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Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great. (Paperback)
by Sam Lightstone
Sam works at the Toronto Lab and the book will be published in Jan or Feb next year. Sam is willing and available to speak at events on topics related to the book.
Here is the link to pre-order the book:http://bit.ly/MakingBig
Feel free to spread the word about this book! I've read most of the chapters already and think that the advice that Sam gives is amazing!
Software development is unique industry that includes many of the trappings of corporate American culture, and many odd divergences. It’s an industry where teenage hackers compete head-to-head with MIT PhD graduates. A world where crinkled t-shirts and unlaced running shoes coexist with stock options and executive titles. The dynamic and somewhat bohemian quality of the software industry introduces unique challenges in building a successful software career.
More importantly the insight on how to get ahead in the software business simply isn’t taught in formal degree programs. With supporting data from Gartner Group, IBM, KPMG, Standish Group and others this book discusses the dynamics of software development organizations, and how to build a successful career. In addition the book includes interviews with some of the most influential software innovators and leaders of the past 30 years – ACM Turing Award winners, and CEOs of major corporations alike; people who literally changed the world. These interviews add an intimate and profound quality to the book.
Table of contents: (details: http://bit.ly/MIBdetails)
Chapter 1: Makin’ it big
Chapter 2: School versus job
Chapter 3: What good software is really about
Chapter 4: Mission impossible? Getting a job in software development
Chapter 5: Making the most of the early years as a software developer
Chapter 6: Essential skills. Some are even technical.
Chapter 7: The sweet science of software R&D organizations
Chapter 8: Working the org
Chapter 9: Successful software project proposals
Chapter 10: Career advancement
Chapter 11: Time management
Chapter 12: Avoiding software development overruns
Chapter 13: Zen and the critical art of balance
Chapter 14: Career killers
Chapter 15: Leadership in software innovation
Chapter 16: Secret insights on software project management
Chapter 17: The big leagues. From medium-shot to big-shot
Chapter 18: The big leagues. From big-shot to visionary
Chapter 19: If only I’d known then what I know now
Chapter 20: Going out on your own: The “software startup”
Chapter 21: Compensation: Kuh-ching!
Chapter 22: Making it big?
Appendix A: Contents of a business plan for software startups
Appendix B: Historical timeline of software innovations
Server virtualization technologies are becoming more popular to help efficiently utilize resources by consolidating servers. IBM, the first company that developed and made available the virtual technology in 1966, offers advanced, powerful, reliable, and cost-saving virtualization technologies in various hardware and software products including DB2® for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. This IBM Redbooks publication describes using IBM DB2 9 with server virtualization.
The book starts with a general overview of virtualization and describes specific server virtualization technologies to highlight how the server virtualization technologies have been implemented. With this introduction anyone new to virtualization will have a better understanding of server virtualization and the industry server virtualization technologies available in the market.
Following the virtualization concept, the book describes in detail the setup, configuration, and managing of DB2 with
three leading server virtualization technologies:
The virtual machine setup is done with DB2 in mind to help IT support understand the effective ways of setting up a virtual environment specific for DB2. The architecture and components of these three server virtualization technologies are explained to allow DBAs to understand how a database environment using DB2 can benefit from using the server virtualization technologies.
In addition, the DB2 features and functions that can take advantage of using server virtualization are discussed. These features are put into practice when describing how to set up DB2 with the three virtualization technologies discussed in this book. This book also includes a list of best practices from the various tests performed while using these virtualization technologies. These best practices can be used as a guideline or a reference when setting up DB2 using these virtualization technologies.
For those of you attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference later this month, you'll be given a chance to get a free printed copy of this book and meet author Jason Chan.
Enjoy all the coverage that DB2 is getting because of theIBM DB2 pureScale announcement last week! From what I've seen... very positive reactions!
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There are lots of places where you can buy a printed copy of the IBM Press book DB2 pureXML Cookbook by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee, but unfortunately due to an unknown mix up... you CANNOT buy the book at the IDUG Rome conference that is taking place this week.
I'm sorry for the mix up and will make sure that future conferences are NOT missing key books like this! I know it matters in terms of ease and expense that these books are available for sale at conferences... so my apologies to anyone who wanted to buy a book and was unable to!
Here's what I can do, however. I'll tell you where you can buy the book at a discount that is higher than than the discount offered at the conference.
First of all, if you are a MEMBER of IDUG... and if you attended the conference, you are automatically a member, please remember that ALL IBM Press books are available for you to purchase at a 45% discount! This is a significant savings that is offered to you with your membership, so make sure you take advantage of your special status. You must log into the IDUG members site to take advantage of this offer.
