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How would you like to participate in a usability session? The DB2 design team are looking for participants to try operational tasks in a database. If selected, you’ll be able to give your opinion on the usability of the product.
Taking part in a usability session gives you a chance to give us usability feedback on products and solutions you use or are interested in. These are typically one-on-one sessions, allowing you to interact with the product design and give your feedback to the usability expert. You’ll be able to tell us what you think about the latest release of a product or future designs we're considering (after signing a non-disclosure agreement). It's a chance to impact a product and let us know what's important to you.
There are several upcoming sessions, so if you’re interested, we’ll help you find a session that best suits your schedule. Sessions can be remote or on-site. If you’d like to see if you qualify for this role, nominate yourself by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week at the lab we had an event to celebrate our colleagues who work as Support Analysts providing product support to IBM’s customers. It’s not always an easy job, so it’s nice that we take the opportunity to thank these people for the hard work they put into making sure our customers remain happy about choosing IBM products.
I actually worked in the Support organization briefly as well. Only for 7 months, as a Level One Support Analyst. Sure, it wasn’t for a long period of time, but I did enjoy the people I met and learned more than you can imagine!
To bring more attention to this group and to my friends who work in that area, I’ve pulled together a list of the blog entries that the team has created to explain what they are offering this year at the IBM Information on Demand conference this year.
The team blog as a group to their blog: “Thoughts from Information Management Support”:
Blogging to benefit Information Management Support customers worldwide.
Here are the IOD Entries that have been posted thus far. Follow their blog to keep up with all the news from that team.
Along with the Thoughts from Information Management Support blog, the Support team also shares information on:
IBM IM Support: facebook.com/IBMInformationManagementSupport
IBM DB2 Support LUW: facebook.com/DB2Support
IBM Information Management Spt: youtube.com/IBMIMSupport
Thanks to Kate Dawson for providing me with this information.
Yesterday I focused on what an outstanding job our IBM Champions do to enhance the acceptance and usage of IBM products. Check out my posts:
These entries took a lot of research and the chances of me missing someone was high. And of course, I did miss a few people who I actually know quite well! My apologies to these people and any others I have missed!
Frank Fillmore will be a panelist with IBM SVP Robert LeBlanc at the 4245A Break Free Forum on Monday, October 22 from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m in the Four Seasons Ballroom.
Also check out Frank’s blog.
I had mentioned Cristian Molaro, but neglected to mention that he will be available to sign copies of the IBM Redbook that he was recently involved with:
Tell me if you want me to blog about you or be a guest blogger. I’m very happy to promote the activities of all IBM Champions.
Check out the guest blog entries that are coming fast & furious on the Official IOD Blog:
Stay tuned for more guest blogs from IBM’s Best Friends: IBM Champions.
As usual, host & IBM Champion Scott Hayes has some interesting shows lined up on his award winning webinar series: The DB2Night Show.
October 5, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
"You CAN Teach an Old Programmer New Tricks” with Bonnie Baker, IBM DB2 Gold Consultant
October 12, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
BREAKING NEWS from IBM! Special guest, Les King, Director, Information Management Solutions & Warehouse Development at IBM, tells us he'll have some exciting "breaking" news to share!
October 19, 2012; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
“The Joys of Big Data” with Dave Beulke
If you’ve missed any of the shows in the past, remember that they have been recorded and are available for you to watch anytime you like. Here are a few that I’ve blogged about in the past:
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May is nearly over, but before it ends, take part in these two upcoming free webinars to learn more about DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration. Both special guest speakers of these webinars were authors of the chapter excerpt specifically about BLU from an upcoming Flashbook: DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration
Breaking News from IBM on DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows!
Friday May 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon ET
During Episode #111, George Baklarz from IBM will share latest news for IBM DB2 LUW. Of course this news will relate to the features that were recently announced for DB2 10.5, including BLU, pureScale enhancements, JSON preview and SQL.
Deep Dive on BLU Acceleration in DB2 10.5, Super Analytics Super Easy
Thursday, May 30: 12:30 – 2:00 pm ET
BLU Acceleration in DB2 10.5 for Linux, UNIX and Windows delivers results from data-intensive analytic workloads with speed and precision that is termed ʺspeed of thoughtʺ analytics. Join IBM Distinguished Engineer and DB2 expert Sam Lightstone for an in-depth discussion of the all-new BLU Acceleration features in DB2 10.5. In this deep dive, Sam will explain capabilities such as dynamic in-memory analytics, parallel vector processing, enhanced columnar storage techniques, actionable compression, and more.
More about BLU
Read the chapter excerpt specifically about BLU from an upcoming Flashbook. The authors include Paul Zikopoulos, Matthew Huras, George Baklarz, Sam Lightstone, and Aamer Sachedina
Thanks to IBM Champions Jean-Marc Blaise, Iqbal Gorawalla, and Tony Winch who joined Rick Swagerman on a special edition of Tech Talks, called Tech Bits, to share their impressions of the new DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration. These are short but very informative and worth the time it takes to listen.
