Last May a bunch of us were in Rome for the IBM IOD EMEA conference. This year there is a smaller conference that is more technical in content and is being held in France this July:
6 - 8 July 2011
Register now and learn how to reduce costs, manage risk, optimize customer insight, and increase operational efficiency. Learn the latest about information management, Enterprise Content Management , Business Analytics, Smart Analytics Systems, and network with your peers. Learn how to turn your Information, Content, Analytics into a strategic driver of innovation and business optimization.
Featured are all the new major versions of IBM products announced in 2010 & 2011, such as
- DB2 10 for z
- Informix 11.7
- Cognos 10
- InfoSphere Information Server 8.5
- FileNet P8 5.0
- IBM Case Manager 5.0
- Change Data Capture 6.5
- ... and more
What you can expect:
- Thought-provoking general sessions from leading industry commentators and IBM executives Technical & Business Leadership
- Compelling speakers, including business and technical luminaries, analysts and customers. See the Agenda for a complete list of the sessions and the confirmed speakers.
- Ability to meet one-to-one with IBM executives
- Opportunity to meet the experts, providing solution, industry and technical insight
- Expo Solution Center showcasing information management solutions
- World-class technical training, free certification testing and education Extensive networking opportunities
- Hands-on Labs and Usability Labs
This is the event for gaining unique insight into the value that information Management, Content, Business Analytics technologies are
delivering today. To cover your specific needs, this Technical Conference offers two tracks – Business Leadership and Technical.
Move between tracks and create a personalized agenda to ensure you get the most value from your Conference attendance.
The Business Leadership Track
- The Business Leadership Track includes industry sessions, line-of-business managers looking to become more competitive, reduce
costs, enhance customer satisfaction, manage risk and deliver value.
The Technical Track
- The Technical Track focuses on the implementation of Information Management, Content, Business Analytics solutions, the latest
technical developments, plus the most recent innovations from entire portfolio. Together with certification and education, there are technical
demos and opportunity to meet with product and software development experts.
- The Conference fee is 1450 € exclusive of local VAT. This fee provides access to all keynote and elective sessions, workshops, panel
discussions, conference proceedings, meals, refreshments and conference events mentioned in the conference agenda.
For more information and enrollment: ibm.com/training/conf/europe/IMSSTC
Some additional incentives to attend:
25% Discounts on Public Training*
- Take your skills to the next level. Attend a Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management or Information Management public class and save 25% off the tuition. This offer is valid for the IMSSTC EMEA attendees from July, 15, 2011 until March 30, 2012.
- * This offer is only for European public scheduled courses and can not be used in combination with other discounts. Please contact Education representative for complete details
Free Web-based training
- Receive your card to have web-based training for free, offered to the EMEA attendees of the
Free Certification Testing at IMSSTC**
- Validate your skills with an IBM Professional Certification. Attendees can take some of the available tests at no charge.
- ** Visit the Conference website to know more about the available tests and conditions.
Free Education Planning
- Success begins with having a plan. Building a custom Training plan helps to ensure that you and your team have the skills to maximize the value of your IBM software. Meet with one of our training experts to build a training plan that includes role-specific training and certification recommendations as well as cost saving strategies to get the most out of your training budget.
PS… I haven’t been to France yet, but plan to go this summer. Wish I were going to this conference, but I’m not. For those of you who do go, have a fun “geeky” vacation.
, best-selling author of Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point will be the keynote speaker at this year's IBM Information on Demand 2009 conference that is taking place at the end of October in Las Vegas.
Malcolm has also agreed to do a book signing, so this is a chance for you to meet him and to get your books signed. If you already own one or more of his books... bring them along and get them signed. If you don't yet own them, they will be for sale at the conference bookstore. His books are very insightful and interesting to read, so you won't be disappointed in any of the titles. They also make great gifts.
From the conference website:
Malcolm Gladwell has an incomparable gift for interpreting new ideas
in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical and
valuable to business and general audiences alike. He’s become so
successful at this that, in 2005, Time Magazine named Malcolm one of its 100 Most Influential People.
Malcolm's most recent book promises to have an even greater impact
on both business and society than his first two books. With his first
book Malcolm embedded the concept of The Tipping Point in our everyday
vocabulary and gave organizations new tools for understanding how
trends work. In Blink he analyzed first impressions—the snap judgments
that we all make unconsciously and instinctively—and he explores how we
can master this important aspect of successful decision-making. Now in
his stunning new book Outliers, the bestselling author reveals the
real—and mostly overlooked—secrets to extraordinary success. He reveals
that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like,
and too little attention to where successful people are from: their
culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell explains what
Bill Gates, the Beatles and other world-class successes have in common,
how culture affects their careers and performance. Along the way,
Gladwell overturns many of our conventional notions about what makes a
person successful. He creates an entirely new model for nurturing
success and suggests ways to give people the best opportunities to
succeed. Because we so profoundly personalize success, we squander
human potential. We miss opportunities to lift others onto the top
rung. Malcolm is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His editor
describes his work as a new genre of story, an idea-driven narrative
that’s focused on the everyday and combines research with material
that’s more personal, social and historical. He was previously a
reporter for the Washington Post.
