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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.
I like to read when I’m on vacation. Actually, I like to read all the time.
I get through many books in a year and find that I really like learning this
way. I do read fiction, but also read many non-fiction books.
Here are a few books I'd suggest you consider for your summer reading list:
1) Technical Blogging: Turn Your
Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence by Antonio
Improve your blogging skills if you’re already a blogger
or learn how to blog if you’re not. Antonio is an expert and lays out
everything you need to know in terms of blogging, settings for your blog, how to
promote your blog… and even how to make money blogging. I’ve been blogging for
years, but think I’ve double the number of views since using the techniques in
2) From Idea to Print: How to
Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published by Roger
Writing will help you build your reach, whether you are writing blogs,
articles, or books. But, make sure you do it well. Writing poorly may
give people the wrong impression about what you know. Did I learn
anything from this book? Yes! I learned a very effective way to edit my own
material AND I learned how to decipher an author contract.
3) Is social media is your thing? I intend to read this book this summer:
Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social
Business by Sandy Carter.
Sandy’s book provides lessons on doing social media both right and wrong so
you gain valuable perspective on techniques using the most critical
communication vehicles in social networking. She also provides a shortcut on how
to get started, patterning on successes in various companies and more than 50
Also see these blog entries about social media: Get SOCIAL with DB2 for
LUW: IBM & IBM friends.
4) I'm about half way through the centennial book "Making the World Work Better: The
Ideas that Shaped a Centry and a Company" by Kevin Maney,
Steve Hamm, and Jeffrey O’Brien. I'm
reading it a bit at a time to savour the stories. You’ll be surprised at some
of the inventions that IBM was behind.
5) Quickly update your product knowledge by reading a Flashbooks by various
authors. We have books about DB2 V10 for LUW, DB2 for z/OS, Big
Data, Data Governance, Analytics, and Cloud. Is there something for
you? Download these free flashbooks and read them on your computer or
There have also been a few articles published that I’d recommend:
Enjoy your summer and the books that you read!
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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.
I ended up getting several comments after my blog entry Do you know an IBM Data Champion
published. In that entry I had specifically mentioned the authors in the group, but beyond authors of retail books, I'd like to mention some of the other ways Data Champions have been very active.IBM Redbooks
in the DB2 area:
|1. ||Data Integrity with DB2 for z/OS, SG24-7111-00|
Redbooks, published 10 July 2006, Rating: (based on 3 reviews)
|2. ||DB2 for z/OS and OS/390 : Squeezing the Most Out of Dynamic SQL, SG24-6418-00|
Redbooks, published 31 May 2002, Rating: (based on 6 reviews)
|3. ||DB2 9 for z/OS: Packages Revisited, SG24-7688-00|
Redbooks, published 2 March 2009, last updated 2 June 2009, Rating: (based on 5 reviews)
|4. ||DB2 for z/OS Stored Procedures: Through the CALL and Beyond, SG24-7083-00|
Redbooks, published 29 March 2004, last updated 22 February 2006, Rating: (based on 20 reviews)
|1. ||DB2 UDB Enterprise Edition V8.1: Basic Performance Tuning Guidelines, REDP-4251-00|
Redpapers, published 12 June 2007, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
|2. ||Using the IBM System Storage N Series with Databases, SG24-7292-00|
Redbooks, published 21 August 2007, last updated 24 August 2007, Rating: (based on 3 reviews)
|3. ||DB2 UDB Exploitation of NAS Technology, SG24-6538-00|
Redbooks, published 31 July 2002, Rating: (based on 1 review)
Book reviewers for DB2 content:
Again I know I'm going to miss several people who were very active in reviewing either IBM Redbooks or Retail books to ensure that they were accurate before they published. I thank you all! I'd like to specifically mention Fred Sobotka who was the key influencer and reviewer on the following book:
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Editorial Board: Clay Andres, Steve Anglin, Ewan Buckingham, Tony Campbell, ..."
I've enjoyed writing about these people and have ideas for future entries... ie, those critical for conference successes, those who contributed in areas beyond DB2, and more! Send me ideas if you have them.
Thanks again to all current Data Champions and be sure to nominate any people who you think are strong contributors who are not recognized yet.
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.
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
Improve performance by 74%, while lowering data costs and downtime by up to 40%
Modern day levels of high-velocity data growth have put increased pressure on today's database management systems to support increasingly complex workloads, applications and service levels to meet business demand.
