Keep on Learning

 

DB2 9 is a leading-edge hybrid data server that offers optimum storage, scalability, and availability. DB2 pureScale is a new technology primarily optimized for scale-out transactional processing clusters in an active-active manner. This succinct guide will show you how DB2 with pureScale can provide you transparent application scalability, the ability to deliver agile-like computing to your transaction systems, and extreme availability.

 

Want even more information about DB2 pureScale?  See the blog entry I wrote in August: More on DB2 pureScale.

 

Susan

Take a class: IBM solidDB Universal Cache Fundamentals

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 Kate’s blog lists all the Sunday courses that are offered this year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, but I want to go into more detail for a few of these sessions.

 

Today I’ll mention this class:

IBM solidDB Universal Cache Fundamentals (E5903) with Marko Milek and John Seery
Discover the relational in-memory database technology and high-speed advanced replication components which comprise the solidDB Universal Cache.

First of all, this and the other pre-conference classes take place only on Sunday October 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. This is a special one-day offering being presented on Sunday, October 24,2010 in conjunction with the IBM Information on Demand 2010 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration for the IOD Conference is NOT required to attend this Sunday class.

This training course is designed to introduce you to the relational in-memory database technology and high-speed advanced replication components which comprise the solidDB Universal Cache. This is the industry's first relational, in-memory caching technology that accelerates industry leading databases such as DB2, Informix, Oracle, SQL Server, and Sybase. Specific focus through in-depth lecture, examples, and use cases, will be put on the following topics: in-memory architecture, administration, installation and configuration, caching, performance, high availability, monitoring, diagnostics, and troubleshooting.

 

This training is designed to introduce you to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the IBM solidDB and IBM solidDB Universal Cache certification exam (Exam 5550). The material for this course is aligned with the 5550 exam objectives.

 

Following aspects of the solidDB product family are addressed in the course:

  • Architecture
  • Administration
  • Installation and configuration
  • Database caching
  • High-availability
  • Performance
  • Monitoring, diagnostics and troubleshooting

Space is limited, so register now!

 

Susan

MC Press’ semi-annual Scratch & Dent Sale starts TODAY

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MC Press is the publisher of DB2’s highly successful Certification Study Guide series.  Today they have started their semi-annual Scratch & Dent sale with savings of 40% to 75% off of list price.

You are the first to be made aware of this sale, so take a look!  Included in the list of books this time are several DB2 titles.

 

Here are the titles that I selfishly recommend:

Administering Informix Dynamic ServerAdministering Informix Dynamic ServerThe comprehensive resource for Informix Dynamic Server.

Administering Informix Dynamic Server
5074-dPrice: $59.95On Sale: $35.97

 

DB2 9 for DevelopersDB2 9 for DevelopersLearn the “why” and “how” of a well-designed and well-implemented DB2 database.

DB2 9 for Developers
5086-dPrice: $64.95On Sale: $38.97

 

DB2 9 FundamentalsDB2 9 FundamentalsPrepare for IBM Exam 730 by learning from one of the world's leading experts and an active participant in the creation of the exam.

DB2 9 Fundamentals
5088-dPrice: $59.95On Sale: $35.97

 

DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Study GuideDB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Study GuidePrepare for IBM Exam 731 by learning from one of the world's leading experts and an active participant in the creation of the exam.

DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Study Guide
5090-dPrice: $64.95On Sale: $38.97

 

DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Upgrade Exam Study GuideDB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Upgrade Exam Study GuidePrepare for IBM Exam 736 by learning from one of the world's leading experts and an active participant in the creation of the exam.

DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Upgrade Exam Study Guide
5091-dPrice: $34.95On Sale: $20.97

DB2 9 for z/OS Database AdministrationDB2 9 for z/OS Database AdministrationPrepare for IBM Certification Exam 732 by learning from experts who helped write the exam.

DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration
5089-dPrice: $64.95On Sale: $38.97

 

DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification Study GuideDB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification Study GuidePrepare for IBM Exam 734 by learning from two of the world's leading experts and an active participants in the creation of the exam.

DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide
5093-dPrice: $64.95On Sale: $38.97

 

If you are interested in DB2 Certifications, and are attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference, make sure you read Kate’s blog about the FREE Certification Testing

 

Susan

Too much information? How to cope?

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On top of blogging as often as possible, I’m now tweeting… mostly to drive awareness to my blog entries.  When you blog and tweet, you end up following others who blog and tweet.  Tweeting is very reciprocal… so if someone follows you, it is “expected” that you follow them as well. 

 

I am following only about 200 people at this point, so not a huge amount, but I must say, I still can only read a very small percentage of the information.  So what to do? 

 

Yesterday Leon Katsnelson sent me some suggestions that I’m finding really help… a lot! 

 

First, Tweet Newspapers.  This is a collection of related tweets, by a variety of people.  A person who tweets will put a tag in their entry, something like #DB2 and all such tweets are collected and produced in a very handy newspaper front page style.  I quite like it.  Here are the ones that you may want to look at:

DB2 Daily

Informix Daily

Cloud Computing Daily  

IDUG EMEA Conference Daily

IOD Global Conference (Las Vegas) Daily

BigData Daily    

Hadoop Daily  

Second, for blogs we have a aggregator called “PlanetDB2” which collects blog entries from a variety of people giving you one place to look for the blog entries that might interest you.

 

So, to get an idea of what is going on in the tweet or blog worlds, you simply need to look at a couple of websites … once a day… rather than consuming your precious time reading all of the entries that come on a daily basis!

 

Susan

I love data, you love data, and they really love data!

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I’m re-listening to the audible versions of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics.  As I’m going through it, I’m convinced that the IBM Information on Demand Conference committee couldn’t have chosen better guest speakers for a conference that is all about data!

What are these books about?  Steven Levitt is an economist who is intrigued by the stories behind the data.  He’s managed to find data in the most unlikely places about topics that are not well documented.  Stephen Dubner is the journalist who has an exceptional talent of putting together the stories that give radical conclusions to the data.

 

The Freakonomics book answered such questions:

  • Do teachers cheat on standardized tests?
  • What brought the crime rate down so low in the 90s?
  • What is the most dangerous job in America?
  • Do real estate agents really have your interests in mind when selling your house?
  • What effect does the name you give to your child have on his / her future?
  • What really matters most when parenting?

 

SuperFreakonomics:

  • How can technology improve the quality of life for women in remote areas of the world?
  • How did the car save the world from one of the biggest problems occurring in 1900?
  • Why are brownstones in NYC built the way they are?
  • Does chemotherapy really help cancer victims?
  • When is 99% not accurate enough?
  • Why should you desire to have more the IRS conduct more audits?
  • Why are there so few women at the head of large companies?
  • Why is being in the military more dangerous in times of peace vs times of war?
  • When is it best to avoid going to the emergency room for an illness?
  • Why did the crime rate go up so high in the 60s? 

These are just some of the stories that I remember.  If you love data, you’ll love the stories and conclusions that Levitt & Dubnar put together based on the data that they analyze. 

 

Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt  are presenting at the keynote session at IOD that takes place Wednesday morning…. and come by to get your book signed after the keynote for an incredibly short signing session from 10:00 - 10:20 am.    I hope you can join us.  Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. Their session is Anc # 3779.

Susan

Flashbooks at IOD

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This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, we have five NEW Flashbooks to give out to attendees for free.  What are flashbooks?  These are the small and easy-to-read books that we created especially for our IOD audience.   I’m really happy with the topics we’ve managed to pull together this year.

For those of you who are not able to come to the conference, all of these flashbooks will soon also be available for sale from amazon.com.  I’ll post the details when that happens.

The book signings & giveaways for these flashbooks will take place at the Mandalay Bay Foyer Book Store - Mandalay Bay South Convention Center at the day and time listed below.  Add these book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder.

 

We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time.  The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy.

