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Here is the list of the best selling books at last week's IOD 2009 conference. Do you have your copy yet??
1) DB2 Certification Series of books, including:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 by Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow
I'm sure that these books were used to help prepare people when taking their exams. Over 600 tests were taken over the course of the week. Daily prizes were given to high scorers as well. I suspect that these people were also readers of these books! Let me know if you were one of the top scorers and what you did to prepare for your exam.
2) DB2 pureXML Cookbook by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
3) Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
by Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul van Run, and Dan Wolfson
4) Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
by Neal A. Fishman
Congratulations to all authors and thanks to all buyers / readers! I hope you find the books useful in your quest to improve your skills!
Faced with the challenge of reduced IT budgets and an increased need for new information systems
to help improve operational efficiency and competitiveness, IT administrators adopt virtualization
technologies to optimize their IT infrastructure. IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows database
software (“DB2 database software”) together with VMware virtualization technologies may help companies
reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business responsiveness through server consolidation
and software licensing options that allow customers to pay for only what they use.
Learn more by reading this paper that details the potential cost-saving advantages of running DB2 software
on a VMware virtualized environment on x86 platforms.
Achieve more with less: Helping to reduce total cost of ownership with IBM DB2 and VMware software
Jason Chan, IBM Canada Lab
Irina Delidjakova, IBM Canada Lab
Bob Goldsand, VMware, Inc.
Johanna Holopainen, VMware, Inc.
Also available, IBM Redbooks DB2 Virtualization
If you plan to be at the IOD Conference next week, get a printed copy of this IBM Redbooks, and meet Jason:
PS... I'll be at the IOD conference in Vegas next week. If you are there, connect to me via the SmartSite
or visit me at the IOD bookstore.
See Kate's blog for many details about IOD.
New Book: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight
This book is currently being written by the following author team:
Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck
•This book is designed to reach out to a wide client audience on a global basis leveraging IBM‘s vision and products in the Information Management area.
•Through a true cross brand author team (GBS, GTS, SWG) with high ranked contributors with proven track records and external visibility this book will promote IBM‘s expertise and implementation engagements in this area.
•This book covers the next generation of IBM‘s Smarter Planet vision in addition to Information Agenda and Information on Demand themes.
•Extraordinary support for the book by IBM external thought leaders and market influencers.
•Author team members have already published books for IBM Press and delivered external articles successfully before; with this book they cover the full range of IBM‘s capabilities covering Business Scenarios, Conceptual & Logical Component Architecture, Implementation Design using Operational Models – all consistent with IBM‘s Unified Method as well as offerings such as the Dynamic Infrastructure.
Mario Godinez is Executive IT Architect and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect within IBM's Worldwide Information On Demand Architecture team. He co-founded IBM Software Group's Information Management Technical Enablement team, and has spent 15+ years helping IBM financial and industrial customers architect and implement complex enterprise solutions.
Eberhard Hechler is Chief Architect of the European IBM Information On Demand Technical Center of Excellence. As Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect, he is a technical leader of the Information Management organization at the IBM Germany Research and Development Lab. He co-authored Enterprise Master Data Management.
Klaus Koenig is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has been involved in IT for 20 years. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of IT architecture management and IT infrastructure design. As key innovator and chief technology executive he is currently leading several development and transformation initiatives, the major ones in the area of Cloud Computing, Green IT, Service Lifecycle Management and IT Process Automation.
Steve Lockwood works in IBM Software Group as a Lead Architect and within IBM's Business Intelligence practice (a part of Global Business Services). He has been involved in all aspects of the development of information related projects, covering Data Warehousing, analytics, Information Integration for CRM solutions and development of Master Data Management solutions.
Martin Oberhofer is a Senior Technical Consultant at IBM and a member of the World-Wide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence. His areas of expertise are Master Data Management, database technologies, Java development and IT system integration.
Michael Schroeck is a Partner and the Global Business Intelligence (BI) and Information on Demand (IOD) Leader for IBM, Global Business Services. Mike has a proven track record in having guided project teams in the design and successful implementation of large, complex BI/IOD Solutions (e.g., decision support, integrated analytics, data warehousing, data mining, etc.) for a wide range of clients.
You can preorder the book now. Very soon there will be a Rough Cuts version available where you can get the electronic version of the chapters as they are completed.
Thanks to the author team for putting in so many hours to create this book to share their extensive experience with all readers!
