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Thanks to Adam Gartenberg for posting an entry about the Forbes interview with Steve Mills: Drowning In Data.
You'll find that the article encourages companies to clear their clutter to all for more effective management. In other words... use the Information Agenda.
I'd like to make a suggestion as well ... invest in the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information. The book provides a structure that can be followed to clean up all kinds of clutter in an organization.
Here is what our instructors are saying about ILO:
Instructor-Led Online courses truly offer a global learning opportunity. Having the option to take a course on your own terms, in the location of your choice, while still being able to experience live interaction with an instructor is highly beneficial for our global customers."- Joan Dunn, IBM certified instructor, U2
"When you look at Instructor-Led Online, it comes down to one thing: convenience. For the student on the go, online access to a real-time instructor means savings in time and money."- John Zucchero, IBM certified instructor, Informix
"Live instructor interaction, high-quality course content, hands-on labs, with flexibility, no travel expenses and real-time skills building with peers… it’s almost a question of why wouldn’t you take an Instructor-Led Online course."- Melanie Stopfer, IBM certified instructor, DB2
The promotions we were running with the user groups were very popular. At last check, there was still room for the IIUG promotion, but one for IDUG members was full. Click the links to be sure.
IDUG: Two special online lecture topics will be offered: SQL procedural language February 26, 2008 & DB2 for LUW Advanced Monitoring March 18, 2008. These offerings have been created for IDUG members only!
IIUG:This special session will be offered on February 19, 2008 from 11:00am - 12:30pm Eastern and will be taught by Mike Lowe.
Also new... a podcast that provides details on this type of education.
For me personally, the last two courses that I signed up to take, there ended up being a major snowstorm on the same day. I managed to make it into the classes, but now I wish they had been ILO classes so I didn't have to risk my life by driving in.
Today I'm thinking about IDS... I just had a phone meeting with Ron Flannery and Paul Watson about a possible book. I'm also working with Carlton Doe on two new projects I'm pursuing a study guide for the new Test 918 - System Administration for IBM Informix Dynamic Server V11. Oh yea, I also had another proposal for an IDS book...
So the questions is.... is there really a market for all these books? I hope so. All of the published books that you can currently find on amazon.com are nearly 10 years old. I'm sure many of you saw the IDS 11 Flashbook IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11: The Next Generation in OLTP Data Server Technology, written by Carlton: IBM has been handing this book out at events since June and the feedback has been amazing! The success of this book showed everyone that there is extreme hunger in the market for new and relevant information.
So, in addition to the IBM Redbooks, articles, tutorials, and courses, I'm hoping to see three full retail books published. Interested?
Here is a current list of the training options that you have for IDS 11:
IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration Certification Preparation Tutorial SeriesThis 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.
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Systems Administration - Instructor Led OnlineThis online course is designed for Informix Dynamic Server system administrators and is 4 days in length. Travel arrangements are not necessary for this course. After you receive confirmation that you are enrolled, you will be sent further instructions to access audio, video and remote labs.
After completing this course, students will be able to:* Describe the components of a database server.* Install IBM Informix Dynamic Server.* Configure and initialize a database server.* Configure the server to allow both local and remote connections.* Use Dynamic Server utilities to monitor server activity.* Describe the components of shared memory and configure the component sizes.* List, describe, and configure the different classes of virtual processors.* Identify the components of the database server disk architecture.* Create dbspaces, blobspaces, and sbspaces and add chunks to these spaces.* Explain the purpose of physical and logical logs and monitor log activity.* View the individual transactions that are written to the logical log files.* Describe the importance of checkpoints on the server.* Describe the importance of fast recovery.* Perform backups of the database server and logical logs.* Use different methods to restore a database server from backup.* Explain the purpose of temporary spaces used by the server.* Configure the database server to operate more efficiently using parallel operations.* Monitor the resources used by individual user sessions.* Configure the server to respond to specific events by executing an alarm program.* Use various troubleshooting techniques to identify and resolve common problems.
