Can you believe that it is already late in March! I've just returned from vacationing with my son for his March break from school... and am refreshed from the vacation... and pumped because SPRING is here!
There are several deadlines approaching quickly that you must take action on to avoid missing important opportunities.
- DB2 Chat with the Labs session featuring a panel of DB2 experts who will discuss cloud computing. Listen live on March 25, 2009 10:00 am PDT/1:30 pm EDT.
Cloud Computing and Virtualization have been named the top 2 strategic technology trends for 2009 by various analysts. With the current climate of tight IT budgets and restraints on capital expenditure, Clouds can come to the rescue with pay-as-you-use models for compute, storage and software resources, and offer flexibility to scale-on-demand. You can now lower the costs of your database solutions by taking advantage of Cloud computing with DB2.
A replay of this and prior DB2 Chat with the Labs are available for approximately one year.
- Safari Books Online is holding an exclusive webcast with Thomas Erl during which he will discuss some of the most important SOA design patterns in use today. Register today for the event that takes place Thursday, March 26 10:30 am PDT/1:30 pm EDT.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Thomas Erl, author of the newly published SOA Design Patterns, a catalog of 85 design patterns for service-oriented architecture and service-orientation. In development for over three years, the catalog has been subjected to comprehensive reviews by hundreds of industry professionals and is in use by many of the world’s leading technology companies.
Erl will reference design principles and technologies covered by his previous two titles, SOA Principles of Service Design and Web Service Contract Design & Versioning for SOA and will further highlight some of the recent contributions to the SOAPatterns.org community site.
- Register before March 27 to qualify for the early bird discount for the IDUG 2009 NA conference taking place in Denver Colorado from Tuesday May 12 until Friday, May 15.
The IDUG 2009 North America conference features 120 hours of peer-reviewed technical presentations, written and delivered by the most sought-after DB2 experts in the world: DB2 Gold Consultants, vendor experts, IBM Distinguished Engineers, IBM Fellows, IBM Vice Presidents, and a keynote by General Manager Ambuj Goyal.
During IDUG 2009 NA, IBM is waiving their $200 certification test fee for conference attendees. There is no limit on the number of free certification tests attendees can take (or re-take, if they do not pass on their initial attempt). IBM will offer 40 different certification tests during the conference, covering DB2, Cognos, InfoSphere, content management, and U2. During a down economy, re-certification can be an effective way for database professionals to lock in their skills and value.
- The Assess and Save Offer expires on April 30, 2009. With this offer, candidates who purchase, take and PASS an Information Management Online Assessment Exam during the offering period, will automatically receive a 50% off certification voucher good for the corresponding exam. That's $100 USD right back in your pocket!
IBM offers these online assessment exams for each Information Management Professional Certification. These "practice tests" enable you to test your readiness for a minimal fee, helping you to be successful on exam day.
- Register now for the IBM Information on Demand, Berlin Germany taking place June 2 - 5, 2009.
The IBM IOD EMEA Conference is the premier Information Management conference in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). It is the annual forum for leading organizations across the region - including our key Customers and Business Partners, Press, Analysts and employees to come together to explore the latest in Information On Demand and to share their experiences and expertise with others in this ever-growing community.
If you only attend one Conference this year, here are just some of the reasons why the IBM Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2009 is the one to attend!
If you were lucky enough to take a break... welcome back! I hope spring is inspiring you to change like it is for me.
Download these podcasts and listen on your ipod, iphone, computer... whatever...Podcast Series: DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML
by Guogen Zhang
This is a 10-part introductory podcast series on pureXML business value and technical knowledge. The first part covers overview and business value, and the follow-on 8 parts cover different aspects of pureXML. The last part talks about best practices.
- Part 1: pureXML in DB2 9 for z/OS makes XML consumable
- Part 2: Getting started with pureXML
- Part 3: Querying XML data with XPath in SQL for Beginners
- Part 4: SQL/XML Constructor functions (publishing functions)
- Part 5: Leveraging SQL for XML data with XMLTABLE function
- Part 6: XML Indexes and Access Plans
- Part 7: XML Schema Support
- Part 8: pureXML Performance and Cost Factors
- Part 9: pureXML Utility Features and Impact on DBAs
- Part 10: Best Practices of pureXML in DB2 9 for z/OS
And... while you're visiting ChannelDB2.com, be sure to check out the groups
that are available for you to join!
