A recent article published in Certification Magazine entitled Developing your Leadership Skills by Katherine Spencer Lee lists some basic ways to develop into a leader:
1) Keep Learning2) Increase your Involvement3) Develop Your Communication Skills4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
I think that Katherine provides sound advice for all... and would like to embellish a bit with some suggestions in each of these categories:
1) Keep Learning
My blog is filled with suggestions for books, tutorials, and articles to read. I'll add to that list with some suggestions for books more in the business area:
* Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints
* Can Two Rights Make a Wrong?: Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture Approach
* SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility
* New Language of Marketing 2.0, The: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market
* Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Site, 2nd Edition
2) Increase your Involvement
One of the best ways that I can suggest for you to become involved is via ChannelDB2.com. With 1057 members as of today, this is the perfect place for you to get and/or share information with other database experts in the world.
As a reward for those who get involved, they have a chance to win the IBM Data Champion Award. There is still time to nominate a champion... so if you have someone in mind, please go to the site and give them recognition. And who knows, maybe you'll be nominated next year!
3) Develop Your Communication Skills
You'll find loads of advice regarding how to improve your communication skills, just about everywhere you look, but the best advice I can give is that practice makes perfect. So look for opportunities to write, present, review, blog, podcast, etc. The more you do, the better you'll be.
I need to recommend a book as well! This is one of our classics, but is so highly rated that it is clearly a winner in providing advice for improving writing and reviewing skills:
* Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2nd Edition
4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
Mentoring is such a key opportunity for improving both your skills and your network. Benefit from this book that was written by a team of IBMers: Drawing on IBM's experience, the authors demonstrate how to build a diverse portfolio of effective mentoring programs...use mentoring to strengthen organizational intelligence...build sustainable communities of mentors and mentees...promote collaboration across differences...and above all, link mentoring to strategy and use it to sustain competitive advantage.
* Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
All of the books I've mentioned in today's blog are IBM Press books. You may purchase these books in a number of places... the obvious is through amazon. Direct from the publisher sites include:
USA: www.ibmpressbooks.comCanada: www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2EMEA: www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop
and in India, try our publishing partner Shroff Publishers. If they don't have the book on their site, send a message to them requesting a book and they will see if they can sell it on their site.
And last, but not least, for electronic versions of these books, you can purchase Kindle versions from amazon or subscribe to Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online.
Keep on Learning
Want to know more about ECM or Filenet? Here are some IBM Redbooks that can help you learn more about these IBM solutions:
* IBM Content Manager OnDemand Web Enablement Kit Java APIs: The Basics and Beyond
This book is intended for application developers who are responsible for developing Web applications that interface with Content Manager OnDemand. It also serves as a good reference guide for developers and system administrators to fine-tune and troubleshoot Content Manager OnDemand Web applications.
* IBM Enterprise Content Management and System Storage Solutions: Working Together
This book provides the necessary information to IBMers, business partners, and customers on how to implement FileNet® ECM with IBM Storage Solutions.
* Introducing IBM FileNet Business Process Manager
This publication provides a basic introduction to IBM FileNet® Business Process Manager (BPM) V4.0. BPM enables organizations to create, modify, and manage content centric business processes. One key advantage of BPM is its ability to work with active content, which refers to the ability of content to trigger or affect business processes.
This book is useful for system architects, process analysts, and process designers who require an understanding of IBM FileNet Business Process Manager. It also serves as a practical guide for those who want detailed instructions in order to implement a BPM system.
* IBM FileNet Content Manager Implementation Best Practices and Recommendations
This publication covers the implementation best practices and recommendations for P8 Content Manager solutions. It introduces the functions and features of P8 Content Manager, common use cases of the product, and a design methodology that provides implementation guidance from requirements analysis through deployment and administration planning.
The book addresses various implementation topics including system architecture design, capacity planning, business continuity, repository design, security, and application design. Administrative topics covered include deployment, system administration and maintenance, and troubleshooting. We also discuss solution building blocks that you can specify and combine to build a solution.
This book is intended to be used in conjunction with the product manual and online help to provide guidance to architects and designers about implementing P8 Content Manager solutions.
