Mark your calendars for this event:Accelerate Application Development, Achieve greater business agility and improve business insights with DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML
on The World of DB2 for z/OS
- April 21, 2009 from 11am to 12pm
- Virtual Event with LIVE Q&A 11 EST
- Organized By:
- Surekha Parekh
Keeping pace with rapidly changing requirements is a constant challenge for organizations today. One way to meet this challenge is by storing and processing XML natively. Doing so can help enterprises improve application development productivity and quality by eliminating the time-consuming mappings and schema evolution necessary for rapidly changing requirements, thus improving time to market and significantly lowering IT costs.
The breakthrough hybrid database server DB2® 9 for z/OS® integrates XML database technology into relational databases, providing unprecedented scalability and performance for both relational and XML data. The hybrid database server also helps improve performance and scalability by avoiding complex joins commonly seen in an object persistence solution with relational databases. This teleconference offers an overview of pureXML™ technology in DB2 9 for z/OS, its business values and technical feature details.Register Now
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Have you tried to read a book electronically? The number of options to read books electronically continues to grow... and are become mainstream. Here are my current thoughts on this subject as I continue to research this exciting topic.Books 24x7
If you have a computer, you can read a book electronically. But this also means that you'll be sitting at your computer... desktop or laptop. You'll need to be online to access the books, but some books are downloadable, meaning that you can read them when you're offline.
Once you are a subscriber to Books 24x7... you can search for keywords across hundreds of titles, bookmark books, keep track of what chapter you are on, etc. Even if you prefer to read a printed book, engines like Books 24x7 can help you filter through an enormous amount of content to find the best book for your needs.
All IBM Employees have a subscription to the electronic books found on Books 24x7. You can get to this site via employee home pages. I've found that many schools are going this route as well, so if you are in school, see if they offer you a subscription to Books 24x7. All IBM Press books are on this site as are books from many publishers.Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine, and is essentially the same as Books 24x7. Again, all IBM Press books are here as are Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles. If you are looking for a personal subscription, the prices for Safari are pretty reasonable... and if you're lucky you can find a free trial to Safari Books Online.Electronic Book Readers
These readers are relatively new and this is where I need to do more research. These are handheld devices that were designed specifically for reading books. That means that they are roughly the same size and weight as a book and the text is easier to read than reading text on a computer. And best of all, they are portable.
The best known ones at this time are Amazon Kindle and Sony eBook Reader. Unfortunately I haven't had hands on time with either of these devices, but I've been talking to people who use them and have been reading what I can.Amazon Kindle
A friend of mine has an Amazon Kindle and finds herself trying to turn the pages with her finger as she would with a book. That must mean that the Kindle is so convincing that you feel like you're actually reading a book! The books I work on are technical books and I've been told that the Kindle is not the best tool to use for reading books with diagrams and technical text.
Amazon has just released Kindle 2... which was intended to fix many of the problems found in the first edition of the device. Unfortunately some of the early reviews are not very favourable for the new unit. DRM problems apparently.
Some more discussion about the topic from some of my friends:Sony Reader Digital Book
The Sony folks have a new Reader and generally considered to offer a better reading experience. But their buying content experience is pretty bad.Plastic Logic
PlasticLogic wins most intriguing reader but won't come to market till 2010 - there's a YouTube on it that is making the rounds.iphone with Book App
Iphone getting lots of attention - of course, but all the ebook talk is for very flat content.Apple Tablet
The next major development will be the Apple Tablet in Q3. It will come pre-packaged with educational functionality/apps and you know they will do a good job.
Here is one article
that compares the Kindle to Plastic Logics.
Please join in this discussion... either here or on ChannelDB2
! I'd like to know if you've tried any of these readers and if you see value in them. Point me to any other articles that you come across that you think are relevant.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Check out the extensive library of on-demand demos on developerWorks
. The demos cover everything from basics, like installation and setup, to advanced concepts for you veterans. In all, you'll find more than 250 demos
(25 of which were added recently).
The developerWorks demos offer quick multimedia walkthroughs of the latest products and technologies -- step-by-step demonstrations that bring concepts to life in a way that written instructions alone cannot.
And be sure to bookmark the new on-demand demo channel on YouTube
Online demos.... yet another way to improve your skills the green way.
Lately I've been answering many questions about how to get certified... or recertified. I'm always happy to answer these questions as it means that there is plenty of interest.
The latest Cert Mag newsletter had this article that I found interesting: Retain Your Value With Recertification
. Here are the values of getting certified according to the article:
* Validated knowledge and skills. * Peer recognition. * Increased value to employers. * Increased marketability.
The DB2 Certification Program
offers all of these values... and now is a perfect time to get certified or upgrade to the latest level of certification. Right now the Assess and Save Promotion
is active... and best of all... is available to EVERYONE, World-Wide!How does it work?
- Take an assessment exam for a fee of $10.
- If you pass you'll get a voucher for half off the regular exam fee.
- Study some more... especially the sections where you scored poorly.
- Take your certification exam.
- Repeat for every exam that you wish to pass so that you can fill your credentials with these valuable certifications.
In my opinion, the best way to study is with one of the excellent study guides what we've published through MC Press
. Why these books? Well, besides being well-written, the authors were part of the exam development team, so they actually know what you need to know to pass the exam, and they have FREE sample questions (that are different than the assessment exam questions) along with answers and explanations.
Want more info? See my previous blogs regarding certification
, but let me know if you have any questions, at all!
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.
- First... audio books. I've been asked to look into recommending some audio books that we can showcase at conference bookstores this year. I'm sure your first reaction is "not for a technical book"... and I would agree with you. But we can all benefit from a good business book or two. Most of us have ipods or something similar that we can use to listen to these audio books. I've selected 4 titles that I thought would be good to try at the conference:
Let me know what you think... and if you have others to suggest. You can download just about anything from this site: audible.com. The titles listed above were found on amazon.com.
- On the same lines are podcasts. For starters, I would suggest that you take a look at the collection listed on channeldb2.com: podcasts, but also check out DB2 Chat with the Lab, Author podcasts, and IDUG podcasts.
- If you would prefer to read, there are many books that can be read electronically. All IBM Employees have a subscription to the electronic books found on Books 24x7. You can get to this site via employee home pages. I've found that many schools are going this route as well, so if you are in school, see if they offer you a subscription to Books 24x7. All IBM Press books are on this site as are books from many publishers.
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine. Again, all IBM Press books are here as are Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles. If you are looking for a personal subscription, the prices for Safari are pretty reasonable... and if you're lucky you can find a free trial to Safari Online.