Have you registered for the IOD conference yet? Register BEFORE July 31 to get the early -bird discount:.
My lucky role at the conference is to arrange for the book signings, so I'm very much looking forward to meeting Malcolm in person! I hope you are too!
What a great year it’s been for those involved in the DB2Night Show this year! The successes include:
1) First running of the “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition
The DB2Night Show’s “DB2’s Got Talent” competition. This took place in the first few months of the year and continues to please me and others. Last Friday the winner of the competition, Norberto Gasparotto Filho, gave a presentation about what he learned at the IDUG Prague conference in November. Norberto won the IDUG pass as a prize for winning the competition and it was his first IDUG conference and his first time in Europe. I was lucky to be at the conference as well and met Norberto in person. His smile says it all. He is very grateful for his chance to go to the conference, but he earned it. The competition was so successful that it will be repeated in 2012. If you think you can teach people something they didn’t know about DB2, make sure you become a competitor. I also think this competition was successful in building talents in many other people as well. Congratulations to all who took part… you should be proud of your successes.
I suggest that you read my blog entries about the competition… as well as Norberto’s blog.
2) Addition of a DB2 z/OS only series hosted by Klaas Brant.
18 episodes took place this year! What a wonderful first season for Klaas and his guests who included Sheryl Larsen, Dan Luksetich, Namik Hrle, Phil Grainger, Dave Beulke, Cristian Molaro, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Parekh, Susan Visser and Willie Favero, Susan Lawson, John Campbell, Roger Miller, Jeff Josten, and Terry Purcell.
Did you miss any of these shows? Don’t worry! All of them are available in replay.
3) Guest speaker list to die for!
I’ve already listed the guests for the z/OS series of shows. Check out who was a guest of the show for the Cross-Platform or LUW series of episodes: Norberto Gasparotto Filho, Dirk de Roos, Dan Dubriwny, Thiru Swamy, Nadir Doctor, Iqbal Goralwalla, John Hornibrook, Kate Kurtz, Gregor Meyer, Haider Rizvi, Jim Seeger, Max Petrenko, Burt Vialpando, Julian Stuhler, Keith MacDonald, Bryan Paulsen, Paul Turpin, Susan Gausden, Terry Mason, Paul Zikopoulos, and Pat Bates.
Again, if you missed any… or simple wish to listen again, all of the episodes are available to be replayed.
4) Scott Hayes winning IBM Champion award for his outstanding service as a partner.
These awards were given out at IOD, but I can’t find an online page to point you to. I’ll work with Beth Flood to make sure we are aware of the awards. Scott’s award was: Social Media Contribution (Single Social event) of the Year. Congratulations Scott!
To celebrate, join Scott, Klaas and a very large group of DB2 experts (top industry speakers, bloggers, champions and more) at the upcoming Eggnog Party: Celebrating 2011 DB2 Successes and sharing tips and insights for 2012. We’ll share success stories, both DB2 LUW and z/OS, and give our thoughts and tips for 2012. The studio audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Date: Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011; Time: 11:00 EST
Why Tuesday December 20th? It will be Scott Hayes' 50th birthday! And... his eggnog might have something special in it!
This is sure to be an entertaining and informative show, so join to celebrate the many successes of the year, plus wish Scott a very happy birthday!
