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The ITSO constantly produces IBM Redbooks to help you use the many IBM products and technology. Make sure you check often to keep up to date on all their releases: IBM Redbooks for Information Management Software. If you are a technical expert, consider becoming an author of an IBM Redbook signing up to be a Resident
Here are a few of the latest releases:
Security and Compliance Solutions for IBM Informix Dynamic Server
In this IBM Redbooks publication, we discuss, in detail, the security features available in IBM Informix Database Server (IDS). These enriched IDS security features provide you with the capability to protect your data and comply with regulatory requirements.
We discuss how IDS integrates with operating system security functions for user authentication and user permissions. The role separation divides the security duty among administrators. Auditing enables the database server to log sensitive operations performed by users and administrators for analysis and identifying system misuses.
Discretionary access control (DAC) is the primary access control mechanism that enables access to SQL objects using privileges and roles. Using label-based access control (LBAC), you can control read and write access of users to individual rows and columns at the table level. We then discuss how to secure server-server and server-client communication in an IDS environment, as well as address the security issues for backup and restore.
IBM InfoSphere DataStage Data Flow and Job Design
IBM Information Server is a revolutionary new software platform that helps organizations derive more value from the complex heterogeneous information spread across their systems. It enables organizations to integrate disparate data and deliver trusted information wherever and whenever needed, in line and in context, to specific people, applications, and processes.
IBM InfoSphere™ DataStage® is a critical component of the IBM Information Server, and the parallel framework of IBM InfoSphere DataStage is also the foundation for IBM InfoSphere QualityStage and IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer components.
This IBM® Redbooks® publication develops usage scenarios that describe the implementation of IBM InfoSphere DataStage flow and job design with special emphasis on the new features such as the distributed transaction stage (DTS) in Version 8.0.1, slowly changing dimensions stage ( Version 8.0.1), complex flat file stage (Version 8.0.1), and access to mainframe data.
Up and Running with DB2 on Linux
Linux® is one of the fastest growing server operating platforms within the past few years. DB2® has long been known for its technology leadership. This IBM® Redbooks® publication is an informative guide that describes how to effectively integrate DB2 for Linux, UNIX®, and Windows® (LUW) with SUSE and Red Hat Linux operating systems. This book provides both introductory and detailed information about installing, configuring, managing, and monitoring DB2 in a Linux environment.
We describe the DB2 product family and features for Linux, and we provide step-by-step instructions for a single as well as for a multiple partition DB2 system installation and configuration. We discuss how to migrate single and multiple partition DB2 to DB2 Version 9.5, and discuss, in detail, DB2 database administration in a Linux environment, procedures and tools for database backup and recovery, online maintenance, and system monitoring. We cover DB2 integrated tools and their features and use.
We discuss aspects of DB2 application development in the Linux environment and provide general tips about building and running DB2 applications on Linux and the use of DB2 application development tools.
Introducing OmniFind Analytics Edition: Customizing Text Analytics
IBM® OmniFind™ Analytics Edition uses information in unstructured and structured content to improve decision making. It provides unstructured information analysis, which can improve customer service levels, create cross-sell capabilities and provide early problem detection.
IBM® OmniFind™ Analytics gives business users the tools to gain valuable insights, facilitating better business decisions, by exploring and using key information assets in the enterprise. It also provides multiple ways to explore and analyze information; delivers sophisticated entity extraction capabilities when working with unstructured content. It is based on the open Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) standard.
This IBM Redbooks publication will help you understand the power and capability of IBM OmniFind Analytics Edition Version 8.4. The book provides instructions on installing and configuring IBM OmniFind Analytics Edition. It explains how to use it for text mining, and how to work with Dictionary Editor and Rule Editor to customize the application for better analysis and discovery. The book also discusses how to setup the Alerting System for automatically watch for increased unusual activities. The integration with IBM OmniFind Enterprise Edition (OEE) is also covered.
Here are a couple of new books that you may be interested in reading:
Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints by John Ricketts
Managing services is extremely challenging, and traditional “industrial” management techniques are no longer adequate. In Reaching the Goal, Dr. John Arthur Ricketts presents a breakthrough management approach that embraces what makes services different: their diversity, complexity, and unique distribution methods. Ricketts draws on Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC), one of this generation’s most successful management methodologies...thoroughly adapting it to the needs of today’s professional, scientific, and technical services businesses. He reveals how to identify the surprising constraints that limit your organization’s performance, execute more effectively within those constraints, and then loosen or even eliminate them. This book’s relentlessly practical techniques reflect several years of advanced IBM research and consulting with enterprise clients. Step-by-step, Ricketts shows how to apply them throughout your most crucial business functions...from project management to finance, process improvement to sales and marketing.
Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing Rules by Mike Moran
For decades, marketers have been taught to carefully plan ahead because “you must get it right–it’s too expensive to change.” But, in the age of the Web, you can know in hours whether your strategy’s working. Today, winners don’t get it right the first time: they start fast, change fast, and relentlessly optimize their way to success. They do it wrong quickly…then fix it, just as quickly! In this book, Internet marketing pioneer Mike Moran shows you how to do that–step-by-step and in detail. Drawing on his experience building ibm.com into one of the world’s most successful sites, Moran shows how to quickly transition from “plan then execute” to a non-stop cycle of refinement. You’ll master specific techniques for making the Web’s “two-way marketing conversation” work successfully, productively, and profitably. Next, Moran shows how to choose the right new marketing tools, craft them into an integrated strategy, and execute it…achieving unprecedented efficiency, accountability, speed, and results.
The links above go to amazon.com where excellent discounts are offered. The books may also be purchased at other bookstores / websites. For IBM employees, you may want to look at these sites:
IBM Learning Bookstore
IBM Learning Website with a link to Books 24x7
Both of these books are brand new, so be one of the first to read them and to comment on them. Word of mouth feedback drives the sales of books and can help make them best-sellers.
IBM Redbooks are the ITSO's core product. They typically provide positioning and value guidance, installation and implementation experiences, typical solution scenarios, and step-by-step "how-to" guidelines. They often include sample code and other support materials that are also available as downloads from the site.
Most of these publications are available in Adobe PDF format and may be viewed online or downloaded for offline viewing and printing.
1. Customizing the Informix Dynamic Server for Your Environment
Redbooks, published 11 Jun 2008, last updated 13 Apr 2009
2. DB2 9 for z/OS Performance Topics
Redbooks, published 11 Sep 2007, last updated 9 Apr 2009, Rating: (based on 4 reviews)
3. DB2 9 for z/OS Technical Overview
Redbooks, published 28 Jun 2007, last updated 9 Apr 2009, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
4. IBM Data Studio V2.1: Getting Started with Web Services on DB2 for z/OS
Redpapers, published 7 Apr 2009
5. Powering SOA Solutions with IMS
Redbooks, published 30 Mar 2009, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
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I proctor exams for IBM employees who reside in Toronto and am constantly asked questions about how one should prepare to take the exams. I've put together the following information and thought that you might find it useful as well.
