Expected to publish April 25, you can now pre-order this book:The Greening of IT: How Companies Can Make a Difference for the Environment by John Lamb.
IT can drive immense business value by "going green." John Lamb provides the business case and best practices for making it happen, including multiple case studies of IT organizations that have successfully gone green, and lessons from IBM's $1B green computing initiative.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. The Basics of Green ITChapter 3. Collaboration is Key for Green ITChapter 4. The Government’s Role - Regulation and EPA ActivityChapter 5. The Magic of “Incentive” - The Role of Electric UtilitiesChapter 6. A Most Significant Step — “Virtualizing” Your IT SystemsChapter 7. The Need for Standard IT Energy Use MetricsChapter 8. What about Chillers, Cooling Tower Fans, and All That Cooling Equipment Usually Ignored by IT?Chapter 9. Green IT Case Studies for Energy UtilitiesChapter 10. Green IT Case Studies for Universities, Large and Small CompaniesChapter 11. Worldwide Green IT Case StudiesChapter 12. The Future of Green IT for CorporationsAppendix A. Tools for IT Power and Cooling EstimatesAppendix B. Comparison of Different Power Generation MethodsAppendix C. Worldwide Electricity Average PricesGlossaryBibliography
John Lamb is a Senior Technical Staff Member and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect for IBM Global Business Services. A senior member of the IEEE and ASME engineering societies, he has published more than 50 technical papers and articles, and has authored four books including Lotus Notes and Domino 5 Scalable Network Design and IBM WebSphere and Lotus: Implementing Collaborative Solutions. Lamb holds a B.A. from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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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!
A total of 19 Technical Education sessions are being offered at the IOD conference on Sunday October 14 in Las Vegas. The sessions are spread across the following segments:
Information Platform & Solutions (3)Enterprise Content Management (3)Data Servers (12)Support (1)
The fee for these classes is set at $399.00 which is the same price as offered at last year's conference.
I've listed most of the available sessions in this entry. Click on the link to see the list and to register for the class.
Successfully Transitioning with DB2 9 for z/OSConsidering an implementation of DB2 9 for z/OS? Then you won't want to miss this 1-day course. Designed to provide you with technical information on the new features, you'll learn what's required for a successful implementation. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Mark Wilson
Spotlight on IDS 11 - Transition TopicsThe newest addition to the Informix Dynamic Server family, IDS 11 boasts a wealth of new functions and features. This 1-day course will take a deep dive into the technical information behind these features, providing a better understanding of and ensuring a smooth transition to this new product. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Jeff Bohm**
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 731)This high level certification preparation review is intended to help you take IBM Certification Test 731. Gain an intense overall review of those areas that are on the certification exams. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Bob Schwan **
DB2 9 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 732) This high level certification preparation review is intended to help you take IBM Certification Test 732. Gain an intense overall review of those areas that are on the certification exams. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Susan Lawson
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Crammer (Exam 730) This high level certification preparation review is intended to help you take IBM Certification Test 730. Gain an intense overall review of those areas that are on the certification exams. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Roger Archambault **
Getting to Know DB2 WarehouseThis 1-day course is a must for those wanting to understand the components of DB2 Warehouse. Topics for the class include an overview on the SQL Warehouse Tool, DB2 Intelligent Miner, Cube Views, and their common interface, the Design Studio. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Warren Pettit
Preparation is Key: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Recovery TopicsRecovery is top of mind for many businesses today. In this 1-day lecture you'll gain a deeper understanding of how DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows addresses the issue with its many advanced recovery features. Topics may include recovery log management, dropped table recovery, table space recovery, crash recovery, disaster recovery, incremental backup & recovery, redirected restore, and additional recovery facilities. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Melanie Stopfer**
Unleash the Knowledge: An Introduction to Data Sharing Learn the basic purpose, justification, and planning considerations for employing DB2 data sharing in your enterprise IT system. This 1-day class will also cover the basic knowledge of the architecture and major components of DB2 data sharing and provide an overview of the steps to implement a DB2 data sharing environment. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Wayne Cope
