Data in Action, the second semi-annual virtual conference August 19 at 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT
This is the premiere data management event for IT managers and executives.
What is a virtual conference?
I attended a few earlier this year and was extremely impressed! This new technology delivers live audio and/or video with award winning speakers AND allows you to interact with speakers, product experts and other attendees.... all WITHOUT leaving your office! Really... all you need is a computer, speakers or headphones... and a bit of time. Time is the difficult one in this list, but this is a far shorter commitment on your time than attending a conference live.
This conference will feature effective data management solutions for smarter business outcomes. Hear from Donald Feinberg, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst from Gartner, about the state of the DBMS software market and data management challenges facing businesses today. The topics that Mr. Feinberg will examine include; the problem of exploding data volumes, new computing paradigms for handling this explosion, data management cost reduction techniques and technologies, and the perspective of the DBA now and in the future.
Following Mr. Feinberg will be a moderated panel of customers and partners who are leveraging the unique and desirable features only available in DB2 9.7.
This is one event you won't want to miss. Get your questions answered through 2 interactive (webcast) sessions, 8 exhibit booths, and live chat. IBM and it's business partners are helping companies around the globe with industry-leading data management technologies and their world-class expertise. Learn how your company can achieve smarter business outcomes and reduce underlying IT costs.
Attendee incentives include a complimentary memory stick for the first 97 attendees, which includes information on the cost savings of DB2 over Oracle. IBM employees are not eligible for this incentive. Also a DB2 9.7 Discovery DVD for everyone who completes the event survey. The DVD includes trial code and tutorials. I look forward to seeing you there. If you do come... please ping me and tell me you read my blog :)
8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT General Session: Current Trends in the Data Management Market Donald Feinberg, Gartner, VP Distinguished Analyst
9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT General Session: Learn From Your Peers: Moving to DB2 in Days Not Weeks IDUG Moderator with DB2 Early Adopter Customers and Business Partner Panel
10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT Chat: Where do you find training and information about DB2 9.7? IDUG Moderator
Exhibit Zone 8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT to 12:00 pm PDT / 3:00 pm EDT
Explore the Booths and Solution Provider Pavilion including:
Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point will be the keynote speaker at this year's IBM Information on Demand 2009 conference that is taking place at the end of October in Las Vegas.
Malcolm has also agreed to do a book signing, so this is a chance for you to meet him and to get your books signed. If you already own one or more of his books... bring them along and get them signed. If you don't yet own them, they will be for sale at the conference bookstore. His books are very insightful and interesting to read, so you won't be disappointed in any of the titles. They also make great gifts.
Malcolm's most recent book promises to have an even greater impact
on both business and society than his first two books. With his first
book Malcolm embedded the concept of The Tipping Point in our everyday
vocabulary and gave organizations new tools for understanding how
trends work. In Blink he analyzed first impressions—the snap judgments
that we all make unconsciously and instinctively—and he explores how we
can master this important aspect of successful decision-making. Now in
his stunning new book Outliers, the bestselling author reveals the
real—and mostly overlooked—secrets to extraordinary success. He reveals
that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like,
and too little attention to where successful people are from: their
culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell explains what
Bill Gates, the Beatles and other world-class successes have in common,
how culture affects their careers and performance. Along the way,
Gladwell overturns many of our conventional notions about what makes a
person successful. He creates an entirely new model for nurturing
success and suggests ways to give people the best opportunities to
succeed. Because we so profoundly personalize success, we squander
human potential. We miss opportunities to lift others onto the top
rung. Malcolm is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His editor
describes his work as a new genre of story, an idea-driven narrative
that’s focused on the everyday and combines research with material
that’s more personal, social and historical. He was previously a
reporter for the Washington Post.
Certification Day that took place in Toronto early in July was very successful, so more dates and venues have been added. I hope there is a location near you, but if there isn't yet, maybe it will be added as more dates and venues are under consideration.
What do you get? 50% discount on the normal exam fee on any IBM software certification exam. See ibm.com/certify for a list of the software exams that are available. Given my bias... see some of my previous blog entries regarding exams and prep materials available for DB2.
How do you register? Send an email to Christiana Soares (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How do you pay? Credit card is the only option.
