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This is amazing! I just learned that a movie has been made out of the Freakonomics book! Check out the movie trailer.
Last week in my blog entry titled "Freak me out!"I broke the news about the fact that the authors of Freakonmics and SuperFreakonomics, Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt would be guest speakers at the IBM Information on Demand Conference. They are doing the Keynote on Wednesday October 27 and are avaliable for an incredibly short signing session from 10:00 - 10:20 am. I hope you can join us.
I hope you're as excited about this movie, book, book signing as I am :)
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices
by Sunil Soares
What’s the book about? Briefly, in the word of Arvind Krishna, General Manager at IBM:
IBM has assembled a comprehensive approach to Information Governance
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, the authors of this book will be speaking at several sessions and will be signing copies of their latest book. Their signing session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. This session is Anc # 3617.
About the book:
Tomorrow’s winning “Intelligent Enterprises” will bring together far more diverse sources of data, analyze it in more powerful ways, and deliver immediate insight to decision-makers throughout the organization. Today, however, most companies fail to apply the information they already have, while struggling with the complexity and costs of their existing information environments.
In this book, a team of IBM’s leading information management experts guide you on a journey that will take you from where you are today toward becoming an “Intelligent Enterprise.”
Drawing on their extensive experience working with enterprise clients, the authors present a new, information-centric approach to architecture and powerful new models that will benefit any organization. Using these strategies and models, companies can systematically unlock the business value of information by delivering actionable, real-time information in context to enable better decision-making throughout the enterprise–from the “shop floor” to the “top floor.”
For Episode #28, TheDB2Night Show is bringing back special guest Mike Winer, IBM STSM and DB2 Kernel Architect.
Mike gave an awesome presentation at IDUG North America in Tampa on DB2 Table Partitioning - during this episode, Mike will share excerpts and highlights of this talk, or "all of the important stuff" in his words.
Are Partitioned Tables right for you? Watch are best practices? How have partitioned tables been improved recently? Watch this Episode and find out!
One studio audience member will be randomly selected to win an electronic gift certificate!
If you can't make the scheduled time, register anyways so that you get information about recorded replays.
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s General Session and he’ll be signing copies of his latest book. Atul’s signing session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3722.
About his book:
Over the past decade, through his writing in The New Yorker magazine and his books Complications and Better, Atul Gawande has made a name for himself as a writer of exquisitely crafted meditations on the problems and challenges of modern medicine. His latest book, The Checklist Manifesto, begins on familiar ground, with his experiences as a surgeon. But before long it becomes clear that he is really interested in a problem that afflicts virtually every aspect of the modern world--and that is how professionals deal with the increasing complexity of their responsibilities. It has been years since I read a book so powerful and so thought-provoking.
Gawande begins by making a distinction between errors of ignorance (mistakes we make because we don't know enough), and errors of ineptitude (mistakes we made because we don’t make proper use of what we know). Failure in the modern world, he writes, is really about the second of these errors, and he walks us through a series of examples from medicine showing how the routine tasks of surgeons have now become so incredibly complicated that mistakes of one kind or another are virtually inevitable: it's just too easy for an otherwise competent doctor to miss a step, or forget to ask a key question or, in the stress and pressure of the moment, to fail to plan properly for every eventuality. Gawande then visits with pilots and the people who build skyscrapers and comes back with a solution. Experts need checklists--literally--written guides that walk them through the key steps in any complex procedure. In the last section of the book, Gawande shows how his research team has taken this idea, developed a safe surgery checklist, and applied it around the world, with staggering success.
I haven’t read any books by Atul yet, but I’m looking forward to buying this one at the conference and meeting Atul.
One of the authors I “celebrated” in a blog post last week was Craig Mullins. I follow Craig’s blog and want to point you to every one of his blog entries! I haven’t yet done so, so this is my first post pointing you to the great stuff provide by Craig!
Want to learn more about DB2 for z/OS but there is no money in the education budget? Can you spare 1 hour a week over the course of a month? Well then, you are in luck because SoftwareOnZ is sponsoring a series of DB2 webinars presented by Craig S. Mullins (author of DB2 Developer’s Guide and regular columnist for zJournal Magazine).
