I'm sorry that I missed the fact that there IS a fee for the Crammer courses. Please see the CORRECT information below. I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused. Thanks to Bryan for pointing out my mistake in this matter.
IDUG Pre-Conference Educational Seminars IDUG's pre-conference educational seminars provide in-depth DB2 education that both enhances your professional development and offers the information you need to better achieve significant business results. Pre-conference educational seminars are available to both conference and non-conference attendees, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity of fantastic one-day education.
Register today for one of the nine educational seminars before it’s too late. Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Conference Attendee Seminar Fee:
Non-Conference Attendee Seminar Fee:
The 2010 Pre-Conference Educational Seminars are:
Z01: DB2 9 for z/OS Cert Exam, Susan Lawson
Z02: Save CPU Costs by Tuning your SQL, Bonnie Baker
Z03: SQL: What To Use When You Can and Cannot Touch It, Sheryl Larsen
Z04: DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows DBA Certification Exam Preparation (Exam 541), Roger Sanders (EMC)
Z05: Deep dive into DB2 LUW Problem Determination and Troubleshooting, Pavel Sustr (IBM)
Z06: DB2 for LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop, Scott Hayes (DBI)
Z07: DB2 9 for z/OS In-depth, Phil Grainger (Independent Consultant)
One thing about IBM is that there is NO shortage of options for you to choose to increase your skills and learn about IBM products and technologies! You can find options that are free and easily accessible to custom designed courses to suit the specific learning needs of your employees.
Why are there so many options? Learning is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime and is something that you do from the day you are born until you die. We don't all learn the same way though, so having a choice of options is very important so that you can find the learning method that is best for you.
Here are articles and white papers that I've read that emphasize the importance of continued learning:
Whitepaper The Value of Training shows that by cutting skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
Whitepaper DBA Certification: Is It Worth It?by Howard Fosdick compares the costs to the benefits of earning a DBA certification. This white paper is a few years old, but the message is still valid.
Article "Is certification valuable, or not? We have the definitive answer" by Linda Musthaleris says that companies need high-functioning teams that are able to transform and grow the business like never before. These teams consist of highly skilled professionals who have current and relevant knowledge. Certifications are designed to encourage people to keep learning and then to validate their skills.
Here is a list of the learning options that are available for the Information Management products and technologies.
e-books - Many choices are available ... many are free, but you can also read books on electronic reading devices such as Kindle. See my blog entry "The Year of the e-Book".
IBM Redbooks - The PDF versions can be downloaded for free and books are available for a very wide range of topics. See the IBM Redbooks web page and my blog entry with a few IBM Redbook recommendations.
White papers - A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that often addresses problems and how to solve them. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions. For a list of whitepapers, google search "db2 whitepapers".
Instructor-Led Training (ITL) classes are traditional classroom courses where students are in the same room as the instructor who guides the students through classroom material and hands-on lab exercises. Students are able to interact with fellow students and the instructor and are provided with printed course material.
Instructor-Led Online (ILO) classes are equivalent to ILT classes in terms of classroom material, labs, instructor and fellow students, only you won't need to leave your home or office as you will connect to the classroom via your computer. See my blog entry about ILO classes.
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are for students who don't need the instructor or don't want to be tied to a class schedule. These classes are typically lower priced than ILO or ILT classes meaning that you save on travel and tuition costs. Content, labs and instructors are the same as ILO and ILT classes, but it is recorded so the class can be taken at your pace, where and when you want it. See my blog entry about SPVC.
Web-Based Training (WBT) are standalone courses on the web that provide 6-8 hours of instruction. These are typically voice over power-point format.
Custom Classes are available for companies that want training to take place on their premises with course material that is taken from multiple existing courses and changed to suit specific needs.
Just a reminder that I will cover this information and more in my upcoming webcast - Feb 12 at 11 am EST on The DB2Night Show Episode #12- "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Resources"
One thing I neglected to mention in my blog posting yesterday about the value of Certification is the Take it Again program that is active again this year.
Earning IBM Professional Certification is a smart career move. But many of us are nervous when taking the certification exam. Our “Take it Again” promo can help build your confidence. If you don’t pass an exam on your first attempt, you can retake it for no additional cost. Take It Again is a voucher program, offered worldwide, by IBM Professional Certification. With Take It Again you may purchase specially priced vouchers so that in the event you do not pass an exam on your first attempt, you may quickly and easily retake the same exam for no additional costs.
Using the voucher number, schedule and pay for your initial exam. (Note: To be eligible for the free retake, you must provide the TIA voucher number when scheduling this original testing appointment.)
Take the exam.
