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What an awesome group of authors on this book: Paul Zikopoulos,
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Here are a few other blog entries about this impressive release:
DB2 10 Free Webinars
Summary of Skills
DB2 10 – From IBM Champion’s
DB2’s Next Major Release
Was it really 5 years ago that DB2 9 was released? The DB2 Fundamentals Guide by Roger Sanders was released in
the spring 2007, so it is likely that the product was released the same year.
We’ve had many changes and releases since then…DB2 9.2 and the “Understanding DB2” book by Raul Chong and others, then
DB2 9.5, DB2 9.7 and DB2 pureScale. And now, in the past week, DB2 10 for Linux,
UNIX, and Windows was announced.
There is so much to this release, that for my first post about it, I’m going
to give you sound bites from my colleagues and point to where you can read more
about what they are saying are the key features that you’ll care about.
Announcing InfoSphere Warehouse v 10.1 – Jon Lind looks at how the new
release can overcome bottlenecks in capturing and loading operational data. By
handling heavy workloads, InfoSphere Warehouse v 10.1 can help identify – and
capitalize on – trends, offering competitive advantages. Find out what sets
InfoSphere Warehouse v 10.1 apart. http://ibm.co/HOEWQs
The new InfoSphere Warehouse 10 and DB2 10 include a major update to
multi-core parallelism that helps you better divide work among subagents. This
means better use of CPU resources and shorter query times. Michael Kwok
explains how this works and what the new operator, REBAL, can do. http://ibm.co/HeJP6o
DB2 v 10 includes a stellar ingest utility that lets you load DB2 LUW tables
from files or pipes. Walter Alvey explains how to load your data
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SQL to achieve the performance you need. He also walks through some sample
The InfoSphere and DB2 for LUW team have been driving down the cost of
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For a product segment that was supposed to be a boring commodity, there sure
is a lot of excitement about new data systems this year. IBM’s Bernie
Spang details why DB2 10 and InfoSphere Warehouse 10 will meet the needs of
a new generation of data management. http://bit.ly/HQavJK
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level, with new row permission and column mask features that can protect your
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Read more from Walid Rjaibi: http://ibm.co/HeJX5O
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Thanks to Crysta Anderson and David Pittman for providing me
with this information. There is more to come… way more…. so stay tuned!
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DB2 Developer's Guide is the best source for on-the-job
information on programming and administering DB2 on IBM z/OS mainframes. Now,
three-time (or is it 4 times now?) IBM Champion Craig S.
Mullins has thoroughly updated this classic for DB2 v9 and
v10. Craig fully covers new DB2 innovations including temporal database
support; hashing; universal tablespaces; pureXML; performance, security and
governance improvements; new data types, and much more.
Using current versions of DB2 for z/OS, readers will learn how to:
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- Use binding and rebinding to optimize applications
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Site. Mullins has been honored as an IBM Information Champion for his
exceptional contributions to the IBM Data Management community. He has 30+ years
of experience in all facets of database systems development in multiple
industries, and has worked with DB2 since Version 1. Mullins presents at events
including the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) and IBM Information on
Demand, and has authored hundreds of technical articles on DB2 and databases.
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Keeping your skills sharp are extremely important and getting certified can certainly help you do that. But, we need to watch the amount of money we spend on everything these days. Good news: IBM’s certification program offers ways to help you keep the costs down while keeping your skills up.
Here are some ideas:
Take It Again is a voucher program
This promotion has been offered in the past and will happen again this year. The details on this year’s promotion are not on the web yet, but I’ve been told that they’ll be there soon. Here’s how the program works: 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. Learn more about Take it Again!
Free or discounted exams at conferences
Conference fees and travel can be quite expensive, so to help, IBM quite often offers conference attendees a chance to take 3 exams free while at the conference and perhaps half price for further exams. Exam fees are normally $200 a take, so this can be an immediate $600 savings to you if you take the exams. Add this justification to your conference request and maybe you’ll be approved to attend the conference of your choice. Find out what conference have free or discounted exams.
Free Assessment Tests
Typically before a conference, the Certification team waives the $10 fee for the assessment exam in the 3 weeks prior to the conference. We want you to pass your exam and to help you do that, you are given tools to help you increase your skills before attempting a free exam at the conference. For the conferences that offer this program, you should be emailed a promotion code after you’ve registered for the event.
For less expensive study materials, check out my previous entries about electronic books, tutorials, product documentation, Express-C versions of products, free webinars, and WBTs:
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification Exam?
DB2 10 for z/OS Certification Roles, Exams and Study Materials
Certification Study Guides for DB2 LUW Exams
DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows: Certification Roles and Exams
Certifications: Beyond DB2
Certification Tips on the DB2Night Show
Web-based Training Courses to Consider
The exam that you need to pass to start your journey on the road to DB2 Certification is the DB2 Family Fundamentals Exam 730. This exam only contains questions for concepts that are common across all platforms that DB2 runs on. There is a heavy SQL component to the exam, and most people who use DB2 daily should find this exam fairly easy. You’ll find it easier as well if you examine the objectives and use one or more of the listed study materials.
