If you're interested in social networking, take a look at this survey request from IDUG:
IDUG is looking to improve its social networking sites in order to better meet the needs of the DB2 community. To capture a true picture of how we're doing, we need your feedback! The survey will take no more than five minutes of your time and will provide us invaluable insight into your social networking needs.
Take the IDUG Social Networking Survey
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The IDUG Social Networking Committee
If you are in Bangalore, make sure you attend thisDB2 User Group Meeting
. Thanks to Anil Mahadev
, President DB2 India User Group for sharing this information with me.
Come Learn Collaborate & Share the experience at the DB2 India User Group LaunchLimited DB2 Certification vouchers available at the event! Register early to qualify!Event Details
* Venue: The Pride Hotel, Richmond Road, Bangalore (valet parking available)
* Date: 25th of November 2010Agenda:
8:00 – 9:00 Registrations
9:00 – 9:10 DB2 India User Group Introduction
by Anil Mahadev, Embarcadero Technologies
9:10 – 10:00 Welcome and DB Optimization Best Practices
by Srivatsa Subramanya, Country Director & Anil Mahadev, Principal Software Consultant, Embarcadero Technologies
10:00 – 11:00 Key note
by Rav Ahuja, IBM Canada
11:00 – 11:15 TEA BREAK
11:15 – 11:45 DB2 Appliance Development
by Anil Mahadev, Embarcadero
11:45 – 12:15 pureXML and Fast Track 2 DB2 - DB2 Enablement for Oracle DBAs
by Mallarswami R Nonvinkere, IBM India
12:15 – 12:45 Incremental Backup and Restore – An in depth look
by Sheena Tharakanparampil, IBM India
12:45 – 1:15 Replication and HADR - An in depth look
by Amit Bhattacharya, IBM India
1:15 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK
2:00 – 3:00 Setup and Deployment, Windows Client Profile
by Vijay Raj, Blogger & Technology Evangelist at MSIGeek.com, MVP for Setup and Deployment
3:00 – 3:30 DB2 On campus & DB2 Student User Community
by Raghuveer Babu
3:30 – 4:00 Birds of a Feather Session
A Community Members Speaking Opportunity
4:00 – 4:15 TEA BREAK
4:15 – 4:45 Future Events Discussion
4:45 – 5:15 Closing NotesHow to register:
I just finished reading the novel "Secret Daughter" that was set in India. Not the best book I've ever read, but gives those of us on this side of the world a peek into India.
Available now... an electronic version of the very popular flashbook by Carlton Doe
: IBM Informix Dynamic Server: The Next Generation OLTP Data Server Technology
Up until today... the only way to get this book and the excellent content inside was if you were attending an event where the book was being handed out. Now you can access and read the content at your convenience with this e-version of the same book.
What is a flashbook? A flashbook is a professionally published book that is roughly 100 pages in length and it introduces you to the latest release, in terms of the business value that the product will bring you and your company.What is in this book: IBM Informix Dynamic Server: The Next Generation OLTP Data Server Technology?
The major features and functions of the 11th version of Informix Dynamic Server (IDS 11), IBM’s lead data server for high-volume database applications in nonmainframe environments, are explored and explained in this handy guidebook. Security technologies offered by IDS 11—such as Label-Based Access Control and nonpreemptable connect and disconnect routines—are addressed, as are its newly enhanced Enterprise Replication and High Availability Data Replication capabilities. Oriented for both small business users and large corporate IT departments alike, this is the ultimate reference to one of the most stable, speedy, and adaptable data servers available.About the Author
Carlton Doe is one of the five founders of the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) and has served as the IIUG president. He is the author of Administering Informix Dynamic Server on Windows NT and Informix: OnLine Dynamic Server Handbook. Table of Contents
1 - Introduction to Informix Dynamic Server2 - Security and Regulatory Compliance3 - Relieving the Load on the IDS Administrator4 - Better Business Continuity Using IDS5 - Easing Application Development
The latest edition of certmag.com has an article about using advanced certifications to advance your career:http://www.certmag.com/articles/templates/cmag_feature.asp?articleid=1458&zoneid=1
After reading this article, I checked our database to see the how many people have been certifed at our Advanced DBA level (you need to pass Exam 704 after achieving a DBA cert): http://www.ibm.com/certify/certs/dbdvud81.shtml
Although I can't tell you how many certifications have been achieved, I can tell you that only 7% of those who have earned a IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
have also earned the Advanced DBA certification.
