James Taylor the musician makes awesome music and is easy to find when you do a search on amazon or google. Another awesome James Talyor is the author, CEO, and Principal Consultant of Decision Management Solutions. James is the leading expert in decision management and decisioning technologies. James is passionate about using decisioning technologies like business rules and predictive analytics to help companies improve decision making and develop smarter and more agile processes and systems. James has over 20 years developing software and solutions for clients and has led Decision Management efforts for leading companies in insurance, banking, health management and telecommunications. He is also an active speaker, blogger and author.
James will be at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference this year, but I am not sure of his speaking schedule at this time. I do know that I’ve arranged for a book signing for him on Tuesday, October 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 at the Conference bookstore. (Soon you’ll be able to add this signing to your Smart Site Schedule.)
James now has two books that he’s published and both will be for sale at the Conference bookstore for a 20% discount:
Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent Systems
This book launches just in time for the conference. Decision Management Systems offers trusted advice for applying Decision Management to your own problems and environment. Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, it shows how to refocus existing analytics and business rules initiatives for greater long-term value, and overcome the specific obstacles that can derail your Decision Management initiative.
About the book:
Most companies rely on operational systems that are largely passive. But what if you could make your systems active participants in optimizing your business? What if your systems could act intelligently on their own? Learn, not just report? Empower users to take action instead of simply escalating their problems? Evolve without massive IT investments?
Decision Management Systems can do all that and more. In this book, the field’s leading expert demonstrates how to use them to drive unprecedented levels of business value. James Taylor shows how to integrate operational and analytic technologies to create systems that are more agile, more analytic, and more adaptive. Through actual case studies, you’ll learn how to combine technologies such as predictive analytics, optimization, and business rules—improving customer service, reducing fraud, managing risk, increasing agility, and driving growth.
Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, Decision Management Systems focuses on mainstream business challenges.
- Understanding how Decision Management Systems can transform your business
- Planning your systems “with the decision in mind”
- Identifying, modeling, and prioritizing the decisions you need to optimize
- Designing and implementing robust decision services
- Monitoring your ongoing decision-making and learning how to improve it
- Proven enablers of effective Decision Management Systems: people, process, and technology
- Identifying and overcoming obstacles that can derail your Decision Management Systems initiative
His previous book with co-author Neil Raden published in 2007 and has a very distinctive photo on the cover!
Smart Enough Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions
The book’s companion site, www.smartenoughsystems.com, has additional information and references for practitioners as well as news and updates.
I’m looking forward to meeting James and I hope you are too. In the mean time, I plan to read his blog: James’ blog.
For IOD sessions related to this book, see the Business Analytics Roadmaps:
BA Business Intelligence
BA Delivering Customer Success
BA Financial and Risk Analytics
BA Predictive and Advanced Analytics
BA Social Media and Customer Analytics
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
Author Robert Laberge is flying in from Ireland to meet people who are interested in having him sign copies of his book at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference. Come to the Conference bookstore Tuesday October 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 am to meet Bob. Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
by Robert Laberge
What’s in the Book?
In The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights, business intelligence and data warehousing expert Robert Laberge explains the components and different alternatives in building a data warehouse and describes pros and cons for choosing one path over another. Building a data warehouse is unique for each organization but can be guided by the author’s years of knowledge obtained from working on many differing data warehouse and business intelligence environments in organizations around the world.
The book covers practical and technical aspects of current data warehouse and business intelligence issues with views on realistic solutions within the management and technical arenas. Data warehousing topics are first presented from a high-level overview to ensure the terminology and context is understood, and are then covered in deeper detail to clarify the specifics. These topics all pertain to data warehousing, business intelligence, and performance management.