Database Associate Certification Role
Exam 730 – DB2 9 Family Fundamentals
Passing this exam will earn you the following Professional Certification: IBM Certified Database Associate -- DB2 9 Fundamentals and qualifies you to take a number of other exams that will lead to more DB2 Certifications.
Book: DB2 9 Fundamentals (Exam 730) Study Guide by Roger Sanders
This is the one that is known as the “red” book. It covers everything you need to know to pass Exam 730 which is the basic exam that is pre-requisite for all V9 and V10 DB2 Certification exams. The book includes sample questions at the end of each chapter with answers and reasons for the answers provided in an appendix at the end of the book. Roger was a member of the exam development team for Exam 730 and has written many of the questions you’ll need to answer.
Tutorials: DB2 9 Fundamentals certification 730 prep series
These are free and can be found on developerWorks are very popular among the students who I see at the Toronto Lab. They are broken into individual units that match the exam objectives.
Database Administration Certification Roles
You have a choice here. You can take V9 exams or V10 exams. My recommendation is to take the exam that corresponds to the product you are currently working with. If you already have a certification for DB2 V9, then give the V10 exams a try.
Exam 732 - DB2 9 DBA for z/OS
Passing this exam, along with pre-requisite Exam 730, will earn you the following Professional Certification: IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 9 DBA for z/OS
Book: DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration (Exam 732) Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
Exam 612 - DB2 10 DBA for z/OS
Passing this exam, along with pre-requisite Exam 730, will earn you the following Professional Certification: IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 10 DBA for z/OS
Book: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
This book is finished but has not yet been released by the publisher. I’ll update this post when it is released.
System Administration Certification Roles
Again you have a choice here since both the V9 and V10 exams are available for you to take. My recommendation is to take the exam that corresponds to the product you are currently working with. If you already have a certification for DB2 V9, then give the V10 exams a try.
Exam 737 - DB2 9 System Administrator for z/OS Exam
Passing this exam, along with pre-requisite Exam 730, will earn you the following Professional Certification: IBM Certified System Administrator - DB2 9 for z/OS
Book: DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS (Exam 737) Study Guide by Judy Nall
Exam 617 - DB2 10 System Administrator for z/OS
Passing this exam, along with pre-requisite Exam 730, will earn you the following Professional Certification:
IBM Certified System Administrator - DB2 10 for z/OS
Book: Judy Nall is updating her V9 book and it should be published in 2012.
It seems to me, given what I’m being sent in newsletters, that this is the time of year to give some thought to improving personal habits. The end of the year brings time for reflection on the year we just lived through and January is the perfect time to put in place new goals or plans for the coming year.
I like to discuss the articles I read with those who are closest to me at work and in my personal life, but in going through the list, I can’t see why these wouldn’t be of interest to a much larger audience. Here’s my list:
Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012 by Dorie Clark
I was drawn to this article by the title. Usually we think about what we’ll do better in the coming year, but doesn’t it make sense that you’ll need to drop something that you’re currently doing to fit in something you want to start doing. Face it, we only have so many hours in a day, so adding more to an already impossibly booked calendar makes no sense at all.
For me, email is becoming less relevant, so checking every 90 minutes makes sense to me and will allow me to focus on things that need full attention. I regularly unsubscribe to newsletters that are no longer interesting to me. I used to mail cards, but stopped a few years ago. There are still a few traditions that I take part in that could be dropped.
Dorie’s article points to another article that I liked:
Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning by Peter Bregman
The lists Peter is talking about are 1) Focus list and 2) Ignore list. Doesn’t that make a lot of sense? I’m more of a social person than a gadget person, so Peter’s first story would never have happened to me. I’m more likely to make eye contact with everyone around me rather than giving my attention to my Blackberry. Figure out where you want to spend your time and consciously decide what you’ll ignore in order to focus on what you want to be focusing on.
Improve my Blogging Skills.
This one will only relate to those who are interested in blogging, but might actually coincide with the points above. Do you find that you repeat yourself over the course of a day or week, answering the same question, or giving the same advice to multiple people? If so, perhaps this content belongs in a blog where it can be shared among multiple people at once. If someone again asks the question, you can simply say.. read my blog!
Serge Rielau recently did this with his SQL Tips blog. Serge will benefit from writing this blog since he can put his effort into creating a well-written and thought out article about a topic that will benefit everyone who finds his blog and reads his tips. This is a much better use of his time than answering questions via email on a one on one basis.
