I just found out that the US tax deadline is today. In Canada we have another 2 weeks. I'm getting a refund, so I should have filed sooner than I did... but I had to wait for receipts. What can you do?
I was on a call this morning and someone asked if I was planning to buy a Kindle 2 with my refund. I would love to have a Kindle... and would have bought one... except they aren't available outside of the US at this time. Something to do with the limitations of the wireless connection to the mother ship... I think. In any case, I'll wait... and if some other cool book reader comes available in Canada before Kindle 2 (like Plastic Logic or Apple tablet) then perhaps I'll check that out.
But if you are in the US and like to read... I hear that the Kindle is well worth the investment! All IBM Press books are available in Kindle format as are most books these days. If you prefer printed books, we have plenty for you to choose from. Just yesterday I recommended DB2 books to a VERY technical professor. Here was my response:
Here are the books that I suggest... with reasons why. Click the link to see my blog entries about the books.
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition) See my previous blog entry.
Expert Preparation for Exam 734 - DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification Study GuideSee my previous blog entry.
Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition)The book is the best way to learn (or relearn) DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows. The book is filled with case studies, study questions, and well-written details on everything you'll need to know. Some competitively trained people who have read this book have told me that this is exactly what they needed to take the fear out of switching to DB2! See my previous blog entries.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If this professor is a member of the Academic Initiative, he should check that out as well. If he will be using the book to build a curriculum around, choose the third one.
Make an author / bookseller / publisher happy.... and buy a book :)
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IBM Redbooks Publications - just published
IBM Redbooks Publications Drafts
Most Popular Downloads for Information Management Software This Month
One of the publishers that I work with quite often is MC Press. You may know of MC Press through the large number of books that they have published on IBM products and technologies. For instance, you'll find books within the following categories:
I've blogged many times about the amazing series of certification guides that have been published by MC Press, including:
We're working on two more certification guides that will be part of this series.... so stay tuned to find out more details.
When you go to the book links above... you'll notice that there is a banner on the site reminding you of our Assess & Save Promotion. Remember that this promotion is only active till the end of the month, so don't miss out.
Two more things you should know.... One... you can save 20% on all books that you purchase before April 19, 2009 through the MC Press Online bookstore.
Two... if you are a registered member of MC Press Online, you'll have access to a rich collection of resources such as white papers, articles, and podcasts. MC Press Online likes to reward its members with cool prizes. Currently you have a chance to win a pair of Zetronix 80” Video Glasses. Interested? Check out the free resources and enter for your chance to win!
Today I "met" fellow blogger Steffan Surdek. I encourage you to check out his blog. Steffan is the User Experience Lead and self-proclaimed Agile Champion for the WebSphere® Business Services Fabric team. He uses his experience facilitating the two-day Software Group Agile Workshops to help his team work on improving their agile processes.
Steffan has written articles that are published on developerWorks and is currently attempting to write a book about Distributed Scrum. This is something that I know very little about, so I had to look it up in wikipedia: Scrum (development). His blog provides his experience as a first time author as well as his thoughts about his area of expertise.
For those of you who do know something (or want to know something)about Agile software development, check out Steffan's latest article:
Agile planning in real life: What did and didn't work in developing releases with agile planning.
It was nice to chat with Steffan today and I hope that you have a chance to check out his blog.
Congratulations to new author Antonio Cangiano from the DB2 Toronto Lab Team for the publication of his book:
Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers
You may know Antonio because of his blogs or tweets, especially if you are part of the Ruby on Rails community.
Order this book now from amazon and receive a 33% discount:
List Price: $49.99Price: $33.74 You Save: $16.25 (33%)
Who should read this book?
This book is for programmers who have experience developing the Microsoft Windows platform and are interested in learning more about, and getting the most out of, Ruby on Rails.
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
This definitive guide examines how to take advantage of the new Agile methodologies offered when using Ruby on Rails (RoR). You’ll quickly grasp the RoR methodology by focusing on the RoR development from the point of view of the beginner- to intermediate-level Microsoft developer. Plus, you’ll get a reliable roadmap for migrating your applications, skill set, and development processes to the newer, more agile programming platform that RoR offers.
