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By Susan Visser
Publishing Program Manager,
IBM’s Information on Demand conference is almost upon us, but there’s still time to register and attend – and some very compelling reasons to do so.
If you’re coming from a System z perspective, there is plenty for you to be excited about. IOD 2012 represents the largest System z software event in the world, delivering the know-how you need to optimize business performance, drive more value from existing business analytics deployments, and get the latest innovations and success strategies from IBM experts, analysts and customers.
Choose from more than 180 sessions covering key business analytics technologies, including:
We have 4 new retail books that have published for z platform:
Meet author Dan Luksetich Monday, October 22 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at the IOD bookstore. Purchase your book at the IOD bookstore for a 20% discount and bring it to Dan to get your book signed and to hear some words of encouragement. Also listen to the podcast Dan recently did with Crysta Anderson.
Both of these books were written by Craig Mullins. The Developer’s Guide came out earlier this year and the Database Administration Guide will be launched at the conference. Meet Craig on Tuesday, October 23 from 2-3pm at the IOD bookstore. These books can be purchased at the IOD bookstore for a 20% discount. Meet Craig and find out how he managed to publish two books in a year! Also attend Craig’s IOD session: Session # 1066A Ten Breakthroughs That Changed IBM DB2 Forever; Thu, Oct 25, 2012; 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Islander B
Meet authors Kenneth Blackman, Margaret Wilson, John Butterweck, Sandy Sherrill Tuesday, October 23 from 11:00 –12:00 at the IOD bookstore. See also: Session # 1919A ATE: Modernizing and Automating IMS Tools; Tue, Oct 23, 2012; 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM - Tradewinds C
The bookstore will carry many other books that may be of interest to you. Make sure you come by to browse the large selection.Flashbooks
Flashbooks are printed books that are free and easy to read. They contain key messages for you to take back to the office with you to share with those who weren’t able to attend the conference. This year is special for DB2, as we are coming up to the 35th anniversary of the DB2 product. To mark the occasion, the Father of DB2, Don Haderle, has written a special section in the Flashbook we are handing out. Also participating in this Flashbook are John Campbell, Terry Purcell and Surekha Parekh.
Signing and Giveaway: Monday from 12:30 – 1:30 at bookstore.
About the book: IBM Software for System z For Dummies, Limited Edition showcases IBM software for the System z, IBM’s flagship solution in the enterprise systems category. You discover how IBM software for System z delivers a private cloud infrastructure at enterprise scale; how these solutions ensure critical data is always available across the enterprise, making it accessible in new ways so actionable insights can be derived from operational analytics; and how these solutions provide ultimate security, ensuring the integrity of critical data while mitigating risk and providing assured compliance.Certifications
DB2 Certification Exams have been updated for V10 and are available for you to take while you’re at the conference. You can save $170 per exam for any exam. The exams are available for you to take for $30 each, which is 85% off the regular price of $200 per exam.
Here are the V10 exams you may wish to take:
Passing this exam, along with pre-requisite Exam 610 or Exam 730, will earn you the following Professional Certification: IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 10 DBA for z/OS
Book suggestion: DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich on Amazon.com
Passing this exam, along with pre-requisite Exam 610 or Exam 730, will earn you the following Professional Certification: IBM Certified System Administrator - DB2 10 for z/OS
Book suggestion: DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS (Exam 737) Study Guide by Judy Nall, even though it was written for the V9 exam.IBM Redbooks
IBM Redbooks are FREE and available for you to download in PDF or EPUB versions at anytime from the IBM Redbooks website. One of the most popular giveaways at IOD is printed IBM Redbooks. This year we have 10 different titles to give away. Please note that the PRINTED copies are in limited quantity. Optimizing DB2 Queries with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS is one of the IBM Redbooks that will be given away Thursday, October 25, 12:00 – 1:00 at the IOD bookstore. While you're getting your free copy, meet the authors who wrote the book and have them sign it for you!
Social networking is easy to do at IOD. Just about everywhere you’ll go, you’ll have an opportunity to meet someone new. Make sure you sign up for the Ask the Experts sessions to meet the people who created the product.
The DB2 for z/OS community is heavily into blogs. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Willie Favero and Surekha Parekh on presentations about social media. Here are some of the bloggers you may wish to follow:
More and more people are getting on twitter. If you’re not yet… the one thing you should know about twitter is it is great resource for up to the minute information. You don’t need to tweet anything yourself… you can simply follow others to hear what they’re saying. In a single location, you can get news about your favorite products, rock stars, world events, and more. Here are a few twitter handles you may wish to follow.
Communities are a way for you to participate in conversations with other like minded people. You’ll find lots of resources, news about events, and perhaps access to experts.
Other IOD sessions you may wish to check out:
Join fellow customers, IBM experts, executives and IBM Business Partners on Wednesday evening for a special reception hosted by Phil Weintraub (Vice President, zEnterprise Software Sales, North America) and Dan Wardman, (Vice President Information Management Mainframe Development). Bring your IOD conference badge along with your IOD 2012 System z pin for admission.
When: Wednesday, October 24, 7:30-9:30pmRegister now for the reception
Stay in touch with the official IOD blog for all the latest details about what’s going on at the conference: before, during and after.