- If you prefer smaller pieces of information, then developerWorks is for you. developerWorks has an amazing amount of content for you to read / learn electronically and for free. You'll find articles, tutorials, and more.
- Classroom education has also become "green". I've quite often mentioned ILO courses before, but if you need a reminder, ILO = Instructor Led Online Training. This kind of training fits into modern life so perfectly. With the world focusing on "green" options, is there anything more green than attending a class to upgrade your skills while staying at home? With the financial pressures that the world is currently under, everyone needs to do their part to reduce costs, but keeping skills up to date remains CRITICAL. ILO provides the same excellent transfer of skills that you've come to expect in classroom training, but it eliminates the most expensive part of taking a class: traveling.
ILO also keeps getting better. This time with new scheduling options:
* ILO Select provides targeted information in a packed lecture of three hours or less, at a much lower price than full training courses.
* ILO Flex Time offerings enable you to experience the full scope of ILO from anywhere in the world over several days so that you can balance both work and education.
These two new ILO options give you the ability to enhance your skills when and where it is convenient for you.
And lastly, more ILO classes are being added all the time. See the list of featured classes below, but make sure you check the ILO website to keep current on the latest courses that are available.
Enjoy being green :)
How would you like to spend a day at a conference, without the need to go anywhere? "Green" education options are getting more popular and I wonder if you've had a chance to try any of them yet?Data in Action Virtual EventSolutions for an efficient environmentDate: February 25, 2009
Join us for a special online event
with live webcasts featuring the key trends and innovations that are shaping the next generation of Data Management products. Chat with industry experts and IBM innovators about the evolution of traditional Data Management practices in the age of SOA, Web 2.0 and the continuing data explosion into new smarter practices and paradigms for managing information.
See how this smarter data revolution is creating new opportunities for organizations to refresh their approaches, and in the process:
- Gain better access to data
- Increase data security
- Lower costs
Learn how customers who have made the change are now reaping the rewards, and what it took to get them there. Agenda:
- 8:00 AM ET
- Show floor opens
- Understanding the Foundations Of The Information Agenda
- 12:00 Noon
- Chat with the experts
- 1:30 PM
- Integrated Data Management Revolution with Merv Adrian of Forrester Research
- 2:30 PM
- Chat with the experts
- 6:00 PM
- Show floor closes
Expo Solution Pedestals:
- Information Agenda
- Lower Costs with IBM Data Servers
- Optim Data Growth
- Architect and Developer Productivity
- DBA Efficiency and Autonomics
Get all the benefits of a world class Information Management event without the hassle and expense of travel. Register today!
Tomorrow I'll tell you about more "green" training options... but if you can't wait, see my Green Blog Entries
Knowing SQL is a pretty important skill to have if you work with databases. This just in, a book for those just beginning to learn SQL: Simply SQL
by Rudy Limeback
I don't have a copy of the book yet, so I don't have personal experience with it yet. Here is the description from the book:
Learning SQL has never been easier. Packed with full color examples, this practical hands-on guide provides an easy to read step-by-step introduction to learning all about SQL - from syntax to security. Simply SQL is the perfect crash course for beginners.
Packed with full-color examples, Simply SQL is a step-by-step introduction to learning SQL. You'll discover how easy it is to use SQL to interact with best-practice, robust databases. Rather than bore you with theory, it focuses on the practical use of SQL with common databases and uses plenty of diagrams, easy-to-read text, and examples to help make learning SQL easy and fun.
- Step through the basic SQL syntax
- Learn how to use best practices in database design
- Master advanced syntax like inner joins, groups, and subqueries
- Understand the SQL datatypes
- And much more...
is an independent consultant with over 20 years of SQL experience using DB2, SQL Server, Access, Oracle, and MySQL. He has written numerous articles on SQL for major online IT sites like TechTarget. Rudy is also a Web developer, one of the original evolt.org admins, with his own Web site since 1996. You can find more information at r937.com. Rudy lives in Toronto, Canada, where the weather allows you to play frisbee golf all year long.
For a list of other SQL books, see these blog entries
Are you interested in getting certified, but finding money a bit tight? If yes, you'll love this new announcement:
With the Assess and Save Offer
, candidates who purchase, take and PASS an Information Management Online Assessment Exam
during the offering period (February 1, 2009 - April 30, 2009), will automatically receive a 50% off certification voucher good for the corresponding exam. That's $100 right back in your pocket!
IBM offers these online assessment exams for each Information Management Professional Certification. These "practice tests" enable you to test your readiness for a minimal fee of $10 USD, helping you to be successful on exam day.
Before you take the practice test, here are a few suggestions to help you pass:Exam Preparation Documents
For exam objectives and cutscores for each exam, see the exam preparation documents
We now have an extensive collection of Certification Prep Guides, includingDB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide for Exam 730
by Roger SandersDB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
by Roger SandersDB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
by Susan Lawson
and Dan Luksetich DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
by Roger Sanders
and Dwaine Snow DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
by Roger Sanders
See also the DB2inBooks
group on channeldb2.com
Make sure you read all the details of this offer before proceeding: Assess and Save Offer
Here is another conference for you to attend Information On Demand's activities: IBM Pulse 2009, February 8-12 in Las Vegas
. Information Management is a sponsor at this year's conference and is offering a combination of track sessions, mini-theater presentations and pedestals, to raise awareness on how Information On Demand capabilities can help you reduce costs & complexity associated with managing and governing your information assets.
According to an IDC study
, digital information is estimated to be growing at 57% per year from 2006 to 2010. As a result, the storage costs as well as the risks of non-compliance and disastrous data breaches are escalating. By effectively securing and managing these exponentially growing digital assets, Information On Demand’s portfolio of solutions allow companies to optimize business performance. For example, integrated data management and performance management solutions drive business performance by increasing productivity, reducing risks and controlling service management costs throughout the data lifecycle. As another example, Enterprise Content Mgmt solutions manage risk and streamline compliance.
Here are some sessions that you may wish to attend:
Monday, Feb. 91623 – Mini Theatre SessionMaximize DB2 Performance on z/OS with OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. –Mini theatre stage – Expo AreaPaul Kenney
, Advisory Software Engineer OMEGAMON for DB2See how Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS can help you maximize DB2 efficiency, improve DBA productivity, and perform trend analysis and troubleshooting for DB2 in the z/OS environment.
