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Rick Swagerman who took over as the DB2 Tech Talks Host from Serge Rielau has just recorded two Tech bits. Tech bits are shorter recordings on topics related to DB2. These two bits are both conversations with IBM Champions to hear their impressions of the latest technology being delivered in DB2 10.5.
These champions have taken part in the early access beta program for the past few months and were very impressed with what they found and were excited to share their impressions with you:
IBM Champions Jean-Marc-Blaise and Iqbal Gorawalla on BLU Acceleration in DB2 10.5
This is a single Tech Bit and is 24 minutes in length.
See also Iqbal’s blog on this topic: DB2 10.5 Addresses Big Data Challenges with BLU Acceleration
IBM Champion Tony Winch on BLU Acceleration in DB2 10.5
(about 10 mins in length)
For more about DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration, see my previous blog entry Do you know BLU? and look for another blog entry that I’ll post shortly.
Thanks Tony, Iqbal and Jean-Marc for sharing your impressions of this new technology!
The DB2 for z/OS Best Practices developerWorks Webpage contains many recommendations by subject matter experts on how to best use DB2 for z/OS. Two DB2 for z/OS Distinguished Engineers, John Campbell and Haakon Roberts, recently recorded some of their popular presentations outlining best practices when using DB2:
- "Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS V10 Migration Planning and Very Early experiences" Parts 1 and 2 by John Campbell
In this two-part webcast, John gives his perspective of what you need to understand and do when you move to DB2 10. John works with DB2 for z/OS customers around the globe and has extensive experience.
- "Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS Utilities" Parts 1 and 2 by Haakon Roberts
These recommendations come straight from the engineering team who produce the software and give to practical advice on what you need to do to effectively use the utilities.
The following four titles draw on John's experiences working with customers. They summarize his recommendations in these functional areas of DB2 for z/OS.
- "Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS DDF Connectivity" by John Campbell
- "Best Practices for z/OS Locks and Latches by John Campbell
- "Best Practices for z/OS Local and Group Bufferpools" by John Campbell
- "Best Practices for z/OS Log Activity and Miscellaneous" by John Campbell
These web lectures cover some of the most requested topics given by DB2 Subject Matter Experts. For your convenience, the titles contain a .mov file as well as the slides and transcript of the presentation which all can be downloaded and used offline.
One other best practice worth mentioning is titled "Finding Information Fast and Efficiently". This short recording is valuable to quickly learn how to use the DB2 for z/OS Information Center. This recording explains the Information Center via a demonstration. One of the quickest ways to learn the Information Center features is to watch and listen to someone else showing how to use the software. I'm sure you will learn something new in this 12 minute video.
The DB2 for z/OS team would like to hear from you on what additional best practice content you would like and your thoughts about the ones that have been published. Please send an email to email@example.com to let them know.
Thanks to David Salinero for giving me the heads up about this incredible information that is available for free.
I quite often talk to people who have achieved some sort of benefit from taking advantage of the many training resources that IBM provides in the Information Management area. My team is trying to pull together some testimonials from people who have used and liked one or more of the resources that are available. We’d love to talk to you if you have a story. Simply send me an email and we’ll go from there!
One thing about IBM is that there is NO shortage of options for you to choose to increase your skills and learn about IBM products and technologies! You can find options that are free and easily accessible to custom designed courses to suit the specific learning needs of your employees.
Why are there so many options? Learning is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime and is something that you do from the day you are born until you die. We don't all learn the same way though, so having a choice of options is very important so that you can find the learning method that is best for you.
Here is a list of the learning options that are available for the Information Management products and technologies.
e-books - Many choices are available ... many are free, but you can also read books on electronic reading devices such as Kindle. See my blog entry "The Year of the e-Book".
IBM Redbooks - The PDF versions can be downloaded for free and books are available for a very wide range of topics. See the IBM Redbooks web page and my blog entry with a few IBM Redbook recommendations.
developerWorks - Tutorials, Demos, Skills Kits, Best Practices for DB2 for z/OS or DB2 LUW, e-kits - These are free and very popular.
Gaming - 3 games are available to help you learn SQL in a fun way.
White papers - A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that often addresses problems and how to solve them. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions. For a list of whitepapers, google search "db2 whitepapers".
Podcasts - Chat with the Lab; DB2Night Show, DB2 for z/OS Webcasts On Demand
Online Communities - PlanetDB2; ChannelDB2; LinkedIN groups; developerWorks groups, Facebook
Virtual Conferences - Last year there were several virtual conferences that were run by IBM that allowed you to "attend" a conference via your computer. I don’t know of any that are active right now, but will post a future blog entry when one is available.
Retail books -IBM Press, MC Press, McGraw-Hill, Apress, O'Reilly, Packt are the publishers who have invested in publishing about IBM products and technologies. For a listing of books by topic, see our bookstore website . For a list of books that were recently published, see my previous blog entries.
Conferences - IDUG holds amazing user-based conferences in various regions each year; IBM holds many conferences including the popular Information on Demand Conferences.
Instructor-Led Training (ITL) classes are traditional classroom courses where students are in the same room as the instructor who guides the students through classroom material and hands-on lab exercises. Students are able to interact with fellow students and the instructor and are provided with printed course material.
Instructor-Led Online (ILO) classes are equivalent to ILT classes in terms of classroom material, labs, instructor and fellow students, only you won't need to leave your home or office as you will connect to the classroom via your computer. See my blog entry about ILO classes.
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are for students who don't need the instructor or don't want to be tied to a class schedule. These classes are typically lower priced than ILO or ILT classes meaning that you save on travel and tuition costs. Content, labs and instructors are the same as ILO and ILT classes, but it is recorded so the class can be taken at your pace, where and when you want it. See my blog entry about SPVC.
