I can hardly believe that Information On Demand 2009 is well underway! Many of my colleagues are at the event running activities like the Skills Hub, Certification Lab, Certification Lounge, IOD Bookstore, and more!
If, like me, you aren't physically at the event, you can still follow it from home. I was just checking out Twitter @IODGC2009 and it really is buzzing with activity. In the time I was looking (less than 5 minutes) 40+ new tweets became available. Impressive! So as my last entry in my IOD 2009 series, I am going to provide you with ways to connect with the event from home.
Read about important sessions as they happen with live blogging! Adam Gartenberg is updating his blog directly from the event. Check out his blog here. He has already posted a very thorough blog about the opening session with many posts on the way I'm sure! Adam also points to Todd Watson's blog as he is also blogging live from IOD.
A huge number of tweets are being sent out by attendees and IBMers directly from the event. Follow @IODGC2009 and the #IOD2009 twitter hashtag for all the newest posts. Adam Gartenberg posted a handy list of IDs to follow from @IOD2009 - check out his list here.
Experience a virtual EXPO floor with virtual spaces - new for 2009! Create your personal avatar an interact with all the pedestals that are available on the real expo floor! Learn more at the IOD Virtual Spaces website.
If you'd like to learn more about some of the IM activities going on at the event for Support, Services, and Education, check out the other posts in my IOD series:
The Information on Demand Conference is only 10 days away... so what should you be doing now to make sure you are ready to make the most of your IOD experience? Well, I'll be happy to give you a few suggestions!
First things first, check out the conference schedule and plan your activities. You'll get more done and won't miss out on exciting opportunities such as talks, demos, and book signings if you know what is going on where. That said, everything is not on the master schedule (it would be impossible to list it all)... so I suggest checking out the IM IOD Services webpage to find the important IM activities/events of the conference. These include:
- Support, Services and Education Hub
- Information Management Services Consulting Corner
- Pre-conference Education Classes
- IM Education Hands-on Demo Room
- Discounted Online Education
- Support Tools and Resources Demonstrations
- Free Certification Testing and Certification Lounge
- IBM Redbooks
Now, one of the highlights for many attendees each year is the opportunity to take FREE Information Management Certification Exams. But remember... this is only a great opportunity if to choose to study before you go. Don't try to wing it - get prepared!! Visit the Information Management Certification program website to find Roadmaps, Preparation guides, Preparation tutorials, Practice tests, and Certification guides. If you don't know which exams you want to take, you can search for exams here.
Another suggestion is know who you want to talk to. IOD is one of the rare times when some of the best minds in IM Services, Support and Education are available to chat directly with you. If you've been thinking of engaging Services on a project or setting up onsite training at your organization, for example, think ahead and come to the conference ready to ask your questions and discuss possibilities. You don't want to leave the conference wishing you'd asked someone a question when you had the chance... so take every opportunity!
In addition to knowing who you want to talk to, know what information you want to bring back to your workplace. To do this, I'd encourage you to visit an eLiterature kiosk at the event. eLiterature kiosks are located all around the Expo (including the Skill Hub) and allow you to browse through available information, select only those pieces relevant to you, and have them delivered direct to your email address. No need to lug a bag of paper around anymore! Like many of my colleagues, I've been busily populating the kiosks with the latest info about IM Education and more... so be sure to check out a kiosk when you see one at the event.
Learn more about the conference and register at the conference website. I hope you enjoy IOD 2009!
Attention everyone... T minus 17 days to Information on Demand 2009. I can't believe it is almost here!
So for my next IOD post I am going to cover the always popular Bookstore and Support Tools and Resources Demos.
My coworker and fellow blogger, Susan Visser, is the Publishing Program Manager for Information Management. As always, she'll be at the bookstore at IOD ready to point you in the direction of the books you need on your shelf - you know, the ones that will help you out when you've hit a wall programming, or ones that give you tips to get certified, or even the ones about new topics you want to learn about.
