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Many of us are unable to take the time to go to a conference for a week to build our skills. If you would like to go to a face-to-face event to learn about a new product or technology with taking the time or expense of a full conference, see if there is a technical briefing planned for your city.
As an example, you may wish to consider attending the following technical briefing: Experience the power of Information Management solutions
This is a half-day briefing that covers the following:
* Learn how DB2 9 can help you reduce costs and improve service levels.
* Learn about DB2 9 enhancements for working with SAP.
* See how Information Management software integrates data better than other vendors.
* Gain an understanding of how the new IBM data server can unlock the latent potential of XML with performance and development savings.
* See how "Information as a Service" delivers business information accurately, consistently, timely, and coherently across disparate operating systems, applications and legacy systems.
* Learn how IBM solutions can break down information silos by connecting product, location, trading partner, organization, and terms of trade seamlessly across the Web, intranets, collaboration workspaces, file shares, and content management systems.
* Minimize the total cost of ownership by implementing a solution that provides pre-built, secure integrations to Lotus Domino, WebSphere Portal, FileNet, Documentum, and Open text. Mitigate the risk of exposing content by delivering a highly secure search experience. During this briefing, you'll see demos for:
* DB2® 9 * DB2 9 Development Center and pureXML™ * IBM Information Server (including WebSphere QualityStage, WebSphere DataStage, and WebSphere Federation Server) * Dynamic Warehousing Solutions -- DB2 Data Warehouse Edition & Alphablox * IBM OmniFind
Note: Click on Select location and register to find where and when this technical briefing is taking place.
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You're invited to a free session about Driving Business Innovation with Smart Analytics at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto the morning of February 10th.
The topic is Driving Business Innovation with Smart Analytics and it is being offered by ComputerWorld Canada’s Technology Insights.
Join Network World Canada editor Greg Meckbach and his guests Glen Sheffield, IBM Information Management Technical Specialist and Jason Gartner, IBM Business Analytics Development Executive.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED:
• The software, hardware, storage and infrastructure requirements for data warehousing and business analytics initiatives
• How to reduce the cost and time of deployment;
• How the business can leverage these analytical tools to turn information into insight and make sound business decisions
Glen Sheffield, IBM Information Management Technical Specialist
Jason Gartner, IBM Business Analytics Development Executive
“Work smarter, not harder” How many times have we heard this phrase? Working smarter means analysts and key decision makers have the right information and insight. It means analysts can quickly access the right data points to evaluate key performance indicators. And yet, working smarter may be more important today than it has ever been. Learn how by attending ComputerWorld Canada’s Technology Insights session in Toronto on February 10th. Seating is limited so don’t delay in reserving your place.
Working smarter means your front line business leaders know where to find the new revenue opportunities and which product or service offerings are most likely to address the market requirement. It means corporate risk and compliance units can recognize regulatory, reputational, and operational risks before they become realities.
Within your organization you have billions of bytes of information stored on your computers. We will examine how to give your organization the insight it needs to work smarter in this challenging environment by putting the right answers in the hands of your decision makers today while putting your business in the best position to quickly adapt and grow to answer the questions of tomorrow.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & continental networking breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome address & content introduction.
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Building the Foundation
Bringing a multi-terabyte data warehouse into production can be an insurmountable task. Find out how to overcome the challenges of bringing an enterprise database into production by employing the right software, hardware, storage and infrastructure. Learn how to reduce the time and cost of deployment.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Networking & coffee break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Turning Data into Decisions
Businesses need a range of analytics capabilities to address the variety of decisions that need to be made every day—and the confidence that those capabilities can be easily expanded as new demands arise. IT managers need to ensure they can quickly get the solution up and running and that it remains as relevant and powerful in the future as it is today. Learn how you can help the business quickly and efficiently turn your information into insight for smart business decisions.
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Panel of experts - Q&A
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Wrap-up
12:00 PM Program concludes
If you are in Toronto... come out and join these fabulous speakers and get inspired!
Here is what our instructors are saying about ILO:
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The promotions we were running with the user groups were very popular. At last check, there was still room for the IIUG promotion, but one for IDUG members was full. Click the links to be sure.
IDUG: 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!
IIUG:This special session will be offered on February 19, 2008 from 11:00am - 12:30pm Eastern and will be taught by Mike Lowe.
Also new... a podcast that provides details on this type of education.
For me personally, the last two courses that I signed up to take, there ended up being a major snowstorm on the same day. I managed to make it into the classes, but now I wish they had been ILO classes so I didn't have to risk my life by driving in.
Today's electronic edition of DB2 Magazine has an article by Howard Fosdick about the IBM Business Intelligence certification exam. His article discusses the credentials required as well as directs the reader to the appropriate study materials.