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Universal Database Certification Exam
1. Read the exam objectives. http://www.ibm.com/certify lists the objectives for every IBM certification exam. Read these carefully as each question on the exam links directly back to one or more of these objectives! (That's a huge hint!)
2. Use the recommended study materials to refresh your skills. I've listed these in detail below.
3. Take the assessment exam. These exams were free, but soon there will be a minimal charge to take the assessment exam. See http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/assessment.html for the latest information.
4. Take the test. Where? I've listed your choices below.
5. If you do NOT pass, use the score report to determine the areas you need to increase your knowledge and start the steps over again.
6. If you PASS, make sure you let your manager know! Your results are confidential to YOU and no one will know you passed unless you tell them!
** DB2 Certification exams are experience-based, so the more practical experience you have using DB2, the easier it will be for you to prepare and pass the exams.
Recommended Study Materials for DB2 Certification Exams
Exams 700, 701, and 703 each have a study guides written specifically for the exam. See http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/certify.html for a list of the books that are available to prepare for exams within each job role.
** DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 700 Study Guide,
by Roger Sanders
** DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 701 and 706 Study Guide,
by Roger Sanders
** DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 703 Study Guide,
by Roger Sanders
The series of study guides by Roger Sanders is recommended for those who need a quick refresh of the exam material. He includes sample questions and has focused the books on just what you need to pass the exams.
** DB2 UDB v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, , 5/e
by George Baklarz, Bill Wong
** DB2 UDB v8.1 Application Development Certification Guide, , 2/e
by Steve Sanyal, Kevin Gashyna, David Martineau, Mike Kyprianou
** Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, 1/e
by Dwaine Snow / Tom Phan
The series of Certification Guides is recommended for those who need to prepare for the exam, but also wish to have information beyond the exam for learning or reference purposes.
DB2 UDB Certification Tutorials
IBM has a series of tutorials that were designed to help you prepare for DB2 certification exams. The tutorials don't cover as much ground as the books do, but will help you get an overview on what you need to know for the exams. My team is currently using these tutorials as a basis for a "crammer course" for students working in the Toronto Lab this summer. You can link to all the free tutorials from http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/selfstudy.html#2.
** DB2 UDB V8 Family Fundamentals Preparation
This series of six tutorials is designed to help you prepare for the DB2 Version 8 Family Fundamentals Exam 700 to attain the certification, IBM Certified Database Associate DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Family.
** DB2 V8 Application Development Certification Tutorial Series
A series of seven free tutorials are available designed to help you prepare for the DB2 UDB V8.1 Family Application Development certification exam (Exam 703). These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam.
** DB2 UDB for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Version 8 DBA Certification Preparation
This series of six tutorials is designed to help you prepare for the DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Database Administration certification Exam 701 to attain the certification, IBM Certified Database Administrator -- DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows.
DB2 Training Courses
These "training courses" are computer-based and are intended for people who already know a fair amount about relational databases (DB2, MS SQL Server, Oracle, or others) and allows them to get up to speed on DB2 V8 very quickly.
** DB2 Universal Database Administration Fastpath for V8 (CT28D)
This course is intended for relational database administrators, skilled on other platforms, who are responsible for implementing and maintaining a DB2 UDB V8.1 system.
** DB2 Universal Database Programming Fastpath (CT10)
This course is designed for experienced relational database programmers who want to learn basic database programming for a DB2 Universal Database system.
** Fast Path to IBM DB2 Universal Database in a Visual Basic .NET Environment
This course is designed to help programmers learn how to use the Microsoft Development Environment (Visual Studio .NET) to create DB2 UDB database applications. Programmers will learn how to design applications to create database objects, populate tables, execute queries, and build and execute SQL stored procedures. Students will also learn how use the new tools to design data entry and retrieval forms.
How to get books
a) IBM employees can purchase books, with their manager's approval, from the following site: https://ites.krcinfo.com
b) IBM Libraries also carry copies of the books that you may borrow.
c) Most of our books are now available electronically AND IBM employees, world-wide, has a free subscription to Books24x7:
o Register for Books24x7 which will enable you to read the certification guides electronically: http://w3.ibm.com/education
a) Bookstores occasionally carry our IBM Press titles, but you'll find it easier to find our books available through online bookstores such as http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore which links to Developer Bookstore.
http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/international.html has links to bookstores that offer discounts and low shipping costs for the following areas:
o EMEA: Europe, Middle East and Africa
Selected translated IBM Press books are available in the following languages:
o Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Russian
Low-cost English versions of IBM Press titles are available for India.
b) Online book engines such as Books24x7 (www.books24x7.com) and Safari (www.safari.com) carry IBM Press books. Sign up for a trial to see if you like reading and searching retail books electronically.
Where to take exams
1. VUE (http://www.vue.com) or Prometric (http://www.2test.com)
2. Conferences (http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/news.html)
3. Special Events (check with your RUG leader or partner rep)
4. IBM employees: various places have been set up to make it easy for you to take your exam at your office or a nearby office.
I look forward to reading your comments.
IBM Press Program Manager
The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM positions, strategies or opinions
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In addition to the books listed in my previous post, I also have these books. Right now they are in a separate list... and for the Certification Study Guides, even on a different tab than the rest of the DM books. I wonder if this is the best way to present the books. Your suggestions?
Pearson Education, publisher of IBM Press books, has provided a free eBook and author podcasts along with a 35% discount on selected books. * FREE 200-page eBook available for download. Check out important content from our new and classic DB2 and Information Management titles. Topics covered include: PureXML Storage Engine, Database Security, SQL PL Language Elements, and Data Mining to Improve Innovation. Download this FREE eBook to read about these important topics and more. * New Author Podcasts. We currently have 3 new author podcasts available on DB2’s Self-Tuning Memory Manager, Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information, and Understanding DB2. Through March we’ll be adding more podcasts and articles on ITIL, Trusted Computing, Using DeepCompression to Supercharge your DB2 9.5 Database, and more. * 35% discount on 10 new and best-selling DB2 and Information Management books. Plus free ground shipping in the US. Visit the IBM Press Books site to download the eBook, hear the podcasts, and view the books on discount.
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Great reviews for book: Viral Data
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic by Neal Fishman was reviewed in Data Quality Edge in November. "What did I like about this book? Everything. What didn't I like about it? Not much."
OCDQ blog reviewed the book calling it a "remarkable new book."
The California Bookwatch reviewed Viral Data in SOA saying it is "A 'must' for a range of IT managers and professionals at all levels of business."
