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Two New Demos: See Informix Dynamic Server products in action. Thanks to Carolyn M. Kniffin for this information!
Watch how Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) products can deliver blazing online transaction processing (OLTP) performance, legendary reliability and nearly hands-free administration.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise Replication:This illustrated demo shows the capabilities of IBM IDS Enterprise Replication and how it can help ensure an effective and consistent delivery of corporate data, enterprise-wide.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server High Availability:This illustrated demo presents IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) High Availability solutions and how they can drive maximum business value and fully leverage your hardware and software investments.
> Read the blog posting in the DEMOcentral News blog for more information> Watch the "IBM Informix Dynamic Server Enterprise Replication" demo> Check out the "IBM Informix Dynamic Server High Availability" demo
I've mentioned Amazon's Kindle several times, but here's another cool gadget to tell you about: the Chumby.
I haven't personally seen a Chumby yet... but like Kate, would love to have one! YOU can get one though... for FREE! IBM will send you a chumby device - currently valued at $179.95 - when you:
* Enroll in an eligible class between August 8 and December 9, 2008. (Eligible classes are listed here.)
* Attend the eligible class by December 12, 2008.
* Furnish the priority code 6N8AR39E when you enroll online or when you call 1-800-IBM-TEACH (1-800-426-8322) to enroll via phone.
* This promotion cannot be combined with other IBM discounts on the eligible classes, or with any other IBM education offerings, including the IBM Education Pack - online account.
* Upon completing the class, you will receive an e-mail directing you to an online form used to gather your shipping information. Complete the form and your chumby device will be shipped to you within 6 to 12 weeks.
Complete IDUG's Data Professionals Survey and Enter to Win $200
Complete the IDUG survey Evolving Skills and Roles of Data Professionals and earn a chance to win a $200 American Express Gift Certificate.
In addition to being entered in the prize drawing, those who complete the survey will also receive the Final Report of the "Evolving Skills and Roles of Data Professionals" survey results free by email when the study is completed.
The sweepstakes period ends on April 11, so please complete the survey today. The survey requires approximately 5-7 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. All email addresses supplied will be used only for the purposes of communicating results of the prize drawing and distribution of the Final Report.
All correspondence related to this survey is confidential and will be emailed directly by IDUG. Unisphere Research, publishers of Database Trends and Applications magazine (to subscribe click here), will gather the information and prepare the report as a service to IDUG. A complete listing of sweepstakes rules can be found at the link above.
Last week I posted about DB2 for z/OS books and mentioned Craig Mullin's book. Unfortunately I mentioned the 4th edition instead of the 5th. Here are the details on the 5th edition:
DB2 Developer's Guide (5th Edition)
by Craig S. Mullins
I added a link to the right hand side of this page to link to his book. Its now on sale at amazon for 29% off.
Also, I mentioned that Curt Cotner has a blog. The address is: http://email@example.com
I've also added a link to the right for your future reference.
Thanks to those who gave me comments to correct these ommissions.
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I have one final set of book recommendations that I'll blog about. These titles are largely topics that do not directly relate to our IBM Information Management products, but instead cover other IBM products or general topics. Once again if you feel that there are books in this list that shouldn't be here... or if you think I should add a title, please let me know. These books will ultimately be listed on our bookstore website.
For my previous entries see:
I wanted to make sure that you were aware of this promotion that my team is currently running:
With every qualifying IBM Information Management classroom training course you attend between June 5, 2007 and October 31, 2007, you will receive a certification discount voucher good for 50% off the cost of an eligible Information Management certification exam. Along with industry recognition, IBM Certified Professionals proudly get to display the IBM Certified Professional Logo and will receive an official Information Management Certified Professional t-shirt!
For a list of the eligible courses and exams... as well as the usual legal verbiage, see our Train and Save Promotion page.
Distinguish yourself in this highly skilled marketplace by joining our elite group of IBM Certified Professionals, there is no better time!
