On Monday and Tuesday this week, the CCDB2UG conference
was held in Markham, ON. I was very happy to be invited to take part in a very small way to speak to attendees during the reception and to network with people following the reception.
I handed out my business card to everyone who I met in the hopes that they will become readers of my blog. I hope one or two of you are people I met in person on Monday!
The message that I delivered to the attendees was that our Education and Skills team are dedicated to provide resources to people who want to gain skills on DB2 and other IM products. We have self study courses
, traditional courses
, ILO courses
, certification programs
, and more! I have blogged about these resources in the past and will continue to do so in the future, so keep coming back!
During the event I spoke to many of the excecutives of this user group: Yvonne, Joe, Tim, Dawn, Murray... and others! While talking to them I realized that each and every one of them are using a piece of advice that is prominent in Sam Lightstone's
book: Making it Big in Software
. That advice is to become a domain expert which will allow you to build your own skills but to help others build their skills and to build your network of like minded people. Can you imagine the benefits of knowing people throughout the industry who have the same passion and skills as you have?
Tim told me that he has attended just about every user group meeting for the past 25 years! I think the dedication that he and others put into user groups is amazing and hope that there are people early in their career who are willing to contribute to keep such an amazing community viable well into the future.
I hope you enjoy my blog entries!
DB2 9.7 brought the biggest infusion of SQL features since DB2 V2.1. In this presentation, learn about features that lead to a ten-fold reduction in enablement costs when Oracle-based applications are enabled for DB2. The virtual tech briefing covers the following:
- Business drivers to move Oracle applications to DB2
- SQL enhancements in DB2 9.7
- Tooling support to enable applications from Oracle to DB2
- PL/SQL support in DB2 9.7
- Library extensions in DB2 9.7
IOD EMEA which took place in Rome last week was a huge success. I'm working on my trip report and will post some of it here.
Monday and Tuesday next week, I'll be at the Toronto conference CCDB2UG where the Central Canada DB2 Users Group is celebrating their 25th anniversary! I'm quite looking forward to my annual visit with some of the most amazing people I've ever met. For more information, see this blog entry I did recently: Local Conference - Central Canada User Group.
I've already began planning for our huge IOD event that will take place in Vegas the last week of October. I'm looking forward to see the sessions and speakers who have been chosen for the event. The bookstore is arranged already, so just the signings are left to plan. I'm hoping this year that we have the book signing events included in the agenda builder so you won't miss what the signings that you want to attend. More on this conference coming up.
I've talked to a few people about the IDUG conference that is taking place in Vienna the second week of November. I'm not sure what my involvement will be at this point, but it would be a nice one to attend, don't you think?
There are many free webinars that are coming up soon... I hope you are able to take advantage of the amazing content that is available to you for free! I know time is always a factor, but most of the webinars are recorded so you can benefit from the content after the fact.
My favourite ones are:
1) DB2Night Show
- tomorrow is Sam Lightstone
, and there are several more speakers planned for the coming weeks.
2) Chat with the Lab - there was an event today, but you can keep on top of the scheduled and recorded events by joining this group: Channel DB2 Chat with the Lab
3) Surekha Parekh
does a fine job of informing the world of the events surrounding DB2 for z/OS. I strongly suggest that you join one of the groups that she posts to in order to stay on top of what's happening. The World of DB2 for z/OS
is one of the places she updates regularly.
Don't miss Sam's appearance on the
We're going to set aside technical DB2 skills in this episode, and instead we're going to have a nice chat with Sam Lightstone, author of the new book "Making It Big in Software
. We're going to try to find out "
What does it take to be successful?"
Certainly technical skills are part of the equation, but how can one accelerate their career?
