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If you were at the IBM Information on Demand Conference last week, perhaps you picked up a printed copy of one of the 5 new Flashbooks that were published this year? As promised, this blog entry provides additional details including where you can get a free e-version of the book, additional details on the book, and when available, how to purchase a printed copy. Please share with others who will benefit from the content in these books.
Paul Zikopoulos, David Corrigan, Tom Deutsch, Krishnan Parasuraman, James Giles, Dirk Deroos
Provides an overview of the IBM Information Management Big Data platform. It’s intended for a broad audience, ranging from those who are brand new to Big Data, to those on the business and management side, to architects, and to developers who want a glimpse into the technical details that underpin this platform.
Surekha Parekh, Terry Purcell, John Campbell, Don Haderle (aka “Father of DB2”)
DB2 experts John Campbell and Terry Purcell have contributed to this
book, but as a special treat, we also managed to have Don Haderle - "The
FATHER of DB2" contribute to the book. This book is not only full of
RICH, TECHNICAL content but is will also be a "keepsake" for DB2 fans
This book was previewed at IOD and was extremely popular. It will be relaunched next year during the 30th Anniversary celebrations. Check The World of DB2
Paul Zikopoulos, Walid Rjaibi, George Baklarz, Matt Huras, Matthias Nicola, Dale McInnis, and Leon Katsnelson
How would you like to compress data, store it in a cloud, and analyze your
data as though you are traveling through time? Do all this, plus experience
lower costs and faster performance. Sound good? Read this book to understand the
power of DB2 10 and get started immediately!
This book provides you with the comprehensive knowledge you need to get
started with the latest DB2 release. Try the new features by downloading DB2
Express-C - it is free to develop, deploy, and distribute (with no user and
database size limitations) and features Big Data and Cloud technology. Go to ibm.com/db2/express.
- e-Version- clicking this will take you to a blog entry with book details and a link to download.
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Dr. Arvind Sathi
book discusses three perspectives on Big Data Analytics. First, why is
Big Data Analytics becoming so important and what can we do with it.
it lists major components of Big Data Analytics - Unstructured Data
Analytics, Massively Parallel Processing, Adaptive Real-time and
Predictive Modeling, Data Privacy Management, Data Visualization, and
Ontologies. Third, it provides a glimpse at implementation concerns and how they
must be tackled.
Brian Green, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company, Tracy Harris, IBM, Bill Frank, Johnson & Johnson, John Boyer, RCG Global
5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success is a work based on the combined
experience of 10 organizations that display excellence and expertise in business
analytics. They share best practices, discuss the management aspects and
sociology that drive success in Business Analytics Programs and uncover 5 key
aspects behind the success of some of the top business analytics programs in the
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.
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Our next tweetchat is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13 at noon ET. Here are the details: IBM Tweetchat – Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road - March 13.
Use the hashtag: #bigdatamgmt.
You don’t have to be on twitter to “listen” to the conversation.
Simple Google the hashtag. If you are on twitter, here is a tip from
organizer Wikibon: As for the Twitter client, the easiest things to use
is tweetchat.com. Just log on using your twitter handle, enter the
hashtag #bigdatamgmt and it will set up a easy-to-use room. You'll be
able to see the real-time stream of tweets and it automatically adds the
hashtag to each tweet.
help you prepare for the tweetchat, we’ve pulled together a few
articles and webinars that you may wish to explore before taking part in
The major highlights include:
- 6 MB footprint, in-memory database to fit on mobile devices
- Full-featured relational DB with standard SQL API, procedures, triggers
- Fast and reliable access to enterprise data offline
- Enterprise level data security
- Persistent data storage and Automatic recovery
- Transactional storage also during connection loss
- Built-in replication capabilities allowing synchronization with IBM databases
- Flexible options such as partitioning data or creating views to customize data for each device or user
addition to this reading list, we’ve pulled together a working list of
questions to help stimulate discussion and to get you thinking about
what you may wish to ask during the chat. The ones below came from IBM
expert James Kobielus, who will be truly embracing the "mobile" concept
of the tweetchat, participating from 35,000 feet. The goal is to ask 5-6
questions during the chat itself, and the may include some of the
Q1 Which enterprise business initiatives require mobile access to big data?
Q2 Which users, developers, and other stakeholders require mobile access to big data?
Q3 Which type of big data platform (Hadoop, stream computing, etc.) is best suited to serving mobile clients?