If you are a DBA and only want to buy a single book to have as a reference, here's what I suggest:
DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition)
Written by long time DB2 experts and DB2 evangelists, George Baklarz and Paul Zikopoulos, this book is the reference and guide that you will use over and over as you do your job!
DB2 for z/OS
DB2 Developer's Guide (5th Edition) by long time DB2 expert and consultant, Craig Mullins. This book keeps on selling and selling... so it may be that everyone who works on DB2 for z/OS already owns a copy! If you don't, you should!
Informix Dynamic Server
Administering Informix Dynamic Server: Building the Foundation by long time IDS expert Carlton Doe. At this point, this is the ONLY up to date IDS book that is available! Buy it because it WILL update you on all the changes in the product, but also, the more books that sell, the more likely it is that we'll have more IDS books published!
If you do not find that these books fill your needs... don't worry... we have many others! See our IBM IM Bookstore and the channelDB2.com DB2inBooks discussion group.
Several people have notified me that Prometric was listing our upgrade exam (Exam 736) for the price of $150 per take. This was an error and it's now been corrected.
Roger Sanders is currently working on follow-ons to his DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide.... one for Exam 731 and one for Exam 736. These books will continue with the tradition started by Roger in that they'll contain as many sample questions as possible. The Fundamentals book just arrived last week at our site's library and there is already a huge waiting list for the book.... perhaps the library needs to buy more copies to keep up with the demand! I hope the book is as popular for your company as well. If not... it should be!
Speaking of Roger Sanders, Part 1 of his in-depth LBAC article can be found on db2mag.com: Understanding Label-Based Access Control, Part 1.
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IDUG Orlando begins at the end of the month. I’ll be in Orlando promoting books at the IDUG event:
April 29th - May 3rd, 2013
I wasn’t able to set up a bookstore for this event, but I hope you will like and benefit from what I was able to arrange.
I have a single copy of each book that I want to promote being shipped to me at the conference. I’ll set these up in the EXPO area (Booth #316) for you to take a look at what is available. Browse through the books as well, but leave them with me so others may take a look as well.
I’ll then provide you information as to how you can order a copy of the book for yourself. Several of the publishers have also agreed to sell the books at a discount so IDUG attendees can get the best price possible.
Here are the books I’ll be promoting:
Pearson / IBM Press: Offer: 45% off if you are an IDUG member! Sign in as a member on IDUG.org to get the promotion code.
These books are featured on the ibmpressbooks.com website that offers 35% off and free shipping within the US. Be sure to bookmark this page and share with others who buy technical books. IBM Press books are available in epub and kindle formats as well.
MC Press: Offer up to 40% discount from April 29 - May 15, 2013.
Packt books are available in epub and kindle formats as well.
McGraw-Hill: Valid until the end of 2013, receive 40% off of each of these titles when you use Promo Code IBMIDUG at this website: http://www.mhprofessional.com.
McGraw-Hill books are available in epub and kindle formats as well.
In addition to these books, we’ll also be handing out a limited number of free printed Flashbooks.
I blogged about IBM DB2 Gaming last month, and when at the IDUG Athens conference last week, I handed out many DVDs that contain these games. I hope all those who received a DVD find it useful.
One of the suggestions I made to the attendees last week is that the games can be suitable for a teenaged audience. I was part of the pilot team and personally taught a classroom full of high-school students using the DB2 Detective Game. I was very pleased to see the awe in the students at the end of the session with comments like "oh, that's a database!" or "SQL is REALLY powerful". I hope you have similar experiences with either teenagers or new employees. Please let me know your experiences.
IBM DB2 Detective GameIBM DB2 Business Game
Download these podcasts and listen on your ipod, iphone, computer... whatever...
Podcast Series: DB2 9 for z/OS pureXML by Guogen Zhang
This is a 10-part introductory podcast series on pureXML business value and technical knowledge. The first part covers overview and business value, and the follow-on 8 parts cover different aspects of pureXML. The last part talks about best practices.
