Registration is now open for our 3rd Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2010! This industry-leading, pan-IBM event will be held from 19 – 21 May in Rome, Italy, and provides you with the strategy and roadmap you can use to turn information into a strategic driver of innovation, business optimisation and competitive differentiation.
IOD EMEA 2010 offers a world-class technical and business leadership programme and provides an unrivalled forum for to share best practices, learn the latest on information-led transformation and network with peers. If you register before 26 February 2010, you can take advantage of our "Early Bird" offer and save up to € 610 so sign up early!
I don't have my approval to attend the conference ... yet... but I'm working on it. Planning sessions for the bookstore begin next week. Regardless of the location, the IOD EMEA conference is worth attending! But going to Rome to attend this conference makes it a MUST-attend event.... do you agree?
I had a present waiting for me when I returned to work. Two books by the publisher Packt. I was recently made aware of this publisher and hope to work with them this year. Here are the two books that they sent to me to take a look at:
This was published in July 2009 and is aimed at those who need an introduction to IBM Cognos 8 Planning. According to the cover, the book gives clear, easy to understand instructions on how to design, build and deploy Planning models. It focuses on the essential tools that first time developers need to know.
The authors are very experienced consultants who provide step by step guidelines to using the modeling tool, Analyst.
This book is aimed at intemediate Java EE developers who want to build applications that handle larger data setas with massive scalability requirement. IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale 6 provides a solution to scalability issues through caching and grid technlology. Working with a data grid requires new approaches to writing highly scalable software. This book covers both the practical eXtreme Scale libraries and the design patterns which will help you build scalable software.
Mark your calendars for Episode #8 with will take place Friday Dec 11 at 11:00 EST.
episode will be focused on the DB2 Workload Manager.
Special guests include Paul
Bird from the Toronto Lab PLUS "A REAL LIVE CUSTOMER" that is using WLM in
Production. Find replays of previous
episodes and registration links for future episodes at http://www.DB2NightShow.com
IBM Data Studio is an Eclipse-based tool that is the replacement of the
DB2 Control Center and other tools for DB2. In conjunction with DB2 Express-C,
the no-charge edition of DB2, Data Studio is ideal for DBAs,
developers, students, ISVs, or consultants because it's easy and free
to use. You can extend Data Studio with additional robust management
and development capabilities from IBM to help accelerate solution
delivery, optimize performance, protect data privacy, manage data
growth, and more. What can you learn in the book?
Also, check out all the action that is happening ON CAMPUSES around the world! The group is growing. There is excitement! And thanks to Agatha, there is a new newsletter for your to read with some of the year's highlights! Join ChannelDB2.com today and join the groups that interest you...... hopefully including DB2 in Books and DB2 on Campus!
OCDQ blog reviewed the book calling it a "remarkable new book."
The California Bookwatch reviewed Viral Data in SOA saying it is "A 'must' for a range of IT managers and professionals at all levels of business."
It also has earned an average of five stars (out of five) in customer reviews on amazon.com
one of which also called it a "must read for IT professionals and
business data owners" and a second review said it was "Amazing! Even if
you think you don't need to know anything more about the subject of
data, I would recommend that you get a copy of this book."
Someone just sent me the latest edition of this magazine, and I noticed that it includes articles from two authors who I know:
Thomas Erl is the editor of the magazine and he has an article in this edition. He's a published author who I've spoken with several times. If you know what SOA is... then you likely know of the books by Thomas!
This book and CD package brings together 26 quick tutorials designed to
help implementers and developers get up-to-speed fast with IBM SOA
Foundation products - and use them to deliver real solutions.
Note: DB2 is NOT one of the products covered in this book... so use
this book to come up to speed with all the other SOA products that may
work with DB2.
The authors help technical professionals quickly get up the learning
curve, by showing exactly how each product works, how they fit
together, and how to use them together. Each self-contained chapter
offers a "big picture" product overview, as well as hands-on
techniques. The companion CD doesn't just provide corresponding code:
it also includes a full video version of each tutorial.
Thanks to both Thomas and Tinny for continuing to educate the world on the benefits of SOA!
Download a no charge trial of IBM Cognos Express V9, the first and only
integrated business intelligence (BI) and planning solution purpose-built to
meet the needs of midsize companies. It delivers the essential reporting,
analysis, dashboard, scorecard, planning, budgeting and forecasting capabilities
that midsize companies need at a price they can afford. Everything is included
in a pre-configured solution that is easy to install, easy to use and easy to
Cognos Express is made up of the following modules to address the BI and
planning needs of midsize companies:
I was asked this question this morning and I thought this might be a good one to answer in my blog.
We don't have a book about DB2 pureScale yet, but I have a team of
experts putting together a flash book that will be available early next
year. In the mean time, I suggest you look at the following sources of
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you have a safe and beautiful holiday with those who you love!
For those of us who are not in the US, this is typically a quiet week. If you are looking for something to do if you are experiencing a few quiet days, here are some suggestions:
Replay of Raul Chong's DB2 9.7 Technical Update: Ignore the message that the session is over... as there is a replay button on the page as well. There were many people who joined the session live... so if you missed it, by all means take advantage of the replay!
