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(THE social network for the DB2 community) continues to attract new members. Today there are over 1300 members. Are you one?
If you are a member, you likely already know about the great information and resources that are available to you... including content for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, Windows, System z, and System i:
- videos (166)
- blogs (35)
- photos (268)
- songs (23)
- discussions (151)
- events (13)
Did you also know that there are 49 groups that you are encouraged to join! The topics range from country-related groups, to certification prep groups, to conference groups. All the groups are open for you to add comments and discussions, but also provide you with targeted information that will surely be very beneficial!
So, join ChannelDB2.com if you aren't currently a member, and if you are a member, get the most from this active social network by joining and participating in the groups.
The groups that I have created (and highly recommend) is DB2 in Books
. I'm also a member of the following groups:
- IDUG Europe 2009
- DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Workshop
- DB2 for z/OS - What's On !
- DB2 in Canada
- IOD Conference
- DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
- DB2 for z/OS
- DB2 pureXML
I look forward to seeing you join as a member of one of these groups or more!
An industry first!
A special edition episode on October 1, 2010, at 11am Eastern.
During this special edition, DBI will be interviewing our top candidates for our open Software Consultant Engineer position (see http://www.dbisoftware.com/careers.php for details). Each candidate will be given 8 minutes to describe a DB2 LUW challenge they faced and how they conquered it, 1 minute to offer a quick DB2 tip, and 1 minute to "make their case" for why they are our best candidate.
Studio Audience members will get to vote on the candidates. Your votes will influence DBIs selection committee (but the final decision rests with DBI), determine the prize that each of our candidates will win, and everyone in the studio audience that participates in candidate voting will earn a $5 Amazon.com gift certificate (limited to the first 100 attendees that arrive).
Details and registration:
Join Scott Hayes for fun & education and a chance for FREE MONEY - SHOW UP AND VOTE!
November IM testing days Grow your skills and save
Take advantage of reduced pricing on professional certification exams by
attending testing day events, scheduled in select venues worldwide. Receive a
50% discount on all Information Management (IM) Professional Certification Exams
as well as Lotus, IBM Rational®, IBM Tivoli® and select IBM WebSphere®
For November there are still openings for:
November 17, 2009
November 24, 2009
Noisy-le-Grand Cedex, France
Schedule and reserve your seat
Why certify? How to prepare? What exams are available? I attempted to answer all of these questions and more in my series of certification blog entries: Certification 101. Susan
IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11, the Next Generation in OLTP Data Server Technology
was written by one of the industry's foremost authorities on IDS 11, Carlton Doe
. The availability of this book is very limited
... but one way you can guarantee yourself a copy is through our latest promotion.
Attend one of the following IDS classes between now and December 31, 2007 you will receive a copy of this book:
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PS... the book has proven to be extremely popular, so clearly there is a need for new books on IDS!
I'm sorry that I missed the fact that there IS a fee for the Crammer courses. Please see the CORRECT information below. I'm sorry for any confusion I may have caused. Thanks to Bryan for pointing out my mistake in this matter.
IDUG Pre-Conference Educational Seminars
IDUG's pre-conference educational seminars provide in-depth DB2 education that both enhances your professional development and offers the information you need to better achieve significant business results. Pre-conference educational seminars are available to both conference and non-conference attendees, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity of fantastic one-day education.
Register today for one of the nine educational seminars before it’s too late. Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Conference Attendee Seminar Fee:||$425|
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The 2010 Pre-Conference Educational Seminars are:
- Z01: DB2 9 for z/OS Cert Exam, Susan Lawson
- Z02: Save CPU Costs by Tuning your SQL, Bonnie Baker
- Z03: SQL: What To Use When You Can and Cannot Touch It, Sheryl Larsen
- 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 (IBM)
- Z06: DB2 for LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop, Scott Hayes (DBI)
- Z07: DB2 9 for z/OS In-depth, Phil Grainger (Independent Consultant)
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Get ready for another action packed tweetchat! Join us April 24 at noon (eastern) to discuss the topic Storing Big Data.
Join us to listen or contribute!
You don't need to be on twitter to "listen", but you do to contribute to the conversation. Here's what you do:
Go to tweetchat.com
Sign in with your twitter handle
Search on #bigdatamgmt
A new window will open that makes it easy for you to follow & contribute.
And you'll see the comments come flying. It is very fast paced.
With the launch last week, there were a number of articles written about this topic that I’d like to recommend you read:
New IBM storage chief Ambuj Goyal: I like all-flash and I cannot lie
Data in DRAM is a Flash in the Pan
Reduce IT, Legal and Compliance costs through Value Based Archiving and Defensible Disposal
Archiving the Big Data Old Tail
Finding gems in big data archives
Ten Properties of the Perfect Big Data Storage Architecture
Top 5 Myths About Big Data
Attend the April 30 Event: April 30 - Big Data at the Speed of Business - Find out more about managing big data, join IBM for a free event.
Another great tweetchat on the hashtag #bigdatamgmt! Here are the results:625 tweets, 157 users, 153,849 reach, 1,849,624 impressions
This is the recap of the Mobile Data tweetchat for questions 4 and 5. See also Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 1
Q4 Does mobile big data require different retention policies?
BigDataAlex A4:Retention for mobility is a key factor: do we really need to remember every location we have been - It links back to privacy
craigmullins A4: Data is retained for internal + external reasons: internal because it is needed for biz – external because laws demand it.
