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I’ve blogged and tweeted about many of the recent articles that have been appearing in the IBM Data Magazine this summer, but decided that a summary of the articles would be a great idea.
Dan Gibson (IBM), Multi-Temperature Data
Tom Deutsch (IBM), Big Data
James Kobielus (IBM), Rocketship to Planet Petabyte
Sunil Soares (BP), Governance
Dan Wolfson (IBM), Information Supply Chain
Robert Catterall (IBM), The z Perspective
Stuart Litel (BP), IIUG User View
Jeremy Dodd (BP), IDUG User View
Lester Knutsen (IBM), Informix DBA
IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator
MDM / RDM
I like seeing the number of people who are writing! If you have information to share, consider writing yourself. See my blog entry about writing: Why Write? And how to do it well.
One day I’ll visit India, but right now I’m satisfied with eating the fabulous India food at nearby restaurants and building my network of talented people who live and work in India.
The first group of people I want to mention are the contestants who have competed in the “DB2 has Talent” competition that has taken place this month on the DB2 Night Show. I didn’t take note of how many of the contestants were in India, but I’m thinking nearly half… If you’ve missed any of the sessions, I highly encourage you to listen to the replays. You’ll benefit from the educational and thorough presentations that have taken place.
First Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Second Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Third Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Next, Shroff Publishers who have built a substantial collection of books that range from printed IBM Redbooks to IBM Press to MC Press books. These are produced locally in India and priced in the local currency. You’ll be surprised at the selection of books that are already available and I’m working on getting more added all the time.
And last, but not least are my IBM counterparts. They have been busy planning the IBM Information Management Technical Conference which will take place in Bangalore the week of March 16. The sessions look amazing, so if you are in the area, you should plan to go.
For more information see these links:
If I've forgotten to mention events & resources that I should know about, kindly let me know and I'll be happy to blog about it. This is true for other countries as well.
Even though I’m publishing this on April Fool’s Day... it is real news! Today is the opening of the call for speakers for IBM’s Information on Demand Conference. You have from now till Friday April 26 to send in your proposal to speak at this conference.
you’ve never been to the conference before, you should know that it is a
huge conference that regularly attracts greater than 10,000 attendees.
This year it takes place in Las Vegas from Nov 3 - 7. This will be the
8th anniversary of this event... and it grows larger and more important
every year because data is becoming more important every year!
are wanted for a large number of areas. Last year we had 700
Technical Education Sessions. 110 Hands On Labs. 300 Customer Speakers.
And several Usability Sandboxes. As you can imagine, we have need for many many speakers!
This year’s focus areas are:
Emerging big data technologies
Database servers & tools
Data warehousing & analytics
Information integration & governance
Information solution architecture
For further information on the target audience, the selection process, and more, see this letter from this year’s conference chair Steven Miller.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part one of the best industry conferences of the year.
Today’s 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. If you’ve been following the competition, you’ll know that the
competition was really strong this year. This meant that some amazing talent
did not make it to the top 3, but those who did were consistently good at
entertaining and educating all the listeners.
The prizes for the winners were provided by very generous sponsors. My
sincere thanks to these sponsors for helping to build talented speakers /
educators, and for providing a means to build very valuable skills. Here are
the prizes and sponsors:
- First place winner: free pass to 2012 IDUG conference of
choice, provided by sponsor IDUG and $1500 for travel expenses, provided by DBI.
- Second place winner: free pass to a DB2 Symposium of
choice, provided by KBCE plus $1000 for
travel expenses, provided by sponsor HLS Technologies.
- Third place winner: Apple iPad, provided by sponsor Responsive Systems.
- Top 10 contestants won $50 Amazon gift certificates provided by Triton Consulting.
The contestants worked hard to compete and the prizes are very generous to
thank them for all their hard work.
Host Scott Hayes showed us a relative performance chart that showed
the votes that were received for this final round. The chart showed that first
place was a strong first place. Second place was a strong place. Third and
Fourth were quite close.
And the winners are:
Fourth - Elder
Great job Elder! All of us felt that your technical difficulties at last
week’s show didn’t help you very much. Good for you to use your creativity to
post your presentation to YouTube for people to watch after the show. Keep
Third – Brian
Brian says he got into this competition to brush up on his presentation
skills but ended up learning a lot, having fun, and teaching all listeners. As
a result of this show, Brian is now considering submitting to present at future
IDUG events. Brian lives in Denver area, so he is hoping to attend this year’s
conference for at least one day. Personally, I learned plenty from watching
Brian’s creative and entertaining presentations.
If you took part in last weeks show, you’ll remember that Jean was the
contestant that the judges saved! Jean was very excited about winning and
thanks all her voters. She wasn’t sure which DB2 Symposium she plans to attend,
but Chicago is one of her choices. Jean is a great presenter and we very much
enjoyed her presentations. We all agreed that we need to meet mystery man Chuck
who was Jean’s content collaborator for all her presentations. She took part in
this competition as a lark and appreciated Scott’s encouragement for them to
take part. She would like to present at conferences in the future.
First - Kohli
Kohli was completely speechless to find out he won first prize. He said
there was lots of strong competition and had no hope to win. He’s only been a
DBA for a few years, but he thought he had nothing to lose by taking part. I’m
glad he took part. He gained, but so did we all! lots Kohli has decided that
he’ll attend Denver. I’m looking forward to meeting him.
Rounding out our top 10: Douglas, Ember, Rodolpho,
Kingo, Richard, and Yonghang. Thanks to all of you for
participating. I hope to see all of you in the future as presenters at
conference, or bloggers, or writers. You have much to contribute and we
appreciate what you have given to the community.
Thanks again to host Scott Hayes for pulling all of this together. We all
know that committing to an event of this size and orgazining as well as he did,
takes much dedication and hard work. I’m sure you can see why Scott won a
special award last year for his contributions as an IBM Champion. Keep up the
great work Scott!
To my fellow judges, Martin Hubel and Klaas Brant: always a
pleasure to work with you. I hope to see you in Denver… maybe at Scott’s
The second part of the show was dedicated to IDUG. I’ve decided to post my
thoughts about that part in a separate post.
For details on the prizes for this competition… and a summary of last year’s
event… see my blog entry: http://ibm.co/AnZxb4
See also: Session 1 of the DB2’s Got Talent
See also: Session 2 of the DB2’s Got Talent
See also: Session 3 of the DB2’s Got Talent
See also: Session 4 of the DB2’s Got Talent
See also: DB2’s Got Talent Finals – Round
See also: DB2’s Got Talent
Finals – Round 2
See also: DB2’s Got Talent
Finals – Round 3
The DB2 for z/OS Best Practices developerWorks Webpage contains many recommendations by subject matter experts on how to best use DB2 for z/OS. Two DB2 for z/OS Distinguished Engineers, John Campbell and Haakon Roberts, recently recorded some of their popular presentations outlining best practices when using DB2:
- "Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS V10 Migration Planning and Very Early experiences" Parts 1 and 2 by John Campbell
In this two-part webcast, John gives his perspective of what you need to understand and do when you move to DB2 10. John works with DB2 for z/OS customers around the globe and has extensive experience.
- "Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS Utilities" Parts 1 and 2 by Haakon Roberts
These recommendations come straight from the engineering team who produce the software and give to practical advice on what you need to do to effectively use the utilities.
The following four titles draw on John's experiences working with customers. They summarize his recommendations in these functional areas of DB2 for z/OS.
