Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) 11 was announced to the world on June 12. Thanks to hard work by the team, we were able to produce a 100-page book written by Carlton Doe that introduces all the latest features: IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11, The Next Generation in OLTP Data Server Technology. Did you get a copy of the book? Likely not.... we're only distributing the book through our marketing teams. If you want one, check with your rep or attend one of the many IDS events planned for the coming months. See the IDS 11 Launch page for further details.
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I spent the day presenting to Lab employees about the process of publishing external publications about IBM products and technology. I hope you feel that you reap many benefits from employees sharing their knowledge and experience in the form of articles, conference presentations, tutorials, white papers, redbooks, and published books. In most cases employees are asked to write this information while continuing to focus on their day jobs. This means that employees quite often give up their evenings, weekends, and vacations to write this information.
IBM very much appreciates these efforts and has recently promoted Paul Zikopoulos... not entirely because of his publishing efforts, but certainly that helped increase his profile! Congratulations to Paul! Congratulations and Thanks to all of our authors!
As always, here is the best website to go in order to see what books we've published to support the many products within Information Management: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore.
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Join us October 14-19th, 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for the econd annual IBM Information On Demand 2007 global conference. Book before the end of August to qualify for the discounted rate.
Attending the conference is a great way for you to learn about IBM's Information Management software, industry trends, and how to maximize the value of your existing investments. If you are an IT professional, a line of business manager, a developer or compliance officer, you won't want to miss this event.
See the agenda that provides 500 Technical Skill Building sessions, 120 Business Leadership sessions, the addition of the IBM ECM UserNet Conference, and an EXPO of more than 200 Business Partners. You'll have an opportunity to meet with experts to discuss topics of your interest, use our Hands On Labs to experiment and test solutions for your business, and utilize our Onsite Certification to enhance your personal skills. Attend our executive keynotes, breakout sessions and more than 130 demonstrations.
As for entertainment... that's in place as well: Dana Carvey will be our conference master of ceremonies; Steven Covey is our keynote speaker; and Donna Summer is the featured entertainer.
I hope you are able to make it to the conference for the learning opportunities, certification exams, networking, and of course, for a bit of fun in Vegas!
PS... Signing off for a couple weeks of vacation. Ciao![Read More]
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Willie Favero gave an excellent summary of the best speakers at IDUG NA last week, but I don't remember seeing the complete list.... Melanie Stopfer who is on my extended team, was one of the top 10 speakers! Congratulations!
During the conference closing session on Thursday, May 10, IDUG announced the best-rated presentations from the conference. Listed in alphabetical order, the top 10 DB2 technical session presenters for this event, based on evaluations received from attendees, were:
• Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation • Leon Katsnelson, IBM • Bob Lyle, IBM • Dale McInnis, IBM • Roger Miller, IBM / Chris Munson, IBM • Bryan Paulsen, John Deere Corporation • Terry Purcell, IBM • Suresh Sane, DST Systems, Inc. • Bryan Smith, IBM • Melanie Stopfer, IBM
Congratulations to all the speakers!
PS..... I underlined the people who I've had the pleasure to work directly with over the past few years.
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The May 2007 DB2 Magazine Email Newsletter contains a number of excellent articles including:
IN THE MAY 2007 ISSUE:
1. From the Editor: DB2 Magazine gets the community spirit2. Poll Positions: Rate your company's information security efforts3. Asked and Answered: How do you clone just a portion of a database?4. Skills Set: News and information about IBM education5. Must Read: DB2 9 Fundamentals6. In the Zone: The latest articles on DB2, Informix, U2, and more
Of significance is the new DB2 Magazine Community Wiki... a great place for you to post your favorite tips and tricks for working with DB2, Informix, U2, Cloudscape, and related tools and solutions. Today, the DB2 Magazine Community Wiki is something of a blank slate. With your help, we can compile the best online technical resource for IBM information management software outside of IBM.
The mission of this wiki is to gather DB2, Informix, U2, Cloudscape and other IBM information management know-how and make it available to the DB2 Magazine community.
Thanks to Kim and her amazing team for continually making this magazine a must read!