I really believe that anyone who has passed Exam 701 also has a good chance of passing Exam 704. If you are one of these people, take the challenge and try Exam 704.
Exam 704 contains a total of 57 questions. Candidates are required to score 56% or better to pass the exam and will have 75 minutes to complete the exam. Section 1 - Advanced Administration (32%)
Ability to design table spaces
Ability to create table spaces
Ability to manage table spaces
Ability to design buffer pools
Ability to create buffer pools
Ability to manage buffer pools
Ability to exploit intra-parallelism
Ability to exploit inter- parallelism
Ability to design and configure federated database access
Ability to manage distributed unit of work Section 2 - High Availability (19%)
Ability to develop a logging strategy
Ability to use advanced backup features
Ability to use advanced recovery features
Ability to implement a standby database (log shipping, replication, failover, fault monitor) Section 3 - Performance and Scalability (37%)
Identify and use configuration parameters that affect database system performance
Identify and use DB2 registry variables that affect database system performance
Knowledge of query optimizer concepts
Ability to manage and tune memory and I/O
Ability to analyze performance problems
Ability to manage a large number of users and connections
Ability to partition large amounts of data for performance
Ability to manage the number of partitions in a database
Ability to create and manage multi-dimensional clustered tables
Ability to determine the more appropriate index Section 4 - Networking & Security (12%)
Ability to configure a partitioned database on multiple servers
Ability to manage connections to host systems
Ability to identify and resolve connection problems
Knowledge of external authentication mechanisms
Ability to implement data encryption
The best way to prepare for this exam is a combination of EXPERIENCE and STUDY. The only book that was written for this exam is:Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 UDB v8 for Linux, Unix and Windows
by Dwaine Snow and Thomas Phanhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130463884/102-8524566-1932154?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance
Notice that this book has received 12 customer comments on amazon: all 5 stars, except one 4 star.
One of the features of this book that I want to make you aware of is that there are excellent sample study questions in the book. Each chapter contains several questions that are similar to the questions that you'll see on the certification exam. The authors then tell you which answer is correct, and why. Dwaine was on the exam development team and helped create many of the questions that are on the certification exam, so make sure you benefit from his knowledge by reading this book!
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One of the best books I’ve read in the last while was this book by Roger Sanders that is about how to write and publish articles and books. Roger has done very well in his career by writing technical books and articles and this book is his crowning achievement that teaches others how to do what he does. Well…. I should say… to try to do what he does. I wish everyone was able to write like Roger, including myself!
You can purchase the full book from many bookstores, including amazon: From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published.
To make it more convenient for you to benefit from this book, the publisher MC Press has decided to sell each chapter individually, in electronic format. Although I enjoyed the entire book, there are individual chapters I’d recommend to specific people. Here are the chapters along with descriptions as to why you’d want to read it.
Chapter 1, "Before You Begin," provides some opening thoughts of the task of writing and discusses tips and techniques you can use to stay on task once you decide to embark on the journey to become a published author. Learn how Roger got into writing and know that you don’t have to have a degree in writing. You just need to write, revise, and write more!
Chapter 2, "First Steps – Technical Articles," introduces the process for writing a technical article -- how to find a publication that might be interested your work, how to construct a query letter, how and when to follow up, and advice on what to do if your article idea is rejected. I’m now managing the intake of IM articles for developerWorks. Great advice here if you want your article published!
Chapter 3, "First Steps – Technical Books," introduces you to the initial steps that get you to the point at which a publisher extends you an offer to print and sell your book. It covers how to locate a publisher, how to write a book proposal, how to compose a query letter, how to respond to requests for your proposal, when and how to follow up, how to handle rejection, and what to take into consideration if you decide to use a literary agent.