The Data Warehouse Mentor
- Explains the proper implementation of the many available technologies and practices
- Shares the author’s nearly 30 years of data warehouse and business intelligence experience in more than 20 countries worldwide
- Mentors you to success in determining and deploying the most effective data warehouse and business intelligence solutions for your business
- Helps you anticipate future data requirements and usage to ensure the design and build environment for your solution is flexible and open to change
Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Overview; Data in the Organization; Reasons for Building; Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse Strategy - The Plan; Project Resources – Roles and Insights; Write it Up – Overview; Business Intelligence: Data Marts & Usage; Enterprise Data Models; Data Warehouse Architecture; ETL and Data Quality; Project Planning; Working Scenarios - Hands On; Data Governance; Post Project Review
About the Author
Robert Laberge is a lead principle consultant for the IBM Industry Models and Assets Lab in Dublin which focuses on data warehousing and business intelligence solutions. He has helped more than 50 large organizations in 20 countries by mentoring, training, and demonstrating data warehouse and business intelligence solutions, including Target, Qwest, ING, Mayo Clinic, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, BMW, Korea Telecom, Scotiabank, Capital One, Reliance Infocomm, and Tata Group. Robert has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Durham (UK) and has nearly 30 years of experience in IT.
Proven strategies for implementing the right data warehouse and business intelligence solutions for current and future business needs: order the book now!
Other Warehouse events taking place at IOD:
The best way to find out the warehouse specific sessions that are available at IOD this year is to review the roadmaps that were put together to guide you. Here is the mega list!
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
What do you know about IBM InfoSphere BigInsights?
BigInsights brings the power of Apache Hadoop to enterprises. This means that by using InfoSphere BigInsights, you can manage and analyze data in ways that were previously unimaginable. You an extract deep insights that can lead to greater efficiencies, value-add services, and opportunity for transformation.
That’s not much to go on, but what I can tell you is if you’re interested in learning more, take advantage of the special one-day class on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in conjunction with the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration for the IOD Conference is NOT required to attend this Sunday class.
This one-day training course is for system administrators and developers responsible for managing Apache Hadoop. Not only will you learn about this new technology, but after you’ve taken the course, you’ll be prepared to take and the BigInsights Technical mastery test, which you can take for free at the IOD conference.
- Big Data Overview
- Introduction to Hadoop and HDFS
- HDFS Administration
- Introduction to Map / Reduce
- Setup of an Hadoop Cluster
- Managing Job Execution
- Overview of JAQL
- Data Loading
- Overview of workflow engine
More about the Mastery Exam: Test M97: IBM BigInsights Technical Mastery Test v1
This proctored technical mastery test examines IBM BigInsights knowledge regarding the ability to identify, manage and close sales opportunities.
The test is applicable to sales representatives who demonstrate sales and technical knowledge of the IBM BigInsights product and targets the technical sales professional who can deliver a comprehensive business solution to customers through solution identification, product differentiation, and competitive positioning.
This technical mastery test meets one of the technical requirements for SVP (Software Value Plus) and counts as a skill towards Advanced and Premier PartnerWorld Membership levels. It is strongly advised that the candidate complete the recommended education prior to attempting this technical mastery test.
- Number of questions: 39
- Time allowed in minutes: 75
- Required passing score: 76%
- Test languages: English
- Section 1 - BigData Overview (23%)
- Section 2 - Introduction to Hadoop (18%)
- Section 3 - HDFS Administration (15%)
- Section 4 - Setup of a Hadoop Cluster (18%)
- Section 5 - Managing Job Execution (8%)
- Section 6 - Overivew of JAQL (18%)
Other Pre-Conference Education available at IOD this year:
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
David Birmingham’s latest book is being featured at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this year:
I have a book signing session scheduled for David, so you can buy a book and get it signed. Meet David on Wednesday October 26 at the Conference Bookstore from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. David’s latest book will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
There are many Netezza sessions being held at IOD this year. Use SmartSite to choose the sessions that you are interested in. Here are the sessions that David is involved with:
- When the Netezza technology is introduced into a new environment, it can elicit as much mystery as it does excitement. This session on Wednesday 8:15 – 9:30 am, will demystify and simplify many of the high-performance, sometimes counter-intuitive concepts used in the Netezza architecture, such as how to re-think a solution that is no longer obligated to under-powered technology, how to best approach a migration from existing technology into a TwinFin, and a discussion about using the platform as a data processing machine. This session answers questions many new users have, such as: Where do we start? How do we get the most from the machine? What do our people need to know? Or of equal importance, what do our people need to set aside?
- David will also host IBM Netezza Appliances Best Practices sessions at IOD from 12:30 – 1:30 Wednesday October 26 and Thursday October 27. During these sessions, David will share insights and best practices on IBM Netezza appliance selection and deployment, and encourages open discussion and Q&A.
