I’ve known this for the last week, but haven’t been able to blog about it till today! The authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics will be special guest speakers at this year’s IBM Information on Demand Conference. They are scheduled to speak at the General Session on Wednesday morning.
We’ve managed to arrange for Stephen Dubnar and Steven Levitt to come to the bookstore for attendees to get their books signed… the unfortunate things is that they only have 20 minutes available for the signing! Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. Their session is Anc # 3779.
Have you read the books yet? I have listened to both books in audible versions and can speak endlessly about how much I enjoyed the stories in their books. I will purchase both copies in printed format so I can get these amazing authors to sign them!
About the books:
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?
Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: What’s more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it’s so ineffective? Can a sex change boost your salary?
I’m very interested in hearing what they have to say to an IBM audience. I presume it will be related to IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative… which really is looking at the world in a different way much as the freak guys did in their books.
Publisher of the DB2 Certification Study Guides has just informed me of a sale they are having.
Starting today, all of the certification books on sale at 20% off of list until next Tuesday, August 24. This includes the latest one—DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS by Judy H. Nall.
You can see them all on our DB2 page. Please note that this is the general DB2 category page so not ALL of the books on that page are on sale, though all of the certification books are.
DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
All of these books were authored by experts who were part of the exam development team, the structure of the book matches the exam objectives, and there are sample test questions to help you prepare for the exam.
For information on the exams… see ibm.com/certify.
If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference in October, you can take the exams free of charge and meet the authors. I have a book signing set up for Judy Nall on Tuesday October 26. Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson are running their Crammer Courses on Sunday October 24. Judy also trying to have a crammer course available the same day.
25 June - our Season 1 FINALE - YOU REQUESTED IT!!!
Berni Schiefer RETURNS to talk about DB2 LUW Storage Optimization and Best Practices. He will be joined by his peer Robin Grosman who is the manager of BPS development. What's BPS? Another IBM acronym of course! Berni tells me that "BPS is the DB2 code layer that does I/O to storage".
Registration links and additional details:
The two things that these books have in common are:
1) They were published by IBM Press (Pearson Education), IBM’s partner in publishing. Check out the deals that are being offered on IBM Press titles.
2) They were all authored by women. Normally I wouldn’t mention this…. but lately there has been plenty of news in the Canadian papers about the G20 and G8 summits that we are hosting this month. Part of the goal of the meetings is to discuss the plight of women in the world. So kudos to all the women in the world! Keep achieving greatness like these female authors.
Innovation Passport: The IBM First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) Journey From Research to Reality
by Mary Jo Frederich, Peter Andrews
- Get Inside IBM’s Breakthrough FOAK Program for Delivering Profitable Innovation!
- Learn from one of the world’s most successful innovation initiatives
- Align researchers, clients, and partners behind innovation that matters
- Get the right innovations to market fast
How can you promote innovation that delivers real, profitable business value–again and again, year after year? For 14 years, IBM’s FOAK program has done just that. In Innovation Passport, FOAK’s leaders share the powerful lessons they’ve learned. Through actual project examples, you’ll discover how to craft more effective processes for making innovation happen...encourage collaboration...manage innovation portfolios...protect intellectual property...and systematically improve the chances of marketplace adoption. Whatever your role in innovation, this book will help you do it better, faster, and more profitably.
The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking
by Maria Azua
- 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
Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
by Sheila Forte Trammel, Audrey J. Murrell, Diana A. Bing
Use mentoring to develop tomorrow’s world-class business leaders
Actionable solutions and best practices from IBM’s breakthrough mentoring program
• Embrace mentoring as a high-performance work practice
Maximizing, capturing, and communicating the value-added impact of mentoring
• Set the right goals for mentoring: then achieve them
Utilize mentoring to strengthen organizational learning, improve retention, promote innovation, and more
• Use mentoring to solve your organization’s most “wicked” problems
How mentoring can help you respond to complex, tangled challenges you’ve never faced before
Agile Career Development: Lessons and Approaches from IBM
by Mary Ann Bopp - Sheila Forte Trammel – Diana Bing
How do you make career development work for both the employee and the business? IBM® has done it by tightly linking employee-driven career development programs with corporate goals. In Agile Career Development, three of IBM’s leading HR innovators show how IBM has accomplished this by illustrating various lessons and approaches that can be applied to other organizations as well. This book is for every HR professional, learning or training manager, executive, strategist, and any other business leader who wants to create a high performing organization.
Enjoy these books!
