Pragmatic viewpoints of Open Computing
Top 5ive Supermarket Tricks at SmartMoney.comTHESE DAYS, A trip to the supermarket can set you back as much as your car payment. And that's exactly what supermarkets are aiming for. By using clever tricks, stores lure you into buying more than just what's on your shopping list.
"Surveys find that about 40% of what we actually buy [in the supermarket] are impulse items, products that were not on our list," says Phil Lempert, a supermarket industry expert.
How do the supermarkets do it? Here are five tricks of the trade:
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Here's the short answer of how to change hostname and ip address of a DB2 database server.
1. change the file /home/db2inst1/sqllib/db2nodes.cfg with the right hostname. If the server is called sampleserver.ibm.com. The file should have one line with "0 sampleserver.ibm.com 0".2. change your db2 client setting. Execute "db2set -g DB2SYSTEM=sampleserver.ibm.com". Check to see if it was set correctly by executing "db2set -all". If it isn't set, change to root or db2inst1 and try again.3. Execute "db2stop" and "db2start"
Here is a link for details -> FAQ: How do I rename a server that is running DB2?[Read More]
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IBM is big on certifications. In fact, to get above a certain pay grade, you have to be Open Group Certified. I'm on the path to get my Open Group Master Certified IT Architect and ITIL v3 Foundations Certification.
Certifications That PayAccording to Foote Partners, "Of the list of eighteen certifications displaying the most growth in pay over the past twelve months, nine (or 50 percent) are IT security certifications". At the top of the list, with a 34.5% rise in pay over the last twelve months is the GIAC Security Expert (GSE). Other notables are the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Cisco security certifications (CCSP, CISSP, & CCNP), Planet3 certifications (CWNA, CWAP, & CWSP), and the Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI).
The only other area of pay growth was in Architecture and Project Management certifications. The two standout certifications in this group are The Open Group's IT Certified Architect at the master level and the popular Project Management Professional (PMP).
Highest Paying Certifications - List of the Highest Paying CertificationsAccording to recent salary surveys by ZDNET's Tech Republic organization, the following are the highest paying certifications to have in the technology industry.
Following each certification is the average annual salary being paid to individual responders that hold the certification. I have also listed training resources to learn more information about how to acquire each of the highest paying certifications.
1. PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)With an average annual salary of $101,695, the PMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) organization tops the list of highest paying certifications for the current year.
2. PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)Next highest on the list of highest paying certifications is PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). The average annual salary for CAPM holders that were surveyed is $101,103.
3. ITIL v2 - FoundationsWith an annual average salary of $95,415 the ITIL v2 Foundations certification came up third on the list of highest paying certifications. ITIL stands for the IT Infrastructure Library. The ITIL certification is designed to show expertise in ITIL service support and service delivery.
4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)Coming in at a close 4th on the list of highest paying certifications is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional or CISSP certification from (ISC)2. The average annual reported salary was $94,018.[Read More]
Tivoli Unified Process - IBM® Tivoli® Unified Process (ITUP) is a Web-based tool that provides detailed documentation of service management processes based on industry best practices, including the recently released ITIL® V3 best practices. ITUP enables organizations to significantly improve IT efficiency and effectiveness by enabling users to easily understand processes, the relationships between processes, and the roles and tools involved in an efficient process implementation. ITUP represents the collective experience of IBM experts based on thousands of customer engagements. With more than 17,000 registered users, ITUP is a leading source of service management information.
Web-based documentation at http://alberttwong.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/IBM_Tivol_ Unified_Process_7.1.4/
Download the process at http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/governance/servicemanagement/itup/tool.html
Flash demo at http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/library/demos/itup.html
Research firm Gartner believes that 80 percent of all commercial software applications will include open-source components by 2012. Gartner notes that the value and robustness of open-source software offers compelling opportunities for commercial software developers to reduce development costs. This prediction was included in a collection of educated guesses published by the company late last month in an effort to provide insight into possible trends for the coming years.
"By 2012, 80 per cent of all commercial software will include elements of open-source technology," Gartner wrote in a report. "Many open-source technologies are mature, stable and well supported. They provide significant opportunities for vendors and users to lower their total cost of ownership and increase returns on investment. Ignoring this will put companies at a serious competitive disadvantage. Embedded open-source strategies will become the minimal level of investment that most large software vendors will find necessary to maintain competitive advantages during the next five years."