Informix Dynamic Server System Administration - A Beginner's LookThis 1-day class will enable you to develop the skills necessary to successfully administer one or more database servers. You will learn how to configure and initialize a database server instance, configure and test client connectivity, configure and manage memory and disk usage, plan and implement system maintenance tasks, and configure the server for optimal Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) or decision support. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM John Zucchero
Maximize Your Optimizer: A Guide to DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows OptimizerThis 1-day class will enable users to understand optimizer's decision making process, influence optimizer decisions, identify problems from optimizer access plans and most importantly, fix them. By the end of this 1-day course, participants should be able to leverage fully DB2 optimizer for best query performance. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Yasir Warraich
Architecting the Dynamic Warehouse - a How to Guide Are you interested in dynamic warehouses but don't know the first thing about how to build one? This 1-day class is your answer. The course offers practical methods and techniques for designing and constructing a dynamic warehouse. Whether you intend to create one or just want to learn more, this class will broaden your understanding of the data warehouse 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Joe Cullen
Behind the XML Buzz: Querying & Using XML with DB2 9Much noise has been made about the XML features in DB2 9 and this 1-day class will show you why. The course introduces participants to XML found in DB2 9 for LUW and provides a lightening tour of the fundamentals. From XPath/XQuery to defining/building indexes on XML data to sophisticated queries using combinations of SQL and XML data, you won't want to miss this engaging look at one of DB2 9's most popular components. 9:00 AM / 4:30 PM Glen Mules
None of the sessions are full at this point, but demand is increasing. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, be sure to register soon.
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IDUG conferences and Denver Colorado... a perfect combination. You won't regret your decision to go to this conference in this location!
Another commercial for you to view: Killer App. This one was from last year.... and the closing remark: "I don't know how to do that." I think MDM is "how you can do that" and is the answer to connecting everything to everything... the power is amazing.
Learn how: preorder Enterprise MDM - An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information.
This is valuable reading for everyone who wants to understand MDM.
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Product Description: The Only Complete Technical Primer for Every MDM Planner and Implementer
Companies moving toward flexible SOA architectures often face difficult information management and integration challenges. The “lifeblood” master data they rely on is often stored and managed in ways that are redundant, inconsistent, inaccessible, non-standardized, and poorly governed. Using Master Data Management (MDM), organizations can regain control of their master data and maximize its value in SOA environments.
Now, for the first time, there’s an authoritative, vendor-independent MDM technical reference for every practitioner: architects, technical analysts, consultants, solution designers, and senior IT decision-makers. Authored by the IBM data management innovators who are pioneering MDM, this book systematically introduces MDM’s key concepts and technical themes, explains its business case, and illuminates how it interrelates with and enables SOA.
Drawing on their experience with cutting-edge projects, the authors introduce MDM patterns, blueprints, solutions, and best practices published nowhere else--everything you need to establish a consistent, manageable set of master data, and use it for competitive advantage.
• How MDM and SOA complement each other• Using the MDM Reference Architecture to position and design MDM solutions within an enterprise• Assessing the value and risks to master data, and applying the right security controls• Utilizing PIM-MDM and CDI-MDM Solution Blueprints to address industry-specific information management challenges• Incorporating MDM solutions into existing IT landscapes via MDM Integration Blueprints• Leveraging master data as an enterprise asset—bringing people, process, and technology together with MDM and data governance• Identifying user roles, responsibilities. and skill descriptions for MDM project participants• Case studies in MDM deployment, including data warehouse and SAP integration
About the Authors: * Allen Dreibelbis, Executive Architect in the IBM Software Group Worldwide Information Platform and Solutions Architecture Team, led the development of the MDM Reference Architecture.
* Eberhard Hechler, Technical Enablement Architect for IBM Information Platform & Solutions, works with system integrators throughout Europe.
* Ivan Milman, Senior Technical Staff Member at the IBM Software Group and IBM Master Inventor, focuses on security and governance in information management.
* Martin Oberhofer, Technical Consultant at the IBM Böblingen Lab, is a member of the Worldwide IBM Software Group Master Data Management Center of Excellence.
* Paul van Run, IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, is responsible for architecting the MDM Server and WebSphere Product Center.
* Dan Wolfson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect/CTO for the Information Platform and Solutions segment of the IBM Information Management Division of the IBM Software Group.
If you are attending the IBM Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2008 meet all six authors in person and have a copy of your book signed.