On Monday and Tuesday this week, the CCDB2UG conference
was held in Markham, ON. I was very happy to be invited to take part in a very small way to speak to attendees during the reception and to network with people following the reception.
I handed out my business card to everyone who I met in the hopes that they will become readers of my blog. I hope one or two of you are people I met in person on Monday!
The message that I delivered to the attendees was that our Education and Skills team are dedicated to provide resources to people who want to gain skills on DB2 and other IM products. We have self study courses
, traditional courses
, ILO courses
, certification programs
, and more! I have blogged about these resources in the past and will continue to do so in the future, so keep coming back!
During the event I spoke to many of the excecutives of this user group: Yvonne, Joe, Tim, Dawn, Murray... and others! While talking to them I realized that each and every one of them are using a piece of advice that is prominent in Sam Lightstone's
book: Making it Big in Software
. That advice is to become a domain expert which will allow you to build your own skills but to help others build their skills and to build your network of like minded people. Can you imagine the benefits of knowing people throughout the industry who have the same passion and skills as you have?
Tim told me that he has attended just about every user group meeting for the past 25 years! I think the dedication that he and others put into user groups is amazing and hope that there are people early in their career who are willing to contribute to keep such an amazing community viable well into the future.
I hope you enjoy my blog entries!
I enjoy all the DB2Night Show events that Scott Hayes arranges, but these three up coming events are truly ones that you shouldn't miss!
The DB2Night Show Episode #17
DB2 LUW Performance Update & Best Practices with special guest Berni Schiefer, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Toronto Lab
In the DB2 LUW Community, Berni Schiefer is a man that doesn't need an introduction - but, just in case you are newer to DB2 LUW (like one of the many Oracle converts), Berni is "the performance guy". He's a Distinguished Engineer who leads the Information Management Performance and Benchmarks team at the IBM Toronto Lab. Berni has been a frequent speaker at IDUG conferences and other venues, and he gives terrific presentations that share DB2 Performance Benchmark results and performance best practices.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10am CENTRAL.
We will be broadcasting at your favorite screen resolution. For audio, VoIP and local country telephone numbers will be available for US, Canada, European countries, Australia, and New Zealand. You are responsible for your transportation to our "Studio", popping your own popcorn, and your favorite beverage.
The DB2Night Show Episode #18
The TOP TEN DB2 LUW Mistakes with special guest Klaas Brant, IBM DB2 Gold Consultant & Founder, KBCE
Scott and Klaas were SKYPE chatting recently and were lamenting the long list of frequent mistakes that DB2 LUW professionals make. Klaas came up with the idea of doing a Top 10 List of common mistakes as a DB2Night Show theme.
Klaas Brant is the founder of KBCE, a company that specializes in DB2. He specializes in administration, tuning and backup/recovery strategies. Klaas has been working with DB2 for more than 20 years and has published many DB2 articles. He has been the organizer of the DB2 Symposium for more than 10 years and is the chairman of the Dutch DB2 User Group (DDUG). He is an IBM certified DB2 Database Administrator and a member of IBM's DB2 Gold Consultants Team.
During this episode, we'll cover Klass Brant's Top 10 Common Mistakes made with DB2 LUW. You host, Scott Hayes, will add a couple of his own too. What mistakes do you commonly find? Send us an email or contribute to a discussion in our show's LinkedIn group.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Friday, 7 May, 2010 at 11am CENTRAL.
We're going to set aside technical DB2 skills in this episode, and instead we're going to have a nice chat with Sam Lightstone, author of the new book "Making It Big in Software
". We're going to try to find out "What does it take to be successful?" Certainly technical skills are part of the equation, but how can one accelerate their career?
In his book, Sam covers these topics and more:
- Get your next job in software development
- Master the nontechnical skills crucial to your success
- Work the organization to move up rapidly
- Successfully manage your time, projects, and life
- Minimize software project overruns
- Successfully manage your time, projects, and life
- Avoid killer mistakes that could destroy your career
- Move up to "medium-shot", "big-shot", and finally, "visionary"
- Launch your own winning software company
You might also be interested to know that Sam Lightstone was a significant contributor "brain" behind the development of the IBM DB2 Design Advisor (db2advis).
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10am CENTRAL.
The extremely popular Assess & Save promotion
is back again... and it starts today, April 1 and continues to June 1. Don't miss your opportunity to save while you earn a very well accepted certification.
According to Kate
, people who took part last year saved $100 on each exam they took and passed. And, they passed. At least 90% of them passed the exam that they took.