Here's an intro and link to the article:
With companies clamoring for business intelligence, a certification credential can give DBAs and programmers an significantedge with employers. Certification columnist Howard Fosdick hands out the inside intel on passing IBM's DB2-based business intelligence exam.
--Read Fosdick's columnhttp://news.db2mag.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/eycu0FlZ1Y0FLd0EhzV0AH
I hope you'll be able to find this book: DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide in actual bookstores... but if not, check out amazon.com. Today they put the book on sale with a 37% discount!
Today I received my copies of the book. They look amazing. The most unique thing about the book is the large number of sample questions. Each chapter has several study questions along with reasons why the correct answer is the right one. Each of these study questions are repeated in Appendix B... and take up 105 pages of the book. By far the most complete study guide for a DB2 exam that has ever been produced.
This book prepares you to pass the DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam (730). Roger is working on the second book in the series and has plans for a third book as well.
Thanks to Adam Gartenberg for posting an entry about the Forbes interview with Steve Mills: Drowning In Data.
You'll find that the article encourages companies to clear their clutter to all for more effective management. In other words... use the Information Agenda.
I'd like to make a suggestion as well ... invest in the book Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information. The book provides a structure that can be followed to clean up all kinds of clutter in an organization.
Quite a few people in the Toronto Lab are upgrading their certifications to the V9 level this summer, and I thought I'd pass on study tips for Exam 733 that I learned from the candidates this week.
1) There isn't a book available for Exam 733, nor is there one in plan. People recommend reading the V8 book by Roger Sanders to help prepare for Exam 733. If you work for IBM, remember that you can access this and other books through Books 24x7.
2) The two biggest additions to the 733 exam versus the 703 exam is .net and XML content. Of course, neither of these topics are covered to a great extent in the V8 book.
3) There are free tutorials for Exam 733, and it is recommended that you use these to prepare for at least the .net and XML areas, but perhaps reading all the 733 tutorials would be beneficial.
4) Not many of the people here take the assessment exams, but they are still valuable at helping you gauge your readiness to pass the exam.
Do you think that you are ready to pass the certification exam that you've been studying for? Try a practice exam to gauge your readiness. Usually offered through Prometric for $10, you can enjoy them for free from October 12 through October 26.
Be well prepared for the complimentary certification exams at Information On Demand 2008 with free Information Management Certification practice tests.
How should you study: see the exam preparation documents.
Trying to figure out which book to use to study: see the DB2inBooks group on channeldb2.com.
Do you prefer to take a class? Check out the pre-conference crammer courses:
DB2 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 732)
Speaker: Susan Lawson
This high level certification preparation review is intended to help you take IBM Certification Test 732, DB2 9 DBA for z/OS. Gain an intense overall review of those areas that are on the certification exam.
DB2 9 for Linux & Windows DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 731)
Speaker: Roger Sanders
This training is designed to introduce the student to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the DB2 9 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Window certification exam (Exam 731). The material for this course is aligned with the 731 exam objectives.
Remember: Those who are certified are eligible to attend the certification lounge at the IOD conferences... for FREE MASSAGES!
New IBM Redpaper for you to download and read: DB2 9 for z/OS Data Sharing: Distributed Load Balancing and Fault Tolerant Configuration
This IBM® Redpaper provides information about exploiting client load balancing and fail over capabilities across a DB2® data sharing group or a subset of the group members. The information provided will help network specialists and data base administrators in appropriately configuring data sharing groups as TCP/IP servers.
We show how to use the functions of DB2 sysplex workload balancing functions, supported by DB2 Connect™ Server and the IBM DB2 Driver for JDBC and SQLJ, in conjunction with the functions of TCP/IP Sysplex Distributor, configured with Dynamic Virtual IP address (Dynamic VIPA or DVIPA) and automatic VIPA takeover, to provide superior load distribution and fail-over capability for transactions and connections across the members of a data sharing group. The two functions work together to ensure the highest availability possible for remote applications accessing a DB2 location in a sysplex.
Thanks to Sabine Kaschta for providing this information to share with you!
Over the past year I have been working with a geographically dispersed author team who have been writing a book to explain the meaning of Master Data Management to the world! I'm happy to say that the book is now ready for you to preorder... delivery in June.
Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information by Allen Dreibelbis, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Martin Oberhofer, Paul van Run, and Dan Wolfson.
As a favour to the authors, I read the majority of the book in order to give feedback on what was written. I found the book very informative and for a complete newbie like me... I found it understandable and can see the potential for every company in the world to want to have MDM!