If your office or home is in Europe, you're likely concerned about duties, taxes, and shipping costs that may be significant if the books are shipped to you from the USA. For you, we suggest that you purchase your IBM Press books at the Pearson Education EMEA bookstore. They offer a 35% discount and free shipping in Europe.
In the USA, you should take advantage of the IBM Press offer that is taking place right now. You can purchase IBM Press titles at a 35% discount and receive free shipping in the USA.
If you prefer to read books online rather than in print, you should know that the book is available in both Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online. Of course if you have a Kindle or Sony Book Reader, you know that you can purchase electronic copies of this book as you normally would.
Again, I'm sorry that the book wasn't available at the IDUG Conference in Rome, but it WILL be at the IBM IOD Global Conference in Las Vegas. In fact, you will have an opportunity to meet one of the authors (Matthias Nicola) and get your book signed while you're there. The signing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28... so drop by if you are at the conference and help me congratulate Matthias on his first book! For more information about the IOD conference, see Kate's blog where today she blogged about the IOD Bookstore!
As always, thanks for reading my blog and your continued interest in the published books that I promote!
MDM for Customer Data
Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
Author: Kelvin K. A. Looi
ALL THIS FOR $14.95!
Master Data Management (MDM) is a fascinating, up-and-coming IT solution approach that allows an organization to run a customer-centric business operation. Since MDM is a relatively new concept in the IT world, its real capabilities, purposes, and values are easily misunderstood. If you’re looking for an easy way to understand what MDM really is and how it came about, then this is the book you’ve been after. Beyond providing a simple understanding of MDM, it also describes how an organization can implement an MDM solution in phases to enable the business operation to be customer-centric, with each phase showing a positive return on investment (ROI).
This book will also clear up the many misconceptions of what MDM is and how it is different from Client Information File, CRM, and Data Warehouse solutions. The differences are clearly explained, and the authors further show how MDM can co-exist with these other solutions with and optimize their operations by providing them with trusted data.
With MDM for Customer Data, you will:
• Know the different MDM implementation styles and approaches
• Understand the importance of data governance for successful implementation
• Be prepared to implement the first phase of an MDM project
• And much, much more
Chapter 1: The Elusive Customer-centric Operation
Chapter 2: The Application Agenda Era
Chapter 3: The Information Agenda Era
Chapter 4: MDM for Customer Data
Chapter 5: How Other Organizations Use MDM for Customer Data: Case Studies
Chapter 6: Data Governance
Chapter 7: Be Careful What ou Ask For: Your IT Might Actually Deliver
Chapter 8: Other Master Data Management Data Domains
Congratulations to Kelvin on this amazing accomplishment!
New Book: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight
This book is currently being written by the following author team:
Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck
•This book is designed to reach out to a wide client audience on a global basis leveraging IBM‘s vision and products in the Information Management area.
•Through a true cross brand author team (GBS, GTS, SWG) with high ranked contributors with proven track records and external visibility this book will promote IBM‘s expertise and implementation engagements in this area.
•This book covers the next generation of IBM‘s Smarter Planet vision in addition to Information Agenda and Information on Demand themes.
•Extraordinary support for the book by IBM external thought leaders and market influencers.
•Author team members have already published books for IBM Press and delivered external articles successfully before; with this book they cover the full range of IBM‘s capabilities covering Business Scenarios, Conceptual & Logical Component Architecture, Implementation Design using Operational Models – all consistent with IBM‘s Unified Method as well as offerings such as the Dynamic Infrastructure.
Mario Godinez is Executive IT Architect and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect within IBM's Worldwide Information On Demand Architecture team. He co-founded IBM Software Group's Information Management Technical Enablement team, and has spent 15+ years helping IBM financial and industrial customers architect and implement complex enterprise solutions.
Eberhard Hechler is Chief Architect of the European IBM Information On Demand Technical Center of Excellence. As Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect, he is a technical leader of the Information Management organization at the IBM Germany Research and Development Lab. He co-authored Enterprise Master Data Management.
Klaus Koenig is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has been involved in IT for 20 years. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of IT architecture management and IT infrastructure design. As key innovator and chief technology executive he is currently leading several development and transformation initiatives, the major ones in the area of Cloud Computing, Green IT, Service Lifecycle Management and IT Process Automation.
Steve Lockwood works in IBM Software Group as a Lead Architect and within IBM's Business Intelligence practice (a part of Global Business Services). He has been involved in all aspects of the development of information related projects, covering Data Warehousing, analytics, Information Integration for CRM solutions and development of Master Data Management solutions.
