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Certification Day that took place in Toronto early in July was very successful, so more dates and venues have been added. I hope there is a location near you, but if there isn't yet, maybe it will be added as more dates and venues are under consideration.
What do you get? 50% discount on the normal exam fee on any IBM software certification exam. See ibm.com/certify for a list of the software exams that are available. Given my bias... see some of my previous blog entries regarding exams and prep materials available for DB2.
How do you register? Send an email to Christiana Soares (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How do you pay? Credit card is the only option.
How much do you save? 50% off the exam fee, which in many cases means a savings of $100 USD.
Which locations and dates?
August 18 - Austin Texas
August 31 - Shanghai, China
September 3 - Mainz, Germany
September 16 - Denver, Colorado
September 23 - Chemnitz, Germany
September 25 - Ehningen, Germany
October 13 - Liverpool, United Kingdom
October 15 - Frankfurt, Germany
November 17 - Sydney, Australia
More Details? ibm.com/software/data/education/certdays.html
Where are my previous blog entries?
Benefits of Earning a CertificationBenefits of Earning a Certification
New in Certifications
How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification
Details about DB2 Certification Program
Once you are Certified... What Next?
Study Materials Electronically
Roger Sanders Books, Videos, and Crammer Course
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What is SPVC?
Self-Paced Virtual Classes (SPVC) are recorded lectures, demonstrations and exercises that you can access on-demand. Meaning... you can take the class in the middle of the night if you like, wearing whatever you choose to wear, and wherever you choose to be (as long as you have high speed internet access! The classes are narrated by IBM classroom instructors.
What is the benefit of this type of class?
* Big savings with no travel costs and lower tuition
* Delivers same content, exercises and hands-on labs as classroom courses
* Instructors are included “virtually” through recorded lecture, demonstrations and exercises
* Conduct hands-on labs with real IBM software – not simulations
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What is offered in the Free Trial?
The trial courses include a portion of a real course that, depending on the course, includes instructor lecture, demonstrations, and exercises.
The trial courses do not include access to the hands-on lab environments. However, a copy of the lab exercise books are included on the materials tab.
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After enrolling,you receive your access and login information by email. At your convenience, anytime within the next 30 days, log in and begin your course.
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Begin your study by reading the course content and to reinforce key concepts, you are challenged to multiple interactive online exercises.
Enjoy the free trial and if you like it... let me (and others) know!
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I am! For those who don’t know what IOD is, it is the IBM Information on Demand Conference which will take place in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay) during the last week of October. Last year we had 10,000 attendees and it was an awesome conference in so many ways. See my blog entry about the top-selling books at the conference last year.
Why am I thinking of IOD now, when the conference is months away? I’m planning the books that will be published specifically for the attendees of this year’s conference, and working with publishers who have books that will be published before the conference so I can arrange book sales and signings.
Last year I arranged to have 5 new Flashbooks launched at the conference and a total of 16 books signings which included famous authors such as Dr. Atul Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto), Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubnar (Freakonomics), and Mark Jefferies (The Art of Business Seduction). I don’t know who the speakers will be this year, but I hope that they are authors so I can arrange a book signing, and selfishly, meet them in person!
I recommended Dan Ariely as a motivational guest speaker because I loved his book Predictably Irrational. Other IBM conferences this year have included speakers who were involved in IBM Watson and of course this being IBM’s Centennial, so you can be sure that there will be buzz around the two related books:
By Stephan Baker
By Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, Jeffrey O'Brien
As for Flashbooks, I have a few tentative plans… An update to the DB2 z/OS Migration book, an update to the Cognos Strategy book, and maybe the Cloud book. We might have a new DB2 LUW book and maybe a Big Data book. I think a Netezza Flashbook might be useful… maybe a Data Warehouse one as well? We’ll see what I can arrange. Do you remember what a Flashbook is? It is the free, small, published books that are handed out at the conferences to introduce you to key ideas that we want you to take home with you. Here’s where you can find the titles we did last year including links to the e-version, printed version that you can purchase and a blog entry about the book: Information Management Bookstore.
As for published book, I already have several on my list that I’m looking forward to:
By Roger Sanders
By Roger Sanders
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide
By Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
By Robert Laberge
By Sunil Soares
Karsten Oehler, Jochen Gruenes, Christopher Ilacqua
By Anthony Giordano
By Bill Carpenter
Have you registered for the conference yet? I haven’t but will soon. Here is where you can find all the registration information: http://bit.ly/attendIOD
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I've been reading the book "Making it Big in Software" by Sam Lightstone and as a result, I've been thinking quite a bit about careers and all the skills that go into making a satisfying career. On top of Sam's book, I've been reading his blog and have noticed a few articles that I'd like to share with you.
First the articles.
Last year I read an article called "5 sure ways to get fired" and I wrote a blog entry about the article. This blog entry that I wrote has turned out to be one of my most viewed entries... "Trying to Get Fired?"
