Thursday, July 30, 2009

Data In Action Virtual Conference: Effective Data Management for Smarter Outcomes

IBM Virtual conference. Register here!:

Conference info below:
Join IBM August 19, 2009 at 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT for the second semi-annual Data in Action Virtual Conference, the premiere data management event for IT managers and executives.

This conference will feature effective data management solutions for smarter business outcomes. Hear from Donald Feinberg, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst from Gartner, about the state of the DBMS software market and data management challenges facing businesses today. The topics that Mr. Feinberg will examine include; the problem of exploding data volumes, new computing paradigms for handling this explosion, data management cost reduction techniques and technologies, and the perspective of the DBA now and in the future.

Following Mr. Feinberg will be a moderated panel of customers and partners who are leveraging the unique and desirable features only available in DB2 9.7.

This is one event you won't want to miss. Get your questions answered through 2 interactive (webcast) sessions, 8 exhibit booths, and live chat. IBM and it's business partners are helping companies around the globe with industry-leading data management technologies and their world-class expertise. Learn how your company can achieve smarter business outcomes and reduce underlying IT costs.

Attendee incentives include a complimentary memory stick for the first 97 attendees, which includes information on the cost savings of DB2 over Oracle. IBM employees are not eligible for this incentive.
Also a DB2 9.7 Discovery DVD for everyone who completes the event survey. The DVD includes trial code and tutorials. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Transcripts added to DB2 on Campus videos

Hi All,

We have just added transcripts to each DB2 on Campus video. You can find them in the video description when you watch a video (right under it), or in this page under the "Transcripts" column. If you would like to volunteer to translate the transcripts, let me know!

Enjoy! Raul.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The great cloud computing deception - Webinar

Join IBM and xkoto to get beyond the hype of the cloud. Attend a free Webinar on the subject. More info here:

Cheers, Raul.

Monday, July 6, 2009

FREE DB2 Express-C book updated to 9.7

The third edition of the "Getting Started with DB2 Express-C" book has been updated to 9.7 and is available at this link.

Tell us what you think about the book, and how we can improve it! We would like to collect as much feedback from the community as possible, and fix any typos, unclear sentences, incorrect examples, etc, by September, and publish again with the corrections made.

Happy reading!


DB2 on Campus Thailand 2009

From June 29th to July 3rd the DB2 on Campus program was presented to several universities in Bangkok, Thailand. As usual, Sunicha E. (IBM Thailand) provided great support and logistics work. Also as usual the schedule was packed with activities. The first two days were spent on a 2-day workshop for instructors which included one full day on DB2 9.7's new features where tutorials were performed using the "Technology Explorer" open source software originally developed at the Toronto lab. The following days were spent at different universities (SIIT, KMUTT, KU, etc) reaching approximately 400 attendees. There was also a 'celebration' event for DB2 Student Ambassadors to thank them for their contribution to the translation of the DB2 Express-C book to Thai (currently under review by IBM Thailand before publishing it). Within this tight schedule, the organizers also managed to squeeze in a customer visit to present to DBAs and developers the new features about DB2 9.7.

The DB2 on Campus program has visited Thailand at least 4 times now. Its impact has been felt as we see several universities adopting DB2 in their curricula, the most number of participants (2000 students) in ASEAN for the XML Superstar challenge, and the fact that Thai students won at the ASEAN level on all three categories of the contest (video mania, Query challenge, and programming contest). Congratulations to Thailand universities and students!