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DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows 10.5 with new BLU Acceleration
Technical Immersion Workshop
Fees: No Charge
Date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Hours: 8 AM to 2 PM
Presenters: Chris Eaton, Danny Arnold and Eric Alton
IBM is sponsoring a technical DB2 workshop at the upcoming IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando, Florida. Taught by IBM DB2 technical experts Chris Eaton, Danny Arnold and Eric Alton, this workshop covers key features from the recently announced DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration as well as the compression features of DB2 10.1 as previously announced.
This FREE technical workshop is an ideal way to extend your technical skills to include the best capabilities of DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows. Specifically:
DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration - This hot new technology helps deliver decision-making information to your organization with precision that is termed “speed of thought” analytics. We’ll explain how BLU Acceleration implements new column organized tables and how compression works on these tables along with other new processing techniques to deliver superior performance for analytic workloads.
New improvements in DB2 pureScale that handle maintenance and capacity expansion needs more easily—plus new integration with HADR capabilities to support always available transactions.
SQL and Oracle Database compatibility enhancements added in DB2 10.5
DB2 compression technologies introduced in DB2 10.1 that offer key advantages in managing and better utilizing costly storage resources.
And of course there will be time for your questions and active discussion with these DB2 experts. Don’t miss what is sure to be a lively session. It is an excellent opportunity to update your knowledge of DB2 for LUW and the techniques that are increasingly required in a Big Data world.
If you are planning to attend the conference, make your travel arrangements so you can take advantage of this workshop. If you cannot attend the IDUG conference, you can still attend the workshop only at no charge.
Full details and registration. Register soon, as space is limited and filling quickly.
Have you ever been to a DB2 Symposium? They are quite different than
a normal conference since they provide 3 full days of learning. This one takes
place in Chicago from October 16-18 and provides three-days of training with
three parallel tracks.
Each day there are three one day seminars presented by industry leading
consultants. You may join for 3, 2 or just 1 day(s), depending on your needs
There are nine great sessions lined up with award-winning speakers:
- Bonnie Baker
- Susan Lawson
- Craig Mullins
- Cristian Molaro
- Klaas Brant
Tuesday 16 October
Wednesday 17 October
Thursday 18 October
October 16-18, 2012 – Chicago DB2 Symposium
- Location: Downers Grove – Chicago, IL
For further information, use the menu on the left hand side of the DB2 Symposium webpage where you
can navigate to the sessions, pricing, location and more.
Thanks to Klaas Brant, KBCE – DB2 Symposium Organizer, for
providing me with this information.
The next Chat with the Lab session will
focus on DB2 pureScale:
DB2 pureScale - Always-on, Elastic Database
Date: Tue, August 31, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern
10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30hrs London /
17:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9 PM
Speakers: Sal Vella (IBM),
Drew Bradstock (IBM)
Host: Rav Ahuja
Last year IBM released DB2 pureScale, an integrated database cluster solution
that provides continuous data availability, virtually unlimited capacity,
elastic scalability, and all this with easy setup and management but without
requiring any applications changes. IBM has recently updated DB2 pureScale and
announced that it will now also be available to run on Intel-based commodity
hardware and Linux. In this webcast we will cover various DB2 pureScale related
topics including: architecture, benefits, demos, experiences, and getting
To learn more and get your questions answered, join Sal Vella (VP,
Development), and Drew
Bradstock (Product Manager) on Tuesday August
31, 2010 at 11:30 AM Eastern.
Presentation charts for this Chat will be available for download from
ibm.com/db2/labchats 1-2 days prior to the event.
To register and receive instructions for attending this webinar,
point your browser to:
If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand conference this October,
you are eligible to pick up the latest Flashbook about DB2:
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matthew Huras, Paul Awad, and Aamer Sachedina
This succinct guide will show you how DB2 with pureScale can provide you
transparent application scalability, the ability to deliver agile-like computing
to your transaction systems, and extreme availability.
