Keep on Learning
One thing about IBM is that there is NO shortage of options for you to choose to increase your skills and learn about IBM products and technologies! You can find options that are free and easily accessible to custom designed courses to suit the specific learning needs of your employees.
Why are there so many options? Learning is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime and is something that you do from the day you are born until you die. We don't all learn the same way though, so having a choice of options is very important so that you can find the learning method that is best for you.
Here are articles and white papers that I've read that emphasize the importance of continued learning:
Whitepaper DBA Certification: Is It Worth It? by Howard Fosdick compares the costs to the benefits of earning a DBA certification. This white paper is a few years old, but the message is still valid.
Here is a list of the learning options that are available for the Information Management products and technologies.
e-books - Many choices are available ... many are free, but you can also read books on electronic reading devices such as Kindle. See my blog entry "The Year of the e-Book".
IBM Redbooks - The PDF versions can be downloaded for free and books are available for a very wide range of topics. See the IBM Redbooks web page and my blog entry with a few IBM Redbook recommendations.
developerWorks - Tutorials, Demos, Skills Kits, Best Practices, e-kits - These are free and very popular.
Gaming - 3 games are available to help you learn SQL in a fun way.
White papers - A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that often addresses problems and how to solve them. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions. For a list of whitepapers, google search "db2 whitepapers".
Virtual Conferences - Last year there were several virtual conferences that were run by IBM that allowed you to "attend" a conference via your computer. You can also find recorded conference sessions from the Information on Demand Conference, 2009.
Retail books -IBM Press, MC Press, McGraw-Hill, Apress, O'Reilly, Packt are the publishers who have invested in publishing about IBM products and technologies. For a listing of books by topic, see our bookstore website . For a list of books that were recently published, see my blog entry "Busy Publishing". I've created a group on Developerworks to keep track of all these books.
Conferences - IDUG holds amazing user-based conferences in various regions each year; IBM holds many conferences including the popular Information on Demand Conferences.
Instructor-Led Training (ITL) classes are traditional classroom courses where students are in the same room as the instructor who guides the students through classroom material and hands-on lab exercises. Students are able to interact with fellow students and the instructor and are provided with printed course material.
Instructor-Led Online (ILO) classes are equivalent to ILT classes in terms of classroom material, labs, instructor and fellow students, only you won't need to leave your home or office as you will connect to the classroom via your computer. See my blog entry about ILO classes.
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are for students who don't need the instructor or don't want to be tied to a class schedule. These classes are typically lower priced than ILO or ILT classes meaning that you save on travel and tuition costs. Content, labs and instructors are the same as ILO and ILT classes, but it is recorded so the class can be taken at your pace, where and when you want it. See my blog entry about SPVC.
Web-Based Training (WBT) are standalone courses on the web that provide 6-8 hours of instruction. These are typically voice over power-point format.
Custom Classes are available for companies that want training to take place on their premises with course material that is taken from multiple existing courses and changed to suit specific needs.
Just a reminder that I will cover this information and more in my upcoming webcast - Feb 12 at 11 am EST on
One thing I neglected to mention in my blog posting yesterday about the value of Certification is the Take it Again program that is active again this year.
Earning IBM Professional Certification is a smart career move. But many of us are nervous when taking the certification exam. Our “
By the way, I've been invited to be guest on Episode #12 of The DB2Night Show coming up this 12 February 2010 at 10am CST. Our theme for this show is "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Information Resources". Claim your free seat in our virtual studio audience by registering at http://www.DB2NightShow.com. I hope you can join Scott Hayes and I!
The conclusion of an intensive IDC study and in Linda Musthaler's article "Is certification valuable, or not? We have the definitive answer" is YES certifications are important! Companies need high-functioning teams that are able to transform and grow the business like never before. These teams consist of highly skilled professionals who have current and relevant knowledge. Certifications are designed to encourage people to keep learning and then to validate their skills.
The results of the IDC study in the November 2009 report by Cushing Anderson called "Impact of Training on Network Administration: Certification Leads to Operational Productivity" shows "a direct relationship between higher levels of certification and improved performance -- when team skills improve, organizational performance increases proportionally."
Although the report doesn't specifically mention database or DB2 certifications, I would say that the same holds true. I've personally seen the performance of a team improving as a result of the entire team earning DB2 certifications. The DB2 program grew 29% in the past year and is expected to grow this year as well. Are you on board?