- "Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS DDF Connectivity" by John Campbell
- "Best Practices for z/OS Locks and Latches by John Campbell
- "Best Practices for z/OS Local and Group Bufferpools" by John Campbell
- "Best Practices for z/OS Log Activity and Miscellaneous" by John Campbell
These web lectures cover some of the most requested topics given by DB2 Subject Matter Experts. For your convenience, the titles contain a .mov file as well as the slides and transcript of the presentation which all can be downloaded and used offline.
One other best practice worth mentioning is titled "Finding Information Fast and Efficiently". This short recording is valuable to quickly learn how to use the DB2 for z/OS Information Center. This recording explains the Information Center via a demonstration. One of the quickest ways to learn the Information Center features is to watch and listen to someone else showing how to use the software. I'm sure you will learn something new in this 12 minute video.
The DB2 for z/OS team would like to hear from you on what additional best practice content you would like and your thoughts about the ones that have been published. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know.
Thanks to David Salinero for giving me the heads up about this incredible information that is available for free.
I’ve been seeing many upcoming events for the DB2 for z/OS product and decided to summarize in this post.
IDUG – Anaheim May 2-6. This isn’t an event specifically for DB2 for z/OS, but as usual there are some amazing sessions planned for that platform including:
- DB2 Doctor - Symptoms, Diagnosis and Cures for Poor Performance, Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation
- DB2 10 Application Topics - A Sneak Preview, Suresh Sane, DST Systems Inc.
- Why did the DB2 for z/OS Optimizer choose that Access Path?, Terry Purcell, IBM Corporation
Learn more: IDUG = International DB2 User Group
Upgrading to DB2 9 or DB2 10 for z/OS — How? When? What is the cost versus benefit?
Broadcast Date: February 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT
Developed for: IT directors, managers and project managers; business analysts; enterprise architects; database administrators and managers; and application database administrators
On Oct. 19, 2010, IBM announced DB2® 10. This latest release of DB2 delivers the most aggressive package of CPU savings and performance improvements from IBM in more than 20 years, and for the first time since 2001, IBM has offered skip release. With the increased cost of support software licenses, the launch of DB2 10 and the announcement of DB2 V8 end-of-service, many DB2 users are considering migration and need direction in planning the right migration strategy for their business. But how do you approach a migration strategy? When is the best time to start? Is skipping a release a good strategy? What are the costs versus benefits for any scenario?
Join us for this complimentary webcast as we address the most critical business issues to consider such a migration, so you can develop a strategy and plan for your own migration. We will describe the options available and some of the potential risks versus benefits. Overall, this webcast will help you choose the best path for your situation, and get ready to migrate to the new version. Whether you are ready to migrate now or you are still years away, planning should start now so that you can use your time more effectively and minimize the ultimate cost of upgrading.
All webcast attendees will receive a free copy of “Executive Report of Business Value of DB2 10 - Smarter Database for a Smarter Planet” by Julian Stuhler, an Internationally recognized DB2 consultant and analyst.
In this webcast, we’ll discuss:
- * Defining migration plan details for each component in your environment — servers, clients, applications and routines
- * Incorporating steps from previous migration plans, including internal procedures to request access, software installation or other system services
- * Understanding product restrictions and recommendations in order to plan your migration strategy
Speaker: Roger Miller, DB2 for z/OS® Technical Evangelist, Designer and Architect, IBM Software Group
Why is DB2 for z/OS better than Oracle RAC?
Broadcast Date: January 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. UTC / GMT
Developed for: IT Directors, IT Managers, Enterprise Architects, IT Project Managers, Business Analysts, Database Administrators, Application Database Administrators, Database Managers.
In recent years, IBM DB2 has been under considerable pressure from its competitors, most notably Oracle RAC. These competitors claim to provide the same functionality and quality of service characteristics as DB2. DB2 specialists are often asked by the business decision makers to articulate the technical advantages of DB2 and justify the choice of DB2 as the database server:
- Why is DB2 for z/OS considered the ultimate database server?
- What are the technical differentiators by which it stands out, particularly against Oracle RAC?
- How does Oracle RAC process concurrent transactions as opposed to DB2?
In this webcast, we will offer answers to these questions. In addition, a complimentary whitepaper will be available for download. In the whitepaper IBM will size up the database clustering architecture provided by DB2 for z/OS with the Oracle RAC product. When all is said and done, compared and contrasted, DB2 for z/OS differentiates itself with superior characteristics.
Speaker: Namik Hrle is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and works in the IBM Boeblingen Laboratory. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Information Management Architecture Board, SWG Architecture Board Steering Committee and many other IBM expert teams. He specializes in information management technology and its usage by the enterprise applications. He works closely with the IBM labs worldwide and helps customers deploy and optimally exploit information management products. He is a regular speaker at conferences across the world.
REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPACE !
DB2 for z/OS Technical Seminars that you can attend in person, for free:
Toronto - Jan 27
Dallas - Feb 8
San Francisco - Feb 10
Washington DC - Feb 15
Atlanta - Feb 17
New York City - March 8
Costa Mesa - March 15
8:40am – Meeting the business analytics and data warehousing needs of your users
9:50am – DB2 for z/OS: Version 10 including migration strategy for DB2 9 or DB2 10
11:00am – Gain insight into DB2 9 and DB2 10 for z/OS performance updates and save costs
1:00pm – What’s new for SQL optimization in DB2 9 and DB2 10 for z/OS
2:10pm – Administering and Optimizing Your DB2 9 & 10 for z/OS Environment
3:20pm – How to streamline your DB2 for z/OS utility processing
Space is limited, so register now.
To stay on top of all the upcoming events, bookmark Surekha’s Blog.
And last but not least…. get your copy of the Flashbook:
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box
by Roger Miller, David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Pureka
I just got this note from Dean and thought I’d share it with you. I’m quite
impressed by the content that Dean has created and want to make sure you are
aware that this content exists. Thanks Dean!
New db2Dean.com Article - DB2 10.1 New Features
became available on 30 April 2012 and has TON of new features and improvements,
some of which you can begin taking advantage of without doing anything other
than upgrading your database. As with the past “features” articles, this is a
summary of the new features in v10.1 that I see as the most important. My hope
is to provide a summary that you can browse to quickly find the items that are
the most valuable to you and to provide links you can click to do more in depth
reading on them. A number of features have been discontinued in v10.1, most
notably Control Center and many of the GUI tools that you access from it like
Command Center. I summarize these discontinued and deprecated functions in this
article. See http://www.db2Dean.com for
the rest of the article.
Want some Compression with that database, honey?
wondered what features are included with which edition of DB2 and which need to
be ordered separately? For example, did you know that pureScale is included in
DB2 Workgroup edition, but must be purchased separately with DB2 ESE and
Advanced editions? Well, now there is a page on the web where you can view a
chart showing which features are in which editions. It can be found at: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/db2luw/v10r1/topic/com.ibm.db2.luw.licensing.doc/doc/r0053238.html
DB2 10.1 Favorite Links
I have updated my "Favorite
Links" page with links to the DB2 10.1 manuals, information center and other
good v10.1 stuff. http://www.db2dean.com/Previous/DeanLinks.html
DB2 v9.1 now OUT of SUPPORT
DB2 v9.1 went out of support
on April 30 of this year. If you are still running any DB2 servers or clients
on that version you should upgrade them ASAP. See the Upgrade Portal for logs
of help with this task: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=71&context=SSEPGG&uid=swg21200005
The Falcons are Back
The Peregrine Falcons are back in
their nest in Salt Lake City this year and the web cam is still on them. See
the parents and chicks live at: http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/learn-more/peregrine-cam.html
Generally "Camera 2" has a better angle .