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Extending Availability and ReplicationIn this IBM Redbooks publication, we provide an overview of the high availability and Enterprise Replication features of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Version 11, which can simplify and automate enterprise database deployment. Version 11 offers patent-pending technology that virtually eliminates downtime and automates many of the tasks associated with deploying mission-critical enterprise systems. The high availability capability can reduce or eliminate costly downtime through, for example, the introduction of online index rebuild, the capability to create and drop indexes online without locking tables, and point-in-time table level restore. Enhanced Enterprise Replication provides solutions for those customers requiring reliable and quick distribution of data across a global organization. The replicated data can also participate in the high availability environment with capabilities such as seamless online resynchronization of Enterprise Replication (ER) nodes at startup, for example. There is also enhanced capability for high-availability disaster recovery customers in the form of the ability to resend primary server indexes to HDR secondary servers without requiring a rebuild of the index on the primary server. These capabilities enable faster, easier, and reliable distribution and high availability of data, enabling improved access and use throughout the enterprise. For improved availability and data replication, you need IDS 11.
Informix Dynamic Server 11: Advanced Functionality for Modern BusinessIn this IBM Redbooks publication, we provide an overview of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) 11. IDS is designed to help businesses leverage their existing information assets as they move into an on demand business environment. Requirements here call for a flexible data server that can accommodate growth, in applications, data volume, and numbers of users. And it offers the capability to minimize downtime and to provide the high availability required today. A new suite of business availability functionality provides greater flexibility and performance, automated statistical and performance metric gathering, improvements in administration, and reductions in operating costs. The IDS technology enables efficient use of existing hardware and software, including single and multiprocessor architectures. And it helps you keep up with technological growth, including such things as the use of nontraditional data types. Built on the IBM Informix Dynamic Scalable Architecture™ (DSA), IDS provides a next-generation parallel data server architecture that delivers mainframe-caliber scalability; manageability and performance; minimal operating system overhead; and automatic workload distribution. IDS delivers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by leveraging its well-regarded general ease of use and systems administration. It enables customers to use information in new and more efficient ways to create business advantage.
Informix Dynamic Server V10: Superior Data Replication for Availability and DistributionThis book provides an overview of the high availability and enterprise replication features of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Version 10, which can simplify and automate enterprise database deployment. Version 10 offers patent-pending technology that virtually eliminates downtime and automates many of the tasks associated with deploying mission-critical enterprise systems. The high availability capability can reduce or eliminate costly downtime through, as examples, the introduction of online index rebuild, the capability to create and drop indexes online without locking tables, and point-in-time table-level restore. Enhanced enterprise replication provides solutions for those customers requiring reliable and quick dissemination of data across a global organization. The replicated data can also participate in the high availability environment with capabilities such as seamless online resynchronization of enterprise replication nodes at startup, for example. There is also enhanced capability for high-availability disaster recovery customers in the form of the ability to resend primary server indexes to HDR secondary servers without requiring a rebuild of the index on the primary server. These significant and powerful capabilities can enable you to intelligently replicate (distribute) your enterprise data to improve the availability of that data to better service the requirements of your enterprise.
Use the Informix Dynamic Server scheduler and SQL APIWith the release of IBM IDS 11, a new set of highly anticipated features form the foundation for a self-managing RDBMS. These tools allow the DBA to collect server information and adjust the database server using SQL as a remote administration tool. Additionally, a scheduler allows those same SQL API commands to be scheduled for execution, much like a UNIX® cron job. IBM IDS further extends its value by adding reduced costs for administration and problem determination to its already lauded reputation as the administration-free database.
IDS CheetahLink to articles, tutorials, blogs, forums, and other resources to learn about IDS Cheetah, the next version of IBM Informix Dynamic Server.
Grant Hutchison hosted a webinar with Guy Bowerman earlier this week, but I'm not sure if it was recorded.... If someone knows, please post a comment.
I hope you'll be able to find this book: DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide in actual bookstores... but if not, check out amazon.com. Today they put the book on sale with a 37% discount!
Today I received my copies of the book. They look amazing. The most unique thing about the book is the large number of sample questions. Each chapter has several study questions along with reasons why the correct answer is the right one. Each of these study questions are repeated in Appendix B... and take up 105 pages of the book. By far the most complete study guide for a DB2 exam that has ever been produced.
This book prepares you to pass the DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam (730). Roger is working on the second book in the series and has plans for a third book as well.
Today's electronic edition of DB2 Magazine has an article by Howard Fosdick about the IBM Business Intelligence certification exam. His article discusses the credentials required as well as directs the reader to the appropriate study materials.
Here's an intro and link to the article:
With companies clamoring for business intelligence, a certification credential can give DBAs and programmers an significantedge with employers. Certification columnist Howard Fosdick hands out the inside intel on passing IBM's DB2-based business intelligence exam.
