Keep on Learning
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you have a safe and beautiful holiday with those who you love!
For those of us who are not in the US, this is typically a quiet week. If you are looking for something to do if you are experiencing a few quiet days, here are some suggestions:
Replay of Raul Chong's DB2 9.7 Technical Update: Ignore the message that the session is over... as there is a replay button on the page as well. There were many people who joined the session live... so if you missed it, by all means take advantage of the replay!
Replay of the DB2 NighShow episodes. Join Scott Hayes and his guests for a variety of topics. All sessions are recorded and more are planned. Enjoy!
IOD at Your Desk... Yes, you can replay many of the sessions that took place at IOD in Vegas at the end of October, including the Malcolm Gladwell session.
Continue or Begin your Certification Journey. Use the checklist that I created or read more about the process of getting certified.
Join or catch up with one of our communities, including PlanetDB2, ChannelDB2, (DB2 in Books), and My DeveloperWorks (see the list of available books... but there are many opportunities to learn on this site!!)
Read one of my favourite blog entries: Trying to Get Fired?
Thanks for reading!!
I was asked this question this morning and I thought this might be a good one to answer in my blog.
We don't have a book about DB2 pureScale yet, but I have a team of experts putting together a flash book that will be available early next year. In the mean time, I suggest you look at the following sources of information:
IBM DB2 pureScale Unlimited capacity with continuous availability
DB2 pureScale: A Technology Preview
Announcing DB2 pureScale
DB2 pureScale: Scaling Databases without Limits
Transparent Application Scaling with IBM DB2 pureScale
For databases size does matter: introducing DB2 pureScale
IBM unveils DB2 pureScale on IBM Power Systems
IBM readies Exadata killer
IBM pureScale Technology Redefines Transaction Processing Economics
Using DB2 pureScale to Eliminate Over-Provisioning of Database Software
Did I miss anything? Let me know if there are resources that I've missed!
Download IBM Cognos Express V9, and try one or all of its modules for 30 days.
Download a no charge trial of IBM Cognos Express V9, the first and only integrated business intelligence (BI) and planning solution purpose-built to meet the needs of midsize companies. It delivers the essential reporting, analysis, dashboard, scorecard, planning, budgeting and forecasting capabilities that midsize companies need at a price they can afford. Everything is included in a pre-configured solution that is easy to install, easy to use and easy to buy.
Cognos Express is made up of the following modules to address the BI and planning needs of midsize companies:
Download the software now and fully evaluate the reporting, analysis or planning capabilities you need.
You can find a lot of information about Cognos online, including:
Join Scott Hayes and special guest Leon Katsnelson this Friday, December 4 at 11:00 EST.
The DB2Night Show episode #7
Fri Dec 4 10am CST
The boxing gloves are still on!
SQL Server vs DB2 LUW
Scott will be giving away free $50 vouchers to use and try DB2 in the Amazon cloud, so if you'd like some free time with DB2 on someone else's hardware, here is your chance!
To register for this episode:
Mark your calendars for Episode #8 with will take place Friday Dec 11 at 11:00 EST.
episode will be focused on the DB2 Workload Manager.
Special guests include Paul
Bird from the Toronto Lab PLUS "A REAL LIVE CUSTOMER" that is using WLM in
Thanks Scott for these excellent free learning opportunities!
Performance Management 101 for DB2 for Linux ,UNIX, and Windows
IT'S ALL ABOUT PERFORMANCE!!
Attend FREE from your own computer
Join this IBM developerWorks Live! virtual technical briefing and
learn about Integrated Data Management solutions from IBM.
Better performance translates to greater revenue, greater customer satisfaction, and greater ability to meet SLAs. Tired of the finger pointing among staff when performance is an issue? Find out how you can create exception monitoring metrics, track and measure performance indicators, and quickly diagnose performance problems when they arise. Use IBM DB2 Performance Expert and Extended Insight Feature to make the process easier and more efficient.
Performance Management 101 for DB2 for Linux ,UNIX, and Windows
What you will learn:
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Valerie Skinner interviewed me for her blog and posted the interview today!
Check it out!
The SOA Magazine
Someone just sent me the latest edition of this magazine, and I noticed that it includes articles from two authors who I know:
Thomas Erl is the editor of the magazine and he has an article in this edition. He's a published author who I've spoken with several times. If you know what SOA is... then you likely know of the books by Thomas!
Tinny Ng also has an article featured in the current edition: Identity Services for SOA.
Tinny was the lead author in the following book that published earlier this year:
Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples
By: Tinny Ng; Laura Chan; Jane Fung; Vivian Mak
Last Updated on Safari: 2009/05/27
Publisher: IBM Press
Pub Date: August 18, 2009
This book and CD package brings together 26 quick tutorials designed to help implementers and developers get up-to-speed fast with IBM SOA Foundation products - and use them to deliver real solutions.