Highlights of the IOD 2009 Bookstore include:
- Book signing by Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point.
- New IBM Press Books, including the following:
- DB2 pureXML Cookbook: Master the Power of the IBM Hybrid Data Server
- Fine-Tuning the Business of Information Technology: A Practical Guide to Optimizing Your IT Budget
- Dynamic SOA and BPM
- IBM SOA Foundation
- Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
- The Greening of IT
- and more!
Visit Susan's blog or the IOD Services page for more information about the bookstore.
The Support Tools and Resources Demos are the place to be if you want to learn about IBM Electronic Support (aka IBM eSupport) and the new IBM Support Portal. Learn from the experts who will highlight online Support tools and resources including the Support Knowledge Base, documentation, proactive alerts and notifications, fix pack downloads, the Electronic Service Request tool and more. Plus learn how you can personalize the IBM Support Portal to your products and interests.
Demos are available:
- Thursday 12:30 - Tour, Try and Talk About The New IBM Support Portal (BOF-2838)
- Thursday 1:30 - How can I resolve my problems faster using IBM Electronic Support? (TOD-2643)
For more information about the demos or the Bookstore, visit the IOD Services page.
There is still time to register! Click here for more information.
Oh yes... and here's the tip!
Visit the Skills Hub to pick up a copy of a DB2 Skills DVD packed with resources, games, and software. Visit early because last year these DVDs were gone quickly!
To continue my IOD series I am going to tell you about some extremely valuable places to visit during this year's event. I'm talking about the IM Education Hands-on Demo Room and the Information Management Services Consulting Corner.
IM Education Hands-On Demo Room
By now, you've probably heard all about the new flexible Training options from IBM. But even though you've heard of them, you may not understand exactly what they are, how they work, and which option is right for you. At the Hands-On Demo room, you'll be able to see and try Instructor-Led Online (ILO) courses and Self-Paced training courses. You'll leave the room better informed about the Training solution that fits your budget and your time constraints. Try a new way to learn!
The Demo Room will be located in the South Convention Center on the second floor, Surf A. The Demo Room is open Tuesday 12:00pm to 5:00pm and Wednesday 9:30am to 12:00pm.
Information Management Services Consulting Corner
Do you want access to our expert Services consultants from Cognos, DM, ECM, and InfoSphere? Do you have a question about your next project or implementation? Are you wondering exactly how IM Services can help you? Visit the Consulting Corner for advice and counsel from our expert consultants. Learn all about our pre-defined services offerings and best practices which can accelerate your next implementation project.
The Consulting Corner is located on the EXPO floor.
For more information about these and other IOD activities, visit our IOD Services page.
To continue my IOD series, I am going to tell you about the money you can save on IBM Web-Based Training as an Information on Demand attendee.
Let’s face it – you may not have had the same budget to take training courses and build your skills this year that you had in previous years. But that doesn’t mean you can afford to fall behind on your skills and education plans. It is now more important than ever to stay current and ahead of your peers.
IOD 2009 Attendees can grow their skills without breaking the bank. This is because all attendees from the US and Canada receive a 65% discount on select IBM Web-Based Training (WBT) courses! Talk about a great way to extend your conference education with training that is both convenient and cost effective.
Course collections include:
- Data Management Collection: List price $1498, You pay $525 (65% off!)
- DB2 Everyplace V9 Tutorial
- DB2 LUW – Developer in a Day Workshop
- DB2 LUW V9.5 Fundamentals
- Informix Dynamic Server V11
- Cognos Collection: List Price $894, You pay $315 (65% off!)
- IBM Cognos 8 Analysis for Excel: Analyze Data in Microsoft Excel (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Analysis Studio: Analyze Data (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Cognos Connection for Consumers (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Go! Dashboard (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Query Studio: Build Ad Hoc Reports (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Report Studio: Introduction (V8.4)
- Enterprise Content Management Collection: List Price $1,695, You pay $595 (65% off!)
