I have so much that I want to tell you about last week’s IOD11 conference, but I keep running out of time! I wasn’t able to connect last week while at the conference, so I had much mail to respond to today. So, here are the highlights, but look for more entries in the next few weeks.
1) People. Wow… were there a lot of people at the conference! I spoke to many people and made so many new friends. I’m already looking forward to IOD 2012 to see them again. Last year was amazingly well attended, and this year had more attendance. Thanks to all of you who attended! And… sorry for not spending time with the many people who have emailed me saying that they came to the bookstore to see me, but I wasn’t around!
2) Books. We sold more books this year than we did last year… and last year was a record for us. Shortly I’ll have all the details and will be able to tell you which books were best sellers. I can tell you from what I witnessed at the signings that the most popular books were Moneyball, Cognos 10, and Bold… followed closely by Netezza, Data Warehouse, and Data Integration. More on these books later.
3) Michael Lewis and Billy Beane. One of the highlights for me was meeting Michael and Billy. I’ve read two of Michael’s books and fully intend to read others. I really like his style of writing and encourage you to pick one up if you haven’t. Billy is amazing… friendly, good looking, athletic… I found it hard to believe he has a temper! The talk that the two of the had in the opening session on Wednesday was a lot of fun and for those who missed it, I can only guess that it will be edited before it is releases as a video, if it is released at all. The signing was truly amazing… never have I seen such excitement for a book. For those who missed the fact that there was a signing…. make sure you keep reading my blog as I’ll know in advance who the speaker will be and if it is an author, will read their books before the conference.
4) Jeff Jonas. He opened the conference with a short but amazing talk on Monday morning. In my opinion, he was the highlight of the day.
5) Train. The event on Tuesday featured the band Train. They were great. The lead singer knows how to work a crowd. The food was lacking, but everything else rocked! Sal Vella and I hung out and made the best of the opportunity to meet & greet as many people as we could.
6) Women. The WIT event on Wednesday night was the best attended WIT event I’ve ever attended! Is it because it was just announced that Ginny was taking over from Sam as CEO? Or was it better promoted? In any case, we have more reason than ever to celebrate women at the event. Inhi took a photo of the 300 attendees and sent it to Ginny who was touched by the gesture. The one shadow over the event was the tribute we had for one of our female colleagues who had just passed away due to breast cancer. Many of us at the event knew her well and were deeply saddened by her suffering and our loss. RIP Linda!
7) Champions. We have new champions this year and more coming. I am very lucky to know many of them… but there are many more who I’d like to meet. I had breakfast with Susan and Terry, who I nominated to be champions.
8) Flashbooks. We produced 3 new flashbooks for this conference and were blown away at the response. Let’s start with the Big Data book. We gave out 3000 copies after the Monday opening session. I couldn’t believe that we went through all the books, so spent the rest of Monday looking for the rest of my shipment. It was proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I did in fact receive all the books and yet, it is possible to give away that many books in half an hour! I then ordered 1000 additional copies to give out to the many disappointed people who were unable to get a copy on Monday. The other two Flashbooks also generated a huge amount of excitement and I was very pleased to see us “sell out” of every single copy. If you missed your copy, watch for another entry from me about how you can get an e-version of any of these books free of charge.
9) Walking. Last year I wore a pedometer and walked 99 miles. I inspired my team who were running the “Services, Support & Education Zone” to have solar-powered pedometers as their giveaway. I’m sure that there are several people who were able to beat my distance from last year! Let me know if you did. I didn’t wear a pedometer this year, but know that I walked many a mile. I still say “ouch” with nearly every step!
10) Social Media. I gave two presentation about social media and received positive feedback from these sessions. I have more to tell you about this topic, but wait for another entry. Before the conference, I created 25 blog entries to help promote the many events that were planned. I’m happy to say that I have had the more views this month than any other month since I began blogging. I hope that means you find my entries helpful. I wasn’t able to tweet while at the conference, so I thank those who tweeted about my entries. Long live blogging!
More to come!