How much do you save? 50% off the exam fee, which in many cases means a savings of $100 USD.
Which locations and dates?
August 18 - Austin Texas August 31 - Shanghai, China September 3 - Mainz, Germany September 16 - Denver, Colorado September 23 - Chemnitz, Germany September 25 - Ehningen, Germany October 13 - Liverpool, United Kingdom October 15 - Frankfurt, Germany November 17 - Sydney, Australia
By Toby Segaran, Jeff Hammerbacher July 2009 Pages: 382
IBM's Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics; and all-round amazingly fun guy co-wrote chapter 7 with Lisa Sokol, Senior Managing Consultant - Entity Analytic Services.
PS... I love the cover... it is beautiful just like the topic!
From the publisher:
In this insightful book, you'll learn from the best data practitioners in the field just how wide-ranging -- and beautiful -- working with data can be. Join 39 contributors as they explain how they developed simple and elegant solutions on projects ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video.
With Beautiful Data, you will:
* Explore the opportunities and challenges involved in working with the vast number of datasets made available by the Web * Learn how to visualize trends in urban crime, using maps and data mashups * Discover the challenges of designing a data processing system that works within the constraints of space travel * Learn how crowdsourcing and transparency have combined to advance the state of drug research * Understand how new data can automatically trigger alerts when it matches or overlaps pre-existing data * Learn about the massive infrastructure required to create, capture, and process DNA data
That's only small sample of what you'll find in Beautiful Data. For anyone who handles data, this is a truly fascinating book.
Visit Jeff's blog to get your hands on a PDF version of chapter 7 while it is still posted.
I work in the Toronto Lab where we have at least 2500 employees. We're lucky enough to have a library where local employees may borrow books. This morning I shared the elevator with a couple of people carrying one of the books by Roger Sanders. The book is affectionately known as the "red book" and the one that I saw clearly came from the library and was so well-used it was amazing! It makes me happy to see that there are so many people here at the lab who prepare and take the certification exams.
Speaking of Roger Sanders, author of 4 of our DB2 Study Guides, I was reminded by Billy Sundarrajan that IDUG has posted a video of Roger teaching one of his certification prep classes:
Roger will once again be teaching his preparation course at the IOD Conference taking place in Las Vegas the week of Oct 25. There is no better way to cram for the exam! Here are the details:
DB2 9 for Linux & Windows DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 731) This training is designed to introduce the student to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the DB2 9 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Window certification exam (Exam 731). The material for this course is aligned with the 731 exam objectives.
DB2 9 for Linux & Windows DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 731) This training is designed to introduce the student to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the DB2 9 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Window certification exam (Exam 731). The material for this course is aligned with the 731 exam objectives.
All five of these certification prep guides were written by members of the exam
development team. That is, they created the questions for the certification exam
that you are about to take! Also, each chapter of the book corresponds directly
to a section on the exam. So, if you take the assessment exam and find out that
you are week on a single topic, you simply need to read the chapter that
corresponds to the topic where you need improvement. Lastly, the authors created
a set of sample questions for the book that provides you with the correct answer
to the question as well as an explanation as to why the correct answer is
correct and the incorrect ones are not.
All six of these books... and many more, can be read and searched electronically. Safari Online and Books 24x7 are two popular electronic book engines where these books are available. Why would you want to read a book electronically? You might not want to read an entire book electronically, but if you are browsing books to find out which one you should buy in print, searching and reading parts of the book electronically makes sense and may help you make the best choice on your purchase.
Also, if you are mostly prepared for the exam, but just want to do a bit of review before taking the exam, you might consider doing the review electronically. At the very least, I'd suggest reading the summary for each chapter, answering the sample questions that are found in the book, and reading the description for the answers. This can be done quite easily electronically.
Safari Books Online is a
great electronic book engine and right now, you can receive a free 15-day
trial. With Safari Books Online, you can search for a particular keyword, read
the entire book cover to cover, or simply ensure that this is the book you need
before you buy the printed version. Hurry! This offer has been held over until the end of 2009.
Books 24x7 is another great electronic book engine. IBMers world-wide can access books via this engine, free of charge. You can reach the site through many internal home pages. Many other companies and schools also have subscriptions to Books 24x7. Check with your company to see if you have a free subscription.
