Another entry from Kate Kurtz who is attending & presenting at IDUG for her first time.
Wow! What a day. It has gone by so fast, and yet it felt incredibly slow while it was happening. There is just so much to take in, and so much to learn.
The key note speaker was Jeff Jonas, founder of SRD and now Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics. His topic was "Sensemaking on Steams and What Makes Smart Systems Smart". He is a phenomenal speaker with lots of energy and passion about what he does. It was a great session. He also managed to start and end his keynote speech with a poop joke. You have to admire someone who can do that and also deliver an amazing talk about fascinating technology. If you are interested in learning more, check out his blog here -> http://jeffjonas.typepad.com/. I think that the research he does has just entered on my list "Cool jobs I wish I did at IBM". Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but I am often amazed by the type of work people do at IBM and the sheer variety of interesting things to learn about.
The first session, Warehouse Best Practices in Action - The IBM Smart Analytics System, went well and there were lots of questions from the audience. I love that , it is much more fun to have a conversation with the audience than it is just talk all by yourself. I also learn a lot from the types of questions people ask. I was co-presenting with Eddie Daghelian, and Haider Rizvi was there as well, so the discussion was lively and very educational for everyone. I did a lot of informal surveys of the audience, and it was interesting, most people could remember the days of DB2 PE (parallel edition), most were taking on-line backups, but very few of them were exploiting the table space level backup and restore functionality. There were a lot of questions and curiosity about Work Load Management, and also about Data Ingest strategies.
I think that is the best part about IDUG - a bunch of people who are really interested in technology, all getting together and just having a conversation. The presentation was really just a jumping off point, as for the rest of the day I had customers coming up to me asking for more information about specific topics in the presentation.
And, on a closing note, I want to say Thank You to Rebecca Bond, Steve Rees, and Calisto Zuzarte, who all made the time to attend the session and were friendly faces I could look for through out the presentation. Thanks Guys - it was hugely helpful to see you there!
I’ve heard Jeff Jonas speak several times and completely agree with Kate that he is phenomenal! During and after Jeff’s keynote, the comments were flying in on twitter about his talk. If you want to keep up with what’s going on, I highly suggest that you open this URL: http://bit.ly/mO4svB.
I copied some of my favourite tweets and posted them on Jeff’s FB wall:
Jeff Jonas opened and closed the keynote with a poop story and in the process told everyone how to make sense of data. Brilliant!
- #IDUGNA opening session....worth the full conference fee by ITSELF ! #DB2
Jeff’s response: I spent 7 hours creating a one of a kind deck for today's 60 minute keynote. Glad someone liked it!
Speaking of Jeff, Kate gave a link to his blog, and I encourage you to read it. Also, here is a recent interview with Jeff along with a very cool video "200 countries in 200 years". http://bit.ly/lVW9ME
Apparently there was a retirement party for Roger Miller last night as well. Another reason I really wish I was able to join my IDUG friends in California this year!
I noticed that Conor O’Mohony just posted a similar entry so it gave me an idea to do the same. Thanks for the inspiration, Conor!
Last year on Dec 20, my blog had had 994,747 unique views since I started blogging on devworks. Today, I have 1,994,943. The difference is just over a million views! I will definitely reach 2 million views this week! Very exciting.
So, what posts did people like to read on my blog this year? Here are the entries based on number of views:
1. Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data
2. FREE stuff
3. DB2 Best Practices – New or Updated in 2011
4. Book Promotions for the Month of February 2011
5. Where can I get a Flashbook?
I’m happy that these 5 entries were well-read since I think that they contain valuable information and reflect the type of content that I like to post.
To complete the list, here are the all-time most read entries:
1. New White Paper: IBM DB2 and Canonical Ubuntu
2. Making it Big in Software
3. Certification: Getting Started Checklist
4. Certification 101
5. DB2 on Campus Book Series
I like these posts as well, but the certification posts are sadly out of date. I will update them in the next while so you have better content to read.
If you like what I tend to share, I encourage you to “follow” my blog. As of writing this entry, I have 192 followers and thank every single one of you. I’m in the midst of reading Antonio Cangiano’s book: Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence and am learning tips from his expertise. I would like to put many of his tips into practices in the next few months…. I wonder if you’ll notice? Asking you to follow my blog is just one of his tips!
Check out the guest blog entries that are coming fast & furious on the Official IOD Blog:
Stay tuned for more guest blogs from IBM’s Best Friends: IBM Champions. Susan
- Dave Beulke has a trio of great new posts on his blog:
Join this group created by Surekha Parekh
to catch up on any webcasts that you may have missed. This group
list all DB2 for z/OS webcasts & teleconferences available to you FREE on
demand all year !
week at the lab we had an event to celebrate our colleagues who work as
Support Analysts providing product support to IBM’s customers. It’s
not always an easy job, so it’s nice that we take the opportunity to
thank these people for the hard work they put into making sure our
customers remain happy about choosing IBM products.
actually worked in the Support organization briefly as well. Only for 7
months, as a Level One Support Analyst. Sure, it wasn’t for a long
period of time, but I did enjoy the people I met and learned more than
you can imagine!
bring more attention to this group and to my friends who work in that
area, I’ve pulled together a list of the blog entries that the team has
created to explain what they are offering this year at the IBM Information on Demand conference this year.
The team blog as a group to their blog: “Thoughts from Information Management Support”:
Blogging to benefit Information Management Support customers worldwide.
Here are the IOD Entries that have been posted thus far. Follow their blog to keep up with all the news from that team.
Along with the Thoughts from Information Management Support blog, the Support team also shares information on:
IBM IM Support: facebook.com/IBMInformationManagementSupport
IBM DB2 Support LUW: facebook.com/DB2Support
IBM Information Management Spt: youtube.com/IBMIMSupport
Thanks to Kate Dawson for providing me with this information.
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May is nearly over, but before it ends, take part in these two upcoming free webinars to learn more about DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration. Both special guest speakers of these webinars were authors of the chapter excerpt specifically about BLU from an upcoming Flashbook: DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration
Breaking News from IBM on DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows!
