutorial is intended for people who do not know XPath or who want a refresher. If you plan to use XSLT, you should take this tutorial first. You will learn what XPath is, what the syntax and semantics of the XPath language are, how to use XPath location paths, how to use XPath expressions, how to use XPath functions, and how XPath relates to XSLT. DB2 9: pureXML Overview and Fast Start by Cynthia Saracco, Don Chamberlin, Rav Ahuja (IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This IBM Redbooks publication provides a concise introduction to pureXML, with short, precise examples and explanations that provide a distilled version of the knowledge essential to start working with pureXML. This book is a compilation of many of the IBM published articles on pureXML. Native XML support in DB2 (White paper, pdf)This white paper provides a technical overview of XML support in DB2 products. It explains how XML data has been stored in relational database systems in the past using data type mappings and explains the limitations of these approaches. It then introduces the concept of pureXML and what it means for XML data to be stored natively within a database. It explains the benefits of this approach and how this implementation can be complemented with features such as XML indexes, a full XQuery language, SQL/XML, XML schema support, and utilities that support the bulk loading of XML data. pureXML in DB2 9: Which way to query your XML data? (Article)This intermediate-level article discusses DB2 pureXML support and compares the two methods by which you can query XML data in a DB2 database: SQL/XML and XQuery. By providing examples, this article explains the relationship between these two query access language syntaxes, the circumstances in which each method is preferred, the benefits of using each independently, and the use of them together to perform more complex queries. pureXML wiki (Wiki)This Web site contains links to numerous articles, demos, webcasts, and other information about DB2 pureXML published by IBM and other parties Alphaworks DB2 pureXML download and demo site (Download)This Web site contains industry-specific DB2 pureXML software offerings and resources. DeveloperWorks DB2 pureXML forum (Forum)This DeveloperWorks forum is one of the fastest ways to get any pureXML questions answered.
Thanks to Farzana Anwar for pulling this list together!
I'm not sure where to start today... yesterday was such a momentous day! Obama's inauguration speech inspired much hope around the world (remember, I'm a Canadian and wasn't able to vote).. I can almost feel the change happening around me!
IBM released their 4th quarter results... and guess what? They were fantastic! I'm sure there are lots of reasons for such results, but maybe a part had to do with the Smarter Planet initiative which... again is inspiring change in organizations world wide.
On a much smaller level... let me try to inspire some hope.. and perhaps change.
Craig Mullins recently blogged about Ten Tips for DBAs to Get a Raise based on the article DBAs: Get a Raise! 10 Tips for Success at Review Time by Bob Zurek. When reading the article, I realized that it isn't very difficult to achieve what Bob suggests, especially since my team works tirelessly at providing you the tools that you need.
1. Expand your knowledge beyond the “Big 3” commercial databases to include popular open source database systems.
OK... for starters.. do you know all the "Big 3" commercial databases? If you don't yet know DB2... the best place to start is the book Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition). If you do know all three and are looking for an open source database to learn... look into DB2 Express. Technically it isn't "open sourced", but it is free and easy to use.
2. Get certified.
Now this is an easy one! I've been encouraging people to get certified for nearly 10 years now! We have an excellent program that allows you to go very deep in a technical way. You'll find everything you need on our Training and Certification page. And don't forget the series of certification guides that we have published to help you deepen your skills and pass the exam. See a discussion of the books in the DB2 in Books group on ChannelDB2.
3. Learn about high availability, clustering, and replication.
I don't know of a recent book on replication... but you can learn more about high available with this book: High Availability Guide for DB2 by Chris Eaton and Enzo Cialini. And clustering with this book: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow.
4. Enrich your database administration skills with expertise and experience in data security.
Ah... security... it keeps coming up, doesn't it? Here is the best book on the market to help you as a DBA figure out what you need to know: Understanding DB2 9 Security. Rebecca Bond, the lead author, is a DBA and a security expert. Learn from her and her many experiences, including Katrina.
5. Know about data quality and how to implement a data quality and auditing solution in conjunction with your database projects.
6. Drive the adoption of metadata management capabilities across the organization including establishing a metadata business glossary.
For both of these points, I would suggest the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information .
7. As a DBA, you might not be writing any application code, but you will need to become a SQL expert over time.
There are many resources available in this area. See my blog entry about SQL resources. Soon a book on pureXML will publish, so stay tuned.
8. Become a member of the customer advisory board of your company’s database vendor.
This item fits loosely in the category of joining a community. See my blog entry on several communities that you might wish to join. Also remember that those who do get involved could get rewarded via the IBM Data Champion Program.
9. Mentor other DBAs in your organization.
See this brand new book for some tips on mentoring: Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships.
10. Dig into the topic of database analytics.
There are several choices, but my suggestions are the following:
Competing on Analytics by Tom Davenport Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence by Maria Villar and Theresa Kushner
Also, I recently watched Baseline's Career Slideshow: 10 Hot IT Jobs for 2009. Again, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I am able to recommend books that may suit a few of these jobs.