Each webinar will be focused on a specific DB2 topic so you can pick and choose the ones that are most interesting to you – or attend them all and receive a certificate signed by Craig indicating that you have completed the DB2 Education Webinar Series. The schedule and topics for these sessions are as follows:
Binding your DB2 programs creates access paths that dictate how your applications will access DB2 data. But it can be tricky to understand exactly what is going on. There are many options and it can be difficult to select the proper ones…and to control when changes need to be made.
This presentation will clarify the BIND process, enabling you to manage DB2 application performance by controlling your DB2 access paths. And it will introduce a new, GUI-based product for managing when your programs need to be rebound. To sign up: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
DB2 DBA’s are tasked with working in a complex technological environment, and as such, the DBA has to know many things about many things. This makes for busy days. How often have you asked yourself, “Where does the time go?”
Well, the more operational duties that can be automated and streamlined, the more effective a DBA can be. This presentation will address issues that every DB2 Database Administrator and/or DB2 Systems Programmer faces on a daily basis. And it will introduce a new tool, DB-Genie, that will reduce the amount of time, effort, and human error involved in maintaining DB2 databases. To sign up: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
For many DB2 professionals, storage management can be an afterthought. What with designing, building, and maintaining databases, assuring recoverability, monitoring performance, and so on, keeping track of where and how your databases are stored is not top of mind. But a storage problem can bring your databases and applications to a grinding halt, so it is not wise to ignore your storage needs.
This presentation will discuss the important storage-related details regarding DB2 for z/OS, including some of the newer storage options at your disposal. And we will also introduce a new web-based tool for monitoring all of your mainframe DB2 storage.
Building DB2 application programs is a thankless job. And it can be difficult to ensure that you have a effective and efficient development environment for coding DB2 applications. Can you easily identify which tables are related to which…and what indexes are available so you code queries the right way the first time? Do you have the right data to test your programs? Can you make quick and dirty changes to just a few tables or rows without having to write yet another program?
This presentation will discuss the issues and difficulties that developers encounter on a daily basis as they build DB2 applications…and it will present a useful programmer-focused toolset for overcoming these difficulties. To sign up: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
IBM software certification exams will be available to registered attendees throughout Information On Demand 2010. Attendees may take up to three IM (including SPSS, Cognos and ECM) exams at no charge; a discounted fee of $100 USD for subsequent exams will apply. See the certification site for further details.
Don't miss this opportunity to validate your skills and demonstrate your proficiency in the latest IBM software technology and solutions.
To prepare yourself to pass the exams, I have a few suggestions for you:
1) Read through a previous blog entry that I did called Certification 101.
2) Buy or borrow a Study Guide that you should read before the conference. These books are available electronically through Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online. The suggested books are:
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
Note that all of these books were written by members of the exam development team and each chapter contains sample questions along with answers and explanations.
3) Show up to the conference early and attend a full day Sunday class that was specifically created to give you the information you need to pass the exam. This year we have three classes scheduled:
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 Window certification exam (Exam 541). The material for this course is aligned with the 541 exam objectives.
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.
This one-day crammer class reviews topics on the:
Did I ever tell you that I love my job? Part of why I do is because I’m surrounded by some of the most creative people in the world! Yes, all these developers in the Toronto are very creative, but right now I want to mention authors.
I’ve met famous authors: Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Covey, famous people who became authors: Devon Harris (bobsled olympian) and Michael Eisner (Mr. Disney) and just plain interesting people who have written books: Mark Jeffries, Chris Anderson, Magnus Lindkvist, and Chad Fowler. Meeting these people is the icing on the cake, but I’ve noticed that they have the same enthusiasm and drive as the lesser known authors who I work with to get books about DB2 and other IBM products produced.
Let’s start with some of the most prolific authors who I know. Enthusiasm is number one, but one of the things that sets these people apart from others is their desire and willingness to teach other people the tricks of the trade:
Then there are the gold consultants. These are people who don’t work for IBM, but may as well. They are essentially IBM’s cheerleaders. I should say that Roger, Craig, and Rebecca listed above are not gold consultants, but they are definitely passionate about IBM’s DB2 products!
And then there are the IBMers who are already so busy in their day jobs but still manage to find time to write a book! Paul, George, and Bill also fall into this category:
I should also make a note here to congratulate those authors who are writing in English even though English is their second language!