From the Back Cover
With its valuable combination of simplicity and productivity, Ruby on Rails is a portable, extendable, open source web application framework that quickly gained worldwide acclaim. The aim of this book is to make the enticing Rails methodology more approachable for developers who are already familiar with Microsoft tools.
After an overview and brief history of the framework, you'll focus on learning Rails development from the point of view of a beginner-to-intermediate level Microsoft developer.
The author explores all the fundamental aspects of Rails, and includes comparisons and references to Microsoft development tools that you may already be familiar with. In doing so, he provides you with an easier path to learn how Rails simplifies the design and implementation of web applications.
By serving as a roadmap for migrating your skill set, development processes, and applications to the newer Agile programming platform that Rails offers, this book will help you leverage your existing skills so you can quickly take advantage of the full potential of Rails.
What you will learn from this book
Enjoy the book!
Join IBM at the largest and most valuable IBM Information Management event in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Information on Demand, taking place at the Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany; Wednesday - Friday, 3-5 June (Business Partner Programme Tuesday 2nd June).
While at the conference, you'll see how:
Gain insight from the top tier speakers who are lined up to speak to attendees, including:
As you can see, all areas within Information Management are covered with these speakers alone. You will not be disappointed.
I am not completely sure if I'll be attending this conference or not. But in any case, I have arranged to have a bookstore at the event so you can buy the latest business and technical books at a discounted price.
Register today :)Information on Demand
ITSO Global Content Services has recently announced the introduction of IBM Redguides into the IBM Redbooks® publications family. The Redguides team has 15 Redguides available for download from www.ibm.com/Redbooks.
IBM Redguides bridge the gap between high-level sales collateral and traditional Redbooks publications. They were requested by and co-designed with technical business leaders. They offer IT architects, IT consultants, technical sales support staff and IT managers a pre-sales business view of technology rather than a post-sales focus on deployment. Redguides are about how to solve a business problem and provide business value with IBM solutions.
Take a look... I hope you like them and find the Redguides useful to you as you continually grow your skills.
Did you know that you have a chance to attend IDUG 2009 – North America for absolutely no charge? Simply fill out this brief survey for your chance to win a FREE registration to IDUG 2009 – North America, May 11-15, in Denver, Colorado.
Already registered? You still have a chance to win! Any previously registered attendee announced as the raffle winner will receive a full refund of their registration costs provided payment has already been received by IDUG Headquarters.
Not registered yet? Don’t delay – register for IDUG 2009 – North America before Friday, March 27 and save $150 on full-conference registration rates. For a sneak peek at all the great content available at this year’s conference download a copy of our Advance Program or visit online at www.idug.org/na.
IDUG conferences and Denver Colorado... a perfect combination. You won't regret your decision to go to this conference in this location!
I met with Dave Steinberg from the Toronto Lab today. I have a display of published books in two areas of the lab: the front lobby and the CAS area, and I added Dave's latest book to the displays. If you are a visitor to the lab, make sure you check out these displays.
The interesting thing about all the books is that at least one of the authors on the author team is an employee from the Toronto Lab. You'll very quickly notice that employees of the Toronto Lab produce a significant number of published technical books.
Here are the details of this latest book... Congratulations Dave, Frank, Marcelo and Ed!
EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework (2nd Edition) by Dave Steinberg, Frank Budinsky, Marcelo Paternostro, and Ed Merks.
Series Editors: Erich Gamma • Lee Nackman • John Wiegand
The Authoritative Guide to EMF Modeling and Code Generation
The Eclipse Modeling Framework enables developers to rapidly construct robust applications based on surprisingly simple models. Now, in this thoroughly revised Second Edition, the project’s developers offer expert guidance, insight, and examples for solving real-world problems with EMF, accelerating development processes, and improving software quality.
