In the past month I've been to two conferences and am about to go to one next week. Coincidentally, I was having system problems and was unable to make blog entries! Many times over the past month I've encountered items that I wanted to share with you, but since I didn't write them down, I need to rely on my taxed memory!
The first conference was actually a symposium for the IM Education and Consulting team. This is the team that I belong to and we are widely spread out in terms of location and mandate. The symposium was a chance for us to meet many of our teammates and of course to further our education. I attended sessions led by Belal Tassi (Data Governance), Chris Gruber (Info 2.0 Mashups), Melanie Stopfer (Pass it Forward), Matthias Nicola (XML), Mark Meredith (Are you Listening), and Kevin McNulty (Basics of Project Management). I enjoyed each of the sessions and intend to blog about some of what I learned in future entries.
The next conference was last week in Dallas: IDUG NA. My role at the conference was to lead the Publications and Certification sessions in the Skills Hub. The Skills Hub was our way of showing attendees that there are a variety of resources available to keep skills current. Angela Moore and Nancy Miller were my most constant team mates in this venture, but we also had help from Melanie Stopfer, Dave Romack, and Fred Whitlark. We collected 110 surveys during the time the Skills Hub was open and each person was required to listen to us briefly describe the resources that are available. To our complete shock... we discovered that nearly 90% of the people who we spoke to were unaware of developerWorks! I gave away all of my business cards in a hope that many of the people who didn't know about dworks would at least check out my blog and then wander off and explore the amazing and current content that is available in dworks... all the time! Welcome to those who are new! I hope you enjoy what you find on this site.
We were pleased to learn that most people are aware of the retail books and the growing supply of them, our certification program, our certify and save promotion (follow the pig), and of course... IBM Redbooks. We appreciate your support of these resources and hope that you find a few new ones via my blog or elsewhere. Stay tuned for future blog entries that will go into detail for each of the skills resources that we have available.
The highlight of my week was meeting Merrikay Lee, publisher of MC Press books, in person. We've been working together for several years now and have never had the opportunity to meet in person. I was able to introduce Merrikay to many of the authors she has worked with over the years, as well as reviewers and future authors.
Congratulations to Julian Stuhler, the new president of IDUG. The Skills Hub was located right next to the IDUG Information Booth, so I was lucky to spend time with many of these dedicated people!
Next week I'm at the IOD EMEA conference in Holland. I'll be working at the bookstore for the week, so if you are there, please say hi to me! We're launching the new Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information book which I'm quite proud of, but will have many valuable books for sale that will please the attendees. My parents were raised in Holland and Belgium, so I'm looking forward to finally visiting my countries of origin!
All the best!
PS... to catch up on some of the items that my team wants you to know about.... see Kate's blog... thanks Kate!
Keep on Learning
I recently invested in good headphones... and I'm glad I did. I've already used them for an ILO course, listened to the many podcasts, watched the new IBM commercials on YouTube, watched the videos on ChannelDB2, and will likely find many more purposes.
IBM's list of ILO courses is growing steadily. My recommendation... Make sure that you fully test your headphones and mic BEFORE the session. You'll have a much more productive ILO session if you do.
Kate blogged about the many podcasts that are available right now, and today the IBM Press newsletter featured many more. Podcasts are available from the following people: Danny Arnold, Dwaine Snow, Sandy Carter, Larry Klosterboer, Sara J. Moulton Reger, Raul F. Chong, Paul Zikopoulos, John Arthur Ricketts, Mike Moran, Tara Woodman, Ellice Uffer, and Scott Spangler.
I've been trying to mention as many of the IBM commercials as I can... here is the latest... . this one is called "When it Rains".
IDUG also has a growing list of courses and podcasts that you may find helpful.
ChannelDB2 contains a broad spectrum of resources including videocasts, podcasts, and more. If you would like to contribute your unique view on the DB2 products, film or record yourself and add the result to ChannelDB2.
Here is another IBM commercial. This one is called "The Grail" and is about security. Have you seen this IBM Press book that published earlier this year? It's about security as well....
Mainframe Basics for Security Professionals: Getting Started with RACF
Leverage Your Security Expertise in IBM® System z™ Mainframe Environments
For over 40 years, the IBM mainframe has been the backbone of the world’s largest enterprises. If you’re coming to the IBM System z mainframe platform from UNIX®, Linux®, or Windows®, you need practical guidance on leveraging its unique security capabilities. Now, IBM experts have written the first authoritative book on mainframe security specifically designed to build on your experience in other environments.