Q4 When should you tap into smartphones and other mobile clients as data sources for big data applications?
Q5 What are the security & privacy risks of providing mobile access to big data applications?
Q6 When if ever will #mobile devices become development platforms for big data applications?
Q7 Is there a killer app for mobile access to big data?
We hope you are able to join us on Wednesday. Follow my blog for a replay of the tweetchat once it has finished.
I like looking at the list of top selling books from a conference. I think it tells us something about the attendees and what they are interested in this year, and it’s almost like a buyer’s reference. I got this list from Ellice Uffer’s blog entry Top Selling Books At IBM #IOD11 – Cognos, Governance, Decision Mgmt and More. I’ve repeated the list here and have included notes about the book/author.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
I loved the book, very much enjoyed meeting Michael and baseball legend Billy Beane. I wish I had more time to chat with the two of them, but clearly many people wanted to get a few minutes with these two! I really like when we do a celebrity author signing at IOD. The excitement is unbelievable. This signing was beyond that. We had 250 copies of the book in stock and we completely sold out and would have sold more if we had more books and if Billy and Michael didn’t have to leave after an hour. I haven’t seen a video posted of the Michael / Billy discussion, but if I do, I’ll post it.
IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples by Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
I had the great pleasure of meeting both authors in Toronto a few months ago when we recorded a podcast about the book. The book sounds amazing and given the number of copies that were sold at IOD11, clearly many people think the book is amazing. Check out the discussion we had about the book: Episode 1: Conversation with Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
This one is on my to-read list. Or I should say, to-listen list. I like to listen to non-fiction books in audible format and as soon as I can I’ll get this book. What’s it about? Given that Michael came from a Wall Street background and has written many books about the financial world, it makes sense that Michael’s latest book is about the current financial crisis that is taking place throughout the world. It may not sound like a very uplifting topic, but I really like Michael’s style of writing and am looking forward to learning about the big players in this situation.
Liars Poker by Michael Lewis
I haven’t read this one yet either, but Michael mentioned this book in the preface of The Big Short. Essentially he wrote the book about his experiences as an inexperienced bond trader and was always looking over his shoulder waiting for someone to discover that he was not qualified to be in control of so much money. He says he wrote the book to encourage new graduates to pursue something besides finance, but to his horror found that people were buying this book as a how-to succeed in finance. Also, I think a CEO was brought down as a result of this book.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
I listened to this book and loved it. It is shocking to see what actually went down during the sub-prime mortgage crisis a few years ago. In Michael’s typical style, each key player is introduced in biographic style so that by the end, you feel like you intimately know these interesting people. The sad thing about the book is learning that the people who were most at fault in the crisis and lost so much money that huge financial companies crumbled, were given buy-outs (thanks taxpayers) instead of jail sentences. To me, reading this book helps me better understand the Occupy protests that are going on.
Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function by Sunil Soares
This is Sunil’s second book in two years. His last one was a flashbook that was given away for free at IOD10. Everyone was so impressed with the quality of his first book that he was offered a book contract for a full book. The topic is different, and you can hear directly from Sunil as to what is different between the two books in this podcast: Episode 5: Conversation with Sunil Soares. We completely sold out of Sunil’s book at IOD11 and would have sold more copies if we had them.
Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent Systems by James Taylor
I met James during his book signing at the conference and we video taped a short interview together. Check it out: IBM Press Book’s Channel on YouTube.
Get Bold:Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business by Sandy Carter
I bought Sandy’s latest book at the conference and am looking forward to reading it. I’m a big fan of social media and try to read what I can from experts so I can stay on the leading edge. I enjoyed meeting Sandy at IOD11 and very much enjoyed interviewing her about this book. Check it out: IBM Press Book’s Channel on YouTube.
DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes by Roger Sanders
Another great certification study guide by certification expert Roger Sanders. This book is smaller and quite a bit different than Roger’s series of Certification Guides. Find out why by listening to our podcast: Episode 2: Conversation with Roger Sanders.
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
I saw the movie, but didn’t read the book. From the interview that Michael had with Billy, it was suggested that football has much smarter players than baseball. I’m sure that comes across in the book.
Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions by David Birmingham
I enjoyed meeting David Birmingham. He told me that he enjoyed the excitement of the conference and loved the attention Netezza was getting. I should do an interview with David some day.