This edition contains more than 40% new material, plus updates throughout to make it even more useful and practical. The authors illuminate the key concepts and techniques of EMF modeling, analyze EMF’s most important framework classes and generator patterns, guide you through choosing optimal designs, and introduce powerful framework customizations and programming techniques. Coverage includes
About the Authors
Dave Steinberg is a software developer in IBM Software Group. He has worked with Eclipse and modeling technologies since joining the company, and has been a committer on the EMF project since its debut in 2002.
Frank Budinsky, a senior architect in IBM Software Group, is an original coinventor of EMF and a founding member of the EMF project at Eclipse. He is currently cochair of the Service Data Objects (SDO) specification technical committee at OASIS and lead SDO architect for IBM.
Marcelo Paternostro is a software architect and engineer in IBM Software Group. He is an EMF committer and has been an active contributor to several other Eclipse projects. Before joining IBM, Marcelo managed, designed, and implemented numerous projects using Rational's tools and processes.
Ed Merks is the project lead of EMF and a colead of the top-level Modeling project at Eclipse. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science and has many years of in-depth experience in the design and implementation of languages, frameworks, and application development environments. Ed works as a software consultant in partnership with itemis AG.
I mentioned yesterday that the Assess & Save offer will be active only for the next month. Today I want to tell you about the success of this promotion. Apparently we've been giving out a lot of vouchers for people to take their exam of choice for 50% off the regular price. But even better than that... those who are taking the certification test with the voucher are PASSING!
This tells me that the people who are taking part in this promotion are very serious about getting certified. It also tells me that those who pass the assessment test are suitably prepared to pass the real exam. Although the assessment test questions are different that the questions on the real exam, they are close representations of the questions that you can expect to see on the exam.
So do you want to give it a try? Thanks to Kate, here's how you can take part:
Make sure your investment in certification is a smart one: why not save money AND build your skills? For full details about Assess and Save, check out ibm.com/software/data/education/voucher.html.
Don't miss your chance, act now!
Can you believe that it is already late in March! I've just returned from vacationing with my son for his March break from school... and am refreshed from the vacation... and pumped because SPRING is here!
There are several deadlines approaching quickly that you must take action on to avoid missing important opportunities.
If you were lucky enough to take a break... welcome back! I hope spring is inspiring you to change like it is for me.
Download these podcasts and listen on your ipod, iphone, computer... whatever...
Podcast Series: DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML by Guogen Zhang
This is a 10-part introductory podcast series on pureXML business value and technical knowledge. The first part covers overview and business value, and the follow-on 8 parts cover different aspects of pureXML. The last part talks about best practices.
And... while you're visiting ChannelDB2.com, be sure to check out the groups that are available for you to join!
Expected to publish April 25, you can now pre-order this book:The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment by John Lamb.
IT can drive immense business value by "going green." John Lamb provides the business case and best practices for making it happen, including multiple case studies of IT organizations that have successfully gone green, and lessons from IBM's $1B green computing initiative.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. The Basics of Green ITChapter 3. Collaboration is Key for Green ITChapter 4. The Government’s Role - Regulation and EPA ActivityChapter 5. The Magic of “Incentive” - The Role of Electric UtilitiesChapter 6. A Most Significant Step — “Virtualizing” Your IT SystemsChapter 7. The Need for Standard IT Energy Use MetricsChapter 8. What about Chillers, Cooling Tower Fans, and All That Cooling Equipment Usually Ignored by IT?Chapter 9. Green IT Case Studies for Energy UtilitiesChapter 10. Green IT Case Studies for Universities, Large and Small CompaniesChapter 11. Worldwide Green IT Case StudiesChapter 12. The Future of Green IT for CorporationsAppendix A. Tools for IT Power and Cooling EstimatesAppendix B. Comparison of Different Power Generation MethodsAppendix C. Worldwide Electricity Average PricesGlossaryBibliography
John Lamb is a Senior Technical Staff Member and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect for IBM Global Business Services. A senior member of the IEEE and ASME engineering societies, he has published more than 50 technical papers and articles, and has authored four books including Lotus Notes and Domino 5 Scalable Network Design and IBM WebSphere and Lotus: Implementing Collaborative Solutions. Lamb holds a B.A. from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Last week at the Data In Action Virtual Conference Event that I attended, speaker R. Ray Wang, Vice President, Forrester and Lise Neely, Product Manager, IBM co-presented "Data Management for a Lean Economy: Strategies to Cut Costs, Improve Performance, Reduce Risks". During their talk they mentioned several ways for you to begin making improvements in your data to help save money by right-sizing your database.