If you are interested in blogging and want to learn how to do it the right way, the first time, I highly recommend this new book by Antonio Cangiano: Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence. I’ve been blogging for easily 6 years now and read this book as an official reviewer. I can tell you in all seriousness… that I learned a LOT. I haven’t put all the tips into practice yet, but I’m sure you’ll see my improvements over the coming year. Antonio has just created a blog about his book that you’ll want to subscribe to in order to get tips as he is able to share them: Technical Blogging.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it in my blog or not, but I’m a huge fan of TedTalks.com. If you haven’t run across these videos yet, you’re in for a huge treat. TED is an acronym for Technology, Education, and Design. Three of my favourite topics in one. There are many recorded TED talks for you to find and watch that cover a huge range of topics. Here are a few of my all time favourites:
1) TEDxHampshireCollege - Jim Ferrell - Resolving the Heart of Conflict
Jim points out a bad habit that most of us have: treating people as objects. He explains why this is not the way you should treat people and gives examples to make the point clear. I would suggest that this is a video we need to re-watch many times over the course of a year to keep ourselves on track.
2) Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education
The main thing I like about this video is the message that we need to master basic skills before we can try more complex ones. How many times do people try to jump ahead? Salman’s example about learning how to ride a unicycle after only a week on a 2-wheel bike shows the difficulty in not mastering lower level skills first. I also like how he’s developed something that is appealing to young children everywhere and makes learning seem like a game. I hope as a result, we’ll have a highly educated future population!
There are many TED videos for you to watch and enjoy. Warning: once you start, you may want to watch these videos all day long!
20 Things Life Is Too Short To Tolerate
These tips are pretty basic and we all know them very well. Unfortunately, we tend to forget or ignore them. Do yourself a favour. Take these tips seriously and see if they make you happier.
There are two other books that I regularly mention that are related to professional development.
1) Sam Lightstone’s Making it Big in Software. I found this book to be a good read and very helpful in thinking about the direction your career is taking. Here are a few of the blog entries I’ve written since the book was published:
Campus visit - how to improve technical writing skills
Wine and Cheese and Sam Lightstone at IOD
Meet author Sam Lightstone “Making it Big in Sofware”
Making it Big .... Live on the DB2Night Show!
Two live sessions coming up with author Sam Lightstone...
Making it Big in Software
2) Roger Sanders’ From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published. Writing, presenting, and communication are the soft skills that are required for all of us to succeed. I remember writing a blog entry about these at one point, but can’t find it now. I’m hoping to work with a colleague in the coming year to pull together a comprehensive list of how to improve communication skills for technical professionals.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and are able to have a productive and healthy new year!
Once you register for IOD you’ll be sent a confirmation email that will tell you about the pre-conference education sessions that are available. Maybe you’ve heard of these before. They are full day classes that go deep in a particular topic. These classes have an additional cost.
Six of the classes are Certification Crammer Courses. These remain popular year after year and help you prepare to pass one of the free certification exams that are offered at the conference to attendees. These classes are taught by well-known experts who helped create the certification exam. Here are the six that are offered this year:
In addition to this Crammer Course, Susan’s latest Certification Guide will be launched at the conference. This book will focus on what you need to know to pass exam 612. The book isn’t listed on amazon.com yet, but as soon as it is, I’ll create an entry about the book. We’ve tentatively scheduled Susan Lawson and co-author Dan Luksetich for a book signing on Tuesday October 25 from 4pm – 5pm.
Judy’s book was launched at IOD last year and is a must read if you are interested in System Administration. DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
Roger’s books will fill an entire bookcase! This year we’re launching two more of his books. One is for Certification – exam 541, the other is about writing technical books and articles. Roger Sanders’ signings are tentatively scheduled for Monday October 24 3:00 – 4:00 pm and Tuesday October 25 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
- (9Q060) InfoSphere DataStage 8.5 Certification Crammer for Exam 421
instructor: Pavan Marpaka - In this one day course, students will review the 11 sections of knowledge candidates are expected to know for the InfoSphere DataStage V8.5 exam. The approach of this course is to review the 'core' knowledge for each section and the associated sub-topics for these sections.
- (9Q061) InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification Crammer for Exam 422
Instructor: Dale Buckingham - This one day crammer course is designed to introduce you to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification exam 422. The material for this course is aligned with the 422 exam objectives.
- (9Q080) InfoSphere BigInsights Essentials Crammer ( Mastery Test M97)
Instructor: Glen Mules - This one-day training course is for system administrators and developers responsible for managing Apache Hadoop. This course will teach you everything you need to know about IBM BigInsights and will prepare you to take the BigInsights Technical mastery test.
There aren’t certification books for these last three topics… yet. If you think that these would be valuable, let me know.
Making the World Work Better - The Ideas that Shaped a Century and a Company
One simple way to access the impact of any organization is to answer the
question: how is the world different because it existed?
This is the opening line in the new book about IBM to mark its 100th
anniversary. I’ve just received a copy of the book and have read the foreword
by Sam Palmisano. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book
and will post a review of it on my blog when I’m finished. The answer by the
The stories in this volume provide a fascinating set of answers, and an even
more intriguing set of yet-to-be-answered questions.
I celebrate my 22nd anniversary working for IBM this summer. I can honestly
say that I’ve enjoyed my job and the various challenges I’ve been trusted to
own. The best part about working for IBM is the people. One of the things that
Sam mentions in his foreword is that it has been sometimes intimidating to work
with such intelligent people. I love working with the smart people who I’ve met
who work at IBM, are partners with IBM, customers of IBM, and best of all, IBM
Champions or Gold Consultants. I don’t always feel at par with these people,
but luckily for me, I’ve still felt completely accepted.