Rational Unified Process - IBM Rational Unified Process® (RUP®) is a comprehensive process framework that provides industry-tested practices for software and systems delivery and implementation and for effective project management. It is one of many processes contained within the Rational Process Library, which offers best practices guidance suited to your particular development or project need. If you'd like a free poster, you can sign up for them at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/rupposter/
Here is a sample of a RUP project - http://alberttwong.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/RUP/SmallProjects/
I've been busy lately working on my new startup to address the public and private Cloud Computing markets. Here's the details behind my startup.
How does it work?
Our goal is to configure the IBM Software to meet 90%+ of the typical requirements that customers have of IBM Software. Using best practices provided by the product InfoCenters, along with Redbooks, White Papers and IBM DeveloperWorks articles, Appliance Foundry has distilled them in a pre-installed, pre-configured IBM Software appliances. Appliance Foundry has appliances for the following IBM Software products:
* IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment
Appliance Foundry is a registered IBM Business Partner and can be reached at http://appliancefoundry.com
If you're free Jan 14 and in the bay area, I will be speaking about Retail to the SD Forum, one of the oldest professional meetup groups in the Silicon Valley area. See below for the details.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP2475 Hanover StreetPalo Alto, California 94304Category: EducationWebsite: http://www.sdforum.orgEmerging Technologies in Physical Retail presented by Albert Wong, IT Architect, IBM, and ACM Distinguished Speaker
Abstract:Two major themes are driving the invention and adoption of technologies in physical, bricks-and-mortar retail: (1) the need to make the physical retail experience as trackable, analysable and steerable as the online experience, and (2) the redesign of retail environments by customer type. In this talk, Albert Wong of IBM will survey the leading new retail technologies (including ecash, guided selling, radio frequency identification, and near field communications), and explain how they are being deployed by major retailers such as Best Buy, Walgreens, 7-Eleven, McDonalds, Marks and Spencer, and Virgin. Mr. Wong will also cover the software and hardware infrastructure developed to support those emerging technologies.
Bio: Mr. Wong is an IT Architect with IBM Retail On Demand Emerging Business Opportunities (EBO), an IBM skunkworks charged with increasing IBM's business and technical solutions within the retail industry. He was formerly with the IBM Global Services Linux and Grid EBO, building IBM's initial entry into the Linux and Grid Computing market, and with IBM Global Services Application Services and IBM Sales and Distribution Technical Sales Support. Mr. Wong's experience spans the spectrum of IT business and technical development, including technical pre-sales, solution design and implementation, offering development, and ecosystem enablement. He also co-leads the IGS Open Source Community of Practice, an IBM internal grassroots knowledge network with 7,100+ members.
Free to SDForum & ACM members, $15.00 for non-members.
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Want to know more about cloud and grid computing? Learn how you can use Infrastructure as a Service to get a full computer infrastructure using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). See the similarities, differences, and issues to consider in grid and cloud computing. Explore some of the security issues and choices for Web development in the cloud, and see how you can be environmentally friendly using cloud computing.
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Subway maps make a great framework for organizing things other than subway stations: the unique colored lines, the distinct neighborhoods, the interesting intersections. Design firm Information Architects have just released their latest Web 2.0 map.
http://www.zoomorama.com/2477f0e8b447bb6570493cdac464c41f for a bigger map.[Read More]
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I thought the following article was pretty good at some of the pitfalls with IT.
The 7 deadly sins of IT management | InfoWorld | Analysis | 2008-12-15 | By Dan TynanLet the IT manager who is without sin cast the first stone.
OK, we're still waiting.
Odds are, you've committed some venal sins at work -- if not mortal ones. Whether it's falling prey to gadget lust, hoarding information, avoiding necessary but onerous chores, coveting thy neighbor's budget, venting anger all over your staff, or letting ego get in the way of the job, we're all guilty of something.
Not surprisingly, most of our transgressions find their foundation in the classics: lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, envy, wrath, and pride. With apologies to Dante Alighieri, here are the seven deadliest sins IT managers can commit.
