Join Scott Hayes
and special guest Leon Katsnelson
this Friday, December 4 at 11:00 EST.The DB2Night Show episode #7 Fri Dec 4 10am CST The boxing gloves are still
SQL Server vs DB2 LUW
Scott will be giving away free $50 vouchers to use and try DB2 in the Amazon cloud,
so if you'd like some free time with DB2 on someone else's hardware, here is
To register for this episode:
Mark your calendars for Episode #8 with will take place Friday Dec 11 at 11:00 EST.
episode will be focused on the DB2 Workload Manager.
Special guests include Paul
Bird from the Toronto Lab PLUS "A REAL LIVE CUSTOMER" that is using WLM in
Find replays of previous
episodes and registration links for future episodes at http://www.DB2NightShow.com
Thanks Scott for these excellent free learning opportunities!
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IBM Impact 2014 is the place to learn how to use disruptive technologies like Cloud, Big Data, and Mobile to create faster, more adaptive and secure solutions to overcome challenges and thrive in the digital economy.
The conference takes place at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, April 27 - May 1.
There is much taking place at Impact 2014 for those of you in the Data Management business. Attend these sessions to help your organization get faster answers and breakthrough performance, with exceptional time-to-value.
From our Executives:
On Monday 4:00-5:15, join the keynote "Give Your Application an Unfair Advantage" featuring Beth Smith and Leon Katsnelson in Palazzo L. You’ll get a practical perspective on how to turn the world of insight into a weapon that gives your organization and applications an unfair advantage.
On Tuesday 8:30am - 10:00am the General Session presentation is “Made with IBM” and features Bob Picciano. This takes place in Level 2, Hall B.
You will learn how to drive better engagement through deeper insight and smarter applications. And you will learn how to embrace open innovation to put data to work for your organization.
At the Expo Theater:
We’ve carefully chosen two of our most exciting topics to share with you:
Internet of Things: Choose an Intelligent Database by Fred Ho
Expo Theater, Session #1, Sunday Apr 27, 7:00 pm
The "Internet of Things" refers to the growing number of devices and sensors that communicate and interact via the Internet, offering businesses new customers and revenue opportunities. Harnessing data from billions of connected devices lies in the ability to capture, store, access and query multiple data types seamlessly and use that data in meaningful ways. Attend this session to see the Internet of Things in action with a demo of this end-to-end solution from IBM and Shaspa.
Data Warehousing for everyone with BLU Acceleration by Adam Ronthal
Expo Theater, Session #2, Monday Apr 28, 7:00 pm
IBM’s BLU Acceleration is a game-changer for data warehousing and analytics. When paired with the cloud infrastructure and business models, BLU Acceleration opens up the world of analytics to clients looking to benefit from business intelligence (BI) technology, without lengthy project approval times.
Stop by the BLU Experience, located in the Social Impact Lounge, Sands Foyer. Get a BLU tattoo to show your colors! You can also take a "selfie" and upload to facebook or twitter so it "doesn't have to stay in Vegas!" Meet with our BLU Ambassadors onsite to get further details.
I’ve pulled out these two sessions related to big data. Unfortunately, they occur at the same time, so you have to choose which you want to attend.
Getting Started with Big Data - 5 Game Changing Use Cases
with Rick Clements
Tuesday, April 29 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session 3145: Lando 4201 A
IBM has seen a pattern emerge within and across its clients’ organizations and has identified the top five high-value applications of big data technology that can be the first step into big data. During this session, hear about each of these use cases - data warehouse modernization, enhanced 360-degree view of the customer, security/intelligence extension, big data exploration, and operations analysis - and how clients are identifying and tackling big data projects today. In addition, presenters explore the IBM big data and analytics platform - Watson Foundations - and how it sets the standard in the market with its breadth and depth of capabilities and is packaged so clients can address their immediate need, build on what they have, and realize value at every step of their journey.
Taming Big Data Derived from the Internet of Things with Big SQL
with Berni Schiefer
Tuesday April 29, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session 3477: Delfino 4103
Big data means many things. But with the many trillions of objects in the Internet of Things, each with many attributes, including geospatial and temporal, big data takes on new meaning. Gaining insight from all this data effectively and efficiently is a daunting challenge. SQL access over Hadoop data is an ideal and highly productive interface to extract value from all this data. In this talk, presenters describe why SQL is the right interface and how IBM InfoSphere BigInsights, with its next generation of big SQL processing, opens new frontiers for exploring big Data. Presenters provide performance-oriented best practices for storing, searching, and analyzing big data with Big SQL.
In the Expo:
We have three booths staffed with experts to answer your questions related to these areas:
InfoSphere - Information Integration & Governance
Information Integration and Governance (IIG)—a critical element of Watson Foundations, increases trust in your information; makes business operations more efficient, and mitigates risk. Learn how IIG brings together a unified set of capabilities; including data integration, master data management, data security and lifecycle management.