This week as we celebrate IBM’s centennial, IBM world-wide has many planned
events. Here in Toronto we have a celebration planned for Thursday that include
a BBQ lunch for employees & retirees, presentations by special guests,
Centennial videos, and an IBM artifacts exhibit. I’ve volunteer to help
decorate the building for the event and am looking forward to celebrating with
IBM has also encouraged every single employee in the world (more than 400,000
people) to donate 8 hours to some charitable event. I haven’t signed up for an
event yet, but some of the options include tree planting, judging science
projects, and acting as a leader at a children’s technology day camp. I love
that we’re doing this. As I mentioned above, I find that IBMers are quite
intelligent and I like that we are able to give back to the world to help make
it work better!
A few months ago I blogged about
IBM’s centennial and provided links to the very creative videos that were
created to celebrate. I strongly encourage you to check out these videos. This
blog entry also mentions IBM Watson, the super computer that competed on
Jeopardy in February. What a happy coincidence it has been to have IBM Watson
gain so much attention in 2011… the year IBM turns 100. This just shows you
that “we’re not dead yet”.
During all the media events surrounding IBM Watson, there was a video made
on TED.com (Technology, Entertainment, Design) that I strongly
recommend that you watch:
The impact of a machine like Watson will be felt throughout business,
government and society. Join the conversation to find out how the IBM team
achieved this historic feat and chat live with IBM Watson Principal Investigator
Dr. David Ferrucci, IBM Fellow and CTO of IBM’s SOA Center for
Excellence; Kerrie Holley and Columbia University Professor of Clinical
Medicine; Dr. Herbert Chase, hosted by "Final Jeopardy, Man vs Machine and the Quest to Know
Everything" author Stephen Baker.
I rarely watched TED videos before this one, but now I’ve been enjoying the
many videos that are available on many topics. Today the featured videos was
Not only is IBM Watson mentioned but so are many really amazing technology
advances in the field of medicine. The world has so much promise with so many
smart people trying to make it work better!
Here are the details of the book, that is available for purchase at Amazon
and other bookstores:
by Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, Jeff O’Brien; foreword by
Thomas J Watson Sr’s motto for IBM was THINK, and for more than a
century, that one little word worked overtime. In Making the World Work
Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company, journalists
Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, and Jeffrey M. O’Brien mark the
Centennial of IBM’s founding by examining how IBM has distinctly contributed to
the evolution of technology and the modern corporation over the past 100 years.
The authors offer a fresh analysis through interviews of many key figures,
chronicling the Nobel Prize-winning work of the company’s research laboratories
and uncovering rich archival material, including hundreds of vintage photographs
and drawings. The book recounts the company’s missteps, as well as its
successes. It captures moments of high drama – from the bet-the-business gamble
on the legendary System/360 in the 1960s to the turnaround from the company’s
near-death experience in the early 1990s.
The authors have shaped a narrative of discoveries, struggles, individual
insights and lasting impact on technology, business and society. Taken together,
their essays reveal a distinctive mindset and organizational culture, animated
by a deeply held commitment to the hard work of progress. IBM engineers and
scientists invented many of the building blocks of modern information
technology, including the memory chip, the disk drive, the scanning tunneling
microscope (essential to nanotechnology) and even new fields of mathematics. IBM
brought the punch-card tabulator, the mainframe and the personal computer into
the mainstream of business and modern life. IBM was the first large American
company to pay all employees salaries rather than hourly wages, an early
champion of hiring women and minorities and a pioneer of new approaches to doing
business--with its model of the globally integrated enterprise. And it has had a
lasting impact on the course of society from enabling the US Social Security
System, to the space program, to airline reservations, modern banking and
retail, to many of the ways our world today works.
The lessons for all businesses – indeed, all institutions – are powerful: To
survive and succeed over a long period, you have to anticipate change and to be
willing and able to continually transform. But while change happens, progress is
deliberate. IBM – deliberately led by a pioneering culture and grounded in a set
of core ideas – came into being, grew, thrived, nearly died, transformed itself…
and is now charting a new path forward for its second century toward a perhaps
surprising future on a planetary scale.
Article: IBM Patent: 100 Years of High-Tech Innovations
I know several patent holders and Master Inventors who work at IBM: Sam
Lightstone, Mike Winer, Cathy McArthur, Joanna Ng,
Arthur Ryman, Andrew Trossman, Mark Wilding, Danny
Zilio, and Calisto Zuzarte.
I read an interesting article on eweek.com about IBM’s patents: IBM Patent: 100 Years of High-Tech Innovations.
They listed 10 important patents and I was surprised by some of what they
picked, including Ultraviolet Surgery! From the Centennial films we learned that IBM invented
the punch card, UPC codes, airline reservation systems, and much more.
IBM has been earning many patents every year, but recently has surpassed 5000
patents in a single year! IBM inventors received a record 5,896 U.S. patents in
2010—which marked the 18th consecutive year the company topped the list of the
world’s most inventive companies.
