The DB2Night Show is back for it’s 4th season and what a great start to the
season! Join hosts Scott Hayes and Martin Hubel along with their
special guests. Scott and Martin are both IBM Champions (aka IBM’s Best
First off is two shows featuring Steve Rees who will share the ANSWERS
to many Frequently Asked DB2 LUW Performance Questions. Steve is a Performance
Specialist and is often a speaker at IDUG.
Season #4 Kickoff!
Date: 7 SEP 2012
Time: 11am ET
Topic: Top DB2 LUW
Speaker: Steve Rees, Performance Specialist, IBM Toronto
Date: 21 SEP 2012
Time: 11am ET
Topic: Top DB2 LUW
Performance FAQs, Part 2
Speaker: Steve Rees, Performance Specialist, IBM Toronto
Host Martin Hubel, an IBM Information Champion, will be joined by
Willie Favero, a Senior Certified Consulting IT Software Specialist
working for the IBM Silicon Valley Lab (SVL).
Date: 28 SEP 2012
Time: 11am ET
Favorite DB2 for z/OS Topic...
Speaker: Willie Favero, IBM
Three speakers are scheduled for October already as well. See The DB2Night Show
website for details.
If you are new to this series of webinars, you’ll be happy to note that all
shows are recorded and the replays can be watched at your leisure.
Thanks Scott and Martin for helping educated the masses on DB2!
Another great IDUG conference is
about to begin. This one takes place in Sydney, Australia, 12-14
There is still time to register and many reasons why you should attend.
- Take advantage of 46 hours of technical presentations.
- Attend either full day or half day Education Seminars featuring some of the
leading speakers in the DB2 community. Featuring: Susan Lawson, John Campbell,
Phil Grainger, Scott Hayes, Tony Winch, and George Baklarz.
- Get your free signed copy of the DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, Windows New
- Meet authors Paul Zikopoulos, George Baklarz and Matthias Nicola. Wednesday September 12 at noon.
- Attend a free Database Administration Certification Seminar on
Tuesday September 11. Seminars are available for DB2 LUW with
Robert Clow and DB2 for z/OS with Susan Lawson.
- Take one Certification Exam for free on Thursday,
- Stay in touch with social media while at the conference. Scott Hayes has
set up a twitter aggregator: bit.ly/idugap12
This is a
can't-miss event! Register today!
Sessions available for you to choose from:
John Campbell - DB2 for z/OS - Trends and Directions
Les King - A Modern
[Scientific] Approach to Smarter Planet
John Campbell - Enterprise Application Development with DB2 for z/OS
George Baklarz - NoSQL - Is this the end of SQL?
Frank Rhodes - An XML
Document,s Life - Dr. Node!!!
Matthias Nicola - Temporal Data Management
with DB2 10 - A Deep Dive
John Campbell - Enterprise Application Development with DB2 for z/OS
Scott Hayes - Customer Success Story: How a Top Retailer achieves 250,000
SQL/Sec on Black Friday
John Tobler - Looking Behind the Curtain of DB2 for
z/OS 10 Performance and Scalability: Stored Procedure Analysis
Nicola - Temporal Data Management with DB2 10 - A Deep Dive
Saghi Amirsoleymani - The Truth about Data Studio 3.1
Scott Hayes -
Celebrating 20 Years of DB2 for LUW: DB2's Greatest Hits, Tips, and Best
Steen Rasmussen - Eliminating the DBA nightmare of U-D-C-L
George Baklarz - DB2 10 Performance Enhancements
Neale Armstrong - Bringing Analytics to the Data - Data Warehousing and
Business Analytics on System z
Nathan Jolly - Linux to AIX Migration: Big
and Little endians
Steen Rasmussen - The DB2 V10 catalog - a revolution
YunCheol Ha - DB2 pureScale implementation experience and lessons learned
from a Korea Credit
John Tobler - Leveraging the Instrumentation Facility on DB2 for z/OS:
Tracing and Monitoring Fundamentals
Matthias Nicola - How to Design a Hybrid
XML/Relational Database Schema
Frank Rhodes - INLINE LOBS - Dare We Go
Paul Zikopoulos - Big Data Introduction - Part 1
Amirsoleymani - Data Studio Hands-on lab
Phil Grainger - ALTER in DB2 10 - Things got easier didn't they?