In his book, Sam covers these topics and more:
- Get your next job in software development
- Master the nontechnical skills crucial to your success
- Work the organization to move up rapidly
- Successfully manage your time, projects, and life
- Minimize software project overruns
- Successfully manage your time, projects, and life
- Avoid killer mistakes that could destroy your career
- Move up to "medium-shot", "big-shot", and finally, "visionary"
- Launch your own winning software company
You might also be interested to know that Sam Lightstone was a significant contributor "
behind the development of the IBM DB2 Design Advisor (db2advis).
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10am CENTRAL.
Get your copy of book: The
Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for
Unlocking Business Insight
written by the following author team:
Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael
•This book is designed to reach out
to a wide client audience on a global basis leveraging IBM‘s vision and products
in the Information Management area.
If you are at the IOD2010 conference taking place in Rome, come by the Bookstore at 1:15 pm to get your free copy of this book. The author team will be signing copies and look forward to meeting you to discuss your Information needs. . Get your coupon at the InfoSphere booth in the expo to get your free book.
Mario Godinez is Executive IT
Architect and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect within IBM's Worldwide
Information On Demand Architecture team. He co-founded IBM Software Group's
Information Management Technical Enablement team, and has spent 15+ years
helping IBM financial and industrial customers architect and implement complex
Eberhard Hechler is
Chief Architect of the European IBM Information On Demand Technical Center of
Excellence. As Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect,
he is a technical leader of the Information Management organization at the IBM
Germany Research and Development Lab. He co-authored Enterprise Master Data
Klaus Koenig is an IBM
Distinguished Engineer and has been involved in IT for 20 years. He is an
internationally recognized expert in the field of IT architecture management and
IT infrastructure design. As key innovator and chief technology executive he is
currently leading several development and transformation initiatives, the major
ones in the area of Cloud Computing, Green IT, Service Lifecycle Management and
IT Process Automation.
Steve Lockwood works
in IBM Software Group as a Lead Architect and within IBM's Business Intelligence
practice (a part of Global Business Services). He has been involved in all
aspects of the development of information related projects, covering Data
Warehousing, analytics, Information Integration for CRM solutions and
development of Master Data Management solutions.
Martin Oberhofer is a Senior Technical
Consultant at IBM and a member of the World-Wide IBM Software Group Master Data
Management Center of Excellence. His areas of expertise are Master Data
Management, database technologies, Java development and IT system integration.
Michael Schroeck is a Partner and the Global
Business Intelligence (BI) and Information on Demand (IOD) Leader for IBM,
Global Business Services. Mike has a proven track record in having guided
project teams in the design and successful implementation of large, complex
BI/IOD Solutions (e.g., decision support, integrated analytics, data
warehousing, data mining, etc.) for a wide range of clients.
Magnus Lindkvist, keynote speaker and facilitator
Author of Book: Everything We Know Is Wrong – The Trendspotter’s Handbook
Magnus is a trendspotter and futurologist based in Stockholm, Sweden, his mission is to help companies make sense (and money) out of future possibilities and inspire people into action. He founded his company Pattern Recognition AB in 2005 and have a mix of large conglomerates and nimble upstarts within finance, energy, media and IT on the client list. Furthermore, he was elected Sweden’s Business Speaker of the Year in 2009.
Meet Magnus now at the IOD 2010 Bookstore at IOD EMEA. Buy a copy of his book and get it signed.
Leveraging Spatial Capabilities in your Database
Date: 5/27/2010 (Thursday May 27, 2010)
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (GMT-04:00)
10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30 hrs London / 17:30 hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9PM
Presented By: Sal Vella (IBM), David Adler (IBM)
This chat introduces the spatial capabilities of IBM relational databases, focusing on the DB2 LUW Spatial Extender. Much of the business data that we work with has a spatial characteristic, such as customer or office locations, sales regions, hazard polygons or facilities such as utility lines and highways. By representing this spatial information in a relational table as spatial datatypes, SQL queries can incorporate spatial functions to perform spatial analysis in the database. Business value is derived by being able to answer questions like:
- where are customers who may be interested in buying flood insurnce?