Expected to publish April 25, you can now pre-order this book:The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment
by John Lamb
IT can drive immense business value by "going green."
John Lamb provides the business case and best practices
for making it happen, including multiple case studies of IT organizations that have successfully gone green, and lessons from IBM's $1B green computing initiative.Table of Contents
Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. The Basics of Green ITChapter 3. Collaboration is Key for Green ITChapter 4. The Government’s Role - Regulation and EPA ActivityChapter 5. The Magic of “Incentive” - The Role of Electric UtilitiesChapter 6. A Most Significant Step — “Virtualizing” Your IT SystemsChapter 7. The Need for Standard IT Energy Use MetricsChapter 8. What about Chillers, Cooling Tower Fans, and All That Cooling Equipment Usually Ignored by IT?Chapter 9. Green IT Case Studies for Energy UtilitiesChapter 10. Green IT Case Studies for Universities, Large and Small CompaniesChapter 11. Worldwide Green IT Case StudiesChapter 12. The Future of Green IT for CorporationsAppendix A. Tools for IT Power and Cooling EstimatesAppendix B. Comparison of Different Power Generation MethodsAppendix C. Worldwide Electricity Average PricesGlossaryBibliographyJohn Lamb
is a Senior Technical Staff Member and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect for IBM Global Business Services. A senior member of the IEEE and ASME engineering societies, he has published more than 50 technical papers and articles
, and has authored four books including Lotus Notes and Domino 5 Scalable Network Design
and IBM WebSphere and Lotus: Implementing Collaborative Solutions
. Lamb holds a B.A. from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Last week at the Data In Action Virtual Conference Event
that I attended, speaker R. Ray Wang
, Vice President, Forrester and Lise Neely
, Product Manager, IBM co-presented "Data Management for a Lean Economy: Strategies to Cut Costs, Improve Performance, Reduce Risks". During their talk they mentioned several ways for you to begin making improvements in your data to help save money by right-sizing your database.
Although the event is now over, you can still register and access the recorded presentations. The presentation by Ray and Lise can be found in the Auditorium. To answer the question... where do I start... Ray suggests regulatory compliance, Lise agrees but also suggests archiving. Listen for yourself.
On the same topic, you should read the latest article Integrate IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server using WebSphere Process Server, Part 1: Deploy and execute MDM Server Web services in a distributed environment
by Stephanie J. Hazlewood
, Allan Luo
, and Martin Oberhofer
. This is Part 1, so stay tuned for the coming parts.
Also on the same topic, the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
is continuing to sell well and is educating people on the many ways that they can start down the road of Master Data Management. There are now 5 customer comments on this book... all 5-star ratings! You won't regret reading this book!
Enjoy this amazing knowledge!
If you missed the virtual conference that took place yesterday, here is another chance... with a different topic.IBM Smart SOA™ Global Virtual ForumMarch 3 at 10:30 am ET
Immerse yourself in our cool virtual business environment to hear how companies like yours are cutting costs by working smarter. So don’t get crushed by the economy; fight back by working smarter with Smart SOA and leveraging Social Media Tools & techniques.Conference Agenda10:30-12:00 5 Ways to Work Smarter and Take Out Costs with Smart SOA
Presentations and live Q&A panel discussion with Sandy Carter, Ralph Warchol, Manoj Saxena and James Governor12:00-12:455 Ways to Work Smarter and Generate Real ROI Using Social Media Tools & Techniques
New Web 2.0 technologies are shaking up the lives of your customers and changing their expectations of you. Join Jeremiah Owyang, Senior Analyst, Forrester and Sandy Carter, the author of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 for a live discussion on how you can stay ahead of the curve and generate real ROI by leveraging these tools and technologies.12:45-2:00
Continue the discussion with IBM experts and customers live in the Smart SOA Exhibit Zone
Mystery giveaways, sign up offers at the SOA Exhibit Zone and scheduled group chats at the Get Smart SOA CaféWhat did I like about the virtual conference I attended yesterday?
- I didn't have to travel, so sat at my desk, watching and listening to the presentations when I could. This didn't tie up my phone, so if I got a call, I could do both.
- It was free. It can be so difficult to get approval for any expenditure these days!!
- The keynotes were live, so participants were able to ask questions.
- The high quality. The presentations, speakers, moderators, and the environment were all very high quality. I've been to many "real" conferences and I didn't feel the least bit cheated by this virtual representation.