If you do not pass the exam you may register to take the same exam again using the same voucher. (Note: After taking the original exam, please wait a minimum of one day before attempting to register for the retake. This will allow time for the original test results to be entered into the system.)
There is no additional charge for retaking the exam.
By the way, I've been invited to be guest on Episode #12 of The DB2Night Show coming up this 12 February 2010 at 10am CST. Our theme for this show is "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Information Resources". Claim your free seat in our virtual studio audience by registering at http://www.DB2NightShow.com. I hope you can join Scott Hayes and I!
The conclusion of an intensive IDC study and in Linda Musthaler's article "Is certification valuable, or not? We have the definitive answer" is YES certifications are important! Companies need high-functioning teams that are able to transform and grow the business like never before. These teams consist of highly skilled professionals who have current and relevant knowledge. Certifications are designed to encourage people to keep learning and then to validate their skills.
Although the report doesn't specifically mention database or DB2 certifications, I would say that the same holds true. I've personally seen the performance of a team improving as a result of the entire team earning DB2 certifications. The DB2 program grew 29% in the past year and is expected to grow this year as well. Are you on board?
To help you navigate through this certification program, I've created the following entries:
1) Certification 101 that links to articles about the benefits, where to start, how to prepare, and what to do once you've passed.
2) Certification Checklist where you learn to use a checklist within developerWorks that leads you through the entire certification process.
Don't be left behind! Jump onto the Certification bandwagon so you can begin seeing the improvements in your skills and the skills of your teams.
PS. Don't forget that earning a certification benefits you personally as well. It can differentiate you from others, but will also give you the confidence that you do have the skills that you need to do your job!!
Join Network World Canada editor Greg
Meckbach and his guests Glen Sheffield, IBM Information Management
Technical Specialist and Jason Gartner, IBM Business Analytics
WHAT WILL BE COVERED:
• The software, hardware, storage and infrastructure requirements for data warehousing and business analytics initiatives
• How to reduce the cost and time of deployment;
• How the business can leverage these analytical tools to turn information into insight and make sound business decisions
GUEST SPEAKERS Glen Sheffield, IBM Information Management Technical Specialist Jason Gartner, IBM Business Analytics Development Executive
“Work smarter, not harder” How many times have we heard this phrase? Working smarter means analysts and key decision makers have the right information and insight. It means analysts can quickly access the right data points to evaluate key performance indicators. And yet, working smarter may be more important today than it has ever been. Learn how by attending ComputerWorld Canada’s Technology Insights session in Toronto on February 10th. Seating is limited so don’t delay in reserving your place. Working smarter means your front line business leaders know where to find the new revenue opportunities and which product or service offerings are most likely to address the market requirement. It means corporate risk and compliance units can recognize regulatory, reputational, and operational risks before they become realities. Within your organization you have billions of bytes of information stored on your computers. We will examine how to give your organization the insight it needs to work smarter in this challenging environment by putting the right answers in the hands of your decision makers today while putting your business in the best position to quickly adapt and grow to answer the questions of tomorrow.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & continental networking breakfast 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome address & content introduction. 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Building the Foundation Bringing a multi-terabyte data warehouse into production can be an insurmountable task. Find out how to overcome the challenges of bringing an enterprise database into production by employing the right software, hardware, storage and infrastructure. Learn how to reduce the time and cost of deployment.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Networking & coffee break 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Turning Data into Decisions Businesses need a range of analytics capabilities to address the variety of decisions that need to be made every day—and the confidence that those capabilities can be easily expanded as new demands arise. IT managers need to ensure they can quickly get the solution up and running and that it remains as relevant and powerful in the future as it is today. Learn how you can help the business quickly and efficiently turn your information into insight for smart business decisions.
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Panel of experts - Q&A 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Wrap-up 12:00 PM Program concludes
If you are in Toronto... come out and join these fabulous speakers and get inspired!
Have you had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Bond in person yet? I have, and must say that my world is a better place knowing her! If you haven't, take a look at her accomplishments so you can get to know her in a virtual way.
The IBM Information Champion Program is Information Management (IM)'s advocacy and community program, recognizing individuals in the external community who have made outstanding contributions in the previous 12 to 18 months. This program provides us the opportunity to put the spotlight on community, build stronger external evangelism for our offerings and further raise the industry visibility of the community and its leaders.
I first met Rebecca when I was running the DB2 Certification program. I'm glad to tell you that Rebecca was an active and critical contributer to the development of several of the current exams. If you can create questions for a certification exam, you must KNOW your stuff very well! The exams improved with Rebecca's involvement.
Scott Hayes the host of DBI's DB2Night Show saw the brillance in Rebecca and has had her on his show twice now! I love the video Rebecca created in New Orleans for her first show!