New DB2 Fix Packs Available
- - Fix Pack 6 for DB2 v9.7
was released on May 30 . See entry called "Recommended group:
- Fix Pack download links can be found
- DB2 v10.1 Proof of Technology July 18-19 in Salt
Lake City. Get your hands on the latest features at this great event. For more
information and registration, see https://events.webdialogs.com/portal/wippages/register.php?id=c92b63969e&l=en-US
Keep up with regularly scheduled, technically oriented conference calls by
checking the "Technical Conference Calls" link on my home page under "Online
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community where you can add your thoughts to help others and to help me improve
my website. I'll post events that may interest you and abstracts of all new
db2Dean articles. I'll also make frequent posts about what I'm talking to my
customers about and thoughts about why those topics may interest you. Like I so
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you'll need to like me there again to follow posts.
I've created a developerWorks Group that you can join.
These on line groups are for sharing information, so please join. You can read
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or just click the clip at the top of my home page. It includes a guest
appearance by renowned pitch man, Chris Williams! If you have a moment, please
click on the stars after the word "rating" and rate my video after you watch it.
This is an interesting concept! Education classes can be rather expensive and if the course doesn’t fit your needs, the price is even higher. Now you can try a class for free to see if it gets into the depth that you need or at the pace that you need.
Experience the benefits of instructor-led online (ILO) and self-paced training with our no-charge class samples and trials. These popular no-travel training formats offer the same rich content and labs as our classroom courses. Check them out:
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the IBM IOD Virtual Conference and virtually attended several sessions. I like the fact that I can sit at my desk with my computer and headphones and take in the content from amazing speakers. If you haven’t tried it yet, try one of these classes and see how useful they are. You may prefer this type of education to any other once you give it a try.
I quite often talk to people who have achieved some sort of benefit from taking advantage of the many training resources that IBM provides in the Information Management area. My team is trying to pull together some testimonials from people who have used and liked one or more of the resources that are available. We’d love to talk to you if you have a story. Simply send me an email and we’ll go from there!
One thing about IBM is that there is NO shortage of options for you to choose to increase your skills and learn about IBM products and technologies! You can find options that are free and easily accessible to custom designed courses to suit the specific learning needs of your employees.
Why are there so many options? Learning is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime and is something that you do from the day you are born until you die. We don't all learn the same way though, so having a choice of options is very important so that you can find the learning method that is best for you.
Here is a list of the learning options that are available for the Information Management products and technologies.
e-books - Many choices are available ... many are free, but you can also read books on electronic reading devices such as Kindle. See my blog entry "The Year of the e-Book".
IBM Redbooks - The PDF versions can be downloaded for free and books are available for a very wide range of topics. See the IBM Redbooks web page and my blog entry with a few IBM Redbook recommendations.
developerWorks - Tutorials, Demos, Skills Kits, Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS or DB2 LUW, e-kits - These are free and very popular.
Gaming - 3 games are available to help you learn SQL in a fun way.
White papers - A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that often addresses problems and how to solve them. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions. For a list of whitepapers, google search "db2 whitepapers".
Podcasts - Chat with the Lab; DB2Night Show, DB2 for z/OS Webcasts On Demand
Online Communities - PlanetDB2; ChannelDB2; LinkedIN groups; developerWorks groups, Facebook
Virtual Conferences - Last year there were several virtual conferences that were run by IBM that allowed you to "attend" a conference via your computer. I don’t know of any that are active right now, but will post a future blog entry when one is available.
Retail books -IBM Press, MC Press, McGraw-Hill, Apress, O'Reilly, Packt are the publishers who have invested in publishing about IBM products and technologies. For a listing of books by topic, see our bookstore website . For a list of books that were recently published, see my previous blog entries.
Conferences - IDUG holds amazing user-based conferences in various regions each year; IBM holds many conferences including the popular Information on Demand Conferences.
Instructor-Led Training (ITL) classes are traditional classroom courses where students are in the same room as the instructor who guides the students through classroom material and hands-on lab exercises. Students are able to interact with fellow students and the instructor and are provided with printed course material.
Instructor-Led Online (ILO) classes are equivalent to ILT classes in terms of classroom material, labs, instructor and fellow students, only you won't need to leave your home or office as you will connect to the classroom via your computer. See my blog entry about ILO classes.
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are for students who don't need the instructor or don't want to be tied to a class schedule. These classes are typically lower priced than ILO or ILT classes meaning that you save on travel and tuition costs. Content, labs and instructors are the same as ILO and ILT classes, but it is recorded so the class can be taken at your pace, where and when you want it. See my blog entry about SPVC.
Web-Based Training (WBT) are standalone courses on the web that provide 6-8 hours of instruction. These are typically voice over power-point format.
Custom Classes are available for companies that want training to take place on their premises with course material that is taken from multiple existing courses and changed to suit specific needs.
We REALLY want to hear from you…. so if you’ve used any of the above resources and have a story to tell, let me know! Emal: email@example.com
Read through my previous blog entries for more free or almost free resources:
More Free Resources
Not quite free….
DB2Night Show - DB2 for z/OS
Here are articles and white papers that I've read that emphasize the importance of continued learning:
Whitepaper The Value of Training shows that by cutting skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
Article 5 surefire ways to get fired by Denise Dubie shows that the best way to KEEP your job is by continually growing your skills.
Whitepaper DBA Certification: Is It Worth It? by Howard Fosdick compares the costs to the benefits of earning a DBA certification. This white paper is a few years old, but the message is still valid.
Article "Is certification valuable, or not? We have the definitive answer" by Linda Musthaleris says that companies need high-functioning teams that are able to transform and grow the business like never before. These teams consist of highly skilled professionals who have current and relevant knowledge. Certifications are designed to encourage people to keep learning and then to validate their skills.
The results of the IDC study in the November 2009 report by Cushing Anderson called "Impact of Training on Network Administration: Certification Leads to Operational Productivity" shows "a direct relationship between higher levels of certification and improved performance -- when team skills improve, organizational performance increases proportionally."
Were you able to join today’s DB2 Night Show webinar? Today was the second
show of this year’s very popular competition. If you missed it, I strongly
encourage you to watch the replay. Here’s what you’ll get:
Contestant 1 – Kohli
Kohli’s presentation showed how you can backup your database on one
filesystem and redirect it to another. He very clearly went through a scenario
where he did so and showed the errors that can result and how to solve the
issues. Unfortunately Kohli ran out of time during the critical part of the
presentation where he was explaining how to resolve the issues that resulted
from using the restore redirect command. It was a good presentation, but needed
more pictures and more focus on solving the issues rather than defining the
Contestant 2 – Elder
Yet Another db2imigr Command Alternative
Elder’s topic showed how to version migration when there is no window for an
offline backup and restore. This wasn’t an elegant solution, but is a great
trick to use if that’s the only option. It was a good presentation and very
clearly delivered. Elder came in on time and admitted that he practiced his
timing in order to come in on time.
Contestant 3 – Renu
How to Use Statistical Views to Optimize and Tune SQL
Renu showed us how she tuned a 200 line SQL statement for her client. Her
client wanted her to use MQT, but she chose to use Statistical Views instead.
She defined both MQT and Statistical Views and explained the pros and cons of
using each. As a result of her tuning, she was able to show a 99% improvement
in running time. I thought it was a very easy to follow presentation and was
Contestant 4 – Rajesh
Tip for DB2 Instance Check
This happened once last year as well, Rajesh had a good topic, but decided
not to create slides to present the topic to us. He showed us source code, but
it was hard for me to follow. Rajesh mentioned that he didn’t have PPT
installed, so I want to suggest that Google has a free presentation software
that he should look into. Another alterative is to increase the fonts in a
word document so that it looks like a slide deck. I think it would have been a
great presentation if he had used the slides.