A4: You may choose to retain more data for mobile bigdatamgmt but be
careful because data once retained is discoverable during court trials
BigDataAlex A4: The question is who is doing the retaining of the data....
jeffreyfkelly A4 mobile data growing exponentially, so how much is retained and for how long gets tricky
craigmullins A4 Bigdata does not necessarily change retention reqmts but it complicates the issue
BigDataAlex A4: Mobile data is the new oil field.
Natasha_D_G Useless unless we mine & leverage it correctly RT @BigDataAlex: A4: Mobile data is the new oil field.
cristianmolaro A4: maybe not: retention should be a business variable not a access device matter
craigmullins A4: There are over 150 different regulations (at local, state, national, and international levels) that impact data retention.
furrier A4: yes it does - to save or not to save that is the question legal issue
IBMbigdata Whether tis nobler to save or not... RT @furrier: A4: yes it does - to save or not to save that is the question #legalissue
cristianmolaro A4: is not the amount of data or the older that it is that matters the most, but what you can get from it... insight!
craigmullins A4 #bigdata can be more costly to retain for long periods simply due to its massive volume
Dmattcarter can hadoop help? RT @craigmullins: A4 #bigdata can be more costly to retain for long periods simply due to its massive volume
BigDataAlex A4: Some folks save it all - some say save what you end - Big Data is about figuring out the difference.
Empirix A4 Different groups within an org might need the data for longer, to make informed decisions based on cust history
jameskobielus A4: Mobile doesn't impact retention policies at server--but should @ client. Keep sensitive info on device limited
jeffreyfkelly #BigData Shakespeare RT @furrier: A4: yes it does - #mobile data: to save or not to save that is the question
IBMbigdata RT @Empirix: A5 Your biz model & regs define retention policies- becomes more of a ? of do you have the right tech to hold it
TheSocialPitt Quoting Shakespeare on #bigdatamgmt chat! Well done!
cristianmolaro A4: there is a trend to increase data retention
Empirix @cristianmolaro Also need the right tools, questions, and people to get you there
furrier As navigation promotion here are all the videos from IOD http://t.co/tugNzS4MGE #bigdata
zacharyjeans Cold storage data solutions like @ironmountain will have more and more play in big data management
AllanKoivo A4: Key is HOW the data is retained. Policies always need to be dynamic to reflect new technologies
craigmullins @Dmattcarter Not sure how/if Hadoop would decrease storage costs?
cristianmolaro A4: not all bigdata have to be saved for later... think about live digital video recording... it leaves just for a short while
motohero Drill ready? Mine is! "@BigDataAlex: A4: Mobile data is the new oil field.
craigmullins A4 Over large spans of time technology becomes the problem, not the solution, for data retention
Natasha_D_G How so? RT @craigmullins: A4 Over large spans of time technology becomes the problem, not the solution, for data retention
craigmullins A4 Consider retaining data back in the 1960s. Could've been on punched cards. Can you even read them today?
BigDataAlex A4:is there enough power to run or water to cool the data we retain?
jeffreyfkelly A4 yes @cristianmolaro, w #Hadoop, storage constraints lifted - but retention policy still an issue and, while cheap, not FREE
cristianmolaro and what about being able to read today's bigdata in 20 years from now?
Betharonoff @AllanKoivo They've started testing digital data stored in DNA as coding system
motohero @craigmullins @Dmattcarter IBM is the oldest masters of storage, maybe they can provide insight about what they are creating
craigmullins A4 The longer you retain data the more likely the tech used to retain it has become obsolete
furrier A4: this is a good video to watch on compliance data issues http://t.co/crGpu821Sv
jameskobielus A4 Mobile #bigdata makes imperative 2 have enterprise rights mgmt policies 2 prevent multi-device over-retain/leak
Q5 Which type of #bigdata platform (#Hadoop, Streams, etc.) is best for #mobile clients?
A5 Your business model & regs define your retention policies - it
becomes more of a question of do you have the right tech to hold it
BigDataAlex A5 Streams!
A5: this has too many dimensions: all areas are affected - no one
technology wins; ease of ingest & extraction are key to this
IBMbigdata Should have known Alex would vote for InfoSphere Streams
cristianmolaro A5: any platform that would allow users to get information from bigdata
jeffreyfkelly A5 real-time key to mobile BigData - must get insights to mobile workers at the right time to take action
BigDataAlex A5: Big Telcos are trying to figure how to parse 700,000 calls per second and deal with dropped call management and service.
craigmullins A5: I’d look for customizable reports, dashboards, + graphs that users can adapt to their mobile preferences + needs
craigmullins A5: I think the presentation + interface on the mobile device is more important than Hadoop, etc.
BigDataAlex A5: Streaming analytics allows customers to keep up with the volume and interoperate with Hadoop for non-real-time analytics.
jameskobielus A5: No particular back-end bigdata platform preferred 4 mobile. Need front-end mobile access infrastructure agnostic to all
furrier @craigmullins I totally agree on the easy of use I would add reduce the steps to get extraction + insights
craigmullins A5: Maybe innovative interaction support (gesture, voice, etc.) too
jeffreyfkelly A5 definitely streaming, CEP-style tech to allow automated actions - must take action while customer still engaged
cristianmolaro A5: sometimes bigdata users are like people having a solution looking for a problem to solve...
AllanKoivo A5: not all mobile clients are the same- it depends on the objective of the client. There is no one size fits all solution
Natasha_D_G Usability, scalability all key RT @furrier: @craigmullins ease of use I would add reduce the steps to get extraction + insights
motohero A5 nosql on the bottom, webtech (pig, R) on top
furrier A5: many uses cases hadoop is great but what does real time mean?