Even if you’ve never logged onto a mainframe before, this book will teach you how to run today’s z/OS® operating system command line and ISPF toolset and use them to efficiently perform every significant security administration task. Don’t have a mainframe available for practice? The book contains step-by-step videos walking you through dozens of key techniques. Simply log in and register your book at www.ibmpressbooks.com/register to gain access to these videos.
The authors illuminate the mainframe’s security model and call special attention to z/OS security techniques that differ from UNIX, Linux, and Windows. They thoroughly introduce IBM’s powerful Resource Access Control Facility (RACF) security subsystem and demonstrate how mainframe security integrates into your enterprise-wide IT security infrastructure. If you’re an experienced system administrator or security professional, there’s no faster way to extend your expertise into “big iron” environments.
* Mainframe basics: logging on, allocating and editing data sets, running JCL jobs, using UNIX System Services, and accessing documentation* Creating, modifying, and deleting users and groups* Protecting data sets, UNIX file system files, databases, transactions, and other resources* Manipulating profiles and managing permissions* Configuring the mainframe to log security events, filter them appropriately, and create usable reports* Using auditing tools to capture static configuration data and dynamic events, identify weaknesses, and remedy them* Creating limited-authority administrators: how, when, and why
About the Authors:
Ori Pomerantz has been securing computer networks--and teaching other people to do so--since 1995. Since joining IBM in 2003, he has written classes on several Tivoli® security products, including IBM Tivoli zSecure.
Barbara Vander Weele, a software engineer at IBM, has developed and presented education material on provisioning, security, storage, and business technologies for IBM Worldwide Education.
Mark Nelson, Senior Software Engineer at IBM, is a twenty-year veteran of the RACF design team and a frequent speaker on RACF and z/OS security-related topics.
Tim Hahn, IBM Distinguished Engineer, has been with IBM for seventeen years. He is Chief Architect for Secure Systems and Networks within the IBM Software Group Tivoli organization.
Security doesn't exist in a vacuum; it’s a part of the business process and it permeates all aspects of information technology. The bad news is that as applications run on a combination of multiple platforms, each of the platforms needs to be examined, understood, and protected. The good news is that good security techniques transcend platforms; the key is understanding how to take the knowledge that you already know and apply it across these platforms.
That's the reason for this book. Experienced UNIX or Windows security professionals can extend their existing security knowledge to the world of z/OS![Read More]
Another commercial for you to view: Killer App. This one was from last year.... and the closing remark: "I don't know how to do that." I think MDM is "how you can do that" and is the answer to connecting everything to everything... the power is amazing.
Learn how: preorder Enterprise MDM - An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information.
This is valuable reading for everyone who wants to understand MDM.
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Product Description: The Only Complete Technical Primer for Every MDM Planner and Implementer
Companies moving toward flexible SOA architectures often face difficult information management and integration challenges. The “lifeblood” master data they rely on is often stored and managed in ways that are redundant, inconsistent, inaccessible, non-standardized, and poorly governed. Using Master Data Management (MDM), organizations can regain control of their master data and maximize its value in SOA environments.
Now, for the first time, there’s an authoritative, vendor-independent MDM technical reference for every practitioner: architects, technical analysts, consultants, solution designers, and senior IT decision-makers. Authored by the IBM data management innovators who are pioneering MDM, this book systematically introduces MDM’s key concepts and technical themes, explains its business case, and illuminates how it interrelates with and enables SOA.
Drawing on their experience with cutting-edge projects, the authors introduce MDM patterns, blueprints, solutions, and best practices published nowhere else--everything you need to establish a consistent, manageable set of master data, and use it for competitive advantage.
• How MDM and SOA complement each other• Using the MDM Reference Architecture to position and design MDM solutions within an enterprise• Assessing the value and risks to master data, and applying the right security controls• Utilizing PIM-MDM and CDI-MDM Solution Blueprints to address industry-specific information management challenges• Incorporating MDM solutions into existing IT landscapes via MDM Integration Blueprints• Leveraging master data as an enterprise asset—bringing people, process, and technology together with MDM and data governance• Identifying user roles, responsibilities. and skill descriptions for MDM project participants• Case studies in MDM deployment, including data warehouse and SAP integration
About the Authors: * Allen Dreibelbis, Executive Architect in the IBM Software Group Worldwide Information Platform and Solutions Architecture Team, led the development of the MDM Reference Architecture.
* Eberhard Hechler, Technical Enablement Architect for IBM Information Platform & Solutions, works with system integrators throughout Europe.
* Ivan Milman, Senior Technical Staff Member at the IBM Software Group and IBM Master Inventor, focuses on security and governance in information management.
* Martin Oberhofer, Technical Consultant at the IBM Böblingen Lab, is a member of the Worldwide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence.
* Paul van Run, IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, is responsible for architecting the MDM Server and WebSphere Product Center.