A few weeks ago I came across another article that sounds similar: "10 Ways to Make Yourself Layoff Proof". This is a slideshow, with not much information, but you'll find that Sam covers most of these topics in his book.
Today while waiting in line for coffee, I noticed an article posted on the bulletin board called "Soft Skills are Sexy". Clearly I don't go to coffee very often... the article was published last June! Luckily it can still be found online. Again, you won't be surprised by anything in this article, but note that these skills are also mentioned in Sam's book as being important.
Now about Sam's book. If you read my blog, you'll already know that I'm both a fan of Sam's and of his book. I'm doing what I can to promote Sam's book as it fits in well with my job as publishing program manager, but also with the team I'm on... education.
I would say that the thing most surprising about Sam's book so far is the number of audiences that it appeals to.
1) Obviously this book would appeal to anyone in university about to embark on a full time job. As Sam mentions in his book, school is much different than a job as a software developer in a big company... and to be successful, you need to learn the differences and adjust your behaviour for maximum impact. I really wish that this book was available when I graduated! I was really new to a corporate environment since I came from a family that was into farming and construction. I have noticed throughout my career that collegues that had professional parents were able to work the system much better than I could. This book will help bridge that kind of gap.
2) Similar to those in university are those in the first couple of years on the job. Once you've figured out what you like and dislike about your job / career, you can use the advice in this book to make a real difference as to whether you are put on the fast track or not. The two things that stand out to me at this moment are: 1) become a domain expert; and 2) follow through on your inspirational ideas! These sound so easy to me...yet apparently they are rarely done!
3) People in their mid career can benefit from this book as they can figure out why they may have stalled, if they have, or how to rise a few steps higher, if they so choose. The advice in this book is suitable for any stage of your career.
4) Recruiters. Sam tells stories about when he was recruiting new employees and the types of people he favoured. Over time he realized that he wasn't looking for the right qualities! This goes hand in hand with the fact that school success and career success are quite different. You might be surprised by Sam's findings.
5) Someone I spoke to yesterday gave me this tip. He is a manager and wants to read the book so that he can help his employees reach their potential. What a great manager! I think he should win an award of some kind! But what a great idea. Managers who read this book will become better mentors and coaches from their employees. A successful team reflects very well on the leader of the team!
I strongly encourage you to read the book for yourself and to recommend it to others. Here are a few of the websites that I suggest you read for further encouragement:
Facebook Fan Page - more than 400 members at the time of this writing. This has been a fairly active page so far, so even if you haven't read the book yet, become a fan and learn more about the author and events surrounding the book.
LinkedIn Group - Career based articles and events about the book will be posted here.
Sam's Blog: The Making it Big Blog. Sam has been summarizing some of the points he makes in his book and blogging about them. Active blog and interesting entries.
Valerie's Blog: yesterday Valerie Skinner posted a lengthy interview that she did with Sam on her blog. It is a very interesting read and you'll learn about Sam's up bringing and passions.
Quite a few people have been posting their reviews of Sam's book. Here are a bunch of them:
eweek: The Golden Age of Software - "What makes the book particularly attractive was Sam’s willingness to go out and interview other software stars, including Google’s Marissa Mayer, Java inventor James Gosling and Apple founder Steve Wozniak. The interviews alone are worth the price of admission."
utahcon: Review- Making it Big in Software - "Making it Big in Software is a great read, it is something I think that every software developer would have loved to have had when they were breaking into the software world. I know I would have loved to have had it.
Sam Lightstone has put together what could easily be called the blueprint to a successful career in software. He covers college, post-college pre-career, interviewing, resumes, fitting into the work environment, salary discussions, and more, much more."
Dr. Dobbs - Review of Making it Big in Software - The author accurately concludes that the road to software development career success is attained by following mythologist Joseph Campbell's advice to "Follow your bliss".
Java Ranch - Review - "Making it Big in Software" is a career book that manages to apply to people at many levels. It is good for students, new hires, mid level software professionals and those interested in starting their own company.
iProgrammer - Review - "Software is an amazing place to build a career". If you agree with this sentiment that opens Sam Lightstone's book you are likely to enjoy reading it and find it motivating.
I hope that you take my advice and pick up this book! You can purchase it in many places right now for about $20... which is very inexpensive! You can get a cheaper copy in electronic format. Once you read the book... I'm sure you'll become as passionate about it as I am!
Making the World Work Better - The Ideas that Shaped a Century and a Company
This is the opening line in the new book about IBM to mark its 100th anniversary. I’ve just received a copy of the book and have read the foreword by Sam Palmisano. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book and will post a review of it on my blog when I’m finished. The answer by the way:
I celebrate my 22nd anniversary working for IBM this summer. I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed my job and the various challenges I’ve been trusted to own. The best part about working for IBM is the people. One of the things that Sam mentions in his foreword is that it has been sometimes intimidating to work with such intelligent people. I love working with the smart people who I’ve met who work at IBM, are partners with IBM, customers of IBM, and best of all, IBM Champions or Gold Consultants. I don’t always feel at par with these people, but luckily for me, I’ve still felt completely accepted.