And... while you're visiting ChannelDB2.com, be sure to check out the groups that are available for you to join!
I wanted to point out these Application Development ebooks to you:
These eBooks (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/dm-0511appdev/)take you through a guided tour of your chosen programming model and the accompanying native support enablement that comes with IBM DB2 Universal Database. You'll quickly find that the interfaces, the tooling, and the help are all cognizant of your choice of programming model. When it comes to application developers and DB2 UDB, you truly can have your cake and eat it too. When it comes to application developers, no other database provides the level of tooling and language integration like DB2 UDB. Whether you want to write your applications in an Open Source language like PHP, you're exploring the world of Web services vis-a-vis a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), live for Java, or love .NET, the DB2 UDB database platform is there for you. See for yourself just how easy it is to develop applications for the DB2 platform!
Just a side note on one of the authors: I recommended Paul Zikopoulos as a guest lecturer at Queen's University. Paul did an amazing job and the Queen's professor said that Paul was the best guest lecturer he's had in over 10 years! If you get a chance to hear Paul speak, I suggest that you take the opportunity. If that's not possible, I suggest that you pick up one of the many retail books that Paul's been involved with:
Apache Derby / Cloudscape - Off to the Races
The Official Guide to DB2 V8
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This book published last year, but is deserving of much more attention!
Use Best Practice Patterns to Understand and Architect Manageable, Efficient Information Supply Chains That Help You Leverage All Your Data and Knowledge
In the era of “Big Data,” information pervades every aspect of the organization. Therefore, architecting and managing it is a multi-disciplinary task. Now, two pioneering IBM architects present proven architecture patterns that fully reflect this reality. Using their pattern language, you can accurately characterize the information issues associated with your own systems, and design solutions that succeed over both the short- and long-term.
Building on the analogy of a supply chain, Mandy Chessell and Harald C. Smith explain how information can be transformed, enriched, reconciled, redistributed, and utilized in even the most complex environments. Through a realistic, end-to-end case study, they help you blend overlapping information management, SOA, and BPM technologies that are often viewed as competitive.
Using this book’s patterns, you can integrate all levels of your architecture–from holistic, enterprise, system-level views down to low-level design elements. You can fully address key non-functional requirements such as the amount, quality, and pace of incoming data. Above all, you can create an IT landscape that is coherent, interconnected, efficient, effective, and manageable.
At IBM Insights:
If you are attending the IBM Insights conference, you can meet Mandy and Harald and have them sign your book for you. They will be available on Tuesday October 28 from 2:45 to 3:45 pm at the conference bookstore.
About the authors:
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Mandy has worked for IBM since 1987. She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Master Inventor, and member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team. As the chief architect for InfoSphere® Solutions in IBM’s Software Group, Mandy designs common information integration patterns for different industries and solutions.
In earlier roles, Mandy’s work has focused on transaction processing, event management, business process management, information management, and model-driven development. This breadth is reflected in her invention portfolio, which to date stands at over 50 issued patents worldwide.
Outside of IBM, Mandy is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, UK. In 2001, she was the first woman to be awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2000, she was one of the “TR100” young innovators identified by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. In 2006, she won a British Female Innovators and Inventors Network (BFIIN) “Building Capability” award for her work developing innovative people and the BlackBerry “2006 Best Woman in Technology - Corporate Sector” award. More recently, she was granted an honorary fellowship of the Institution for Engineering Designers (IED) and she won the “2012 everywoman Innovator of the Year.” For more information on Mandy’s publications, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Chessell.
Harald has worked for IBM since 2005. Harald is a software architect in IBM’s Software Group specializing in information quality, integration, and governance products, and is IBM certified in delivering IBM Information Management solutions. In this role, he develops best practices, methodology, and accelerators for common information integration use cases.
Harald has 30 years of experience working with data quality products and solutions; product and project management; application development and delivery; system auditing; technical services; and business processes across the software, financial services, healthcare, and education sectors. Harald was the product manager at Ascential® Software and IBM responsible for designing and bringing the IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer product to market as a key component in IBM’s information quality portfolio. He has been issued three patents in the field of information quality and rule discovery and was recently recognized as an IBM developer- Works Contributing Author.