Another book that will publish just in time to be launched at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference is
By Roger Sanders
Roger will be at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference this year and will be available for two book signings at the Conference bookstore:
Monday October 24 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday October 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Soon you’ll be able to add this signing to your Smart Site Schedule. This book and another of Roger’s books (DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes)that will also launch at the conference will be sold at the Conference Bookstore for a 20% discount.
About the book:
I’ve already read the book and highly recommend it. It covers everything that you need to know & do in order to get an article or book published. What makes this book so different than others of the same sort is first of all Roger’s extensive experience in writing technical books and articles and second his explanation of an author contract. I personally find legal contracts to be very difficult to understand and I have little interest in putting in the effort to understand all the terms that appear in an author contract. Roger put the effort in, and it shows. He goes through each clause and term that you’ll encounter and explains it in a very understandable way. In addition, Roger gives examples of what he’s encountered throughout his career and how the various clauses in the contract affected the situation.
Getting the skills to write well isn’t nearly as hard as you think. Here are the basics that Roger covers in his book:
1. Schedule time to write. If you wait until you’re “in the mood to write”, you’ll never get anything done! Set goals for how much you want to accomplish and move to another section if one is causing you grief. Reward yourself as targets are reached.
2. Have a strong outline before you start to write. I know it sounds cliché, but the more up front planning you do, the easier the writing will be. Even for technical documents, you should “tell a story”. Have a beginning, say a problem that needs to be solved; a middle, the search for a solution; and an end, a strong conclusion.
3. Let some personality show through in the writing. There are some cases where dry, factual writing is required, but where it’s not, let the writing be conversational or slightly casual to be of interest to the reader. Always think of your reader. Even if the writing is just for a school paper, the last thing you want to do is to bore the reader so that the ending is never reached.
4. Diagrams and tables are useful, but ONLY if they are tied tightly with the text. Don’t put them there just for filler because they’ll never be looked at. The best idea is to add reference numbers to the diagrams and have text to lead the reader from one point to the next. If that sounds like too much work, maybe the diagram isn’t really needed.
5. No one’s writing is perfect… every author needs to review and revise their work many times. Most authors get quite tired of reading what they’ve written by the time it is “finished”.
To make revision as easy as possible, Roger suggests that each time you go through your draft, look for one specific thing at a time. For instance, the first time through, check that you are using the active voice instead of passive. Next, go through and look to make sure headings and lists use parallel wording. Next, look for words that are commonly spelled incorrectly that will not be caught by a spell checker. And so on.
6. For everyone, but especially if you are English-second language, consider reading the text out loud or have the computer read it to you. You may be able to hear problems in the wording easier than you can read them. Also, look at past comments you’ve received on writing assignments. Likely you often make the same errors every time you write, so pay close attention to how your previous errors were corrected, and go through your document to specifically focus on improving these problem areas.
8. One last piece of advice. If you’re writing a technical document, your goal is not to make it “beautiful”… your goal is clarity. You want to ensure that anyone who reads what you’ve written understands your technical messages.
There are a lot more details that will help you, so I encourage you to get a copy of Roger’s book.
Roger is also attending the IOD conference to share his expertise on DB2 Certification. He was an exam developer of many DB2 exams and is the instructor at a highly rated Pre-Conference Certification Crammer Course: (9Q020) DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows DBA Certification Crammer for Exam 541 . His other book, DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes will help you pass one of the free exams that are being offered to attendees.
Other blog entries about IOD Events:
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
A DB2 Symposium is a three day training event with one day seminars presented by industry leading consultants. The DB2 Symposium fills the gap between a conference and a multi-day training. The DB2 Symposium is unique because you can join us for 1, 2 or 3 days, depending on your needs and budget. In the past I’ve seen many IBM Champions on the schedule including Bonnie Baker, Martin Hubel, Bryan Paulson, and IBMers such as Melanie Stopfer, Matt Huras, and Tim Vincent.
The team that brings you the DB2 Symposium wants to know what you like and what you don’t like by answering this survey.
What is a Symposium?
