I’ve been creating an individual blog post for each of the flashbooks that we have scheduled for a giveaway and author signing at this year’s IBM Information on Demand conference. I now have session numbers assigned to each of the signings which means that you can add this event to your IOD schedule using SmartSite so that you don’t forget about it. You can find links to SmartSite for web or mobile connections, as well as a tutorial of how to use SmartSite on the Conference website: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/. Use the Session numbers listed below with the book information and register.
We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” and “IBM Redbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time. The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy. Note that registering for the session via SmartSite does not guarantee a book for you. You must still show up at the designated time before the limited supply of books have been given away.
Monday 9:45 - 10:45 am
Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 am
Session #4125 Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data by Dirk deRoos, Chris Eaton, George Lapis, Paul Zikopoulos, Tom Deutsch
Monday 10:45 – 12:30 pm
Session #4202 IBM Production Imaging Edition and Datacap Taskmaster
Session #4203 Metadata Management with IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Both by the IBM Redbook Team
Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Session #4204 DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics by the IBM Redbook Team
Wednesday 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Session #4205 IBM InfoSphere Streams and the Streams Processing Language
Session #4206 IBM solidDB: Delivering Data with Extreme Speed
Both by the IBM Redbook Team
Monday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Session#4126 Flashbook: DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve Performance by Cristian Molaro and John Campbell
Monday 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session #4127 Flashbook: Customer Experience Analytics: Fast, Intelligent and Action-Packed by Arvind Sathi
Also see my entry about the Book Signings that are taking place at IOD.
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I've heard that the very popular DB2 assessment exams are still free through Self Test Software. Register to take the exams via this link: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/assessment.html
Of course, they won't be free for long! I know this isn't happy news for anyone, but the exams are very, very popular, so we are unable to maintain them as free for the time being. The fee that will be charged is low at $10 per try, but I have been granted permission to give tips through my blog.
What I plan to do is to post an actual question or two from one of our assessment tests and point to the documents where you can find the answer to the question. I will continue to do this until I've covered a good portion of the questions on the assessment test.
I plan to begin by going through the assessment test for Exam 703 DB2 V8 Application Development Family. I've chosen this exam because I think there are many people who regularly visit developerWorks who are capable of easily passing this exam.
Come and take a look on Monday to see the first set of questions in this series.
This Friday Nov 30 at 11:00 am ET, join host Scott Hayes and guest Glen Sheffield from IBM for the next DB2Night Show. The topic of the day: IBM DB2 LUW Data Warehouse & DPF PerformanceGlen will share the latest tips and advice on maximizing DB2 DPF Performance.Click to Register.For more information on this topic, see the following resources:Download an evaluation copy: IBM InfoSphere Warehouse 10.1 Enterprise EditionBest practices for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows and InfoSphere WarehouseIBM Data Management Article: Get the Most out of Your Data Warehouse
The critical role data quality plays in the ROI of a data warehouse
Upcoming shows include:Dec 7Willie's Brain Dump - Part 2Again,
after our first z/OS show of the season, the audience asked that Willie
continue with his brain dump of helpful tips. Join us for this special
continuation with IBM guest Willie Favero for his latest tips on DB2 for
z/OS. Dec 14"Do what I mean, not what I say! Back-Out Strategies for DB2 Database Changes"She's BACK! Episode #66 on e-Commerce database performance was our 3rd most popular show of Season #3! During this show, Ember has more sage advice for us!Dec 202ND Annual Year-End EGGNOG Party!
We'll be gathering up DB2 LUW & z/OS experts, top IBM people, and
leading Industry Consultants to share a DB2 buffet of news and insights.
In 2011, our Eggnog Party show ranked 4th in our Top 10 DB2 for z/OS rankings. Jan 4Why "to REBIND or NOT to REBIND" is STILL a QUESTION? Jan 11DB2 LUW 10 - Cool Stuff No One Else is Talking About! Jan 25DB2 LUW 10 - Performance Update with BERNI SCHIEFER! Berni is a DB2 performance legend. If you miss this show, maybe you should be working with another brand name database. February begins the “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition. Improve your presentation skills by becoming a contestant!Susan
September is turning out to be a busy month for learning. A new DB2 Redbook, IDUG in Sydney, 2 DB2 Tech Talks,
and 3 DB2Night Show episodes!
What a great community we have for DB2.
real-time operational data warehouses a reality
Date: Tuesday September 11
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
Speakers: Jon Lind (presenter) and Serge Rielau (host)
This DB2 Tech Talk will continue the deep dive into the major features of
the new DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows and InfoSphere Warehouse 10 products.
This talk will discuss a range of query performance enhancements in the release,
as well as the Continuous Data Ingest feature. Find out more and
Webcast: Compression comparison - DB2 vs. Oracle database and the rest
Date: Thursday September 27
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT
Speakers: Chris Eaton (presenter) and Serge Rilau (host)
This DB2 Tech Talk delves into the benefits and advantages of DB2 in
terms of database compression, backup and archival compression, and more. It
also compares these features and capabilities to Oracle and other databases to
show you why DB2 has a clear advantage when it comes to storage optimization.
Find out more and
Have you seen any of the other shows as part of this series? If not, you'll
be happy to know that they have all been recorded and you can watch the replays whenever you like.
One of the authors I “celebrated” in a blog post last week was Craig Mullins. I follow Craig’s blog and want to point you to every one of his blog entries! I haven’t yet done so, so this is my first post pointing you to the great stuff provide by Craig!
Want to learn more about DB2 for z/OS but there is no money in the education budget? Can you spare 1 hour a week over the course of a month? Well then, you are in luck because SoftwareOnZ is sponsoring a series of DB2 webinars presented by Craig S. Mullins (author of DB2 Developer’s Guide and regular columnist for zJournal Magazine).
Each webinar will be focused on a specific DB2 topic so you can pick and choose the ones that are most interesting to you – or attend them all and receive a certificate signed by Craig indicating that you have completed the DB2 Education Webinar Series. The schedule and topics for these sessions are as follows:
September 28, 2010 – DB2 Access Paths: Surviving and Thriving
Binding your DB2 programs creates access paths that dictate how your applications will access DB2 data. But it can be tricky to understand exactly what is going on. There are many options and it can be difficult to select the proper ones…and to control when changes need to be made.
This presentation will clarify the BIND process, enabling you to manage DB2 application performance by controlling your DB2 access paths. And it will introduce a new, GUI-based product for managing when your programs need to be rebound. To sign up: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
October 5, 2010 – Optimizing DB2 Database Administration
DB2 DBA’s are tasked with working in a complex technological environment, and as such, the DBA has to know many things about many things. This makes for busy days. How often have you asked yourself, “Where does the time go?”
Well, the more operational duties that can be automated and streamlined, the more effective a DBA can be. This presentation will address issues that every DB2 Database Administrator and/or DB2 Systems Programmer faces on a daily basis. And it will introduce a new tool, DB-Genie, that will reduce the amount of time, effort, and human error involved in maintaining DB2 databases. To sign up: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
October 12, 2010 – DB2 Storage: Don’t Ignore the Details!
For many DB2 professionals, storage management can be an afterthought. What with designing, building, and maintaining databases, assuring recoverability, monitoring performance, and so on, keeping track of where and how your databases are stored is not top of mind. But a storage problem can bring your databases and applications to a grinding halt, so it is not wise to ignore your storage needs.
This presentation will discuss the important storage-related details regarding DB2 for z/OS, including some of the newer storage options at your disposal. And we will also introduce a new web-based tool for monitoring all of your mainframe DB2 storage.
To sign up: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
October 19, 2010 – The DB2 Application Developer’s Aid de Camp
Building DB2 application programs is a thankless job. And it can be difficult to ensure that you have a effective and efficient development environment for coding DB2 applications. Can you easily identify which tables are related to which…and what indexes are available so you code queries the right way the first time? Do you have the right data to test your programs? Can you make quick and dirty changes to just a few tables or rows without having to write yet another program?
This presentation will discuss the issues and difficulties that developers encounter on a daily basis as they build DB2 applications…and it will present a useful programmer-focused toolset for overcoming these difficulties. To sign up: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
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I've been encouraged to update my blog with activities that I'm currently involved with. I'm sorry that I didn't make the time in the past year to keep this blog alive with fresh content. Let's see if I can get my writing "mojo" back with content to please my readers.
Let me whet your appetite with what I have been doing for IBM in the past year. I'm a social strategist for IBM Analytics Financial Solutions. That means that I have been writing, podcasting and creating content about IBM's Industry Solutions that are aimed at Banks, Insurance Companies, and Wealth Managers. I've been involved with the Dave Haase story as well as looking at fraud solutions and more.
For the next while, I'll create blogs that step you though what this means to me and those of you reading this blog.
What’s happening in your DB2 world? I
asked this question to many of the people I’m connected with on twitter
and I got many responses that I’d like to share with you.
Rebecca Bond@DB2locksmith hasn’t had time to update her blog (http://www.securedb2.com)
lately, but is thinking of topics she could write about. Is there
something you want Rebecca’s opinion on? I’m sure she’d love to have
some suggestions to help her write something.
Kohli Kshitij @kohli83 had
a great year! He won the “DB2’s Got Talent Competition” from the
DB2Night Show, he attended IDUG in Denver and IDUG in Berlin, he says
that his favourite sessions were: and... he thinks he’d like to volunteer for IDUG!
Sanjeev Datta @1dsanjeev is very pleased with the publication of his new book: IBM Cognos Insight (http://www.packtpub.com/ibm-cognos-insight/book). He
recommends Chapters 1 for anyone who is new to IBM Cognos and IBM
business vision and strategy. Chapters 4 & 5 will help finance,
sales, & marketing departments in usingCognos Insights to develop their own workspaces. If you find the book sold out on amazon, contact Sanjeev through twitter and ask him for other buying options & discounts.
Michael Schulz @mikeondb2 says DB2
is rockin' and rollin' and PureData for Transactions is taking it to a
new level. Don’t forget to read this article that Mike recently wrote
for IBM Data Management Magazine: "Achieving High Availability and Disaster Recovery with IBM DB2" .
Sunil Soares @SunilSoares1
just finished the Data Governance Winter Conference. He’ll be speaking
at IDMA conference in April 2013 on best practices for insurance data
governance. He’s very happy with the publication of his latest books
and the sales of all three of his books:
- The IBM Data Governance Unified Process
- Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function
- Big Data Governance
Philip Gunning @db2luw
is finishing off his latest book that will publish in 2012 as well as
performed a DB2 upgrade with TSAMP, HADR & wrote an article on
Temporal Tables that will published on
you have an answer to my question “what’s happening in your DB2 world”
and would like to share with me and others, either send me a tweet
@susvis or post on the DB2 Facebook page.
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The latest addition to our authors doing a book signing at IBM Insights this year is Phil Simon. He is author of many books, but I’ll focus on his two latest ones for this blog entry.
The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions
In The Visual Organization, Phil Simon looks at how an increasingly number of organizations are embracing new dataviz tools and, more important, a new mind-set based upon data discovery and exploration. Simon adroitly shows how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other tech heavyweights use powerful data visualization tools to garner fascinating insights into their businesses. But make no mistake: these companies are hardly alone. Organizations of all types, industries, sizes are representing their data in new and amazing ways. As a result, they are asking better questions and making better business decisions. Rife with real-world examples and case studies, The Visual Organization is a full-color tour-de-force.
Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data
Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data is geared towards CIOs, CEOs, presidents, and IT professionals. At a high level, the book makes a compelling business case for that which we are calling Big Data. Simon provides commonsense advice for organizations looking to make sense out of the information streaming at us with unprecedented volume, velocity, and variety.
I haven’t read these books yet, but plan to pick them up at the conference. Both books are highly rated on amazon, so they are assured to be good books.
At IBM Insights:
Phil will be signing copies of his books at the Conference Bookstore on Tuesday, October 28 from 12:30 – 1:30.
Phil Simon (@philsimon) is a sought-after speaker and the award-winning author of six management books, most recently The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. A recognized technology expert, he advises organizations on matters related to strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on Harvard Business Review, CNN, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Inc, BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, Fast Company, The New York Times, and many other sites.
To find out more about Phil and his books, go to www.philsimon.com.
Meet author Bill Carpenter and have him sign a copy of his book at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference. Come to the Conference bookstore Thursday October 27 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm to meet Bill. Soon you’ll be able to add this signing and others to your Smart Site schedule.
- Quickly get up to speed on all significant features and the major components of IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
- Provides technical details that are valuable both for beginners and experienced Content Management professionals alike, without repeating product reference documentation
- Gives a big picture description of Enterprise Content Management and related IT areas to set the context for Content Manager
- Written by an IBM employee, William Carpenter, who has extensive experience in Content Manager product development, this book gives practical tips and notes with a step by-step approach to design real Enterprise Content Management solutions to solve your business needs
- IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager, built on top of the mature FileNet platform, is a complete, world class Enterprise Content Management platform. With its rock solid document management features, tight integration with BPM systems and other components, and rich API set, it is a highly scalable and secure solution to common and uncommon Enterprise Content Management requirements.
- Written by a FileNet insider, who is an Enterprise Content Management architect and engineer, this book is a straightforward guide to effectively install, manage, and administer FileNet P8 content Manager. It emphasizes practical, specific, and hands-on information about features for building Enterprise Content Management solutions. At every step, real-world tips and important information are called out to save you time and trouble when building customized solutions.
- Beginning with an overview of Enterprise Content Management, the book moves quickly to the matter of getting a real Content Management system up and running. You learn key Content Management applications that are demonstrated to show you the major concepts that matter you as a developer, administrator, or as an end user. There are separate chapters that describe major platform features, security-related features, and integrations with other commonly used software components. A realistic sample application, designed right infront of you unfolds the genius in IBM Filenet P8 Content Manager. Finally, you take an in-depth look at troubleshooting, support sites, and online resources to help meet your security needs.
- Master the ins and outs of the FileNet P8 platform, easily
You can also see Bill in the following sessions:
Wednesday 4:30-5:45 pm
IBM FileNet Content Manager
In this session, you will have the opportunity to meet with technical architects for IBM FileNet Content Manager and discuss the future direction of the technology.
For IOD sessions related to this book, see the Enterprise Content Management Roadmaps:
- ECM Advanced Case Management
- ECM Content Analytics
- ECM Document Imaging and Capture
- ECM General
- ECM Information Lifecycle Governance
- ECM Social Content Management
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
a friend of mine asked for advice on how she can learn more about DB2.
She’s just starting in this area and is wondering how she can spend 40
hours of dedicated learning to increase her competence.
My answer was immediate: You need to attend IDUG at the end of this month! There is still time to create a justification and to get the trip & education approved.
Here are a few blog posts that can help you create your justification:
Ten Reasons to Attend
Technical Conference – It’s a skill builder, not a trip to Vegas.
Here are the sessions I suggest you take if you are learning DB2 LUW for the first time:
Monday: April 29 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Educational Seminar: DB2 10 LUW DBA Cert Exam 611 Preparation
with IBM Champion Roger Sanders. Note that there is an extra charge
for taking this class, but it is worth the money, especially if you
follow up and take two exams free of charge.
you have time on Monday, take a certification exam or two. If you are
worn out or run out of time, you can take the exams other days during
Free IBM Certification Exams Mon - Fri.
There may be an evening event. Check on the IDUG Facebook page for information.
Tuesday April 30th at 8:30 am
Attend the Keynote to get inspired and to learn about the importance of Big Data.
"DB2: Database Software for the Era of Big Data" with Bob Picciano, Judy Huber, Paul Zikopoulos
Tuesday April 30th 10:15 am - 11:45 am
Spotlight: DB2 for LUW: Recent Enhancements & Trends with Matt Huras.
- take the opportunity to meet people during the lunch breaks. I
typically choose any table and introduce myself to all at the table.
This is a great way to make new friends!
Tuesday April 30th 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
the next time slot, you have a choice of 4 sessions that I think might
be of benefit. If none of these interest you, it might be a good time
to take a certification exam. Here are your choices:
Optimizer Advancements - Comparing Query plans between V9.7 & V10 (LUW) with Vijay
IBM PureData System for Operational Analytics with Jon Lind
Advanced Query Tuning w IBM Data Studio for Developers with IBM Champion Tony Andrews
Officially Amazing- DB210 powers the world's largest data warehouse with Austin Clifford
Tuesday April 30th 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
I’d recommend this session by JB who I met on the DB2Night Show’s DB2’s Got Talent Competition:
The evolution of the DB2 High Availability & Disaster Recovery tool w JB Chakrapani
Tuesday April 30th 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Either of these sessions:
DB2 Business Continuity Features with Dale McInnis
Prospecting for Gold Nuggets in DB2 10.1 with IBM Champion Paul Turpin
Another tough time slot: Tuesday April 30th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Bonnie’s talk will be about DB2 for z/OS, but she’s an awesome speaker and you’ll learn a lot.
DB2 Does What? with IBM Champion Bonnie Baker
These are a bit advanced:
Best Practices & Lessons Learned: DB2 pureScale in high demand with Satsumi Takeo
Strengthen Business Continuity Strategy with DB2 Advanced Recovery Tooling w Bill Minor
One of these may be your best bet:
DB2 9.7.1 to DB2 10: An overview of SQL enhancements with Eric Alton
Big Data & Reinventing Cust Engagement: Key Use Cases with Tom Deutsch
DB2 to the Cloud: A Case Study with IBM Champion Philip Nelson
Best Practices: Upgrade to DB2 LUW 10 with Melanie Stopfer
That’s one busy day! There may be an evening event. Check on the IDUG Facebook page for information.
Wednesday May 1st at 8:00 AM
Another Keynote: Curt is a joy to listen to... and I can guarantee you’ll be inspired.
"The Latest News on DB2 Application Development Technology" with Curt Cotner & Bill Bireley
Wednesday May 1st 9:15 am - 10:15 am
My suggestion for this time frame is to listen to one of the customers who will tell us how they use DB2 in their company:
Highlight Zone-MetLife: DB2 LUW-Tooling Time with Susan Sterling
BNSF Railway: Details & BP - DB2 pureScale Implementation with Robert Collins Jr
Wednesday May 1st 10:30 am - 11:30 am
You can’t miss Leon’s talk:
DB2 on the Cloud: Experiences from the Trenches with Leon Katsnelson
Wednesday May 1st 2:15 pm - 03:15 pm
this time slot there are two sessions that are related to competition.
If that isn’t of interest, the sessions from our IBM Champions Phil
Gunning or Dave Beulke would be good choices.
IBM PureData Systems vs. Oracle Exadata - Technical Facts with Chris Eaton
DB2-z vs Oracle-Showdown at the Warehouse Corral with Robert Goodman
Battle-Proven SQL Tuning Techniques with IBM Champion Phil Gunning
Data Warehouse Designs for Big Data Performance with IBM Champion Dave Beulke
Wednesday May 1st 3:30 pm - 04:30 pm
I would suggest this session since security is an important part of the database.
DB2 Security Challenges with IBM Champions Rebecca Bond & Roger Sanders and Walid Rjaibi
There may be an evening event. Check on the IDUG Facebook page for information.
Thursday May 2nd 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Ember or Craig... both good choices for this time slot.
The 10 Commandments of Supporting E-Commerce Databases with Ember Crooks
Top Ten Things You Need to Know: For DBAs, Developers, & Managers with Craig Mullins
Thursday May 2nd 9:15 am - 10:15 am
From my perspective, three great choices. Choose based on your interest: indexing, SQL or availability.
Index Jump Scans & Updated Rules for Optimal Index Design with IBM Champion Scott Hayes
Practical options & trade-offs for database availability with Dale McInnis
Interesting SQL Solutions to Real Life Problems with Anthony Tichonoff
Thursday May 2nd 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
have to go with Melanie for this time slot. She’s a professional
instructor and beloved by everyone who knows her or has heard her
Wowza! Great Tips I’ve Learned about DB2 LUW 10 with Melanie Stopfer
Thursday May 2nd 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
You’’ll enjoy this talk from former DB2Night Show contestant Brian:
A DB2 LUW Fitness Plan by Brian Fairchild
Thursday May 2nd 3:30 pm - 04:30 pm
Migrating existing Temporal Applications to DB2 Time Travel with Matthias Nicola
Thursday May 2nd 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Mini Panel: DB2 LUW with Matt Huras, Paul Zikopoulos, Melanie Stopfer, Calisto Zuzarte, and Chris Eaton
Thursday May 2nd 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
is an awesome event that you should take part in. Choose the technical
leader who you wish to get to know better and meet at a restaurant with
others who have similar interests. Networking is really important and
much more beneficial than many people realize.
Friday May 3rd 8 am - 2 pm
I highly recommend that you take one of these full day sessions. Both are free of charge.
"DB2 10 for LUW Immersion Workshop"
"Data Warehousing: DB2 Analytics Accelerator Deep Dive Workshop
brain will be completely full after this week of training. And the
funny part is when you get home and tell people you were in Orlando for
the week, you’ll be asked if you enjoyed the sun. You’ll answer will
be... there was sun? You’ll be indoors learning, so this is definitely a
geek vacation rather than a sun vacation!
To all the presenters of the session that I didn’t mention in this
post, I’m very sorry... I tried to filter for a new person. If you
think I’ve overlooked something that is important, let me know. Also, I
plan to do other blog entries that promote other sessions.
If you want to write a blog entry about why people should attend IDUG or what sessions they should take, let me know.
Big Data Sessions at IDUG
Attend IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2013 - Apr 29 - May 3, 2013 in Orlando, Florida
IDUG 2013: Five Reasons Why IDUG Orlando is going to be great this year!
MC Press is the publisher of DB2’s highly successful Certification Study Guide series. Today they have started their semi-annual Scratch & Dent sale with savings of 40% to 75% off of list price.
You are the first to be made aware of this sale, so take a look! Included in the list of books this time are several DB2 titles.
Here are the titles that I selfishly recommend:
Administering Informix Dynamic ServerThe comprehensive resource for Informix Dynamic Server.
Administering Informix Dynamic Server
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DB2 9 for DevelopersLearn the “why” and “how” of a well-designed and well-implemented DB2 database.
DB2 9 for Developers
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DB2 9 FundamentalsPrepare for IBM Exam 730 by learning from one of the world's leading experts and an active participant in the creation of the exam.
DB2 9 Fundamentals
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DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Study GuidePrepare for IBM Exam 731 by learning from one of the world's leading experts and an active participant in the creation of the exam.
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DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Upgrade Exam Study GuidePrepare for IBM Exam 736 by learning from one of the world's leading experts and an active participant in the creation of the exam.
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Upgrade Exam Study Guide
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DB2 9 for z/OS Database AdministrationPrepare for IBM Certification Exam 732 by learning from experts who helped write the exam.
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration
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DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification Study GuidePrepare for IBM Exam 734 by learning from two of the world's leading experts and an active participants in the creation of the exam.
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If you are interested in DB2 Certifications, and are attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference, make sure you read Kate’s blog about the FREE Certification Testing
Don't you love all the low prices that you can find these days? If you
look around, you can find great deals on just about everything. For
instance....amazon.com has lowered their prices on IBM Press books that
are available for pre-order. There is no way of knowing how long these
prices will be offered, so if you want one of these books, please act
- DB2 pureXML Cookbook -- 37% off regular price... so you only pay $31.49
- Dynamic SOA and PBM – 34% off regular price... so you only pay $26.39
- Viral Data in the SOA – 34% off regular price... so you only pay $26.39
- Author Neal Fishman
is leader of IBM Software Group's integration
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Practicing Member of the World Wide Institute of Software Architects.
This is one of the manuscripts that I had the pleasure of reading
Enjoy the savings!
If you have deals to share, send me a note.
The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando
is a MUST attend event for database experts and those aspiring to be an
expert! And this year is special beyond special! Why? DB2 is 30
years old and IDUG is 25 years old. Come and celebrate these amazing
accomplishments while you’re learning.
There are many things to learn about... here are a few for you to consider:
1. Robust Technical Session Schedule
are designed to fit your needs. You will have no problem filling your
agenda with the right education for your job role and organization's
2. Celebrations for IDUG's 25th Anniversary
mentioned above, IDUG is 25 this year! Join us to look back at where we
have come from and see where IDUG is headed in the future.
3. IBM DB2's 30th Anniversary
DB2 will also celebrate a significant milestone in 2013. Stay tuned for
more information about celebrations for IBM DB2's 30th anniversary.
4. One Day Seminars
The perfect opportunity to learn more about specific aspects of DB2 that you deal with on a day-to-day basis.
5. Certification Exams
advantage of this opportunity to gain IBM professional certifications
at no additional cost. All IDUG DB2 Tech Conference attendees are
eligible to take two complimentary certification exams.
6. Save on Registration, Be an IDUG Mentor
offers an incomparable loyalty reward program for those who have
attended three or more IDUG conferences, are an IBM Champion or are a
member of a Regional User Group.
7. Complimentary Wi-Fi
Throughout the meeting space and in each hotel guest room at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center.
8. Easy-to-Navigate Meeting Space
The Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center is compact and easy to navigate.
in Orlando, gain access to old and Stay Connected new connections.
Trade business cards with industry leading vendors, your DB2 peers and
speakers at the Exhibit Hall and networking events sponsored by some of
IDUG's top vendors
10. Hot Industry Topics
Hear from experts regarding their opinions on important topics. Key sessions include:
Explaining Tuning Results to the C-level
Thomas Baumann, Swiss Mobiliar:
DB2 10 LUW Securely Hiding Behind the Mask
Rebecca Bond, SAP DBA Contractor
The 10 Commandments of Supporting E-commerce Databases
Ember Crooks, Rosetta
The Top Ten Things You Need to Know: For DBAs, Developers and Managers
Craig Mullins, Mullins Consulting, Inc.
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I received my copy of Sam Lightstone's latest book: Making it Big in Software
. What chapter should I read first? I think I'll start with Chapter 14: "Zen and the Critical Art of Balance
". Why this chapter? I think software developers are notorious for NOT HAVING A LIFE! I must admit that working in the software business (and for IBM for that matter) can be all consuming and never ending... and maybe a bit addictive. Can a balance be achieved? I think it can and I'll let you read what Sam says about the subject.
The only hint I'll give you is the last paragraph that Sam wrote in this chapter:
"Careers do require hard work and enthusiasm, and those are attributes that encourage people to spend more time at the office. Finding your own balance is hard, but if you discover the Philosopher's Stone that helps you get it right, you'll have done the best possible service to your career and your life. No other tactic or vice will serve you better. With only one life to lead, it's definitely worth the effort".
Thanks Sam for helping all these hardworking people achieve a balance in their life while pursuing a very gratifying career in software.
PS... the book is now available for purchase, but it appears that amazon is still saying that it hasn't been released and are offering their standard 34% discount while it is in this state.