Web-Based Training (WBT) are standalone courses on the web that provide 6-8 hours of instruction. These are typically voice over power-point format.
Custom Classes are available for companies that want training to take place on their premises with course material that is taken from multiple existing courses and changed to suit specific needs.
We REALLY want to hear from you…. so if you’ve used any of the above resources and have a story to tell, let me know! Emal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read through my previous blog entries for more free or almost free resources:
More Free Resources
Not quite free….
DB2Night Show - DB2 for z/OS
Here are articles and white papers that I've read that emphasize the importance of continued learning:
Whitepaper The Value of Training shows that by cutting skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
Article 5 surefire ways to get fired by Denise Dubie shows that the best way to KEEP your job is by continually growing your skills.
Whitepaper DBA Certification: Is It Worth It? by Howard Fosdick compares the costs to the benefits of earning a DBA certification. This white paper is a few years old, but the message is still valid.
Article "Is certification valuable, or not? We have the definitive answer" by Linda Musthaleris says that companies need high-functioning teams that are able to transform and grow the business like never before. These teams consist of highly skilled professionals who have current and relevant knowledge. Certifications are designed to encourage people to keep learning and then to validate their skills.
The results of the IDC study in the November 2009 report by Cushing Anderson called "Impact of Training on Network Administration: Certification Leads to Operational Productivity" shows "a direct relationship between higher levels of certification and improved performance -- when team skills improve, organizational performance increases proportionally."
MDM for Customer DataOptimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
Author: Kelvin K. A. Looi
ALL THIS FOR $14.95!
Master Data Management (MDM) is a fascinating, up-and-coming IT
solution approach that allows an organization to run a customer-centric
business operation. Since MDM is a relatively new concept in the IT
world, its real capabilities, purposes, and values are easily
misunderstood. If you’re looking for an easy way to understand what MDM
really is and how it came about, then this is the book you’ve been
after. Beyond providing a simple understanding of MDM, it also
describes how an organization can implement an MDM solution in phases
to enable the business operation
to be customer-centric, with each phase showing a positive return on
book will also clear up the many misconceptions of what MDM is and how
it is different from Client Information File, CRM, and Data Warehouse
solutions. The differences are clearly explained, and the authors
further show how MDM can co-exist with these other solutions with and
optimize their operations by providing them with trusted data.
With MDM for Customer Data, you will:
• Know the different MDM implementation styles and approaches
• Understand the importance of data governance for successful implementation
• Be prepared to implement the first phase of an MDM project
• And much, much more
Chapter 1: The Elusive Customer-centric Operation
Chapter 2: The Application Agenda Era
Chapter 3: The Information Agenda Era
Chapter 4: MDM for Customer Data
Chapter 5: How Other Organizations Use MDM for Customer Data: Case Studies
Chapter 6: Data Governance
Chapter 7: Be Careful What ou Ask For: Your IT Might Actually Deliver
Chapter 8: Other Master Data Management Data Domains
Congratulations to Kelvin on this amazing accomplishment!
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This is the third book from in the series of Master Data Management books led by author Martin Oberhofer:
Beyond Big Data: Using Social MDM to Drive Deep Customer Insight
Author team: Martin Oberhofer, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Scott Schumacher, Dan Wolfson
If you are attending the IBM Insight Conference, be sure to attend the book signing to meet the authors on Tuesday October 28 from 2:45pm – 3:45pm. If you are one of the lucky ones, you’ll get a free copy of the book! There is only a limited amount available, so add this event to your calendar so you don’t miss it.
About the book:
Enterprises have long relied on Master Data Management (MDM) to improve customer-related processes. But MDM was designed primarily for structured data. Today, crucial information is increasingly captured in unstructured, transactional, and social formats: from tweets and Facebook posts to call center transcripts. Even with tools like Hadoop, extracting usable insight is difficult—often, because it’s so difficult to integrate new and legacy data sources.
In Beyond Big Data, five of IBM’s leading data management experts introduce powerful new ways to integrate social, mobile, location, and traditional data. Drawing on pioneering experience with IBM’s enterprise customers, they show how Social MDM can help you deepen relationships, improve prospect targeting, and fully engage customers through mobile channels.
Business leaders and practitioners will discover powerful new ways to combine social and master data to improve performance and uncover new opportunities. Architects and other technical leaders will find a complete reference architecture, in-depth coverage of relevant technologies and use cases, and domain-specific best practices for their own projects.
How Social MDM extends fundamental MDM concepts and techniques
Architecting Social MDM: components, functions, layers, and interactions
Identifying high value relationships: person to product and person to organization
Mapping Social MDM architecture to specific products and technologies
Using Social MDM to create more compelling customer experiences
Accelerating your transition to highly-targeted, contextual marketing
Incorporating mobile data to improve employee productivity
Avoiding privacy and ethical pitfalls throughout your ecosystem
Previewing Semantic MDM and other emerging trends
Other books in this series:
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information
A very interesting story about this book! I spoke with several of the authors at the IBM IOD conference this fall and learned that when they visit customers to help them implement complex MDM solutions, they find that their clients are using this book as the ultimate guide.
I read the book cover to cover and can see why it is so valuable. The authors have put great care into creating “patterns” for specific industries that cover every conceivable detail about the data and the world around it. I think this is a must read for anyone with a complex environment.