You've heard of IBM & Cloud Computing & Amazon.... what do the three have in common? For one, IBM & Amazon have joined together to bring you a FREE webinar about Cloud Computing.
IBM DB2 database software running on Amazon EC2 lets you get the most out of your IT budget . IBM and Amazon Web Services provide a lot of flexibility for cloud computing, including free DB2 AMIs, low cost by-the-hour production-ready DB2 AMIs, and the ability to bring your existing DB2 licenses to the cloud.
Attend the event to learn more about DB2 AMIs and the unique capabilities in DB2, including the new features in DB2 9.7 that make it much easier to move applications from Oracle to DB2.
Even better.... attend the event and get $35 in Amazon Web Services credits to practice everything you learned.
Jump start your skills to build Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.
Learn why selecting a combination of industry-leading IBM software running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) allows you to focus all your resources on innovation instead of infrastructure.
Be sure to register for and attend the DB2 session at noon – 1pm Eastern Daylight Time where Mark Wilding and Leon Katsnelson will talk about a set of capabilities that are unique to DB2 and make it the best database for use on the Cloud.
Can't make it? Replays will be available but register to be sure you get notified when the replay is available!
Good luck Leon, Mark & others. I hope the event is a huge success! I'll be there!
The DB2Night Show Episode #2We're going to talk about Index Design Best Practices for both DB2 LUW and Oracle! So far we have one special guest lined up: Curt Triplett is an Independent Oracle Consultant specializing in Oracle performance optimization (amongst many other things). We're going to look at Oracle Index Best Practices and see how they compare to DB2. We're also working on a special guest from the IBM Toronto Lab to spice up this lively conversation.
Are you "Joe the DBA"? Do you have a performance challenge you'd like to discuss? Contact The DB2Night Show per the instructions found at left.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 10am CENTRAL.
We will be broadcasting at your favorite screen resolution. For audio,
VoIP and local country telephone numbers will be available for US, Canada,
European countries, Australia, and New Zealand. You are responsible for your
transportation to our "Studio", popping your own popcorn, and your favorite
Save the date for the third episode:
The DB2Night Show Episode #3HIGH Availability or CONTINUOUS Availability? Join us as we discuss and debate HADR, HACMP, and Xkoto Gridscale. Ask questions of the experts. And find out some configuration settings and best practices to sustain high availability!
Show guests will include IBM Toronto and Xkoto experts - TBD.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT:
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10am CENTRAL.
Did you miss the first episode? Catch it in re-runs:
Did you miss our Webinar on IBM DB2 LUW Index Design Best Practices and Case Studies? Access a recorded replay at http://www.DBIsoftware.com/media/20090812INDEXES.wmv (112MB)
Watching TV is good!
Educate. Inform. Entertain.
Are you feeling left out that you are back to work and NOT back to school like so many others? Take one of the the Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) trials for free and you'll be "back in school" too!
What is SPVC?
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are recorded lectures, demonstrations and exercises that you can access on-demand. Meaning... you can take the class in the middle of the night if you like, wearing whatever you choose to wear, and wherever you choose to be (as long as you have high speed internet access! The classes are narrated by IBM classroom instructors.
What is the benefit of this type of class?
* Big savings with no travel costs and lower tuition
* Delivers same content, exercises and hands-on labs as classroom courses
* Instructors are included “virtually” through recorded lecture, demonstrations and exercises
* Conduct hands-on labs with real IBM software – not simulations
* Access to course Forums with expert feedback from instructors and fellow students
* Flexibility to train when and where you want
What is offered in the Free Trial?
The trial courses include a portion of a real course that, depending on the course, includes instructor lecture, demonstrations, and exercises.
The trial courses do not include access to the hands-on lab environments. However, a copy of the lab exercise books are included on the materials tab.
How do I get started?
Register at Free SPVC Trial.
After enrolling,you receive your access and login information by email. At your convenience, anytime within the next 30 days, log in and begin your course.
Once you login, your class material is presented as an integrated eLearning environment, with all course components in one easy-to navigate interface.
Begin your study by reading the course content and to reinforce key concepts, you are challenged to multiple interactive online exercises.
Enjoy the free trial and if you like it... let me (and others) know!
Have you seen this exciting news:
DBI is sponsoring a new virtual TV Show "The DB2Night Show". Your host will be Scott Hayes and we hope he further develops his sense of humor!
