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This is cool! developerWorks has grouped together related technical articles, tutorials, demos, webcasts, presentations and podcasts into packages that are called e-Kits.
Now you can find all the related information you need to learn about a specific topic without having to crawl through multiple search results.
I count 29 e-Kits on the site, and I'm sure they're creating more. Here are the ones that cover Information Management topics:
Customer e-Kit for DB2 9 Performance Optimization feature for Linux, UNIX and Windows
Experience the combined power of DB2® Query Patroller and DB2 Performance Expert. The contents of this e-Kit teaches you how the DB2 9 Performance Optimization feature for DB2 Linux™, UNIX® and Windows® can help improve your performance, throughput, and response times.
IBM Data Architect e-Kit
Learn how IBM solutions can help discover new enterprise information sources and content as well as improve the quality of its information. Arm yourself with the latest solutions from IBM to jumpstart enterprise consistency, drive quality, and unlock the mystery of your data sources.
Smart Data Administration e-Kit: Effectively manage and optimize your data environment
Learn how IBM Data Servers and tools solutions can help enable DBAs to be more productive in the face of increased demands and information. Susan[Read More]
DB2 9.7 for Linux, Unix, and Windows has out-of-the-box support for Oracle's SQL and PL/SQL dialects. This allows many applications written against Oracle to execute virtually unchanged against DB2. Whether you want to switch your custom application or extend your DBMS vendor support, its now time to break free with DB2!
Join experts from the DB2 labs to learn more about what Oracle compatibility means in DB2.
Presenters: Sal Vella, VP, and Serge Rielau, SQL Architect
Thursday July 16, 2009
11:30 a.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. Central / 8:30 a.m. Pacific / 4:30 p.m. London / 5:30 p.m. Munich
One of the things that I'm trying to find out this year is where do people normally buy their books... and why. It seems that most people go to amazon.com. I go to amazon.com, but only to see the prices, selection, and reader comments. I typically buy at one of the local online bookstores such as amazon.ca or chapters.indigo.ca.
During my travels in the past month, I've found out that many people in Europe choose to buy directly from amazon.com rather than their local sites. Why? I think primarily because of the very favourable currency exchange... and also the price, selection and reader comments!
If you look at the bookstore site that my team maintains, we also point to amazon for the books that we mention. Not really to say that you should buy it there, but for you to see the price and the reader comments.
Since I work directly with several publishers, I also work directly with them on various book promotions. If there is a special discount promotion available for a book... I make sure that the details are mentioned on our bookstore site. For instance, next week you'll see the following information posted:
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
Save 35% on the new MDM book published in June that is sure to be the only complete technical primer for every MDM planner and implementer! Written by a team of 6 authors, this book systematically introduces MDM’s key concepts and technical themes, explains its business case, and illuminates how it interrelates with and enables SOA.
Save 35% with the following code at checkout:Coupon Code: IBM6250Active until 12/31/08
We've also arranged for people to buy IBM Press books direct from the publisher in Europe and Canada as well. Here are the sites:Pearson Canada - for a 35% discount on all featured books.Pearson EMEA - provides free shipping and duty for EMEA residents.Employees in Canada - contact me directly :)
For all other places in the world, international information is placed on this page: International sites
We now have many books available through MC Press as well. In the US, the recommended site is: MC Press Online. MC Press has published all of the DB2 V9 Certification Study Guides and have the long awaited Advanced DBA Study Guide coming in September. When MC Press has preorder information, it will be posted on our bookstore site.
In India, Shroff Publishers & Distributors Pvt. Ltd or Computer Bookshop. I see some IBM Press books on the Computer Bookshop site as well. Check it out and let me know if the prices are good!
I've mentioned Kindle before... If you have amazon's electronic reader, then you will be happy to note that all IBM books are kindle-ready! What a better way to have all the reference materials in a single place?
IBMers are encouraged to use Books 24x7 for electronic access to most retail books. All IBMers, worldwide, have access to Books 24x7. If you need info, let me know. If you don't work for IBM, you can pay for a subscription to either Books 24x7 or Safari for electronic books. You can read entire books electronically... or search a library of books for just the right topic.
I know I wasn't able to cover all the countries in the world. I'm still doing research! If you can help me by enlightening me on how you buy your books, please send me a comment! I'd love to hear from you!
As always, check out other bloggers via Planet DB2
Are you interested in getting certified, but finding money a bit tight? If yes, you'll love this new announcement:
With the Assess and Save Offer, candidates who purchase, take and PASS an Information Management Online Assessment Exam during the offering period (February 1, 2009 - April 30, 2009), will automatically receive a 50% off certification voucher good for the corresponding exam. That's $100 right back in your pocket!
IBM offers these online assessment exams for each Information Management Professional Certification. These "practice tests" enable you to test your readiness for a minimal fee of $10 USD, helping you to be successful on exam day.