Although the event is now over, you can still register and access the recorded presentations. The presentation by Ray and Lise can be found in the Auditorium. To answer the question... where do I start... Ray suggests regulatory compliance, Lise agrees but also suggests archiving. Listen for yourself.
On the same topic, you should read the latest article Integrate IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server using WebSphere Process Server, Part 1: Deploy and execute MDM Server Web services in a distributed environment by Stephanie J. Hazlewood, Allan Luo, and Martin Oberhofer. This is Part 1, so stay tuned for the coming parts.
Also on the same topic, the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information is continuing to sell well and is educating people on the many ways that they can start down the road of Master Data Management. There are now 5 customer comments on this book... all 5-star ratings! You won't regret reading this book!
Enjoy this amazing knowledge!
If you missed the virtual conference that took place yesterday, here is another chance... with a different topic.
IBM Smart SOA™ Global Virtual ForumMarch 3 at 10:30 am ET
Immerse yourself in our cool virtual business environment to hear how companies like yours are cutting costs by working smarter. So don’t get crushed by the economy; fight back by working smarter with Smart SOA and leveraging Social Media Tools & techniques.
10:30-12:00 5 Ways to Work Smarter and Take Out Costs with Smart SOAPresentations and live Q&A panel discussion with Sandy Carter, Ralph Warchol, Manoj Saxena and James Governor
5 Ways to Work Smarter and Generate Real ROI Using Social Media Tools & TechniquesNew Web 2.0 technologies are shaking up the lives of your customers and changing their expectations of you. Join Jeremiah Owyang, Senior Analyst, Forrester and Sandy Carter, the author of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 for a live discussion on how you can stay ahead of the curve and generate real ROI by leveraging these tools and technologies.
Continue the discussion with IBM experts and customers live in the Smart SOA Exhibit Zone Mystery giveaways, sign up offers at the SOA Exhibit Zone and scheduled group chats at the Get Smart SOA Café
What did I like about the virtual conference I attended yesterday?
I hope you enjoy(ed) your experience as much as I did. If you do attend next Tuesday, search on IBMers and ping me if you see me online :)
I found this article about Athabasca University in Alberta that uses the concept of interactive virtual learning environments in some of their classes: Alberta university takes academic cue from video games.
From the article:Young people have long been able to hone physical skills through realistic video games, and the university wants to approach academics the same way, says Rory McGreal, the university's associate vice-president of research.
Hours spent hunched over a computer perfecting how to shoot a gun or explore a virtual environment could also be spent learning how the body works or understanding the universe.
“We're trying to harness the power of games and how we can use them to promote learning,” Mr. McGreal said Wednesday.
Personally I've witnessed the popularity of games with young people and I've also experienced the use of gaming to teach people to learn DB2. I was part of the pilot program that created the first "DB2 Detective Game" and loved seeing the students "get" the power of SQL while playing the game.
If you or someone you know needs to learn DB2... or if you like to volunteer to teach high school students, you need to check out the DB2 games:
IBM DB2 Detective Game
Getting started with DB2 9 and SQL can be easy with this new interactive game. Using an crime investigation theme, this introductory level game teaches relational database concepts and shows how technology can be applied to solving real-life problems.
IBM DB2 Business Game
Put your DB2 and SQL skills to the test with this intermediate level game! Jump into a “run your own business” scenario, where your company’s future depends on a key report needed to secure funds for a critical upgrade. Play the game and you may be ready to transfer your skills into action!
