Today I'm thinking about IDS... I just had a phone meeting with Ron Flannery and Paul Watson about a possible book. I'm also working with Carlton Doe on two new projects I'm pursuing a study guide for the new Test 918 - System Administration for IBM Informix Dynamic Server V11. Oh yea, I also had another proposal for an IDS book...
So the questions is.... is there really a market for all these books? I hope so. All of the published books that you can currently find on amazon.com are nearly 10 years old. I'm sure many of you saw the IDS 11 Flashbook IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11: The Next Generation in OLTP Data Server Technology, written by Carlton: IBM has been handing this book out at events since June and the feedback has been amazing! The success of this book showed everyone that there is extreme hunger in the market for new and relevant information.
So, in addition to the IBM Redbooks, articles, tutorials, and courses, I'm hoping to see three full retail books published. Interested?
Here is a current list of the training options that you have for IDS 11:
IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration Certification Preparation Tutorial SeriesThis series of eight tutorials has been developed to help you prepare for the IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration Certification Exam (918). These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam. However, you should not rely on these tutorials as your only preparation for the exam. After a quick registration, you can begin a tutorial. Currently parts 1 and 2 are available in this series of eight. Each tutorial should take less than two hours to complete. You can take the tutorials online, or download a PDF.
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Systems Administration - Instructor Led OnlineThis online course is designed for Informix Dynamic Server system administrators and is 4 days in length. Travel arrangements are not necessary for this course. After you receive confirmation that you are enrolled, you will be sent further instructions to access audio, video and remote labs.
After completing this course, students will be able to:* Describe the components of a database server.* Install IBM Informix Dynamic Server.* Configure and initialize a database server.* Configure the server to allow both local and remote connections.* Use Dynamic Server utilities to monitor server activity.* Describe the components of shared memory and configure the component sizes.* List, describe, and configure the different classes of virtual processors.* Identify the components of the database server disk architecture.* Create dbspaces, blobspaces, and sbspaces and add chunks to these spaces.* Explain the purpose of physical and logical logs and monitor log activity.* View the individual transactions that are written to the logical log files.* Describe the importance of checkpoints on the server.* Describe the importance of fast recovery.* Perform backups of the database server and logical logs.* Use different methods to restore a database server from backup.* Explain the purpose of temporary spaces used by the server.* Configure the database server to operate more efficiently using parallel operations.* Monitor the resources used by individual user sessions.* Configure the server to respond to specific events by executing an alarm program.* Use various troubleshooting techniques to identify and resolve common problems.
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Extending Availability and ReplicationIn this IBM Redbooks publication, we provide an overview of the high availability and Enterprise Replication features of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Version 11, which can simplify and automate enterprise database deployment. Version 11 offers patent-pending technology that virtually eliminates downtime and automates many of the tasks associated with deploying mission-critical enterprise systems. The high availability capability can reduce or eliminate costly downtime through, for example, the introduction of online index rebuild, the capability to create and drop indexes online without locking tables, and point-in-time table level restore. Enhanced Enterprise Replication provides solutions for those customers requiring reliable and quick distribution of data across a global organization. The replicated data can also participate in the high availability environment with capabilities such as seamless online resynchronization of Enterprise Replication (ER) nodes at startup, for example. There is also enhanced capability for high-availability disaster recovery customers in the form of the ability to resend primary server indexes to HDR secondary servers without requiring a rebuild of the index on the primary server. These capabilities enable faster, easier, and reliable distribution and high availability of data, enabling improved access and use throughout the enterprise. For improved availability and data replication, you need IDS 11.
Informix Dynamic Server 11: Advanced Functionality for Modern BusinessIn this IBM Redbooks publication, we provide an overview of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) 11. IDS is designed to help businesses leverage their existing information assets as they move into an on demand business environment. Requirements here call for a flexible data server that can accommodate growth, in applications, data volume, and numbers of users. And it offers the capability to minimize downtime and to provide the high availability required today. A new suite of business availability functionality provides greater flexibility and performance, automated statistical and performance metric gathering, improvements in administration, and reductions in operating costs. The IDS technology enables efficient use of existing hardware and software, including single and multiprocessor architectures. And it helps you keep up with technological growth, including such things as the use of nontraditional data types. Built on the IBM Informix Dynamic Scalable Architecture™ (DSA), IDS provides a next-generation parallel data server architecture that delivers mainframe-caliber scalability; manageability and performance; minimal operating system overhead; and automatic workload distribution. IDS delivers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by leveraging its well-regarded general ease of use and systems administration. It enables customers to use information in new and more efficient ways to create business advantage.