About the book
- A deep dive into the mechanics and pitfalls of migration
- The advantages and disadvantages of in-the-box data processing
- A review of some ETL tool positives and negatives
- How-to's on set-based patterns like slowly-changing-dimensions, change-data-capture, exception handling, referential integrity and how to make it all metadata-driven and metadata-aware
- Parameterized shell-scripting examples, case-studies, vendor proof-of-concept tournaments and converting our Netezza storage machine into a data processing flow-based powerhouse.
Throughout the book is a consistent message of transformation, certainly for data but also for people, corporations, operations, technology and technologists, all leading to an impact on the data warehousing industry as a whole.
Take a look at David’s blog “Netezza Underground” to get more insight into the book and everything else Netezza.
Also of interest:
- A new video series to help you understand the difference between a data warehouse and a data warehouse appliance. The video series is narrated by CEO, Jim Baum and CTO, Justin Lindsey.
- An eBook, written by Mike Kearney, which explores both our technological innovation, resulting performance and our customer's experiences in terms of Simplicity. You can download this ebook for free.
Other posts about the IOD Conference:
As mentioned in a previous post, there are several deep technical courses that you can take immediately prior to IBM’s Information on Demand (IOD11) Conference this year. My previous post described the 6 certification crammer courses that are offered. If you aren’t interested in cramming for a certification, consider this one:
The popular troubleshooting seminar is back, this time with updated information on the newest DB2 release - 9.7 Cobra! Learn how to identify and resolve problems such as database hangs, locking problems, crashes and optimizer/performance problems. DB2 V9 also provides various problem determination facilities and tools such as DB2PD. Knowing how and when to use these tools is critical in resolving problems quickly.
Take this class to learn how to identify and resolve problems such as database hangs, locking problems, crashes and optimizer/performance problems. Learn about the tools and techniques that you can use to identify performance problems caused by resource bottlenecks, locking and poor query access plans.
As a result of the class, you’ll be able to
- Characterize a problem in order to expedite resolution
- Learn how and what data to collect during intermittent hangs, slow-downs and other problems in order to decrease problem resolution time
- Understand DB2 Support's methodology in troubleshooting DB2 problems.
The instructor for this class is Aman Lalla from the IBM Toronto Lab. Aman is a senior development manager and analyst at the IBM Toronto Lab in Canada. He has 13+ years of experience with DB2 on the distributed platforms. He has worked at IBM for 15 years. His areas of expertise include DB2 problem determination in a single and muti-partition environment. Aman is currently the development manager for the IBM Smart Analytics System. He has previously written an IBM Redbooks publication on DB2 Data Links Manager and DB2 Database Partition Feature.
This is a special one-day offering being presented on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in conjunction with the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration for the IOD Conference is NOT required to attend this Sunday class. For details on the price and class objectives, see (9Q072) Deep dive into DB2 LUW Problem Determination and Troubleshooting
Other posts about the IOD Conference:
Sandy Carter has just published her third book. This one is:
Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business
I have a book signing session scheduled for Sandy, so you can pick up a book and get it signed. Sandy is speaking Wednesday October 26 in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas D from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Sandy’s signing is scheduled later that afternoon at the Conference Bookstore from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Sandy’s latest book will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
About this Book
Get Bold offers a systematic approach to creating and implementing an effective and successful Social Business strategy that moves your company beyond just looking at social media to realizing tangible results. The author has worked with thousands of clients in more than 60 countries to create an “AGENDA” that can boldly take your business forward.
- Attract and engage customers with exceptional brand experiences and personalized interactions across touch points
- Achieve targeted savings and increased revenue
- Improve customer insight
- Outpace your competition and accelerate growth
Sandy Carter provides lessons on doing it both right and wrong so you gain valuable perspective on techniques using the most critical communication vehicles in social networking. She also provides a shortcut on how to get started, patterning on successes in various companies and more than 50 case studies.