ChannelDB2.com (THE social network for the DB2 community) continues to attract new members. Today there are over 1300 members. Are you one?
If you are a member, you likely already know about the great information and resources that are available to you... including content for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, Windows, System z, and System i:
Did you also know that there are 49 groups that you are encouraged to join! The topics range from country-related groups, to certification prep groups, to conference groups. All the groups are open for you to add comments and discussions, but also provide you with targeted information that will surely be very beneficial!
So, join ChannelDB2.com if you aren't currently a member, and if you are a member, get the most from this active social network by joining and participating in the groups.
The groups that I have created (and highly recommend) is DB2 in Books. I'm also a member of the following groups:
I look forward to seeing you join as a member of one of these groups or more!
I just came across this whitepaper The Value of Training and I think this should become required reading for anyone making financial decisions for a company. Unfortunately it is too common and too easy to cut skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins.
But, as this whitepaper points out quite effectively, this short-sightedness will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
But if money's tight, what can you do?
Bottom line... don't sacrifice training budgets in these tough times. Keeping your employees skilled will help you weather the storms.
Mark your calendars for this event:
Accelerate Application Development, Achieve greater business agility and improve business insights with DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML on The World of DB2 for z/OS
Event DescriptionKeeping pace with rapidly changing requirements is a constant challenge for organizations today. One way to meet this challenge is by storing and processing XML natively. Doing so can help enterprises improve application development productivity and quality by eliminating the time-consuming mappings and schema evolution necessary for rapidly changing requirements, thus improving time to market and significantly lowering IT costs.
The breakthrough hybrid database server DB2® 9 for z/OS® integrates XML database technology into relational databases, providing unprecedented scalability and performance for both relational and XML data. The hybrid database server also helps improve performance and scalability by avoiding complex joins commonly seen in an object persistence solution with relational databases. This teleconference offers an overview of pureXML™ technology in DB2 9 for z/OS, its business values and technical feature details.
See more details and RSVP on The World of DB2 for z/OS.
Have you tried to read a book electronically? The number of options to read books electronically continues to grow... and are become mainstream. Here are my current thoughts on this subject as I continue to research this exciting topic.
If you have a computer, you can read a book electronically. But this also means that you'll be sitting at your computer... desktop or laptop. You'll need to be online to access the books, but some books are downloadable, meaning that you can read them when you're offline.
Once you are a subscriber to Books 24x7... you can search for keywords across hundreds of titles, bookmark books, keep track of what chapter you are on, etc. Even if you prefer to read a printed book, engines like Books 24x7 can help you filter through an enormous amount of content to find the best book for your needs.
All IBM Employees have a subscription to the electronic books found on Books 24x7. You can get to this site via employee home pages. I've found that many schools are going this route as well, so if you are in school, see if they offer you a subscription to Books 24x7. All IBM Press books are on this site as are books from many publishers.
Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine, and is essentially the same as Books 24x7. Again, all IBM Press books are here as are Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles. If you are looking for a personal subscription, the prices for Safari are pretty reasonable... and if you're lucky you can find a free trial to Safari Books Online.
Electronic Book Readers
These readers are relatively new and this is where I need to do more research. These are handheld devices that were designed specifically for reading books. That means that they are roughly the same size and weight as a book and the text is easier to read than reading text on a computer. And best of all, they are portable.
The best known ones at this time are Amazon Kindle and Sony eBook Reader. Unfortunately I haven't had hands on time with either of these devices, but I've been talking to people who use them and have been reading what I can.
A friend of mine has an Amazon Kindle and finds herself trying to turn the pages with her finger as she would with a book. That must mean that the Kindle is so convincing that you feel like you're actually reading a book! The books I work on are technical books and I've been told that the Kindle is not the best tool to use for reading books with diagrams and technical text.
Amazon has just released Kindle 2... which was intended to fix many of the problems found in the first edition of the device. Unfortunately some of the early reviews are not very favourable for the new unit. DRM problems apparently.