To help you navigate through this certification program, I've created the following entries:
1) Certification 101 that links to articles about the benefits, where to start, how to prepare, and what to do once you've passed.
2) Certification Checklist where you learn to use a checklist within developerWorks that leads you through the entire certification process.
Don't be left behind! Jump onto the Certification bandwagon so you can begin seeing the improvements in your skills and the skills of your teams.
PS. Don't forget that earning a certification benefits you personally as well. It can differentiate you from others, but will also give you the confidence that you do have the skills that you need to do your job!!
Everyone is talking about e-books and even more e-reading devices have been announced and are waiting for your books to be loaded! Where does IBM stand in all of this?
Personally I think that IBM has been at the leading edge of having e-books available about our products and technologies. Even if you don't read them, surely you've heard of IBM Redbooks. For more than 40 years, IBM has been creating "how to" books to help you build your skills on our products and technolgies. There are half a million IBM Redbooks downloaded every year! IBM Redbooks are available to you for FREE in PDF format. Read these books on your computer, laptop or any device that will accept PDF documents.
Beyond the IBM Redbooks, you can find product documentation for DB2 products in PDF format as well as integrated within the product through online help. Again, as these are PDF files, read them on any device that allows PDFs.
IBM Press has published a wide variety of books that can be purchased in the traditional book format, Kindle format, PDF format, or through online book engines such as Safari Books Online and Books 24x7. 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.
A series of books "For the community by the community" are available from developerWorks. These books are available for you to download for free, in PDF format. Titles in this series are being added all the time... and good news for who want translated editions. The books are being translated by members of the community as well, so you may find a translation that is suitable for you.
If you are looking for books specifically for DB2 pureXML, check out the list of free ebooks that are available for you to download in PDF format.
If you're not sure yet if you want to read books online or via a device, give it a try to see what you think. You can download chapters from various Web 2.0 and Social Media books to see if you like it or not.
Many of 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. This makes sense, doesn't it?
Do readers want online books exclusively? I don't think so, yet. Perhaps there will always be a need for a printed book... and if you could see my desk, you'd know immediately that I am a big fan of printed books! I got a Kindle for Christmas, so I've started to see the benefits of reading on such a device. And really, Kindle is just the beginning. Everywhere you look there are different devices being made available: Sony, Nook, iPad, apps on iPhones and Blackberries, etc. I can't keep up with all the new devices, but I found this website that lists many that I've never even heard of! So, take a look if you are interested.
All of this combined tells me IBM is very into this ebook trend AND that 2010 is the Year of the e-Book... at least in terms of supply... so we'll have to wait to see if you the readers buy into the ebook technologies.
If you want to add to this discussion, take a look at this group that I've created on ChannelDB2.com: Electronic Books.
You're invited to a free session about Driving Business Innovation with Smart Analytics at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto the morning of February 10th.
The topic is Driving Business Innovation with Smart Analytics and it is being offered by ComputerWorld Canada’s Technology Insights.
Join Network World Canada editor Greg Meckbach and his guests Glen Sheffield, IBM Information Management Technical Specialist and Jason Gartner, IBM Business Analytics Development Executive.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED:
• The software, hardware, storage and infrastructure requirements for data warehousing and business analytics initiatives
• How to reduce the cost and time of deployment;
• How the business can leverage these analytical tools to turn information into insight and make sound business decisions
Glen Sheffield, IBM Information Management Technical Specialist
Jason Gartner, IBM Business Analytics Development Executive
“Work smarter, not harder” How many times have we heard this phrase? Working smarter means analysts and key decision makers have the right information and insight. It means analysts can quickly access the right data points to evaluate key performance indicators. And yet, working smarter may be more important today than it has ever been. Learn how by attending ComputerWorld Canada’s Technology Insights session in Toronto on February 10th. Seating is limited so don’t delay in reserving your place.
Working smarter means your front line business leaders know where to find the new revenue opportunities and which product or service offerings are most likely to address the market requirement. It means corporate risk and compliance units can recognize regulatory, reputational, and operational risks before they become realities.
Within your organization you have billions of bytes of information stored on your computers. We will examine how to give your organization the insight it needs to work smarter in this challenging environment by putting the right answers in the hands of your decision makers today while putting your business in the best position to quickly adapt and grow to answer the questions of tomorrow.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & continental networking breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome address & content introduction.