Take advantage of reduced pricing on professional certification exams by
attending testing day events, scheduled in select venues worldwide. Receive a
50% discount on all Information Management (IM) Professional Certification Exams
as well as Lotus, IBM Rational®, IBM Tivoli® and select IBM WebSphere®
This session discusses
about some of DB2's most important features such as:
Autonomic computing: Let DB2 manage itself and allow you to save
time, effort and money
Deep compression: Regarded by many as the best in the industry, DB2
compression technology compresses rows, large objects, indexes, temporary
tables, and more
pureXML technology: Understand how DB2's native XML support handles
XML documents in an easy and efficient way
SQL compatibility: Other vendor's SQL and PL/SQL language is now
largely compatible with DB2. Run other vendor's code with none or minimal
modification on DB2
High availability solutions: Easily set up high availability and
disaster recovery with DB2's HADR feature
Cloud computing: Learn how to leverage the elasticity of the cloud by
easily adding nodes and removing DB2 nodes at will and in minutes
participate, you will need:
Reliable high speed access to the internet (at least 200 kbps up and down);
LAN or broadband connection is strongly recommended; test your connection speed.
Computer with soundboard
Headset or computer speaker and microphone
Windows 2000 or Windows XP
Internet Explorer 5.5 or later, or Firefox 1.5 or later
Screen resolution set to 1024 by 768 pixels
This session may be
recorded and each attendee may have the capability of distributing this
recording. Each participant's use of recordings and participant information is
subject to U.S. and international privacy laws.
Playback link: Playback will be available within 24
hours of the live event.
Beginning tomorrow you can participate in IOD virtual sessions... from your desk... for free.... whether you attended the conference in person or not. Personally I love attending these virtual conferences and have a good headset and mic to get the most out of the experience.
Which sessions should you choose? There have been many blog entries describing the sessions that took place, so take advantage of this information and choose the sessions that you most want to see. My recommendation is the Malcolm Gladwell session. He only spoke for half an hour, which is my only complaint! I could listen to his stories for hours, so I hope that in the future he is invited back to speak at the conference, but is given a large time period.
Malcolm's session is playing tomorrow... Tuesday Nov 10 at 11 EST. Don't miss it!
At the Information On Demand Virtual experience, you will learn how you can: - Transform data into a trusted strategic asset using an information agenda - Improve business performance with data analytics and optimization techniques - Accelerate information intensive projects for immediate ROI
Date: November 10, 2009 Time: 8:00 am Pacific Time Cost: Complimentary
In this episode of The DB2Night Show, special guest Chris Eaton from IBM will
share his TOP 10 Favorite SQL Snapshot commands, host Scott Hayes will throw in
a few of his faves, and EVERYONE who contributes at least one of their own
favorite SQL Snaps to the show will receive access to a FREE text/zip file
containing ALL of the SQL Snaps on the Show! WOW - What a great way to build
your toolbox of SQL Snapshots!!!
has it that another special guest may make a cameo appearance as well -
independent security consultant, published author, and now DB2 LUW Security
blogger Rebecca Bond has threatened to share SQL commands with viewers that will
help analyze DB2 Security! Have you discovered her new DB2 LUW security blog
- are you following http://www.twitter.com/db2nightshow yet? YOU SHOULD BE! Set
your "follow" to enable mobile messages - The DB2Night Show is now starting to
give away Amazon.com gift certificates! Just be the first to directly and
correctly answer DB2 trivia, sample certification, or other DB2 related
questions, and you could win valuable prizes!
Visit http://www.DB2NightShow.com weekly for updates on upcoming
shows and recorded replays. Here is a look at future shows that are currently
* Nov 20 "Free Application Development Tools - Data
Studio vs Quest Toad" (tentative)
* Dec 4 "SQL Server versus DB2 LUW and
FREE DB2" with special guests Paul Z and Leon K from IBM (tentative)
Dec 11 "Managing the DB2 Workload Manager" with special guest Paul Bird from IBM
--AND-- A REAL LIVE CUSTOMER that is using WLM! (confirmed)
* Dec 18
"Crunching the Numbers - Snapshot Analysis with Scott Hayes" We'll be looking at
real data from real live production databases. (confirmed)
* Jan 8, 2010
"DEAR IBM, ..." Special guests include IBM senior executives and leaders Sal
Vella, Tim Vincent, and Drew Bradstock. Send your praise, comments, feedback,
questions, and requirements to the show! This is a virtual CAC of sorts with a
guest panel of IBM DB2 LUW top shelf leaders! (confirmed)
Congratulations on reading this far! Here is your reward! The first five
people to register for Episode #5 and who contribute a SQL Snapshot command will
receive a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate in appreciation for your contribution
to the Potluck Party.
Join this group created by Surekha Parekh to catch up on any webcasts that you may have missed. This group will
list all DB2 for z/OS webcasts & teleconferences available to you FREE on
demand all year !