About the authors:
Martin Oberhofer works as Executive Architect in the area of Enterprise Information Architecture with large clients world-wide. He helps customers to define their Enterprise Information Strategy and Architecture solving information-intense business problems. His areas of expertise include master data management based on an SOA, data warehousing, Big Data solutions, information integration, and database technologies. Martin delivers Enterprise Information Architecture and Solution workshops to large customers and major system integrators and provides expert advice in a lab advocate role for Information Management to large IBM clients. He started his career at IBM in the IBM Silicon Valley Labs in the United States at the beginning of 2002 as a software engineer and is currently based in the IBM Research and Development Lab in Germany. Martin co-authored the books Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information (IBM Press, 2008) and The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight (IBM Press, 2010) as well as numerous research articles and developerWorks articles. As inventor, he contributed to more than 70 patent applications for IBM and received the IBM Master Inventor title. Martin is certified by The Open Group as a Distinguished Architect and holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Constance/ Germany.
Eberhard Hechler is an Executive Architect who works out of the IBM Boeblingen R&D Lab in Germany. He is currently on a three-year assignment to IBM Singapore, working as the Lead Architect in the Communications Sector of IBM’s Software Group. Prior to moving to Asia, he was a member of IBM’s Information Management “Integration and Solutions Engineering” development organization. After a two-and-a-half year international assignment to the IBM Kingston Development Lab in New York, he has worked in software development, performance optimization and benchmarking, IT/solution architecture and design, and technical consultancy. In 1992, he began to work with DB2 for MVS, focusing on testing and performance measurements. Since 1999, he has concentrated on Information Management and DB2 on distributed platforms. His main expertise includes the areas of relational database management systems, data warehouse and BI solutions, IT architectures and industry solutions, information integration, and Master Data Management (MDM). He has worked worldwide with communication service providers and IBM clients from other industries. Eberhard Hechler is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, the IBM InfoSphere Architecture Board, and the IBM Asset Architecture Board. He coauthored the books Enterprise Master Data Management (IBM Press, 2008) and The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight (IBM Press, 2010). He holds a master’s degree (Diplom-Mathematiker) in Pure Mathematics and a bachelor’s degree (Diplom-Ingenieur (FH)) in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications).
Ivan Milman is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM working as a security and governance architect for IBM’s Master Data Management (MDM) and InfoSphere product groups. Ivan co-authored the leading book on MDM: Enterprise Master Data Management: SOA Approach to Managing Core Information (IBM Press, 2008). Over the course of his career, Ivan has worked on a variety of distributed systems and security technology, including OS/2® Networking, DCE, IBM Global Sign-On, and Tivoli® Access Manager. Ivan has also represented IBM to standards bodies, including The Open Group and IETF. Prior to his current position, Ivan was the lead architect for the IBM Tivoli Access Manager family of security products. Ivan is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and the IBM Data Governance Council. Ivan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Master Inventor at IBM, and has been granted 14 U.S. patents. Ivan’s current focus is the integration of InfoSphere technology, including reference data management, data quality and security tools, and information governance processes.
Scott Schumacher, Ph.D., is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, the InfoSphere MDM Chief Scientist, and a technology expert specializing in statistical matching algorithms for healthcare, enterprise, and public sector solutions. For more than 20 years, Dr. Schumacher has been heavily involved in research, development, testing, and implementation of complex data analysis solutions, including work commissioned by the Department of Defense. As chief scientist, Scott is responsible for the InfoSphere MDM product architecture. He is also responsible for the research and development of the InfoSphere Initiate matching algorithms, and holds multiple patents in the entity resolution area. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis, and received his Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently a member of the Institute for Mathematical Statistics, the American Statistical Association, and IEEE.
Dan Wolfson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the chief architect/CTO for the Info- Sphere segment of the IBM Information Management Division of the IBM Software Group. He is responsible for architecture and technical leadership across the rapidly growing areas of Information Integration and Quality for Big Data including Information Quality Tools, Information Integration, Master Data Management, and Metadata Management. Dan is also CTO for Cloud and Mobile within Information Management, working closely with peers throughout IBM. Dan has more than 30 years of experience in research and commercial distributed computing, covering a broad range of topics including transaction and object-oriented systems, software fault tolerance, messaging, information integration, business integration, metadata management, and database systems. He has written numerous papers, blogs, and is the coauthor of Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Business Information (IBM Press, 2008). Dan is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team and an IBM Master Inventor. In 2010, Dan was also recognized by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) as an ACM Distinguished Engineer.
What an author team! What will their next book be about? Wait and see!
This is an interesting concept! Education classes can be rather expensive and if the course doesn’t fit your needs, the price is even higher. Now you can try a class for free to see if it gets into the depth that you need or at the pace that you need.
Experience the benefits of instructor-led online (ILO) and self-paced training with our no-charge class samples and trials. These popular no-travel training formats offer the same rich content and labs as our classroom courses. Check them out:
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the IBM IOD Virtual Conference and virtually attended several sessions. I like the fact that I can sit at my desk with my computer and headphones and take in the content from amazing speakers. If you haven’t tried it yet, try one of these classes and see how useful they are. You may prefer this type of education to any other once you give it a try.
I stumbled on this yesterday and have started to read this free downloadable ebook
, Web 2.0 Marketing
. This is a collection of chapters from 10 existing books that focus on the latest techniques on search marketing, PR 2.0, business blogging, email marketing, Facebook, YouTube, and more.