1. Business Intelligent Experts
See these two books:
Competing on Analytics by Tom Davenport Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence by Maria Villar and Theresa Kushner
5. Enterprise Architects
See this book:
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
6. ITIL Managers
Check out this book:
Implementing ITIL Change and Release Management by Larry Klosterboer
8. Security Architects
See this book:
Understanding DB2 9 Security
9. AJAX Developers
In the description for this job, they also mention XML Developers. There will be a book published this year specific to XML, but in the meantime, check out these resources listed in previous blog entries.
I wish you much success in this year of change!
Thanks to Adam Gartenberg for posting an entry about the Forbes interview with Steve Mills: Drowning In Data.
You'll find that the article encourages companies to clear their clutter to all for more effective management. In other words... use the Information Agenda.
I'd like to make a suggestion as well ... invest in the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information. The book provides a structure that can be followed to clean up all kinds of clutter in an organization.
This is cool! developerWorks has grouped together related technical articles, tutorials, demos, webcasts, presentations and podcasts into packages that are called e-Kits.
Now you can find all the related information you need to learn about a specific topic without having to crawl through multiple search results.
I count 29 e-Kits on the site, and I'm sure they're creating more. Here are the ones that cover Information Management topics:
Customer e-Kit for DB2 9 Performance Optimization feature for Linux, UNIX and Windows
Experience the combined power of DB2® Query Patroller and DB2 Performance Expert. The contents of this e-Kit teaches you how the DB2 9 Performance Optimization feature for DB2 Linux™, UNIX® and Windows® can help improve your performance, throughput, and response times.
IBM Data Architect e-Kit
Learn how IBM solutions can help discover new enterprise information sources and content as well as improve the quality of its information. Arm yourself with the latest solutions from IBM to jumpstart enterprise consistency, drive quality, and unlock the mystery of your data sources.
Smart Data Administration e-Kit: Effectively manage and optimize your data environment
Learn how IBM Data Servers and tools solutions can help enable DBAs to be more productive in the face of increased demands and information. Susan[Read More]
IBM Data Studio provides an integrated data management environment that offers a comprehensive solution to help you design, develop, deploy, and manage database applications throughout the data lifecycle.
Give it a try!
Download IBM Data Studio Administrator for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows V2.1 at no cost.
Improve database administrators (DBAs) productivity and reduce application outages by automating and simplifying complex DB2 structural changes. This helps DBAs easily manage DB2 structural changes, while consistently ensuring data integrity and reducing application downtime. Enhancements for v2.1 include:
Download IBM Data Studio Developer V2.1 at no cost.
Improve development productivity up to 50 percent for developing and testing SQL, XQuery, and Java queries, stored procedures, Web services, and data access layers.
IBM Data Studio Developer 2.1 enhancements include:
Not sure where to start? Check out these demos that illustrate how a fictional company uses Data Studio software to enhance collaboration among team members for improved productivity and application performance while solving a real-world business problem.
Don't forget to sign up for the DataStudio newsletter so you can keep on top of changes as they happen.
I don't know about you, but I find it pretty easy to learn something new every day! What did I learn today?
1. To better organize my blog. I was given the book Blogging for Dummies by my friends at Wiley. I decided to read the book to see if there was anything that I didn't know... given that I've been blogging for 4 years! Yes, I did learn plenty and you'll benefit by seeing some changes. First off, I've gone back through my entries that were posted in the last year and put them into categories. Now you'll have a easier time of finding my old posts or related posts.
I also fixed a few broken links and cleaned up a bit. Do I have more to learn? Yes! I'm still reading the book and will use everything I learn.
2. Our community keeps growing! I was very happy to see that we now have more than 1100 members on channeldb2.com! See my post from a few months ago for some getting started with communities information... What did I learn? There are 1100 members on channeldb2.com and 43 groups... but not many people join the groups. My favourite group is DB2 in Books, for obvious reasons, but this group only has 39 members :< Can more people join? Or tell me why this group isn't appealing so I can improve it.
3. I've found a productivity wiki (inside IBM's firewall) and a link to some new IBM software (inside as well). Although I can't share what I've found... I'm glad I found it. I like to eliminate waste everywhere I can... especially if it makes it possible for me to get more done in a day.
4. Lotus Symphony.... I must admit that I've been using Microsoft Office tools for awhile but was encouraged to try the new document, spreadsheet, and presentation software (thanks to Bob Picciano). I've successfully created new documents and will now try to import all my previous documents into this new software.
5. I've heard about another blogger that I plan to check out: Todd Watson.
6. In terms of social marketing, I'm reading the free ebook: Web 2.0 Marketing. I've finished the first chapter: Measure Your Search Marketing Success and have new ideas about measuring the success of my blog. I'm looking forward to finding the time to read other chapters in this book as well.
That's all I can share today. Keep on learning!
Thanks to Farzana Anwar from DB2 Information Development for this incredible list of sites that you might want to visit or bookmark.
DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows (Product Web site)This IBM DB2 product Web site contains information about the latest release and new features, links to important related Web sites, announcements about the release and more. This is a good starting point for information about DB2 for LUW.
DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows Editions (Product Web site)This product Web site provides information about IBM DB2 product editions. It contains information about the various editions of DB2 that are available. This Web site highlights the key features available with each edition and compares them in a tabular format. If you are not sure what edition of DB2 is appropriate for your needs this is a good starting point and reference.
DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Features and Benefits (Product Web site, Video with Sal Vella)This product Web site provides information about value-added features. It describes the value added features that are available to extend the core features available with a DB2 edition. Value added features are generally used to address specific business problems that might not be of general use to all customers. The value added features can be purchased separately and enabled with a separate license key.
Overview of DB2 9.5 by Chief Architect Tim Vincent (Podcast, mp3 file)This podcast which can be listened to or downloaded from the Voice of the DB2 Community Web site provides an overview of new DB2 9.5 features.
Introducing DB2 9: DB2 Unveiled (Article by Rav Ahuja)This article contains a comprehensive overview of new features available in DB2 9.1 with a focus on how you can use the features to help lower business costs and improve business data management. It links to several related articles that describe specific features in more detail. The content also applies to DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7 data servers.
Compare the Distributed DB2 9 Data Servers (Article by Paul Zikopoulos)This article compares the various DB2 9.1 data server products. The content also applies to DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7 data servers.
Which edition of DB2 9 is right for you? (Article by Paul Zikopoulos)This article describes and compares the product specifications, licensing considerations, and specific features and capabilities of each edition of DB2 9.1. The content is generally also appropriate for DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7.
DB2 Version 9 Product and Packaging Information (Technote)This technote explains the DB2 product packaging options that are available. It contains links to packaging information for DB2 data servers, clients, and add-on features.
IBM DB2 9 New Features (Book)IBM DB2 9 New Features is an easy-to-read book that includes illustrations and examples. The content applies to both DB2 9.1 and DB2 9.5 data servers, however new features in DB2 9.5 are not described in this book.
There were many more links in the document that Farzana sent to me... and I'll share the links with you over the next few days.
Did you know..... Information Management will have a major presence at this year's Lotusphere conference with four pedestals and 11 sessions featuring Information On Demand solutions.
It is easy to see that the world is changing very quickly in front of our very eyes.... so does that mean we should begin ACTING differently? I think so. Where to start?
Faster decision making: IBM's next generation Lotus collaboration and WebSphere Portal technologies facilitate closer relationships among employees, customers, and partners - resulting in faster decision making.
Trusted information: Making great decisions requires the use of trusted information. Recent surveys indicate that almost 50% of business users lack confidence in their company's information. Information On Demand is designed to help enterprises unlock the business value of information by delivering timely and trusted information to employees, customers and partners.
So....By linking people with people - and people with trusted information - Information On Demand solutions tightly integrated with Lotus collaboration and WebSphere Portal technologies empower people to act on trusted information faster and with greater confidence.
Here are some of the ways for you to learn more about our integrated solutions:
IBM Enterprise Content Management and Lotus Quickr: the most complete single-vendor end-to-end content management solution in the industry.
IBM Content Collector and Lotus Domino: the comprehensive e-mail archiving and retrieval solution for any Notes database or server platform.
Cognos 8 BI and WebSphere Portal: out-of-the-box Cognos portlets for WebSphere Portal.
InfoSphere MashupHub and Lotus Mashups: the first complete mashup portfolio for business, empowering individuals to create situational applications. (Bundled & sold as IBM Mashup Center)
DB2 pureXML and Lotus Forms: efficient, integrated, and cost effective electronic forms solutions.
For a full agenda, see Lotusphere Agenda.
I won't be at the conference, so if you are there, send those of us back in the office some details about what you liked the most.
I stumbled on this yesterday and have started to read this free downloadable ebook, Web 2.0 Marketing. This is a collection of chapters from 10 existing books that focus on the latest techniques on search marketing, PR 2.0, business blogging, email marketing, Facebook, YouTube, and more.
The chapters include:
Measure Your Search Marketing SuccessChapter 7 from book Search Engine Marketing, Inc., Second Edition by Mike Moran and Bill Hunt. The Social Media News Release: An Overdue FaceliftChapter 7 from book PR 2.0: New Media, New Tools, New Audiences by Deirdre Breakenridge.
Don’t be cheap: email cuts other costs, so invest in itTruth 5 from book The Truth About Email Marketing by Simms Jenkins.
Blogging for Business Chapter 3 from book How to Win Sales & Influence Spiders by Catherine Seda.
Hosting Your Own Facebook EventsChapter 4 from book Facebook Marketing by Steven Holzner.
The New VesselsChapter 10 from book The New Language of Marketing 2.0 by Sandy Carter.
How YouTube Can Help You Market Your BusinessChapter 1 from book YouTube for Business, Online Video Marketing for Any Business by Mike Miller. O.P.E.N. For Business Chapter 2 from book The Open Brand by Kelly Mooney and Nita Rollins.
Customers Votes with Their MiceChapter 6 from book Do It Wrong Quickly by Mike Moran.
A social networking marketing plan is not a traditional marketing plan Truth 19 from book The Truth About Profiting from Social Networking by Patrice-Anne Rutledge
If you like on of the sample chapters, you may decide to buy the entire printed book where the chapter came from.
Enjoy the free ebook: Web 2.0 Marketing!