Nicola - Understanding and Tuning Page Cleaning in DB2
Purcell - DB2 for z/OS Migration - Query Performance Considerations
Zikopoulos - Big Data Introduction - Part 1 Con't
Nenad Vasiljevic - In the land of traces
Robert Mala - Going Barefoot
with UNIX for the DB2 DBA
Paul Murray - Went to tune an application and
ended up tuning the subsystem, space and stored procedures
Kingo Saito -
Various Tips from Japanese DBA
Phil Downey - Analytics Accelerator, DW
strategies and more
Scott Hayes - DBI Software Presentation
Ian Chudleigh - CA CHORUS by CA
Vinicius (Vinnie) Cardoso - Vendor Software Presentation from
Paul Casson - Test Data Privacy Manager in Eclipse
Terry Purcell - Runstats Challenges for Optimal Query Performance
Schlamb - Multi-Temperature Data Management in DB2 10.1
John Tobler - DB2
for z/OS V9 and V10 enhancements for system programmers
Paul Casson - Test
Data : The End to End story
Phil Grainger - Virtualise Production in DB2
z/OS with Profiles
Terry Purcell - Do these DB2 10 Optimizer Enhancements Apply to Me?
Schlamb - IBM DB2 HADR 2012 state of the union
Susan Lawson - DB2 10 for
z/OS Data Sharing: New Features and Member Consolidation Considerations
King - Advanced security features
Terry Purcell - Optimizing DB2 Applications Using Extended Explain Tables
John Campbell - Getting the most of DB2 V10 to reduce performance cost
Les King - PureSystems
I hope you can attend!
Just released: "Unleashing DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows", and
available for downloading in either PDF format or EPUB format for use on ebook
This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides a broad
understanding of the key features in IBM DB2® 10 and how to use these features
to get more value from business applications. It includes information about the
- Time Travel Query, which you use to store and retrieve time-based data by
using capability built into DB2 10, without needing to build your own solution
- Adaptive compression, an enhanced compression technology that adapts to
changing data patterns, yielding extremely high compression ratios
- Multi-temperature storage, which you may use to optimize storage costs by
identifying and managing data based on its “temperature” or access requirements
- Row and column access control, which offers security access enforcement on
your data, at the row or column level, or both
- Availability enhancements, which provide different DB2 availability features
for different enterprise needs; high availability disaster recovery (HADR)
multiple-standby databases provide availability and data recovery in one
technology, and the IBM DB2 pureScale® Feature provides continuous availability
and scalability that is transparent to applications
- Oracle compatibility, which allows many applications written for Oracle to
run on DB2, virtually unchanged
- Ingest utility, a feature-rich data movement utility that allows queries to
run concurrently with minimal impact on data availability
This book is for database administrators and application developers who are
considering DB2 10 for a new installation, an upgrade from a previous version of
DB2, or a migration from a vendor product. It explains key features and
illustrates concepts with real-world examples to provide a clear idea of how
powerful these features are.
Together, these features provide functionality that lower operational
costs, ease development, and provide greater reliability.
As one of the
authors of the Redbook, I would appreciate any assistance in spreading the word
about the new book to interested people in the larger DB2 community. The book
has examples of how to use the various features, along with sample output, and
detailed explanations of the major new features such as Time Travel Query,
Multi-temperature storage, and RCAC, along with several other features.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to DB2 10
Chapter 2. Time Travel Query
3. Adaptive compression
Chapter 4. Multi-temperature storage
Row and column access control
Chapter 6. Availability enhancements
7. Oracle compatibility
Chapter 8. Ingest utility
Appendix A. Ingest
Help justify your attendance at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this
year by saving $170 per exam for any IM, BA or ECM exam. Each of these exams
are available for you to take for $30 each. That is 85% off the regular price
of $200 per exam.
So, if you take 3 of the latest DB2 10 exams, you’ll save $510. You can take
each exam twice while at the conference, so if it takes you two tries per exam,
you’ll save $1020.
Other IBM Certification exams are available for you to take as well, with a
50% discounted price of $100 per exam.
What exams should you take?
Take an exam that relates to the job role you’re currently in, or for a job
role you’d like to be in. Then choose a platform and release. For example, if
you are working with DB2, here’s what’s available for Version 10:
There are too many choices available for me to list them all here, so take a
look at the certification website to find which exam best fits your
needs. I suggest you pay particular attention to the exam objectives as these
directly relate to the questions you’ll find on the exam.
How do you sign up for an exam at the conference?