- Access to others at the conference. I have to admit that one of the best things about a real conference is networking with the other attendees. Networking at this virtual conference was via chat systems. You could search to find someone you were looking for and then request a chat. Many experts were available for you to initiate a chat with.
I hope you enjoy(ed) your experience as much as I did. If you do attend next Tuesday, search on IBMers and ping me if you see me online :)
I found this article about Athabasca University in Alberta
that uses the concept of interactive virtual learning environments in some of their classes: Alberta university takes academic cue from video games
From the article:Young people have long been able to hone physical skills through realistic video games, and the university wants to approach academics the same way, says Rory McGreal, the university's associate vice-president of research.
Hours spent hunched over a computer perfecting how to shoot a gun or explore a virtual environment could also be spent learning how the body works or understanding the universe.
“We're trying to harness the power of games and how we can use them to promote learning,” Mr. McGreal said Wednesday.
Personally I've witnessed the popularity of games with young people and I've also experienced the use of gaming to teach people to learn DB2. I was part of the pilot program that created the first "DB2 Detective Game" and loved seeing the students "get" the power of SQL while playing the game.
If you or someone you know needs to learn DB2... or if you like to volunteer to teach high school students, you need to check out the DB2 games:IBM DB2 Detective Game
Getting started with DB2 9 and SQL can be easy with this new interactive game. Using an crime investigation theme, this introductory level game teaches relational database concepts and shows how technology can be applied to solving real-life problems.IBM DB2 Business Game
Put your DB2 and SQL skills to the test with this intermediate level game! Jump into a “run your own business” scenario, where your company’s future depends on a key report needed to secure funds for a critical upgrade. Play the game and you may be ready to transfer your skills into action!
(THE social network for the DB2 community) continues to attract new members. Today there are over 1300 members. Are you one?
If you are a member, you likely already know about the great information and resources that are available to you... including content for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, Windows, System z, and System i:
- videos (166)
- blogs (35)
- photos (268)
- songs (23)
- discussions (151)
- events (13)
Did you also know that there are 49 groups that you are encouraged to join! The topics range from country-related groups, to certification prep groups, to conference groups. All the groups are open for you to add comments and discussions, but also provide you with targeted information that will surely be very beneficial!
So, join ChannelDB2.com if you aren't currently a member, and if you are a member, get the most from this active social network by joining and participating in the groups.
The groups that I have created (and highly recommend) is DB2 in Books
. I'm also a member of the following groups:
- IDUG Europe 2009
- DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Workshop
- DB2 for z/OS - What's On !
- DB2 in Canada
- IOD Conference
- DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
- DB2 for z/OS
- DB2 pureXML
I look forward to seeing you join as a member of one of these groups or more!
I just came across this whitepaper The Value of Training
and I think this should become required reading for anyone making financial decisions for a company. Unfortunately it is too common and too easy to cut skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins.
But, as this whitepaper points out quite effectively, this short-sightedness will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
But if money's tight, what can you do?
- The IBM Education Pack helps you save money on a variety of training options, and until March 3, the discounts are higher than normal.
- IBM developerWorks, PlanetDB2.com, and ChannelDB2.com are filled with training ideas that are free or less expensive. These include articles, tutorials, videos, podcasts, webcasts, free e-books, virtual conferences, and so on.
- Books continue to be a very low cost way to build skills. Check online bookstores to find the best price for printed books, but also consider e-books. IBM has a company-wide subscription to the online book engine Books 24x7. What a great way to ensure that all employees have access to a wide variety of the latest published books.
- ILO classes can cut down on training costs by allowing employees to call into a classroom setting rather than having them travel to a class. ILO classes may be less expensive, but they still provide the high quality content and instructors that you expect from an IBM training class.
- Certification is another thing that should never be ignored. Going through the certification process, an employee will learn many new things and they will have proof at the end that they are skilled in that area. Also since certifications are job-role based, you can ensure that you or your employee are targeting the skills that are needed for your job. There are many training options for gaining the skills to get certified including classes, books, and tutorials. Best of all is that there is a "Assess and Save" promotion going on right now that allows you to save 50% of the exam fee.
Bottom line... don't sacrifice training budgets in these tough times. Keeping your employees skilled will help you weather the storms.