It also has earned an average of five stars (out of five) in customer reviews on amazon.com one of which also called it a "must read for IT professionals and business data owners" and a second review said it was "Amazing! Even if you think you don't need to know anything more about the subject of data, I would recommend that you get a copy of this book."
You can get 35% off the full price of this book! Act now... I'm not sure if this deal ends at the end of the month or not.
Oh, I should add my review! I read most of the book before it was published and found it amazing! A very interesting read ..... very hard to put down. Read it and let me know what you think!
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Welcome to January 2013! I hope you had an excellent break from work to have some fun, food & time with family & friends! I did and am now ready for a fast start into the year.
I can see that it will be a very busy year for me, and I'm sure for many others. Here are a few things that are already on my radar:
Happy New Year!
PS: I found the image on the DB2 Symposium page and liked it very much that I used it here as well!
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Last week’s TwitterChat was as fast paced as usual, but I’m glad to say that we had more people join us than in the past. Several of the experts are new to twitter, so it is great to hear their points of view (POV)!
Be sure to follow the experts:
Crysta created a Storify recap of the TwitterChat. Check out the great conversation that took place about how big data and analytics intersect. We also debated how the role of the DBA is changing with reporting needs and expectations. See the recap and add your comments.
Here is my summary of the resources that were mentioned during the chat:
Have you been checking out this latest gadget: Amazon Kindle? I must admit... I do love gadgets, but rarely buy them until the kinks are worked out and the price comes down. While the kinks are being worked out, I read whatever feedback is available from all the early adopters.
I usually have 3-5 books on the go at any one time... and it isn't very practical to carry a stack of books with me....so the Kindle appeals to me so that I can keep track of all the books I'm currently reading and perhaps I'll have a better chance of actually finishing them... rather than have the books fall into a huge unmanageable pile!
The first thing I don't like about the Kindle is it's name. In the past couple of weeks, I think I've butchered the name into kimble, wimble, and several other unmentionables! Do you think the next edition of this gadget could come up with a more suitable name?
I enjoyed reading this article Why Amazon's Kindle is such a revolutionary e-book reader by Mike Elgan. Mike says I've always been skeptical about e-books, but Amazon has made a believer -- and a customer -- out of me. and did an amazing job of describing the pros and cons of the Kindle and going deeper into details as to how the Kindle works.
I've been told that all IBM Press books are already in the right format to be used with the Kindle, and I assume that the DB2 books published by other publishers are ready as well. One of the things I'd like to look into for the new year is to have Kindles loaded with DB2 books available in some way.
It would be great to get one of these for Christmas, but I doubt that I'll be that lucky. I'll keep reading the reviews about this device and will save my pennies so I can perhaps get one in the future!
You are invited to experience IBM's new learning format, Instructor Led Online Training (ILO) at no charge to you. ILO offers you all the benefits of traditional eLearning, but with the luxury of having the IBM instructor right there with you, live! Two special online lecture topics will be offered: SQL procedural language February 26, 2008 & DB2 for LUW Advanced Monitoring March 18, 2008. These offerings have been created for IDUG members only!
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We all know how important database security is -- no one wants to hear that their precious data was hacked or compromised in anyway. According to the article The Job of Securing the Database published on DATE: 21-SEP-2007 by Deborah Perelman, a Forrester Research study shows that DBAs are only able to spend 7% of their time ensuring that data is secure.
The worst message in the article is that DBAs are so overworked in their day to day duties that they are typically unable to spend more time on addressing security issues AND they are unlikely to have time to upgrade their skills in this area.
I have some good news for you if you are in this situation. Earlier this year, Rebecca Bond and three database security experts from the Toronto lab published a book about database security. The book, Understanding DB2 9 Security, is the only comprehensive guide to securing DB2 and leveraging the powerful new security features of DB2 9. This book gives DBAs and their managers a wealth of security information that is available nowhere else. It presents real-world implementation scenarios, step-by-step examples, and expert guidance on both the technical and human sides of DB2 security.
Those who have read the book have found it very beneficial. Buy the book... you won't be disappointed and you'll be able to quickly expand your knowledge of security issues. If you are one of the lucky DBAs who is attending the IBM IOD Conference, October 14 - 19, 2007 Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, you'll be able to buy this book at a 20% discount, and you'll be able to attend one or more of the following sessions related to DB2 Security:
BTC-2125 Secure Your Data before It Leaves Your Data CentersDr. Arvind Sathi, IBM, Associate Partner, IBM Global ServicesTUESDAY, 02:30–03:30PM— MBCC SOUTH: JASMINE AData security is a major concern in today’s virtual environment, where leakageof sensitive customer data could cause major economic and legal repercussions.At the same time, the need is growing to share this data withresellers, suppliers and outsourcers. This presentation discusses data maskingas a solution for protecting confidential data. Approaches to data maskingand related case studies are also discussed. ••
TLU-1033 A Sneak Peek at the Next Version of DB2 (in Two Parts)Matthew Huras, IBM, Distinguished EngineerWEDNESDAY, 09:30–10:30AM— MBCC NORTH: ISLANDER E;WEDNESDAY, 10:45–11:45AM— MBCC NORTH: ISLANDER EThis two-part presentation (consisting of two 60-minute sessions) providesan in-depth, behind-the-scenes, technical look at the features and capabilitiesof the next version of DB2® on Linux®, UNIX® and Windows® (the next versionafter DB2 9). Topics include new advancements in high availability, storagemanagement, concurrency, compression, backup and recovery, security, andperformance. Each topic includes key information about how to use the feature,its key internal design points, and expected best practices. ••
TDZ-1019 Best Practices in DB2 SecurityRoger Miller, IBM, DB2 for z/OS evangelistTUESDAY, 01:15–02:15PM— MBCC SOUTH: SOUTH SEAS G;FRIDAY, 09:30–10:30AM— MBCC SOUTH: SOUTH SEAS GSecurity is in the headlines and growing much more important. This sessiondiscusses various practices for security and how you can make improvements.We’ll include various security objectives. Most sites have a range ofneeds and objectives. For some situations, basic security is adequate. Forothers, better or standard security techniques are needed. In other cases,best security practices are demanded. Our tools range from very-tight systemsecurity to basic techniques. Application security techniques are moreflexible, but require much more work by more people, so they are generallyweaker. Choices and guidelines will be our primary points, discussing howto provide improved security for your situation. ••