I like to call it “Exams on Demand” because you show up when you’re ready to
take the exam and in most cases, a computer will be available for you to take
the exam of your choice. Remember to give yourself about 90 minutes for most
exams. Bring your conference badge, photo ID and your credit card to pay the
The certification testing will be located at Surf DEF and will be available
during the following hours:
- Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
- Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
- Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
- Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.*
- Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
* Please note: The closing times listed above are for the last exam seating
available on that day.
How should you prepare for the exam?
It is possible to pass most exams with strong experience, but why take the
chance? Read a study guide, take a course, and take an assessment exam to be
sure that you are prepared to pass. Ensure your success on exam day with the
help of our preparation
Assessment exams are regularly $30 per take, but for those who register for
the conference, the exams will be free during the month of October. An email
will be sent to all those who register with the code you need to make the
practice exam free.
We have one DB2 Version 10 certification guide published and more to come,
but not in time for the conference.
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
I’ll have more information about the books you can use to study in an
upcoming blog entry. Stay tuned.
Last year, I created a podcast with Susan Weaver, the program manager
for the IBM Information Management Certification
Exams and I discussed the exams and the procedure to take them for free at
the IBM Information on Demand Conference. Listen now: Conversation with Susan
For additional tips on passing the exams, take a look at some of my previous
Do you ever wonder what the big brains in IBM read? You know the people who
I mean! Their names are on books, they have patents and speaking engagements,
and when they talk, you’re wowed at what they know and how they convey what they
Here’s a list of what Netezza / Big Data expert Krishnan Parasuraman
has been reading and recommends for others to read:
1. Analytics: The widening divide.
IBM Institute of Business Value in collaboration with MIT Sloan
2. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.
Michael Lewis, W. W. Norton & Company
3. Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project
Euronext: Federated Data Architecture with IBM Netezza
5. T-Mobile: IBM Netezza Client Success Video - Network Engineering success at scale with IBM Netezza
6. Catalina Marketing Stays ahead of the Curve with IBM
7. T-Mobile crunching 17 billion transactions a day - What does it do with all that data?
8. Large Gene Interaction analytics at University at Buffalo, SUNY. IBM Case Study
9. The Netezza Data Appliance Architecture: A
Platform for High Performance Data Warehousing and Analytics. Phil
10. IBM Netezza Analytics - The advanced analytics platform inside every IBM
Netezza appliance. IBM Data Sheet.
You haven’t heard of Krishnan Parasuraman yet? He’s one of the
authors who is working on a new Big Data book that will be handed out at the IBM
Information on Demand Conference.
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I’ve blogged and tweeted about many of the recent articles that have been appearing in the IBM Data Magazine this summer, but decided that a summary of the articles would be a great idea.
Dan Gibson (IBM), Multi-Temperature Data
Tom Deutsch (IBM), Big Data
James Kobielus (IBM), Rocketship to Planet Petabyte
Sunil Soares (BP), Governance
Dan Wolfson (IBM), Information Supply Chain
Robert Catterall (IBM), The z Perspective
Stuart Litel (BP), IIUG User View
Jeremy Dodd (BP), IDUG User View
Lester Knutsen (IBM), Informix DBA
IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator
MDM / RDM
I like seeing the number of people who are writing! If you have information to share, consider writing yourself. See my blog entry about writing: Why Write? And how to do it well.
Tech Talk Details:
Best Practices in DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows Application
Thursday August 30, 12:30 PM ET
Speakers: Holly Hayes and Cliff Leung
Join host Serge Rielau with guests Holly Hayes and Cliff
Leung for a deep dive into IBM InfoSphere Optim
solutions that offer the state of art performance monitoring
and optimization technology for DB2 for LUW.
Rigorous performance monitoring and management are crucial for business
critical applications. Even with premier in-engine query optimization,
application performance for DB2 is dependent on factors like available
resources, good database design and data access best practices.
Using these performance management solutions for DB2, Holly and Cliff will
show you how to:
- identify emergent performance related problems
- diagnose where the problem resides
- resolve issues in the application or database design
- proactively prevent performance problems from re-occurring.
The featured offerings include:
- IBM InfoSphere Optim Performance Manager
- InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner
- InfoSphere Optim Configuration Manager
- InfoSphere Optim pureQuery Runtime
which are also part of DB2 Advanced Enterprise Edition and
InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Enterprise Edition.