This week as we celebrate IBM’s centennial, IBM world-wide has many planned events. Here in Toronto we have a celebration planned for Thursday that include a BBQ lunch for employees & retirees, presentations by special guests, Centennial videos, and an IBM artifacts exhibit. I’ve volunteer to help decorate the building for the event and am looking forward to celebrating with my co-workers.
IBM has also encouraged every single employee in the world (more than 400,000 people) to donate 8 hours to some charitable event. I haven’t signed up for an event yet, but some of the options include tree planting, judging science projects, and acting as a leader at a children’s technology day camp. I love that we’re doing this. As I mentioned above, I find that IBMers are quite intelligent and I like that we are able to give back to the world to help make it work better!
A few months ago I blogged about IBM’s centennial and provided links to the very creative videos that were created to celebrate. I strongly encourage you to check out these videos. This blog entry also mentions IBM Watson, the super computer that competed on Jeopardy in February. What a happy coincidence it has been to have IBM Watson gain so much attention in 2011… the year IBM turns 100. This just shows you that “we’re not dead yet”.
During all the media events surrounding IBM Watson, there was a video made on TED.com (Technology, Entertainment, Design) that I strongly recommend that you watch:
I rarely watched TED videos before this one, but now I’ve been enjoying the many videos that are available on many topics. Today the featured videos was
Not only is IBM Watson mentioned but so are many really amazing technology advances in the field of medicine. The world has so much promise with so many smart people trying to make it work better!
Here are the details of the book, that is available for purchase at Amazon and other bookstores:
by Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, Jeff O’Brien; foreword by Sam Palmisano
Thomas J Watson Sr’s motto for IBM was THINK, and for more than a century, that one little word worked overtime. In Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company, journalists Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, and Jeffrey M. O’Brien mark the Centennial of IBM’s founding by examining how IBM has distinctly contributed to the evolution of technology and the modern corporation over the past 100 years.
The authors offer a fresh analysis through interviews of many key figures, chronicling the Nobel Prize-winning work of the company’s research laboratories and uncovering rich archival material, including hundreds of vintage photographs and drawings. The book recounts the company’s missteps, as well as its successes. It captures moments of high drama – from the bet-the-business gamble on the legendary System/360 in the 1960s to the turnaround from the company’s near-death experience in the early 1990s.
The authors have shaped a narrative of discoveries, struggles, individual insights and lasting impact on technology, business and society. Taken together, their essays reveal a distinctive mindset and organizational culture, animated by a deeply held commitment to the hard work of progress. IBM engineers and scientists invented many of the building blocks of modern information technology, including the memory chip, the disk drive, the scanning tunneling microscope (essential to nanotechnology) and even new fields of mathematics. IBM brought the punch-card tabulator, the mainframe and the personal computer into the mainstream of business and modern life. IBM was the first large American company to pay all employees salaries rather than hourly wages, an early champion of hiring women and minorities and a pioneer of new approaches to doing business--with its model of the globally integrated enterprise. And it has had a lasting impact on the course of society from enabling the US Social Security System, to the space program, to airline reservations, modern banking and retail, to many of the ways our world today works.
The lessons for all businesses – indeed, all institutions – are powerful: To survive and succeed over a long period, you have to anticipate change and to be willing and able to continually transform. But while change happens, progress is deliberate. IBM – deliberately led by a pioneering culture and grounded in a set of core ideas – came into being, grew, thrived, nearly died, transformed itself… and is now charting a new path forward for its second century toward a perhaps surprising future on a planetary scale.
Article: IBM Patent: 100 Years of High-Tech Innovations
I know several patent holders and Master Inventors who work at IBM: Sam Lightstone, Mike Winer, Cathy McArthur, Joanna Ng, Arthur Ryman, Andrew Trossman, Mark Wilding, Danny Zilio, and Calisto Zuzarte.
I read an interesting article on eweek.com about IBM’s patents: IBM Patent: 100 Years of High-Tech Innovations. They listed 10 important patents and I was surprised by some of what they picked, including Ultraviolet Surgery! From the Centennial films we learned that IBM invented the punch card, UPC codes, airline reservation systems, and much more.
IBM has been earning many patents every year, but recently has surpassed 5000 patents in a single year! IBM inventors received a record 5,896 U.S. patents in 2010—which marked the 18th consecutive year the company topped the list of the world’s most inventive companies.
Even if you’ve watched the two Centennial films already, I encourage you watch them a second or third time. The films are well done, educational and very inspirational. See my blog for links to the films: Some Important / Cool IBM Events in 2011. Fmore details about the 100 most influential innovations and why they made the list, see: http://www.ibm.com/ibm100/us/en/icons/
Happy Centennial IBM!
Last week we ran a twitter chat about compression in the new DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration. If you took part, you’ll agree with me that this is a very popular topic!
To lead up to a twitterchat, we gather articles and blog entries to build a reading list. We also ask our influencers to write about the topic. With a little help from our friends, we were able to achieve greatness.