Listen to Berni Schiefer to find out about enhancements to DB2 pureScale that make it even more able to deliver always available transactions. You’ll also learn about updates to SQL, Oracle Database compatibility, business-ready NoSQL technology and additional NoSQL plans.
More are added all the time. Hear directly from customers who spent time using the new technology with their own data and how the technology fared.
Read this article that was published on April 3, 2013 in the IBM Data Magazine (ibmdatamag.com) by Guy Lohman, Sam Lightstone and Berni Schiefer. “Imagine a database technology that gives you 10-20 times faster performance right out of the box, requires dramatically less storage, and nearly eliminates the need for tuning. Too good to be true? Not anymore.”
If you are a developer or DBA and are interested in DB2, take this opportunity to preview emerging technologies that are still in the lab. IBM wants to collaborate with you early in technology conception, prototyping, and iterative development cycles. These technologies may or may not be aligned with announced products. The features or technologies in the download do not represent a commitment or obligation on the part of IBM.
Enjoy the webinars! Learn as much as you can, because when this code is available, you’ll want to start using it in production.
There are three webcasts in the IBM DB2 for z/OS Webcast Series at this time, and only one has passed by. Register now so you don’t miss these coming webinars:
DB2 10: Justifying the upgrade
Julian Stuhler wrote the white paper, and co-authored the book "DB2 10 – Cost Savings… Out of the Box". In this webcast Julian will bring to life the key concepts which make the business justification for migrating to DB2 10 so compelling. This webcast will cover the business benefits of:
A live Q&A session takes place at the end of the presentation, so have your questions ready for Julian.
DB2 10: The secrets of scalability
Anyone who knows anything about DB2 10 for z/OS will know about the very significant potential CPU/cost savings it can offer.
Join IBM Gold Consultant Julian Stuhler and IBM Distinguished Engineer Jeff Josten for this webcast focusing on DB2 10’s features for reducing virtual storage constraints, improving catalog concurrency and removing other scalability barriers.
A live Q&A session takes place at the end of the presentation, so have your questions ready.
About the Speakers:
Julian Stuhler - IBM Gold Consultant
Julian is a highly experienced DB2 consultant with over 20 years relational database experience working with a number of clients within the insurance, telecommunications, banking and manufacturing sectors. In that time he has gained a significant amount of practical knowledge in many aspects of IBM’s Information Management products, including experience in application programming, database administration, technical architecture, performance tuning and systems programming. Most recently, Julian has specialised in supporting large-scale implementations of SAP on DB2 for z/OS.
Jeff Josten – IBM Distinguished Engineer
Jeff Josten is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the lead architect of DB2 for z/OS. He is located at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose, California. He has worked for IBM since 1985 and has been a member of the DB2 team since 1987. He owns several patents in the area of data base technology, and is a frequent speaker at user group and customer meetings.
Why is there so much information about upgrading to DB2 for z/OS 10 these days?
Because IBM DB2 10 is HERE and early adopters who have already upgraded to the new version and are reaping the business benefits. The initial response to DB2 10 has been extremely positive. An early adopter of DB2 10 said, “We could not have been more thrilled with all the performance improvements! There is definitely gold in this version and you don’t even need to spend time to find it. It’s truly right out of the box.”
We don’t want you to miss the benefits, so to help with your migration, IBM has created this series of webcasts. Register now to secure your place and use these valuable recordings to help you throughout the migration process.
Also, IBM will no longer support DB2 Version 8 as of 30 April 2012. So, don’t wait, and take advantage of the special discounts on DB2 10 until December 3, 2011. To find out more, talk to your IBM representatives
Replays are available for past webinars, including
Date: 3rd November 2011
With IBM DB2 for z/OS Version 8 retiring support in April 2012, many clients are planning their migration strategy. As you know, migration can be a time-consuming and expensive process it can be confusing knowing which path to take.
With the current cut backs in IT expenditure it makes sense to do your homework and avoid any costly mistakes. This webcast is one you cannot avoid to miss if you are currently on Version 7, 8 or 9 and planning your migration.
About the Speaker:Tom Crocker is a Senior IT Specialist working in the United Kingdom as a Client Technical Advisor specializing in DB2 Tools and DB2 Engine. Tom has over 20 years experience in data management and has worked for IBM for the last 10 years, first as a DB2 DBA supporting SAP on OS/390 and for the last 8 years in Technical Pre-Sales. Before joining IBM, he worked as an independent consultant and has experience in the insurance, banking, and retail industries.
Thanks to Surekha Parekh for this information. Be sure to join one of the social groups that Surekha runs so you don’t miss any future events:
2009 has been a wonderful year for the books that we've published this year! And..... the pipeline for next year is looking quite healthy. Check it out!
Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers (WROX)
By Antonio Cangiano
Using EMC TimeFinder to Backup and Restore DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Databases (EMC ebook)
By Roger Sanders, Paul Pendle, Dale McInnis, Michele Backstrom
Break free with DB2 9.7: A Tour of Cost-Slashing New Features (Flashbook)
By Paul Zikopoulos, Belal Tassi, Chris Eaton, George Baklarz
New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet - Driving Business Innovation with IBM Analytic Solutions (Flashbook)
By Pat Bates, Mike Biere, Rex Wiederanders, Alan Meyer, Bill Wong
MDM for Customer Data (MC Press)
Optimizing Customer Centric Management of Your Business
By Kelvin K. A. Looi
SAP DBA Cockpit - Flight Plans for DB2 LUW Administrator (ebook)
by Eduardo Akisue, Jeremy Broughton, Patrick Zeng, Liwen Yeow
Understanding IBM SOA Foundation Suite: Learning Visually with Examples (IBM Press)
By: Tinny Ng; Laura Chan; Jane Fung; Vivian Mak
Getting Started with IBM Data Studio for DB2 (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
By Debra Eaton, Vitor Rodrigues, Manoj Sardana, Michael Schnenker, Kathryn Zeidenstein, Raul Chong
Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic (IBM Press)
By Neal Fishman
DB2 pureXML Cookbook (IBM Press)
by Matthias Nicola and Pav Kumar-Chatterjee
Information on Demand for Dummies (Flashbook)
By Judith Hurwitz, Fern Halper, Marcia Kaufman, Glenn Hintze, Adam Gartenberg
Informix Dynamic Server Application Development – Getting Started (ebook)
By Jacques Roy
SQL for DB2 (29th Street Press)
by James Cooper and Paul Conte
Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions (O'Reilly)
Multiple authors, including Jeff Jonas
The books are planned for next year:
Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Wor the Org. Become Great. (Pearson Education)
by Sam Lightstone
The Art of Enterprise Information Architecture: A Systems-Based Approach for Unlocking Business Insight (IBM Press)
By Mario Godinez, Eberhard Hechler, Klaus Koenig, Steve Lockwood, Martin Oberhofer, Michael Schroeck
DB2 V9 for z/OS Certification Guide - Systems Administration – Test 737 (MC Press)
By Judy Nall
Getting Started with WAS CE (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Getting Started with pureQuery (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Getting Started with Eclipse (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
Getting Started with InfoSphere Data Architect Infosphere (ebook)
Part of the DB2 On-Campus Series
The Art of Taxonomy Creating Concept-Rich Services (O'Reilly)
By Aaron Brown
I've created a group on Developerworks to keep track of all these books. Here is some additional information.
Are you going to IDUG in Tampa, Florida this year? The conference takes place May 10 - May 14 and if you are going, you have 4 weeks to prepare to pass the free exams that you can take while attending the conference.
Why get certified? It's getting harder to keep your skills up to date these days with everything changing so quickly and the huge volume of information that you are bombarded with every day. Certification exams are focused on a specific topics and cover a limited number of objectives that are related to the tasks performed in that job role. So when you are studying for the exam, you are studying only a subset of the content that is available for the product. This targeted studying can be a more achievable way to increase your skills as you'll do a piece of learning and then testing at a time.
To help you target your studying, we have a set of study guides that you can use to prepare to pass the exam.
Here are the books:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam 730
Roger Sanders' book: DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
DB2 9 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 731
Roger Sanders' book: DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide
DB2 9.7 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 541
This exam was updated to the V9.7 level, while the book is at the V9 level. This might cause you a slight problem on some of the questions but overall, you should still be able to pass the exam with this book. If you're concerned, you should examine the exam objectives to see what was added. You could also take the Exam Prep for Exam 541 course that will be taught by Roger Sanders on May 10 at the Conference.
DB2 9 Advanced DBA for UNIX, and Windows Exam 734
DB2 9 Advanced DBA Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Exam 732
DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
These books will be for sale at the conference, but if you can, purchase the books before the conference so that you have time to read them and study to the degree that you need to.
If you aren't able to purchase the books outright, check amazon or other sites for used copies of the books. Also, libraries might have copies of the books. I know our skill's center library has many copies of these books... and they are VERY well used!
Check to see if your company has a subscription with Safari Books Online or Books 24x7. Both of these electronic book engines carry these books which will allow you to read the entire book or to search and read parts of the book as needed.
The publisher of the Certification Study Guides, MC Press, is working on getting the books available in Kindle format, so that could be an option for you as well.
If you are working with DB2 in your daily job, you may be ready to pass the exam with minimal studying. I suggest that you try an assessment exam to guage your readiness. You may also wish to answer the sample questions that are in the Certification Study Guides. If you are able to pass these questions correctly and easily, you may be ready to pass the exam.
If you want a little more help, consider taking the Exam Prep courses that take place on May 10 at the conference. You can prepare for Exam 541 or Exam 732.
For more information about getting certified, see my previous blog entry: Certification 101.
Have fun in Tampa! Get certified :)