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Here are a couple of new books that you may be interested in reading:
Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints by John Ricketts
Managing services is extremely challenging, and traditional “industrial” management techniques are no longer adequate. In Reaching the Goal, Dr. John Arthur Ricketts presents a breakthrough management approach that embraces what makes services different: their diversity, complexity, and unique distribution methods. Ricketts draws on Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC), one of this generation’s most successful management methodologies...thoroughly adapting it to the needs of today’s professional, scientific, and technical services businesses. He reveals how to identify the surprising constraints that limit your organization’s performance, execute more effectively within those constraints, and then loosen or even eliminate them. This book’s relentlessly practical techniques reflect several years of advanced IBM research and consulting with enterprise clients. Step-by-step, Ricketts shows how to apply them throughout your most crucial business functions...from project management to finance, process improvement to sales and marketing.
Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing Rules by Mike Moran
For decades, marketers have been taught to carefully plan ahead because “you must get it right–it’s too expensive to change.” But, in the age of the Web, you can know in hours whether your strategy’s working. Today, winners don’t get it right the first time: they start fast, change fast, and relentlessly optimize their way to success. They do it wrong quickly…then fix it, just as quickly! In this book, Internet marketing pioneer Mike Moran shows you how to do that–step-by-step and in detail. Drawing on his experience building ibm.com into one of the world’s most successful sites, Moran shows how to quickly transition from “plan then execute” to a non-stop cycle of refinement. You’ll master specific techniques for making the Web’s “two-way marketing conversation” work successfully, productively, and profitably. Next, Moran shows how to choose the right new marketing tools, craft them into an integrated strategy, and execute it…achieving unprecedented efficiency, accountability, speed, and results.
The links above go to amazon.com where excellent discounts are offered. The books may also be purchased at other bookstores / websites. For IBM employees, you may want to look at these sites:
IBM Learning Bookstore
IBM Learning Website with a link to Books 24x7
Both of these books are brand new, so be one of the first to read them and to comment on them. Word of mouth feedback drives the sales of books and can help make them best-sellers.
IBM Redbooks are the ITSO's core product. They typically provide positioning and value guidance, installation and implementation experiences, typical solution scenarios, and step-by-step "how-to" guidelines. They often include sample code and other support materials that are also available as downloads from the site.
Most of these publications are available in Adobe PDF format and may be viewed online or downloaded for offline viewing and printing.
1. Customizing the Informix Dynamic Server for Your Environment
Redbooks, published 11 Jun 2008, last updated 13 Apr 2009
2. DB2 9 for z/OS Performance Topics
Redbooks, published 11 Sep 2007, last updated 9 Apr 2009, Rating: (based on 4 reviews)
3. DB2 9 for z/OS Technical Overview
Redbooks, published 28 Jun 2007, last updated 9 Apr 2009, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
4. IBM Data Studio V2.1: Getting Started with Web Services on DB2 for z/OS
Redpapers, published 7 Apr 2009
5. Powering SOA Solutions with IMS
Redbooks, published 30 Mar 2009, Rating: (based on 2 reviews)
To view more on Redbooks please visit the IBM Redbooks website or the Information Management Rebooks Domain.
The ITSO constantly produces IBM Redbooks to help you use the many IBM products and technology. Make sure you check often to keep up to date on all their releases: IBM Redbooks for Information Management Software. If you are a technical expert, consider becoming an author of an IBM Redbook signing up to be a Resident
Here are a few of the latest releases:
Security and Compliance Solutions for IBM Informix Dynamic Server
In this IBM Redbooks publication, we discuss, in detail, the security features available in IBM Informix Database Server (IDS). These enriched IDS security features provide you with the capability to protect your data and comply with regulatory requirements.
We discuss how IDS integrates with operating system security functions for user authentication and user permissions. The role separation divides the security duty among administrators. Auditing enables the database server to log sensitive operations performed by users and administrators for analysis and identifying system misuses.