In ancient Greece a Symposium was a meeting where they discussed a topic. So is the DB2 Symposium. These one day seminars began in 1999 and have been very successful. The feedback over the years has been very positive. But times are changing and the team wants to be sure that they are still fulfilling your needs.
I haven’t attended a DB2 Symposium, but I’ve worked at several that have taken place in Toronto. I like the format and find that many people attend for a day or two allowing them to get excellent education, but with fewer interruptions to their home life. This is of course if the Symposium is taking place in the city where you live or work. You can help influence this by filling out this survey. This survey is for USA DB2 users, so don’t even attempt if you are outside the USA. Perhaps the events outside of the USA are already located in convenient locations… like the one in Toronto.
Another reason to fill out the survey is to win a prize. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a full 3-day DB2 Symposium Pass or another prize. The survey closes Sunday December 18, 2011, so don’t delay.
The questions on the survey will ask you about the topic you want covered as well as where you want the event to take place. For a symposium to work well, the right balance of topics needs to be scheduled. You can influence the agenda by filling in the survey, saying what you would like to see in the sessions. The 2012 schedules will be adjusted to what you want, so be sure to send this survey to others in your area who may also to attend the symposium.
See http://www.db2-symposium.com for details. Results for this survey, including the winner, will be made public in the DB2Night Show of 20 December (Eggnog party and Scott’s 50th birthday).
Pass this information on to ensure that you continue to have world class education brought to you by experts.
I know… what happens in Vegas is supposed to STAY in Vegas. But I’m going to break that rule and give you links to a few videos that you’ll want to check out.
First, check out the interviews I did with some of the authors who were doing book signings at IOD11. I interviewed:
Sandy Carter about her latest book Get Bold: Using Social Media
Tony Giordano for his book Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling
James Taylor for his latest book Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics to Build Adaptive, Agile, Intelligent Systems
You can find all three videos on the IBM Press Book’s Channel on YouTube.
To go with the author them, remember to check out the audio interviews I did before the conference for the IM Skills Cast Series. I interviewed Roger Sanders, Roger Johnson, Filip Draskovic, Sunil Soares, and Bob Laberge.
Here are a few interesting clips that I found on YouTube that you may want to take a look at.
I’m already looking forward to IOD12. If you are too… here is the info so you can block your calendar and start building a justification to attend.
This year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference (#IOD11), there is a crammer course for InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 (Exam 422). If you use this product, you may want to earn an industry-recognized IBM Information Management certification by passing Exam 422. Passing this exam is a great way to validate your skills on the InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 product. Remember, if you are a registered Information On Demand conference attendee, taking the exam is free. Normally it is $200 per take, so you are saving significantly.
To help you pass this exam, consider taking the Crammer course that is being offered for the first time at this event: (9Q061) InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification Crammer for Exam 422. This course is being offered the day BEFORE IOD begins: Sunday, October 23. You can register in advance or show up early morning to register at the event.
The instructor for this course is Dale Buckingham. Dale is a learning consultant and technical architect for InfoSphere.
This one day crammer course is designed to introduce you to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification exam 422. The material for this course is aligned with the 422 exam objectives.
To gauge whether you need to take this course or not, consider taking the assessment exam. Normally these exams cost $10, but for conference attendees they are free and will show you how much more you need to know to pass the exam. Beyond this crammer courses, check out the other types of education that are available to learn the material to pass this exam. Of course, you may not have time to take any of this education before going to IOD, so the crammer course may be the best timing and value.
The test contains six sections totaling approximately 62 multiple-choice questions. The percentages after each section title reflect the approximate distribution of the total question set across the sections.
Section 1 - Methodology (5%)
- Describe the steps in data quality methodology.
- Understand the impact of data integration preparing.
Section 2 - Design Considerations (18%)
- Identify the steps for standardization.
- Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge how to optimize QualityStage jobs using parallel concepts.
- Given a scenario, describe how to handle data from multiple countries.
- Describe initial vs. delta vs. real-time design considerations. (may use scenarios)
Section 3 - Investigation (10%)
- Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of investigation types.