Mark your calendars for this event:Accelerate Application Development, Achieve greater business agility and improve business insights with DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML
on The World of DB2 for z/OS
- April 21, 2009 from 11am to 12pm
- Virtual Event with LIVE Q&A 11 EST
- Organized By:
- Surekha Parekh
Keeping pace with rapidly changing requirements is a constant challenge for organizations today. One way to meet this challenge is by storing and processing XML natively. Doing so can help enterprises improve application development productivity and quality by eliminating the time-consuming mappings and schema evolution necessary for rapidly changing requirements, thus improving time to market and significantly lowering IT costs.
The breakthrough hybrid database server DB2® 9 for z/OS® integrates XML database technology into relational databases, providing unprecedented scalability and performance for both relational and XML data. The hybrid database server also helps improve performance and scalability by avoiding complex joins commonly seen in an object persistence solution with relational databases. This teleconference offers an overview of pureXML™ technology in DB2 9 for z/OS, its business values and technical feature details.Register Now
See more details and RSVP
on The World of DB2 for z/OS.
Have you tried to read a book electronically? The number of options to read books electronically continues to grow... and are become mainstream. Here are my current thoughts on this subject as I continue to research this exciting topic.Books 24x7
If you have a computer, you can read a book electronically. But this also means that you'll be sitting at your computer... desktop or laptop. You'll need to be online to access the books, but some books are downloadable, meaning that you can read them when you're offline.
Once you are a subscriber to Books 24x7... you can search for keywords across hundreds of titles, bookmark books, keep track of what chapter you are on, etc. Even if you prefer to read a printed book, engines like Books 24x7 can help you filter through an enormous amount of content to find the best book for your needs.
All IBM Employees have a subscription to the electronic books found on Books 24x7. You can get to this site via employee home pages. I've found that many schools are going this route as well, so if you are in school, see if they offer you a subscription to Books 24x7. All IBM Press books are on this site as are books from many publishers.Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine, and is essentially the same as Books 24x7. Again, all IBM Press books are here as are Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles. If you are looking for a personal subscription, the prices for Safari are pretty reasonable... and if you're lucky you can find a free trial to Safari Books Online.Electronic Book Readers
These readers are relatively new and this is where I need to do more research. These are handheld devices that were designed specifically for reading books. That means that they are roughly the same size and weight as a book and the text is easier to read than reading text on a computer. And best of all, they are portable.
The best known ones at this time are Amazon Kindle and Sony eBook Reader. Unfortunately I haven't had hands on time with either of these devices, but I've been talking to people who use them and have been reading what I can.Amazon Kindle
A friend of mine has an Amazon Kindle and finds herself trying to turn the pages with her finger as she would with a book. That must mean that the Kindle is so convincing that you feel like you're actually reading a book! The books I work on are technical books and I've been told that the Kindle is not the best tool to use for reading books with diagrams and technical text.
Amazon has just released Kindle 2... which was intended to fix many of the problems found in the first edition of the device. Unfortunately some of the early reviews are not very favourable for the new unit. DRM problems apparently.
Some more discussion about the topic from some of my friends:Sony Reader Digital Book
The Sony folks have a new Reader and generally considered to offer a better reading experience. But their buying content experience is pretty bad.Plastic Logic
PlasticLogic wins most intriguing reader but won't come to market till 2010 - there's a YouTube on it that is making the rounds.iphone with Book App
Iphone getting lots of attention - of course, but all the ebook talk is for very flat content.Apple Tablet
The next major development will be the Apple Tablet in Q3. It will come pre-packaged with educational functionality/apps and you know they will do a good job.
Here is one article
that compares the Kindle to Plastic Logics.
Please join in this discussion... either here or on ChannelDB2
! I'd like to know if you've tried any of these readers and if you see value in them. Point me to any other articles that you come across that you think are relevant.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Check out the extensive library of on-demand demos on developerWorks
. The demos cover everything from basics, like installation and setup, to advanced concepts for you veterans. In all, you'll find more than 250 demos
(25 of which were added recently).
The developerWorks demos offer quick multimedia walkthroughs of the latest products and technologies -- step-by-step demonstrations that bring concepts to life in a way that written instructions alone cannot.
And be sure to bookmark the new on-demand demo channel on YouTube
Online demos.... yet another way to improve your skills the green way.
Lately I've been answering many questions about how to get certified... or recertified. I'm always happy to answer these questions as it means that there is plenty of interest.
The latest Cert Mag newsletter had this article that I found interesting: Retain Your Value With Recertification
. Here are the values of getting certified according to the article:
* Validated knowledge and skills. * Peer recognition. * Increased value to employers. * Increased marketability.