Informix Dynamic Server V10: Superior Data Replication for Availability and DistributionThis book provides an overview of the high availability and enterprise replication features of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Version 10, which can simplify and automate enterprise database deployment. Version 10 offers patent-pending technology that virtually eliminates downtime and automates many of the tasks associated with deploying mission-critical enterprise systems. The high availability capability can reduce or eliminate costly downtime through, as examples, the introduction of online index rebuild, the capability to create and drop indexes online without locking tables, and point-in-time table-level restore. Enhanced enterprise replication provides solutions for those customers requiring reliable and quick dissemination of data across a global organization. The replicated data can also participate in the high availability environment with capabilities such as seamless online resynchronization of enterprise replication nodes at startup, for example. There is also enhanced capability for high-availability disaster recovery customers in the form of the ability to resend primary server indexes to HDR secondary servers without requiring a rebuild of the index on the primary server. These significant and powerful capabilities can enable you to intelligently replicate (distribute) your enterprise data to improve the availability of that data to better service the requirements of your enterprise.
Use the Informix Dynamic Server scheduler and SQL APIWith the release of IBM IDS 11, a new set of highly anticipated features form the foundation for a self-managing RDBMS. These tools allow the DBA to collect server information and adjust the database server using SQL as a remote administration tool. Additionally, a scheduler allows those same SQL API commands to be scheduled for execution, much like a UNIX® cron job. IBM IDS further extends its value by adding reduced costs for administration and problem determination to its already lauded reputation as the administration-free database.
IDS CheetahLink to articles, tutorials, blogs, forums, and other resources to learn about IDS Cheetah, the next version of IBM Informix Dynamic Server.
Grant Hutchison hosted a webinar with Guy Bowerman earlier this week, but I'm not sure if it was recorded.... If someone knows, please post a comment.
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Now there is no better time to build your technical reference library of IBM Press books. Until December 31, 2007 you can save 35% off your order when you make a purchase at the IBM Press Bookstore. PLUS you can receive FREE ground shipping in the U.S. To take advantage of this special offer, simply visit the IBM Press Bookstore, select your books and enter case-sensitive coupon code SAVEDB2 at Step 3 during checkout.
Here are some titles that published this year that you may want to consider:
Understanding DB2 9 Securityby Rebecca Bond, Kevin Yeung-Kuen See, Carmen Ka Man Wong, Yuk-Kuen Henry ChanUnderstanding 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.
Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Informationby Scott Spangler, Jeffrey Kreulen Written by IBM researchers, and describes, techniques used in research assets used internally at IBM and by IBM consultants on customer service engagements. IBM Alphaworks provides a free demonstration copy of one of the early text-mining tools called IBM Unstructured Information Modeler as an adjunct to this book.
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prepby George Baklarz and Paul ZikopoulosEverything a DBA needs to know about DB2 9... from installation to XML to security.
Have you been checking out this latest gadget: Amazon Kindle? I must admit... I do love gadgets, but rarely buy them until the kinks are worked out and the price comes down. While the kinks are being worked out, I read whatever feedback is available from all the early adopters.
I usually have 3-5 books on the go at any one time... and it isn't very practical to carry a stack of books with me....so the Kindle appeals to me so that I can keep track of all the books I'm currently reading and perhaps I'll have a better chance of actually finishing them... rather than have the books fall into a huge unmanageable pile!
The first thing I don't like about the Kindle is it's name. In the past couple of weeks, I think I've butchered the name into kimble, wimble, and several other unmentionables! Do you think the next edition of this gadget could come up with a more suitable name?
I enjoyed reading this article Why Amazon's Kindle is such a revolutionary e-book reader by Mike Elgan. Mike says I've always been skeptical about e-books, but Amazon has made a believer -- and a customer -- out of me. and did an amazing job of describing the pros and cons of the Kindle and going deeper into details as to how the Kindle works.
I've been told that all IBM Press books are already in the right format to be used with the Kindle, and I assume that the DB2 books published by other publishers are ready as well. One of the things I'd like to look into for the new year is to have Kindles loaded with DB2 books available in some way.
It would be great to get one of these for Christmas, but I doubt that I'll be that lucky. I'll keep reading the reviews about this device and will save my pennies so I can perhaps get one in the future!
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Here are some of the IBM classes that were recently updated for the DB2 9 for z/OS platform:
DB2 9 for z/OS Programming Using JavaCG140 or CG14GAcquire the skills you need to produce application programs in Java that manipulate DB2 for z/OS databases. Also, learn how to take advantage of advanced programming techniques to access DB2 for z/OS database servers in the workstation environment. Emphasize using the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) to connect DB2 from a Java program and embedding static SQL statements using SQL for Java (SQLJ). Also, learn how to write Java stored procedures from a remote station using the Development Center tool.
DB2 9 for z/OS Stored ProceduresCG730 or CG73GLearn how to recognize when an IBM stored procedure is the correct solution for an application. Also learn how to: * Set up the environment to support stored procedures * Use the DB2 Development Center * CALL a stored procedure * Create a stored procedure using Data Definition Language (DDL) * Troubleshoot a stored procedure This course is taught using classroom lectures and machine lab exercises. Your workstation is on a Windows platform. The database server is a DB2 for z/OS system. You utilize the facilities of the DB2 Development Center, create COBOL stored procedures, and troubleshoot stored procedures using the DB2 Development Center.