Wednesday, Feb. 11R9 – Breakout SessionSupporting Your Green IT Initiatives with IBM Information On Demand
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – MGM Grand Conference Center 319Jacqueline Ryan
, Program Director, Portfolio Management Strategy, Leveraging Information Marketing Management Green IT initiatives often start with a focus on hardware and the data center. Increasingly, however, software also plays a critical role in achieving enterprise energy and environment objectives. This session will cover the information challenges that must be factored into a green IT strategy, and how IBM Information On Demand can help you address these challenges.
W10 – Breakout SessionInformation On Demand – Business-Resilient Solutions for System z
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – MGM Grand Conference Center - 119Dan Wardman
, Vice President, Information Management Mainframe SoftwareWhen you need information on-demand 24x7, you must consider both tactical and longer-term strategic requirements. IBM Information Management and Tivoli products for the System z platform provide the flexibility, scalability, high availability, and longevity you need to deliver your tactical and strategic information projects without re-architecting them. This session covers IBM DB2 for z/OS, IMS, Data Management Tools, Tivoli Omegamon XE for DB/2 Performance Expert, and more. Hear the highlights and synergies of these products, customer success stories around business resilience, and future product directions. A MUST for customers who demand business continuity!
V11 – Breakout SessionThe Business Benefits of Information Archiving
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – MGM Conference Center 121Greg Young
, Product Marketing Manager for eMail Archiving & ManagementRegulations and compliance orders are increasing data retention periods. eDiscovery, auditing, and reporting is costly, while storage requirements continue to grow at an alarming rate. At this session, we will explore these storage and business challenges and how IBM's extensive archiving portfolio helps address them.
ExpoMGM Grand Hotel – Marquee BallroomExpo Hours:Sunday, Feb 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Monday, Feb 9, 12:30 – 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, Feb 10, 12:30 – 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, Feb 11, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.Pedestal - Managing Data for Optimal Performance & Compliance
Expo,pedestal 8Paul Kenney
, Advisory Software Engineer OMEGAMON for DB2Are you managing your data environment for maximum performance and efficiency? Are you concerned about managing increasing workloads and meeting SLAs? Do you understand all data threats? Are you compliant with data regulations? Drop by our pedestal to learn how heterogeneous solutions from IBM data management help you manage data throughout its lifetime to improve performance and ensure compliance. Together, the IBM Optim solutions and Database Tools for z/OS and Linux, UNIX and Windows including DB2 Performance Expert and Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 PE, help achieve end-to-end performance monitoring and sound data governance. Be armed and ready to meet compliance regulations and protect your company’s most valuable asset--all while ensuring optimal performance.Pedestal - Compliant Information Management
Expo,pedestal 93Greg Young
, Product Marketing Manager for eMail Archiving & ManagementHow do technologies like content collection and archiving, advanced classification, records management, eDiscovery search and analytics, and Storage and Information Management tools come together in a unified solution to address compliance requirements? Learn about IBM's overall Compliant Information Management solution strategy which links together IBM Enterprise Content Management, Information On Demand, and Information Infrastructure.Pedestal - IBM System Storage DS8000 Turbo (Encryption, Solid State, SATA)
Expo,pedestal 89Sunil Kamath
, Sr. Manager for DB2 OLTP Performance and Solutions DevelopmentThe IBM System Storage™ DS8000™ Turbo series is designed to support the most demanding business applications with its exceptional performance, superior data throughput, and five-nines availability. This, combined with advanced security and tiered storage options, makes it an ideal storage platform for supporting today’s round-the-clock, global business environment.
More more information and to register, see IBM Pulse 2009
- Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships by Audrey J. Murrell, Sheila Forte-Trammell, Diana A. Bing
Book DescriptionFor today’s enterprises, few challenges are as daunting as preparing tomorrow’s leaders. Mentoring is one of the most powerful tools at their disposal. But not all mentoring programs are equally effective, and not all companies have learned how to sustain mentoring. One company has: IBM. Intelligent Mentoring reveals how IBM has done it–and offers specific guidance and best practices you can use to achieve equally powerful results. Intelligent Mentoring shows how IBM has fully integrated a diverse portfolio of formal mentoring initiatives into both talent development and innovation promotion. Whether you’re a business leader, strategist, Chief Learning Officer, training specialist, coach, or consultant, this book presents a state-of-the-art framework for making mentoring work.
Drawing on IBM’s experience, the authors demonstrate how to build a diverse portfolio of effective mentoring programs...use mentoring to strengthen organizational intelligence...build sustainable communities of mentors and mentees...promote collaboration across differences... and above all, link mentoring to strategy and use it to sustain competitive advantage.
Free Preview: In this limited-time offer, you can read Chapter 4 – Connecting People: Creating Meaningful Engagement FREE for the next 14 days on Safari Books Online. Audio Podcast: Listen to Audrey Murrell discuss Intelligent Mentoring, including her work on the impact of mentoring, what it means, and how lessons learned from IBM can be applied to other companies in using effective mentoring solutions. Try...Then Buy! Now through February 28th, use coupon code MENTORS at checkout for a 35% discount (plus free FedEx ground shipping in the US) when you purchase this title on ibmpressbooks.com.
- New Language of Marketing 2.0, The: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market by Sandy CarterCongratulations to Sandy Carter for being named among the most influential women in technology by FastCompany magazine!
What’s the secret behind the success of leading companies around the world?
- Learn the secrets of success from industry leaders at organizations of all sizes, from over 50 countries - and why SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) was unanimously chosen as the best way to address their challenges.
- Leverage the IBM roadmap for SOA and Web 2.0 deployment, plus proven best practices learned in the field
- Understand what it means to be flex-pon-sive– and how your organization can get there
In a word: flex-pon-sive*. A flex-pon-sive* business is one enabled by thoughtful, well-designed investments in information technology focused on business models and processes. More and more, this flex-pon-siveness* is enabled by Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), an evolutionary approach to building IT systems focused on solving business problems. Companies that are embracing SOA show, on average, significantly better business results than their peers. SOA can help companies save millions of dollars but more importantly, can help lay the groundwork for future growth.
The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2.0 is based on thousands of interviews with analysts and industry leaders at organizations of all sizes in over 50 countries, who shared their views, experiences and challenges of aligning technology with business goals. IBM SOA Strategist Sandy Carter examines the best practices methodologies behind hundreds of successful SOA implementations, from companies large and small.
In short, informative chapters, it provides readers with a specific roadmap on how, where, when, and why to embrace an SOA strategy – including “Top Ten Don’ts.”