--Read Fosdick's columnhttp://news.db2mag.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/eycu0FlZ1Y0FLd0EhzV0AH
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I hope you are aware that we have a Bookstore website where we showcase the books that are related to IBM's Information Management products. Nicole from my team is in the process of redesigning the site and has asked me to update the content. I'm glad we're doing this as I noticed that there are quite a few changes that are needed!
I'd like to ask for your help to make sure that I have the right set of books listed in each of the categories. Today's post is for the Data Management area. Let me know if you think there are books that should be deleted from this list or if there are some that you think should be added.
I'll be posting more lists in my blog each day until I'm finished.
Thanks for your help!
Many of us are unable to take the time to go to a conference for a week to build our skills. If you would like to go to a face-to-face event to learn about a new product or technology with taking the time or expense of a full conference, see if there is a technical briefing planned for your city.
As an example, you may wish to consider attending the following technical briefing: Experience the power of Information Management solutions
This is a half-day briefing that covers the following:
* Learn how DB2 9 can help you reduce costs and improve service levels.
* Learn about DB2 9 enhancements for working with SAP.
* See how Information Management software integrates data better than other vendors.
* Gain an understanding of how the new IBM data server can unlock the latent potential of XML with performance and development savings.
* See how "Information as a Service" delivers business information accurately, consistently, timely, and coherently across disparate operating systems, applications and legacy systems.
* Learn how IBM solutions can break down information silos by connecting product, location, trading partner, organization, and terms of trade seamlessly across the Web, intranets, collaboration workspaces, file shares, and content management systems.
* Minimize the total cost of ownership by implementing a solution that provides pre-built, secure integrations to Lotus Domino, WebSphere Portal, FileNet, Documentum, and Open text. Mitigate the risk of exposing content by delivering a highly secure search experience. During this briefing, you'll see demos for:
* DB2® 9 * DB2 9 Development Center and pureXML™ * IBM Information Server (including WebSphere QualityStage, WebSphere DataStage, and WebSphere Federation Server) * Dynamic Warehousing Solutions -- DB2 Data Warehouse Edition & Alphablox * IBM OmniFind
Note: Click on Select location and register to find where and when this technical briefing is taking place.
Don't you love it when there is a conference that is local to your home or office? Well, at least this one is local to me... maybe not for you, but I hope you can come and enjoy our lovely city!
The Central Canada DB2 User Group presents two exciting days of DB2 for LUW and z/OS education! Come see and listen to renown speakers such as John Campbell, Susan Lawson, Bonnie Baker, Sheryl Larsen, Willie Favero, and many other IDUG Hall of Fame speakers present on many diverse areas of DB2.
The event will be held at the Institute for Learning in Markham, Ontario.
Full details and registration available at the CC DB2 User Group web site.
This is the 25th Anniversary of this event and takes place at the end of the month: May 31 - June 1.
I'll be there and hope to see you!
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Don't miss your chance to be a part of IDUG 2008 - Europe, 13-17 October, in Warsaw, Poland which will provide you the most up-to-date information on major issues taking place in the DB2 industry.
Highlights:This year's conference will feature subject matter experts and users who will provide in-depth information regarding the latest in DB2 technology.
General Session Keynote Presentations:
* Monday, 13 October - Path to Gold, a speech by World Champion Paralympic Athlete, Marc Woods, takes you on an inspirational journey as he shares his personal story of triumph over adversity. Using BBC archive footage from Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, Marc's inspiring story delivers insights into personal responsibility, leadership, teamwork and motivation. Find Marc's book at the conference bookstore.
* Thursday, 16 October - Get the most recent news on IBM's Information on Demand initiative from Curt Cotner, IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Data Services. Curt will review the very latest news on DB2, IDS, IMS, Cognos, InfoSphere, and many other key IBM product offerings.
One-Day Education Seminars:
If you are looking for in-depth training, IDUG One-Day Educational Seminars are the answer. Taking place Friday, 17 October, 8:30 - 16:30 these full-day seminars will enhance your IDUG Experience and include intensive training from some of the best in the DB2 industry.
DB2 for LUW Performance Diagnosis Learning LabScott Hayes, DBI
DB2 9 for z/OS - In DepthPhil Grainger, CA
Dynamic SQL Performance Diagnosis Class for DB2 for z/OSThomas Baumann, Swiss Mobiliar
Query Performance and Tuning for DB2 for LUWJohn Hornibrook, IBM Toronto Lab
DB2 v8/v9 Application/Database Challenges and SolutionsSusan Lawson, YL&A Find Susan's latest book at the conference bookstore.