The chapters include:
Measure Your Search Marketing SuccessChapter 7 from book Search Engine Marketing, Inc., Second Edition
by Mike Moran
and Bill Hunt
. The Social Media News Release: An Overdue FaceliftChapter 7 from book PR 2.0: New Media, New Tools, New Audiences
by Deirdre Breakenridge
Don’t be cheap: email cuts other costs, so invest in itTruth 5 from book The Truth About Email Marketing
by Simms Jenkins
Blogging for Business Chapter 3 from book How to Win Sales & Influence Spiders
by Catherine Seda
Hosting Your Own Facebook EventsChapter 4 from book Facebook Marketing
by Steven Holzner
The New VesselsChapter 10 from book The New Language of Marketing 2.0
by Sandy Carter
How YouTube Can Help You Market Your BusinessChapter 1 from book YouTube for Business, Online Video Marketing for Any Business
by Mike Miller
. O.P.E.N. For Business Chapter 2 from book The Open Brand
by Kelly Mooney
and Nita Rollins
Customers Votes with Their MiceChapter 6 from book Do It Wrong Quickly
by Mike Moran
A social networking marketing plan is not a traditional marketing plan Truth 19 from book The Truth About Profiting from Social Networking
by Patrice-Anne Rutledge
If you like on of the sample chapters, you may decide to buy the entire printed book where the chapter came from.
Enjoy the free ebook: Web 2.0 Marketing
Yet another great reason for you to attend IDUG in Denver this May… we are launching the latest
Flashbook. This one coincides with the new DB2 10 product release and has an
awesome group of authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Walid Rjaibi,
George Baklarz, Matt Huras, Matthias Nicola, Dale
McInnis, and Leon Katsnelson. Can you imagine a stronger
Here are a couple of details about the book:
Warp Speed, Time Travel, Big Data, and more
DB2 10 for Linux, Unix and Window New Features
- Up to 3x faster performance for complex query workloads
- Breakthrough compression technology that sets us apart from the
- New Time Travel Query for easy and fast historical and trend analysis
- New Continuous Ingest for real-time data warehousing
- And even greater compatibility with Oracle PL/SQ
- Enhancements for a Big Data world
Save Time and Money with DB2 10 for LUW
Even travel through time and shrink data
How would you like to compress data, store it in a cloud, and analyze your
data as though you are traveling through time? Do all this, plus experience
lower costs and faster performance. Sound good? Read this book to understand the
power of DB2 10 and get started immediately!
This book provides you with the comprehensive knowledge you need to get
started with the latest DB2 release. Try the new features by downloading DB2
Express-C - it is free to develop, deploy, and distribute (with no user and
database size limitations) and features Big Data and Cloud technology. Go to
Technical editor: Roman B. Melnyk
Only 250 copies are being shipped to IDUG, so make sure you get your printed
copy if you are attending. After the conference, we’ll post a free e-version of
the book on our Bookstore website.
While at IDUG, make sure you attend all the sessions geared towards the new
Want to know what the labs are working
on for the next release? IDUG in collaboration with IBM is featuring DB2
v 10 by offering a dedicated track for DB2 vNext as well as
offering in-depth knowledge on the coming releases. This session and others are
available for registered conference attendees free of charge.
Storage & Multi-Temperature Data Management -- Making DB2 Storage Management
Easier With Each New Release - H05 - Kelly Schlamb
May 16, 2012 (08:30 AM
- 09:30 AM)
Dive into Multi-Temperature Data Management: Best Practices for Implementing
MDTM - H02 - Jim Seeger
May 15, 2012 (02:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
Dive into Query Performance Optimization: Statistical Views - H14 - John
May 18, 2012 (09:15 AM - 10:15 AM)
Dive into Query Performance Optimization: Zigzag Join , Jump Scan - H13 -
May 18, 2012 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Dive into Row and Column Access Control: How to Define and Implement Security
Policies - H11 - Walid Rjabi
May 17, 2012 (01:30 PM - 02:30 PM)
Dive into Storage Optimization: When and How to use Adaptive Compression - H06 -
May 16, 2012 (09:45 AM - 10:45 AM)
Dive into Time Travel Query: Best Practices for Implementing Temporal Tables
while reusing existing applications - H10 - Matthias Nicola
May 17, 2012
(09:45 AM - 10:45 AM)
Dive into Time Travel Query: First Steps using Temporal Tables - H09 - Matthias
May 17, 2012 (08:30 AM - 09:30 AM)
HUMONGOUS improvements in warehouse query performance in DB2 10 for Linux, Unix,
Windows - H12 - Calisto Zuzarte
May 17, 2012 (02:45 PM - 03:45 PM)
Update: Multiple Stand-by (DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows) - H03 - Dale
May 15, 2012 (03:15 PM - 04:15 PM)
Ways to Tame your Database with DB2 Workload Management - H15 - David
May 18, 2012 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Compatibility Update for DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows - H08 - Sandra
May 16, 2012 (02:45 PM - 03:45 PM)
Best Practices for Performance and Monitoring - H04 - Steve Rees / Matt
May 15, 2012 (04:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
Data Warehousing Best Practices: Using Ingest Utility - H07 - Sandra
May 16, 2012 (11:00 AM - 11:55 AM)
New in DB2 10 for Linux, Unix, Windows – Overview of all New Features and
Functionality - H01 - Les King / Sandra Bialek
May 15, 2012 (12:45 PM -
My favourite quote about the new release comes from IBM Champion Jean-Marc
BLAISE: "This makes DB2 10.1 a very talented release.
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quotes, see http://ibm.co/HvBrUp
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This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, we have five NEW Flashbooks to give out to attendees for free. What are flashbooks? These are the small and easy-to-read books that we created especially for our IOD audience. I’m really happy with the topics we’ve managed to pull together this year.
For those of you who are not able to come to the conference, all of these flashbooks will soon also be available for sale from amazon.com. I’ll post the details when that happens.
The book signings & giveaways for these flashbooks will take place at the Mandalay Bay Foyer Book Store - Mandalay Bay South Convention Center at the day and time listed below. Add these book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder
We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time. The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy.