Attend our upcoming seminar to learn how IBM's integrated server and DB2 software offerings can help you improve application performance by up to 73% while lowering your data management costs by up to 40%.
You'll learn how to reduce the complexity of your current DBMS landscape, increase DBA productivity and improve IT service levels by ensuring near-real time access to critical business data.
Register today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or completing our quick online registration form.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND:
Whether you’re considering a new information infrastructure or are interested in learning how to meet next generation database workloads, attending this complimentary seminar will enable you to:
- Drastically improve the performance of mission-critical business applications.
- Reduce downtime while scaling dynamically to meet growing business requirements.
- Learn how an IBM-based virtualization strategy can help reduce database server costs with DB2’s reduced compression rates.
- Get an up-close look at IBM's DB2 9.7 release and learn how the Oracle compatibility feature can increase DBA productivity.
- Tailor the agenda to suit your specific needs by selecting from a range of sessions on Oracle, SAP, data warehousing and more!
- Network with like-minded, forward-thinking IT leaders from your local area.
Switching information platforms has never been easier or more cost-effective. Find out how to break free from high data management costs while minimizing IT complexity, reducing energy consumption and improving service levels.
Register today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or completing our quick online registration form.
DW 2.0 - Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing
Data Warehousing has been around for 20 years and has become an integral part of the IT infrastructure. In this session Bill Inmon, the "father of data warehousing" will discuss the evolution of DW 2.0 and the future of data warehousing that is technologically possible now, at both an architectural level and technology level. Discover how your organization stacks up as Bill explores the overall architecture requirements and delves into the underlying components to help you determine: what new technology to buy, how to plan extensions to the data warehouse, what can be salvaged from the current system, and how to justify the expense--at the most practical level.
You’ll walk away with a comprehensive overview of how best to implement the necessary technology and tools to enable the new generation of the DW: metadata, temporal data, ETL, unstructured data, and data quality control.
Meeting your Next Generation Database Needs
The automation of database admin tasks and sophisticated workload management capabilities are redefining how easy it is to optimize performance for your database software, while industry leading XML data management and data compression capabilities ideally position DB2 to handle your evolving workloads. When these features are tightly integrated with IBM servers to deliver workload-optimized systems, organizations are realizing benefits such as improving performance by up to 73% and lowering costs by up to 40%. Learn how organizations like yours can realize such benefits too.
POWER7 servers are a new generation of Smarter Systems
The new Power systems feature virtualization without limits, resiliency without downtime, dynamic energy optimization, and management with automation. Learn about the workload optimized features that make these systems the choice for both transaction processing and throughput processing - features that can dramatically reduce your costs and improve service to your end users.
Moving to IBM DB2 has Never Been Easier, Cheaper and Faster
In this session you'll learn about the built-in feature's of IBM DB2 that enable smoother, easier migration from other database platforms. In particular, IBM DB2 9.7 enables you to port applications written for a different database, with minimal or no change to your code. In addition, switching to DB2 can reduce operational costs and increase throughput through innovative technologies packed into the heart of the database engine. Learn how a move to DB2 guarantees these benefits, coupled with DB2's strong tradition of reliability, resiliency, and availability.
Smart Warehousing, Smart Decisions with the IBM Smart Analytics System
The recent surge in data warehouse technologies and appliances has led to a lot of hype surrounding the business intelligence (BI) and analytics space. Find out why IBM is uniquely positioned to deliver the most comprehensive workload optimized solution – one that includes not only an integrated data warehouse on IBM Servers – but also the required BI reporting, data mining and OLAP capabilities expected to make smart decisions. This session will provide an overview of how IBM’s Smart Analytics System can provide your organization with BI capabilities to hit the ground running with scalability to grow and adapt as your analytic requirements change. You'll also hear concrete examples from current customers using the technology.
Optimize your SAP system by significantly reducing the TCO
Architected, integrated and optimized together DB2/SAP on Power is the best combination for your SAP applications. Come and learn why customers including SAP have chosen to run their SAP applications on DB2. Over 100 customers migrated with 100% success to DB2 in the past 6 months, come talk to the thought-leaders as to how you too can benefit from DB2/SAP on Power – you will be able to reduce the memory, storage significantly while still getting superior SAP system performance.
