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DB2 9 is a leading-edge hybrid data server that offers optimum storage, scalability, and availability. DB2 pureScale is a new technology primarily optimized for scale-out transactional processing clusters in an active-active manner. This succinct guide will show you how DB2 with pureScale can provide you transparent application scalability, the ability to deliver agile-like computing to your transaction systems, and extreme availability.


Want even more information about DB2 pureScale?  See the blog entry I wrote in August: More on DB2 pureScale.



Meet an author, buy a book, enhance your skills

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 *** changed signing date/time for Mark Jeffries

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been blogging about the authors who will be signing books at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this October.  I think it’s a record that we have 9 amazing authors with books that you can buy and get signed.  I’ve read several of the books myself and highly recommend them, but I’ll also be in line buying copies of the books I haven’t yet read.


Although it isn’t necessary, I suggest that you use the Smart Site to build an agenda for yourself, and “sign” up to attend these book signings.  Why?  Simply so you remember when and where they are taking place.  I’ve tried to make it easy for you by listing the Meeting number for each author / signing, but you can also search on the word “signing” in the Smart Site and you’ll be presented with all of the signings that have been scheduled. 


Here is the list:

Book signings: you must purchase a copy of the book for the author to sign.  All books at the bookstore will be for sale at a 20% discount.  If you already own the book…. bring it with you!

The Art of Business Seduction: A 30-Day Plan to Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Get Ahead (Session # 3766)

by Mark Jeffries

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Mark is now signing on Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am- 12:00 noon.


The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Session # 3622)

by Atul Gawande

Tuesday at 10:00 – 11:00


DB2 V9 for z/OS Certification Guide - Systems Administration – Test 737 (Session # 3621)

by Judy Nall

Tuesday at 12:30 – 1:30


Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics (Session # 3779)

by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Wednesday 10:00 – 10:20 am


New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence, The: Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage (Session # 3619)

by Michael Biere

Wednesday at 11:00 – 12:00


The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture (Session # 3617)

by Eberhard Hechler, Martin Oberhofer, Steve Lockwood, Michael Schroek, Mario Godinez, Klaus Koeig

Wednesday at 12:30 – 1:30


A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum (Session # 3767)

by  Matt Ganis

Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00


Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic (Session # 3801)

by Neal Fishman

Thursday at 11:30 – 12:30


Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great. (Session # 3618)

by Sam Lightstone

Thursday at 12:30 – 1:30


Next week I’ll tell you about the Flashbooks that are being specially produced for the IOD conference and will be given away for free to conference attendees.



Freak Me Out!!

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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:

About Freakonomics
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?


About SuperFreakonomics
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.



The Mainstreaming of eBooks

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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.

Books 24x7

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

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.


All you social types.. take this survey….

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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.

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