Discretionary access control (DAC) is the primary access control mechanism that enables access to SQL objects using privileges and roles. Using label-based access control (LBAC), you can control read and write access of users to individual rows and columns at the table level. We then discuss how to secure server-server and server-client communication in an IDS environment, as well as address the security issues for backup and restore.
IBM InfoSphere DataStage Data Flow and Job Design
IBM Information Server is a revolutionary new software platform that helps organizations derive more value from the complex heterogeneous information spread across their systems. It enables organizations to integrate disparate data and deliver trusted information wherever and whenever needed, in line and in context, to specific people, applications, and processes.
IBM InfoSphere™ DataStage® is a critical component of the IBM Information Server, and the parallel framework of IBM InfoSphere DataStage is also the foundation for IBM InfoSphere QualityStage and IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer components.
This IBM® Redbooks® publication develops usage scenarios that describe the implementation of IBM InfoSphere DataStage flow and job design with special emphasis on the new features such as the distributed transaction stage (DTS) in Version 8.0.1, slowly changing dimensions stage ( Version 8.0.1), complex flat file stage (Version 8.0.1), and access to mainframe data.
Up and Running with DB2 on Linux
Linux® is one of the fastest growing server operating platforms within the past few years. DB2® has long been known for its technology leadership. This IBM® Redbooks® publication is an informative guide that describes how to effectively integrate DB2 for Linux, UNIX®, and Windows® (LUW) with SUSE and Red Hat Linux operating systems. This book provides both introductory and detailed information about installing, configuring, managing, and monitoring DB2 in a Linux environment.
We describe the DB2 product family and features for Linux, and we provide step-by-step instructions for a single as well as for a multiple partition DB2 system installation and configuration. We discuss how to migrate single and multiple partition DB2 to DB2 Version 9.5, and discuss, in detail, DB2 database administration in a Linux environment, procedures and tools for database backup and recovery, online maintenance, and system monitoring. We cover DB2 integrated tools and their features and use.
We discuss aspects of DB2 application development in the Linux environment and provide general tips about building and running DB2 applications on Linux and the use of DB2 application development tools.
Introducing OmniFind Analytics Edition: Customizing Text Analytics
IBM® OmniFind™ Analytics Edition uses information in unstructured and structured content to improve decision making. It provides unstructured information analysis, which can improve customer service levels, create cross-sell capabilities and provide early problem detection.
IBM® OmniFind™ Analytics gives business users the tools to gain valuable insights, facilitating better business decisions, by exploring and using key information assets in the enterprise. It also provides multiple ways to explore and analyze information; delivers sophisticated entity extraction capabilities when working with unstructured content. It is based on the open Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) standard.
This IBM Redbooks publication will help you understand the power and capability of IBM OmniFind Analytics Edition Version 8.4. The book provides instructions on installing and configuring IBM OmniFind Analytics Edition. It explains how to use it for text mining, and how to work with Dictionary Editor and Rule Editor to customize the application for better analysis and discovery. The book also discusses how to setup the Alerting System for automatically watch for increased unusual activities. The integration with IBM OmniFind Enterprise Edition (OEE) is also covered.
I proctor exams for IBM employees who reside in Toronto and am constantly asked questions about how one should prepare to take the exams. I've put together the following information and thought that you might find it useful as well.
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Universal Database Certification Exam
1. Read the exam objectives. http://www.ibm.com/certify lists the objectives for every IBM certification exam. Read these carefully as each question on the exam links directly back to one or more of these objectives! (That's a huge hint!)
2. Use the recommended study materials to refresh your skills. I've listed these in detail below.
3. Take the assessment exam. These exams were free, but soon there will be a minimal charge to take the assessment exam. See http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/assessment.html for the latest information.
4. Take the test. Where? I've listed your choices below.
5. If you do NOT pass, use the score report to determine the areas you need to increase your knowledge and start the steps over again.
6. If you PASS, make sure you let your manager know! Your results are confidential to YOU and no one will know you passed unless you tell them!
** DB2 Certification exams are experience-based, so the more practical experience you have using DB2, the easier it will be for you to prepare and pass the exams.