Last week my 4 blog entries centered around why and how to get certified in DB2. So, once you've earned your certification, what's next? The latest Certification Magazine answers this very question. I encourage you to read the article: I'm Certified, Now What? by Lynn Lawton.
Share the News
The fact that you passed a certification is NOT broadcast to the world. This is something that you should do yourself. Tell your management, update your profiles on facebook, linkedin, plaxo, etc, add details to your email signature line, add details to your business cards. In short, tell everyone in the biz that you have put the initiative in to study, learn, and pass a certification exam and you should be very proud of your accomplishments.
Put it to Use
You must have learned something during your learning journey... and hopefully what you learned will help you become more efficient or effective at your job. Or perhaps you learned about a new feature or way of doing your job that will have far reaching effects. Practice what you learned. In addition, did the certification that you earned simply a stepping stone to more advanced topics? Check through the roadmaps to see if there are deeper achievements waiting for you. For example, if you've earned a DBA Certification, consider trying for the Advanced DBA Certification. Build on what you have just learned.
Expand your Network
With your added knowledge, are you now qualified to answer questions on forums or in newsgroups? Are you now able to write articles? Join professional groups? I would suggest that you look at PlanetDB2.com, ChannelDB2.com, groups on LinkedIN, Facebook fan pages, etc. Wherever product experts gather, you should see if you are able to join and contribute.
Display the Accomplishment
Print your certificate... give one copy to your boss and frame another to display in your office. Be proud of your accomplishment and brag about it. If you are in a consulting role, perhaps this certification will open up new opportunities for you and the certificate can be presented to your clients.
Consider a Job Search or Raise Request
It won't hurt to ask.... is it time for a raise or a job change? A new certification might be the stepping stone to something better.
Teaching is a great way to strengthen your knowledge about any topic. Now that you are certified, can you encourage and help others achieve the same goal? Can the need for certification become a department or company wide goal and future achievement? Wouldn't you prefer to work with people who at least know what you do? Think of the synergy that can come from working with equally educated team members.
Achieving a certification is a great accomplishment, but in no way does it mean that you know everything that there is to know. You must put what you learned into practice, recommend better ways of doing things, and continue to learn. One mistake that I saw people making a few years ago is that they didn't think that they needed to re certify when a new product level was released. This is an incorrect assumption. If the vendor thought that it was worth updating an exam (usually at significant cost) then it is worth you retaking the exam to be sure that you are aware of the latest features of the latest products.
Do you have any other suggestions for what people should do once they've received their certification? If so, let me know!
By popular demand, the Assess and Save special offer returned July 1. Purchase and pass any Information Management Online Assessment Exam through Prometric Testing July 1 - Sept. 30 and receive a 50% off voucher towards purchase of the corresponding exam. That's $100 back in your pocket. Candidates from the first phase of this offer experienced significantly improved pass rates on the actual exam.
The successful candidate for
the IBM Certified Database Associate - Informix Dynamic Server 11.50
Fundamentals has important knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary
to provide entry level administration of IDS 11.50, including basic SQL
(Structured Query Language), how IDS 11.50 is installed, how to create
databases and database objects, security, transaction isolation, backup
and recovery procedures, and describe replication technologies and
This certification targets:
Entry level technical professionals - programming, system design, architect
University students - application of information technology
exam has a time limit of 90 minutes, except the upgrade exam which has
a time limit of 60 minutes. The number of questions and the cutscore
for each exam varies. For example, exam 730 has 64 questions and you
must score 59 percent or higher to pass it. How do I prepare to pass an exam? Here is the recommended path I suggest you take to prepare for a DB2 exam: 1)
Choose the exam you want to take based on your job role. The DBA and
AppDev certifications first require that you are certified as a
Database Associate. To help you decide where to start, see the certification roadmaps. 2)
Read through the exam objectives. Every question on the exam relates
directly to one or more of the exam objectives. For a breakdown of the
exam objectives and the recommended study materials, see ibm.com/software/data/education/certprep.html Here are the exams that cover the DB2 9 product:
* Exam 737 - DB2 9 System Administrator for z/OS 3)
If you are experienced with DB2 and feel that you are prepared to pass
the exam based on what you saw in the exam objectives, take an assessment exam.