Note: DB2 is NOT one of the products covered in this book... so use this book to come up to speed with all the other SOA products that may work with DB2.
The authors help technical professionals quickly get up the learning curve, by showing exactly how each product works, how they fit together, and how to use them together. Each self-contained chapter offers a "big picture" product overview, as well as hands-on techniques. The companion CD doesn't just provide corresponding code: it also includes a full video version of each tutorial.
Thanks to both Thomas and Tinny for continuing to educate the world on the benefits of SOA!
Great reviews for book: Viral Data
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic by Neal Fishman was reviewed in Data Quality Edge in November. "What did I like about this book? Everything. What didn't I like about it? Not much."
OCDQ blog reviewed the book calling it a "remarkable new book."
The California Bookwatch reviewed Viral Data in SOA saying it is "A 'must' for a range of IT managers and professionals at all levels of business."
It also has earned an average of five stars (out of five) in customer reviews on amazon.com one of which also called it a "must read for IT professionals and business data owners" and a second review said it was "Amazing! Even if you think you don't need to know anything more about the subject of data, I would recommend that you get a copy of this book."
You can get 35% off the full price of this book! Act now... I'm not sure if this deal ends at the end of the month or not.
Oh, I should add my review! I read most of the book before it was published and found it amazing! A very interesting read ..... very hard to put down. Read it and let me know what you think!
Books on Social Networking
Just in time for Christmas and / or a break in busyness are a couple of interesting books that you can read about the social networking phenomena. If you're reading this blog, perhaps you are already knee deep in social networking! But maybe you know someone who might benefit from learning more about what's happening?
From IBM Press:
Try, then buy. Read sample chapters from our exciting new books The Social Factor, Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise, and Multisite Commerce as well as from other bestselling titles. Then get a 35% discount with coupon when you order direct from ibmpressbooks.com/marketing.
From IBM Press Books, free chapters from stellar titles on navigating social media, energizing the channel, optimizing content and more.
A couple of highlights:
Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise: Guidelines and Examples for Implementation and Management Within Your Organization
by Joey Bernal
This book provides hands-on, start-to-finish guidance for business and IT decision-makers who want to drive value from Web 2.0 and social networking technologies. IBM expert Joey Bernal systematically identifies business functions and innovations these technologies can enhance and presents best-practice patterns for using them in both internal- and external-facing applications.
Save 35% and Free Shipping with the Following Coupon Code: IBM4898 (coupon codes are case sensitive)
The Social Factor
Harness the Power of Social Networking to Promote Innovation and Drive Growth
Millions of people use social networking sites, and companies are increasingly turning to social networking to build relationships with customers. But companies routinely miss the best opportunities to create value and promote innovation–by using social networking to build thriving communities of employees, partners, and customers.
Business leaders and strategists can drive immense value from social networking “inside the firewall.” Drawing on her unsurpassed experience deploying innovative social networking systems within IBM® and for customers, Maria Azua demonstrates how to establish social networking communities, and then leverage those communities to drive extraordinary levels of innovation. Azua offers specific techniques for promoting mass collaboration in the enterprise and strategies to monetize social networking to generate new business opportunities.
Whatever your industry, you’ll learn how to choose and implement the right social networking solutions for your unique challenges...how to avoid false starts and wasted time...and how to evaluate and make the most of today’s most promising social technologies–from wikis and blogs to knowledge clouds.
Remember... if you know someone who has a Kindle or is getting one for Christmas... all of our IBM Press books are available in Kindle format.
Enjoy being social... especially this time of year!!
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Free e-book: Getting Started with IBM Data Studio for DB2
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Congratulations to the author team for this amazing accomplishment!
First of all, what is IBM Data Studio?
IBM Data Studio is an Eclipse-based tool that is the replacement of the DB2 Control Center and other tools for DB2. In conjunction with DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2, Data Studio is ideal for DBAs, developers, students, ISVs, or consultants because it's easy and free to use. You can extend Data Studio with additional robust management and development capabilities from IBM to help accelerate solution delivery, optimize performance, protect data privacy, manage data growth, and more.
What can you learn in the book?
Getting started with IBM Data Studio couldn't be easier. Read this free ebook to:
Watch or download IBM Data Studio videos from channeldb2.com.
Download the software and the book here!
Also, check out all the action that is happening ON CAMPUSES around the world! The group is growing. There is excitement! And thanks to Agatha, there is a new newsletter for your to read with some of the year's highlights! Join ChannelDB2.com today and join the groups that interest you...... hopefully including DB2 in Books and DB2 on Campus!