DB2 9 for z/OS Implementation WorkshopCV860This course is for installers of DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 and/or migration to DB2 9 for z/OS using the Install CLIST. You will be involved in lectures to understand DB2 UDB for z/OS and DB2 9 Components and pointer and the processes involved to install and or migrate DB2. To reinforce the lectures a series of labs are provided to give you hands-on experience installing DB2 UDB V8 and migrating to DB2 9 for z/OS.
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Are you aware of the IDUG Online Learning Center?
IDUG Learning Center offerings are download-on-demand streaming media files featuring original presenter audio synchronized with presentation slides, along with some audio only offerings. Using standard desktop controls within an Internet browser, users can pause, rewind, fast-forward, stop and resume sessions from the Learning Center at their convenience. Offerings from the IDUG Online Learning Center session can be viewed an unlimited number of times for three months from the date of purchase.
Select offerings from the Online Learning Center are available at no cost. For others, IDUG Membership is required to access. (Basic Membership in IDUG is free-of-charge, requiring only completion of our membership application.) The majority of Learning Center offerings are available at a cost of $5 per (USD) for Premier Members and $10 per for Basic Members. IDUG Premier Members also enjoy complimentary access to keynote presentations, spotlight sessions and panel discussions hosted in the Learning Center, while these sessions are available for a fee to Basic Members.
The IDUG Online Learning Center is a leading-edge resource to make technical education from IDUG events available anytime, anywhere through your Web browser. Experience the Learning Center with a free introductory sample of the Best User Presentation from IDUG 2007 - North America.
The IDUG Online Learning Center library features more than 220 in-depth sessions captured at IDUG 2007 - North America, which took place May 6-10 in San Jose, California, U.S.A. The sessions captured at IDUG Europe 2007 - Athens will be added to the library very soon.
Among the titles now available in the Learning Center are the following:
Session F13/G10: Magic of V8 RebindBonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation
Session F03: Hard Lesson Learned when OO Meets RelationalJohn Campbell, IBM DB2 for z/OS Development
Session F06: Put a Smile on Your DBA's Face - Performance for the Developer (and You Know It All DBA's)Rob Crane II and Marc Costa, FedEx Freight System
Session C02: Application Performance Tuning in DB2 9 for z/OSGene Fuh, IBM Silicon Valley Lab
Session E10/E11: A Sneak Peak at the Next Release of DB2 Linux, Unix and WindowsMatt Huras and Aamer Sachedina, IBM Toronto Lab
Session B08: Top 10 Ways to Waste CPUSusan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich, YL&A
Session A03: The Effect of Distribution and Correlation Statistics on the DB2 OptimizerTom Moulder, TREX Associates, Inc.
Session G06: More Ways to Challenge the DB2 z/OS OptimizerTerry Purcell, IBM Silicon Valley LabVoted Best Overall Presenter at IDUG 2007 - North America
Session B01: Availability Enhancements in DB2 for z/OSHaakon Roberts, IBM DB2 for z/OS DevelopmentBest attended session at IDUG 2007 - North America
Session J01: IBM DB2 Utilities: What's New in DB2 9 and Often Overlooked Features Before 9Bryan Smith, IBM Silicon Valley Lab
To commemorate the launch of this vital new resource and to encourage use of the Online Learning Center, IDUG is pleased to make the session voted Best User Presentation (as selected conference by attendees) available free-of-charge for a limited time. To access the file, simply click on the session title below:
DB2 9 for z/OS: John Deere's Early Ship Pilot (ESP) ExperiencePresenter: Bryan Paulsen, John Deere
IDUG invites you to benefit from this new, exciting program as we extend the organization's boundaries as the worldwide DB2 user community. Enjoy!
There are a couple more coming, but here is a list of the IBM Redbooks that you can read and benefit from right now.
High Availability and Scalability Guide for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, and Windows
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Extending Availability and Replication
DB2 9 for z/OS Performance Topics
Dynamic Warehousing: Data Mining Made Easy
Index Compression with DB2 9 for z/OS
Informix Dynamic Server 11: Advanced Functionality for Modern Business
Database Partitioning, Table Partitioning, and MDC for DB2 9
Oracle to DB2 Conversion Guide for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
Best Practices for SAP BI using DB2 9 for z/OS
Working with IBM Records Manager
SOA Solutions Using IBM Information Server
DB2 9 for z/OS Technical Overview
DB2 for z/OS Administration Tools for Enhanced Change Management
Getting Started with Commerce Module for OmniFind Discovery Edition Customization 101
IBM OmniFind Enterprise Edition Version 8.4 Configuration and Implementation Scenarios
Informix Dynamic Server V10: Superior Data Replication for Availability and Distribution
IBM Enterprise Content Management and DR550 for e-mail Archiving and Records Management, Management: Overview
DB2 9 pureXML Guide
As always, thanks to the talented and dedicated ITSO team that pulls these books together, and to the residents who take time off their job to write about something they hope is valuable to you the reader.