Think BIG: Big Data, BigInsights and Big SQL
Big SQL 3.0 is the next generation of IBM’s SQL on Hadoop offering in InfoSphere BigInsights. Big SQL 3.0 delivers full/rich SQL language support, industry-leading performance and security, open integration with analytics and reporting tools and built in security. Learn how Big SQL can give you a single point of access to your data within Hadoop.
Data Management for the Era of Big Data
Business and IT leaders in forward-thinking organizations are taking an integrated approach to unlocking value from all available data by exploiting a new generation of data management solutions. Learn how the next generation of in-memory computing can help deliver greater scale and efficiency in the era of big data.
As always, the Expo area is huge, so find us with these directions: Find the Big Data Area and go to Booth BD-7. Besides expert advice, visit also for a few trickets, books, and other surprises.
Social, Bookstore, Certification
Three of my favourite things… and yes, they’ll be well represented at the Impact conference. Join the social lounges to meet the faces behind the social messaging; drop by the bookstore to browse through the great selection of books, and pick one or two up at a discounted price; take a certification exam to prove to the world that you have the skills to perform your job.
This will be my first time attending Impact. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can while at the conference and networking with many people. I’ll being taking photos and live tweeting as much as I can. If you’re at the conference, come say hi and tell me you’ve read my blog!
Originally published on July 16, 2012 by Crysta Anderson at MasteringDataManagement
Mike Martin may be the only IBM Champion with an album currently available on iTunes. Based in the Philadelphia area, Mike and his band, Lo-Fi Genius, recorded an album, This is Rocket Science,
including the song, “George Wendt Lives in My Building.” After all,
George Wendt really did live in Mike’s building at one point.
when he’s not making music, Mike is busy securing data. Luckily, Mike’s
company, the Business & Technology Resource Group (BTRG), makes
data security far easier than rocket science.
is practice director of information governance for BTRG. He solves data
quality, data growth, data privacy, data security, test data management
and compliance problems for Fortune 1000 customers across many
lot of our customers have mature systems that have accumulated quite a
bit of data,” Mike said, noting that this leads to a familiar challenge:
How can you manage volume, ensure high-performing systems and reduce
companies seek to solve this challenge with a top-down approach. They
launch an information governance program by establishing a council,
naming data stewards and rolling out organization-wide policies. But as a
member of the Information Governance Council, Mike takes a more solution-oriented, bottoms-up approach.
looking for tangible pain points, such as data quality, data security
or data volume, he offers clients a specific solution that delivers
reportable ROI. Clients can then build from that success. “By solving
significant problems that are in your enterprise systems, it gives you a
foothold to really establish broader information governance,” Mike
explained. “Then you already have an ROI and a case that you can use to
internally sell that initiative.”
the face of big data, information governance best practices and models
still apply. In fact, Mike believes the stakes grow higher as data
volumes increase. He noted, “Without good quality, the insights we would
draw with a big data solution won’t be as valuable.”
works especially closely with IBM InfoSphere Optim, which enables data
masking for non-production systems that are often shared with partners,
employees, or others who need the data. Masking helps obscure personally
identifiable or sensitive information. BTRG’s Data Masking Factory™
helps automate the requirements gathering, analysis, design,
documentation and actual development. Mike explains that the tool
exposes Optim’s “robust capabilities” while creating an easy-to-use
checklist that lets users easily pick which fields to mask. The solution
was one of only three finalists for the highly competitive IBM Beacon
one recent implementation spanning 18 mission-critical applications,
BTRG completed the project in a mere 14 weeks. This was two weeks ahead
of schedule, and 40% under budget. The best part? Based on the
industry-standard Ponemon study
that states every row of breached data costs a company approximately
$204, Mike estimates they created $22 billion of data protection across
109 million rows of data.
the production side, privileged users like DBAs and system admins
certainly need greater. However, Mike helps clients use InfoSphere
Guardium to monitor and log these activities, which can help stave off
cyber attacks. Clients can mark certain data tables as “protected” and
terminate connections if users try to access them. BTRG also helps
clients take InfoSphere Guardium’s vulnerability assessments to a new
level, extending the best practices and standards to the entire ERP
Listen to the podcast that
was recorded with Mike, David Pittman, and Crysta Anderson to hear some
great stories from Mike! You’ll be glad that you did!
Follow Mike on Twitter @BTRG_MikeMartin and check out the fun Mike had in the February 27 Tweetchat about Big Data & Governance:
Reading list mined from "Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era" Tweetchat
Recap of Tweetchat: "Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era"
Part 2: Recap of Tweetchat: "Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era"
What are you sacrificing for the promise of big data?
What is a Tweetchat and why should you join us?