One of the things that I love about my job is the ability to meet highly motivated and creative people. Sam is a person who I've known of for years, but only recently am I getting to know him better. You see, although he's written two books, I wasn't involved with them.... but now I'm trying to get a new book idea of his signed.
Another thing that I love about my job is that I'm in an office building with 2500 highly created people: IBM Toronto Lab. From an authoring perspective, we have many successful authors who work out of this building. One of our internal newsletters profiles a different author each month. I enjoy reading about the experiences of these authors and was particularly interested in the profile on Sam Lightstone... and I've decided to share some of the profile with you.
Sam is the Program Director for Open Database Technology and an STSM. As a teenager, Sam was a competitive fencer, nationally ranked and carded. Because he still uses the equipment a few times a year to horse around with his kids and their cousins, I would recommend that all DB2 team members be very polite when they meet Sam in the hallways. He also plays the guitar on occasion.
Sam, what is your work experience? Tell us a little bit about what you do at work.I’m currently the Program Director for DB2 Open Database Technology and an STSM. Previously I led the product planning and several architectural projects for our Data Warehouse needs in DB2. I also sit on the DDAB, which is great fun because it allows me to see and contribute to broader technical issues going on in the product. Most people know me for the work I’ve done in Autonomic Computing for DB2, an initiative I founded in 2000 along with Guy Lohman from the Almaden Research Center.
What have you published so far and what impact do you think it has had on our customers / community? I’ve published mostly along two tracks: academic papers and professional books. Roughly 40 papers and two books most of which were published since 2001. The papers focused largely on research and industrial results from our Autonomic Computing projects. The two books I published cover database design, one on logical design and the other on physical design.
The impact varies with the kind of publication. Research papers can influence the direction our industry takes over time. You can see the impact when other research groups begin to incorporate your ideas in their own projects. It’s fairly easy to track by citations of your publications. Industrial and trade publications focus on a different space, and are clearly more valuable in helping our customers and our field experts. There’s no question that whitepapers, customer facing articles and IBM Redbooks are massively appreciated by our customers; they help our customers consume our technology, build larger more committed technical communities around IBM middleware and help maximize the value that our customers can achieve from our products.
You can find links to some of my papers on DBLP.
You can find information on my Physical Database Design book, along with some reviews.
How did you get started? I started with failure. I submitted a couple of papers to conferences then waiting on pins and needles for months only to be rejected. It was disappointing and motivating at the same time. I realized there was something fundamentally wrong in my writing strategy. At the same time some of my counterparts at Microsoft were publishing prolifically, and I asked myself “what is it about their papers that they get accepted so regularly?” I printed off several of their papers and looked for a pattern, and I found it! Every one of their papers used the same template and certain stylistic elements. I started using a similar formula and found my papers getting accepted almost immediately. My team submitted papers to some important venues – SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, and others, and had 90% of everything we submitted accepted even in venues where the acceptance rates were 1 in 6 or 1 in 9. Between 2001 and 2007 my team published over 35 papers. We became incredibly efficient at it, authoring very professional papers in just a few days almost always using ideas and experimental results we had on hand from our regular line item development work. By splitting up the effort, we could compose a solid paper with everyone just doing a small fraction of the work.
Authoring a book was an entirely different experience, which came later in 2005 and then again in 2006. Much much harder, more profound, and more satisfying.
What do you like about publishing? Publishing is a way to make a contribution to the industry that goes beyond your normal circle of influence in IBM. Publications are read and reviewed by our competitors, our customers, and academics around the world. I remember sitting down to lunch at VLDB 2004 and coincidentally sitting beside a program manager from Microsoft SQL Server. He told me he had been reading my papers, and a few were circulating around Microsoft. I managed a forced painful smile and thought – “Oh no”. Then I thought… “Cool!”. It was a stark reminder to me that everything we publish can be used against us, but at the same time when we publish important ideas our influence extends beyond IBM.
Industrial publications such as whitepapers, IBM Redbooks, etc directly help our customer and our IBM field staff maximize the value they get from our products. What can be more satisfying than realizing you’ve helped an entire organization do things better and more easily?
In the case of the professional books I’ve written I have a real sense of contributing to the entire database community including application designers, DBAs, professors and students.