You'll get a report after taking the assessment exam that can help you
pinpoint your weaknesses. Assessment exams cost $10 per take, so if you
really think you are ready, come and take the exam to see. 4) If you are NOT experienced with DB2, download a free version of DB2 Express-C and give it a try! 5)
Decide on how you want to increase your skills:
a) Consider buying one
of the Certification Study Guides to refresh and deepen your skills: ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore. For exam prep, the best books are these: DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 by Roger Sanders DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 by Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 by Roger Sanders DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow. All
five of these certification prep guides were written by members of the
exam development team. That is, they created the questions for the
certification exam that you are about to take! Also, each chapter of
the book corresponds directly to a section on the exam. So, if you take
the assessment exam and find out that you are week on a single topic,
you simply need to read the chapter that corresponds to the topic where
you need improvement. Lastly, the authors created a set of sample
questions for the book that provides you with the correct answer to the
question as well as an explanation as to why the correct answer is
correct and the incorrect ones are not. For reference and guidance beyond the exam, I suggest the following: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition) by George Baklarz and Paul Zikopoulos b)
For self-study, also check out the free tutorials that IBM provides for
most of the exams. The tutorials are broken into hour long segments of
information based on the exam objectives. If you have a great deal of
experience, this may be all you need to prepare for the exam. To see
the full set of exam prep tutorials that are available, see ibm.com/software/data/education/selfstudy.html. c)
Take an education class from IBM or one of its partners. These classes
typically have a fee, even for employees, so check with management to
see if you can take one of these classes. Classroom education is an
excellent way to learn, but may be difficult to justify due to costs.
Don't forget to look into ILO training as this type of training gives
you all the benefits of classroom education, but eliminates the travel
costs. The best place to start to determine the classroom education
that best fits your needs is with the training roadmaps: ibm.com/software/data/education/roadmaps.html. 6) If this is your first time taking a certification exam, review the steps on this site: ibm.com/certify/process/t_proc.shtml. Can I gain experience by reading DB2 Forums and Blogs?
There are several DBAs who firmly believe helping out on the various
forums have helped us gain a deeper understanding of subjects that were
on the exams. So, contribute to those forums. You're not only helping
other people, you're helping yourself as well! Most likely you'll find
members of the DB2 development team actively taking part in the forums
as well. Here are the sites that I recommend, at the least: Planet DB2 - a blog aggregator that combines DB2 blogs from around the world. IBM developerWorks - DB2 Portal IDUG – International DB2 User’s Group My blog: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/SusanVisser/ Kate's blog: ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/katedawson
I hope you find this information useful! Good luck on your journey towards certification!
Today I want to tell
you about how to prepare to take and pass an exam.
How to Prepare
to Pass a DB2 Certification Exam
the exam objectives.The website ibm.com/certify lists the
objectives for every IBM certification exam.Read these carefully as each question on the exam links directly back to
one or more of these objectives!(That’s
a huge hint!)
In the past 10 years, I’ve met many people who have taken and passed one or more DB2 certification exam. I like to chat with people, so I usually ask them to tell me if they see benefits to passing an exam. I also meet with many people who are reluctant to take an exam and must convince them of the benefits. I’ll put a few of my findings in this post, but I hope that I hear from people if they agree or disagree!
People who are reluctant to take a certification exam are usually reluctant due to fear. Fear of failure, fear of taking a test, fear of having others learn their scores, or fear of being judged or ranked. I totally understand these fears! The first thing I want to stress about certification exams is YOUR SCORE IS CONFIDENTIAL TO YOU. Sure the score is captured by a computer system and is sent to IBM to be stored in a DB2 database, but we are governed by very strict privacy laws that prevent any of this information to be given to anyone except for the candidate who is taking the exam.
This should give you a sense of comfort that you can take the exam without anyone knowing. So if you fail, feel free to try again! Use the score report to help you strengthen your knowledge in the areas where you didn’t do so well. If you do pass the exam, you must tell your managers, customers, clients, etc. Only you can brag about your certification!
