I’ve loved to read since I first learned how to read. I likely read everything in sight, but at that time, printed books were the primary delivery vehicle. One of the goals I had as a parent was to encourage my son to become an avid reader. He’s 12 now and I’m very proud to say that I’ve succeeded!
It might sound counter intuitive, but I think that it is much easier to become an avid reader these days than it was when I was his age. Most people think that computers and gaming devices have sucked the desire to read from our kids. But I think that computers, gaming devices and other modern tools have helped kids develop a passion for reading.
First of all, most interaction with a computer requires that you read. There are instructions, help forums, and an endless number of websites that can be found that relate to any computer game. The makers of the games have also pushed this a step further by creating “novels” that star the same characters of favourite computer games. TV shows help as well. Pokeman, for instance, has produced cards that contain a huge number of facts for each of its characters. Game makers have also produced hefty reference guides to be used along side a game to help the gamer become even more proficient at winning.
Second are the reading devices that everyone seems to have this year. I have a Kindle, my son a Sony. I read most of the classics in paperback years ago, primarily introduced to them via school curriculum. My son has 300 or so classics loaded onto his Sony reader… and they came free. He can freely work his way through the classics when he wants. And he is reading them! He’s even managed to read some that I missed. How does he even know about the books? I’m not sure, but I think that he’s exposed to many of them via spoof shows like Simpsons or Futurama.
Beyond these classics, it is very easy and relatively inexpensive to download a book to a reading device. You can do it immediately whenever you hear of a book that might interest you. This avoids forgetting about a book recommendation that someone made. Many public libraries are now offering ebooks for borrowing. Recently I read that I can lend some of my purchased kindle books to friends. I plan to give this a try very soon.
Third are audible books that you listen to instead of read. I know that some devices are programmed to “read” a book to you. My preference is the audible versions that are produced by having a professional voice actor read the book. I started listening to audible versions of books about a year ago and I can’t believe how many books I’ve “read” in this way. They are so enjoyable to listen to as well! It’s no longer the case that I buy a business book and only get a few chapters into the book. When I’m listening, I get completely hooked and have finished every book that I’ve started. I’ve listened to business books, self-help, biographies, and novels, all with equal enjoyment.
Not convinced? Give it a try yourself. Believe me, I love printed books and you can tell if you’ve ever been in my home or my office. I easily have 25 books on my desk and hundreds in my shelves. If I can make the leap from my beloved printed books to ebooks and audible books… so can just about anyone!
How do you get started?
If you don’t own a dedicated reading device, you should be aware that you can download the ebook reading apps that can be used on smart phones or on your computer. This won’t give you the full benefits of reading an ebook on a dedicated device, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how the ebook apps have improved the reading experience. It is nothing like reading your email or a website.
You can find most books are available in ebook format. Most you have to pay for, but if you look, you can find quite a few for free. For instance, check out our Flashbooks which are free and were optimized for online reading. If you have a subscription to Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online, you may already have access to technical ebooks. Not all memberships include the mobile option, so check to see what you have. IBMers have a subscription to Books 24x7, but not the mobile features. Quite often you can sign up for a trial license for these online book sites to give it a try.
I have a personal subscription to audible.com, but there are other sites as well. Also, many public libraries stock the CDs for popular books.
My personal conclusion is that by using modern devices, I’m able to read/consume many more books than I did in the past and I’m enjoying the variety of ways that I can read a book. I’m also pleased that my son has made the leap despite the fact that a year ago he didn’t think he’d ever enjoy reading an ebook or listening to a book.
I’m curious about your experiences! Let me know.
Early this morning my blog received its 1 millionth view! What a great way to end the year! Thanks to everyone for viewing my blog. I really enjoy writing my blogs and intend to keep writing in the coming year.
Here are my top 5 blog entries:
Making it Big in Software
Certification: Getting Started Checklist
Trying to get fired?
What’s coming up next year:
I’ll be a judge on the DB2 Night Show in February.
"The DB2Night Show :: DB2'S GOT TALENT CONTEST" on the following dates:
Feb 4, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Feb 11, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Feb 18, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Feb 25, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Mar 4, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Mar 11, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EST
Mar 18, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EDT
Mar 25, 2011 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM EDT
We’re looking for contestants…. are you up for it? Check the site for eligibility. Maybe this will convince you to become a contestant: the prizes!