The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights by Bob Laberge
I really thought this book would have sold more than it did. When it first published, I tweeted about it and was amazed at the interest about the book. Bob didn’t have a session at the conference, so that is likely why it wasn’t higher on the list. Listen to the podcast I had with Bob and find out why you should pick up a copy of this book: Episode 3: Conversation with Bob Laberge
Business Dashboards: A Visual Catalog for Design Deployment by Nils H. Rasmussen, Manish Bansal, Claire Y. Chen
The first book on the list that I don’t know anything about!
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo
Not surprising that this book sold well. RIP Steve.
The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence by Michael Biere
Maybe I should have arranged a book signing for Michael again this year. I’m glad his book is still selling well.
Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling by Tony Giordano
Another author I enjoyed meeting at the conference. From the people visiting Tony during his signing, I got the impression that Tony is a genius at modeling. Who better to write a book about modeling? Listen to the interview I had with Tony about this boo: IBM Press Book’s Channel on YouTube.
From Idea to Print - How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published from Roger Sanders
Many people have dreams to become an author, and this book might actually help people realize their dreams. Roger has written 23 technical books and does a fine job explaining how to get published. There are great tips in the book (I was an official reviewer, so have read it front to back). Organization, audience, working with editors, avoiding procrastination, getting feedback, editing for common mistakes, plagiarism, copyrights, and best of all, how to interpret an author contract. Listen to the podcast we did about this book: Episode 6: Conversation with Roger Sanders
Business Intelligence Competency Centers: A Team Approach to Maximizing Competitive Advantage by Gloria J. Miller, Dagmar Brautigam, Stefanie V. Gerlach
I don’t know about this book.
The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success by Carmine Gallo
Steve again. My first computer was a Mac Plus and my home computer is a Mac Book Pro. Yes, IBMers love Apple too!
Little Green Book of Getting Your Way: How to Speak, Write, Present, Persuade, Influence, and Sell Your Point of View to Others by Jeffrey Gitomer
I haven’t read the book, but we all want to improve our techniques for communicating.
Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager by Bill Carpenter
I met Bill a few years ago at an IOD conference and he indicated he wanted to write a book and voila, here it is! I had many interested authors approach me this year as well, so maybe we’ll have new titles next year that can be traced back to IOD11.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
I haven’t read this book, but vividly remember a famous quote by Thomas Edison: Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Clearly the people buying this book are trying to follow through on their inspirations, right?
Head First iPhone and iPad Development: A Learner's Guide to Creating Objective-C Applications for the iPhone and iPad by Dan Pilone, Tracey Pilone
I saw this book at the bookstore and it looked very interesting.
Star Schema The Complete Reference by Christopher Adamson
iPad at Work by David Sparks, Merlin Mann (Foreword)
I hope you enjoyed this list and that it inspires you to pick one of them up to deepen your skills in some area.
Every thing is becoming green these day! Lucky me... I was born with green eyes... so I'm already in style!
In my role as Program Manager for IM Publishing... you can imagine that I love books. My office and cabinets are filled with them... and so is my house. Although you may not consider my habits green, in reality, I have reduced most other paper from my life. I read many magazines online. I rarely print an email or anything else for that matter. I recycle all paper I do end up with... like newspapers and junk mail.
I don't really like to read an entire book online, but when possible, I read what I can electronically before I make a decision to buy a printed book. For example, I will extensively research a book via the reader comments on amazon or other online site. For example, you can see that there are eight 5-star reviews for Roger Sanders book DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
. Not that there is a comparable book to purchase, but if you read these comments, you may choose to buy the book.
Instead of buying the printed copy, however, you may want to read or browse the electronic version of the book. All retails books about IBM software is in electronic format. You can buy PDF versions of some books directly from the publisher... for example, Understanding DB2®: Learning Visually with Examples, Adobe Reader, 2nd Edition
. If you have a subscription to Books 24x7
, you can also read entire books electronically or search through a library of books for a specific topic. If you work for IBM, you likely already know that IBM has a company-wide license for Books 24x7... if you need information, let me know. These sites quite often have trial periods, so you can see what the electronic books are like before you sign up for a subscription.Amazon Kindle
and other reading devices are becoming much more accessible and affordable. If you don't know what Kindle is... read the reader reviews on amazon and you'll learn all that you need to know. The thing that you should know about IBM books... is that they are ALL Kindle ready. I'm looking forward to the day when kids in school have their books on a device such as this so that they aren't forced to carry heavy knapsacks around any longer!