- what are the patterns of high crime activity
- should a new service center be constructed to support new customers
- where are preferred service providers along a route I plan to take
DB2 with the Spatial Extender is being used to answer these questions.
To learn more join experts from IBM labs - Sal Vella and David Adler.
Presentation charts for this Chat will be downloadable from ibm.com/db2/labchats
To register for this event and receive instructions for attending goto:
If clicking the above link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste tinyurl.com/spatialdb into your Web browser.
For questions/comments/suggestions: http://www.channeldb2.com/group/db2chatwiththelab
How and why do companies use XML? In which cases do they decide to store, index, and query XML in a databases? What are some of the common patterns for such XML usage?
Join XML expert Matthias Nicola to hear the answers to these questions in a Webcast on May 18, at 11am US Eastern Time (15:00 GMT).
He will describe XML use cases that are applicable to a variety of industries, such as finance, insurance, healthcare, and government, and discuss the benefits that XML brings to these application scenarios.
The webcast will be of interest to users who are new to managing XML in a database as well as to experienced XML practitioners. It will also benefit IT architects who have an interest in XML strategies. Basic understanding of databases and of XML will be useful for this webcast.
Detailed information is on this page.
If you work in the Toronto Lab... Toastmasters Leadership Series Presents: The 12 secrets of successful innovation by Sam Lightstone : 8200 Amphitheatre; Wednesday, May 12, 12-1 pm.
For those who are NOT in the lab... you can hear Sam's presentation live on May 28, 11-12 pm... for free from your desk thanks to Scott Hayes of the DB2Night Show. Register now! http://bit.ly/7am8ED
PS... Join one of the groups so you never miss a date:
Facebook Fan Page
- more than 400 members at the time of this writing. This has been a fairly active page so far, so even if you haven't read the book yet, become a fan and learn more about the author and events surrounding the book.
- Career based articles and events about the book will be posted here.
Sam's Blog: The Making it Big Blog
. Sam has been summarizing some of the points he makes in his book and blogging about them. Active blog and interesting entries.
My purpose at the conference is to sell books to attendees, but I wasn't able to arrange for a bookseller to set up shop. I'm not able to sell books myself so instead I've decided to do something completely different. I'm going to be promoting both electronic books and buying books directly from the publisher.
Safari Books Online is joining me as they provide one of the available options for electronic books.
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
. Although owning a book reading device is nice, it isn't necessary. There are apps that run on smart phones and computers to optimize the online reading experience.
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.
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.
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.
I digress... back to the conference: Safaria Books Online and I will set up in a central location and have plans to showcase many of the books that have been recently published. For an idea of the books that you'll see there, see my previous blog entries:
I'll also be setting up book signings for a few of the authors:
Magnus Lindkvist, keynote speaker and facilitator
Magnus is a trendspotter and futurologist based in Stockholm, Sweden, His mission is to help companies make sense (and money) out of future possibilities and inspire people into action. He founded his company Pattern Recognition AB in 2005 and have a mix of large conglomerates and nimble upstarts within finance, energy, media and IT on the client list. Furthermore, he was elected Sweden’s Business of Speaker of the Year in 2009.
Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, and Michael Schroeck
Learn from this team of authors who are high ranked specialists in this field.
Besides the books, you'll also be able to buy IBM-logo merchandise. A wide range of items are being made available for you to purchase.
And then of course the conference:
1) Susan Dykman will be administering Certification Exams at the event, free to attendees.
2) Expert speakers from Analysts, Industry, IBM , and customers will share ideas and experience on the value of combining information and analytics.
3) Join in on an industry round table to get the latest in strategy.
4) Browse the Expo Centre for a wide range of real-world solutions, the latest innovations, and demos.
5) Meet IBM executives, solution and industry experts one to one.
6) Take part in Hands-on and Usability Labs.
7) And my favourite... network! Meet people from a variety of backgrounds and amaze yourself at the amount you have in common by being part of IBM's IOD.