The DB2 Certification Program
offers all of these values... and now is a perfect time to get certified or upgrade to the latest level of certification. Right now the Assess and Save Promotion
is active... and best of all... is available to EVERYONE, World-Wide!How does it work?
- Take an assessment exam for a fee of $10.
- If you pass you'll get a voucher for half off the regular exam fee.
- Study some more... especially the sections where you scored poorly.
- Take your certification exam.
- Repeat for every exam that you wish to pass so that you can fill your credentials with these valuable certifications.
In my opinion, the best way to study is with one of the excellent study guides what we've published through MC Press
. Why these books? Well, besides being well-written, the authors were part of the exam development team, so they actually know what you need to know to pass the exam, and they have FREE sample questions (that are different than the assessment exam questions) along with answers and explanations.
Want more info? See my previous blogs regarding certification
, but let me know if you have any questions, at all!
I mentioned the first-ever Information Management Virtual Event that begins Feb 25th: "Data in Action - Solutions for an Efficient Environment"
Today I will give you a listing of all the "green" options that are available to you.
- First... audio books. I've been asked to look into recommending some audio books that we can showcase at conference bookstores this year. I'm sure your first reaction is "not for a technical book"... and I would agree with you. But we can all benefit from a good business book or two. Most of us have ipods or something similar that we can use to listen to these audio books. I've selected 4 titles that I thought would be good to try at the conference:
Let me know what you think... and if you have others to suggest. You can download just about anything from this site: audible.com. The titles listed above were found on amazon.com.
- On the same lines are podcasts. For starters, I would suggest that you take a look at the collection listed on channeldb2.com: podcasts, but also check out DB2 Chat with the Lab, Author podcasts, and IDUG podcasts.
- If you would prefer to read, there are many books that can be read electronically. All IBM Employees have a subscription to the electronic books found on Books 24x7. You can get to this site via employee home pages. I've found that many schools are going this route as well, so if you are in school, see if they offer you a subscription to Books 24x7. All IBM Press books are on this site as are books from many publishers.
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine. Again, all IBM Press books are here as are Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles. If you are looking for a personal subscription, the prices for Safari are pretty reasonable... and if you're lucky you can find a free trial to Safari Online.
- If you prefer smaller pieces of information, then developerWorks is for you. developerWorks has an amazing amount of content for you to read / learn electronically and for free. You'll find articles, tutorials, and more.
- Classroom education has also become "green". I've quite often mentioned ILO courses before, but if you need a reminder, ILO = Instructor Led Online Training. This kind of training fits into modern life so perfectly. With the world focusing on "green" options, is there anything more green than attending a class to upgrade your skills while staying at home? With the financial pressures that the world is currently under, everyone needs to do their part to reduce costs, but keeping skills up to date remains CRITICAL. ILO provides the same excellent transfer of skills that you've come to expect in classroom training, but it eliminates the most expensive part of taking a class: traveling.
ILO also keeps getting better. This time with new scheduling options:
* ILO Select provides targeted information in a packed lecture of three hours or less, at a much lower price than full training courses.
* ILO Flex Time offerings enable you to experience the full scope of ILO from anywhere in the world over several days so that you can balance both work and education.
These two new ILO options give you the ability to enhance your skills when and where it is convenient for you.
And lastly, more ILO classes are being added all the time. See the list of featured classes below, but make sure you check the ILO website to keep current on the latest courses that are available.
Enjoy being green :)
How would you like to spend a day at a conference, without the need to go anywhere? "Green" education options are getting more popular and I wonder if you've had a chance to try any of them yet?Data in Action Virtual EventSolutions for an efficient environmentDate: February 25, 2009
Join us for a special online event
with live webcasts featuring the key trends and innovations that are shaping the next generation of Data Management products. Chat with industry experts and IBM innovators about the evolution of traditional Data Management practices in the age of SOA, Web 2.0 and the continuing data explosion into new smarter practices and paradigms for managing information.
See how this smarter data revolution is creating new opportunities for organizations to refresh their approaches, and in the process:
- Gain better access to data
- Increase data security
- Lower costs
Learn how customers who have made the change are now reaping the rewards, and what it took to get them there. Agenda:
- 8:00 AM ET
- Show floor opens
- Understanding the Foundations Of The Information Agenda
- 12:00 Noon
- Chat with the experts
- 1:30 PM
- Integrated Data Management Revolution with Merv Adrian of Forrester Research
- 2:30 PM
- Chat with the experts
- 6:00 PM
- Show floor closes
Expo Solution Pedestals:
- Information Agenda
- Lower Costs with IBM Data Servers
- Optim Data Growth
- Architect and Developer Productivity
- DBA Efficiency and Autonomics
Get all the benefits of a world class Information Management event without the hassle and expense of travel. Register today!