If you consider IBM Manuals
and IBM Redbooks
... you can easily make a case that IBM was on the "green" bandwagon long before it became cool. On top of all that great information, you can also find e-books, articles, and tutorials for nearly every topic that exists!
Even IBM Training classes are becoming "green". I've mentioned ILO
several times... but what could be greener than taking a class while staying at home. No need to travel anywhere!
I'm sure many more examples can be mentioned. I'm pleased with the progress being made but only wish I could afford a kindle!
New IBM Press Book
Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling: Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture
Anthony David Giordano
A complete best-practice data integration blueprint for reducing data warehouse costs and improving results
Mr. Giordano begins with an overview of the “patterns” of data integration, showing how to build blueprints that smoothly handle both operational and analytic data integration. Next, he walks through the entire project lifecycle, explaining each phase, activity, task, and deliverable through a complete case study. Finally, he shows how to integrate data integration with other information management disciplines, from data governance to metadata. The book’s appendices bring together key principles, detailed models, and a complete data integration glossary.
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More details on the book:
Today’s enterprises are investing massive resources in data integration. Many possess thousands of point-to-point data integration applications that are costly, undocumented, and difficult to maintain. Data integration now accounts for a major part of the expense and risk of typical data warehousing and business intelligence projects--and, as businesses increasingly rely on analytics, the need for a blueprint for data integration is increasing now more than ever.
This book presents the solution: a clear, consistent approach to defining, designing, and building data integration components to reduce cost, simplify management, enhance quality, and improve effectiveness. Leading IBM data management expert Tony Giordano brings together best practices for architecture, design, and methodology, and shows how to do the disciplined work of getting data integration right.
Implementing repeatable, efficient, and well-documented processes for integrating data
Lowering costs and improving quality by eliminating unnecessary or duplicative data integrations
Managing the high levels of complexity associated with integrating business and technical data
Using intuitive graphical design techniques for more effective process and data integration modeling
Building end-to-end data integration applications that bring together many complex data sources
About the Author
Anthony Giordano is a partner in IBM’s Business Analytics and Optimization Consulting Practice and currently leads the Enterprise Information Management Service Line that focuses on data modeling, data integration, master data management, and data governance. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field with a focus in the areas of business intelligence, data warehousing, and Information Management. In his spare time, he has taught classes in data warehousing and project management at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several local colleges and universities.
I recently read this article Highest paid enterprise IT jobs in demand for 2011, By Don Sears. This is a a countdown of the technology job titles in the United States with the most growth percentage between 2010 and 2011. The range for salaries—based on data published by staffing expert Robert Half Technology in its "2011 Salary Guide"—starts at a 4.5 percent increase and caps out at 5.5 percent. One of the jobs mentioned is Data Modeler. I can’t think of a better book to recommend for this job than the one just published by Anthony.
Help justify your attendance at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this
year by saving $170 per exam for any IM, BA or ECM exam. Each of these exams
are available for you to take for $30 each. That is 85% off the regular price
of $200 per exam.
So, if you take 3 of the latest DB2 10 exams, you’ll save $510. You can take
each exam twice while at the conference, so if it takes you two tries per exam,
you’ll save $1020.
Other IBM Certification exams are available for you to take as well, with a
50% discounted price of $100 per exam.
What exams should you take?
Take an exam that relates to the job role you’re currently in, or for a job
role you’d like to be in. Then choose a platform and release. For example, if
you are working with DB2, here’s what’s available for Version 10:
There are too many choices available for me to list them all here, so take a
look at the certification website to find which exam best fits your
needs. I suggest you pay particular attention to the exam objectives as these
directly relate to the questions you’ll find on the exam.
How do you sign up for an exam at the conference?
I like to call it “Exams on Demand” because you show up when you’re ready to
take the exam and in most cases, a computer will be available for you to take
the exam of your choice. Remember to give yourself about 90 minutes for most
exams. Bring your conference badge, photo ID and your credit card to pay the
The certification testing will be located at Surf DEF and will be available
during the following hours:
- Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
- Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
- Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
- Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.*
- Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
* Please note: The closing times listed above are for the last exam seating
available on that day.
How should you prepare for the exam?