Even if you’ve watched the two Centennial films already, I encourage you
watch them a second or third time. The films are well done, educational and
very inspirational. See my blog for links to the films: Some Important / Cool IBM Events in 2011. Fmore
details about the 100 most influential innovations and why they made the list,
Happy Centennial IBM!
Another post from guest blogger Kate Kurtz. She wrote this on Friday while on the plane. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing IDUG from the perspective of a first time attendee & presenter.
I am on the plane, flying back to Toronto, and I am finishing up my short term role as roving-reporter at IDUG and guest blogger for Susan. I am a bit sad to be leaving - although very much looking forward to getting home & seeing my family. I met so many amazing people this week, and it was a lot of fun talk about db2 technology with people who share my interest!
Last night was the dine-around at IDUG. What is a dine around you ask? There were 8 different restaurants booked, with 2 or 3 subject matter experts and you could sign up for whichever one you wanted to attend. The groups were kept small and reservations at each restaurant was limited to 15 people at each. It was a great opportunity to ask all your questions and have a chance to dive in to the specifics of your scenario. All the sessions were well attended - and the conversations did not end there, as many people met up for drinks afterwards to continue their discussions.
Over the course of this week I have mentioned several specific sessions, but there were many other sessions I would have liked to attend but could not. I heard that Steve Rees did an excellent session on Using Optim Performance Monitor. I really wanted to see that one because I get a lot of questions from customers about OPM, so anything that furthers my own knowledge in that area is a bonus for me! One of the first things on my "to do" list once I get home is go to the IDUG website (www.idug.org) and download all the sessions (http://www.idug.org/conference/CD/NA11/). That way I can read through them at my leisure and follow up on any questions I have. It's a really easy way to learn more on a specific topic area.
Already I am looking forward to next year, and wondering what topics might be a good idea to submit. Luckily I have a few months to think about that!
Now it’s time for me to write my own content! I have a couple of posts in mind, so stay tuned.
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This three day course offers a balanced mix of lectures, hands-on lab work, case studies, and testing. Students will learn how to create reports, audits, alerts, metrics, compliance oversight processes, and database access policies and controls. Students will also learn about system administration, archiving, purging, and back-ups.
PS… thanks to Bill Fekrat for providing this information to me.
Last week’s blog entry Budgeting for IDUG North America conference as viewed by the DB2 Locksmith by guest Rebecca Bond was very popular, so I’ve asked Rebecca back for a second entry. Actually Rebecca did one for me like this last year as well. I figure that DBAs would benefit more if they hear from a DBA saying what sessions she plans to attend rather than me telling you what sessions are available for you to attend. Rebecca is on the LUW platform, so I’ll try to find a willing guest blogger to do something similar for the z/OS platform so that I’m able to satisfy as many people as possible.
I heart IDUG NA. It’s like a geeky vacation where I learn much, smile and laugh a lot with old and new friends and go home armed with a suitcase full of technical material. This year is especially exciting since I’m going to be presenting two sessions and will be one of the featured speakers for the Dine Around!
As I do almost every year, I plan to take advantage of the free certification testing. I place great value in DB2 certifications and can certainly see evidence on job boards that employers prefer certified employees. The fact that I can take these exams for free helps makes the conference registration cost a bargain.
Monday, May 2 offers Full Day Seminars presented by DB2 Rockstars. True, these are not free, but given that they are being delivered by experts, these seminars offer great benefit for the price. If you are also registered for the full conference, you can add on one of these seminars for $425. See this link for a list of Rockstars and Full Day Seminars. I have some personal plans for Monday, so I will not be able to attend a full day seminar this year.
Typically, I approach planning my conference agenda from the standpoint of “what information will best help with my current job?” This year, however, I’m looking at it from “what sessions are going to be most valuable to increase my DB2 knowledge as I look for my next job?” This time, I’m looking for sessions that will help round out my resume.
The keywords for me for this IDUG are:
pureScale, Performance Tuning, XML, Cloud, and, of course, Security.
The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to attend sessions on these topics. The bad news is that there are plenty of opportunities to attend sessions on these topics. Until I can get a personal DB2 Locksmith clone (no, not a database clone), I am going to have to make some difficult decisions about which sessions to attend in person. All is not lost, however, since I will definitely download the handouts from all the sessions for later review. I believe that recordings of most of the sessions will be available to attendees after the conference wraps up. So, I won’t really miss anything, I’ll just postpone taking advantage of some of the information.
I have to say though, this year is especially tough because I’ve heard most of these speakers before and I know how good they are. There are SEVERAL Best Speaker award winners in the group. I think Scott Hayes said it best, “DB2’s Got Talent”! That is an equally fitting designation for this year’s IDUG speaker list. (By the way, the winner of the first ever DB2’s Got Talent competition will be at IDUG!)
I’m not going to list my full agenda, because I like to keep a few secrets, or at least that’s my cover story. The truth is I simply cannot decide, but here are some sessions that are high on my personal list of “musts” this year.