If you are interested in suggesting a topic for an IBM Redbook or wish to become a resident who writes part of the book, see this site: Residencies.
Do you want to buy a bound copy of one of these books? You can order one or more of them from this site: How to Buy.
Reader feedback is very valuable... so if you've read one or more of these books, make sure you come back to give other readers your opinion as to the books value.
The DB2 Chat with the Lab series continues. Listen to the DB2 experts, including Sal Vella, Drew Bradstock, Chris Eaton, Pat Bates, Paul Bird, Bill Minor, John Hornibrook, and Les King who develop breakthrough technology and get your questions answered.
Here are some of the topics that you can find:
* DB2 Warehouse 9.5 - What's New in the Platform for High Performance DB2 Analytics* Workload Management in Viper 2* Deep Dive into Deep Compression - a look into Compression in Viper and Viper 2* DB2 for LUW Security Enhancements: Making Database Security Management and Compliance Easier* Viper 2 Features and Open Beta Program* Webcast: Premiering DB2 Express-C: The Truly Free Database* Improved Query Optimization with Statistical Views* Beyond DB2 Viper - Technology Trends and Directions
New chats are added all the time, so keep watching for chats that you can take part in live.
I blogged about IBM DB2 Gaming last month, and when at the IDUG Athens conference last week, I handed out many DVDs that contain these games. I hope all those who received a DVD find it useful.
One of the suggestions I made to the attendees last week is that the games can be suitable for a teenaged audience. I was part of the pilot team and personally taught a classroom full of high-school students using the DB2 Detective Game. I was very pleased to see the awe in the students at the end of the session with comments like "oh, that's a database!" or "SQL is REALLY powerful". I hope you have similar experiences with either teenagers or new employees. Please let me know your experiences.
IBM DB2 Detective GameIBM DB2 Business Game
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Roger told me that he had completed this podcast... and today an article about the podcast and a link can be found in the DB2 Advisor from SearchDataManagement.com.
About the podcast:
This 20-minute podcast is relevant to those seeking more information about DB2 9 certifications, as well as to those who are already certified, but who wish to strengthen their resumé with additional certifications. Listeners will:
* Learn about the IBM DB2 9 certification process * Hear how IBM DB2 9 certifications compare to job experience – and whether certifications are worth it for industry veterans * Get information about the potential benefits – both personal, professional and financial-- of IBM DB2 certifications * Find out what an IBM DB2 9 certification really means to an employer and which ones are hot in the job market today * Learn whether it's beneficial to get multiple IBM DB2 certifications
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I've blogged about ILO (Instructor-led online) training before, but I wanted to tell you that we've now added a demo so you can see how it will work. Note that you need to have a flash player installed to view this demo.
Take advantage of our special offer and receive a complimentary headset !
Receive a handy headset to enhance your instructor-led online learning experience. Your headset will be mailed when you enroll in any IBM Information Management ILO course while supplies last.
For those of you who are not yet sure what ILO is... here are the basics:
Let your desk become a classroom. Let the instructor come to you. When you take an online course, do you miss the benefits of being in a classroom: live instruction, hands-on labs and group interaction? Now you don't have to. IBM offers our most popular courses in a new format we call instructor-led online. This format means you get the benefits of being in a classroom with the convenience and cost savings of online training.
How instructor-led online training works
Instructor-led online courses are taught by a live instructor on a specific day and time. These courses are exactly the same as their classroom equivalent, including the course length, content and student materials. You receive the course materials in advance. To participate on the day of the class, all you need is a broadband Internet connection. This allows you to connect to a virtual classroom that lets you interact directly with the instructor to ask questions or clarify the material ... just as you would in a physical classroom.
And since the best way to learn is by doing, you'll have access to the same hands-on labs available in the classroom course. Our Citrix®-enabled lab environment is available 24x7 for the duration of the class. The instructor can shadow you as you work through the lab exercises, provide guidance and address questions or issues.
If your team is geographically-dispersed you can also request that our instructor-led online format be delivered as a private class for your company. This is very cost effective, minimizes travel, and enables you to receive training customized to your unique needs - all with this alternative method of delivering education in multiple locations simultaneously.
