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TV, or in this case, YouTube can be an excellent way to learn about many things. I really like that IBM is taking an active role at getting valuable content out on YouTube. What's even better is that many of the videos become viral and end up getting many views.
The videos are extemely well done and worthy of going viral. Take these two videos: Servers for Truth #1 and Servers for Truth #2. The videos are in answer to several claims made recently by Oracle. You'll enjoy... and get the REAL story!
Another set of videos that you may wish to watch on YouTube are the "Let's Build a Smarter Planet" series. Again this is a set of amazing videos that explain how and why the world needs to be smarter. My favourite is the one where Jeff Jonas is the star... which one is it? Watch them all to find out.... you won't be disappointed!
The DB2Night Show Episode #16 In this episode, special guest Adam Storm, DB2 Kernel Development, from the IBM Toronto Lab will share with us recent updates to DB2 autonomics in V9.5 and V9.7, plus share updates on STMM and best practices. We will take questions from our virtual studio audience after Adam's presentations.
Making it Big in SoftwareSadly I haven't spent time in Europe in the spring... but I hear it's nice! I've just been approved for IBM's Information on Demand (IOD) Conference that takes place in Rome this spring: May 19-21, so finally I'll get a chance to experience the loveliness of myself! I hope many of you are able to attend the conference as well.
My purpose at the conference is to sell books to attendees. We have a spot 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
Author of Book: Everything We Know Is Wrong – The Trendspotter’s Handbook
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
Authors of Book: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture
Learn from this team of authors who are high ranked specialists in this field.
I might add a few other author signings... and wanted to add Sam Lightstone, but he is not able to attend this conference. His book Making it Big in Software will be available for purchase at the conference even though Sam will not be there.
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?" web page.
SIX more weeks! Lots of work to do... so let the countdown begin!
Mike Riley of Dr.Dobb's just posted his review of the new book Making it Big in Software... and what a great review it is!
Some of the highlights include:
1) His amazement that Sam was able to get interviews with the 17 "Rock Stars of the Computer Software Industry" that he did get.
2) That Sam has incredible "street cred" for writing the book and interviewing the people that he did.
3) That he found "reading this book was a blissful experience from cover to cover".
Way to go Sam!
Thanks for the review Mike!
Do you have an opinion about the book that you'd like to share? If you do... post your comments in the form of a review on Amazon!
The extremely popular Assess & Save promotion is back again... and it starts today, April 1 and continues to June 1. Don't miss your opportunity to save while you earn a very well accepted certification.
According to Kate, people who took part last year saved $100 on each exam they took and passed. And, they passed. At least 90% of them passed the exam that they took.
How does Assess & Save work?
First take and pass an assessment exam. This will cost you $10 USD. On passing the assessment exam, you'll be sent a voucher to take the actual exam at 50% off the regular price.
To find more information, see the Voucher detail web page.
To study, see a few of my previous blog entries:
Good luck on your exams!
Enjoy the savings :)
Virtual Event: Developing and Prototyping Database Applications in Cloud
Thursday, April 8, 2010
2:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern / 1:30 PM Central / 11:30 AM Pacific
Speaker: Leon Katsnelson
Prototyping, developing and testing database applications is a leading use-case for cloud systems. In this session, we’ll discuss options, strategies, and best practices for prototyping and developing database applications for public and private cloud computing platforms. Several demos on different cloud platforms will be used illustrate concepts and walk through getting started with IBM databases in the cloud.
Thanks to Leon for providing me with this amazing data about the amazing success of the DB2 Express-C On-Campus series of books.
IBM DB2 Express-C is the community edition of the DB2 data server that you can download and deploy for FREE. The target audience is small businesses or developers and business partners who serve these customers.
Not only is DB2 Express-C easy to install and use, but it contains the core functions of the more scalable editions of DB2 such as pureXML and self-managing capabilities. You can find out more about the requirements to use DB2 Express-C on the "About DB2 Express-C" website.
To support DB2 Express-C a series of On-Campus books have been created to support this community. Since the DB2 Express-C product can be downloaded for free, we needed to make sure that we could help people develop their skills for free. Thanks to Leon, Raul, Rav and many others, we have many books available for people to learn for free:
Getting Started with DB2 Express-C has been downloaded just shy of 83,000 times and distributed to more than 100,000 people world-wide. Just think of that! That's a lot of people learning and using DB2... and creating applications that run on any edition of DB2, regardless of the platform. This book is available in 9 languages, so the coverage is world-wide.