- 1st Prize: One FREE IDUG Conference Registration to any IDUG Conference in 2011 (North America, Europe, or Australia) provided by IDUG, plus up to $1,500 USD travel expense allowance provided by DBI. Approximate value of prize package: $3,500 USD
- 2nd Prize: Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect (approximate value $500) provided by IDUG.
- 3rd Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificate provided by DBI.
- Finalist Prizes: Each of the top 10 Contestants that are invited by the judges to participate in Finals Shows will win $50 Amazon.com Gift Certificates provided by DBI.
This is my last blog entry of the year. I with everyone a very happy holiday and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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What do I suggest?
Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling
by Anthony Giordano
Note that this title is in ROUGH CUT format: Access future best-sellers as they’re being written.
Data integration accounts for some 70% of the cost and risk of data warehousing and business analytics projects. Now, the leader of IBM's Global Data Integration Practice for Business Intelligence, Anthony Giordano, presents a complete reference architecture and best-practice blueprint for higher-quality and lower-cost data integration. He shows how to build data integration processes to support exceptionally high volumes of data, introduces data integration patterns for SOA, EAI, and ETL, and covers every phase, task, and step required to build mature data integration environments.
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
- By Neal A. Fishman
- Jul 6, 2009
The New Era of Business Intelligence
Mike Biere, author of The New Era of Business Intelligence, contributes to the BI tools debate on IT World, offering some evaluation points for ROLAP solutions vs. OLAP.
DB2 pureXML Cookbook: Master the Power of the IBM Hybrid Data Server
- By Matthias Nicola, Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
- Aug 10, 2009
Art of Enterprise Information Architecture, The: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight
- By Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck
- Apr 1, 2010
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
- By Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul Van Run, Dan Wolfson
Understanding DB2®: Learning Visually with Examples, 2nd Edition
- By Raul F. Chong, Xiaomei Wang, Michael Dang, Dwaine R. Snow
- Dec 29, 2007
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep, 6th Edition
- By George Baklarz, Paul C. Zikopoulos
- Nov 19, 2007
Understanding DB2 9 Security
- By Rebecca Bond, Kevin Yeung-Kuen See, Carmen Ka Man Wong, Yuk-Kuen Henry Chan
Why choose an eBook versus a printed book?
1. eBooks are electronically searchable
2. You can carry hundreds of eBooks around with you at one time
3. eBooks are often cheaper than printed books
4. eBooks are the way of the future!!
This book was recently published by Packt Publishing:
IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials
A User’s Guide
Mastering Online Enterprise Cmmunicaton with this collaborative software
by Marie Scott and Thomas Duff
If you work for IBM, you know and love Sametime as much as I do. For those who don’t work for IBM and don’t use Lotus Notes as their mail server, Sametime is similar to MSN, except it is much more. I personally can’t imagine doing my job without this amazing tool!
Should you read this book? According to the back cover, this book was written for:
If you want to learn how to use IBM Lotus Sametime, then this book is for you. No matter if you’re new to Sametime or want to become a Sametime “power User”, this book contains something for you. The focus is on using Sametime as a user and does not include information about development or administration of a Sametime environment. But any user of Sametime in an organization will be able to take this book, sit down at their computer and learn how to use each feature of Sametime from start to finish.
From this description I think that anyone new to a Lotus Sametime environment would greatly benefit from reading this book. For those who already heavily use this tool, we’ll be able to enhance our skills and become more productive. For those who do not yet use Lotus products in your business, you’ll learn what power you’re missing!
I plan to read the book and hope to get tips on power functions such as:
* How to configure preferences. I’ve already been using the Primary Contacts feature and the Feed feature.
* How to customize Sametime instant messages with emoticons, text styles, graphics, attachments and hyperlinks. I’m using some of these already, but not all.
* Tips for adding voice and video to chats or meetings. This I don’t know about yet and it looks to have major promise.
* How to create and manage online meeting rooms to bring together everyone who needs to be at a specific meeting. I’ve been using online meeting rooms but need to know more about the features that available.
* Get tips on how to improve my usage.
* Connect to other users outside of our organization. This one has real potential. Right now I connect to some people via gtalk and others via MSN. Would be good to put all my business contacts in one place.
