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Another author we featured at the IOD conference was Maria Villar. Maria and Theresa Kushner recently published the book Managing Your Business Data: From Chaos to Confidence.
I didn't attend Maria's sessions, but had the pleasure of sitting with Maria while she did a book signing! I very much enjoyed my time with Maria and could tell by the comments from the people who did attend the session and came to buy a book, they they were captivated by Maria's ideas.
I now have a copy of the book and intend to read it. Take a look for it. It should be on amazon.com very soon, but you can also get it direct from the publisher racombooks.com.
What's in the book? Here is the information from the publisher:
As a business person, you probably have more data and more kinds of data available than ever before. But has it helped? Sometimes, maybe. But, for many executives more data has just added more fuel to feed the fire of their love/hate relationship with it. You love it when it gives you good information about which markets to pursue or how to compete more effectively. But you hate it when you can’t get sales figures in time or worse still, when they don’t reflect "reality."
This book was written for the executive who wants to understand the lifeblood of his/her company, wants to be able to make better decisions, and knows that managing information is the best way to protect and grow a business. This book is designed to help you as a business leader think about the use of data and its impact on your daily operation. In 2 sections and 12 chapters it provides practical guidance to balance the use of hard facts and your professional instincts; how to identify and focus on the numbers that matter for your organization; how to overcome the obstacles to getting a complete view of your customer; how to meet risk and security standards; 12 steps to effective business performance management; and how to grow a data culture and make it work for you.
Newly minted MBAs are known for saying, “Just give me your number.” Savvy managers know that it’s not that simple. They also know that it’s not that difficult. Managing Your Business Data provides the wise counsel that every executive can use to manage his or her organization’s data more productively.
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Congratulations to Tony for the upcoming publication of his first book:
Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture
by Anthony Giordano
This is the Rough Cut version of the printed book. Rough Cuts is an interactive publishing service from Safari Books Online that provides you with first access to select pre-published manuscripts.
Data integration accounts for some 70% of the cost and risk of data warehousing and business analytics projects. Now, the leader of IBM's Global Data Integration Practice for Business Intelligence presents a complete reference architecture and best-practice blueprint for higher-quality and lower-cost data integration. Anthony Giordano shows how to build data integration processes that use standardized architectures and processes to support the capture, rationalization, and loading of exceptionally high volumes of data. He introduces data integration patterns for SOA, EAI, and ETL and covers every phase, task, and step required to build mature data integration environments.
This book also:
As data analysis has become increasingly important and more tightly integrated with strategy, the processes required to combine data from different sources into meaningful information has become its own discipline. Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling is the definitive guide to that discipline.
About the Author:
Anthony Giordano leads IBM's Global Data Integration Practice for Business Intelligence (BI). He has been part of both PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM's Global Business Services BI Senior Leadership Team and is one of the coauthors of IBM's Business Intelligence Reference Architecture and Methodology. Giordano has worked in BI and Data Warehousing for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in both the financial services and automotive industries and has served in roles ranging from partner and consultant to team leader and programmer. He has also taught information management/data warehousing courses at the MBA level.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Laskowski on the release of his new book “Agile IT Security Implementation Methodology”, published this week by Packt Publishing.
Security is one of the most difficult areas in today’s IT industry. The reason being; the speed at which security methods are developing is considerably slower than the methods of hacking. One of the ways to tackle this is to implement Agile IT Security. Agile IT security methodology is based on proven software development practices. It takes the best works from Agile Software Development (Scrum, OpenUp, Lean) and applies it to security implementations.
This book combines the Agile software development practices with IT security. It teaches you how to deal with the ever-increasing threat to IT security and helps you build robust security with lesser costs than most other methods of security. It is designed to teach the fundamental methodologies of an agile approach to IT security. Its intent is to compare traditional IT security implementation approaches to new agile methodologies. Written by a senior IT specialist at IBM, you can rest assured of the usability of these methods directly in your organization.
This book will teach IT Security professionals the concepts and principles that IT development has been using for years to help minimize risk and work more efficiently. The book will take you through various scenarios and aspects of security issues and teach you how to implement security and overcome hurdles during your implementation.
It begins by identifying risks in IT security and showing how Agile principles can be used to tackle them. It then moves to developing security policies and identifying your organization's assets. The last section teaches you how you can overcome real-world issues in implementing Agile security in your organization including dealing with your colleagues.
What you will learn from this book :
The book is a tutorial that goes from basic to professional level for Agile IT security. It begins by assuming little knowledge of agile security. Readers should hold a good knowledge of security methods and agile development.
Who this book is written for
The book is targeted at IT security managers, directors, and architects. It is useful for anyone responsible for the deployment of IT security countermeasures. Security people with a strong knowledge of agile software development will find this book to be a good review of agile concepts.
All this… and did you see the price!