get asked this question all the time. What are we doing to prepare the
next generation in terms of up and coming technology. You’ll be happy
to know that plenty is going on. Even at IOD. Key
faculty who are collaborating with IBM on advanced Big Data and
Analytics curriculum and programs are gathering for a two day special
Big Data and Analytics Academic track at IOD. They will attend several
sessions together to share their current programs as well as brainstorm
about their next steps and their challenges. They will learn about IBM
academic programs and hear from IBM experts in two panels. All of this
will strengthen the community amongst these leading academic
institutions. The Big Data panel with Big Data leaders, includes:
- Richard Hale - IBM Big Data Evangelist
The Analytics panel with Analytics leaders includes:
- Sunil Soares - Founder & Managing Partner at Information Asset, LLC
- Paraic Sweeney - IBM VP Product Management, InfoSphere
- Dave Wilkinson - IBM VP, InfoSphere Development
- Tracy Harris - Senior Manager, Business Analytics
I’m glad to say that we have faculty from some top schools involved with this initiative, including:
- Richard Rodts - Manager, SPSS Solutions Specialist team
- Bob Bry - IBM Academic Initiative Analytics lead
If you think you should be on this list, let me know and I’ll pass your information to the Academics Team.Beyond
these sessions, the faculty will still have time to experience and
learn from the wealth of other IOD events and sessions. The faculty will also have the opportunity to attend a special, invitation only roundtable session::
- Beijing Jiaotong University, China
- Boston University, USA
- Dalhousie University, Canada
- ITAM, Mexico
- ITESM, Mexico
- Radford University, USA
- Ryerson University, Canada
- Simon Fraser University, Canada
- Southern Methodist University, USA
- State University New York at Buffalo, USA
- Syracuse University, USA
- University of Connecticut, USA
- University of Ottawa, Canada
- University of South Carolina, USA
"Watson Heads to the Class" - Preparing a New Generation of Thinkers for Next Generation JobsRecognizing
that a practical understanding of analytics, cognitive computing and
big data is key for 21st century jobs and economic competitiveness, this
round table will bring together a panel of leaders that can discuss the
new ways IBM is working with academia to develop new degree programs,
case competitions, case study programs and internships. A key focus of
this panel will be how IBM is providing academic organizations and
students access to the Watson technology and Watson 'thinkers' in order
to foster greater interest and knowledge in cognitive computing,
analytics, natural language processing technologies; as well as explore
new ways these technologies can be used to address major societal
challenges.ParticipantsIBM Executives: Manoj Saxena, General Manager, IBM Watson SolutionsUniversity
partners: Professor Girish Punj, University of Connecticut, Dr. Thomas
Fomby, Southern Methodist University, Rajiv Dewan, Sr. Associate Senior
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, University of RochesterSMART program participant: Matthew Canon, Business Planning and Analysis Manager, Andrews Distributing Company====================================================================Beyond IOD, there are many initiatives underway to educate the future, including:Big Data University
IBM DB2 Academic Associate ProgramIBM DB2 program for students and the academic communityThe
IBM DB2 Academic Associate program is exclusively for the university
community. The preparation course teaches relational database concepts
while also providing students with critical, hands-on database skills on
IBM’s DB2 and Data Studio software. Smarter Planet solutions rely on an
ever growing amount of data. Learn how to be smart about managing that
data with this no-charge academic course and IBM exam. IBM Student PortalStudents can find out about jobs, competitions, and discounts on certification exams.Susan
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Today was the second show of the finals for the DB2’s Got Talent 2012
Competition. I wasn’t able to participate, so IBM Champion, Cristian
Molaro filled in for me. Like many of you, I’m listening to the replay a
few days after the live show.
If you didn’t participate live, I strongly encourage you to watch the replay. We had the
top 10 contestants from Round 1 present 4-minute technical presentations to us.
Once again, we ended up with very high quality presentations from very
experienced users of DB2 products.
The control is now in the hands of you, the audience. You
must vote for who you think should go on in the upcoming shows. Here’s what you
need to do. If you were in the audience, vote in the survey provided for who
you thought was the best. If you weren’t able to make it to the show today,
watch the replay, and then VOTE. The top 6 contestants based on your votes will
present again on March 30 and the judges will save one contestant from the
bottom 4 (again based on your votes). Don’t watch just to vote, watch to learn
great DB2 tips as well as examples of excellent presentation skills. Here’s a
summary of what happened:
Contestant 1 – Yonghang
DB2COS and Related Commands
Yonghang had a slide for “what is db2cos”, but I wasn’t able to figure out
from his presentation as to what this command is and what it is used for. Most
of his presentation centered around customizing the command to use it most
efficiently. Yonghang was nervous during his presentation, but the judges found
that the command was a little known command and the presentation was useful.
Contestant 2 – Rodolfo
Discovering DETAIL Option in DISPLAY Command
Rodolfo chose to present about the DB2 for z/OS command and its options. The
DETAIL option is only available on DB2 V10. This was a good topic with good
slides with pointers to additional information. Clear and to the point.
Examples were easy to follow. Cristian mentioned that there is also a Redpaper
about this topic. You can follow Rodolfo on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/_rodc
Contestant 3 – Kingo
DB2 for z/OS Access Path Verification by REBIND command
Kingo, being from Japan, missed that North America is now on daylight savings
time. We’ll have to be sure to warn international contestants when times change
in the future. Very good presentation about how you can clone your system and
find the differences.
Contestant 4 – Richard
Unfortunately Richard has needed to leave the competition due to
Contestant 5 – Kohli
Command was clearly defined regarding its purpose and when to use it. I
liked that he showed how he uses the command and why. Very good presentation
with a summary and good examples. The format of the presentation was perfect
for this type of venue. Succinct and clear. Great job!
Contestant 6 – Elder
DB2top Collector, Auto-Performance Analysis, and Replay
Very clear definition of the command and why you’d want to use it. He
contained his presentation by discussing only 3 options that are available for
this command. He got caught up a bit in the introduction and ran out of time
for some of his examples, but otherwise it was a very good presentation.
