In the mail today, I received an invitation to the next IDUG NA Conference that is taking place in San Jose in May. Given the recent announcement of DB2 9 for z/OS, and the close proximity to the lab that creates the product, I'm sure you'll have a chance to meet many of the developers who took part in the product's creation.
Also at the conference, Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson will be offering their pre-conference cert prep courses:
DB2 V8 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer CourseSusan Lawson, YL&AFull-day
DB2 9 for LUW Database Administrator Certification Exam PreparationRoger E. Sanders, Network Appliance, Inc.Full-day During the conference you'll have a chance to test your skills by taking the V9 exams, free of charge. Come prepared to pass! Roger's next book will be published just in time for the conference, but Susan's will be in production, so only pre-orders will be possible.
The invitation I received today mentioned a special early bird registration rate when you register on or before March 23, 2007. Also, see the IDUG site to find out how you can win your registration fee!
I hope to see you at the conference.
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This is an event that I don't normally attend, but many of the partners I've worked with have attended in previous years. In the past the PartnerWorld conference took place in February, I believe, so I was a bit surprised to see that this year's conference is planned for April. The conference will be held Sunday, April 29 to Wednesday, May 2 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sam Palmisano is the keynote speaker for the event and the scheduled entertainment is ZZ Top!
The PartnerWorld Conference is the premiere event for partners and is designed to share IBM strategy, solutions and programs in innovative ways. This year more than 5500 attendees will gather to enjoy an exceptional conference experience that will focus on business management topics that help to drive results and enhanced networking opportunities that build and strengthen relationships.
To register: PartnerWorld 2007 Information and Registration
Last Tuesday, IBM announced the availability of DB2 9 for z/OS and the reception has been red hot!
From the press release: DB2 9 promises to provide users of System z with advanced security, superior data compression, enhanced disaster recovery and reduced system administration costs. DB2 9 for z/OS brings advancements to the mainframe that include patented pureXML™ technology as well as the ability to manage both relational and XML information within the same database.
Related to this, the newest V9 certifications are arriving:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam 730 is currently available and by passing, you'll validate that you have acquired V9 skills at a database associate level. To study for this exam, I recommend the DB2 9 Fundamentals certification 730 prep series. Ensure that you are fully prepared by taking a professional certification on-line assessment exam. Roger Sanders is updating his extremely popular study guide and it will be available for purchase in May. I'll post information about the book as soon as it is available for you to pre-order.
Also coming soon is Exam 732: Database Administration for DB2 9 z/OS. Susan Lawson is working on an update to her study guide as well and hopes to have it published in July. Keep visiting my blog and I'll let you know as everything becomes available.
These days it seems that most DBAs are in the position where they need to know multiple database products. I know that in many cases that means a non-IBM database such as SQL Server or Oracle, in addition to one of IBM's database products, but for many DBAs, the reality is multiple IBM products. I've attempted to pull together useful information for DBAs who are in this position.
Zone: DBA Central Products: DB2 Family
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, WindowsDB2 9 for Linux, Unix and Windows is a hybrid data server for both XML and relational data that is enabled for SOA and optimized for SAP.Viper: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, Windows DB2 podcast series: Voice of the Community Recommended reading list: DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows database administrationCerts, Education, Books, Tutorials: Education ResourcesRedbook: DB2 9 pureXML GuideRetail book: IBM DB2 9 New FeaturesRetail book: Understanding DB2 9 Security
DB2 9 z/OSUse DB2 on the mainframe to run powerful enterprise applications, and make e-commerce a reality.Products: DB2 for z/OS and OS/390 Redbook: Data Integrity with DB2 for z/OSLaunch page: DB2 for z/OSTool site: DB2 and IMS Blog: Willie Favero'sMost resources coming soon... Certs, Education, Books, Tutorials: Education Resources
IDSExceptional, low maintenance online transaction processing (OLTP) data server for enterprise and workgroup computing.Zone: IBM Informix Launch site: IDS Cheetah Blog: Cheetah ExpertsWebcast: Integrated Data Solutions for Information On Demand using IBM Informix Cheetah Article: How to go hand-in-hand with DB2 and InformixRedbook: Informix Dynamic Server V10 . . . Extended Functionality for Modern BusinessTest Run: IDS CheetahChat with the Lab Series: IDSMost resources coming soon... Certs, Education, Books, Tutorials: Education Resources
Oracle or SQL ServerConsider switching... it's easy with these resources:Redbook: Oracle to DB2 UDB Conversion Guide Redbook: Microsoft SQL Server to IBM DB2 UDB Conversion GuideZone: Porting to DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Station: Migration
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ConferencesEuropean Information Management Technical Conference (Dusseldorf, Germany) May 21-25 This is the information management event for business and IT executives, managers, professionals, DBAs and developers. With over 200 technical sessions across 11 tracks, it’s a great opportunity to get the best in technical education and free certification, as well as gaining access and exposure to the full spectrum of IBM Information technologies and experts.
