The DB2Night Show Episode #16
DB2 AUTONOMICS UPDATES and STMM with special guest Adam Storm, IBM Toronto Lab
In this episode, special guest Adam Storm
, DB2 Kernel Development, from the IBM Toronto Lab will share with us recent updates to DB2 autonomics in V9.5 and V9.7, plus share updates on STMM and best practices. We will take questions from our virtual studio audience after Adam's presentations.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Friday, April 9, 2010 at 10am CENTRAL.
Making it Big in Software
Sadly I haven't spent time in Europe in the spring... but I hear it's nice! I've just been approved for IBM's Information on Demand (IOD) Conference
that takes place in Rome this spring: May 19-21, so finally I'll get a chance to experience the loveliness of myself! I hope many of you are able to attend the conference as well.
My purpose at the conference is to sell books to attendees. We have a spot 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.
I might add a few other author signings... and wanted to add Sam Lightstone, but he is not able to attend this conference. His book Making it Big in Software will be available for purchase at the conference even though Sam will not be there.
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?"
SIX more weeks! Lots of work to do... so let the countdown begin!
Some of the highlights include:
1) His amazement that Sam was able to get interviews with the 17 "Rock Stars of the Computer Software Industry" that he did get.
2) That Sam has incredible "street cred" for writing the book and interviewing the people that he did.
3) That he found "reading this book was a blissful experience from cover to cover".
Way to go Sam!
Thanks for the review Mike!
Do you have an opinion about the book that you'd like to share? If you do... post your comments in the form of a review on Amazon
The extremely popular Assess & Save promotion
is back again... and it starts today, April 1 and continues to June 1. Don't miss your opportunity to save while you earn a very well accepted certification.
According to Kate
, people who took part last year saved $100 on each exam they took and passed. And, they passed. At least 90% of them passed the exam that they took.
How does Assess & Save work?
First take and pass an assessment exam. This will cost you $10 USD. On passing the assessment exam, you'll be sent a voucher to take the actual exam at 50% off the regular price.
To study, see a few of my previous blog entries:
Good luck on your exams!
Enjoy the savings :)
Virtual Event: Developing and Prototyping Database Applications in Cloud
Thursday, April 8, 2010
2:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern / 1:30 PM Central / 11:30 AM Pacific
Speaker: Leon Katsnelson
Prototyping, developing and testing database applications is a leading use-case for cloud systems. In this session, we’ll discuss options, strategies, and best practices for prototyping and developing database applications for public and private cloud computing platforms. Several demos on different cloud platforms will be used illustrate concepts and walk through getting started with IBM databases in the cloud.
Click here to register for this event and receive instructions.
Click here for further information.
Thanks to Leon
for providing me with this amazing data about the amazing success of the DB2 Express-C On-Campus series of books
IBM DB2 Express-C is the community edition of the DB2 data server that you can download and deploy for FREE. The target audience is small businesses or developers and business partners who serve these customers.
Not only is DB2 Express-C
easy to install and use, but it contains the core functions of the more scalable editions of DB2 such as pureXML and self-managing capabilities. You can find out more about the requirements to use DB2 Express-C on the "About DB2 Express-C
To support DB2 Express-C a series of On-Campus books have been created to support this community. Since the DB2 Express-C product can be downloaded for free, we needed to make sure that we could help people develop their skills for free. Thanks to Leon, Raul, Rav and many others, we have many books available for people to learn for free:
Getting Started with DB2 Express-C
has been downloaded just shy of 83,000 times and distributed to more than 100,000 people world-wide. Just think of that! That's a lot of people learning and using DB2... and creating applications that run on any edition of DB2, regardless of the platform. This book is available in 9 languages, so the coverage is world-wide.
The team who created these books are planning to provide even more! There are 26 new books planned for 2010.
Now the success story behind the success of these books - there were 107 authors involved in the writing and translation of these books. 80 people from IBM and 27 outside of IBM. I hope each and everyone of these people benefit greatly from this career development stepping stone. Writing about anything makes you a better expert in that topic, and we all know that writing is one of the most valuable skills for a person to have.
Do you have your copy of DB2 Express-C and the supporting books yet?
Scott Hayes the fabulous host of the DB2Night Show has published the details of the upcoming shows that he has planned.
ONLINE TABLE MOVES with special guest Ergin Babani, IBM Toronto Lab
In this episode, special guest Ergin Babani from the IBM Toronto Lab will share with us information and tips on the new Online Table Move capabilities introduced in DB2 9.7. Be a guest in our virtual studio audience so you can learn how easy it is becoming to move data in DB2. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after Ergin's presentation and demonstration.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Friday, April 2, 2010 at 10am CENTRAL.