Contestant 5 – Sharad
MQT – Friend or Foe? How to turn Foe into Friend
Sharad defined the terms and showed a case study for overcoming MQTs
limitations of using too much log space. I found it hard to hear Sharad and
therefore found it somewhat hard to follow the presentation. My more technical
co-judges found the topic interesting especially when you have Big Data stored
in your tables.
Contestant 6 – Srini
Move Table Online Using admin_move_table
Srini’s presentation showed how to use a new DB2 9.7 command to move a table
that is growing more than 64 GB. I found it hard to follow the presentation.
Maybe the slides were too busy. Maybe Srini didn’t project when speaking. My
co-judges really liked the topic and found the presentation very valuable and
The judges, Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant, and myself chose
Kohli and Elder to move onto the next round based on the relevance
of their topic and the quality of their presentations. We had much trouble
choosing who should move on since many of the presentations were superb. If
there is still room in the schedule, those who didn’t get chose should see if
you can get another contestant slot. Talk to Scott.
Do you agree with our choices? If you watch the replay, you’ll be able to
fill in a survey to let us know if there is someone else who should also move
on. Listen for the great tips and for your opportunity to advance another
Join us every Friday in February for contestant
presentations. March is reserved for the finals where those who have
moved on will present a second time and the listeners can choose the winner
rather than the judges. The commitment for March has lessened in that there
will only be 3 shows in March rather that the originally planned 5. We still
have openings for a couple of contestants, so if you’re interested, sign up to join!
Thanks to host Scott Hayes for this opportunity for me as a judge and
for the contestants for helping them build technical presentation skills that
are so valuable.
For details on the prizes for this competition… and a summary of last year’s
event… see my blog entry: http://ibm.co/AnZxb4
See also: Session 1 of the
DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
I stumbled on this yesterday and have started to read this free downloadable ebook
, Web 2.0 Marketing
. This is a collection of chapters from 10 existing books that focus on the latest techniques on search marketing, PR 2.0, business blogging, email marketing, Facebook, YouTube, and more.
The chapters include:
Measure Your Search Marketing SuccessChapter 7 from book Search Engine Marketing, Inc., Second Edition
by Mike Moran
and Bill Hunt
. The Social Media News Release: An Overdue FaceliftChapter 7 from book PR 2.0: New Media, New Tools, New Audiences
by Deirdre Breakenridge
Don’t be cheap: email cuts other costs, so invest in itTruth 5 from book The Truth About Email Marketing
by Simms Jenkins
Blogging for Business Chapter 3 from book How to Win Sales & Influence Spiders
by Catherine Seda
Hosting Your Own Facebook EventsChapter 4 from book Facebook Marketing
by Steven Holzner
The New VesselsChapter 10 from book The New Language of Marketing 2.0
by Sandy Carter
How YouTube Can Help You Market Your BusinessChapter 1 from book YouTube for Business, Online Video Marketing for Any Business
by Mike Miller
. O.P.E.N. For Business Chapter 2 from book The Open Brand
by Kelly Mooney
and Nita Rollins
Customers Votes with Their MiceChapter 6 from book Do It Wrong Quickly
by Mike Moran
A social networking marketing plan is not a traditional marketing plan Truth 19 from book The Truth About Profiting from Social Networking
by Patrice-Anne Rutledge
If you like on of the sample chapters, you may decide to buy the entire printed book where the chapter came from.
Enjoy the free ebook: Web 2.0 Marketing
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Can you tell that I love IDUG yet? OK, one more post and then maybe you’ll be convinced.
Cristian Molaro, an IBM Best Friend from Belgium (my mom’s home country :) sent me a link to a blog that he did similar to the one I posted from Beth yesterday. Like Beth, he’s listing the sessions that he’d like to go to given his affinity to DB2 for z/OS. Cristian’s blog entry: “A Travel Guide to IDUG DB2 Tech Conference – Anaheim 2011”.
Instead of repeating any of his post, or the other posts, let me tell you a few things that I’ve learned about the IDUG conference thanks to my guest bloggers:
A link to the Conference Event Grid.
A link to the Online Conference Schedule.
Budgeting tip: Did you know that if you attended an IDUG Regional Event in 2010, you can use the monies paid as a credit towards the IDUG 2011 NA conference?
Bryan Paulsen and Paul Turpin:
The DineAround event is very popular and spots fill up very fast! See post (All about IDUG DB2 Tech Conference - Anaheim )for a list of restaurants, leaders, and how you can sign up.
The name of the conference has changed to the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference to help people get funding to attend the conference.
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.
She loves IDUG as much as I do and considers it her Geeky Vacation.
The keywords for me for this IDUG are: pureScale, Performance Tuning, XML, Cloud, and, of course, Security.
This time, she’s looking for sessions that will help round out her resume.
When I do the math, the cost of NOT going to IDUG North America is much greater than the conference cost!
I hope you’ve found this set of posts helpful to you. If you are going to IDUG, I hope you have a wonderful and educational week.
Yet another great reason for you to attend IDUG in Denver this May… we are launching the latest
Flashbook. This one coincides with the new DB2 10 product release and has an
awesome group of authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Walid Rjaibi,
George Baklarz, Matt Huras, Matthias Nicola, Dale
McInnis, and Leon Katsnelson. Can you imagine a stronger
Here are a couple of details about the book:
Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more
DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Window New Features
- Up to 3x faster performance for complex query workloads
- Breakthrough compression technology that sets us apart from the
- New Time Travel Query for easy and fast historical and trend analysis
- New Continuous Ingest for real-time data warehousing
- And even greater compatibility with Oracle PL/SQ
- Enhancements for a Big Data world
Save Time and Money with DB2 10 for LUW
Even travel through time and shrink data
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
Technical editor: Roman B. Melnyk
Only 250 copies are being shipped to IDUG, so make sure you get your printed
copy if you are attending. After the conference, we’ll post a free e-version of
the book on our Bookstore website.
While at IDUG, make sure you attend all the sessions geared towards the new
Want to know what the labs are working
on for the next release? IDUG in collaboration with IBM is featuring DB2
v 10 by offering a dedicated track for DB2 vNext as well as
offering in-depth knowledge on the coming releases. This session and others are
available for registered conference attendees free of charge.
Storage & Multi-Temperature Data Management -- Making DB2 Storage Management
Easier With Each New Release - H05 - Kelly Schlamb
May 16, 2012 (08:30 AM
- 09:30 AM)
Dive into Multi-Temperature Data Management: Best Practices for Implementing
MDTM - H02 - Jim Seeger
May 15, 2012 (02:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
Dive into Query Performance Optimization: Statistical Views - H14 - John
May 18, 2012 (09:15 AM - 10:15 AM)
Dive into Query Performance Optimization: Zigzag Join , Jump Scan - H13 -
May 18, 2012 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Dive into Row and Column Access Control: How to Define and Implement Security
Policies - H11 - Walid Rjabi
May 17, 2012 (01:30 PM - 02:30 PM)
Dive into Storage Optimization: When and How to use Adaptive Compression - H06 -
May 16, 2012 (09:45 AM - 10:45 AM)
Dive into Time Travel Query: Best Practices for Implementing Temporal Tables
while reusing existing applications - H10 - Matthias Nicola
May 17, 2012
(09:45 AM - 10:45 AM)
Dive into Time Travel Query: First Steps using Temporal Tables - H09 - Matthias
May 17, 2012 (08:30 AM - 09:30 AM)
HUMONGOUS improvements in warehouse query performance in DB2 10 for Linux, Unix,
Windows - H12 - Calisto Zuzarte
May 17, 2012 (02:45 PM - 03:45 PM)
Update: Multiple Stand-by (DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows) - H03 - Dale
May 15, 2012 (03:15 PM - 04:15 PM)
Ways to Tame your Database with DB2 Workload Management - H15 - David
May 18, 2012 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Compatibility Update for DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows - H08 - Sandra
May 16, 2012 (02:45 PM - 03:45 PM)
Best Practices for Performance and Monitoring - H04 - Steve Rees / Matt
May 15, 2012 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Data Warehousing Best Practices: Using Ingest Utility - H07 - Sandra
May 16, 2012 (11:00 AM - 11:55 AM)
New in DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows – Overview of all New Features and
Functionality - H01 - Les King / Sandra Bialek
May 15, 2012 (12:45 PM -
My favourite quote about the new release comes from IBM Champion Jean-Marc
BLAISE: "This makes DB2 10.1 a very talented release.
