We’ve all heard the expression that practice makes perfect. I can prove that this is the case. Watch the seven episodes that we’ve done so far on the DB2’s Got Talent Competition on the DB2Night Show and you’ll see how each presenter and presentations gets better & better. You know what this show is actually doing? This competition is grooming many people to become future speakers at conferences such as IOD and IDUG.
The theme for today’s show was Personal DB2 Success Stories. Seven people presented. Let me tell you briefly about each:
Norberto – A Handmade ETL Solution
ETL = Extracting, Transforming, Loading. Like the pro he is now, Norberto laid out the problem, the need, and a creative solution using triggers, procedures and functions. Very well done.
Momi – Old School Table Partitioning
Momi used a fair amount of humour in today’s presentation and it worked very well. He clearly described the problem of having a table that continued to have more data coming in. Restrictions included a need to keep the table size constant and no time for maintenance. Momi gave us a few possible solutions and advantages of each.
JB – A Terabyte of Data & Trouble with I/O
This sounds like it could be a very common problem. JB showed us how she used the DB2 V9.7 rebalance feature to improve performance and contention by 90%.
Mary – Using SQL to Write SQL
Mary gave us a very creative way to use scripting. She gave very clear instructions with pointers as to what to watch out for. With a small amount of work, these scripts could be used on the mainframe as well.
Ahmad – Fix Runaway Job & Change Developer’s Mindsets
The SQL examples that Ahmad showed were very complex, but he did a nice job of taking us through the details. The suggestion that DBAs need to work with their developers was a good one.
Thiru – Influencing Optimizer for Success
Although this is a risky thing to do, Thiru did a fine job of taking us through how to create an optimizer profile that can improve performance of a statement that ran 4 hours. He succeed using the DB2CAEM utility (which he said is like a flight simulator) and now the statement takes 4 minutes to run.
Bob – Searching for the Needle in a CLOB Haystack
Last, but not least, Bob showed us how he created a Java application to do string manipulation to improve performance over using the LIKE option. This was a cookbook type of presentation that gave many tips on how to perform the actions.
This episode we had to send two people “home”, unfortunately. And just as it is on American Idol, this gets harder to do each week because the quality of each presentation is amazing and 100% of the audience said they learned something new during this show. The judges, Martin Hubel, Cristian Molaro (sitting in for Klaas Brant this week), and myself were in agreement with the results from the audience poll. We decide to send Thiru to the finals and said good bye & thank you to both Bob and Ahmad.
Now we need your help… now, more than ever. We need you to watch the replays and to decide which presentation you think is best. Vote for the best to decide who will go on and will get a free pass to an IDUG conference of their choice.
Click here to watch the replays.
To vote, use this URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DB2TalentFinals3
Thanks to Scott Hayes for putting this show together to Entertain and Educate us. Thanks to all the participants for your dedication to DB2 and for sharing your experiences with all of us. All of you are quite talented and should consider presenting to a live audience at a future IDUG event.
Join us next week for the final show of the competition. There will not be a show on April 1. The winner will be announced on the show on April 8.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Laskowski on the release of his new book “Agile IT Security Implementation Methodology”, published this week by Packt Publishing.
Security is one of the most difficult areas in today’s IT industry. The reason being; the speed at which security methods are developing is considerably slower than the methods of hacking. One of the ways to tackle this is to implement Agile IT Security. Agile IT security methodology is based on proven software development practices. It takes the best works from Agile Software Development (Scrum, OpenUp, Lean) and applies it to security implementations.
This book combines the Agile software development practices with IT security. It teaches you how to deal with the ever-increasing threat to IT security and helps you build robust security with lesser costs than most other methods of security. It is designed to teach the fundamental methodologies of an agile approach to IT security. Its intent is to compare traditional IT security implementation approaches to new agile methodologies. Written by a senior IT specialist at IBM, you can rest assured of the usability of these methods directly in your organization.
This book will teach IT Security professionals the concepts and principles that IT development has been using for years to help minimize risk and work more efficiently. The book will take you through various scenarios and aspects of security issues and teach you how to implement security and overcome hurdles during your implementation.
It begins by identifying risks in IT security and showing how Agile principles can be used to tackle them. It then moves to developing security policies and identifying your organization's assets. The last section teaches you how you can overcome real-world issues in implementing Agile security in your organization including dealing with your colleagues.
What you will learn from this book :
- Understand the various modern-day security risks and concerns and how Agile IT security is useful in dealing with these risks
- Learn Agile principles like pairwise, refactoring, collective ownership, collaboration, track project divergence and velocity rates
- Develop security policies and articulate security value and take steps to ensure your employees’ security awareness
- Identify your organization’s high value assets and apply risk-driven security
- Employ Lean implementation principles like eliminating waste, amplified learning, late decisions and fast deliveries
- Learn what teams in your organization can help you with security, and tie up with them
- Learn how to overcome Agile barriers and fears and train your security professionals
- Learn Agile team success factors and Agile risk success factors
The book is a tutorial that goes from basic to professional level for Agile IT security. It begins by assuming little knowledge of agile security. Readers should hold a good knowledge of security methods and agile development.
Who this book is written for
The book is targeted at IT security managers, directors, and architects. It is useful for anyone responsible for the deployment of IT security countermeasures. Security people with a strong knowledge of agile software development will find this book to be a good review of agile concepts.
All this… and did you see the price!
Book and eBook available now
Print only price: $17.99 save 10%
eBook only price: $10.19 save 15%
Print + eBook + PacktLib: $19.79 save 38%
Jeff Laskowski is a senior IT Specialist with IBM's Software group, the author of Agile IT Security Implementation Methodologies, and a freelance author for IBM Developer Works. His expertise in the area of software delivery and security spans more than a decade. During this tenure, Jeff was a principal consultant for application quality at Compuware. As such, Jeff enabled businesses around the globe to proactively integrate effective security practices into their organizations. Jeff joined the IBM team in 2006 and is now a Lead Engineer for the Great Lakes software business unit for Security.
Congratulations to Tony for the upcoming publication of his first book:
Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling
Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture
by Anthony Giordano
This is the Rough Cut version of the printed book. Rough Cuts is an interactive publishing service from Safari Books Online that provides you with first access to select pre-published manuscripts.
Data integration accounts for some 70% of the cost and risk of data warehousing and business analytics projects. Now, the leader of IBM's Global Data Integration Practice for Business Intelligence presents a complete reference architecture and best-practice blueprint for higher-quality and lower-cost data integration. Anthony Giordano shows how to build data integration processes that use standardized architectures and processes to support the capture, rationalization, and loading of exceptionally high volumes of data. He introduces data integration patterns for SOA, EAI, and ETL and covers every phase, task, and step required to build mature data integration environments.