Also check out these sites for details about DB2 pureScale:
DB2 pureScale Unlimited capacity with continuous availability
A Technology Preview
pureScale: Scaling Databases without Limits
DB2 pureScale - Always-on, Elastic Database
Cluster – **NEW**
Application Scaling with IBM DB2 pureScale
databases size does matter: introducing DB2 pureScale
unveils DB2 pureScale on IBM Power Systems
pureScale Technology Redefines Transaction Processing Economics
DB2 pureScale to Eliminate Over-Provisioning of Database Software
As always, if you think I’ve missed something… let me know. I’ll be happy to
promote any resource related to this new technology.
This morning I received a note from Leon Katsnelson saying that ChannelDB2.com was just shy of its 3000th member! I just checked the site and we are still 3 people short of this number... but I'm sure we'll reach it soon.
Are you a member? I've blogged several times about this site, so I'm sure if you've read my blog in the past, you've heard about this site, and perhaps have joined. If not....consider joining so you can take part in ChannelDB2.com - THE social network for the DB2 community!
If you are a member, you likely already know about the great information and resources that are available to you... including content for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, Windows, System z, and System i:
Did you also know that there are 79 groups that you are encouraged to join! The topics range from country-related groups, to certification prep groups, to conference groups. All the groups are open for you to add comments and discussions, but also provide you with targeted information that will surely be very beneficial!
So, join ChannelDB2.com if you aren't currently a member, and if you are a member, get the most from this active social network by joining and participating in the groups.
The groups that I have created (and highly recommend) is DB2 in Books. I'm also a member of the following groups:
- IDUG Europe 2009
- DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Workshop
- DB2 for z/OS - What's On !
- DB2 in Canada
- DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows
- DB2 for z/OS
- DB2 pureXML
I look forward to seeing you join as a member of one of these groups or more!
As a follow-on to yesterday's blog entry The Year of Change
, I'd like to point out some additional resources in the areas of high availability and pureXML:High availability High Availability Feature in DB2 9 for Linux UNIX and Windows
This Web site lists the main features of DB2 which include high availability High Availability Guide for DB2
(Book)This book provides an easy-to-read, illustrated way to learn about high availability concepts and configuration. However, it does not provide much information about high availability of clusters. High Availability and Scalability Guide for DB2 on Linux, UNIX, and Windows
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This guide provides an in-depth and detailed analysis of DB2 high availability features, including high availability for clusters. This book describes DB2 UDB Version 8.2 and therefore does not showcase the many improvements made in DB2 9 to simplify configuration. DB2 9 DBA exam 731 prep, Part 6: High availability: Backup and recovery
(Tutorial)This tutorial is part of the educational materials related to high availability that are part of DB2 certification education materials. It provides a concise summary of the key benefits and uses of the backup and restore utilities. DB2 9 DBA exam 731 prep, Part 7: High availability: Split mirroring and HADR
(Tutorial)This tutorial is part of the educational materials related to high availability that are part of DB2 certification education materials. It provides a concise summary of how to implement a split mirroring implementation.pureXML DB2 pureXML technology
(Product Web site)This is the main DB2 product Web site for pureXML. Information Management and XML technology developerWorks domain
(IBM community Web site)This is the main developerWorks Web site from which you can access articles, online tutorials, and other technical resources about DB2 and XML standards and technologies. IBM DB2 9 pureXML Guide
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This IBM Redbooks publication describes the pureXML data store, hybrid database design, and administration. It explains what XML schemas are, how to use industry standards to implement them, and how to manage XML schemas. It covers how to use SQL/XML, XQuery, and XPath for querying XML data by providing easy-to-understand examples and how to use XML technology efficiently in business applications. Get started with XPath
(Tutorial)This tutorial introduces the W3C standard XPath Version 1.0. This tutorial is intended for people who do not know XPath or who want a refresher. If you plan to use XSLT, you should take this tutorial first. You will learn what XPath is, what the syntax and semantics of the XPath language are, how to use XPath location paths, how to use XPath expressions, how to use XPath functions, and how XPath relates to XSLT. DB2 9: pureXML Overview and Fast Start
by Cynthia Saracco
, Don Chamberlin
, Rav Ahuja
(IBM Redbooks, html and pdf)This IBM Redbooks publication provides a concise introduction to pureXML, with short, precise examples and explanations that provide a distilled version of the knowledge essential to start working with pureXML. This book is a compilation of many of the IBM published articles on pureXML. Native XML support in DB2
(White paper, pdf)This white paper provides a technical overview of XML support in DB2 products. It explains how XML data has been stored in relational database systems in the past using data type mappings and explains the limitations of these approaches. It then introduces the concept of pureXML and what it means for XML data to be stored natively within a database. It explains the benefits of this approach and how this implementation can be complemented with features such as XML indexes, a full XQuery language, SQL/XML, XML schema support, and utilities that support the bulk loading of XML data. pureXML in DB2 9: Which way to query your XML data?