His publications include the IBM developerWorks articles “The information perspective of SOA design” [parts 6, 7, and 8], “Use IBM WebSphere® AuditStage in a federated database environment,” “Using pre-built rule definitions with IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer,” “Designing an integration landscape with IBM InfoSphere Foundation Tools and Information Server” [part 1], and “Best practices for IBM InfoSphere Blueprint Director” [parts 1 and 2]. For the IBM InfoSphere Information Server documentation, Harald contributed to the “IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer Methodology and Best Practices Guide” and “IBM InfoSphere Information Server Integration Scenario Guide”; he has also contributed to three IBM Redbooks®.
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Free e-book: Getting Started with IBM Data Studio for DB2
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Congratulations to the author team for this amazing accomplishment!
First of all, what is IBM Data Studio?
IBM Data Studio is an Eclipse-based tool that is the replacement of the DB2 Control Center and other tools for DB2. In conjunction with DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2, Data Studio is ideal for DBAs, developers, students, ISVs, or consultants because it's easy and free to use. You can extend Data Studio with additional robust management and development capabilities from IBM to help accelerate solution delivery, optimize performance, protect data privacy, manage data growth, and more.
What can you learn in the book?
Getting started with IBM Data Studio couldn't be easier. Read this free ebook to:
Watch or download IBM Data Studio videos from channeldb2.com.
Download the software and the book here!
Also, check out all the action that is happening ON CAMPUSES around the world! The group is growing. There is excitement! And thanks to Agatha, there is a new newsletter for your to read with some of the year's highlights! Join ChannelDB2.com today and join the groups that interest you...... hopefully including DB2 in Books and DB2 on Campus!
This is my last working day before I fly to Vegas for the IOD Conference. I arrive on Saturday morning and will begin my work by ensuring that all the packages (aka books) have arrived as expected. I meet with a publisher on Saturday night and then the full days begin on Sunday. Here is my schedule, so I hope we cross paths once or twice if you're in Vegas as well!
Sunday October 26 7:00 am - 9:30 pm --> Conference Registration12:00 pm - 8:00 pm --> Bookstore - Ellice Uffer10:00 am – 4:00 pm --> Certification Lab - Susan Dykman, Certification Program Manager12:00 pm - 7:00 pm --> Skills Hub - Heather Ramsey, Education Marketing Manager1:00 pm - 4:30 pm --> How to Navigate the Conference 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm --> EXPO Solution Center Grand Opening Reception 6:00 pm --> Ensure pureXML for Dummies at ped, see Conor O'Mahoney8:00 pm – 10:00 pm --> Community Receptions
Monday October 27 10:00 am – 8:00 pm --> Bookstore10:00 am – 5:00 pm --> Certification Lab10:15 am – 6:00 pm --> Skills Hub6:45 am - 7:45 am --> Breakfast8:15 am - 10:00 am --> GRAND OPENING SESSION (events center): "Unlock the Business Value of Your Information" with Ambuj Goyal, Steve Mills, Jon Iwata10:00 am - 11:00 am --> Outside Events Center, Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper sign Information On Demand for Dummies book.10:30 am - 11:30 am --> Events Center, Business Intelligence and Performance Management with Rob Ashe, General Manager, BI & Performance Management11:30 am - 12:30 am --> Outside Events Center Bill Wong, Paulo Pereira, Dr. Guenter Sauter, Dr. William O’Connell, Bryan Byrne, Phil Downey, Dan Wolfson, Rex Wiederanders, Harriet Fryman, Alan Meyer signing Driving Business Optimization with Trusted Information11:30 am – 2:00 pm --> Lunch12:30 pm – 8:00 pm --> EXPO Solution Center Open2:15 pm - 3:15 pm --> Events Center, Data Management with Arvind Krishna, Vice President, Database Servers3:15 