For this and more
quotes, see http://ibm.co/HvBrUp
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, we have five NEW Flashbooks to give out to attendees for free. What are flashbooks? These are the small and easy-to-read books that we created especially for our IOD audience. I’m really happy with the topics we’ve managed to pull together this year.
For those of you who are not able to come to the conference, all of these flashbooks will soon also be available for sale from amazon.com. I’ll post the details when that happens.
The book signings & giveaways for these flashbooks will take place at the Mandalay Bay Foyer Book Store - Mandalay Bay South Convention Center at the day and time listed below. Add these book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder
We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time. The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy.
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling (Session # 3623)
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad
Monday at 12:30 – 1:15
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box (Sessions # 3736 and 3625)
by David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Roger Miller, Surekha Pureka
Give-away: Monday at 12:30-1:15
Signing: Tuesday at 12:30 – 1:30
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices (Session # 3620)
by Sunil Soares
Monday at 2:30 – 3:15
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence (Session # 3624)
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
Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00
IBM COGNOS ANALYTICS AND CLOUD COMPUTING: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud (Session # 3780)
by Stephan Jou, Anant Jhingran, William Lee, Thanh Pham, Biraj Saha
Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00
Hope to see you at IOD this year… It is shaping up to be the event of the year!
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I took a bit of time today to listen to a few recently published podcasts. Sometimes it feels like a luxury to listen to great content rather than reading. This time while listening, I took a few notes to share with you:
IBM Champions Ian Bjorhovde and Fred Sobotka -The Whole Package Cache
I have met Ian and Fred at conferences many times and always enjoy the lively conversations and twitter conversations. Now you can pretend you’re part of the conversation by listening to their podcasts. Rather than having a specific theme for each podcast, they have a discussion about several current events. Two podcasts have been recorded to date, but watch for more!
This podcast discussed flipboards, blog discussions, and conferences. Ian and Fred gave pros and cons of various conferences and gave information on how you can attempt to reduce your conference fee.
The second podcast answers questions that the first podcast generated, slideshares, the amazing Melanie Stopfer, IDUG’s Performance Month, db2top, Ember Crooks’ blog, RoadHouse,
Be sure to look at the website for notes and links.
What is BLU Acceleration and Why is it Cool?
Phil Downey from Australia talks with David Pittman about why BLU is cool. Phil works for IBM and is one of the experts that we in social media rely on for his point of view on blogs, linkedIN, and twitter. You’ll like this short podcast hearing Phil express his opinions regarding this software.
7 Big Ideas for DB2 10.5
IBM Champion & DB2 expert Iqbal Goralwalla and IBM DB2 Program Director George Baklarz have created a series of 7 podcasts that take us through the 7 Big Ideas for DB2 10.5. Seven different facets of BLU that improve performance.
Big Idea 1: Simple to Implement and Use
Big Idea 2: Compression and Computer-Friendly Encoding
Big Idea 3: Multiply the Power of the CPU
Big Idea 4: Core-Friendly Parallelism
Big Idea 5: Column Store
Big Idea 6: Scan-Friendly Memory Caching
Big Idea 7: Data Skipping
Listen to all 7 podcasts and you’ll learn a lot. The discussions are technical but very well organized and easy to understand. Clearly both Iqbal & George have gone very deep into this new technology.
On top of blogging as often as possible, I’m now tweeting… mostly to drive awareness to my blog entries. When you blog and tweet, you end up following others who blog and tweet. Tweeting is very reciprocal… so if someone follows you, it is “expected” that you follow them as well.
I am following only about 200 people at this point, so not a huge amount, but I must say, I still can only read a very small percentage of the information. So what to do?
Yesterday Leon Katsnelson sent me some suggestions that I’m finding really help… a lot!
First, Tweet Newspapers. This is a collection of related tweets, by a variety of people. A person who tweets will put a tag in their entry, something like #DB2 and all such tweets are collected and produced in a very handy newspaper front page style. I quite like it. Here are the ones that you may want to look at:
Cloud Computing Daily
IDUG EMEA Conference Daily
IOD Global Conference (Las Vegas) Daily
Second, for blogs we have a aggregator called “PlanetDB2” which collects blog entries from a variety of people giving you one place to look for the blog entries that might interest you.
So, to get an idea of what is going on in the tweet or blog worlds, you simply need to look at a couple of websites … once a day… rather than consuming your precious time reading all of the entries that come on a daily basis!
Last week my 4 blog entries
centered around why and how to get certified in DB2. So, once you've earned your certification, what's next? The latest Certification Magazine answers this very question. I encourage you to read the article: I'm Certified, Now What?
by Lynn Lawton.
In summary,Share the News
The fact that you passed a certification is NOT broadcast to the world. This is something that you should do yourself. Tell your management, update your profiles on facebook, linkedin, plaxo, etc, add details to your email signature line, add details to your business cards. In short, tell everyone in the biz that you have put the initiative in to study, learn, and pass a certification exam and you should be very proud of your accomplishments.Put it to Use
You must have learned something during your learning journey... and hopefully what you learned will help you become more efficient or effective at your job. Or perhaps you learned about a new feature or way of doing your job that will have far reaching effects. Practice what you learned. In addition, did the certification that you earned simply a stepping stone to more advanced topics? Check through the roadmaps to see if there are deeper achievements waiting for you. For example, if you've earned a DBA Certification, consider trying for the Advanced DBA Certification. Build on what you have just learned.Expand your Network
With your added knowledge, are you now qualified to answer questions on forums or in newsgroups? Are you now able to write articles? Join professional groups? I would suggest that you look at PlanetDB2.com, ChannelDB2.com, groups on LinkedIN, Facebook fan pages, etc. Wherever product experts gather, you should see if you are able to join and contribute.Display the Accomplishment
Print your certificate... give one copy to your boss and frame another to display in your office. Be proud of your accomplishment and brag about it. If you are in a consulting role, perhaps this certification will open up new opportunities for you and the certificate can be presented to your clients.Consider a Job Search or Raise Request
It won't hurt to ask.... is it time for a raise or a job change? A new certification might be the stepping stone to something better.Help Others
Teaching is a great way to strengthen your knowledge about any topic. Now that you are certified, can you encourage and help others achieve the same goal? Can the need for certification become a department or company wide goal and future achievement? Wouldn't you prefer to work with people who at least know what you do? Think of the synergy that can come from working with equally educated team members.Avoid Pitfalls
Achieving a certification is a great accomplishment, but in no way does it mean that you know everything that there is to know. You must put what you learned into practice, recommend better ways of doing things, and continue to learn. One mistake that I saw people making a few years ago is that they didn't think that they needed to re certify when a new product level was released. This is an incorrect assumption. If the vendor thought that it was worth updating an exam (usually at significant cost) then it is worth you retaking the exam to be sure that you are aware of the latest features of the latest products.