DB2 AUTONOMICS UPDATES and STMM with special guest Adam Storm, IBM Toronto LabIn this episode, special guest Adam Storm, DB2 Kernel Development, from the IBM Toronto Lab will share with us recent updates to DB2 autonomics in V9.5 and V9.7, plus share updates on STMM and best practices. We will take questions from our virtual studio audience after Adam's presentations.
DB2 LUW Performance Update & Best Practices with special guest Berni Schiefer, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Toronto Lab
In the DB2 LUW Community, Berni Schiefer is a man that doesn't need an introduction - but, just in case you are newer to DB2 LUW (like one of the many Oracle converts), Berni is "the performance guy". He's a Distinguished Engineer who leads the Information Management Performance and Benchmarks team at the IBM Toronto Lab. Berni has been a frequent speaker at IDUG conferences and other venues, and he gives terrific presentations that share DB2 Performance Benchmark results and performance best practices.
As always, if something prevents you from attending one of these sessions live, remember that they are recorded
. Scott just mentioned that the Oracle session was downloaded more that 5000 times! Did you see that one yet?
Scott is also trying to fit Sam Lightstone
into a session either as a secondary guest or for a show of his own to promote is new book: Making it Big in Software
I just noticed two things that I want to share with you.
The amazing author team worked very hard to pull this book together, so congratulations to Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, and Michael Schroeck.
What's so special about the book? Here are a few reasons:
1) The book covers the information architecture that is needed for enterprises to operate on the leading edge. The authors provide examples of real cases in the healthcare and automotive industries.
2) Learn how you can implement and take advantage of Smarter Planet and Intelligent Enterprise scenarios.
3) Learn about Predictive Analytics, Returnable Container Management, and Information Services in a Cloud Computing environment.
4) Understand how the enterprise architecture can be implemented with all or a subset of the InfoSphere Products:
* InfoSphere MDM Server
* InfoSphere MDM Server for PIM
* InfoSphere Traceability Server
* InfoSphere Dynamic Warehouse
* InfoSphere Streams
* InfoSphere Dynamic Warehouse
* InfoSphere Foundation Tools
* InfoSphere Information Server
Benefit from the vast experience of the authors that comes together in this most amazing book!
Today I've been reading Chapter 8 in Sam's book: Making it Big in Software.
The chapter is called "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. Here are the headings within this chapter:
Becoming the Complaints Department
Helping Too Much with Suggested Improvements
Displaying an Inability to Work the Org
Exhibiting Inappropriate Decision Making
Showing Lack of Teamwork
Failing to Give Credit
Writing Buggy Code
Displaying a Lack of Productivity
Missing Your Dates Consistently
Getting Stuck in the Wrong Time Quadrant
Focusing on Sidebars and Skunkworks
Letting your Skills Slide
Engaging in Excessive Self-Promotion
Getting Stuck in an Unimportant Role
Fundamentals versus Incidentals
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 received my copy of Sam Lightstone's latest book: Making it Big in Software
. What chapter should I read first? I think I'll start with Chapter 14: "Zen and the Critical Art of Balance
". Why this chapter? 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.
The only hint I'll give you 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".
Thanks Sam for helping all these hardworking people achieve a balance in their life while pursuing a very gratifying career in software.
PS... the book is now available for purchase, but it appears that amazon is still saying that it hasn't been released and are offering their standard 34% discount while it is in this state.
Apparently this is Read an E-Book Week. Have your read an e-book this week? I'm reading one that hasn't published yet, but am interested in adding a few more books to my collection.
is offering a 40% discount on the list price eBooks. Visit their store
for a complete list of eBooks and enter the coupon code EBOOK
during checkout to get your discount. This offer is valid through March 15, 2010.
PS... The new book by Sam Lightstone is available as an ebook:
Several years ago, Howard Fosdisk
wrote a whitepaper about the Return on Investment of gettng certified. Since Howard is certified in both Oracle and DB2, he was able to do a price comparison between the two programs. I can no longer find the whitepaper on the internet, so you'll have to take my word for it that the conclusion was that it is much cheaper to get certified in DB2, but the benefits are equal to Oracle.
The IBM DB2 exams
are typically $200 per take in the US and $100 in emerging countries.