(Article)This intermediate-level article discusses DB2 pureXML support and compares the two methods by which you can query XML data in a DB2 database: SQL/XML and XQuery. By providing examples, this article explains the relationship between these two query access language syntaxes, the circumstances in which each method is preferred, the benefits of using each independently, and the use of them together to perform more complex queries. pureXML wiki
(Wiki)This Web site contains links to numerous articles, demos, webcasts, and other information about DB2 pureXML published by IBM and other parties Alphaworks DB2 pureXML download and demo site
(Download)This Web site contains industry-specific DB2 pureXML software offerings and resources. DeveloperWorks DB2 pureXML forum
(Forum)This DeveloperWorks forum is one of the fastest ways to get any pureXML questions answered.
Thanks to Farzana Anwar
for pulling this list together!
Earlier this year I wrote a blog entry entitled Year of the e-Book. Indeed it has been a very popular year for people trying or switching to ebooks. In the recently published article Top Trends of 2010: Growth of eBooks & eReaders, author Richard MacManus states that “eBook sales almost doubled over 2010 and now make up 9% of total consumer book sales”.
Although this is significant, there is still a long way to go before ebooks become widely accepted. I’ve owned my Kindle for a year now and my son has a Sony, so from personal experience, two bookworms from different generations were able to make the switch and love the experience. When I ask people if they’ve considered one of the ebook readers, they tell me that they would never be able to give up the feel of an actual book in their hands. My answer to this is that most of us have converted from snail mail to email, so the conversion from printed books to ebooks will happen eventually, but it will need people to first step outside their comfort zone.
One of the things I really liked about Richard’s article was his comparison between printed books and ebooks. I’ve copied his pros & cons here to add my own opinions:
5 Ways That eBooks Are Better Than Paper Books
1. Social Highlighting
3. Look-up of words
4. Ability to Tweet & Facebook quotes
I’ve used all of these features on my kindle, but would like to add that my favourite features are 1) the ability to get sample books. When I’m out with people and we’re discussing books that we recommend, I can easily build a wish list of books by getting sample chapters for free from amazon.com. On a recent vacation, I read 5 of the samples that I had recently downloaded and decided that 4 of the 5 were books that I was interested in reading further. 2) The price of a new release in kindle format is much cheaper than the hardcover. Along with this is the weight. My wrists hurt when reading those heavy hard cover books! So now I don’t need to wait for the paperback or trade version of the book, I can read it inexpensively and weightlessly on my kindle!
5 Ways That Paper Books Are Better Than eBooks
5. Second-hand books
I still share books with others… mostly other people lending me their printed books. I will still pick up used books when I see one that I’d like to read. But for me, most of the books I’ll buy it the future will be gifts or keepsakes. At the IOD conference I was able to get books signed by the authors. Even though I already owned e-versions of these books, I purchased the printed copies to get their signature. I purchased a few as gifts as well. One guy had the Freakonomics authors sign his Kindle in permanent marker!!
