I wanted to let you know that today we published a new e-book called Getting Started with Data Studio (for DB2). It's part of the DB2 on Campus effort, but we wrote it with the idea that anyone (not just college students) learning DB2 and Data Studio could use this free book to get comfortable with the user interface and for performing everyday database administration tasks and for routine and Data Web Services development. You can use this with any edition of DB2, including Express-C, which you can also download for free. And although the book was written with DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows in mind, those of you who use DB2 for z/OS can use this as well since there is significant overlap in capability.
Anyway, I hope you like the book. And, more importantly, I hope it encourages more people to get familiar with and try out the broader range of offerings for integrated data management. Several of these other offerings are also available for download on a limited trial basis. You can find links to all the Optim trials (and to Data Studio) on the Integrated Data Management community space.
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Since all the action is in Las Vegas this week, the halls are quiet (or so I hear, since I am working from home today) and meetings are cancelled. This gives me time to provide you all with a little commercial for a little spot on the "internets" called the Integrated Data Management community space. This space started out as the Data Studio community space by Grant Hutchinson. When I joined the team, I took over management of the space including the move to IDM to be more inclusive of the whole Optim portfolio. If you've never worked with developerWorks spaces, they are kind of cool. Anyone (internal or external) who gets approval can self-publish their own web space using the templates provided by developerWorks.
Anyway, I feel the IDM space needs a commercial because so many people still don't know about it (even people on my own team!), and I must send out the link several times a day. The intended purpose of the space is to try and put in one place links to all the blogs, discussion forums, articles, product documentation, classes, downloads, videos, demos, upcoming events, etc related (mostly) to the Optim portfolio.
Admittedly, the site isn't perfect as I am limited by the dw templates, and I still have work to do to get more of the heritage Optim materials integrated. But most people who discover it do think it's very useful. There is even a place to post messages, but that has not been used thus far. I think using our existing discussion forums is probably the best way to get questions answered anyway. Not sure where the forums are? Well, the links to all the forums are on the space!
As of today, the space is divided in to three tabs: Home, Articles and tutorials, and Downloads. Here is the Home tab:
As you can see in the screenshot above, you can add any of the portlets to your myYahoo or igoogle page (or as an RSS feed) by clicking on the orange plus icon. The screenshot below shows my Yahoo! page with the 'latest news' and forums portlet added.
Here is the downloads tab. It also includes some additional related software such as DB2 Express-C and the Replication Dashboard.
Anyway, I hope you like the space. Let me know if there's anything you want to see added, changed, or removed. And spread the word, please?
This is my first time 'showing my face' among the illustrious bloggers on this site, but know that I am the one behind the scenes flogging them with a big stick to blog frequently, write articles, make videos, etc.. .
I wanted to tell you about something a little new we're trying this year.. we toyed around with what to call them - technical chats, lunch and learns, technical webinar - but since we ended up partnering with developerWorks to do these we are using the term they use for these interactive sessions - 'Virtual Technical Briefing'.
The goal is provide you with access to some of our technical experts who will present and demo on various technical topics to do with integrated data management (of course involving our products). And we wanted to keep it short so you'd be motivated to squeeze it in during your lunch hour (if the time is right) or come do the replay when you can.
These sessions are pretty cool - it's done all over VOIP and your network connection. You just need an email address to sign in and join us. (Join early or sign in a few days in advance to go through the system check).
Our kickoff session is called Data Studio becomes Optim: What does it mean for you?
The live event is Tuesday, June 30th at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern. Holly Hayes and Kevin Foster will present.
We have a tentative schedule and list of topics posted on developerWorks. But it's not too late to influence that. Let me know if there's something you are just dying to hear more about, and we'll see what we can do. You can add a comment here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org...
See you there!