Table of Contents
Ch1 -The AGENDA for Social Business Success
Ch2 - Align Organizational Goals and Culture
Ch3 - Gain “Friends” through Social Trust
Ch4 - Engage through Experiences
Ch5 - Network your Business Processes
Ch6 - Design for Risk and Reputation management
Ch7 - Analyze your Data
Ch8 – Technology as a competitive ingredient
Ch9 – Draw up your Agenda
The book publishes Sept 25, 2011. If you pre-order a copy, you can take advantage of a 35% discount. Also part of this promotion, you can download a free sampler of the book. This free sampler contains Get Bold's Foreword by Mike Rhodin, and Chapter 1: The AGENDA for Social Business Success.
Sandy Carter is Vice President, Social Business Evangelism, where she is responsible for setting the direction for IBM’s Social Business initiative, working with companies who are becoming Social Businesses, and being the evangelist for the concept and best practices around Social Business.
Other Books from Sandy Carter
The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0
Winner of the 2008 Platinum Marcom Award
The New Language of Marketing 2.0: Social Media
Winner of the 2009 Silver MarketingSherpa Award
Sandy is speaking at the IOD Conference on Wednesday October 26 in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas D from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
In this session, Sandy Carter, Vice President, IBM Social Business Evangelism, will discuss how to take advantage of social tools for business process improvement in all areas of your business. This session will address topics such as how a company can apply social techniques to customer service, HR or product development and yield the same benefits achieved in marketing. Sandy Carter will also share how you can use frameworks that can be acted upon and provide case studies of successful transformation from social media to social business.
Have you heard that one of the special guest speakers at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this year is Michael Lewis? Personally I hadn’t hear of Michael before he was signed to speak at the conference, but once I looked him up, I realized that I knew his work.
Michael was a bond trader and then began writing books. He’s published quite a few already, including some that have become movies:
- Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
- Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
- Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
- The Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics
- The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
- Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
- Next: The Future Just Happened
- The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley story
- Trail Fever
- The Money Culture
- Pacific Rift
- Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street
Yes, he’s quite a prolific author! I think the one that most people have heard of is The Blind Side, since it became a very popular movie. I’m listening to the audible version of The Big Short right now and am learning a huge amount about the sub-prime mortgage fiasco of a few years ago.
From what I understand, the topic Michael will be covering at the conference is related to his 2003 book, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” . This book offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes of a Major League Baseball franchise, detailing how an innovative personnel approach allows the Oakland Athletics, with the lowest budget in baseball, to rank among baseball’s best and consistently compete for a playoff spot. Michael will explore the nature of talent, how to identify it and maintain an edge in a competitive field.
Joining Michael is Billy Beane who is the mind behind “Moneyball.” Billy is a sports visionary who convinced his bosses to give him the freedom to apply his statistically driven approach to run the Oakland A’s and make them one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball.
This story resonates not only with the sports-minded, but among audiences from financial services, insurance, or any other numbers-driven industry or profession. He has figured out how to succeed with a limited payroll, employing computers and statistics wielded by people who never played baseball. In a down-to-earth, humorous style, Billy offers concrete lessons for business success and the power behind numbers.
Sound interesting? Check out the movie trailer. The movie is starring Brad Pitt and hits theatres in Sept 2011.
I have a book signing session scheduled for Michael, so you can pick up a book and get it signed. Michael and Billy are speaking Wednesday October 26 at the General Session from 8:15 am – 9:30 am. Michael’s signing is scheduled immediately after that at the Conference Bookstore from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Four of Michael’s books will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
Today I registered for the IOD conference, requested a hotel room and certified that I’ll be presenting this year. Now it is time to start using the SmartSite to schedule my time. The conference takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Hotel during the last week of October 2011. I hope you plan to come!
If you are planning to register, remember that you can save $300 by registering by Aug 31!
As you may know, I manage the book signings that take place at the bookstore conference, and as in previous years, we have a very full schedule planned. I’m busy building the schedule right now, so I can get the book signings added to SmartSite as we did last year.
As a teaser, I’ll tell you this:
1) We will be launching 2 new certification guides.
2) We’ll be giving out 3 brand new Flashbooks.
3) Michael Lewis will be signing his many books… some of which have been made into movies.
4) There are 8 new technical books launched at the conference that will appeal to you.
Stay in touch and I’ll reveal details as I can.
There are many reasons to attend! Amazing speakers, deep technical education, free certification exams and more. See the Justification information on the website for more reasons.