It is possible to pass most exams with strong experience, but why take the
chance? Read a study guide, take a course, and take an assessment exam to be
sure that you are prepared to pass. Ensure your success on exam day with the
help of our preparation
Assessment exams are regularly $30 per take, but for those who register for
the conference, the exams will be free during the month of October. An email
will be sent to all those who register with the code you need to make the
practice exam free.
We have one DB2 Version 10 certification guide published and more to come,
but not in time for the conference.
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
I’ll have more information about the books you can use to study in an
upcoming blog entry. Stay tuned.
Last year, I created a podcast with Susan Weaver, the program manager
for the IBM Information Management Certification
Exams and I discussed the exams and the procedure to take them for free at
the IBM Information on Demand Conference. Listen now: Conversation with Susan
For additional tips on passing the exams, take a look at some of my previous
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?"
Friday’s DB2 Night Show had two very important purposes. 1, to give us
valuable information about the upcoming IDUG conference and 2, to reveal the winner of this year’s
DB2’s Got Talent competition. I’ve put my comments about the competition in
this blog entry: We HAVE a winner!
DB2’s Got Talent Competition
For the IDUG part, we had two guest speakers, Rob Crane (chair) and
Vijay Sitaram (chair-elect). They gave us all kinds of things to look
forward to. Here’s a summary:
The IDUG conference taking place in Denver Colorado, May 14 – 18. This is
possibly the third time that the conference is in this location. It is an
attendee favourite for many reasons, including micro brew pubs, scenery, great
city – good vibe, restaurants, and ease for many people to get there.
Rob works for Fed Ex and has specialized in DB2 for 20years. He lives in
Colorado and is passionate about out door activities like rock climbing and
about DB2. He is the current chair and about to pass the baton to Vijay. Vijay
works for McKesson Corp. and said he used to do podcasts before he had kids. He
is passionate about boating in the Mississippi River
- Monday evening is the DBI & HLS Technologies party at the Hard
Rock Cafe. You’ll need to register for this party here; http://bit.ly/idugparty. Notice that there
is a chance to win cash. And, if you pre-register, you can get a t-shirt too!
Don’t put the wrong size in, like I did… oops!
- Tuesday the conference begins with the Keynote followed by three spotlight
sessions The topic for the Keynote is "Big Data, DB2 and the Future" and
includes presenters Anjul Bhambhri, Curt Cotner, and Judy
Huber from IBM. For more information and bios for the speakers, visit http://bit.ly/IDUG2012KeyNotes.
- Immediately following the keynote session are three spotlight sessions you
can choose from:
- A Modern Scientific Approach to Smarter Planet: Les King,
Paul Zikopoulos, Tom Curtis
- Tackling bigger questions out in the open cloud – Curt
Cotner & Leon Katsnelson
- DB2 10 for z/OS – Trends and Directions – John Campbell
& Jeff Josten & Mike Perera
- Tuesday afternoon the technical sessions begin. There are 120 technical
sessions spread over the following tracks:
- Ala Carte
- Application Development
- DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
- DB2 10 for z/OS Migration Planning Workshop
- DB2 for LUW – I
- DB2 for LUW – II
- DB2 for z/OS – I
- DB2 for z/OS – II
- New & Emerging Technology
Once you register for IDUG, you can build your agenda. You can search for
sessions based on presenter, title, track or time.
- Tuesday night the Exhibit Hall opens. The hours this year are:
Tuesday: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wednesday: Noon - 1:30 pm , 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday: Noon - 1:30 pm
Come to the Exhibit Hall to network with all the other fabulous attendees,
eat, and learn. There may be a few giveaways as well. I know I’m involved in
giving away our latest Flashbook: New Flashbook for DB2 10 – Launching at IDUG Denver
- Tuesday night there is also an off-site event held by CA. They only have a
limited number of invites, so visit their exhibit in the hall to get one before
they run out.
Martin: the more you put into a user group, the more you get out of it.
- Sessions take place all day.
- Evening: Speed Sig: like speed dating… each person presents
for 30 minutes. Meet the people who created the code and other DBAs. Come up
with your questions in advance.
- Off-site IBM Event: The reception will be held on the rooftop of the Denver
Athletic Club (1 block from the Convention Center at 1325 Glenarm Place). The
reception is open to all IDUG attendees - simply visit the IBM booth in the
Exhibit Hall for entrance to the reception. Take advantage of this time to catch
up with colleagues, conference speakers and key members from the IDUG and IBM
- Sessions take place all day.