Have you missed any of the previous TechTalks? No worries, they were
recorded and are available whenever you are:
PS: Thanks Serge Rielau and Cindy Russell
for your dedication to this program.
I know it seems early to start planning for a fall conference, but I’m sure
you’ll agree that time flies! Not only does it fly, but it takes time to put
together a justification proposal to attend the conference and to get it
approved. If you do it now, you still have a month to take advantage of the
early bird special. Register by
August 31 and you’ll save $300.
IBM Information on Demand 2012 (#ibmiod on twitter)
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Thursday, October 25, 2012
Location: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada
- 700 Technical Education Sessions. 110 Hands On Labs. 300 Customer Speakers.
Usability Sandboxes. All the Experts on hand and so much more...
- Meet 1 on 1 with the experts, IBM executives and innovative IBM Business
Partners. Network in a variety of interactive sessions and activities.
- See what's possible in your industry. IBM's largest EXPO
invites you to experience products, services and solutions in action.
- Early Bird savings on registration and Hotel end on August 31. See other
incentives that help you and your company get there with the most savings.
See how you may get additional savings with the IBM
- Get certified at an 85% discount: all IM, BA and ECM exams will be $30. The
normal price is $200.
- Shop at the bookstore and receive 20% off your book purchases. We have at
least 15 NEW IM related technical books that weren’t for sale at last year’s
- Look for Flashbook giveaways. This year there are 5 new titles.
See IOD Website for full details on the conference sessions.
Register by August 31 and
you’ll save $300.
Once you register, you can begin building your agenda: Explore the IOD
conference with the Sample Agenda Builder that lets you search for sessions by
program, track, date or industry. Crysta Anderson shares her sample agenda with
an Information Management focus. Read more: http://ibm.co/OhKcEW
I have plans for many blog entries that will drill down into the items
mentioned in this entry, so follow my blog to avoid missing any details.
Have you ever been to a DB2 Symposium? They are quite different than
a normal conference since they provide 3 full days of learning. This one takes
place in Chicago from October 16-18 and provides three-days of training with
three parallel tracks.
Each day there are three one day seminars presented by industry leading
consultants. You may join for 3, 2 or just 1 day(s), depending on your needs
There are nine great sessions lined up with award-winning speakers:
- Bonnie Baker
- Susan Lawson
- Craig Mullins
- Cristian Molaro
- Klaas Brant
Tuesday 16 October
Wednesday 17 October
Thursday 18 October
October 16-18, 2012 – Chicago DB2 Symposium
- Location: Downers Grove – Chicago, IL
For further information, use the menu on the left hand side of the DB2 Symposium webpage where you
can navigate to the sessions, pricing, location and more.
Thanks to Klaas Brant, KBCE – DB2 Symposium Organizer, for
providing me with this information.
I like to read when I’m on vacation. Actually, I like to read all the time.
I get through many books in a year and find that I really like learning this
way. I do read fiction, but also read many non-fiction books.
Here are a few books I'd suggest you consider for your summer reading list:
1) Technical Blogging: Turn Your
Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence by Antonio
Improve your blogging skills if you’re already a blogger
or learn how to blog if you’re not. Antonio is an expert and lays out
everything you need to know in terms of blogging, settings for your blog, how to
promote your blog… and even how to make money blogging. I’ve been blogging for
years, but think I’ve double the number of views since using the techniques in
2) From Idea to Print: How to
Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published by Roger
Writing will help you build your reach, whether you are writing blogs,
articles, or books. But, make sure you do it well. Writing poorly may
give people the wrong impression about what you know. Did I learn
anything from this book? Yes! I learned a very effective way to edit my own
material AND I learned how to decipher an author contract.
3) Is social media is your thing? I intend to read this book this summer:
Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social
Business by Sandy Carter.
Sandy’s book provides lessons on doing social media both right and wrong so
you gain valuable perspective on techniques using the most critical
communication vehicles in social networking. She also provides a shortcut on how
to get started, patterning on successes in various companies and more than 50
Also see these blog entries about social media: Get SOCIAL with DB2 for
LUW: IBM & IBM friends.
4) I'm about half way through the centennial book "Making the World Work Better: The
Ideas that Shaped a Centry and a Company" by Kevin Maney,
Steve Hamm, and Jeffrey O’Brien. I'm
reading it a bit at a time to savour the stories. You’ll be surprised at some
of the inventions that IBM was behind.