Do you need some ideas to justify attending the conference? Get some tips from the "Why Attend?"
The TOP TEN DB2 LUW Mistakes with special guest Klaas Brant, IBM DB2 Gold Consultant & Founder, KBCE
Klaas Brant is the founder of KBCE, a company that specializes in DB2. He specializes in administration, tuning and backup/recovery strategies. Klaas has been working with DB2 for more than 20 years and has published many DB2 articles. He has been the organizer of the DB2 Symposium for more than 10 years and is the chairman of the Dutch DB2 User Group (DDUG). He is an IBM certified DB2 Database Administrator and a member of IBM's DB2 Gold Consultants Team.
During this episode, we'll cover Klass Brant's Top 10 Common Mistakes made with DB2 LUW. Your host, Scott Hayes, will add a couple of his own too. What mistakes do you commonly find? Send us an email or contribute to a discussion in our show's LinkedIn group.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Friday, 7 May, 2010 at 11am CENTRAL. .
Once I finish this blog entry about the book Making it Big in Software
by Sam Lightstone, I plan to post part of it to amazon.com as my reader feedback for the book. I hope you post your comments on amazon once you've read the book... as feedback of this sort is what helps make a book sucessful!
This book, written by Sam Lightstone shines light on the differences between the skills acquired in university versus those needed to succeed in the business world. It also shares what recruiters look for in a candidate and what preferred skills will help you get your dream job. How can you differentiate yourself from the others who are similarly educated or similarly skilled, climb the ladder, become a technical leader and innovator, or even start your own successful software company? This book tells you how to accelerate your career and includes interviews with 17 of the industry’s biggest stars including inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs and leading executives, to find out what they did to stand out in this industry. Even if you are modest about your goals of making it in the software industry, this book will give you an edge that will last your entire career.
I would say that the thing most surprising about Sam's book so far is the number of audiences that it appeals to.
1) Obviously this book would appeal to anyone in university about to embark on a full time job. As Sam mentions in his book, school is much different than a job as a software developer in a big company... and to be successful, you need to learn the differences and adjust your behaviour for maximum impact. I really wish that this book was available when I graduated! I was really new to a corporate environment since I came from a family that was into farming and construction. I have noticed throughout my career that collegues who had professional parents were able to work the system much better than I could. This book will help bridge that kind of gap.
2) Similar to those in university are those in the first couple of years on the job. Once you've figured out what you like and dislike about your job / career, you can use the advice in this book to make a real difference as to whether you are put on the fast track or not. The two things that stand out to me at this moment are: 1) become a domain expert; and 2) follow through on your inspirational ideas! These sound so easy to me...yet apparently they are rarely done!
3) People in their mid career can benefit from this book as they can figure out why they may have stalled, if they have, or how to rise a few steps higher, if they so choose. The advice in this book is suitable for any stage of your career.
4) Recruiters. Sam tells stories about when he was recruiting new employees and the types of people he favoured. Over time he realized that he wasn't looking for the right qualities. This goes hand in hand with the fact that school success and career success are quite different. You might be surprised by Sam's findings.
5) Good managers help their employees reach their full potential. Managers who read this book will become better mentors and coaches for their employees. A successful team reflects very well on the leader of the team!
I had the absolute pleasure to attend an hour long session by Sam Lightstone recently. Sam has taken a few topics in his book and created a 10 point agenda that provides a few highlights from his best selling book.
Let me share a few of the tips that Sam shared today... but if you get the opportunity to hear Sam yourself, take it! Sam is a very fun speaker to listen to. Also, you won't be disappointed with the book!
1) Dress for Success
What does a successful software developer wear? The same as a CEO? NO! CEOs are typically polished wearing fancy suits. Software developers? Running shoes, jeans, t-shirts... don't believe me? Find a photo of the Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and you'll see that they dress like ROCK STARS!