Benefits of this format
* No travel costs or travel time * Same content as in the classroom version of the course * Live instructor with whom you can interact and ask questions using Voice Over IP (VOIP) * Modest connectivity requirements let you participate from anywhere * Thin client implementation for easy system preparation * Hands-on labs reinforce concepts learned * Purchasing is even easier with an IBM Education Pack - online account
Many of the IBM Information Management courses are currently being offered in this format, including:
DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Linux DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for UNIX DB2 9 Database Administration Workshop for Windows DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Transition DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, Windows DBA Certification Crammer DB2 9 for LUW Advanced Database Administration for ExpertsDB2 9 for LUW Advanced Recovery DB2 9 for LUW Quickstart for Experienced Relational DBAs DB2 Data Warehouse Edition 9 Components DB2 Family Fundamentals DB2 for z/OS Data Sharing ImplementationDB2 SQL Workshop DB2 UDB for z/OS Data Sharing Recovery and Restart Informix Dynamic Server 11 Transition Informix Dynamic Server Database Administration: Managing and Optimizing Query XML data with DB2 9 Using Rational Data Architect
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Along the same lines as my last post, I'd like to give you a suggestion as to how you can prepare to pass for Exam 733. We do NOT have a book in the works to accompany the DB2 9 Application Development Exam 733. If you are getting ready to take the exam, here are a few ideas to help you prepare for the test despite the lack of a dedicated book.
Read the book by Roger Sanders: DB2(R) Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 703 Study Guide. This book prepares people to pass the V8 Application Development Exam 703. If you want this book... buy it right away. The series of V8 study guides published by IBM Press are considered out of print by the publisher, so the only copies of the book that you can get are the ones that are sitting in inventory. No reprints are possible.
Tip: You may be able to save 35% on the purchase of this and any other books at the IBM Press Bookstore. For a limited time, you can save 35% off your order when you make a purchase at the IBM Press Bookstore on or between October 15, 2007 and December 31, 2007. PLUS you can receive FREE ground shipping in the U.S. To take advantage of this special offer, simply visit the IBM Press Bookstore, select your books and enter case-sensitive coupon code SAVEDB2 at Step 3 during checkout. See IBM Information Management Books for links and details.
Read the IBM DB2 9 New Features book to learn the new functions for DB2 9. I'd pay particular attention to the XML sections.
Exam 733 also has a series of tutorials that were created to help you prepare to pass it: DB2 9 Application Development Certification Exam Preparation TutorialsThis series of nine tutorials has been developed to help you prepare for the DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Application Development Certification Exam (733). Each tutorial includes a link to a DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows trial download at no charge to you! These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam. However, you should not rely on these tutorials as your only preparation for the exam. After a quick registration, you can begin a tutorial. Each tutorial should take about an hour to complete. You can take the tutorials online, or download a PDF.
For this exam, I recommend that you gauge your readiness by taking the assessment exam.
I've had quite a few people in the Toronto Lab successfully pass Exam 733 using this strategy.
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Thursday last week was my last day at the IOD conference. I attended the keynote in the morning as I had arranged for a book signing with Chris Anderson and Carl Kessler, but I had never heard either of them speak on the topics that they are well-known for. I also was trying to arrange a meeting with Jeff Jonas who was a member of the panel. I was disappointed with the number of people who attended this keynote given the stature of the innovators who were on the agenda. I did get a message from each of the speakers, but would have liked to hear more from each of them. Interestingly, each of the speakers has a blog, so you and I both can learn more from this esteemed group!
Chris Anderson was the host / moderator of the session and the only non-IBMer in the group. Chris is the editor of Wired Magazine and the author of The Long Tail. I found out later during our book signing that Chris is working on his next book, possibly to be titled Free. The main message that I learned from Chris is that most companies block certain websites from their employees. Interestingly.... IBM does NOT block these websites and may be one of the only companies, certainly of this size, to be able to make that claim. For those who attended, you'll remember the photograph of the black and white cable... white being the websites that were allowed to employees, and black being the "sandbox" sites where real innovation happens. After the session, we spoke about the one site that was not used by IBMers: Skype. I've never attempted to use it, but was told that IBMers have access to much better tools than Skype so there is no need for us to check this tool out... at least at work.
Carl Kessler is VP of worldwide development for IBM’s Enterprise Content Management business and very recently, author of Outside-in Software Development: A Practical Approach to Building Successful Stakeholder-based Products. Carl's blog provides a near transcript of the points he covered at this event... the main point being that there is a gap between IT and line of business users that has always existed, but that is growing exponentially. If the gap continues to grow, IT will be so out of touch with future employees that business agility, client satisfaction, and business success will be the biggest loser.
I spoke to Carl about how he came to write his book and he said that in his previous assignment, he was given the task of creating a framework and practical implementation of techniques that any development team could quickly benefit from, regardless of project type or scope. Carl began spreading the word about this framework and implementation, but quickly found out that he needed help in getting the message to as many people as possible. Hence a book was recommended so that it could become one of the was to spread the message without the need to clone Carl! The book is brand-new... and perhaps it needs to be mandatory reading for certain groups?
Anant Jhingran was next. He made us all laugh with his use of music and lyrics to make his point: "How can you have any pudding if you don't wash yer feet?" Essentially, IBM has previews of unfinished Web 2.0 components (Mashup Hub, DAMIA, and QEDWiki) available to be downloaded and played with, but will improve as feedback is gathered. You can learn more about Anant's Info 2.0 views from the latest edition of the printed DB2 Magazine.