I quite often talk to people who have achieved some sort of benefit from taking advantage of the many training resources that IBM provides in the Information Management area. My team is trying to pull together some testimonials from people who have used and liked one or more of the resources that are available. We’d love to talk to you if you have a story. Simply send me an email and we’ll go from there!
One thing about IBM is that there is NO shortage of options for you to choose to increase your skills and learn about IBM products and technologies! You can find options that are free and easily accessible to custom designed courses to suit the specific learning needs of your employees.
Why are there so many options? Learning is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime and is something that you do from the day you are born until you die. We don't all learn the same way though, so having a choice of options is very important so that you can find the learning method that is best for you.
Here is a list of the learning options that are available for the Information Management products and technologies.
e-books - Many choices are available ... many are free, but you can also read books on electronic reading devices such as Kindle. See my blog entry "The Year of the e-Book".
IBM Redbooks - The PDF versions can be downloaded for free and books are available for a very wide range of topics. See the IBM Redbooks web page and my blog entry with a few IBM Redbook recommendations.
developerWorks - Tutorials, Demos, Skills Kits, Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS or DB2 LUW, e-kits - These are free and very popular.
Gaming - 3 games are available to help you learn SQL in a fun way.
White papers - A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that often addresses problems and how to solve them. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions. For a list of whitepapers, google search "db2 whitepapers".
Podcasts - Chat with the Lab; DB2Night Show, DB2 for z/OS Webcasts On Demand
Online Communities - PlanetDB2; ChannelDB2; LinkedIN groups; developerWorks groups, Facebook
Virtual Conferences - Last year there were several virtual conferences that were run by IBM that allowed you to "attend" a conference via your computer. I don’t know of any that are active right now, but will post a future blog entry when one is available.
Retail books -IBM Press, MC Press, McGraw-Hill, Apress, O'Reilly, Packt are the publishers who have invested in publishing about IBM products and technologies. For a listing of books by topic, see our bookstore website . For a list of books that were recently published, see my previous blog entries.
Conferences - IDUG holds amazing user-based conferences in various regions each year; IBM holds many conferences including the popular Information on Demand Conferences.
Instructor-Led Training (ITL) classes are traditional classroom courses where students are in the same room as the instructor who guides the students through classroom material and hands-on lab exercises. Students are able to interact with fellow students and the instructor and are provided with printed course material.
Instructor-Led Online (ILO) classes are equivalent to ILT classes in terms of classroom material, labs, instructor and fellow students, only you won't need to leave your home or office as you will connect to the classroom via your computer. See my blog entry about ILO classes.
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are for students who don't need the instructor or don't want to be tied to a class schedule. These classes are typically lower priced than ILO or ILT classes meaning that you save on travel and tuition costs. Content, labs and instructors are the same as ILO and ILT classes, but it is recorded so the class can be taken at your pace, where and when you want it. See my blog entry about SPVC.
Web-Based Training (WBT) are standalone courses on the web that provide 6-8 hours of instruction. These are typically voice over power-point format.
Custom Classes are available for companies that want training to take place on their premises with course material that is taken from multiple existing courses and changed to suit specific needs.
We REALLY want to hear from you…. so if you’ve used any of the above resources and have a story to tell, let me know! Emal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read through my previous blog entries for more free or almost free resources:
More Free Resources
Not quite free….
DB2Night Show - DB2 for z/OS
Here are articles and white papers that I've read that emphasize the importance of continued learning:
Whitepaper The Value of Training shows that by cutting skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
Article 5 surefire ways to get fired by Denise Dubie shows that the best way to KEEP your job is by continually growing your skills.
Whitepaper DBA Certification: Is It Worth It? by Howard Fosdick compares the costs to the benefits of earning a DBA certification. This white paper is a few years old, but the message is still valid.
Article "Is certification valuable, or not? We have the definitive answer" by Linda Musthaleris says that companies need high-functioning teams that are able to transform and grow the business like never before. These teams consist of highly skilled professionals who have current and relevant knowledge. Certifications are designed to encourage people to keep learning and then to validate their skills.
The results of the IDC study in the November 2009 report by Cushing Anderson called "Impact of Training on Network Administration: Certification Leads to Operational Productivity" shows "a direct relationship between higher levels of certification and improved performance -- when team skills improve, organizational performance increases proportionally."