Big Data & Database Technology
To find out more about managing big data, join IBM for a free event on April 30: Big Data at the Speed of Business
Have you heard the buzz about PureData Systems and want to know more?Join host Serge Rielau and special guest James Cho,PureData Systems Architect on Thursday, November 15th at 12:30 PM ET for a technical tour of the new PureData expert integrated systems, which feature DB2 for Linux as a foundational technology. James Cho
will go through the technical features of PureData for Transactions and
PureData for Operational Analytics, showing you how these systems ease
deployment, management and development.Here are some other sites you may wish to read through to fully understand this new offering from IBM:Introducing IBM PureData: Get
a guided tour of IBM PureData from Inhi Cho Suh, IBM VP for Product
Management & Strategy. Learn about the 3 models: PureData System for
Transactions, PureData System for Analytics, and PureData System for
Operational Analytics. All built on 3 tenants of expert integrated
systems: built-in expertise, integration by design and simplified
experience.Runtime 00:07:48 “Pure”-ified Thoughts from the Road on PureData IBM PureData – IBM PureFlex on steroids for big data workloadsNew IBM PureData Systems help clients harness data for critical insightsIBM PureData System IBM introduces new PureData SystemPureData SystemIBM PureData System Incorporates Common Platform for Analytics and TransactionsMaximizing
the Power of Analytics for Big Data: The IBM PureData System expands
the IBM big data portfolio with new solutions for deep analytics and
operational insights by Nancy Kopp (IBM)IBM
PureData System: A Giant Leap Forward in Delivering Data Services -
Building your own database platform may soon seem very old-fashioned by
Chris Young, (TDA Staff Writer)Video: IBM PureData Systems: Announcement OverviewVideo: IBM PureData Systems: What Clients are SayingVideo: IBM PureData Systems: Workload-Specific ModelsSusan
Have you been taking advantage of the rich content available from IDUG? IDUG is the Worldwide DB2 User Community and if you don’t yet know about them, but work with DB2, you should take a look at what they offer:
1) A very rich website filled with resources that you can access to deepen your skills. Resources include CDs filled with conference presentations, webcasts, videos, blogs, articles, Solutions Journal e-Magazine and more.
2) Three full conferences each year: one in North American, one in Europe, and one in Asia. In 2011, the conferences will be:
IDUG North America 2011, May 2-6, 2011, Anaheim, California, USA
EMEA - 14-18 November 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic
ASIA – To be announced.
3) Regional symposiums and events throughout the year and the world.
4) If your educational budget is limited, please remember IDUG's Mentor Program where you may qualify for a special low rate if you bring a first time attendee to an IDUG conference.
5) Volunteer opportunities. You can speak, teach, organize, plan, or get into leadership positions. More about this:
IDUG is a volunteer run organization. In order to appropriately recognize excellent work from our many IDUG volunteers, the Volunteer Management Committee of the Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for IDUG Volunteer of the Year. If you have seen exceptional effort, exemplary work, or outstanding performance from an IDUG Volunteer, please send the specifics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever thought of serving on the IDUG Board of Directors? Do you know someone who might?
The IDUG Board of Directors is responsible for setting the overall strategy for our organization, and coordinating the activities of our various volunteer teams around the world. We are beginning the process of putting together the 2011/2012 slate, and would like to invite nominations for a role on next year’s Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to help shape the organization and grow the worldwide DB2 community.
If you have a clear vision for IDUG’s future, can think strategically as well as tactically and are passionate about IDUG’s mission, we want to hear from you! If you know of someone else who fits these criteria and would like to nominate them, that’s fine too!
Please complete the form by clicking here and return it to email@example.com no later than Monday, 27 December 2010.
Join IDUG for free and get connected to a fabulous community of people who will quickly and easily become a second family to you.
If you work in the Toronto Lab... Toastmasters Leadership Series Presents: The 12 secrets of successful innovation by Sam Lightstone : 8200 Amphitheatre; Wednesday, May 12, 12-1 pm.
For those who are NOT in the lab... you can hear Sam's presentation live on May 28, 11-12 pm... for free from your desk thanks to Scott Hayes of the DB2Night Show. Register now! http://bit.ly/7am8ED
PS... Join one of the groups so you never miss a date:
Facebook Fan Page
- more than 400 members at the time of this writing. This has been a fairly active page so far, so even if you haven't read the book yet, become a fan and learn more about the author and events surrounding the book.
- Career based articles and events about the book will be posted here.
Sam's Blog: The Making it Big Blog
. Sam has been summarizing some of the points he makes in his book and blogging about them. Active blog and interesting entries.
of the events I attend every year at the Information on Demand conference is the Women in Technology event. This year there are two
events that sound really interesting.