This book also:
Provides a common and consistent method of defining and designing data integration processing environments
Shows how to implement reusable processes that reduce the size and complexity of data integration environments
Introduces graphical design techniques for data integration
Covers analysis, design, prototyping, and key information management disciplines such as metadata and data quality
Explains why data governance is crucial and how to get it right
As data analysis has become increasingly important and more tightly integrated with strategy, the processes required to combine data from different sources into meaningful information has become its own discipline. Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling is the definitive guide to that discipline.
About the Author:
Anthony Giordano leads IBM's Global Data Integration Practice for Business Intelligence (BI). He has been part of both PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM's Global Business Services BI Senior Leadership Team and is one of the coauthors of IBM's Business Intelligence Reference Architecture and Methodology. Giordano has worked in BI and Data Warehousing for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in both the financial services and automotive industries and has served in roles ranging from partner and consultant to team leader and programmer. He has also taught information management/data warehousing courses at the MBA level.
tweetchat that was held this week on Wednesday March 13 was about
"Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road". It was very well
attended with star experts including furrier, doug_laney, TheSocialPitt, craigmullins, BigDataAlex, cristianmolaro, Natasha_D_G, jameskobielus, AllanKoivo, Empirix, BMbigdata, ted_friedman, zacharyjeans, gargaurav, Marcio_Saito, NeerajT4, padma8376, Dmattcarter, motohero. We used the hashtag #bigdatamgmt and achieved the following results:625 tweets, 157 users, 153,849 reach, 1,849,624 impressions
For recaps, see these blog entries:
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 1
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 2
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 3
the data, I was able to pull out many recommended articles, videos and
even a book that were mentioned during the flurry of tweets. Thanks to
all for participating and for helping us to collectively grow our skills
in this very important area!
furrier As navigation promotion here are all the videos from IOD:
Multimedia Coverage from theCube and SiliconANGLE.tv
Original Content: SiliconANGLE and Wikibon filmed two days of live
video at IBM Information On Demand in Las Vegas, October 22 and 23,
Gartner's Nexus of Forces model
furrier A4: this is a good video to watch on compliance data issues:
Randy Kahn - IBM Information On Demand - theCUBE
TheSocialPitt: Example of this; RT @craigmullins: A6: W/ GPS/sensors when u walk past fave coffee shop device can alert u special:
Big Data, Big Opportunities: Telecommunications
furrier @edd Dumbill lays it out; great watch:
Edd Dumbill - Strata 2013 - theCUBE
jeffreyfkelly More here: RT @TheSocialPitt A6 Watson using data from #mobile devices to help diagnose, treat patients:
IBM’s Vision for Watson in Healthcare
furrier Economist editor Ken Cukier has amazing important book Big Data Revolution:
Ken Cukier - Strata 2013 - theCUBE
Note: I just started reading this book and am on Chapter 5 now. I like the examples and the messages. I recommend this book.
RT IBMbigdata 5 Ways to Make BigData Production Ready [slides]
jeffreyfkelly Context for oil comments:
Post on Rommetty's comments that Big Data is IBM's main focus for 2013. Good stuff.
More suggestions from jeffreyfkelly:
Also from my blog entry: Suggested reading list for Mobile Data Tweetchat
Listen to the second topic in this webinar about the new mobile features that were introduced in DB2 last fall: DB2 Tech Talk: What's Hot from Information on Demand Conference. Also from George, you can find this blog entry: Mobile Devices settle Stormy Waters .
IBM Mobile Database is a free download that works with DB2. Try the mobile features yourself, with this download: Download: IBM Mobile Database.
The major highlights include:
- 6 MB footprint, in-memory database to fit on mobile devices
- Full-featured relational DB with standard SQL API, procedures, triggers
- Fast and reliable access to enterprise data offline
- Enterprise level data security
- Persistent data storage and Automatic recovery
- Transactional storage also during connection loss
- Built-in replication capabilities allowing synchronization with IBM databases
- Flexible options such as partitioning data or creating views to customize data for each device or user
us for our next tweetchat which takes place on Wednesday, March 27 at
12:00 noon ET. Topic is "In-Memory for Big Data Management" with
panelists: James Kobielus, analysts from Wikibon and SiliconANGLE, and
IBM Champions Alex Philp, Cristian Molaro, Craig Mullins, Cuneyt Goksu
Stay tuned for more!
If you work in the Toronto Lab... Toastmasters Leadership Series Presents: The 12 secrets of successful innovation by Sam Lightstone : 8200 Amphitheatre; Wednesday, May 12, 12-1 pm.
For those who are NOT in the lab... you can hear Sam's presentation live on May 28, 11-12 pm... for free from your desk thanks to Scott Hayes of the DB2Night Show. Register now! http://bit.ly/7am8ED
PS... Join one of the groups so you never miss a date:
Facebook Fan Page
- more than 400 members at the time of this writing. This has been a fairly active page so far, so even if you haven't read the book yet, become a fan and learn more about the author and events surrounding the book.
- Career based articles and events about the book will be posted here.
Sam's Blog: The Making it Big Blog
. Sam has been summarizing some of the points he makes in his book and blogging about them. Active blog and interesting entries.
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
by Dr. Atul Gawande
I just finished listening to the audible version of this book and managed to get through it in a weekend. I think it is an easy read, so most people should be able to read it all in a couple of days.
Dr. Atul makes a very strong case for using checklists to turn very complex tasks into steps that will help you avoid forgetting to do something. Airline pilots use them, skyscraper builders use them, surgeons are starting to use them. Now that I've read the book, I think there are places where I could use them in my work and become much more efficient.
Checklists aren’t meant to regiment a job, but to ensure that the mundane tasks that are easy to forget, but important to the outcome, are not done to completion. I liked his stories about being tasked with creating a Safe Surgery Checklist that could be used in all countries and hospitals in the world. He traveled to far corners of the world to witness the poor conditions and lack of funding and found that the checklist that the WHO team created did work. It helped save lives, build team work, and cut costs.
To build his checklist and to write the book, Dr. Atul met with builders of skyscrapers to learn how they turned the old way of building (using a Master Builder) to a team-based group of super specialists. The success is a result of checklists and communication among the specialists.
He met with the aviation experts who create checklists for airplanes. These checklists have helped in many notorious flight problems, including the crash in the Hudson last year. Was Sully a hero or was his team simply following procedures and checklists?
Financial experts are starting to use checklists to ensure that they take the emotion out of their decision making process. When looking to invest in a company, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the deal rather than to systematically analyze every aspect to ensure that you aren’t missing a key fact. The financial experts who are using checklists are making tons of money!
After the surgery teams had used the surgery checklist, they were surveyed to see what they thought of the process. The answer to one of the questions sums up the success: Would you ever have surgery in an operating room that doesn’t use the checklist? 98% of the respondents said NO, they wouldn’t have surgery unless there was a checklist!