* Dan Wolfson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect/CTO for the Information Platform and Solutions segment of the IBM Information Management Division of the IBM Software Group.
If you are attending the IBM Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2008 meet all six authors in person and have a copy of your book signed.
We don't yet have a Certification Study Guide for any of the IDS certification exams, but we do have one in the works. So, how should you prepare for the exams in the meantime?
1) Review the exam objectives.
* Exam 915: System Administration for IBM Informix Dynamic Server V 9 * Exam 917: System Administration for IBM Informix Dynamic Server V 10 * Exam 918: System Administration for IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11
2) Read through the free tutorials.
This series of eight tutorials has been developed to help you prepare for the IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration Certification Exam (918). These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam. However, you should not rely on these tutorials as your only preparation for the exam. After a quick registration, you can begin a tutorial. Currently parts 1 and 2 are available in this series of eight. Each tutorial should take less than two hours to complete. You can take the tutorials online, or download a PDF.
3) Take an online assessment exam.
For a limited time, all IIUG members, can take a free online assessment testing to gauge their readiness for the certification exam. Assessment tests for Exams 915, 917 and 918 will be available free of charge for two weeks prior to and during the conference, April 15 through April 30, 2008. Normally these tests are offered for a fee of $10 each.
4) Take the real exam at the IIUG Informix Conference April 27-30, 2008 if you are planning to attend.
See also Kate's blog for more information on certification and training programs.
Good luck on all your exams!
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Thanks to Hassan (Al) Shazly for providing me with this comprehensive list of IBM Redbooks that are useful to anyone interested in the Content Management area... especially in terms of the solutions that IBM provides. There are retail books available, but none of them talk specifically about IBM technologies/solutions for supporting content.
Here are a variety of IBM Redbooks that are available that do provide IBM content:
Content Manager OnDemand Guide, SG24-6915-02This IBM Redbooks publication covers a variety of topics relating to the practical application of Content Manager OnDemand (simply referred to as "OnDemand") for Multiplatforms Version 8.3 (also known as Version 18.104.22.168), z/OS Version 7.1, and IBM eServer iSeries Common Server Version 5.3 of the OnDemand product. Where necessary, separate sections are included to cover variations between the different platforms.
Implementing Content Manager OnDemand Solutions with Case Studies, SG24-7511-00 This IBM Redbooks publication will help you implement an IBM Content Manager OnDemand solution from the beginning to the end. We discuss the various stages of the Content Manager OnDemand solution implementation, including planning, software installation and configuration, design, application setup and verification, functional testing, performance testing, training, and finally deployment into production.
Content Manager Backup/Recovery and High Availability: Strategies, Options, and Procedures, SG24-7063-00 The purpose of this IBM Redbook is to introduce the concepts of backup/recovery, high availability, and disaster recovery for Content Manager systems, and provide strategies, options and implementation steps to protect your Content Manager systems. We also explore, through various case studies, how to apply your newly gained knowledge to real-world Content Manager system implementation and practices. This Redbook will also help IT architects, specialists, project managers, and decision makers identify the best high availability and disaster recovery strategies and integrate them into the Content Manager solution design process.
Content Manager OnDemand Backup, Recovery, and High Availability, SG24-6444-00This IBM Redbook helps you understand backup, recovery, high availability, business continuity strategies, and options available for IBM DB2 Content Manager OnDemand. We begin with an introduction of the basic concepts of backup and recovery, high availability, disaster recovery, and business continuity. We also provide an overview of IBM DB2 Content Manager OnDemand.
Overview of the Best Practices for Content Manager System Performance, TIPS0636 The Content Manager best practices performance methodology and checklists are based on some of the most common applicable performance tuning recommendations from the Content Manager Performance Team at the Silicon Valley Lab and services practitioners in the field. Although not all the platforms and databases are covered here, many of the principals and methodologies are applicable across platforms and databases.
Performance Tuning for Content Manager, SG24-6949-01 This IBM Redbook deals with performance tuning for IBM DB2 Content Manager Version 8 for Multiplatforms. It is aimed at architects, designers, and system administrators of Content Manager systems.
Content Manager Implementation and Migration Cookbook, SG24-7051-01 This IBM Redbook deals with IBM DB2 Content Manager implementation and migration. It is aimed at architects, designers, developers, and system administrators of Content Manager systems. It covers the basic concepts needed to design and implement a Content Manager solution. This includes topics on data modeling, workflow, text indexing and search, application development, query language, security, and Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) overview. In addition, we cover the solution implementation process from planning and designing, to deployment. To put concepts into real practice, we provide practical case studies to demonstrate how to implement a Content Manager solution for real-world scenarios.
