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Every thing is becoming green these day! Lucky me... I was born with green eyes... so I'm already in style!
In my role as Program Manager for IM Publishing... you can imagine that I love books. My office and cabinets are filled with them... and so is my house. Although you may not consider my habits green, in reality, I have reduced most other paper from my life. I read many magazines online. I rarely print an email or anything else for that matter. I recycle all paper I do end up with... like newspapers and junk mail.
I don't really like to read an entire book online, but when possible, I read what I can electronically before I make a decision to buy a printed book. For example, I will extensively research a book via the reader comments on amazon or other online site. For example, you can see that there are eight 5-star reviews for Roger Sanders book DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide. Not that there is a comparable book to purchase, but if you read these comments, you may choose to buy the book.
Instead of buying the printed copy, however, you may want to read or browse the electronic version of the book. All retails books about IBM software is in electronic format. You can buy PDF versions of some books directly from the publisher... for example, Understanding DB2®: Learning Visually with Examples, Adobe Reader, 2nd Edition. If you have a subscription to Books 24x7 or Safari, you can also read entire books electronically or search through a library of books for a specific topic. If you work for IBM, you likely already know that IBM has a company-wide license for Books 24x7... if you need information, let me know. These sites quite often have trial periods, so you can see what the electronic books are like before you sign up for a subscription.
Amazon Kindle and other reading devices are becoming much more accessible and affordable. If you don't know what Kindle is... read the reader reviews on amazon and you'll learn all that you need to know. The thing that you should know about IBM books... is that they are ALL Kindle ready. I'm looking forward to the day when kids in school have their books on a device such as this so that they aren't forced to carry heavy knapsacks around any longer!
If you consider IBM Manuals and IBM Redbooks... you can easily make a case that IBM was on the "green" bandwagon long before it became cool. On top of all that great information, you can also find e-books, articles, and tutorials for nearly every topic that exists!
Even IBM Training classes are becoming "green". I've mentioned ILO several times... but what could be greener than taking a class while staying at home. No need to travel anywhere!
I'm sure many more examples can be mentioned. I'm pleased with the progress being made but only wish I could afford a kindle!
Yesterday I mentioned the first-ever Information Management Virtual Event that begins Feb 25th: "Data in Action - Solutions for an Efficient Environment".
Today I will give you a listing of all the "green" options that are available to you.
Enjoy being green :)
Not only is tomorrow the first online community day, but it is also the launch of the "Search for the XML Superstar" contest. Show the world how great your XML skills are!
There are five categories in the contest: 1) XML application programming2) ported applications3) database gadgets4) videos5) query challenge
Contestants will participate in a combination of education, exposure to practical applications and “tests” that will validate understanding and ability to program IBM database technologies. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of DB2 professionals.
Participants in the contest will be eligible to win one of a series of great prizes, including:
* an all-expense paid trip to an IDUG conference* a Segway i2 personal transport system* a new laptop* an iPod* a Sony PlayStation 3 * a Nintendo Wii system
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to build your resume, to gain recognition from world-class consultants and be celebrated for standing out among your peers.
Today's electronic edition of DB2 Magazine has an article by Howard Fosdick about the IBM Business Intelligence certification exam. His article discusses the credentials required as well as directs the reader to the appropriate study materials.
Here's an intro and link to the article:
With companies clamoring for business intelligence, a certification credential can give DBAs and programmers an significantedge with employers. Certification columnist Howard Fosdick hands out the inside intel on passing IBM's DB2-based business intelligence exam.
--Read Fosdick's columnhttp://news.db2mag.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/eycu0FlZ1Y0FLd0EhzV0AH
The list of books that readers of the db2mag.com voted on are similar to the list that I put together a month ago on my blog.
DB2 Magazine Email Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 12
"If gifts of knowledge are on your holiday list, take another look at these five titles that clicked with this newsletter's readers.
--SQL in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
--Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples
--Self-Service Linux: Determining Problems and Finding Solutions
--Rexx Programmer's Reference
--Apache Derby--Off to the Races
Congratulations to the authors of these books for publishing one of the best books of the year! Thanks also to the staff at db2mag.com for their continued interest in the books that we publish.
The ITSO has been busy creating technical publications to help you deep your knowledge and hands on skills with IBM’s Information Management products. Here is a list of the Redbooks and Redpapers that have published in first three months of 2011:
This publication introduces IT architects and IT specialists to the case management concept, its benefits, and how it is different from traditional business process management or content management. In addition, this book introduces the IBM Case Manager product, designing a case management solution, setting up the appropriate environment, and building and deploying the solution. In addition, it serves as a practical guide for IT professionals who are responsible for designing, building, and deploying case management solutions.