Great book… can’t wait to hear what Dr. Atul Gawande has to say to the audience at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference.
The Information on Demand conference is fast approaching. I've been doing some final planning for the conference that includes creating signage for the bookstore and book signing events. I'll share with you what the plans are and hope that you'll be able to join us at the conference and specifically for the book events.
The IOD bookstore is offering books at a 20% discount. Browse the selection of books because I think you'll be able to find several books that interest you and can perhaps help you do your job better. I'll be working at the bookstore and whenever I do, the comment I hear most often is... "I had no idea there were so many books!".
The bookstore will be open Sunday October 25 thru Thursday October 29. There will only be a limited quantity of each book... so browse & buy early to avoid disappointment.
The following authors will be at the conference and will be available to sign your books. You can buy your book at the conference or bring a copy you already own. Remember that a signed copy of a book makes an excellent gift!
Mark JeffriesWhat's Up with Your Handshake?
Meet Mark at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 11-12 or Tuesday October 27 from 1:30 - 2:30.Neal FishmanViral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
Meet Neil at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 1:30 - 2:30
Promoting all three of his best sellers: Outliers
; The Tipping Point
Meet Malcolm at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 10:15-11:15Matthais NicolaDB2 pureXML Cookbook
Meet Matthias at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:30 - 2:30
As in previous years, we also have some free FLASHBOOKS that you can take. These books are very slim and easy to read and typically only available to conference attendees.
Information on Demand for Dummies
Authors: Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam Gartenberg
These books are only available to partners or customers. Exchange your coupon for a book.
Meet the authors on Monday October 26 from 2:30 - 3:30 at the IOD Bookstore
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features
Authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, George Baklarz, Chris Eaton
Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Tuesday, October 27 from 12 - 1New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Authors: Bill Wong, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Pat Bates, Mike Biere
Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:45 - 4:45MDM for Customer Data : Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
Author: Kelvin Looi
Get your free book and meet Kelvin the Mandalay Bay South: Bayside D - Data Management Room
I know you may think it's too geeky to get your book signed... but the authors enjoy meeting people and talking about their books and related topics.
If you want more info about IOD... read Kate's blog
. She's been doing an entire series about various aspects of the conference.
hope to see you / meet you at the conference. If you are going, come
and find me at the bookstore and tell me that you read my blog! I like
talking to people too!
Don't miss the next chat with the lab featuring Sal Vella and Burt Vialpando as they discuss the architectural differences between DB2 and Oracle.
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011 (31.3.2010)
Time: 12:30 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)
11:30 AM Central / 9:30 AM Pacific / 17:30hrs London / 18:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 11 PM
Many database professionals and DBAs often ask how DB2 and Oracle compare architecturally, that is, how they are different and similar at their core. They also ask what are the equivalent concepts, names, commands etc. in the other database system. This free webinar will answer those questions by covering the following topics in detail:
- Server architecture comparison (e.g. instances and database model, process vs. thread)
- Memory architecture comparison (e.g. Oracle SGA & PGA vs. DB2 instance, database and application memory)
- Parameters, environment variables and registry variables
- Database storage model comparison (e.g. table space types and layouts, compression approaches)
- Basic database administration comparison (e.g. terminology, create database, start/stop, dictionary vs. system catalog, performance)
- Compatibility mode for running Oracle applications with DB2
This webcast is intended for database professionals:
- familiar with Oracle and looking to learn more about DB2 (for Linux, Unix and Windows),
- familiar with DB2 and looking to learn more about Oracle
- who work in a heterogeneous environment and looking to expand their DBMS knowledge and career prospects.
Join Sal Vella and Burt Vialpando on Thursday Mar 31, 2011, at 12:30 PM Eastern to learn more.
Register and receive instructions for attending this webcast.
For questions/comments/suggestions: http://www.channeldb2.com/group/db2chatwiththelab
Thanks to Rav Ahuja for providing me with these details.
Join Scott Hayes
and special guest Leon Katsnelson
this Friday, December 4 at 11:00 EST.The DB2Night Show episode #7 Fri Dec 4 10am CST The boxing gloves are still
SQL Server vs DB2 LUW
Scott will be giving away free $50 vouchers to use and try DB2 in the Amazon cloud,
so if you'd like some free time with DB2 on someone else's hardware, here is
To register for this episode:
Mark your calendars for Episode #8 with will take place Friday Dec 11 at 11:00 EST.
episode will be focused on the DB2 Workload Manager.
Special guests include Paul
Bird from the Toronto Lab PLUS "A REAL LIVE CUSTOMER" that is using WLM in
Find replays of previous
episodes and registration links for future episodes at http://www.DB2NightShow.com
Thanks Scott for these excellent free learning opportunities!
The extremely popular Assess & Save promotion
is back again... and it starts today, April 1 and continues to June 1. Don't miss your opportunity to save while you earn a very well accepted certification.
According to Kate
, people who took part last year saved $100 on each exam they took and passed. And, they passed. At least 90% of them passed the exam that they took.
How does Assess & Save work?
First take and pass an assessment exam. This will cost you $10 USD. On passing the assessment exam, you'll be sent a voucher to take the actual exam at 50% off the regular price.
To study, see a few of my previous blog entries:
Good luck on your exams!
Enjoy the savings :)
I found this cool article yesterday about jobs that are good for people who
like to talk: “10 Jobs for People Who Love to
Talk” by Tatiana Varenik. I made a similar comment to a very outgoing
student when I was volunteer teaching at a middle school. An outgoing,
talkative student in grade 8 is surely to get sent to the principal’s office
many times but should realize that they will be happy with their skills when
they graduate as many jobs require these skills!
Also when I volunteer for Girl Guides, the leader asks the kids to think
about the kind of people that work in a software company like IBM. What skills
are they likely to have? The answer is that they are likely outgoing and like
to talk! Surprised? Don’t be. Networking, presenting, negotiating, writing,
and many other related skills are very common and required for a person in
software to have success.
Interested in knowing more? I highly recommend Sam Lightstone’s book
“Making it Big in Software” as the book
will help you understand the skills that are required for a person to achieve
success in a software company. I personally find that much of his advice would
be good for any recent graduate regardless of the job they think they qualify
Many of my friends from grade school now have kids who are graduating from
high school. I grew up in a small rural town where many people stay after high
school and get traditional jobs. I think it is difficult for a person in such a
situation to understand the type of careers that their kids can have with a
university degree and in a large company like IBM. This book would be good for
parents in this situation to read as it might open their eyes to many
possibilities that they were not aware of before.