There are so many choices for e-readers now and the prices appear to be dropping, so I presume many people will be getting these as gifts this Christmas. If you do get one, step outside your comfort zone and give it an honest try. You might learn that you like it… like I did!
How about technical books? Well, I’ve noticed that some of the kindle sample books for technical books are not perfect yet. One book I downloaded, I ended up with only the Front Matter. I guess looking at the TOC is important, but I wanted to see what the chapters and diagrams looked like. I contacted the publisher to suggest that they fix this.
Not all publishers have put their books in Kindle format. There are still issues that need to be worked through with the profits and graphics quality. The ipad fixes the graphics quality… so that might make technical ebooks more accepted.
From my perspective, all of our books are in electronic format. Really if you think about it, IBM has been a leader in electronic formats for information. IBM Redbooks have been a major source of high quality content for forty years now. Product documentation with IBM products such as DB2 has been delivered in electronic format through the Information Center or online help for more than 10 years now. Our published books are made available in Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online which are electronic book libraries. IBM subscribes to Books 24x7 meaning that all IBM employees can access published books electronically, at no charge. All IBM Press books and all of our Certification Study Guides are available in Kindle format as well as epub format that can be used on any e-reading device.
Check out another blog entry I wrote entitled “The Mainstreaming of e-Books” that gives a bit more information about some of the e-readers. Also check out my blog entry from yesterday “DB2 on Campus Book Series” which is a set of books that are only available in electronic format.
There is a new white paper that I recently learned about that I thought I would pass on to you:
Continuous access to Read on Standby databases using Virtual IP addresses
The DB2® High Availability and Disaster Recover (HADR) feature is a database replication method that provides a high availability solution for both partial and complete site failures. HADR protects against data loss by replicating data changes from a source database, called the Primary, to a target database, called the Standby.
The HADR reads on standby (HADR ROS) feature, allows applications to access the current Standby databases for reads. With the HADR ROS feature, read/write applications can access the HADR Primary database, and read-only applications can access either the HADR Primary or the HADR Standby database. This enables you to offload some of the read-only workloads running on the Primary to the Standby.
This paper shows how you can use the HADR ROS feature in conjunction with Virtual IP addresses to ensure continued, automatic connectivity for read-only clients.
For the full paper, see: Continuous access to Read on Standby databases using Virtual IP addresses
PS… Thanks to Louise McNicoll and Steve Raspudic for passing this information to me.
On today’s DB2Night Show, we had the second set of competitors who are competing in the DB2 has Talent Competition. This week we had 6 amazing competitors who made it difficult for we judges (Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant, and I) to choose who would move on to the finals.
Before I tell you who was chosen to move on as a result of this episode, let me tell you a bit about all the competitors.
Vijay’s presentation was titled “Keeping Critical OLTP Databases Up and Running”. Vijay’s primary tip was to gather data when your database is running well and at peak. Having this data available will help you decipher problems when the database is running slower than it should. I’m reading the book “Switch” right now and one of the things the authors recommend that people do in their every day life is to look at the bright spots… that is, analyze a situation that goes well and find out why so that you can repeat it. It seems to me that Vijay’s presentation was suggesting that people do just that. Well done.
Mustafa presented “Consolidating Three Databases into One”. Mustafa ran out of time… but only by a few minutes. It seemed that the last couple of slides were critical to the presentation, but as it was, it was difficult to follow. Klaas gave Mustafa some advice to improve and I think that the presentation would be much better once Mustafa takes Klaas’ advice.
Ahmad was next with the presentation “OLTP Queries Timing Out”. Ahmad gave a very creative solution for searching for character strings in a table. He showed how he brought the search costs down significantly in his query. After Ahmad presented, both Klaas and Martin mentioned that they have many customers who were looking for solutions to this common problem.