Tuesday, May 3:
General Session: Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics and IBM Distinguished Engineer
S02: Choose DB2 LUW and Save Your Company Money, 10:15, Tim Vincent
F01: DB2 and Cloud Computing: Why Should I Care? 12:45, Leon Katsnelson
G02: DB2 LUW Security -- What If Your Firewall Catches Fire, 2:00, Rebecca Bond (DB2 Locksmith)
D03: Best Practices in Action -- The IBM Smart Analytics System, 3:15, Eddie Daghelian
C04: Understanding and Tuning Page Cleaning in DB2, 4:30, Matthias Nicola
Wednesday, May 4:
D06: The Latest from the Lab on DB2 pureScale - Part 1, 9:45, Matt Huras
D07: The Latest from the Lab on DB2 pureScale - Part 2, 11:00, Matt Huras
E08: Real-World XML Application Development Patterns for DB2, 2:45, Fred Sobotka
Thursday, May 5:
C10: Improve Performance by Analyzing DB2 LUW Access Strategies, 9:45, Melanie Stopfer
D11: Workload Optimized Systems - Don't Run a Marathon in High Heels, 1:30, Chris Eaton
Friday, May 6:
G14: Security Secrets for DB2 LUW DBAs, 9:15, Rebecca Bond (DB2 Locksmith)
G15: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Distributed Access to DB2 for z/OS, 10:30, Cristian Molaro
Of course, I also have to find time to meet friends, have interesting technical discussions in the hall, visit the expo, perform the “exchange of business cards ritual” and find some time to get in a run or two. It is certainly going to be busy week, but it will also be a highly educational and entertaining one. When you see me, I hope you will say “Hi” and let me know how you approached choosing your agenda.
Thanks Rebecca! I must say I’m feeling quite sad that I won’t be there! I’ll send all my friends to your Dine Around Night.
My post yesterday featuring guest blogger Rebecca Bond was such a hit, that I thought I’d try again. My plan is to post something from each of the final contestants who took part in the DB2Night Show’s “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition. I’ve introduced you to the contestants in a series of blog entries, so I hope you feel like you “know” these people by now.
I would like to say a few words (I have a lot to say!, but I will try to keep it short) about the DB2 Night Show’s world wide db2 talent contest which concluded last Friday after several successful weeks and with many, many great DB2 tips and lots of useful information.
First, I would like to talk about my experience as a participant in this contest. This was my first time participating in such an event and it was such a positive experience for me. Apart from learning so many brilliant new ideas and creative ways of using DB2, this show has done so much to improve my personal skills in effective communication and has shown me how much more I can improve in that area just by listening to the other contestants.
I have listened to all the contestants from the beginning of the show and I am planning to do so again because some of the ideas were such brain teasers that I cannot resist going back to it. For example Ahmad’s tips on the high speed text search is going to be very useful to me and I am sure to everyone else working with XML data.
And I am going to miss Mary’s presentations, she has a unique style of presenting and I hope I can learn to be so creative in my future presentations. Norberto has a lot of expertise in visual communication skills apart from all his great technical tips and so on. I can keep going on all the contestants, everyone had something that I could learn from and I am sure all the audience feel that way too!
I want to thank the host of this event Scott Hayes and IDUG for a very unique experience! I think this was an innovative idea of conducting a contest through a webinar which I can predict is going to get very popular among all the technical communities!!
Thank you to all the judges Susan, Martin, Klaas and Cristian for their wonderful critique, it kept me motivated throughout this contest!
I still have a lot to talk about but I promised to keep it short , so I will stop here!
Susan, Thank you for letting me share my experience on this great show!
Have a great day everyone and don’t forget to register for the April 8th DB2Night Show event!
Hope to see everyone there!
She didn’t suggest that you watch the replays and vote, so I’ll do that! You’ll really enjoy the presentations and the tips you’ll learn. And as JB says, you can learn from the presenters to fine tune your presentation and teaching skills.
Me neither, until today. I guess the world was focused on a few other highly hyped events (like Watson & Egypt) to notice.
But notice we should! Thanks to Leon and his team, I’ve become educated and would like to share what I’ve learned.
The Early Experience program began last summer and Alpha 4 was release a couple of weeks ago and has proven to be very stable. The Early Experience program is under NDA (non-disclosure agreement ) and we’re unable to release any details at this time. You must apply to participate in the program.
Also… and this is a biggie…The Early Experience program is being offered in the cloud. That means that you do NOT need to find hardware, install and patch OS, and then download and install DB2 code. INSTEAD you simply need to go to the cloud and in less than 30 minutes you get your very own DB2 server! The cost? 34 cents per hour and you pay only for the time that your server is up and running. Need more details, see Leon’s Blog or Antonio’s Blog.
If you are interested in previewing what is new in the upcoming version of DB2, or if you are curious about the cloud delivery, fill out a very simple application form. Once approved, you will spend less than 30 minutes to get up and running and will begin your exploration process.
