Watch the DB2Night Show Friday 8/20 and Friday 8/27 to get the technical details about DB2 in the Cloud. Expert Mark Wilding from IBM Toronto has so much information to share that this topic needs to be spread across two shows!
As usual, join Scott Hayes the host of the DB2Night Show for some very entertaining learning… for free!
Visit http://www.DB2NightShow.com for details and FREE registration links.
Just published: The New Era of Enterprise
Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage
By Mike Biere
A Complete Blueprint for Maximizing the Value of Business
Intelligence in the Enterprise
The typical enterprise recognizes the immense potential of business
intelligence (BI) and its impact upon many facets within the organization–but
it’s not easy to transform BI’s potential into real business value. In The
New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence, top BI expert Mike Biere
presents a complete blueprint for creating winning BI strategies and
infrastructure, and systematically maximizing the value of information
throughout the enterprise.
This product-independent guide brings together start-to-finish guidance and
practical checklists for every senior IT executive, planner, strategist,
implementer, and the actual business users themselves. Drawing on thousands of
hours working with enterprise customers, Biere helps decision-makers choose from
today’s unprecedented spectrum of options, including the latest BI platform
suites and appliances. He offers practical, “in-the-trenches” insights on a wide
spectrum of planning and implementation issues, from segmenting and supporting
users to working with unstructured data.
• Understanding the scope of today’s BI solutions and how they fit into
• Assessing new options such as SaaS and cloud-based technologies
• Avoiding technology biases and other “project killers”
• Developing effective RFIs/RFPs and proofs of concept
• Setting up competency centers and planning for skills development
• Crafting a better experience for all your business users
• Supporting the requirements of senior executives, including performance
• Cost-justifying BI solutions and measuring success
• Working with enterprise content management, text analytics, and search
• Planning and constructing portals, mashups, and other user interfaces
• Previewing the future of BI
This is not Mike’s first book. Also from Mike:
2003’s Business Intelligence for the
and Flashbook: New Intelligence for a Smarter
Planet: Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Congratulations Mike! I’m looking forward to reading your book!
If you will be at the IBM Information on
Demand Conference this October, buy or bring a copy of Mike’s book to sign.
He’ll be there doing sessions and I’ve arranged a book signing session for him
IBM InfoSphere Replication Server and Data Event Publisher
Design, implement, and monitor a successful Q replication and Event Publishing project
by Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
Covers the toolsets needed to implement a successful Q replication project Aimed at the Linux, Unix, and Windows operating systems, with many concepts common to z/OS as well A chapter dedicated exclusively to WebSphere MQ for the DB2 DBA Detailed step-by-step instructions for 13 Q replication scenarios with troubleshooting and monitoring tips Written in a conversational and easy to follow manner
Buy the book now from packtpub.com.
Available soon from Amazon.
Note… this is Pav’s second book. His first was co-authored with Mattias Nicola:
Packt will publish their 100th Enterprise focused title. The chosen title for this landmark moment: Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide !
Publisher of the DB2 Certification Study Guides has just informed me of a sale they are having.
Starting today, all of the certification books on sale at 20% off of list until next Tuesday, August 24. This includes the latest one—DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS by Judy H. Nall.
You can see them all on our DB2 page. Please note that this is the general DB2 category page so not ALL of the books on that page are on sale, though all of the certification books are.
DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
All of these books were authored by experts who were part of the exam development team, the structure of the book matches the exam objectives, and there are sample test questions to help you prepare for the exam.
For information on the exams… see ibm.com/certify.
If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference in October, you can take the exams free of charge and meet the authors. I have a book signing set up for Judy Nall on Tuesday October 26. Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson are running their Crammer Courses on Sunday October 24. Judy also trying to have a crammer course available the same day.