(The identities of the sinners have been obscured to protect the guilty. Read and learn from their wicked ways.)
Read. Repent. Repeat. Then go forth and rectify.[Read More]
Have you ever noticed that no matter which Best Buy you go into, you end up seeing the same people working there? That's because there are seven types of people that work at every single Best Buy, with no exceptions.
A little known fact about me is that I worked at Best Buy for a couple of years in high school before getting fired for badly, badly abusing the employee discount system. But while there I learned a lot about the types of people that work in such an establishment, and I've noticed the same people in other Best Buys that I've been to since. So here are my list of the seven types of people you'll find there, from a former employee's perspective.
Next time you go to Best Buy, be on the lookout. I promise you'll see at least a couple of these characters.
via The Seven Types of Employees You Meet at Best Buy.[Read More]
By June 2003, IBM had made significant progress in changing the way it managed new, emerging businesses. Describes the development of a separate management program at IBM designed to identify, fund, and shepherd new businesses through growth. Traces the history of the program, its evolution, and the current challenges senior management faces in scaling up the program.
Understanding and becoming Service Oriented Architecture Certified - IBM Certified SOA Solution Designer
People generally agree what is Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). However everyone slightly disagrees with the scope (depth and breath) of how much SOA can play inside an enterprise.
With that said, if you're looking for one of the most comprehensive SOA stories in the market, there is a great class that you can take that really goes into detail about IBM's SOA vision (free for students and business partners). Once you complete the class, you can get certified as an IBM SOA Solution Designer. Below is more details about the class and the certification you can take.
----------------------------------Test 667 - Architectural Design of SOA Solutions (https://www-03.ibm.com/partnerworld/vic/wps/myportal/mypoc?uri=service:deep_link&courseid=1908)
The SOA Test 667 Certification preparation course is designed to aid in the successful completion of the SOA 667 Certification exam. This course provides an overview of the objectives in the exam. You will learn about applying the SOA approach to solution Architecture, the position and benefits of SOA with respect to business and IT strategy, be able to define the role that standards play in an SOA solution, apply the IBM SOA Reference Architecture and leverage the IBM SOA Foundation and apply proper design guidelines for an SOA solution. Along with this you will review the application of the SOA infrastructure, implementation of selected patterns, services enablement for existing assets, user interaction implementation, Business Process Management implementation, security implementation, service management implementation, information management implementation, quality assurance and ensure that governance is properly applied to the SOA realization. This course will provide an overview of the objectives, but is not meant to be solely used for the preparation of the SOA 667 exam.
----------------------------------IBM Certified SOA Solution Designer (http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/45000102.shtml)
This intermediate level certification is intended for solution designers, or consultants and architects with previous experience designing SOA application components and business integration solutions. They are part of project teams responsible for designing SOA solutions.
This certification validates the candidate-s ability to assess and translate client requirements for business process flexibility and agility into a service-focused software solution, using Service Oriented Architecture principles.
Under the direction of the SOA Solution Architect, this SOA Solution Designer:
* Articulates the value of SOA solution in the context of the business strategy * Validates customer business requirements, identifying and documenting current processes and infrastructure related to the business requirements * Assesses the client-s readiness for SOA organizationally and technically * Defines an appropriate roadmap for SOA adoption and governance * Determines services and tasks based on the business process model * Establishes service definitions that satisfy both functional and non-functional requirements * Designs the service integration environment and incorporates IBM SOA Foundation and Reference Architectures * Articulates architectural/design decisions * Applies existing best practices and technology standards for SOA and services design in the solution implementation * Provides guidance and review for SOA implementation, deployment and management
This SOA Solution Designer is generally self-sufficient and is able to perform most of the tasks involved in the role with limited assistance from peers, product documentation and vendor support services.[Read More]
I was talking to T-Rob (who I think is the lead of IBM WebSphere MQ Security Practice @ IBM, is one of the experts in the field of WebSphere MQ) and I asked him what are his "must haves" for day to day operational care and feeding of WebSphere MQ he gave me the following list. IMHO, it's a pretty darn good list and should be listed as a best practice to have these installed for every single WMQ installation.
My "must haves" include