The IBM Data Management portfolio continues to grow to help you advance your skills. Study when and where you want with unlimited access to courses and labs for 90 days. New and popular courses include:
DB2 9 Administration Workshop for Windows
DB2 9 for LUW Quickstart for Experienced Relational DBAs
DB2 9.7 for LUW Quickstart for Experienced Relational DBAs
Fast Path to DB2 9 for Experienced Relational DBAs
Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration
Developing Applications Using Informix 4GL
Implementing Web Services using Informix 4GL
InfoSphere Warehouse 9 Components
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I have one final set of book recommendations that I'll blog about. These titles are largely topics that do not directly relate to our IBM Information Management products, but instead cover other IBM products or general topics. Once again if you feel that there are books in this list that shouldn't be here... or if you think I should add a title, please let me know. These books will ultimately be listed on our bookstore website
For my previous entries see:
|Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Wor the Org. Become Great. (Pearson Education)||by Sam Lightstone||2010|
|From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published ||Roger Sanders||2010|
|Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers (WROX)||By Antonio Cangiano||2009|
|Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples (IBM Press)||By: Tinny Ng; Laura Chan; Jane Fung; Vivian Mak||2009|
|Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions (O'Reilly)||Multiple authors, including Jeff Jonas||2009|
|Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships||Audrey J. Murrell, Sheila Forte-Trammell, Diana A. Bing||2008|
|Your Brain: The Missing Manual||Matthew MacDonald||2008|
|Building an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice||Rajendra Akerkar, Technomathematics Research Foundation,|
Pawan Lingras, Saint Mary's University
|Self-Service Linux||Mark Wilding|
|Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors||Gretchen Hargis|
Ann Kilty Hernandez
|IBM Lotus Connections 2.5: Planning and Implementing Social Software for Your Enterprise||Stephen Hardison, David Byrd, Gary Wood, Tim Speed, Michael Martin, Suzanne Livingston, Jason Moore, Morten Kristiansen||2010|
|Agile Career Development: Lessons and Approaches from IBM|| Mary Ann Bopp, Diana A. Bing, Sheila Forte-Trammell||2009|
|Dynamic SOA and BPM: Best Practices for Business Process Management and SOA Agility||Marc Fiammante||2009|
|IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance Handbook||Bill Hines, John Rasmussen, Jaime Ryan, Simon Kapadia, Jim Brennan||2009|
|Innovation Passport: The IBM First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) Journey from Research to Reality||Mary Jo Frederich, Peter Andrews||2009|
|Multisite Commerce: Proven Principles for Overcoming the Business, Organizational, and Technical Challenges||Lev Mirlas ||2009|
|Survival Guide for Lotus Notes and Domino Administrators||Mark Elliott||2009|
|The Business of IT: How to Improve Service and Lower Costs||Robert Ryan, Tim Raducha-Grace||2009|
|The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment||John Lamb||2009|
|The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking||Maria Azua||2009|
|Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise: Guidelines and Examples for Implementation and Management Within Your Organization||Joey Bernal||2009|
|Executing SOA: A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect ||Norbert Bieberstein, Robert G. Laird, Keith Jones, Tilak Mitra||2008|
|Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Site (2nd Edition)||Mike Moran, Bill Hunt||2008|
|SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility||William A. Brown, Robert G. Laird, Clive Gee, and Tilak Mitra||2008|
|The New Language of Marketing 2.0: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market||Sandy Carter||2008|
|The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0||Sandy Carter||2007|
|Can Two Rights Make a Wrong? Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture Approach||Sara J. Moulton Reger||2006|
|Cloud Computing for Dummies||Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Marcia Kaufman, Fran Halper||2009|
|Cloud Computing A Practical Approach||Toby Velte, Anthony Velte, Robert Elsenpeter||2009|
|Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online||Michael Miller||2008|
Translated this means: Books: Enterprise Content Management, Information Integration, Master Data Management, and Data Warehousing.
I need help with today's list of books! I need better recommendations for the Enterprise Content Management area and the Data Warehouse area. I have a few Data Warehouse books in the works, but sadly no ECM. Can you help?
|ENTERPRISE CONTENT MANAGEMENT|
|Conquering Information Chaos in the Growing Business||Jim Hoskins||2005|
|Content Management for Dynamic Web Delivery||JoAnn T. Hackos||2002|
|Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy||Ann Rockley||2002|
|INFORMATION INTEGRATION, MASTER DATA MGMT & DATA WAREHOUSING|
|Master Data Management|
|The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight (IBM Press)||By Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck||2010|
|MDM for Customer Data - Optimizing Customer Centric Management of your Business||By Kelvin K. A. Looi||2009|
|Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic (IBM Press)||By Neal Fishman||2009|
|Data Warehouse Design: Modern Principles and Methodologies ||Matteo Golfarelli, Stefano Rizzi||2009|
|Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information ||Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul van Run, Dan Wolfson ||2008|
|Database Archiving: How to Keep Lots of Data for a Very Long Time||Jack Olson||2008|
|IBM Data Warehousing: With IBM Business Intelligence Tools||Michael Gonzales||2003|
|Data Warehouse Project Management||Sid Adelman||2000|
Thanks for your help!