Two more best practices have recently been released for IBM Smart Analytics Systems. Thanks to Serge Boivin for this information!
This document describes IBM Smart Analytics Systems scenarios where DB2 software manages multiple database partitions in a cluster. The scenarios describe optimization methods that can help improve performance in a short time.
The two main tasks for query optimization are:
- Provide the DB2 optimizer with rich statistical information. The DB2 optimizer uses the statistical information to perform its analysis and find a good execution plan. This article describes the best practices for gathering statistics.
- Determine the best query execution plan. If a query needs further tuning, you must inspect the explain plan for the query. This article provides a list of patterns to look for in explain plans. Each pattern is paired with recommended actions.
The key design goals of ingest application design are to balance the required rate of ingest with the availability of processing resources, to ingest data without affecting data availability, and to maintain flexibility in the volumes of data ingested. Identifying service level objectives for the speed and volume of data ingested into the data warehouse will determine the architecture, design, and development of the data ingest application.
See also my previous posts on Best Practices:
How do I handle multi-temperature data in my warehouse?
Updated Best Practices Paper: Database Storage
Best Practice Resources for DB2 z/OS
DB2 Best Practices – New or Updated in 2011
I have an idea that I want to pursue and was curious if others have advice for me. When I attend a conference, I work in the bookstore and help sell printed books that have been published about IBM products or technologies. I’m also heavily involved in promoting the adoption of different forms of books, such as e-versions (Kindle, Nook, PC, iPad, etc), e-libraries (Safari Books Online, PacktLib, Books24x7), and audio books. My dilemma is that we don’t currently have an easy way to send people to other versions of the books from a bookstore.
The idea I came up with is to provide a QR code for each book that people can scan into their smart phones. QR codes are the square barcodes that are beginning to get popular. When you scan them, your phone takes you to a website where you can instantly order an alternate version of the book.
Some of the questions that I need to explore:
- How much education do people need to make this a viable option?
- Wikipedia says that QR codes are popular in Japan, Netherlands and South Korea. It also says that Canadian passport applications have a QR code on the online form. So, its becoming more mainstream, right?
- What apps do people need on their smart phones to enable them to scan a QR code?
- My Blackberry has Blackberry Messenger installed which allows me to scan QR codes. My phone’s browser history keeps track of all the websites I’ve scanned in this manner. Is Black Berry Messenger standard on a Blackberry? Does it need to be activated first?
- I’ve also found this website QR Code Reader Finder. For Android http://code.google.com/p/zxing/, free from Android Market.
- What website should the QR code point to?
- Kindle versions must be purchased on Amazon, other e-book formats can be purchased through multiple e-retailers, but not through Amazon. I could send people to the publisher’s website. Or maybe to a blog entry I write for the book with links to the various formats. Or maybe my bookstore page?
- How to display this information at the conference?
- I guess the best thing would be for books to be published with a QR code or to have a smart phone scanner that could read the barcodes that are already on the books. Since this doesn’t exist, I was thinking of creating postcards or business cards for each book so people can either take a card or scan it on the spot. I need to check the quality of the QR code for these options. Or should I create a standard flyer that is put in a display?
- One thing I tried at the CCDB2UG meeting on Monday is to have a series of books with QR code printed on high quality paper and stored in sheet protectors. I could staple this together and can have interested people look through the list to find the codes they wish to scan.
- How do you synch the websites you’ve scanned on your phone with your computer?
- I personally don’t like reading much on my smart phone since the screen is way too small for my bad eyes. I’ve been told that when you back up your phone’s data you automatically get the history of the websites that you’ve marked as favourite. Something for me to try.
- QR Code Generator: http://delivr.com/qr-code-generator
Can you scan these?
Link for one book to Amazon.ca:
Any feedback that you provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Very late notice… sorry, but hope you can join for at least part of this virtual conference for DB2 10. As you may know, Roger Miller (one of the fathers of DB2 for z/OS ) retired in May from a very successful career at IBM… but he is back for this conference.
DB2 10 Virtual Conference
Wednesday June 29
Three speakers: Roger Miller, Terry Purcell, and Mike Biere
Can’t make it today? I don’t blame you! But, this will also be available on replay so if you cannot attend please register to access replay.