I saw Rebecca being filmed at the Information on Demand 2009 conference, but I'm unable to find the video online. Can anyone point me to it?
And how could I forget the amazing book that Rebecca was involved with! She was planning to write it all on her own, but Katrina and a few other issues got in the way, so a few others were happy to work with Rebecca to achieve this wonderful accomplishment:
Understanding DB2 9 Security is the only comprehensive guide to securing DB2 and leveraging the powerful new security features of DB2 9. Direct from a DB2 Security deployment expert and the IBM® DB2 development team, this book gives DBAs and their managers a wealth of security information that is available nowhere else. It presents real-world implementation scenarios, step-by-step examples, and expert guidance on both the technical and human sides of DB2 security.
This book’s material is organized to support you through every step of securing DB2 in Windows®, Linux®, or UNIX® environments. You’ll start by exploring the regulatory and business issues driving your security efforts, and then master the technological and managerial knowledge crucial to effective implementation. Next, the authors offer practical guidance on post-implementation auditing, and show how to systematically maintain security on an ongoing basis.
Can you see why I've chosen Rebecca as my first Data Champion? The funny thing is that Rebecca likes to thank me for some of her accomplishments! I'm completely flattered by the compliment and if I had anything to do with her success, I'm so very proud!
I've enjoyed putting the spotlight on Rebecca and think that I'll do this for a few other people who truly stand out in my mind!
Host Scott Hayes has lined up IBM Executives Sal Vella (Vice President, Development, Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing), Tim Vincent (IBM Fellow and Chief Architect DB2 LUW), and Drew Bradstock (DB2 LUW Product Manager) to hear what is on YOUR mind regarding DB2 LUW.
This is YOUR chance to offer praise, criticism, ask questions, or offer suggestions to improve DB2 LUW. We will be looking at letters submitted in advance first, and we will also be putting studio audience members "on the air" live to take additional feedback and questions.
This is a RARE and special opportunity - usually you would have to attend an IDUG or IBM IOD conference to gain access to these DB2 LUW executive leaders.
Register NOW for your FREE seat in our Studio Audience - the capacity of our audience is limited to only the first 1,000 seat reservations. You are part of the DB2 LUW community - let your voice be heard!
Instructions for submitting a "DEAR IBM" letter, the show registration link, and recorded replays of previous shows can be found on: http://www.DB2NightShow.com.
Registration is now open for our 3rd Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2010! This industry-leading, pan-IBM event will be held from 19 – 21 May in Rome, Italy, and provides you with the strategy and roadmap you can use to turn information into a strategic driver of innovation, business optimisation and competitive differentiation.
IOD EMEA 2010 offers a world-class technical and business leadership programme and provides an unrivalled forum for to share best practices, learn the latest on information-led transformation and network with peers. If you register before 26 February 2010, you can take advantage of our "Early Bird" offer and save up to € 610 so sign up early!
I don't have my approval to attend the conference ... yet... but I'm working on it. Planning sessions for the bookstore begin next week. Regardless of the location, the IOD EMEA conference is worth attending! But going to Rome to attend this conference makes it a MUST-attend event.... do you agree?
I had a present waiting for me when I returned to work. Two books by the publisher Packt. I was recently made aware of this publisher and hope to work with them this year. Here are the two books that they sent to me to take a look at:
This was published in July 2009 and is aimed at those who need an introduction to IBM Cognos 8 Planning. According to the cover, the book gives clear, easy to understand instructions on how to design, build and deploy Planning models. It focuses on the essential tools that first time developers need to know.
The authors are very experienced consultants who provide step by step guidelines to using the modeling tool, Analyst.
This book is aimed at intemediate Java EE developers who want to build applications that handle larger data setas with massive scalability requirement. IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale 6 provides a solution to scalability issues through caching and grid technlology. Working with a data grid requires new approaches to writing highly scalable software. This book covers both the practical eXtreme Scale libraries and the design patterns which will help you build scalable software.
Now that Amazon's Kindle is finally available in Canada,
I'm taking the plunge and am getting one for myself as a Christmas
gift! We are so isolated in Canada, that I've never even seen one of
these book reading devices except in photos. Oh so sad!
What's first to go on my Kindle? All of the books that I mentioned in my "Busy Publishing" blog entry yesterday are in Kindle format, so I'll load some or all of them! I was so impressed with authors Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Jeffries whom I met at the IOD conference.... so I'll load their books. Or at least the ones I haven't read yet.
I'm looking forward to trying out some audible books as well. Oh, and IBM Redbooks... can I load them? We'll see!