5) Quickly update your product knowledge by reading a Flashbooks by various
authors. We have books about DB2 V10 for LUW, DB2 for z/OS, Big
Data, Data Governance, Analytics, and Cloud. Is there something for
you? Download these free flashbooks and read them on your computer or
There have also been a few articles published that I’d recommend:
Enjoy your summer and the books that you read!
Congratulations to DB2 for getting into the Guinness World Records for the largest data warehouse! Here are some details:
The largest data warehouse resides at the IBM Technology Campus in Dublin,
Ireland and contains 3 petabyte (3,000 terabytes) of raw data.
The software is IBM - DB2 Information Management and the official date of the
record is January 18, 2012.
According to wikipedia:
A petabyte (derived from the SI prefix peta- ) is a unit of information equal to one quadrillion (short scale) bytes, or 1 billiard (long scale) bytes.
The unit symbol for the petabyte is PB. The prefix peta (P) indicates the
fifth power to 1000:
- 1 PB = 1000000000000000B = 10005 B = 1015 B = 1
million gigabytes = 1 thousand terabytes
The pebibyte (PiB), using
a binary prefix, is the
corresponding power of 1024, which is more than 12% greater (250 bytes = 1125899906842624bytes).
According to Gizmodo:
How Large Is a Petabyte?
13.3 years of HDTV content. That's approximately 58,292 movies, which means
an equal number of large pizzas. So one petabyte equals 52 tonnes of pepperoni
pizza. Yes, my head has assploded. For other equivalents, click and zoom in.
How big are 20 million four-drawer cabinets? As big as the Sears Tower? I
have a hard time visualizing that. Strangely enough, I don't have any problem
visualizing 52 tonnes of pepperoni pizza.
Click the link to see a cool graphic that represents the
With the amount of data that is being collected and analyzed these days, I
expect this record to be broken sooner than imaginable!
The next DB2 Tech Talk
is in two parts and is about one of my favourite topics: DB2
Certification Prep for new DB2 10 Exam 610: DB2 10.1
Validate your DB2 skills by earning a Professional Certification from IBM. A Certification will
- Stand out with your employer
- Meet your annual skills objectives
- Gain an edge in the employment market
Attendees of this fall’s IOD
conference will once again be able to take DB2 certifications for free and
in November the “Take it Again” promotion will be active. In either case,
you’ll want to be prepared to pass the exam. Attend this TechTalk to help you
get prepared for Exam 610.
Part one is scheduled
for Thursday, July 26 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm ET. Part two is scheduled for
Thursday Aug 2 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm ET.
Together, the two parts will cover everything you need to pass Exam 610
- DB2 10.1 Fundamentals, including the following:
- Basics of the DB2 products and tools, DB2 pureScale feature, plus data
warehousing and OLAP concepts.
- Security, including authentication, authorization and privileges, and the
new Row and Column Access Control (RCAC) feature.
- Work with databases and database objects including use of DDL statements to
- Access data using SQL to query data using XML data with XQuery and use of
Time Travel Query with temporal tables.
- Work with tables, views, and indexes including XML and Oracle compatibility
data types and the new temporal tables.
- Data concurrency mechanisms.
This talk is hosted by Serge Rielau with DB2 instructor Andre
More resources about Certification that may help you:
Last week I blogged about social
media sites for DB2 for LUW and all of my recommendations were for IBM
sites. I’m really happy to say that IBM has many friends who are great at
creating content about IBM products and sharing their knowledge with other
users. Today’s entry is my thanks to all of you!
developerWorks ibm.com/developerworks/data/ and
IBM Data Management magazine ibmdatamag.com might be run by IBMers, but a
great deal of the content that lives on these sites was created by IBM friends.
Specifically: Columnist Roger Sanders:
Database Journal http://www.databasejournal.com/features/db2/
is not an IBM controlled asset, but has both IBM and non-IBM contributors. I’d
like to specifically mention:
Here is a collection of the blogs that I recommend for the DB2 for
Linux, UNIX and Windows products:
Management– by Crysta Anderson is an amazing blog. Crysta has been
very busy interviewing our IBM Champions and thus far has 27 interviews! Each
one is worth a read to find out who these friends of IBM are and what their
passions are: Sheryl Larsen, Scott Hayes, Ole Holmskov, Fred Sobotka, Kim May, Marc Herbert, David Birmingham, Cristian Molaro, Lester Knutsen, Stuart Litel, Isaac Yassin, Dave Beulke, Dan Luksetich, Alex Philp, Iqbal Goralwalla, Bonnie Baker, Cecilia Rodriguez Babino, Miguel Carbone, Martin Hubel, Ced Bufton, Julian Stuhler, Michelle Christensen, Jim Harris, Frank Brooks, Rick Biederstadt, Cuneyt Goksu, and RogerSanders.