I get a lot of satisfaction when these ideas survive the peer review process. Particularly in the academic space these publications are often reviewed by some of the biggest names in the industry; there’s a real satisfaction that comes from knowing that your ideas have been reviewed by that community and are still recommended for publication. Many of us in IBM share the problem that the technical work we do can be hard to describe to our family and friends if they’re not themselves in one of the IT professions. Publishing however is something that I can show my family. Even if they don’t understand the content of the publications, they understand that a book or a paper has been published. It helps my family connect with my work life and share in it.
As a manager I found that my team enjoyed publishing and while authoring papers didn’t require much time it was a fun and team-bonding experience. One of my beliefs as a manager is that happy and enthusiastic employees are far more productive than those who aren’t. I feel strongly that whatever time we spent authoring we recouped tenfold in productivity gains within the team. Perhaps it’s counterintuitive but publishing is time well spent in building a high efficiency organization.
And finally, ya… it’s definitely nice to see your name in print!
Has publishing had any impact on your 'day job'? First and foremost I find that publishing forces me to learn things in a much deeper way that I otherwise would, and I grow professionally as a result. I’m always amazed how many times I think I know a topic thoroughly but once I start writing I discover so many aspects I’m forced to understand more deeply. I feel I’m a significantly broader and better engineer, database expert, and computer scientist because of it.
Inside of IBM promotion to higher bands along the technical track can come in many ways and publishing helps. It’s true that you can get promoted to Senior Technical Staff Member, Distinguished Engineer and IBM Fellow without an extensive publication history. Even so, publications and inventions are a key part of the promotion “package” for the higher bands. You don’t need to be a prolific author to reach these levels in IBM but it helps.
Any advice for new writers? Great question. A few thoughts:
Write what you know. Even when writing about a topic you know very well you’ll have a lot of research to do getting little details right about syntax, semantics, competitors etc. This is true for professional publications and academic publications alike.
Focus on quality. In the end the quality of what you write is what will propel you, not the volume. Authoring frequently without quality in the content may get you a few more publications awards but over time it will work against you. Take particular care when writing for venues where there isn’t a strong independent peer review process. In the absence of a critical review process, try to impose one on yourself by finding at least three skilled people to review what you’ve written.
Would you bother to read it? If you wouldn’t why should someone else? Use yourself as a guide post and try to focus on authoring things that you would personally feel compelled to read.
In general, collaborate with co-authors. Almost always collaboration means less work and a much better publication. It’s very rare than any of us have the depth of skill and business understanding to cover all angles of a topic thoroughly and articulately. At the very least make sure your publications are rigorously reviewed by two or three experts on the topic.
Style matters. There’s more to writing than just having something to write about. Study the styles and strategies that others have used successfully.
Don’t write to get rich. The IBM publishing program offers authors some compensation, but you won’t pay off your next home with it. Book publishing is another story because there are royalties involved, but most people don’t understand how little these usually are so here are some facts: Most technical books don’t make it to a second printing – which means they sell less than 3000 copies. Authors usually get a small percentage of the sales price (exact amount varies with the contract), which they divide between them if there are multiple authors. So the royalties are relatively small, and after taxes there’s not much to take home. (You’ll make a lot more money over time by spending just a few more hours a year managing your retirement investments!) What about all those millionaire authors you read about? After all isn’t JK Rowling richer than the Queen? True… but they weren’t writing about databases. Here’s a true conversation I had with my wife recently:“All we have to do is sell a million copies of my book Physical Database Design, and then we can retire”“That’s great honey, how many more do you need to sell?”“About a million”
Consider the long term benefits of publishing. In the short term the ‘benefit to time-spent ratio’ may not appear compelling. Authoring can be a lot of work with very little immediate return. But in the long run writing pays off many times over and in unexpected ways. Help customers, influence the industry, broaden and deepen your skills, propel your career, produce something your family can connect with and be proud of, see your name in print. It’s totally worth it.
That's it... I hope you enjoy this profile as much as I did.
See my blog and others on planetdb2.com.
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!!
Five different contests for you to join:
* Video Contest: Invent a creative use of XML, XQuery or DB2 and record yourself doing it.* Gadget Contest: Develop a downloadable gadget or widget leveraging DB2.* Query Contest: Use XQuery to find five answers. The best queries win the best prizes!* Ported App Contest: Port or develop a new app for DB2. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.* XML Contest: Win by building useful, user-friendly XML apps from scratch. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.