The next Chat with the Lab session will
focus on DB2 pureScale:
DB2 pureScale - Always-on, Elastic Database
Date: Tue, August 31, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern
10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30hrs London /
17:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9 PM
Speakers: Sal Vella (IBM),
Drew Bradstock (IBM)
Host: Rav Ahuja
Last year IBM released DB2 pureScale, an integrated database cluster solution
that provides continuous data availability, virtually unlimited capacity,
elastic scalability, and all this with easy setup and management but without
requiring any applications changes. IBM has recently updated DB2 pureScale and
announced that it will now also be available to run on Intel-based commodity
hardware and Linux. In this webcast we will cover various DB2 pureScale related
topics including: architecture, benefits, demos, experiences, and getting
To learn more and get your questions answered, join Sal Vella (VP,
Development), and Drew
Bradstock (Product Manager) on Tuesday August
31, 2010 at 11:30 AM Eastern.
Presentation charts for this Chat will be available for download from
ibm.com/db2/labchats 1-2 days prior to the event.
To register and receive instructions for attending this webinar,
point your browser to:
If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand conference this October,
you are eligible to pick up the latest Flashbook about DB2:
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matthew Huras, Paul Awad, and Aamer Sachedina
This succinct guide will show you how DB2 with pureScale can provide you
transparent application scalability, the ability to deliver agile-like computing
to your transaction systems, and extreme availability.
Also check out these sites for details about DB2 pureScale:
DB2 pureScale Unlimited capacity with continuous availability
A Technology Preview
pureScale: Scaling Databases without Limits
DB2 pureScale - Always-on, Elastic Database
Cluster – **NEW**
Application Scaling with IBM DB2 pureScale
databases size does matter: introducing DB2 pureScale
unveils DB2 pureScale on IBM Power Systems
pureScale Technology Redefines Transaction Processing Economics
DB2 pureScale to Eliminate Over-Provisioning of Database Software
As always, if you think I’ve missed something… let me know. I’ll be happy to
promote any resource related to this new technology.
Look at all the great books that will be for sale at the IOD Conference
at a 20% discount. There are more books that will be for sale at the Conference Bookstore
, of course, but I've arranged a book signing session with the author(s) of the books mentioned in this blog entry.
For the first time ever, I've arrange to have these book signing sessions included into the SmartSite Agenda Builder
! I'm very happy about this as it will help people remember when and where the sessions are taking place. In the past, people had to manually add the sessions to their schedule, which of course rarely happened.
1) Guest Speaker Book Signing
This signing will take place immediately following Atul’s appearance at the IOD General Session (8:00-9:30). Attendees must purchase the book at the conference bookstore and bring it to Atul for him to sign.
2) DB2 for z/OS book --- yes, finally a NEW DB2 book!!
Judy Nall’s book is for sale… she is a Gold Consultant and this is the first DB2 for z/OS book published in a few years.
12:30 – 1:30
DB2 V9 for z/OS Certification Guide - Systems Administration – Test 737
3) Books for MDM, Information Architecture, and Business Intelligence.
This first signing takes place after the General Session on Wednesday.
10:00 – 11:00
New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence, The: Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage
12:30 – 1:30
MDM for Customer Data: Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
12:30 – 1:30
Eberhard Hechler, Martin Oberhofer, Steve Lockwood, Michael Schroek, Mario Godinez, Klaus Koeig
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture
4) Career Development
This book doesn’t relate technically to the conference, but the book was written by a long term DB2 developer and would benefit all attendees who are in the software industry in terms of career development.
12:30 – 1:30
Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great.
Watch for future posts where I'll reveal the Flashbooks that will
be launched at this year's conference and also for further details on
each of the books that I've mentioned today.
I have two upcoming webinars to tell you about today and hope that you can
make one or both of them!
First, the second season of the DB2Night Show starts this
Friday, August 6, 2010. This kickoff episode is special in
that it is 90 minutes in length and Scott will be joined by my two good
friends Serge Rielau and Dwaine Snow.
Together they will give us updates on all the ways that IBM is making it easy
to choose DB2 LUW. If you are a current user of Oracle or Sybase, you really
don’t want to miss this show.
Season 1 ended up with 23 shows and if you missed them, come and listen to
the replays. I was a guest on one of the shows and had much fun with Scott!
View the upcoming shows and register here: DB2Night Show Website.