IBM DB2 Document Manager with IBM Records Manager Solution Guide, SG24-7180-00 IBM DB2 Document Manager Version 8.3 is one of the newest members of the IBM Enterprise Content Management portfolio. Document Manager provides a secure and robust platform to manage the complete life cycle of business documents. It helps ensure accurate and up-to-date documents are available on demand. When configured with IBM DB2 Records Manager Version 4.1.2, the Document Manager solution also provide records management capability.
E-mail Archiving and Records Management Integrated Solution Guide Using IBM DB2 CommonStore and DB2 Records Manager, SG24-6795-00 As more companies need to manage their e-mail to support regulatory compliance, litigation, and corporate policy and to improve system performance and productivity, the e-mail archiving and records management solution presented in this IBM Redbook is here to rescue.
IBM Tivoli Storage Management Concepts, SG24-4877-04 This IBM Redbook describes the features and functions of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. It introduces Tivoli Storage Management concepts for those new to storage management, in general, and to IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, in particular.
If you are interested in Content Management... make sure you consider going to the IOD EMEA conference in The Hague... as there will be quite a few sessions specific to this area.
The book DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow is going through its final tech review right now.... and the reviewers are loving the book! Order your copy now... amazon.com is offering a 37% discount for pre-orders.
This new book is essentially an update to the very successful book that was published to support DB2 V8: Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2(R) Universal Database v8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows by Dwaine Snow and Thomas Phan.
1) We changed publishers... This book will join the series of V9 study guides published by MC Press. These books are very successful and are excellent resources to prepare people for the V9 cert exams.
2) We changed one of the authors: Roger Sanders teamed with Dwaine Snow... so together they bring their talents to this one book. Roger with his amazing writing skill and the creator of the study guide format that you will recognize throughout his books.... and Dwaine for his deep technical knowledge in the advanced DBA area.
3) Sample questions were added that are similar to the actual exam... along with explanations for the correct answers.
What's the same?
1) Much of Dwaine's content is the similar to the old book... and if the exam doesn't cover certain topics, the content has been included in an appendix of the new book.
2) The first book had 14 5-star reviews... and one 4-star review. Of course there are no reviews of the new book yet... but I'm asking the reviewers to give their feedback so you can see it.
Thanks to Bob Bernard for providing this comprehensive list of Data Studio websites that I can pass on to you.
First of all, what is Data Studio?
Data Studio provides a comprehensive suite of integrated tools for development database administrators and application developers. The tooling for each of these roles is essentially divided between two main views in the Data Perspective: the Data Project Explorer, and the Database Explorer. There are also features to help team members share resources.
The IBM Data Studio Information Center introduces IBM Data Studio and the underlying workbench technology, and explains how to use its integrated development environment to achieve your database development goals. For information about related products, visit the related product information links within the Information Center.
The Data Studio forum is ideal to engage in discussions related to the use of IBM Data Studio. The latest release is V1.1.2. This forum also contain discussions on previous releases, V1.1.1 and V1.1(also known as DB2 Developer Workbench 9.5 during its open beta), and DB2 Developer Workbench 9.1.
Articles and Papers
* DB2 Viper II and the IBM Data Studio Developer Workbench by Paul Zikopoulos, October 19, 2007
* IBM Beefs Up Data Studio by P. J. Connolly, January 15, 2008
* Data Web Services: Build Web services the new way to access IBM database servers by Vijay Bommireddipalli, December 6, 2007
* The Easy Way to Quick Data Access by Rafael A. Coss, Stephen A. Brodsky, and Vijay BommireddipalliIBM takes the drudgery out of JDBC programming with pureQuery, an integrated language that queries relational databases as well as Java collections and database caches. pureQuery and Data Web Services are components of the new IBM Data Studio, a new common database application development and administration platform.
* Web service development and deployment with Informix Dynamic Server and IBM Data Studio by Shweta Sinha, Prasanna Alur Mathada, and Amitava ChakrabortyIBM Data Studio brings Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) developers the latest in Web services technology. Learn how this new set of tools makes it easy to design, develop, deploy, and manage your IDS applications. Get started with Web services development using the latest methodology, and also learn how you can simulate a Web service response by converting it to presentable HTML format.
* Introduction to IBM Data Studio, Part 1: Get started with IBM Data Studio, Version 1.1.0 and Eclipse by Debra R. Eaton
* Understanding pureQuery, Part 2: Assist class modelers with data modeling by Azadeh AhadianLearn how the features of pureQuery can assist you as an object-oriented developer to define a set of database relational artifacts using traditional class modeling.
You can download the warranted or unwarranted version of IBM Data Studio and take part in the Data Studio Community on developerWorks.