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling (Session # 3623)
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad
Monday at 12:30 – 1:15
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box (Sessions # 3736 and 3625)
by David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Roger Miller, Surekha Pureka
Give-away: Monday at 12:30-1:15
Signing: Tuesday at 12:30 – 1:30
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices (Session # 3620)
by Sunil Soares
Monday at 2:30 – 3:15
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence (Session # 3624)
by John Boyer, The Nielsen Company Bill Frank, Johnson & Johnson Brian Green, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Tennessee Tracy Harris, IBM Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing Company
Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00
IBM COGNOS ANALYTICS AND CLOUD COMPUTING: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud (Session # 3780)
by Stephan Jou, Anant Jhingran, William Lee, Thanh Pham, Biraj Saha
Tuesday at 3:00 – 4:00
Hope to see you at IOD this year… It is shaping up to be the event of the year!
I’ve been seeing many upcoming events for the DB2 for z/OS product and decided to summarize in this post.
IDUG – Anaheim May 2-6. This isn’t an event specifically for DB2 for z/OS, but as usual there are some amazing sessions planned for that platform including:
- DB2 Doctor - Symptoms, Diagnosis and Cures for Poor Performance, Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation
- DB2 10 Application Topics - A Sneak Preview, Suresh Sane, DST Systems Inc.
- Why did the DB2 for z/OS Optimizer choose that Access Path?, Terry Purcell, IBM Corporation
Learn more: IDUG = International DB2 User Group
Upgrading to DB2 9 or DB2 10 for z/OS — How? When? What is the cost versus benefit?
Broadcast Date: February 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT
Developed for: IT directors, managers and project managers; business analysts; enterprise architects; database administrators and managers; and application database administrators
On Oct. 19, 2010, IBM announced DB2® 10. This latest release of DB2 delivers the most aggressive package of CPU savings and performance improvements from IBM in more than 20 years, and for the first time since 2001, IBM has offered skip release. With the increased cost of support software licenses, the launch of DB2 10 and the announcement of DB2 V8 end-of-service, many DB2 users are considering migration and need direction in planning the right migration strategy for their business. But how do you approach a migration strategy? When is the best time to start? Is skipping a release a good strategy? What are the costs versus benefits for any scenario?
Join us for this complimentary webcast as we address the most critical business issues to consider such a migration, so you can develop a strategy and plan for your own migration. We will describe the options available and some of the potential risks versus benefits. Overall, this webcast will help you choose the best path for your situation, and get ready to migrate to the new version. Whether you are ready to migrate now or you are still years away, planning should start now so that you can use your time more effectively and minimize the ultimate cost of upgrading.
All webcast attendees will receive a free copy of “Executive Report of Business Value of DB2 10 - Smarter Database for a Smarter Planet” by Julian Stuhler, an Internationally recognized DB2 consultant and analyst.
In this webcast, we’ll discuss:
- * Defining migration plan details for each component in your environment — servers, clients, applications and routines
- * Incorporating steps from previous migration plans, including internal procedures to request access, software installation or other system services
- * Understanding product restrictions and recommendations in order to plan your migration strategy
Speaker: Roger Miller, DB2 for z/OS® Technical Evangelist, Designer and Architect, IBM Software Group
Why is DB2 for z/OS better than Oracle RAC?
Broadcast Date: January 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. UTC / GMT
Developed for: IT Directors, IT Managers, Enterprise Architects, IT Project Managers, Business Analysts, Database Administrators, Application Database Administrators, Database Managers.
In recent years, IBM DB2 has been under considerable pressure from its competitors, most notably Oracle RAC. These competitors claim to provide the same functionality and quality of service characteristics as DB2. DB2 specialists are often asked by the business decision makers to articulate the technical advantages of DB2 and justify the choice of DB2 as the database server:
- Why is DB2 for z/OS considered the ultimate database server?
- What are the technical differentiators by which it stands out, particularly against Oracle RAC?
- How does Oracle RAC process concurrent transactions as opposed to DB2?
In this webcast, we will offer answers to these questions. In addition, a complimentary whitepaper will be available for download. In the whitepaper IBM will size up the database clustering architecture provided by DB2 for z/OS with the Oracle RAC product. When all is said and done, compared and contrasted, DB2 for z/OS differentiates itself with superior characteristics.
Speaker: Namik Hrle is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and works in the IBM Boeblingen Laboratory. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Information Management Architecture Board, SWG Architecture Board Steering Committee and many other IBM expert teams. He specializes in information management technology and its usage by the enterprise applications. He works closely with the IBM labs worldwide and helps customers deploy and optimally exploit information management products. He is a regular speaker at conferences across the world.
REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPACE !
DB2 for z/OS Technical Seminars that you can attend in person, for free:
Toronto - Jan 27
Dallas - Feb 8
San Francisco - Feb 10
Washington DC - Feb 15
Atlanta - Feb 17
New York City - March 8
Costa Mesa - March 15
8:40am – Meeting the business analytics and data warehousing needs of your users
9:50am – DB2 for z/OS: Version 10 including migration strategy for DB2 9 or DB2 10
11:00am – Gain insight into DB2 9 and DB2 10 for z/OS performance updates and save costs
1:00pm – What’s new for SQL optimization in DB2 9 and DB2 10 for z/OS
2:10pm – Administering and Optimizing Your DB2 9 & 10 for z/OS Environment
3:20pm – How to streamline your DB2 for z/OS utility processing
Space is limited, so register now.
To stay on top of all the upcoming events, bookmark Surekha’s Blog.
And last but not least…. get your copy of the Flashbook:
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box
by Roger Miller, David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Pureka
Have you heard that one of the special guest speakers at the IBM Information on Demand Conference this year is Michael Lewis? Personally I hadn’t hear of Michael before he was signed to speak at the conference, but once I looked him up, I realized that I knew his work.