Here’s a summary
The second big idea behind BLU Acceleration pertains to how DB2 encodes and compresses data and the way that it ―packs‖ the CPU registers. This topic is thoroughly covered in the first chapter of this book that was released in electronic format. Here are a few quotes from this chapter:
Be sure to download your chapter from this flashbook: DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration and learn from the authors Paul Zikopoulos, Matthew Huras, Sam Lightstone, George Baklarz, and Aamer Sachedina.
Video: Actionable Compression in DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration
Paul Zikopoulos talks with Master Inventor Sam Lightstone in this video called “Actionable Compression in DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration”. BLU compression allows you to work on the data while the data is still compressed. This is changes the game! Find out more by watching video.
Video: Client Praise for IBM DB2 BLU Acceleration - Speed, Access, Data Compression
Customers who took part in the early release of BLU Acceleration realized incredible results in terms of compression. Watch this video with Kent Collins, John Schlesinger, Andrew Juarez to learn more.
Test Drive DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration!
I hope this has peaked your interest. Give it a try yourself. Download the free 90-day trial.
Podcast with Triton
Our friends and IBM Champions at Triton have created a podcast series to discuss the 7 big ideas of DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration. The second podcast in the series covers the topic of acceleration. Listen to DB2 expert Iqbal Goralwalla and IBM DB2 Program Director George Baklarz as they take us this ground breaking technology.
From IBM”s website:
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Congratulations to Matthias Nicola for being named the best overall speaker from the IDUG EMEA conference that took place last year in Vienna.
Here are the details for the Matthias’ presentation:
E15: The XMLTABLE Function – A Swiss Army Knife for Application Developers
You can purchase a recording of this session by clicking here and searching for session E15.
Some other details about Matthias that you should know. Not only can he present well, but he wrote a great book too:
You can also keep up with Matthias more regularly through his blog:
Are you attending IDUG this year in Anaheim? It takes place the first week of May and if you’re attending, you can catch two of Matthias’ sessions:
E14 - The XMLTABLE Function – A Swiss Army Knife for Application Developers!
C04: Understanding and Tuning Page Cleaning in DB2
For more information about IDUG, see my blog entry: IDUG = International DB2 User Group
This past February, in my blog titled Year of the e-Book, I highlighted a variety of online resources for avid readers and predicted that this year is the year of eBooks. Low and behold – I wasn’t too far from the truth! Today, I am surrounded by eBook enthusiasts. I personally use a Kindle; my son, a Sony. Just last night, my visit to the neighbourhood bookstore reminded me just how much I can save if I buy new releases in their electronic format.
I’d like to share some resources that I think you will really benefit from.
If you haven’t read an eBook before, now’s a good time to change that. Books published through IBM Press, MC Press, Apress, and Packt can now be purchased in the traditional print, Kindle, or PDF format, in addition to online book engines such as Safari Books Online and Books 24x7. The beauty of this phenomenon is that, in order to access eBooks, you don’t have to own a reading device. Smartphones (equipped with apps) and computers (armed with software programs) serve as perfect substitutes for optimizing your experience.
One of the many benefits of accessing Books 24x7 is that you can read an electronic book offline. All you have to do is download it! Upon subscribing to the portal, you will be able to search for keywords across hundreds of titles, bookmark books, keep track of what chapter you are on and more. Even if you prefer reading a printed version, the engine will help you filter through an enormous amount of content to find the most appropriate title of interest.
IBM employees can access Books 24x7 via employee home pages. This portal is now offered to many schools as well. IBM Press books are on this site, as are books from many other publishers.
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine and, essentially, the same as Books 24x7. In addition to IBM Press books, Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles are also available. If you are looking for a personal subscription, Safari’s prices are quite affordable. At times, if you’re lucky, you’ll even get a free trial.
Electronic Book Readers
These handheld devices were designed specifically for reading books. This means, they are roughly the same size and weigh as much as a book. However, the text is easier on the eyes. Best of all, they are portable! The best known ones in the market at this time are the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle and Sony eBook Reader.
A variety of publishers are already presenting me with e-book strategies for future publications. This new channel will make books available immediately in an online format of some kind. Printed copies will be available in limited quantities and/or if a request has been placed. This will reduce, if not eliminate, the need for publishers to have warehouses crowded with printed books, thus remaining environmentally friendly. The biggest benefit of all, however, is that publishers will now be able to more easily update books whenever necessary. This will drastically change the rate at which updated knowledge and information becomes available.
Have we reached the era where readers only want online books? In my humble opinion, not yet. Perhaps there will always be a market for printed books (if you could only see my desk, you'd know just who makes up a good chunk of that market!).
My Christmas present, the Kindle, constantly reminds me of the benefits of reading using such a device. Without a doubt, the Kindle is just the beginning. Everywhere you turn, a different and, possibly, more innovative device is waiting to be explored: Sony, Nook, iPad, apps on iPhones and Blackberries, and the list can go on. Frankly, it will only get harder to keep up with all of them.