Chapter 4, "The Publishing Agreement, the Author Questionnaire, and Working with an Editor," is designed to help you understand the terminology s found in most publishing agreements, to show you the questions you're likely to encounter on an author questionnaire, and to provide some basic guidelines to help you build a strong working relationship with an editor.
The chapter examines the basic structure of a typical publishing agreement and introduces the terms and conditions commonly found in this important document. It describes the author questionnaire and shows you the types of information you might be expected to provide if you're asked to complete and return one to your publisher. The chapter concludes with a discussion on things you can do when working with an editor to ensure that, together, the two of you will create an article or book that's the best that it can possibly be.
Chapter 5, "Developing the First Draft," introduce you to the process of writing a first draft and provides tips that will make the writing effort easier. It shows you how to develop a working outline, how to create a strong opening, and how use headings and subheadings appropriately. The chapter also provides recommendations on how to develop a clear and concise manuscript, how to find your voice and set the proper tone, how to use transitions effectively, and how to craft a strong closing. It concludes with a brief discussion on using publisher templates.
Chapter 6, "Using Tables, Artwork, and Sidebars," provides guidelines for creating and using tables, artwork, and sidebars. It begins by telling you what tables are and how they should be created and referenced. Then, it introduces the types of artwork often found in technical articles and books. It shows you how to create line drawings, screenshots, photographs, and text figures that can be easily reproduced without sacrificing quality. It continues with an overview of sidebars and concludes by describing how and when sidebars are typically employed.
Chapter 7, "Staying Out of Trouble," provides tips on how to avoid trouble whenever you write anything for publication. It explains how to write bias-free text and how to avoid making libelous statements, plagiarizing others, and infringing on copyright.
The chapter begins by explaining what bias-free text is and continues by providing some guidelines you can follow to ensure your writing treats all of your readers equally. Then it provides definitions for terms like defamation, libel, and slander, and it shows you how to avoid making statements in your writing that could be considered libelous. This is followed by a discussion of plagiarism and how to avoid it. Then, in-depth information on copyrights, copyright law, the public domain, the “fair use” doctrine, and how to acquire permission to use copyrighted material is provided. Some tips on how to avoid copyright infringement are offered. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion on self-plagiarism and when it is appropriate to reuse your material.
Chapter 8, "Revising for Perfection," is designed to help you understand what revision actually is and to provide some basic guidelines on how to revise a manuscript and polish your writing. It begins by telling you why revision is important and continues with some suggestions on how to turn a first draft into a second draft, a second draft into a third, a third into a fourth, and so on until you have a near-final draft that you are satisfied with. Then, it shows you how to polish your prose so that every sentence is written in the most powerful way possible. It continues by offering recommendations on how to develop and analyze the final draft, and it concludes with a discussion on revising as you write and on finding a way to revise that works best for you.
This is a very important chapter and something that will distinguish a good author from a not-so-good author. Rule of thumb: read and revise your writing so much that you are completely sick of it. If you’re not sick of it yet, you haven’t reviewed and revised enough yet!
Chapter 9, "Soliciting Feedback," shows you how to solicit feedback from others and provides suggestions on how to incorporate reviewer feedback into your work. It begins by telling you why feedback is important and continues with suggestions on how to find reviewers who will carefully critique your work and make recommendations on ways you can improve it. Then, it offers advice on when and how to ask others for feedback, and it provides suggestions on what to do with any feedback you receive Finally, it discusses how to deal with your feelings if you receive feedback that's less than favorable, and it concludes with some recommendations on how to reward those who offered their services to help you improve your writing.
Chapter 10, "Last Steps," introduces the elements that most publishers will expect you to supply as part of your “completed manuscript,” provides guidelines for reviewing your material as it moves through the publication process, and gives you some ideas on how to promote your work after it is published.