TDZ-1346 A Deep Dive into the Mechanisms of DB2 9 for z/OS Security EnhancementsDave Romack, IBMTHURSDAY, 04:00–05:00PM— MBCC SOUTH: SOUTH SEAS IDB2® Version 9.1 for z/OS® added some significant security functionality toaddress key customer requests such as providing better access control fromapplication servers, removing object dependency from users, and audit ofSYSADM/DBADM users. This session contains detailed information aboutthese new functions and includes a discussion of where these functions canapply in your environment. ••
TOD-1159 Data Security for SOAErrol M. Back-Cunningham, IBM, IM ArchitectWEDNESDAY, 09:30–10:30AM— MBCC NORTH: TROPICS BData Security poses one of the biggest challenges to implementing a secure,auditable, end-to-end SOA environment. In this presentation, we will look atData Security standards, requirements, methods of implementing DataSecurity and the solutions and tools that IBM can provide in order to do so.We will cover Data and Service Classification Schemes, Audit Trails, IdentityManagement, Access Control and the ability to retrofit Data Security to SOAenvironments. ••
HOL-1959 Security and Label-Based Access Control (LBAC)Laura Hammond, IBM, Program Co-ordinator of "Ready for IBM DB2 data server software" validationTUESDAY, 01:15–04:15 PM— MBCC SOUTH: BREAKERS ALabel-based access control (LBAC) greatly increases the control you haveover who can access your data. LBAC lets you decide exactly who has writeaccess and who has read access to individual rows and individual columns.During this hands-on lab you will learn to: Grant the SECADM authority;Define components of various structures; Define a policy that includes multiplecomponents; Define labels; Grant labels to users; Grant exemptions tothe db2lbacrules to users; Protect a table with a policy; and, Protect columnsof a table. ••
HOL-2613 Database Security on LinuxSpencer Shimko, Tresys Technology, Senior Security EngineerTHURSDAY, 01:15–04:15 PM— MBCC SOUTH: BREAKERS E"Tresys Razor™ makes it economical to enhance the security of DB2 withSELinux. DB2 is a complex environment, but the components interact in apredictable manner. Tresys, partnered with IBM, analysed DB2 and created atightly confined SELinux policy that builds a “firewall” around each systemprocess. Tresys Razor protects the system from unexpected attacks on theapplication or other services running on the system.The management GUI is designed to be familiar to DB2 admins, allowing theSELinux configuration to be customized with no specialized knowledge ofSELinux. This lab session will discuss the benefits of SELinux in an enterpriseapplication environment, describe and provide a hands-on opportunityto use Tresys Razor for DB2. " ••[Read More]
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IDUG conferences and Denver Colorado... a perfect combination. You won't regret your decision to go to this conference in this location!
The community is growing... thanks to all! On Thursday, ChannelDB2.com had 471 members... and now there are 511 members! Way to go. Let's see if we can get to 600 members by week end.
Here's what you should know:
1st October is Online Community Action Day so to take part, I encourage you to do one or more of the following:
1) Send an e-mail to 2 (or 3 or 5) of your coworkers, colleagues, or friends and pass on links to Channeldb2, Planetdb2, Informix Zone, the XML Contest homepage, or other community sites.
2) Post something... a question, a comment, a photo, a review, some news.... just about anything is better than nothing :)
3) Go to a DB2 ListServ, comp.databases.informix, or any of the many developerWorks forums and respond to just one question.
4) Find a blog post that made a difference in your job and leave a comment saying “thank you.”
5) Join a group within ChannelDB2.com such as:
* DB2 in Books
* DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
* DB2 for z/OS
* IOD Conference
If you really want to be ambitious, you could even go post your own tip or best practice to the listserv or forum, or even start your own blog!
We have a great community... I've witnessed it first hand! Be active so YOU can help make our online communities better!
Have a great day!!
Expected to publish April 25, you can now pre-order this book:The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment by John Lamb.
IT can drive immense business value by "going green." John Lamb provides the business case and best practices for making it happen, including multiple case studies of IT organizations that have successfully gone green, and lessons from IBM's $1B green computing initiative.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. The Basics of Green ITChapter 3. Collaboration is Key for Green ITChapter 4. The Government’s Role - Regulation and EPA ActivityChapter 5. The Magic of “Incentive” - The Role of Electric UtilitiesChapter 6. A Most Significant Step — “Virtualizing” Your IT SystemsChapter 7. The Need for Standard IT Energy Use MetricsChapter 8. What about Chillers, Cooling Tower Fans, and All That Cooling Equipment Usually Ignored by IT?Chapter 9. Green IT Case Studies for Energy UtilitiesChapter 10. Green IT Case Studies for Universities, Large and Small CompaniesChapter 11. Worldwide Green IT Case StudiesChapter 12. The Future of Green IT for CorporationsAppendix A. Tools for IT Power and Cooling EstimatesAppendix B. Comparison of Different Power Generation MethodsAppendix C. Worldwide Electricity Average PricesGlossaryBibliography
John Lamb is a Senior Technical Staff Member and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect for IBM Global Business Services. A senior member of the IEEE and ASME engineering societies, he has published more than 50 technical papers and articles, and has authored four books including Lotus Notes and Domino 5 Scalable Network Design and IBM WebSphere and Lotus: Implementing Collaborative Solutions. Lamb holds a B.A. from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
I've recently "met" Justin Gordon who is now working on writing a book for Addison-Wesley. Justin sent me this information about a workshop he is running this coming Friday and I thought I'd send it along for anyone who may be interested .
Test Driven Development (TDD) Workshop
When: July 25th, 2008 10AM to 3PMWhere: Chicago Innovation Center – 71 Wacker – Room 6612Web Conference details: DetailsWho Should Attend: GBS developers or other IBMersHow Much: FreePresenters: Justin Gordon & Donald BellRSVP: Not required, but RSVP is recommended a download will be required for labs exercises
Description:A comprehensive suite of unit tests is the single most important artifact created in a software project because it reduces bugs, facilitates adding new developers, and enables refactoring and performance tuning with confidence. Test-driven development (TDD) is the best way to build a test suite. Justin will discuss this assertion and address practical issues encountered on test-driven projects, including: How to get team members to adopt TDD on a project; how to implement TDD on a project with large amounts of existing untested legacy code, tooling, design patterns to facilitate TDD, including mock objects, dependency location, and the Dependent Object Framework. These techniques solve the difficult technical problems of isolating code to be tested and setting up required persistent data. For example, have you ever worked on a large enterprise software project (one that heavily uses a database) and wanted to add JUnit tests? And did you quickly realize that it’s easier said than done? Why is that? Want to learn a better way? Justin created the open source project "Dependent Object Framework" (DOF) to solve just this problem.
The discussion will cover the same material that Justin is presenting at Dr. Dobbs Architecture and Design World on July 24 and previously presented at Dr. Dobbs SD West in Santa Clara this past March. The lecture and exercises will work as follows:1. Justin will explain the concepts in the slides2. To illustrate the concepts, Justin will be doing a “pair-programming” session with Donald and the audience. Members of the audience will be able to run some of the JUnit tests along with Justin.3. The audience will have an opportunity after the led discussion to add some additional JUnit tests for the exercises, getting tips from Justin and Donald on both JUnit, TDD, and use of Rational Team Concert. Download Workshop MaterialsMaterials should be downloaded before. Check website after July 22nd
Agenda (all times central time)10:30 to 12:00 – Introduction to Test Driven Development (motivation, basic techniques)12:00 to 12:30 – Break (Optional)12:30 to 2:00 – Advanced TDD – TDD with dependencies and the Dependent Object Framework (DOF) 2:00 to 3:00 – Lab Exercises with assistance from Justin and Donald (chance to add JUnit tests to the ones that Justin and Donald setup earlier)
Note: Lunch is not provided, feel free to bring your own lunch.
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Thanks to Justin for forwarding this to me. Justin, congratulations on the birth of your very cute baby boy!
One of the things that I love about my job is the ability to meet highly motivated and creative people. Sam is a person who I've known of for years, but only recently am I getting to know him better. You see, although he's written two books, I wasn't involved with them.... but now I'm trying to get a new book idea of his signed.
Another thing that I love about my job is that I'm in an office building with 2500 highly created people: IBM Toronto Lab. From an authoring perspective, we have many successful authors who work out of this building. One of our internal newsletters profiles a different author each month. I enjoy reading about the experiences of these authors and was particularly interested in the profile on Sam Lightstone... and I've decided to share some of the profile with you.
Sam is the Program Director for Open Database Technology and an STSM. As a teenager, Sam was a competitive fencer, nationally ranked and carded. Because he still uses the equipment a few times a year to horse around with his kids and their cousins, I would recommend that all DB2 team members be very polite when they meet Sam in the hallways. He also plays the guitar on occasion.
Sam, what is your work experience? Tell us a little bit about what you do at work.I’m currently the Program Director for DB2 Open Database Technology and an STSM. Previously I led the product planning and several architectural projects for our Data Warehouse needs in DB2. I also sit on the DDAB, which is great fun because it allows me to see and contribute to broader technical issues going on in the product. Most people know me for the work I’ve done in Autonomic Computing for DB2, an initiative I founded in 2000 along with Guy Lohman from the Almaden Research Center.
What have you published so far and what impact do you think it has had on our customers / community? I’ve published mostly along two tracks: academic papers and professional books. Roughly 40 papers and two books most of which were published since 2001. The papers focused largely on research and industrial results from our Autonomic Computing projects. The two books I published cover database design, one on logical design and the other on physical design.
The impact varies with the kind of publication. Research papers can influence the direction our industry takes over time. You can see the impact when other research groups begin to incorporate your ideas in their own projects. It’s fairly easy to track by citations of your publications. Industrial and trade publications focus on a different space, and are clearly more valuable in helping our customers and our field experts. There’s no question that whitepapers, customer facing articles and IBM Redbooks are massively appreciated by our customers; they help our customers consume our technology, build larger more committed technical communities around IBM middleware and help maximize the value that our customers can achieve from our products.
You can find links to some of my papers on DBLP.
You can find information on my Physical Database Design book, along with some reviews.
How did you get started? I started with failure. I submitted a couple of papers to conferences then waiting on pins and needles for months only to be rejected. It was disappointing and motivating at the same time. I realized there was something fundamentally wrong in my writing strategy. At the same time some of my counterparts at Microsoft were publishing prolifically, and I asked myself “what is it about their papers that they get accepted so regularly?” I printed off several of their papers and looked for a pattern, and I found it! Every one of their papers used the same template and certain stylistic elements. I started using a similar formula and found my papers getting accepted almost immediately. My team submitted papers to some important venues – SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, and others, and had 90% of everything we submitted accepted even in venues where the acceptance rates were 1 in 6 or 1 in 9. Between 2001 and 2007 my team published over 35 papers. We became incredibly efficient at it, authoring very professional papers in just a few days almost always using ideas and experimental results we had on hand from our regular line item development work. By splitting up the effort, we could compose a solid paper with everyone just doing a small fraction of the work.
Authoring a book was an entirely different experience, which came later in 2005 and then again in 2006. Much much harder, more profound, and more satisfying.
What do you like about publishing? Publishing is a way to make a contribution to the industry that goes beyond your normal circle of influence in IBM. Publications are read and reviewed by our competitors, our customers, and academics around the world. I remember sitting down to lunch at VLDB 2004 and coincidentally sitting beside a program manager from Microsoft SQL Server. He told me he had been reading my papers, and a few were circulating around Microsoft. I managed a forced painful smile and thought – “Oh no”. Then I thought… “Cool!”. It was a stark reminder to me that everything we publish can be used against us, but at the same time when we publish important ideas our influence extends beyond IBM.
Industrial publications such as whitepapers, IBM Redbooks, etc directly help our customer and our IBM field staff maximize the value they get from our products. What can be more satisfying than realizing you’ve helped an entire organization do things better and more easily?
In the case of the professional books I’ve written I have a real sense of contributing to the entire database community including application designers, DBAs, professors and students.
I get a lot of satisfaction when these ideas survive the peer review process. Particularly in the academic space these publications are often reviewed by some of the biggest names in the industry; there’s a real satisfaction that comes from knowing that your ideas have been reviewed by that community and are still recommended for publication. Many of us in IBM share the problem that the technical work we do can be hard to describe to our family and friends if they’re not themselves in one of the IT professions. Publishing however is something that I can show my family. Even if they don’t understand the content of the publications, they understand that a book or a paper has been published. It helps my family connect with my work life and share in it.
As a manager I found that my team enjoyed publishing and while authoring papers didn’t require much time it was a fun and team-bonding experience. One of my beliefs as a manager is that happy and enthusiastic employees are far more productive than those who aren’t. I feel strongly that whatever time we spent authoring we recouped tenfold in productivity gains within the team. Perhaps it’s counterintuitive but publishing is time well spent in building a high efficiency organization.
And finally, ya… it’s definitely nice to see your name in print!
Has publishing had any impact on your 'day job'? First and foremost I find that publishing forces me to learn things in a much deeper way that I otherwise would, and I grow professionally as a result. I’m always amazed how many times I think I know a topic thoroughly but once I start writing I discover so many aspects I’m forced to understand more deeply. I feel I’m a significantly broader and better engineer, database expert, and computer scientist because of it.
Inside of IBM promotion to higher bands along the technical track can come in many ways and publishing helps. It’s true that you can get promoted to Senior Technical Staff Member, Distinguished Engineer and IBM Fellow without an extensive publication history. Even so, publications and inventions are a key part of the promotion “package” for the higher bands. You don’t need to be a prolific author to reach these levels in IBM but it helps.
Any advice for new writers? Great question. A few thoughts:
Write what you know. Even when writing about a topic you know very well you’ll have a lot of research to do getting little details right about syntax, semantics, competitors etc. This is true for professional publications and academic publications alike.
Focus on quality. In the end the quality of what you write is what will propel you, not the volume. Authoring frequently without quality in the content may get you a few more publications awards but over time it will work against you. Take particular care when writing for venues where there isn’t a strong independent peer review process. In the absence of a critical review process, try to impose one on yourself by finding at least three skilled people to review what you’ve written.
Would you bother to read it? If you wouldn’t why should someone else? Use yourself as a guide post and try to focus on authoring things that you would personally feel compelled to read.
In general, collaborate with co-authors. Almost always collaboration means less work and a much better publication. It’s very rare than any of us have the depth of skill and business understanding to cover all angles of a topic thoroughly and articulately. At the very least make sure your publications are rigorously reviewed by two or three experts on the topic.
Style matters. There’s more to writing than just having something to write about. Study the styles and strategies that others have used successfully.
Don’t write to get rich. The IBM publishing program offers authors some compensation, but you won’t pay off your next home with it. Book publishing is another story because there are royalties involved, but most people don’t understand how little these usually are so here are some facts: Most technical books don’t make it to a second printing – which means they sell less than 3000 copies. Authors usually get a small percentage of the sales price (exact amount varies with the contract), which they divide between them if there are multiple authors. So the royalties are relatively small, and after taxes there’s not much to take home. (You’ll make a lot more money over time by spending just a few more hours a year managing your retirement investments!) What about all those millionaire authors you read about? After all isn’t JK Rowling richer than the Queen? True… but they weren’t writing about databases. Here’s a true conversation I had with my wife recently:“All we have to do is sell a million copies of my book Physical Database Design, and then we can retire”“That’s great honey, how many more do you need to sell?”“About a million”
Consider the long term benefits of publishing. In the short term the ‘benefit to time-spent ratio’ may not appear compelling. Authoring can be a lot of work with very little immediate return. But in the long run writing pays off many times over and in unexpected ways. Help customers, influence the industry, broaden and deepen your skills, propel your career, produce something your family can connect with and be proud of, see your name in print. It’s totally worth it.
That's it... I hope you enjoy this profile as much as I did.
See my blog and others on planetdb2.com.
A total of 19 Technical Education sessions are being offered at the IOD conference on Sunday October 14 in Las Vegas. The sessions are spread across the following segments:
Information Platform & Solutions (3)Enterprise Content Management (3)Data Servers (12)Support (1)
The fee for these classes is set at $399.00 which is the same price as offered at last year's conference.
I've listed most of the available sessions in this entry. Click on the link to see the list and to register for the class.
Successfully Transitioning with DB2 9 for z/OSConsidering an implementation of DB2 9 for z/OS? Then you won't want to miss this 1-day course. Designed to provide you with technical information on the new features, you'll learn what's required for a successful implementation. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Mark Wilson
Spotlight on IDS 11 - Transition TopicsThe newest addition to the Informix Dynamic Server family, IDS 11 boasts a wealth of new functions and features. This 1-day course will take a deep dive into the technical information behind these features, providing a better understanding of and ensuring a smooth transition to this new product. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Jeff Bohm**
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 731)This high level certification preparation review is intended to help you take IBM Certification Test 731. Gain an intense overall review of those areas that are on the certification exams. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Bob Schwan **
DB2 9 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 732) This high level certification preparation review is intended to help you take IBM Certification Test 732. Gain an intense overall review of those areas that are on the certification exams. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Susan Lawson
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Crammer (Exam 730) This high level certification preparation review is intended to help you take IBM Certification Test 730. Gain an intense overall review of those areas that are on the certification exams. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Roger Archambault **
Getting to Know DB2 WarehouseThis 1-day course is a must for those wanting to understand the components of DB2 Warehouse. Topics for the class include an overview on the SQL Warehouse Tool, DB2 Intelligent Miner, Cube Views, and their common interface, the Design Studio. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Warren Pettit
Preparation is Key: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Recovery TopicsRecovery is top of mind for many businesses today. In this 1-day lecture you'll gain a deeper understanding of how DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows addresses the issue with its many advanced recovery features. Topics may include recovery log management, dropped table recovery, table space recovery, crash recovery, disaster recovery, incremental backup & recovery, redirected restore, and additional recovery facilities. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Melanie Stopfer**
Unleash the Knowledge: An Introduction to Data Sharing Learn the basic purpose, justification, and planning considerations for employing DB2 data sharing in your enterprise IT system. This 1-day class will also cover the basic knowledge of the architecture and major components of DB2 data sharing and provide an overview of the steps to implement a DB2 data sharing environment. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Wayne Cope
Informix Dynamic Server System Administration - A Beginner's LookThis 1-day class will enable you to develop the skills necessary to successfully administer one or more database servers. You will learn how to configure and initialize a database server instance, configure and test client connectivity, configure and manage memory and disk usage, plan and implement system maintenance tasks, and configure the server for optimal Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) or decision support. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM John Zucchero
Maximize Your Optimizer: A Guide to DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows OptimizerThis 1-day class will enable users to understand optimizer's decision making process, influence optimizer decisions, identify problems from optimizer access plans and most importantly, fix them. By the end of this 1-day course, participants should be able to leverage fully DB2 optimizer for best query performance. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Yasir Warraich
Architecting the Dynamic Warehouse - a How to Guide Are you interested in dynamic warehouses but don't know the first thing about how to build one? This 1-day class is your answer. The course offers practical methods and techniques for designing and constructing a dynamic warehouse. Whether you intend to create one or just want to learn more, this class will broaden your understanding of the data warehouse 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Joe Cullen
Behind the XML Buzz: Querying & Using XML with DB2 9Much noise has been made about the XML features in DB2 9 and this 1-day class will show you why. The course introduces participants to XML found in DB2 9 for LUW and provides a lightening tour of the fundamentals. From XPath/XQuery to defining/building indexes on XML data to sophisticated queries using combinations of SQL and XML data, you won't want to miss this engaging look at one of DB2 9's most popular components. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Glen Mules
None of the sessions are full at this point, but demand is increasing. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, be sure to register soon.
Five different contests for you to join:
* Video Contest: Invent a creative use of XML, XQuery or DB2 and record yourself doing it.* Gadget Contest: Develop a downloadable gadget or widget leveraging DB2.* Query Contest: Use XQuery to find five answers. The best queries win the best prizes!* Ported App Contest: Port or develop a new app for DB2. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.* XML Contest: Win by building useful, user-friendly XML apps from scratch. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.
The Ported Application Contest and pureXML Programming Contest went live in the USA on December 1st! Four new countries are going live this month: France, Japan, Italy and Israel.
This competition consists of five different contests aimed at students and professionals alike. Each contest offers its own recognition and set of prizes. The range of skills encompasses those with a passing interest in XML and database technology to those with hardcore programming skills in DB2. Before participating, you will first need to take a Quick Quiz, a short questionnaire that requires no prior XML or database experience to complete. You only have to take the Quick Quiz once.
Start now by registering for one of the contests. Earn participation points for each entry. A special prize will be given to the contestant— the “XML Grand Master” —that amasses the most participation points.
Another commercial for you to view: Killer App. This one was from last year.... and the closing remark: "I don't know how to do that." I think MDM is "how you can do that" and is the answer to connecting everything to everything... the power is amazing.
Learn how: preorder Enterprise MDM - An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information.
This is valuable reading for everyone who wants to understand MDM.
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Product Description: The Only Complete Technical Primer for Every MDM Planner and Implementer
Companies moving toward flexible SOA architectures often face difficult information management and integration challenges. The “lifeblood” master data they rely on is often stored and managed in ways that are redundant, inconsistent, inaccessible, non-standardized, and poorly governed. Using Master Data Management (MDM), organizations can regain control of their master data and maximize its value in SOA environments.
Now, for the first time, there’s an authoritative, vendor-independent MDM technical reference for every practitioner: architects, technical analysts, consultants, solution designers, and senior IT decision-makers. Authored by the IBM data management innovators who are pioneering MDM, this book systematically introduces MDM’s key concepts and technical themes, explains its business case, and illuminates how it interrelates with and enables SOA.
Drawing on their experience with cutting-edge projects, the authors introduce MDM patterns, blueprints, solutions, and best practices published nowhere else--everything you need to establish a consistent, manageable set of master data, and use it for competitive advantage.
• How MDM and SOA complement each other• Using the MDM Reference Architecture to position and design MDM solutions within an enterprise• Assessing the value and risks to master data, and applying the right security controls• Utilizing PIM-MDM and CDI-MDM Solution Blueprints to address industry-specific information management challenges• Incorporating MDM solutions into existing IT landscapes via MDM Integration Blueprints• Leveraging master data as an enterprise asset—bringing people, process, and technology together with MDM and data governance• Identifying user roles, responsibilities. and skill descriptions for MDM project participants• Case studies in MDM deployment, including data warehouse and SAP integration
About the Authors: * Allen Dreibelbis, Executive Architect in the IBM Software Group Worldwide Information Platform and Solutions Architecture Team, led the development of the MDM Reference Architecture.
* Eberhard Hechler, Technical Enablement Architect for IBM Information Platform & Solutions, works with system integrators throughout Europe.
* Ivan Milman, Senior Technical Staff Member at the IBM Software Group and IBM Master Inventor, focuses on security and governance in information management.
* Martin Oberhofer, Technical Consultant at the IBM Böblingen Lab, is a member of the Worldwide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence.
* Paul van Run, IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, is responsible for architecting the MDM Server and WebSphere Product Center.
* Dan Wolfson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect/CTO for the Information Platform and Solutions segment of the IBM Information Management Division of the IBM Software Group.
If you are attending the IBM Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2008 meet all six authors in person and have a copy of your book signed.
I'm packed and ready for the IOD EMEA conference that is taking place next week in my homeland: Holland! After the conference I will stay a couple of extra weeks to explore the places where my parents grew up... before moving to Canada.
At the conference I'll be working at the bookstore, recommending books to the attendees. If you are planning to be there... come and say hi to me! I've worked closely with many of the authors who have published DB2 and related titles over the past 10 years.... so I may be able to help you choose the best book for your needs.
The bookstore is located at the main entrance of the World Forum Convention Center during the following hours:
Monday, 2 June 3 pm - 8 pmTuesday, 3 June 10 am – 6 pmWednesday, 4 June 8 am – 6 pmThursday, 5 June 8 am – 6 pm
I mentioned in a previous entry that we will be launching the new Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information book by Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul Van Run, and Dan Wolfson. We've arranged to have a special author signing session that will be held outside the World Forum Theater immediately following the Information Platform & Solutions featured keynote on Wednesday, 4 June at 12.20
Another newly published book that will be available for purchase at the bookstore is Executing SOA: A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect by Norbert Bieberstein, Robert G. Laird, Keith Jones, and Tilak Mitra.
Pick up your free copy of Carlton Doe's IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11, the Next Generation in OLTP Data Server Technology outside World Forum Theater immediately following the Data Management featured keynote on Tuesday, 3 June at 12.20.
Pick up your free copy of DB2 VIPER Strikes Again, New Features in DB2 9.5 outside World Forum Theater immediately following the Data Management featured keynote on Tuesday 3 June at 12.20.
The booksellers I’ll be working with have the following website where books may be purchased following the conference: www.vanstockum.nl
I’m not sure how connected I’ll be at the conference, so I am not sure how many posts I’ll be able to make, but I’ll try.
While I’m away, make sure that you keep an eye on Kate’s blog!
Apache Derby -- Off to the Races : Includes Details of IBM Cloudscape by Paul Zikopoulos, Dan Scott, and George Baklarz publishes tomorrow, Nov 2, 2005.
Details about the book:
Apache Derby is the world's only open source, pure Java, fully transactional relational database. It's small enough to be embedded directly into your Java applications, providing a local data store that requires no DBA support. Powerful enough to support a wide range of traditional applications, this database ships as the default database for WebSphere Application Server and more than fifty other IBM software products. Apache Derby is built on the mature IBM Cloudscape code base IBM recently contributed to the open source community. The IBM Cloudscape code was nominated and won Developer.com's Product of the Year 2005 award.
Paul, Dan, and George have written a comprehensive guide to making the most of Apache Derbynd its commercial counterpart, IBM Cloudscapein any development or production environment. This book systematically introduces the Apache Derby/IBM Cloudscape technology: where it fits and how to install and configure itnd how to build robust business applications and Web services with it, one step at a time.
Buy it from amazon.com and get a 34% discount on the regular price of $39.99 USD.
IBM developerWorks Peer Advisors Network
IBM developerWorks has created a new program for people who enjoy sharing their opinions and experiences. The first initiative is centered on using and advising others regarding IBM Cloudscape v10.1, a commercially supported release of Apache Derby.
For more information about peer collaboration, see http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/newsletter/devcom/email/eng/20051031_dW_Peer_Advisory_DB2_webversion.html
Developerworks also has a Cloudscape portal that you may wish to check out: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/zones/cloudscape/
Lately I've been answering many questions about how to get certified... or recertified. I'm always happy to answer these questions as it means that there is plenty of interest.
The latest Cert Mag newsletter had this article that I found interesting: Retain Your Value With Recertification. Here are the values of getting certified according to the article:
* Validated knowledge and skills. * Peer recognition. * Increased value to employers. * Increased marketability.
The DB2 Certification Program offers all of these values... and now is a perfect time to get certified or upgrade to the latest level of certification. Right now the Assess and Save Promotion is active... and best of all... is available to EVERYONE, World-Wide!
How does it work?
Want more info? See my previous blogs regarding certification, but let me know if you have any questions, at all!
It has been pretty tough to find time to create blog entries while at the IOD conference! One of the things I was really proud of this week was the launch of 3 NEW certification guides! I've blogged about this before, but the books were displayed in their full splendor at the conference. With the 20% discount for attendees, the book seller was very happy that the books were flying off the shelves...
Here are the books that made their debut while at the conference:
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 (MC Press) by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders.
Congratulations to Roger, Susan and Dan for their excellent achievements! If you bought one of the books, I hope you found it useful in your quest to pass an exam or two. I would love to hear about your experience.
Two more books by Roger Sanders are ready to preorder and will ship in October! If you are going to be at the IOD conference, you'll also have an opportunity to buy the book at the bookstore onsite. Your choice!
Expert Preparation for Exam 731: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Study GuideAuthor: Roger E. SandersPrice: $64.95On Sale: $38.95
Roger E. Sanders—one of the world's leading DB2 authors and an active participant in the development of IBM's DB2 certification exams—covers everything a reader needs to know to pass the DB2 9 DBA Certification exam (Exam 731). This comprehensive study guide steps you through all of the topics that are covered on the test, including Server Management, Data Placement, Database Access, Analyzing DB2 Activity, DB2 Utilities, High Availability, Security, and much more. Each chapter contains an extensive set of practice questions along with carefully explained answers.
Taking and passing the DB2 9 UDB DBA Certification exam (Exam 731) provides validation that you have mastered the next level of DB2 9. Passing this exam also earns you the IBM Certified Database Administrator certification.
The book includes sample questions in each chapter and a complete practice test of 150 questions that closely models the actual exam along with an answer key with a full description of why the answer is the correct one. No other source gives you this much help in passing the exam.
Expert Preparation for Exam 736: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Upgrade Exam Study GuideAuthor: Roger E. SandersPrice: $34.95On Sale: $24.95
Roger covers everything a reader needs to know to pass the short—but notoriously challenging—DB2 9 for LUW DBA Certification Upgrade exam (Exam 736).
This specialized study guide steps you through all of the topics that are covered on the exam, including server management, data placement, XML concepts, activity analysis, high availability, database security, and much more. Everything new to DB2 9 that you will need to know in order to successfully pass the exam is covered in this book.
Taking and passing the DB2 9 for LUW DBA Upgrade Certification exam (Exam 736) provides validation that you have mastered DB2 9. Passing this exam also earns you the IBM Certified Database Administrator certification.
This concentrated guide includes an extensive set of practice questions in each chapter that closely model the actual exam, along with an answer key with a full description of why the answer is the correct one. No other source gives you this much help in passing the exam.
As we approach the end of the year, you'll find that everyone has a list that they want to share with you. I like lists... and you can likely find a few in previous blog entries. But, this entry is about a few other lists that I've discovered when reading newsletters in the past week. I hope you find one or two of these interesting!
The ten reasons why software companies lose in a losing economy? by Judith Hurwitz
Five reasons why the Web Services Test Forum is critical Marcia Kaufman
Stress-Busters: 12 Ways to Renew Yourself by Kathleen Barton
Enterprise Web 2.0, Four part series * Part 1 examines the business and technical drivers behind Web 2.0, the challenges and opportunities Web 2.0 presents to enterprises, and the relationship between Web 2.0 and SOA. * Part 2 covers the major solution types emerging through which enterprises can exploit Web 2.0. * Part 3 presents a collection of industry and business scenarios in which those solutions can be deployed, and explains the value that can be realised by doing so. * Part 4 is a more technical article focusing on the options for exposing the content and functions of core information and transaction systems such as IBM® CICS®, IBM Information Management System (IMS)™ and IBM DB2® in Web 2.0 solutions.
1013 members of channeldb2.com.37 groups that you can join, including my favourite DB2 in Books
Five new SOA certifications from the SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) program
The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual from PCWorld.ca
The 10 most embarrassing tech flubs that could happen to you from ITBusiness.ca
Five competition classes available in "The Search for the XML Superstar" Prizes include laptop computers, GPS devices, iPod® portable media players and PlayStation® games. All who register at http://www.xmlchallenge.com and complete a short quiz receive free tee shirts. Individuals can join contest groups at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Orkut. Contestants who invite a friend to enter earn points toward the XML Superstar Grand Master prize. The Grand Master prize is a Bose Wave Radio.
Happy Holidays everyone! See you in 2009.All the best to you and your family!
The book DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow is going through its final tech review right now.... and the reviewers are loving the book! Order your copy now... amazon.com is offering a 37% discount for pre-orders.
This new book is essentially an update to the very successful book that was published to support DB2 V8: Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2(R) Universal Database v8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows by Dwaine Snow and Thomas Phan.
1) We changed publishers... This book will join the series of V9 study guides published by MC Press. These books are very successful and are excellent resources to prepare people for the V9 cert exams.
2) We changed one of the authors: Roger Sanders teamed with Dwaine Snow... so together they bring their talents to this one book. Roger with his amazing writing skill and the creator of the study guide format that you will recognize throughout his books.... and Dwaine for his deep technical knowledge in the advanced DBA area.
3) Sample questions were added that are similar to the actual exam... along with explanations for the correct answers.
What's the same?
1) Much of Dwaine's content is the similar to the old book... and if the exam doesn't cover certain topics, the content has been included in an appendix of the new book.
2) The first book had 14 5-star reviews... and one 4-star review. Of course there are no reviews of the new book yet... but I'm asking the reviewers to give their feedback so you can see it.
If you missed the virtual conference that took place yesterday, here is another chance... with a different topic.
IBM Smart SOA™ Global Virtual ForumMarch 3 at 10:30 am ET
Immerse yourself in our cool virtual business environment to hear how companies like yours are cutting costs by working smarter. So don’t get crushed by the economy; fight back by working smarter with Smart SOA and leveraging Social Media Tools & techniques.
10:30-12:00 5 Ways to Work Smarter and Take Out Costs with Smart SOAPresentations and live Q&A panel discussion with Sandy Carter, Ralph Warchol, Manoj Saxena and James Governor
5 Ways to Work Smarter and Generate Real ROI Using Social Media Tools & TechniquesNew Web 2.0 technologies are shaking up the lives of your customers and changing their expectations of you. Join Jeremiah Owyang, Senior Analyst, Forrester and Sandy Carter, the author of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 for a live discussion on how you can stay ahead of the curve and generate real ROI by leveraging these tools and technologies.
Continue the discussion with IBM experts and customers live in the Smart SOA Exhibit Zone Mystery giveaways, sign up offers at the SOA Exhibit Zone and scheduled group chats at the Get Smart SOA Café
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