Contestant 7 – Brian
Top 10 db2pd
Intro was excellent and humorous! The history of the command was also
interesting. Brian presented on the top ten options that he uses on a regular
basis. Interesting and dynamic slides with animation. Clearly presented with
the command, option, along with an example. Brian clearly has much experience
using this command and its options. Brian tweets at https://twitter.com/#!/fairchild_db2
and blogs at http://bit.ly/yGpae2 .
Contestant 8 – Ember
DB2caem: The Untold Story
Ember gave a clear introduction to the command and its benefits and then
wondered aloud what this command is doing to her databases. Her presentation
focused on this. She does a fine job investigating the command to find out how
it does what it does. She gives very clear conclusions regarding the
consequences of using the command, and give all sides of the story. As usual,
Ember did a very fine job with her slides, presentation, and was enthusiastic
and professional throughout. This is a relatively new command, so the topic was
very valuable to all. Ember tweets ember_crooks & blogs http://db2commerce.com/.
Contestant 9 – Jean
Dynamically Generating Scripts and Control Cards
Jean worked with her colleague Chuck to create this presentation, but she
presented on her own. Again this was a cross-platform topic. Clearly Jean and
Chuck have much experience using this command and its options. They clearly
defined the command and when it is used and how it helps. A lot of information
was given, very clearly, in only 4 minutes. Conclusion: If you are a DBA and
know your SQL, you can perform miracles. Some of the SQL showed new features
of the product.
Contestant 10 – Douglas
DB2 LUW 9.7 CLPplus Command Line Processor
The preamble to Doug’s presentation was very interesting. We know from
Doug’s previous appearances on this show that he is a DB2 & Oracle expert.
Doug’s screen saver is a photo of a motorcycle he received as a birthday gift
upon the return from an Oracle conference. He then gave us a couple of
interesting comments about the conference. I’ll let you listen to the replay to
hear what those comments are! The presentation focused on why you’d want to use
CLPplus versus CLP. Great slides, clearly presented topic, but he ran out of
The judges, Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant, and Cristian were
asked to save one of the bottom 3 presenters based on the voting from the past
two weeks. It was a tough decision, but the judges decided to save
While the judges were deliberating, Scott showed us some of the amazing
feedback people have been providing about the contestants, the show and of
course the learning opportunities. Keep giving feedback, we find it very
96% of the listening audience said they learned something new today. How
about you, listening to the replay? Did you learn something new?
Now the control is with you the listeners. After you watch the
replay, VOTE! I’m glad I don’t get to choose… there is such great
talent appearing on this show that it will be very difficult to choose.
March has one more show for the finals where those who have moved on will
present for the final time and the audience can choose the winner. Be sure to
join us March 30. If you get reminders for March 23, please ignore this
Thanks to host Scott Hayes for this opportunity for me as a judge and
for the contestants for helping them build technical presentation skills that
are so valuable.
For details on the prizes for this competition… and a summary of last year’s
event… see my blog entry: http://ibm.co/AnZxb4
See also: Session 1 of the
DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
See also: Session 2 of the
DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
See also: Session 3 of the
DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
See also: Session 4 of the
DB2’s Got Talent 2012 Competition
See also: DB2’s Got Talent
Finals – Round 1
PS… If you are in the NY area, make sure you look into attending the DB2
Symposium that is taking place March 28-30 in this area. See
Join Sal Vella and Matt Huras from the Toronto Lab to learn how to leverage the latest DB2 for LUW features such as DB2 pureScale and Storage Optimization. Sal and Matt will be broadcast in high definition directly to select IBM Technical Exploration Centers across North America.
12:30pm – 1:00pm Welcome
1:00pm – 2:00pm Break Free with DB2,
2:00pm – 3:00pm DB2 pureScale
3:00pm – 3:30pm Refreshment Break
3:30pm – 4:30pm DB2 Storage Optimization
Where you can attend:
San Francisco, CA;
Costa Mesa, CA
This event is the first that I've heard of that is using the IBM Technology Exploration Centers which are high-quality facilities across North America that allow our customers to explore IBM software technology and collaborate with our subject matter experts.
ABOUT THIS EVENT:
Attend this seminar to learn how to leverage the latest DB2 for LUW features such as DB2 pureScale and Storage Optimization. DB2 pureScale provides unlimited capacity, continuous availability and application transparency. It delivers levels of database scalabililty and availability previously unmatched on distributed systems. The DB2 Storage Optimization Feature gives you the ability to transparently compress data on disk in order to decrease disk space and storage infrastructure requirements.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
This event has 3 hours of content, and has been organized to be of interest to database administrators, data architects, and anyone who has an interest in running OLTP systems without having to worry about changing their application code when adding system capacity. Interested in Active-Active? Come and learn more.
Sal Vella is the Vice President, Development, Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing based in the IBM Canada Laboratory in Toronto, Canada. In this role, he is responsible for the world-wide development of DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows and for solidDB.
Matt Huras, Distinguished Engineer, is the lead architect of the DB2 pureScale feature. Matt has had extensive experience with DB2 for LUW storage engine, including indexing, data management, buffering, memory management, threading and scheduling, utilities and high availability.