Some more discussion about the topic from some of my friends:
Sony Reader Digital Book
The Sony folks have a new Reader and generally considered to offer a better reading experience. But their buying content experience is pretty bad.
PlasticLogic wins most intriguing reader but won't come to market till 2010 - there's a YouTube on it that is making the rounds.
iphone with Book App
Iphone getting lots of attention - of course, but all the ebook talk is for very flat content.
The next major development will be the Apple Tablet in Q3. It will come pre-packaged with educational functionality/apps and you know they will do a good job.
Here is one article that compares the Kindle to Plastic Logics.
Please join in this discussion... either here or on ChannelDB2! I'd like to know if you've tried any of these readers and if you see value in them. Point me to any other articles that you come across that you think are relevant.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Check out the extensive library of on-demand demos on developerWorks. The demos cover everything from basics, like installation and setup, to advanced concepts for you veterans. In all, you'll find more than 250 demos (25 of which were added recently).
The developerWorks demos offer quick multimedia walkthroughs of the latest products and technologies -- step-by-step demonstrations that bring concepts to life in a way that written instructions alone cannot.
And be sure to bookmark the new on-demand demo channel on YouTube.
Online demos.... yet another way to improve your skills the green way.
Lately I've been answering many questions about how to get certified... or recertified. I'm always happy to answer these questions as it means that there is plenty of interest.
The latest Cert Mag newsletter had this article that I found interesting: Retain Your Value With Recertification. Here are the values of getting certified according to the article:
* Validated knowledge and skills. * Peer recognition. * Increased value to employers. * Increased marketability.
The DB2 Certification Program offers all of these values... and now is a perfect time to get certified or upgrade to the latest level of certification. Right now the Assess and Save Promotion is active... and best of all... is available to EVERYONE, World-Wide!
How does it work?
Want more info? See my previous blogs regarding certification, but let me know if you have any questions, at all!
Yesterday I mentioned the first-ever Information Management Virtual Event that begins Feb 25th: "Data in Action - Solutions for an Efficient Environment".
Today I will give you a listing of all the "green" options that are available to you.
Enjoy being green :)
How would you like to spend a day at a conference, without the need to go anywhere? "Green" education options are getting more popular and I wonder if you've had a chance to try any of them yet?
Data in Action Virtual EventSolutions for an efficient environment
Date: February 25, 2009
Join us for a special online event with live webcasts featuring the key trends and innovations that are shaping the next generation of Data Management products. Chat with industry experts and IBM innovators about the evolution of traditional Data Management practices in the age of SOA, Web 2.0 and the continuing data explosion into new smarter practices and paradigms for managing information.
See how this smarter data revolution is creating new opportunities for organizations to refresh their approaches, and in the process:
Learn how customers who have made the change are now reaping the rewards, and what it took to get them there.
Expo Solution Pedestals:
Get all the benefits of a world class Information Management event without the hassle and expense of travel. Register today!
Tomorrow I'll tell you about more "green" training options... but if you can't wait, see my Green Blog Entries.
Knowing SQL is a pretty important skill to have if you work with databases. This just in, a book for those just beginning to learn SQL: Simply SQL by Rudy Limeback.
I don't have a copy of the book yet, so I don't have personal experience with it yet. Here is the description from the book:
Learning SQL has never been easier. Packed with full color examples, this practical hands-on guide provides an easy to read step-by-step introduction to learning all about SQL - from syntax to security. Simply SQL is the perfect crash course for beginners.
Packed with full-color examples, Simply SQL is a step-by-step introduction to learning SQL. You'll discover how easy it is to use SQL to interact with best-practice, robust databases. Rather than bore you with theory, it focuses on the practical use of SQL with common databases and uses plenty of diagrams, easy-to-read text, and examples to help make learning SQL easy and fun.
Rudy Limeback is an independent consultant with over 20 years of SQL experience using DB2, SQL Server, Access, Oracle, and MySQL. He has written numerous articles on SQL for major online IT sites like TechTarget. Rudy is also a Web developer, one of the original evolt.org admins, with his own Web site since 1996. You can find more information at r937.com. Rudy lives in Toronto, Canada, where the weather allows you to play frisbee golf all year long.