Second, the DB2 Database professional bloggers are hosting a
free 60-minute virtual session for our the community. The best part is
... YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE TOPIC! Yes, that's right. This virtual
session will be on a topic of your choice. Are you interested in an overview of
the technical advantages of DB2 over Oracle? Want to know more about DB2
pureScale? Maybe you'd like tips on how to migrate an existing Oracle
application to a DB2 application? Whatever your topic(s) of interest, post a
comment and let me know. If you're new to DB2, this is a great opportunity for
you to become familiar with DB2.
Nominate a topic here: DB2 Database
By the way, this is a good blog to “follow”.
I found this cool article yesterday about jobs that are good for people who
like to talk: “10 Jobs for People Who Love to
Talk” by Tatiana Varenik. I made a similar comment to a very outgoing
student when I was volunteer teaching at a middle school. An outgoing,
talkative student in grade 8 is surely to get sent to the principal’s office
many times but should realize that they will be happy with their skills when
they graduate as many jobs require these skills!
Also when I volunteer for Girl Guides, the leader asks the kids to think
about the kind of people that work in a software company like IBM. What skills
are they likely to have? The answer is that they are likely outgoing and like
to talk! Surprised? Don’t be. Networking, presenting, negotiating, writing,
and many other related skills are very common and required for a person in
software to have success.
Interested in knowing more? I highly recommend Sam Lightstone’s book
“Making it Big in Software” as the book
will help you understand the skills that are required for a person to achieve
success in a software company. I personally find that much of his advice would
be good for any recent graduate regardless of the job they think they qualify
Many of my friends from grade school now have kids who are graduating from
high school. I grew up in a small rural town where many people stay after high
school and get traditional jobs. I think it is difficult for a person in such a
situation to understand the type of careers that their kids can have with a
university degree and in a large company like IBM. This book would be good for
parents in this situation to read as it might open their eyes to many
possibilities that they were not aware of before.
That reminds me of a conversation I had with my computer-game obsessed 12
year old on our vacation. He and his friend were talking about the features
they would like to see in coming releases of the games they like. They
discussed details about each feature and the likelihood that the users of the
game would want / need such an upgrade. I stopped the conversation to tell them
if they ever heard of the job “Product Planner”. Of course they hadn’t, but
that is exactly the type of conversation a product planner would have to decide
what direction the product should go into in future releases.
Then the discussion turned to the steps they have to do on their computer
when they install a new game. Most of the discussion reminded me of what an
integration tester would do… or perhaps a performance analysts. Amazing the
skills that a game can bring to a young kid!
For any parent who thinks that your kid is wasting his or her time playing
games, read Sam’s book to see if there are careers you can recommend to your
gaming expert that might lead to real bucks in the future!
Enjoy the book!
25 June - our Season 1 FINALE - YOU REQUESTED IT!!!
Berni Schiefer RETURNS to talk about DB2 LUW Storage Optimization and Best Practices. He will be joined by his peer Robin Grosman who is the manager of BPS development. What's BPS? Another IBM acronym of course! Berni tells me that "BPS is the DB2 code layer that does I/O to storage".
Registration links and additional details:
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The two things that these books have in common are:
1) They were published by IBM Press (Pearson Education), IBM’s partner in publishing. Check out the deals that are being offered on IBM Press titles.
2) They were all authored by women. Normally I wouldn’t mention this…. but lately there has been plenty of news in the Canadian papers about the G20 and G8 summits that we are hosting this month. Part of the goal of the meetings is to discuss the plight of women in the world. So kudos to all the women in the world! Keep achieving greatness like these female authors.
Innovation Passport: The IBM First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) Journey From Research to Reality
by Mary Jo Frederich, Peter Andrews
- Get Inside IBM’s Breakthrough FOAK Program for Delivering Profitable Innovation!
- Learn from one of the world’s most successful innovation initiatives
- Align researchers, clients, and partners behind innovation that matters
- Get the right innovations to market fast
How can you promote innovation that delivers real, profitable business value–again and again, year after year? For 14 years, IBM’s FOAK program has done just that. In Innovation Passport, FOAK’s leaders share the powerful lessons they’ve learned. Through actual project examples, you’ll discover how to craft more effective processes for making innovation happen...encourage collaboration...manage innovation portfolios...protect intellectual property...and systematically improve the chances of marketplace adoption. Whatever your role in innovation, this book will help you do it better, faster, and more profitably.