To sum it up, the mainstreaming of the phenomenon of eBooks is showing no signs of stopping so get on board today. You will be glad you did.
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This year we published 3 very popular Flashbooks for the IOD conference that took place in 2011. A flashbook is a small, single-purpose printed book that we produce specifically for attendees at conferences and events. We feel that this is a way to summarize some of the key messages that we think you’ll benefit greatly from. With a book such as this, you get a single version of the truth, rather than trying to filter through vast amounts of information on the internet.
If you didn’t attend the conference, or didn’t get a printed copy of the book… no worries. We also create e-book versions of each and have them available to you and everyone, free of charge. The books that were created and distributed in past years are also still available and many are still quite relevant.
Here are your choices:
Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data by Dirk deRoos, Chris Eaton, George Lapis, Paul Zikopoulos, Tom Deutsch
Get your free copy on the IM Bookstore Website
Big Data represents a new era in data exploration and utilization, and IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate this transformation. This NEW Flashbook reveals how IBM is leveraging open source Big Data technology to deliver a robust, secure, highly available, enterprise-class Big Data platform.
The three defining characteristics of Big Data—volume, variety, and velocity—are discussed. You’ll get a primer on Hadoop and how IBM is 'hardening' it for the enterprise, and learn when to leverage IBM InfoSphere BigInsights (Big Data at rest) and IBM InfoSphere Streams (Big Data in motion) technologies. Deployment and scaling strategies plus industry use cases are also included in this practical guide.
Flashbook: DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve Performance by Cristian Molaro and John Campbell
Get your free copy on the IM Bookstore Website
Under the current economic climate, businesses are under significant pressure to control costs and increase efficiency in order to improve their bottom line. DB2 for z/OS customers around the world are still trying to gain competitive advantage by doing more with less: more business insight, more performance, more operational efficiency, more functionality, more productivity with less cost, quicker time to market and a lower TCO.
With the support for DB2 Version 8 scheduled to end in April 2012 there has never been a better time to start planning your DB2 10 upgrade - there are many more reasons to upgrade to DB2 10 and users will see significant business benefits. Here are the top 10 reasons why we feel you should start planning your upgrade.
1) Improved performance, reduced software license costs
2) Increase the number of concurrent users by a factor of ten
3) Reduce contention in database administration
4) More administrative capabilities while database is online
5) Improved security and auditing
6) Maintain “snapshots” of changing data – Temporal Data
7) Improved portability via enhanced SQL
8) Enhanced pureXML performance and usability
9) Improved productivity for database/systems administrators and application programmers
10) Better online transaction processing performance – Hash Access
Flashbook: Customer Experience Analytics: Fast, Intelligent and Action-Packed by Arvind Sathi
Get your free copy on the IM Bookstore Website
The book includes four major segments. First segment introduces the concept of Customer Experience Analytics using a series of customer experience scenarios. It also establishes the scope and focus for the book in types of customer experiences covered linking it to the Customer Life Cycle and a variety of communication touch points. The second segment introduces business value for Customer Experience Analytics. It frames the measurement dimensions, sensitivity across geographies, organizational life cycle and industries, and ways to quantify the business value. Customer Experience Analytics is a journey across maturity levels. We establish here the levels of maturity and what an organization can expect at each level of maturity. The third section covers the solution architecture for CEA solution with components offering real-time processing, intelligence and autonomics. It includes components for data collection, storage, modeling, reporting, and integration with action. This section includes choices that must be made to keep the solution simple and easy to implement. The fourth section concludes our findings and discusses some of the changes we see in the architecture as new disruptive technologies evolve.
This book is intended for semi-technical audience. It uses a series of scenarios (real as well as imaginary), case studies and allegories to illustrate the CEA business opportunity, solution and program to senior and mid level business and IT management. The technical terms are defined and indexed for easy reference. Hopefully, sales executives will also use this book to make their audience aware of the opportunities, and get their interest in exploring a solution for CEA.
Some of the books that were given out in previous years that still may interest you can also be found on the IM Bookstore Website, and include the following:
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box
by Roger Miller, David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Pureka
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence
IBM Cognos Analytics and Cloud Computing: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud
If you go to the “Books by Product” page on the bookstore, you’ll also find a few other free e-books listed along with excellent titles that you may wish to purchase.
Enjoy all the free learning available to you!
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IDUG = International DB2 User's Group, so you'd expect there to be many presentations at the annual conference that are done by users. And you're right. And what a great bunch of users who are part of the IDUG team! Here are some who I haven't mentioned on my previous blog entries:
756: Hell’s Kitchen; DB2 9, A DBA’s Recipe for Success , Rob Crane II, FedEx
360: Crossing Over - A Mainframers Guide to DB2 LUW, Jim Wankowski, Quest Software
533: Varsity SQL for the Busy DBA, Fred Sobotka, FRS Consulting, Inc.