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Building the Foundation
Bringing a multi-terabyte data warehouse into production can be an insurmountable task. Find out how to overcome the challenges of bringing an enterprise database into production by employing the right software, hardware, storage and infrastructure. Learn how to reduce the time and cost of deployment.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Networking & coffee break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Turning Data into Decisions
Businesses need a range of analytics capabilities to address the variety of decisions that need to be made every day—and the confidence that those capabilities can be easily expanded as new demands arise. IT managers need to ensure they can quickly get the solution up and running and that it remains as relevant and powerful in the future as it is today. Learn how you can help the business quickly and efficiently turn your information into insight for smart business decisions.
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Panel of experts - Q&A
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Wrap-up
12:00 PM Program concludes
If you are in Toronto... come out and join these fabulous speakers and get inspired!
Rebecca Bond - MY Data Champion!
Have you had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Bond in person yet? I have, and must say that my world is a better place knowing her! If you haven't, take a look at her accomplishments so you can get to know her in a virtual way.
Today another of Rebecca's articles on security published in Database Journal: DB2 LUW Security - The DB2 DBA as a Locksmith.
Rebecca started a blog several months ago and the focus is on security as well: DB2 LUW Security
Last year IBM recognized Rebecca as a Data Champion.
Scott Hayes the host of DBI's DB2Night Show saw the brillance in Rebecca and has had her on his show twice now! I love the video Rebecca created in New Orleans for her first show!
I saw Rebecca being filmed at the Information on Demand 2009 conference, but I'm unable to find the video online. Can anyone point me to it?
And how could I forget the amazing book that Rebecca was involved with! She was planning to write it all on her own, but Katrina and a few other issues got in the way, so a few others were happy to work with Rebecca to achieve this wonderful accomplishment:
To promote the book, check out this article from Rebecca: DB2 Security - The Starting Point
Can you see why I've chosen Rebecca as my first Data Champion? The funny thing is that Rebecca likes to thank me for some of her accomplishments! I'm completely flattered by the compliment and if I had anything to do with her success, I'm so very proud!
I've enjoyed putting the spotlight on Rebecca and think that I'll do this for a few other people who truly stand out in my mind!
PS... Keep up the AMAZING work Rebecca!!
Yesterday I blogged about all the benefits of joining ChannelDB2.com. One of the things that I encouraged you to do is to join a group if there is a group that covers topics that you are interested in... and to participate in the groups in whatever way you can.
Today I got an invite from Rav Ahuja who has just created a new group on ChannelDB2.com called "Chat with the Lab" . If you are a member of this group, you'll automatically receive a notification for upcoming or previously recorded Chat with the Lab sessions.
Chat with the Lab sessions are free webinars from the IBM Labs. Join the experts to learn about DB2-related breakthrough technology, best practices, and to get your questions answered during a live Q & A session.
Some of the previous Chat with the Lab sessions include:
Thanks Rav for setting this group up! I'm sure you'll have many people join the group to stay on top of these amazing sessions.
It's been awhile since I blogged about the ChannelDB2.com. I've noticed that we now have cool posters on the walls of the lab to build awareness for ChannelDB2.com. The poster says
ChannelDB2.com now has 2,388 members, 71 groups, 259 videos and presentations, discussions, and links to free books and software. Are you a member yet? I've noticed that the university relations teams are reaching out to people in universities across the world and encouraging people to join groups that are specific to their country or university. If your country / university isn't represented, add it!
The videos are very interesting interviews and presentations featuring various people inside and outside of IBM. You'll find topics on just about everything covered in these videos. The best thing? If you have an educational video that you would like to share, you can add it to the collection.
The groups allow you to give and get information about related topics. For instance, one of my groups is DB2 in Books where I post information about the latest published books, events related to the books, and discounts if they are available. If you are a member of the group, you are able to ask questions that can be answered by me or perhaps an author of one of the books. If you aren't yet a member of this or other groups, it is easy to join... and you won't get too much mail as a result of joining.
You can also create groups yourself. If you feel that there is a topic that isn't yet covered, create a group and invite people to join.
Raul Chong and his team have been busy creating e-books for you to download for free. These are full books in the 300-page range and can be read on your computer. The two latest titles include "DB2 Express-C: Updated for 9.7" and "IBM Data Studio for DB2". These books are part of the "Getting Started" series and will introduce you to the software and how to use it. The books are full of screen captures and are easy to read.