That reminds me of a conversation I had with my computer-game obsessed 12
year old on our vacation. He and his friend were talking about the features
they would like to see in coming releases of the games they like. They
discussed details about each feature and the likelihood that the users of the
game would want / need such an upgrade. I stopped the conversation to tell them
if they ever heard of the job “Product Planner”. Of course they hadn’t, but
that is exactly the type of conversation a product planner would have to decide
what direction the product should go into in future releases.
Then the discussion turned to the steps they have to do on their computer
when they install a new game. Most of the discussion reminded me of what an
integration tester would do… or perhaps a performance analysts. Amazing the
skills that a game can bring to a young kid!
For any parent who thinks that your kid is wasting his or her time playing
games, read Sam’s book to see if there are careers you can recommend to your
gaming expert that might lead to real bucks in the future!
Enjoy the book!
Download IBM Cognos Express V9
, and try one or all of its
modules for 30 days.
Download a no charge trial of IBM Cognos Express V9, the first and only
integrated business intelligence (BI) and planning solution purpose-built to
meet the needs of midsize companies. It delivers the essential reporting,
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that midsize companies need at a price they can afford. Everything is included
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Cognos Express is made up of the following modules to address the BI and
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Download the software now and fully evaluate the reporting, analysis or planning capabilities you need.You can find a lot of information about Cognos online, including:
Last year, our team created this Valentine's Day InfoGraphic: http://www.ibmbigdatahub.com/infographic/6-ways-love-big-data
We decided to update it with 6 more ways to love your data!
Exploration: Can you access and use all your data?
Context: Does your data give you a 360 degree view?
Confidence: Can you track, monitor, and explain your data?
Operational Insight: Can you analyze machine data?
Modernization: Are you augmenting your data warehouse?
Purpose: Are you solving big business problems?
DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration provides all these features and more! To learn more and to stay on top of the latest news, follow us on the following social sites:
Enjoy your weekend. May it be filled with love for your family!
Today I "met" fellow blogger Steffan Surdek
. I encourage you to check out his blog
. Steffan is the User Experience Lead and self-proclaimed Agile Champion for the WebSphere® Business Services Fabric team. He uses his experience facilitating the two-day Software Group Agile Workshops to help his team work on improving their agile processes.
Steffan has written articles that are published on developerWorks and is currently attempting to write a book about Distributed Scrum. This is something that I know very little about, so I had to look it up in wikipedia: Scrum (development)
. His blog provides his experience as a first time author as well as his thoughts about his area of expertise.
For those of you who do know something (or want to know something)about Agile software development, check out Steffan's latest article: Agile planning in real life: What did and didn't work in developing releases with agile planning
It was nice to chat with Steffan today and I hope that you have a chance to check out his blog
Join Julian Stuhler and Mike Biere on this free webinar:
Tuesday June 14, 11 ET
I’m particularly interested in this webinar because I’m a fan of both speakers. I’ve worked with Mike on two of the books that he’s published and with Julian on a book he published. I do have a softspot to authors, but besides being authors, they are both highly intelligent and interesting people. I hope you’ll join the webinar to hear them talk about area that they are both skilled and passionate about.
Managing multiple versions of data and tracking effective business dates is a sophisticated process. Without this functionality, internal audits can reveal a nightmare of decision-making based on unclear data, inadequate review or human error. To help businesses implement auditing and compliance initiatives and ensure integrity over time, IBM has built greater awareness of time into IBM® DB2® 10 for z/OS®.
Join us for this complimentary webcast and learn how DB2 10 not only meets the needs and wants of IT managers but also addresses many of the key business issues and concerns facing organizations today. It delivers powerful features to help customers improve performance, reduce costs, improve availability and make the right business decisions at the right time.
Independent consultant Julian Stuhler will kick off this webcast and provide an overview of some of the top DB2 10 features, with particular focus on the DB2 10 unique temporal capabilities. Industry regulations and competitive pressures are prompting IT managers to maintain more data for longer periods of time and to provide better ways for business users to analyze past, current, and future events. The new temporal table support in DB2 10 enables the database to keep track of both business and system events, making application development and maintenance simpler and more cost effective.
Mike Biere, IBM Business Intelligence Analytics Tools, will provide an overview of DB2 QMF 10. With interest in business analytics growing, query and reporting solutions now have to offer much more, and QMF is leading the industry. Mike will discuss how this revolutionary new version of QMF is designed to deliver significant business value and functionality to a new set of end users.
In this webcast, we’ll cover these topics and more:
- Use queries that specify a search criteria based upon time the data existed
- Simplify and reduce the cost of developing DB2 applications that require data versioning
- Meet new compliance laws faster and cheaper
- Automatically manage the different versions of data autonomically
After the webcast there will be a live question-and-answer session. This webcast will also be available for replay after the event.
Mike Biere, Business Analytics and Data Warehousing Marketing Manager, IBM Software Group
Julian Stuhler, Director/Head of Solutions Delivery, Triton Consulting
- Flashbook: DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box Flashbook
by Roger Miller, David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Pureka
- DB2Night Show Appearances
Have you seen the news on this yet? Deep data analytics…. indeed!
IBM’s supercomputing machine “Watson” will compete on Jeopardy (Feb 14, 2011) against the two top champions of the game show: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Read the article.
This first-ever competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over the three days.
Watson was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge: to build a computing system that rivals a human beings ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. The "Jeopardy!" format provides the ultimate challenge because its clues involve analyzing subtle meaning, irony, riddles and other complexities. Humans excel at this, but computers traditionally do not.
Interested in learning more? See the links below to see what everyone else is saying:
What is IBM Watson? – NY Times Article
Video: Why Jeopardy?
Smarter Planet Website – It’s just a game, but what can we learn from this?
Smarter Planet Blog
Crunch Gear Article - Latest Jeopardy Contestant: A Robot Named Watson
Man vs Machine: IBM's supercomputer Watson to take on Jeopardy stars – International Business Times Article
Have some fun with this! Join the Watson group on Facebook and share your thoughts!
Who will win? Vote now :)
Thanks to a few persistent people, I have been funded to attend IDUG Prague this year! As a result, I’ll be setting up a bookstore at the event and will work with a local bookseller to sell books during the Expo hours. I’m creating a list of books I think the audience will like to buy. If you have some suggestions, send them my way!
Do you remember the DB2’s Got Talent Competition that I took part in earlier this year? The winner of that Competition, Norberto Gasparotto Filho from Brazil, won a trip to an IDUG event of his choice. He chose to attend Prague, so Scott Hayes and I will be able to meet Norberto in person! Norberto is not only excited about attending the conference and excellent sessions, but it is his first time in Europe. I am very fond of every country I’ve visited in Europe, so I’m very happy that Norberto chose this IDUG location.