For a complete listing of all the education being offered at IDUG 2008 - Europe, browse the Conference Scheduler.
Education That Fits Your NeedsIDUG 2008 - Europe will offer these unique conference activities to help make your IDUG Experience different from the last.
Free IBM Certification Testing: IDUG has FREE certification testing to help you advance in your area of expertise. Sponsored by IBM, IDUG 2008 - Europe will offer attendees a variety of tests so that attendees of all types of DB2 roles may become certified.
IBM Panel Discussion: Hear directly from IBM engineers in this unique, conversational setting. Nine IBM experts for DB2 for LUW and DB2 for z/OS technologies will be on-hand to answer all of your questions, offer solutions and discuss the future of these technologies.
Online registration for IDUG 2008 - Europe closes Friday, 3 October, so go online and register today! We hope to see you this October in Warsaw!
New for Management Level Professionals
Taking place 13 October, the IDUG 2008 - Management Forum is meant exclusively for IT managers and executives and will provide you a unique environment to speak one-on-one with DB2 experts, leading vendors and fellow managers in a small setting. To learn more about this jam-packed, one-day experience, visit the Management Forum Web site.
Full-conference attendees can add this exclusive full-day offering to your conference registration at no additional cost. Simply register for the full conference using our convenient online registration form. Once complete, please send an e-mail to IDUG Europe Headquarters at Laura@associationhq.com and they will ensure the Management Forum is added to your registration at no additional fee.
Conference BookstoreAgain this year, the conference will feature a bookstore with discounts to conference attendees. New at the bookstore this year:
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 FundamentalsDB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
DB2 9 for Developers by Philip Gunning
DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep, 6th edition by George Baklarz, Paul C. Zikopoulos
Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition) by Raul F. Chong, Xiaomei Wang, Michael Dang, and Dwaine R. Snow
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information by Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul van Run, and Dan Wolfson
IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide by Dan Volitich
Personal Best: 10 lessons to help you achieve your true potential by Marc Woods
CIO Insight just released another of their addictive top 10 slide shows. This one is called The 10 IT Skills in Most Demand.
In the Information Management space, you'll be glad to see that the following areas are considered "in demand":
# 4 - Data management# 8 - Business Intelligence#10 - CRM Implementation
How can you get skills in these areas? I can recommend a few books that would certainly help:
Data Management1) For Beginners:* Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually with Examples (2nd Edition)* Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice)* Administering Informix Dynamic Server - Building the Foundation
2) For Advanced Topics:* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep, 6th Edition* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide
3) For Certification:* Series of DB2 Certification Guides by Roger Sanders* Expert Preparation for Exam 732 - DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide
Business Intelligence* IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide* Business Intelligence For Dummies* Business Intelligence Roadmap: The Complete Project Lifecycle for Decision-Support Applications
CRM Implementation - Go for the big picture!* Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
Be sure to join my new group on ChannelDB2 for these books and more!
Would you rather take a course to build these skills? Try an ILO course!
Amazon's pre-order price for this book is an amazing 34% off the regular price. Act now as this offer could be removed at any time!
An Enterprise Pandemic
by Neal A. FishmanEnsure the Reliability of the Data
Service-oriented environments utilize web services to share data more widely and rapidly than ever before. It’s easier than ever for incorrect data to trigger inappropriate actions, prevent urgent actions from being taken, disrupt customer transactions and relationships, generate compliance problems, and damage business performance. Companies need a comprehensive blueprint for ensuring data reliability in their SOA environments. Viral Data in SOA provides that blueprint.
Leading IBM data forensics expert Neal A. Fishman helps you identify the unique challenges of data quality in your SOA environment-and implement solutions that deliver the best results at the lowest cost.
Writing for both business and technical professionals, Fishman shows how to think about data quality on a risk/reward basis...why effective data governance is so important, and how to achieve it...how to evaluate data quality, and overcome its inevitable decay...and, last but not least, how to actually drive a data quality initiative that works.
· Why poor-quality data has become even more dangerous
· Practical solutions for assessing, improving, and sustaining data quality
· Why data governance is so critical-and realistic models for implementing it
· How to instill proactive accountability throughout your data processes
· Proven techniques for evaluating data before, during, and after its use
· Handling persistence and memory-resident databases in SOA environments
· Improving business, system, reference, and “meta” data
· Creating data models that support today’s broader spectrum of applications
· Sustaining data quality through conditioning
· Using systems thinking to limit future data problems and understand the potential ripple effects of data sharing
Neal A. Fishman, leader of IBM Software Group’s integration forensics program, has spoken at conferences around the world, and is a Practicing Member of the World Wide Institute of Software Architects. He has served as Technology Editor for the Data to Knowledge Newsletter, and as a member of the IEEE IDEFobject and Business Rules Group standards committees. Fishman holds IBM certifications in DB2, DataStage, QualityStage, and Information Analyzer. He is co-author of Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.