Free Preview: Read Chapter 10, "The New Vessels" from Sandy's book as it is part of the Web 2.0 Marketing ebook.
Audio Podcast: Sandy Carter, with interviewer Greg Wiegand, presents concepts from her new book in three new audio podcasts (hosted by IBM Press partner InformIT.com):
Try...Then Buy!: Enter the coupon code: CARTER654X during the checkout process to receive 35% off the list price, plus free shipping in the U.S.
- Podcast: Part 1 - Focuses on the relationship between SOA and Web 2.0 (0:16:03, Mar 12 2008)
- Podcast: Part 2 - Discusses what SOA means for organizations of all sizes and examines growth opportunities for SOA (0:17:15, Mar 12 2008)
- Podcast: Part 3 – Provides real-world examples of companies who have achieved success by aligning information technology with business goals through an SOA (0:14:00, Mar 12 2008)
has been working tirelessly to promote the various events that are taking place to support the DB2 for z/OS product. Join Surekha and many others as a member of the ChannelDB2.com
group DB2 for z/OS - What's On !
Being a member of this group will help you to easily stay informed about events of various sizes and in various locations.
Speaking of ChannelDB2
... there are new members everyday (1188 in total today) and many new groups (47 in total today) that you should check out.
Who can post on this site? You can! Anyone can! Do you have a question or some information that you want to share? Consider posting on ChannelDB2.com
In my blog last week, The "Year of Change"
, I wasn't sure where to send readers for the point: 1. Expand your knowledge beyond the “Big 3” commercial databases to include popular open source database systems. Now I know!
IBM developerWorks Live! has just announced the following virtual tech briefings to help you explore the innovative open solutions available from IBM and see the power and flexibility of an open community development environment.
IBM developerWorks Live! has taken their live tech briefing and packaged it into a part 1 and part 2 sessions that you can attend virtually - no travel necessary
.IBM community tools: Start small to grow large - Part 1Date:
Monday, January 26, 2009Time
: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New York time)Sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event. IBM community tools: Start small to grow large - Part 2Date
: Tuesday, January 27, 2009Time:
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New York)Sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event. Description
Today development tools should be based on open standards such asEclipse, Apache Tomcat and Geronimo. They provide an attractive,robust, free of charge development environment. However, analternative development environment has emerged that embraces theinnovation of the open source development model while providingthe stability of commercial development tools.
Community development tools from IBM are based on the same openstandards as open source tools while providing enhancedfunctional capabilities and broader platform support for smallteams just getting started or working on proof of concepts. TheIBM Community tools include Eclipse, WebSphere Application ServerCommunity Edition, DB2 Express C and a collaboration environmentcalled Rational Team Concert Express C. These tools can provide arobust and supported development environment.
Discussions will include IBM’s open standards strategy, as wellas an in-depth discussion of IBM’s Open Community developmenttools. This discussion will provide details on the features andfunctions of Eclipse, DB2 Express C, and WAS CE and Rational TeamConcert and their integration for a robust developmentenvironment to create and deploy Web applications. This on lineevent will be divided into two sessions.
Topics Covered:Session 1• Open Standards• IBM DB2 Express C• IBM WebSphere WASCE
Session 2• Eclipse• IBM Rational Team Concert Express C• Resources
Enjoy the virtual briefing.
PS... if you liked my post entitled "The Year of Change", I suggest you read the pair of blog entries by Willie: Are you Managing Your CareerAre you Managing Your Career Part 2
As a follow-on to yesterday's blog entry The Year of Change
, I'd like to point out some additional resources in the areas of high availability and pureXML:High availability High Availability Feature in DB2 9 for Linux UNIX and Windows
This Web site lists the main features of DB2 which include high availability High Availability Guide for DB2
(Book)This book provides an easy-to-read, illustrated way to learn about high availability concepts and configuration. However, it does not provide much information about high availability of clusters. High Availability and Scalability Guide for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, and Windows
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This guide provides an in-depth and detailed analysis of DB2 high availability features, including high availability for clusters. This book describes DB2 UDB Version 8.2 and therefore does not showcase the many improvements made in DB2 9 to simplify configuration. DB2 9 DBA exam 731 prep, Part 6: High availability: Backup and recovery
(Tutorial)This tutorial is part of the educational materials related to high availability that are part of DB2 certification education materials. It provides a concise summary of the key benefits and uses of the backup and restore utilities. DB2 9 DBA exam 731 prep, Part 7: High availability: Split mirroring and HADR
(Tutorial)This tutorial is part of the educational materials related to high availability that are part of DB2 certification education materials. It provides a concise summary of how to implement a split mirroring implementation.pureXML DB2 pureXML technology
(Product Web site)This is the main DB2 product Web site for pureXML. Information Management and XML technology developerWorks domain
(IBM community Web site)This is the main developerWorks Web site from which you can access articles, online tutorials, and other technical resources about DB2 and XML standards and technologies. IBM DB2 9 pureXML Guide
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This IBM Redbooks publication describes the pureXML data store, hybrid database design, and administration. It explains what XML schemas are, how to use industry standards to implement them, and how to manage XML schemas. It covers how to use SQL/XML, XQuery, and XPath for querying XML data by providing easy-to-understand examples and how to use XML technology efficiently in business applications. Get started with XPath
(Tutorial)This tutorial introduces the W3C standard XPath Version 1.0. This tutorial is intended for people who do not know XPath or who want a refresher. If you plan to use XSLT, you should take this tutorial first. You will learn what XPath is, what the syntax and semantics of the XPath language are, how to use XPath location paths, how to use XPath expressions, how to use XPath functions, and how XPath relates to XSLT. DB2 9: pureXML Overview and Fast Start
by Cynthia Saracco
, Don Chamberlin
, Rav Ahuja
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This IBM Redbooks publication provides a concise introduction to pureXML, with short, precise examples and explanations that provide a distilled version of the knowledge essential to start working with pureXML. This book is a compilation of many of the IBM published articles on pureXML. Native XML support in DB2
(White paper, pdf)This white paper provides a technical overview of XML support in DB2 products. It explains how XML data has been stored in relational database systems in the past using data type mappings and explains the limitations of these approaches. It then introduces the concept of pureXML and what it means for XML data to be stored natively within a database. It explains the benefits of this approach and how this implementation can be complemented with features such as XML indexes, a full XQuery language, SQL/XML, XML schema support, and utilities that support the bulk loading of XML data. pureXML in DB2 9: Which way to query your XML data?