This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is devoted to tools that can be used for accelerating the development and debugging process, in particular to the stored procedure support provided by the latest and fastest evolving IBM product: Data Studio.
In this IBM® Redpaper™ publication we provide suggestions, hints and tips, directions, installation steps, checklists of prerequisites, and configuration information collected from a number of Information Server experts. It is intended to minimize the time required to successfully install and configure IBM Information Server.
This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces the architecture and components of the IBM Smart Analytics System family. We describe the installation and configuration of the IBM Smart Analytics System and show how to manage the systems effectively to deliver an enterprise class service.
In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we discuss and describe the capabilities for embedding Informix® into applications and software. We introduce the technological architecture and describe several of the functions and features that support Informix as a robust and powerful embeddable DBMS. Many of these features are unique in the industry today, enabling clients to create a business advantage.
This IBM Redbooks® publication describes the architecture and components of Optim Performance Manager Extended Edition. We provide information for planning the deployment of Optim Performance Manager and detail steps for successful installation, activation, and configuration of Optim Performance Manager and the Extended Insight client.
In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we document the steps for the implementation of a simple but meaningful XML application scenario. We have chosen to provide samples in COBOL and Java™ language. The purpose is to provide an easy path to follow to integrate the XML data type for the traditional DB2 for z/OS® user.
This IBM Redpaper™ publication focuses on the benefit and technical details of the integration of ECM products and offering with the Information Archive device. We explain the need and concept behind the IBM Smart Archive strategy, provide an overview of the Information Archive device and ECM products and offerings, and discuss how integrating them can benefit an organization. The technical details that we provide include integrating the Information Archive device with the following ECM products and offerings:
In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we give you details of the hardware and software architecture that make up the SONAS appliance, along with configuration, sizing, and performance considerations. We provide information about the integration of the SONAS appliance into an existing network. We demonstrate the administration of the SONAS appliance through the GUI and CLI, as well as showing backup and availability scenarios. Using a quick start scenario, we take you through common SONAS administration tasks to familiarize you with the SONAS system.
This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces the enhancements made available with DB2 10 for z/OS. The contents help you understand the new functions and performance enhancements, start planning for exploiting the key new capabilities, and justify the investment in installing or migrating or skip migrating to DB2 10.
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IBM InfoSphere Guardium provides the simplest, most robust solution for assuring the privacy and integrity of trusted information in your data center (SAP, PeopleSoft, Cognos, Siebel, etc.) and reducing costs by automating the entire compliance auditing process in heterogeneous environments. You can find more information about this product on this website: IBM InfoSphere Guardium - Real-Time Database Activity Monitoring
Are you looking to build skills in Guardium? A new course for InfoSphere Guardium has just been released and is now available.
This three day course offers a balanced mix of lectures, hands-on lab work, case studies, and testing. You will learn how to create reports, audits, alerts, metrics, compliance oversight processes, and database access policies and controls. You will also learn about system administration, archiving, purging, and back-ups.
This intermediate course is for:
Guardium's training courses help you achieve results quickly and easily. For more information about training, to sign up for a training course, or to schedule a training session, go to: Guardium Training.
Other courses you may wish to consider:
PS… thanks to Bill Fekrat for providing this information to me.
What a great year it’s been for those involved in the DB2Night Show this year! The successes include:
1) First running of the “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition
The DB2Night Show’s “DB2’s Got Talent” competition. This took place in the first few months of the year and continues to please me and others. Last Friday the winner of the competition, Norberto Gasparotto Filho, gave a presentation about what he learned at the IDUG Prague conference in November. Norberto won the IDUG pass as a prize for winning the competition and it was his first IDUG conference and his first time in Europe. I was lucky to be at the conference as well and met Norberto in person. His smile says it all. He is very grateful for his chance to go to the conference, but he earned it. The competition was so successful that it will be repeated in 2012. If you think you can teach people something they didn’t know about DB2, make sure you become a competitor. I also think this competition was successful in building talents in many other people as well. Congratulations to all who took part… you should be proud of your successes.
2) Addition of a DB2 z/OS only series hosted by Klaas Brant.
18 episodes took place this year! What a wonderful first season for Klaas and his guests who included Sheryl Larsen, Dan Luksetich, Namik Hrle, Phil Grainger, Dave Beulke, Cristian Molaro, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Parekh, Susan Visser and Willie Favero, Susan Lawson, John Campbell, Roger Miller, Jeff Josten, and Terry Purcell.
Did you miss any of these shows? Don’t worry! All of them are available in replay.