Empirix A5 Predictive Analytics capabilities are important for keeping a competitive edge
craigmullins Like most new tech, marketers co-opt it! MT @cristianmolaro: A5: Bigdata users are ... looking for a problem to solve...
cristianmolaro A5: the one able to provide fast access to organization's insight with easy of operation...
BigDataAlex A5: Streams means real-time which means millions in the Telco space, esp., in Eurozone.
mjcavaretta BigData opportunities across the entire space of high-volume, high-value data generation.
Empirix @cristianmolaro Yes - you need the right questions first or there's no direction or focus
Natasha_D_G Should start w/ biz prob RT @cristianmolaro: A5: sometimes bigdata users =people having solution looking 4 problem to solve
IBMbigdata Is "real time" changing? RT @furrier: A5: many uses cases hadoop is great but what does real time mean?
furrier @motohero not all nosql but mostly yes SQL is a easy way to extract ontop of semi structured data- agree on above db layer
jeffreyfkelly how about in-time? RT @furrier: A5: many uses cases hadoop is great but what does real time mean?
cristianmolaro A5: Bigdata is everywhere... in any organization... you just have to discover how to leverage it
BigDataAlex Real-time at network line speed - 1, 10, and 100 GigE speeds - analytics in process, in flow - compute memory.
jameskobielus A5: In-memory #bigdata clients/servers with back-end streaming best for real-time mobile
motohero @furrier real-time is the here and now model of customer(for exmpl) that a decision can be derived from
Empirix Need the right tools to extract meaning @cristianmolaro: A5: bigdata is everywhere in an org, have to discover how to leverage it
AllanKoivo & other industries as well RT @BigDataAlex: A5: #Streams = real-time which means millions in the Telco space
motohero @furrier my vision is that SQL could be the cheese in the bigdatamgmt sandwich - that middle layer that can be exploited also
jameskobielus A5: Need lower-latency in-motion bigdata platforms closer to mobile client, batch & "data-at-rest" further
BigDataAlex So many problems require real-time analytics as an initial distillation process or layer.
furrier @motohero awesome! except some are making a "wish sandwich" - customer wish they had some "meat" :-)
jeffreyfkelly suddenly I'm hungry for lunch
TheSocialPitt Super-size me RT @motohero: @furrier my vision is SQL cld be cheese in bigdatamgmt sandwich - that middle layer that can be exploited also
jameskobielus A5: The mobile bigdata environment should have SQL-query-virtualization front-end to simplify access
I wish I was in California with my IDUG friends… Kate, Rebecca, Scott, Leon, Eddie, Kermit, and others! Not just for the learning and company, but to get away from this constant spring rain we are getting.
Kate sent me a note today to tell me about her first day at her first IDUG:
Anaheim is beautiful! The weather is sunny, with a clear blue sky and WARM! A big difference from the cold wet rain I left behind in Toronto.
The flight down was great, and it is unbelievable how much work you can get done in 4 hours when you don't have a network connection. I spent most of the flight reviewing presentations and making small updates. Last week, Simon Woodcock kindly reviewed my session and spent some time listening to me practice. He had some really good suggestions, so luckily I was able to spend the flight down making some last minute changes and quietly rehearsing in my head.
I also read the latest draft of the Workload Management Best Practice Paper - which is looking really good. I also made some changes to the Warehouse Recovery Planning session, adding in some of the usability slides that were put together based on the Triton Consulting study that was done. (Thanks Rick Sobesiak!)
Tomorrow To Do List:
- Register for the conference & plan what sessions I want to see
- Meet with Eddie Daghelian for further presentation tuning & practice
- 3:15 - present! (Susan, send me your best wishes, ok? I know I should not admit this, but I am kind of nervous...)
- 4:30 video taping session
I'll let you know how my presentation goes tomorrow :-)
I’m hoping to post again today to tell you about what’s going on with the certification team. I do have some book news to go with that, but more on that later.
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/.
A recent article published in Certification Magazine
entitled Developing your Leadership Skills
by Katherine Spencer Lee lists some basic ways to develop into a leader:
1) Keep Learning2) Increase your Involvement3) Develop Your Communication Skills4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
I think that Katherine provides sound advice for all... and would like to embellish a bit with some suggestions in each of these categories:
1) Keep Learning
My blog is filled with suggestions for books, tutorials, and articles to read. I'll add to that list with some suggestions for books more in the business area:
* Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints
* Can Two Rights Make a Wrong?: Insights from IBM's Tangible Culture Approach
* SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility
* New Language of Marketing 2.0, The: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market
* Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Site, 2nd Edition
2) Increase your Involvement
One of the best ways that I can suggest for you to become involved is via ChannelDB2.com
. With 1057 members as of today, this is the perfect place for you to get and/or share information with other database experts in the world.
As a reward for those who get involved, they have a chance to win the IBM Data Champion Award
. There is still time to nominate a champion... so if you have someone in mind, please go to the site and give them recognition. And who knows, maybe you'll be nominated next year!
3) Develop Your Communication Skills
You'll find loads of advice regarding how to improve your communication skills, just about everywhere you look, but the best advice I can give is that practice makes perfect. So look for opportunities to write, present, review, blog, podcast, etc. The more you do, the better you'll be.