Like many TV and Radio Shows, each segment will include fun stuff, education, tips, and special guests. The DB2Night Show will reach out to various industry experts for their participation. We will also be seeking guests from the DB2 LUW User Community - yes, that's right, you could be on our show! We want to take questions from viewers and possibly even help solve DB2 mysteries. Would you like over 100 DB2 LUW professionals to help you solve your toughest DB2 challenges? If you are interested in being on The DB2Night Show, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DB2Night Show has a Twitter account - please follow twitter.com/db2nightshow for the latest news about new episodes and interactive discussion. Use the hash tag #DB2Night in your Tweets.
Episode #1 will include two very special guests:
Drew Bradstock with the IBM DB2 Toronto Lab will share with us his "Top 10 Coolest Things about DB2 9.7".
Rebecca Bond, published author of Understanding DB2 9 SecurityUnderstanding DB2 9 Security, Independent Consultant, Full Time Shoe Collector, and part time comic will also share with us her "Top 10 DB2 LUW Security Tips"
Scott Hayes promises to share his "Top 10 Ways to Know if your DB2 LUW Database is Toast".
We're going to go to a shopping mall and ask random people what they think and know about DB2, if they've heard of IBM, and how they are contributing to a Smarter Planet.
To register: http://bit.ly/db2ontv
We hope you will join us and participate as a guest or via twitter.com/db2nightshow. The more people we have involved during the recording of the show, the more fun we'll have.
If you can't make the scheduled time, register anyways so that you get information about recorded replays. Lastly, please forward this invitation to at least 5 of your friends! We can keep this FREE with your help!
Good luck Drew, Rebecca and Scott! I hope Episode 1 is a huge hit so we can have many more similar events!!
Over the past month, I've written several entries to help you get certified. This posting lists all of those entries and makes it easy for you to navigate through some of the material. I'll repost or update this entry as I go. I hope you find this useful.
Benefits of Earning a Certification
New in Certifications
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification
Details about DB2 Certification Program
Once you are Certified... What Next?
Study Materials Electronically
Roger Sanders Books, Videos, and Crammer Course
Kate's blog where you'll find details on the Certify & Save program, as well as the Upgrade exam.
ChannelDB2 for individual groups that you can join to learn and / or discuss topics.
Data in Action, the second semi-annual virtual conference
August 19 at 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT
This is the premiere data management event for IT managers and executives.
What is a virtual conference?
I attended a few earlier this year and was extremely impressed! This new technology delivers live audio and/or video with award winning speakers AND allows you to interact with speakers, product experts and other attendees.... all WITHOUT leaving your office! Really... all you need is a computer, speakers or headphones... and a bit of time. Time is the difficult one in this list, but this is a far shorter commitment on your time than attending a conference live.
This conference will feature effective data management solutions for smarter business outcomes. Hear from Donald Feinberg, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst from Gartner, about the state of the DBMS software market and data management challenges facing businesses today. The topics that Mr. Feinberg will examine include; the problem of exploding data volumes, new computing paradigms for handling this explosion, data management cost reduction techniques and technologies, and the perspective of the DBA now and in the future.
Following Mr. Feinberg will be a moderated panel of customers and partners who are leveraging the unique and desirable features only available in DB2 9.7.
This is one event you won't want to miss. Get your questions answered through 2 interactive (webcast) sessions, 8 exhibit booths, and live chat. IBM and it's business partners are helping companies around the globe with industry-leading data management technologies and their world-class expertise. Learn how your company can achieve smarter business outcomes and reduce underlying IT costs.
Attendee incentives include a complimentary memory stick for the first 97 attendees, which includes information on the cost savings of DB2 over Oracle. IBM employees are not eligible for this incentive.
Also a DB2 9.7 Discovery DVD for everyone who completes the event survey. The DVD includes trial code and tutorials. I look forward to seeing you there. If you do come... please ping me and tell me you read my blog :)
8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT
General Session: Current Trends in the Data Management Market
Donald Feinberg, Gartner, VP Distinguished Analyst
9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT
General Session: Learn From Your Peers: Moving to DB2 in Days Not Weeks
IDUG Moderator with DB2 Early Adopter Customers and Business Partner Panel
10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT
Chat: Where do you find training and information about DB2 9.7?