3) Guest speaker list to die for!
I’ve already listed the guests for the z/OS series of shows. Check out who was a guest of the show for the Cross-Platform or LUW series of episodes: Norberto Gasparotto Filho, Dirk de Roos, Dan Dubriwny, Thiru Swamy, Nadir Doctor, Iqbal Goralwalla, John Hornibrook, Kate Kurtz, Gregor Meyer, Haider Rizvi, Jim Seeger, Max Petrenko, Burt Vialpando, Julian Stuhler, Keith MacDonald, Bryan Paulsen, Paul Turpin, Susan Gausden, Terry Mason, Paul Zikopoulos, and Pat Bates.
Again, if you missed any… or simple wish to listen again, all of the episodes are available to be replayed.
4) Scott Hayes winning IBM Champion award for his outstanding service as a partner.
These awards were given out at IOD, but I can’t find an online page to point you to. I’ll work with Beth Flood to make sure we are aware of the awards. Scott’s award was: Social Media Contribution (Single Social event) of the Year. Congratulations Scott!
To celebrate, join Scott, Klaas and a very large group of DB2 experts (top industry speakers, bloggers, champions and more) at the upcoming Eggnog Party: Celebrating 2011 DB2 Successes and sharing tips and insights for 2012. We’ll share success stories, both DB2 LUW and z/OS, and give our thoughts and tips for 2012. The studio audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Date: Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011; Time: 11:00 EST
Why Tuesday December 20th? It will be Scott Hayes' 50th birthday! And... his eggnog might have something special in it!
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If you were at the IBM Information on Demand Conference last week, perhaps you picked up a printed copy of one of the 5 new Flashbooks that were published this year? As promised, this blog entry provides additional details including where you can get a free e-version of the book, additional details on the book, and when available, how to purchase a printed copy. Please share with others who will benefit from the content in these books.
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August first is my anniversary as a full-time employee with IBM. I started straight out of university in 1989 and also worked 4 months as a co-op student in 1988.
Time flies! And what an adventure it has been. I’ve changed jobs several times, worked for many managers, and met many extremely intelligent people both in and outside of IBM. I must say it has been an awesome career in many ways. I still feel “fresh” and hope that I have many more years as an IBM employee!
In addition to this milestone of 24 years with IBM, my blog has surpassed 4 million views! It passed this mark on July 26... but I thought it would be good to mention on the same day as my anniversary. As of right now, here are the details:
Apr 28 2009 | 1,046 Entries | 655 Comments | 4,027,735 Visits
I’m proud of this great accomplishment and grateful to all my readers. I’m also grateful to those who helped me through the years on this blog in many important ways: encouragement, setting it up, working through problems, recommending posts, sharing, etc.
Here are a few of my favourite or most popular blog entries.
I subscribe to many newsletters and was reading through them this week..... the one that caught my attention the most was this: 5 surefire ways to get fired by Denise Dubie I don't want to get fired... and I'm sure most of you don't either! So, reading the article I found that one of the best ways to KEEP your job is by continually growing your skills! I can give plenty advice as to how you can grow your skills... and not all of them require a great deal of time or money! Certification I've blogged about how to get certified many times. The... [More]
IBM DB2 and Canonical Ubuntu: Your Database Software and OS platform Solution for Enterprise Computing by Andre Albuquerque , IBM Canada Lab Boris Devouge , Canonical Ltd. Hua Lu , IBM Canada Lab You can find this white paper on the DB2 Wiki , which if you don’t visit very often, you’ll be very happy with the outstanding amount of technical information you’ll find on the site. If you want to get the IBM DB2 and Canonical Ubuntu white paper directly, click the title to go directly to the PDF. This paper will help you to get started with... [More]
Just in time for IDUG, Paul Zikopoulos and his team of co-authors have created a new ebook for you to deepen your skills in regards to the latest release. Here are some details about the flashbook: Title: DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration - New Dynamic In-Memory Analytics for the Era of Big Data http:// bit.ly/DB2BLUFlashbook Authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Matthew Huras, George Baklarz, Sam Lightstone, Aamer Sachedina Technical editor: Roman B. Melnyk ... [More]
Once I finish this blog entry about the book Making it Big in Software by Sam Lightstone, I plan to post part of it to amazon.com as my reader feedback for the book. I hope you post your comments on amazon once you've read the book... as feedback of this sort is what helps make a book successful! This book, written by Sam Lightstone shines light on the differences between the skills acquired in university versus those needed to succeed in the business world. It also shares what recruiters look for in a candidate and what preferred skills... [More]
It seems funny to write a “welcome to my blog” entry after blogging for so many years! I’m sure I did such an entry when I first started my blog in 2005. I know that I’ve written welcome-type entries after inviting many people at a conference to read my blog. My motivation is twofold. 1) I’ve been reading Antonio Cangiano’s book about Blogging: Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence and 2) I’ve changed my blog template and following the instructions in Bob Leah’s blog: Design @... [More]
Again, thanks to all of you!