Personally I think this is brilliant! What a painless way to try out new software!
Tomorrow (Feb 28) is the next Chat with the Lab webinar with Sal Vella. The topic is “What's going on with DB2?” Maybe this Alpha in the Cloud will be mentioned?
Congratulations to Matthias Nicola for being named the best overall speaker from the IDUG EMEA conference that took place last year in Vienna.
Here are the details for the Matthias’ presentation:
E15: The XMLTABLE Function – A Swiss Army Knife for Application Developers
What!? An entire presentation on just one SQL function? Yes! DB2 supports well over 200 functions that can be used in SQL statements, and one of them is XMLTABLE. What makes XMLTABLE different from most other functions are its powerful data transformation capabilities, its versatility, and its diverse set of use cases. Available in DB2 for z/OS and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, the XMLTABLE function allows you to read XML data and return relational result sets to your application. Read more.
Matthias Nicola is a senior software engineer at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab, in San Jose, CA, USA. He focuses on all aspects of XML in DB2. Matthias works closely with the DB2 pureXML development team as well as with customers and business partners to help them design, optimize and implement XML solutions. Previously Matthias worked on data warehouse performance at Informix Software.
You can purchase a recording of this session by clicking here and searching for session E15.
Some other details about Matthias that you should know. Not only can he present well, but he wrote a great book too:
You can also keep up with Matthias more regularly through his blog:
Are you attending IDUG this year in Anaheim? It takes place the first week of May and if you’re attending, you can catch two of Matthias’ sessions:
E14 - The XMLTABLE Function – A Swiss Army Knife for Application Developers!
C04: Understanding and Tuning Page Cleaning in DB2
For more information about IDUG, see my blog entry: IDUG = International DB2 User Group
First, what is a Flashbook? This is a name that I made up to describe the short, easy-to-read books that we publish for conferences such as IBM’s Information on Demand Conference. IBM delivers a huge quantity of messages and content at the conferences, in newsletters, in blogs, and on websites. How can you possibly retain all the key messages? That’s why I like these Flashbooks so much. We create them so that you can take away the key messages for a particular product area.
We’ve received amazing feedback about these Flashbooks. People have been able to take away the key messages and share them with people back at the office. IBM employees like to hand these out at other events or when they visit customers.
So, if you didn’t get one…. how can you get one?
When I get these books created, I have three requirements.
1) Printed copies to hand out at events.
2) E-Versions that can be downloaded for free by anyone.
3) Printed copies that can be purchased for a very low price from amazon.com.
I’m happy to say that we now have the latest 5 books in amazon and well promoted on our DB2 Bookstore Website. Here are the books that we most recently produced:
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box
by Roger Miller, David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Pureka
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices
by Sunil Soares
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence
by John Boyer, The Nielsen Company; Bill Frank, Johnson & Johnson; Brian Green, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Tennessee; Tracy Harris, IBM; Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company
IBM Cognos Analytics and Cloud Computing: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud
by Stephan Jou
If you’re an IBM employee and are planning an event where you’d like many copies of these books, contact me directly.
Thanks to an amazing team of authors led by Raul Chong, people of the world have high-quality ebooks available to them to learn about DB2 and related products. The authors who have worked on these books are experts in their area and they have volunteered to share their expertise with you for no financial gain to themselves.
The authors can be found around the world, so as a result, you’ll see that many of the titles have already or will one day be translated to another language. We at IBM want to make sure that everyone in the world is able to benefit from the knowledge that is being shared.
Seven books are already completed and at this time are only available in electronic format from the sites linked below.
FREE ebook - Database fundamentals
Learn the basics of relational database theory and other information models. This book discusses database logical and physical design, and introduces you to the SQL language. Practice with hands-on exercises!
Neeraj Sharma, Liviu Perniu, Raul F. Chong, Abhishek Iyer, Adi-Cristina Mitea, Chaitali Nandan, Mallarswami Nonvinkere, Mirela Danubianu
FREE ebook - Getting started with DB2 Express-C
This is the 3rd edition of this popular DB2 book. Learn what DB2 is all about. It's been updated for DB2 9.7 and has been translated to many languages.
Raul F. Chong, Ian Hakes, Rav Ahuja
FREE ebook - Getting started with Adobe Flex
Adobe® Flex® is the technology of the future; it takes you to the next level of Web application development by providing a free open source framework to develop Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Using the Flex framework, you can build software that can be used in combination with other server side technologies such as PHP, J2EE, ColdFusion, .NET, and so on. Learn how to use it and develop applications in conjunction with DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2; or IBM Data Studio, a free eclipse-based IDE that can help you develop data Web services in minutes.
Amitava Kundu, Charu Kundu, Charu Agarwal, Anushka Chandrababu, Mukul Kumar, Karthik Ramanarayanan, Raul F. Chong
FREE ebook - Getting started with DB2 application development
This book introduces you to DB2® application development using DB2 Express-C. Learn about DB2 stored procedures, functions and Data Web services using SQL and XQuery. Learn how to work with DB2 and JavaTM, C/C++, .NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Perl, and more!