To refresh you on who Norberto is, I encourage you to check out a few of the recorded episodes as well as the guest blog Norberto did for me:
First Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Second Episode of DB2 has Talent
Third Episode of “DB2 has Talent”
Fourth Episode of "DB2 has Talent"
DB2's Got Talent - March 11 Episode
DB2's Got Talent - 3rd Episode of the Finals
DB2’s Got Talent Finale
DB2, DB2Night Show and IDUG as viewed by JB
Tips for DBAs from Guest Blogger Norberto.... DB2's Got Talent contestant
And the winner of the DB2's Got Talent Competition is….
Remember that the Early Bird registration period is still open, so register before it closes on Monday October 17th. You’ll save 330 Euro by registering before the deadline. There are other discounts and promotions available if you qualify, including the Mentor and Multiple Attendee discounts. See the details on the registration site.
Some other highlights include:
1. Free IBM Pre-Conference DB2 Certification Preparation Seminars
Date: Sunday 13th November 2011
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: IDUG DB2 Tech Conference EMEA 2011
- IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 10 DBA for z/OS certification Preparation Seminar - Susan Lawson
- DB2 UDB V9.7 for LUW Advanced Database Administration certification Preparation Seminar - Guy Przytula
2. Free Certification Exams
These classes could help you prepare to pass one of the Certification exams that are also being offered for free. Choose from DB2 10, DB2 9.7, DB2 9, Informix, InfoSphere, Netezza, and Optim Exams. For the full list see: Exam List.
The exams can be taken during the following days & times:
- Monday 14 November, from 11:30 to 16:30
- Tuesday 15 November, from 8:30 to 16:00
- Wednesday 16 November, from 8:30 to 17:30
- Thursday 17 November, from 8:30 to 12:30
3. Free DB2 10 for z/OS Migration Planning Workshop
Date: Sunday 13th November 2011
Time: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: IDUG DB2 Tech Conference EMEA 2011
DB2 10 for z/OS continues to extend on DB2’s leadership in the areas of availability, scalability, and performance; while delivering several complimentary, extensible features. DB2 10 introduces new design choices to meet your enterprise application and governance needs. IBM are running a DB2 10 for z/OS Migration Planning Workshop to assist customers in the planning and executing of the migration to DB2 10, from either DB2 v8 or DB2 9, and to exploit the new features to help deliver increased value to their businesses.
Along with this Workshop, you’ll get a copy of the latest Flashbook:
DB2 10 for z/OS Flashbook: Planning Your Upgrade by John Campbell & Cristian Molaro & Surekha Parekh
4. Great line up of Awesome Speakers
A quick browse through the list and I see lots of familiar names: Curt Cotner, Serge Rileau, Melanie Stopfer, Scott Hayes, Aamer Sachedina, Bart Steegmans, Alexander Kopac, Chris Eaton, Bonnie Baker, Bernie O’Connor, Cristian Molaro, Martin Hubel, John Hornibrook… and many more. For the entire list of sessions & speakers, see Agenda.
I’ve been asked by a few of these speakers to bring some Flashbooks that can be given away. I was planning to bring DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad and if I still have copies: DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling. I don’t see BigData on the agenda, but how about I bring some copies of the newest flashbook anyway: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data.
Need more reasons to attend? Check out Conor O’Mahony’s latest blog entry Top 10 Reasons to Attend IDUG EMEA in Prague this November.
Worth attending? I think so and hope to see you there!
Hmmmm this could be interesting! If you were at the IOD conference last October in Las Vegas, you may have seen Rav Ahuja
walking around looking for interesting people to film. Finally we can see the results! DB2 Street Talk - What happened in Vegas...
I'll give you one hint... I'm in the video, but not till the last segment, which starts at around 8:20. Many others in the video too, but you'll have to watch to find out who.
Speaking of videos, did you know that Rav has a series of videos, podcasts, blogs, photos and discussions? Here's where you can find them: ChannelDB2
Have you heard the buzz about PureData Systems and want to know more?Join host Serge Rielau and special guest James Cho,PureData Systems Architect on Thursday, November 15th at 12:30 PM ET for a technical tour of the new PureData expert integrated systems, which feature DB2 for Linux as a foundational technology. James Cho
will go through the technical features of PureData for Transactions and
PureData for Operational Analytics, showing you how these systems ease
deployment, management and development.Here are some other sites you may wish to read through to fully understand this new offering from IBM:Introducing IBM PureData: Get
a guided tour of IBM PureData from Inhi Cho Suh, IBM VP for Product
Management & Strategy. Learn about the 3 models: PureData System for
Transactions, PureData System for Analytics, and PureData System for
Operational Analytics. All built on 3 tenants of expert integrated
systems: built-in expertise, integration by design and simplified
experience.Runtime 00:07:48 “Pure”-ified Thoughts from the Road on PureData IBM PureData – IBM PureFlex on steroids for big data workloadsNew IBM PureData Systems help clients harness data for critical insightsIBM PureData System IBM introduces new PureData SystemPureData SystemIBM PureData System Incorporates Common Platform for Analytics and TransactionsMaximizing
the Power of Analytics for Big Data: The IBM PureData System expands
the IBM big data portfolio with new solutions for deep analytics and
operational insights by Nancy Kopp (IBM)IBM
PureData System: A Giant Leap Forward in Delivering Data Services -
Building your own database platform may soon seem very old-fashioned by
Chris Young, (TDA Staff Writer)Video: IBM PureData Systems: Announcement OverviewVideo: IBM PureData Systems: What Clients are SayingVideo: IBM PureData Systems: Workload-Specific ModelsSusan
James Taylor the musician makes awesome music and is easy to find when you do a search on amazon or google. Another awesome James Talyor is the author, CEO, and Principal Consultant of Decision Management Solutions. James is the leading expert in decision management and decisioning technologies. James is passionate about using decisioning technologies like business rules and predictive analytics to help companies improve decision making and develop smarter and more agile processes and systems. James has over 20 years developing software and solutions for clients and has led Decision Management efforts for leading companies in insurance, banking, health management and telecommunications. He is also an active speaker, blogger and author.
James will be at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference this year, but I am not sure of his speaking schedule at this time. I do know that I’ve arranged for a book signing for him on Tuesday, October 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 at the Conference bookstore. (Soon you’ll be able to add this signing to your Smart Site Schedule.)
James now has two books that he’s published and both will be for sale at the Conference bookstore for a 20% discount:
Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent Systems
This book launches just in time for the conference. Decision Management Systems offers trusted advice for applying Decision Management to your own problems and environment. Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, it shows how to refocus existing analytics and business rules initiatives for greater long-term value, and overcome the specific obstacles that can derail your Decision Management initiative.
About the book:
Most companies rely on operational systems that are largely passive. But what if you could make your systems active participants in optimizing your business? What if your systems could act intelligently on their own? Learn, not just report? Empower users to take action instead of simply escalating their problems? Evolve without massive IT investments?