Before you take the practice test, here are a few suggestions to help you pass:
Exam Preparation Documents
For exam objectives and cutscores for each exam, see the exam preparation documents.
We now have an extensive collection of Certification Prep Guides, including
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide for Exam 730 by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 by Roger Sanders
See also the DB2inBooks group on channeldb2.com.
Make sure you read all the details of this offer before proceeding: Assess and Save Offer.
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.
I prefer to send people to amazon and its related sites for people to purchase technical books for their great prices, ranking and review system, and international presence. Outside of amazon, I would recommend the following places:
This is the "bookstore" that my team maintains. We choose a new title roughly every month and usually link from the book to amazon.com.
This is the site that is maintained by IBM and is updated with the latest on the IBM Press books that are available.
This is the site that our publishing partner, Pearson Education, updates. From here you can get a newsletter, purchase books, get chapter downloads, and more. Quite often we'll point to this site if we have an electronic coupon that we are promoting.
If you DO NOT reside in the US and would like to purchase books in your local currency with lower shipping costs, use this link. From here you can get to our Canadian http://www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2/ or European http://www.pearson-books.com/ibmpressbookshop/ IBM Press pages. We've also listed the books that are available in translated or low cost editions with details as to how you can order them.
5) http://safari.informit.com/ or http://www.books24x7.com
For electronic versions of books see either of these sites. IBM employees have a subscription to books 24x7, but many universities, colleges, and business have a subscription to Safari. Both engines allow individual subscribers as well.
If you work for IBM, go to this site for details on how to access employee purchase sites.
I'd like to say that you can also buy technical books in bookstores, but this is usually only true for mass appeal books. One day I hope that DB2 books move into this category!
If you have another favourite place where you buy books, share your information.
I mentioned yesterday that the Assess & Save offer will be active only for the next month. Today I want to tell you about the success of this promotion. Apparently we've been giving out a lot of vouchers for people to take their exam of choice for 50% off the regular price. But even better than that... those who are taking the certification test with the voucher are PASSING!
This tells me that the people who are taking part in this promotion are very serious about getting certified. It also tells me that those who pass the assessment test are suitably prepared to pass the real exam. Although the assessment test questions are different that the questions on the real exam, they are close representations of the questions that you can expect to see on the exam.
So do you want to give it a try? Thanks to Kate, here's how you can take part:
Make sure your investment in certification is a smart one: why not save money AND build your skills? For full details about Assess and Save, check out ibm.com/software/data/education/voucher.html.
Don't miss your chance, act now!
I hope all my IDUG friends who are in Rome this week are enjoying the city, weather, and of course the amazing conference!
If you are an IDUG member, I'd like to bring this information to your attention:
IDUG members save $100 on registration for the Information On Demand 2009 global conference.
Not a member... become one today.
Visit IDUG for promo code.
I hope to see you in Vegas!
We don't yet have a Certification Study Guide for any of the IDS certification exams, but we do have one in the works. So, how should you prepare for the exams in the meantime?
1) Review the exam objectives.
* Exam 915: System Administration for IBM Informix Dynamic Server V 9 * Exam 917: System Administration for IBM Informix Dynamic Server V 10 * Exam 918: System Administration for IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11
2) Read through the free tutorials.
This series of eight tutorials has been developed to help you prepare for the IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration Certification Exam (918). These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam. However, you should not rely on these tutorials as your only preparation for the exam. After a quick registration, you can begin a tutorial. Currently parts 1 and 2 are available in this series of eight. Each tutorial should take less than two hours to complete. You can take the tutorials online, or download a PDF.
3) Take an online assessment exam.
For a limited time, all IIUG members, can take a free online assessment testing to gauge their readiness for the certification exam. Assessment tests for Exams 915, 917 and 918 will be available free of charge for two weeks prior to and during the conference, April 15 through April 30, 2008. Normally these tests are offered for a fee of $10 each.
4) Take the real exam at the IIUG Informix Conference April 27-30, 2008 if you are planning to attend.
See also Kate's blog for more information on certification and training programs.
Good luck on all your exams!
Most of the work-related blogs that I read these days are found on PlanetDB2.com. I must say that Willie Favero's blog entries are quite entertaining... as well as informative. His entry yesterday was about a series of 4 new IBM commercials that were recently launched. Since I rarely watch TV these days, I had Willie give me the URL so I could watch them. They are entertaining!
The overall message is that IBM can help other people / companies win at innovation, so "Stop Talking, Start Doing".
The URL that I have is on an internal IBM website... so for IBMers, here are the four commercials. For the rest of you... try watching more TV to see these ads! I'll post them here if I find them on an external site.
Message: Talking about innovation is great. A manager giving a presentation quickly discovers that doing innovation is better.
Message: There’s nothing wrong with “ideating” a few “out-of-the-box” ideas. But if that’s all you’re doing to innovate, then, well...“good luck,” as one astute businessman puts it.