Do you have any other suggestions for what people should do once they've received their certification? If so, let me know!
Have you heard that one of the special guest speakers at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this year is Michael Lewis? Personally I hadn’t hear of Michael before he was signed to speak at the conference, but once I looked him up, I realized that I knew his work.
Michael was a bond trader and then began writing books. He’s published quite a few already, including some that have become movies:
- Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
- Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
- Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
- The Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics
- The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
- Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
- Next: The Future Just Happened
- The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley story
- Trail Fever
- The Money Culture
- Pacific Rift
- Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street
Yes, he’s quite a prolific author! I think the one that most people have heard of is The Blind Side, since it became a very popular movie. I’m listening to the audible version of The Big Short right now and am learning a huge amount about the sub-prime mortgage fiasco of a few years ago.
From what I understand, the topic Michael will be covering at the conference is related to his 2003 book, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” . This book offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes of a Major League Baseball franchise, detailing how an innovative personnel approach allows the Oakland Athletics, with the lowest budget in baseball, to rank among baseball’s best and consistently compete for a playoff spot. Michael will explore the nature of talent, how to identify it and maintain an edge in a competitive field.
Joining Michael is Billy Beane who is the mind behind “Moneyball.” Billy is a sports visionary who convinced his bosses to give him the freedom to apply his statistically driven approach to run the Oakland A’s and make them one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball.
This story resonates not only with the sports-minded, but among audiences from financial services, insurance, or any other numbers-driven industry or profession. He has figured out how to succeed with a limited payroll, employing computers and statistics wielded by people who never played baseball. In a down-to-earth, humorous style, Billy offers concrete lessons for business success and the power behind numbers.
Sound interesting? Check out the movie trailer. The movie is starring Brad Pitt and hits theatres in Sept 2011.
I have a book signing session scheduled for Michael, so you can pick up a book and get it signed. Michael and Billy are speaking Wednesday October 26 at the General Session from 8:15 am – 9:30 am. Michael’s signing is scheduled immediately after that at the Conference Bookstore from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Four of Michael’s books will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
Meet author Anthony David Giordano and have him sign a copy of his book at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference. Come to the Conference bookstore Tuesday October 25 from 11:30 – 12:30 pm to meet Tony. Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling: Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture
About the book:
The book 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.
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.
Tony is speaking at the following sessions:
Monday 10:15 am:
Implementing Information Governance Best Practices within an Organization
In this session, information governance experts describe what they have seen, and done, and take your questions about how to best implement the various information governance practices within an organization.
Tuesday 10 am:
Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function
This session discusses the best practices used to generate sponsorship for an information governance program. It also describes best practices by job function such as marketing, supply chain, risk management, finance, and legal. It will also discuss industry-specific aspects of information governance.
For IOD sessions related to this book, see the IM Information Governance.
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
Sandy Carter has just published her third book. This one is:
Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business
I have a book signing session scheduled for Sandy, so you can pick up a book and get it signed. Sandy is speaking Wednesday October 26 in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas D from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Sandy’s signing is scheduled later that afternoon at the Conference Bookstore from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Sandy’s latest book will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
About this Book
Get Bold offers a systematic approach to creating and implementing an effective and successful Social Business strategy that moves your company beyond just looking at social media to realizing tangible results. The author has worked with thousands of clients in more than 60 countries to create an “AGENDA” that can boldly take your business forward.
- Attract and engage customers with exceptional brand experiences and personalized interactions across touch points
- Achieve targeted savings and increased revenue
- Improve customer insight
- Outpace your competition and accelerate growth
Sandy Carter provides lessons on doing it both right and wrong so you gain valuable perspective on techniques using the most critical communication vehicles in social networking. She also provides a shortcut on how to get started, patterning on successes in various companies and more than 50 case studies.
Table of Contents
Ch1 -The AGENDA for Social Business Success
Ch2 - Align Organizational Goals and Culture
Ch3 - Gain “Friends” through Social Trust
Ch4 - Engage through Experiences
Ch5 - Network your Business Processes
Ch6 - Design for Risk and Reputation management
Ch7 - Analyze your Data
Ch8 – Technology as a competitive ingredient
Ch9 – Draw up your Agenda
The book publishes Sept 25, 2011. If you pre-order a copy, you can take advantage of a 35% discount. Also part of this promotion, you can download a free sampler of the book. This free sampler contains Get Bold's Foreword by Mike Rhodin, and Chapter 1: The AGENDA for Social Business Success.
Sandy Carter is Vice President, Social Business Evangelism, where she is responsible for setting the direction for IBM’s Social Business initiative, working with companies who are becoming Social Businesses, and being the evangelist for the concept and best practices around Social Business.
Other Books from Sandy Carter
The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0
Winner of the 2008 Platinum Marcom Award
The New Language of Marketing 2.0: Social Media
Winner of the 2009 Silver MarketingSherpa Award
Sandy is speaking at the IOD Conference on Wednesday October 26 in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas D from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
In this session, Sandy Carter, Vice President, IBM Social Business Evangelism, will discuss how to take advantage of social tools for business process improvement in all areas of your business. This session will address topics such as how a company can apply social techniques to customer service, HR or product development and yield the same benefits achieved in marketing. Sandy Carter will also share how you can use frameworks that can be acted upon and provide case studies of successful transformation from social media to social business.
must admit that “March Madness” is a new term for me. I had to ask a
colleague to explain it to me. Apparently it is the annual frenzied US
college basketball playoffs. I’m in Canada and not much of a sports
fan, so you can forgive my ignorance!
had so many conversations about which big data considerations are the
most pressing, so we decided to create our own "tournament" called
“IBM’s Smart Sixteen” to find out which considerations are most
important to you - and your peers. Check out our bracket and fill out
your own. See the diagram.
we’re asking you to tell us which of the contenders are most important
to you. You have until March 25 to provide us feedback and then shortly
after that, we’ll have the big reveal as to the winning contender.
Here are the details:
be pitting the most thought provoking submissions against each other,
so follow #bigdatamgmt and return to this page to vote on your favorite!
Have fun with this! Help me learn the ropes in a playoff tournament :)
Get your copy today! Currently at a VERY low price on amazon:Administering Informix Dynamic Server: Building the Foundation
Amazon says that it "usually ships in 1-4 months"... but I received my copy today... so if you order.. yours should arrive quickly as well.
What is this book about? First
of all, this is the first book about Informix to publish in 8 years! That certainly is something to celebrate! Yes... Informix IDS is alive and well!Second
, Carlton Doe is an amazing person to work with and dedicated beyond belief. You can be sure that the content in the book is superb!Third
, this is the Foundation book... and we'd like to publish one that covers more advanced topics... and this is where we NEED you! The publisher is watching closely to the success of this one... and if it does well, will consider more titles. Fourth
, this really is an amazing price. Today the discount that I see is 37% off the list price. This discount may disappear quickly... and without warning.
Congratulations to Carlton and all the dedicated IDS people in the world. I really hope that we see many more books publish in the future :)
have former contestants of “DB2’s Got Talent” competition been able to
achieve since they improved their presentation skills as a result?Some
of the former contestants have been telling me about their published
articles and IDUG presentation. If you haven’t contacted me already and
you were a contestant, tell me about what you’ve been up to.Before
you read the list, I first want to say that I’m very proud of each and
everyone one of these people as becoming presenters and writers isn’t
always easy. I’m also very glad that I took a small part in encouraging
these people to try something new.Rajasekhar @raja_iafwas
one of the finalists in the 1st year of the contest and had to withdraw
due to a work project that involved travel. He says that his
appearance on the DB2Night Show enabled him to connect with the Database
community, build confidence & networking. Clearly he thoroughly
enjoyed being part of this contest. In the second year Raja didn’t take
part, but he mentored 5 people from his organization to participate.