Friday May 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon ET
DB2Night Show with George Baklarz
During Episode #111, George Baklarz from IBM will share latest news for IBM DB2 LUW. Of course this news will relate to the features that were recently announced for DB2 10.5, including BLU, pureScale enhancements, JSON preview and SQL.
Deep Dive on BLU Acceleration in DB2 10.5, Super Analytics Super Easy
Thursday, May 30: 12:30 – 2:00 pm ET
DB2 Tech Talk with Sam Lightstone
BLU Acceleration in DB2 10.5 for Linux, UNIX and Windows delivers results from data-intensive analytic workloads with speed and precision that is termed ʺspeed of thoughtʺ analytics. Join IBM Distinguished Engineer and DB2 expert Sam Lightstone for an in-depth discussion of the all-new BLU Acceleration features in DB2 10.5. In this deep dive, Sam will explain capabilities such as dynamic in-memory analytics, parallel vector processing, enhanced columnar storage techniques, actionable compression, and more.
More about BLU
New Flashbook: DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration
Read the chapter excerpt specifically about BLU from an upcoming Flashbook. The authors include Paul Zikopoulos, Matthew Huras, George Baklarz, Sam Lightstone, and Aamer Sachedina
DB2 Tech Bits: Hear impressions of BLU from IBM Champions
Thanks to IBM Champions Jean-Marc Blaise, Iqbal Gorawalla, and Tony Winch who joined Rick Swagerman on a special edition of Tech Talks, called Tech Bits, to share their impressions of the new DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration. These are short but very informative and worth the time it takes to listen.
Replay of May 8 Tech Talk: Introduction and Technical Tour: DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration
Listen to Berni Schiefer to find out about enhancements to DB2 pureScale that make it even more able to deliver always available transactions. You’ll also learn about updates to SQL, Oracle Database compatibility, business-ready NoSQL technology and additional NoSQL plans.
Customer Success Story Videos
More are added all the time. Hear directly from customers who spent time using the new technology with their own data and how the technology fared.
Super Analytics, Super Easy: Introducing IBM DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration
Read this article that was published on April 3, 2013 in the IBM Data Magazine (ibmdatamag.com) by Guy Lohman, Sam Lightstone and Berni Schiefer. “Imagine a database technology that gives you 10-20 times faster performance right out of the box, requires dramatically less storage, and nearly eliminates the need for tuning. Too good to be true? Not anymore.”
Try BLU yourself via the IBM DB2 Technology Preview
If you are a developer or DBA and are interested in DB2, take this opportunity to preview emerging technologies that are still in the lab. IBM wants to collaborate with you early in technology conception, prototyping, and iterative development cycles. These technologies may or may not be aligned with announced products. The features or technologies in the download do not represent a commitment or obligation on the part of IBM.
Enjoy the webinars! Learn as much as you can, because when this code is available, you’ll want to start using it in production.
usual, host & IBM Champion Scott Hayes has some interesting shows
lined up on his award winning webinar series: The DB2Night Show.October 5, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM"You CAN Teach an Old Programmer New Tricks” with Bonnie Baker, IBM DB2 Gold Consultant October 12, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMBREAKING NEWS from IBM!
Special guest, Les King, Director, Information Management Solutions
& Warehouse Development at IBM, tells us he'll have some exciting
"breaking" news to share! October 19, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM“The Joys of Big Data” with Dave Beulke If
you’ve missed any of the shows in the past, remember that they have
been recorded and are available for you to watch anytime you like. Here
are a few that I’ve blogged about in the past:Happy Learning!Susan
There are three webcasts in the IBM DB2 for z/OS Webcast Series at this time, and only one has passed by. Register now so you don’t miss these coming webinars:
DB2 10: Justifying the upgrade
Date: Thursday November 10, 2011
Time : 16:00-17:00 GMT / 17:00-18:00 CET / 11:00-12:00 EST
Speakers: Julian Stuhler, Triton Director and IBM Gold Consultant
Julian Stuhler wrote the white paper, and co-authored the book "DB2 10 – Cost Savings… Out of the Box". In this webcast Julian will bring to life the key concepts which make the business justification for migrating to DB2 10 so compelling. This webcast will cover the business benefits of:
- CPU Reduction
- Scalability Improvements
- Productivity Enhancement
A live Q&A session takes place at the end of the presentation, so have your questions ready for Julian.
DB2 10: The secrets of scalability
Date: Thursday December 1, 2011
Time : 16:00-17:00 GMT / 17:00-18:00 CET / 11:00-12:00 EST
Speakers: Jeff Josten, IBM Distinguished Engineer,
Julian Stuhler, Triton Director and IBM Gold Consultant
Anyone who knows anything about DB2 10 for z/OS will know about the very significant potential CPU/cost savings it can offer.
Less has been said about the release’s scalability benefits, which could be equally valuable to many organizations struggling to cope with the demands of ever-increasing workloads.
Join IBM Gold Consultant Julian Stuhler and IBM Distinguished Engineer Jeff Josten for this webcast focusing on DB2 10’s features for reducing virtual storage constraints, improving catalog concurrency and removing other scalability barriers.
During the webcast we will cover:
- The need for scalability
- Virtual storage constraint relief
- Latch contention reduction
- Catalogue concurrency enhancements
- SMF compression
- Other scalability enhancements
A live Q&A session takes place at the end of the presentation, so have your questions ready.
About the Speakers:
Julian Stuhler - IBM Gold Consultant
Julian is a highly experienced DB2 consultant with over 20 years relational database experience working with a number of clients within the insurance, telecommunications, banking and manufacturing sectors. In that time he has gained a significant amount of practical knowledge in many aspects of IBM’s Information Management products, including experience in application programming, database administration, technical architecture, performance tuning and systems programming. Most recently, Julian has specialised in supporting large-scale implementations of SAP on DB2 for z/OS.
Jeff Josten – IBM Distinguished Engineer
Jeff Josten is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the lead architect of DB2 for z/OS. He is located at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose, California. He has worked for IBM since 1985 and has been a member of the DB2 team since 1987. He owns several patents in the area of data base technology, and is a frequent speaker at user group and customer meetings.
Why is there so much information about upgrading to DB2 for z/OS 10 these days?
Because IBM DB2 10 is HERE and early adopters who have already upgraded to the new version and are reaping the business benefits. The initial response to DB2 10 has been extremely positive. An early adopter of DB2 10 said, “We could not have been more thrilled with all the performance improvements! There is definitely gold in this version and you don’t even need to spend time to find it. It’s truly right out of the box.”
We don’t want you to miss the benefits, so to help with your migration, IBM has created this series of webcasts. Register now to secure your place and use these valuable recordings to help you throughout the migration process.
Also, IBM will no longer support DB2 Version 8 as of 30 April 2012. So, don’t wait, and take advantage of the special discounts on DB2 10 until December 3, 2011. To find out more, talk to your IBM representatives
Replays are available for past webinars, including
DB2 10 Overview Get Ready to Plan your Migration!
Date: 3rd November 2011
Time :- 16:00 – 17:00 GMT / 17:00 -18:00 CET / 11:00 - 12:00 EST
Join Julian Stuhler - Triton Director / IBM Gold Consultant and Thomas Crocker IBM DB2 Client Technical Advisor for a replay of this webcast.
With IBM DB2 for z/OS Version 8 retiring support in April 2012, many clients are planning their migration strategy. As you know, migration can be a time-consuming and expensive process it can be confusing knowing which path to take.
With the current cut backs in IT expenditure it makes sense to do your homework and avoid any costly mistakes. This webcast is one you cannot avoid to miss if you are currently on Version 7, 8 or 9 and planning your migration.
Julian and Thomas covered all the key aspects of DB2 10 including:
- DB2 10 for z/OS highlights
- New features overview
- Migrating to DB2 10
- Migration pre-requisites and planning overview
About the Speaker:
Tom Crocker is a Senior IT Specialist working in the United Kingdom as a Client Technical Advisor specializing in DB2 Tools and DB2 Engine. Tom has over 20 years experience in data management and has worked for IBM for the last 10 years, first as a DB2 DBA supporting SAP on OS/390 and for the last 8 years in Technical Pre-Sales. Before joining IBM, he worked as an independent consultant and has experience in the insurance, banking, and retail industries.
Thanks to Surekha Parekh for this information. Be sure to join one of the social groups that Surekha runs so you don’t miss any future events:
2009 has been a wonderful year for the books that we've published this year! And..... the pipeline for next year is looking quite healthy. Check it out!Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers (WROX)
By Antonio Cangiano
Using EMC TimeFinder to Backup and Restore DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Databases (EMC ebook)
By Roger Sanders, Paul Pendle, Dale McInnis, Michele BackstromBreak free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features (Flashbook)
By Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, Chris Eaton, George BaklarzNew Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions (Flashbook)
By Pat Bates, Mike Biere, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Bill WongMDM for Customer Data (MC Press)Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
By Kelvin K. A. Looi SAP DBA Cockpit - Flight Plans for DB2 LUW Administrator (ebook)
by Eduardo Akisue, Jeremy Broughton, Patrick Zeng, Liwen YeowUnderstanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples (IBM Press)
By: Tinny Ng; Laura Chan; Jane Fung; Vivian MakGetting Started with IBM Data Studio for DB2 (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
By Debra Eaton, Vitor Rodrigues, Manoj Sardana, Michael Schnenker, Kathryn Zeidenstein, Raul ChongViral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic (IBM Press)
By Neal FishmanDB2 pureXML Cookbook (IBM Press)
by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
Information on Demand for Dummies (Flashbook)
By Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam GartenbergInformix Dynamic Server Application Development – Getting Started (ebook)
By Jacques Roy SQL for DB2 (29th Street Press)
by James Cooper and Paul Conte
Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions (O'Reilly)
Multiple authors, including Jeff Jonas
The books are planned for next year:
Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Wor the Org. Become Great. (Pearson Education)
by Sam LightstoneThe Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight (IBM Press)
By Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael SchroeckDB2 V9 for z/OS Certification Guide - Systems Administration – Test 737 (MC Press)
By Judy Nall Getting Started with WAS CE (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Getting Started with pureQuery (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus SeriesGetting Started with Eclipse (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus SeriesGetting Started with InfoSphere Data Architect Infosphere (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus SeriesThe Art of Taxonomy Creating Concept-Rich Services (O'Reilly)
By Aaron Brown
I've created a group on Developerworks to keep track of all these books. Here is some additional information.
I don't normally blog more than once a day, but can't resist today. For the past few months I've been working with an amazing team of authors to create a book that will be given away for FREE to attendees at the IOD conference. Today the details of the book and the giveaway have been released on a website: infosphere.info/news
If you are going to the conference, join the group IOD Conference
information on things that are taking place at the conference.Driving Business Optimization with Trusted Information: Leveraging IBM InfoSphere and Cognos Solutions
Business optimization requires information that is accurate, complete, in context and actionable. Achieving this level of trusted business information requires transforming, reconciling and maintaining information, and delivering it in real time to the people, processes and applications that need it. IBM InfoSphere and Cognos lead the industry by offering the breadth of capabilities required for the end to end management and delivery of trusted business information to ensure competitive success.