 

DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling (Session # 3623)

by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad

Monday at 12:30 – 1:15

 

DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box (Sessions # 3736 and 3625)

by David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Roger Miller, Surekha Pureka

Give-away: Monday at 12:30-1:15

Signing: Tuesday at 12:30 – 1:30 

 

The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices (Session # 3620)

by Sunil Soares

Monday at 2:30 – 3:15

 

Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence (Session # 3624)

by John Boyer, The Nielsen Company Bill Frank, Johnson & Johnson Brian Green, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Tennessee Tracy Harris, IBM Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company

Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00

 

IBM COGNOS ANALYTICS AND CLOUD COMPUTING: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud (Session # 3780)

by Stephan Jou, Anant Jhingran, William Lee, Thanh Pham, Biraj Saha

Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00

Hope to see you at IOD this year… It is shaping up to be the event of the year!

 
Susan 

Reality edition of DB2Night Show: Get DB2 tips from your peers

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An industry first!
DB2 Reality TV on The DB2Night Show
A special edition episode on October 1, 2010, at 11am Eastern.

During this special edition, DBI will be interviewing our top candidates for our open Software Consultant Engineer position (see http://www.dbisoftware.com/careers.php for details). Each candidate will be given 8 minutes to describe a DB2 LUW challenge they faced and how they conquered it, 1 minute to offer a quick DB2 tip, and 1 minute to "make their case" for why they are our best candidate.


Studio Audience members will get to vote on the candidates. Your votes will influence DBIs selection committee (but the final decision rests with DBI), determine the prize that each of our candidates will win, and everyone in the studio audience that participates in candidate voting will earn a $5 Amazon.com gift certificate (limited to the first 100 attendees that arrive).

 

Details and registration:
DB2NightShow.com

Join Scott Hayes for fun & education and a chance for FREE MONEY - SHOW UP AND VOTE!

 

Susan

Meet an author, buy a book, enhance your skills

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 *** changed signing date/time for Mark Jeffries

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been blogging about the authors who will be signing books at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this October.  I think it’s a record that we have 9 amazing authors with books that you can buy and get signed.  I’ve read several of the books myself and highly recommend them, but I’ll also be in line buying copies of the books I haven’t yet read.

 

Although it isn’t necessary, I suggest that you use the Smart Site to build an agenda for yourself, and “sign” up to attend these book signings.  Why?  Simply so you remember when and where they are taking place.  I’ve tried to make it easy for you by listing the Meeting number for each author / signing, but you can also search on the word “signing” in the Smart Site and you’ll be presented with all of the signings that have been scheduled. 

 

Here is the list:

Book signings: you must purchase a copy of the book for the author to sign.  All books at the bookstore will be for sale at a 20% discount.  If you already own the book…. bring it with you!

The Art of Business Seduction: A 30-Day Plan to Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Get Ahead (Session # 3766)

by Mark Jeffries

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Mark is now signing on Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am- 12:00 noon.

 

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Session # 3622)

by Atul Gawande

Tuesday at 10:00 – 11:00

 

DB2 V9 for z/OS Certification Guide - Systems Administration – Test 737 (Session # 3621)

by Judy Nall

Tuesday at 12:30 – 1:30

 

Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics (Session # 3779)

by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Wednesday 10:00 – 10:20 am

 

New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence, The: Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage (Session # 3619)

by Michael Biere

Wednesday at 11:00 – 12:00

 

The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture (Session # 3617)

by Eberhard Hechler, Martin Oberhofer, Steve Lockwood, Michael Schroek, Mario Godinez, Klaus Koeig

Wednesday at 12:30 – 1:30

 

A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum (Session # 3767)

by  Matt Ganis

Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00

 

Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic (Session # 3801)

by Neal Fishman

Thursday at 11:30 – 12:30

 

Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great. (Session # 3618)

by Sam Lightstone

Thursday at 12:30 – 1:30

 

Next week I’ll tell you about the Flashbooks that are being specially produced for the IOD conference and will be given away for free to conference attendees.

 

Susan