I need to recommend a book as well! This is one of our classics, but is so highly rated that it is clearly a winner in providing advice for improving writing and reviewing skills:
* Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2nd Edition
4) Serve as a mentor and/or mentee
Mentoring is such a key opportunity for improving both your skills and your network. Benefit from this book that was written by a team of IBMers: Drawing on IBM's experience, the authors demonstrate how to build a diverse portfolio of effective mentoring programs...use mentoring to strengthen organizational intelligence...build sustainable communities of mentors and mentees...promote collaboration across differences...and above all, link mentoring to strategy and use it to sustain competitive advantage.
* Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge, and Relationships
All of the books I've mentioned in today's blog are IBM Press books. You may purchase these books in a number of places... the obvious is through amazon
. Direct from the publisher sites include:USA
and in India
, try our publishing partner Shroff Publishers
. If they don't have the book on their site, send a message to them requesting a book and they will see if they can sell it on their site.
And last, but not least, for electronic versions of these books, you can purchase Kindle
versions from amazon or subscribe to Books 24x7
or Safari Books Online
Watch The DB2Night Show Episode #10 on 8 Jan 2010 10am CST "DEAR IBM..." with IBM Executive Guests.
Host Scott Hayes has lined up IBM Executives Sal Vella (Vice President, Development, Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing), Tim Vincent (IBM Fellow and Chief Architect DB2 LUW), and Drew Bradstock (DB2 LUW Product Manager) to hear what is on YOUR mind regarding DB2 LUW.
This is YOUR chance to offer praise, criticism, ask questions, or offer suggestions to improve DB2 LUW. We will be looking at letters submitted in advance first, and we will also be putting studio audience members "on the air" live to take additional feedback and questions.
This is a RARE and special opportunity - usually you would have to attend an IDUG or IBM IOD conference to gain access to these DB2 LUW executive leaders.
Register NOW for your FREE seat in our Studio Audience - the capacity of our audience is limited to only the first 1,000 seat reservations. You are part of the DB2 LUW community - let your voice be heard!
Instructions for submitting a "DEAR IBM" letter, the show registration link, and recorded replays of previous shows can be found on:
The DB2Night Show(TM) is sponsored by DBI in co-sponsorship cooperation with the International DB2 User Group (IDUG) .
Sorry for the late notice! I hope you can make it...
The finally tally for exams last week was 951 takes! That is over a 4.5 day period. This is an amazing result -- and with the team we had delivery the exams, it didn't seem like overly hard work as it has in previous years.
Our z/OS exams were extremely popular at the conference as were the books. We completely sold out of the large quantity of the following three z/OS books we had at the show:DB2 Universal Database for z/OS V8.1 DBA Certification Guide
by Susan Lawson The Official Introduction to DB2 UDB for z/OS Version 8
by Susan Sloan DB2 Developers Guide, Fourth Edition
by Craig Mullins
Of the 951 exams taken last week, 200 were specific to DB2 for z/OS DBA. 31 at the V7 level and happily, 169 at the V8 level. It seems that the move to V8 is on.
Curt Cotner and Willie Favero have both recently started blogs, so for technical information that I'd never be able to provide, check them out.
If you weren't able to attend the conference, you can still buy the books (http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/ref.html#zos
) or take the exam at a location near your office, but for a fee (http://www.ibm.com/certify
I'm getting prepared to work at the IDUG Symposium in Toronto next week (http://conferences.idug.org/techsymposium/2005/index.cfm
). Were not giving free exams at this conference, but I'll be building awareness for the skills programs that we have and will be directing people to the Canadian Pearson bookstore. The publisher is planning to have a promotion on z/OS titles in honour of the conference. Check it out: http://www.pearsontechnology.ca/DB2
That's all for now. Have a great weekend!
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IBM has joined forces with SSWUG.org to create a BLU Acceleration mini course, offered at no charge, and available on demand (ie when YOU want it)! About an hour long, this course is taught by DB2 expert George Baklarz.
The jumpstart course covers the following areas in a single session:
Simple to implement and use
Deep hardware instruction exploitation
Optimal memory caching
You’ll recognize George Baklarz… he’s an award winning speaker, author of many books, and expert in most areas of DB2.
Gain a technical foundation with BLU Acceleration-- so you can apply it to help your organization gain an advantage through data insights!
Get started at: bit.ly/miniblucourse
Congratulations to new author Antonio Cangiano
from the DB2 Toronto Lab Team for the publication of his book:Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers
You may know Antonio because of his blogs or tweets, especially if you are part of the Ruby on Rails community.
Order this book now from amazon and receive a 33% discount:
List Price: $49.99Price: $33.74
You Save: $16.25 (33%)Who should read this book?
This book is for programmers who have experience developing the Microsoft Windows platform and are interested in learning more about, and getting the most out of, Ruby on Rails.
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved. Book Description
This definitive guide examines how to take advantage of the new Agile methodologies offered when using Ruby on Rails (RoR). You’ll quickly grasp the RoR methodology by focusing on the RoR development from the point of view of the beginner- to intermediate-level Microsoft developer. Plus, you’ll get a reliable roadmap for migrating your applications, skill set, and development processes to the newer, more agile programming platform that RoR offers.From the Back Cover
With its valuable combination of simplicity and productivity, Ruby on Rails is a portable, extendable, open source web application framework that quickly gained worldwide acclaim. The aim of this book is to make the enticing Rails methodology more approachable for developers who are already familiar with Microsoft tools.
After an overview and brief history of the framework, you'll focus on learning Rails development from the point of view of a beginner-to-intermediate level Microsoft developer.
The author explores all the fundamental aspects of Rails, and includes comparisons and references to Microsoft development tools that you may already be familiar with. In doing so, he provides you with an easier path to learn how Rails simplifies the design and implementation of web applications.