Carol Jones made a couple of excellent points that I walked away with. One... it is safer for employees to be walking around with a blackberry rather than a laptop as the blackberry will only hold a small subset of the information that is normally found on a laptop. So if stolen or lost, there is much less risk of losing critical information. Two... university and college students today have access to all the latest web tools. If companies restrict the access to these tools when these people finally begin their working career, these future employees will be handicapped in a way that they won't know how to use the tools that they are allowed to and may resent having restrictions to tools that could really make them effective at their jobs.
And finally Jeff Jonas. He'll say that he can't draw, but his slides make for a lasting impression. I've never heard the term information amnesia before, but the term along with Jeff's story make a lasting impression. The story: Jeff checks into a hotel very late at night... telling the front desk person that he wants a wake up call and breakfast at 10 am... and his dry-cleaning at 10:30. The next day housekeeping knocks on his door at 9 am. Seems like a very simple problem to solve, but if you think about it, everyone has examples of how the right hand knows not what the left hand is doing. Jeff is chief scientist of the IBM Entity Analytic Solutions group and intends to help the world solve these types of problems.
Jeff joined Chris and Carl at the book signing after the session and we were able to have an interesting chat about new technologies and publishing. I'm hoping that I can help these gentlemen with future publishing projects.
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I ran three book signings last week at the IOD conference. I've already mentioned the event where we handed out copies of the DB2 Viper Strikes Back book... and the IDS 11 book by Carlton Doe, but I haven't mentioned the Stephen Covey, Chris Anderson, and Carl Kessler signings.
Stephen Covey was our motivational speaker and gave the keynote on Wednesday morning. Personally I am motivated by this kind of message, so it made a deep impact on me. I spent 2 hours managing the book signing for Stephen's books. He sold out of 300 copies of books and spent time with each person who had a book for him to sign. I over heard him mentioning "trimtab" to most of the people. A trimtab is a relatively small piece on the rudder of a huge ship. It is the trimtab that moves to make the rudder move, and therefore the ship. Stephen's message is that we are all trimtabs and we all have the power to make huge changes in our workplaces... we just have to act. The videos he showed at the keynote about the inner city school and the crime in NY subways illustrated his points very well. His book "The 8th Habit" has pointers to a website where videos can be found and the concept of a trimtab is more fully explained.
I offered to take photos of people shaking hands with Stephen Covey, but many people forgot to bring their cameras. I had my camera, so I took the photos. I loaded the photos on my facebook site and sent an email to all those people who gave me business cards. I hope you enjoyed your photo... if you got one..
I have to get through some email right now..... and will post later about the keynote and book signings with Chris Anderson and Carl Kessler.
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Today's online issue of CIO Insight includes the article Fall Reading for IT Managers. I haven't read any of the books on the list, but the titles sound interesting. I'd like to make my own list of business titles in the IBM Press series that you should consider as well:
Can Two Rights Make a Wrong?: Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture Approachby Sara J. Moulton Reger
This book leverages the lessons learned during IBM’s $3.5 billion acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting: insight that IBM has crystallized into a powerful methodology for transforming business culture. The authors introduce “Business Practices,” an actionable surrogate for “culture” that business people can identify with, gauge, and act upon. Whether you’re involved with M&As, joint ventures, major transformation, internal restructuring, or any other initiative where culture is important, this book can help you take culture from a worrisome risk to a competitive advantage. Irresistible! Markets, Models, and Meta-Value in Consumer Electronicsby George Bailey, Hagen Wenzek
In this book, two world-renowned consultants preview the industry’s future–from online gaming to telehealthcare, and beyond. Next, they present a powerful new blueprint, offering indispensable guidance on everything from technology platforms to user interface design, branding to channel strategies. You’ll discover how to uncover new sources of value, design better models for doing business, and fuel growth by reaching new geographical markets.
Inescapable Data: Harnessing the Power of Convergenceby Chris Stakutis, John Webster
As communications, computing, and data storage converge, data is becoming utterly ubiquitous...and that changes everything. In this book, two leading data management visionaries reveal how data transforms the way you do business, the technologies you use, the investments you make, the life you live, and the world you live in. ...More Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt’s Theory of Constraintsby Dr. John Arthur Ricketts
Managing services is extremely challenging, and traditional “industrial” management techniques are no longer adequate. In Reaching the Goal, Dr. John Arthur Ricketts presents a breakthrough management approach that embraces what makes services different: their diversity, complexity, and unique distribution methods. Ricketts draws on Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC), one of this generation’s most successful management methodologies...thoroughly adapting it to the needs of today’s professional, scientific, and technical services businesses. He reveals how to identify the surprising constraints that limit your organization’s performance, execute more effectively within those constraints, and then loosen or even eliminate them. This book’s relentlessly practical techniques reflect several years of advanced IBM research and consulting with enterprise clients. Step-by-step, Ricketts shows how to apply them throughout your most crucial business functions...from project management to finance, process improvement to sales and marketing.