Decision Management Systems can do all that and more. In this book, the field’s leading expert demonstrates how to use them to drive unprecedented levels of business value. James Taylor shows how to integrate operational and analytic technologies to create systems that are more agile, more analytic, and more adaptive. Through actual case studies, you’ll learn how to combine technologies such as predictive analytics, optimization, and business rules—improving customer service, reducing fraud, managing risk, increasing agility, and driving growth.
Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, Decision Management Systems focuses on mainstream business challenges.
- Understanding how Decision Management Systems can transform your business
- Planning your systems “with the decision in mind”
- Identifying, modeling, and prioritizing the decisions you need to optimize
- Designing and implementing robust decision services
- Monitoring your ongoing decision-making and learning how to improve it
- Proven enablers of effective Decision Management Systems: people, process, and technology
- Identifying and overcoming obstacles that can derail your Decision Management Systems initiative
His previous book with co-author Neil Raden published in 2007 and has a very distinctive photo on the cover!
Smart Enough Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions
The book’s companion site, www.smartenoughsystems.com, has additional information and references for practitioners as well as news and updates.
I’m looking forward to meeting James and I hope you are too. In the mean time, I plan to read his blog: James’ blog.
For IOD sessions related to this book, see the Business Analytics Roadmaps:
BA Business Intelligence
BA Delivering Customer Success
BA Financial and Risk Analytics
BA Predictive and Advanced Analytics
BA Social Media and Customer Analytics
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
of the more valuable pieces of content that IBM provides for free is
its best practice information that is produced by experts. The best
practices cover many products and different features of each product.
Many are also available in video format so you can take a break from
all the reading that is required in the job of a DBA!
Announcing the latest in a series of webcast videos presented by DB2 Expert John Campbell.
Application Best Practices Specific to DB2 for z/OS Data Sharing
applications in a data sharing environment generally follows the same
best practices as running any DB2 for z/OS application. Applications
have a role to play in continuous availability. Only relatively minor
changes are required to avoid locking hot spots. This presentation
explores specific best practices of application design and database
design in a data sharing environment. It drills into the topics of
locking considerations, high-volume inserts, sequential keys, bind
options, and batch processing. It also describes how to deploy
applications in a data sharing environment with minimal down time.
This webcast is now available via the DB2 for z/OS Best Practice community.
It includes the video (either download or stream from YouTube),
transcript, and slides. If you stream from YouTube, you can view in HD
with Closed Captions either on or off.
Keep the DB2 for z/OS Best Practice community website as a bookmark and visit often as there are many gems waiting for you to discover!
PS... Thanks to Serge Boivin and David Salinas for sharing this information with me.
Just published: The New Era of Enterprise
Using Analytics to Achieve a Global Competitive Advantage
By Mike Biere
A Complete Blueprint for Maximizing the Value of Business
Intelligence in the Enterprise
The typical enterprise recognizes the immense potential of business
intelligence (BI) and its impact upon many facets within the organization–but
it’s not easy to transform BI’s potential into real business value. In The
New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence, top BI expert Mike Biere
presents a complete blueprint for creating winning BI strategies and
infrastructure, and systematically maximizing the value of information
throughout the enterprise.
This product-independent guide brings together start-to-finish guidance and
practical checklists for every senior IT executive, planner, strategist,
implementer, and the actual business users themselves. Drawing on thousands of
hours working with enterprise customers, Biere helps decision-makers choose from
today’s unprecedented spectrum of options, including the latest BI platform
suites and appliances. He offers practical, “in-the-trenches” insights on a wide
spectrum of planning and implementation issues, from segmenting and supporting
users to working with unstructured data.
• Understanding the scope of today’s BI solutions and how they fit into
• Assessing new options such as SaaS and cloud-based technologies
• Avoiding technology biases and other “project killers”
• Developing effective RFIs/RFPs and proofs of concept
• Setting up competency centers and planning for skills development
• Crafting a better experience for all your business users
• Supporting the requirements of senior executives, including performance
• Cost-justifying BI solutions and measuring success
• Working with enterprise content management, text analytics, and search
• Planning and constructing portals, mashups, and other user interfaces
• Previewing the future of BI
This is not Mike’s first book. Also from Mike:
2003’s Business Intelligence for the
and Flashbook: New Intelligence for a Smarter
Planet: Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Congratulations Mike! I’m looking forward to reading your book!
If you will be at the IBM Information on
Demand Conference this October, buy or bring a copy of Mike’s book to sign.
He’ll be there doing sessions and I’ve arranged a book signing session for him
The GigaOM Structure:Data Conference is taking place next week in New York City: March 19-21.
very own Paul Zikopoulos will be speaking at the conference... so make
sure you add that to your agenda. Oceanic Suite 1:05 pm, Wednesday
talks are both entertaining and informative. Another draw is that Paul
will be handing out and signing copies of his book "Harness the Power
of Big Data."
For more details about the conference, see GigaOM Structure: Data Conference.
More about Paul’s talk:
Date: March 20
Time: 1:05 PM
Room: Oceanic Suite
Venue: Pier Sixty at The Chelsea Piers (map) New York, NY 10011
has worked with hundreds of clients to identify the highest impact big
data analytics use cases. Learn from the author of “Harnessing the Power
of Big Data” about these use cases and the technologies needed to turn
big data into a competitive advantage.
Speaker: Paul Zikopoulos. Director, Information Management WW Technical Professionals, IBM
Social media connections for the conference:
tweet about it (@gigaom / #dataconf)
It’s always interesting to see what books sell at a conference. I was also in a lucky position to meet many authors and to discuss with attendees the books that they have read and liked. I’ll pass a few of these suggestions onto you.
The Checklist Manifesto by Dr. Atul Gawande, Guest speaker. Book completely sold out. I wish we had brought in his earlier books. Apparently his first book was the basis of the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”.
Superfreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Very entertaining guest speakers. I listened to this book along with the first and highly recommend both. Especially if you like collecting an analyzing data like most of us do! Watch these two authors spin a great story around data and come up with sometimes a radical conclusion. You won’t be disappointed. I bought printed copies for gifts.
The Art of Business Seduction by Mark Jeffries. At the conference Mark entertained us from the stage with his amazing accent and engaging way to speak. I’m looking forward to reading this book to learn how I can “get noticed, get promoted, and get ahead”. If his book is only half as interesting as Mark is, it is well worth the read.
IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook by Abhishek Sanghani. Cognos had a huge presence at the conference and this book selling so well was no surprise. I haven’t read this book, but do own it. It looks very hands on and easy to read.
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. This is the first of their books and also the first to be turned into a movie. I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ve managed to convey their stories into a movie. Oh, apparently the authors are in the very early stages of their third book. If you’ve read the second one, you’ll know that they often take suggestions from their readers. If you have an off ball set of data that you think they would like to play in, contact them to see if they want to analyze it for their next book.