Tomorrow I'll tell you about more "green" training options... but if you can't wait, see my Green Blog Entries
Knowing SQL is a pretty important skill to have if you work with databases. This just in, a book for those just beginning to learn SQL: Simply SQL
by Rudy Limeback
I don't have a copy of the book yet, so I don't have personal experience with it yet. Here is the description from the book:
Learning SQL has never been easier. Packed with full color examples, this practical hands-on guide provides an easy to read step-by-step introduction to learning all about SQL - from syntax to security. Simply SQL is the perfect crash course for beginners.
Packed with full-color examples, Simply SQL is a step-by-step introduction to learning SQL. You'll discover how easy it is to use SQL to interact with best-practice, robust databases. Rather than bore you with theory, it focuses on the practical use of SQL with common databases and uses plenty of diagrams, easy-to-read text, and examples to help make learning SQL easy and fun.
- Step through the basic SQL syntax
- Learn how to use best practices in database design
- Master advanced syntax like inner joins, groups, and subqueries
- Understand the SQL datatypes
- And much more...
is an independent consultant with over 20 years of SQL experience using DB2, SQL Server, Access, Oracle, and MySQL. He has written numerous articles on SQL for major online IT sites like TechTarget. Rudy is also a Web developer, one of the original evolt.org admins, with his own Web site since 1996. You can find more information at r937.com. Rudy lives in Toronto, Canada, where the weather allows you to play frisbee golf all year long.
For a list of other SQL books, see these blog entries
Are you interested in getting certified, but finding money a bit tight? If yes, you'll love this new announcement:
With the Assess and Save Offer
, candidates who purchase, take and PASS an Information Management Online Assessment Exam
during the offering period (February 1, 2009 - April 30, 2009), will automatically receive a 50% off certification voucher good for the corresponding exam. That's $100 right back in your pocket!
IBM offers these online assessment exams for each Information Management Professional Certification. These "practice tests" enable you to test your readiness for a minimal fee of $10 USD, helping you to be successful on exam day.
Before you take the practice test, here are a few suggestions to help you pass:Exam Preparation Documents
For exam objectives and cutscores for each exam, see the exam preparation documents
We now have an extensive collection of Certification Prep Guides, includingDB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide for Exam 730
by Roger SandersDB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
by Roger SandersDB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
by Susan Lawson
and Dan Luksetich DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
by Roger Sanders
and Dwaine Snow DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
by Roger Sanders
See also the DB2inBooks
group on channeldb2.com
Make sure you read all the details of this offer before proceeding: Assess and Save Offer
Here is another conference for you to attend Information On Demand's activities: IBM Pulse 2009, February 8-12 in Las Vegas
. Information Management is a sponsor at this year's conference and is offering a combination of track sessions, mini-theater presentations and pedestals, to raise awareness on how Information On Demand capabilities can help you reduce costs & complexity associated with managing and governing your information assets.
According to an IDC study
, digital information is estimated to be growing at 57% per year from 2006 to 2010. As a result, the storage costs as well as the risks of non-compliance and disastrous data breaches are escalating. By effectively securing and managing these exponentially growing digital assets, Information On Demand’s portfolio of solutions allow companies to optimize business performance. For example, integrated data management and performance management solutions drive business performance by increasing productivity, reducing risks and controlling service management costs throughout the data lifecycle. As another example, Enterprise Content Mgmt solutions manage risk and streamline compliance.
Here are some sessions that you may wish to attend:
Monday, Feb. 91623 – Mini Theatre SessionMaximize DB2 Performance on z/OS with OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. –Mini theatre stage – Expo AreaPaul Kenney
, Advisory Software Engineer OMEGAMON for DB2See how Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS can help you maximize DB2 efficiency, improve DBA productivity, and perform trend analysis and troubleshooting for DB2 in the z/OS environment.
Wednesday, Feb. 11R9 – Breakout SessionSupporting Your Green IT Initiatives with IBM Information On Demand
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – MGM Grand Conference Center 319Jacqueline Ryan
, Program Director, Portfolio Management Strategy, Leveraging Information Marketing Management Green IT initiatives often start with a focus on hardware and the data center. Increasingly, however, software also plays a critical role in achieving enterprise energy and environment objectives. This session will cover the information challenges that must be factored into a green IT strategy, and how IBM Information On Demand can help you address these challenges.
