Information Management Academic Community Updates
Not only did Informix recently release a new, exciting version of their product (Informix 11.7), but the Informix team has also been busy adding classes to the Academic Initiative courseware site. Faculty and their students can now gain access to **SEVEN** additional Informix courses on the Academic Initiative web site. You can find these courses in the Information Management section of the Academic Initiative web site:
You have to scroll down a bit since we are getting quite a few courses out there (but that is a GOOD problem to have....)
Check out the courses, and if you have any questions, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Skill Level: Introductory
Informix Structured Query Language V 11.5 (IX130)
Informix Stored Procedures and Triggers V 11.5 (IX711)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Database Administration: Managing and Optimizing Data V 11 (IX221)
Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration (IX811)
Skill Level: Advanced
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Performance Tuning (IX401)
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Internal Architecture (IX911)
Informix Dynamic Server 11 Replication (IX421)
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Are you a fan of the US quiz show, Jeopardy? Then be sure to not miss the $1M competition between IBM's "Watson" computing system and the show’s two most successful and celebrated contestants -- Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Feb 14-16
Check out the youtube video that talks more about this particular challenge.
Beyond this game show fun, there are lots of real world applications for the Watson technology to tackle.
Watch for later updates in 2011 where more information about this technology and the results of the Watson-Jeopardy face off will be provided.
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Young professionals building successful careers using IBM Information Management products
Alexandre Marini – Informix DBA improving database performance in Brazil
Meet Alexandre Marini, an Informix Database Administer working in
He currently works at the Local State Financial Department of Mato Grosso do Sul (Secretaria da Fazenda do MS). Read below to learn more about Alexandre’s role maintaining the government database systems and some of the technical challenges he faces on the job.
Typical day for a database administrator
As a database administrator, Alexandre is responsible for operating two types of systems for the MS government. The Informix-based OLTP (Online Transaction Processing) systems manage the daily transactions for tax documents in the state. These databases are integrated with the larger Brazilian national tax system. They are also connected into the mail system and aid in preventing tax evasion. Alexandre manages eight instances of the OLTP environment.
Alexandre also manages one instance of an OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) database. This instance is optimized for handling Decision Support System (DSS) queries that generate supervisory and executive management reports. The OLAP database contains historical data from the OLTP system and other data sources that enable the government to observe longer term trends and analyze metrics to make better business decisions.
Technical challenges on the job
Alexandre works hard to keep his databases healthy and fully available for his customers. He continues to improve his skills as evidenced by completing two Informix professional certifications last May (Informix Dynamic Server 11.50 Fundamentals and System Administration for Informix Dynamic Server) He also stays current with new Informix features and functionality. These skills helped him solve a challenge when a disk space problem shrank the amount of available disk space to a critically low level. Alexandre implemented the Informix Storage Optimization feature to compress the data and shrink the amount of disk space required for the database. This enabled the database instance to be back up and running smoothly on the existing, smaller number of disks in no time.
- Informix just released an exciting new version, v11.7, in October 2010. Read more about this feature-rich release at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/products/informix/.
- Two versions of the Informix product are available at no cost and can be downloaded from the web. You can learn more about all of the Informix versions at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/library/techarticle/dm-0801doe/
- Faculty members who belong to IBM’s free Academic Initiative (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/academicinitiative/) can also access free courseware covering Informix data topics as well as courseware covering Infosphere Data Architect and Data Studio.
Favorite aspect of the job
Alexandre loves the enthusiastic environment that surrounds his job and the atmosphere that encourages continued study and new technology skill growth. Alexandre describes his job environment, stating, “I’ve got great work friends here. We are always helping others, giving technical suggestions to help other teams improve their work quality and solve some of their problems.”
Alexandre is also very excited to be working with the Brazilian Informix User Group and increasing the visibility of this group within his work community.
Technical skills required on the job
The core computer science, database and operating system concepts Alexandre learned in school continue to be important for understanding and finding solutions to database management problems. He describes their importance, stating, “That gave me critical knowledge to recommend hardware and installation techniques to other teams, improving overall database performance.”
Why Informix over other databases?