Senior Software Architects make much more money than junior employees. Check it out on payscale.com. But... what you don't see on sites like this is the other money superstars make. They often get large bonuses and stock options beyond their base salary.
A superstar developer has much freedom in their job in terms of where they want to work and customers they want to visit.
4) Getting Ahead
There was lots of advice about getting a promotion and rising in your field, but the one thing that stood out for me is that you should become the expert in YOUR DOMAIN. Whatever that domain is... become an expert. It doesn't take long, but unfortunately it is rarely done. So, it would be fairly easy to stand above your peers if you just invested a bit of time each month to learn something new about your domain.
5) Pros and Cons of Climbing the Ladder
There are cons to anything you do in life... but the pros of climbing can be worth the cons, if that's what you want to do.
What is more important than inspiration? Would believe that it is following through on your plans? It is! And apparently following through is rare. Surprising!
7) Time Management
Did you know that goofing off can actually be important to your career? Really! Your brain needs a break from time to time, so give in. But make sure you don't abuse this advice!
There are lots of considerations regarding getting promoted.. and the most important is to do something that makes you stand out from your peers. Publish, file patents, join groups, present about your topics, etc. Do what you like to do and what makes you feel appreciated.
9) Social Dynamics
One of the key messages here is DON'T GOSSIP! 9/10 times you gossip, it may not get around... but even 1 out of 10 times could be a career killer! I've worked with Sam for a number of years and let me tell you! He practices what he preaches.
Speaking of career killers, I'd be surprised if you've managed to avoid all the problems that are mentioned.... I know I have witnessed most of them in my career. The advice in this chapter is dead on... and in times when many jobs are disappearing, it might be a good idea to read this chapter to make sure that you are on the right side of a layoff.
I think software developers are notorious for NOT HAVING A LIFE! I must admit that working in the software business (and for IBM for that matter) can be all consuming and never ending... and maybe a bit addictive. Can a balance be achieved? I think it can and I'll let you read what Sam says about the subject.
This is the last paragraph that Sam wrote in this chapter:
"Careers do require hard work and enthusiasm, and those are attributes that encourage people to spend more time at the office. Finding your own balance is hard, but if you discover the Philosopher's Stone that helps you get it right, you'll have done the best possible service to your career and your life. No other tactic or vice will serve you better. With only one life to lead, it's definitely worth the effort".
PS... you can hear Sam speak. He's been invited as the guest speaker on the DB2 Night Show
. There is a 200 person limit to this webinar, so register today to reserve your spot!
Architecture for the Intelligent Enterprise: Powerful New Ways to Maximize the Real-time Value of Information
Tomorrow’s winning “Intelligent Enterprises” will bring together far more diverse sources of data, analyze it in more powerful ways, and deliver immediate insight to decision-makers throughout the organization. Today, however, most companies fail to apply the information they already have, while struggling with the complexity and costs of their existing information environments.
In this book, a team of IBM’s leading information management experts guide you on a journey that will take you from where you are today toward becoming an “Intelligent Enterprise.”
Drawing on their extensive experience working with enterprise clients, the authors present a new, information-centric approach to architecture and powerful new models that will benefit any organization. Using these strategies and models, companies can systematically unlock the business value of information by delivering actionable, real-time information in context to enable better decision-making throughout the enterprise–from the “shop floor” to the “top floor.”
Highlighting the importance of Dynamic Warehousing
Defining your Enterprise Information Architecture from conceptual, logical, component, and operational views
Using information architecture principles to integrate and rationalize your IT investments, from Cloud Computing to Information Service Lifecycle Management
Applying enterprise Master Data Management (MDM) to bolster business functions, ranging from compliance and risk management to marketing and product management
Implementing more effective business intelligence and business performance optimization, governance, and security systems and processes
Understanding “Information as a Service” and “Info 2.0,” the information delivery side of Web 2.0
Mario Godinez is Executive IT Architect and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect within IBM's Worldwide Information On Demand Architecture team. He co-founded IBM Software Group's Information Management Technical Enablement team, and has spent 15+ years helping IBM financial and industrial customers architect and implement complex enterprise solutions.