(Article)This intermediate-level article discusses DB2 pureXML support and compares the two methods by which you can query XML data in a DB2 database: SQL/XML and XQuery. By providing examples, this article explains the relationship between these two query access language syntaxes, the circumstances in which each method is preferred, the benefits of using each independently, and the use of them together to perform more complex queries. pureXML wiki
(Wiki)This Web site contains links to numerous articles, demos, webcasts, and other information about DB2 pureXML published by IBM and other parties Alphaworks DB2 pureXML download and demo site
(Download)This Web site contains industry-specific DB2 pureXML software offerings and resources. DeveloperWorks DB2 pureXML forum
(Forum)This DeveloperWorks forum is one of the fastest ways to get any pureXML questions answered.
Thanks to Farzana Anwar
for pulling this list together!
I'm not sure where to start today... yesterday was such a momentous day! Obama's inauguration speech inspired much hope around the world (remember, I'm a Canadian and wasn't able to vote).. I can almost feel the change happening around me!IBM released their 4th quarter results
... and guess what? They were fantastic! I'm sure there are lots of reasons for such results, but maybe a part had to do with the Smarter Planet
initiative which... again is inspiring change in organizations world wide.
On a much smaller level... let me try to inspire some hope.. and perhaps change.Craig Mullins
recently blogged about Ten Tips for DBAs to Get a Raise
based on the article DBAs: Get a Raise! 10 Tips for Success at Review Time
by Bob Zurek
. When reading the article, I realized that it isn't very difficult to achieve what Bob suggests, especially since my team works tirelessly at providing you the tools that you need. 1. Expand your knowledge beyond the “Big 3” commercial databases to include popular open source database systems.
OK... for starters.. do you know all the "Big 3" commercial databases? If you don't yet know DB2... the best place to start is the book Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition)
. If you do know all three and are looking for an open source database to learn... look into DB2 Express
. Technically it isn't "open sourced", but it is free and easy to use.2. Get certified.
Now this is an easy one! I've been encouraging people to get certified for nearly 10 years now! We have an excellent program that allows you to go very deep in a technical way. You'll find everything you need on our Training and Certification page
. And don't forget the series of certification guides that we have published to help you deepen your skills and pass the exam. See a discussion of the books in the DB2 in Books
group on ChannelDB2.3. Learn about high availability, clustering, and replication.
I don't know of a recent book on replication... but you can learn more about high available with this book: High Availability Guide for DB2
by Chris Eaton
and Enzo Cialini
. And clustering with this book: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification
by Roger Sanders
and Dwaine Snow
.4. Enrich your database administration skills with expertise and experience in data security.
Ah... security... it keeps coming up, doesn't it? Here is the best book on the market to help you as a DBA figure out what you need to know: Understanding DB2 9 Security
. Rebecca Bond
, the lead author, is a DBA and a security expert. Learn from her and her many experiences, including Katrina.5. Know about data quality and how to implement a data quality and auditing solution in conjunction with your database projects.6. Drive the adoption of metadata management capabilities across the organization including establishing a metadata business glossary.
For both of these points, I would suggest the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
. 7. As a DBA, you might not be writing any application code, but you will need to become a SQL expert over time.
There are many resources available in this area. See my blog entry about SQL resources
. Soon a book on pureXML will publish, so stay tuned.8. Become a member of the customer advisory board of your company’s database vendor.
This item fits loosely in the category of joining a community. See my blog entry on several communities
that you might wish to join. Also remember that those who do get involved could get rewarded via the IBM Data Champion Program
.9. Mentor other DBAs in your organization.
See this brand new book for some tips on mentoring: Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
.10. Dig into the topic of database analytics.
There are several choices, but my suggestions are the following:Competing on Analytics
by Tom Davenport Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence
by Maria Villar
and Theresa Kushner
Also, I recently watched Baseline's Career Slideshow: 10 Hot IT Jobs for 2009
. Again, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I am able to recommend books that may suit a few of these jobs.1. Business Intelligent Experts
See these two books:Competing on Analytics
by Tom Davenport Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence
by Maria Villar
and Theresa Kushner5. Enterprise Architects
See this book: Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information 6. ITIL Managers
Check out this book: Implementing ITIL Change and Release Management
by Larry Klosterboer8. Security Architects
See this book:Understanding DB2 9 Security9. AJAX Developers
In the description for this job, they also mention XML Developers. There will be a book published this year specific to XML, but in the meantime, check out these resources listed in previous blog entries
I wish you much success in this year of change!
Thanks to Adam Gartenberg
for posting an entry about the Forbes interview with Steve Mills: Drowning In Data
You'll find that the article encourages companies to clear their clutter to all for more effective management. In other words... use the Information Agenda
I'd like to make a suggestion as well ... invest in the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
. The book provides a structure that can be followed to clean up all kinds of clutter in an organization.
This is cool! developerWorks has grouped together related technical articles, tutorials, demos, webcasts, presentations and podcasts into packages that are called e-Kits
Now you can find all the related information you need to learn about a specific topic without having to crawl through multiple search results.
I count 29 e-Kits
on the site, and I'm sure they're creating more. Here are the ones that cover Information Management topics:Customer e-Kit for DB2 9 Performance Optimization feature for Linux, UNIX and Windows
Experience the combined power of DB2® Query Patroller and DB2 Performance Expert. The contents of this e-Kit teaches you how the DB2 9 Performance Optimization feature for DB2 Linux™, UNIX® and Windows® can help improve your performance, throughput, and response times. IBM Data Architect e-Kit
Learn how IBM solutions can help discover new enterprise information sources and content as well as improve the quality of its information. Arm yourself with the latest solutions from IBM to jumpstart enterprise consistency, drive quality, and unlock the mystery of your data sources. Smart Data Administration e-Kit: Effectively manage and optimize your data environment
Learn how IBM Data Servers and tools solutions can help enable DBAs to be more productive in the face of increased demands and information. Susan[Read More
IBM Data Studio
provides an integrated data management environment that offers a comprehensive solution to help you design, develop, deploy, and manage database applications throughout the data lifecycle.
Give it a try!
Download IBM Data Studio Administrator for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows V2.1
at no cost.
Improve database administrators (DBAs) productivity and reduce application outages by automating and simplifying complex DB2 structural changes. This helps DBAs easily manage DB2 structural changes, while consistently ensuring data integrity and reducing application downtime. Enhancements for v2.1 include:
- New task assistants for common database administration tasks
- Faster navigation to the data sources you care about
- Initiation of tasks easily and intuitively from the Data Source Explorer
Download IBM Data Studio Developer V2.1
at no cost.