pm – 4:15 pm --> Outside Events Center, Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, Dwaine Snow, Aamer Sachedina signing of Viper Strikes Again 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm --> Outside Events Center, Carlton Doe signing IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11 and Addendum: IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11.5 Addendum3:15 pm – 4:15 pm --> Mandalay Bay H, Copies of Driving Business Optimization with Trusted Information available at Greg Lotko’s session.5:00 pm - 8:00 pm --> EXPO Solution Center Reception5:30 pm – 7:30 pm --> Reception with Doug White and Paul Zikopoulos8:00 pm - ?? --> Fourth Millennium Technologies' Annual Hospitality Party Tuesday October 28 7:30 am - 7:00 pm --> Bookstore7:00 am – 5:00 pm --> Certification Lab10:00 am – 6:00 pm --> Skills Hub10:00 am – 5:00 pm --> Certification “Members Only” Lounge Open7:00 am - 8:00 am --> Breakfast8:30 am - 9:30 am --> Events Center, GENERAL SESSION "What's Your Information Agenda Approach?" featuring Tom Davenport and Panel of Innovators10:30 am - 11:30 am --> Bayside Foyer, Level 1 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Tom Davenport signing book Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning10:00 am - 11:00 am --> Events Center, InfoSphere with Jim Welch, Vice President, InfoSphere11:00 am - 12:00 am --> Outside Events Center, Bill Wong, Paulo Pereira, Dr. Guenter Sauter, Dr. William O’Connell, Bryan Byrne, Phil Downey, Dan Wolfson, Rex Wiederanders, Harriet Fryman, Alan Meyer signing Driving Business Optimization with Trusted Information12:30 am - 7:00 pm --> EXPO Solution Center Open 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm --> Lunch2:15 pm – 3:15 pm --> Session TBI-2814, giveaway of book The Execution Premium: Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage4:00 pm - 5:00 pm --> Bayside Foyer, Level 1 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Maria Villar signing of book: The business of data from chaos to confidence. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm --> EXPO Solution Center Reception7:00 pm – 11:00 pm --> Networking Halloween Party
Wednesday October 29 7:30 am - 4:00 pm --> Bookstore7:00 am - 8:00 am --> Breakfast7:00 am – 6:30 pm --> Certification Lab10:00 am – 6:00 pm --> Skills Hub10:00 am – 5:00 pm --> Certification “Members Only” Lounge Open8:30 am - 9:30 am --> GENERAL SESSION "Future of Information Management" featuring Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger12:00 pm - 2:00 pm --> Outside the InfoSphere demo room (on the 2nd floor), Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul Van Run, Dan Wolfson signing Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information. Tickets will be issued at IP&S sessions and book can be picked up in IP&S Demo Room – Mandalay Bay J&K.12:30 pm - 2:00 pm --> Lunch12:30 pm - 3:45 pm --> EXPO Solution Center Open1:30 pm - 2:30 pm --> Bayside Foyer, Level 1 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Roger E. Sanders, Dwaine R Snow signing DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide1:30 pm - 2:30 pm --> Bayside Foyer, Level 1 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Carlton Doe signing Administering Informix Dynamic Server: Building the Foundation3:00 pm – 4:00 pm --> Bayside Foyer, Level 1 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center George Baklarz, Paul Zikopoulos signing DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition)6:00 pm - 7:00 pm --> Pick up ticket from Express C people, BOF-2502A DB2 - Free as in Beer on Wednesday October 29 6-7pm6:00 pm - 7:00 pm --> Mandalay Bay South - Breakers G, IOD BOF: Data Management Blogging Community (not just for bloggers!)6:00 pm - 7:00 pm --> Location: Mandalay Bay South Convention Center - South Seas A-B, BOF-2267A Women In Technology: Leveraging Our Unique Abilities to Build Success6:30 pm --> House of Blues, Mandalay Bay, DB2's 25th Anniversary Reception
Yes, I'll be busy... as will all attendees at the event!