The New Language of Business SOA and Web 2.0by Sandy Carter
The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2.0 is based on thousands of interviews with analysts and industry leaders at organizations of all sizes in over 50 countries, who shared their views, experiences and challenges of aligning technology with business goals. IBM SOA Strategist Sandy Carter examines the best practices methodologies behind hundreds of successful SOA implementations, from companies large and small.
Outside-in Software Development: A Practical Approach to Building Successful Stakeholder-based ProductsBuild Software That Delivers Maximum Business Value to Every Key Stakeholderby Carl Kessler, John Sweitzer
Imagine your ideal development project. It will deliver exactly what your clients need. It will achieve broad, rapid, enthusiastic adoption. And it will be designed and built by a productive, high-morale team of expert software professionals. Using this book's breakthrough "outside-in" approach to software development, your next project can be that ideal project.
In Outside-in Software Development, two of IBM's most respected software leaders, Carl Kessler and John Sweitzer, show you how to identify the stakeholders who'll determine your project's real value, shape every decision around their real needs, and deliver software that achieves broad, rapid, enthusiastic adoption.
The authors present an end-to-end framework and practical implementation techniques any development team can quickly benefit from, regardless of project type or scope. Using their proven approach, you can improve the effectiveness of every client conversation, define priorities with greater visibility and clarity, and make sure all your code delivers maximum business value.
Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Informationby Scott Spangler, Jeffrey Kreulen
In Mining the Talk, two leading-edge IBM researchers introduce a revolutionary new approach to unlocking the business value hidden in virtually any form of unstructured data–from word processing documents to websites, emails to instant messages.
Search Engine Marketing, Inc.Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Siteby Mike Moran, Bill Hunt
Effective search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) is now crucial to the success of your business. But it™s never been more challenging—especially if you’re responsible for a large, complex site. Finally, there’s a definitive guide source of reliable information for implementing a successful program in your business or organization. In Search Engine Marketing, Inc., the ibm.com site architect and world-leading enterprise SEO consultant present best practices, step-by-step techniques and hard-won tips for driving maximum traffic at minimum cost. Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing RulesStart Fast, Fix Fast, and Fix Again: Marketing for Breakthrough Resultsby Mike Moran
For decades, marketers have been taught to carefully plan ahead because “you must get it right–it’s too expensive to change.” But, in the age of the Web, you can know in hours whether your strategy’s working. Today, winners don’t get it right the first time: they start fast, change fast, and relentlessly optimize their way to success. They do it wrong quickly…then fix it, just as quickly!
In this book, Internet marketing pioneer Mike Moran shows you how to do that–step-by-step and in detail. Drawing on his experience building ibm.com into one of the world’s most successful sites, Moran shows how to quickly transition from “plan then execute” to a non-stop cycle of refinement.
If you look through these links to amazon.... you'll notice that the rated books all scored 4 1/2 stars or greater... out of a max of 5 stars..... and most of the amazon prices are discounted by 34%.
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I hope that many of the people reading this are actually planning to attend the IBM Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas that begins Oct 13. From my perspective, we've been working hard creating collateral, sending packages, producing signs and posters, and much more to ensure that the attendees of the conference are well taken care of.
I've heard that the attendance is very strong... and the sessions are filling up fast. If you haven't yet registered for the conference or sessions, there is still time. If you can't make it this year, try to get it on your agenda for next year.
Personally my schedule isn't completely filled up... but I wanted to share with you the events that I'm definitely planning to attend:
Sunday October 14Conference Registration 6:30a–9:00p - I have to begin work really early, so I'll likely register at 6:30 am!Pre-Conference Education 7:00 am - I'm not attending any sessions, but I'm helping those who are registered to find class room locations. If you want more information on these sessions, see the website or one of my previous blog entries.Bookstore 8:30a – 7:00p - Rupin is the bookseller again this year. He will have a very wide selection of books available at a 20% discount. Buy your books early as there is a limited supply... plus, it might help you pass an exam or two. Watch for several books that are making their publishing debut at this conference.Certification Testing 9:00a – 4:00p - Susan, Heather, and a few others will be permanent fixtures in the certification area. With the number of machines that they have set up this year, no one who wants to take an exam will be turned away! Notice that they are testing on a Sunday..... this is a conference first.How to Navigate Conference 1:00p-4:30p - Also a new addition to the conference. A conference this size can be a bit overwhelming. I plan to attend this session so I can see how to make the best use of my time. Unfortunately this session conflicted with a mock trial that I considered attending.Kathrine Rutledge Meet & Greet 4:00p – 5:00p - Kathrine is my third line manager, and this will be the first time I'll meet her. Only people in our organization are invited to this session....Expo Center Grand Opening Dinner Reception 5:00p-7:00p - Food, drink, desserts, networking: what more can you ask for!Community Reception 7:00p-9:00p - This is new. Choose from a number of community receptions, join the one that most closely matches with your area of interest/expertise, and meet others "just like you!".