Take advantage of this opportunity to meet subject matter experts in InfoSphere and Cognos Solutions:
* Bill Wong
, InfoSphere executive responsible for delivering and supporting solutions built on InfoSphere Warehouse and InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse
* Dr. Guenter Sauter
, IBM senior architect working on trusted information, information integration, master data management, and information as a service
* Brian Byrne
, IBM cross-product architect addressing IBM Information Server, Cognos, MDM Server, and Industry Models
* Dan Wolfson
, IBM Distinguished Engineer and the chief architect and CTO for the Information Platform and Solutions segment
* Harriet Fryman
, Product marketing manager for the Cognos business intelligence and performance management platform
* Paulo Pereira
, Chief Information On Demand architect for IBM Information Management
* Dr. William O'Connell
, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for the Data Warehousing Solutions segment
* Phil Downey
, Technical Marketing Program Manager for IBM InfoSphere Warehouse
* Rex Weideranders
, Worldwide Technical Sales Enablement Manager for IBM InfoSphere Warehouse
* Alan Meyer
, Marketing manager for IBM InfoSphere Warehouse for System z
Congratulations and thanks to all on the team!
When at the IBM Information on Demand Conference next week, be sure to visit EXPO Booth #832 learn how you can extend the value of your software investment. At the IBM Support & Subscription, Lab & Training Services Hub (booth
832) you’ll meet knowledgeable professionals who will help you identify
effective strategies to maximize the return on your IBM software
After chatting with an expert, pick-up a pedometer to help track your steps during the conference.
I wore a pedometer to the conference a few years ago and tracked 99 miles over the course of the week! See if you can match me!
Also at this HUB:
- Talk with Support and Subscription experts about how you can maximize the value of your software investment
- View demos of the IBM Support Portal, learn about IBM Electronic Support Tools, and get tips and tricks from experts
Say HI to two of my friends while you’re there! Kate Dawson and Margie Beaudette!
See also my blog post about the Support team: IBM Information Management Customer Support - a team worth celebrating!
Today I'll tell you about the 7 education seminars that are taking place on Monday May 10. Note that all these sessions take place the same day and same time, so the hard part will be to choose which one you want to participate in!
Z01: DB2 9 for z/OS Cert Exam, Susan Lawson, YL&A
Z02: Save CPU Costs by Tuning your SQL, Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation
Z03: SQL: What To Use When You Can and Cannot Touch It, Sheryl Larsen, Sheryl M. Larsen, Inc
Z04: DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows DBA Certification Exam Preparation (Exam 541), Roger Sanders, EMC
Z05: Deep dive into DB2 LUW Problem Determination and Troubleshooting, Pavel Sustr, Samir Kapoor, IBM Toronto Lab
Z06: DB2 for LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop, Scott Hayes, DBI
Z07: DB2 9 for z/OS In-depth, Phil Grainger, Independent Consultant
Z08: Optimizing System Performance Using DB2 Statistics Trace
At the conference bookstore, you'll find books by Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson to accompany the course material that they are delivering.
Stay tuned for more information... coming up soon!
Are you going to IDUG in Tampa
, Florida this year? The conference takes place May 10 - May 14 and if you are going, you have 4 weeks to prepare to pass the free exams
that you can take while attending the conference.
Why get certified? It's getting harder to keep your skills up to date these days with everything changing so quickly and the huge volume of information that you are bombarded with every day. Certification exams are focused on a specific topics and cover a limited number of objectives that are related to the tasks performed in that job role. So when you are studying for the exam, you are studying only a subset of the content that is available for the product. This targeted studying can be a more achievable way to increase your skills as you'll do a piece of learning and then testing at a time.
To help you target your studying, we have a set of study guides that you can use to prepare to pass the exam.
Here are the books:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam 730
DB2 9 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 731
DB2 9.7 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 541
This exam was updated to the V9.7 level, while the book is at the V9 level. This might cause you a slight problem on some of the questions but overall, you should still be able to pass the exam with this book. If you're concerned, you should examine the exam objectives to see what was added. You could also take the Exam Prep for Exam 541 course that will be taught by Roger Sanders on May 10 at the Conference.
DB2 9 Advanced DBA for UNIX, and Windows Exam 734
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Exam 732
These books will be for sale at the conference, but if you can, purchase the books before the conference so that you have time to read them and study to the degree that you need to.
If you aren't able to purchase the books outright, check amazon or other sites for used copies of the books. Also, libraries might have copies of the books. I know our skill's center library has many copies of these books... and they are VERY well used!
Check to see if your company has a subscription with Safari Books Online or Books 24x7. Both of these electronic book engines carry these books which will allow you to read the entire book or to search and read parts of the book as needed.
The publisher of the Certification Study Guides, MC Press, is working on getting the books available in Kindle format, so that could be an option for you as well.
If you are working with DB2 in your daily job, you may be ready to pass the exam with minimal studying. I suggest that you try an assessment exam to guage your readiness. You may also wish to answer the sample questions that are in the Certification Study Guides. If you are able to pass these questions correctly and easily, you may be ready to pass the exam.
If you want a little more help, consider taking the Exam Prep courses
that take place on May 10 at the conference. You can prepare for Exam 541 or Exam 732.
For more information about getting certified, see my previous blog entry: Certification 101
Have fun in Tampa! Get certified :)
This week the IMS Technical Conference took place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Although I wasn't able to attend the conference, I arranged for each attendee to get a complementary book: "An Introduction to IMS"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0131856715/103-4160926-2088609?v=glance
Dean Meltz, the lead author for the book, was available to sign the books for the attendees.
I also arranged for Sharon Qi to sell IBM Press books at a discount. We didn't sell many books, but hopefully more people are now aware that there are books available.
Sharon tells me that many of the attendees were asking for more books on IMS. I'd like to have more published as well, but it mainly depends on how well the current book does.
Besides this book, there is a landing page on dworks for IMS content: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/products/ims/
There are also serveral redbooks:http://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/cgi-bin/searchsite.cgi?query=ims
If you're interested in more books about IMS, let me know what kind of topic you are interested in.
I’ve heard that there is something like a Brontobyte of data on the internet these days… How can you possibly keep on top of what you really want & need to know? Answer: Let some trusted people filter this data for you!