Best Practices: Managing DB2 for Oracle® Applications and beyond
Organizations increasingly depend on business-critical enterprise systems to drive results and meet the challenges of daily operations. The combination of skill availability, increasingly complex technology options, and the business demand for a greater ROI have pushed many IT engineering teams to either design or adopt best practices to support these systems. In this session, we will explore case studies and discuss best practices for managing your Oracle applications on DB2. This session will benefit both those who are managing data on DB2 and those considering DB2 as part of their database portfolio.
Attendance is limited. Reserve your seat today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or apply online.
Publisher of the DB2 Certification Study Guides has just informed me of a sale they are having.
Starting today, all of the certification books on sale at 20% off of list until next Tuesday, August 24. This includes the latest one—DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS by Judy H. Nall.
You can see them all on our DB2 page. Please note that this is the general DB2 category page so not ALL of the books on that page are on sale, though all of the certification books are.
DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
Roger Sanders, Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736
All of these books were authored by experts who were part of the exam development team, the structure of the book matches the exam objectives, and there are sample test questions to help you prepare for the exam.
For information on the exams… see ibm.com/certify.
If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference in October, you can take the exams free of charge and meet the authors. I have a book signing set up for Judy Nall on Tuesday October 26. Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson are running their Crammer Courses on Sunday October 24. Judy also trying to have a crammer course available the same day.
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.
by Atul Gawande
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s General Session and he’ll be signing copies of his latest book. Atul’s signing session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Add this book signing to your schedule via the Smart Site Agenda Builder. His session is Anc # 3722.
About his book:
Over the past decade, through his writing in The New Yorker magazine and his books Complications and Better, Atul Gawande has made a name for himself as a writer of exquisitely crafted meditations on the problems and challenges of modern medicine. His latest book, The Checklist Manifesto, begins on familiar ground, with his experiences as a surgeon. But before long it becomes clear that he is really interested in a problem that afflicts virtually every aspect of the modern world--and that is how professionals deal with the increasing complexity of their responsibilities. It has been years since I read a book so powerful and so thought-provoking.
Gawande begins by making a distinction between errors of ignorance (mistakes we make because we don't know enough), and errors of ineptitude (mistakes we made because we don’t make proper use of what we know). Failure in the modern world, he writes, is really about the second of these errors, and he walks us through a series of examples from medicine showing how the routine tasks of surgeons have now become so incredibly complicated that mistakes of one kind or another are virtually inevitable: it's just too easy for an otherwise competent doctor to miss a step, or forget to ask a key question or, in the stress and pressure of the moment, to fail to plan properly for every eventuality. Gawande then visits with pilots and the people who build skyscrapers and comes back with a solution. Experts need checklists--literally--written guides that walk them through the key steps in any complex procedure. In the last section of the book, Gawande shows how his research team has taken this idea, developed a safe surgery checklist, and applied it around the world, with staggering success.
I haven’t read any books by Atul yet, but I’m looking forward to buying this one at the conference and meeting Atul.
Sadly I missed John Hornibrook’s fourth appearance on the DB2Night Show that took place on Friday, Sept 9th. Did you miss it as well? There is a replay available (Thanks Scott!). You can find it here:
To download a recorded replay of Episode #57, right click on the link below and choose "Save As..."
Episode 57, 9 September 2011, DB2 LUW Vital Statistics with John Hornibrook
What was John talking about? DB2 LUW Vital Statistics. 94% of the audience said that they learned something new during the talk… so you can expect it to be very informative. John’s previous visits:
This show, #57 in the DB2 for LUW series, marks the kickoff of Season #3. Since the show's inception, there have been over 90,000 downloads of replays to date. The library of FREE DB2 LUW Education is enormous and growing! Check out these valuable educational resources by watching REPLAYS whenever and as often as you can.
Also, never miss another show. They take place pretty much every Friday from 11:00 – 12:00 ET, so block your calendar to make time for a weekly learning opportunity. Take a look at the schedule of upcoming shows. As always, a very impressive line up.