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You must register ON or BEFORE May 15... You'll have the rest of the month to send in your proof of purchase:
Buy the IBM DB2 9 New Features Book & Save 50% off select DB2 9 Certification! For a limited time, when you purchase the newly released IBM DB2 9 New Features book (ISBN: 0072264594), you can receive a Professional Certification Voucher good for 50% off the list price of IBM DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam 730, or IBM DB2 9 DBA for Linux, UNIX and Windows Exam 731.
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A number of new classroom courses are now available from IBM to help you build your skills on DB2 9. Here are two of them:
Manage your XML data with DB2 9 -- Enroll in Course CG130 (US), CG13XX (Worldwide), and explore the non-traditional ways of using DB2 to work with native Extensible Markup Language (XML) data.
This 2-day course is designed to introduce you to non-traditional ways of using DB2 to work with native XML data. It is also designed to enable database administrators to manage the DB2-native XML environment.
You will learn how to store native XML data in DB2 and create XML indexes. Then you would analyze plan information for queries and take steps for improving query execution. The course also teaches how to manage the XML schemas and the techniques available for decomposing the XML documents.
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Performance Tuning and Monitoring Workshop -- In this 4-day class, you'll learn how to tune for optimum performance the IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows relational database management system and associated applications for this environment.
Learn about DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows in a single partition database environment. Explore performance issues affecting the design of the database and applications using the database, the major database performance parameters, and the different tools that assist in performance monitoring and tuning. Use tools in class that are common across the Linux, UNIX, and Windows environments. During labs running on DB2 9, develop your ability to use monitoring tools, explain tools and DB2 utilities, such as RUNSTATS , REORG and db2batch, to tune a database running on your local Linux workstation.
IBM Education PackIf you are going to purchase training this year, purchase the IBM Education Pack-online account, and save big! The IBM Education Pack-online account is a prepaid electronic debit account that can automatically save you up to 10% on your IBM training. And with the precision payment option you get even greater flexibility with your account. That's like an extra $2,000 - $5,000 in IBM Training!
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I'm not at IDUG NA this week for a number of reasons, but a few of my team mates are there representing Education and Certification :)
Susan Dykman is keeping very busy giving primarily DB2 V8 and V9 certification exams, but is also offering other IBM exams as well.
Angela Moore is meeting people in the Expo to tell them about the latest classes, books, and tutorials that are available.
Lucy from Breakpoint Books is well stocked with the latest DB2 9 books such as:
1) IBM DB2 9 New Features2) Understanding DB2 9 Security3) DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
Susan Lawson and Roger Sanders taught Sunday education sessions to help people cram for their exams. Other authors I'm working with are there as well.
I hope if you are at the conference that you are finding it educational. If you have a story about certification, books, or something that isn't being covered by Willie or Chris, let me know.... I'll be happy to share your story :)
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Congratulations to Mark Wilding of the IBM Toronto Lab for his promotion to STSM! Mark Wilding is one of Information Management's top experts on problem determination, reliability, availability and serviceability. Mark's appointment to STSM is a testament to what he has accomplished leading the DB2 Linux/UNIX/Windows RAS/PD team. His innovation and leadership has driven a significant improvement in DB2 quality and RAS characteristics.
Learn from Mark's expertise by reading his book: Self-Service Linux: Mastering the Art of Problem Determination . Amazon has the book at a 34% discount right now and there are 5 excellent reviews posted for the book. Here are the headings provided in the amazon.com reader review section to give you an idea of how well-liked the book is:
* The high art of problem investigation and software debugging, June 14, 2006* Required reference for power users and administrators, December 15, 2005* Will likely have a long shelf life..., November 14, 2005* Nice chapter on explaining GDB , October 16, 2005* I don't give 5 stars lightly, October 13, 2005
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Have you subscribed to the IBM Press Newsletter to see the latest books published by IBM Press? To subscribe to this newsletter, visit: ibmpressbooks.com/newsletters.
Here are some of the items from April edition:
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Last year I met a student name Ankit Asthana who was working in the Toronto Lab for the summer. Ankit came to me to see if I was able to help him publish a book that he had written on a previous co-op term. I'm not sure if I was much help at all, but Ankit's book was recently published by New Age International: C++ For Beginners.....Masters.