Passarelli is hosting the panel on Wednesday, October 24 at 5pm
followed by a cocktail event at 6pm. It should be a lot of fun! The
panel will focus on "Taking charge of your career" and includes
professional women both inside and outside of IBM along with Bob Picciano. It’s good to get a male perspective on this topic as well!
you don’t know Alyse or Bob, you’ll be happy to learn that even though
they are both highly successful in IBM, both have families, kids, and
full lives. Both are personable people who remember people who they
have met and are easy to call friends.
Here’s more detail on the sessions:
Title: Women in Technology Networking Reception (Session 4229A)
Join executive host Alyse Passarelli,
IBM Vice-President, WW Information Management Sales, for an opportunity
to network with other women in Information Technology, while enjoying
appetizers and refreshments. We encourage you to take this opportunity
to share your experiences with your peers and build a larger
professional network. Don't forget to bring your business cards and a
friend! Prior to the reception, you are also invited and encouraged to
attend "Taking Charge of Your Career", an executive panel discussion,
also hosted by Alyse, Session 4228, at 5pm in Palm A.
Title: Taking Charge of Your Career - A Panel Discussion for Women Professionals (4228A)
join executive host Alyse Passarelli, IBM Vice-President, WW
Information Management Sales, and our distinguished panel of executives
as they share their insights and experiences in pro-actively managing
their careers to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Following the panel discussion, you are invited to join the Women In
Technology Networking Reception held in the Palm Foyer near the session
room. Plan to join your peers, share ideas, expand your network while
enjoying refreshments, appetizers and a great view of Las Vegas.
I hope you can join us at this event. If you were there last year, you’ll remember that Ginny Rometty had just been announced as CEO of IBM. Inhi Cho Suh took a photo of our Vegas WIT event and sent it to Ginny. See the blog post by Adriana Zubiri / Emily Cotter on the official IBM site about the event & the photo.
my perspective, I’ve been working at IBM for 23 years, have a vibrant
career and travel. I have a son and two pets. I love my career and
working for IBM. Throughout my long career, I’ve met the most amazing
people you can imagine. Both those working for IBM and those who work
with IBM. Both men and women. My life is very rich due to the
experiences I’ve had with these people and I expect that to continue for
many more years.
tweetchat that was held this week on Wednesday March 13 was about
"Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road". It was very well
attended with star experts including furrier, doug_laney, TheSocialPitt, craigmullins, BigDataAlex, cristianmolaro, Natasha_D_G, jameskobielus, AllanKoivo, Empirix, BMbigdata, ted_friedman, zacharyjeans, gargaurav, Marcio_Saito, NeerajT4, padma8376, Dmattcarter, motohero. We used the hashtag #bigdatamgmt and achieved the following results:625 tweets, 157 users, 153,849 reach, 1,849,624 impressions
For recaps, see these blog entries:
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 1
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 2
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 3
the data, I was able to pull out many recommended articles, videos and
even a book that were mentioned during the flurry of tweets. Thanks to
all for participating and for helping us to collectively grow our skills
in this very important area!
furrier As navigation promotion here are all the videos from IOD:
Multimedia Coverage from theCube and SiliconANGLE.tv
Original Content: SiliconANGLE and Wikibon filmed two days of live
video at IBM Information On Demand in Las Vegas, October 22 and 23,
Gartner's Nexus of Forces model
furrier A4: this is a good video to watch on compliance data issues:
Randy Kahn - IBM Information On Demand - theCUBE
TheSocialPitt: Example of this; RT @craigmullins: A6: W/ GPS/sensors when u walk past fave coffee shop device can alert u special:
Big Data, Big Opportunities: Telecommunications
furrier @edd Dumbill lays it out; great watch:
Edd Dumbill - Strata 2013 - theCUBE
jeffreyfkelly More here: RT @TheSocialPitt A6 Watson using data from #mobile devices to help diagnose, treat patients:
IBM’s Vision for Watson in Healthcare
furrier Economist editor Ken Cukier has amazing important book Big Data Revolution:
Ken Cukier - Strata 2013 - theCUBE
Note: I just started reading this book and am on Chapter 5 now. I like the examples and the messages. I recommend this book.
RT IBMbigdata 5 Ways to Make BigData Production Ready [slides]
jeffreyfkelly Context for oil comments:
Post on Rommetty's comments that Big Data is IBM's main focus for 2013. Good stuff.
More suggestions from jeffreyfkelly:
Also from my blog entry: Suggested reading list for Mobile Data Tweetchat
Listen to the second topic in this webinar about the new mobile features that were introduced in DB2 last fall: DB2 Tech Talk: What's Hot from Information on Demand Conference. Also from George, you can find this blog entry: Mobile Devices settle Stormy Waters .
IBM Mobile Database is a free download that works with DB2. Try the mobile features yourself, with this download: Download: IBM Mobile Database.