Another thing that you should keep in mind is that each exam has a cutscore assigned to it. You can think of a cutscore as the mark you must reach to pass the exam. To come up with a cutscore, we have a team of experts take the exam and then rank each question in terms of difficulty, importance to the job role, and frequency that the task is performed. As an example, the cutscore for Exam 731 is 59%. Since there are 64 questions on the exam, you must answer 38 questions correctly to pass the exam. As a result of passing the exam, you will be sent a certificate stating that you are now IBM Certified. Your certificate will look the same whether you score 59% or 100%!
I also suggest that you don’t play the “score” game. I’ve heard conversations where people are bragging about their score or candidates who are pressuring themselves to score better than one of their co-workers. I can tell you that most of the people bragging about their score are embellishing slightly! It’s best to not discuss your score in the first place.
One of the biggest benefits of passing a certification exam is that it proves that you are very proactive at keeping your skills up to date. Anyone can say that they know about the latest features of a product, but by passing a certification exam, you have validation that you do indeed understand the latest features. Although DB2 certifications are very popular and still growing in numbers, the number of people who actually [i]have[/i] a certification is a fraction of the number of people who [i]could[/i] have a certification. If you are certified, consider yourself as part of a relatively small group!
A second benefit is that studying for a certification will expose you to areas of the product that you wouldn’t normally care about. Very few people have hands-on knowledge of EVERY feature in a product, so when studying for, and taking the exam, you will be exposed to more features than you normally use. Perhaps you’ll discover a feature that will really help your application or in the usage of the product.
One of the benefits that I mention to the developer in the Toronto Lab who create the DB2 product is that it will allow them to see the product as our customers use it. Not many of us in the Toronto Lab work as DBAs, so by passing the DBA exam, it exposes us to the tasks that DBAs must perform in their daily jobs. It seems to me that this will help IBM create better products! The same is true for those who are writing about the product, supporting it, testing it, or even selling it.
A team of us are trying to scientifically determine the actual benefits of being certified, but in the mean time, my team ran an informal survey asking what the benefits were. Here are some of the responses:
Certification adds credibility when addressing customers
Certification is a partner requirement
Certification gives my company a business advantage
Certification helps me pinpoint problems faster
Certification gives me confidence and respect
Certification gives me credibility with younger workers and my peers
Certification gives me leverage and job security
Certification led to my membership in a competency network
Certification gives me professional recognition
Certification helps me set up a training plan to keep my skills current
Certification is valued by management
Certification earned me better performance ratings
Certification helped me earn a promotion
Certification earned me management recognition
Certification gave me additional skills
Certification led to a raise
What do you think? Have you experienced any of these benefits? Are there other benefits that you experienced?
2) I've had the pleasure of reviewing the latest edition of the "Getting Started with DB2 Express-C" free book. Raul and his team did an amazing job writing a short book that covers just about everything that you need to know to get started using DB2. The latest edition isn't posted yet, but should be really soon.
3) Compression, WLM, and SQL/PL are the big stories. Did you see the cool video that explains how great these feature is? The video is actually the Technology Update Chat with the Lab.... watch it :)
The release of DB2 9.7 for Linux, Unix and Windows is creating quite a stir in the industry. CNET said that "IBM puts Oracle to the Sword." ZDnet commented that "IBM's latest DB2 woos Oracle customers." Industry analyst Merv Adrian said, "This is a BIG deal." Beta participants claim that "this is a paradigm shift" and "simply amazing."
IDUG is pleased to host this unique 60-minute webcast on Wednesday, June 24 at 12:00pm Eastern. In this free event, you'll discover the new features of DB2 9.7 that will save you time, improve performance and lower your management costs. You'll be the first to know about the new technology your peers will be buzzing about by hearing it directly from the source.
Join renowned DB2 evangelist and respected author Paul Zikopoulos as he explains what the DB2 9.7 buzz is all about. Along with live Q&A, Paul will discuss DB2 9.7's new features for:
1. increasing performance, reliability and ease of use 2. lowering management costs 3. enhancing workload management 4. compatibility with Oracle Database SQL, PL/SQL, data types, scripting and more
In addition, IDUG President Michael McBride will discuss how this webcast is just one example of the many technical DB2 resources offered through IDUG's worldwide DB2 community.