W10 – Breakout SessionInformation On Demand – Business-Resilient Solutions for System z
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – MGM Grand Conference Center - 119Dan Wardman
, Vice President, Information Management Mainframe SoftwareWhen you need information on-demand 24x7, you must consider both tactical and longer-term strategic requirements. IBM Information Management and Tivoli products for the System z platform provide the flexibility, scalability, high availability, and longevity you need to deliver your tactical and strategic information projects without re-architecting them. This session covers IBM DB2 for z/OS, IMS, Data Management Tools, Tivoli Omegamon XE for DB/2 Performance Expert, and more. Hear the highlights and synergies of these products, customer success stories around business resilience, and future product directions. A MUST for customers who demand business continuity!
V11 – Breakout SessionThe Business Benefits of Information Archiving
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – MGM Conference Center 121Greg Young
, Product Marketing Manager for eMail Archiving & ManagementRegulations and compliance orders are increasing data retention periods. eDiscovery, auditing, and reporting is costly, while storage requirements continue to grow at an alarming rate. At this session, we will explore these storage and business challenges and how IBM's extensive archiving portfolio helps address them.
ExpoMGM Grand Hotel – Marquee BallroomExpo Hours:Sunday, Feb 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Monday, Feb 9, 12:30 – 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, Feb 10, 12:30 – 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, Feb 11, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.Pedestal - Managing Data for Optimal Performance & Compliance
Expo,pedestal 8Paul Kenney
, Advisory Software Engineer OMEGAMON for DB2Are you managing your data environment for maximum performance and efficiency? Are you concerned about managing increasing workloads and meeting SLAs? Do you understand all data threats? Are you compliant with data regulations? Drop by our pedestal to learn how heterogeneous solutions from IBM data management help you manage data throughout its lifetime to improve performance and ensure compliance. Together, the IBM Optim solutions and Database Tools for z/OS and Linux, UNIX and Windows including DB2 Performance Expert and Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 PE, help achieve end-to-end performance monitoring and sound data governance. Be armed and ready to meet compliance regulations and protect your company’s most valuable asset--all while ensuring optimal performance.Pedestal - Compliant Information Management
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, Product Marketing Manager for eMail Archiving & ManagementHow do technologies like content collection and archiving, advanced classification, records management, eDiscovery search and analytics, and Storage and Information Management tools come together in a unified solution to address compliance requirements? Learn about IBM's overall Compliant Information Management solution strategy which links together IBM Enterprise Content Management, Information On Demand, and Information Infrastructure.Pedestal - IBM System Storage DS8000 Turbo (Encryption, Solid State, SATA)
Expo,pedestal 89Sunil Kamath
, Sr. Manager for DB2 OLTP Performance and Solutions DevelopmentThe IBM System Storage™ DS8000™ Turbo series is designed to support the most demanding business applications with its exceptional performance, superior data throughput, and five-nines availability. This, combined with advanced security and tiered storage options, makes it an ideal storage platform for supporting today’s round-the-clock, global business environment.
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- Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships by Audrey J. Murrell, Sheila Forte-Trammell, Diana A. Bing
Book DescriptionFor today’s enterprises, few challenges are as daunting as preparing tomorrow’s leaders. Mentoring is one of the most powerful tools at their disposal. But not all mentoring programs are equally effective, and not all companies have learned how to sustain mentoring. One company has: IBM. Intelligent Mentoring reveals how IBM has done it–and offers specific guidance and best practices you can use to achieve equally powerful results. Intelligent Mentoring shows how IBM has fully integrated a diverse portfolio of formal mentoring initiatives into both talent development and innovation promotion. Whether you’re a business leader, strategist, Chief Learning Officer, training specialist, coach, or consultant, this book presents a state-of-the-art framework for making mentoring work.
Drawing on IBM’s experience, the authors demonstrate how to build a diverse portfolio of effective mentoring programs...use mentoring to strengthen organizational intelligence...build sustainable communities of mentors and mentees...promote collaboration across differences... and above all, link mentoring to strategy and use it to sustain competitive advantage.