How does Assess & Save work?
First take and pass an assessment exam. This will cost you $10 USD. On passing the assessment exam, you'll be sent a voucher to take the actual exam at 50% off the regular price.
To study, see a few of my previous blog entries:
Good luck on your exams!
Enjoy the savings :)
Thanks to Leon
for providing me with this amazing data about the amazing success of the DB2 Express-C On-Campus series of books
IBM DB2 Express-C is the community edition of the DB2 data server that you can download and deploy for FREE. The target audience is small businesses or developers and business partners who serve these customers.
Not only is DB2 Express-C
easy to install and use, but it contains the core functions of the more scalable editions of DB2 such as pureXML and self-managing capabilities. You can find out more about the requirements to use DB2 Express-C on the "About DB2 Express-C
To support DB2 Express-C a series of On-Campus books have been created to support this community. Since the DB2 Express-C product can be downloaded for free, we needed to make sure that we could help people develop their skills for free. Thanks to Leon, Raul, Rav and many others, we have many books available for people to learn for free:
Getting Started with DB2 Express-C
has been downloaded just shy of 83,000 times and distributed to more than 100,000 people world-wide. Just think of that! That's a lot of people learning and using DB2... and creating applications that run on any edition of DB2, regardless of the platform. This book is available in 9 languages, so the coverage is world-wide.
The team who created these books are planning to provide even more! There are 26 new books planned for 2010.
Now the success story behind the success of these books - there were 107 authors involved in the writing and translation of these books. 80 people from IBM and 27 outside of IBM. I hope each and everyone of these people benefit greatly from this career development stepping stone. Writing about anything makes you a better expert in that topic, and we all know that writing is one of the most valuable skills for a person to have.
Do you have your copy of DB2 Express-C and the supporting books yet?
IDUG's annual North American conference is taking place in Tampa Florida this year. May 10 - 14, 2010. Have you been able to get funding to attend the conference yet? If not, maybe this information will help you.
The educational opportunities available at the conference will help make you smarter! And if you're smarter about your job, you'll be more effective, make fewer mistakes and be a real asset to your employer! Right?
Take a look at the conference schedule that is now available online
. With this tool, it is now easier for you to build your conference curriculum by allowing you to search by program or project to find sessions specific to your area of expertise.
Here is a sample of the sessions you’ll find this May in Tampa:
D06 (DB2 for LUW): "DB2 Security – Ammo From the Trenches
", Rebecca Bond
, Author of "Understanding DB2 9 Security
B10 (DB2 for z/OS): "Package Versioning for High Availability
", John Maenpaa
, Health Care Service Corporation
C08 (DB2 for LUW): "Successfully Managing the DB2 LUW Workload Manager
", Scott Hayes
, Gold Consultant, DBI Software
C09 (DB2 for LUW): "DB2 pureScale: Why It's So Much Better than Oracle RAC
", Paul Zikopoulos
, IBM Corporation
S03 (Cross-platform): "The Vision of Integrated Data Management - Past, Present and Future of Tooling
", Curt Cotner
, IBM Fellow, IBM Corporation
New this year at IDUG, you will also find a full-offering of hands-on labs
. Available all four days of the conference, the labs include individual work-stations that allow you to explore new DB2 features and try out products without the hassle of obtaining and setting up software. This year’s hands-on labs include:
DB2 Lab 1: DB2 for LUW - All About DB2 9.7
DB2 Lab 2: DB2 for z/OS - Getting Started with DB2 for z/OS pureXML
DB2 Lab 3: DB2 for LUW - DB2 9.7 Performance Metrics and Monitoring
DB2 Lab 4: DB2 for z/OS - Develop High-Performance Java Applications on z/OS Using IBM pureQuery
DB2 Lab 5: DB2 for LUW - Workload Management
DB2 Certification Exams:
Do you have your current certifications yet? The exams are available free of charge to attendees of the conference (3 exams per attendee). This is a HUGE savings of $200 PER EXAM!
Make sure you are ready to pass the exam by taking a crammer course on May 10 for last-minute preparation for the exam. These full day seminars require an additional fee.
Z04: DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows - DBA Certification (541) Preparation Course
Date: May 10, 2010 09:00 AM – 04:30 PM
This training is designed to introduce the student to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the DB2 9.7 DBA for Linux, UNIX and Windows certification exam (Exam 541). The material for this course is aligned with the 541 exam objectives.
Objective 1: Provide the student with an overview of the DB2 Certification Exam testing program.
