Another author we featured at the IOD conference was Maria Villar. Maria and Theresa Kushner recently published the book Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence.
I didn't attend Maria's sessions, but had the pleasure of sitting with Maria while she did a book signing! I very much enjoyed my time with Maria and could tell by the comments from the people who did attend the session and came to buy a book, they they were captivated by Maria's ideas.
I now have a copy of the book and intend to read it. Take a look for it. It should be on amazon.com very soon, but you can also get it direct from the publisher racombooks.com.
What's in the book? Here is the information from the publisher:
As a business person, you probably have more data and more kinds of data available than ever before. But has it helped? Sometimes, maybe. But, for many executives more data has just added more fuel to feed the fire of their love/hate relationship with it. You love it when it gives you good information about which markets to pursue or how to compete more effectively. But you hate it when you can’t get sales figures in time or worse still, when they don’t reflect "reality."
This book was written for the executive who wants to understand the lifeblood of his/her company, wants to be able to make better decisions, and knows that managing information is the best way to protect and grow a business. This book is designed to help you as a business leader think about the use of data and its impact on your daily operation. In 2 sections and 12 chapters it provides practical guidance to balance the use of hard facts and your professional instincts; how to identify and focus on the numbers that matter for your organization; how to overcome the obstacles to getting a complete view of your customer; how to meet risk and security standards; 12 steps to effective business performance management; and how to grow a data culture and make it work for you.
Newly minted MBAs are known for saying, “Just give me your number.” Savvy managers know that it’s not that simple. They also know that it’s not that difficult. Managing Your Business Data provides the wise counsel that every executive can use to manage his or her organization’s data more productively.
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I've mentioned Amazon's Kindle several times, but here's another cool gadget to tell you about: the Chumby.
I haven't personally seen a Chumby yet... but like Kate, would love to have one! YOU can get one though... for FREE! IBM will send you a chumby device - currently valued at $179.95 - when you:
* Enroll in an eligible class between August 8 and December 9, 2008. (Eligible classes are listed here.)
* Attend the eligible class by December 12, 2008.
* Furnish the priority code 6N8AR39E when you enroll online or when you call 1-800-IBM-TEACH (1-800-426-8322) to enroll via phone.
* This promotion cannot be combined with other IBM discounts on the eligible classes, or with any other IBM education offerings, including the IBM Education Pack - online account.
* Upon completing the class, you will receive an e-mail directing you to an online form used to gather your shipping information. Complete the form and your chumby device will be shipped to you within 6 to 12 weeks.
New IBM Redpaper for you to download and read: DB2 9 for z/OS Data Sharing: Distributed Load Balancing and Fault Tolerant Configuration
This IBM® Redpaper provides information about exploiting client load balancing and fail over capabilities across a DB2® data sharing group or a subset of the group members. The information provided will help network specialists and data base administrators in appropriately configuring data sharing groups as TCP/IP servers.
We show how to use the functions of DB2 sysplex workload balancing functions, supported by DB2 Connect™ Server and the IBM DB2 Driver for JDBC and SQLJ, in conjunction with the functions of TCP/IP Sysplex Distributor, configured with Dynamic Virtual IP address (Dynamic VIPA or DVIPA) and automatic VIPA takeover, to provide superior load distribution and fail-over capability for transactions and connections across the members of a data sharing group. The two functions work together to ensure the highest availability possible for remote applications accessing a DB2 location in a sysplex.
Thanks to Sabine Kaschta for providing this information to share with you!
I have a lot of books on my desk.... I mean a lot! On days that are slow, like today (everyone is on vacation but me!??) I read a chapter or two in one or more of these books. Recently I've been going through "The Myths of Innovation" by Scott Berkun and have been telling everyone I know how much I'm enjoying this book!
Scott briefly tells the stories of many key inventors / innovators through time stressing the points that none of these came as a-ha moments... but rather took lots of determination and yikes... failure! Most if not all key inventions were thought up by multiple people over time and the "winner" is a result of many coinciding factors: timing, funding, reproduction, and competition.
For all you creative thinkers out there, you'll see lists of negative responses that you've likely heard over your lifetime. Scott put together a list of "idea killers" and "idea helpers" on his blog that you might want to check out.
I hope you take a look at this book and if you do read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I am....
I've recently "met" Justin Gordon who is now working on writing a book for Addison-Wesley. Justin sent me this information about a workshop he is running this coming Friday and I thought I'd send it along for anyone who may be interested .
Test Driven Development (TDD) Workshop
When: July 25th, 2008 10AM to 3PMWhere: Chicago Innovation Center – 71 Wacker – Room 6612Web Conference details: DetailsWho Should Attend: GBS developers or other IBMersHow Much: FreePresenters: Justin Gordon & Donald BellRSVP: Not required, but RSVP is recommended a download will be required for labs exercises
Description:A comprehensive suite of unit tests is the single most important artifact created in a software project because it reduces bugs, facilitates adding new developers, and enables refactoring and performance tuning with confidence. Test-driven development (TDD) is the best way to build a test suite. Justin will discuss this assertion and address practical issues encountered on test-driven projects, including: How to get team members to adopt TDD on a project; how to implement TDD on a project with large amounts of existing untested legacy code, tooling, design patterns to facilitate TDD, including mock objects, dependency location, and the Dependent Object Framework. These techniques solve the difficult technical problems of isolating code to be tested and setting up required persistent data. For example, have you ever worked on a large enterprise software project (one that heavily uses a database) and wanted to add JUnit tests? And did you quickly realize that it’s easier said than done? Why is that? Want to learn a better way? Justin created the open source project "Dependent Object Framework" (DOF) to solve just this problem.