Recommended Study Materials for DB2 Certification Exams
Exams 700, 701, and 703 each have a study guides written specifically for the exam. See http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/certify.html for a list of the books that are available to prepare for exams within each job role.
** DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 700 Study Guide,
by Roger Sanders
** DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 701 and 706 Study Guide,
by Roger Sanders
** DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 703 Study Guide,
by Roger Sanders
The series of study guides by Roger Sanders is recommended for those who need a quick refresh of the exam material. He includes sample questions and has focused the books on just what you need to pass the exams.
** DB2 UDB v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, , 5/e
by George Baklarz, Bill Wong
** DB2 UDB v8.1 Application Development Certification Guide, , 2/e
by Steve Sanyal, Kevin Gashyna, David Martineau, Mike Kyprianou
** Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, 1/e
by Dwaine Snow / Tom Phan
The series of Certification Guides is recommended for those who need to prepare for the exam, but also wish to have information beyond the exam for learning or reference purposes.
DB2 UDB Certification Tutorials
IBM has a series of tutorials that were designed to help you prepare for DB2 certification exams. The tutorials don't cover as much ground as the books do, but will help you get an overview on what you need to know for the exams. My team is currently using these tutorials as a basis for a "crammer course" for students working in the Toronto Lab this summer. You can link to all the free tutorials from http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/selfstudy.html#2.
** DB2 UDB V8 Family Fundamentals Preparation
This series of six tutorials is designed to help you prepare for the DB2 Version 8 Family Fundamentals Exam 700 to attain the certification, IBM Certified Database Associate DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Family.
** DB2 V8 Application Development Certification Tutorial Series
A series of seven free tutorials are available designed to help you prepare for the DB2 UDB V8.1 Family Application Development certification exam (Exam 703). These tutorials provide a solid base for each section of the exam.
** DB2 UDB for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Version 8 DBA Certification Preparation
This series of six tutorials is designed to help you prepare for the DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows Database Administration certification Exam 701 to attain the certification, IBM Certified Database Administrator -- DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows.
DB2 Training Courses
These "training courses" are computer-based and are intended for people who already know a fair amount about relational databases (DB2, MS SQL Server, Oracle, or others) and allows them to get up to speed on DB2 V8 very quickly.
** DB2 Universal Database Administration Fastpath for V8 (CT28D)
This course is intended for relational database administrators, skilled on other platforms, who are responsible for implementing and maintaining a DB2 UDB V8.1 system.
** DB2 Universal Database Programming Fastpath (CT10)
This course is designed for experienced relational database programmers who want to learn basic database programming for a DB2 Universal Database system.
** Fast Path to IBM DB2 Universal Database in a Visual Basic .NET Environment
This course is designed to help programmers learn how to use the Microsoft Development Environment (Visual Studio .NET) to create DB2 UDB database applications. Programmers will learn how to design applications to create database objects, populate tables, execute queries, and build and execute SQL stored procedures. Students will also learn how use the new tools to design data entry and retrieval forms.
How to get books
a) IBM employees can purchase books, with their manager's approval, from the following site: https://ites.krcinfo.com
b) IBM Libraries also carry copies of the books that you may borrow.
c) Most of our books are now available electronically AND IBM employees, world-wide, has a free subscription to Books24x7:
o Register for Books24x7 which will enable you to read the certification guides electronically: http://w3.ibm.com/education
a) Bookstores occasionally carry our IBM Press titles, but you'll find it easier to find our books available through online bookstores such as http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore which links to Developer Bookstore.
http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/international.html has links to bookstores that offer discounts and low shipping costs for the following areas:
o EMEA: Europe, Middle East and Africa
Selected translated IBM Press books are available in the following languages:
o Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Russian
Low-cost English versions of IBM Press titles are available for India.
b) Online book engines such as Books24x7 (www.books24x7.com) and Safari (www.safari.com) carry IBM Press books. Sign up for a trial to see if you like reading and searching retail books electronically.