By serving as a roadmap for migrating your skill set, development processes, and applications to the newer Agile programming platform that Rails offers, this book will help you leverage your existing skills so you can quickly take advantage of the full potential of Rails.What you will learn from this book
- The Rails history and culture, as well as common misconceptions
- How to install Rails on Windows and other platforms
- How to grasp the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture pattern as implemented by Rails
- The different philosophies between Rails and Microsoft frameworks like ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC
- The essentials of the Ruby language and its datatypes
- Techniques for creating and developing a new RESTful Rails application
- Using the ActiveRecord Object-Relational Mapper (ORM) to work with databases
- Publishing and consuming Web Services with Rails
- Getting ready for deployment in production
Enjoy the book!
Yesterday I participated in a workshop about business blogs - The Business of Blogging: Being Social in a Pervasive, Networked World
The speakers discussed the history of blogging, tools that are available, research on who is blogging, as well as the issues of using blogs for business.
Speakers included Alvin Chin and Mark Chignell
from University of Toronto, Joey de Villa
from Tucows, Ian Graham
from BMO Financial Group, and Veronica Holmes
from Bell Canada.
From the research, it was shown that people who read blogs are highly educated people in their 30s or 40s who earn high salaries. Primarily, bloggers are looking for information that is hard to find in other places. You can see why businesses are getting more and more interested in setting up blogs to support their products / services.
For more information on CASCON, as well as details of all the conference proceedings, see https://www.ibm.com/ibm/cas/cascon/
Join the webcast TODAY: 11 EST. Replay will be available. Register now.
This news is from The World of DB2 for z/OS
Don't Miss our webcast today - 11 EST - 4 PM GMT. Even if you can not attend today you can register now and listen to the replay at your leisure !
Are you looking to reduce costs like many other organizations? DB2 9 for z/OS includes major enhancements to help you reduce workload, improve employee productivity so you can increase efficiency and directly impact the bottom line.
Listen to how Land Registry, a UK Government organization
successfully upgraded to DB2 9 and is reaping the business benefits.
This presentation will take you through the journey from start to
finish, highlighting the risk-mitigating activities that were
undertaken during the project lifecycle that contributed to a virtually
impact free migration. The topics explored are:
The business drivers and perceived benefits for upgrading;
Planning, preparation Testing and other pre-requisite activities;
The upgrade itself problems / lessons learned;
Benefits realisation and early experience of the new functions.
Speaker: Maria McCoy, Database Administrator on DB2 for z/OS, UK Government
Visit The World of DB2 for z/OS at: http://db2forzos.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
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Get ready for another action packed tweetchat! Join us May 8 at 11:00 (eastern) to discuss the topic Seeing red? Ask the right questions to choose a no-compromise database platform
You can expect to hear from these panelists and many more! Tip for those people trying to build a twitter following… this is a great way to do it!
Larry Heathcote @larryheathcote
Nancy Hensley @nancykoppdw
George Baklarz @upintheairyyz
Panelists: IBM Champions
Fred Sobotka @db2fred
Cristian Molaro @cristianmolaro
Scott Hayes @srhayes
Join us to listen or contribute!
You don't need to be on twitter to "listen", but you do to contribute to the conversation. Here's what you do:
Go to twubs.com or tweetdeck.com
Sign in with your twitter handle
Search on #ibmblu
A new window will open that makes it easy for you to follow & contribute.
And you'll see the comments come flying. It is very fast paced.
Review the tips for taking part in our tweetchat via this slideshare.
Topics we want your opinion on:
What capabilities do you wish your RDBMS had?
How much faster do you think your queries could be if you used in-memory technologies? 10x faster, 100x, more?
What are the top 3 tasks that you spend the most time doing?
What could better data compression do for you?
How do you currently incorporate unstructured data?
If your database platform were easier/simpler to manage and deploy, what would you do with your free time?
Can your database leverage your existing hardware investments?
How do you measure TCO?
June 4th, join us for a webinar featuring Larry Heathcote: “Is your database ready for the era of big data?”
Vote in the DBTA Readers choice awards (voting closes May 23).
If you have any questions about the chat, send me a direct message via @susvis
I've already given you many reasons why I'm a huge fan of Rebecca Bond's
, but did I tell you about her brillance at coming up with cool analogies or her incredible sense of humour?
Read Rebecca's latest article IBM DB2 9.7, DBADM and my Rubik's Cube
published in the Feb 19, 2010 edition of Database Journal explains the changes to DBADM autthority in DB2 9.7 and twist by twist, helps you understand the changes and how to benefit from them. Wonderful article, Rebecca!
If this article is leaving you wanting more Rebecca, you're in luck! Her website has just gone live
, so you can easily find out more about Rebecca and what she's up to... but best of all, you can read her blog entries.
Join me (as Scott's special guest) on Feb 12 at 11 am EST on The DB2Night Show Episode #12
- "The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Resources
What will I talk about?
Books, websites, podcasts, training options, tutorials, certification, white papers, social networking and more!
My webinar will be recorded if you can't make it to my session. Also remember that Paul Zikopoulos is Scott's guest next Friday, Feb 19.
Translated this means: Books: Enterprise Content Management, Information Integration, Master Data Management, and Data Warehousing.