Martin Oberhofer is a Senior Technical Consultant at IBM and a member of the World-Wide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence. His areas of expertise are Master Data Management, database technologies, Java development and IT system integration.
Michael Schroeck is a Partner and the Global Business Intelligence (BI) and Information on Demand (IOD) Leader for IBM, Global Business Services. Mike has a proven track record in having guided project teams in the design and successful implementation of large, complex BI/IOD Solutions (e.g., decision support, integrated analytics, data warehousing, data mining, etc.) for a wide range of clients.
You can preorder the book now. Very soon there will be a Rough Cuts version available where you can get the electronic version of the chapters as they are completed.
Thanks to the author team for putting in so many hours to create this book to share their extensive experience with all readers!
I hope all my IDUG friends who are in Rome this week are enjoying the city, weather, and of course the amazing conference!
If you are an IDUG member, I'd like to bring this information to your attention:
IDUG members save $100 on registration for the Information On Demand 2009 global conference.
Not a member... become one today.
Visit IDUG for promo code.
I hope to see you in Vegas!
The Information on Demand conference is fast approaching. I've been doing some final planning for the conference that includes creating signage for the bookstore and book signing events. I'll share with you what the plans are and hope that you'll be able to join us at the conference and specifically for the book events.
The IOD bookstore is offering books at a 20% discount. Browse the selection of books because I think you'll be able to find several books that interest you and can perhaps help you do your job better. I'll be working at the bookstore and whenever I do, the comment I hear most often is... "I had no idea there were so many books!".
The bookstore will be open Sunday October 25 thru Thursday October 29. There will only be a limited quantity of each book... so browse & buy early to avoid disappointment.
The following authors will be at the conference and will be available to sign your books. You can buy your book at the conference or bring a copy you already own. Remember that a signed copy of a book makes an excellent gift!
What's Up with Your Handshake?
Meet Mark at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 11-12 or Tuesday October 27 from 1:30 - 2:30.
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
Meet Neil at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 1:30 - 2:30
Promoting all three of his best sellers: Outliers; The Tipping Point, Blink
Meet Malcolm at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 10:15-11:15
DB2 pureXML Cookbook
Meet Matthias at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:30 - 2:30
As in previous years, we also have some free FLASHBOOKS that you can take. These books are very slim and easy to read and typically only available to conference attendees.
Information on Demand for Dummies
Authors: Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam Gartenberg
These books are only available to partners or customers. Exchange your coupon for a book.
Meet the authors on Monday October 26 from 2:30 - 3:30 at the IOD Bookstore
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features
Authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, George Baklarz, Chris Eaton
Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Tuesday, October 27 from 12 - 1
New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Authors: Bill Wong, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Pat Bates, Mike Biere
Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:45 - 4:45
MDM for Customer Data : Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
Author: Kelvin Looi
Get your free book and meet Kelvin the Mandalay Bay South: Bayside D - Data Management Room
I know you may think it's too geeky to get your book signed... but the authors enjoy meeting people and talking about their books and related topics.
If you want more info about IOD... read Kate's blog. She's been doing an entire series about various aspects of the conference.
I hope to see you / meet you at the conference. If you are going, come and find me at the bookstore and tell me that you read my blog! I like talking to people too!
You've heard of IBM & Cloud Computing & Amazon.... what do the three have in common? For one, IBM & Amazon have joined together to bring you a FREE webinar about Cloud Computing.
IBM DB2 database software running on Amazon EC2 lets you get the most out of your IT budget . IBM and Amazon Web Services provide a lot of flexibility for cloud computing, including free DB2 AMIs, low cost by-the-hour production-ready DB2 AMIs, and the ability to bring your existing DB2 licenses to the cloud.
Attend the event to learn more about DB2 AMIs and the unique capabilities in DB2, including the new features in DB2 9.7 that make it much easier to move applications from Oracle to DB2.
Even better.... attend the event and get $35 in Amazon Web Services credits to practice everything you learned.
Jump start your skills to build Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.
Learn why selecting a combination of industry-leading IBM software running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) allows you to focus all your resources on innovation instead of infrastructure.
Be sure to register for and attend the DB2 session at noon – 1pm Eastern Daylight Time where Mark Wilding and Leon Katsnelson will talk about a set of capabilities that are unique to DB2 and make it the best database for use on the Cloud.
Can't make it? Replays will be available but register to be sure you get notified when the replay is available!