Michael was a bond trader and then began writing books. He’s published quite a few already, including some that have become movies:
- Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
- Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
- Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
- The Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics
- The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
- Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
- Next: The Future Just Happened
- The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley story
- Trail Fever
- The Money Culture
- Pacific Rift
- Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street
Yes, he’s quite a prolific author! I think the one that most people have heard of is The Blind Side, since it became a very popular movie. I’m listening to the audible version of The Big Short right now and am learning a huge amount about the sub-prime mortgage fiasco of a few years ago.
From what I understand, the topic Michael will be covering at the conference is related to his 2003 book, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” . This book offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes of a Major League Baseball franchise, detailing how an innovative personnel approach allows the Oakland Athletics, with the lowest budget in baseball, to rank among baseball’s best and consistently compete for a playoff spot. Michael will explore the nature of talent, how to identify it and maintain an edge in a competitive field.
Joining Michael is Billy Beane who is the mind behind “Moneyball.” Billy is a sports visionary who convinced his bosses to give him the freedom to apply his statistically driven approach to run the Oakland A’s and make them one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball.
This story resonates not only with the sports-minded, but among audiences from financial services, insurance, or any other numbers-driven industry or profession. He has figured out how to succeed with a limited payroll, employing computers and statistics wielded by people who never played baseball. In a down-to-earth, humorous style, Billy offers concrete lessons for business success and the power behind numbers.
Sound interesting? Check out the movie trailer. The movie is starring Brad Pitt and hits theatres in Sept 2011.
I have a book signing session scheduled for Michael, so you can pick up a book and get it signed. Michael and Billy are speaking Wednesday October 26 at the General Session from 8:15 am – 9:30 am. Michael’s signing is scheduled immediately after that at the Conference Bookstore from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Four of Michael’s books will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
On top of blogging as often as possible, I’m now tweeting… mostly to drive awareness to my blog entries. When you blog and tweet, you end up following others who blog and tweet. Tweeting is very reciprocal… so if someone follows you, it is “expected” that you follow them as well.
I am following only about 200 people at this point, so not a huge amount, but I must say, I still can only read a very small percentage of the information. So what to do?
Yesterday Leon Katsnelson sent me some suggestions that I’m finding really help… a lot!
First, Tweet Newspapers. This is a collection of related tweets, by a variety of people. A person who tweets will put a tag in their entry, something like #DB2 and all such tweets are collected and produced in a very handy newspaper front page style. I quite like it. Here are the ones that you may want to look at:
Cloud Computing Daily
IDUG EMEA Conference Daily
IOD Global Conference (Las Vegas) Daily
Second, for blogs we have a aggregator called “PlanetDB2” which collects blog entries from a variety of people giving you one place to look for the blog entries that might interest you.
So, to get an idea of what is going on in the tweet or blog worlds, you simply need to look at a couple of websites … once a day… rather than consuming your precious time reading all of the entries that come on a daily basis!
Last week my 4 blog entries
centered around why and how to get certified in DB2. So, once you've earned your certification, what's next? The latest Certification Magazine answers this very question. I encourage you to read the article: I'm Certified, Now What?
by Lynn Lawton.
In summary,Share the News
The fact that you passed a certification is NOT broadcast to the world. This is something that you should do yourself. Tell your management, update your profiles on facebook, linkedin, plaxo, etc, add details to your email signature line, add details to your business cards. In short, tell everyone in the biz that you have put the initiative in to study, learn, and pass a certification exam and you should be very proud of your accomplishments.Put it to Use
You must have learned something during your learning journey... and hopefully what you learned will help you become more efficient or effective at your job. Or perhaps you learned about a new feature or way of doing your job that will have far reaching effects. Practice what you learned. In addition, did the certification that you earned simply a stepping stone to more advanced topics? Check through the roadmaps to see if there are deeper achievements waiting for you. For example, if you've earned a DBA Certification, consider trying for the Advanced DBA Certification. Build on what you have just learned.Expand your Network
With your added knowledge, are you now qualified to answer questions on forums or in newsgroups? Are you now able to write articles? Join professional groups? I would suggest that you look at PlanetDB2.com, ChannelDB2.com, groups on LinkedIN, Facebook fan pages, etc. Wherever product experts gather, you should see if you are able to join and contribute.Display the Accomplishment
Print your certificate... give one copy to your boss and frame another to display in your office. Be proud of your accomplishment and brag about it. If you are in a consulting role, perhaps this certification will open up new opportunities for you and the certificate can be presented to your clients.Consider a Job Search or Raise Request
It won't hurt to ask.... is it time for a raise or a job change? A new certification might be the stepping stone to something better.Help Others
Teaching is a great way to strengthen your knowledge about any topic. Now that you are certified, can you encourage and help others achieve the same goal? Can the need for certification become a department or company wide goal and future achievement? Wouldn't you prefer to work with people who at least know what you do? Think of the synergy that can come from working with equally educated team members.Avoid Pitfalls
Achieving a certification is a great accomplishment, but in no way does it mean that you know everything that there is to know. You must put what you learned into practice, recommend better ways of doing things, and continue to learn. One mistake that I saw people making a few years ago is that they didn't think that they needed to re certify when a new product level was released. This is an incorrect assumption. If the vendor thought that it was worth updating an exam (usually at significant cost) then it is worth you retaking the exam to be sure that you are aware of the latest features of the latest products.
Do you have any other suggestions for what people should do once they've received their certification? If so, let me know!
Sandy Carter has just published her third book. This one is:
Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business
I have a book signing session scheduled for Sandy, so you can pick up a book and get it signed. Sandy is speaking Wednesday October 26 in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas D from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Sandy’s signing is scheduled later that afternoon at the Conference Bookstore from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Sandy’s latest book will be sold at the bookstore at a 20% discount. In the past we’ve sold out of books from the special guest speakers, so make sure you purchase these books early if you are interested.
