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DB2 9 is a leading-edge hybrid data server that offers optimum storage, scalability, and availability. DB2 pureScale is a new technology primarily optimized for scale-out transactional processing clusters in an active-active manner. This succinct guide will show you how DB2 with pureScale can provide you transparent application scalability, the ability to deliver agile-like computing to your transaction systems, and extreme availability.


Want even more information about DB2 pureScale?  See the blog entry I wrote in August: More on DB2 pureScale.



BLU at IOD: Highlights from 2013

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This year's IOD conference was amazing!  Record crowds, lots of events, great people, and for the first time ever, our beloved product DB2 was front & center!  DB2 with BLU Acceleration is clearly a winner and you had no trouble learning about it at IOD: the whole conference was painted BLU!

I've put together this rather large slideshare to show you what I mean.  I presented these slides to the development team and the feedback was awesome.  Throughout the slides, I've added links that will allow you to "take" part in the event after the fact.  I link to free books that you can download, videos and blogs by our subject matter experts, and more.  I hope you enjoy the photos and the twitter messages I've added throughout.


You can reach the slideshare directly via via @SlideShare


Please share! 

PS... if you think I've missed something, let me know.  I'd be happy to add more links, photos, and information.



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Flashbook: IBM Cognos Analytics and Cloud Computing

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IBM Cognos Analytics and Cloud Computing: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud

by Anant Jhingran, Stephan Jou, William Lee, Thanh Pham, Biraj Saha


This book introduces cloud computing, workloads in cloud computing, analytics as a service, and its implementation using Cognos Software and provides guidance and considerations for your cloud solution, such as “Where should the data be located” and “How many images should I create?”  Step-by-step instructions on how to install, configure, secure and test a Cognos Business Intelligence deployment in the IBM Cloud are provided to help you get to a point where you have a saved private instance to an image that you can then deploy in minutes on demand.

Learn how to graduate from single images to multiple images and more complicated topologies that are better suited for production workloads and how to secure your Cognos cloud solution.

More advanced topics include moving from a single image to multiple images, scalability and performance, and how to plan for scaling to ensure a high performing solution.  Finally, tip are provided to ensure that your Cognos BI cloud solution is highly available and handles failover scenarios.


All about IDUG DB2 Tech Conference - Anaheim

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Friday on the DB2Night Show, host Scott Hayes invited Bryan Paulsen and Paul Turpin to talk about the upcoming IDUG conference:

  • Bryan Paulson, John Deere, Volunteer of IDUG – current chair
  • Paul Turpin – S1, Volunteer of IDUG - past chair

First thing to notice is that the name of the conference has changed.  It is now the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference.  They made the name change to help people get funding to attend the conference. 

The conference takes place May 2-6, in Anaheim California.  This is the first time an IDUG conference has taken place in Anaheim.  I attended IBM conferences there a few times and quite enjoyed the lovely weather and restaurants… as well as the nearby Disney Park.  (It is the best Disney park, in my opinion.)

Monday May 2 is a full day of education that costs an extra fee.  The idea is to have in depth education that will go to a much deeper level than is normal during the much shorter conference sessions.  There is the extra fee, but it is well worth the price.  There are 6 classes available for you to choose from:


The next four days, May 3-6 are for the 105 technical sessions.  The sessions are split across 7 tracks including: DB2 LUW, DB2 z/OS, and Application Development.  Speakers are in three categories: Users, Consultants, and IBM experts:

  • Users are DB2 professionals working in the field on DB2 on a daily basis.  This includes  DBAs, Application Developers, and more.  Some of the notable speakers this year include: Bryan Paulson, Alexander Kopac, Tony Andrews, and Suresh Sane.
  • Consultants are in the field selling education and services to the customers using DB2 and include Susan Lawson, David Buelke, Sheryl Larsen, and Fred Sobotka.
  • IBM experts are people from various roles in IBM including the Development Lab, Product Management, Education, and more: Terry Purcell, Matt Huras, Roger Miller, Matthias Nicola, Paul Zikopoulos, Melanie Stopfer, Kate Kurtz, and Leon Katsnelson.