- More SIGs: Come up with your questions in advance.
- Dine Around Thursday Night – This is an amazing Social Event that increases
the value of the conference. Have dinner with 2 experts in a great
restaurant. Choose who you wish to eat with. Be sure to sign up in advance as
there is only a limited number of people at each dinner.
- Sessions take place all MORNING.
- Don’t miss the DB2 10
for z/OS Migration Planning Workshop (MPW) presented by Paul Bartak,
which takes place from 8-2 on Friday. Migration Planning Workshops have been in
use since DB2 V8. The DB2 10 for z/OS MPW introduced with DB2 10's general
availability continues to be updated. A comprehensive review of the many
advancements in DB2 are covered, followed by a walk through of the migration
process. Whether migrating from DB2 V8 or 9, the MPW reviews the processes that
assist in a successful migration and the key considerations. Attendees leave
with the session with the DB2 10 MPW Workbook, including checklists and a
See my previous blog entry about certifications and discount offers: IDUG Denver – May 2012 **Note
that the early-bird price was extended until end of Monday, April 23. Register
IDUG will help you be successful in your industry and your job. You will
meet people who you will likely stay in touch with over the course of your
career. This year is even more valuable than previous years with the recently
releases of great new products.
I hope to see you there.
Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence
by Antonio Cangiano
Published March 6, 2012
I was one of the official reviewers of this book and can’t stop talking about
it or thinking about it.
I've been blogging for about 7 years now and have read much on the internet
as well as one book about the subject. I really thought I knew just about
everything I needed to know until I read Antonio's book! The guidance he
provides in this book goes well beyond the standard guidance. I truly
appreciate the years of experience that Antonio brings to this book and can see
how using his advice will substantially increase the quality and interest in any
blog by any blogger, regardless of experience.
About the book:
- Become more influential and earn extra money by blogging. Whether you want
to create a popular technical blog from scratch or take your blog to the next
level, this book shows you how.
- Technical blogging expert Antonio Cangiano shares his extensive expertise
with you, sparing no details and laying out a complete step by step road map to
help you plan, create, market, monetize, and grow your own popular blog.
- Antonio will guide you through all the choices you have to make in setting
up a successful blog, teach you the key things you need to know to write blog
posts that get read, and give you the tools to produce content regularly.
- You’ll learn how to promote your blog, understand traffic statistics, and
build a community. And once you’ve built it, you’ll learn how to benefit from
it: advance your career, make money from your blog, use it to promote your
products or company, and take advantage of your blog to the fullest. And when
your blog takes off, Antonio will show you how to avoid the pitfalls of success.
Technical Blogging is the only guide you’ll need to create
and maintain a successful technical blog.
Full Table of
About the author:
Antonio Cangiano is a software developer and technical
evangelist for IBM, web entrepreneur, and serial blogger. Antonio is constantly
in demand when it comes to consulting and speaking, and is one of the main go-to
guys within IBM for advice on blogging, social media, and technical marketing.
Combined, his technical blogs have attracted millions of pageviews and tens of
thousands of subscribers, and currently generate a substantial side income for
him. You can find links to his current blogs on his homepage at antoniocangiano.com.
Don’t just take my opinion. Check out this review by Patrick Cassell:
“Technical Blogging” Is The Best Blogging Book I’ve Read
I highly recommend this book for anyone currently blogging or interested in
starting a blog. You’ll be very happy you invested the time in reading this
book. Note that it is available in many formats. I read the review copy on my
Kindle and am expecting the printed copy in the mail any day.
PS. If you like what I tend to share, I encourage you to “follow” my blog.
As of writing this entry, I have 206 followers and thank every single one of
you. One of the tips from Antonio Cangiano’s book: Technical Blogging: Turn
Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence is to ask readers like
you to follow my blog. I am trying to follow as much of his advice as I
the three judges of the DB2Night Show “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition
presented along with host Scott Hayes. It was fun, and hopefully
informative to the audience.
presented first and sadly ran out of time! It is much harder than it
looks. My presentation was on the Power of Social media. I gave tips
on how people can promote the work that they do to the DB2 community,
how to listen to what is going on in the community, and how people can
contribute via likes, comments and sharing the content provided by
I didn’t come close to finishing (did I spend too much time on my bio?
give too many examples?), I’ve posted my slides in SlideShare. Here’s
where you can get them: Db2 night social_promoting_susan.
presented next: “How I Started Dropping DB2 Indexes & Put my Girls
Through College”. Martin is a great teacher and his presentation was
very informative. He also ran out of time and reminded us that he’ll
being doing a similar presentation at IDUG this year.
was next: “ Breakthrough DB2 LUW Performance Every Day!” . I loved the
one quote that Scott used: “Success comes to those who focus on helping
other people be successful”. I would say that all involved in this
show have this sentiment in mind! Entertaining presentation and even
Scott ran out of time!
came Klaas: “Da House is on Fire: How to Fix a Performance Problem”.