See also Product Documentation for IBM FileNet P8 Platform.
* Content Manager OnDemand Guide
This publication provides helpful, practical advice, hints, and tips for those involved in the design, installation, configuration, system administration, and tuning of an OnDemand system. It covers key areas that are either not well known to the OnDemand community or are misunderstood.
Happy 2009 to one and all! May it be a joyful and prosperous year for you and your loved ones!
The last week of December the following announcement was made and I wanted to make sure that you didn't miss it: DB2 Express-C for Mac OS X is finally available for download.
This beta release will no doubt be of interest to developers, particularly those who use scripting languages like Ruby, Python and PHP. These communities are in fact, increasingly embracing Mac OS X as their operating system of choice.
If you haven't already seen it, see also an announcement from Antonio Cangiano.
Funny side note.... I own a Mac myself and when I tell people, they treat me like I'm a traitor to IBM! I'm quite pleased that IBM is not tying their software to a single platform and that we long term IBMers can happily and proudly say that we use a Mac... and our top tier software runs quite nicely on it.
As we approach the end of the year, you'll find that everyone has a list that they want to share with you. I like lists... and you can likely find a few in previous blog entries. But, this entry is about a few other lists that I've discovered when reading newsletters in the past week. I hope you find one or two of these interesting!
The ten reasons why software companies lose in a losing economy? by Judith Hurwitz
Five reasons why the Web Services Test Forum is critical Marcia Kaufman
Stress-Busters: 12 Ways to Renew Yourself by Kathleen Barton
Enterprise Web 2.0, Four part series * Part 1 examines the business and technical drivers behind Web 2.0, the challenges and opportunities Web 2.0 presents to enterprises, and the relationship between Web 2.0 and SOA. * Part 2 covers the major solution types emerging through which enterprises can exploit Web 2.0. * Part 3 presents a collection of industry and business scenarios in which those solutions can be deployed, and explains the value that can be realised by doing so. * Part 4 is a more technical article focusing on the options for exposing the content and functions of core information and transaction systems such as IBM® CICS®, IBM Information Management System (IMS)™ and IBM DB2® in Web 2.0 solutions.
1013 members of channeldb2.com.37 groups that you can join, including my favourite DB2 in Books
Five new SOA certifications from the SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) program
The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual from PCWorld.ca
The 10 most embarrassing tech flubs that could happen to you from ITBusiness.ca
Five competition classes available in "The Search for the XML Superstar" Prizes include laptop computers, GPS devices, iPod® portable media players and PlayStation® games. All who register at http://www.xmlchallenge.com and complete a short quiz receive free tee shirts. Individuals can join contest groups at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Orkut. Contestants who invite a friend to enter earn points toward the XML Superstar Grand Master prize. The Grand Master prize is a Bose Wave Radio.
Happy Holidays everyone! See you in 2009.All the best to you and your family!
Two New Demos: See Informix Dynamic Server products in action. Thanks to Carolyn M. Kniffin for this information!
Watch how Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) products can deliver blazing online transaction processing (OLTP) performance, legendary reliability and nearly hands-free administration.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise Replication:This illustrated demo shows the capabilities of IBM IDS Enterprise Replication and how it can help ensure an effective and consistent delivery of corporate data, enterprise-wide.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server High Availability:This illustrated demo presents IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) High Availability solutions and how they can drive maximum business value and fully leverage your hardware and software investments.
> Read the blog posting in the DEMOcentral News blog for more information> Watch the "IBM Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise Replication" demo> Check out the "IBM Informix Dynamic Server High Availability" demo
I'm interested in what your answer is....
What new skills will you pursue in 2009?
1. XML2. SOA-related skills3. Database modeling and design4. Information systems design5. New programming languages and techniques6. Catching up with new features in DB2 and Informix7. Certification8. All of the above9. None of the above
From:IBM Database MagazineDecember 16, 2008Volume 9, Issue 26
At IBM... keeping our skills current is one of the most important goals we set for ourselves each year. But the typical human trait of procrastinating quite often sets in, leaving December the time when people scramble to take courses and exams! If you are like this... I have good news for you.... there are lots of options available for you. Here are five options:
1) Take a free ILO course. See this blog entry by Kate.