On the Season 2 Finale of The DB2Night Show z/OS Edition, join Surekha, Willie and myself as we show you the sites that you should bookmark and visit in order to keep up to date with minimal effort. The three of us enjoy reading, researching, and filtering & then blogging, tweeting, and inviting you to the events that we think are most important & interesting to those who work in the DB2 z/OS area of the world.
Topic: Stay in the loop with minimal effort via social media
Speakers: Surekha Parekh, Susan Visser and Willie Favero
Host: Klaas Brant
Date: Monday, June 27
Time: 11:00 am Eastern Time
Because this is the last episode for the vacation break we would like to point out to you some great sites, blogs and communities that will keep you busy while we are planning new shows for you. This show will cover the top DB2 for z/OS e-Communities, collaboration groups and blogs that are available for DB2 for z/OS users. With the growth of the internet. mobile devices and particularly social media there are multiple tools and communities which enable DB2 for z/OS users to share information, experiences, and grow skills.
It can be confusing to know which communities to join, how to engage in active discussions and how to find the information you are looking for quickly . This webcast will take you through the top DB2 for z/OS communities and blogs which try and integrate multiple communities and groups with RSS feeds and real-time information. We will also provide a list of contact names in DB2 community.
Participants in our virtual studio audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and give the presenters feedback on their experience with DB2 communities.
About the speakers:
Host Klaas Brant, an IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant.
Surekha Parekh, IBMer, the world wide DB2 for z/OS Marketing Manager, blogger, tweeter, author.
Susan Visser, IBMer, Publishing Program Manager, blogger, tweeter, author.
Willie Favero, IBMer, zChampion, Dynamic Warehouse on z/OS Swat Team, DB2 SME, University Ambassador z, Sr Cert IT Specialist, Software Specialist : SW IM DB2-Host, blogger, tweeter, author.
Hope you can join us! We’ll make the season finale fun!!
Buy a book... get 50% off a certification exam!
We only have a limited number of vouchers, so we're expecting to run out quickly. Be one of the first to get a voucher by buying a copy of the IBM DB2 9 New Features
by Paul Zikopoulos, George Baklarz, Leon Katsnelson, and Chris Eaton. You don't need to buy the book from amazon, but you do need to send us proof of purchase.
Normally exams cost about $150 ... so this is a savings of $75. For full details, read: ibm.com/software/data/education/voucher.html
Neal Fishman, author of book “Viral Data in SOA”, wrote this article “When to use an artificial field length” which was published by IT World.
Changing a data structure can be one of the simplest activities to physically perform. However, when considering the number of programs that act upon a data structure, any type of change to a data structure becomes a very complex activity - which may increase the potential for introducing viral data. Read this article by Neal to better understand how you can avoid the massive problems that will ensue if you introduce viral data into your database.
Neal adapted this article from his book, so if you like it, check out the book.
The title of the book “Viral Data” implies that the book is about Data Quality… but there is much more in the book! Check out these terms that also describe the content of the book:
- data governance
- data modeling
- data quality
- master data management
- data architecture
- data integration
- data provenance
- trusted information
- data quality assessment
For more information on Neal’s book, see my blog entry about his book signing. This entry contains some reader feedback that you’ll appreciate.
Neal had several sessions at the IOD conference this year. Did you catch any of them?
- 3324A Unified Metadata Architectures for Successful Enterprise Metadata Deployments with IBM InfoSphere
- 3120A Data Governance Strategies and Their Value in Your Organization
- 2803B InfoSphere Data Architect and Data Modelers User Group
- 3324B Unified Metadata Architectures for Successful Enterprise Metadata Deployments with IBM InfoSphere
On Dec 15, you can take part in the Virtual IOD and can possibly “attend” one or more of these sessions. Sign up: IBM Information on Demand Virtual Conference on Dec 15: http://ow.ly/3iLxE
Architecture for the Intelligent Enterprise: Powerful New Ways to Maximize the Real-time Value of Information
Tomorrow’s winning “Intelligent Enterprises” will bring together far more diverse sources of data, analyze it in more powerful ways, and deliver immediate insight to decision-makers throughout the organization. Today, however, most companies fail to apply the information they already have, while struggling with the complexity and costs of their existing information environments.
In this book, a team of IBM’s leading information management experts guide you on a journey that will take you from where you are today toward becoming an “Intelligent Enterprise.”
Drawing on their extensive experience working with enterprise clients, the authors present a new, information-centric approach to architecture and powerful new models that will benefit any organization. Using these strategies and models, companies can systematically unlock the business value of information by delivering actionable, real-time information in context to enable better decision-making throughout the enterprise–from the “shop floor” to the “top floor.”
Highlighting the importance of Dynamic Warehousing
Defining your Enterprise Information Architecture from conceptual, logical, component, and operational views
Using information architecture principles to integrate and rationalize your IT investments, from Cloud Computing to Information Service Lifecycle Management
Applying enterprise Master Data Management (MDM) to bolster business functions, ranging from compliance and risk management to marketing and product management
Implementing more effective business intelligence and business performance optimization, governance, and security systems and processes
Understanding “Information as a Service” and “Info 2.0,” the information delivery side of Web 2.0
Mario Godinez is Executive IT Architect and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect within IBM's Worldwide Information On Demand Architecture team. He co-founded IBM Software Group's Information Management Technical Enablement team, and has spent 15+ years helping IBM financial and industrial customers architect and implement complex enterprise solutions.
Eberhard Hechler is Chief Architect of the European IBM Information On Demand Technical Center of Excellence. As Senior Certified IT Architect (SCITA) and Executive IT Architect, he is a technical leader of the Information Management organization at the IBM Germany Research and Development Lab. He co-authored Enterprise Master Data Management.
Klaus Koenig is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and has been involved in IT for 20 years. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of IT architecture management and IT infrastructure design. As key innovator and chief technology executive he is currently leading several development and transformation initiatives, the major ones in the area of Cloud Computing, Green IT, Service Lifecycle Management and IT Process Automation.