Thanks to event organizer Lily Ryzebol for this information.
What do you think? Are these the two top topics of 2011? It seems to me that I’ve blogged about these two topics quite a bit this year, and now we have the best… both in one webinar!
Join Leon Katsnelson, Uri Budnik, and Rav Ahuja for the next Chat with the Lab webinar: Leveraging Clouds for small and BIG data
Many experts agree that Cloud Computing has now matured past the initial hype phase and that organizations large and small have started to derive real benefits by placing applications and data on Clouds. In this webinar we will discuss how to leverage Cloud Computing for managing data and gaining insights from big data. We will cover various Cloud options (public, private, and hybrid) available for managing data in the Cloud with IBM DB2 database server as well as for deriving value from big data using IBM BigInsights hadoop-based platform. We will also show you how to be up and running in as little as a few minutes using free editions of DB2 and BigInsights. You ought to find this session useful regardless of whether you are a beginner or expert in cloud computing or big data.
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 (6.12.2011)
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) 11:30 AM Central / 9:30 AM Pacific / 17:30hrs London / 18:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 11 PM
Speakers: Leon Katsnelson (IBM), Uri Budnik (RightScale), Rav Ahuja (IBM)
Register Now >>> http://bit.ly/sY3Nfe
For questions/comments/suggestions: http://www.channeldb2.com/group/db2chatwiththelab
Thanks to Rav for this information.
Here are some other posts from my blog about these topics:
This may be the best 23 pages you’ll ever read about DB2 LUW Database Storage. This updated paper just went live and was updated by Aamer Sachedina, Matthew Huras, and Robin Grosman.
In a world with networked and highly virtualized storage, database storage design can seem like a dauntingly complex task for a DBA or system architect to get right. Poor database storage design can have a significant negative impact on a database server. CPUs are so much faster than physical disks that it is not uncommon to find poorly performing database servers that are significantly I/O bound and underperforming by many times their potential.
The good news is that it is not necessary to get database storage design perfectly right. Understanding the innards of the storage stack and manually tuning the location of database tables and indexes on particular parts of different physical disks is neither generally achievable nor generally maintainable by the average DBA in today’s virtualized storage world.
Simplicity is the key to ensuring good database storage design. The basics involve ensuring an adequate number of physical disks to keep the system from becoming I/O bound.
This document provides basic initial suggestions for a healthy database server through easy-to-follow best practices in database storage, including guidelines and recommendations.
See also my previous posts on Best Practices:
Best Practice Resources for DB2 z/OS
DB2 Best Practices – New or Updated in 2011
And also see the Flashbooks co-authored by Aamer & Matt:
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling
Thanks again to Kate Kurtz for giving me this information. She also tells me there is one more to publish before IDUG.
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It’s always fun to have a celebrity speak at our conferences. Regardless of who the guest is, we normally find capacity crowds buying the guest’s book after the talk. I hope this book is no exception:
A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea
By Richard Phillips
I haven’t read the book yet, but I did see the movie starring Tom Hanks. The book is rated 4 ½ stars out of 5 on amazon with many reviewers. That normally means it’s a great book!
I’ve read that there are some differences between the book and therefore reality and the movie. This is often the case. I’m not sure what Captain Phillips will talk about at our conference. Perhaps it will be to persevere even in difficult times. Maybe it will be about strong leadership, again in times of extreme trouble. Whatever the topic, I’m sure it will be both insightful and motivational.
At IBM Insights:
Immediately after the general session, Captain Phillips will be available to sign your book at the Conference Bookstore. There will likely be crowds, so you will be wise to buy the book early in the week rather than waiting till after you hear him speak. The signing will take place on Wednesday, October 29 from 9:45am – 10:30am at the Conference Bookstore.
About the book:
It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship which was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.
"It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said.
And he's right.
A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking--the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.
Though Captain Phillips describes himself as a "regular guy," the world knows that his actions were anything but ordinary after the pirate attack. His harrowing and heroic efforts to survive an ordeal that riveted the world were only matched in valor by his decisive actions to save his crew and the ship they sailed. President Obama said, "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans." Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Tom Hanks.
Join Serge Rielau and Jon Lind for the next DB2 Tech
Talk (formerly known as Chat with the Lab) on Thursday Feb 23 at 12:30
pm ET. The topic: Solving Complex Data Warehousing Problems with Advanced Tooling of
InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Editions
IBM InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Enterprise Edition adds leading
architecture, performance, backup, and recovery tools that help increase
efficiency and reduce time to market through increased understanding of current
data assets while simplifying daily operations of managing complex warehouse
deployments. This session will explore in detail the tooling provided as part of
the InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Enterprise Edition.