Book and eBook available now
Print only price: $17.99 save 10%
eBook only price: $10.19 save 15%
Print + eBook + PacktLib: $19.79 save 38%
Jeff Laskowski is a senior IT Specialist with IBM's Software group, the author of Agile IT Security Implementation Methodologies, and a freelance author for IBM Developer Works. His expertise in the area of software delivery and security spans more than a decade. During this tenure, Jeff was a principal consultant for application quality at Compuware. As such, Jeff enabled businesses around the globe to proactively integrate effective security practices into their organizations. Jeff joined the IBM team in 2006 and is now a Lead Engineer for the Great Lakes software business unit for Security.
The Information on Demand conference is fast approaching. I've been doing some final planning for the conference that includes creating signage for the bookstore and book signing events. I'll share with you what the plans are and hope that you'll be able to join us at the conference and specifically for the book events.
The IOD bookstore is offering books at a 20% discount. Browse the selection of books because I think you'll be able to find several books that interest you and can perhaps help you do your job better. I'll be working at the bookstore and whenever I do, the comment I hear most often is... "I had no idea there were so many books!".
The bookstore will be open Sunday October 25 thru Thursday October 29. There will only be a limited quantity of each book... so browse & buy early to avoid disappointment.
The following authors will be at the conference and will be available to sign your books. You can buy your book at the conference or bring a copy you already own. Remember that a signed copy of a book makes an excellent gift!
What's Up with Your Handshake?
Meet Mark at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 11-12 or Tuesday October 27 from 1:30 - 2:30.
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
Meet Neil at the IOD bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 1:30 - 2:30
Promoting all three of his best sellers: Outliers; The Tipping Point, Blink
Meet Malcolm at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 10:15-11:15
DB2 pureXML Cookbook
Meet Matthias at the IOD bookstore on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:30 - 2:30
As in previous years, we also have some free FLASHBOOKS that you can take. These books are very slim and easy to read and typically only available to conference attendees.
Information on Demand for Dummies
Authors: Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam Gartenberg
These books are only available to partners or customers. Exchange your coupon for a book.
Meet the authors on Monday October 26 from 2:30 - 3:30 at the IOD Bookstore
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features
Authors: Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, George Baklarz, Chris Eaton
Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Tuesday, October 27 from 12 - 1
New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions
Authors: Bill Wong, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Pat Bates, Mike Biere
Get your free book and meet the authors at the Mandalay Bay Registration Desk South on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:45 - 4:45
MDM for Customer Data : Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
Author: Kelvin Looi
Get your free book and meet Kelvin the Mandalay Bay South: Bayside D - Data Management Room
I know you may think it's too geeky to get your book signed... but the authors enjoy meeting people and talking about their books and related topics.
If you want more info about IOD... read Kate's blog. She's been doing an entire series about various aspects of the conference.
I hope to see you / meet you at the conference. If you are going, come and find me at the bookstore and tell me that you read my blog! I like talking to people too!
by Dr. Atul Gawande
I just finished listening to the audible version of this book and managed to get through it in a weekend. I think it is an easy read, so most people should be able to read it all in a couple of days.
Dr. Atul makes a very strong case for using checklists to turn very complex tasks into steps that will help you avoid forgetting to do something. Airline pilots use them, skyscraper builders use them, surgeons are starting to use them. Now that I've read the book, I think there are places where I could use them in my work and become much more efficient.
Checklists aren’t meant to regiment a job, but to ensure that the mundane tasks that are easy to forget, but important to the outcome, are not done to completion. I liked his stories about being tasked with creating a Safe Surgery Checklist that could be used in all countries and hospitals in the world. He traveled to far corners of the world to witness the poor conditions and lack of funding and found that the checklist that the WHO team created did work. It helped save lives, build team work, and cut costs.
To build his checklist and to write the book, Dr. Atul met with builders of skyscrapers to learn how they turned the old way of building (using a Master Builder) to a team-based group of super specialists. The success is a result of checklists and communication among the specialists.
He met with the aviation experts who create checklists for airplanes. These checklists have helped in many notorious flight problems, including the crash in the Hudson last year. Was Sully a hero or was his team simply following procedures and checklists?
Financial experts are starting to use checklists to ensure that they take the emotion out of their decision making process. When looking to invest in a company, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the deal rather than to systematically analyze every aspect to ensure that you aren’t missing a key fact. The financial experts who are using checklists are making tons of money!
After the surgery teams had used the surgery checklist, they were surveyed to see what they thought of the process. The answer to one of the questions sums up the success: Would you ever have surgery in an operating room that doesn’t use the checklist? 98% of the respondents said NO, they wouldn’t have surgery unless there was a checklist!
Great book… can’t wait to hear what Dr. Atul Gawande has to say to the audience at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference.
The tweetchat that was held this week on Wednesday March 13 was about "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road". It was very well attended with star experts including furrier, doug_laney, TheSocialPitt, craigmullins, BigDataAlex, cristianmolaro, Natasha_D_G, jameskobielus, AllanKoivo, Empirix, BMbigdata, ted_friedman, zacharyjeans, gargaurav, Marcio_Saito, NeerajT4, padma8376, Dmattcarter, motohero.