Good luck Leon, Mark & others. I hope the event is a huge success! I'll be there!
The DB2Night Show Episode #2We're going to talk about Index Design Best Practices for both DB2 LUW and Oracle! So far we have one special guest lined up: Curt Triplett is an Independent Oracle Consultant specializing in Oracle performance optimization (amongst many other things). We're going to look at Oracle Index Best Practices and see how they compare to DB2. We're also working on a special guest from the IBM Toronto Lab to spice up this lively conversation.
Are you "Joe the DBA"? Do you have a performance challenge you'd like to discuss? Contact The DB2Night Show per the instructions found at left.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 10am CENTRAL.
We will be broadcasting at your favorite screen resolution. For audio,
VoIP and local country telephone numbers will be available for US, Canada,
European countries, Australia, and New Zealand. You are responsible for your
transportation to our "Studio", popping your own popcorn, and your favorite
Save the date for the third episode:
The DB2Night Show Episode #3HIGH Availability or CONTINUOUS Availability? Join us as we discuss and debate HADR, HACMP, and Xkoto Gridscale. Ask questions of the experts. And find out some configuration settings and best practices to sustain high availability!
Show guests will include IBM Toronto and Xkoto experts - TBD.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT:
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10am CENTRAL.
Did you miss the first episode? Catch it in re-runs:
Did you miss our Webinar on IBM DB2 LUW Index Design Best Practices and Case Studies? Access a recorded replay at http://www.DBIsoftware.com/media/20090812INDEXES.wmv (112MB)
Watching TV is good!
Educate. Inform. Entertain.
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Two new Information Management IBM Redbooks were published in August:
IBM High Availability Solution for IBM FileNet P8 Systems
Many organizations require almost continuous availability of their mission-critical, IBM® FileNet® P8 systems. Loss of system resources and services can translate directly into lost revenue and lost customers. The goal, therefore, is to design and implement IBM FileNet P8 systems that are highly available by compensating for both planned and unplanned system outages and eliminating single points of failure.
IBM FileNet P8 Platform provides availability features that are built-in to the core components. With these features, high availability of an IBM FileNet P8 system can be achieved through redundancy: redundant components, redundant systems, and redundant data. Hardware and software components might fail. With redundancy, the failure can be eliminated or minimized.
This IBM Redbooks® publication describes strategies and options for core IBM FileNet P8 system components. In addition, the book provides detailed, step-by-step procedures that we used to implement high availability for our case study IBM FileNet P8 system. This book serves as a practical reference when you design and implement highly available IBM FileNet P8 systems.
This book is intended for IT architects, IT specialists, project managers, and decision makers identifying the best high availability strategies and integrating them into the IBM FileNet P8 system design process.
SAP® migrations are a standard process nowadays. This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes optimization strategies and best practices for migrating SAP systems toward IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, as well as for performing Unicode conversions. We discuss DB2-specific recommendations and best practices.
This book is intended for experienced SAP migration consultants involved in operating system and database migrations or Unicode conversions, choosing IBM DB2 as a target database platform. It addresses the advanced SAP migration techniques, considerations for database layout and tuning, and unique DB2 capabilities such as compressing the target database while loading data.
This book provides in-depth information about the best practices and recommendations for the source system database export, the advanced migration techniques, database layout and configuration, database import recommendations, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, as well as background information about Unicode. We summarize our recommendations in one chapter that can be used as a quick reference for experienced migration consultants.Keep up with the latest technology with IBM Redbooks, which you can download for FREE!
I've just returned to the office from summer vacation and enjoyed unpacking the books that were sent to me - all three published through IBM Press this summer:
1) Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
by Neil Fishman
If you are attending the IOD Conference, be sure to meet Neil and have him sign your copy of the book. Neil will be at the IOD Bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 1:30 - 2:30.
Neil is an information forensics expert and his book will help you identify the unique challenges of data quality in an SOA environment and show you how to implement solutions that deliver the best results for the long term at the lowest cost.
2) Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite - Learning Visually with Examples
by Tinny Ng, Jane Fung, Laura Chan, and Vivian Mak
Tinny, Jane, Laura and Vivian are technical specialists at the Toronto Lab and have used their inside expertise to pull together 26 video tutorials and sample code to help you master IBM SOA Software including IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Application Developer, IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, IBM WebSphere Integration Developer, IBM WebSphere Process Server, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, BIM WebSphere Portlet Factory, IBM WebSphere Portal, and IBM Tivoli Federated Identify Manager! Whew... that was a lot to type, and a lot to learn. This book makes it easy for you to learn this incredible suite of software in the quickest and easiest manner possible.