8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT to
12:00 pm PDT / 3:00 pm EDT
Explore the Booths and Solution Provider Pavilion including:
Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point will be the keynote speaker at this year's IBM Information on Demand 2009 conference that is taking place at the end of October in Las Vegas.
Malcolm has also agreed to do a book signing, so this is a chance for you to meet him and to get your books signed. If you already own one or more of his books... bring them along and get them signed. If you don't yet own them, they will be for sale at the conference bookstore. His books are very insightful and interesting to read, so you won't be disappointed in any of the titles. They also make great gifts.
From the conference website:
Malcolm Gladwell has an incomparable gift for interpreting new ideas in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical and valuable to business and general audiences alike. He’s become so successful at this that, in 2005, Time Magazine named Malcolm one of its 100 Most Influential People.
Malcolm's most recent book promises to have an even greater impact
on both business and society than his first two books. With his first
book Malcolm embedded the concept of The Tipping Point in our everyday
vocabulary and gave organizations new tools for understanding how
trends work. In Blink he analyzed first impressions—the snap judgments
that we all make unconsciously and instinctively—and he explores how we
can master this important aspect of successful decision-making. Now in
his stunning new book Outliers, the bestselling author reveals the
real—and mostly overlooked—secrets to extraordinary success. He reveals
that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like,
and too little attention to where successful people are from: their
culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell explains what
Bill Gates, the Beatles and other world-class successes have in common,
how culture affects their careers and performance. Along the way,
Gladwell overturns many of our conventional notions about what makes a
person successful. He creates an entirely new model for nurturing
success and suggests ways to give people the best opportunities to
succeed. Because we so profoundly personalize success, we squander
human potential. We miss opportunities to lift others onto the top
rung. Malcolm is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His editor
describes his work as a new genre of story, an idea-driven narrative
that’s focused on the everyday and combines research with material
that’s more personal, social and historical. He was previously a
reporter for the Washington Post.
Have you registered for the IOD conference yet? Register BEFORE July 31 to get the early -bird discount:.My lucky role at the conference is to arrange for the book signings, so I'm very much looking forward to meeting Malcolm in person! I hope you are too!
The recommended study guides to prepare for the DB2 certification study guides include:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide by
All five of these certification prep guides were written by members of the exam development team. That is, they created the questions for the certification exam that you are about to take! Also, each chapter of the book corresponds directly to a section on the exam. So, if you take the assessment exam and find out that you are week on a single topic, you simply need to read the chapter that corresponds to the topic where you need improvement. Lastly, the authors created a set of sample questions for the book that provides you with the correct answer to the question as well as an explanation as to why the correct answer is correct and the incorrect ones are not.
All six of these books... and many more, can be read and searched electronically. Safari Online and Books 24x7 are two popular electronic book engines where these books are available. Why would you want to read a book electronically? You might not want to read an entire book electronically, but if you are browsing books to find out which one you should buy in print, searching and reading parts of the book electronically makes sense and may help you make the best choice on your purchase.
Also, if you are mostly prepared for the exam, but just want to do a bit of review before taking the exam, you might consider doing the review electronically. At the very least, I'd suggest reading the summary for each chapter, answering the sample questions that are found in the book, and reading the description for the answers. This can be done quite easily electronically.
Safari Books Online
Books 24x7 is another great electronic book engine. IBMers world-wide can access books via this engine, free of charge. You can reach the site through many internal home pages. Many other companies and schools also have subscriptions to Books 24x7. Check with your company to see if you have a free subscription.
Enjoy the green way to search & read a book!
As you know, the only constant in life is change.... so there are constantly changes being made to the certification programs. Here are two recent pieces of news that you should be aware of:
1. Assess and Save Promotion is back!
By popular demand, the Assess and Save special offer returned July 1. Purchase and pass any Information Management Online Assessment Exam through Prometric Testing July 1 - Sept. 30 and receive a 50% off voucher towards purchase of the corresponding exam. That's $100 back in your pocket. Candidates from the first phase of this offer experienced significantly improved pass rates on the actual exam.
2. Two new exams:
Exam 419 - IBM InfoSphere QualityStage v8
Exam 555 - IDS 11.50 Fundamentals
The successful candidate for the IBM Certified Database Associate - Informix Dynamic Server 11.50 Fundamentals has important knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide entry level administration of IDS 11.50, including basic SQL (Structured Query Language), how IDS 11.50 is installed, how to create databases and database objects, security, transaction isolation, backup and recovery procedures, and describe replication technologies and purposes.