Finally, there are the people who want to be authors who find the time to create a proposal and send it to me. I hope that these people one day find the right topic to become their book. These people tend to review many of the books that I work on and are amazing reviewers.
What makes a good author? Writing a book is very hard work, so the two primary things that are necessary for success are willingness to work hard and a very strong passion for writing about the chosen topic. Roger Sanders is writing his 21st book and this one is about how to become an author of technical articles and books. If you are interested in writing, I high recommend that you start with Roger’s book: From Idea to Print.
I wasn’t able to list all the authors who I admire in this post, because believe me, there are many more. I appreciate all the experience, passion and hard work that you pour into your projects. I hope you all have many more books in you and that you encourage others to follow your paths.
If you will be at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this October, please stop by the many book signing sessions that I have planned to congratulate an author on a job well done. To find the book signings that are scheduled, search on “signing” when logged into the Smart Site. You should find 15 entries.
This past February, in my blog titled Year of the e-Book, I highlighted a variety of online resources for avid readers and predicted that this year is the year of eBooks. Low and behold – I wasn’t too far from the truth! Today, I am surrounded by eBook enthusiasts. I personally use a Kindle; my son, a Sony. Just last night, my visit to the neighbourhood bookstore reminded me just how much I can save if I buy new releases in their electronic format.
I’d like to share some resources that I think you will really benefit from.
If you haven’t read an eBook before, now’s a good time to change that. Books published through IBM Press, MC Press, Apress, and Packt can now be purchased in the traditional print, Kindle, or PDF format, in addition to online book engines such as Safari Books Online and Books 24x7. The beauty of this phenomenon is that, in order to access eBooks, you don’t have to own a reading device. Smartphones (equipped with apps) and computers (armed with software programs) serve as perfect substitutes for optimizing your experience.
One of the many benefits of accessing Books 24x7 is that you can read an electronic book offline. All you have to do is download it! Upon subscribing to the portal, you will be able to search for keywords across hundreds of titles, bookmark books, keep track of what chapter you are on and more. Even if you prefer reading a printed version, the engine will help you filter through an enormous amount of content to find the most appropriate title of interest.
IBM employees can access Books 24x7 via employee home pages. This portal is now offered to many schools as well. IBM Press books are on this site, as are books from many other publishers.
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine and, essentially, the same as Books 24x7. In addition to IBM Press books, Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles are also available. If you are looking for a personal subscription, Safari’s prices are quite affordable. At times, if you’re lucky, you’ll even get a free trial.
Electronic Book Readers
These handheld devices were designed specifically for reading books. This means, they are roughly the same size and weigh as much as a book. However, the text is easier on the eyes. Best of all, they are portable! The best known ones in the market at this time are the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle and Sony eBook Reader.
A variety of publishers are already presenting me with e-book strategies for future publications. This new channel will make books available immediately in an online format of some kind. Printed copies will be available in limited quantities and/or if a request has been placed. This will reduce, if not eliminate, the need for publishers to have warehouses crowded with printed books, thus remaining environmentally friendly. The biggest benefit of all, however, is that publishers will now be able to more easily update books whenever necessary. This will drastically change the rate at which updated knowledge and information becomes available.
Have we reached the era where readers only want online books? In my humble opinion, not yet. Perhaps there will always be a market for printed books (if you could only see my desk, you'd know just who makes up a good chunk of that market!).
My Christmas present, the Kindle, constantly reminds me of the benefits of reading using such a device. Without a doubt, the Kindle is just the beginning. Everywhere you turn, a different and, possibly, more innovative device is waiting to be explored: Sony, Nook, iPad, apps on iPhones and Blackberries, and the list can go on. Frankly, it will only get harder to keep up with all of them.
To sum it up, the mainstreaming of the phenomenon of eBooks is showing no signs of stopping so get on board today. You will be glad you did.
If you're interested in social networking, take a look at this survey request from IDUG:
IDUG is looking to improve its social networking sites in order to better meet the needs of the DB2 community. To capture a true picture of how we're doing, we need your feedback! The survey will take no more than five minutes of your time and will provide us invaluable insight into your social networking needs.
We appreciate your feedback!
The IDUG Social Networking Committee