The Ported Application Contest and pureXML Programming Contest went live in the USA on December 1st! Four new countries are going live this month: France, Japan, Italy and Israel.
This competition consists of five different contests aimed at students and professionals alike. Each contest offers its own recognition and set of prizes. The range of skills encompasses those with a passing interest in XML and database technology to those with hardcore programming skills in DB2. Before participating, you will first need to take a Quick Quiz, a short questionnaire that requires no prior XML or database experience to complete. You only have to take the Quick Quiz once.
Start now by registering for one of the contests. Earn participation points for each entry. A special prize will be given to the contestant— the “XML Grand Master” —that amasses the most participation points.
Two more books by Roger Sanders are ready to preorder and will ship in October! If you are going to be at the IOD conference, you'll also have an opportunity to buy the book at the bookstore onsite. Your choice!
Expert Preparation for Exam 731: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Study GuideAuthor: Roger E. SandersPrice: $64.95On Sale: $38.95
Roger E. Sanders—one of the world's leading DB2 authors and an active participant in the development of IBM's DB2 certification exams—covers everything a reader needs to know to pass the DB2 9 DBA Certification exam (Exam 731). This comprehensive study guide steps you through all of the topics that are covered on the test, including Server Management, Data Placement, Database Access, Analyzing DB2 Activity, DB2 Utilities, High Availability, Security, and much more. Each chapter contains an extensive set of practice questions along with carefully explained answers.
Taking and passing the DB2 9 UDB DBA Certification exam (Exam 731) provides validation that you have mastered the next level of DB2 9. Passing this exam also earns you the IBM Certified Database Administrator certification.
The book includes sample questions in each chapter and a complete practice test of 150 questions that closely models the actual exam along with an answer key with a full description of why the answer is the correct one. No other source gives you this much help in passing the exam.
Expert Preparation for Exam 736: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Upgrade Exam Study GuideAuthor: Roger E. SandersPrice: $34.95On Sale: $24.95
Roger covers everything a reader needs to know to pass the short—but notoriously challenging—DB2 9 for LUW DBA Certification Upgrade exam (Exam 736).
This specialized study guide steps you through all of the topics that are covered on the exam, including server management, data placement, XML concepts, activity analysis, high availability, database security, and much more. Everything new to DB2 9 that you will need to know in order to successfully pass the exam is covered in this book.
Taking and passing the DB2 9 for LUW DBA Upgrade Certification exam (Exam 736) provides validation that you have mastered DB2 9. Passing this exam also earns you the IBM Certified Database Administrator certification.
This concentrated guide includes an extensive set of practice questions in each chapter that closely model the actual exam, along with an answer key with a full description of why the answer is the correct one. No other source gives you this much help in passing the exam.
I'm packed and ready for the IOD EMEA conference that is taking place next week in my homeland: Holland! After the conference I will stay a couple of extra weeks to explore the places where my parents grew up... before moving to Canada.
At the conference I'll be working at the bookstore, recommending books to the attendees. If you are planning to be there... come and say hi to me! I've worked closely with many of the authors who have published DB2 and related titles over the past 10 years.... so I may be able to help you choose the best book for your needs.
The bookstore is located at the main entrance of the World Forum Convention Center during the following hours:
Monday, 2 June 3 pm - 8 pmTuesday, 3 June 10 am – 6 pmWednesday, 4 June 8 am – 6 pmThursday, 5 June 8 am – 6 pm
I mentioned in a previous entry that we will be launching the new Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information book by Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul Van Run, and Dan Wolfson. We've arranged to have a special author signing session that will be held outside the World Forum Theater immediately following the Information Platform & Solutions featured keynote on Wednesday, 4 June at 12.20
Another newly published book that will be available for purchase at the bookstore is Executing SOA: A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect by Norbert Bieberstein, Robert G. Laird, Keith Jones, and Tilak Mitra.
Pick up your free copy of Carlton Doe's IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11, the Next Generation in OLTP Data Server Technology outside World Forum Theater immediately following the Data Management featured keynote on Tuesday, 3 June at 12.20.