Eberhard Hechler is Chief Architect of the European IBM Information On Demand Technical Center of Excellence. As Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect, he is a technical leader of the Information Management organization at the IBM Germany Research and Development Lab. He co-authored Enterprise Master Data Management.
Klaus Koenig is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has been involved in IT for 20 years. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of IT architecture management and IT infrastructure design. As key innovator and chief technology executive he is currently leading several development and transformation initiatives, the major ones in the area of Cloud Computing, Green IT, Service Lifecycle Management and IT Process Automation.
Steve Lockwood works in IBM Software Group as a Lead Architect and within IBM's Business Intelligence practice (a part of Global Business Services). He has been involved in all aspects of the development of information related projects, covering Data Warehousing, analytics, Information Integration for CRM solutions and development of Master Data Management solutions.
Martin Oberhofer is a Senior Technical Consultant at IBM and a member of the World-Wide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence. His areas of expertise are Master Data Management, database technologies, Java development and IT system integration.
Michael Schroeck is a Partner and the Global Business Intelligence (BI) and Information on Demand (IOD) Leader for IBM, Global Business Services. Mike has a proven track record in having guided project teams in the design and successful implementation of large, complex BI/IOD Solutions (e.g., decision support, integrated analytics, data warehousing, data mining, etc.) for a wide range of clients.
Order your copy now!
IBM Press - Save 35% on this title, plus get FREE ground shipping in the US when you use Coupon Code IBM5717 at ibmpressbooks.com.
Are you attending the IOD EMEA Conference in Rome the week of May 17? If you are, you will have a chance to receive a free copy. What do you need to do? Besides being at the conference, you must attend sessions that are hosted by one of the authors.
Thanks to the author team for putting in so many hours to create this book to share their extensive experience with all readers!
If you tweet & blog, you KNOW the importance of word of mouth feedback! Spread the word about a favorite topic. The world wants to hear you!
Check out this amazing contents that is sponsored by IDUG:
Tell us your best DB2 stories and win big prizes – yes, it’s as simple as that. In your own words, tell us your experience with DB2, and if our judging panel finds your story interesting you could be taking home a Wifi enabled Vizio HD TV or an Apple iPad.
“Do You DB2?”
is open to anyone in North America – DBA’s, developers, testers, students, professors, or even managers, CIO’s and CEO’s. All we want to hear is your DB2 stories, whether technical or business oriented. (Make sure you check out the official website and rules. )
Speaking of IDUG, have you registered for the annual conference that is taking place in Tampa Florida from May 10 - 14? That's next week, so rush if you haven't yet registered. Check out my previous posts about this conference:
7) If you have registered, you are eligible to take an assessment exam for free. Those who are registered will get an email with the special promo code: http://bit.ly/dftRin
8) As usual, there will also be a bookstore on site. Check out the books that you should be able to purchase while at the conference: http://bit.ly/c2CdMy
So... DO DB2 (and Win)
and LEARN DB2 at IDUG :)
Don't you love it when there is a conference that is local to your home or office? Well, at least this one is local to me... maybe not for you, but I hope you can come and enjoy our lovely city!
The Central Canada DB2 User Group
presents two exciting days of DB2 for LUW and z/OS education! Come see and listen to renown speakers such as John Campbell
, Susan Lawson
, Bonnie Baker
, Sheryl Larsen
, Willie Favero
, and many other IDUG Hall of Fame speakers present on many diverse areas of DB2.
The event will be held at the Institute for Learning in Markham, Ontario
Full details and registration available at the CC DB2 User Group
This is the 25th Anniversary of this event and takes place at the end of the month: May 31 - June 1.
I'll be there and hope to see you!