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!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!