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October 24, 2007  |  Volume 2, Issue 20


In This Issue:
Putting Business Intelligence at Your Fingertips, Part I
>> Book Review: DB2 9 Fundamentals

Feature Article - Application Software
Putting Business Intelligence at Your Fingertips, Part I

Having a practical knowledge of BI can give your organization a distinct competitive edge.

Business intelligence (BI) is rapidly regaining the attention of business executives because a well-designed and well-implemented data warehousing system can truly provide the organization with a competitive edge. This two-part article will help you understand how to build a robust business intelligence solution on System i. In the first part, we will discuss business intelligence concepts, architecture, and methodology—ideas that embody data warehousing, data marts, queries, and reporting. In the second part, we will review a number of sophisticated DB2 for i5/OS features that provide important benefits within the business intelligence environment.

We will highlight just one methodology, a methodology intended to build BI applications that do all these things:


Feature Article - Book Review
Book Review: DB2 9 Fundamentals

Whether you want to obtain an IBM certified DB2 professional certification or simply become well-rounded in the fundamental concepts of DB2 and general database theory, this is your book.

Roger E. Sanders has created one of today's greatest technical certification books, DB2 9 Fundamentals, to prepare you for everything you need to know to become DB2 9 certified per IBM's standards.

Sanders kicks things off with a chapter dedicated to identifying the various types of DB2 professional certifications that are available and the professional roles at which each is aimed. He also walks you through the complete process of obtaining your certification, first taking you through the steps to register for the exam and then providing examples of what to expect on the exam in terms of its format. If you were at all wondering what to expect, then wonder no more: It's all clearly spelled out in his opening dialog!


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