I ended up getting several comments after my blog entry Do you know an IBM Data Champion published. In that entry I had specifically mentioned the authors in the group, but beyond authors of retail books, I'd like to mention some of the other ways Data Champions have been very active.
Book reviewers for DB2 content: Again I know I'm going to miss several people who were very active in reviewing either IBM Redbooks or Retail books to ensure that they were accurate before they published. I thank you all! I'd like to specifically mention Fred Sobotka who was the key influencer and reviewer on the following book:
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I've enjoyed writing about these people and have ideas for future entries... ie, those critical for conference successes, those who contributed in areas beyond DB2, and more! Send me ideas if you have them.
Thanks again to all current Data Champions and be sure to nominate any people who you think are strong contributors who are not recognized yet.
Recognizing exceptional contributions to the Data Management community
I've been blessed with many friends and I'm happy to say that many of the IBM Data Champions are friends of mine! I know I'm not unique since likely most of us in the data community know these well-known, friendly, outgoing people! Beyond friendship, one of my primary connections with these people are books. Many, if not all, of these people are authors of retail books, IBM Redbooks, articles, courses, presentations, exams, forums, websites, blogs and more! What exactly is a Data Champion? Data Champions are objective experts. They have no official obligation to
IBM. They simply share their opinions and years of experience with
others in the field, and their work contributes greatly to the overall
success of Data Management. For 2009,
IBM honors the commitment of 88 individuals with a special designation
— Data Champion — as a way of showing our appreciation for the time and
energy these exceptional community members expend.
Check out our Data Champions! In the photo above, I recognize Scott, Dave, Judy, Sheryl, and Julian. Check out the photos and profiles for each of the Data Champions....
Want to become or nominate a Data Champion? Click here for information on how this works. Books by Data Champions: I've listed a few of the retail books that were recently published by one or more of our Data Champions. Many others acted as reviewers of these books and others not listed. I thank each and everyone of you for your help in building our retail book projected and want you to know that you are greatly appreciated for everything that you do!
DB2 9.7 for Linux, Unix, and Windows has out-of-the-box support for
Oracle's SQL and PL/SQL dialects. This allows many applications written
against Oracle to execute virtually unchanged against DB2. Whether you
want to switch your custom application or extend your DBMS vendor
support, its now time to break free with DB2!
Join experts from the DB2 labs to learn more about what Oracle compatibility means in
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virtual courses (SPVC) are online courses that include the same quality
course content, exercises and hands-on labs as our classroom courses.
These courses can be taken any time of day or night allowing students
to study when and where they want. Start your training by watching a
recorded instructor. When ready, log into the lab environment to
complete your hands-on lab assignments working with IBM software.
Self-paced virtual courses are the perfect training method for students
who can't travel or prefer the flexibility of self-paced training.
courses allow you to learn at your own pace and on your schedule with
training that is completely self-contained from your desktop. Most
courses provide introductory and overview training that serves as the
foundation for more technical and follow-on training. Courses include
expert instruction but do not include hands-on labs. NOTE: All of these courses are less than $500!
led online (ILO) courses are taught by a live instructor with whom you
can interact and ask questions using Voice Over IP (VOIP). Courses are
taught on a specific day and time, some of which may even be scheduled
after business hours to minimize time away from work. Most courses are
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About the Author Neal Fishman, leader of IBM
Software Group's integration forensics program, has spoken at
conferences around the world, and is a Practicing Member of the World
Wide Institute of Software Architects. He holds IBM certifications in
DB2, DataStage, QualityStage, and Information Analyzer. Fishman
co-authored Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework.
· Why poor-quality data has become even more dangerous
· Practical solutions for assessing, improving, and sustaining data quality
· Why data governance is so critical-and realistic models for implementing it
· How to instill proactive accountability throughout your data processes
· Proven techniques for evaluating data before, during, and after its use
· Handling persistence and memory-resident databases in SOA environments
· Improving business, system, reference, and “meta” data
· Creating data models that support today’s broader spectrum of applications
· Sustaining data quality through conditioning
· Using systems thinking to limit future data problems and understand the potential ripple effects of data sharing
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