Message: A business guy is tasked with “firing up” the troops for innovation. Innovation is good. But what about implementation?
Message: A company embraces the trappings of innovation. They create a special room where people can come to innovate. Now what?
Were you one of the very happy readers of the first edition of this book? If you check this book out on amazon.com... you'll see that the first edition of the book had 17 extremely positive reviews of the book. People liked the way the material was presented in a graphical, visual way... the case studies.... and the review questions. On top of that, the authors know there stuff and spend much of their working life talking to customers and helping them understand how to use the product and the benefits each feature is likely to bring.
From the publisher:
Understanding DB2, Second EditionBy Raul F. Chong, Xiaomei Wang, Michael Dang, Dwaine R. Snow
IBM DB2 9 and DB2 9.5 provide breakthrough capabilities forproviding Information on Demand, implementing Web servicesand Service Oriented Architecture, and streamlininginformation management. Understanding DB2: Learning Visuallywith Examples, Second Edition, is the easiest way to masterthe latest versions of DB2 and apply their full power toyour business challenges.
Written by four IBM DB2 experts, this book introduces keyconcepts with dozens of examples drawn from the authors'experience working with DB2 in enterprise environments.Thoroughly updated for DB2 9.5, it covers new innovationsranging from manageability to performance and XML support toAPI integration. Each concept is presented witheasy-to-understand screenshots, diagrams, charts, andtables. This book is for everyone who works with DB2:database administrators, system administrators, developers,and consultants. With hundreds of well-designed reviewquestions and answers, it will also help professionalsprepare for the IBM DB2 Certification Exams 730, 731, or736.
Special Offer: Use the Coupon Code for this bookdescription to receive a 35% discount (coupon codes are casesensitive). Plus, FREE shipping in the US for every order.Coupon Code: CHONG0183
THANKS and CONGRATULATIONS to the author team! Another fantastic job![Read More]
Have you tried taking an ILO (instructor-led online) training class yet? With travel budgets disappearing, but the need for training never ending, learning from your home or office makes perfect sense.
What do you get with ILO?
You'll get the high-quality content and personal interaction that you expect from a classroom course with the convenience and cost-savings of online training with instructor-led online training (ILO). With speakers, microphone or headset, you join a virtual classroom where you interact with the instructor and fellow students as if you're in a traditional class setting.
Now is the best time to experience the live instruction, hands-on labs and exciting group dynamics when you enroll in an ILO class. If you want to see how this works, view a demo and enroll today.
Keep on learning!
One of the publishers that I work with quite often is MC Press. You may know of MC Press through the large number of books that they have published on IBM products and technologies. For instance, you'll find books within the following categories:
I've blogged many times about the amazing series of certification guides that have been published by MC Press, including:
We're working on two more certification guides that will be part of this series.... so stay tuned to find out more details.
When you go to the book links above... you'll notice that there is a banner on the site reminding you of our Assess & Save Promotion. Remember that this promotion is only active till the end of the month, so don't miss out.
Two more things you should know.... One... you can save 20% on all books that you purchase before April 19, 2009 through the MC Press Online bookstore.
Two... if you are a registered member of MC Press Online, you'll have access to a rich collection of resources such as white papers, articles, and podcasts. MC Press Online likes to reward its members with cool prizes. Currently you have a chance to win a pair of Zetronix 80” Video Glasses. Interested? Check out the free resources and enter for your chance to win!
One thing that I've noticed about myself given the fact that my career is in the database area... is that I have very little tolerance for bad data. I would take a stab and guess that most of you have a story that you could share about how frustrating it is to work with some companies in respect to the data that they have on YOU!
My story involved trying to change the name on my utility bills.... I've been told that I must pay first $60, have the original account closed, a new one opened with the name changed, and then the eventual fall out of owing even more money as other people were dependent on the original account number. After several encounters I found myself screaming that they should pay ME for helping clean their data!
Anyway, this is a long way to encourage you to read the new blog by the authors of the book: Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information.
If you read the first blog entry, you'll see many examples similar to mine of the difficulties to correct bad data. Add your own story! If you read the book, you'll see examples, big and small of this kind of problem, but better yet, you'll get real advice as to how data and systems should be organized so your customers aren't blogging about how difficult it is to work with you!
Once again, the new blog is: www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/mdmbook and it will have entries from all 6 authors: Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul van Run, and Dan Wolfson.
Earlier I mentioned how proud I was of this book. One of the authors has just sent me a blog review of this book from James Koopmann(http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/database/solutions/archives/005241.asp).
Clearly James is also very impressed with the book for many reasons. If you haven't checked this book out yet, I encorage you to do so.
I have made this the August book of the month and coincidentally, Amazon decided to put it on special. You can get the book at a 37% discount right now! Go for it.
Also, the book has made it into Amazon's top 100 ranking and all 9 of the reader comments is positive.
Read it and let me know what you think! I'm looking at this book as a model for other future IBM Press books. What do you think?