NOVEMBER is IBM Month at Packt Publishers. Save on this book or ebooks and more!
I think there are already 6 very complex and detailed entries... so if SQL is your thing... this is a blog you should follow.
Maybe I'll see if we can turn this into a book at one point in the future as well ???
*** NOTE: I've corrected the link.
*** Mark's signing time changed to Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon.
Last year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference in Las Vegas, I was lucky to meet Mark Jeffries who was host for the General Sessions. Mark had written the book “What’s up with Your Handshake” and I arranged a book signing session for him. I really enjoyed meeting Mark and reading his book.
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Mark is also hosting several sessions and will be signing copies of his latest book:
The Art of Business Seduction: A 30-Day Plan to Get Noticed, Get Promoted, and Get Ahead
About the book:
Description: These days, more than ever, you need an edge to win the job, the sale, or the contract that you want. And once you have it, keeping it is part of the job. You're always selling yourself, getting re-hired everyday with everything you do and say.
"The Art of Business Seduction" elevates your game by allowing you to recognize what's essential in getting noticed for the right reasons and by the right people. You'll get powerful tools you can use immediately, including A Strategic Communication plan The no-fail, four-step L-WAR process (Listen, Watch, Anticipate, React) Real-life exercises you can implement over thirty consecutive days that will then become a winning part of your routine and lifestyle
Your secret weapon in today's business struggle, "The Art of Business Seduction" peels away the hype to give you the unadorned facts on what will drive your continued, consistent success.
Mark’s signing session is scheduled for ***Tuesday, Oct 26 from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3766.
Canada Day is tomorrow and it seems that everyone is already on vacation! The office is incredibly quiet and I'm not getting much mail.
This weekend is Independance Day in the US... and I'm looking forward to being in NYC for this celebration.
All the teachers and kids are finished school and many families are on vacation.
I hope you have a wonderfully fun summer... stay safe!
Join Scott Hayes and special guest Burt Vialpando from IBM tomorrow (Friday June 18) on the DB2Night Show.
Burt will provide a side by side comparison of architectures, terminology, file system layouts, directory structures, administration commands, memory architectures, parameters, storage models and so much more.
If you are a DB2 LUW professional, after this session you will be able to understand your Oracle peers (really, it isn't a foreign language). If you are an Oracle professional, you will discover that the DB2 people aren't so strange after all.
Don’t miss this free webinar!
DB2 9.7 brought the biggest infusion of SQL features since DB2 V2.1. In this presentation, learn about features that lead to a ten-fold reduction in enablement costs when Oracle-based applications are enabled for DB2. The virtual tech briefing covers the following:
- Business drivers to move Oracle applications to DB2
- SQL enhancements in DB2 9.7
- Tooling support to enable applications from Oracle to DB2
- PL/SQL support in DB2 9.7
- Library extensions in DB2 9.7
My purpose at the conference is to sell books to attendees, but I wasn't able to arrange for a bookseller to set up shop. I'm not able to sell books myself so instead I've decided to do something completely different. I'm going to be promoting both electronic books and buying books directly from the publisher.
Safari Books Online is joining me as they provide one of the available options for electronic books.
has published a wide variety of books that can be purchased in the traditional book format, Kindle format
, PDF format
, or through online book engines such as Safari Books Online
and Books 24x7
. Although owning a book reading device is nice, it isn't necessary. There are apps that run on smart phones and computers to optimize the online reading experience.
If you are an employee with IBM, you automatically have access to all the books available on Books 24x7. If you are a student at a University, you may also have access to Books 24x7. Check with your administrator.
The publishers who I work with are presenting e-book strategies to me for future publications. The idea is that the books will be available immediatly in an online format of some kind, but the books are only printed when they are requested / purchased by a reader. This means that the book can be more easily updated when necessary and the publisher will not have a warehouse full of printed books.
Do readers want online books exclusively? I don't think so, yet. Perhaps there will always be a need for a printed book... and if you could see my desk, you'd know immediately that I am a big fan of printed books! I got a Kindle for Christmas, so I've started to see the benefits of reading on such a device. And really, Kindle is just the beginning. Everywhere you look there are different devices being made available: Sony, Nook, iPad, apps on iPhones and Blackberries, etc. I can't keep up with all the new devices, but I found this website
that lists many that I've never even heard of! So, take a look if you are interested.