Congratulations Ankit! I hope you feel much pride for publishing this book so early in your career!
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John Chun from DB2 Support sent me this list of articles and redbooks that he recommends to customers who create applications that run against DB2 servers:
1. IBM Redbooks: DB2 Express-C: The Developer Handbook for XML, PHP, C/C++, Java, and .NET
2. IBM DeveloperWorks article: DB2 packages: Concepts, examples, and common problems
3. IBM DeveloperWorks article: Solve common problems with DB2 UDB Java stored procedures
4. DB2 Magazine article: What’s Hot for Java
5. IBM Redbooks:Powering SOA with IBM Data Servers
Portal: Technical resources for IBM Information Management software
Portal: DB2 Express-C
Free version of DB2: DB2 Express-C: Free to build, deploy, distribute ... No limits
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Join us for The IMS Integration Suite: What, when, where, why, who and how questions answered teleconfence, Tuesday, April 10, 2007
You’ve been counting on IMS for years for the power of its transaction processing. Now that SOA has arrived, there’s no reason to stop. It’s possible to access your IMS application programs as Web services with direct access to IMS databases from service-based applications. With the right tools and techniques, you can easily integrate your existing assets with an SOA programming model.
In this teleconference, we’ll discuss the role of IMS in SOA implementations, and how IMS customers can leverage existing IMS applications and data in an SOA solution. You’ll learn about the IBM development tools and the IMS integration technologies that can be used to access IMS application programs and databases, as well as details on IMS V10 support for access to Web services.
You’ll come away with a good understanding of how to:
* Rapidly deploy Web services * Use the IMS database for XML documents * Simplify and reduce time or costs for application development * Integrate with Web services and SOA architecture
Speaker: Kenny Blackman – IBM Advanced Technical Support Group, IMS connectivity
In order to accommodate multiple time zones, the teleconference is offered at two separate times. Each will include a live Q&A session.
First Call: 9:30 am ET, 2:30 pm BST, 3:30 pm CET Second Call: 9:30 am PT, 12:30 pm ET, 5:30 pm BST, 6:30 pm CET Susan[Read More]
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Join us for this webcast that will help you understand where DB2 is headed in the future...
IBM DB2 Chat with the Lab - Thursday, April 12th at 11 AM Eastern, 10 AM Central, 8 AM PacificBeyond DB2 Viper - Technology Trends and Directions
The next offering in IBM's Chat with the Lab series will feature Sal Vella, Vice President of DB2 Development for Linux, Unix and Windows and Les King, Program Director of the Data Services Portfolio, who will talk about the next release of DB2 on the distributed platform. A detailed look at key requirements that drive product plans in areas such as XML exploitation, manageability, scalability and performance, optimization and warehousing will be discussed.
Click here to register for the chat.
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A new membership tier for IDUG was supposed to launch on April 2, but I don't see it on their website yet... so I may be pre-announcing :) Anyone can continue to access the IUDG website as in the past, but if you become a Premier Member, you are eligible for additional benefits.
There are two ways to become an IDUG Premier Member:1)Your attendance at IDUG 2007 – North America includes an annual Premier Membership in IDUG (valid for one calendar from your date of activation), or2)For those who didn't attend an IDUG conference, an annual fee of $100 USD.
IDUG Premier Members receive:• IDUG Premier Member Card• IDUG Premier Lapel Pin
Benefits of being an IDUG Premier Member include:• Complimentary access to download-on-demand program content (streaming audio/video) delivered at IDUG conferences, beginning at IDUG 2007 – North America
* DB2 Developer Spotlight sessions * Keynote presentations * Panel discussions
• Discounted access to download-on-demand technical sessions (streaming audio/video) delivered at IDUG conferences, beginning at IDUG 2007 – North America
• Access to IDUG’s valuable podcast and Webcast series featuring interviews with and insights from leading developers and renowned industry experts
• Access to select members only areas of IDUG’s Web site, including the online Code Place, Technical Library, Discussion Forums and Solution Providers directory
• Significant discounts off the registration fee to any major IDUG event (North American conference, European conference, Australian Forum) applicable while your Premier Membership is active
• A 45% discount off technical book purchases from Prentice Hall (IBM Press)
• Automatic receipt of IDUG’s monthly e-Bulletin
• Plus more benefits which will be rolled out in the near future!