Delivered as part of the Advanced Editions, a comprehensive set of
warehouse packs enable you to deploy leading industry models and Cognos reports
to more easily understand and gain insight into your markets and campaigns,
customers, and supply chains. Whether its insight into customers, markets and
campaigns, or your supply chain one of the included Warehouse Packs has a model
ready to deploy and start loading your businesses data. The included Cognos
reports provide a set of sample reports that then can be enhanced and tailored
for your specific business needs. During this session we will examine the
functionality of these packs and show an example deployment.
The availability and integrity of data in operational data warehouses is
becoming more and more critical to the business enterprises requiring increased
SLAs. Solutions comprised of the Recovery Expert, Merge Backup and High
Performance Unload tools provide unique capabilities for changed data analysis,
elimination of physical or logical data errors and maximizing data availability.
We will examine in detail the features these solutions present and demonstrate,
through realistic user scenarios, the business value that can be gained by
complementing and extending your data management and recovery strategies with
DB2 Tech Talk - Solving Complex Data Warehousing Problems with Advanced Tooling of
InfoSphere Warehouse Advanced Editions
Date: Thursday Feb 23, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Hosted By: Serge Rielau (IBM)
Presented By: Jon Lind (IBM)
Interested in Data Warehousing? Here are some of my previous blog entries on
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The launch of DB2 on June 7, 1983, marked the birth of relational database as a cornerstone for the enterprise; 30 years later, DB2 for z/OS is still the undisputed leader in the RDBMS market and the envy of its competitors when it comes to total system availability, scalability, security, reliability, and cost effectiveness. A majority of Fortune 500 companies, including the world's top banks, retailers, and insurance providers, store mission-critical operational data in IBM System z and DB2 for z/OS.
Why? It seems everyone offers a marketing bundle just like the mainframe, and while some of these solutions have some basic capabilities, DB2 for z/OS and System z continue to lead the way with fresh capabilities to handle rapidly changing, diverse, and unpredictable workloads while maximizing resource utilization and investment.
During 2013, IBM will celebrate the 30th anniversary of DB2 with customers, business partners, users, employees, and DB2 fans all around the world. DB2 11 Early Support Program was announced in October 2012, with General Availability expected to follow shortly.
This book, The Business Value of DB2 for z/OS: IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator and Optimizer, is packed with rich information to help you manage your IT business systems. Namik Hrle, Ruiping Li, and Wolfgang Hengstler cover the key design and operational aspects of IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator that enable DB2 for z/OS clients to benefit from faster performance, reduced CPU usage, and lower costs. Terry Purcell gives a technical overview of how IBM DB2 for z/OS Optimizer addresses key customer pains such as reducing total cost of ownership while maintaining stability and reliability. John Campbell discusses the planning stage of migrating to IBM DB2 10 and reveals secrets to ensure a successful upgrade.
Find out why DB2 is still growing after 30 years and how it is helping our customers to reduce costs and grow.
John Campbell is an IBM Distinguished Engineer reporting to the Director for z/OS Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. He has extensive DB2 experience in terms of systems, database, and applications design and specializes in design for high performance and data sharing. John is one of IBMs foremost authorities for implementing high-end database/transaction processing applications.
Namik Hrle works in the IBM Boeblingen Development Laboratory and is the labs chief Information Management technologist, responsible for strategy and technology directions. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, he belongs to a small circle of the top technical leaders whose work and expertise affect the direction of IBM.
Ruiping Li is a Senior Engineer in DB2 for z/OS development at IBM Silicon Valley Lab. She is the technical lead responsible for the DB2 query acceleration support for the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator.
Surekha Parekh is IBM’s World- Wide Marketing Program Director for DB2 for z/OS and leads the Social Media Strategy for Information Management on System z. She is responsible for market strategy and planning of DB2 on System z and building social media communities for Information Management System z.
Terry Purcell is a Senior Technical Staff Member with the IBM Silicon Valley Lab, where he is lead designer for the DB2 for z/OS Optimizer. Terry has two decades of experience with DB2 in database administration and application development as a customer, consultant, and DB2 developer.
You can buy a copy of this book from amazon in printed or kindle format. A limited number of printed copies will also be handed out at select conferences.
Download a free copy: Flashbook Download
Did you miss the IBM Information on Demand Conference that took place in Las Vegas in October? Did you attend the conference and miss some sessions or would like to repeat some sessions? Join us on December 15 for the Virtual Event that you can take part in directly from your home or office! Free of charge!
Information On Demand 2010 is the premier conference for organizations applying information governance and analytics to drive innovation, business optimization and competitive differentiation. Information On Demand Virtual 2010 offers a unique opportunity to experience ‘a taste’ of the conference virtually.
Register now for this upcoming event!