- Given a scenario, describe how word investigation results can be used.
Section 4 - Standardization/Addresses/Postal (11%)
- Describe the differences between address certification, verification, and standardization. (may use scenarios)
- Define what the standardization stage is and how to use it. (may use scenarios)
- Given a scenario, describe the purpose of standardization and what results are produced by the process.
Section 5 - Rule Sets (16%)
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to customize standardization rules. (may use scenarios)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the components of a rule and their functions.
- Demonstrate knowledge of managing standardization rules.
- Demonstrate knowledge of user defined standardization rules.
Section 6 - Matching (21%)
- Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of match concepts.
- Describe the match job components. (may use scenarios)
- Given a scenario, describe how to review and tune a match.
- Demonstrate knowledge of managing match specification (re-usability). (may use scenarios)
- Given a scenario, demonstrate knowledge of match job design to achieve optimal performance.
Section 7 - Survive (10%)
- Describe the purpose of survive.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the different rule types for surviving data and when to use them. (may use scenarios)
- Describe how to implement a survive stage.
Section 8 - Setup and Troubleshooting (10%)
- Identify how to troubleshoot a QualityStage job. (may use scenarios)
- Describe how to configure data quality environment functionality.
- Describe QualityStage deployment considerations. (may use scenarios)
- Demonstrate knowledge of NLS/non-NLS install and its impact on QualityStage stages. (may use scenarios)
Good luck on this an any other exam you may choose to take at the IOD conference this year.
Don’t miss the chance to save $200 per exam. The conference offers free exams to attendees. Impress your boss by coming home with shiny new certifications!
FREE Information Management Certification testing at the Information on Demand Conference (IOD11) continues to be very popular. Earning an industry-recognized IBM Information Management certification is a great way to validate your skills on our newest products. So, if you are a registered Information On Demand attendee, you'll want to start preparing now for your upcoming certification exam.
All attendees are eligible for three complimentary exams at the conference. Complimentary exams apply to all Information Management, Business Analytics and Enterprise Content Management Professional Certification and Technical Sales Mastery exams. A 50% discounted fee for all subsequent exams will apply. We will also be offering the discounted price of $100 for all Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere, SOA, and XML Certification exams.
Don't miss this opportunity to validate your skills and demonstrate your proficiency in the latest IBM software technology and solutions. Ensure your success on exam day with the help of our preparation resources. Arrive early and take advantage of pre-conference crammer and training classes on Sunday offered at preferred attendee pricing of US $499.00. With 7 courses to choose from, you should not miss this opportunity to advance your skills with a full day of education, delivered by professional IBM instructors. The certification testing will be located at Surf DEF.
View a complete list of IBM SWG certification exams.
Certification at IOD11 will be available during the following hours:
- Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
- Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
- Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
- Wednesday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.*
- Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
* Please note: The closing times listed above are for the last exam seating available on that day.
In the new podcast series “IM Skills Cast”, Susan Weaver, the program manager for the IBM Information Management Certification Exams and I discussed the exams and the procedure to take them for free at the IBM Information on Demand Conference. Listen now: Conversation with Susan Weaver.
Judy Nall, Susan Lawson, and Roger Sanders who are IBM Champions, famous authors… and instructors of Certification Crammer courses will once again be teaching their popular crammer courses on Sunday October 23 to help you prepare to pass your exam. For details, see my blog entry Certification Crammer Courses: IOD pre-conference training.
Come to the Conference Bookstore to see the growing collection of Certification Guides that are available to help you study: Bookstore Activities – IBM Information on Demand Conference.
Remember that doing well on your exam will pay off in more ways than one. If you get the Daily Top Score on your Cert test you could win a gift certificates for the Logo Store.
I’ve been working on these for the last month and I’m happy to announce that I have the first 7 podcasts finished and ready for you to download and listen to.
At this time I focused on the upcoming book and certification events that are taking place at the IBM Information on Demand Conference later this month. I hope to add many more podcasts to the series and plan to interview experts throughout the IM education area.