Where to take exams
1. VUE (http://www.vue.com) or Prometric (http://www.2test.com)
2. Conferences (http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/news.html)
3. Special Events (check with your RUG leader or partner rep)
4. IBM employees: various places have been set up to make it easy for you to take your exam at your office or a nearby office.
I look forward to reading your comments.
IBM Press Program Manager
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In addition to the books listed in my previous post, I also have these books. Right now they are in a separate list... and for the Certification Study Guides, even on a different tab than the rest of the DM books. I wonder if this is the best way to present the books. Your suggestions?
Pearson Education, publisher of IBM Press books, has provided a free eBook and author podcasts along with a 35% discount on selected books. * FREE 200-page eBook available for download. Check out important content from our new and classic DB2 and Information Management titles. Topics covered include: PureXML Storage Engine, Database Security, SQL PL Language Elements, and Data Mining to Improve Innovation. Download this FREE eBook to read about these important topics and more. * New Author Podcasts. We currently have 3 new author podcasts available on DB2’s Self-Tuning Memory Manager, Unlocking the Business Value in Unstructured Information, and Understanding DB2. Through March we’ll be adding more podcasts and articles on ITIL, Trusted Computing, Using DeepCompression to Supercharge your DB2 9.5 Database, and more. * 35% discount on 10 new and best-selling DB2 and Information Management books. Plus free ground shipping in the US. Visit the IBM Press Books site to download the eBook, hear the podcasts, and view the books on discount.
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Great reviews for book: Viral Data
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic by Neal Fishman was reviewed in Data Quality Edge in November. "What did I like about this book? Everything. What didn't I like about it? Not much."
OCDQ blog reviewed the book calling it a "remarkable new book."
The California Bookwatch reviewed Viral Data in SOA saying it is "A 'must' for a range of IT managers and professionals at all levels of business."
It also has earned an average of five stars (out of five) in customer reviews on amazon.com one of which also called it a "must read for IT professionals and business data owners" and a second review said it was "Amazing! Even if you think you don't need to know anything more about the subject of data, I would recommend that you get a copy of this book."
You can get 35% off the full price of this book! Act now... I'm not sure if this deal ends at the end of the month or not.
Oh, I should add my review! I read most of the book before it was published and found it amazing! A very interesting read ..... very hard to put down. Read it and let me know what you think!
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Welcome to January 2013! I hope you had an excellent break from work to have some fun, food & time with family & friends! I did and am now ready for a fast start into the year.
I can see that it will be a very busy year for me, and I'm sure for many others. Here are a few things that are already on my radar:
Happy New Year!
PS: I found the image on the DB2 Symposium page and liked it very much that I used it here as well!
You are invited to experience IBM's new learning format, Instructor Led Online Training (ILO) at no charge to you. ILO offers you all the benefits of traditional eLearning, but with the luxury of having the IBM instructor right there with you, live! Two special online lecture topics will be offered: SQL procedural language February 26, 2008 & DB2 for LUW Advanced Monitoring March 18, 2008. These offerings have been created for IDUG members only!
Sign into idug.org for session descriptions, instructor information and to register.
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Last week’s TwitterChat was as fast paced as usual, but I’m glad to say that we had more people join us than in the past. Several of the experts are new to twitter, so it is great to hear their points of view (POV)!
Be sure to follow the experts:
Crysta created a Storify recap of the TwitterChat. Check out the great conversation that took place about how big data and analytics intersect. We also debated how the role of the DBA is changing with reporting needs and expectations. See the recap and add your comments.
Here is my summary of the resources that were mentioned during the chat:
Have you been checking out this latest gadget: Amazon Kindle? I must admit... I do love gadgets, but rarely buy them until the kinks are worked out and the price comes down. While the kinks are being worked out, I read whatever feedback is available from all the early adopters.
I usually have 3-5 books on the go at any one time... and it isn't very practical to carry a stack of books with me....so the Kindle appeals to me so that I can keep track of all the books I'm currently reading and perhaps I'll have a better chance of actually finishing them... rather than have the books fall into a huge unmanageable pile!