He’s been teaching DB2 for 8 years.Jeyabarathi Chakrapani @JBChakra's presentation was accepted for IDUG 2013: "Evolution of the DB2 HADR Tool". JB has also had an article published on developerWorks: Use concurrent I/O to improve DB2 database performance And she wrote a guest blog entry for me: DB2, DB2Night Show and IDUG as viewed by JB . has a blog Xtivia. His latest entry: "DB2 Update Anywhere Replication for Dummies". http://bit.ly/Y4OSnt. Brian will also be presenting at IDUG Orlando in May 2013: “A DB2 LUW Fitness Plan”.Norberto Gasparotto Filho @norbertogfpublished a tutorial on developerWorks: "DB2 10.1 fundamentals certification exam 610 prep, Part 1: Planning" and keeps a blog Insights on DB2 LUW database admin, programming and more.Ember Crooks on her first developerWorks article: "Mining your package cache for problem SQL in DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows" and maintains a blog: DB2 for WebSphere Commerce: Expert
tips on building and administering DB2 LUW databases for WebSphere
Commerce. She will be presenting at IDUG in Orlando: "The 10
Commandments of Supporting E-Commerce Databases” . AND she is appearing
on tomorrow’s DB2Night Show: "Do what I mean, not what I say! Back-Out Strategies for DB2 Database Changes"
. (Note, if you miss the show on Dec 14, remember that you can watch
all DB2Night Show episodes in replay... whenever you want.Kohli Kshitij @kohli83 had
a great year! He won the “DB2’s Got Talent Competition” from the
DB2Night Show, he attended IDUG in Denver and IDUG in Berlin, he says
that his favourite sessions were:and... he thinks he’d like to volunteer for IDUG!https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/KohlisDB2_Adventures/?lang=en_usHe’s reviewing a book that will be published next year by IBM PressAndres Gomez Casanov (@angoca) has a DB2 blog in Spanish, where he puts opinions, tricks & tips.Would
you like to be involved more in the community and achieve some of the
successes that these people have? You can! Become a contestant on next
year’s “DB2’s Got Talent” competition and build your skills, network,
and possibly win a prize!See my recent blog for details: Become a DB2 evangelist by being speaker!Susan
Sadly I missed John Hornibrook’s fourth appearance on the DB2Night Show that took place on Friday, Sept 9th. Did you miss it as well? There is a replay available (Thanks Scott!). You can find it here:
To download a recorded replay of Episode #57, right click on the link below and choose "Save As..."
Episode 57, 9 September 2011, DB2 LUW Vital Statistics with John Hornibrook
What was John talking about? DB2 LUW Vital Statistics. 94% of the audience said that they learned something new during the talk… so you can expect it to be very informative. John’s previous visits:
This show, #57 in the DB2 for LUW series, marks the kickoff of Season #3. Since the show's inception, there have been over 90,000 downloads of replays to date. The library of FREE DB2 LUW Education is enormous and growing! Check out these valuable educational resources by watching REPLAYS whenever and as often as you can.
Also, never miss another show. They take place pretty much every Friday from 11:00 – 12:00 ET, so block your calendar to make time for a weekly learning opportunity. Take a look at the schedule of upcoming shows. As always, a very impressive line up.
Thanks to host Scott Hayes for Engaging, Entertaining and Educating us!
by Atul Gawande
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s General Session and he’ll be signing copies of his latest book. Atul’s signing session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3722.
About his book:
Over the past decade, through his writing in The New Yorker magazine and his books Complications and Better, Atul Gawande has made a name for himself as a writer of exquisitely crafted meditations on the problems and challenges of modern medicine. His latest book, The Checklist Manifesto, begins on familiar ground, with his experiences as a surgeon. But before long it becomes clear that he is really interested in a problem that afflicts virtually every aspect of the modern world--and that is how professionals deal with the increasing complexity of their responsibilities. It has been years since I read a book so powerful and so thought-provoking.
Gawande begins by making a distinction between errors of ignorance (mistakes we make because we don't know enough), and errors of ineptitude (mistakes we made because we don’t make proper use of what we know). Failure in the modern world, he writes, is really about the second of these errors, and he walks us through a series of examples from medicine showing how the routine tasks of surgeons have now become so incredibly complicated that mistakes of one kind or another are virtually inevitable: it's just too easy for an otherwise competent doctor to miss a step, or forget to ask a key question or, in the stress and pressure of the moment, to fail to plan properly for every eventuality. Gawande then visits with pilots and the people who build skyscrapers and comes back with a solution. Experts need checklists--literally--written guides that walk them through the key steps in any complex procedure. In the last section of the book, Gawande shows how his research team has taken this idea, developed a safe surgery checklist, and applied it around the world, with staggering success.
I haven’t read any books by Atul yet, but I’m looking forward to buying this one at the conference and meeting Atul.
I’ve been creating an individual blog post for each of the flashbooks that we have scheduled for a giveaway and author signing at this year’s IBM Information on Demand conference. I now have session numbers assigned to each of the signings which means that you can add this event to your IOD schedule using SmartSite so that you don’t forget about it. You can find links to SmartSite for web or mobile connections, as well as a tutorial of how to use SmartSite on the Conference website: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/. Use the Session numbers listed below with the book information and register.
We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” and “IBM Redbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time. The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy. Note that registering for the session via SmartSite does not guarantee a book for you. You must still show up at the designated time before the limited supply of books have been given away.
Monday 9:45 - 10:45 am
Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 am
Session #4125 Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data by Dirk deRoos, Chris Eaton, George Lapis, Paul Zikopoulos, Tom Deutsch
Monday 10:45 – 12:30 pm
Session #4202 IBM Production Imaging Edition and Datacap Taskmaster
Session #4203 Metadata Management with IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Both by the IBM Redbook Team
Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Session #4204 DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics by the IBM Redbook Team
Wednesday 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Session #4205 IBM InfoSphere Streams and the Streams Processing Language
Session #4206 IBM solidDB: Delivering Data with Extreme Speed
Both by the IBM Redbook Team
Monday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Session#4126 Flashbook: DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve Performance by Cristian Molaro and John Campbell
Monday 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session #4127 Flashbook: Customer Experience Analytics: Fast, Intelligent and Action-Packed by Arvind Sathi
Also see my entry about the Book Signings that are taking place at IOD.
Publisher of the DB2 Certification Study Guides has just informed me of a sale they are having.
Starting today, all of the certification books on sale at 20% off of list until next Tuesday, August 24. This includes the latest one—DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS by Judy H. Nall.
You can see them all on our DB2 page. Please note that this is the general DB2 category page so not ALL of the books on that page are on sale, though all of the certification books are.
DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
All of these books were authored by experts who were part of the exam development team, the structure of the book matches the exam objectives, and there are sample test questions to help you prepare for the exam.
For information on the exams… see ibm.com/certify.
If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference in October, you can take the exams free of charge and meet the authors. I have a book signing set up for Judy Nall on Tuesday October 26. Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson are running their Crammer Courses on Sunday October 24. Judy also trying to have a crammer course available the same day.
Improve performance by 74%, while lowering data costs and downtime by up to 40%
Modern day levels of high-velocity data growth have put increased pressure on today's database management systems to support increasingly complex workloads, applications and service levels to meet business demand.