Steve Lockwood works in IBM Software Group as a Lead Architect and within IBM's Business Intelligence practice (a part of Global Business Services). He has been involved in all aspects of the development of information related projects, covering Data Warehousing, analytics, Information Integration for CRM solutions and development of Master Data Management solutions.
Martin Oberhofer is a Senior Technical Consultant at IBM and a member of the World-Wide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence. His areas of expertise are Master Data Management, database technologies, Java development and IT system integration.
Michael Schroeck is a Partner and the Global Business Intelligence (BI) and Information on Demand (IOD) Leader for IBM, Global Business Services. Mike has a proven track record in having guided project teams in the design and successful implementation of large, complex BI/IOD Solutions (e.g., decision support, integrated analytics, data warehousing, data mining, etc.) for a wide range of clients.
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Question 7: Can in-memory techniques be applied to non-relational databases and/or Hadoop?
jeffreyfkelly A7 yes - see @aerospike, NoSQL, flash-optimized in-memory DB
dvellante A7. yes and @jeffreyfkelly - interesting Aerospike - that's an extension of memory using flash
A7 -Time Series db's(Informix) will benefit substantially from In
Memory. Critical to Smart Metering and Smart Grid strategies.
BTRG_MikeMartin In-Memory Database Engines Support Real-Time Analytics, Compliment Hadoop http://t.co/uxkt5uhLVl
Of course! Databases such as Couchbase (Memcache) & Aerospike
(Flash) use KV pairs in memory extensively for transactions
katsnelson Hadoop is about data on disk. Streams does the opposite i.e processes in-memory. IBM bundles Hadoop and Streams
dvellante @cristianmolaro agreed - and complementing in-memory w/flash extensions and intelligent placement can improve the economics
BigDataAlex A7: InfoSphere #Streams brings "database" functions into IMC in real time for continuous query and calculations
jeffreyfkelly A7 like the DW question, in-memory DB can supplement Hadoop batch analytics w/ real-time analytic queries
katsnelson many of in-memory databases were clustered. SolidDB is a good example dvellante I believe @dfloyer has an angle on in-mem v flash in nosql w.r.t to +'s and -'s
kdnuggets Is there an upper limit to in-memory DB? Are there risks of instability/errors when memory is too large?
Ercan__Yilmaz A7. #spark uses in memory querying of data
BTRG_MikeMartin RT of course @terraechos: an opportunity cost? @BTRG_MikeMartin: Like EVERYTHING it is about finding the cost/benefit.
TerraEchos #Streams doesn't have to be in-memory it can run before the cloud, before the database in true real-time
Question 8: What is main role for in-memory in bigdata infrastructures? Where does flash memory fit?
dvellante: A8. The best IO is no IO
dvellante A8. But no IO is expensive so in-memory in #bigdata has to be used judiciously
jameskobielus A8: Key role 4 in-mem in #bigdata is "velocity with a vengeance," per my recent blog (http://t.co/VJh5BYrrUe)
timoelliott Biggest in-memory machine currently 250TB, I believe http://t.co/ojoALFTc3L
swatzmystery RT @timoelliott Largest in-memory DB today 250 TB; 64 bit address space ~ 18,000,000,000 TB. Room to grow
cristianmolaro A8 I like the concept of multi-temperature storage: the hottest data stored on the faster (and more expensive) storage device
cristianmolaro A8 main role should be to accelerate access in relevant chunks... #bigdata is too big to be contained in memory...
BTRG_MikeMartin RT Favorite comment so far @dvellante: A8. The best IO is no IO
BTRG_MikeMartin The link between in-memory computing and Big Data success #bigdatamgmt http://t.co/lOT33CVeRt
BTRG_MikeMartin Why In-Memory Computing Needs Flash http://t.co/xn5O7Ilt8X
jeffreyfkelly A8 in-memory should be used strategically in #BigData infrastructure where speed, performance gains outweigh costs
storageio: Little data, big data and very #bigdata (VBD) or big BS? http://t.co/J4hYxsJWDt
BigDataAlex A8: let's keep this going and get a community going through http://t.co/LZ6h4p04PU
BTRG_MikeMartin What’s the Future of In-Memory Databases with SSDs Coming into Fashion? http://t.co/ejAj7GFN1K
TheJillT 12 hard truths about #cloud computing.#6 is particularly true: http://t.co/SvdT4PCFjM
cristianmolaro A8 not all the #bigdata has the same requirements for access performance: keep the hot data close to you and in memory
dfloyer The L1/L2 cache hit rate become unpredictable as DRAM increases - adding more DRAM can decrease performance
dvellante @dfloyer you mean refreshing L1 L2 cache? or another issue?
dfloyer Yes, especially for DRAM - L1/L2 cache stability, RTO if backup data is on disk. Limits scope of problem addressed
timoelliott Real-life #bigdatamgmt example: Globe and Mail combining traditional DW w/Hadoop and in-memory on AWS http://t.co/ApntbAl19s
jeffreyfkelly A7 I believe there are in-memory instances of #Cassandra - anybody have info?
zacharyjeans @ValaAfshar, you need to add John Crupi @johncrupi to your CTO list. Super insightful, humble, helpful. Knowledge about Big Data Mgmt.
RT @cristianmolaro: A8 I like concept of multi-temperature
storage>> time to freshen up those page/swap algorithms in the OS?
BigDataAlex RT @furrier: check out http://t.co/uJB7SCasdG for more on this #IBMsite
rkeshavmurthy RT @IBMbigdata @kdnuggets Good question. 64-bit address space (or less). For reliability, Intel has MCA-R
Our next tweetchat is scheduled for Wednesday April 17 at noon: Organizations solving everyday problems with Analytics.
Watch for another blog entry that summarizes the reading recommendations found in this recap.Susan
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I’m re-listening to the audible versions of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics. As I’m going through it, I’m convinced that the IBM Information on Demand Conference committee couldn’t have chosen better guest speakers for a conference that is all about data!