- Attend presentations of conference sessions and customer success stories
- Chat with IBM information governance expert
- Experience keynote presentation on information governance featuring Forrester Research Principal Analyst Rob Karel and the conference’s general sessions on demand…at your leisure
- Experience presentations of the top five sessions at IOD Global Conference 2010 on demand…at your leisure
. Attendees joining us December 15 between the hours of 1:00 - 3:00pm EST will receive a complimentary paperback copy of “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right”
by Dr. Atul Gawande
author and keynote speaker at Information On Demand. Book recipients from the November 17 2010 event, government owned entities and IBM employees are not eligible to receive the book.
Doors open at 12:30pm EST and scheduled sessions begin promptly at 1:00pm EST.
My suggestion would be to replay the sessions by any of the authors of the books that we had featured at the conference. See my post “Complete List of Book Signings at IOD Conference” for details. I was working at the conference so was only able to attend the keynotes, but I did however here the comments from attendees regarding the authors who were signing books. These attendees were really impressed with the sessions that were done by the authors.
Personally I'd encourage you to watch sessions by Steven Levitt, Stephan Dubnar, Mark Jeffries and Dr. Atul Gawande. I attended these sessions and would be happy to watch them a second or even a third time!
If you’ve never attended a Virtual Conference before, I encourage that you do. You’ll be very impressed with the level of interaction and the quality of the delivery method.
I was planning to blog about IBM's Academic Initiatives today, but while doing research I keep being reminded about how important it is to have excellent writing skills.
Written skills are becoming more and more important for IT professionals to possess, especially as tech workers communicate with others throughout the organization on projects and proposals. But as the old saying goes, show, don’t tell, the hiring manager about your abilities. Demonstrate with your resume and cover letter that you know how to get your ideas across on paper — or on the computer screen — through clear and concise writing and by carefully checking for any typos or grammatical errors before submitting your application materials.
Yesterday I attended a web seminar called "Unwritten Rules: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Career
" and found that communication is very important in career advancement. Communication in this presentation was largely focused on discussing your expectations with management regarding your career advancement options and expectations, but communication to gain visibility was also a key point. Tell people what you have accomplished and get noticed by writing well.
Then of course Jeff Jonas making the following plea on facebook: "Note to universe: emails over 200 words are very hard to find time to read. Do summarize!"
A few weeks ago I was invited to be a guest lecturer to a Masters of Computer Science class at York University about how the can improve their writing skills. This is my second time delivering this presentation that was created by Roger Sanders who is also writing a book about the same topic. The presention is entitled "The Art of Technical Writing" and the book will be published this year by MC Press. I don't see a link on the web for this book yet, but will be sure to tell you about it when it is released.
I won't tell you everything that I passed onto the students, but here are a few general guidelines:
1) Go as deep into your TOC or outline as you can... before you begin writing. This will ensure that you have a plan and can help prevent writer's block.
2) Keep your audience in mind when creating the outline and as you write. I guess I should have said "define your audience" first as this is a key step. Don't fall into the trap that what you are writing will appeal to EVERYONE! It won't... and shouldn't.
3) Don't try to impress with a large vocabulary or difficult sentences. Even sophisticated readers like to read concise, well-written sentences rather than complicated words and sentences where they may have to read them twice to get the proper meaning.
4) Vary the size of your sentences. Some long, some short. If you do all the same, it may be boring to read.
5) Avoid the passive voice... stay active. This can be hard to do.
6) Review your own work. Read what you wrote... out loud to yourself, out loud to others, have the computer read it to you... whatever it takes. If you hear the words spoken you can easily spot the parts that are difficult and need revision.
7) I like Roger's recommendation to reveiw your manuscript several times, each time with a specific purpose. For example, read through looking for where you used the passive voice and fix those. Then review again for grammar. Then to make sure lists and headings are parallel. Then to ensure that diagrams and tables are properly labelled. And on and on. It is easier to be consistent if you look for specific problems each time through your manuscript.
8) Be sure that you need to include a diagram or table before including it. I tend to skip diagrams and tables unless it makes it much easier to understand the concepts that are being discussed. I've heard other people admit to skipping them as well. Don't include diagrams and tables as filler.
9) Have someone else (or several other people) review the manuscript for you. When you get feedback... do not take it personally. Your reviewer is NOT critisizing you as a person... but is giving you feedback to improve what you wrote. You don't have to make all the changes that are recommended to you, but do take the feedback seriously. If you don't get feedback at all.. don't assume what you wrote is perfect. It never is! All authors have been shocked to find simple errors in their books even after they were reviewed endlessly by experts.
10) Learn from your mistakes and actively look for ways to improve your writing skill. Writing is a skill and can be learned by paying attention and learning from your mistakes and from others. I strongly encourage you to read Roger's book when it publishes as it will help you in ways that you can't yet imagine.
While I'm on the topic of writing, I should point out that my job is Publishing Program Manager for IBM Information Management. I'm happy to say that I am continuously meeting people who have a desire to write a book. I can help you with that goal if it is one of yours. The first thing you'd want to look at if you are interested in writing a book is this site that gives help on writing a proposal for your book: Proposal Guidelines
Writing is an important skill for you to have, regardless of your career, so I hope I've helped on some small way to encourage you to continually improve this skill.