Mark your calendars for IDUG 2007 - Europe in Athens Hilton, Athens, Greece 5 - 9 November 2007. In an effort to make justifying your attendance at next year's conference a little easier, IDUG has assembled a Justification Toolkit to assist you in gaining approval to attend. Be sure to continue to visit our web site often over the next few months as the most up-to-date information will be made available.
Instructor-Led EducationBoost your skills and get the most from your data by learning the new features of DB2 9 with Information Management professional training courses. Choose from some of the most competitively priced courses including: CF03-DB2 Family Fundamentals, CF20-DB2 Database Administration Workshop for Linux, CF21-DB2 Database Administration Workshop for UNIX and CF23-DB2 Database Administration Workshop for Windows. To locate a class in your area choose the Training Quick Finder tab on the Information Management Training and Certification Web site. Be sure to explore the site to take advantage of additional learning options at a low cost to you such as Redbooks, DB2 Gaming, technical papers and self-study tutorials.
BookstoreSee the link to the Pearson European bookstore that offers a 35% discount on all IBM Press books, no shipping or duty charges for deliver within Europe, and payment in Euros. Visit our international site for more information as well.
If there are other events that I haven't posted, please let me know.....
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Only one month old.....check it out: InformixMag.com. Congratulations to the team that put this excellent emagazine together!
Started for the fun of it by Jean Georges Perrin, InformixMag.com is intended to bring a different tone to the Informix message. It’s still in Alpha and is expected to switch to Beta before the release of Cheetah. See sections that include a business directory, forums and *news*... Spread the word! Susan[Read More]
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Rick Van der Lans and Klaas Brant have joined forces and are running a series of DB2 Symposiums in various locations:
* Veldhoven, Netherlands April 18-20, 2007* Bonn, Germany April 23-26, 2007* Boston MA, USA May 21-23, 2007* San Jose CA, USA November 12-14, 2007
I've met Rick and Klaas several times at IBM Gold Consultant meetings over the past several years. I met with Rick and Klaas this morning to see how I can help with the symposiums in terms of books and certifications.
Rick is also an author and has several books that may be of interest. Here is a link to the English version of his latest book: Introduction to SQL: Mastering the Relational Database Language (4th Edition)
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The long awaited new certification study guide by Roger Sanders is now available for pre-order from MC Press, with a special limited discount of 35%!
Expert Preparation for IBM Exam 730
DB2 9 FundamentalsCertification Study Guide
Author: Roger E. Sanders
I love the new cover design... what do you think?[Read More]
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IBM invests heavily in the college / university area to introduce students to open standards, open source and IBM resources. The IBM Academic Initiative website is the ultimate source of the programs that are available to faculty, including access to free software, free books, the ability to download all the available IBM technology and courseware, remote access to certain hardware systems, participation in technical webcasts, electronic delivery of the AI newsletter, and much more.
For students, IBM has created the IBM Student Portal to give students information about competitions, events, and even job opportunities.
For researchers, the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) is available to strengthen the links between research communities and IBM. The main emphasis of CAS research projects is solving problems of utmost importance to software developers. However, it also entertains proposals relating to other aspects of computer science, including those involving theoretical work. CAS is continually initiating long-term projects in collaboration with other members of the research community. The results of these projects vary from research publications to prototypes and new directions for products.
As an employer, IBM regularily hires Interns and Co-ops for short term projects. I am a graduate of the co-op program from University of Waterloo, and had one of my six workterms at IBM. I highly recommend co-op programs for the work experience, money to pay down student debt, and the buiding of a network of employment contacts.
Full-time employees of IBM are encouraged to take part in volunteer work. I've personally been involved in teaching Girl Guides and Brownies how to create greeting cards using a software program, teaching middle-school kids to create a web page, teaching the "Economics of Staying in School" through the Junior Achievement organization, and helping build robotics for kids in the Excite Camp. I think in each case a child was given a unique learning experience and for those of us who like to volunteer, made us feel like we contributed in a positive way to our community.
For more information on IBM's involvement with education at all levels, see the Education site.
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IBM executive Sandy Carter has published the newest book about SOA, and it is a must read for everyone: The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0.
About the book:
There is now a direct, provable link between an organization’s flexibility and business performance. To optimize flexibility, companies must achieve unprecedented levels of integration and automation of key processes and infrastructure, both internally and externally. At the same time, they must learn to manage their processes far more dynamically and responsively.
They must become flex-pon-sive*.
Until recently, technology stood in the way of achieving these goals. Thanks to the emergence of service oriented architecture (SOA), Web 2.0, and open standards, technology now enables companies to achieve those goals. In The New Language of Business, one of IBM’s top SOA strategist demonstrates how business leaders can use innovations in technology to drive dramatic process improvements and support accelerating change.
Sandy Carter shows how to deconstruct your business into a “componentized” business model, then support that model with linked, repeatable IT services that can adapt quickly, easily, and economically. These techniques will help both IT professionals and business leaders reach new levels of operational excellence to deliver the market-focused innovations that matter most.
Order the book from IBM Press for a limited promotion: Enter the coupon code: CARTER654X during the checkout process to receive 35% off the list price, plus free shipping in the U.S.