What are these books about? Steven Levitt is an economist who is intrigued by the stories behind the data. He’s managed to find data in the most unlikely places about topics that are not well documented. Stephen Dubner is the journalist who has an exceptional talent of putting together the stories that give radical conclusions to the data.
The Freakonomics book answered such questions:
- Do teachers cheat on standardized tests?
- What brought the crime rate down so low in the 90s?
- What is the most dangerous job in America?
- Do real estate agents really have your interests in mind when selling your house?
- What effect does the name you give to your child have on his / her future?
- What really matters most when parenting?
- How can technology improve the quality of life for women in remote areas of the world?
- How did the car save the world from one of the biggest problems occurring in 1900?
- Why are brownstones in NYC built the way they are?
- Does chemotherapy really help cancer victims?
- When is 99% not accurate enough?
- Why should you desire to have more the IRS conduct more audits?
- Why are there so few women at the head of large companies?
- Why is being in the military more dangerous in times of peace vs times of war?
- When is it best to avoid going to the emergency room for an illness?
- Why did the crime rate go up so high in the 60s?
These are just some of the stories that I remember. If you love data, you’ll love the stories and conclusions that Levitt & Dubnar put together based on the data that they analyze.
Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt are presenting at the keynote session at IOD that takes place Wednesday morning…. and come by to get your book signed after the keynote for an incredibly short signing session from 10:00 - 10:20 am. I hope you can join us. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. Their session is Anc # 3779.
Can you think of a better way to learn? Whenever, wherever, at your own pace or with peers... without traveling. Now with three different options, you can really find the perfect way to keep your skills at the top level!
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These courses can be taken any time of day or night allowing students
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Self-paced virtual courses are the perfect training method for students
who can't travel or prefer the flexibility of self-paced training.
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Just about every course listed above has a book that can be used to supplement your learning or as a reference after you've finished the course. See our Information Management Bookstore for a list of the current and upcoming books.
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Join host Scott Hayes and special guest Maria Schwenger from
IBM for a free 90-minute episode of “The DB2Night Show”. The
topic is “Crucial things you want to know as a DBA to manage a pureScale
system” and Maria will share her opinions and insights.
Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
Time: 11-12:30 EDT
Do you know Maria yet? Here’s more about her:
Maria Schwenger is a member of the Competitive Software &
Power Systems team at IBM, North America, where she works in a “high
touch” model with early release participants to promote the newest IBM
and DB2 Technologies, their early adoption, feedback and references on
pre-released products, and enablement of applications written for competitive
databases on to DB2.
In the last 3 years, Maria specialized in architecture and implementation of
active-active high availability database solutions utilizing DB2 pureScale
feature. Currently, Maria works with customers on adoption of PureApplication
System as part of the newest IBM offering of Expert Integrated Systems. Maria
has over 15 years experience in performance engineering, database architecture,
administration and development on DB2, Oracle and MS SQL server as well as
extensive experience in migration from legacy systems to relational databases.
She is an author of articles, presentations, tutorials, and IBM Redbook about
DB2 9.7 SQL Compatibility feature and DB2 pureScale.
After attending this talk, you’ll be happy that you “met” Maria!
PS… I’m posting this information rather late (ie.. the day before), so if you
read this after the webinar date, don’t worry. Scott records all these talks
and you can find them on his site.
If pureScale is your thing… check out the Flashbook that you can download for free.
Two of the publishers who I work with have sent me information on their sales that are taking place this weekend, until Sept 6. I hope you’re able to take advantage of this sale to stock up on books that will help you keep your skills as sharp as they can be:
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Happy Holiday & Happy Reading!
One of the IBM Redbooks that will be featured at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this year is:
Solving Operational Business Intelligence with InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Edition, SG24-8031-00
by Jon Lind, Pat Bates, Whei-Jen Chen, Timothy Donovan, Garrett Fitzsimons, Rogerio Silva
you’re attending the conference, you have the chance to pick up a
printed copy of this IBM Redbook and to have it signed by two of the
authors: Jon Lind and Pat Bates. There are only a limited number of
printed copies to hand out, so you must ensure that you are at the IOD
Bookstore at the scheduled time to get your copy.
The date and time scheduled for this book is Tuesday, October 23, 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
If aren’t able to get a printed copy, you can download your free copy in PDF or EPUB versions.
If this is your area of interest, I’d like to recommend a few other books for you to consider as well:
Sessions by Jon and Pat:
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One thing I neglected to mention in my blog posting yesterday
about the value of Certification is the Take it Again program
that is active again this year.
Earning IBM Professional Certification is a smart career move. But many of us are nervous when taking the certification exam. Our “Take it Again” promo
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- Obtain your Take It Again voucher from the Prometric Take It Again Web Site.
- Using the voucher number, schedule and pay for your initial exam.
(Note: To be eligible for the free retake, you must provide the TIA voucher number when scheduling this original testing appointment.)
- Take the exam.
- If you do not pass the exam you may register to take the same exam again using the same voucher.
(Note: After taking the original exam, please wait a minimum of one day before attempting to register for the retake. This will allow time for the original test results to be entered into the system.)
- There is no additional charge for retaking the exam.
For further information and all the fine print... see "Take it Again" voucher promo
For all the information you will need to get certified... see my blog entry: Certification: 101
By the way, I've been invited to be guest on Episode #12 of The DB2Night Show coming up this 12 February 2010 at 10am CST. Our theme for this show is "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Information Resources". Claim your free seat in our virtual studio audience by registering at http://www.DB2NightShow.com
. I hope you can join Scott Hayes
Check out this new book and the amazing talent who wrote it!
IT Virtualization Best Practices: A Lean, Green Virtualized Data Center Approach
by Mickey Iqbal, Dr. Mithkal Smadi, Chris Molloy, Jim Rymarczyk
Explosive growth in the demand for IT computing infrastructure resources has put the global IT data centers that host this infrastructure at the brink of both energy and floor space capacity. New data centers are costly, complex, and energy-hungry; at the same time, industry analysts estimate that several billions of dollars in existing server hardware is under-utilized. To address these challenges, organizations across the world have begun to leverage smarter technologies, such as virtualization. But without the benefit of a smartly engineered transformation effort, virtualization technologies alone have fallen short of providing the business value that resonates with an organization’s lines of business.
