Rick Van der Lans and Klaas Brant have joined forces and are running a series of DB2 Symposiums in various locations:
* Veldhoven, Netherlands April 18-20, 2007* Bonn, Germany April 23-26, 2007* Boston MA, USA May 21-23, 2007* San Jose CA, USA November 12-14, 2007
I've met Rick and Klaas several times at IBM Gold Consultant meetings over the past several years. I met with Rick and Klaas this morning to see how I can help with the symposiums in terms of books and certifications.
Rick is also an author and has several books that may be of interest. Here is a link to the English version of his latest book: Introduction to SQL: Mastering the Relational Database Language (4th Edition)
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Only one month old.....check it out: InformixMag.com. Congratulations to the team that put this excellent emagazine together!
Started for the fun of it by Jean Georges Perrin, InformixMag.com is intended to bring a different tone to the Informix message. It’s still in Alpha and is expected to switch to Beta before the release of Cheetah. See sections that include a business directory, forums and *news*... Spread the word! Susan[Read More]
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ConferencesEuropean Information Management Technical Conference (Dusseldorf, Germany) May 21-25 This is the information management event for business and IT executives, managers, professionals, DBAs and developers. With over 200 technical sessions across 11 tracks, it’s a great opportunity to get the best in technical education and free certification, as well as gaining access and exposure to the full spectrum of IBM Information technologies and experts.
Mark your calendars for IDUG 2007 - Europe in Athens Hilton, Athens, Greece 5 - 9 November 2007. In an effort to make justifying your attendance at next year's conference a little easier, IDUG has assembled a Justification Toolkit to assist you in gaining approval to attend. Be sure to continue to visit our web site often over the next few months as the most up-to-date information will be made available.
Instructor-Led EducationBoost your skills and get the most from your data by learning the new features of DB2 9 with Information Management professional training courses. Choose from some of the most competitively priced courses including: CF03-DB2 Family Fundamentals, CF20-DB2 Database Administration Workshop for Linux, CF21-DB2 Database Administration Workshop for UNIX and CF23-DB2 Database Administration Workshop for Windows. To locate a class in your area choose the Training Quick Finder tab on the Information Management Training and Certification Web site. Be sure to explore the site to take advantage of additional learning options at a low cost to you such as Redbooks, DB2 Gaming, technical papers and self-study tutorials.
BookstoreSee the link to the Pearson European bookstore that offers a 35% discount on all IBM Press books, no shipping or duty charges for deliver within Europe, and payment in Euros. Visit our international site for more information as well.
If there are other events that I haven't posted, please let me know.....
These days it seems that most DBAs are in the position where they need to know multiple database products. I know that in many cases that means a non-IBM database such as SQL Server or Oracle, in addition to one of IBM's database products, but for many DBAs, the reality is multiple IBM products. I've attempted to pull together useful information for DBAs who are in this position.
Zone: DBA Central Products: DB2 Family
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, WindowsDB2 9 for Linux, Unix and Windows is a hybrid data server for both XML and relational data that is enabled for SOA and optimized for SAP.Viper: DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, Windows DB2 podcast series: Voice of the Community Recommended reading list: DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows database administrationCerts, Education, Books, Tutorials: Education ResourcesRedbook: DB2 9 pureXML GuideRetail book: IBM DB2 9 New FeaturesRetail book: Understanding DB2 9 Security
DB2 9 z/OSUse DB2 on the mainframe to run powerful enterprise applications, and make e-commerce a reality.Products: DB2 for z/OS and OS/390 Redbook: Data Integrity with DB2 for z/OSLaunch page: DB2 for z/OSTool site: DB2 and IMS Blog: Willie Favero'sMost resources coming soon... Certs, Education, Books, Tutorials: Education Resources
IDSExceptional, low maintenance online transaction processing (OLTP) data server for enterprise and workgroup computing.Zone: IBM Informix Launch site: IDS Cheetah Blog: Cheetah ExpertsWebcast: Integrated Data Solutions for Information On Demand using IBM Informix Cheetah Article: How to go hand-in-hand with DB2 and InformixRedbook: Informix Dynamic Server V10 . . . Extended Functionality for Modern BusinessTest Run: IDS CheetahChat with the Lab Series: IDSMost resources coming soon... Certs, Education, Books, Tutorials: Education Resources
Oracle or SQL ServerConsider switching... it's easy with these resources:Redbook: Oracle to DB2 UDB Conversion Guide Redbook: Microsoft SQL Server to IBM DB2 UDB Conversion GuideZone: Porting to DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Station: Migration
Last Tuesday, IBM announced the availability of DB2 9 for z/OS and the reception has been red hot!
From the press release: DB2 9 promises to provide users of System z with advanced security, superior data compression, enhanced disaster recovery and reduced system administration costs. DB2 9 for z/OS brings advancements to the mainframe that include patented pureXML™ technology as well as the ability to manage both relational and XML information within the same database.
Related to this, the newest V9 certifications are arriving:
DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam 730 is currently available and by passing, you'll validate that you have acquired V9 skills at a database associate level. To study for this exam, I recommend the DB2 9 Fundamentals certification 730 prep series. Ensure that you are fully prepared by taking a professional certification on-line assessment exam. Roger Sanders is updating his extremely popular study guide and it will be available for purchase in May. I'll post information about the book as soon as it is available for you to pre-order.
Also coming soon is Exam 732: Database Administration for DB2 9 z/OS. Susan Lawson is working on an update to her study guide as well and hopes to have it published in July. Keep visiting my blog and I'll let you know as everything becomes available.