Improve development productivity up to 50 percent for developing and testing SQL, XQuery, and Java queries, stored procedures, Web services, and data access layers.
IBM Data Studio Developer 2.1 enhancements include:
- Reducing or eliminating SQL injection risk for Java database applications
- Giving developers more information to focus SQL tuning efforts
- Simplifying impact analysis for any databases changes
Not sure where to start? Check out these demos
that illustrate how a fictional company uses Data Studio software to enhance collaboration among team members for improved productivity and application performance while solving a real-world business problem.
Don't forget to sign up for the DataStudio newsletter
so you can keep on top of changes as they happen.
I don't know about you, but I find it pretty easy to learn something new every day! What did I learn today?
1. To better organize my blog. I was given the book Blogging for Dummies
by my friends at Wiley. I decided to read the book to see if there was anything that I didn't know... given that I've been blogging for 4 years! Yes, I did learn plenty and you'll benefit by seeing some changes. First off, I've gone back through my entries that were posted in the last year and put them into categories. Now you'll have a easier time of finding my old posts or related posts.
I also fixed a few broken links and cleaned up a bit. Do I have more to learn? Yes! I'm still reading the book and will use everything I learn.
2. Our community keeps growing! I was very happy to see that we now have more than 1100 members on channeldb2.com! See my post from a few months ago for some getting started with communities
information... What did I learn? There are 1100 members on channeldb2.com and 43 groups... but not many people join the groups. My favourite group is DB2 in Books
, for obvious reasons, but this group only has 39 members :< Can more people join? Or tell me why this group isn't appealing so I can improve it.
3. I've found a productivity wiki (inside IBM's firewall) and a link to some new IBM software (inside as well). Although I can't share what I've found... I'm glad I found it. I like to eliminate waste everywhere I can... especially if it makes it possible for me to get more done in a day.
4. Lotus Symphony
.... I must admit that I've been using Microsoft Office tools for awhile but was encouraged to try the new document, spreadsheet, and presentation software (thanks to Bob Picciano
). I've successfully created new documents and will now try to import all my previous documents into this new software.
5. I've heard about another blogger that I plan to check out: Todd Watson
6. In terms of social marketing, I'm reading the free ebook: Web 2.0 Marketing
. I've finished the first chapter: Measure Your Search Marketing Success and have new ideas about measuring the success of my blog. I'm looking forward to finding the time to read other chapters in this book as well.
That's all I can share today. Keep on learning!
Thanks to Farzana Anwar
from DB2 Information Development for this incredible list of sites that you might want to visit or bookmark.DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows
(Product Web site)This IBM DB2 product Web site contains information about the latest release and new features, links to important related Web sites, announcements about the release and more. This is a good starting point for information about DB2 for LUW.DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows Editions
(Product Web site)This product Web site provides information about IBM DB2 product editions. It contains information about the various editions of DB2 that are available. This Web site highlights the key features available with each edition and compares them in a tabular format. If you are not sure what edition of DB2 is appropriate for your needs this is a good starting point and reference.DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Features and Benefits
(Product Web site, Video with Sal Vella)This product Web site provides information about value-added features. It describes the value added features that are available to extend the core features available with a DB2 edition. Value added features are generally used to address specific business problems that might not be of general use to all customers. The value added features can be purchased separately and enabled with a separate license key.Overview of DB2 9.5
by Chief Architect Tim Vincent
(Podcast, mp3 file)This podcast which can be listened to or downloaded from the Voice of the DB2 Community Web site provides an overview of new DB2 9.5 features.Introducing DB2 9: DB2 Unveiled
(Article by Rav Ahuja
)This article contains a comprehensive overview of new features available in DB2 9.1 with a focus on how you can use the features to help lower business costs and improve business data management. It links to several related articles that describe specific features in more detail. The content also applies to DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7 data servers. Compare the Distributed DB2 9 Data Servers
(Article by Paul Zikopoulos
)This article compares the various DB2 9.1 data server products. The content also applies to DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7 data servers.Which edition of DB2 9 is right for you?
(Article by Paul Zikopoulos
)This article describes and compares the product specifications, licensing considerations, and specific features and capabilities of each edition of DB2 9.1. The content is generally also appropriate for DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7.DB2 Version 9 Product and Packaging Information
(Technote)This technote explains the DB2 product packaging options that are available. It contains links to packaging information for DB2 data servers, clients, and add-on features.IBM DB2 9 New Features
(Book)IBM DB2 9 New Features is an easy-to-read book that includes illustrations and examples. The content applies to both DB2 9.1 and DB2 9.5 data servers, however new features in DB2 9.5 are not described in this book.
There were many more links in the document that Farzana sent to me... and I'll share the links with you over the next few days.
Did you know..... Information Management will have a major presence at this year's Lotusphere conference
with four pedestals and 11 sessions featuring Information On Demand solutions.
It is easy to see that the world is changing very quickly in front of our very eyes.... so does that mean we should begin ACTING differently? I think so. Where to start?Faster decision making
: IBM's next generation Lotus collaboration and WebSphere Portal technologies facilitate closer relationships among employees, customers, and partners - resulting in faster decision making.Trusted information
: Making great decisions requires the use of trusted information. Recent surveys indicate that almost 50% of business users lack confidence in their company's information. Information On Demand is designed to help enterprises unlock the business value of information by delivering timely and trusted information to employees, customers and partners.
So....By linking people with people
- and people with trusted information
- Information On Demand solutions tightly integrated with Lotus collaboration and WebSphere Portal technologies empower people to act on trusted information faster and with greater confidence.
Here are some of the ways for you to learn more about our integrated solutions:IBM Enterprise Content Management and Lotus Quickr
: the most complete single-vendor end-to-end content management solution in the industry.IBM Content Collector and Lotus Domino
: the comprehensive e-mail archiving and retrieval solution for any Notes database or server platform.Cognos 8 BI and WebSphere Portal
: out-of-the-box Cognos portlets for WebSphere Portal.InfoSphere MashupHub and Lotus Mashups
: the first complete mashup portfolio for business, empowering individuals to create situational applications. (Bundled & sold as IBM Mashup Center)DB2 pureXML and Lotus Forms
: efficient, integrated, and cost effective electronic forms solutions.
For a full agenda, see Lotusphere Agenda
I won't be at the conference, so if you are there, send those of us back in the office some details about what you liked the most.