Sameer presented “Optimizing Application Performance and Performance Monitoring”. This presentation was filled with incredible tips. Many incredible tips. The only thing I wanted to see in addition to what Sameer provided was examples and what if scenarios as to why these tips should be used and why they are better. Sameer says that he had a much bigger slide deck with that kind of content, but cut it out to fit in the 4 minutes he was allotted.
Greg’s presentation “Want to Improve Your DB2 Availability” was A++ on the definitions of HADR and HACMP, but there weren’t enough examples and pictures, so people with short attention spans, such as me, had trouble following. With a bit more effort, Greg’s presentation would have taken him to the finals.
Raja was last today. Presentation: “A Miss is as good as a Mile”. Did I get the title right? It doesn’t seem to make sense to me right now. Raja very nicely laid out problems related to performance and came up with solutions and clear details on how to get from problem to solution.
So, who did we choose? We decided that we liked Raja’s and Ahmad’s presentations best of all and asked the two of them to come back in March. We also decided to invite Sameer back next week to give us his presentation again next Friday after he takes the advice that he was given in this week’s show.
Did you miss this episode or last weeks? No worries! These are recorded and you can watch the replay. You’ll be glad that you did. One of the polling questions that we had today asked the audience if they learned something in today’s show that they didn’t yet know. 93% of the audience responded saying that they did in fact learn something valuable in the show. Even if you are an experienced DBA, I would say that you could learn something from these shows. The creativity of the people on the front line are amazingly creative!
Check out the blog entries of my fellow judge:
(I’m still waiting for new posts from Klaas Brant and our host Scott Hayes).
See you next week on the show for Episode #3!
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JSON technology is now included in DB2. You can experiment with the JSON technology, through this Technology Preview from IBM.
Why JSON (Java™ Script Object Notation) ?
The JSON technology is the preferred choice for application development in this new era of social media, mobile and cloud computing. It is a simple, flexible, agile, portable data interchange format that helps simplify DBA tasks and reduces system overhead.
Learn about the new era of applications & preview DB2 10.5 with JSON technology by watching this video.
In this release of IBM DB2 Technology Preview you can explore JSON capabilities to:
Help achieve seamless interoperability with mobile.
Integrate existing data, skills and operations with new era applications.
Enable ACID with new applications to avoid complexity.
To get started, read this series of articles that are published on developerWorks:
Learn more from the blog entry by Henrik Loeser: “NoSQL and JSON with DB2”
JSON information can also be found in the Information Center.
We hope you find this technology valuable. If you do, please let everyone know through the DB2 discussion forum.
I've had a few people ask me about assessment exams lately, so I thought this would make a good blog entry.
My most viewed blog entry to date is
With this checklist, you can track your progress on following the steps required to earn a certification. One of those steps is called Assess. Studying can take a lot of time and energy, and certification exams are usually $200!...so how can you make the most of your time and money?
1) Take an assessment exam for $10 (USD) to find out if you are prepared and if not, where to focus your studying.
- Assessment tests are delivered by the Prometric Web-based test delivery tool.
- Tests cost $10 USD per attempt. VISA, Master Card and American Express credit cards are accepted, and entered directly into the Prometric system.
- Assessment exams are similar to the certification exam in that it is in the same format (multiple choice), done on the same testing software, and score reports that break down your score by section.
- There is an assessment exam that corresponds to each certification exam.
- Website: Assessment Exams
2) Use one of the published Certification Study Guides.
All five of these certification prep guides were written by members of the exam development team. That is, they created the questions for the certification exam that you are about to take! Also, each chapter of the book corresponds directly to a section on the exam. So, if you take the assessment exam and find out that you are week on a single topic, you simply need to read the chapter that corresponds to the topic where you need improvement. Lastly, the authors created a set of sample questions for the book that provides you with the correct answer to the question as well as an explanation as to why the correct answer is correct and the incorrect ones are not.