The major highlights include:
- 6 MB footprint, in-memory database to fit on mobile devices
- Full-featured relational DB with standard SQL API, procedures, triggers
- Fast and reliable access to enterprise data offline
- Enterprise level data security
- Persistent data storage and Automatic recovery
- Transactional storage also during connection loss
- Built-in replication capabilities allowing synchronization with IBM databases
- Flexible options such as partitioning data or creating views to customize data for each device or user
us for our next tweetchat which takes place on Wednesday, March 27 at
12:00 noon ET. Topic is "In-Memory for Big Data Management" with
panelists: James Kobielus, analysts from Wikibon and SiliconANGLE, and
IBM Champions Alex Philp, Cristian Molaro, Craig Mullins, Cuneyt Goksu
Stay tuned for more!
Join Julian Stuhler and Mike Biere on this free webinar:
Tuesday June 14, 11 ET
I’m particularly interested in this webinar because I’m a fan of both speakers. I’ve worked with Mike on two of the books that he’s published and with Julian on a book he published. I do have a softspot to authors, but besides being authors, they are both highly intelligent and interesting people. I hope you’ll join the webinar to hear them talk about area that they are both skilled and passionate about.
Managing multiple versions of data and tracking effective business dates is a sophisticated process. Without this functionality, internal audits can reveal a nightmare of decision-making based on unclear data, inadequate review or human error. To help businesses implement auditing and compliance initiatives and ensure integrity over time, IBM has built greater awareness of time into IBM® DB2® 10 for z/OS®.
Join us for this complimentary webcast and learn how DB2 10 not only meets the needs and wants of IT managers but also addresses many of the key business issues and concerns facing organizations today. It delivers powerful features to help customers improve performance, reduce costs, improve availability and make the right business decisions at the right time.
Independent consultant Julian Stuhler will kick off this webcast and provide an overview of some of the top DB2 10 features, with particular focus on the DB2 10 unique temporal capabilities. Industry regulations and competitive pressures are prompting IT managers to maintain more data for longer periods of time and to provide better ways for business users to analyze past, current, and future events. The new temporal table support in DB2 10 enables the database to keep track of both business and system events, making application development and maintenance simpler and more cost effective.
Mike Biere, IBM Business Intelligence Analytics Tools, will provide an overview of DB2 QMF 10. With interest in business analytics growing, query and reporting solutions now have to offer much more, and QMF is leading the industry. Mike will discuss how this revolutionary new version of QMF is designed to deliver significant business value and functionality to a new set of end users.
In this webcast, we’ll cover these topics and more:
- Use queries that specify a search criteria based upon time the data existed
- Simplify and reduce the cost of developing DB2 applications that require data versioning
- Meet new compliance laws faster and cheaper
- Automatically manage the different versions of data autonomically
After the webcast there will be a live question-and-answer session. This webcast will also be available for replay after the event.
Mike Biere, Business Analytics and Data Warehousing Marketing Manager, IBM Software Group
Julian Stuhler, Director/Head of Solutions Delivery, Triton Consulting
- Flashbook: DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box Flashbook
by Roger Miller, David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Pureka
- DB2Night Show Appearances
The extremely popular Assess & Save promotion
is back again... and it starts today, April 1 and continues to June 1. Don't miss your opportunity to save while you earn a very well accepted certification.
According to Kate
, people who took part last year saved $100 on each exam they took and passed. And, they passed. At least 90% of them passed the exam that they took.
How does Assess & Save work?
First take and pass an assessment exam. This will cost you $10 USD. On passing the assessment exam, you'll be sent a voucher to take the actual exam at 50% off the regular price.
To study, see a few of my previous blog entries:
Good luck on your exams!
Enjoy the savings :)
Don't miss the next chat with the lab featuring Sal Vella and Burt Vialpando as they discuss the architectural differences between DB2 and Oracle.
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011 (31.3.2010)
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 11 PM
Many database professionals and DBAs often ask how DB2 and Oracle compare architecturally, that is, how they are different and similar at their core. They also ask what are the equivalent concepts, names, commands etc. in the other database system. This free webinar will answer those questions by covering the following topics in detail:
- Server architecture comparison (e.g. instances and database model, process vs. thread)
- Memory architecture comparison (e.g. Oracle SGA & PGA vs. DB2 instance, database and application memory)
- Parameters, environment variables and registry variables
- Database storage model comparison (e.g. table space types and layouts, compression approaches)
- Basic database administration comparison (e.g. terminology, create database, start/stop, dictionary vs. system catalog, performance)
- Compatibility mode for running Oracle applications with DB2
This webcast is intended for database professionals:
- familiar with Oracle and looking to learn more about DB2 (for Linux, Unix and Windows),
- familiar with DB2 and looking to learn more about Oracle
- who work in a heterogeneous environment and looking to expand their DBMS knowledge and career prospects.
Join Sal Vella and Burt Vialpando on Thursday Mar 31, 2011, at 12:30 PM Eastern to learn more.
Register and receive instructions for attending this webcast.