As I say in the introduction, this is the series that introduces you to authors, instructions and other subject matter experts in the IBM Information Management area. Here is what I’ve competed so far:
Episode 1: Conversation with Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
This is a discussion I had with Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic about their latest book: “IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples”.
Episode 2: Conversation with Roger Sanders
This is a discussion I had with Roger Sanders about his latest book “DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes”.
Episode 3: Conversation with Bob Laberge
This is a discussion I had with Bob Laberge about his latest book "The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights".
Episode 4: Conversation with Susan Weaver
This is a discussion I had with Susan Weaver, the program manager for the IBM Information Management Certification Exams and the procedure to take them for free at the IBM Information on Demand Conference.
Episode 5: Conversation with Sunil Soares
This is a discussion I had with Sunil Soares about his latest book: “Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function”.
Episode 6: Conversation with Roger Sanders
This is a discussion I had with Roger Sanders about his latest book "From Idea to Print - How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published".
Episode 7: Conversation with Martin Keen
This is a discussion I had with Martin Keen from the IBM Redbooks team. We discussed what the IBM Redbooks are and the books that will be handed out at the IBM Information on Demand 2011 Conference.
There are so many people I’d like to interview for this series and now that my editing skills are improving, I’ll be able to do them more often with increasing levels of quality. If you’d like to do a podcast with me, let me know.
I hope you like these. Share your feedback.
The IBM Information on Demand (IOD11) Conference is a little more than a week away. I feel the excitement through the IOD Social Media Aggregator. If you haven’t been to this site yet, you should check it out. It combines tweets & blogs & photos from many different sources and allows you to watch some of the events via livestream. You can even sign up and make comments yourself. We always like to hear from people so come and join the fun!
Explore this site a bit… you can filter the content by contributor’s name, find all content for a particular topic, see who has been singled out as the featured contributor, and see who is the top contributor.
I’ll be located at the Conference Bookstore starting on Sunday and hope to meet as many of the attendees as possible! Come by and check out all the books that are available for a 20% discount. You’ll be truly amazed at the great books that have published this year, many just in time for the conference. I plan to blog & tweet while onsite, but normally I get so busy with the crowds that this is impossible. I’ll try though!
For a summary of the books & flashbooks that are being featured at the conference, see these two blog entries:
Flashbooks at IOD
Bookstore Activities – IBM Information on Demand Conference
Whether you’re at the conference or not, you can stay in the loop with what is happening via the IOD Social Media Aggregator. Definitely a page worth book marking!
I bet you know an IBM Champion or two! I know I do. I’ve blogged about this wonderful group in the past and lovingly call them “IBM’s BEST Friends”. In IBM’s definition, IBM Champions are thought leaders and advocates who share their opinions and years of experience with people like you.
These people are recognized by IBM for their extensive contributions to the community and IBM Champions help make IBM communities a vibrant, meaningful and useful resource. IBM Champions are sought after experts in their field, and as such, have become renowned speakers at IBM and user group events worldwide.
At this year’s Information on Demand Conference (iod11), we will have 59 IBM Champions in attendance & speaking. An impressive 80 of the planned sessions across all the Forums and a variety of tracks is being led by one or more of our IBM Champions. The full list of 80 sessions can be found in this IBM Champions for Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Information Management PDF document.
I’ve been attending conferences for many years now and I’ve become friends with many of these IBM Champions. Take a look at some of the events where a friend of mine is involved:
Roger Sanders: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, 2 book signings: Idea to Print & DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes.
Susan Lawson: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, Up-coming book: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide.
Judy Nall: Pre-Conference Certification Class on Sunday Oct 23, Book: DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737.
Panel Discussion Speakers: Brian Green, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Manager, BI and Performance Management; John Boyer, The Nielsen Company, Enablement Team Lead; Kay Van De Vanter, The Boeing: co-authors of the book, "Business Intelligence Strategy", session BDS-1670B: How to Deliver BI Program Excellence, Tuesday, Oct 25, 3-4 pm.