The first thing I don't like about the Kindle is it's name. In the past couple of weeks, I think I've butchered the name into kimble, wimble, and several other unmentionables! Do you think the next edition of this gadget could come up with a more suitable name?
I enjoyed reading this article Why Amazon's Kindle is such a revolutionary e-book reader by Mike Elgan. Mike says I've always been skeptical about e-books, but Amazon has made a believer -- and a customer -- out of me. and did an amazing job of describing the pros and cons of the Kindle and going deeper into details as to how the Kindle works.
I've been told that all IBM Press books are already in the right format to be used with the Kindle, and I assume that the DB2 books published by other publishers are ready as well. One of the things I'd like to look into for the new year is to have Kindles loaded with DB2 books available in some way.
It would be great to get one of these for Christmas, but I doubt that I'll be that lucky. I'll keep reading the reviews about this device and will save my pennies so I can perhaps get one in the future!
We all know how important database security is -- no one wants to hear that their precious data was hacked or compromised in anyway. According to the article The Job of Securing the Database published on DATE: 21-SEP-2007 by Deborah Perelman, a Forrester Research study shows that DBAs are only able to spend 7% of their time ensuring that data is secure.
The worst message in the article is that DBAs are so overworked in their day to day duties that they are typically unable to spend more time on addressing security issues AND they are unlikely to have time to upgrade their skills in this area.
I have some good news for you if you are in this situation. Earlier this year, Rebecca Bond and three database security experts from the Toronto lab published a book about database security. The book, Understanding DB2 9 Security, is the only comprehensive guide to securing DB2 and leveraging the powerful new security features of DB2 9. This book gives DBAs and their managers a wealth of security information that is available nowhere else. It presents real-world implementation scenarios, step-by-step examples, and expert guidance on both the technical and human sides of DB2 security.
Those who have read the book have found it very beneficial. Buy the book... you won't be disappointed and you'll be able to quickly expand your knowledge of security issues. If you are one of the lucky DBAs who is attending the IBM IOD Conference, October 14 - 19, 2007 Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, you'll be able to buy this book at a 20% discount, and you'll be able to attend one or more of the following sessions related to DB2 Security:
BTC-2125 Secure Your Data before It Leaves Your Data CentersDr. Arvind Sathi, IBM, Associate Partner, IBM Global ServicesTUESDAY, 02:30–03:30PM— MBCC SOUTH: JASMINE AData security is a major concern in today’s virtual environment, where leakageof sensitive customer data could cause major economic and legal repercussions.At the same time, the need is growing to share this data withresellers, suppliers and outsourcers. This presentation discusses data maskingas a solution for protecting confidential data. Approaches to data maskingand related case studies are also discussed. ••
TLU-1033 A Sneak Peek at the Next Version of DB2 (in Two Parts)Matthew Huras, IBM, Distinguished EngineerWEDNESDAY, 09:30–10:30AM— MBCC NORTH: ISLANDER E;WEDNESDAY, 10:45–11:45AM— MBCC NORTH: ISLANDER EThis two-part presentation (consisting of two 60-minute sessions) providesan in-depth, behind-the-scenes, technical look at the features and capabilitiesof the next version of DB2® on Linux®, UNIX® and Windows® (the next versionafter DB2 9). Topics include new advancements in high availability, storagemanagement, concurrency, compression, backup and recovery, security, andperformance. Each topic includes key information about how to use the feature,its key internal design points, and expected best practices. ••
TDZ-1019 Best Practices in DB2 SecurityRoger Miller, IBM, DB2 for z/OS evangelistTUESDAY, 01:15–02:15PM— MBCC SOUTH: SOUTH SEAS G;FRIDAY, 09:30–10:30AM— MBCC SOUTH: SOUTH SEAS GSecurity is in the headlines and growing much more important. This sessiondiscusses various practices for security and how you can make improvements.We’ll include various security objectives. Most sites have a range ofneeds and objectives. For some situations, basic security is adequate. Forothers, better or standard security techniques are needed. In other cases,best security practices are demanded. Our tools range from very-tight systemsecurity to basic techniques. Application security techniques are moreflexible, but require much more work by more people, so they are generallyweaker. Choices and guidelines will be our primary points, discussing howto provide improved security for your situation. ••