3) DB2 pureXML Cookbook: Master the Power of the IBM Hybrid Data Server
by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
If you are attending the IOD Conference, be sure to meet Matthias and have him sign your copy of the book. Matthias will be at the IOD Bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:30 - 2:30.
Matthias is a leading developer in the SVL Lab and Pav is a support analyst. Together they have combined their expertise to bring you 700 examples that cover the entire application lifecycle. You can easily adapt these examples to use in your environment. Learn and apply... the objectives of this book!
If you are at the IOD conference, you can buy these books at the conference discount. If you are not attending, here are some special offers that you should consider:
IBM Press is pleased to offer several new books as well as some of our most popular Information Management titles at a very attractive 35% discount. In addition, IBM Press is offering FREE ground shipping for all orders in the US. Simply enter coupon code INFOMGMT during checkout to receive your discount.
Remember that ALL IBM Press titles are available in electronic format so that you can purchase an online version to read or search rather than buying a printed copy.
Enjoy these books! If you have a comment about any of them... consider posting your opinions publicly.
Are you feeling left out that you are back to work and NOT back to school like so many others? Take one of the the Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) trials for free and you'll be "back in school" too!
What is SPVC?
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are recorded lectures, demonstrations and exercises that you can access on-demand. Meaning... you can take the class in the middle of the night if you like, wearing whatever you choose to wear, and wherever you choose to be (as long as you have high speed internet access! The classes are narrated by IBM classroom instructors.
What is the benefit of this type of class?
* Big savings with no travel costs and lower tuition
* Delivers same content, exercises and hands-on labs as classroom courses
* Instructors are included “virtually” through recorded lecture, demonstrations and exercises
* Conduct hands-on labs with real IBM software – not simulations
* Access to course Forums with expert feedback from instructors and fellow students
* Flexibility to train when and where you want
What is offered in the Free Trial?
The trial courses include a portion of a real course that, depending on the course, includes instructor lecture, demonstrations, and exercises.
The trial courses do not include access to the hands-on lab environments. However, a copy of the lab exercise books are included on the materials tab.
How do I get started?
Register at Free SPVC Trial.
After enrolling,you receive your access and login information by email. At your convenience, anytime within the next 30 days, log in and begin your course.
Once you login, your class material is presented as an integrated eLearning environment, with all course components in one easy-to navigate interface.
Begin your study by reading the course content and to reinforce key concepts, you are challenged to multiple interactive online exercises.
Enjoy the free trial and if you like it... let me (and others) know!
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Earning IBM Professional Certification is a smart career move. But many of us are nervous when taking the certification exam. Our “Take it Again” promo can help build your confidence. If you don’t pass an exam on your first attempt, you can retake it for no additional cost.
Take It Again is a voucher program, offered worldwide, by IBM Professional Certification.
With Take It Again you may purchase specially priced vouchers so that in the event you do not pass an exam on your first attempt, you may quickly and easily retake the same exam for no additional costs.
For all the information you will need to get certified... see my blog entry: Certification: 101
IDUG Solutions Journal July 2009 : Volume 17 Issue 2 provides Chapter 11 (Chapter 11 - Converting XML to Relational Data) for free from the book:
DB2 pureXML Cookbook: Master the Power of IBM's Hybrid Data Server
Authors: Matthias Nicola, Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
In DB2 pureXML Cookbook, two of IBM's leading experts provide the single most comprehensive coverage of DB2's pureXML capabilities. This book explains DB2 pureXML in over 700 practical examples, including 250+ XQuery and SQL/XML queries, taking the reader from simple introductions all the way to advanced scenarios. The authors have distilled their hands-on experience with many pureXML applications so that you can benefit from best practices, tips & tricks, performance guidelines, and other gems that are not documented elsewhere.
This book is invaluable for database administrators and application developers, beginners and DB2 experts. The topics are organized by typical user tasks throughout the life cycle of XML database projects, from planning, designing, and implementing databases all the way to tuning, problem determination, and application development. It includes code samples for Java, .NET, COBOL, PL/1, C, PHP, and Perl programmers.
The DB2 pureXML Cookbook provides proven recipes rather than a mere reference of ingredients.
DB2 pureXML Cookbook: Master the Power of the IBM Hybrid Data Server
Use Coupon Code when checking out:
I'm expecting this book to be a BEST SELLER this year! Make sure you get your copy before they run out! Also, meet Matthias Nicola and get your book signed at theIOD Global Conference.