For questions/comments/suggestions: http://www.channeldb2.com/group/db2chatwiththelab
Thanks to Rav Ahuja for providing me with these details.
Today I "met" fellow blogger Steffan Surdek
. I encourage you to check out his blog
. Steffan is the User Experience Lead and self-proclaimed Agile Champion for the WebSphere® Business Services Fabric team. He uses his experience facilitating the two-day Software Group Agile Workshops to help his team work on improving their agile processes.
Steffan has written articles that are published on developerWorks and is currently attempting to write a book about Distributed Scrum. This is something that I know very little about, so I had to look it up in wikipedia: Scrum (development)
. His blog provides his experience as a first time author as well as his thoughts about his area of expertise.
For those of you who do know something (or want to know something)about Agile software development, check out Steffan's latest article: Agile planning in real life: What did and didn't work in developing releases with agile planning
It was nice to chat with Steffan today and I hope that you have a chance to check out his blog
There are two free learning events taking place today. Are you taking advantage of these offers?
Here are the details:
Download IBM Cognos Express V9
, and try one or all of its
modules for 30 days.
Download a no charge trial of IBM Cognos Express V9, the first and only
integrated business intelligence (BI) and planning solution purpose-built to
meet the needs of midsize companies. It delivers the essential reporting,
analysis, dashboard, scorecard, planning, budgeting and forecasting capabilities
that midsize companies need at a price they can afford. Everything is included
in a pre-configured solution that is easy to install, easy to use and easy to
Cognos Express is made up of the following modules to address the BI and
planning needs of midsize companies:
Download the software now and fully evaluate the reporting, analysis or planning capabilities you need.You can find a lot of information about Cognos online, including:
Have you seen the news on this yet? Deep data analytics…. indeed!
IBM’s supercomputing machine “Watson” will compete on Jeopardy (Feb 14, 2011) against the two top champions of the game show: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Read the article.
This first-ever competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over the three days.
Watson was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge: to build a computing system that rivals a human beings ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. The "Jeopardy!" format provides the ultimate challenge because its clues involve analyzing subtle meaning, irony, riddles and other complexities. Humans excel at this, but computers traditionally do not.
Interested in learning more? See the links below to see what everyone else is saying:
What is IBM Watson? – NY Times Article
Video: Why Jeopardy?
Smarter Planet Website – It’s just a game, but what can we learn from this?
Smarter Planet Blog
Crunch Gear Article - Latest Jeopardy Contestant: A Robot Named Watson
Man vs Machine: IBM's supercomputer Watson to take on Jeopardy stars – International Business Times Article
Have some fun with this! Join the Watson group on Facebook and share your thoughts!
Who will win? Vote now :)
I’ve been creating an individual blog post for each of the books that we have scheduled for an author signing at this year’s IBM Information on Demand conference. I now have session numbers assigned to each of the signings which means that you can add this event to your IOD schedule using SmartSite so that you don’t forget about it. You can find links to SmartSite for web or mobile connections, as well as a tutorial of how to use SmartSite on the Conference website: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/. Use the Session numbers listed below with the book information and register.
The bookstore, located in the Bayside Foyer Level 1 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, will be open Sunday October 23 through Thursday October 27. It will stock over 200 titles including topics such as Business Intelligence, Database Management, Database Design, Analytics, Data Mining, Netezza, Modeling, Social Media, Cognos and more! All books will be discounted 20%. Also, take note of the various authors hosting live book signings throughout the conference (book signing location is across from the Bookstore). Their books will be available for purchase at the bookstore.
Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
These are Author Signings. Attendees must purchase a copy of the book for the author to sign.
Monday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4109 Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function by Sunil Soares
Monday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Session #4110 DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes by Roger Sanders
Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 am
Session #4111 The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights by Bob Laberge
Tuesday 11:30 - 12:30 pm
Session #4112 Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling: Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture by Anthony Giordano
Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Session #4113 Smart Enough Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions
both by James Taylor
Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4115 From Idea to Print - How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published by Roger Sanders
Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Session #4116 DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
Wednesday 10:15 - 11:15 am
Session #4117 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Session #4118 The Blind Side
Session #4119 Liar's Poker
Session #4120 Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
All by Michael Lewis
Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4121 Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions by David Birmingham
Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Session #4122 Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business by Sandy Carter
Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Session #4123 IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples by Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Session #4124 Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager by Bill Carpenter
Electronic versions of all the books are also available, but must be purchased online. To make it easy for you QR codes will be created to direct you to the appropriate online website for purchase. See QR Codes - How to use them for details.
Conferences are a great way to learn a great deal in a short period of time
and also a great way to meet people in the industry. Unfortunately, not many
people are able to get budget to travel to the big conferences such as IDUG or IOD. The next best thing is to
attend regional user conferences that bring the best of the best speakers to a
location close to your home or office.