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
About this Book
Get Bold offers a systematic approach to creating and implementing an effective and successful Social Business strategy that moves your company beyond just looking at social media to realizing tangible results. The author has worked with thousands of clients in more than 60 countries to create an “AGENDA” that can boldly take your business forward.
- Attract and engage customers with exceptional brand experiences and personalized interactions across touch points
- Achieve targeted savings and increased revenue
- Improve customer insight
- Outpace your competition and accelerate growth
Sandy Carter provides lessons on doing it both right and wrong so you gain valuable perspective on techniques using the most critical communication vehicles in social networking. She also provides a shortcut on how to get started, patterning on successes in various companies and more than 50 case studies.
Table of Contents
Ch1 -The AGENDA for Social Business Success
Ch2 - Align Organizational Goals and Culture
Ch3 - Gain “Friends” through Social Trust
Ch4 - Engage through Experiences
Ch5 - Network your Business Processes
Ch6 - Design for Risk and Reputation management
Ch7 - Analyze your Data
Ch8 – Technology as a competitive ingredient
Ch9 – Draw up your Agenda
The book publishes Sept 25, 2011. If you pre-order a copy, you can take advantage of a 35% discount. Also part of this promotion, you can download a free sampler of the book. This free sampler contains Get Bold's Foreword by Mike Rhodin, and Chapter 1: The AGENDA for Social Business Success.
Sandy Carter is Vice President, Social Business Evangelism, where she is responsible for setting the direction for IBM’s Social Business initiative, working with companies who are becoming Social Businesses, and being the evangelist for the concept and best practices around Social Business.
Other Books from Sandy Carter
The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0
Winner of the 2008 Platinum Marcom Award
The New Language of Marketing 2.0: Social Media
Winner of the 2009 Silver MarketingSherpa Award
Sandy is speaking at the IOD Conference on Wednesday October 26 in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas D from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
In this session, Sandy Carter, Vice President, IBM Social Business Evangelism, will discuss how to take advantage of social tools for business process improvement in all areas of your business. This session will address topics such as how a company can apply social techniques to customer service, HR or product development and yield the same benefits achieved in marketing. Sandy Carter will also share how you can use frameworks that can be acted upon and provide case studies of successful transformation from social media to social business.
Can you tell that I love IDUG yet? OK, one more post and then maybe you’ll be convinced.
Cristian Molaro, an IBM Best Friend from Belgium (my mom’s home country :) sent me a link to a blog that he did similar to the one I posted from Beth yesterday. Like Beth, he’s listing the sessions that he’d like to go to given his affinity to DB2 for z/OS. Cristian’s blog entry: “A Travel Guide to IDUG DB2 Tech Conference – Anaheim 2011”.
Instead of repeating any of his post, or the other posts, let me tell you a few things that I’ve learned about the IDUG conference thanks to my guest bloggers:
A link to the Conference Event Grid.
A link to the Online Conference Schedule.
Budgeting tip: Did you know that if you attended an IDUG Regional Event in 2010, you can use the monies paid as a credit towards the IDUG 2011 NA conference?
Bryan Paulsen and Paul Turpin:
The DineAround event is very popular and spots fill up very fast! See post (All about IDUG DB2 Tech Conference - Anaheim )for a list of restaurants, leaders, and how you can sign up.
The name of the conference has changed to the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference to help people get funding to attend the conference.
There won’t be a bookstore on site at this event. Instead, order the books you need directly from the publisher at a discount. Members of IDUG get 45% off IBM Press books.
She loves IDUG as much as I do and considers it her Geeky Vacation.
The keywords for me for this IDUG are: pureScale, Performance Tuning, XML, Cloud, and, of course, Security.
This time, she’s looking for sessions that will help round out her resume.
When I do the math, the cost of NOT going to IDUG North America is much greater than the conference cost!
I hope you’ve found this set of posts helpful to you. If you are going to IDUG, I hope you have a wonderful and educational week.
must admit that “March Madness” is a new term for me. I had to ask a
colleague to explain it to me. Apparently it is the annual frenzied US
college basketball playoffs. I’m in Canada and not much of a sports
fan, so you can forgive my ignorance!
had so many conversations about which big data considerations are the
most pressing, so we decided to create our own "tournament" called
“IBM’s Smart Sixteen” to find out which considerations are most
important to you - and your peers. Check out our bracket and fill out
your own. See the diagram.
we’re asking you to tell us which of the contenders are most important
to you. You have until March 25 to provide us feedback and then shortly
after that, we’ll have the big reveal as to the winning contender.
Here are the details:
be pitting the most thought provoking submissions against each other,
so follow #bigdatamgmt and return to this page to vote on your favorite!
Have fun with this! Help me learn the ropes in a playoff tournament :)
I got this information from a newsletter that I subscribe to and thought that you may be interested. IBM continues to invest in creating education that is timely, well-designed, and highly-rated, therefore you can continue to expand your skills so that you can perform at your optimal level.
Here are the IBM Information Management courses have recently been updated:
You can view all IM training classes from this link: View all Information Management training
The newsletter I subscribe to is: IBM Training News.
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I just got this note from Dean and thought I’d share it with you. I’m quite
impressed by the content that Dean has created and want to make sure you are
aware that this content exists. Thanks Dean!
New db2Dean.com Article - DB2 10.1 New Features
became available on 30 April 2012 and has TON of new features and improvements,
some of which you can begin taking advantage of without doing anything other
than upgrading your database. As with the past “features” articles, this is a
summary of the new features in v10.1 that I see as the most important. My hope
is to provide a summary that you can browse to quickly find the items that are
the most valuable to you and to provide links you can click to do more in depth
reading on them. A number of features have been discontinued in v10.1, most
notably Control Center and many of the GUI tools that you access from it like
Command Center. I summarize these discontinued and deprecated functions in this
article. See http://www.db2Dean.com for
the rest of the article.