434: DB2 Z/OS V8 Data Warehouse Conversion to DB2 LUW 9.5, William Gannon, Palm Beach County School District
547: Spatial Data Management on DB2 for z/OS; Customer Experiences at John Deere, Sooraj Ali, John Deere
397: Auditor's Guide to DB2, Thomas Baumann, Swiss Mobiliar
735: De-mystifing JDBC Universal Drivers - for the z/OS DBA, Billy Sundarrajan Fifth Third Bank
613: DB2 9 for z/OS: What's New Since GA?, Phil Grainger, Independent consultant
572: Enabling Oracle Applications on DB2 - an Early User Experience, Bernie O'Connor, Anixter Inc.
450: Squeeze the Most Out of your Indexes in DB2 9!, Jim Dee, BMC Software Inc.
590: DB2 for z/OS SQL Performance Choices, Daniel Luksetich YL&A
782: Table and Index Design Strategies: Looking Forward to DB2 9, Susan M Lawson, YL&A
784: Mainframe DB2 Data Warehousing 2010, Robert Catterall, Catterall Consulting
294: Where my requests spend time? --- First taste DB2 9.7 Time Spent metrics, Pak Kwan Fifth Third Bank
495: DB2 for the Oracle DBA, Jim Wankowski Quest Software
447: Understanding Your DBA?? It Can Be Done!!, Brad Price, Werner Enterprises
351: Solving Warehouse Source Data Issues Using DB2 on z/OS , Robert Goodman, Florida Hospital
91: An A to Z of DB2 for z/OS Backup and Recovery, Phil Grainger, Independent consultant
574: Static SQL and Access Path Review - Tips and Tricks , Paul Walters, Sallie Mae
576: Major Locking Issues with New SQL (2 Parts), Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation
558: DB2 Security – Ammo From the Trenches, Rebecca Bond
321: DB2 9 tricks for COBOL programs, David Churn DST Systems, Inc.
343: A Few Things to Know Before Migrating to DB2 9 for z/OS, David Simpson Themis Inc.
550: Unlocking the Mysteries of the DB2 Log, Paul Turpin, S1 Corporation
408: Scaling Enterprise Data in the Cloud, Albert Lee xkoto, Inc.
448: Rev up your SQL Applications with Enhanced Statistics!, Jim Dee BMC Software
288: DB2 9 Package Stability: Migration, System and Daily Database Maintenance, Ulf Heinrich SEGUS Inc.
736: DB2 z/OS – Hands free approach to maintenance of multi terabyte tables, Billy Sundarrajan, Fifth Third Bank
402: DB2 LUW Index Design and Best Practices, Scott Hayes, DBI
347: Java DB2 Developer Performance Best Practices, David Beulke, Dave Beulke & Associates
345: Exploiting DB2 9.7 Monitoring and WLM Functionality, Philip Nelson ScotDB Limited
V05: You Killed the ELEPHANTS but MOSQUITOES are Killing YOU!, Scott Hayes - DGI, Phil Grainger - Grainger Consulting
V07: Reveal Your Inner Genius with BMC Software, Rick Weaver - BMC
312: Do you really want NOT to LOG ?, Steen Rasmussen CA
570: John Deere's User Experience with DB2 9 New Features, Bryan Paulsen, John Deere
297: Wake Up to Hibernate, John Mallonee, Highmark Inc.
491: Optimize DB2 Buffer Pool performance with the new Performance Wizard and Buffer Pool Tool® for DB2, Joel Goldstein, Responsive Systems
467: Package Versioning for High Availability, John Maenpaa, Health Care Service Corporation
346: Moving to DB2 9.7 : User Experiences, Philip Nelson, ScotDB Limited
311: RTS is your friend – Optimize DB2 housekeeping., Steen Rasmussen, CA
631: A 411 on the DB2 Directory, William Arledge, BMC Software
628: Ask not what the Optimizer can do for you ? ask what you can do for the Optimizer!, Suresh Sane DST Systems Inc
445: The Caveman Chronicles: How We Took our DB Performance from Ice Age to New Age!!, Brad Price, Werner Enterprises
639: IFI you don't know, ask!, Jeff Gross, CA
624: Best Solution in DB2 for z/OS , Frank Petersen Bankdata
566: DB2 Compression and performance impact, Robert Donaldson LSSiData
466: DB2 Attachment Facilities, John Maenpaa Health Care Service Corporation
298: DB2 LUW and Oracle Environment Standardisation (CA-IDUG Award 2009), Peter Suhner, AXA Technology Services Switzerland AG
151: Solving the DB2 Database Administration Dilemma, Randy Goering, DST Systems Inc.