IDUG will email instructions and an application to everyone on their current distribution list. To learn more about IDUG Membership, visit the membership page on IDUG.org.
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Now is the PERFECT time to validate your skills and demonstrate your IBM DB2 9 proficiency with Information Management Professional Certification. Ensure your success on exam day by taking advantage of our preparation resources.
IBM DB2 9 Database Administration for Z/OS Exam (732)
Length: 73 questionsPassing score: 57%Duration: 90 minutes
Job Role Description:The IBM Certified Database Administrator is the lead database administrator (DBA) for the DB2 9 product on the z/OS operating system. This individual has significant experience as a DBA and extensive knowledge of the DB2 9, specifically the new features and functionality related to Version 9. They are capable of performing the intermediate to advanced tasks related to database design and implementation, operation and recovery, security and auditing, performance, and installation and migration/upgrades specific to the z/OS operating system.
To attain the IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 9 for z/OS certification, candidates must pass two exams (730 and 732) or be certified as an IBM Certified Database Associate - DB2 Universal Database V8.1 (exam 700) and pass exam 732.
* section 1 Design and Implementation 26% * section 2 Operation and Recovery 29% * section 3 Security and Auditing 11% * section 4 Performance 29% * section 5 Installation and Migration/Upgrade 5%
Study Materials:Self Study Preparation TutorialsOn-line Professional Certification Assessment ExamsTake an IBM Exam at Thompson PrometricTake an IBM Exam at Pearson VUE
For additional information, see the Information Management Certification website.
Coming soon:1) New DB2 for z/OS Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich.. to be published in June or July by MC Press. Pre-order information will be blogged about when the information is available.
2) IDUG pre-conference Crammer Course featuring Susan Lawson.
This is the month when many certification exams are launching. Stay tuned for more details!
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I work out of the IBM Toronto Software Lab. This year the lab celebrates 40 years of operation! An article where the first lab director is interviewed, was recently published in the itbusiness.ca newsletter.
Our current office is 6 years old, is state of the art with wireless available through out the building, and is home to 2500 people, all in the software creation business. The lab may be known for its work on the Linux, Unix, and Windows version of DB2, but there are also people working on Tivoli, WebSphere, Rational, and Lotus. This covers all 5 major brands of software that is produced by IBM Software Group! Beyond these 5 brands, there are also quite a few additional areas that are worked on, but I’m not qualified to even mention them!
I've worked for IBM for 18 years now... most of them in the lab. Very enjoyable! Time flies!
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IBM's new Dynamic Warehousing initiative was recently unveiled. IBM is the first to fully understand and define this next generation of data warehousing. Only IBM can deliver all of the Dynamic Warehousing capabilities with a product portfolio that is best in class. Read the Dynamic Warehousing press release for details on the announcement.
The announcement included:
* An introduction of the IBM Balanced Warehouse portfolio. The IBM Balanced Warehouse is the complete data warehousing solution comprised of pre-tested, scalable and fully-integrated system components of DB2 Warehouse, Server and Storage.
* A new version of DB2 Warehouse that integrates and simplifies the data warehouse environment to deliver dynamic warehousing. With a single integrated software package, IBM delivers all of the capabilities needed to cost effectively consolidate, manage, deliver and analyze your business information.
* OmniFind Analytics Edition. IBM OmniFind Analytics Edition provides a rich analysis interface for both structured data and unstructured content. It can be delivered as a customized business solution via an engagement with Software Group Lab Services or Global Business Services. Read the OmniFind analytics press release for details on this announcement.
* Warehousing for SMB software which is based on years of experience and best practices gained in developing and implementing data warehouses in enterprise environments.
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DB2 Magazine's collection of electronic books as grown with the addition of THE COOL FACTOR: Modern developments stomp the mainframe-as-dinosaur myth for good, written by DB2 Magazine columnist Robert Catterall. DB2 Magazine columnist Robert Catterall explains what many companies already know: the mainframe is a great platform for the most modern IT initiatives, including those that use service-oriented architectures, XML, J2EE applications, XML, and more. Download this new e-book to find out how your mainframe skills bring value to the latest technology projects.
