I have a math degree from University of Waterloo..... and many of the courses that I took way back then used IBM software and / or hardware to teach the concepts. I remember using SQL/DS on VM/CMS to learn about database concepts. We also had a lab filled with Mac Pluses... and I owned one myself, so the school didn't focus on mainframe even back then :)
IBM and higher education institutes continue to work together as can be seen in this announcement about IBM And DeVry University Launch New Enterprise Computing Track:
The new track will provide students with critical computing skills designed to meet the increased demands of IBM clients and Business Partners. The new Enterprise Computing track is planned to be available to DeVry University students beginning in March 2009.
DeVry University is a member of IBM's Academic Initiative where faculty members worldwide can access more than 1,000 other hardware, software and services training resources at no cost.
If you are a member of ChannelDB2 you'll notice that Agatha Colangelo and Raul Chong are making excellent progress in building ambassadors at universities around the world.
If you are looking for a book that would be helpful at a university level... here are my suggestions:
Database Design* Physical Database Design: the database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more
Advanced Topics* Enterprise Master Data Management – An Architectural Perspective* Understanding DB2 9 Security * Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information * Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide * Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence
Database Concepts* DB2 9 New Features * DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep * Understanding DB2 9.5 * Administering Informix Dynamic Server, Building the Foundation * Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional* An Introduction to IMS(TM): Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System* The Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS (2nd Edition)
Certification* DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide * DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep * DB2 9 DB2 z/OS DBA Certification Study Guide * DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 * DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 * DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Database Programmer* Building an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice * DB2 for Developers
Technical WritingDeveloping Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors (2nd Edition)
Web DesignBuilding an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice
SOA* SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility* Executing SOA: A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect* Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Compass: Business Value, Planning, and Enterprise Roadmap
Marketing* The New Language of Marketing 2.0: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market* Search Engine Marketing, Inc., 2nd Ed.
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Are you looking for a unique gift this December? Consider giving someone you care about the means to improve their skills. You can never have too many skills when the economic climate is as rough as it currently is!
Here are my suggestions.... surprised?
Architects* Physical Database Design: the database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more => Save 10% from amazon.com* Enterprise Master Data Management – An Architectural Perspective => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore
DBAs* DB2 9 New Features => Save 31% at amazon.com* Understanding DB2 9 Security => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore
Everyone* Understanding DB2 9.5 => save 37% at amazon!* Administering Informix Dynamic Server, Building the Foundation => save 10% at amazon* Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional => save 36% at amazon!
Certification Candidates* DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* DB2 9 DB2 z/OS DBA Certification Study Guide => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 => Save 20% at Digital Guru* DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 => Save 20% at Digital Guru
Business Intelligence specialists* Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information => Save 35% from IBM Press bookstore* Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide => Save 37% at amazon.com* Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence
Database Programmer* Building an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice * DB2 for Developers => Save 20% at Digital Guru
Note that the savings mentioned are accurate today... and may change without notice.
If you are in India, check for these books at: shroffpublishers.com.If you are in Canada, check for the IBM Press books at: www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2.If you are in Europe, check for the IBM Press books at: www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop.
Discover the best practices for IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Get practical guidance for the most common DB2 9 product configurations and use this knowledge to improve the value of your DB2 data servers.
Notice that updates and additions were made recently:
"Database Storage" (October 2008) Updated!Discover best practices for database storage including guidelines and recommendations for spindles and logical unit numbers (LUNs), stripe and striping, transaction logs and data, file systems versus raw devices, Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) devices, registry variable and configuration parameter settings, and automatic storage.
"Physical Database Design" (May 2008)Learn about all of the design features that relate to the physical structure of the database such as datatype selection, table normalization and denormalization, indexes, materialized views, data clustering, multidimensional data clustering, table (range) partitioning, and database (hash) partitioning.
"Information Modeling with Rational Data Architect Version 7" (October 2008) New!Discover the best practices for information modeling based on the experiences of a team of data modelers using Rational Data Architect with DB2. Rational Data Architect is an information modeling tool that can help you establish and use standards in design based on proven design methodologies to create highly reusable models that satisfy business requirements.
"Data Life Cycle Management" (October 2008) Updated!See the best practices to design and implement scalable solutions that facilitate the continuous feed or roll-in and roll-out of data, with minimal interruption of data access.
"DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery" (October 2008) New!Get recommendations for setting up and maintaining a DB2 High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) environment in ways that balance the protection HADR provides with performance and cost. This best practice explains optimizing for fast failovers, tuning parameters for network and logging performance, and understanding table reorganization methods and load operations in an HADR environment.
"Tuning and Monitoring Database System Performance" (October 2008) Updated!See best practices for the performance evolution of a Data Server. From important principles of initial hardware and software configuration to monitoring techniques that help you understand system performance under both operational and troubleshooting conditions. For troubleshooting performance problems, this paper provide a step-wise, methodical method for determining the problem.
"DB2 Workload Management" (October 2008) New!DB2 Workload Management helps prevent, detect, and resolve conflicting resource requirements on a DB2 data server based on defined business objectives. This paper details the current best practices for DB2 workload manager.
If you or someone you know is looking to learn DB2, I recommend these two books:
Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice) by Grant Allen
Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition) by Raul F. Chong, Xiaomei Wang, Michael Dang, Dwaine R. Snow
Both of these books are excellent choices if you are trained on a competitive database and wish to quickly transfer your skills to DB2.
I had forgotten that I saw this cool youtube.com video about Mashups... that I encourage you to take a look at. I met up with Guylaine Cantin today and she reminded me.
Introduction to Mashups Video: Learn what mashups are and why they matter with this short animated video. (Click on the link to the video in the featured news section.)