For reference and guidance beyond the exam, I suggest the following: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition)
by George Baklarz and Paul Zikopoulos
All six of these books... and many more, can be read and searched electronically. Safari Online and Books 24x7 are two popular electronic book engines where these books are available. Why would you want to read a book electronically? You might not want to read an entire book electronically, but if you are browsing books to find out which one you should buy in print, searching and reading parts of the book electronically makes sense and may help you make the best choice on your purchase.
Also, if you are mostly prepared for the exam, but just want to do a bit of review before taking the exam, you might consider doing the review electronically. At the very least, I'd suggest reading the summary for each chapter, answering the sample questions that are found in the book, and reading the description for the answers. This can be done quite easily electronically.Safari Books Online
is a great electronic book engine and right now, you can receive a free 15-day trial. With Safari Books Online, you can search for a particular keyword, read the entire book cover to cover, or simply ensure that this is the book you need before you buy the printed version. Hurry! This offer has been held over until the end of 2009.Books 24x7
is another great electronic book engine. IBMers world-wide can access books via this engine, free of charge. You can reach the site through many internal home pages. Many other companies and schools also have subscriptions to Books 24x7. Check with your company to see if you have a free subscription.
Be prepared for your exam... and good luck!
About 6 weeks ago, IBM and Jeopardy made history by pitting a computer against human Jeopardy champions to see if IBM had created software that could “understand” the context in natural language. The project is dubbed “DeepQA”. Did you see the shows? There were three Jeopardy episodes and several on the background of creating the computer Watson. You can see the replays on Youtube.
The Face of Watson
IBM and the Jeopardy Challenge
IBM Watson Why Jeopardy
Jeopardy! IBM Watson Day 1, Part 1
Jeopardy! IBM Watson Day 2, Part 2
Jeopardy! IBM Watson Day 3
The day after IBM Watson won the match, we had one of the team’s engineers (Marshall Schorr) visit us at the Toronto Lab to tell us about the project and to answer questions. I stood up to ask a question, but first I made the following comment “If you’re looking for a sequel, get IBM Watson to help TV’s House with his very difficult medical cases".” I’ve seen similar comments from other people. Not that it will happen, but one of the best things about the software that was created is the possibility to help diagnose problems. After the Jeopardy show, it was announced that IBM would be working with Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical School on health care analytics research.
Of course the intention is NOT to REPLACE a physician, but only to assist a physician as you can read in this article “Why IBM’s artificial intelligence “Watson” could not replace a physician”. According to the video Perspectives on Watson: Healthcare, 20% of medical errors are diagnostic errors. Also, medical literature doubles every 7 years, making it physically impossible for any practitioner to read and absorb the information that they need.
I heard a story about a case that took medical professionals 6 months to diagnose. They fed the symptoms to Watson and diagnosed the issue in less than 30 minutes. Can you imagine how helpful this will be?
Another interesting thing that Watson would be able to do is to harness all the data generated by patients in hospitals around the world to determine if there are mini epidemics occurring or to see trends in medicines that might have unreported side effects. See articles “Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System” and “Treat the Patient, Not the CT Scan”.
Last year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference, we had guest speaker Dr. Atul Gawande speak to us. He did a book signing for his current book “Checklist Manifesto”. I liked the book so much that I’m now reading “Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science”. The book was published in 2003, but the chapter “The Computer and the Hernia Factor” could be read as a plea to have a supercomputer like IBM Watson helping to diagnose problems.
Personally I’ve seen times in my own medical experiences as a patient, where I would have completely welcomed my doctor consulting with Watson to help figure out what was going on.
On Monday’s DB2Night Show, join host Klaas Brant and special guest Susan Lawson as they talk about DB2 10 Table Spaces new options and migration considerations. This will take place live from the SQL Adria Conference in Dubrovnik Croatia. Susan will cover considerations for migrating to universal table spaces and the options and issues with the deferred ALTER capability in DB2 10. It will also cover considerations for decisions to use various options now available for our table spaces.