I need help with today's list of books! I need better recommendations for the Enterprise Content Management area and the Data Warehouse area. I have a few Data Warehouse books in the works, but sadly no ECM. Can you help?
|ENTERPRISE CONTENT MANAGEMENT|
|Conquering Information Chaos in the Growing Business||Jim Hoskins||2005|
|Content Management for Dynamic Web Delivery||JoAnn T. Hackos||2002|
|Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy||Ann Rockley||2002|
|INFORMATION INTEGRATION, MASTER DATA MGMT & DATA WAREHOUSING|
|Master Data Management|
|The 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 Schroeck||2010|
|MDM for Customer Data - Optimizing Customer Centric Management of your Business||By Kelvin K. A. Looi||2009|
|Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic (IBM Press)||By Neal Fishman||2009|
|Data Warehouse Design: Modern Principles and Methodologies ||Matteo Golfarelli, Stefano Rizzi||2009|
|Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information ||Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul van Run, Dan Wolfson ||2008|
|Database Archiving: How to Keep Lots of Data for a Very Long Time||Jack Olson||2008|
|IBM Data Warehousing: With IBM Business Intelligence Tools||Michael Gonzales||2003|
|Data Warehouse Project Management||Sid Adelman||2000|
Thanks for your help!
Join a group of data experts as they discuss mobile issues on twitter.
Date: Wednesday, March 13Time: 12 PM - 1PM ET
Note: you don’t have to be on twitter to “listen” to the conversation.
tip from organizer Wikibon: As for the Twitter client, the easiest
things to use is tweetchat.com. Just log on using your twitter handle,
enter the hashtag #bigdatamgmt and it will set up a easy-to-use room.
You'll be able to see the real-time stream of tweets and it
automatically adds the hashtag to each tweet.
Yesterday I received a comment on my blog entry asking when the book would be available in India. Here is my answer.
Most of our DB2 titles are published with either MC Press or Pearson Education. Pearson has a subsidiary in India and their site has an IBM Press page
. I don't see any current books on the site yet, which is strange since the Security book was published in January this year. I've asked the publisher to let me know when the books will be ready in India and I'll pass the information along via my blog.
MC Press doesn't have a subsidiary, but they and other publishers tend to use local Indian publishers such as Schroff Publishing
. I see that some of the books that I highly recommend are already on the site, including: DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide, which you can purchase for Rs. 500.
I'll have more information about book availability in India and China very soon!
I have a math degree from University of Waterloo..... and many of the courses that I took way back then used IBM software and / or hardware to teach the concepts. I remember using SQL/DS on VM/CMS to learn about database concepts. We also had a lab filled with Mac Pluses... and I owned one myself, so the school didn't focus on mainframe even back then :)
IBM and higher education institutes continue to work together as can be seen in this announcement about IBM And DeVry University Launch New Enterprise Computing Track
: The new track will provide students with critical computing skills designed to meet the increased demands of IBM clients and Business Partners. The new Enterprise Computing track is planned to be available to DeVry University students beginning in March 2009.
DeVry University is a member of IBM's Academic Initiative
where faculty members worldwide can access more than 1,000 other hardware, software and services training resources at no cost.
If you are a member of ChannelDB2
you'll notice that Agatha Colangelo
and Raul Chong
are making excellent progress in building ambassadors at universities around the world.
If you are looking for a book that would be helpful at a university level... here are my suggestions:Database Design
* Physical Database Design: the database professional's guide to exploiting indexes, views, storage, and more Advanced Topics
* Enterprise Master Data Management – An Architectural Perspective
* Understanding DB2 9 Security
* Mining the Talk: Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information
* Cognos 8 Business Intelligence: The Official Guide
* Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to ConfidenceDatabase Concepts
* DB2 9 New Features
* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep
* Understanding DB2 9.5
* Administering Informix Dynamic Server, Building the Foundation
* Beginning DB2: From Novice to Professional
* An Introduction to IMS(TM): Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System
* The Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS (2nd Edition)Certification
* DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep
* DB2 9 DB2 z/OS DBA Certification Study Guide
* DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
* DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
* DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734 Database Programmer
* Building an Intelligent Web: Theory and Practice
* DB2 for Developers Technical WritingDeveloping Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors (2nd Edition)Web DesignBuilding an Intelligent Web: Theory and PracticeSOA
* SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility
* Executing SOA: A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect
* Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Compass: Business Value, Planning, and Enterprise RoadmapMarketing
* The New Language of Marketing 2.0: How to Use ANGELS to Energize Your Market
* Search Engine Marketing, Inc., 2nd Ed.
IBM Information Management Software Services consultants
go beyond technology to consider business impact—they strive to understand customers’ ultimate business goals and use technology to gain a competitive advantage. By linking technological solutions and business success, Software Services consultants help drive customer innovation.
Check out this site that provides profiles for a few of the consultants that make up the team of IBM Information Management Software Services consultants.Steve Graves
, Migration Solutions Architect - Carve out your next migration projectWith more than a decade of Services experience, Steve Graves has carved out a specialty in migrations to DB2 from competitive products. Steve has a deep understanding of the challenges unique migrations, and has expertly led dozens of customers through successful projects. Steve discusses how his clients have benefited from IBM Software Services when they made the move to DB2.Bill Williams
, Solutions Architect - Get tuned into migrationAs a Solutions Architect with over 25 years of Services experience, Bill is tuned into migrations. From SAP and Teradata migrations to Oracle and Sybase migrations, there is virtually no database that Bill hasn’t seen. Bill talks about IBM Software Services and his experience building a successful migration center of excellence.Dan Gibson
, Software Specialist - Dive into Data Warehousing With years of experience on countless customer projects, Dan Gibson is a Software Specialist with a deep understanding of Data Warehouses. Dan talks about the many ways that IBM Software Services can dive in to help you can gain strategic advantage during your next Data Warehousing project.Edin Aganagic
, Database Specialist - Gaining an edge on your next Data Warehousing ProjectWith more than two and a half decades of Services experience, Edin has carved out a unique specialty in Data Warehousing on SMP systems, MPP systems, and loosely-coupled systems-clusters. Edin discusses his approach to Data Warehousing and how IBM Software Services can assist you with your next warehousing project.Maksym Petrenko
, Database Consultant -Going the distance with DB2 Deeply involved with IBM database technology since the beginning of his career, Maksym knows DB2. With dozens of unique and challenging customer experiences under his belt, he has developed an expertise in application tuning and knows how to get the most out of your database. Max discusses his approach to DB2 and how clients have increased database performance and improved business results with Software Services.
For more information as to how you can engage these services, see IBM Information Management Software Services
PS, check out Kate's new blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/katedawson[Read More
I just realized that I haven't blogged about our certification program in some time. I dusted off a blog entry I did last year, updated it, and voila, here it is:
DB2 has six current certification exams that each lead to a different certification role. The most common certification is IBM Certified Database Administrator. Here are the exams that cover DB2 9 content:
* Exam 730
- DB2 9 Fundamentals * Exam 731
- DB2 9 DBA for Linux, Unix, and Windows* Exam 732
- DB2 9 DBA for z/OS* Exam 733
- DB2 9 Application Developer * Exam 734
- DB2 9 Advanced DBA for Linux UNIX and Windows* Exam 736
- DB2 9 Database Administrator for Linux UNIX and Windows Upgrade
Each exam has a time limit of 90 minutes, except the upgrade exam which has a time limit of 60 minutes. The number of questions and the cutscore for each exam varies. For example, exam 730 has 64 questions and you must score 59 percent or higher to pass it.
To become certified as a Database Administrator, you must pass both exams 730 and 731. Exam 730 covers basic DB2 concepts like SQL, installation, packaging, security, and concurrency. Exam 731 is much more detailed and focuses on the job tasks that a database administrator does in his or her daily job. Certification Tips
Common questions about certification go something like this: Do I have to get certified?
, Is it worth anything?
, and How do I get it?
I've put together answers to these questions along with some other advice that I hope you find useful. Do I need a DBA Certification to get a job as a DBA?
Not always as it depends on a number of factors. If you've worked as a DBA before or have a degree in an IT related field, and have experience using DB2, you may not need to get certified. I'd recommend it anyway, as regardless of what you already know, you'll learn something new during the process of earning a certification that may be tremendously valuable to you or your company If you have an older certification, upgrading to the most current level is an easy way to ensure that you stay on the top of your game.
If your employer requires you to be certified, or a job you are trying to get lists certification as a requirement, then for sure you'll need to earn the required certifications.
If you have little experience using DB2 or if you have a degree in a non-IT field and you're trying to break into the database arena, it's generally a good idea to get a few DB2 Certifications so employers take you a little more seriously. For self-study, also check out the free tutorials that IBM provides for most of the exams. The tutorials are broken into hour long segments of information based on the exam objectives. If have a great deal of experience, this may be all you need to prepare for the exam. To see the full set of exam prep tutorials
that are available, see ibm.com/software/data/education/selfstudy.html.
Classroom education is an excellent way to learn, but may be difficult to justify for some people due to costs. If you find that you learn most effectively through classroom education, encourage your employer to pay for them. Don't forget to look into ILO training as this type of training gives you all the benefits of classroom education, but eliminates the travel costs. The best place to start to determine the classroom education that best fits your needs is with the training roadmaps
: ibm.com/software/data/education/roadmaps.html.Is there an easier way to get certified, that doesn't include studying?
Not many things of value don't require an effort. There are sites on the web that claim to have the actual certification exam for you to buy and memorize in order to pass the exam. These are created by a previous applicant who shares knowledge of the questions on a certification exam with a third party. There is no noble purpose of this information sharing. It is cheating, pure and simple. IBM has a non-disclosure agreement that they make every exam applicant agree to before they allow you to take the test. Any person who creates or gives out questions or answers from a certification exam is in violation of the NDA and if you get caught "dumping", you're likely to have your certs revoked, at a minimum! And, if you get caught using someone else's dump, you'll get your certs revoked and will never be able to get certified through IBM again.
Further more, there's the credibility issue of this information. Most dumps are littered with errors, spelling and otherwise. There are a lot of companies out there that sell brain dumps, but just because you pay for their version of sims / exams, doesn't make it legal. Be very careful of cheap exam sims because they tend to be brain dumps. If you have any questions about the validity of a company's product, ask other people in the DB2 Forums or go to IBM directly. As mentioned earlier, DB2 exams are experience based, so lots of practice using the product in as many areas as possible, may allow you to pass the exam without studying.
If I take the assessment exams repeatedly, will I eventually see all the questions on the certification exam?In the past, IBM offered free assessment exams to all candidates. It seems that several people were taking these exams multiple times in a possible attempt to memorize all of the questions. The bad news for these people is that the set of questions on the assessment exams is different than the set on the certification exams. Also, memorizing the questions and answers will not help you learn the material at all! I suggest that you take at least one assessment test to see how ready you are, but only AFTER you have read the exam objectives and had either experience or training. By the way, the assessment exams now cost $10 per take, so that will help you limit the number of assessment exams you decide to take. Here is the site that will get you to the assessment exams
: ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/assessment.html.Can I gain experience by reading DB2 Forums and Blogs?
Absolutely! There are several DBAs who firmly believe helping out on the various forums have helped us gain a deeper understanding of subjects that were on the exams. So, contribute to those forums. You're not only helping other people, you're helping yourself as well! Most likely you'll find members of the DB2 development team actively taking part in the forums as well. Here are the sites that I recommend, at the least:Planet DB2
- a blog aggregator that combines DB2 blogs from around the world.IBM developerWorks
- DB2 PortalIDUG
– International DB2 User’s GroupIs it true that the DB2 Fundamentals Exam (700 or 730) caters to an LUW audience?
Not at all. The DB2 Fundamentals Exam contains only questions that are true for each and every platform! In fact, I've noticed that people whose primary area of experience is with DB2 for z/OS find this exam pretty easy.Recommended Learning Path for Certification:
Here is the recommended path I suggest you take to prepare for a DB2 exam:
1) Choose the exam you want to take based on your job role. The DBA and AppDev certifications first require that you are certified as a Database Associate. To help you decide where to start, see the certification roadmaps
2) Read through the exam objectives. Every question on the exam relates directly to one or more of the exam objectives. For a breakdown of the exam objectives and the recommended study materials
, see ibm.com/software/data/education/certprep.html
3) If you are experienced with DB2 and feel that you are prepared to pass based on what you saw in the exam objectives, take an assessment exam. You'll get a report after taking the assessment exam that can help you pinpoint your weaknesses.
4) If you are NOT experienced with DB2, download a free version of DB2 Express-C
and give it a try!
5) Decide on how you best want to increase your skills, and test your level of skill achieved by taking an assessment exam
a) Consider buying one of the Certification Study Guides
to refresh and deepen your skills: ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/
b) Take a free tutorial
c) Take an education class from IBM or one of its partners.
6) Feel ready? Book your test! Testing centers are located around the world. Find a location closest to your office or home: www.prometric.com/ibm. If this is your first time taking a certification exam, review the steps on this site: ibm.com/certify/process/t_proc.shtmlWhich book is best?DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition)
by George Baklarz and Paul ZikopoulosWhat can you find in this book? Well, 1136 pages, for starters! As you can tell from the sheer size of the book is that you'll find much more than exam prep details! In fact, I would suggest that you continue to buy / read the Exam Study Guides by Roger Sanders to prepare for DB2 Certification Exams, but buy this book as your way to learn what you need to know, beyond the exams.
For exam prep, the best books are these:DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
by Roger SandersDB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
by Roger Sanders DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
by Roger Sanders. You can find these books for sale at online book retails across the world.DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
You can find these books for sale at online book retails across the world.
PS: Check out Kate's blog entry
with details about the upgrade exam: www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/katedawson[Read More
Are you aware of the The Future Runs on ??????
Join the call to find out "what IS going on?" first hand. Join Bob Hoey
and Jim Stallings
tomorrow, February 26, 2008 at 02:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time. Audience members may arrive 15 minutes in advance of this time.
Hear about a new product that will be introduced.
PS, check out Kate's new blog
: www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/katedawson[Read More
The series of DB2 V9 Study Guides by Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson / Dan Luksetich are being published in India (at local currency) through Shroff Publishers & Distributors
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study GuideDB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
I don't see these books on the Shroff site yet, but they have the manuscripts and they are expected to appear very soon.
The Value of Real-Time Decision Making with PureData Systems for Operational Analytics
host Serge Rielau and guest James Cho (PureData Systems architect) for
an in-depth discussion about how the PureData System supports real-time
decision making. Real time operational warehousing can help your
organization by providing immediate analytics to speed decision making,
for example, fraud detection.
will also explain the features and advantages of this expert integrated
system that provides simplified deployment, maintenance, and more.
world of data management and analytics is changing very rapidly. This
talk is a great way to expand your knowledge to include some of the
emerging techniques and technologies.
Click to register.
Date: Thursday February 28, 2103
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern / 11:30 AM Central / 9:30 AM Pacific / 17:30hrs London/ 18:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 11 PM
DB2 Tech Talk series is a free set of monthly in-depth technical
webinars from IBM technical professionals. Join the experts to learn
about DB2-related breakthrough technology, best practices, and get your
questions answered during live Q & A sessions at the end of each
Replays of many of the newer webcasts are available on the DB2 Tech Talks page.
Here are some replays you may wish to check out:
This is cool! developerWorks has grouped together related technical articles, tutorials, demos, webcasts, presentations and podcasts into packages that are called e-Kits
Now you can find all the related information you need to learn about a specific topic without having to crawl through multiple search results.
I count 29 e-Kits
on the site, and I'm sure they're creating more. Here are the ones that cover Information Management topics:Customer e-Kit for DB2 9 Performance Optimization feature for Linux, UNIX and Windows
Experience the combined power of DB2® Query Patroller and DB2 Performance Expert. The contents of this e-Kit teaches you how the DB2 9 Performance Optimization feature for DB2 Linux™, UNIX® and Windows® can help improve your performance, throughput, and response times. IBM Data Architect e-Kit
Learn how IBM solutions can help discover new enterprise information sources and content as well as improve the quality of its information. Arm yourself with the latest solutions from IBM to jumpstart enterprise consistency, drive quality, and unlock the mystery of your data sources. Smart Data Administration e-Kit: Effectively manage and optimize your data environment
Learn how IBM Data Servers and tools solutions can help enable DBAs to be more productive in the face of increased demands and information. Susan[Read More