Free Preview: In this limited-time offer, you can read Chapter 4 – Connecting People: Creating Meaningful Engagement FREE for the next 14 days on Safari Books Online. Audio Podcast: Listen to Audrey Murrell discuss Intelligent Mentoring, including her work on the impact of mentoring, what it means, and how lessons learned from IBM can be applied to other companies in using effective mentoring solutions. Try...Then Buy! Now through February 28th, use coupon code MENTORS at checkout for a 35% discount (plus free FedEx ground shipping in the US) when you purchase this title on ibmpressbooks.com.
- New Language of Marketing 2.0, The: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market by Sandy CarterCongratulations to Sandy Carter for being named among the most influential women in technology by FastCompany magazine!
What’s the secret behind the success of leading companies around the world?
- Learn the secrets of success from industry leaders at organizations of all sizes, from over 50 countries - and why SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) was unanimously chosen as the best way to address their challenges.
- Leverage the IBM roadmap for SOA and Web 2.0 deployment, plus proven best practices learned in the field
- Understand what it means to be flex-pon-sive– and how your organization can get there
In a word: flex-pon-sive*. A flex-pon-sive* business is one enabled by thoughtful, well-designed investments in information technology focused on business models and processes. More and more, this flex-pon-siveness* is enabled by Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), an evolutionary approach to building IT systems focused on solving business problems. Companies that are embracing SOA show, on average, significantly better business results than their peers. SOA can help companies save millions of dollars but more importantly, can help lay the groundwork for future growth.
The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2.0 is based on thousands of interviews with analysts and industry leaders at organizations of all sizes in over 50 countries, who shared their views, experiences and challenges of aligning technology with business goals. IBM SOA Strategist Sandy Carter examines the best practices methodologies behind hundreds of successful SOA implementations, from companies large and small.
In short, informative chapters, it provides readers with a specific roadmap on how, where, when, and why to embrace an SOA strategy – including “Top Ten Don’ts.”
Free Preview: Read Chapter 10, "The New Vessels" from Sandy's book as it is part of the Web 2.0 Marketing ebook.
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- Podcast: Part 1 - Focuses on the relationship between SOA and Web 2.0 (0:16:03, Mar 12 2008)
- Podcast: Part 2 - Discusses what SOA means for organizations of all sizes and examines growth opportunities for SOA (0:17:15, Mar 12 2008)
- Podcast: Part 3 – Provides real-world examples of companies who have achieved success by aligning information technology with business goals through an SOA (0:14:00, Mar 12 2008)
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In my blog last week, The "Year of Change"
, I wasn't sure where to send readers for the point: 1. Expand your knowledge beyond the “Big 3” commercial databases to include popular open source database systems. Now I know!
IBM developerWorks Live! has just announced the following virtual tech briefings to help you explore the innovative open solutions available from IBM and see the power and flexibility of an open community development environment.
IBM developerWorks Live! has taken their live tech briefing and packaged it into a part 1 and part 2 sessions that you can attend virtually - no travel necessary
.IBM community tools: Start small to grow large - Part 1Date:
Monday, January 26, 2009Time
: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New York time)Sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event. IBM community tools: Start small to grow large - Part 2Date
: Tuesday, January 27, 2009Time:
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New York)Sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the start of the event. Description
Today development tools should be based on open standards such asEclipse, Apache Tomcat and Geronimo. They provide an attractive,robust, free of charge development environment. However, analternative development environment has emerged that embraces theinnovation of the open source development model while providingthe stability of commercial development tools.
Community development tools from IBM are based on the same openstandards as open source tools while providing enhancedfunctional capabilities and broader platform support for smallteams just getting started or working on proof of concepts. TheIBM Community tools include Eclipse, WebSphere Application ServerCommunity Edition, DB2 Express C and a collaboration environmentcalled Rational Team Concert Express C. These tools can provide arobust and supported development environment.
Discussions will include IBM’s open standards strategy, as wellas an in-depth discussion of IBM’s Open Community developmenttools. This discussion will provide details on the features andfunctions of Eclipse, DB2 Express C, and WAS CE and Rational TeamConcert and their integration for a robust developmentenvironment to create and deploy Web applications. This on lineevent will be divided into two sessions.
Topics Covered:Session 1• Open Standards• IBM DB2 Express C• IBM WebSphere WASCE
Session 2• Eclipse• IBM Rational Team Concert Express C• Resources
Enjoy the virtual briefing.
PS... if you liked my post entitled "The Year of Change", I suggest you read the pair of blog entries by Willie: Are you Managing Your CareerAre you Managing Your Career Part 2