For a list of other SQL books, see these blog entries.
Are you interested in getting certified, but finding money a bit tight? If yes, you'll love this new announcement:
With the Assess and Save Offer, candidates who purchase, take and PASS an Information Management Online Assessment Exam during the offering period (February 1, 2009 - April 30, 2009), will automatically receive a 50% off certification voucher good for the corresponding exam. That's $100 right back in your pocket!
IBM offers these online assessment exams for each Information Management Professional Certification. These "practice tests" enable you to test your readiness for a minimal fee of $10 USD, helping you to be successful on exam day.
Before you take the practice test, here are a few suggestions to help you pass:
Exam Preparation Documents
For exam objectives and cutscores for each exam, see the exam preparation documents.
We now have an extensive collection of Certification Prep Guides, including
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide for Exam 730 by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 by Roger Sanders
See also the DB2inBooks group on channeldb2.com.
Make sure you read all the details of this offer before proceeding: Assess and Save Offer.
Here is another conference for you to attend Information On Demand's activities: IBM Pulse 2009, February 8-12 in Las Vegas. Information Management is a sponsor at this year's conference and is offering a combination of track sessions, mini-theater presentations and pedestals, to raise awareness on how Information On Demand capabilities can help you reduce costs & complexity associated with managing and governing your information assets.
According to an IDC study, digital information is estimated to be growing at 57% per year from 2006 to 2010. As a result, the storage costs as well as the risks of non-compliance and disastrous data breaches are escalating. By effectively securing and managing these exponentially growing digital assets, Information On Demand’s portfolio of solutions allow companies to optimize business performance. For example, integrated data management and performance management solutions drive business performance by increasing productivity, reducing risks and controlling service management costs throughout the data lifecycle. As another example, Enterprise Content Mgmt solutions manage risk and streamline compliance.
Here are some sessions that you may wish to attend:
Monday, Feb. 91623 – Mini Theatre SessionMaximize DB2 Performance on z/OS with OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert7:00 – 7:30 p.m. –Mini theatre stage – Expo AreaPaul Kenney, Advisory Software Engineer OMEGAMON for DB2See how Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS can help you maximize DB2 efficiency, improve DBA productivity, and perform trend analysis and troubleshooting for DB2 in the z/OS environment.
Wednesday, Feb. 11R9 – Breakout SessionSupporting Your Green IT Initiatives with IBM Information On Demand9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – MGM Grand Conference Center 319Jacqueline Ryan, Program Director, Portfolio Management Strategy, Leveraging Information Marketing Management Green IT initiatives often start with a focus on hardware and the data center. Increasingly, however, software also plays a critical role in achieving enterprise energy and environment objectives. This session will cover the information challenges that must be factored into a green IT strategy, and how IBM Information On Demand can help you address these challenges.
W10 – Breakout SessionInformation On Demand – Business-Resilient Solutions for System z11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – MGM Grand Conference Center - 119Dan Wardman, Vice President, Information Management Mainframe SoftwareWhen you need information on-demand 24x7, you must consider both tactical and longer-term strategic requirements. IBM Information Management and Tivoli products for the System z platform provide the flexibility, scalability, high availability, and longevity you need to deliver your tactical and strategic information projects without re-architecting them. This session covers IBM DB2 for z/OS, IMS, Data Management Tools, Tivoli Omegamon XE for DB/2 Performance Expert, and more. Hear the highlights and synergies of these products, customer success stories around business resilience, and future product directions. A MUST for customers who demand business continuity!
V11 – Breakout SessionThe Business Benefits of Information Archiving2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – MGM Conference Center 121Greg Young, Product Marketing Manager for eMail Archiving & ManagementRegulations and compliance orders are increasing data retention periods. eDiscovery, auditing, and reporting is costly, while storage requirements continue to grow at an alarming rate. At this session, we will explore these storage and business challenges and how IBM's extensive archiving portfolio helps address them.