The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking
by Maria Azua
- Harness the Power of Social Networking to Promote Innovation and Drive Growth
- A treasure trove of strategic and tactical insights for the business leader
- Provides relevant experience from a host of powerful case studies and compelling business scenarios
- Secrets for avoiding costly mistakes that can cripple a social networking initiative
Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
by Sheila Forte Trammel, Audrey J. Murrell, Diana A. Bing
Use mentoring to develop tomorrow’s world-class business leaders
Actionable solutions and best practices from IBM’s breakthrough mentoring program
• Embrace mentoring as a high-performance work practice
Maximizing, capturing, and communicating the value-added impact of mentoring
• Set the right goals for mentoring: then achieve them
Utilize mentoring to strengthen organizational learning, improve retention, promote innovation, and more
• Use mentoring to solve your organization’s most “wicked” problems
How mentoring can help you respond to complex, tangled challenges you’ve never faced before
Agile Career Development: Lessons and Approaches from IBM
by Mary Ann Bopp - Sheila Forte Trammel – Diana Bing
How do you make career development work for both the employee and the business? IBM® has done it by tightly linking employee-driven career development programs with corporate goals. In Agile Career Development, three of IBM’s leading HR innovators show how IBM has accomplished this by illustrating various lessons and approaches that can be applied to other organizations as well. This book is for every HR professional, learning or training manager, executive, strategist, and any other business leader who wants to create a high performing organization.
Enjoy these books!
If you've considered making the move to DB2, developerWorks has made it easier than ever to find out everything you need to know.
The new DB2 enablement page for DBAs and database developers is loaded with resources -- articles, tutorials, demos, webcasts, and more -- to help you understand the benefits of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Benefits like industry-leading performance, autonomic admin features, and lower costs.
Are you already working with another relational database management system (like, say, Oracle)? Why not find out how easy it is to migrate your applications to DB2 9.7? Plus, new SQL compatibility features in DB2 9.7 (including support for Oracle's SQL and PL/SQL dialects) make it easy to reuse your PL/SQL knowledge.
And for more on all of IBM's data solutions, stop by our Information Management zone here on developerWorks.
And don’t forget the great books that are available for you to make the move to DB2:
Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional
by Grant Allen
Understanding DB2®: Learning Visually with Examples, 2nd Edition
by Raul F. Chong, Xiaomei Wang, Michael Dang, Dwaine R. Snow
Improve performance by 74%, while lowering data costs and downtime by up to 40%
Modern day levels of high-velocity data growth have put increased pressure on today's database management systems to support increasingly complex workloads, applications and service levels to meet business demand.
Attend our upcoming seminar to learn how IBM's integrated server and DB2 software offerings can help you improve application performance by up to 73% while lowering your data management costs by up to 40%.
You'll learn how to reduce the complexity of your current DBMS landscape, increase DBA productivity and improve IT service levels by ensuring near-real time access to critical business data.
Register today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or completing our quick online registration form.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND:
Whether you’re considering a new information infrastructure or are interested in learning how to meet next generation database workloads, attending this complimentary seminar will enable you to:
- Drastically improve the performance of mission-critical business applications.
- Reduce downtime while scaling dynamically to meet growing business requirements.
- Learn how an IBM-based virtualization strategy can help reduce database server costs with DB2’s reduced compression rates.
- Get an up-close look at IBM's DB2 9.7 release and learn how the Oracle compatibility feature can increase DBA productivity.
- Tailor the agenda to suit your specific needs by selecting from a range of sessions on Oracle, SAP, data warehousing and more!
- Network with like-minded, forward-thinking IT leaders from your local area.
Switching information platforms has never been easier or more cost-effective. Find out how to break free from high data management costs while minimizing IT complexity, reducing energy consumption and improving service levels.
Register today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or completing our quick online registration form.
DW 2.0 - Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing
Data Warehousing has been around for 20 years and has become an integral part of the IT infrastructure. In this session Bill Inmon, the "father of data warehousing" will discuss the evolution of DW 2.0 and the future of data warehousing that is technologically possible now, at both an architectural level and technology level. Discover how your organization stacks up as Bill explores the overall architecture requirements and delves into the underlying components to help you determine: what new technology to buy, how to plan extensions to the data warehouse, what can be salvaged from the current system, and how to justify the expense--at the most practical level.