Monday October 15Breakfast 6:30-7:45 - Those who know me.... know that food is pretty important to me... so I'll list all the food hours for all the other foodies out there!Certification Testing Ballroom D 10:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge Ballroom C 1:00p – 5:00p - This is a repeat of a very popular event from last year's conference. IF you earn an IBM certification or have one from elsewhere, come for a massage, food, or simply just to lounge. When I have free time, I plan to be here. I remember from last year that the cert lounge was one of the only places where you could find a table and comfy chairs to sit in.GRAND OPENING SESSION 8:00a-9:45a MC: Dana Carvey Ambuj Goyal, Steve Mills & Mike Borman - Kick start the conference with welcome message from the host executives, and perhaps a few jokes from Dana Carvey. You remember Dana... from Wayne's World fame! Mike Meyers is from Toronto and the movie spoofed many people who actually exist here!Bookstore 9:45a – 7:00pEXPO OPEN 11:15a-2:00p - Come visit our anchor, Angela Moore at booth 121. She's representing my whole organization and has important things to hand out.Lunch: 12:00-2Data Servers 2.0 Pushing past the Barriers of Information Technology Mandalay Bay Event Center - Arvind Krishna 2:15-3:15 - I can't say for sure... but there might be some important announcements going on at this time.... am I right?Flashbook Giveaway & Signing 3:15p – 4:15p - This event is showcasing some of my best work this year! Join us as we are giving away two flashbooks. What's a flashbook? Come out and find out.... What is the content? That too you'll have to come to find out. But I can tell you that once you get your flashbook, you'll have an opportunity to have it signed by some important people! This session conflicts with a demo that Laura Hammond is running. I plan to go visit her when I'm finished my work here.EXPO RECEPTION 5:00p-7:00p - More food and drinks?BEACH PARTY and dinner 7:00p-11:00p - party? sounds like a plan.
Tuesday October 16Breakfast 6:30-7:45Certification Testing 7:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge 9:00a – 5:00p - I'm scheduled to work in the lounge from 9-2 today, so you know where to find me if you're looking. Bookstore 9:30a - 6:30pGeneral Session 8:00a-9:00a - Emilie McCabe GM Public SectorLunch: 11:30 - 1Expo Dinner Reception 4:30p-6:30pEntertainment - Donna Summer 7:15p-8:30p I mentioned to my 21-year old niece that I was going to see Donna Summer... she said "who?". I guess her peak was the late 70s... long before my niece was born, but clearly Donna Summer had an important part in music history as is shown by her recent nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Wednesday October 17Breakfast 6:30-7Certification Testing 7:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge 9:00a – 5:00pGENERAL SESSION Stephen Covey 8:00a-9:00a - Who hasn't read one of Covey's books! Stephen is our motivational speaker for the conference and I'm sure he'll give us 8 habits to become highly effective.Bookstore 9:30a – 4:00pCovey Signing 11:00a – 12:00p - Buy one of his books and meet Stephen Covey in person. A signed copy of one of his best selling books might make an excellent gift!Lunch: 11:30-1EXPO OPEN 12:00p-03:45p2728 Women In Technology: Leveraging Our Unique Abilities to Build Success 5:30p – 6:30p - Two of my buddies from the Toronto Lab are hosting this... Jennifer Gibbs and Linda Jairam. I try to take part in as many WIT events as I can... not because I'm a feminist, just that I think women often sell themselves short and often need more encouragement. I'm pretty good at giving people encouragement... and have had a few interesting experiences :)
Thursday October 18Breakfast 6:30-7:45Certification Testing 7:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge 9:00a – 5:00pGENERAL SESSION 8:00a-9:30a - Panel host: Chris Anderson, Jeff Jonas and panel of innovators - Chris Anderson of wired magazine has sold 800,000 copies of his book! I've heard him speak and find him to be really down to earth and very interesting. I've only exchanged emails with Jeff Jonas, but have been told that some of his podcasts are outstanding. I'm looking forward to hearing these guys and a few other innovators discuss technology.Anderson and Kessler Author Signing 10:15a – 11:15a - Meet Chris Anderson and Carl Kessler in person while having copies of their books signed. Carl Kessler's book is still so new, so likely you don't own it yet. If you own "A Long Tail" by Anderson, bring your copy to be signed... or buy a second copy.Bookstore 8:30a – 12:00p - Last chance to buy books! If there are any left over, that is. I'm sure Rupin is hoping to sell out so he doesn't have to ship anything back.Lunch: 12:00-1:15
That's it for me. The conference does continue Thursday and half of Friday, but I'm flying home today. Can't be away too long from home!