Thursday, October 15, 2009

Story of two DB2 Student Ambassadors

Today the story of two DB2 Student Ambassadors in India has been published online in the Data Management Magazine. I'm very happy these two student ambassadors have been recognized by the IBM Information Champions program. I still recall how these two students became ambassadors. Early in 2008, I received an email from them inquiring about the DB2 on Campus program. At the time I had not visited India, so they showed initiative just by getting in touch with me. As time went on, the two students showed a lot of passion for DB2, and with a lot of enthusiasm, they started organizing events about DB2; therefore they were named DB2 Student Ambassadors, and established a DB2 User Group in their university. I was going to attend the inaguration ceremony, but on short notice, the mayor of the city decided to declare a holiday the day of my visit, which meant it would've been hard for students to use public transportation. Nonetheless, I spoke with Raghuveer/Pradeep on the phone, and congratulated them for their efforts. We also nominated them to the IBM Information Champions program, and I'm glad they were selected. Congratulations again to Raghuveer and Pradeep!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

DB2 pureScale announced!

This week IBM announced DB2 pureScale, new innovative technology to help large OLTP
customers gain virtually unlimited database capacity without changing or tuning their applications. In addition, pureScale helps make their data continuously available and to operate their business without interruptions. The implementation is based in large part on DB2 for z/OS Data Sharing and Sysplex technology that has been in use by the world’s largest organizations for over a decade. This technology is considered by many to be the gold standard for delivering reliability and scalability and is now available for UNIX database servers.

Learn more about it here!

and register for a free "Chat with the Labs" webcast here.

The IBM Press release can be found at this location.

Cheers, Raul.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

IDUG members save $100 on the IOD conference registration rate

From the IBM Marketing team:

Attention IDUG members! We've just announced a $100 savings for every IDUG member who registers for the Information On Demand 2009 global conference. To take advantage of the $100 IDUG member discount you must enter a Promotion Code of G09DB2UG. We are even extending an 8% American Airlines travel discount to all attendees of the conference.

Here is what Business and IT professionals can expect to see at IOD for DB2 LUW and z/OS
An exciting lineup of customer speakers - including Verizon, Verizon Wireless, HSBC and Eli Lilly - who will share real world experiences and benefits from DB2.
An full lineup of DB2 LUW sessions including 41 technical sessions and 22 three-hour hands-on-labs. Plus top 5 reasons to attend. Check out what's in store for DB2 LUW.
An full lineup of DB2 z/OS sessions including 70 technical sessions and 11 three-hour hands-on-labs. Plus top 5 reasons to attend. Check out what's in store for DB2 z/OS.
Plus there are over 300 more technical sessions to chose from that will help you build skills across a wide array of IBM technologies including InfoSphere Warehouse, Integrated Data Management, Enterprise Content Management and more!
Professional certification testing available at no additional cost - the cost of equivalent education can be as high as $7,500.
An expanded EXPO of over 200 Business Partners and 175 Exhibitors providing smarter solutions for your business!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

DB2 on Campus in ASEAN and South America

The past few months I've been travelling at a very heave pace, going last July from ASEAN, to North America, then South America, back to ASEAN (Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines & Vietnam), and now finally home in Canada. It has been a very busy time promoting DB2 not only to universities, but also delivering webinars, visiting a few business partners, IBMers, and several customers around the world. The jet lag has been quite a nightmare, and my body cannot yet distinguish between day time and night time... Nonetheless, the results in some countries have been outstanding. In the Philippines for example, I was able to reach almost 3000 students in 1 week. I probably had the three largest audiences I've ever had since the DB2 on Campus program started: 1200, 1000, 800 approximately. The local organizer in the Philippines (Jun Contreras), timed my visit with huge university events: JPCS (Junior Philippines Computer Society) and Y4IT (Youth for IT). Larger crowds though, are tough to entertain for more than 1 hour, but I did carry a few souvenirs I threw to the audience for good answers to questions. The picture in this blog is for the JPCS event.

In Singapore I delivered a seminar at NUS (National University of Singapore) which was recorded here: (I'm not sure for how long they will host it, but I'm asking them to send me the video in mp4 so I can upload it to if possible).

In Mexico, Brazil and Peru, I visited several customers providing a 2.5 hour overview of DB2 9.7. In Brazil I also visited a partner (Data Access), and because of my visit, I was invited to deliver a webinar (in Spanish) to their developer audience. See the Webinar abstract. The replay can be found here.

In Indonesia, Binus university is in its second year teaching DB2 as part of their curriculum using DB2 on Campus material. Last year they reached about 300 students, and this year maybe 500. In addition, a colleague of mine is working on an internship program to bring students from Binus to the Toronto lab for a 16 month internship. If it happens, it would start in May of 2010.

In Vietnam as usual, I had a busy schedule, but several universities are teaching now DB2 thanks to our support.

For November, I have another webinar in plan, this time hosted by developerWorks, and also another seminar at the IBM Innovation Center in Toronto (Markham), and am planning a DB2 on Campus tour in Canada, probably for February.

In addition, I'm working with IBMers, teachers, students and professionals around the world to deliver by the end of the year a bunch of free e-books on different technologies. More about this in December!

I tweet a bit more often than blog now. Follow me at

Cheers, Raul.