Track 1: DB2 for z/OS Technical Update
Developed for: Database architects, DBAs, database managers
- Session 1 Meeting the business analytics and data warehousing needs of your users with Mike Biere
- Session 2 DB2 10 for z/OS: Technical update with Roger Miller
- Session 3 DB2 for z/OS: DB2 10 including migration strategy for DB2 9 or DB2 10 with Roger Miller
- Session 4 How to get DB2 9 and DB2 10 for z/OS performance benefits and reduce costs with Roger Miller
- Session 5 What’s new for SQL optimization in DB2 9 and DB2 10 for z/OS with Terry Purcell
Virtual doors open at 10:30 am ET. Enjoy!
The DB2Night Show first launched in September 2009, and since that time, there have been many requests from the DB2 LUW community for an episode on DB2 LUW Data Warehouse Performance Tuning. It took a while to find the best speakers, but the ideal guests will be on Friday’s episode, which is the Season 2 Finale.
Join Kate Kurtz, Haider Rizvi and Gregor Meyer as they share with IBM recommendations and suggested best practices for optimizing performance of Data Warehouse Databases. If you're trying to make DPF or multi-partition databases run queries as fast as possible, then you should sign up for this show.
Topic: Recommendations and suggested best practices for optimizing performance of Data Warehouse Databases
Speakers: Kate Kurtz, Haider Rizvi, Gregor Meyer. Host: Scott Hayes
Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 11:00 ET
About the speakers:
Haider Rizvi is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) in the Information Management division at the IBM Toronto Lab. He is responsible for the IBM Smart Analytics System architecture and design, a data warehousing solution built using the InfoSphere Warehouse software, IBM servers and storage systems. He is interested in data warehousing performance issues both at the code level as well as systems configuration and tuning.
Haider joined IBM in 1994 in the DB2 Parallel Edition development team. Since then Haider has been working towards improving the DB2 product for data warehousing workloads. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Rice University, Houston and an M.B.A. from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
Gregor Meyer: Data Warehouse Architect, Boeblingen Lab, Germany
Gregor Meyer has more than 20 years of experience in IT and Information Management. He joined IBM in 1997 where he has been working on data models, data mining, and database performance. He is leading a team that runs proof of concepts and benchmarks with the IBM Smart Analytics System. In these projects Gregor has gained a lot of experience on how to tune DB2 systems within a short time.
Katherine Kurtz has been a member of the DB2 development team since 1997 and is currently an Information Development Manger for DB2 LUW and the IBM Smart Analytics System for the DB2 LUW Development team at the IBM Canada Lab in Markham, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (Computer Science and Pure Math) from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Katherine’s work is focused on understanding how customers use our products, and how IBM can make our products more consumable through the sharing of best practices that incorporate insight from IBM technical leaders in the Lab and in the field. Katherine also has deep experience in DB2 System Verification and Test, SAP/DB2 Integration, customer support, performance development and release management.
The DB2Night Show now has a LinkedIn Group - join us to stay up to date on our show and discuss show episodes! The group registration link can be found on www.DB2NightShow.com. We hope you will join us and participate as a studio audience member. One studio audience member will be randomly selected to win an electronic gift certificate! If you can't make the scheduled time, register anyways so that you get information about recorded replays.
The Central Canada DB2 Users Group (fondly known as CCDB2UG) Event takes place in June in Toronto every year. I’m once again planning to attend and hope if you are in the area you do as well.
Dates: Monday & Tuesday, June 27 & 28
Location: BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning
3550 Pharmacy Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada M1W 2Z3
Registrations must be received by Friday Jun 17th, 2011.
Sorry - NO WALK-INS.
- Entry to sessions for EITHER DB2 for z/OS OR DB2 for LUW
- Presentation materials
- Continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch
- Vendor reception
I’ll be taking part in the Vendor Reception which takes Monday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. As always, there will be prizes. The prizes I will bring are books. Lots of them.