Computing Blog by David Pittman and others is a blog worth
bookmarking. There is a regular feature called Top Reads for the Week where
excerpts and links are provided for recent blog entries, articles, videos, or
podcasts about IBM Information Management Technology.
Ember Crooks’ blog: DB2 for WebSphere
Commerce, LinkedIn Profile, and Twitter ID.
Mike Krafick is just starting his writing career as a guest blogger for
Scott Hayes’ DB2Night Show Blog
Rebecca Bond’s Blog SecureDB2
Brian Fairchild’s Blog Xtivia
Sameer Kumar’s Blog DB2 Performance
Troy Coleman’s Blog DB2Tutor
Robert Caterall’s Blog DB2
Daniel Krook’s Blog Krook
Triton’s Blog Thoughts on DB2 with Julian Stuhler and others. See also, Confessions of a DB2 Geek.
Craig Mullin’s Blog DB2 Portal
Dave Beulke’s Blog DB2
It looks like we have a very active community! I’m glad we do and appreciate
all the work that these and others put into sharing their knowledge about IBM
products. I know I didn’t point out everyone… and for that I’m very sorry. To
make sure you find all the great blogs about DB2 and related products, check out
PlanetDB2.com… every day! This is a
Blog Aggregator of all DB2 related blogs. If you blog about DB2 and want to be
included, follow the instructions found on the page and we’ll be happy to read
what you write!
Show – Klaas Brant and Scott Hayes are my heroes for the
amount of work they have put into this awesome weekly webinar. They manage to
attract so many guests that they now have two tracks: one for LUW and one for
z/OS. The invite both IBMers and non IBMers to share tips and information about
DB2 with their listeners. If you miss a show, don’t worry. Scott and Klaas
record them all and now have a massive library for you to choose great content
from. I’ve been a guest on the show as well as a judge for the “DB2’s Got
Talent” Competition. If you have an idea for future shows, let Scott or Klaas
know. If you want to improve your presentation skills, especially related to
DB2, consider becoming a contestant in the next round of DB2’s Got Talent
An InformationWeek Live WebCast: High performance. Low cost. No longer an either/or decision for
your database with Fred Sobotka and Lynn Jonas. This is a
recorded webcast, so fill in the information to immediately download the
I’m friends with many DB2 Talents, so I see updates on what people are doing
as they post it. There are IBM Facebook sites where you could and should use to
promote your blog or an event you are involved with…. of course, only if it is
related to IBM Information Management technology :)
I’d suggest these pages:
One event I want to make you aware of will come up soon on the Information Management Skills Facebook page. We’ll have live
chats with authors Dan Luksetich and Craig Mullins to discuss
their books. This is our first time doing this, so become a fan of the page
and watch for news as to when this event is taking place and how you can
I was going through the list of the books that are being published this year
and was happy to notice that the majority of the authors who I work with these
days are IBM Champions. Some of the authors I work with: Craig Mullins, Roger
Sanders, Dan Luksetich, Susan Lawson, Cristian Molaro, David Beulke, and Julian
Share your opinion, on these and all sites that you check out... everyone
will appreciate it :)
PS: This list is NOT exhaustive. If you think I’ve missed something of
interest, let me know. Thanks!
I’ve been a fan and a contributor of developerWorks since it first began. I’m gaining a whole new
appreciation for this major competitive advantage: I’m a temporary member of
the dW team while one of the brilliant editors is on a leave. I must say, I
have huge shoes to fill, but I’m lucky that the team surrounding me is very
I want to share with you some of what I’ve learned in the past week and
encourage you to “live” on the dW site!
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- Articles can vary greatly in their length, usually consisting of anywhere
between 500 and 2,000 (or more!) words.
- Articles are often meant to inform and are more formal in their
- Articles are detailed, informative, and fact-based.
- Blogs are shorter and are usually 200 – 500 words in length.
- Blogs are more casual and provide a great way to personally connect with
- Blogs provide a personal, inside point of view.
- Blogs are (expected to be) updated more frequently than articles.
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