Pick up your free copy of DB2 VIPER Strikes Again, New Features in DB2 9.5 outside World Forum Theater immediately following the Data Management featured keynote on Tuesday 3 June at 12.20.
The booksellers I’ll be working with have the following website where books may be purchased following the conference: www.vanstockum.nl
I’m not sure how connected I’ll be at the conference, so I am not sure how many posts I’ll be able to make, but I’ll try.
While I’m away, make sure that you keep an eye on Kate’s blog!
It has been pretty tough to find time to create blog entries while at the IOD conference! One of the things I was really proud of this week was the launch of 3 NEW certification guides! I've blogged about this before, but the books were displayed in their full splendor at the conference. With the 20% discount for attendees, the book seller was very happy that the books were flying off the shelves...
Here are the books that made their debut while at the conference:
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 (MC Press) by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 731 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders
DB2 9 Database Administration Upgrade Certification Study Guide for Exam 736 (MC Press) by Roger Sanders.
Congratulations to Roger, Susan and Dan for their excellent achievements! If you bought one of the books, I hope you found it useful in your quest to pass an exam or two. I would love to hear about your experience.
Lately I've been answering many questions about how to get certified... or recertified. I'm always happy to answer these questions as it means that there is plenty of interest.
The latest Cert Mag newsletter had this article that I found interesting: Retain Your Value With Recertification. Here are the values of getting certified according to the article:
* Validated knowledge and skills. * Peer recognition. * Increased value to employers. * Increased marketability.
The DB2 Certification Program offers all of these values... and now is a perfect time to get certified or upgrade to the latest level of certification. Right now the Assess and Save Promotion is active... and best of all... is available to EVERYONE, World-Wide!
How does it work?
Want more info? See my previous blogs regarding certification, but let me know if you have any questions, at all!
The book DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow is going through its final tech review right now.... and the reviewers are loving the book! Order your copy now... amazon.com is offering a 37% discount for pre-orders.
This new book is essentially an update to the very successful book that was published to support DB2 V8: Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2(R) Universal Database v8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows by Dwaine Snow and Thomas Phan.
1) We changed publishers... This book will join the series of V9 study guides published by MC Press. These books are very successful and are excellent resources to prepare people for the V9 cert exams.
2) We changed one of the authors: Roger Sanders teamed with Dwaine Snow... so together they bring their talents to this one book. Roger with his amazing writing skill and the creator of the study guide format that you will recognize throughout his books.... and Dwaine for his deep technical knowledge in the advanced DBA area.
3) Sample questions were added that are similar to the actual exam... along with explanations for the correct answers.
What's the same?
1) Much of Dwaine's content is the similar to the old book... and if the exam doesn't cover certain topics, the content has been included in an appendix of the new book.
2) The first book had 14 5-star reviews... and one 4-star review. Of course there are no reviews of the new book yet... but I'm asking the reviewers to give their feedback so you can see it.
If you missed the virtual conference that took place yesterday, here is another chance... with a different topic.
IBM Smart SOA™ Global Virtual ForumMarch 3 at 10:30 am ET
Immerse yourself in our cool virtual business environment to hear how companies like yours are cutting costs by working smarter. So don’t get crushed by the economy; fight back by working smarter with Smart SOA and leveraging Social Media Tools & techniques.
10:30-12:00 5 Ways to Work Smarter and Take Out Costs with Smart SOAPresentations and live Q&A panel discussion with Sandy Carter, Ralph Warchol, Manoj Saxena and James Governor
5 Ways to Work Smarter and Generate Real ROI Using Social Media Tools & TechniquesNew Web 2.0 technologies are shaking up the lives of your customers and changing their expectations of you. Join Jeremiah Owyang, Senior Analyst, Forrester and Sandy Carter, the author of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 for a live discussion on how you can stay ahead of the curve and generate real ROI by leveraging these tools and technologies.
Continue the discussion with IBM experts and customers live in the Smart SOA Exhibit Zone Mystery giveaways, sign up offers at the SOA Exhibit Zone and scheduled group chats at the Get Smart SOA Café
What did I like about the virtual conference I attended yesterday?
I hope you enjoy(ed) your experience as much as I did. If you do attend next Tuesday, search on IBMers and ping me if you see me online :)