In conjunction with the books is the free software. From ChannelDB2.com, you'll find links to the Express-C software that you can download for free to try all the latest features. If you haven't tried DB2 yet, this is the best way to get your hands on it to see how easy it is to use and learn.
Lastly are the blogs. You may already know that PlanetDB2.com is an aggregate of all DB2 related blogs. These blogs are also pulled into ChannelDB2.com, so you can come to one place for all kinds of important information.
ChannelDB2.com is a way for you to actively participate in learning, sharing, and discussing the DB2 products.
If you are a member, ask me to be your friend :)
Join me (as Scott's special guest) on Feb 12 at 11 am EST on
The DB2Night Show Episode #12- "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Resources"
What will I talk about?
I'm open to suggestions, but I'll likely cover the following:
1) Books published in 2009.
2) Books that are expected to publish in 2010.
3) Websites where you can get additional information about the books and have a chance to communicate directly with the authors of the books.
4) Opportunities for you to get involved in writing / reviewing or promoting books.
5) How to get a discount on books.
6) Future of publishing as ebook readers are becoming increasingly popular.
Is there something else you'd like me to discuss as well? Let me know!
Thanks for the opportunity Scott!
Watch The DB2Night Show Episode #10 on 8 Jan 2010 10am CST "DEAR IBM..." with IBM Executive Guests.
Host Scott Hayes has lined up IBM Executives Sal Vella (Vice President, Development, Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing), Tim Vincent (IBM Fellow and Chief Architect DB2 LUW), and Drew Bradstock (DB2 LUW Product Manager) to hear what is on YOUR mind regarding DB2 LUW.
This is a RARE and special opportunity - usually you would have to attend an IDUG or IBM IOD conference to gain access to these DB2 LUW executive leaders.
Register NOW for your FREE seat in our Studio Audience - the capacity of our audience is limited to only the first 1,000 seat reservations. You are part of the DB2 LUW community - let your voice be heard!
Instructions for submitting a "DEAR IBM" letter, the show registration link, and recorded replays of previous shows can be found on:
Sorry for the late notice! I hope you can make it...
19 – 21 May 2010, Rome, Italy
Registration is now open for our 3rd Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2010! This industry-leading, pan-IBM event will be held from 19 – 21 May in Rome, Italy, and provides you with the strategy and roadmap you can use to turn information into a strategic driver of innovation, business optimisation and competitive differentiation.
IOD EMEA 2010 offers a world-class technical and business leadership programme and provides an unrivalled forum for to share best practices, learn the latest on information-led transformation and network with peers. If you register before 26 February 2010, you can take advantage of our "Early Bird" offer and save up to € 610 so sign up early!
I don't have my approval to attend the conference ... yet... but I'm working on it. Planning sessions for the bookstore begin next week. Regardless of the location, the IOD EMEA conference is worth attending! But going to Rome to attend this conference makes it a MUST-attend event.... do you agree?
Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday!
I had a present waiting for me when I returned to work. Two books by the publisher Packt. I was recently made aware of this publisher and hope to work with them this year. Here are the two books that they sent to me to take a look at:
by Ned Riaz, Jason Edwards, and Rich Babaran
This was published in July 2009 and is aimed at those who need an introduction to IBM Cognos 8 Planning. According to the cover, the book gives clear, easy to understand instructions on how to design, build and deploy Planning models. It focuses on the essential tools that first time developers need to know.
The authors are very experienced consultants who provide step by step guidelines to using the modeling tool, Analyst.
Interested? You may qualify for a free copy of the book.
by Anthony Chaves
This book is aimed at intemediate Java EE developers who want to build applications that handle larger data setas with massive scalability requirement. IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale 6 provides a solution to scalability issues through caching and grid technlology. Working with a data grid requires new approaches to writing highly scalable software. This book covers both the practical eXtreme Scale libraries and the design patterns which will help you build scalable software.
Also see the publisher's website for this book.
If you've read either of these books... or other title by Packt, let me know what you think.
These IBM Redbooks were on the top of the download list for the year (in the IM area, at least). Do you have your copy yet?