Date: Monday June 13
Time: 11:00 ET
Participants in our virtual studio audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Susan and Klaas are both IBM Gold Consultants. Susan is once again an Information Champion.
Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich are beginning to update their Certification Guide and hope to have the new version of the book to match the new exam by July 2011. Note you can get the V9 book: DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732 at a 40% discount.
Also check out Susan & Dan’s podcasts, blog and more: YL&A Podcasts
Data in Action
, the second semi-annual virtual conferenceAugust 19 at 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT
This is the premiere
data management event for IT managers and executives.What is a virtual conference?
I attended a few earlier this year and was extremely impressed! This new technology delivers live audio
and/or video with award winning speakers AND allows you to interact
with speakers, product experts and other attendees.... all WITHOUT
leaving your office! Really... all you need is a computer, speakers or headphones... and a bit of time. Time is the difficult one in this list, but this is a far shorter commitment on your time than attending a conference live.Conference Details:
This conference will feature effective data management solutions for smarter business outcomes. Hear from Donald Feinberg
, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst from Gartner, about the state of the DBMS software market and data management challenges facing businesses today. The topics that Mr. Feinberg will examine include; the problem of exploding data volumes, new computing paradigms for handling this explosion, data management cost reduction techniques and technologies, and the perspective of the DBA now and in the future.
Following Mr. Feinberg will be a moderated panel of customers and partners who are leveraging the unique and desirable features only available in DB2 9.7.
This is one event you won't want to miss. Get your questions answered through 2 interactive (webcast) sessions, 8 exhibit booths, and live chat. IBM and it's business partners are helping companies around the globe with industry-leading data management technologies and their world-class expertise. Learn how your company can achieve smarter business outcomes and reduce underlying IT costs.
Attendee incentives include a complimentary memory stick for the first 97 attendees, which includes information on the cost savings of DB2 over Oracle. IBM employees are not eligible for this incentive.
Also a DB2 9.7 Discovery DVD for everyone who completes the event survey. The DVD includes trial code and tutorials. I look forward to seeing you there. If you do come... please ping me and tell me you read my blog :)Agenda:
8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT
General Session: Current Trends in the Data Management Market
Donald Feinberg, Gartner, VP Distinguished Analyst
9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT
General Session: Learn From Your Peers: Moving to DB2 in Days Not Weeks
IDUG Moderator with DB2 Early Adopter Customers and Business Partner Panel
10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT
Chat: Where do you find training and information about DB2 9.7?
IDUG ModeratorExhibit Zone
8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT to
12:00 pm PDT / 3:00 pm EDT
Explore the Booths and Solution Provider Pavilion including:
- DBA Efficiency
- Developer Productivity
- Optimized Infrastructure
- Innovation Hub: Featuring DB2 9.7
- zSeries Data Management
- Mid Market Cost Efficiency
- and so much more...
FREE... but you must REGISTER.
Another book that will publish just in time to be launched at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference is
By Roger Sanders
Roger will be at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference this year and will be available for two book signings at the Conference bookstore:
Monday October 24 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday October 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing to your Smart Site Schedule. This book and another of Roger’s books (DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes)that will also launch at the conference will be sold at the Conference Bookstore for a 20% discount.
About the book:
I’ve already read the book and highly recommend it. It covers everything that you need to know & do in order to get an article or book published. What makes this book so different than others of the same sort is first of all Roger’s extensive experience in writing technical books and articles and second his explanation of an author contract. I personally find legal contracts to be very difficult to understand and I have little interest in putting in the effort to understand all the terms that appear in an author contract. Roger put the effort in, and it shows. He goes through each clause and term that you’ll encounter and explains it in a very understandable way. In addition, Roger gives examples of what he’s encountered throughout his career and how the various clauses in the contract affected the situation.