2) Take a certification exam. You can take exams at Prometric Testing Centers, so book your time now.
3) Which exam should you take? For exam objectives and cutscores for each exam, see the exam preparation documents.
4) Read a book. See my blog entry for a list of my suggestions.
5) Enter a contest. See my blog entry for some choices.
One of my favourite topics to blog about is ILO = Instructor Led Online Training. Why? I think largely because I believe that this kind of training fits into modern life so perfectly. With the world focusing on "green" options, is there anything more green than attending a class to upgrade your skills while staying at home? With the financial pressures that the world is currently under, everyone needs to do their part to reduce costs, but keeping skills up to date remains CRITICAL. ILO provides the same excellent transfer of skills that you've come to expect in classroom training, but it eliminates the most expensive part of taking a class: traveling.
ILO also keeps getting better. This time with new scheduling options:
* ILO Select provides targeted information in a packed lecture of three hours or less, at a much lower price than full training courses.
* ILO Flex Time offerings enable you to experience the full scope of ILO from anywhere in the world over several days so that you can balance both work and education.
These two new ILO options give you the ability to enhance your skills when and where it is convenient for you.
And lastly, more ILO classes are being added all the time. See the list of featured classes below, but make sure you check the ILO website to keep current on the latest courses that are available.
* 3E060 - (FREE) Basics of the Data Studio Environment- ILO Select * 3N120 - SQL Workshop - ILO Flex Time * 3N610 - Advanced DB2 SAP for Administrators - ILO Flex Time * 3S490 - HADR High Availability Disaster Recovery Implementation - ILO Select * 3S410 - Introduction to Data Sharing - ILO Select * 3S301 - Managing Informix DS Using the SQL Admin API and Scheduler - ILO Select * 3L242 - DB2 9 for LUW Multiple Partition DBA Workshop - Classic ILO * 3E120 - SQL Workshop - Classic ILO * 3L201 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Linux - Classic ILO * 3L211 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for UNIX - Classic ILO * 3L231 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Windows - Classic ILO
Yesterday I blogged about a few contests that were available for you to join. Today I want to remind you to nominate someone as an IBM Data Champion to recognize exceptional contributions to the Data Management community.
Here are details from the website:
Technical communities, Web sites, books, conference speakers and blogs all contribute to the success of IBM’s Data Management products. But these activities don’t run themselves. Behind the scenes there are dedicated and loyal individuals who put in their own time to run user groups, manage community Web sites, speak at conferences, post to forums and write blogs. Their time is uncompensated.
IBM is honoring the commitment of these individuals with a special designation — Data Champion — as a way of showing our appreciation for the time and energy these exceptional community members expend.
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.
Do you know an exceptional community member who should be recognized as a Data Champion? Nominate them today!
Do you need a few suggestions? Take a look at the blogs that you can read from Planet DB2. You'll quickly see a growing community as well as prolific community members.
Also look at for active DB2 members.
Five different contests for you to join:
* Video Contest: Invent a creative use of XML, XQuery or DB2 and record yourself doing it.* Gadget Contest: Develop a downloadable gadget or widget leveraging DB2.* Query Contest: Use XQuery to find five answers. The best queries win the best prizes!* Ported App Contest: Port or develop a new app for DB2. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.* XML Contest: Win by building useful, user-friendly XML apps from scratch. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.
The Ported Application Contest and pureXML Programming Contest went live in the USA on December 1st! Four new countries are going live this month: France, Japan, Italy and Israel.
This competition consists of five different contests aimed at students and professionals alike. Each contest offers its own recognition and set of prizes. The range of skills encompasses those with a passing interest in XML and database technology to those with hardcore programming skills in DB2. Before participating, you will first need to take a Quick Quiz, a short questionnaire that requires no prior XML or database experience to complete. You only have to take the Quick Quiz once.
Start now by registering for one of the contests. Earn participation points for each entry. A special prize will be given to the contestant— the “XML Grand Master” —that amasses the most participation points.