Last week at the Data In Action Virtual Conference Event that I attended, speaker R. Ray Wang, Vice President, Forrester and Lise Neely, Product Manager, IBM co-presented "Data Management for a Lean Economy: Strategies to Cut Costs, Improve Performance, Reduce Risks". During their talk they mentioned several ways for you to begin making improvements in your data to help save money by right-sizing your database.
Although the event is now over, you can still register and access the recorded presentations. The presentation by Ray and Lise can be found in the Auditorium. To answer the question... where do I start... Ray suggests regulatory compliance, Lise agrees but also suggests archiving. Listen for yourself.
On the same topic, you should read the latest article Integrate IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server using WebSphere Process Server, Part 1: Deploy and execute MDM Server Web services in a distributed environment by Stephanie J. Hazlewood, Allan Luo, and Martin Oberhofer. This is Part 1, so stay tuned for the coming parts.
Also on the same topic, the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information is continuing to sell well and is educating people on the many ways that they can start down the road of Master Data Management. There are now 5 customer comments on this book... all 5-star ratings! You won't regret reading this book!
Enjoy this amazing knowledge!
One of the most popular questions I hear is regarding book shelf space. It doesn't matter where you are in the world, but if you go into a bookstore, most likely you will see an entire bookcase dedicated to Oracle books and another to Microsoft books and in most cases only a single book about DB2. Why is this?
First of all, if you look very carefully, you may find a few other DB2 titles hidden away in other bookshelves. Try looking under "Certification", "Networks" or "Operating Systems". I know, it doesn't make any sense to look in those sections, but I've personally found DB2 titles in each of those categories! The biggest problem for a bookshelf stocker is that they have no idea where they should put our books. Some will even put our books in the Oracle bookshelf. In my opinion, there should be a Database Section, not an Oracle section. Or better yet, let's get a shelf for all IBM SW products or technology. It seems that this would make it easier for those stocking the shelves as well as those buying the books.
I'm hoping that now that we have an IBM Press (http://www.ibm.com/ibmpress) series of books published by Pearson Education, that we'll publish enough books about various IBM technologies to have a book case dedicated to IBM Press. Then you be able to find titles for DB2 next to the Cloudscape books, next to the Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, and WebSphere titles. This makes sense to me and it cannot happen soon enough for my liking.
So when will it happen? That depends on a number of factors. The first thing that we need is enough titles in our collection so we can fill a whole bookshelf. On the last count, there were 47 IBM Press titles published! Put 5 of each title in a bookshelf and it won't be very difficult to fill a book case.
But, the bookstore buyers aren't yet willing to take a risk on our books. Last year I convinced 60 key Borders stores to stock DB2 titles, but they didn't sell! No surprise, really. If you've never found a DB2 title in a bookstore, why would you ever look in a bookstore to find one? So the titles were sent back to the publisher and again, very few bookstores are carrying our titles.
Is it really a big deal though since the books can be purchased online, usually at a lower price than in the bookstore? Well, yes and no. I would assume that most people buying IT books are buying them from a favourite online bookstore. Amazon.com is probably the most common place. But what we're missing is MIND SHARE.
Assume that you are a university student and in your spare time you wandered into the database section in a bookstore. You see Oracle, MS SQL Server, MYSQL, and a few others, but nothing on DB2. Are you going to care about getting skilled on DB2 after witnessing this? I doubt it. But the problem can get worse if an executive is making a database buying decision by browsing in a bookstore. Does that happen? Sure, why not? Does the number of books available indicate the size of the skilled population using that technology? Maybe.
So what can we do to get shelf space for our books and therefore mindshare for our products? One simple thing that we can all do is to support the authors and the books that are available. If you've read a book and liked it, consider putting a review of the book in a public place such as amazon.com. If you are giving a presentation and there is a related book, consider recommending it to your audience. If you have customers, partners, or co-workers using DB2, mention to them that there are great books available. It may sound simple, but the more books that we sell, the better chance we have that the bookstores will take the chance to carry our books.
I look forward to reading your comments.
IBM Press Program Manager
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