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture by Eberhard Hechler, Martin Oberhofer, Steve Lockwood, Michael Schroek, Mario Godinez, Klaus Koeig . This book delivers a practical, comprehensive cross-industry reference guide that addresses each of the key elements associated with developing and implementing effective enterprise architectures.
The New Era of Enterprise Business Intelligence by Mike Biere. This is Mike’s third book and it proved to be quite popular. This book is product-independent and brings together start-to-finish guidance and practical checklists for every senior IT executive, planner, strategist, implementer, and the actual business users themselves. Drawing on thousands of hours working with enterprise customers, Mike helps decision-makers choose from today’s unprecedented spectrum of options, including the latest BI platform suites and appliances. He offers practical, “in-the-trenches” insights on a wide spectrum of planning and implementation issues, from segmenting and supporting users to working with unstructured data.
Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data by Stephen Few. This is the first book in the list where the author was not at the conference. This book is about using dashboards to communicate important information at a glance.
IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide by Dan Volitich. As I mentioned earlier, Cognos had a huge presence at the conference with Cognos 10 being announced. I can tell you that this book is currently being updated for V10, so watch for the new edition coming soon.
Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo. OK, don’t we all want to be as good with an audience as Steve Jobs? I didn’t see this book, but wish I had.
Business Dashboards: A Visual Catalog for Design and Deployment by Nils Rasmussen, Manish Bansal, and Claire Chen. Another one on dashboards. Clearly a big topic for this audience.
MDM for Customer: Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business by Kelvin Looi. This is a small, inexpensive, easy to read book that looks at Master Data Management from a customer data perspective.
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. I read this book as it was being written and can honestly say that I learned a great deal. I liked the way these authors described a very complex industry and provided architecture recommendations to have one version of the data to avoid mistakes that can so easily be made.
Making it Big in Software by Sam Lightstone. Another book I enjoyed reading. I’ve attended several of Sam’s talks including the one he did at IOD. It is pretty easy to ignore taking care of your career, but you shouldn’t. Kick start your career with some tried and true advice from Sam. This is also a great book for those just finishing their education or for those who like to coach and mentor young graduates.
Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Black Book. This book seems to make it to the top 20 book every year. It is such a small and cleverly put together book, I can see why it sells so well.
Dealing with People You Can't Stand. I must say that I've been lucky and have only found a few people who I really can’t stand, but when it happens it’s on par with the worst experiences a person has to go through. When it’s happened to me it becomes all-consuming stress. You may not be able to change the person who is causing this, but you can change how you react to that person and maybe learn some tips to make encounters with that person to be less harmful to you.
SPSS for Dummies by Arthur Griffith. I wish I had more SPSS books! There were many requests for books and this is the only one that we had for sale. I met some SPSS experts, so let’s see if we can turn one of them into an author!
DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737 by Judy Nall. Judy is an IBM Gold Consultant and a person who I have known for years. I encouraged Judy to write this book to share her incredible knowledge with people who are trying to become experts in this field. Judy taught a pre Conference Crammer Class this year for the first time and I hope she will do so again in the future.
A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum. While this was being written, I chatted with author Steffan Surdek who told me that they wrote this book using Scrums. I can’t say I truly get the idea of Scrums, but from the little I know, it is a great way to work on a project with people located in other locations. I met Matt Ganis at the conference and found him to be a pleasure to chat with. Interesting note: the authors have donated all their royalties for this book to charity.
Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results by Tom Davenport. Tom was a guest speaker at the conference a few years ago. With this book rounding out the top 20 of the best sold books at the conference, do you notice a trend? It seems to me that everyone is looking for ways to analyze their data… maybe to make radical conclusions like they do in Freakonomics?
At the IOD Conference, I had dinner with Scott Hayes who gave me a suggestion on how I can increase the readership of my blog in order to reach the fast approaching milestone of 1 million views! I won’t tell you what his suggestion was, but hope that you notice.
Thanks to Farzana Anwar
from DB2 Information Development for this incredible list of sites that you might want to visit or bookmark.DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows
(Product Web site)This IBM DB2 product Web site contains information about the latest release and new features, links to important related Web sites, announcements about the release and more. This is a good starting point for information about DB2 for LUW.DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows Editions
(Product Web site)This product Web site provides information about IBM DB2 product editions. It contains information about the various editions of DB2 that are available. This Web site highlights the key features available with each edition and compares them in a tabular format. If you are not sure what edition of DB2 is appropriate for your needs this is a good starting point and reference.DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Features and Benefits
(Product Web site, Video with Sal Vella)This product Web site provides information about value-added features. It describes the value added features that are available to extend the core features available with a DB2 edition. Value added features are generally used to address specific business problems that might not be of general use to all customers. The value added features can be purchased separately and enabled with a separate license key.Overview of DB2 9.5
by Chief Architect Tim Vincent
(Podcast, mp3 file)This podcast which can be listened to or downloaded from the Voice of the DB2 Community Web site provides an overview of new DB2 9.5 features.Introducing DB2 9: DB2 Unveiled
(Article by Rav Ahuja
)This article contains a comprehensive overview of new features available in DB2 9.1 with a focus on how you can use the features to help lower business costs and improve business data management. It links to several related articles that describe specific features in more detail. The content also applies to DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7 data servers. Compare the Distributed DB2 9 Data Servers
(Article by Paul Zikopoulos
)This article compares the various DB2 9.1 data server products. The content also applies to DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7 data servers.Which edition of DB2 9 is right for you?
(Article by Paul Zikopoulos
)This article describes and compares the product specifications, licensing considerations, and specific features and capabilities of each edition of DB2 9.1. The content is generally also appropriate for DB2 9.5 and DB2 9.7.DB2 Version 9 Product and Packaging Information
(Technote)This technote explains the DB2 product packaging options that are available. It contains links to packaging information for DB2 data servers, clients, and add-on features.IBM DB2 9 New Features
(Book)IBM DB2 9 New Features is an easy-to-read book that includes illustrations and examples. The content applies to both DB2 9.1 and DB2 9.5 data servers, however new features in DB2 9.5 are not described in this book.
There were many more links in the document that Farzana sent to me... and I'll share the links with you over the next few days.
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Living in Canada and working for IBM my entire career, I feel blessed that I am treated as a person. I’ve often had trouble relating to the events geared towards women because I have always been treated equally and without bias. I know that I’m often naïve about things … so I do attend them to learn. Many women have not had it as well as I have. Many struggle to be taken seriously. One year while attending a “Women in Technology” (WIT) event, I heard horrific stories from some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met about how poorly they were treated in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s.
We can’t forget the courage these women have had to make life much easier today. I salute all of you… and encourage men and women everywhere to stay the course. Women make up at least 50% of the population and are essential for the harmony of the world.