Objective 2: Introduce the student to basic DB2 9.7 Database Administration fundamentals.
Objective 3: Provide the student with information on new features and functionality that were introduced with DB2 9.7.
Objective 4: Provide the student with the information needed to correctly answer questions they are likely to see on the DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Database Administration Certification Exam (Exam 541).
Objective 5: Provide the student with an overview of the certification testing software.
Z01: DB2 9 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer Course
Date: May 10, 2010 09:00 AM – 04:30 PM
This is a high-level certification preparation course intended to help you take DB2 9 Family Fundamentals exam (730) and DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration exam (732). Passing of these exams will result in certification as an IBM Certified Solutions Expert - DB2 V9 z/OS Database Administration. Participants are expected to have fundamental knowledge of relational principles in addition to applied working knowledge of DB2 z/OS V8 and basic knowledge of V9 features. This will be a lecture-only class with no labs.
This session offers an intense, overall review of those areas that will be on the certification exams (both the 730 – DB2 9 Family Fundamentals and the 732 – DB2 9 for z/OS), providing a comprehensive review for those planning on taking the certification exams to become an IBM Certified Solutions Expert - DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration.
Objective 1: Present information to help students pass the 730 and 732 exams to become a DB2 9 for z/OS Certified DBA.
Objective 2: Relevant Database Administration Topics
Objective 3: Relevant Application Programming Topics
Objective 4: Relevant System Administration Topics
Objective 5: Relevant SQL Topics
Register now to qualify for discounts on your conference fees:
Early Bird Discount
: Register on or before March 26, 2010 and save $150
on your full-conference registration.IDUG Mentor Program
: Need to get thrifty with your training dollars this year? Through this incomparable loyalty reward program, IDUG members who have attended five or more IDUG conferences in the past ten years have the opportunity to bring a first-time attendee from the same company for an unprecedented 80% discount
to learn more about IDUG 2010 North America.
Do you need more help justifying your attendance at this confernece? See IDUG.org/na
for further tips.
Everyone is talking about e-books and even more e-reading devices have been announced and are waiting for your books to be loaded! Where does IBM stand in all of this?
Personally I think that IBM has been at the leading edge of having e-books available about our products and technologies. Even if you don't read them, surely you've heard of IBM Redbooks
. For more than 40 years, IBM has been creating "how to" books to help you build your skills on our products and technolgies. There are half a million IBM Redbooks downloaded every year! IBM Redbooks are available to you for FREE in PDF format. Read these books on your computer, laptop or any device that will accept PDF documents.
Beyond the IBM Redbooks, you can find product documentation for DB2 products
in PDF format as well as integrated within the product through online help. Again, as these are PDF files, read them on any device that allows PDFs.
has published a wide variety of books that can be purchased in the traditional book format, Kindle format
, PDF format
, or through online book engines such as Safari Books Online
and Books 24x7
. If you are an employee with IBM, you automatically have access to all the books available on Books 24x7. If you are a student at a University, you may also have access to Books 24x7. Check with your administrator.
A series of books "For the community by the community
" are available from developerWorks. These books are available for you to download for free, in PDF format. Titles in this series are being added all the time... and good news for who want translated editions. The books are being translated by members of the community as well, so you may find a translation that is suitable for you.
If you are looking for books specifically for DB2 pureXML, check out the list of free ebooks
that are available for you to download in PDF format.
If you're not sure yet if you want to read books online or via a device, give it a try to see what you think. You can download chapters
from various Web 2.0 and Social Media books to see if you like it or not.
Many of the publishers who I work with are presenting e-book strategies to me for future publications. The idea is that the books will be available immediatly in an online format of some kind, but the books are only printed when they are requested / purchased by a reader. This means that the book can be more easily updated when necessary and the publisher will not have a warehouse full of printed books. This makes sense, doesn't it?
Do readers want online books exclusively? I don't think so, yet. Perhaps there will always be a need for a printed book... and if you could see my desk, you'd know immediately that I am a big fan of printed books! I got a Kindle for Christmas, so I've started to see the benefits of reading on such a device. And really, Kindle is just the beginning. Everywhere you look there are different devices being made available: Sony, Nook, iPad, apps on iPhones and Blackberries, etc. I can't keep up with all the new devices, but I found this website
that lists many that I've never even heard of! So, take a look if you are interested.
All of this combined tells me IBM is very into this ebook trend AND that 2010 is the Year of the e-Book... at least in terms of supply... so we'll have to wait to see if you the readers buy into the ebook technologies.