The chapter begins by showing you how to prepare a byline and a credit line for an article, as well as the elements that make up the front matter and back matter of a book. Then, it offers some suggestions on how to obtain endorsements and testimonials—important items that can convince others to read your work. It continues by providing some basic guidelines for manuscript submission and recommendations for reviewing copy edits and page proofs. It concludes with a discussion on how to handle mistakes found after printing and offers suggestions on how to promote your finished article or book.
See also my blog entry Interested in Writing
In 2008, IBM introduced in-memory database technology known as solidDB. This week I found out that Lily Ryzebol
is now on the solidDB team... and coincidentally, the ID person (Katriina
) from Finland is visiting the lab this week and is sitting at a desk near me.
That's the extent of what I know about solidDB at this point, so if you're like me and would like to learn more, join this chat with the lab to learn more: DB2 Chat with the Lab
- Wednesday, October 15th 8AM Pacific, 10 AM Central, 11 AM Eastern, 4 PM London, 5 PM ParisIBM solidDB - Complementing DB2 to Provide up to 10X Data Acceleration
This presentation will cover the key capabilities of IBM solidDB * micro-second response time* high transaction throughput* instant failover
– and how those capabilities address the real-time requirements for data access in key DB2 markets including financial services, healthcare, retail, and communications.
The presentation will also provide details about how solidDB in-memory cache complements DB2 to accelerate response times and increase transaction throughput, achieving extreme speed for data residing in DB2. Use cases will be explored.
There will also be good opportunities for technical Q&A. Our speakers will be Sal Vella
, Vice President of Development for Linux, Unix and Windows and Business Intelligence and Ari Valtanen
, Director of solidDB Technology (CTO). Ari comes to IBM from the acquisition of Solid Information Technology, where he was Co-Founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. As a member of the founding team at Solid, Valtanen spent 7 years as an Architect in core product development in Helsinki, Finland. He will be speaking with us from the lab in Helsinki.RSVP for this call at
: DB2 chat with the Lab Series (7530145)
or by calling 800-289-0579
and referencing confirmation code 7530145
A search on dWorks for 'Content Manager' resulted in 4223 hits! I have excellent news for all those trained in using DB2 Content Manager V8.3. A new certification exam has been developed and recently released. Here are the details. IBM Certified Solution Designer DB2 Content Manager V8.3Objective:
Enable database professionals to prove their competency on the industry most advance database technology to solve the critical business issue of managing and integrating all forms of information, including scanned images, audio, video and information from multiple sources. Exam# 443Objective
The solution designer should have an in-depth knowledge of:
* core competencies in managing and installing
* functions specific to the CM Library Server, Resource Manager, System Administration, System Managed Storage, MS Windows clients and Content Manager eClient Test Duration
90 minutesTest Format
64 multiple choice questions:
* High-level Design and Requirements Gathering (25%)
* Installation and Configuration (13%)
* Troubleshooting (10%)
* System Administration (17%)
* System Managed Storage (8%)
* Maintenance and Performance Tuning (8%)
* Content Manager Clients (6%)
* Solutions Integration (7%)
* Core Product Information (6%) Pass rate definition
Course: IBM Content Manager for Multiplatforms v8.3 Implementation and Administration
Course duration: 4.5 days
Course Abstract: The course provides you with an introduction to the specific concepts of Content Management v8.3 for Multiplatforms. Learn how to plan, install and customize an IBM Content Management system. Gain practical experience in configuring Content Manager to meet your enterprise needs through lectures and extensive hands-on exercises. The hands on labs for this course are taught in a Microsoft Windows environment only. Sample / Assessment testhttp://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/assessment.html Additional Informationhttp://www.ibm.com/certify/
There isn't an IBM Press book that helps prepare for this exam, but with the number of articles on developerWorks, I hope that much of that can help. Stay tuned for a series of tutorials that are being developed now that will help.
If you are planning to attend one of the IBM Technical Conferences this fall, plan to take the exam while at the conference. As usual, all DB2, CM, Informix, U2, Tivoli, WebSphere, and Business Intelligence exams will be available to attendees for FREE. IBM DB2 Information Management Technical conference
Featuring DB2, Business Intelligence, Informix, U2 & WebSphere Information Integration
September 12-16, 2005
Orlando, Floridahttp://www.ibm.com/training/us/conf/db2 IBM Content Management Technical conference
September 12-15, 2005
These conferences allow you to explore the enhancements in the DB2 information management software portfolio and how they can help address today's business. There are 100 sessions planned for you to enhance your knowledge of DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 and the most recent releases of DB2 UDB for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. You will have a chance to develop your skills in products and technologies, network with peers, meet developers on-site, get certified and enjoy pre-conference classes (at an additional fee), all designed specifically to enhance your learning experience.
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Another year, another great Flashbook from the DB2 for z/OS team:
DB2 11: Ultimate Database for Cloud, Analytics & Mobile!
By John Campbell, Gareth Jones, Surekha Parekh, Chris Crone, Jay Yothers
Be sure to pick up your free copy at the IBM Insights Conference on Monday October 27 at the Conference Bookstore: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
A short description of the book:
Split into three parts, this book provides a Technical Overview of DB2 11. DB2 11 enhancements help enable enterprise customers to respond to the rapid rise in variety, volume, and velocity of data in a cost-effective way. This book provides a migration strategy to help existing clients migrate to this latest level. The migration strategies are based on the experiences that the author team has had working with customers who took part in the Early Support Program. The final section of the book describes the application compatibility features in DB2 11. These features will help remove upgrade dependencies.
Given the extensive experience of each author, this author team is well suited to write this book! Experts of this caliber sharing their collective knowledge will surely save you time and money in your journey to manage all your data.
Also, read the blog entry that Surehka wrote about this book: http://bit.ly/1BXdoVU
I have an idea that I want to pursue and was curious if others have advice for me. When I attend a conference, I work in the bookstore and help sell printed books that have been published about IBM products or technologies. I’m also heavily involved in promoting the adoption of different forms of books, such as e-versions (Kindle, Nook, PC, iPad, etc), e-libraries (Safari Books Online, PacktLib, Books24x7), and audio books. My dilemma is that we don’t currently have an easy way to send people to other versions of the books from a bookstore.
The idea I came up with is to provide a QR code for each book that people can scan into their smart phones. QR codes are the square barcodes that are beginning to get popular. When you scan them, your phone takes you to a website where you can instantly order an alternate version of the book.
Some of the questions that I need to explore:
- How much education do people need to make this a viable option?
- Wikipedia says that QR codes are popular in Japan, Netherlands and South Korea. It also says that Canadian passport applications have a QR code on the online form. So, its becoming more mainstream, right?
- What apps do people need on their smart phones to enable them to scan a QR code?
- My Blackberry has Blackberry Messenger installed which allows me to scan QR codes. My phone’s browser history keeps track of all the websites I’ve scanned in this manner. Is Black Berry Messenger standard on a Blackberry? Does it need to be activated first?
- I’ve also found this website QR Code Reader Finder. For Android http://code.google.com/p/zxing/, free from Android Market.
- What website should the QR code point to?
- Kindle versions must be purchased on Amazon, other e-book formats can be purchased through multiple e-retailers, but not through Amazon. I could send people to the publisher’s website. Or maybe to a blog entry I write for the book with links to the various formats. Or maybe my bookstore page?
- How to display this information at the conference?
- I guess the best thing would be for books to be published with a QR code or to have a smart phone scanner that could read the barcodes that are already on the books. Since this doesn’t exist, I was thinking of creating postcards or business cards for each book so people can either take a card or scan it on the spot. I need to check the quality of the QR code for these options. Or should I create a standard flyer that is put in a display?
- One thing I tried at the CCDB2UG meeting on Monday is to have a series of books with QR code printed on high quality paper and stored in sheet protectors. I could staple this together and can have interested people look through the list to find the codes they wish to scan.
- How do you synch the websites you’ve scanned on your phone with your computer?
- I personally don’t like reading much on my smart phone since the screen is way too small for my bad eyes. I’ve been told that when you back up your phone’s data you automatically get the history of the websites that you’ve marked as favourite. Something for me to try.
- QR Code Generator: http://delivr.com/qr-code-generator
Can you scan these?
Link for one book to Amazon.ca:
Any feedback that you provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
How would you like to spend a day at a conference, without the need to go anywhere? "Green" education options are getting more popular and I wonder if you've had a chance to try any of them yet?Data in Action Virtual EventSolutions for an efficient environmentDate: February 25, 2009
Join us for a special online event
with live webcasts featuring the key trends and innovations that are shaping the next generation of Data Management products. Chat with industry experts and IBM innovators about the evolution of traditional Data Management practices in the age of SOA, Web 2.0 and the continuing data explosion into new smarter practices and paradigms for managing information.
See how this smarter data revolution is creating new opportunities for organizations to refresh their approaches, and in the process:
- Gain better access to data
- Increase data security
- Lower costs
Learn how customers who have made the change are now reaping the rewards, and what it took to get them there. Agenda:
- 8:00 AM ET
- Show floor opens
- Understanding the Foundations Of The Information Agenda
- 12:00 Noon
- Chat with the experts
- 1:30 PM
- Integrated Data Management Revolution with Merv Adrian of Forrester Research
- 2:30 PM
- Chat with the experts
- 6:00 PM
- Show floor closes
Expo Solution Pedestals:
- Information Agenda
- Lower Costs with IBM Data Servers
- Optim Data Growth
- Architect and Developer Productivity
- DBA Efficiency and Autonomics
Get all the benefits of a world class Information Management event without the hassle and expense of travel. Register today!
Tomorrow I'll tell you about more "green" training options... but if you can't wait, see my Green Blog Entries
Next Thursday (November 10th, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern), you can attend a free webinar that will teach you about the performance management and optimization solutions that are available from IBM. You’ll learn about:
- InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner which helps DBAs tune poorly performing query workloads.
- InfoSphere Optim Performance Manager which helps manage application performance by identifying problems across multiple applications, DB2 instances, and the network in between.
Better yet, you’ll be learning from the experts!
- Holly Hayes, Product Manager – InfoSphere Optim Solutions
- Bob Harbus, DB2 Technical Specialist
- Danny Zilio, Software Analyst – Optim Query Tuner group
Don’t miss these experts as they discuss how the performance management solutions delivered by IBM helps you implement a best-practice methodology to identify, diagnose, solve and prevent performance related bottlenecks before they affect your production environment.
Register Now for this webinar on November 10th, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern to take charge and manage performance of your data environment before it impacts your business.
I mentioned the first-ever Information Management Virtual Event that begins Feb 25th: "Data in Action - Solutions for an Efficient Environment"
Today I will give you a listing of all the "green" options that are available to you.
- First... audio books. I've been asked to look into recommending some audio books that we can showcase at conference bookstores this year. I'm sure your first reaction is "not for a technical book"... and I would agree with you. But we can all benefit from a good business book or two. Most of us have ipods or something similar that we can use to listen to these audio books. I've selected 4 titles that I thought would be good to try at the conference:
Let me know what you think... and if you have others to suggest. You can download just about anything from this site: audible.com. The titles listed above were found on amazon.com.
- On the same lines are podcasts. For starters, I would suggest that you take a look at the collection listed on channeldb2.com: podcasts, but also check out DB2 Chat with the Lab, Author podcasts, and IDUG podcasts.
- If you would prefer to read, there are many books that can be read electronically. All IBM Employees have a subscription to the electronic books found on Books 24x7. You can get to this site via employee home pages. I've found that many schools are going this route as well, so if you are in school, see if they offer you a subscription to Books 24x7. All IBM Press books are on this site as are books from many publishers.
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine. Again, all IBM Press books are here as are Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles. If you are looking for a personal subscription, the prices for Safari are pretty reasonable... and if you're lucky you can find a free trial to Safari Online.
- If you prefer smaller pieces of information, then developerWorks is for you. developerWorks has an amazing amount of content for you to read / learn electronically and for free. You'll find articles, tutorials, and more.
- Classroom education has also become "green". I've quite often mentioned ILO courses before, but if you need a reminder, ILO = Instructor Led Online Training. This kind of training fits into modern life so perfectly. With the world focusing on "green" options, is there anything more green than attending a class to upgrade your skills while staying at home? With the financial pressures that the world is currently under, everyone needs to do their part to reduce costs, but keeping skills up to date remains CRITICAL. ILO provides the same excellent transfer of skills that you've come to expect in classroom training, but it eliminates the most expensive part of taking a class: traveling.
ILO also keeps getting better. This time with new scheduling options:
* ILO Select provides targeted information in a packed lecture of three hours or less, at a much lower price than full training courses.
* ILO Flex Time offerings enable you to experience the full scope of ILO from anywhere in the world over several days so that you can balance both work and education.
These two new ILO options give you the ability to enhance your skills when and where it is convenient for you.
And lastly, more ILO classes are being added all the time. See the list of featured classes below, but make sure you check the ILO website to keep current on the latest courses that are available.
Enjoy being green :)
Opting In: Lessons in Social Business from a Fortune 500 Product ManagerDoes social business work, or is it just the latest marketing buzzword?I
think I know a product manager or two who I’d recommend this book to!
Do you? I’ve only been able to read the foreword and preface of this
book so far, but I can see the value the readers will gain in using a
more social way of performing their jobs.Take a look at the content from the back cover of the book: "Social
business isn't some hot new fad that will be over in an Internet
minute." So says IBM executive Ed Brill, in his new book Opting In.
Whether you are a product or brand manager, marketer, customer
satisfaction expert, strategist, HR executive, IT manager, or CFO, this
book will help you understand how you -- and your organization -- can be
more successful through becoming a social business.In Opting In,
you will learn how to be successful in social business, based on the
strategy and lessons learned as IBM adopted a culture of transformation
and engagement. Brill candidly shares the best practices, challenges,
and results of IBM's social business transformation. Opting In
outlines the process of becoming a social business, through
organizational commitment, cultural change, the right tools, and a
strategy for engagement. Brill helps readers develop individual
strategies and a roadmap for using social business tools, from time and
place considerations, volume and amplification, offense and defense
considerations, through building an army of advocates.Opting In will
help you learn how to use social business tools to grow your business
through customer intimacy, global reach, and product lifecycle
acceleration. You will improve your individual and organizational
effectiveness through influence and reach. You will learn when and how
to engage with customers as individuals and the marketplace through
unique voice. Brill also shows how social business helped him enhance
his personal brand through leadership, influence, balance, and inclusion
-- and how it can do the same for you.
From the Inside FlapUsing
today's social business tools and approaches, product and brand
managers can bring new products and services to market faster, identify
new opportunities for innovation, and anticipate changing market
conditions before competitors do. In Opting In,
IBM's Ed Brill demonstrates how product managers can fully embrace
social business and leverage the powerful opportunities it offers.Brill explains why social business is not a fad, not "just people wasting time on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube," and not
just for marketers. He shows how to drive real value from
crowdsourcing, interactivity, and immediacy, and from relational links
across your organization's full set of content and networks.Drawing
on his extensive experience at IBM, Brill explores powerful new ways to
apply social business throughout product, service, and brand
management. Using actual IBM examples, he offers candid advice for
optimizing products by infusing them with the three core characteristics
of social business: engagement, transparency, and agility.Also see the Amazon page for a large and growing list of reviews of this book.Get your book:IBM PressAmazonIf you want the audio version, make sure you make the request on Amazon.com.At the IBM Connect Conference.
Buy the book at a 20% discount and have your book signed by author Ed
Brill on Monday, January 28 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Conference
Bookstore.See also:Information Management Sessions at IBM Connect 2013Ed’s BlogI’m looking forward to reading the entire book as I see many ways I can improve my day-to-day job with the advice in this book.Susan
A year ago IBM entered into a partnership with Pearson Education to publish IBM Press books. This would be similar to other popular series of technical books such as Cisco Press, Oracle Press and Microsoft Press.
Our mission is to publish the highest quality content for the critical topics facing today's business and technology students and professionals. With books designed to help educate business leaders, help users master the diverse range of technologies and solutions and prepare for IBM certifications, IBM Press books are an informative resource for knowledge that's critical for today's IT professional and throughout their careers.
Currently we have 55 published IBM Press books covering a wide range of topics including DB2 Information Management, WebSphere, Rational, Autonomic Computing, Quality Documentation, Grid Computing and more. We have another 20 or so titles in the pipeline for the coming year.
Overall we're happy with the reception that these books have received and the feedback that we are getting from readers. We do realize, however, that we still have a long way to go to build up awareness of these books. I discussed the problem we are having in getting these books into bookstores in a previous blog entry, but we also have work to do in other areas including academia, partners, training courses, and more.
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One book that I am particularly proud of is a book that published earlier this year. It has been selling very well and has received excellent reviews. There have been multiple requests to translate the book and interest from professors to use it in their database courses. Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples
by Raul Chong, Clara Liu, Sylvia Qi, Dwaine Snowhttp://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131859161/qid%3D1123097211/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/102-8524566-1932154
This book thoroughly introduces every DB2 concept, procedure, and tool needed to get results as an administrator, user, or developer. Users will find authoritative coverage of installation, configuration, objects, database instances, storage, connectivity, security, performance, backup and recovery, SQL fundamentals, and much more. Virtually every new concept is explained with screenshots, diagrams, or tables, all designed to help users learn faster and remember more.
* Originally published on July 30, 2012 by Crysta Anderson at MasteringDataManagement.
Champion for DB2 Bjarne Nelson has trained DB2 users around the globe,
from his home in Switzerland to multiple Korean engagements. Regardless
of location, though, Bjarne bonds with students who really want to learn
how to get more out of DB2.
1985, Bjarne has consulted in multiple industries, becoming an IBM Gold
Consultant in 1996 and working closely with IBM Labs. He also serves on
the IDUG Board of Directors and has chaired the European Conference.
know Bjarne by his nickname, Kermit. Of course, we had to ask the
origin of the moniker. Bjarne explained that he once had long hair, a
“very green car,” and did a spot-on impression of Kermit the Frog as he
introduced his rock band to crowds.
name stuck, as has the role of mainframes. Bjarne disagrees that
mainframes are going the way of the dinosaur. He explains, “Of course
there are huge changes in technology, but the mainframe is capable of
still surviving. It’s probably the longest living platform that we have
in IT…that continues to maintain its virtue of stability, performance,
high scalability. And at the same time, you can still build modern
programming paradigm applications,” while letting the data reside safely
on a “good old mainframe.”
while mainframes persist, organizations face evolving compliance and
security needs that require new software and solutions. Bjarne has found
DB2 10’s new features very helpful for meeting these needs, though new
software means migrations.
all have to go through migrations,” Bjarne noted, explaining that
conference and web sessions dealing with migration topics and best
practices tend to stand the test of time long after their original
presentation. Such migrations – which may lag several years after a
release – make it more important than ever to collaborate throughout the
migration is an educational experience, Bjarne said, and afterwards,
many “are proud of what they know” and want to share their insights.
Hence, Bjarne has worked with IDUG to assemble a content committee that
shares information between conferences. The resulting IDUG DB2 Tech Channel on BrightTalk has proved very popular, with more than 1200 technical webcasts ready for viewing.
that doesn’t mean conferences are going away. Face-to-face
conversations and the opportunity to ask questions are very valuable.
Bjarne explained, “If you go to an IDUG conference and pick up 3 or 5
good things you can go home and implement…that’s enough to pay for a
conference because quite often, it’s the issues you’d otherwise spend
hours and hours trying to solve yourself.”
his spare time, Bjarne is an avid SCUBA diver, particularly in the Red
Sea, and has an impressive music collection that he uses to bridge the
generation gap with his children and granddaughter, Naia, when she gets
old enough to choose her own music.