Getting Started with Data Studio was only recently made available and has been downloaded nearly 1500 times.
The team who created these books are planning to provide even more! There are 26 new books planned for 2010.
Now the success story behind the success of these books - there were 107 authors involved in the writing and translation of these books. 80 people from IBM and 27 outside of IBM. I hope each and everyone of these people benefit greatly from this career development stepping stone. Writing about anything makes you a better expert in that topic, and we all know that writing is one of the most valuable skills for a person to have.
Do you have your copy of DB2 Express-C and the supporting books yet?
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Scott Hayes the fabulous host of the DB2Night Show has published the details of the upcoming shows that he has planned.
ONLINE TABLE MOVES with special guest Ergin Babani, IBM Toronto LabIn this episode, special guest Ergin Babani from the IBM Toronto Lab will share with us information and tips on the new Online Table Move capabilities introduced in DB2 9.7. Be a guest in our virtual studio audience so you can learn how easy it is becoming to move data in DB2. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after Ergin's presentation and demonstration.
DB2 AUTONOMICS UPDATES and STMM with special guest Adam Storm, IBM Toronto LabIn this episode, special guest Adam Storm, DB2 Kernel Development, from the IBM Toronto Lab will share with us recent updates to DB2 autonomics in V9.5 and V9.7, plus share updates on STMM and best practices. We will take questions from our virtual studio audience after Adam's presentations.
DB2 LUW Performance Update & Best Practices with special guest Berni Schiefer, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Toronto Lab
In the DB2 LUW Community, Berni Schiefer is a man that doesn't need an introduction - but, just in case you are newer to DB2 LUW (like one of the many Oracle converts), Berni is "the performance guy". He's a Distinguished Engineer who leads the Information Management Performance and Benchmarks team at the IBM Toronto Lab. Berni has been a frequent speaker at IDUG conferences and other venues, and he gives terrific presentations that share DB2 Performance Benchmark results and performance best practices.
As always, if something prevents you from attending one of these sessions live, remember that they are recorded. Scott just mentioned that the Oracle session was downloaded more that 5000 times! Did you see that one yet?
Scott is also trying to fit Sam Lightstone into a session either as a secondary guest or for a show of his own to promote is new book: Making it Big in Software.
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I just noticed two things that I want to share with you.
First of all, the book "The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight" that is expected to publish on April 9 is still available for the pre-order discount of 37% off the regular price. You'll save $22.20 if you buy now! Amazon normally sells books at full price once the book is available.
Secondly, I noticed that one of my top blog entries is about this book! I made the entry "New Book: The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight " on Oct 9, 2009 and have had nearly 2000 views so far.
The amazing author team worked very hard to pull this book together, so congratulations to Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, and Michael Schroeck.
What's so special about the book? Here are a few reasons:
1) The book covers the information architecture that is needed for enterprises to operate on the leading edge. The authors provide examples of real cases in the healthcare and automotive industries.
2) Learn how you can implement and take advantage of Smarter Planet and Intelligent Enterprise scenarios.
3) Learn about Predictive Analytics, Returnable Container Management, and Information Services in a Cloud Computing environment.
4) Understand how the enterprise architecture can be implemented with all or a subset of the InfoSphere Products:
* InfoSphere MDM Server
* InfoSphere MDM Server for PIM
* InfoSphere Traceability Server
* InfoSphere Dynamic Warehouse
* InfoSphere Streams
* InfoSphere Dynamic Warehouse
* InfoSphere Foundation Tools
* InfoSphere Information Server
Benefit from the vast experience of the authors that comes together in this most amazing book!
Today I've been reading Chapter 8 in Sam's book: Making it Big in Software. The chapter is called "Career Killers". I'd be surprised if you've managed to avoid all the problems that are mentioned.... I know I have witnessed most of them in my career. Here are the headings within this chapter:
Becoming the Complaints Department
Helping Too Much with Suggested Improvements
Displaying an Inability to Work the Org
Exhibiting Inappropriate Decision Making
Showing Lack of Teamwork
Failing to Give Credit
Writing Buggy Code
Displaying a Lack of Productivity
Missing Your Dates Consistently
Getting Stuck in the Wrong Time Quadrant
Focusing on Sidebars and Skunkworks
Letting your Skills Slide
Engaging in Excessive Self-Promotion
Getting Stuck in an Unimportant Role
Fundamentals versus Incidentals
The advice in this chapter is dead on... and in times when many jobs are disappearing, it might be a good idea to read this chapter to make sure that you are on the right side of a layoff.