Bernie O'Connor: IDUG Friend; Session IDB-3162A Anixter Uses IBM DB2 pureScale and Optim for Mission Critical Applications; 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Klaas Brant; Fellow judge on DB2’s Got Talent Competition & Host for DB2Night Show for DB2 for z/OS: Session IDB-2878A DB2 9.7: How to Create, Maintain and Monitor Huge Tables, Tuesday, Oct 25 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM
Cristian Molaro: Friend from DB2Night Show; Several sessions!
Cuneyt Goksu; Future Author; Session IDZ-1012A Practical Recipes for Daily Database Administration Activities Using IBM DB2 9 and 10 for IBM z/OS Monday, Oct 24 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Suresh Sane; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1179B DB2 10 Customer Experiences Part 1 What's New for the Developer? Monday, Oct 24 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
Isaac Yassin; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1100A A Closer Look at IBM DB2 (z/OS) Member Cluster Tuesday, Oct 25 08:15 AM - 09:30 AM
Dave Beulke; Co-author of book: DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box; Session IDZ-1731A IBM DB2 Temporal Database Performance Designs Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sheryl M. Larsen; Session IDZ-3504A More Lessons Learned from SQL Performance Review Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bryan Paulsen; Session IDZ-3138A IBM DB2 10 for z/OS: John Deere's Beta Experience Tuesday, Oct 25 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Julian Stuhler; Co-author of book DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box; Session IDZ-1425A The Business Value of IBM DB2 10 Top Features - Real Customer Experiences Tuesday, Oct 25 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Daniel L Luksetich; Author of up-coming book: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide; Session IDZ-1561A Explaining the IBM DB2 for z/OS Dynamic Statement Cache Tuesday, Oct 25 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Craig S Mullins; Author of many books including an up-coming book; Session IDZ-1380A IBM DB2 for z/OS Performance Tuning Roadmap, Tuesday, Oct 25 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Phil Grainger; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-1011A Hash Access: The Hierarchical Direct Access Method (HDAM) IBM DB2 Table? Wednesday, Oct 26 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Bonnie Baker; IDUG Friend; Session IDZ-3510A DB2 Doctor: Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Cures for Poor Performance Wednesday, Oct 26 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM
David Birmingham; Author of book: Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions ; Blogger: “Netezza Underground” ; Several sessions, including Unleashing Netezza - Netezza Solution Best Practices Wednesday, Oct 26 08:15 AM - 09:30 AM.
For complete details of the sessions that all the IBM Champions are involved with, see this IBM Champions for Business Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Information Management PDF document.
Looking forward to going to the conference to see my friends… and to make more friends.
PS… If you follow my blog, you’ll notice that two of my friends are missing from this list: Rebecca Bond and Scott Hayes. Rebecca won’t be attending for personal reasons and Scott doesn’t have any sessions that he’s running, but I hope he’ll be at the conference. If not, I’ll see him in Prague for IDUG.
Every year at the IBM Information on Demand Conference (IOD11) we have a Women in Technology event where conference attendees gather together to network and learn. Our host, Debbie Landers, will this year welcome Alyse Passarelli as our special guest.
Date: Wednesday October 26
Time: 6-7 pm PDT
Location: South Seas A-B Mandalay Bay South Convention Center
Session # 4106A
Appetizers and refreshments will be served and the theme this year is building relationships to stimulate ideas. Discuss how we can use existing relationships to drive innovation and progress in our products, services and business. Share your experiences and build a larger network from which you can draw from in the future.
I’ve been lucky enough to have met Debbie and Alyse several times over the course of my career, and strongly encourage you to come to this event to meet these very successful & real women.
Debbie Landers is IBM VP and Neteeza Integration Executive
Alyse Passarelli is IBM VP WW Information Management Sales
Thanks to Katherine Franklin, Jennifer Gibbs, and Adrian Zubiri for setting up this event. I hope you can make it. Bring a friend or two with you… or come alone and make a new friend!