Dr. Ambuj Goyal wrote the foreword for the book, and I am copying a piece of it here so that you can get a glimpse into the importance of the topic and the book... from an expert who knows what he's talking about:
Unlocking information and letting it flow rapidly and easily to the people and processes that need it, is easier said than done. Over the past 20 years or more, the IT industry has focused on automating business tasks. This has created a very complex information landscape; individual automation projects have led to disconnected silos of information. Little trusted information exists – there are multiple versions of the truth. Redundancy reigns – both logically and physically. Few common definitions of key data elements exist or are shared across the enterprise. No common processes to manage and ensure the integrity of critical data domains exist. These facts define today’s environment. They blind the business from the information it needs, add cost to the IT infrastructure, and slow the ability of the business to move forward with confidence. Solving these problems is what Master Data Management and this book are all about.
The book is written in a generic way so that any one who is considering implementing an MDM system will benefit from reading it. Now the author team is committed to writing about how to implement the solution using IBM technology, and they've just published their first article with many more to come: Implementing a transaction hub MDM pattern using IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server
Synopsis of the article: Learn to use the transaction hub Master Data Management (MDM) pattern to implement your MDM systems. This typical architectural pattern is described in terms of capabilities of the MDM Reference Architecture. Get an introduction to the IBM® InfoSphere™ MDM Server and see why this software solution is a good choice for implementing this architecture pattern. Finally, learn about an upcoming book, Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach Managing Core Information, that deals with these topics in greater detail.
Join us at the IBM Information On Demand EMEA Conference 2008 taking place June 3 - 6, 2008 The Hague, Netherlands. Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information is being launched at this conference and we've arranged for an author signing. I've been told that there are quite a few sessions related to MDM taking place at this conference, so for multiple reasons, this is the place to be!
Thanks to the authors for the tremendous dedication that they have to this topic and for the incredible work they put into creating this book.
Did you know..... Information Management will have a major presence at this year's Lotusphere conference with four pedestals and 11 sessions featuring Information On Demand solutions.
It is easy to see that the world is changing very quickly in front of our very eyes.... so does that mean we should begin ACTING differently? I think so. Where to start?
Faster decision making: IBM's next generation Lotus collaboration and WebSphere Portal technologies facilitate closer relationships among employees, customers, and partners - resulting in faster decision making.
Trusted information: Making great decisions requires the use of trusted information. Recent surveys indicate that almost 50% of business users lack confidence in their company's information. Information On Demand is designed to help enterprises unlock the business value of information by delivering timely and trusted information to employees, customers and partners.
So....By linking people with people - and people with trusted information - Information On Demand solutions tightly integrated with Lotus collaboration and WebSphere Portal technologies empower people to act on trusted information faster and with greater confidence.
Here are some of the ways for you to learn more about our integrated solutions:
IBM Enterprise Content Management and Lotus Quickr: the most complete single-vendor end-to-end content management solution in the industry.
IBM Content Collector and Lotus Domino: the comprehensive e-mail archiving and retrieval solution for any Notes database or server platform.
Cognos 8 BI and WebSphere Portal: out-of-the-box Cognos portlets for WebSphere Portal.
InfoSphere MashupHub and Lotus Mashups: the first complete mashup portfolio for business, empowering individuals to create situational applications. (Bundled & sold as IBM Mashup Center)
DB2 pureXML and Lotus Forms: efficient, integrated, and cost effective electronic forms solutions.
For a full agenda, see Lotusphere Agenda.
I won't be at the conference, so if you are there, send those of us back in the office some details about what you liked the most.
I'm quite pleased to see the number of social community groups that have become quite active lately... largely thanks to Adam Gartenberg... but many others as well.
Here is the list that I have... there might be more. Check them out, and join one or more!
I've just added a discussion group in channelDB2 that I'd like you to specifically check out, join, and comment on! It is called DB2 in Books. I hope you like it :)
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See you in the community :)
IBM Data Studio software is a revolutionary approach to managing data and data-centric applications throughout the lifecycle, from requirements to retirement.
Read the overview article by Holly Hayes that explains both the vision and reality of Data Studio and how you -- whether a data architect, developer or tester, DBA, or data steward -- can use Data Studio today to improve productivity, increase quality of service, and encourage greater alignment across IT roles.
I use google to find links to just about anything I'm interested in. I'm not always successful in finding what I am looking for, but I'm sure it is just because of my bad search arguments.
Mark Wilding, a member of the Toronto Lab Development team, was looking for DB2 sites and was frustrated at not being able to find what he wanted to. So, always a problem solver... Mark created the following site:
Forever growing, this site should be one of the first places to go if you are looking for specific DB2 information.
Just a quick comment about Mark. Mark is one of the many prolific authors that we seem to attract in the Toronto Lab. He's been involved with a few books with many ideas still unpublished. He was the driving force behind the latest DB2 Best Practices initiative. If you don't know about this yet, check out the bookmark list to find it.
Also, Mark, along with Dan Behman, wrote a book about Linux that should be popular with many people: Self-Service Linux(R): Mastering the Art of Problem Determination .
Thanks Mark for the bookmark list as well as your passion for writing!