I digress... back to the conference: Safaria Books Online and I will set up in a central location and have plans to showcase many of the books that have been recently published. For an idea of the books that you'll see there, see my previous blog entries:
I'll also be setting up book signings for a few of the authors:
Magnus Lindkvist, keynote speaker and facilitator
Magnus is a trendspotter and futurologist based in Stockholm, Sweden, His mission is to help companies make sense (and money) out of future possibilities and inspire people into action. He founded his company Pattern Recognition AB in 2005 and have a mix of large conglomerates and nimble upstarts within finance, energy, media and IT on the client list. Furthermore, he was elected Sweden’s Business of Speaker of the Year in 2009.
Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, and Michael Schroeck
Learn from this team of authors who are high ranked specialists in this field.
Besides the books, you'll also be able to buy IBM-logo merchandise. A wide range of items are being made available for you to purchase.
And then of course the conference:
1) Susan Dykman will be administering Certification Exams at the event, free to attendees.
2) Expert speakers from Analysts, Industry, IBM , and customers will share ideas and experience on the value of combining information and analytics.
3) Join in on an industry round table to get the latest in strategy.
4) Browse the Expo Centre for a wide range of real-world solutions, the latest innovations, and demos.
5) Meet IBM executives, solution and industry experts one to one.
6) Take part in Hands-on and Usability Labs.
7) And my favourite... network! Meet people from a variety of backgrounds and amaze yourself at the amount you have in common by being part of IBM's IOD.
Do you need some ideas to justify attending the conference? Get some tips from the "Why Attend?"
The TOP TEN DB2 LUW Mistakes with special guest Klaas Brant, IBM DB2 Gold Consultant & Founder, KBCE
Klaas Brant is the founder of KBCE, a company that specializes in DB2. He specializes in administration, tuning and backup/recovery strategies. Klaas has been working with DB2 for more than 20 years and has published many DB2 articles. He has been the organizer of the DB2 Symposium for more than 10 years and is the chairman of the Dutch DB2 User Group (DDUG). He is an IBM certified DB2 Database Administrator and a member of IBM's DB2 Gold Consultants Team.
During this episode, we'll cover Klass Brant's Top 10 Common Mistakes made with DB2 LUW. Your host, Scott Hayes, will add a couple of his own too. What mistakes do you commonly find? Send us an email or contribute to a discussion in our show's LinkedIn group.
RESERVE YOUR Studio Audience FREE SEAT: Friday, 7 May, 2010 at 11am CENTRAL. .
Let me share a few of the tips that Sam shared today... but if you get the opportunity to hear Sam yourself, take it! Sam is a very fun speaker to listen to. Also, you won't be disappointed with the book!
1) Dress for Success
What does a successful software developer wear? The same as a CEO? NO! CEOs are typically polished wearing fancy suits. Software developers? Running shoes, jeans, t-shirts... don't believe me? Find a photo of the Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and you'll see that they dress like ROCK STARS!
Senior Software Architects make much more money than junior employees. Check it out on payscale.com. But... what you don't see on sites like this is the other money superstars make. They often get large bonuses and stock options beyond their base salary.
A superstar developer has much freedom in their job in terms of where they want to work and customers they want to visit.
4) Getting Ahead
There was lots of advice about getting a promotion and rising in your field, but the one thing that stood out for me is that you should become the expert in YOUR DOMAIN. Whatever that domain is... become an expert. It doesn't take long, but unfortunately it is rarely done. So, it would be fairly easy to stand above your peers if you just invested a bit of time each month to learn something new about your domain.
5) Pros and Cons of Climbing the Ladder
There are cons to anything you do in life... but the pros of climbing can be worth the cons, if that's what you want to do.
What is more important than inspiration? Would believe that it is following through on your plans? It is! And apparently following through is rare. Surprising!
7) Time Management
Did you know that goofing off can actually be important to your career? Really! Your brain needs a break from time to time, so give in. But make sure you don't abuse this advice!
There are lots of considerations regarding getting promoted.. and the most important is to do something that makes you stand out from your peers. Publish, files patents, join groups, present about your topics, etc. Do what you like to do and what makes you feel appreciated.