ExpoMGM Grand Hotel – Marquee BallroomExpo Hours:Sunday, Feb 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Monday, Feb 9, 12:30 – 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, Feb 10, 12:30 – 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, Feb 11, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Pedestal - Managing Data for Optimal Performance & ComplianceExpo,pedestal 8Paul Kenney, Advisory Software Engineer OMEGAMON for DB2Are you managing your data environment for maximum performance and efficiency? Are you concerned about managing increasing workloads and meeting SLAs? Do you understand all data threats? Are you compliant with data regulations? Drop by our pedestal to learn how heterogeneous solutions from IBM data management help you manage data throughout its lifetime to improve performance and ensure compliance. Together, the IBM Optim solutions and Database Tools for z/OS and Linux, UNIX and Windows including DB2 Performance Expert and Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 PE, help achieve end-to-end performance monitoring and sound data governance. Be armed and ready to meet compliance regulations and protect your company’s most valuable asset--all while ensuring optimal performance.
Pedestal - Compliant Information ManagementExpo,pedestal 93Greg Young, Product Marketing Manager for eMail Archiving & ManagementHow do technologies like content collection and archiving, advanced classification, records management, eDiscovery search and analytics, and Storage and Information Management tools come together in a unified solution to address compliance requirements? Learn about IBM's overall Compliant Information Management solution strategy which links together IBM Enterprise Content Management, Information On Demand, and Information Infrastructure.
Pedestal - IBM System Storage DS8000 Turbo (Encryption, Solid State, SATA)Expo,pedestal 89Sunil Kamath, Sr. Manager for DB2 OLTP Performance and Solutions DevelopmentThe IBM System Storage™ DS8000™ Turbo series is designed to support the most demanding business applications with its exceptional performance, superior data throughput, and five-nines availability. This, combined with advanced security and tiered storage options, makes it an ideal storage platform for supporting today’s round-the-clock, global business environment.
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In my blog last week, The "Year of Change", I wasn't sure where to send readers for the point: 1. Expand your knowledge beyond the “Big 3” commercial databases to include popular open source database systems. Now I know!
IBM developerWorks Live! has just announced the following virtual tech briefings to help you explore the innovative open solutions available from IBM and see the power and flexibility of an open community development environment.
IBM developerWorks Live! has taken their live tech briefing and packaged it into a part 1 and part 2 sessions that you can attend virtually - no travel necessary.
IBM community tools: Start small to grow large - Part 1Date: Monday, January 26, 2009Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New York time)Sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event.
IBM community tools: Start small to grow large - Part 2Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New York)Sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event.
DescriptionToday development tools should be based on open standards such asEclipse, Apache Tomcat and Geronimo. They provide an attractive,robust, free of charge development environment. However, analternative development environment has emerged that embraces theinnovation of the open source development model while providingthe stability of commercial development tools.
Community development tools from IBM are based on the same openstandards as open source tools while providing enhancedfunctional capabilities and broader platform support for smallteams just getting started or working on proof of concepts. TheIBM Community tools include Eclipse, WebSphere Application ServerCommunity Edition, DB2 Express C and a collaboration environmentcalled Rational Team Concert Express C. These tools can provide arobust and supported development environment.
Discussions will include IBM’s open standards strategy, as wellas an in-depth discussion of IBM’s Open Community developmenttools. This discussion will provide details on the features andfunctions of Eclipse, DB2 Express C, and WAS CE and Rational TeamConcert and their integration for a robust developmentenvironment to create and deploy Web applications. This on lineevent will be divided into two sessions.
Topics Covered:Session 1• Open Standards• IBM DB2 Express C• IBM WebSphere WASCE
Session 2• Eclipse• IBM Rational Team Concert Express C• Resources
Enjoy the virtual briefing.
PS... if you liked my post entitled "The Year of Change", I suggest you read the pair of blog entries by Willie: Are you Managing Your CareerAre you Managing Your Career Part 2[Read More]