V11: Improving the Performance of the Enterprise, Raymond Meza - Eccox Software Group
V12: Tune Mainframe SQL Like a Genius , Bill Arledge - BMC Software
563: Generic Attach on Z/OS (or attachment demistifyed), Jack Bailey, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
59: The Return of the DB2 Top Ten Lists, Craig Mullins
620: DB2 LUW Design Advisor - db2advis ? Miracle-Worker or Monster-In-Law, Alexander Kopac, Home Depot
485: How a Performance Database Can Help Save the Day! , Mark Wilkinson, AMICA Mutual Insurance Company
484: A practical guide to storage tiering with DB2 for z/OS, Paul Pendle EMC
EU2009 Best Speaker: 623: How to Cope with Soap? WebServices on DB2 for z/OS, Frank Petersen Bankdata
565: High Performance Free Form Text Searching in DB2: Text Search vrs NSE 9.7, Robert Donaldson, LSSiData
618: Diagnosing & Curing? Lock, Wait and Performance Bottlenecks, Alexander Kopac Home Depot
526: Lessons Learned from SQL Performance Reviews , Sheryl Larsen, Sheryl M. Larsen, Inc.
794: DB2 9 for z/OS Migration Planning Survival Guide, Linda Claussen, Themis
627: Real-world strategies for managing undesirable access paths, Suresh Sane, DST Systems Inc
743: My Memorable Moments with DB2 LUW, Debra Wong, Marriott International
210: The Power SQL PL, Herb Vogel, JB HUNT Transportation
436: DB2 Administration for Better Performance and Low Cost, Sigen Chen, Lockheed Martin
I recognize a few new names here, which is wonderful! Thanks to all speakers and good luck at your session! I hope you are filled to capacity :)
Check out the bookstore that will be onsite where you can purchase books from Rebecca Bond, Susan Lawson, Daniel Luksetich, Craig Mullins and others.
Monday isn't listed above, as the educational seminars are taking place that day. Be sure to check out the offerings. Don't forget about the free certification exams you can take!
Check out my previous blog entries for a list of all the InfoSphere sessions as well as details about the fun events that are planned.
Recently Lenny Liebmann, InformationWeek Contributing Editor and Larry Heathcote,Program Director for IBM's Data Management solutions recorded a webcast “Is Your Database Really Ready for Big Data”. They discuss the role of DataOps in the modern data infrastructure and the importance of your database in production.
On June 26 we wish to expand this discussion and would like you to join us to share your thoughts and opinions.
Join us for a #bigdatamgmt Twitterchat on the topic of “Is Your Database Really Ready for Big Data?” – June 26th, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET.
Our special guests for this Twitterchat are:
You can follow along—and join the discussion using the hashtag #bigdatamgmt.
We look forward to your thoughts and comments on the #bigdatamgmt twitterchat hosted by @IBM_DB2 (Susan Visser).
How do you join in?
If you use a Twitter client like twubs.com, log in with your twitter account, and search for the hashtag #bigdatamgmt. Then as participants tweet with the #bigdatamgmt hashtag, those tweets will appear on the page.
Review the tips for taking part in our tweetchat via this slideshare.
How do you participate?
Review the discussion questions so you can prepare your thoughts and answers. When the question is posed, begin your response with A1: for question 1 and A2: for question 2, and so on. This makes it easier to follow the conversation throughout the chat. No answer is wrong!
To prepare for this Tweet Chat, I suggest the following:
Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great. (Paperback)
by Sam Lightstone
Sam works at the Toronto Lab and the book will be published in Jan or Feb next year. Sam is willing and available to speak at events on topics related to the book.
Here is the link to pre-order the book:http://bit.ly/MakingBig
Feel free to spread the word about this book! I've read most of the chapters already and think that the advice that Sam gives is amazing!
Software development is unique industry that includes many of the trappings of corporate American culture, and many odd divergences. It’s an industry where teenage hackers compete head-to-head with MIT PhD graduates. A world where crinkled t-shirts and unlaced running shoes coexist with stock options and executive titles. The dynamic and somewhat bohemian quality of the software industry introduces unique challenges in building a successful software career.
More importantly the insight on how to get ahead in the software business simply isn’t taught in formal degree programs. With supporting data from Gartner Group, IBM, KPMG, Standish Group and others this book discusses the dynamics of software development organizations, and how to build a successful career. In addition the book includes interviews with some of the most influential software innovators and leaders of the past 30 years – ACM Turing Award winners, and CEOs of major corporations alike; people who literally changed the world. These interviews add an intimate and profound quality to the book.
Table of contents: (details: http://bit.ly/MIBdetails)
Chapter 1: Makin’ it big
Chapter 2: School versus job
Chapter 3: What good software is really about
Chapter 4: Mission impossible? Getting a job in software development
Chapter 5: Making the most of the early years as a software developer
Chapter 6: Essential skills. Some are even technical.
Chapter 7: The sweet science of software R&D organizations
Chapter 8: Working the org
Chapter 9: Successful software project proposals
Chapter 10: Career advancement
Chapter 11: Time management
Chapter 12: Avoiding software development overruns
Chapter 13: Zen and the critical art of balance
Chapter 14: Career killers
Chapter 15: Leadership in software innovation
Chapter 16: Secret insights on software project management
Chapter 17: The big leagues. From medium-shot to big-shot
Chapter 18: The big leagues. From big-shot to visionary
Chapter 19: If only I’d known then what I know now
Chapter 20: Going out on your own: The “software startup”
Chapter 21: Compensation: Kuh-ching!