This year at IBM Impact, I hope you can join us for the annual WIT event: Take charge of your career at
#WIT panel. Learn how executives manage careers. Networking reception follows.
Details about the event:
Executive host Inhi Cho Suh, IBM Vice President Big Data, Integration & Governance, and our distinguished panel of executives share their insights and experiences in pro-actively managing their careers to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Following the panel discussion, you are invited to join the Women In Technology Networking Reception held at 6 PM in Bayview court, North Convention center. Expand your network while enjoying refreshments, appetizers and a great view of Las Vegas.
Thanks to my colleagues Lalitha Krishnamoorthy and Lena Woolf for arranging this event!
An aside: not many men choose to attend this event. Some do and I’m glad. If you are a man and would like to join, please do!
How and why do companies use XML? In which cases do they decide to store, index, and query XML in a databases? What are some of the common patterns for such XML usage?
Join XML expert Matthias Nicola to hear the answers to these questions in a Webcast on May 18, at 11am US Eastern Time (15:00 GMT).
He will describe XML use cases that are applicable to a variety of industries, such as finance, insurance, healthcare, and government, and discuss the benefits that XML brings to these application scenarios.
The webcast will be of interest to users who are new to managing XML in a database as well as to experienced XML practitioners. It will also benefit IT architects who have an interest in XML strategies. Basic understanding of databases and of XML will be useful for this webcast.
Detailed information is on this page.
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Do you have DB2, Informix, InfoSphere or Netezza skills and are you in the market for a new job? Now, there are 4 resources that should be included in your job search.
To help connect you, as a technically skilled IBM data product professional, with IBM customers who need your skills, IBM has launched four web sites: DB2.jobs, Informix.jobs, InfoSphere.jobs and Netezza.jobs. These web sites bring together into a single resource many jobs worldwide to make the search easier.
The sites enable keyword searches, as well as robust filtering capabilities that let you search by country, city or state; all jobs with a specific title; and even all jobs at a specific company. The number of job openings varies over time, but as of this writing there are more than 3,600 quality job opening across these 4 sites.
of the events I attend every year at the Information on Demand conference is the Women in Technology event. This year there are two
events that sound really interesting.
Passarelli is hosting the panel on Wednesday, October 24 at 5pm
followed by a cocktail event at 6pm. It should be a lot of fun! The
panel will focus on "Taking charge of your career" and includes
professional women both inside and outside of IBM along with Bob Picciano. It’s good to get a male perspective on this topic as well!
you don’t know Alyse or Bob, you’ll be happy to learn that even though
they are both highly successful in IBM, both have families, kids, and
full lives. Both are personable people who remember people who they
have met and are easy to call friends.
Here’s more detail on the sessions:
Title: Women in Technology Networking Reception (Session 4229A)
Join executive host Alyse Passarelli,
IBM Vice-President, WW Information Management Sales, for an opportunity
to network with other women in Information Technology, while enjoying
appetizers and refreshments. We encourage you to take this opportunity
to share your experiences with your peers and build a larger
professional network. Don't forget to bring your business cards and a
friend! Prior to the reception, you are also invited and encouraged to
attend "Taking Charge of Your Career", an executive panel discussion,
also hosted by Alyse, Session 4228, at 5pm in Palm A.
Title: Taking Charge of Your Career - A Panel Discussion for Women Professionals (4228A)
join executive host Alyse Passarelli, IBM Vice-President, WW
Information Management Sales, and our distinguished panel of executives
as they share their insights and experiences in pro-actively managing
their careers to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Following the panel discussion, you are invited to join the Women In
Technology Networking Reception held in the Palm Foyer near the session
room. Plan to join your peers, share ideas, expand your network while
enjoying refreshments, appetizers and a great view of Las Vegas.
I hope you can join us at this event. If you were there last year, you’ll remember that Ginny Rometty had just been announced as CEO of IBM. Inhi Cho Suh took a photo of our Vegas WIT event and sent it to Ginny. See the blog post by Adriana Zubiri / Emily Cotter on the official IBM site about the event & the photo.
my perspective, I’ve been working at IBM for 23 years, have a vibrant
career and travel. I have a son and two pets. I love my career and
working for IBM. Throughout my long career, I’ve met the most amazing
people you can imagine. Both those working for IBM and those who work
with IBM. Both men and women. My life is very rich due to the
experiences I’ve had with these people and I expect that to continue for
many more years.
Rebecca Bond - MY Data Champion!
Have you had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Bond in person yet? I have, and must say that my world is a better place knowing her! If you haven't, take a look at her accomplishments so you can get to know her in a virtual way.
Rebecca started a blog several months ago and the focus is on security as well: DB2 LUW Security
The IBM Information Champion Program is Information Management (IM)'s advocacy and community program, recognizing individuals in the external community who have made outstanding contributions in the previous 12 to 18 months. This program provides us the opportunity to put the spotlight on community, build stronger external evangelism for our offerings and further raise the industry visibility of the community and its leaders.
I first met Rebecca when I was running the DB2 Certification program
. I'm glad to tell you that Rebecca was an active and critical contributer to the development of several of the current exams. If you can create questions for a certification exam, you must KNOW your stuff very well! The exams improved with Rebecca's involvement.
the host of DBI's DB2Night Show
saw the brillance in Rebecca and has had her on his show twice now! I love the video Rebecca created in New Orleans for her first show!
I saw Rebecca being filmed at the Information on Demand 2009 conference, but I'm unable to find the video online. Can anyone point me to it?
And how could I forget the amazing book that Rebecca was involved with! She was planning to write it all on her own, but Katrina and a few other issues got in the way, so a few others were happy to work with Rebecca to achieve this wonderful accomplishment:
Understanding DB2 9 Security is the only comprehensive guide to securing DB2 and leveraging the powerful new security features of DB2 9. Direct from a DB2 Security deployment expert and the IBM® DB2 development team, this book gives DBAs and their managers a wealth of security information that is available nowhere else. It presents real-world implementation scenarios, step-by-step examples, and expert guidance on both the technical and human sides of DB2 security.
This book’s material is organized to support you through every step of securing DB2 in Windows®, Linux®, or UNIX® environments. You’ll start by exploring the regulatory and business issues driving your security efforts, and then master the technological and managerial knowledge crucial to effective implementation. Next, the authors offer practical guidance on post-implementation auditing, and show how to systematically maintain security on an ongoing basis.
Can you see why I've chosen Rebecca as my first Data Champion? The funny thing is that Rebecca likes to thank me for some of her accomplishments! I'm completely flattered by the compliment and if I had anything to do with her success, I'm so very proud!
I've enjoyed putting the spotlight on Rebecca and think that I'll do this for a few other people who truly stand out in my mind!
PS... Keep up the AMAZING work Rebecca!!