This book guides you successfully toward a lean virtualization implementation, using an approach based on service patterns to transform IT infrastructures to a virtualized state. Derived from the collective knowledge of an internationally recognized and globally experienced team of authors, the patterns address the seven “lean levers” that are the building blocks of the patterns for virtualization: segmenting complexity, redistributing activities, pooling resources, flexibly balancing resources, reducing incoming hardware infrastructure and work, reducing non-value-adding work, and standardizing operations. You will also learn how to manage IT infrastructures while optimizing technical and organizational resources to provide compelling business value for the organization.
With IT Virtualization Best Practices, you will learn how to:
• Become more productive in managing overall costs
• Be agile in provisioning new business services and improving time to market
• Be proactive in catering to rapidly changing business models and client demands
• Become more “charged” as an engine for fueling business growth
• Produce direct value to clients by optimizing their value chain
• Enjoy greater success improving shareholder equity
Mickey Iqbal, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, is responsible for leading architecture and technology deployment strategy for IBM’s Strategic Outsourcing (SO) business. He leads the global programs for hardware and software infrastructure resource optimization and technology deployment in IBM’s data centers. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.<>br
Dr. Mithkal Smadi is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in Integrated Service Delivery. He played a leading role in the early development and deployment of IBM lean transformation methodology across Integrated Technology Delivery (ITD) and Integrated Managed Business Process Delivery (IMBPD).
Chris Molloy, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, is responsible for optimizing the 8 million square feet of data center space used around the world to support IBM’s outsourcing customers. He is a member of IBM’s Academy of Technology.
Jim Rymarczyk is an IBM Fellow and the Chief Virtualization Technologist for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group. He is a former computer science adjunct professor at Union College and a member of the IEEE, the ACM, and the IBM Academy of Technology.
Join DB2 expert Kelly Schlamb and panelists Ben Ream and Debbie Hauss as they discuss The New Rules Of Always-On Retailing in a free webinar.Date: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012Time: 1:00 pm ETRetailers
have specific database needs, especially this time of year. Any outages
to a retailer's computer systems, quickly means loss of revenue. To
help retailers ensure that their systems can handle unexpected
transaction spikes and to adjust to new demands quickly, retailers must
deploy and manage a continuously available environment. A continuously
available environment means transactional data can be accessed in real
best data management systems evaluate the performance of each specific
task, offering new levels of availability and scalability on distributed
platforms and enabling extreme workload capacity while cutting costs
across the enterprise. Learn how DB2 pureScale can minimize outages and
keep systems up and running.Register for this webinar
to hear how retailers can leverage advanced data management in order to
maximize their capacity to fill orders and process transactions.
Attendees also will learn how to respond to demand spikes easily, meet
SLA demands with proper workload management, and address performance
concerns in order to ‘keep the lights on’ at all times.Panelists• Kelly Schlamb, WW IM Technical Sales Acceleration, IBM• Ben Ream, Principal Retail Analyst, Ream Consulting Services• Debbie Hauss, Editor-in-Chief, Retail TouchPoints
Related content:Ember Crooks writes a blog called DB2 Commerce and she focuses on issues related to the retail industry.Two recent articles in the IBM Data Management Magazine were about retailing and were written by IBM Champion Scott Hayes:
Another guest post from Kate Kurtz who is attending IDUG for the first time. I’m really glad that she’s doing this for me as I can’t be there this year.
Phew! The time is flying by and my only regret is that I do not have enough time to attend all the sessions. I also should have brought more comfortable shoes! Today I was lucky enough to get to see Matt Huras (Distinguished Engineer, DB2 Development) speak. He was discussing "The latest from the Lab and Customers on DB2 pureScale".
Matt was able to take a complicated concept and explain it in a simple straightforward way, making it easy to understand. In his session he mapped all the things that you know about how to manage a traditional DB2 LUW environment, to how they are implemented in DB2 pureScale, and the differences. The management concepts are straightforward, and wherever possible processes are automated. The complicated part (which does not affect the user) is the technology behind the scenes that makes it all work. With a simple, straightforward manner and excellent automated build slides, Matt made all the technology easy to understand.
Recently there have been some best practice papers published for DB2 pureScale, so if you want to read more, take a look:
In the afternoon, Kelly Rodger and I ran the session "Best Practices for Your Database Recovery Strategy". It was lively session with lots of questions from the audience. As you can imagine, database recovery planning is something that people are very passionate about. All the concepts that we covered in the session are discussed in detail, in the best practice paper: "Building a Recovery Strategy for an IBM Smart Analytics System Data Warehouse". We also added some additional content about compression which we plan in incorporating in the next update to the paper.
The presentations are amazing and IDUG is excellent networking opportunity. In addition to that, while you are IDUG you can take the DB2 Certification exams for free. What a great opportunity to test what you know!
A note about the certifications at IDUG. Roger Sanders has a new book for DB2 9.7 Certification Exams coming soon. We were hoping it would be done for IDUG, but alas. The latest DB Magazine has an article about Roger & certification that you might want to read.
Susan Lawson and Dan Lutsetich have also updated their DBA Certification for DB2 10. The book will be ready in June, so check back for ordering information.
For more live coverage of the IDUG conference, see Leon Katsnelson’s blog entries, check out the DBI Live Feed, the IDUG Daily Summary, and of course the best blog aggregotor, http://planetdb2.com/.
PS… speaking of Roger Sanders, I’m reviewing the last chapter for his upcoming book “From Idea to Print”. See a blog entry I wrote about part of the book: Campus Visit: How to improve technical writing skills. Anyway, the chapter I’m reading is about the author contract and how to best negotiate the terms so that they are favourable to the author. I am completely blown away by the content and think that this chapter alone will sell the book!