The are many regional user groups that take place regularly across the world,
but the one I’ll tell you about is the one in my local: Toronto / Markham:
Central Canada DB2 Users Group.
This year’s meeting takes place June 11-12, 2012 at the Institute for
What can you expect at this meeting? As usual, great speakers, great topics,
networking opportunities, certification exams, and I may even show up to give
people copies of the latest DB2 Flashbook.
Summary of Sessions and Speakers:
“BIG Data"Paul Zikopoulos, IBM
"Half Day with Bonnie Baker"
Bonnie Baker, IBM Champion
"What Can I Do To Protect DB2 Against Warehousing, WebSphere, and
Adrian Burke, IBM
Adrian Burke, IBM
"Outer Joins – Taking a Closer Look"
"Desperate challenges call for desperate measures"
Joe Burns, Highmark Inc.
"A New Catalog and Directory Structure in DB2 for z/OS"
Jim Dee, BMC Software
"Looking Behind the Curtain of DB2 for z/OS 10 Performance and
Scalability: Storage Monitoring and Control"
John Campbell, IBM UK
"Gain Insight into DB2 for z/OS 10 Performance Updates and SAVE
John Campbell, IBM UK
"The Importance of Being Consistent - DB2 for z/OS and Remote Copy
Services for IBM System z"
Florence Dubois, IBM UK
"The Many Uses of Flash Copy with DB2 for z/OS"
Dubois, IBM UK
"Temporal Data - An Insurance Policies Life"
Grainger, Cogito/Grainger Database Solutions Ltd.
"Application Performance - Tuning, Trending and Testing"
Phil Grainger, Cogito/Grainger Database Solutions Ltd.
"Switching – What IS Access Path Stability?"
Grainger, Cogito/Grainger Database Solutions Ltd.
"It Could Happen To YOU – Scary Disaster Stories, Lessons Learned,
NOTHING is Impossible"
Phil Grainger, Cogito/Grainger Database
"DB2 for z/OS Utilities Update"
Haakon Roberts, IBM USA
“Goin' Mobile [Beep Beep]"
John Mallonee, Highmark Inc.
“Take a REST from Using SOAP"
John Mallonee, Highmark
“All the things Query Tuning : Data Studio & Query Workload
Saghi Amirsoleymani, IBM USA
A unique opportunity of a
full day (Monday) hands-on workshop with IBM’s Data Studio
“Which DB2 High Availability Technology is Right for You?"
Chris Eaton, IBM Toronto
“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”
Hubel, MHC Inc.
“Deep Dive into DB2 10 Query Performance Optimization: Statistics and
John Hornibrook, IBM Canada
“Storage for DB2 Server"
Thomas Kalb, ITGAIN
“DB2 10 for LUW - Early Experiences with Storage Management and
Vijay Sitaram, McKesson Corp.
Co-presenting with Kelly
Schlamb, IBM Canada
“Upgrade Best Practices to DB2 10 for LUW”
Stopfer, IBM USA
“Stuffed with Great Enhancements DB2 9.7 Fix Pack New Features”
Melanie Stopfer, IBM USA
IDUG EMEA 2011 Best Overall
IBM Certification Exams :Tuesday June 12th
the Technical Conference will be offering the opportunity to take IBM
Certification exams – courtesy of IBM Canada. The first exam will be offered
free. Re-takes or additional exams will be offered at a 50% discount on the
regular fee. There are limited time slots. A signup sheet will be available at
registration on Monday June 11th for attendees to schedule their exam(s).
Click here to see the available exams.
- Registrations must be received by Friday June 1st, 2012. Link to Registration
- Register before May 11th, 2012 to be eligible our Early Bird draw ($200 Gift
- Sorry - NO WALK-INS.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Presentations and speakers: Program
(Updated May 28)
- Registration Includes:
Entry to track for EITHER DB2 for z/OS OR DB2 for LUW
Continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch
- Vendor reception
Come for the learning, but have a bit of fun while your at it! Looking
forward to seeing everyone!
Another great tweetchat took place today: Tweetchat: Enterprise Challenges of Incorporating #Hadoop
Were you able to join us? Not surprisingly, we’re getting more and
more people joining us for each event. Here’s a list of those who
tweeted to #bigdatamgmt today:
InfoMgmtExec, IBMbigdata, cdmaver, dmbanga, BigData_paulz, BIIGDATA, win_nalini, BTRG_MikeMartin, susvis, dvellante, suprgeek, IBM_DB2, jeffreyfkelly, katsnelson, furrier, BTRGIG, bm_iod, BTRG_MikeMartin, IBM_InfoSphere, CrystaAnderson, IBMPureSystems, jameskobielus, zacharyjeans, Natasha_D_G, TheSocialPitt, vishalsubra, ibmsysxblade, storageswiss, Dmattcarter, gargaurav_, wfavero, gourleymslc, planetrussell, bernie_o, platfora, Vladi_Sem, Wikibon, IBMSmrtrCmptng
If you’re looking some people to follow on twitter, that list would be a great start!