9) Social Dynamics
One of the key messages here is DON'T GOSSIP! 9/10 times you gossip, it may not get around... but even 1 out of 10 times could be a career killer! I've worked with Sam for a number of years and let me tell you! He practices what he preaches.
The last hint that I'll give you today is.... you can hear Sam speak. He's been invited as the guest speaker on the DB2 Night Show
. There is a 200 person limit to this webinar, so register today to reserve your spot!
PS... find out more about Sam and what makes his clock tick via this interview:
Now that Amazon's Kindle is finally available in Canada
I'm taking the plunge and am getting one for myself as a Christmas
gift! We are so isolated in Canada, that I've never even seen one of
these book reading devices except in photos. Oh so sad!
What's first to go on my Kindle? All of the books that I mentioned in my "Busy Publishing
" blog entry yesterday are in Kindle format, so I'll load some or all of them! I was so impressed with authors Malcolm Gladwell
and Mark Jeffries
whom I met at the IOD conference
.... so I'll load their books. Or at least the ones I haven't read yet.
I'm looking forward to trying out some audible
books as well. Oh, and IBM Redbooks
... can I load them? We'll see!
I plan to figure out how to convert personal documents to the Kindle
format as well... and have plenty of documents that I can load...
including a document from Roger Sanders
that will turn into his next book.
Three of my friends have published fictional novels, and I intend to load their books.... Eden Remme Watt
, Joan Kendall
, and Karl Schroeder
Do you have any books that you'd recommend?
There has been lots to read about DB2 pureScale in the past couple of weeks, but if you're like me... you've been too busy to read much of the press and are therefore missing some key information. I plan to attend the upcoming DB2 Chat webcast on Wednesday, Oct 21
so I can learn what I need to learn. I hope you can join too!
Here are the details:DB2 pureScale: Scaling Databases without LimitsDate
: Wednesday, October 21, 2009Time
: 11:30 - 13:00 Eastern
10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30 hrs London / 17:30 hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9PMPresented By
: Experts from Toronto Lab: Sal Vella
(IBM), Matt Huras
(IBM), Aamer Sachedina
DB2 pureScale is an integrated solution that provides virtually unlimited scalability for all your transaction processing needs while ensuring continuous database availability. It allows you to scale capacity dynamically to meet peak demands, and pay for only the resources you require. In this webcast experts from the IBM labs will share technical details about DB2 pureScale.
- Vice President, Matt Huras
- Distinguished Engineer, Aamer Sachedina
- Senior DB2 Architect,
to learn how you can scale your existing and new database applications transparently with DB2 pureScale.
Register for this webcast by using the following link:http://bit.ly/2BfXG
If clicking the above link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your Web browser.
We now have more than 2000 members of the ChannelDB2.com site
! Are you one? I am... and I have joined many of the groups, created some groups and discussions. If you're not a member yet... take a look and consider joining.
What is ChannelDB2?
It is a social networking site that collects people who are interested in IBM's database technologies. Members can build a network of "friends" as you can do on most social networking sites. What is unique is that there is an aggregate feed of a bunch of bloggers... so this is an easy way to keep up with all the latest news. There are videos, papers, presentations, photos, and free books that can be accessed from this site. Really it is the most complete collection of DB2-related content.
There are groups for niche groups. You can even create a group if you have a niche that you'd like to communicate with. I've noticed that the site is heavily used by students around the world who are trying to learn DB2, get certified on DB2, and perhaps looking for work too.
The group that I take part in the most often is DB2 in Books
. Given that my job is to get books published, it isn't surprising that this is my group. I've invited every author who I've worked with to also join the group so you can interact directly with me or authors via this group.
Colleagues on my team run the certification, education, tutorials, and Redbooks programs as well, so I try to relay to you the information that I get from my team so that you are aware of the latest news as it happens.
I'm also actively working on the My developerWorks site to add content where needed. Right now there may be duplication between My developerWorks and ChannelDB2... but I'm sure that eventually one of these will become more prominent.
One question for you ... I'm happy to see that there are more than 2000 members to the site, but not many people have joined a group. I wonder why? If you are a member of a group you can take part in discussions and can control the amount of information you get back from the other group members.
So, if you aren't a member, I hope you check it out... and join: ChannelDB2.com
And join a group! Specifically, join my group: DB2 in Books
and add me as your friend!
See you on ChannelDB2