Getting the skills to write well isn’t nearly as hard as you think. Here are the basics that Roger covers in his book:
1. Schedule time to write. If you wait until you’re “in the mood to write”, you’ll never get anything done! Set goals for how much you want to accomplish and move to another section if one is causing you grief. Reward yourself as targets are reached.
2. Have a strong outline before you start to write. I know it sounds cliché, but the more up front planning you do, the easier the writing will be. Even for technical documents, you should “tell a story”. Have a beginning, say a problem that needs to be solved; a middle, the search for a solution; and an end, a strong conclusion.
3. Let some personality show through in the writing. There are some cases where dry, factual writing is required, but where it’s not, let the writing be conversational or slightly casual to be of interest to the reader. Always think of your reader. Even if the writing is just for a school paper, the last thing you want to do is to bore the reader so that the ending is never reached.
4. Diagrams and tables are useful, but ONLY if they are tied tightly with the text. Don’t put them there just for filler because they’ll never be looked at. The best idea is to add reference numbers to the diagrams and have text to lead the reader from one point to the next. If that sounds like too much work, maybe the diagram isn’t really needed.
5. No one’s writing is perfect… every author needs to review and revise their work many times. Most authors get quite tired of reading what they’ve written by the time it is “finished”.
To make revision as easy as possible, Roger suggests that each time you go through your draft, look for one specific thing at a time. For instance, the first time through, check that you are using the active voice instead of passive. Next, go through and look to make sure headings and lists use parallel wording. Next, look for words that are commonly spelled incorrectly that will not be caught by a spell checker. And so on.
6. For everyone, but especially if you are English-second language, consider reading the text out loud or have the computer read it to you. You may be able to hear problems in the wording easier than you can read them. Also, look at past comments you’ve received on writing assignments. Likely you often make the same errors every time you write, so pay close attention to how your previous errors were corrected, and go through your document to specifically focus on improving these problem areas.
8. One last piece of advice. If you’re writing a technical document, your goal is not to make it “beautiful”… your goal is clarity. You want to ensure that anyone who reads what you’ve written understands your technical messages.
There are a lot more details that will help you, so I encourage you to get a copy of Roger’s book.
Roger is also attending the IOD conference to share his expertise on DB2 Certification. He was an exam developer of many DB2 exams and is the instructor at a highly rated Pre-Conference Certification Crammer Course: (9Q020) DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows DBA Certification Crammer for Exam 541 . His other book, DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes will help you pass one of the free exams that are being offered to attendees.
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
I like that my blog entries this week have all had the theme of certification. Maybe I could do week long themes for blog entries this year….
Anyway, after I posted my Cert 101 blog entry, I was informed by Scott Hayes, host of the DB2 Night Show that Roger Sanders is his guest on next Friday’s show.
An In-Depth Look at DB2 Certification
Insider Secrets and Tips for DB2 LUW and z/OS
with IBM Champion Roger Sanders
Friday, January 20 from 11:00 – 12:00 EST.
If you are interested in getting certified, and I think you should be if you are working with a product as complex as DB2, you should join this show. Roger has been involved in the DB2 certification program for years now. He takes part in the exam development as a subject matter expert. He and the other experts create the questions that appear on the exam.
Roger takes creating questions very seriously since once he’s finished creating questions for the actual exam, he makes up a whole set of sample questions that appear in his books. He gives you the answer to the questions in the book and explains why the correct answer is correct. I think this is a great way to learn the material, don’t you?
Roger also teaches this material in the form of a Crammer Course. Many DB2 conferences throughout the year my feature Roger and his Crammer Course.
See my previous certification entries:
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification Exam?
DB2 10 for z/OS Certification Roles, Exams and Study Materials
Certification Study Guides for DB2 LUW Exams
DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows: Certification Roles and Exams
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