The discussion will cover the same material that Justin is presenting at Dr. Dobbs Architecture and Design World on July 24 and previously presented at Dr. Dobbs SD West in Santa Clara this past March. The lecture and exercises will work as follows:1. Justin will explain the concepts in the slides2. To illustrate the concepts, Justin will be doing a “pair-programming” session with Donald and the audience. Members of the audience will be able to run some of the JUnit tests along with Justin.3. The audience will have an opportunity after the led discussion to add some additional JUnit tests for the exercises, getting tips from Justin and Donald on both JUnit, TDD, and use of Rational Team Concert. Download Workshop MaterialsMaterials should be downloaded before. Check website after July 22nd
Agenda (all times central time)10:30 to 12:00 – Introduction to Test Driven Development (motivation, basic techniques)12:00 to 12:30 – Break (Optional)12:30 to 2:00 – Advanced TDD – TDD with dependencies and the Dependent Object Framework (DOF) 2:00 to 3:00 – Lab Exercises with assistance from Justin and Donald (chance to add JUnit tests to the ones that Justin and Donald setup earlier)
Note: Lunch is not provided, feel free to bring your own lunch.
Remote Attendance DetailsAudio Conference Access NumbersToll: 1-770-615-1258Toll Free: 1-877-421-0528ITN: 2421-0528Passcode: 144034
Web Conference DetailsURL Password: workshop4you
Thanks to Justin for forwarding this to me. Justin, congratulations on the birth of your very cute baby boy!
One of the things I'm doing this summer is planning for the IOD conference... specifically arranging for books to be at the bookstore and authors to be available for book signings. I have a lot of work left to do, but here are some of the people I know who are ready to sign your books:
Carlton Doe for his soon to be published book: Administering Informix Dynamic Server: Building the Foundation
Roger Sanders for his entire cert prep series, but especially DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide.
Martin Oberhofer and possibly his co-authors of Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information.
Martin Short... just kidding! It would be great if we could arrange for him to sign something that he's produced, but don't count on it.
Stewart Friedman will be a speaker at the conference. Read this article that appeared in the NY times: Hot Ticket in B-School: Bringing Life Values to Corporate Ethics. The book that he wrote and will sign is Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life.
I'll be at the conference and hope you will be too!
I'll post more secrets about the conference when I find them!
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IBM Information Management Software Services consultants go beyond technology to consider business impact—they strive to understand customers’ ultimate business goals and use technology to gain a competitive advantage. By linking technological solutions and business success, Software Services consultants help drive customer innovation.
Check out this site that provides profiles for a few of the consultants that make up the team of IBM Information Management Software Services consultants.
Steve Graves, Migration Solutions Architect - Carve out your next migration projectWith more than a decade of Services experience, Steve Graves has carved out a specialty in migrations to DB2 from competitive products. Steve has a deep understanding of the challenges unique migrations, and has expertly led dozens of customers through successful projects. Steve discusses how his clients have benefited from IBM Software Services when they made the move to DB2.
Bill Williams, Solutions Architect - Get tuned into migrationAs a Solutions Architect with over 25 years of Services experience, Bill is tuned into migrations. From SAP and Teradata migrations to Oracle and Sybase migrations, there is virtually no database that Bill hasn’t seen. Bill talks about IBM Software Services and his experience building a successful migration center of excellence.
Dan Gibson, Software Specialist - Dive into Data Warehousing With years of experience on countless customer projects, Dan Gibson is a Software Specialist with a deep understanding of Data Warehouses. Dan talks about the many ways that IBM Software Services can dive in to help you can gain strategic advantage during your next Data Warehousing project.
Edin Aganagic, Database Specialist - Gaining an edge on your next Data Warehousing ProjectWith more than two and a half decades of Services experience, Edin has carved out a unique specialty in Data Warehousing on SMP systems, MPP systems, and loosely-coupled systems-clusters. Edin discusses his approach to Data Warehousing and how IBM Software Services can assist you with your next warehousing project.
Maksym Petrenko, Database Consultant -Going the distance with DB2 Deeply involved with IBM database technology since the beginning of his career, Maksym knows DB2. With dozens of unique and challenging customer experiences under his belt, he has developed an expertise in application tuning and knows how to get the most out of your database. Max discusses his approach to DB2 and how clients have increased database performance and improved business results with Software Services.
For more information as to how you can engage these services, see IBM Information Management Software Services .
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Last week our web team launched the Information Management Education and Services Web sites to officially welcome Cognos and Optim! Here is a summary of the changes: Education* New link to Cognos Education site* New link to the new BTO Optim catalog pages * New link to the Optim Podcast
Services* New Optim Services PDF* New Cognos graphic that links to Cognos consulting site
Thanks to Nicole and her team for pulling this together!
P.S. There is a new Cognos book about to be published that will also be valuable: Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide by Dan Volitich,[Read More]
The DB2 Magazine January Poll asks:
Which DBA/developer book do you turn to again and again?* DB2 Developer's Guide (5th Edition)* DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows Certification Study Guide (series)* Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples* Informix Handbook* SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming, Third Edition* The Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS* Informix Basics* DB2 SQL PL: Essential Guide for DB2 UDB on Linux, UNIX, Windows, i5/OS, and z/OS* Physical Database Design: The database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more
or something else?
I'm looking forward to seeing your responses! I won't vote myself since I'm terribly biased! I think all the books are fantastic. Encourage everyone you know to vote.
PS... if you're curious about polls done in the past, check out DB2 Magazine's Poll Archives
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