During the acquisition period at the local state financial department in MS, the Informix family of products were highly recommended by other government bureaus in Pride in accomplishment Alexandre is proud of developing encrypted reports that prevent tax fraud. He is also proud to have implemented some Informix data replication features that improved the overall structure of the database system and lowered the amount of resources required to manage the database environment. Alexandre continues to improve his database skills and is looking forward to continue to work with big enterprises, implementing high availability on environments, partaking in systems migrations, and spreading Informix features and benefits throughout the marketplace over the next several years. Advice to peers pursuing a similar career path Alexandre would give the following advice to his peers, “Make an effort to thoroughly learn all the concepts; this will help to apply your knowledge into different areas of technology. Recommended Links
Pride in accomplishment
Alexandre is proud of developing encrypted reports that prevent tax fraud. He is also proud to have implemented some Informix data replication features that improved the overall structure of the database system and lowered the amount of resources required to manage the database environment.
Alexandre continues to improve his database skills and is looking forward to continue to work with big enterprises, implementing high availability on environments, partaking in systems migrations, and spreading Informix features and benefits throughout the marketplace over the next several years.
Advice to peers pursuing a similar career path
Alexandre would give the following advice to his peers, “Make an effort to thoroughly learn all the concepts; this will help to apply your knowledge into different areas of technology.
Hello DB2 friends,
You should check out a great new Enterprise Systems Certificate program Marist College has just announced. Marist is offering a new DB2 Application Programming Certificate as part of their zOS Series education.
The need for skills in this DB2 zOS area is a critical one and now Marist offers a three course DB2 Application Programming program that is 100% online, so you can get trained from anywhere! Their introductory price is $2,000 (for all three classes). These classes are based on the DB2 for zOS materials developed by Dr. Gene Fuh and used at San Jose State. This material has been enhanced with additional labs which the students complete on the Marist College z10 server. For additional information, please visit the program web site ( www.idcp.org/learnzos )
Help build a strong career path today by checking out this program!
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Congratulations to Norberto Gasparotto Filho, 1st place winner of the 'DB2's Got Talent' Contest! Well done, and enjoy your trip to the IDUG of your choice.
It was also exciting for me to learn that IBM's Academic Initiative had played a pivotal role in Norberto's professional success. While a professor at the Dois Vizinhos campus of Unisep, in Brazil, Norberto was excited to use the Academic Initiative DB2 content to build knowledge and DB2 skills for himself and his students.
As Norberto comments, "Through AI, I was able to use great IBM-official content, which added much value to my classes. I was also able to take my first certification exam with discount, and that was certainly an additional motivation." Norberto now has 7 certifications, and he can now add his new honor to his collection of professional successes.
Faculty today can take advantage of the DB2 Academic Certification program to easily provide DB2 training to their students and prepare the students to take the 302 Academic Certification Test: DB2 9 Database and Application Development Fundamentals
It was so nice to see this article posted on an Informix event in Campo Grande, Brazil, that was taught by our December Young Professsional Alexandre Marini: http://informixoncampus.blogspot.com/2011/06/informix-on-campus-in-brazil.html
Thanks to Alexandre (and his wife Vanessa) and also to Miguel Carbone for their great initiative to spread the word about Informix to their university community!
To learn more about Alexandre, you can read our article about him that was posted in Dec 2010:
It is very exciting to put in this update... We have been working hard to create an even better and easier-to-use DB2 Academic Certification program, and now it is ready!!
The updated DB2 Academic prep course, offered by IBM's Academic Initative as course CE302A (in the Information Management section of the AI courseware site), now includes some improvements that will really help both instructors and students.
The course modules are now aligned to other DB2 enrichment materials so you can read further about each of the topics in other books and EVEN using videos!
Each module has one or more videos that are available on the course DVD. In addition, the videos are available as part of the DB2 Academic certification course at db2university.com. If you want to hear the course materials as explained by subject matter experts, sign up to take this course. No charge to join db2university.com. No charge to take the course. Listen only to the modules you need.
Take the (free) assessment test that is built into the online course to help you determine if you are ready to take the certification test...
And that's not all...
A new module was added to show you how to troubleshoot problems. It is an excellent guide to the wealth of resources and tools available with DB2 to help manage enterprise databases...
And, one other exciting new module... There in an 'Introduction to Big Data' module' included to introduce a very current and exciting area that will continue to grow in importance : Big Data. Learn what is meant by Big Data and how Big Data is being managed today. There is a bright future for those who can work with 'Big Data' so learn about it now and be on the forefront of this new technology.