Want some Compression with that database, honey?
wondered what features are included with which edition of DB2 and which need to
be ordered separately? For example, did you know that pureScale is included in
DB2 Workgroup edition, but must be purchased separately with DB2 ESE and
Advanced editions? Well, now there is a page on the web where you can view a
chart showing which features are in which editions. It can be found at: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/db2luw/v10r1/topic/com.ibm.db2.luw.licensing.doc/doc/r0053238.html
DB2 10.1 Favorite Links
I have updated my "Favorite
Links" page with links to the DB2 10.1 manuals, information center and other
good v10.1 stuff. http://www.db2dean.com/Previous/DeanLinks.html
DB2 v9.1 now OUT of SUPPORT
DB2 v9.1 went out of support
on April 30 of this year. If you are still running any DB2 servers or clients
on that version you should upgrade them ASAP. See the Upgrade Portal for logs
of help with this task: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=71&context=SSEPGG&uid=swg21200005
The Falcons are Back
The Peregrine Falcons are back in
their nest in Salt Lake City this year and the web cam is still on them. See
the parents and chicks live at: http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/learn-more/peregrine-cam.html
Generally "Camera 2" has a better angle .
New DB2 Fix Packs Available
- - Fix Pack 6 for DB2 v9.7
was released on May 30 . See entry called "Recommended group:
- Fix Pack download links can be found
- DB2 v10.1 Proof of Technology July 18-19 in Salt
Lake City. Get your hands on the latest features at this great event. For more
information and registration, see https://events.webdialogs.com/portal/wippages/register.php?id=c92b63969e&l=en-US
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my website. I'll post events that may interest you and abstracts of all new
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These on line groups are for sharing information, so please join. You can read
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or just click the clip at the top of my home page. It includes a guest
appearance by renowned pitch man, Chris Williams! If you have a moment, please
click on the stars after the word "rating" and rate my video after you watch it.
Were you able to join today’s DB2 Night Show webinar? Today was the second
show of this year’s very popular competition. If you missed it, I strongly
encourage you to watch the replay. Here’s what you’ll get:
Contestant 1 – Kohli
Kohli’s presentation showed how you can backup your database on one
filesystem and redirect it to another. He very clearly went through a scenario
where he did so and showed the errors that can result and how to solve the
issues. Unfortunately Kohli ran out of time during the critical part of the
presentation where he was explaining how to resolve the issues that resulted
from using the restore redirect command. It was a good presentation, but needed
more pictures and more focus on solving the issues rather than defining the
Contestant 2 – Elder
Yet Another db2imigr Command Alternative
Elder’s topic showed how to version migration when there is no window for an
offline backup and restore. This wasn’t an elegant solution, but is a great
trick to use if that’s the only option. It was a good presentation and very
clearly delivered. Elder came in on time and admitted that he practiced his
timing in order to come in on time.
Contestant 3 – Renu
How to Use Statistical Views to Optimize and Tune SQL
Renu showed us how she tuned a 200 line SQL statement for her client. Her
client wanted her to use MQT, but she chose to use Statistical Views instead.
She defined both MQT and Statistical Views and explained the pros and cons of
using each. As a result of her tuning, she was able to show a 99% improvement
in running time. I thought it was a very easy to follow presentation and was
Contestant 4 – Rajesh
Tip for DB2 Instance Check
This happened once last year as well, Rajesh had a good topic, but decided
not to create slides to present the topic to us. He showed us source code, but
it was hard for me to follow. Rajesh mentioned that he didn’t have PPT
installed, so I want to suggest that Google has a free presentation software
that he should look into. Another alterative is to increase the fonts in a
word document so that it looks like a slide deck. I think it would have been a
great presentation if he had used the slides.
Contestant 5 – Sharad
MQT – Friend or Foe? How to turn Foe into Friend
Sharad defined the terms and showed a case study for overcoming MQTs
limitations of using too much log space. I found it hard to hear Sharad and
therefore found it somewhat hard to follow the presentation. My more technical
co-judges found the topic interesting especially when you have Big Data stored
in your tables.
Contestant 6 – Srini
Move Table Online Using admin_move_table
Srini’s presentation showed how to use a new DB2 9.7 command to move a table
that is growing more than 64 GB. I found it hard to follow the presentation.
Maybe the slides were too busy. Maybe Srini didn’t project when speaking. My
co-judges really liked the topic and found the presentation very valuable and
The judges, Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant, and myself chose
Kohli and Elder to move onto the next round based on the relevance
of their topic and the quality of their presentations. We had much trouble
choosing who should move on since many of the presentations were superb. If
there is still room in the schedule, those who didn’t get chose should see if
you can get another contestant slot. Talk to Scott.
Do you agree with our choices? If you watch the replay, you’ll be able to
fill in a survey to let us know if there is someone else who should also move
on. Listen for the great tips and for your opportunity to advance another
Join us every Friday in February for contestant
presentations. March is reserved for the finals where those who have
moved on will present a second time and the listeners can choose the winner
rather than the judges. The commitment for March has lessened in that there
will only be 3 shows in March rather that the originally planned 5. We still
have openings for a couple of contestants, so if you’re interested, sign up to join!
Thanks to host Scott Hayes for this opportunity for me as a judge and
for the contestants for helping them build technical presentation skills that
are so valuable.
For details on the prizes for this competition… and a summary of last year’s
event… see my blog entry: http://ibm.co/AnZxb4
See also: Session 1 of the
DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition