Join Serge Rielau and Jon Lind for the next DB2 Tech
Talk (formerly known as Chat with the Lab) on Thursday Feb 23 at 12:30
pm ET. The topic: Solving Complex Data Warehousing Problems with Advanced Tooling of
InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Editions
IBM InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Enterprise Edition adds leading
architecture, performance, backup, and recovery tools that help increase
efficiency and reduce time to market through increased understanding of current
data assets while simplifying daily operations of managing complex warehouse
deployments. This session will explore in detail the tooling provided as part of
the InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Enterprise Edition.
Delivered as part of the Advanced Editions, a comprehensive set of
warehouse packs enable you to deploy leading industry models and Cognos reports
to more easily understand and gain insight into your markets and campaigns,
customers, and supply chains. Whether its insight into customers, markets and
campaigns, or your supply chain one of the included Warehouse Packs has a model
ready to deploy and start loading your businesses data. The included Cognos
reports provide a set of sample reports that then can be enhanced and tailored
for your specific business needs. During this session we will examine the
functionality of these packs and show an example deployment.
The availability and integrity of data in operational data warehouses is
becoming more and more critical to the business enterprises requiring increased
SLAs. Solutions comprised of the Recovery Expert, Merge Backup and High
Performance Unload tools provide unique capabilities for changed data analysis,
elimination of physical or logical data errors and maximizing data availability.
We will examine in detail the features these solutions present and demonstrate,
through realistic user scenarios, the business value that can be gained by
complementing and extending your data management and recovery strategies with
DB2 Tech Talk - Solving Complex Data Warehousing Problems with Advanced Tooling of
InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Editions
Date: Thursday Feb 23, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Hosted By: Serge Rielau (IBM)
Presented By: Jon Lind (IBM)
Interested in Data Warehousing? Here are some of my previous blog entries on
get asked this question all the time. What are we doing to prepare the
next generation in terms of up and coming technology. You’ll be happy
to know that plenty is going on. Even at IOD. Key
faculty who are collaborating with IBM on advanced Big Data and
Analytics curriculum and programs are gathering for a two day special
Big Data and Analytics Academic track at IOD. They will attend several
sessions together to share their current programs as well as brainstorm
about their next steps and their challenges. They will learn about IBM
academic programs and hear from IBM experts in two panels. All of this
will strengthen the community amongst these leading academic
institutions. The Big Data panel with Big Data leaders, includes:
- Richard Hale - IBM Big Data Evangelist
The Analytics panel with Analytics leaders includes:
- Sunil Soares - Founder & Managing Partner at Information Asset, LLC
- Paraic Sweeney - IBM VP Product Management, InfoSphere
- Dave Wilkinson - IBM VP, InfoSphere Development
- Tracy Harris - Senior Manager, Business Analytics
I’m glad to say that we have faculty from some top schools involved with this initiative, including:
- Richard Rodts - Manager, SPSS Solutions Specialist team
- Bob Bry - IBM Academic Initiative Analytics lead
If you think you should be on this list, let me know and I’ll pass your information to the Academics Team.Beyond
these sessions, the faculty will still have time to experience and
learn from the wealth of other IOD events and sessions. The faculty will also have the opportunity to attend a special, invitation only roundtable session::
- Beijing Jiaotong University, China
- Boston University, USA
- Dalhousie University, Canada
- ITAM, Mexico
- ITESM, Mexico
- Radford University, USA
- Ryerson University, Canada
- Simon Fraser University, Canada
- Southern Methodist University, USA
- State University New York at Buffalo, USA
- Syracuse University, USA
- University of Connecticut, USA
- University of Ottawa, Canada
- University of South Carolina, USA
"Watson Heads to the Class" - Preparing a New Generation of Thinkers for Next Generation JobsRecognizing
that a practical understanding of analytics, cognitive computing and
big data is key for 21st century jobs and economic competitiveness, this
round table will bring together a panel of leaders that can discuss the
new ways IBM is working with academia to develop new degree programs,
case competitions, case study programs and internships. A key focus of
this panel will be how IBM is providing academic organizations and
students access to the Watson technology and Watson 'thinkers' in order
to foster greater interest and knowledge in cognitive computing,
analytics, natural language processing technologies; as well as explore
new ways these technologies can be used to address major societal
challenges.ParticipantsIBM Executives: Manoj Saxena, General Manager, IBM Watson SolutionsUniversity
partners: Professor Girish Punj, University of Connecticut, Dr. Thomas
Fomby, Southern Methodist University, Rajiv Dewan, Sr. Associate Senior
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, University of RochesterSMART program participant: Matthew Canon, Business Planning and Analysis Manager, Andrews Distributing Company====================================================================Beyond IOD, there are many initiatives underway to educate the future, including:Big Data University
IBM DB2 Academic Associate ProgramIBM DB2 program for students and the academic communityThe
IBM DB2 Academic Associate program is exclusively for the university
community. The preparation course teaches relational database concepts
while also providing students with critical, hands-on database skills on
IBM’s DB2 and Data Studio software. Smarter Planet solutions rely on an
ever growing amount of data. Learn how to be smart about managing that
data with this no-charge academic course and IBM exam. IBM Student PortalStudents can find out about jobs, competitions, and discounts on certification exams.Susan
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What a great year it’s been for those involved in the DB2Night Show this year! The successes include:
1) First running of the “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition
The DB2Night Show’s “DB2’s Got Talent” competition. This took place in the first few months of the year and continues to please me and others. Last Friday the winner of the competition, Norberto Gasparotto Filho, gave a presentation about what he learned at the IDUG Prague conference in November. Norberto won the IDUG pass as a prize for winning the competition and it was his first IDUG conference and his first time in Europe. I was lucky to be at the conference as well and met Norberto in person. His smile says it all. He is very grateful for his chance to go to the conference, but he earned it. The competition was so successful that it will be repeated in 2012. If you think you can teach people something they didn’t know about DB2, make sure you become a competitor. I also think this competition was successful in building talents in many other people as well. Congratulations to all who took part… you should be proud of your successes.
I suggest that you read my blog entries about the competition… as well as Norberto’s blog.
2) Addition of a DB2 z/OS only series hosted by Klaas Brant.
18 episodes took place this year! What a wonderful first season for Klaas and his guests who included Sheryl Larsen, Dan Luksetich, Namik Hrle, Phil Grainger, Dave Beulke, Cristian Molaro, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Parekh, Susan Visser and Willie Favero, Susan Lawson, John Campbell, Roger Miller, Jeff Josten, and Terry Purcell.
Did you miss any of these shows? Don’t worry! All of them are available in replay.
3) Guest speaker list to die for!
I’ve already listed the guests for the z/OS series of shows. Check out who was a guest of the show for the Cross-Platform or LUW series of episodes: Norberto Gasparotto Filho, Dirk de Roos, Dan Dubriwny, Thiru Swamy, Nadir Doctor, Iqbal Goralwalla, John Hornibrook, Kate Kurtz, Gregor Meyer, Haider Rizvi, Jim Seeger, Max Petrenko, Burt Vialpando, Julian Stuhler, Keith MacDonald, Bryan Paulsen, Paul Turpin, Susan Gausden, Terry Mason, Paul Zikopoulos, and Pat Bates.
Again, if you missed any… or simple wish to listen again, all of the episodes are available to be replayed.
4) Scott Hayes winning IBM Champion award for his outstanding service as a partner.
These awards were given out at IOD, but I can’t find an online page to point you to. I’ll work with Beth Flood to make sure we are aware of the awards. Scott’s award was: Social Media Contribution (Single Social event) of the Year. Congratulations Scott!
To celebrate, join Scott, Klaas and a very large group of DB2 experts (top industry speakers, bloggers, champions and more) at the upcoming Eggnog Party: Celebrating 2011 DB2 Successes and sharing tips and insights for 2012. We’ll share success stories, both DB2 LUW and z/OS, and give our thoughts and tips for 2012. The studio audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Date: Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011; Time: 11:00 EST
Why Tuesday December 20th? It will be Scott Hayes' 50th birthday! And... his eggnog might have something special in it!
This is sure to be an entertaining and informative show, so join to celebrate the many successes of the year, plus wish Scott a very happy birthday!
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It’s always fun to have a celebrity speak at our conferences. Regardless of who the guest is, we normally find capacity crowds buying the guest’s book after the talk. I hope this book is no exception:
A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea
By Richard Phillips
I haven’t read the book yet, but I did see the movie starring Tom Hanks. The book is rated 4 ½ stars out of 5 on amazon with many reviewers. That normally means it’s a great book!
I’ve read that there are some differences between the book and therefore reality and the movie. This is often the case. I’m not sure what Captain Phillips will talk about at our conference. Perhaps it will be to persevere even in difficult times. Maybe it will be about strong leadership, again in times of extreme trouble. Whatever the topic, I’m sure it will be both insightful and motivational.
At IBM Insights:
Immediately after the general session, Captain Phillips will be available to sign your book at the Conference Bookstore. There will likely be crowds, so you will be wise to buy the book early in the week rather than waiting till after you hear him speak. The signing will take place on Wednesday, October 29 from 9:45am – 10:30am at the Conference Bookstore.
About the book:
It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship which was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.
"It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said.
And he's right.
A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking--the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.
Though Captain Phillips describes himself as a "regular guy," the world knows that his actions were anything but ordinary after the pirate attack. His harrowing and heroic efforts to survive an ordeal that riveted the world were only matched in valor by his decisive actions to save his crew and the ship they sailed. President Obama said, "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans." Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Tom Hanks.
, best-selling author of Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point will be the keynote speaker at this year's IBM Information on Demand 2009 conference that is taking place at the end of October in Las Vegas.
Malcolm has also agreed to do a book signing, so this is a chance for you to meet him and to get your books signed. If you already own one or more of his books... bring them along and get them signed. If you don't yet own them, they will be for sale at the conference bookstore. His books are very insightful and interesting to read, so you won't be disappointed in any of the titles. They also make great gifts.
From the conference website:
Malcolm Gladwell has an incomparable gift for interpreting new ideas
in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical and
valuable to business and general audiences alike. He’s become so
successful at this that, in 2005, Time Magazine named Malcolm one of its 100 Most Influential People.
Malcolm's most recent book promises to have an even greater impact
on both business and society than his first two books. With his first
book Malcolm embedded the concept of The Tipping Point in our everyday
vocabulary and gave organizations new tools for understanding how
trends work. In Blink he analyzed first impressions—the snap judgments
that we all make unconsciously and instinctively—and he explores how we
can master this important aspect of successful decision-making. Now in
his stunning new book Outliers, the bestselling author reveals the
real—and mostly overlooked—secrets to extraordinary success. He reveals
that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like,
and too little attention to where successful people are from: their
culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell explains what
Bill Gates, the Beatles and other world-class successes have in common,
how culture affects their careers and performance. Along the way,
Gladwell overturns many of our conventional notions about what makes a
person successful. He creates an entirely new model for nurturing
success and suggests ways to give people the best opportunities to
succeed. Because we so profoundly personalize success, we squander
human potential. We miss opportunities to lift others onto the top
rung. Malcolm is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His editor
describes his work as a new genre of story, an idea-driven narrative
that’s focused on the everyday and combines research with material
that’s more personal, social and historical. He was previously a
reporter for the Washington Post.
Have you registered for the IOD conference yet? Register BEFORE July 31 to get the early -bird discount:.
My lucky role at the conference is to arrange for the book signings, so I'm very much looking forward to meeting Malcolm in person! I hope you are too!
A few interesting things about the IOD Conference in Berlin
that I wanted to share with you.
First of all, apparently attendance for this conference is tracking to be higher than last year's conference in Den Haag, Netherlands. This is excellent news especially given the fact that there are 12 days remaining before the conference begins. I've been told that it is quite normal for attendees of European conferences to sign up just before or the day the conference begins. So if you can make it, you won't be disappointed.
I will NOT be attending the conference, but I have set up a bookstore for you to browse and buy the latest book titles. The bookseller is Andreas Cwienk
I'm disappointed that I won't be able to hear guest speaker Frans Johansson
Entrepreneur, Thought-Leader and Author of "The Medici Effect"
The intersection of business and innovation
Johansson is an entrepreneur and thought-leader. He is also a
consultant and the managing director for a hedge fund. Frans previously
co-founded and managed two companies, a Boston-based software company
and a medical device company operating out of Baltimore, Maryland and
Raised in Sweden by
his African- American and Cherokee mother and Swedish father, Frans
earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and a BS in environmental
science at Brown University.
Frans is a
successful author and has written on a variety of topics, from business
management to healthcare to sport fishing to how to save our oceans.
His bestselling book, The Medici Effect, has been translated into 17 languages and was named One of the Ten Best Business Books of 2004 by Amazon.com.
will be signing copies of The Medici Effect on Thursday, 4 June during
the Coffee Break at 15.45 – 16.15 in the Marketplace
If you need more reasons to attend the conference, see the website for lots of great ideas!
If you are planning to attend, I hope you have a good time, enjoy the speakers, meet lots of people, and best of all, increase your skills.
Last May a bunch of us were in Rome for the IBM IOD EMEA conference. This year there is a smaller conference that is more technical in content and is being held in France this July:
6 - 8 July 2011
Register now and learn how to reduce costs, manage risk, optimize customer insight, and increase operational efficiency. Learn the latest about information management, Enterprise Content Management , Business Analytics, Smart Analytics Systems, and network with your peers. Learn how to turn your Information, Content, Analytics into a strategic driver of innovation and business optimization.
Featured are all the new major versions of IBM products announced in 2010 & 2011, such as
- DB2 10 for z
- Informix 11.7
- Cognos 10
- InfoSphere Information Server 8.5
- FileNet P8 5.0
- IBM Case Manager 5.0
- Change Data Capture 6.5
- ... and more
What you can expect:
- Thought-provoking general sessions from leading industry commentators and IBM executives Technical & Business Leadership
- Compelling speakers, including business and technical luminaries, analysts and customers. See the Agenda for a complete list of the sessions and the confirmed speakers.
- Ability to meet one-to-one with IBM executives
- Opportunity to meet the experts, providing solution, industry and technical insight
- Expo Solution Center showcasing information management solutions
- World-class technical training, free certification testing and education Extensive networking opportunities
- Hands-on Labs and Usability Labs
This is the event for gaining unique insight into the value that information Management, Content, Business Analytics technologies are
delivering today. To cover your specific needs, this Technical Conference offers two tracks – Business Leadership and Technical.
Move between tracks and create a personalized agenda to ensure you get the most value from your Conference attendance.
The Business Leadership Track
- The Business Leadership Track includes industry sessions, line-of-business managers looking to become more competitive, reduce
costs, enhance customer satisfaction, manage risk and deliver value.
The Technical Track
- The Technical Track focuses on the implementation of Information Management, Content, Business Analytics solutions, the latest
technical developments, plus the most recent innovations from entire portfolio. Together with certification and education, there are technical
demos and opportunity to meet with product and software development experts.
- The Conference fee is 1450 € exclusive of local VAT. This fee provides access to all keynote and elective sessions, workshops, panel
discussions, conference proceedings, meals, refreshments and conference events mentioned in the conference agenda.
For more information and enrollment: ibm.com/training/conf/europe/IMSSTC
Some additional incentives to attend:
25% Discounts on Public Training*
- Take your skills to the next level. Attend a Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management or Information Management public class and save 25% off the tuition. This offer is valid for the IMSSTC EMEA attendees from July, 15, 2011 until March 30, 2012.
- * This offer is only for European public scheduled courses and can not be used in combination with other discounts. Please contact Education representative for complete details
Free Web-based training
- Receive your card to have web-based training for free, offered to the EMEA attendees of the
Free Certification Testing at IMSSTC**
- Validate your skills with an IBM Professional Certification. Attendees can take some of the available tests at no charge.
- ** Visit the Conference website to know more about the available tests and conditions.
Free Education Planning
- Success begins with having a plan. Building a custom Training plan helps to ensure that you and your team have the skills to maximize the value of your IBM software. Meet with one of our training experts to build a training plan that includes role-specific training and certification recommendations as well as cost saving strategies to get the most out of your training budget.
PS… I haven’t been to France yet, but plan to go this summer. Wish I were going to this conference, but I’m not. For those of you who do go, have a fun “geeky” vacation.
The initial response to DB2 10 has been extremely positive. An early adopter of DB2 10 said, “We could not have been more thrilled with all the performance improvements! There is definitely gold in this version and you don’t even need to spend time to find it. It’s truly right out of the box.”
Have you moved to 10 yet? Or looking at migrating to DB2 10 this year ? Join John Campbell, IBM Distinguished Engineer for a special 2 hour presentation on February 21st & 22nd: IBM DB2 10 Migration Planning and Very Early Experiences – PART 1 & PART 2. This will be a LIVE webcast with LIVE Q&A.
To help facilitate your migration, John Campbell will provide planning information about migrating to DB2 10 for z/OS from either DB2 9 or DB2 Version 8. This webcast will be a two part series on February 21st and 22nd.
Join us for this webcast series which will
- Share surprises, pitfalls and lessons learned
- Provide hints and tips
- Discuss enabling fast start
- Introduce and discuss some further enhancements
- Share the latest news about migrations
All participants will receive complimentary DB2 10 Migration Planning whitepaper written by John Campbell
IBM DB210 is here and while early adopters have already upgraded to the new version and are reaping the business benefits, others are just beginning to think about upgrading with DB2 Version 8 been withdrawn from marketing on April 30th 2012. Attending this webcast will give you valuable information for your migration. Bring your questions as there will be plenty of opportunity for live Q &A.
Register Now: IBM DB2 10 Migration Planning and Very Early Experiences – PART 1 & PART 2.
Part 1 - February 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
Part 2 – February 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
The conclusion of an intensive IDC study
and in Linda Musthaler's
article "Is certification valuable, or not? We have the definitive answer
" is YES certifications are important! 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.
Although the report doesn't specifically mention database or DB2 certifications, I would say that the same holds true. I've personally seen the performance of a team improving as a result of the entire team earning DB2 certifications. The DB2 program grew 29% in the past year and is expected to grow this year as well. Are you on board?
To help you navigate through this certification program, I've created the following entries:
1) Certification 101
that links to articles about the benefits, where to start, how to prepare, and what to do once you've passed.
2) Certification Checklist
where you learn to use a checklist within developerWorks that leads you through the entire certification process.
Don't be left behind! Jump onto the Certification bandwagon so you can begin seeing the improvements in your skills and the skills of your teams.
PS. Don't forget that earning a certification benefits you personally as well. It can differentiate you from others, but will also give you the confidence that you do have the skills that you need to do your job!!
I have so much that I want to tell you about last week’s IOD11 conference, but I keep running out of time! I wasn’t able to connect last week while at the conference, so I had much mail to respond to today. So, here are the highlights, but look for more entries in the next few weeks.
1) People. Wow… were there a lot of people at the conference! I spoke to many people and made so many new friends. I’m already looking forward to IOD 2012 to see them again. Last year was amazingly well attended, and this year had more attendance. Thanks to all of you who attended! And… sorry for not spending time with the many people who have emailed me saying that they came to the bookstore to see me, but I wasn’t around!
2) Books. We sold more books this year than we did last year… and last year was a record for us. Shortly I’ll have all the details and will be able to tell you which books were best sellers. I can tell you from what I witnessed at the signings that the most popular books were Moneyball, Cognos 10, and Bold… followed closely by Netezza, Data Warehouse, and Data Integration. More on these books later.
3) Michael Lewis and Billy Beane. One of the highlights for me was meeting Michael and Billy. I’ve read two of Michael’s books and fully intend to read others. I really like his style of writing and encourage you to pick one up if you haven’t. Billy is amazing… friendly, good looking, athletic… I found it hard to believe he has a temper! The talk that the two of the had in the opening session on Wednesday was a lot of fun and for those who missed it, I can only guess that it will be edited before it is releases as a video, if it is released at all. The signing was truly amazing… never have I seen such excitement for a book. For those who missed the fact that there was a signing…. make sure you keep reading my blog as I’ll know in advance who the speaker will be and if it is an author, will read their books before the conference.
4) Jeff Jonas. He opened the conference with a short but amazing talk on Monday morning. In my opinion, he was the highlight of the day.
5) Train. The event on Tuesday featured the band Train. They were great. The lead singer knows how to work a crowd. The food was lacking, but everything else rocked! Sal Vella and I hung out and made the best of the opportunity to meet & greet as many people as we could.
6) Women. The WIT event on Wednesday night was the best attended WIT event I’ve ever attended! Is it because it was just announced that Ginny was taking over from Sam as CEO? Or was it better promoted? In any case, we have more reason than ever to celebrate women at the event. Inhi took a photo of the 300 attendees and sent it to Ginny who was touched by the gesture. The one shadow over the event was the tribute we had for one of our female colleagues who had just passed away due to breast cancer. Many of us at the event knew her well and were deeply saddened by her suffering and our loss. RIP Linda!
7) Champions. We have new champions this year and more coming. I am very lucky to know many of them… but there are many more who I’d like to meet. I had breakfast with Susan and Terry, who I nominated to be champions.
8) Flashbooks. We produced 3 new flashbooks for this conference and were blown away at the response. Let’s start with the Big Data book. We gave out 3000 copies after the Monday opening session. I couldn’t believe that we went through all the books, so spent the rest of Monday looking for the rest of my shipment. It was proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I did in fact receive all the books and yet, it is possible to give away that many books in half an hour! I then ordered 1000 additional copies to give out to the many disappointed people who were unable to get a copy on Monday. The other two Flashbooks also generated a huge amount of excitement and I was very pleased to see us “sell out” of every single copy. If you missed your copy, watch for another entry from me about how you can get an e-version of any of these books free of charge.
9) Walking. Last year I wore a pedometer and walked 99 miles. I inspired my team who were running the “Services, Support & Education Zone” to have solar-powered pedometers as their giveaway. I’m sure that there are several people who were able to beat my distance from last year! Let me know if you did. I didn’t wear a pedometer this year, but know that I walked many a mile. I still say “ouch” with nearly every step!
10) Social Media. I gave two presentation about social media and received positive feedback from these sessions. I have more to tell you about this topic, but wait for another entry. Before the conference, I created 25 blog entries to help promote the many events that were planned. I’m happy to say that I have had the more views this month than any other month since I began blogging. I hope that means you find my entries helpful. I wasn’t able to tweet while at the conference, so I thank those who tweeted about my entries. Long live blogging!
More to come!
Don't be left behind, upgrade to DB2 9.5 now
..... before DB2 8.2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows is put out to pasture.
Why should you upgrade to DB2 9.5 now
DB2 9.5 offers a lot of good reasons to upgrade
- 35% Improvement in DBA Efficiency
DB2 automatically performs time-consuming database administration tasks like memory management and storage allocation.
- Lower Server and License Costs
DB2 needs fewer processors, which means less hardware to purchase. It also means less software to license and maintain.
- Lower Storage Costs
DB2 customers are reporting compression ratios of up to 83%, which means less storage to buy and maintain.
- Easier XML projects
Customers are reporting that XML projects require between 30% and 66% fewer people.
- Peace of Mind
DB2's world class security and audit features ensure that you meet your current needs, as well as your evolving future needs.
- Free update for customers with DB2 support!
Need even more reasons? See the technical reasons to upgrade.
Yesterday I read this article “How Employers Can Help Solve the Skills Gap” by David Smith
which discusses the skills gaps that are appearing throughout the world. A
big part of the problem is the lack of corporate funding for education. This
leaves employees to take initiative to keep their skills sharp. But how does
one do so?
My suggestion is to get skilled digitally. IBM is good at digital…
have you noticed? And, I hope that I can give you some direction in
how to do this.
IBM Education is known for its high quality content and excellent
instructors. Take this education digitally, with your choice of the amount of
interaction you want.
Instructor-led online (ILO)
ILO courses are taught by a live
instructor with whom you can interact and ask questions using Voice Over IP
(VOIP). Courses are taught on a specific day and time, some of which may even be
scheduled after business hours to minimize time away from work. Most courses are
exactly the same as their classroom equivalent, including the course duration,
content, hands-on labs and student materials. ILO classes can be delivered in
both Public and Private settings.
Self-paced virtual (SPVC)
SPVC are online courses that include the
same quality course content, exercises and hands-on labs as our classroom
courses. These courses can be taken any time of day or night allowing students
to study when and where they want. Start your training by studying the lecture
content of the course. When ready, log into the lab environment to complete your
hands-on lab assignments working with IBM software. Self-paced virtual courses
are the perfect training method for students who can't travel or prefer the
flexibility of self-paced training. Experience this eLearning method with a free
Web Based (WBT)
WBT allows you to learn at your own pace and on
your schedule with training that is completely self-contained from your desktop.
Most courses provide introductory and overview training that serves as the
foundation for more technical and follow-on training. Courses include expert
instruction but do not include hands-on labs.
I hope you like reading as much as I do… because look at all the choice that
These very popular books have been digital for more than 40 years now! Here
are 10 that you may be interested in: http://ibm.co/hZDwXV
We publish books about IBM products and technologies via a bunch of highly
reputable publishers. Every one of these publishers creates their books in
digital format. Thanks to the popularity of iPads and Kindles, these books can
be inexpensive and available as soon as the printed versions are available.
Here are a few books that you may be interested in: Books, books, books
Electronic Book Libraries
There are three big electronic book libraries that I know of: Safari,
Books 24x7 and PacktLib. Sadly this is publisher-driven, so you will not be
able to find all possible books in any of these libraries. For instance IBM
Press books will be in both Safari and Books 24x7; MC Press books will be only
Books 24x7; and Packt books only in PacktLib. Check to see if you have a
corporate license to any of these libraries. If not, check out your university
or public library. You may be surprised at the number of technical books at
Flashbooks are short targeted books that are handed out to conference
attendees at certain conferences. We also produce these books in electronic
format for you to read them digitally. Here are a few you will want to check
out: Free e-book versions of Flashbooks
DB2 on Campus
DB2 on Campus Series of ebooks - Thanks to an amazing
team of authors led by Raul Chong, we have high-quality ebooks available for
university students to learn about DB2 and related products. The authors who
have worked on these books are experts in their area and they have volunteered
to share their expertise with you for no financial gain to themselves. The
authors can be found around the world, so as a result, you’ll see that many of
the titles have already or will one day be translated to another language. We
at IBM want to make sure that everyone in the world is able to benefit from the
knowledge that is being shared.
Take Certification Exams
You could debate that this topic doesn’t belong here, but consider this: the
assessment and certification exams are delivered electronically. You can take
the assessment exams from anywhere, but you must be at a testing location to
take a high stakes certification exam. There are digital ways to learn and
assess your skills and many exams to choose from. Best of all, the
certification roadmaps take the guessing out of what you should study and what
is important. The Certification Roadmaps give you very clear guidance as to how
grow your skills. Here are a few blog entries you may want to read:
I personally enjoy webinars and find that they are an easy and effective way
to learn something new or to get deeper into a topic. There are so many choices
available that you could set aside an hour a week to catch them all.
DB2Night Show – This is a 2 session per week webinar
produced by IBM Champions Scott Hayes and Klaas Brant. Mondays are when the DB2
for z/OS topics take place and Fridays, the LUW topics. Here are replays of
the top rated shows from the past year on the DB2Night Show: http://bit.ly/i8qP49 and information about the
DB2Night Show's DB2's Got Talent Competition: http://ibm.co/hcCH90
DB2 for z/OS Series – You can find these webcasts
promoted by Surekha via her tweets: https://twitter.com/#!/IBMDB2.
TechTalks (Formerly Chat with the Lab) – This free
webinar series was designed to help you discover practical insights on
deeply technical topics, learn about breakthrough technologies, learn best
practices from the pros, chat with subject matter experts during live Q&A,
and access prior sessions in the OnDemand archive. See the replays of the "Chat
with the Lab" webcasts: http://ChannelDB2.com
Interact with a Community
PlanetDB2.com – Allow us to filter through
all the blogs that are on the web to bring you only the bloggers that talk about
our favourite subjects: DB2, InfoSphere, Warehouse, and other Information
ChannelDB2.com – The single largest
community of people working on DB2 and Information Management products,
world-wide. You’ll be able to build your network of professionals who work in
your country or who are interested in the same technology as you. The best
feature is the incredibly large selection of videos of people presenting about
this products. Once in awhile, save your eyes and tune into these
DB2Express-C – Maybe you’ve just heard of
DB2 or maybe you use a competitor’s product. No worries… give DB2 a try for
free. Find out for yourself how easy it is to learn and how much better it is
than the product you may be using.
Information Center – Perhaps I’m biased
since I worked for 6 years on the Information Development team that produces
product documentation, but I really think you’ll find the completeness and the
quality of this information to be outstanding. All of the information is
online, for every release, for free, and is updated regularly. The benefit of
the content being online is that you can search and easily find the information
developerWorks – You’ll find more
articles, blogs, tutorials and other training resources than you could possibly
consume in a lifetime! The link I’ve provided is for the DB2 Professional
Community, but you’ll be able to find technical information about all IBM
software products. Endless :)
DB2University.com – Some of the courses
are free, but not all. The idea behind DB2University is to offer you very low
cost training opportunities.
Facebook – if you participate in Facebook, do a search and
you’ll find IBM well represented.
Twitter – I tweet
and love it. I find that it is a very fast and easy way to stay on top of many
things that are going on.
Blogs – Follow my blog to
get tips like the ones you’re reading now.
So you see, there is much available for you to learn digitally. Try to fit
in a bit a time and you’ll be able to keep your skills strong.
It's been awhile since I blogged about the ChannelDB2.com
. I've noticed that we now have cool posters on the walls of the lab to build awareness for ChannelDB2.com. The poster says
ChannelDB2.com now has 2,388 members, 71 groups, 259 videos and presentations, discussions, and links to free books and software. Are you a member yet? I've noticed that the university relations teams are reaching out to people in universities across the world and encouraging people to join groups that are specific to their country or university. If your country / university isn't represented, add it!
The videos are very interesting interviews and presentations featuring various people inside and outside of IBM. You'll find topics on just about everything covered in these videos. The best thing? If you have an educational video that you would like to share, you can add it to the collection.
The groups allow you to give and get information about related topics. For instance, one of my groups is DB2 in Books
where I post information about the latest published books, events related to the books, and discounts if they are available. If you are a member of the group, you are able to ask questions that can be answered by me or perhaps an author of one of the books. If you aren't yet a member of this or other groups, it is easy to join... and you won't get too much mail as a result of joining.
You can also create groups yourself. If you feel that there is a topic that isn't yet covered, create a group and invite people to join.Raul Chong
and his team have been busy creating e-books for you to download for free. These are full books in the 300-page range and can be read on your computer. The two latest titles include "DB2 Express-C: Updated for 9.7" and "IBM Data Studio for DB2". These books are part of the "Getting Started" series and will introduce you to the software and how to use it. The books are full of screen captures and are easy to read.
In conjunction with the books is the free software. From ChannelDB2.com, you'll find links to the Express-C software that you can download for free to try all the latest features. If you haven't tried DB2 yet, this is the best way to get your hands on it to see how easy it is to use and learn.
Lastly are the blogs. You may already know that PlanetDB2.com is an aggregate of all DB2 related blogs. These blogs are also pulled into ChannelDB2.com, so you can come to one place for all kinds of important information.ChannelDB2.com
is a way for you to actively participate in learning, sharing, and discussing the DB2 products.
If you are a member, ask me to be your friend :)
Join Burt Vialpando and Rav Ahuja on Thursday September 29, 2011 where they will do a comparison on autonomic computing between DB2 and Oracle:
Many database professionals ask how DB2 and Oracle compare regarding their autonomic capabilities. That is, how do they make things easier for the DBA with smart, automatically implemented features. They also wonder if there is a clear advantage of one over the other in this respect. This DB2 Chat with the Lab webinar will answer those questions and include a comparison of following autonomic capabilities in DB2 and Oracle:
- Memory Management
- Storage Management
- Utility throttling
- Automatic Configuration
- Automatic Maintenance
DB2 and Oracle - An Autonomic Computing Comparison
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011 (29.9.2011)
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) ; 11:30 AM Central / 9:30 AM Pacific / 17:30hrs London / 18:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 10 PM
Speakers: Burt Vialpando Host: Rav Ahuja
The session will be recorded, but attend live to get your questions answered.
Presentation charts will be available just before the webcast starts.
To register and receive instructions for attending this webcast: Register
Thanks to Rav for this information.
Join Sal Vella and Steve Rees for the next Chat with the Lab event: The Latest in Advanced Performance Diagnostics on Tuesday May 31. DB2 Chat with the Lab is a free webinar series from the IBM labs that invites experts to speak to you about DB2-related breakthrough technology, best practices, and to answer your questions.
Recent releases of DB2 for LUW have continued to introduce improved ways to monitor the performance of your system, and uncover & solve performance problems. This presentation will review the gamut of performance tools on offer in DB2, focusing on recent additions such as the new 'time spent' metrics in DB2 9.7, new table functions to access monitor data, and the latest in db2pd options to see what's going on "under the hood" . The emphasis will be on the practical use of these tools to solve typical performance problems.
- Sal Vella, VP Database Development
- Steve Rees, DB2 Performance Architect
Presentation charts will be available on ibm.com/db2/labchats just prior to the event.
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 (31.5.2011)
Time: 12:30 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) 11:30 AM Central / 9:30 AM Pacific / 17:30hrs London / 18:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 10 PM
There have been many episodes in this series. You find them and watch the replays on ChannelDB2.com. To tempt you, here is a list of what you’ll find:
Someone has been very busy! And the best part? They’re all FREE! Learn & Enjoy.