- What's New with IBM FileNet P8 4.5
- IBM FileNet P8 Prerequisite Skills 4.5
- Enterprise Architecture and Frameworks
- Business Continuity Planning
- BPM for Success
- Imaging Essentials
- InfoSphere Collection: List Price $750, You pay $265 (65% off!)
- Overview of IBM Information Server DataStage - v8
- Introduction to IBM Information Analyzer - v8
- How to Analyze Data (Using Information Analyzer) - v8
- Overview of QualityStage
- Overview of InfoSphere Information Services Director – v8
Stop by the Support, Services and Education Hub or the IM Education Hands-on Demo Room at IOD to discover the value of self-paced training.
Customers and Business Partners who attend the conference will receive an e-mail with complete instructions on how to purchase the WBT Collections at this exclusive 65% discount immediately after the conference ends. The discount offer is available until January 31, 2010 and access to courses expires on March 31, 2010.
For more information about this discount, click here.
To sign up for IOD 2009, click here.
Next up in the IOD Series: the Support, Services, and Education Hub
This is the second year that you will be able to visit the Hub at IOD. If you were in attendance last year, you may recall “meeting” the Hub Dude, networking with experts from Support, Services, and Education, and learning what’s new in each of these different areas. Although I wasn’t in attendance, I have a Hub Dude (a USB hub) sitting on my desk in front of me now.
So, if you are attending IOD and want to talk to experts and gain technical insights about Cognos, Data Management, Enterprise Content Management, and/or InfoSphere software, you’ll want to drop by the Hub. Our Support experts can explain why Support is a critical part of business productivity. Our Services gurus can share some of their success stories and how they can assist you with solution implementation and best practices. And, our Education team can talk to you about your Training needs and walk you through hands-on demonstrations of our latest Training options (such as Instructor-Led Online and Self-Paced Virtual Courses). Plus, you can talk to experts from developerWorks and Redbooks and learn more about these valuable resources.
While you are at the Hub, you will be able to pick up a FREE Redbooks DVD preloaded with Information Management Redbooks! These DVDs have gone quickly in the past, so visit early to make sure you get one.
The Hub will be located outside the Expo on level one between the registration desks and the bookstore.
This is how I see it:
experts + demos + networking + Support + Services + Education + developerWorks + Redbooks and free DVD = you’ve got to visit the Hub!
With all these experts around, you should start thinking early about questions or business challenges you might want to discuss with them. They are already looking forward to talking with you. Make your visit to IOD valuable from the moment you step past the registration desk by visiting the Support, Services, and Education Hub.
Time for entry two in my IOD series. Today's topic: FREE (that's right... FREE) certification testing for registered attendees.
Here are the details: Registered IOD Attendees can take up to three Information Management exams at no charge. This includes COGNOS exams. If three won't cut it and you'd like to take more certification exams, you pay a discounted fee of $100 USD per exam (that is a savings of 50% off the regular price).
If you would like to take a Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere, SOA, and/or XML certification exam, you can do so at the discounted price of $100 USD. FileNet Certification Exams and Technical Sales Mastery exams will also be available free of charge at IOD.
When people ask me for certification tips, I always tell them study, study, study! Take advantage of resources before you get to IOD so you are ready on testing day. These resources include certification study guides, free online preparation tutorials, and online practice tests to assess your readiness prior to IOD. And, if you are swamped leading up to the conference, why not register for one of our pre-conference certification crammer courses?
As always, new certification exams will be available at this year's IOD conference, including:
- IBM Certified Database Administrator, DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, & Windows, Exam 541
- IBM Certified Application Developer, DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, & Windows, Exam 543
- IBM Certified Database Associate, Informix Dynamic Server V11.50, Exam 555
- IBM Certified Specialist, IBM Optim Implementation for Distributed Systems (2009), Exam 551
- IBM Certified Specialist, IBM solidDB and IBM solidDB Universal Cache, Exam 550
- IBM Certified Solution Developer, InfoSphere QualityStage v8.0, Exam 419
Learn more about these new exams on the certification website
Add a new industry-recognized certification designation to your list of 'to-dos' a this year's IOD conference to grow your skills for 2010.