I stumbled on this yesterday and have started to read this free downloadable ebook
, Web 2.0 Marketing
. This is a collection of chapters from 10 existing books that focus on the latest techniques on search marketing, PR 2.0, business blogging, email marketing, Facebook, YouTube, and more.
The chapters include:
Measure Your Search Marketing SuccessChapter 7 from book Search Engine Marketing, Inc., Second Edition
by Mike Moran
and Bill Hunt
. The Social Media News Release: An Overdue FaceliftChapter 7 from book PR 2.0: New Media, New Tools, New Audiences
by Deirdre Breakenridge
Don’t be cheap: email cuts other costs, so invest in itTruth 5 from book The Truth About Email Marketing
by Simms Jenkins
Blogging for Business Chapter 3 from book How to Win Sales & Influence Spiders
by Catherine Seda
Hosting Your Own Facebook EventsChapter 4 from book Facebook Marketing
by Steven Holzner
The New VesselsChapter 10 from book The New Language of Marketing 2.0
by Sandy Carter
How YouTube Can Help You Market Your BusinessChapter 1 from book YouTube for Business, Online Video Marketing for Any Business
by Mike Miller
. O.P.E.N. For Business Chapter 2 from book The Open Brand
by Kelly Mooney
and Nita Rollins
Customers Votes with Their MiceChapter 6 from book Do It Wrong Quickly
by Mike Moran
A social networking marketing plan is not a traditional marketing plan Truth 19 from book The Truth About Profiting from Social Networking
by Patrice-Anne Rutledge
If you like on of the sample chapters, you may decide to buy the entire printed book where the chapter came from.
Enjoy the free ebook: Web 2.0 Marketing
A recent article published in Certification Magazine
entitled Developing your Leadership Skills
by Katherine Spencer Lee lists some basic ways to develop into a leader:
1) Keep Learning2) Increase your Involvement3) Develop Your Communication Skills4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
I think that Katherine provides sound advice for all... and would like to embellish a bit with some suggestions in each of these categories:
1) Keep Learning
My blog is filled with suggestions for books, tutorials, and articles to read. I'll add to that list with some suggestions for books more in the business area:
* Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints
* Can Two Rights Make a Wrong?: Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture Approach
* SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility
* New Language of Marketing 2.0, The: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market
* Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Site, 2nd Edition
2) Increase your Involvement
One of the best ways that I can suggest for you to become involved is via ChannelDB2.com
. With 1057 members as of today, this is the perfect place for you to get and/or share information with other database experts in the world.
As a reward for those who get involved, they have a chance to win the IBM Data Champion Award
. There is still time to nominate a champion... so if you have someone in mind, please go to the site and give them recognition. And who knows, maybe you'll be nominated next year!
3) Develop Your Communication Skills
You'll find loads of advice regarding how to improve your communication skills, just about everywhere you look, but the best advice I can give is that practice makes perfect. So look for opportunities to write, present, review, blog, podcast, etc. The more you do, the better you'll be.
I need to recommend a book as well! This is one of our classics, but is so highly rated that it is clearly a winner in providing advice for improving writing and reviewing skills:
* Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2nd Edition
4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
Mentoring is such a key opportunity for improving both your skills and your network. Benefit from this book that was written by a team of IBMers: Drawing on IBM's experience, the authors demonstrate how to build a diverse portfolio of effective mentoring programs...use mentoring to strengthen organizational intelligence...build sustainable communities of mentors and mentees...promote collaboration across differences...and above all, link mentoring to strategy and use it to sustain competitive advantage.
* Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
All of the books I've mentioned in today's blog are IBM Press books. You may purchase these books in a number of places... the obvious is through amazon
. Direct from the publisher sites include:USA
and in India
, try our publishing partner Shroff Publishers
. If they don't have the book on their site, send a message to them requesting a book and they will see if they can sell it on their site.
And last, but not least, for electronic versions of these books, you can purchase Kindle
versions from amazon or subscribe to Books 24x7
or Safari Books Online
Want to know more about ECM or Filenet? Here are some IBM Redbooks that can help you learn more about these IBM solutions:
* IBM Content Manager OnDemand Web Enablement Kit Java APIs: The Basics and Beyond
This book is intended for application developers who are responsible for developing Web applications that interface with Content Manager OnDemand. It also serves as a good reference guide for developers and system administrators to fine-tune and troubleshoot Content Manager OnDemand Web applications.
* IBM Enterprise Content Management and System Storage Solutions: Working Together
This book provides the necessary information to IBMers, business partners, and customers on how to implement FileNet® ECM with IBM Storage Solutions.
* Introducing IBM FileNet Business Process Manager
This publication provides a basic introduction to IBM FileNet® Business Process Manager (BPM) V4.0. BPM enables organizations to create, modify, and manage content centric business processes. One key advantage of BPM is its ability to work with active content, which refers to the ability of content to trigger or affect business processes.
This book is useful for system architects, process analysts, and process designers who require an understanding of IBM FileNet Business Process Manager. It also serves as a practical guide for those who want detailed instructions in order to implement a BPM system.
* IBM FileNet Content Manager Implementation Best Practices and Recommendations
This publication covers the implementation best practices and recommendations for P8 Content Manager solutions. It introduces the functions and features of P8 Content Manager, common use cases of the product, and a design methodology that provides implementation guidance from requirements analysis through deployment and administration planning.
The book addresses various implementation topics including system architecture design, capacity planning, business continuity, repository design, security, and application design. Administrative topics covered include deployment, system administration and maintenance, and troubleshooting. We also discuss solution building blocks that you can specify and combine to build a solution.
This book is intended to be used in conjunction with the product manual and online help to provide guidance to architects and designers about implementing P8 Content Manager solutions.
See also Product Documentation
for IBM FileNet P8 Platform.
* Content Manager OnDemand Guide
This publication provides helpful, practical advice, hints, and tips for those involved in the design, installation, configuration, system administration, and tuning of an OnDemand system. It covers key areas that are either not well known to the OnDemand community or are misunderstood.
Happy 2009 to one and all! May it be a joyful and prosperous year for you and your loved ones!
The last week of December the following announcement was made and I wanted to make sure that you didn't miss it: DB2 Express-C for Mac OS X is finally available for download
This beta release will no doubt be of interest to developers, particularly those who use scripting languages like Ruby, Python and PHP. These communities are in fact, increasingly embracing Mac OS X as their operating system of choice.