Attend our upcoming seminar to learn how IBM's integrated server and DB2 software offerings can help you improve application performance by up to 73% while lowering your data management costs by up to 40%.
You'll learn how to reduce the complexity of your current DBMS landscape, increase DBA productivity and improve IT service levels by ensuring near-real time access to critical business data.
Register today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or completing our quick online registration form.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND:
Whether you’re considering a new information infrastructure or are interested in learning how to meet next generation database workloads, attending this complimentary seminar will enable you to:
- Drastically improve the performance of mission-critical business applications.
- Reduce downtime while scaling dynamically to meet growing business requirements.
- Learn how an IBM-based virtualization strategy can help reduce database server costs with DB2’s reduced compression rates.
- Get an up-close look at IBM's DB2 9.7 release and learn how the Oracle compatibility feature can increase DBA productivity.
- Tailor the agenda to suit your specific needs by selecting from a range of sessions on Oracle, SAP, data warehousing and more!
- Network with like-minded, forward-thinking IT leaders from your local area.
Switching information platforms has never been easier or more cost-effective. Find out how to break free from high data management costs while minimizing IT complexity, reducing energy consumption and improving service levels.
Register today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or completing our quick online registration form.
DW 2.0 - Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing
Data Warehousing has been around for 20 years and has become an integral part of the IT infrastructure. In this session Bill Inmon, the "father of data warehousing" will discuss the evolution of DW 2.0 and the future of data warehousing that is technologically possible now, at both an architectural level and technology level. Discover how your organization stacks up as Bill explores the overall architecture requirements and delves into the underlying components to help you determine: what new technology to buy, how to plan extensions to the data warehouse, what can be salvaged from the current system, and how to justify the expense--at the most practical level.
You’ll walk away with a comprehensive overview of how best to implement the necessary technology and tools to enable the new generation of the DW: metadata, temporal data, ETL, unstructured data, and data quality control.
Meeting your Next Generation Database Needs
The automation of database admin tasks and sophisticated workload management capabilities are redefining how easy it is to optimize performance for your database software, while industry leading XML data management and data compression capabilities ideally position DB2 to handle your evolving workloads. When these features are tightly integrated with IBM servers to deliver workload-optimized systems, organizations are realizing benefits such as improving performance by up to 73% and lowering costs by up to 40%. Learn how organizations like yours can realize such benefits too.
POWER7 servers are a new generation of Smarter Systems
The new Power systems feature virtualization without limits, resiliency without downtime, dynamic energy optimization, and management with automation. Learn about the workload optimized features that make these systems the choice for both transaction processing and throughput processing - features that can dramatically reduce your costs and improve service to your end users.
Moving to IBM DB2 has Never Been Easier, Cheaper and Faster
In this session you'll learn about the built-in feature's of IBM DB2 that enable smoother, easier migration from other database platforms. In particular, IBM DB2 9.7 enables you to port applications written for a different database, with minimal or no change to your code. In addition, switching to DB2 can reduce operational costs and increase throughput through innovative technologies packed into the heart of the database engine. Learn how a move to DB2 guarantees these benefits, coupled with DB2's strong tradition of reliability, resiliency, and availability.
Smart Warehousing, Smart Decisions with the IBM Smart Analytics System
The recent surge in data warehouse technologies and appliances has led to a lot of hype surrounding the business intelligence (BI) and analytics space. Find out why IBM is uniquely positioned to deliver the most comprehensive workload optimized solution – one that includes not only an integrated data warehouse on IBM Servers – but also the required BI reporting, data mining and OLAP capabilities expected to make smart decisions. This session will provide an overview of how IBM’s Smart Analytics System can provide your organization with BI capabilities to hit the ground running with scalability to grow and adapt as your analytic requirements change. You'll also hear concrete examples from current customers using the technology.
Optimize your SAP system by significantly reducing the TCO
Architected, integrated and optimized together DB2/SAP on Power is the best combination for your SAP applications. Come and learn why customers including SAP have chosen to run their SAP applications on DB2. Over 100 customers migrated with 100% success to DB2 in the past 6 months, come talk to the thought-leaders as to how you too can benefit from DB2/SAP on Power – you will be able to reduce the memory, storage significantly while still getting superior SAP system performance.
Best Practices: Managing DB2 for Oracle® Applications and beyond
Organizations increasingly depend on business-critical enterprise systems to drive results and meet the challenges of daily operations. The combination of skill availability, increasingly complex technology options, and the business demand for a greater ROI have pushed many IT engineering teams to either design or adopt best practices to support these systems. In this session, we will explore case studies and discuss best practices for managing your Oracle applications on DB2. This session will benefit both those who are managing data on DB2 and those considering DB2 as part of their database portfolio.
Attendance is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or apply online.
One of the authors I “celebrated” in a blog post last week was Craig Mullins. I follow Craig’s blog and want to point you to every one of his blog entries! I haven’t yet done so, so this is my first post pointing you to the great stuff provide by Craig!
Want to learn more about DB2 for z/OS but there is no money in the education budget? Can you spare 1 hour a week over the course of a month? Well then, you are in luck because SoftwareOnZ is sponsoring a series of DB2 webinars presented by Craig S. Mullins (author of DB2 Developer’s Guide and regular columnist for zJournal Magazine).
Each webinar will be focused on a specific DB2 topic so you can pick and choose the ones that are most interesting to you – or attend them all and receive a certificate signed by Craig indicating that you have completed the DB2 Education Webinar Series. The schedule and topics for these sessions are as follows:
September 28, 2010 – DB2 Access Paths: Surviving and Thriving
Binding your DB2 programs creates access paths that dictate how your applications will access DB2 data. But it can be tricky to understand exactly what is going on. There are many options and it can be difficult to select the proper ones…and to control when changes need to be made.
This presentation will clarify the BIND process, enabling you to manage DB2 application performance by controlling your DB2 access paths. And it will introduce a new, GUI-based product for managing when your programs need to be rebound. To sign up: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
October 5, 2010 – Optimizing DB2 Database Administration
DB2 DBA’s are tasked with working in a complex technological environment, and as such, the DBA has to know many things about many things. This makes for busy days. How often have you asked yourself, “Where does the time go?”
Well, the more operational duties that can be automated and streamlined, the more effective a DBA can be. This presentation will address issues that every DB2 Database Administrator and/or DB2 Systems Programmer faces on a daily basis. And it will introduce a new tool, DB-Genie, that will reduce the amount of time, effort, and human error involved in maintaining DB2 databases. To sign up: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
October 12, 2010 – DB2 Storage: Don’t Ignore the Details!
For many DB2 professionals, storage management can be an afterthought. What with designing, building, and maintaining databases, assuring recoverability, monitoring performance, and so on, keeping track of where and how your databases are stored is not top of mind. But a storage problem can bring your databases and applications to a grinding halt, so it is not wise to ignore your storage needs.
This presentation will discuss the important storage-related details regarding DB2 for z/OS, including some of the newer storage options at your disposal. And we will also introduce a new web-based tool for monitoring all of your mainframe DB2 storage.
To sign up: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
October 19, 2010 – The DB2 Application Developer’s Aid de Camp
Building DB2 application programs is a thankless job. And it can be difficult to ensure that you have a effective and efficient development environment for coding DB2 applications. Can you easily identify which tables are related to which…and what indexes are available so you code queries the right way the first time? Do you have the right data to test your programs? Can you make quick and dirty changes to just a few tables or rows without having to write yet another program?
This presentation will discuss the issues and difficulties that developers encounter on a daily basis as they build DB2 applications…and it will present a useful programmer-focused toolset for overcoming these difficulties. To sign up: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT