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Maybe it's a bit sad that in the book world, a book that was published in 2004 is considered a classic! But with the number of new books being published on a daily basis... such is life!
Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors (2nd Edition) by Gretchen Hargis, Michelle Carey, Ann Kilty Hernandez, Polly Hughes, Deirdre Longo, Shannon Rouiller, and Elizabeth Wilde.
I have this book on my desk and think fondly of the team of people who wrote the book. Seven talented women from IBM wrote the book using their collective years of skill that they built working in Information Development. Sadly, Gretchen is no longer with us and several of the other authors have since retired from IBM. But, we can still benefit from their learned experience.
The book was so well-written that amazon displays 20 reader comments... most of them four or five star reviews! I recently went back to the author team to ask whether an update was needed. The answer came back... NO. The content is still very relevant and useful to anyone who is writing or reviewing technical content.
Who is writing technical content these days? I would have to say... just about everyone! Yes, the talented people working on the Information Development team are the leading contributors as they write the product docs, online help, and more. But... I write a blog, friends of mine write articles, tutorials, white papers, and IBM Redbooks. I work with many technical people and ask them to write books.... or chapters of books. Not many of these people took actual training to write about technical subjects, so this is very much a skill that people build over a number of attempts via trial and error, repeated writing, and learning from reviews.
I also ask many people to review chapters of books before they are published. Developers working on IBM are constantly asked to review documents to ensure that they are technically accurate. For that matter, developers are required to write technical specs before they design and code.
So, really the answer is just about everyone is required to write or review as part of their technical career. Do you feel qualified? Help yourself... and increase the quality of your work, with the help of this book. It is one of the books that I'll forever be proud to be part of... in the small way that I was.
Read the customer comments on amazon regarding this book, and take advantage of the 35% discount you can get when buying this book directly from the publisher.
Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 2nd Edition
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Yesterday I blogged about getting certified for free at the upcoming IDUG conference in Tampa Florida. Today I'd like to tell you about the number of InfoSphere Warehouse sessions that will be available so you can leave the conference a step closer to being an InfoSphere expert.
Here are the InfoSphere sessions that you can attend while at the conference (user submissions in this colour):
748: Making Your CIO Successful with Analytics, Greg Lotko, IBM, IBM, Cross Platform
434: DB2 Z/OS V8 Data Warehouse Conversion to DB2 LUW 9.5, William Gannon, Palm Beach County School District, Company/Organization That Uses DB2, Cross Platfor
785: Introduction to Smart Analytics for DB2 & Power Systems, IBM, IBM, Eddie Daghelian, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
786: Infosphere Warehouse Deep Dive, Bill O'Connell, IBM, IBM, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
793: Maximizing the Value of DB2 for z/OS in Data Warehousing, Beth Hamel, IBM, IBM, DB2 for z/OS
784: Mainframe DB2 Data Warehousing 2010, Robert Catterall, Catterall Consulting, Consultant, DB2 for z/OS
351: Solving Warehouse Source Data Issues Using DB2 on z/OS , Robert Goodman, Florida Hospital, Company/Organization That Uses DB2, DB2 for z/OS
339: DB2 in the Cloud: The Hottest Topic for 2010, IBM, IBM, Leon Katsnelson, Cross Platform
534: IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer -- Not Your Father's Database System!, Guy Lohman, IBM, IBM, DB2 for z/OS
481: Best Practices for Query Performance In a Data Warehouse, Calisto Zuzarte IBM, IBM, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
391: Introducing IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer - DB2 Performance Revolution, Namik Hrle, IBM, IBM, DB2 for z/OS
You can view session details and build your curriculum with the on-line conference scheduler.
While you're at the conference, stop by the conference bookstore and consider picking up a copy of:
This is the only book with a large amount of InfoSphere content, including coverage for the following products:
* InfoSphere MDM Server
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Today was the first show of the fifth season of the DB2Night Show! Today was also the first day of the BLU Fest that IBM Champion Scott Hayes has planned. What’s BLU Fest? Simply this is a series of shows that feature guest speakers talking about the new technology of IBM DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration.
Today’s show starred Berni Schiefer who is one of Scott’s frequent speakers about DB2 performance. Berni shared the “stage” with Michael Kwok and Jessica Rockwood as they shared experiences and best practices with us.
While watching the show, I took the opportunity to tweet some of the memorable quotes from these four speakers. One of the things I like most about twitter is that after an event such as thing, related tweets can be gathered together and published in a newsletter that recaps the conversation. There wasn’t much of a conversation today, but what you’ll see are tweets that reflect the content from the presentation along with links to additional resources about IBMBLU.
To see the recap, look at this storify: #IBMBLU Experiences & Best Practices
If you missed the show, you can watch it in replay. Scott has this show ready to go now, along with 4 seasons of excellent shows that you can watch at any time.
Watch Replay #DB2Night Show #114: DB2 Performance Experiences & Best Practices
Register for upcoming DB2Night Shows that are part of BLU Fest.
Carlton Doe's long awaited IDS book is near completion. It is so near completion that you can find it listed on amazon.com now... with a hefty pre-order discount:
Administering Informix Dynamic Server: Building the FoundationList Price: $59.95Price: $37.77 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. You Save: $22.18 (37%)
Carlton's previous published books, Informix Dynamic Server Handbook and Administering Informix Dynamic Server on Windows NT are 11 and 9 years old, respectively.
Except for the two "flashbooks" that Carlton published via IBM, no other IDS books have made it to the bookstores! You'll be happy to learn that there is a certification guide in the works as well as a possible second book from Carlton (with more advanced material).
Here is an online version of the first flashbook that introduced IDS 11: IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11: The Next Generation in OLTP Data Server Technology. The second smaller one that introduced 11.5 will be available for free at the IOD Conference.
What's in the new book:
Geared towards database server administrators who need to get a server up and running in a short amount of time, this guide focuses on the basic skills required to administer and maintain the Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) data server. Each of the major functional areas of the database server are reviewed, including designing, initializing, monitoring, building availability layers, securing data, and the data processing environment. This book reviews how the IDS works, how to install it, how to configure a database environment, back up, recovery, and includes an introduction to monitoring instance operations, making it useful to current IDS users who need to upgrade from earlier versions of the data server as well as those who have never used IDS before.
Table of Contents:Chapter 1 – Introduction to Informix Dynamic ServerThis chapter covers the general design of the IDS data server. Terms and keywords used extensively throughout the rest of the book are introduced and defined here.
Chapter 2 – An Introduction to ExtensibilityThis chapter explores the object-relational features and capabilities of Informix Dynamic Server.
Chapter 3 – Preparing for InitializationIn this chapter, Carlton covers many of the topics you need to address from a design perspective when planning for the implementation of an IDS environment. For the most part, the discussion is general in scope because there are few hard and fast rules to follow when building a database environment. Where rules do exist, they are stated. At the close of the chapter, Carlton explains the required environment variables, files, and other objects as well as how to set them up.
Chapter 4 – Installing and Initializing IDSThis chapter covers all the steps and configuration parameters for creating an IDS database environment or instance, with specific recommendations given for the most critical configuration parameters. At the end, Carlton introduces the system-level databases that manage and control an IDS environment.
Chapter 5 – Basic Administrative TasksIn this chapter, Carlton explains most of the general day-to-day, or occasional, instance-oriented administrative tasks. These include adding or dropping disk space, starting up or shutting down the instance, and killing user sessions in the instance. The major graphical administration tools are introduced as an alternative to performing many of these tasks using the command line.
Chapter 6 – Building a Database EnvironmentIn this chapter, Carlton trades his DSA’s hat for that of a DBA and covers building and populating databases in IDS instances. The chapter explains features such as table and index partitioning, constraints, logging, database and table population utilities, and a collection of IDS-specific SQL statements that Carlton thinks are interesting to know about and use.
Chapter 7 – Backing Up and RestoringOne of the least glamorous, but still important, functions of operating a database environment is backing up what’s on disk to tape. In this chapter, Carlton covers a couple of backup strategies and their relative strengths and weaknesses. He explains how Informix Dynamic Server can execute moment-in-time backup and restore operations with the database environment online and fully functioning. The process of executing backup and restore operations using the ontape utility, as well as the ON-Bar utility suite in conjunction with the Informix Storage Manager (ISM), is covered in great detail.
Chapter 8 – Monitoring the InstanceThroughout the book, discussions make reference to, and include illustrations of, output generated by the various IDS monitoring commands. In this chapter, Carlton focuses exclusively on those commands and some of the more commonly monitored activities of a database environment. He concentrates primarily on IDS’s command-line utilities as well as the functionality available in the new OpenAdmin Tool for IDS (OAT).
For those of you who don't know Carlton, here's his bio and website:
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. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Congratulations Carlton! The entire IDS community will be proud of this book!
Like the ads say “I LOVE NY”. I’ve visit often and have many friends in NY. If you’re looking for an excuse to visit the big apple, consider some of these events that are taking place during Data Week.
When: October 22 - October 26. I’ll be in Las Vegas for the IBM Information on Demand Conference, but some of my colleagues will be in NYC at this event.
Where: Various awesome Manhattan locations.
Price: Most NYC Data Week events are free to attend, and anyone can attend.
What is Data Week: According to their website, NYC Data Week is co-produced by the City of New York's Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) and O'Reilly Media's Strata + Hadoop World Conference.
It celebrates and explores the people, industries, and organizations using data to fuel innovation in New York City. The Data Innovation in Finance Panel on October 24 and Data Innovation Across the City Panel on October 25 showcase New York City business and government leaders using data to implement change, and talking frankly about what it takes to succeed with data initiatives.
Data Week events include:
Be sure to see the agenda as there are many choices that may appeal to you. Wish I was going to be there!
I just came across this whitepaper The Value of Training and I think this should become required reading for anyone making financial decisions for a company. Unfortunately it is too common and too easy to cut skills development and training budgets in the hopes of improving gross margins.
But, as this whitepaper points out quite effectively, this short-sightedness will cause higher attrition, higher support costs, and the risk of falling behind in technological advances.
But if money's tight, what can you do?
Bottom line... don't sacrifice training budgets in these tough times. Keeping your employees skilled will help you weather the storms.
The DB2Night Show is back for it’s 4th season and what a great start to the season! Join hosts Scott Hayes and Martin Hubel along with their special guests. Scott and Martin are both IBM Champions (aka IBM’s Best Friends).
First off is two shows featuring Steve Rees who will share the ANSWERS to many Frequently Asked DB2 LUW Performance Questions. Steve is a Performance Specialist and is often a speaker at IDUG.
Season #4 Kickoff!
Date: 7 SEP 2012
Speaker: Steve Rees, Performance Specialist, IBM Toronto Lab
Date: 21 SEP 2012
Speaker: Steve Rees, Performance Specialist, IBM Toronto Lab
Host Martin Hubel, an IBM Information Champion, will be joined by Willie Favero, a Senior Certified Consulting IT Software Specialist working for the IBM Silicon Valley Lab (SVL).
Date: 28 SEP 2012
Speaker: Willie Favero, IBM
Three speakers are scheduled for October already as well. See The DB2Night Show website for details.
If you are new to this series of webinars, you’ll be happy to note that all shows are recorded and the replays can be watched at your leisure.
Thanks Scott and Martin for helping educated the masses on DB2!
I found a guest blogger for today who can navigate through all the amazing IDUG sessions and recommend the best for a person who is from the z/OS side of the house. Thanks to Rebecca Bond for being my guest blogger for the LUW sessions: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!
Before I pass the baton to my guest blogger Beth Zlotky, I’d like to thank Suresh Sane for connecting me to Beth. Now, here’s Beth:
Greetings IDUG bloggers. As an IDUG NA attendee for the past two years, I'm very much looking forward to a repeat great experience in Anaheim. The friendly atmosphere in the hallways, at the sessions, and, let's face it, while dining too, has made the week very comfortable and enjoyable for me in the past. For those of you perhaps new to the conference, you may be surprised at how quickly you start recognizing familiar faces. The value of the information presented in the sessions and while networking with peers makes this a fantastic learning experience.
My particular role at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is that of a DB2 for z/OS systems programmer; thus, my session choices tend to lean towards overall subsystem performance, migration experiences, etc. That said, I'm always eager to also get familiar with those new features available to the DBAs and developers in new releases. (Of note, for you developers – I've had the privilege of hearing both of Suresh Sane's sessions in our area User Group meetings: B15 – DB2 Design Selected (Controversial?) Topics and E10 – DB2 10 Application Topics – A Sneak Preview. Go. It'll be well worth your time).
I'm fortunate this year to be able to attend one of the Monday sessions: Z03 – Optimizing DB2 for z/OS System Performance Using DB2 Statistics Trace, with John Campbell. By the way, did you know that if you attended an IDUG Regional Event in 2010, you can use the monies paid as a credit towards the IDUG 2011 NA conference? In our case, the credit nearly covered the cost of the Monday session.
In these days of ever-tightening budgets, I feel very thankful for the opportunity to use precious training dollars. I want to say thank you to my employer by thinking, "what sessions will best help me to help our company?" Of course, my track leans heavily towards z/OS, and our shop in particular has embraced (and is continuing to develop in this direction) distributed Java apps running under WebSphere on UNIX, using DB2 on Z as the data server. I'm constantly trying to better understand how those apps access DB2 on Z and how we can improve performance from a subsystem perspective. There are some great sessions along those lines this year. I've yet to completely flesh out my week's agenda, but have identified these for sure:
If you see a "Beth Zlotky" name tag, please say hello. It's always nice to compare notes and share experiences. See you in Anaheim.
Thanks so much Beth! I’m sure this will help people choose the best sessions out of the wonderful selection that is available. For details on the sessions, see my blog entry All about IDUG DB2 Tech Conference – Anaheim.
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.
We appreciate your feedback!
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Magnus is a trendspotter and futurologist based in Stockholm, Sweden, his mission is to help companies make sense (and money) out of future possibilities and inspire people into action. He founded his company Pattern Recognition AB in 2005 and have a mix of large conglomerates and nimble upstarts within finance, energy, media and IT on the client list. Furthermore, he was elected Sweden’s Business Speaker of the Year in 2009.
Another great tweetchat on the hashtag #bigdatamgmt! Here are the results:
625 tweets, 157 users, 153,849 reach, 1,849,624 impressions
This is the recap of the Mobile Data tweetchat for questions 6 and 7. See also Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 1 and Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 2
Q6 What types of insight are orgs getting from mobile generated bigdata?
craigmullins A6: Proximity and buying patterns can be used to target potential customersNatasha_D_G Agreed esp when u can connect w/ historical RT @BigDataAlex: So many problems require real-time analytics as an initial layer.
jeffreyfkelly A6 sentiment, engagement patterns, geo-locations patterns
cristianmolaro A6: by analyzing big amounts of data, users are discovering cause - effect correlations that they were not aware of
Betharonoff @TheSocialPitt From Shakespeare to McD's! BigData covers the gamut
craigmullins A6: With GPS/sensors in mobile devices, when u walk past your favorite coffee shop your device can alert u to the daily special
cristianmolaro: 90% of data unstructured... 10% of data structured; this 10% matters the most
mjcavaretta Much value in unstructured to structured.. MT @cristianmolaro: 90% of data unstructured... 10% of data structured; this 10% matters the most
TheSocialPitt A6 Or is it deriving meaning from that 90%? @cristianmolaro
BigDataAlex I think it is deriving meaning for the 90% - whether it is structured or unstructured.
BigDataAlex A6:they are getting a wealth of location information, proximity, distance, rate, clustering polygons-the where of consumerism.
Natasha_D_G A6: Many businesses are gleaning social & customer sentiment, customer feedback, location data, etc from mobile generated bigdata
craigmullins A6: When offering up mobile bigdata it is important not to get overwhelmed by the volume of the data that is available
cristianmolaro A6: Bigdata sitting in a enormous hard-disk worst nothing if you cannot get insight from it
cristianmolaro A6: a practical example: how weather conditions in Brussels can impact the car accident rate 40 KM south of the city?
BigDataAlex A6:Combine mobility and immersive visualization and you have created a new experience layer.
cristianmolaro A6: today's technology makes possible what we call bigdata... but the question is how do you prepare to get advantage of it
furrier A6: the big issue for mobile generated data is learning about user experience patterns
Natasha_D_G Becomes a junk yard RT @cristianmolaro: A6: bigdata in enormous hard-disk worth nothing w/o insight from it
craigmullins A6: Avoid push technologies that inundate users with a ton of unwanted data
craigmullins A6: Instead use tools that provide filtering to enable users to get only the information they need to make business decisions
furrier A6: IBM gets the notion of the "learning machine". It's true here with mobile data-loop in the data & loop back value
jeffreyfkelly A6 can glean insight on buying patterns - mobile v. online v. brick-and-mortar
Empirix A6 M2M insights can be discovered that can help insurance orgs and in customizing the user experience
AllanKoivo A6: or increasing % that matters
TheSocialPitt Ex: http://t.co/AZTwWUpjMQ RT @craigmullins: A6: W/ GPS/sensors when u walk past fave coffee shop device can alert u special
Natasha_D_G Gold mine 4 #CX personalization RT @furrier: A6: big issue 4 mobile generated data = learning abt #UX patterns
jameskobielus A6: deep machine-data analytics insights on geo-localization, sentiment, behavior, and other signals sourced from mobiles
cristianmolaro A6: geo-localization data correlated with behavior patterns adds a complete new dimension to the way we approach data
furrier @jameskobielus right on geo is key
Empirix A6 you can also learn how apps are used & how to improve service delivery
jbondre @Natasha_D_G @craigmullins True, but it is intrusive. Marketing on demand is better, then marketing as a intrusion.
jameskobielus A6: mobile-sourced bigdata fleshes out the "720-degree customer view" (external behavior + internal experiences)
TheSocialPitt A6 #Watson is using data from mobile devices to help doctors diagnose, treat patients better, faster.
Natasha_D_G @jbondre @craigmullins Not intrusive if you request it in settings though
cristianmolaro A6: you carry a small almost-supercomputer with a gps in your pocket every day... think about the potential...
jbondre @Natasha_D_G @craigmullins PPL looking for coffee will be way more receptive to the msg. Pushing Msgs is like Minority report.
motohero Nods in agreement "@Empirix: A6 you can also learn how apps are used & how to improve service delivery
Natasha_D_G Data can tell if they were doing a look up RT @jbondre: @craigmullins PPL looking for coffee = more receptive to the msg.
IBMbigdata Push v pull RT @jbondre PPL looking for coffee will be way more receptive to the msg. Pushing Msgs is like Minority report.
craigmullins @jbondre True, I don't want my smartphone buzzing when I pass every store... just my faves
cristianmolaro A6: one of the biggest challenges that mobile bigdata comes with is organizations realizing the opportunities behind
furrier @edd Dumbill lays it out http://t.co/33GrnKlXLk great watch
jbondre @Natasha_D_G @craigmullins good idea for 1, turns into good idea for everyone, becomes noise. bigdatamgmt CX is about the consumers wants
motohero @IBMbigdata @cristianmolaro privacy.concerns :-)
Natasha_D_G Done right can be successful MT @craigmullins: @jbondre True, I don't want my smartphone at every store... just my faves
jameskobielus A6: mobile-gen data + data sourced from all other channels = fodder 4 dynamic multi-channel experience optimization
Betharonoff Can u get metadata on how Bigdata is used? Whether users like push v. pull, intrusion v. on-demand in yr app?
AllanKoivo Was thinking same thing RT @IBMbigdata Push v pull RT @jbondre PPL looking for coffee will be way more receptive to the msg.
jeffreyfkelly More here http://t.co/XdwvGburDV RT @TheSocialPitt A6 Watson using data from #mobile devices to help diagnose, treat patients
motohero gotta feed, cheeeeeze! thanks for the great insight folks
mjcavaretta Value in internal analytics. MT @motohero: Nods in agreement @Empirix: A6 learn how apps are used to improve service delivery
furrier Economist editor Ken Cukier @kncukier has amazing important book Big Data Revolution http://t.co/m2OXdmeCsb
cristianmolaro Actually mobile bigdata is a mass grid of interconnected devices... do you internet mobile?
jameskobielus A6: wearable & implanted mobile devices will deliver unparalleled insights into wellness, health, & experience
TheSocialPitt Lots of talk about sandwiches, cheese, coffee on #bigdatamgmt. The downside of Twitterchat over lunch time.
craigmullins But I want certain vendors to shout for me to come to them!
craigmullins Certain = opt-in (or some other verification mechanism)
Natasha_D_G Hilarious! RT @craigmullins: But I want certain vendors to shout for me to come to them!
jbondre @craigmullins 4sqr model is nice. Oh, you're near X, did you think about trying Y? Only at interaction is there a suggestion
jeffreyfkelly yes, based on my (your) interests RT @craigmullins: But I want certain vendors to shout for me to come to them!
craigmullins Is the smartphone constantly buzzing the "rubber biscuit" (since we already mentioned the wish sandwich)
TheSocialPitt Bow bow bow! RT @craigmullins: Is smartphone constantly buzzing the "rubber biscuit" (since we mentioned the wish sandwich)
craigmullins I won't sacrifice battery life for auto check in on 4Square!
jbondre @craigmullins In a year, when phones are more efficient, and batteries better, this type of location push is very feasible.
craigmullins @jbondre I still wish 4Square was more automatic. RFID to auto check in?
jbondre @craigmullins Totally possible, RFID not needed. Look up Sonar. The issue is constant GPS pinging drains battery.
CrystaAnderson @craigmullins @jbondre Glad 4Square not automatic - want to retain more #privacy control
craigmullins @CrystaAnderson Makes me wonder where you've been! ;-)
AllanKoivo & customer backlash @craigmullins Need some form of opt-in or we run up against privacy concerns, no?
CrystaAnderson Amen! RT @craigmullins: I won't sacrifice battery life for auto check in on 4Square!
jbondre @TheSocialPitt Agreed. I use 4sqr, but I do not push the feed to my FB or Twitter unless I have something to say.
craigmullins @AllanKoivo backlash if the customer even knows about it
craigmullins A6 Need some form of opt-in or we run up against privacy concerns, no?
jbondre @Natasha_D_G @craigmullins An opt-in might work. Still, its better to be there for the consumer, not shout to come to you.
jameskobielus A6: vehicle-sourced mobile data insights will help traffic planners dynamically optimize world transportation grids
TheSocialPitt Already happening in EU RT @jameskobielus: vehicle-sourced mobile data insight will help traffic planners optimize transportation
Last one! Q7 When should you tap into smartphones, mobile clients as sources for bigdata apps?
Natasha_D_G A7: Yesterday was too late to tap into smartphones & mobile clients as sources for #bigdata!!
jeffreyfkelly A7 whenever such data would add value to analytics and resulting insights
BigDataAlex A7:Mobility will drive the Internet of Things, connecting us to billions of sensors measuring our world.
jeffreyfkelly A7 mobile devices are akin to tracking devices in your pocket - back to the privacy issue, not everyone realizes this
BigDataAlex A7: What to extract, what do I pursue, how does this improve our lives? If I have a million sensors can I predict the weather?
cristianmolaro A7: insurance companies could correlate geo-localization data with weather and traffic conditions to draw car accident patterns
BigDataAlex A7: what do we measure, why, and how do we extract the metadata from the edge and make it actionable, valuable?
jameskobielus A7: Always. Smartphones becoming the most ubiquitous, valuable source of ambient, geo, sentiment, & experience data; traffic conditions =>accident patterns
Empirix A7 As mobile devices continue to proliferate it becomes a critical necessity to tap into the resulting bigdata available
Empirix A7 At some point the not so distant future using BigData from mobile devices will become a need to have not nice to have
cristianmolaro: A7: anyone with a mobile device is almost a bigdata walking sensor today
jeffreyfkelly i'd take out the word "almost"
TheSocialPitt Indeed. Human machines
craigmullins Nice image
Natasha_D_G Nicely put
Thanks to everyone who joined me on Friday while I presented on the DB2Night Show: The Wild Wonderful World of DB2 Information Resources. If you missed the show, you can catch it in reruns.
I have now posted my slides.... and have added back the one that I discovered was missing during the show.
You can find the slides on developerWorks as a public file.
I've also posted them on ChannelDB2.com.
You may need to join these sites if you are not yet a member. If you do join, remember to make me your friend! I can never have TOO many friends!