Redbooks, published 10 Dec 2009
Redbooks, published 6 Nov 2009, last updated 9 Dec 2009,
Rating: (based on 7 reviews)
Redguides, published 24 Apr 2009, last updated 7 Dec 2009,
Rating: (based on 1 review)
Redbooks, published 11 Sep 2007, last updated 2 Dec 2009,
Rating: (based on 5 reviews)
Redbooks, published 1 Dec 2009, Rating: (based on 10 reviews)
Now that Amazon's Kindle is finally available in Canada, I'm taking the plunge and am getting one for myself as a Christmas gift! We are so isolated in Canada, that I've never even seen one of these book reading devices except in photos. Oh so sad!
What's first to go on my Kindle? All of the books that I mentioned in my "Busy Publishing" blog entry yesterday are in Kindle format, so I'll load some or all of them! I was so impressed with authors Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Jeffries whom I met at the IOD conference.... so I'll load their books. Or at least the ones I haven't read yet.
I'm looking forward to trying out some audible books as well. Oh, and IBM Redbooks... can I load them? We'll see!
I plan to figure out how to convert personal documents to the Kindle format as well... and have plenty of documents that I can load... including a document from Roger Sanders that will turn into his next book.
Three of my friends have published fictional novels, and I intend to load their books.... Eden Remme Watt, Joan Kendall, and Karl Schroeder.
Do you have any books that you'd recommend?
2009 has been a wonderful year for the books that we've published this year! And..... the pipeline for next year is looking quite healthy. Check it out!
Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers (WROX)
By Antonio Cangiano
Using EMC TimeFinder to Backup and Restore DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Databases (EMC ebook)
By Roger Sanders, Paul Pendle, Dale McInnis, Michele Backstrom
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features (Flashbook)
By Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, Chris Eaton, George Baklarz
New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions (Flashbook)
By Pat Bates, Mike Biere, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Bill Wong
MDM for Customer Data (MC Press)
Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
By Kelvin K. A. Looi
SAP DBA Cockpit - Flight Plans for DB2 LUW Administrator (ebook)
by Eduardo Akisue, Jeremy Broughton, Patrick Zeng, Liwen Yeow
Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples (IBM Press)
By: Tinny Ng; Laura Chan; Jane Fung; Vivian Mak
Getting Started with IBM Data Studio for DB2 (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
By Debra Eaton, Vitor Rodrigues, Manoj Sardana, Michael Schnenker, Kathryn Zeidenstein, Raul Chong
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic (IBM Press)
By Neal Fishman
DB2 pureXML Cookbook (IBM Press)
by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
Information on Demand for Dummies (Flashbook)
By Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam Gartenberg
Informix Dynamic Server Application Development – Getting Started (ebook)
By Jacques Roy
SQL for DB2 (29th Street Press)
by James Cooper and Paul Conte
Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions (O'Reilly)
Multiple authors, including Jeff Jonas
The books are planned for next year:
Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Wor the Org. Become Great. (Pearson Education)
by Sam Lightstone
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight (IBM Press)
By Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck
DB2 V9 for z/OS Certification Guide - Systems Administration – Test 737 (MC Press)
By Judy Nall
Getting Started with WAS CE (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Getting Started with pureQuery (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Getting Started with Eclipse (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Getting Started with InfoSphere Data Architect Infosphere (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
The Art of Taxonomy Creating Concept-Rich Services (O'Reilly)
By Aaron Brown
I've created a group on Developerworks to keep track of all these books. Here is some additional information.
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Free e-book: Getting Started with IBM Data Studio for DB2
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Congratulations to the author team for this amazing accomplishment!
First of all, what is IBM Data Studio?
IBM Data Studio is an Eclipse-based tool that is the replacement of the DB2 Control Center and other tools for DB2. In conjunction with DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2, Data Studio is ideal for DBAs, developers, students, ISVs, or consultants because it's easy and free to use. You can extend Data Studio with additional robust management and development capabilities from IBM to help accelerate solution delivery, optimize performance, protect data privacy, manage data growth, and more.
What can you learn in the book?
Getting started with IBM Data Studio couldn't be easier. Read this free ebook to:
Watch or download IBM Data Studio videos from channeldb2.com.
Download the software and the book here!
Also, check out all the action that is happening ON CAMPUSES around the world! The group is growing. There is excitement! And thanks to Agatha, there is a new newsletter for your to read with some of the year's highlights! Join ChannelDB2.com today and join the groups that interest you...... hopefully including DB2 in Books and DB2 on Campus!