I plan to figure out how to convert personal documents to the Kindle
format as well... and have plenty of documents that I can load...
including a document from Roger Sanders that will turn into his next book.
Mark your calendars for Episode #8 with will take place Friday Dec 11 at 11:00 EST.
episode will be focused on the DB2 Workload Manager.
Special guests include Paul
Bird from the Toronto Lab PLUS "A REAL LIVE CUSTOMER" that is using WLM in
Production. Find replays of previous
episodes and registration links for future episodes at http://www.DB2NightShow.com
IBM Data Studio is an Eclipse-based tool that is the replacement of the
DB2 Control Center and other tools for DB2. In conjunction with DB2 Express-C,
the no-charge edition of DB2, Data Studio is ideal for DBAs,
developers, students, ISVs, or consultants because it's easy and free
to use. You can extend Data Studio with additional robust management
and development capabilities from IBM to help accelerate solution
delivery, optimize performance, protect data privacy, manage data
growth, and more. What can you learn in the book?
Also, check out all the action that is happening ON CAMPUSES around the world! The group is growing. There is excitement! And thanks to Agatha, there is a new newsletter for your to read with some of the year's highlights! Join ChannelDB2.com today and join the groups that interest you...... hopefully including DB2 in Books and DB2 on Campus!
Just in time for Christmas and / or a break in busyness are a couple of interesting books that you can read about the social networking phenomena. If you're reading this blog, perhaps you are already knee deep in social networking! But maybe you know someone who might benefit from learning more about what's happening?
From IBM Press: Try, then buy. Read sample chapters from our exciting new books The Social Factor, Web 2.0 and Social Networking for the Enterprise, and Multisite Commerce as well as from other bestselling titles. Then get a 35% discount with coupon when you order direct from ibmpressbooks.com/marketing.
From IBM Press Books, free chapters from stellar titles on navigating social
media, energizing the channel, optimizing content and more.
This book provides hands-on, start-to-finish guidance for business
and IT decision-makers who want to drive value from Web 2.0 and social
networking technologies. IBM expert Joey Bernal systematically
identifies business functions and innovations these technologies can
enhance and presents best-practice patterns for using them in both
internal- and external-facing applications.
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Harness the Power of Social Networking to Promote Innovation and Drive Growth
A treasure trove of strategic and tactical insights for the business leader
Provides relevant experience from a host of powerful case studies and compelling business scenarios
Secrets for avoiding costly mistakes that can cripple a social networking initiative
of people use social networking sites, and companies are increasingly
turning to social networking to build relationships with customers. But
companies routinely miss the best opportunities to create value and
promote innovation–by using social networking to build thriving
communities of employees, partners, and customers.
leaders and strategists can drive immense value from social networking
“inside the firewall.” Drawing on her unsurpassed experience deploying
innovative social networking systems within IBM® and for
customers, Maria Azua demonstrates how to establish social networking
communities, and then leverage those communities to drive extraordinary
levels of innovation. Azua offers specific techniques for promoting
mass collaboration in the enterprise and strategies to monetize social
networking to generate new business opportunities.
your industry, you’ll learn how to choose and implement the right
social networking solutions for your unique challenges...how to avoid
false starts and wasted time...and how to evaluate and make the most of
today’s most promising social technologies–from wikis and blogs to
OCDQ blog reviewed the book calling it a "remarkable new book."
The California Bookwatch reviewed Viral Data in SOA saying it is "A 'must' for a range of IT managers and professionals at all levels of business."
It also has earned an average of five stars (out of five) in customer reviews on amazon.com
one of which also called it a "must read for IT professionals and
business data owners" and a second review said it was "Amazing! Even if
you think you don't need to know anything more about the subject of
data, I would recommend that you get a copy of this book."
Someone just sent me the latest edition of this magazine, and I noticed that it includes articles from two authors who I know:
Thomas Erl is the editor of the magazine and he has an article in this edition. He's a published author who I've spoken with several times. If you know what SOA is... then you likely know of the books by Thomas!
This book and CD package brings together 26 quick tutorials designed to
help implementers and developers get up-to-speed fast with IBM SOA
Foundation products - and use them to deliver real solutions.
Note: DB2 is NOT one of the products covered in this book... so use
this book to come up to speed with all the other SOA products that may
work with DB2.
The authors help technical professionals quickly get up the learning
curve, by showing exactly how each product works, how they fit
together, and how to use them together. Each self-contained chapter
offers a "big picture" product overview, as well as hands-on
techniques. The companion CD doesn't just provide corresponding code:
it also includes a full video version of each tutorial.
Thanks to both Thomas and Tinny for continuing to educate the world on the benefits of SOA!