You’ll walk away with a comprehensive overview of how best to implement the necessary technology and tools to enable the new generation of the DW: metadata, temporal data, ETL, unstructured data, and data quality control.
Meeting your Next Generation Database Needs
The automation of database admin tasks and sophisticated workload management capabilities are redefining how easy it is to optimize performance for your database software, while industry leading XML data management and data compression capabilities ideally position DB2 to handle your evolving workloads. When these features are tightly integrated with IBM servers to deliver workload-optimized systems, organizations are realizing benefits such as improving performance by up to 73% and lowering costs by up to 40%. Learn how organizations like yours can realize such benefits too.
POWER7 servers are a new generation of Smarter Systems
The new Power systems feature virtualization without limits, resiliency without downtime, dynamic energy optimization, and management with automation. Learn about the workload optimized features that make these systems the choice for both transaction processing and throughput processing - features that can dramatically reduce your costs and improve service to your end users.
Moving to IBM DB2 has Never Been Easier, Cheaper and Faster
In this session you'll learn about the built-in feature's of IBM DB2 that enable smoother, easier migration from other database platforms. In particular, IBM DB2 9.7 enables you to port applications written for a different database, with minimal or no change to your code. In addition, switching to DB2 can reduce operational costs and increase throughput through innovative technologies packed into the heart of the database engine. Learn how a move to DB2 guarantees these benefits, coupled with DB2's strong tradition of reliability, resiliency, and availability.
Smart Warehousing, Smart Decisions with the IBM Smart Analytics System
The recent surge in data warehouse technologies and appliances has led to a lot of hype surrounding the business intelligence (BI) and analytics space. Find out why IBM is uniquely positioned to deliver the most comprehensive workload optimized solution – one that includes not only an integrated data warehouse on IBM Servers – but also the required BI reporting, data mining and OLAP capabilities expected to make smart decisions. This session will provide an overview of how IBM’s Smart Analytics System can provide your organization with BI capabilities to hit the ground running with scalability to grow and adapt as your analytic requirements change. You'll also hear concrete examples from current customers using the technology.
Optimize your SAP system by significantly reducing the TCO
Architected, integrated and optimized together DB2/SAP on Power is the best combination for your SAP applications. Come and learn why customers including SAP have chosen to run their SAP applications on DB2. Over 100 customers migrated with 100% success to DB2 in the past 6 months, come talk to the thought-leaders as to how you too can benefit from DB2/SAP on Power – you will be able to reduce the memory, storage significantly while still getting superior SAP system performance.
Best Practices: Managing DB2 for Oracle® Applications and beyond
Organizations increasingly depend on business-critical enterprise systems to drive results and meet the challenges of daily operations. The combination of skill availability, increasingly complex technology options, and the business demand for a greater ROI have pushed many IT engineering teams to either design or adopt best practices to support these systems. In this session, we will explore case studies and discuss best practices for managing your Oracle applications on DB2. This session will benefit both those who are managing data on DB2 and those considering DB2 as part of their database portfolio.
Attendance is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or apply online.
Thanks to Leons Petrazickis
for reminding me about the DB2 Wiki
. Leons was able to add a recently written white paper to the site and I thought this would give me a good opportunity to tell you what you can find on this site.
The white paper that was just added is:
Authors: Andre Albuquerque, Irina Delidjakova
This paper will help you get started with DB2 Express-C and Virtuozzo Containers for Linux. Combined with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 for Linux®, DB2 Express-C software can be a powerful addition to your information management infrastructure. Virtuozzo Containers offers a high-performance, space-efficient operating system virtualization solution that you can use to create new virtual machines, also known as containers,within seconds.
What else can you find on this wiki?
This wiki contains an extensive list of articles, publications, tutorials, and other DB2 material. Check the appropriate document in this wiki to see the full list.
These are our latest featured DB2 articles and tutorials. This is just a small subset of all the material available in the wiki, so if you don't see what you need in this list, check the complete listings.
I hope you find something of interest on this site. If you have or know of content that should be placed here, let me or Leons know and we'll see what we can do.....
IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook
Over 80 great recipes for taking control of Cognos 8 Report Studio
- Learn advanced techniques to produce real-life reports that meet business demands
Tricks and hacks for speedy and effortless report development and to overcome tool-based limitations
Peek into the best practices used in industry and discern ways to work like a pro
Part of Packt's Cookbook series-each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible
Cognos Report Studio is widely used for creating and managing business reports in medium to large companies. It is simple enough for any business analyst, power user, or developer to pick up and start developing basic reports. However, when it comes to developing more sophisticated, fully functional business reports for wider audiences, report authors will need guidance.
This book helps you understand and use all the features provided by Report Studio to generate impressive deliverables. It will take you from being a beginner to a professional report author. It bridges the gap between basic training provided by manuals or trainers and the practical techniques learned over years of practice.
This book covers all the basic and advanced features of Report Authoring. It begins by bringing readers on the same platform and introducing the fundamental features useful across any level of reporting. Then it ascends to advanced techniques and tricks to overcome Studio limitations.Develop excellent reports using dimensional data sources by following best practices that development work requires in Report Studio. You will also learn about editing the report outside the Studio by directly editing the XML specifications.
Learn techniques and hacks to make the best out of your Cognos 8 Report Studio
What you will learn from this book
- Learn basic and advanced options around sorting, filtering, and aggregation of data
Explore the powerful features of Report Studio-Conditional Formatting, Cascaded Prompts, Master-Detailed queries, and more
Achieve real business demands such as dynamic drill-though links, showing tooltips, minimum column width, prompt manipulation, and merged cells
Learn to edit reports outside Report Studio using XML editing
Develop sophisticated printer friendly reports
Overcome tool limitations such as row level formatting, timing report execution, handling missing images, and so on
Learn tips on report development time
Introduce best practices such as inserting comments, regression testing, and version controlling in your reports
Enhance the features of Report Studio by using macros
Work with dimensional models (DMRs and Cubes)
Written in cookbook style, this book offers learning and techniques through recipes. It contains step-by-step instructions for Report Studio 8 users to author effective reports. The book is designed in such a way that you can refer to things chapter by chapter, and read them in no particular order.
You will see a new fictional business case in each recipe that will relate to a real-life problem and then you will learn how to crack it in Report Studio.
Who this book is written for
If you are a Business Intelligence or MIS Developer (programmer) working on Cognos Report Studio who wants to author impressive reports by putting to use what this tool has to offer, this book is for you. You could also be a Business Analyst or Power User who authors his own reports and wants to look beyond the conventional features of Report Studio 8.
This book assumes that you can do basic authoring, are aware of the Cognos architecture, and are familiar with Studio.
SPVC courses are self-paced online training that offer you the flexibility to take training when and where you want.
Get the high-quality content, hands-on lab experience, and instructor support of traditional classroom training, without the cost and hassles of travel.
With several courses available in trial format, you can experience this exciting new learning method first hand at no charge!
Take these new SPVC courses today:
1L610T - Trial version of Advanced DB2 SAP for Administrators
1WA52T - Trial Version of InfoSphere Warehouse Components 9 – SQL Warehousing Tool and Administration Console
2X101T - Trial Version of Developing Applications Using Informix 4GL
Once you try this format for learning, you may give up on all other methods! Let me know what you think.
We're down to the wire... only 4 episodes remaining in the premier season of the DB2Night Show.
discusses the REDISTRIBUTE command with Scott Hayes in tomorrow's episode (June 4
, 11:00 am Eastern).
June 11 – IBM Mark Wilding on DB2 in the Cloud – a technical talk – probably Part 1 of 3 part series.
June 18 – Comparing DB2 LUW and Oracle by IBM’s Burt Vialpando
June 25 – Our Season 1 show FINALE – Berni Schiefer returns with DB2 LUW Storage I/O optimization
Much thanks to Scott Hayes for pulling these amazing technical talks together!
PS..... If you've missed any episodes, remember that they were recorded and can be found on the DB2Night Show site
IBM's Information on Demand (IOD) Conference took place in Rome: May 19-21.