Thanks to host Scott Hayes for Engaging, Entertaining and Educating us!
have former contestants of “DB2’s Got Talent” competition been able to
achieve since they improved their presentation skills as a result?Some
of the former contestants have been telling me about their published
articles and IDUG presentation. If you haven’t contacted me already and
you were a contestant, tell me about what you’ve been up to.Before
you read the list, I first want to say that I’m very proud of each and
everyone one of these people as becoming presenters and writers isn’t
always easy. I’m also very glad that I took a small part in encouraging
these people to try something new.Rajasekhar @raja_iafwas
one of the finalists in the 1st year of the contest and had to withdraw
due to a work project that involved travel. He says that his
appearance on the DB2Night Show enabled him to connect with the Database
community, build confidence & networking. Clearly he thoroughly
enjoyed being part of this contest. In the second year Raja didn’t take
part, but he mentored 5 people from his organization to participate.
He’s been teaching DB2 for 8 years.Jeyabarathi Chakrapani @JBChakra's presentation was accepted for IDUG 2013: "Evolution of the DB2 HADR Tool". JB has also had an article published on developerWorks: Use concurrent I/O to improve DB2 database performance And she wrote a guest blog entry for me: DB2, DB2Night Show and IDUG as viewed by JB . has a blog Xtivia. His latest entry: "DB2 Update Anywhere Replication for Dummies". http://bit.ly/Y4OSnt. Brian will also be presenting at IDUG Orlando in May 2013: “A DB2 LUW Fitness Plan”.Norberto Gasparotto Filho @norbertogfpublished a tutorial on developerWorks: "DB2 10.1 fundamentals certification exam 610 prep, Part 1: Planning" and keeps a blog Insights on DB2 LUW database admin, programming and more.Ember Crooks on her first developerWorks article: "Mining your package cache for problem SQL in DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows" and maintains a blog: DB2 for WebSphere Commerce: Expert
tips on building and administering DB2 LUW databases for WebSphere
Commerce. She will be presenting at IDUG in Orlando: "The 10
Commandments of Supporting E-Commerce Databases” . AND she is appearing
on tomorrow’s DB2Night Show: "Do what I mean, not what I say! Back-Out Strategies for DB2 Database Changes"
. (Note, if you miss the show on Dec 14, remember that you can watch
all DB2Night Show episodes in replay... whenever you want.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!https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/KohlisDB2_Adventures/?lang=en_usHe’s reviewing a book that will be published next year by IBM PressAndres Gomez Casanov (@angoca) has a DB2 blog in Spanish, where he puts opinions, tricks & tips.Would
you like to be involved more in the community and achieve some of the
successes that these people have? You can! Become a contestant on next
year’s “DB2’s Got Talent” competition and build your skills, network,
and possibly win a prize!See my recent blog for details: Become a DB2 evangelist by being speaker!Susan
Get your copy today! Currently at a VERY low price on amazon:Administering Informix Dynamic Server: Building the Foundation
Amazon says that it "usually ships in 1-4 months"... but I received my copy today... so if you order.. yours should arrive quickly as well.
What is this book about? First
of all, this is the first book about Informix to publish in 8 years! That certainly is something to celebrate! Yes... Informix IDS is alive and well!Second
, Carlton Doe is an amazing person to work with and dedicated beyond belief. You can be sure that the content in the book is superb!Third
, this is the Foundation book... and we'd like to publish one that covers more advanced topics... and this is where we NEED you! The publisher is watching closely to the success of this one... and if it does well, will consider more titles. Fourth
, this really is an amazing price. Today the discount that I see is 37% off the list price. This discount may disappear quickly... and without warning.
Congratulations to Carlton and all the dedicated IDS people in the world. I really hope that we see many more books publish in the future :)
must admit that “March Madness” is a new term for me. I had to ask a
colleague to explain it to me. Apparently it is the annual frenzied US
college basketball playoffs. I’m in Canada and not much of a sports
fan, so you can forgive my ignorance!
had so many conversations about which big data considerations are the
most pressing, so we decided to create our own "tournament" called
“IBM’s Smart Sixteen” to find out which considerations are most
important to you - and your peers. Check out our bracket and fill out
your own. See the diagram.
we’re asking you to tell us which of the contenders are most important
to you. You have until March 25 to provide us feedback and then shortly
after that, we’ll have the big reveal as to the winning contender.
Here are the details:
be pitting the most thought provoking submissions against each other,
so follow #bigdatamgmt and return to this page to vote on your favorite!
Have fun with this! Help me learn the ropes in a playoff tournament :)