IOD certification testing will be at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The testing lab will be located on Level 2 of the South Convention Center in Surf DEF. Visit the conference website for more information, such as hours of operation. If you would like to register for IOD, click here.
Some may call September "back to school" season... but I like to think of it as the start of IOD season. Although many people have been working on it for months, this is when we really start to ramp up and get excited for the Information On Demand Conference. This year, IOD is taking place October 25-29 at the always fantastic venue of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Will you be there?
In my next few blog posts, I'll be letting you know about key events, people, and places you need to know about at this year's IOD. Today's topic: Pre-conference Education
Why not start your IOD experience off with a bang and register for pre-conference education? These full-day classes will be offered on Sunday only, October 25th, 2009
from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. As an IOD attendee, you can take advantage of preferred
attendee pricing of US $399.00 and get a full day of education,
delivered by professional IBM instructors. Seats for these classes are limited... so sign up soon to reserve your spot.
Here are the classes available to you:
- DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX & Windows DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 541) - Speaker: Roger Sanders
- DB2 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer (Exam 732) - Speaker: Susan Lawson
- DB2 Operational Performance - Success without Stress - Speakers: Rajib Sarkar and Albert Grankin
- DB2 LUW 9, x Problem Determination - Speaker: Aman Lalla
- IBM FileNet BPM 4.5: Optimizing Your Process for Information on Demand - Speakers: Mary Paez and Phong Chu
- Leveraging DB2 Optimizer - Speaker: Samir Kapoor
- Overview of IBM Cognos 8 BI (Version 8.4) - Speaker: John Wilcox
It's hard to believe that another Information on Demand conference has come and gone. Although I didn't attend IOD, I spoke with some of my coworkers who were there to hear all about the event.
The newly launched Skills Hub was a big success with many people visiting the Hub to learn about Services, Training, Certification, Books, developerWorks, Redbooks, and Support. Attendees were eager to meet the Hub Dude (a five foot tall Hub Dude cutout greeted Skills Hub guests and those who took the Skills Hub survey took home a much smaller dude - a USB 2.0 Hub.) There was significant buzz at the Skills Hub about Instructor-Led Online training. Attendees were also able to get their hands on the hot-off-the-press new skills DVD "Boost your DB2 9 Skills + Gaming" featuring the latest information about DB2 9. If you weren't there or didn't get a DVD, look for it at other events in 2009.
The Certification lab was jumping during the conference with many attendees earning an IBM Professional Certification. Hot topics were the new 2008 certifications:
- IBM Certified Solution Developer, InfoSphere DataStage v8.0 (Exam 418)
- IBM Certified Solution Designer, InfoSphere Warehouse V9.5 (Exam 719)
- IBM Certified Solution Developer, DB2 9.5 SQL Procedure Developer (Exam 735)
- IBM Certified System Administrator, DB2 9 for z/OS (Exam 737)
Learn about these and all the other Information Management Professional certification exams at ibm.com/software/data/education/certification.html
There was a little extra competition in the lab this year since the test takers who earned the top three scores each day were awarded with iPod Shuffles! The next seven top scores each day received a 2GB USB key. I'm wishing I was there and could have got my hands on one of those awards.
And, like previous years, IBM Certified Professionals were pampered in the Certified Members' Only Lounge!
The Information Management Bookstore was a spot of activity at IOD, with the large number of book giveaways and signings generating plenty of excitement.
Well, another year and another successful IOD conference. Thanks to everyone who visited our team at IOD. If you missed the event visit ibm.com/iodskills to learn more about our offerings.