Raul F. Chong, Xiqiang Ji, Priyanka Joshi, Vineet Mishra, Min Wei Yao
FREE ebook - Getting started with IBM Data Studio for DB2
IBM Data Studio is an Eclipse-based tool that is the replacement of the DB2® Control Center and other tools for DB2. In conjunction with DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2, Data Studio is ideal for DBAs, developers, students, ISVs, or consultants because it's easy and free to use. You can extend Data Studio with additional robust management and development capabilities from IBM to help accelerate solution delivery, optimize performance, protect data privacy, manage data growth, and more.
Debra Eaton, Vitor Rodrigues, Manoj K. Sardana, Michael Schenker, Kathryn Zeidenstein & Raul F. Chong
FREE ebook - Getting started with open source development
Open source software development is a community-driven methodology to develop products, from the design and development stages to distribution. Developers across differents part of the world are passionate about their collaboration, and several successful projects including Firefox, Moodle, and Drupal are widely used today. Moreover, many companies are using open source software as the foundation to build their business models.
This book gets you started into the fascinating world of open source software development. Using the exercises and case studies provided, you will get good hands-on experience to contribute to and start open source projects.
Rachna Kapur, Mario Briggs, Pedro Carvalho, Ulisses Costa, Tapas Saha, Raul F. Chong, Peter Kohlmann
FREE ebook - Getting started with WAS CE
WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (Community Edition for short) is part of the IBM WebSphere Application Server family. Community Edition is the free edition built on top of Apache Geronimo. Learn how to use Community Edition to develop Java EE applications in conjunction with Eclipse and DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2.
Jiang Lin Quan, Dai Xuan, Wang Lei, Juliano Marcos Martins, Chi Run Hua, Xia Ming, Tang Ying, Raul F. Chong
In addition to the seven completed titles… check out this ambitious list of books that are coming soon:
- Getting started with Web 2.0
- Programming fundamentals
- Software engineering and databases
- Ten steps to career success
- A career in databases
- Getting started with C and C++
- Getting started with cloud computing
- Getting started with Data Warehousing
- Getting started with Perl
- Getting started with PHP
- Getting started with pureQuery
- Getting started with Python
- Getting started with Ruby on Rails
- Getting started with SOA
- Getting started with Eclipse
- Getting started with InfoSphere Data Architect
- Getting started with Java
- Getting started with Mac
- Getting started with mobile application development
Thanks to all the authors involved…. your efforts are very much appreciated. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment.
As of today, my blog has had 945,882 visits since April 2009. Thanks for helping me get to the 5th top blogger spot on DevWorks!
I’m currently reviewing a chapter from an upcoming book by Roger Sanders,
The chapter I’m reading now is about promoting your book after it is published. Coincidentally I also found an article on LinkedIn about the same topic: Do authors really need to promote their own books?
The answer is yes! Authors need to promote their books in as many ways as possible. Today I want to tell you about some of the videos that promote books:
1) My video that was filmed at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference this past October. My video is to encourage people to come to the bookstore but also to promote some of the books that were available and of course to promote the 16 book signings that I had set up. I’m happy with how it turned out… and I was correct on some of the top selling books at the conference.
2) I was filmed a second time while at the conference as well. This team filmed many people on a variety of topics. Thanks to Conor and Irshad for putting these videos together!
3) Ellice Uffer from IBM Press filmed several authors while at the conference and intends to continue adding short videos to promote the books. Currently there are three videos:
- Author Matt Ganis talks about his book, A Practical Guide To Distributed Scrum
- Author Martin Oberhofer discusses The Art of Information Architecture
- Mike Biere discusses his book - The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence - which teaches how to compete with analytics.
4) My personal friend from University, Eden Watt, recently published her first novel: Vision Speak. See her video that was done via Hay House Movers & Shakers.
Are you an author and are looking for ways to promote your book? Consider filming yourself and putting your video on YouTube.
I was interviewed for a TV show shortly after my second book published. I think it helped sales and back then (2005) the videos weren’t as easy to share as they are now.
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence
by John Boyer, The Nielsen Company; Bill Frank, Johnson
& Johnson; Brian Green, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Tennessee;
Tracy Harris, IBM; Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company
Business Intelligence is a top priority for organizations around the world.
value of its promise is well known: BI can yield valuable insight that will
achieve competitive advantage, productivity gains, and cost savings. However,
for many organizations, achieving this type of success is difficult; user
is low, politics and culture run deep, and BI programs can be derailed by
beyond technology—often related to people and process.
To address these challenges, a team of BI professionals from leading
organizations has come together to offer practical advice and proven
for preparing a BI strategy that will help you achieve excellence in your
You will learn:
- How to create a business alignment strategy that helps prioritize business
requirements, demonstrate value, and generate a series of wins for your
- What you need to consider in your organizational and cultural strategy to
better navigate politics and culture, organize, and communicate for success
- How to deliver a technology strategy that will improve total cost of
ownership, provide greater IT efficiencies, and address factors that hinder user