Very interesting graphics, but very effective as well. Klaas is a
natural speaker and if you get a chance, you should attend his talks.
Of the 4 presentations, Klaas was the only one who finished on time!
voting was interesting, but not surprising. Clearly the audience
prefers technical content about DB2. My presentation was in a
completely different category! Congratulations to Martin for being the
overall “winner” of this show.
- Attend the shows in March to witness our finalists presenting in aim of the big prize.
- Watch the replays! There have been 220,000 downloads so far. Only 30,000 more to get to ¼ million!
- When you watch today’s replay, be sure to fill out the survey. Every week someone wins a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate.
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A couple of years ago, an author who I’ve worked with on a few projects, Dan Wolfson, introduced me to his friend Mandy Chessell who was interested in writing a book. A few months later, Mandy was in Toronto and we met to discuss her book. She told me that it was based on work that she was doing with her clients and that many of her clients were very excited to get their hands on this book.
Mandy showed me the work that she had already completed and I was astounded at the level of completeness and quality that she had already put into the book. I introduced her to the people at IBM Press and the book was accepted and after much more work... the book is complete and will publish next week! I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the book and intend to read it cover to cover.
Here are details about the book, Mandy, and her co-author Harald Smith.
By Mandy Chessell, Harald Smith
Use Best Practice Patterns to Understand and Architect Manageable, Efficient Information Supply Chains That Help You Leverage All Your Data and Knowledge
In the era of “Big Data,” information pervades every aspect of the organization. Therefore, architecting and managing it is a multi-disciplinary task. Now, two pioneering IBM architects present proven architecture patterns that fully reflect this reality. Using their pattern language, you can accurately characterize the information issues associated with your own systems, and design solutions that succeed over both the short- and long-term.
Building on the analogy of a supply chain, Mandy Chessell and Harald C. Smith explain how information can be transformed, enriched, reconciled, redistributed, and utilized in even the most complex environments. Through a realistic, end-to-end case study, they help you blend overlapping information management, SOA, and BPM technologies that are often viewed as competitive.
Using this book’s patterns, you can integrate all levels of your architecture–from holistic, enterprise, system-level views down to low-level design elements. You can fully address key non-functional requirements such as the amount, quality, and pace of incoming data. Above all, you can create an IT landscape that is coherent, interconnected, efficient, effective, and manageable.
Understanding how a pattern language can help you address key information management challenges
Defining information strategy and governance for organizations and users
Creating orderly information flows you can reuse and synchronize as needed
Managing information structure, meaning, and lifecycles
Providing for efficient information access and storage when deploying new IT capabilities
Moving information efficiently and reliably to support your processes
Determining how information should be processed and maintained
Improving quality and accessibility, and supporting higher-value analytics
Protecting information via validation, transformation, enrichment, correction, security, and monitoring
Planning new information management projects in the context of your existing IT resources
About the authors:
FREng CEng FBCS
Mandy has worked for IBM since 1987. She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Master Inventor, and member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team. As the chief architect for InfoSphere® Solutions in IBM’s Software Group, Mandy designs common information integration patterns for different industries and solutions.
In earlier roles, Mandy’s work has focused on transaction processing, event management, business process management, information management, and model-driven development. This breadth is reflected in her invention portfolio, which to date stands at over 50 issued patents worldwide.
Outside of IBM, Mandy is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, UK. In 2001, she was the first woman to be awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2000, she was one of the “TR100” young innovators identified by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. In 2006, she won a British Female Innovators and Inventors Network (BFIIN) “Building Capability” award for her work developing innovative people and the BlackBerry “2006 Best Woman in Technology - Corporate Sector” award. More recently, she was granted an honorary fellowship of the Institution for Engineering Designers (IED) and she won the “2012 everywoman Innovator of the Year.” For more information on Mandy’s publications, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Chessell.