I recognize every name listed above.  I think just about each of them has at one time or another earned Best Speaker awards.  I don’t think people will be nodding off in any of these sessions!

Jeff Jonas is this year’s keynote speaker.   His topic: “Sensemaking on Streams and What Makes Smart Systems Smart!”.  Jeff is one of the most interesting people who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the past few years.  He has much energy, enthusiasm and charisma all on top of his very high intelligence!  IBM bought the company that Jeff founded that helped casinos reduce fraud and Jeff decided to stay with IBM.  He travels the world talking to people including many very influential people.  You’ll be very energized after hearing Jeff speak and believe me, you’ll be searching the web to find out more about this fascinating person!

There are three spotlight sessions led by Jeff Josten, Berni Schiefer, and Curt Cotner.  Spotlight sessions are highlights of key technologies that will be discussed in depth throughout the week.

  • Jeff Josten - DB2 10 Technical Overview
  • Berni Schiefer – Saving Your Company Money with DB2 LUW
  • Curt Cotner – Application Development

As usual, there are also free certification exams.  This is how I first got to know IDUG, when I ran the certification program.  This year each attendee is allowed to take 3 exams for free.  That is a $600 value!  Make sure you study before you go to get the best value.  See an older blog entry I wrote for some Guidance: Certification 101.  For the exams that are available, see this website.

The Vendor Exhibit has more than 20 vendors that you can explore.  A fun event IDUG is doing to help you meet the vendors is the “Passport to Prizes”.  You need to visit certain vendors to get a stamp on your card.  The completed card is your ticket to a draw where you could win some cool prizes.  Believe me, the prizes are much better than the free stuff you may pick up!  One year a friend of mine won a Wii!   I don’t know what the prizes are this year, but it is fun to get the stamps and even more fun to win.  Good luck!

Vendor Solution Presentations (VSPs) are where vendors can showcase their suite of products.  Don’t think of VSPs as marketing pitches… but rather in depth talks about the solutions being offered by the vendor.  I see 16 sessions listed on the website!

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are user community meetings where you can take part in discussions about successes, tips, and more with other users and subject matter experts. There are 10 SIGs scheduled.  See the website.


Besides what was mentioned already, there are four networking events set up:

  • Exhibit Hall Welcome.  This year the sponsor is DBI.
  • Networking Event

Dine Around sessions where you can have dinner with popular speakers at an interesting local restaurant  You pay for your own meal.  Know that this has become a very popluar event, so you should sign up as soon as you can.    Dine Around – look for the signup sheet immediately so you can get with your favourite speaker or restaurant OR signup on the web at this page.  The spots get filled really fast!

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp:
    • Group 1: Terry Purcell and Daniel Luksetich 
    • Group 2: Burt Vialpando and Rebecca Bond
  • California Pizza Kitchen:
    • Group 1: Judy Ruby Brown and Phil Grainger
    • Group 2: Chris Eaton and Scott Hayes
  • P.F. Chang’s:
    • Group 1: Bonnie Baker and Sheryl Larsen
    • Group 2: Roger Miller and John Campbell
  • Roy’s Hawaiian:
    • David Beulke and Craig Mullins

There are a few offers that you should be aware of.  

IDUG Mentor Program

If you’ve attended 3 or more conferences, you can sign up as a mentor and bring a new attendee at an 80% discount.


DB2Night show special offer $50 off conference fee for show attendees.  Listen to the replay of today’s show to get the details on how to get a discount.


Moderators are needed, so if you are interested in volunteering, your efforts will be very appreciated.


See some of my previous posts about IDUG, most notably the two guest entries by Rebecca Bond:

Rebecca Bond: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!

Budgeting for IDUG North America conference as viewed by the DB2 Locksmith

IDUG = International DB2 User Group


I think tomorrow I’ll have a guest blog by a DB2 for z/OS DBA to help you choose appropriate sessions.



There won’t be a bookstore on site at this event.  Instead, order the books you need directly from the publisher at a discount.  Members of IDUG get 45% off IBM Press books.


I’m trying to work out a special deal with MC Press on their collection of Certification Guides as well.  We’ll be launching two new titles at the conference, so watch here for details.