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Sometimes it can be scary to upgrade software. Face it, when things are going well, why introduce a change that may put your life into chaos? We have enough change and stress in our daily lives, is it worth introducing more? Of course, the answer is, it depends. What benefits will you achieve?
Let’s step back a second and think about when you first got your smart phone. That was a huge change to your routine, most of it fun, but a huge change, nonetheless. What did you gain? Access to more, and more, and more. You can get the latest news on twitter, post a photo on FB, post a review of the restaurant you just ate at, find a parking spot in a normally crowded part of the city, buy movie tickets for the movie you want to see tonight, check out the traffic volume on your normal routes home, find out about a sale at the Costco that you are about to drive past. And more. My Dad is still using an old cell phone and asked for help adding contacts. I can no longer remember how to do that. It is one of the things that is much easier on a smart phone.
The same goes with a software upgrade. DB2 9.7 seems to be a very popular release. At the beginning of Scott Hayes’ DB2 Night Show webinars, he has a polling question about the current release of DB2 that people are using. I almost cry when I see the number of people still at 9.7. Working for IBM, I’m privy to the latest features of the latest products and in my biased view, buy into the claims that the latest level is so much better. I’m not the only one that thinks so.
Yes, upgrading your software introduces massive changes to your environment, but the benefits of using DB2 10.5 versus older versions is worth the effort, especially when you are able to learn from the experts and minimize your risks.
For added incentive, watch these videos that feature various clients talking about what they discovered after upgrading to DB2 10.5: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=LL9QnRdjWEIe58LXKpAoXl4A
Berni Schiefer is the guest on this week’s DB2Night Show. Berni is a DB2 performance legend and you’ll greatly benefit from hearing his talk. Berni will share the latest news, tips and advice about DB2 LUW 10.
Thanks to IBM Champions and hosts of this fabulous show: Scott Hayes and Martin Hubel
Remember, all shows are recorded, so if you miss it, you can still catch up at a later time.
Also remember that Feb 1 begins the 3rd "DB2's Got Talent Competition. For information, see my blog entry: Become a DB2 evangelist by being speaker!
I met with Dave Steinberg from the Toronto Lab today. I have a display of published books in two areas of the lab: the front lobby and the CAS area, and I added Dave's latest book to the displays. If you are a visitor to the lab, make sure you check out these displays.
The interesting thing about all the books is that at least one of the authors on the author team is an employee from the Toronto Lab. You'll very quickly notice that employees of the Toronto Lab produce a significant number of published technical books.
Here are the details of this latest book... Congratulations Dave, Frank, Marcelo and Ed!
EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework (2nd Edition) by Dave Steinberg, Frank Budinsky, Marcelo Paternostro, and Ed Merks.
Series Editors: Erich Gamma • Lee Nackman • John Wiegand
The Authoritative Guide to EMF Modeling and Code Generation
The Eclipse Modeling Framework enables developers to rapidly construct robust applications based on surprisingly simple models. Now, in this thoroughly revised Second Edition, the project’s developers offer expert guidance, insight, and examples for solving real-world problems with EMF, accelerating development processes, and improving software quality.
This edition contains more than 40% new material, plus updates throughout to make it even more useful and practical. The authors illuminate the key concepts and techniques of EMF modeling, analyze EMF’s most important framework classes and generator patterns, guide you through choosing optimal designs, and introduce powerful framework customizations and programming techniques. Coverage includes
About the Authors
Dave Steinberg is a software developer in IBM Software Group. He has worked with Eclipse and modeling technologies since joining the company, and has been a committer on the EMF project since its debut in 2002.
Frank Budinsky, a senior architect in IBM Software Group, is an original coinventor of EMF and a founding member of the EMF project at Eclipse. He is currently cochair of the Service Data Objects (SDO) specification technical committee at OASIS and lead SDO architect for IBM.
Marcelo Paternostro is a software architect and engineer in IBM Software Group. He is an EMF committer and has been an active contributor to several other Eclipse projects. Before joining IBM, Marcelo managed, designed, and implemented numerous projects using Rational's tools and processes.
Ed Merks is the project lead of EMF and a colead of the top-level Modeling project at Eclipse. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science and has many years of in-depth experience in the design and implementation of languages, frameworks, and application development environments. Ed works as a software consultant in partnership with itemis AG.