My purpose at the conference was to sell books to attendees, but I wasn't able to arrange for a bookseller to set up shop. I'm not able to sell books myself so I promoted both electronic books and buying books directly from the publisher.
Safari Books Online joined me as they provide one of the available options for electronic books. Erin and Martin from Safari were giving demonstrations of their system to attendees. We gave out bookmarks that promoted a free trial subscription for people to try Safari. The URL is: http://safaribooksonline.com/requesttrial/ (Feel free to give it a try!) IBM has a corporate license to Books 24x7 which provides a similar service, but there are fewer technical books than are available via Safari Books Online.
I brought my Kindle to the conference to show people technical content on this device. I don't think that it is the best option for technical books. I've downloaded all the readers and find the PC eReaders to be very good. I suspect that iPads will be suitable, but have not been able to use one yet.
The publishers who I work with sent me a sample copy of each book I requested. I likely had 50 books in total. These were merely for display so the attendees could browse through the books and to see the range of titles that were available. There was much interest. If someone wanted to purchase a book, I gave them information on how they could get a discounted printed version by ordering directly from the publisher. Pearson set up a site for EMEA to purchase books at a 35% discount, local currency, free shipping and duty: http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/bookshop/ibmpressbookshop
Magnus Lindkvist, keynote speaker and facilitator
Author of Book: Everything We Know Is Wrong – The Trendspotter’s Handbook
Magnus brought copies of his book to the conference and sold nearly 100 copies for cash.
Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, and Michael Schroeck
Authors of Book: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture
IBM purchased 300 copies of this book to be given to qualified attendees. Attendees needed to attend a session hosted by one of the authors or to visit the InfoSphere Demo Room. The event was very successful and all the books were claimed in about an hour.
I arranged to have a number of the previously published flashbooks available to hand out. These included:
New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet – Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features
Information on Demand for Dummies, 2nd edition
SAP DBA Cockpit - Flight Plans for DB2 LUW Administrator
I had about 50 copies of each title and they were very well received. Some of the books were moved to the Education Zone to attract / reward people who visited.
I was able to meet with many authors and potential authors! This networking has resulted in more books in the pipeline. I'll have more information on the titles in the future.
James Lumsden from Packt Publishing flew into Rome to meet me in person and attended the Thursday night networking session that was part of the conference. I was able to introduce James to 25 authors or potential authors. During these conversations we discussed potential topics that would be good for the future.
I met an IBM university ambassador for Spain and will work with him to find more ambassadors in Europe so I can further promote some of our books.
Since this was the first time showcasing books at a conference rather than selling them, I learned a few things that I'd like to improve for future events:
Since I had books from 5 or 6 different publishers, it was difficult for me to give one URL for people to go to for our books. Our bookstore website needs to be redesigned and updated to include all the relevant books in both electronic and printed format.
I need a piece of collateral that can highlight the messages we can give to the customer about the book strategy. This can be a flyer, postcard, or bookmark.
On Monday and Tuesday this week, the CCDB2UG conference
was held in Markham, ON. I was very happy to be invited to take part in a very small way to speak to attendees during the reception and to network with people following the reception.
I handed out my business card to everyone who I met in the hopes that they will become readers of my blog. I hope one or two of you are people I met in person on Monday!
The message that I delivered to the attendees was that our Education and Skills team are dedicated to provide resources to people who want to gain skills on DB2 and other IM products. We have self study courses
, traditional courses
, ILO courses
, certification programs
, and more! I have blogged about these resources in the past and will continue to do so in the future, so keep coming back!
During the event I spoke to many of the excecutives of this user group: Yvonne, Joe, Tim, Dawn, Murray... and others! While talking to them I realized that each and every one of them are using a piece of advice that is prominent in Sam Lightstone's
book: Making it Big in Software
. That advice is to become a domain expert which will allow you to build your own skills but to help others build their skills and to build your network of like minded people. Can you imagine the benefits of knowing people throughout the industry who have the same passion and skills as you have?
Tim told me that he has attended just about every user group meeting for the past 25 years! I think the dedication that he and others put into user groups is amazing and hope that there are people early in their career who are willing to contribute to keep such an amazing community viable well into the future.
I hope you enjoy my blog entries!