Congratulations to the hardworking team for updating the Streams Redbook "IBM InfoSphere Streams: Assembling Continuous Insight in the Information Revolution" to Version 2. The team contributed vast knowledge, time, and expertise to this new version and will be happy to hand out copies to 250 lucky IOD attendees.
Come to the Conference bookstore on Wednesday, October 26 11:30 am – 1:30 pm to get your copy and to meet the author & project team. Use Smart Site to sign up for this session: Session #4205 IBM InfoSphere Streams and the Streams Processing Language.
Note, if you prefer a softcopy version, simply go to the IBM Redbooks site and download the book… always green & free!
Besides the updates to all materials from Streams version 1.2 to version 2.0, there have been additions of new chapters and appendices and links to a streamtool reference and also examples that you can download.
About the book:
In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we discuss and describe the positioning, functions, capabilities, and advanced programming techniques for IBM InfoSphere™ Streams, a new paradigm and key component of IBM Big Data platform. Data has traditionally been stored in files or databases, and then analyzed by queries and applications. With stream computing, analysis is performed moment by moment as the data is in motion. In fact, the data might never be stored (perhaps only the analytic results). The ability to analyze data in motion is called real-time analytic processing (RTAP).
IBM InfoSphere Streams takes a fundamentally different approach to Big Data analytics and differentiates itself with its distributed runtime platform, programming model, and tools for developing and debugging analytic applications that have a high volume and variety of data types. Using in-memory techniques and analyzing record by record enables high velocity. Volume, variety and velocity are the key attributes of Big Data. The data streams that are consumable by IBM InfoSphere Streams can originate from sensors, cameras, news feeds, stock tickers, and a variety of other sources, including traditional databases. It provides an execution platform and services for applications that ingest, filter, analyze, and correlate potentially massive volumes of continuous data streams.
This book is intended for professionals that require an understanding of how to process high volumes of streaming data or need information about how to implement systems to satisfy those requirements.
Many thanks to Chuck Ballard, Sandy Tucker, Elizabeth Peterson, Vitali Zoubov, Brian Williams, Warren Pettit, Diego Folatelli, and the team of reviewers who contributed to this new edition.
The Conference bookstore will be a busy place this year. Here are the blog entries that summarize all the events and provide session numbers:
Flashbooks at IOD
Bookstore Activities – IBM Information on Demand Conference
Here are the other signings and giveaways that are taking place at the event: Meet Author Sandy Carter at IOD2011 - Get Bold: Using Social Media Meet Netezza Expert & Author David Birmingham at IOD11 Meet Data Warehouse expert & author: Bob Laberge Meet author Tony Giordano, “Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling” Meet FileNet expert and author Bill Carpenter at IOD11 Meet author & decision management expert James Taylor at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference From Idea to Print by Roger Sanders Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data Meet author and DB2 expert Roger Sanders at IOD11 Meet Flashbook author Arvind Sathi - Customer Experience Analytics Meet DB2 authors and experts Lawson & Luksetich at IOD: DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Cert Guide Meet Sunil Soares - Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function IBM Redbooks – get free printed copies at IBM’s Information on Demand Conference
Coming soon: A podcast series where I’ll interview as many of these authors as I can!
I’ve been creating an individual blog post for each of the flashbooks that we have scheduled for a giveaway and author signing at this year’s IBM Information on Demand conference. I now have session numbers assigned to each of the signings which means that you can add this event to your IOD schedule using SmartSite so that you don’t forget about it. You can find links to SmartSite for web or mobile connections, as well as a tutorial of how to use SmartSite on the Conference website: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/. Use the Session numbers listed below with the book information and register.
We have a limited number of the following “Flashbooks” and “IBM Redbooks” that will be given away at the appointed time. The authors of these books will be available to sign your copy. Note that registering for the session via SmartSite does not guarantee a book for you. You must still show up at the designated time before the limited supply of books have been given away.