As usual it’s been a very productive year for the ITSO who publish IBM Redbooks. Here is a list of 30 titles that were released for the Information Management area in 2010. Notice that the ITSO allows you to give reader feedback and ratings for these books. If you like a book, make sure you leave a comment. Word of mouth feedback is impressively influential.
This one was handed out in printed format at the IOD conference, and it proved to be extremely popular.
Looking for more e-books:
DB2 on Campus series of ebooks - 7 titles published, more coming. Free!
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Until December 15, 2010, you can save 45% on any Information Management eBooks. Simply use the coupon code at the checkout. Coupon code = IMNIBMEBOOKS45
What do I suggest?
by Anthony Giordano
Note that this title is in ROUGH CUT format: Access future best-sellers as they’re being written.
Data integration accounts for some 70% of the cost and risk of data warehousing and business analytics projects. Now, the leader of IBM's Global Data Integration Practice for Business Intelligence, Anthony Giordano, presents a complete reference architecture and best-practice blueprint for higher-quality and lower-cost data integration. He shows how to build data integration processes to support exceptionally high volumes of data, introduces data integration patterns for SOA, EAI, and ETL, and covers every phase, task, and step required to build mature data integration environments.
Mike Biere, author of The New Era of Business Intelligence, contributes to the BI tools debate on IT World, offering some evaluation points for ROLAP solutions vs. OLAP.
Why choose an eBook versus a printed book?
1. eBooks are electronically searchable
2. You can carry hundreds of eBooks around with you at one time
3. eBooks are often cheaper than printed books
It’s always fun to have a celebrity speak at our conferences. Regardless of who the guest is, we normally find capacity crowds buying the guest’s book after the talk. I hope this book is no exception:
By Richard Phillips
I haven’t read the book yet, but I did see the movie starring Tom Hanks. The book is rated 4 ½ stars out of 5 on amazon with many reviewers. That normally means it’s a great book!
I’ve read that there are some differences between the book and therefore reality and the movie. This is often the case. I’m not sure what Captain Phillips will talk about at our conference. Perhaps it will be to persevere even in difficult times. Maybe it will be about strong leadership, again in times of extreme trouble. Whatever the topic, I’m sure it will be both insightful and motivational.
At IBM Insights:
Immediately after the general session, Captain Phillips will be available to sign your book at the Conference Bookstore. There will likely be crowds, so you will be wise to buy the book early in the week rather than waiting till after you hear him speak. The signing will take place on Wednesday, October 29 from 9:45am – 10:30am at the Conference Bookstore.
About the book:
It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship which was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.
"It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said.
And he's right.
A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking--the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.
Though Captain Phillips describes himself as a "regular guy," the world knows that his actions were anything but ordinary after the pirate attack. His harrowing and heroic efforts to survive an ordeal that riveted the world were only matched in valor by his decisive actions to save his crew and the ship they sailed. President Obama said, "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans." Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Tom Hanks.
These IBM Redbooks were on the top of the download list for the year (in the IM area, at least). Do you have your copy yet?
Redbooks, published 10 Dec 2009
Redbooks, published 6 Nov 2009, last updated 9 Dec 2009,
Rating: (based on 7 reviews)
Redguides, published 24 Apr 2009, last updated 7 Dec 2009,
Rating: (based on 1 review)
Redbooks, published 11 Sep 2007, last updated 2 Dec 2009,
Rating: (based on 5 reviews)
Redbooks, published 1 Dec 2009, Rating: (based on 10 reviews)
Several people have notified me that Prometric was listing our upgrade exam (Exam 736) for the price of $150 per take. This was an error and it's now been corrected.
Roger Sanders is currently working on follow-ons to his DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide.... one for Exam 731 and one for Exam 736. These books will continue with the tradition started by Roger in that they'll contain as many sample questions as possible. The Fundamentals book just arrived last week at our site's library and there is already a huge waiting list for the book.... perhaps the library needs to buy more copies to keep up with the demand! I hope the book is as popular for your company as well. If not... it should be!
Speaking of Roger Sanders, Part 1 of his in-depth LBAC article can be found on db2mag.com: Understanding Label-Based Access Control, Part 1.