Agenda & Speakers
Keynote: Sal Vella “DB2 Trends & Directions "
DB2 for z/OS Track:
- Bonnie Baker "DB2 Doctor – Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Cures for Poor Performance – Part 1 & 2"
- Joe Burns "SQL: How Should I Do That? – Part 1 & 2"
- John Campbell "DB2 10 for z/OS Planning and Early Experiences (90 min. Spotlight)"
- John Campbell "Optimizing DB2 for z/OS System Performance using DB2 Statistics Trace – Part 1 & 2"
- Jim Dee "DB2 10 Skip Migration"
- Phil Grainger "A DB2 Workload Tuning Methodology"
- Phil Grainger DB2 10 for z/OS - In Depth (Half Day)"
- Ulf Heinrich "Can I control a dynamic world? Dynamic SQL Management for DB2 zOS"
- Ulf Heinrich "Workload insights without a trace – Introducing DB2 SQL Tracking"
Bryan Paulsen “DB2 10 for z/OS – John Deere’s Beta Experience"
DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Track:
- Chris Eaton “Data Governance for DBAs – Securing Production Data Assets"
- Chris Eaton “Data Governance for DBAs – Privacy for Test Data Assets"
- Martin Hubel “Improving Access Paths through Proper Index Design"
- David Kalmuk “Advanced Performance Diagnostics for SQL in DB2 9.7"
- David Kalmuk “New ways to solve your locking problems with DB2 9.7"
- Serge Rielau “Versus - Many SQL roads lead to Rome… But which is best?"
- Kelly Schlamb “pureScale – Customer Experiences"
- Vijay Sitaram and Melanie Stopfer “Advancements in DB2 LUW 9.7 Monitoring – From Paper Weight CRT Monitors
to Light Weight LED Monitor"
- Melanie Stopfer “Improve Performance by Analyzing DB2 LUW Access Strategies – Part 1 & 2”
- Melanie Stopfer “DB2 LUW Advanced Utilities & Problem Determination Tips & Tricks – Part 1 & 2”
For the schedule and details on each talk, see the website.
Also at the conference is an opportunity for you to take a Certification Exam for free. The test day is Tuesday June 28. Make sure you come to the exam prepared to pass. Here are a few blog entries that you may want to read before taking the exam:
Benefits of Earning a Certification
New in Certifications
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification
Details about DB2 Certification Program
Once you are Certified... What Next?
Study Materials Electronically
Roger Sanders Books, Videos, and Crammer Course
Sign up for an exam when you register for the conference. (Note that exams are normally $200 each, so this is a great savings!)
I hope to see you at the conference.
I’ve heard that there is something like a Brontobyte of data on the internet these days… How can you possibly keep on top of what you really want & need to know? Answer: Let some trusted people filter this data for you!
On the Season 2 Finale of The DB2Night Show z/OS Edition, join Surekha, Willie and myself as we show you the sites that you should bookmark and visit in order to keep up to date with minimal effort. The three of us enjoy reading, researching, and filtering & then blogging, tweeting, and inviting you to the events that we think are most important & interesting to those who work in the DB2 z/OS area of the world.
Topic: Stay in the loop with minimal effort via social media
Speakers: Surekha Parekh, Susan Visser and Willie Favero
Host: Klaas Brant
Date: Monday, June 27
Time: 11:00 am Eastern Time
Because this is the last episode for the vacation break we would like to point out to you some great sites, blogs and communities that will keep you busy while we are planning new shows for you. This show will cover the top DB2 for z/OS e-Communities, collaboration groups and blogs that are available for DB2 for z/OS users. With the growth of the internet. mobile devices and particularly social media there are multiple tools and communities which enable DB2 for z/OS users to share information, experiences, and grow skills.
It can be confusing to know which communities to join, how to engage in active discussions and how to find the information you are looking for quickly . This webcast will take you through the top DB2 for z/OS communities and blogs which try and integrate multiple communities and groups with RSS feeds and real-time information. We will also provide a list of contact names in DB2 community.
Participants in our virtual studio audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and give the presenters feedback on their experience with DB2 communities.
About the speakers:
Host Klaas Brant, an IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant.
Surekha Parekh, IBMer, the world wide DB2 for z/OS Marketing Manager, blogger, tweeter, author.
Susan Visser, IBMer, Publishing Program Manager, blogger, tweeter, author.
Willie Favero, IBMer, zChampion, Dynamic Warehouse on z/OS Swat Team, DB2 SME, University Ambassador z, Sr Cert IT Specialist, Software Specialist : SW IM DB2-Host, blogger, tweeter, author.
Hope you can join us! We’ll make the season finale fun!!