Other e-books that can be found on the site include:
* XML FOR JAVA DEVELOPERSDB2 9 introduced powerful XML management capabilities. Download this new e-book from DB2 Magazine to find out how the techniques you use every day can help you put that power to work. You'll learn XML programming tips for Java developers, see detailed Java application examples, and get a recap of all the new features and functions that ease Java development.
* TAKING AIM AT PERFORMANCE PROBLEMSStop wasting time on hit-or-miss tuning exercises. Event monitors and snapshots show you exactly where to point your efforts.
* SPOTLIGHT ON XMLDB2 9's "pureXML" technology introduces powerful XML management capabilities. Here's how to use the skills you already have to put that power to work.
* APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS: PERL, PHP, AND REXXWhen it comes to Development, DB2 is open to all options. IBM's commitment to open, standards-based interfaces and its support for a range of tools mean that developers can build DB2 applications with the tools and programming languages they like.
This special e-book presents DB2-specific code, tips, and techniques for working with three increasingly popular choices: Perl, PHP and Rexx.
* DEVELOPING DB2 APPLICATIONS: THE PLATFORM CHOICE IS YOURSWhen it comes to application development, Java junkies and .Net devotees may never see eye to eye. If they're developing for DB2, they don’t have to. DB2 UDB v.8.2 shipped earlier this year with something for every developer, regardless of platform preference. This must-read e-book highlights the latest in DB2 application development, with platform-specific examples, expert guidance, and more.
* BRIDGING THE ISLANDSNow you can connect Informix data with other corporate information. The result? An impressive enterprise view.
* DB2 UDB THE AUTONOMIC COMPUTING ADVANTAGEGetting the most from today's complex database systems is a challenge. Learn how self-managing capabilities in DB2 UDB v.8.2 do some of the work for you.
* THE BIG LEAGUESIn this special e-book for Informix customers, you'll read how businesses are using the new release of Informix Dynamic Server, how Informix technology is finding its niche in the IBM world, and what IBM's Janet Perna says about the future of Informix at IBM.
* THE PERFORMANCE DIARIESThis special e-book, compiled from three installments of Robert Catterall’s popular DB2 DBA column, brings you all the instructions you'll need to find these details and put them to use in your tuning efforts.
* OPEN THE THROTTLE: Tuning DB2 UDB v.8.1In this three-part series, database performance engineer Roger E. Sanders explains the seven tuning rules every DBA should know and gives a platform-specific guide to getting the best performance from your DB2 UDB implementation. Portable e-book format!
* ON DEMAND: Real Companies, Real BenefitsA special editorial section for CEOs, CTOs, technology-focused executives and managers, and anyone interested in IBM's on-demand concept. These brief articles showcase real companies reaping real benefits from the information-on-demand approach — an infrastructure for getting the right information to the right person at the exact moment it's needed.
I hope you find a topic that is useful to you!
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IBM executive Sandy Carter has published the newest book about SOA, and it is a must read for everyone: The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0.
About the book:
There is now a direct, provable link between an organization’s flexibility and business performance. To optimize flexibility, companies must achieve unprecedented levels of integration and automation of key processes and infrastructure, both internally and externally. At the same time, they must learn to manage their processes far more dynamically and responsively.
They must become flex-pon-sive*.
Until recently, technology stood in the way of achieving these goals. Thanks to the emergence of service oriented architecture (SOA), Web 2.0, and open standards, technology now enables companies to achieve those goals. In The New Language of Business, one of IBM’s top SOA strategist demonstrates how business leaders can use innovations in technology to drive dramatic process improvements and support accelerating change.
Sandy Carter shows how to deconstruct your business into a “componentized” business model, then support that model with linked, repeatable IT services that can adapt quickly, easily, and economically. These techniques will help both IT professionals and business leaders reach new levels of operational excellence to deliver the market-focused innovations that matter most.
Order the book from IBM Press for a limited promotion: Enter the coupon code: CARTER654X during the checkout process to receive 35% off the list price, plus free shipping in the U.S.