This certification targets:
3. Stay in Touch
DB2 training and certification on Facebook
Become a fan to get updates on changes as they happen!
That's it for this week! I hope you've found this 4-part series helpful.
Part 1) Benefits of Getting Certified
Part 2) How to Prepare to Pass
Part 3) Details of the Db2 Certification Program
Part 4) This post
DB2 9.7 for Linux, Unix, and Windows has out-of-the-box support for Oracle's SQL and PL/SQL dialects. This allows many applications written against Oracle to execute virtually unchanged against DB2. Whether you want to switch your custom application or extend your DBMS vendor support, its now time to break free with DB2!
Join experts from the DB2 labs to learn more about what Oracle compatibility means in DB2.
Presenters: Sal Vella, VP, and Serge Rielau, SQL Architect
Thursday July 16, 2009
11:30 a.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. Central / 8:30 a.m. Pacific / 4:30 p.m. London / 5:30 p.m. Munich
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Will published: July 20, 2009
About the Author
Neal Fishman, leader of IBM Software Group's integration forensics program, has spoken at conferences around the world, and is a Practicing Member of the World Wide Institute of Software Architects. He holds IBM certifications in DB2, DataStage, QualityStage, and Information Analyzer. Fishman co-authored Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework.
· Why poor-quality data has become even more dangerous
· Practical solutions for assessing, improving, and sustaining data quality
· Why data governance is so critical-and realistic models for implementing it
· How to instill proactive accountability throughout your data processes
· Proven techniques for evaluating data before, during, and after its use
· Handling persistence and memory-resident databases in SOA environments
· Improving business, system, reference, and “meta” data
· Creating data models that support today’s broader spectrum of applications
· Sustaining data quality through conditioning
· Using systems thinking to limit future data problems and understand the potential ripple effects of data sharing
What is a Rough Cut?
The Rough Cuts service from Safari Books Online gives you exclusive access to an evolving manuscript that you can read online or download as a PDF and print. A Rough Cuts book is not fully edited or completely formatted, but you'll get access to new versions as they are created.
If you prefer to pre-order a copy, amazon currently has the pre-order price set at $26.39... which is a 34% discount.
Either way, I'm sure you'll love the book as much as I do!
Rough Cut: Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples
Now available in Rough Cut format:
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. 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.
Using these tutorials, readers can quickly understand IBM's SOA offerings - and they can prototype working solutions for their technical and business colleagues. Some of the many IBM products covered are:
" IBM Rational Application Developer
" IBM Rational Software Architect
" IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager
" IBM WebSphere Application Server
" IBM WebSphere Integration Developer
" IBM WebSphere Message Broker
" IBM WebSphere Portal
" IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory
" IBM WebSphere Process Server
" IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
" IBM Rational Application Developer
" IBM Rational Software Architect*********************************
I met the four authors of this book through a volunteer organization that I am part of in the Toronto Lab: Technical Vitality. This is a Women in Leadership initiative that encourages continuous learning. The last two events that came from this group were:
1) Tech Connect. This took place last week. I had a poster session about the publishing options that are available and met many potential authors and am following up on several book ideas. The thought behind this event is for people in the lab to share the best practices that they use with their product or to develop their product. This is the second year that the Lab ran this event. This year we had something like 80 posters in the exhibit along with about 30 on Second Life. The winning group should how they can use DB2 and business intelligence tools to analyze customer support data to learn more about their customers. Since I was busy presenting on my own area of expertise, I wasn't able to spend as much time as I wanted with the other presenters. I plan to review the submitted posters from each group to learn more and will share some of the great ideas if possible.
2) Mentoring. We all know how important it is to learn from others to make the most of your career. With the mentoring session, we help match people in the lab to someone more senior than them in their pursuit of learning about the company and future job opportunities. This went very well and will be repeated over the course of the year. Some of the participants were given a copy of the "Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships" book which will help them fine-tune their mentoring relationships.
What is a Rough Cut version of a book?
A Rough Cuts book is a pre-published manuscript. As you may know..... once a manuscript is given from an author team to the publisher, it may take 3-4 months before the book is printed and available to purchase. By getting a Rough Cuts version of a book, you will be more able to stay on top of the curve of technology and if you choose, you can provide feedback to improve the final version of the book.