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This is an event that I don't normally attend, but many of the partners I've worked with have attended in previous years. In the past the PartnerWorld conference took place in February, I believe, so I was a bit surprised to see that this year's conference is planned for April. The conference will be held Sunday, April 29 to Wednesday, May 2 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sam Palmisano is the keynote speaker for the event and the scheduled entertainment is ZZ Top!
The PartnerWorld Conference is the premiere event for partners and is designed to share IBM strategy, solutions and programs in innovative ways. This year more than 5500 attendees will gather to enjoy an exceptional conference experience that will focus on business management topics that help to drive results and enhanced networking opportunities that build and strengthen relationships.
To register: PartnerWorld 2007 Information and Registration
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In the mail today, I received an invitation to the next IDUG NA Conference that is taking place in San Jose in May. Given the recent announcement of DB2 9 for z/OS, and the close proximity to the lab that creates the product, I'm sure you'll have a chance to meet many of the developers who took part in the product's creation.
Also at the conference, Roger Sanders and Susan Lawson will be offering their pre-conference cert prep courses:
DB2 V8 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer CourseSusan Lawson, YL&AFull-day
DB2 9 for LUW Database Administrator Certification Exam PreparationRoger E. Sanders, Network Appliance, Inc.Full-day During the conference you'll have a chance to test your skills by taking the V9 exams, free of charge. Come prepared to pass! Roger's next book will be published just in time for the conference, but Susan's will be in production, so only pre-orders will be possible.
The invitation I received today mentioned a special early bird registration rate when you register on or before March 23, 2007. Also, see the IDUG site to find out how you can win your registration fee!
I hope to see you at the conference.
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I don't often mention IDS in my blog, but I am waist-deep in working towards getting a book or two published for the upcoming Cheetah release. Wish me luck!!!
IDS is here to stay: You may be interested to see the direction IBM is taking with IDS...
March 14 Webcast: Integrated Data Solutions for Information On Demand using IBM IDS Cheetah
The next release of IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS), code-named Cheetah, makes it easier than ever to deliver SOA-enabled applications and information on demand. This Software Delivery Platform Webcast includes information about how businesses can gain advantage with the latest updates. Syed Kamal, president and CEO of Gilliani, Inc. who have been involved in the early beta program will also talk about their experiences with IDS, and how the next evolution with Cheetah gives their businesses strategic advantage. Information will be provided about how to participate in the test run program.
This Webcast airs live on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. ET. and will be available on demand for 9 months.
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I spent the morning going through book sales reports from the past year. I was reminded of a couple of books that were published a few years ago that continue to sell well.... can we consider such books as classics?
DQTI - Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors (2nd Edition). My background is technical writing and this is a great book for helping anyone understand the best techniques for both technical writing AND reviewing. Classic because it wasn't based on a product release... and therefore will stay current and applicable for years to come. Definitely one to have on your bookshelf! As reviewer "Lefty points out, "This book has made me re-think how I write technical articles. It is excellent. It has clear, concise instruction and examples. If you are planning to learn more about how to create technical writing this is the book."
SSL - Self-Service Linux(R): Mastering the Art of Problem Determination. As reviewer Nils Valentin from Tokyo points out, the book should have been titled "The high art of problem investigation and software debugging", which is a topic that would appeal to a large number of people... and the topic WILL NOT go out of date in the near future. Another one that would be a great addition to your bookshelf, regardless of the operating system you are using.
IMS - An Introduction to IMS(TM): Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System. As reviewer Barbara Green point out "While many IMS gurus are retiring, and replacements are hard to find, I think this book is a staple for any IMS shop. This is not an operator's reference. (IMS already has a good one of those.) But it does provide a good overview of database structure and design and explains key points well, with very good illustrations. This book is a much needed addition to IMS literature. I'm sure it will stand the test of decades, just as the database has done." Sounds like a classic to me!
HA - High Availability Guide for DB2. I know many people would disagree with me that this book is a classic since it is missing the important topic of HADR. But as reviewer Wes Boudville point out, "If you have been a sysadmin and are familiar with the concepts of full and incremental backups of an operating system, then this book's descriptions of DB2's abilities in this field are very impressive. DB2 offers far more fine grained control/resolution over the backing up of its data. Like the means of having circular or archival logging. So if you are just starting out as a DB2 administrator, you have quite a bit more to learn, just in this field."
DB2 z/OS - The Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS. Similar to the statement above about the IMS book, this book is very necessary in the industry to introduce DB2 to the new people just beginning their careers on this platform.
I hope you've found a least one book in this list that you want to add to your bookshelf! I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has additional books to add to this list.
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The Early Bird price for the IBM Information on Demand 2007 conference has been announced and registration is open!
Why should you attend this conference? It is an IBM conference and in a single week, the following will be available:
* 500 Technical Skill Building sessions * 120 Business Leadership sessions * Bigger EXPO Solution Center * Addition of FileNet UserNet Conference * Mock Trial highlighting Compliance Challenges * Community Receptions, Birds of a Feather and Roadmaps * More Free Onsite Certifications * Twice the Hands On Labs * More opportunities to Meet the Experts * More Repeat sessions * Customer Awards
On top of the many learning and networking opportunities, there will be some entertainment. I haven't heard what is planned, but if its anything like last year, it will be very entertaining :)
This year the conference will be in Las Vegas. I know Vegas isn't everyone's favourite place to go, but the weather is usually pleasant and Las Vegas is a very walking-friendly place.
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