TDZ-1346 A Deep Dive into the Mechanisms of DB2 9 for z/OS Security EnhancementsDave Romack, IBMTHURSDAY, 04:00–05:00PM— MBCC SOUTH: SOUTH SEAS IDB2® Version 9.1 for z/OS® added some significant security functionality toaddress key customer requests such as providing better access control fromapplication servers, removing object dependency from users, and audit ofSYSADM/DBADM users. This session contains detailed information aboutthese new functions and includes a discussion of where these functions canapply in your environment. ••
TOD-1159 Data Security for SOAErrol M. Back-Cunningham, IBM, IM ArchitectWEDNESDAY, 09:30–10:30AM— MBCC NORTH: TROPICS BData Security poses one of the biggest challenges to implementing a secure,auditable, end-to-end SOA environment. In this presentation, we will look atData Security standards, requirements, methods of implementing DataSecurity and the solutions and tools that IBM can provide in order to do so.We will cover Data and Service Classification Schemes, Audit Trails, IdentityManagement, Access Control and the ability to retrofit Data Security to SOAenvironments. ••
HOL-1959 Security and Label-Based Access Control (LBAC)Laura Hammond, IBM, Program Co-ordinator of "Ready for IBM DB2 data server software" validationTUESDAY, 01:15–04:15 PM— MBCC SOUTH: BREAKERS ALabel-based access control (LBAC) greatly increases the control you haveover who can access your data. LBAC lets you decide exactly who has writeaccess and who has read access to individual rows and individual columns.During this hands-on lab you will learn to: Grant the SECADM authority;Define components of various structures; Define a policy that includes multiplecomponents; Define labels; Grant labels to users; Grant exemptions tothe db2lbacrules to users; Protect a table with a policy; and, Protect columnsof a table. ••
HOL-2613 Database Security on LinuxSpencer Shimko, Tresys Technology, Senior Security EngineerTHURSDAY, 01:15–04:15 PM— MBCC SOUTH: BREAKERS E"Tresys Razor™ makes it economical to enhance the security of DB2 withSELinux. DB2 is a complex environment, but the components interact in apredictable manner. Tresys, partnered with IBM, analysed DB2 and created atightly confined SELinux policy that builds a “firewall” around each systemprocess. Tresys Razor protects the system from unexpected attacks on theapplication or other services running on the system.The management GUI is designed to be familiar to DB2 admins, allowing theSELinux configuration to be customized with no specialized knowledge ofSELinux. This lab session will discuss the benefits of SELinux in an enterpriseapplication environment, describe and provide a hands-on opportunityto use Tresys Razor for DB2. " ••[Read More]
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The community is growing... thanks to all! On Thursday, ChannelDB2.com had 471 members... and now there are 511 members! Way to go. Let's see if we can get to 600 members by week end.
Here's what you should know:
1st October is Online Community Action Day so to take part, I encourage you to do one or more of the following:
1) Send an e-mail to 2 (or 3 or 5) of your coworkers, colleagues, or friends and pass on links to Channeldb2, Planetdb2, Informix Zone, the XML Contest homepage, or other community sites.
2) Post something... a question, a comment, a photo, a review, some news.... just about anything is better than nothing :)
3) Go to a DB2 ListServ, comp.databases.informix, or any of the many developerWorks forums and respond to just one question.
4) Find a blog post that made a difference in your job and leave a comment saying “thank you.”
5) Join a group within ChannelDB2.com such as:
* DB2 in Books
* DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
* DB2 for z/OS
* IOD Conference
If you really want to be ambitious, you could even go post your own tip or best practice to the listserv or forum, or even start your own blog!
We have a great community... I've witnessed it first hand! Be active so YOU can help make our online communities better!
Have a great day!!