Monday 9:45 - 10:45 am
Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 am
Session #4125 Flashbook: Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data by Dirk deRoos, Chris Eaton, George Lapis, Paul Zikopoulos, Tom Deutsch
Monday 10:45 – 12:30 pm
Session #4202 IBM Production Imaging Edition and Datacap Taskmaster
Session #4203 Metadata Management with IBM InfoSphere Information Server
Both by the IBM Redbook Team
Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Session #4204 DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics by the IBM Redbook Team
Wednesday 11:30 - 1:30 pm
Session #4205 IBM InfoSphere Streams and the Streams Processing Language
Session #4206 IBM solidDB: Delivering Data with Extreme Speed
Both by the IBM Redbook Team
Monday 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Session#4126 Flashbook: DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve Performance by Cristian Molaro and John Campbell
Monday 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session #4127 Flashbook: Customer Experience Analytics: Fast, Intelligent and Action-Packed by Arvind Sathi
Also see my entry about the Book Signings that are taking place at IOD.
I’ve been creating an individual blog post for each of the books that we have scheduled for an author signing at this year’s IBM Information on Demand conference. I now have session numbers assigned to each of the signings which means that you can add this event to your IOD schedule using SmartSite so that you don’t forget about it. You can find links to SmartSite for web or mobile connections, as well as a tutorial of how to use SmartSite on the Conference website: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/. Use the Session numbers listed below with the book information and register.
The bookstore, located in the Bayside Foyer Level 1 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, will be open Sunday October 23 through Thursday October 27. It will stock over 200 titles including topics such as Business Intelligence, Database Management, Database Design, Analytics, Data Mining, Netezza, Modeling, Social Media, Cognos and more! All books will be discounted 20%. Also, take note of the various authors hosting live book signings throughout the conference (book signing location is across from the Bookstore). Their books will be available for purchase at the bookstore.
Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
These are Author Signings. Attendees must purchase a copy of the book for the author to sign.
Monday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4109 Selling Information Governance to the Business: Best Practices by Industry and Job Function by Sunil Soares
Monday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Session #4110 DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes by Roger Sanders
Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 am
Session #4111 The Data Warehouse Mentor: Practical Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Insights by Bob Laberge
Tuesday 11:30 - 12:30 pm
Session #4112 Data Integration Blueprint and Modeling: Techniques for a Scalable and Sustainable Architecture by Anthony Giordano
Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Session #4113 Smart Enough Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions
both by James Taylor
Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4115 From Idea to Print - How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published by Roger Sanders
Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Session #4116 DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
Wednesday 10:15 - 11:15 am
Session #4117 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Session #4118 The Blind Side
Session #4119 Liar's Poker
Session #4120 Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
All by Michael Lewis
Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Session #4121 Netezza Transformation: Taming the dragon without alchemy, sorcery or strange potions by David Birmingham
Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Session #4122 Get Bold: Using Social Media to Create a New Type of Social Business by Sandy Carter
Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Session #4123 IBM Cognos 10 Report Studio: Practical Examples by Roger Johnson and Filip Draskovic
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Session #4124 Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager by Bill Carpenter
Electronic versions of all the books are also available, but must be purchased online. To make it easy for you QR codes will be created to direct you to the appropriate online website for purchase. See QR Codes - How to use them for details.
DB2 for z/OS Planning Your Upgrade: Reduce Costs. Improve
by Cristian Molaro and John Campbell and Sureka Parekh
About the book:
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
About the authors:
Both authors are very well known, so hardly need to be introduced, but nevertheless, here are details:
John Campbell, an IBM Distinguished Engineer working at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. John is one of IBM’s foremost authorities for implementing high-end database, transaction-processing applications. Over the past 12 months he has been working closely with DB2 10 Beta customers.
Cristian Molaro is an independent consultant based in Belgium working in Europe for customers with some of the largest DB2 for z/OS installations. He has presented papers at several international conferences and local user groups in Europe and North America. He holds a Chemical Engineer degree and a Master in Management Sciences and is coauthor of 5 IBM Redbooks related to DB2 including the recent "DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics". He was recognized by IBM as an Information Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Cristian is part of the IDUG EMEA Conference Planning Committee, where he works as the Presentations Team Leader, and he is Chairman of the DB2 LUW User Group BeLux.