If you haven't already seen it, see also an announcement from Antonio Cangiano
Funny side note.... I own a Mac myself and when I tell people, they treat me like I'm a traitor to IBM! I'm quite pleased that IBM is not tying their software to a single platform and that we long term IBMers can happily and proudly say that we use a Mac... and our top tier software runs quite nicely on it.
As we approach the end of the year, you'll find that everyone has a list that they want to share with you. I like lists... and you can likely find a few in previous blog entries. But, this entry is about a few other lists that I've discovered when reading newsletters in the past week. I hope you find one or two of these interesting!The ten reasons why software companies lose in a losing economy?
by Judith HurwitzFive reasons why the Web Services Test Forum is critical Marcia KaufmanStress-Busters: 12 Ways to Renew Yourself
by Kathleen BartonEnterprise Web 2.0, Four part series
* Part 1 examines the business and technical drivers behind Web 2.0, the challenges and opportunities Web 2.0 presents to enterprises, and the relationship between Web 2.0 and SOA. * Part 2 covers the major solution types emerging through which enterprises can exploit Web 2.0. * Part 3 presents a collection of industry and business scenarios in which those solutions can be deployed, and explains the value that can be realised by doing so. * Part 4 is a more technical article focusing on the options for exposing the content and functions of core information and transaction systems such as IBM® CICS®, IBM Information Management System (IMS)™ and IBM DB2® in Web 2.0 solutions.1013 members of channeldb2.com.
37 groups that you can join, including my favourite DB2 in BooksFive new SOA certifications from the SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) programThe Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual
from PCWorld.caThe 10 most embarrassing tech flubs that could happen to you
from ITBusiness.caFive competition classes available in "The Search for the XML Superstar"
Prizes include laptop computers, GPS devices, iPod® portable media players and PlayStation® games. All who register at http://www.xmlchallenge.com and complete a short quiz receive free tee shirts. Individuals can join contest groups at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Orkut. Contestants who invite a friend to enter earn points toward the XML Superstar Grand Master prize. The Grand Master prize is a Bose Wave Radio.
Happy Holidays everyone! See you in 2009.All the best to you and your family!
Two New Demos
: See Informix Dynamic Server products in action. Thanks to Carolyn M. Kniffin
for this information!
Watch how Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) products can deliver blazing online transaction processing (OLTP) performance, legendary reliability and nearly hands-free administration. IBM Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise Replication
:This illustrated demo shows the capabilities of IBM IDS Enterprise Replication and how it can help ensure an effective and consistent delivery of corporate data, enterprise-wide.IBM Informix Dynamic Server High Availability
:This illustrated demo presents IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) High Availability solutions and how they can drive maximum business value and fully leverage your hardware and software investments.
> Read the blog posting in the DEMOcentral News blog
for more information> Watch the "IBM Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise Replication"
demo> Check out the "IBM Informix Dynamic Server High Availability"
I'm interested in what your answer is.... What new skills will you pursue in 2009?
1. XML2. SOA-related skills3. Database modeling and design4. Information systems design5. New programming languages and techniques6. Catching up with new features in DB2 and Informix7. Certification8. All of the above9. None of the above
From:IBM Database MagazineDecember 16, 2008Volume 9, Issue 26
At IBM... keeping our skills current is one of the most important goals we set for ourselves each year. But the typical human trait of procrastinating quite often sets in, leaving December the time when people scramble to take courses and exams! If you are like this... I have good news for you.... there are lots of options available for you. Here are five options:
1) Take a free ILO course. See this blog entry by Kate
2) Take a certification exam. You can take exams at Prometric Testing Centers
, so book your time now.
3) Which exam should you take? For exam objectives and cutscores for each exam, see the exam preparation documents
4) Read a book. See my blog entry for a list of my suggestions
5) Enter a contest. See my blog entry for some choices.
One of my favourite topics to blog about is ILO = Instructor Led Online Training
. Why? I think largely because I believe that this kind of training fits into modern life so perfectly. With the world focusing on "green" options, is there anything more green than attending a class to upgrade your skills while staying at home? With the financial pressures that the world is currently under, everyone needs to do their part to reduce costs, but keeping skills up to date remains CRITICAL. ILO provides the same excellent transfer of skills that you've come to expect in classroom training, but it eliminates the most expensive part of taking a class: traveling.
ILO also keeps getting better. This time with new scheduling options:
* ILO Select
provides targeted information in a packed lecture of three hours or less, at a much lower price than full training courses.
* ILO Flex Time
offerings enable you to experience the full scope of ILO from anywhere in the world over several days so that you can balance both work and education.
These two new ILO options give you the ability to enhance your skills when and where it is convenient for you.
And lastly, more ILO classes are being added all the time. See the list of featured classes below, but make sure you check the ILO website
to keep current on the latest courses that are available.Featured Courses
* 3E060 - (FREE) Basics of the Data Studio Environment- ILO Select * 3N120 - SQL Workshop - ILO Flex Time * 3N610 - Advanced DB2 SAP for Administrators - ILO Flex Time * 3S490 - HADR High Availability Disaster Recovery Implementation - ILO Select * 3S410 - Introduction to Data Sharing - ILO Select * 3S301 - Managing Informix DS Using the SQL Admin API and Scheduler - ILO Select * 3L242 - DB2 9 for LUW Multiple Partition DBA Workshop - Classic ILO * 3E120 - SQL Workshop - Classic ILO * 3L201 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Linux - Classic ILO * 3L211 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for UNIX - Classic ILO * 3L231 - DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Windows - Classic ILO
Yesterday I blogged
about a few contests that were available for you to join. Today I want to remind you to nominate someone as an IBM Data Champion
to recognize exceptional contributions to the Data Management community.
Here are details from the website: Technical communities, Web sites, books, conference speakers and blogs all contribute to the success of IBM’s Data Management products. But these activities don’t run themselves. Behind the scenes there are dedicated and loyal individuals who put in their own time to run user groups, manage community Web sites, speak at conferences, post to forums and write blogs. Their time is uncompensated.
IBM is honoring the commitment of these individuals with a special designation — Data Champion — as a way of showing our appreciation for the time and energy these exceptional community members expend.
Data Champions are objective experts. They have no official obligation to IBM. They simply share their opinions and years of experience with others in the field, and their work contributes greatly to the overall success of Data Management.
Do you know an exceptional community member who should be recognized as a Data Champion? Nominate them today!
Do you need a few suggestions? Take a look at the blogs that you can read from Planet DB2
. You'll quickly see a growing community as well as prolific community members.
Also look at
for active DB2 members.