This book was recently published by Packt Publishing:
IBM Lotus Sametime 8 Essentials
A User’s Guide
Mastering Online Enterprise Cmmunicaton with this collaborative software
by Marie Scott and Thomas Duff
If you work for IBM, you know and love Sametime as much as I do. For those who don’t work for IBM and don’t use Lotus Notes as their mail server, Sametime is similar to MSN, except it is much more. I personally can’t imagine doing my job without this amazing tool!
Should you read this book? According to the back cover, this book was written for:
If you want to learn how to use IBM Lotus Sametime, then this book is for you. No matter if you’re new to Sametime or want to become a Sametime “power User”, this book contains something for you. The focus is on using Sametime as a user and does not include information about development or administration of a Sametime environment. But any user of Sametime in an organization will be able to take this book, sit down at their computer and learn how to use each feature of Sametime from start to finish.
From this description I think that anyone new to a Lotus Sametime environment would greatly benefit from reading this book. For those who already heavily use this tool, we’ll be able to enhance our skills and become more productive. For those who do not yet use Lotus products in your business, you’ll learn what power you’re missing!
I plan to read the book and hope to get tips on power functions such as:
* How to configure preferences. I’ve already been using the Primary Contacts feature and the Feed feature.
* How to customize Sametime instant messages with emoticons, text styles, graphics, attachments and hyperlinks. I’m using some of these already, but not all.
* Tips for adding voice and video to chats or meetings. This I don’t know about yet and it looks to have major promise.
* How to create and manage online meeting rooms to bring together everyone who needs to be at a specific meeting. I’ve been using online meeting rooms but need to know more about the features that available.
* Get tips on how to improve my usage.
* Connect to other users outside of our organization. This one has real potential. Right now I connect to some people via gtalk and others via MSN. Would be good to put all my business contacts in one place.
NOVEMBER is IBM Month at Packt Publishers. Save on this book or ebooks and more!
Were you able to join today’s DB2 Night Show webinar? Today was the start of
this year’s very popular competition. If you missed it, I strongly encourage
you to watch the replay. Here’s what you’ll get:
Contestant 1- Richard
How to Find all DB2 Instances on an LUW Server
If you only have one instance, this is very easy to do and not really worth
talking about. But, if you have multiple instances and versions and fixpacks,
db2ilist is not that helpful. Richard suggest that you use a command to view
the DB2 Global Registry to see all the instances. This command only works on
Linux and Unix and is not documented. Richard’s presentation was very
informative and well laid out. The content focused on a little-known, but
Contestant 2 – Sameer
Physical DB Design is the Foundation of Your Database: Plan it
You may remember Sameer from last year’s competition. Sameer chose a very
broad topic and we’ve seen large books and 4-day courses that have covered this
topic. As a result of so much material to cover, Sameer wasn’t able to finish
in time. The presentation and material was very laid out and the tips that were
provided were well thought out and useful.
Contestant 3 – Douglas
Oracle to DB2: After Migration Tuning Tips
Douglas chose a great topic, in my opinion, and given the thoroughness of how
it was covered, I think that many people will benefit from this presentation.
Douglas wasn’t planning on covering the whole topic in his 4 minute allotment,
but he did prepare material for future presentations if he is kept on as a
contestant. In this presentation he covered data type issues. A quote from
Douglas that I loved and Klaas repeated: Oracle on DB2 runs faster than Oracle
Contestant 4 – Lenin
Rooting out Transactional Log Full Error in DB2 LUW
Lenin’s presentation was very thorough and provided definitions and
examples. Martin thought that there might be a slight error in Lenin’s logic.
The slides were great, but he ran out of time. He also spoke faster than I was
able to listen.
Contestant 5 – Yonghang
Lock, Chain, and Deadlocks – In One Shot
Yonghang showed the many ways that problems can happen, gave examples and
excellent tips to overcome the problems. The commands that Yonghang researched
and presented today are new and not very commonly used. The presentation was
very well done.
The judges, Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant, and myself chose Richard,
Douglas and Yonghang to move onto the next round based on the relevance of their
topic and the quality of their presentations.
Do you agree with our choices? If you watch the replay, you’ll be able to
fill in a survey to let us know if there is someone else who should also move
on. Listen for the great tips and for your opportunity to advance another
Join us every Friday in February for contestant presentations. March is
reserved for the finals where those who have moved on will present a second time
and the listeners can choose the winner rather than the judges. The commitment
for March has lessened in that there will only be 3 shows in March rather that
the originally planned 5. We still have openings for a couple of contestants,
so if you’re interested, sign up to join!
Thanks to host Scott Hayes for this opportunity for me as a judge and
for the contestants for helping them build technical presentation skills that
are so valuable.
For details on the prizes for this competition… and a summary of last year’s
event… see my blog entry: http://ibm.co/AnZxb4