We used the hashtag #bigdatamgmt and achieved the following results:
625 tweets, 157 users, 153,849 reach, 1,849,624 impressions
For recaps, see these blog entries:
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 1
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 2
Recap of Tweetchat: "Mobile Data: Taking Your Big Data On the Road" - Part 3
Mining the data, I was able to pull out many recommended articles, videos and even a book that were mentioned during the flurry of tweets. Thanks to all for participating and for helping us to collectively grow our skills in this very important area!
furrier As navigation promotion here are all the videos from IOD:
Multimedia Coverage from theCube and SiliconANGLE.tv Original Content: SiliconANGLE and Wikibon filmed two days of live video at IBM Information On Demand in Las Vegas, October 22 and 23, 2012.
Gartner's Nexus of Forces model
furrier A4: this is a good video to watch on compliance data issues:
Randy Kahn - IBM Information On Demand - theCUBE
TheSocialPitt: Example of this; RT @craigmullins: A6: W/ GPS/sensors when u walk past fave coffee shop device can alert u special:
Big Data, Big Opportunities: Telecommunications
furrier @edd Dumbill lays it out; great watch:
Edd Dumbill - Strata 2013 - theCUBE
jeffreyfkelly More here: RT @TheSocialPitt A6 Watson using data from #mobile devices to help diagnose, treat patients:
IBM’s Vision for Watson in Healthcare
furrier Economist editor Ken Cukier has amazing important book Big Data Revolution:
Ken Cukier - Strata 2013 - theCUBE
Note: I just started reading this book and am on Chapter 5 now. I like the examples and the messages. I recommend this book.
RT IBMbigdata 5 Ways to Make BigData Production Ready [slides]
jeffreyfkelly Context for oil comments:
Post on Rommetty's comments that Big Data is IBM's main focus for 2013. Good stuff.
More suggestions from jeffreyfkelly:
Listen to the second topic in this webinar about the new mobile features that were introduced in DB2 last fall: DB2 Tech Talk: What's Hot from Information on Demand Conference. Also from George, you can find this blog entry: Mobile Devices settle Stormy Waters .
IBM Mobile Database is a free download that works with DB2. Try the mobile features yourself, with this download: Download: IBM Mobile Database.
The major highlights include:
Join us for our next tweetchat which takes place on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00 noon ET. Topic is "In-Memory for Big Data Management" with panelists: James Kobielus, analysts from Wikibon and SiliconANGLE, and IBM Champions Alex Philp, Cristian Molaro, Craig Mullins, Cuneyt Goksu and others.
Stay tuned for more!
If you work in the Toronto Lab... Toastmasters Leadership Series Presents: The 12 secrets of successful innovation by Sam Lightstone : 8200 Amphitheatre; Wednesday, May 12, 12-1 pm.
For those who are NOT in the lab... you can hear Sam's presentation live on May 28, 11-12 pm... for free from your desk thanks to Scott Hayes of the DB2Night Show. Register now! http://bit.ly/7am8ED
Join Scott Hayes and special guest Leon Katsnelson this Friday, December 4 at 11:00 EST.
The DB2Night Show episode #7
Fri Dec 4 10am CST
The boxing gloves are still on!
SQL Server vs DB2 LUW
Scott will be giving away free $50 vouchers to use and try DB2 in the Amazon cloud, so if you'd like some free time with DB2 on someone else's hardware, here is your chance!
To register for this episode:
Mark your calendars for Episode #8 with will take place Friday Dec 11 at 11:00 EST.
episode will be focused on the DB2 Workload Manager.
Special guests include Paul
Bird from the Toronto Lab PLUS "A REAL LIVE CUSTOMER" that is using WLM in
Thanks Scott for these excellent free learning opportunities!
Don't miss the next chat with the lab featuring Sal Vella and Burt Vialpando as they discuss the architectural differences between DB2 and Oracle.
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011 (31.3.2010)
- Server architecture comparison (e.g. instances and database model, process vs. thread)
This webcast is intended for database professionals:
Join Sal Vella and Burt Vialpando on Thursday Mar 31, 2011, at 12:30 PM Eastern to learn more.
For questions/comments/suggestions: http://www.channeldb2.com/group/db2chatwiththelab
Thanks to Rav Ahuja for providing me with these details.
The extremely popular Assess & Save promotion is back again... and it starts today, April 1 and continues to June 1. Don't miss your opportunity to save while you earn a very well accepted certification.
According to Kate, people who took part last year saved $100 on each exam they took and passed. And, they passed. At least 90% of them passed the exam that they took.
How does Assess & Save work?
First take and pass an assessment exam. This will cost you $10 USD. On passing the assessment exam, you'll be sent a voucher to take the actual exam at 50% off the regular price.
To find more information, see the Voucher detail web page.
To study, see a few of my previous blog entries:
Good luck on your exams!
Enjoy the savings :)