Harald has worked for IBM since 2005. Harald is a software architect in IBM’s Software Group specializing in information quality, integration, and governance products, and is IBM certified in delivering IBM Information Management solutions. In this role, he develops best practices, methodology, and accelerators for common information integration use cases.
Harald has 30 years of experience working with data quality products and solutions; product and project management; application development and delivery; system auditing; technical services; and business processes across the software, financial services, healthcare, and education sectors. Harald was the product manager at Ascential® Software and IBM responsible for designing and bringing the IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer product to market as a key component in IBM’s information quality portfolio. He has been issued three patents in the field of information quality and rule discovery and was recently recognized as an IBM developer- Works Contributing Author.
His publications include the IBM developerWorks articles “The information perspective of SOA design” [parts 6, 7, and 8], “Use IBM WebSphere® AuditStage in a federated database environment,” “Using pre-built rule definitions with IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer,” “Designing an integration landscape with IBM InfoSphere Foundation Tools and Information Server” [part 1], and “Best practices for IBM InfoSphere Blueprint Director” [parts 1 and 2]. For the IBM InfoSphere Information Server documentation, Harald contributed to the “IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer Methodology and Best Practices Guide” and “IBM InfoSphere Information Server Integration Scenario Guide”; he has also contributed to three IBM Redbooks®.
You can pre-order this book from the IBM Press bookstore.
Remember if you are an IDUG member, you are entitled to 45% off all IBM Press books, including this one. Find the secret code on the IDUG.ORG site after you sign in.
We’re coming to the end of a very popular season on the DB2 Night Show. This
is the third season and much has happened, but take a look at what host Scott
Hayes has in store for you to end the season:
15, the guest was Sanjay Kumar, author of new book IBM DB2 9.7 Advanced Application
Developer Cookbook. Sanjay gave many tips about using OLAP, Stored
Procedures, Optimization Profiles, PL/SQL, SQL and more with DB2 for LUW.
This is one of the books I gave away earlier this week at the Central Canada DB2 User’s Group
and the recipient was very pleased to get the book. Have you taken a look yet?
It might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Next Friday, June 22, 11ET, Paul Bird and Serge Boivin join
Scott to discuss the “Best Practices for Implementing DB2 Workload Management in a Data
Warehouse”. both Paul and Serge are long time employees of the Toronto Lab
and know this area extremely well. In fact, they have so much to share with the
audience, that this is a 90-min show.
OK… 90 minutes is a good sized webinar, but Pat Bates breaks the
record. He has so much to talk about that Scott has scheduled 4 back to back
shows for Pat!
Pat is from the IBM Technical Sales Team and will share his expertise in the
InfoSphere Warehouse and Netezza area:
Monday, June 25 at 11:00 am ET
“Temporal Queries and Analytics in an IBM InfoSphere Warehouse
Tuesday, June 26, 3:00 pm ET
Data Warehousing with InfoSphere Warehouse V10.1”
Wednesday, June 27, 11:00 am ET
Warehouse V10.1 Performance Enhancements”
Thursday, June 28, 11:00 am ET
Performance Analytical Data Warehouse using IBM Netezza Appliance 1000 - Best
Click on the links for the show title to register. Join all the shows to
build your expertise in this important area.
Thanks Scott for another great season. Looking forward to Season 4!
Check out this amazing contents that is sponsored by IDUG:
Tell us your best DB2 stories and win big prizes – yes, it’s as simple as that. In your own words, tell us your experience with DB2, and if our judging panel finds your story interesting you could be taking home a Wifi enabled Vizio HD TV or an Apple iPad.
“Do You DB2?”
is open to anyone in North America – DBA’s, developers, testers, students, professors, or even managers, CIO’s and CEO’s. All we want to hear is your DB2 stories, whether technical or business oriented. (Make sure you check out the official website and rules. )
Speaking of IDUG, have you registered for the annual conference that is taking place in Tampa Florida from May 10 - 14? That's next week, so rush if you haven't yet registered. Check out my previous posts about this conference:
7) If you have registered, you are eligible to take an assessment exam for free. Those who are registered will get an email with the special promo code: http://bit.ly/dftRin
8) As usual, there will also be a bookstore on site. Check out the books that you should be able to purchase while at the conference: http://bit.ly/c2CdMy
So... DO DB2 (and Win)
and LEARN DB2 at IDUG :)