If you want to add to this discussion, take a look at this group that I've created on ChannelDB2.com: Electronic Books
Today I got an invite from Rav Ahuja
who has just created a new group on ChannelDB2.com called "Chat with the Lab
" . If you are a member of this group, you'll automatically receive a notification for upcoming or previously recorded Chat with the Lab sessions.
Chat with the Lab sessions are free webinars from the IBM Labs. Join the experts to learn about DB2-related breakthrough technology, best practices, and to get your questions answered during a live Q & A session.
Some of the previous Chat with the Lab sessions include:
Thanks Rav for setting this group up! I'm sure you'll have many people join the group to stay on top of these amazing sessions.
It's been awhile since I blogged about the ChannelDB2.com
. I've noticed that we now have cool posters on the walls of the lab to build awareness for ChannelDB2.com. The poster says
ChannelDB2.com now has 2,388 members, 71 groups, 259 videos and presentations, discussions, and links to free books and software. Are you a member yet? I've noticed that the university relations teams are reaching out to people in universities across the world and encouraging people to join groups that are specific to their country or university. If your country / university isn't represented, add it!
The videos are very interesting interviews and presentations featuring various people inside and outside of IBM. You'll find topics on just about everything covered in these videos. The best thing? If you have an educational video that you would like to share, you can add it to the collection.
The groups allow you to give and get information about related topics. For instance, one of my groups is DB2 in Books
where I post information about the latest published books, events related to the books, and discounts if they are available. If you are a member of the group, you are able to ask questions that can be answered by me or perhaps an author of one of the books. If you aren't yet a member of this or other groups, it is easy to join... and you won't get too much mail as a result of joining.
You can also create groups yourself. If you feel that there is a topic that isn't yet covered, create a group and invite people to join.Raul Chong
and his team have been busy creating e-books for you to download for free. These are full books in the 300-page range and can be read on your computer. The two latest titles include "DB2 Express-C: Updated for 9.7" and "IBM Data Studio for DB2". These books are part of the "Getting Started" series and will introduce you to the software and how to use it. The books are full of screen captures and are easy to read.
In conjunction with the books is the free software. From ChannelDB2.com, you'll find links to the Express-C software that you can download for free to try all the latest features. If you haven't tried DB2 yet, this is the best way to get your hands on it to see how easy it is to use and learn.
Lastly are the blogs. You may already know that PlanetDB2.com is an aggregate of all DB2 related blogs. These blogs are also pulled into ChannelDB2.com, so you can come to one place for all kinds of important information.ChannelDB2.com
is a way for you to actively participate in learning, sharing, and discussing the DB2 products.
If you are a member, ask me to be your friend :)
Join me (as Scott's special guest) on Feb 12 at 11 am EST on The DB2Night Show Episode #12
- "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Resources
What will I talk about?
I'm open to suggestions, but I'll likely cover the following:
1) Books published in 2009.
2) Books that are expected to publish in 2010.
3) Websites where you can get additional information about the books and have a chance to communicate directly with the authors of the books.
4) Opportunities for you to get involved in writing / reviewing or promoting books.
5) How to get a discount on books.
6) Future of publishing as ebook readers are becoming increasingly popular.
Is there something else you'd like me to discuss as well? Let me know!
Thanks for the opportunity Scott!Susan
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you have a safe and beautiful holiday with those who you love!
For those of us who are not in the US, this is typically a quiet week. If you are looking for something to do if you are experiencing a few quiet days, here are some suggestions:Replay of Raul Chong's DB2 9.7 Technical Update
: Ignore the message that the session is over... as there is a replay button on the page as well. There were many people who joined the session live... so if you missed it, by all means take advantage of the replay!Replay of the DB2 NighShow episode
s. Join Scott Hayes
and his guests for a variety of topics. All sessions are recorded and more are planned. Enjoy!IOD at Your Desk
... Yes, you can replay many of the sessions that took place at IOD in Vegas at the end of October, including the Malcolm Gladwell
Continue or Begin your Certification Journey. Use the checklist
that I created or read more about the process of getting certified
Join or catch up with one of our communities, including PlanetDB2
, (DB2 in Books
), and My DeveloperWorks
(see the list of available books
... but there are many opportunities to learn on this site!!)
Read one of my favourite blog entries: Trying to Get Fired?
Thanks for reading!!Susan
Join this group created by Surekha Parekh
to catch up on any webcasts that you may have missed. This group
list all DB2 for z/OS webcasts & teleconferences available to you FREE on
demand all year !