This is the list of recommendations that I mined from today’s tweets. Here is a storify summary of the chat. See also recap by James Kobielus
Keep the conversation going around #bigdatamgmt - we'll have recap, and join Apr 30 broadcast: Big Data at the Speed of Business
Some practical thoughts on unifying data architectures/silos from Wikibon:
Combining Unstructured and Structured Data to Deliver Big Data Business Value
Prezis by katsnelson
BM Big SQL Technology Preview Program
Hadoop is better with Big SQL from IBM
Get "A First-hand Account of the Big SQL Tech Preview" from Christy Maver
Big Data’s Promise and Limitations :Steamrolled by Big Data by Gary Marcus
BIG DATA revolution :Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier - Great book! Read it for inspiration!
If Hadoop Was Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It: by Nancy Kopp
Find out how to rapidly protect sensitive information across your enterprise. Video: BTRG's Data Masking Factory™ for InfoSphere Optim™
Introducing the IBM Big SQL Technology Preview - blog by Susan Visser
Articles by jameskobielus:
Business Intelligence in the Hadoop Era: Drilling through petabytes of actionable intelligence
Hadoop: Nucleus of the Next-Generation Big Data Warehouse: How Hadoop complements data warehouses to create a powerful converged platform
Hadoop Cluster Management: Making your big data deployment truly enterprise-grade
Join the DB2Geeks next Wednesday for a tweetchat that is debate on the role of the DBA in the age of Java and noSQL databases:
Is the DBA Dead?
Use hashtag #DB2Debate
Tip.. login with twitter to tweetchat.com to make it super easy for your to follow & join the conversation.
The GigaOM Structure:Data Conference is taking place next week in New York City: March 19-21.
very own Paul Zikopoulos will be speaking at the conference... so make
sure you add that to your agenda. Oceanic Suite 1:05 pm, Wednesday
talks are both entertaining and informative. Another draw is that Paul
will be handing out and signing copies of his book "Harness the Power
of Big Data."
For more details about the conference, see GigaOM Structure: Data Conference.
More about Paul’s talk:
Date: March 20
Time: 1:05 PM
Room: Oceanic Suite
Venue: Pier Sixty at The Chelsea Piers (map) New York, NY 10011
has worked with hundreds of clients to identify the highest impact big
data analytics use cases. Learn from the author of “Harnessing the Power
of Big Data” about these use cases and the technologies needed to turn
big data into a competitive advantage.
Speaker: Paul Zikopoulos. Director, Information Management WW Technical Professionals, IBM
Social media connections for the conference:
tweet about it (@gigaom / #dataconf)
I found this cool article yesterday about jobs that are good for people who
like to talk: “10 Jobs for People Who Love to
Talk” by Tatiana Varenik. I made a similar comment to a very outgoing
student when I was volunteer teaching at a middle school. An outgoing,
talkative student in grade 8 is surely to get sent to the principal’s office
many times but should realize that they will be happy with their skills when
they graduate as many jobs require these skills!
Also when I volunteer for Girl Guides, the leader asks the kids to think
about the kind of people that work in a software company like IBM. What skills
are they likely to have? The answer is that they are likely outgoing and like
to talk! Surprised? Don’t be. Networking, presenting, negotiating, writing,
and many other related skills are very common and required for a person in
software to have success.
Interested in knowing more? I highly recommend Sam Lightstone’s book
“Making it Big in Software” as the book
will help you understand the skills that are required for a person to achieve
success in a software company. I personally find that much of his advice would
be good for any recent graduate regardless of the job they think they qualify
Many of my friends from grade school now have kids who are graduating from
high school. I grew up in a small rural town where many people stay after high
school and get traditional jobs. I think it is difficult for a person in such a
situation to understand the type of careers that their kids can have with a
university degree and in a large company like IBM. This book would be good for
parents in this situation to read as it might open their eyes to many
possibilities that they were not aware of before.
That reminds me of a conversation I had with my computer-game obsessed 12
year old on our vacation. He and his friend were talking about the features
they would like to see in coming releases of the games they like. They
discussed details about each feature and the likelihood that the users of the
game would want / need such an upgrade. I stopped the conversation to tell them
if they ever heard of the job “Product Planner”. Of course they hadn’t, but
that is exactly the type of conversation a product planner would have to decide
what direction the product should go into in future releases.
Then the discussion turned to the steps they have to do on their computer
when they install a new game. Most of the discussion reminded me of what an
integration tester would do… or perhaps a performance analysts. Amazing the
skills that a game can bring to a young kid!
For any parent who thinks that your kid is wasting his or her time playing
games, read Sam’s book to see if there are careers you can recommend to your
gaming expert that might lead to real bucks in the future!
Enjoy the book!