Books on Social Networking
Just in time for Christmas and / or a break in busyness are a couple of interesting books that you can read about the social networking phenomena. If you're reading this blog, perhaps you are already knee deep in social networking! But maybe you know someone who might benefit from learning more about what's happening?
From IBM Press:
Try, then buy. Read sample chapters from our exciting new books The Social Factor, Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise, and Multisite Commerce as well as from other bestselling titles. Then get a 35% discount with coupon when you order direct from ibmpressbooks.com/marketing.
From IBM Press Books, free chapters from stellar titles on navigating social media, energizing the channel, optimizing content and more.
A couple of highlights:
Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise: Guidelines and Examples for Implementation and Management Within Your Organization
by Joey Bernal
This book provides hands-on, start-to-finish guidance for business and IT decision-makers who want to drive value from Web 2.0 and social networking technologies. IBM expert Joey Bernal systematically identifies business functions and innovations these technologies can enhance and presents best-practice patterns for using them in both internal- and external-facing applications.
Save 35% and Free Shipping with the Following Coupon Code: IBM4898 (coupon codes are case sensitive)
The Social Factor
Harness the Power of Social Networking to Promote Innovation and Drive Growth
Millions of people use social networking sites, and companies are increasingly turning to social networking to build relationships with customers. But companies routinely miss the best opportunities to create value and promote innovation–by using social networking to build thriving communities of employees, partners, and customers.
Business leaders and strategists can drive immense value from social networking “inside the firewall.” Drawing on her unsurpassed experience deploying innovative social networking systems within IBM® and for customers, Maria Azua demonstrates how to establish social networking communities, and then leverage those communities to drive extraordinary levels of innovation. Azua offers specific techniques for promoting mass collaboration in the enterprise and strategies to monetize social networking to generate new business opportunities.
Whatever your industry, you’ll learn how to choose and implement the right social networking solutions for your unique challenges...how to avoid false starts and wasted time...and how to evaluate and make the most of today’s most promising social technologies–from wikis and blogs to knowledge clouds.
Remember... if you know someone who has a Kindle or is getting one for Christmas... all of our IBM Press books are available in Kindle format.
Enjoy being social... especially this time of year!!
Great reviews for book: Viral Data
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic by Neal Fishman was reviewed in Data Quality Edge in November. "What did I like about this book? Everything. What didn't I like about it? Not much."
OCDQ blog reviewed the book calling it a "remarkable new book."
The California Bookwatch reviewed Viral Data in SOA saying it is "A 'must' for a range of IT managers and professionals at all levels of business."
It also has earned an average of five stars (out of five) in customer reviews on amazon.com one of which also called it a "must read for IT professionals and business data owners" and a second review said it was "Amazing! Even if you think you don't need to know anything more about the subject of data, I would recommend that you get a copy of this book."
You can get 35% off the full price of this book! Act now... I'm not sure if this deal ends at the end of the month or not.
Oh, I should add my review! I read most of the book before it was published and found it amazing! A very interesting read ..... very hard to put down. Read it and let me know what you think!
The SOA Magazine
Someone just sent me the latest edition of this magazine, and I noticed that it includes articles from two authors who I know:
Thomas Erl is the editor of the magazine and he has an article in this edition. He's a published author who I've spoken with several times. If you know what SOA is... then you likely know of the books by Thomas!
Tinny Ng also has an article featured in the current edition: Identity Services for SOA.
Tinny was the lead author in the following book that published earlier this year:
Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples
By: Tinny Ng; Laura Chan; Jane Fung; Vivian Mak
Last Updated on Safari: 2009/05/27
Publisher: IBM Press
Pub Date: August 18, 2009
This book and CD package brings together 26 quick tutorials designed to help implementers and developers get up-to-speed fast with IBM SOA Foundation products - and use them to deliver real solutions.
Note: DB2 is NOT one of the products covered in this book... so use this book to come up to speed with all the other SOA products that may work with DB2.
The authors help technical professionals quickly get up the learning curve, by showing exactly how each product works, how they fit together, and how to use them together. Each self-contained chapter offers a "big picture" product overview, as well as hands-on techniques. The companion CD doesn't just provide corresponding code: it also includes a full video version of each tutorial.
Thanks to both Thomas and Tinny for continuing to educate the world on the benefits of SOA!