Chapter 22: Making it big?
Appendix A: Contents of a business plan for software startups
Appendix B: Historical timeline of software innovations
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I find it easiest to blog about DB2 certifications for a couple of reasons. Mainly because my former job was Certification Program Manager, so I was responsible for all V7 and V8 DB2 exams, including the first DBA exam for DB2 for z/OS. It is hard to get some of these details out of your head, so when I blog, this is easy.
Also, I work in the Toronto lab and am surrounded by DB2 experts in all categories of software development. Again, this puts DB2 on my mind more than any other area of IM. And finally, DB2 is the most popular certification program in IBM’s SWG. I hope that I was part of the reason for the massive popularity for some of the strategies I put in the place way back when, but who knows and who cares. I’m very pleased it is a popular program and as such, this again makes it easy to blog about DB2 rather than other IM programs.
But… certification does exist outside of DB2, and you should know about these as well. Here they are, but product group:
Dynamic Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
Pass Exam 719 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes & Redbooks.
Information Platform Solutions
Pass Exam 418 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 421 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 419 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 422 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes, Product Documentation, and Redbooks.
Pass Exam 416 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 415 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 417 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 423 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 420 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
IBM Certified Application Developer
Pass Exam 556 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes, Product Documentation, and Redbooks.
Pass Exam 559 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes and Product Documentation.
IBM Certified Database Associate
Pass Exam 555 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes and Free Tutorials.
Pass Exam 558 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes and Product Documentation.
IBM Certified Solutions Expert
Pass Exam 914 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 913 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
IBM Certified System Administrator
Pass Exam 918 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes and the following book:
Administering Informix Dynamic Server: Building the Foundation by Carlton Doe.
Pass Exam 919 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes and Free Tutorials.
Pass Exam 553 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes and Product Documentation.
Pass Exam 551 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes and Product Documentation.
Pass Exam 552 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes.
Pass Exam 550 to earn this certification. Study resources include IBM classes and Product Documentation.
After writing this, I realized another reason why I tend to focus most of my blogs on DB2 Certifications. The only products with published certification guides are DB2 products. I know of some related books that go with many of these products, but I can’t say for sure if they would be helpful in passing the exams. Watch for a future blog entry that lists the books that do exist for these products.
PS… If you like this post, consider following my blog. More like this to come in the future! Thanks!
Did you attend The DB2Night Show on Friday? We had the second show in this year’s DB2’s Got Talent Competition. I was on vacation during the first show, so IBM Champion Cristian Molaro was kind enough to fill in as a judge for me. I’ve listened to the replay, so here is my summary of both the first and second shows in this series.
Feb 1 - Show 1 of the DB2’s Got Talent Competition - watch the replay.
There were supposed to be a few other contestants on this show, but they were no-shows. We were still able to hear from Ember Mohankumar and Eric. All three gave great presentations.
Ember - tips for running db2haicu. Ember is moving on to the finals.
Mohankumar - DB2 LUW data movement utilities. Mohankumar is moving on to the finals.
Eric - the best ways to build an audit table using the partitioning feature of DB2 LUW. Eric was chosen as an alternate.
Feb 8 - Show 2 of the DB2’s Got Talent Competition - watch the replay.
We had 5 contestants on this show: Adam, Chris, Renu, Juliano and Sanjay.
Adam - The Real Benefit of Solid State Disks (SSD) Hardware Upgrade.
Adam’s story was about doing a hardware upgrade that greatly benefited a DB2 9, SAP, and WebSphere Commerce system. Adam’s presentation provided the basics, but didn’t give enough information to see why an upgrade of this kind was necessary. Adam was chosen as an alternate.
Chris - Making Life Easier - Letting DB2 Manage your Backup and Archived Transaction Logs.
Chris provided great times that are very easy to follow. They have 2 DBAs in their office and many databases, tables, and data to manage. Great story about how they were able to handle such a workload. Chris has been chosen as a finalist.
Renu - Small Changes, Big Results - Load Performance
Another presentation with great tips. Renu is moving on as a finalist.
Juliano - Efficient Aspects of Deleting Data in DB2 LUW
So many ways to delete data! Juliano will be a finalist.
Sanjay - Plan Management
This was a DB2 for z/OS topic... and a huge topic it is. Sanjay was chosen as an alternate.
Coming up on the show:
Feb 15 - Episode 3 of the DB2’s Got Talent Competition. There may still be room for one additional contestant.
Feb 22 - OK... now the judges are being put to work on this show. Martin Hubel, Klaas Brant and myself have been asked to put together presentations to share with you!
Thanks again to our amazing host for putting this show together: IBM Champion Scott Hayes!
Congratulations to Serge Rielau for starting a new blog: SQL Tips for DB2 LUW
I think there are already 6 very complex and detailed entries... so if SQL is your thing... this is a blog you should follow.
Maybe I'll see if we can turn this into a book at one point in the future as well ???
*** NOTE: I've corrected the link.