I hope you enjoy.
Guylaine also mentioned that there is a wide range of information regarding this technology on the following site: greenhouse.lotus.com
Check out this new ILO course:Managing IDS Using the SQL Admin API and Scheduler ILO course (3S301)
In this course, learn about the features of the Informix SQL Administration Application Programming Interface (API). Learn how to write SQL statements to perform a variety of system administration tasks, and will see different ways in which the Administration API can be used. Also learn about the Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Scheduler and how to create tasks to be performed at regular times or intervals. You will also learn how to create sensors to gather system information into tables over time. Examples will be presented on how tasks and sensors can be used.View this course in other countries
Note: This is an Instructor Led On Line course. Please do not make travel arrangements for this course. Your system should have a microphone and speakers for interfacing with the instructor and other students. After you receive confirmation that you are enrolled, you will be sent further instructions to access audio, video and remote labs.
This course is eligible for the IBM Education Advantage Program.
Audience This is an intermediate course for Informix Dynamic Server System and Database Administrators.
PrerequisitesYou should have: IBM Informix Dynamic Server System Administration (IX810) or (IX811), or 6 months experience with IDS system administration.
Skills taught * Distinguish between the task and admin functions * Write SQL commands to perform administration tasks * Create and schedule administrative tasks * Create and schedule sensors to collect system information * Analyze the information collected by sensors
I. The sysadmin Database
II. SQL Administration API
* API functions: admin and task * Admin API commands and options * Administration command examples * ONMODE examples * Admin API scenarios
III. Built-in Database Scheduler
* Creating and scheduling a task * Task examples * Creating and scheduling a sensor * Built-in sensors * Sensor examples * Task and sensor scenarios
Course code: 3S301 Skill level: IntermediateDuration: 0.5 days Delivery type: ClassroomCourse type: Public only Public price: USD $199.00 plus tax
Make sure you check the course catalog regularly for new Instructor Led On Line courses as they launch.
When at the IOD Conference, I had the pleasure of meeting two people who are experts in the mashup area: Bobbi Cochrane and Ginny Ghezzo. On both occasions we randomly met while eating breakfast... and ended up talking about mashups with all the people sitting at the table.
Bobbi gave me a card that introduced the IBM Mashup Center which is an enterprise mashup platform to unlock data, remix content, and unleash productivity. Give it a try on greenhouse.lotus.com.
Also at the conference I met the publishers from Wiley who publish the Dummies series of books. They mentioned that they are interested in new titles including one on mashups. That brings me to mashup experts in Haifa: Ohad Greenshpan and Aya Soffer who have written several articles on the topic... and may make excellent authors of a book.
The IBM Database Magazine that came out today introduced me to the Mashup Camp which looks very interesting. The website calls it The Unconference for the Uncomputer. This issue also has a link to the a podcast of Curt Cotner speaking about mashups.
So far I can only find two books on amazon about mashups: Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services (Expert's Voice in Web Development) by Raymond Yee. There are 4 reader comments on amazon, all positive, but let me know if you've read the book and if you recommend it. It published in February this year, so it is fairly recent.
A search on developerWorks brings up 359 matches on the keyword mashups.... so, you'll be able to find many articles if you search, including this one: Choosing between mashups and traditional Web applications - Considerations for leveraging IBM Mashup Center.
I'm looking forward to learning more about this area and hope you are as well.
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They're nearly all gone! Don't miss out on the chance to get your very own Chumby. You must enroll in an eligible U.S. class by December 9 and attend by December 12.
For more information, including a list of eligible classes, see the chumby site.
Enjoy! And... if you get one, be sure to tell me how much you like it. A chumby was on display at the IOD conference and it looks pretty interesting!
Another author we featured at the IOD conference was Maria Villar. Maria and Theresa Kushner recently published the book Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence.
I didn't attend Maria's sessions, but had the pleasure of sitting with Maria while she did a book signing! I very much enjoyed my time with Maria and could tell by the comments from the people who did attend the session and came to buy a book, they they were captivated by Maria's ideas.
I now have a copy of the book and intend to read it. Take a look for it. It should be on amazon.com very soon, but you can also get it direct from the publisher racombooks.com.
What's in the book? Here is the information from the publisher:
As a business person, you probably have more data and more kinds of data available than ever before. But has it helped? Sometimes, maybe. But, for many executives more data has just added more fuel to feed the fire of their love/hate relationship with it. You love it when it gives you good information about which markets to pursue or how to compete more effectively. But you hate it when you can’t get sales figures in time or worse still, when they don’t reflect "reality."
This book was written for the executive who wants to understand the lifeblood of his/her company, wants to be able to make better decisions, and knows that managing information is the best way to protect and grow a business. This book is designed to help you as a business leader think about the use of data and its impact on your daily operation. In 2 sections and 12 chapters it provides practical guidance to balance the use of hard facts and your professional instincts; how to identify and focus on the numbers that matter for your organization; how to overcome the obstacles to getting a complete view of your customer; how to meet risk and security standards; 12 steps to effective business performance management; and how to grow a data culture and make it work for you.
Newly minted MBAs are known for saying, “Just give me your number.” Savvy managers know that it’s not that simple. They also know that it’s not that difficult. Managing Your Business Data provides the wise counsel that every executive can use to manage his or her organization’s data more productively.
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One of the books that we featured at IOD was The Execution Premium by authors Robert Kaplan and David Norton.
The publisher sent me information about a webinar related to this book that you might be interested in:
The Execution Premium: Making Strategy Your Competitive Advantage NowA conversation with David Norton, author of The Balanced Scorecard and The Execution PremiumWednesday, December 10, noon – 1:30 U.S./Canadian EST
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