To learn more about the updated course and program, go to the DB2 Academic Certification program page.
The updated version of the DB2 9.7 Academic Certification Program has been available in the Academic Initiative course materials section as course number CE302A for six weeks now. This updated version has great new resource materials that can be used both by faculty and students as they use the course content to teach or learn database concepts while simultaneously preparing for the DB2 Academic Certification exam.
Now there are printed versions available of the four DB2 on Campus books that are referenced in the course. The primary book, Getting Started with DB2 Express-C, is available in three languages (English, Chinese and Spanish). IBMers who are working with universities to teach a class can order up to two copies of each book as a reference book for the faculty member and only pay for the shipping. There are limited copies available, so don't hesitate to order books as soon as your class is arranged. Find the choices in the Book (Academic Use only) section of the ordering page
Don't forget to check out the DB2 Academic Certification course on DB2university.com. The course is in the DB2 Academic Training course in the DB2 section of the site.
The updated version of the DB2 9.7 Academic Certification Program is available in the Academic Initiative course materials section as course number CE302A . The course refers to excellent additional resource materials that are helpful for both faculty and students.
For a limited time period, faculty members organizing a 302A course can receive up to two hard copies of each of the four books referenced in the course materials. The books and shipping are provided at no-charge. (In some countries, import duties will apply that must be paid by the receiver). The four DB2 on Campus 'Getting Started' books are 1) DB2 Express-C (English, Spanish or Chinese) 2) Database Fundamentals 3) Data Studio 4) DB2 Application Development.
Keep one copy for yourself as a reference. Then share the second copy with colleagues. Or lend them to students. Or offer them to deserving students. We know you will find great value in these reference books.
Organize your class NOW by following the steps on the Class Organization tab of the program page. When your request for DVDs and free certification testing is validated, you will be asked which books you would like to receive.
View the online versions of the books in the Resources section at DB2university.com . Don't forget to also check out the online version of DB2 Academic Certification course on DB2university.com. The course is in the DB2 Academic Training course in the DB2 section of the site and it is also an excellent additional resource that can be used in conjunction with the classroom course.
Email email@example.com if you require additional information about this program.
It is exciting to announce that the DB2 Academic Certification program trained over 18,000 students plus more than 1,000 faculty members in 2011. Students were trained in 27 countries and more than 13,000 of them passed the certification exam. All of these participants completed at least 3 days of classroom content on databases and tried out their knowledge while doing labs using IBM's DB2 database for Linux, UNIX and Windows. They are now better equipped to use these critical database skills where ever their career takes them. Those that passed the certification exam have an IBM certification for their CV as an extra (but important!) bonus.
The updated Academic Initiative course, CE302A, was met with great enthusiasm. Having the course available on db2university.com at no charge also makes it a great resource for both faculty and students. (or anyone, really!)
Check out the article written on a faculty training class held in Pakistan, one of the new countries in 2011. It can be found at the end of the newsletter at this link
The other 26 countries included in the program this year are: India, China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Philippines, Korea, Romania, Thailand, Columbia, Vietnam, Denmark, Peru, Poland, Germany, Hungary, USA, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Argentina and Turkey.
The certification exam is available in five languages (English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese).
The program will continue in 2012, and details on how to arrange a class can be found on the DB2 Academic Certification Program page.
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Here is another great resource for learning about DB2: http://www.dbisoftware.com/db2nightshow/
This is a fun and entertaining forum for learning and sharing about DB2. It has 'live shows' but also tapes them for later viewing.
At the moment, they are kicking off their DB2's Got Talent contest. Let your DB2 contacts know about this great opportunity to either join in the contest or learn from the participants during their upcoming shows where contestants share their DB2 tips. Great prize opportunities too!
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It was so very exciting for one of our IBM IM Skills team university partners, the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool), to be involved in the IBM Smarter Analytics Leadership Summit event on March 20th in New York City!
Professor Susan Dischiave announced and described their new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Data Science to the audience during the morning session. She and Data Science Program Manager, Erin Bartolo, continued to discuss the program with other attendees at the conference, who all were enthused about the program and the university support for the program.
This 15-credit Graduate level certificate has a focus on managing Big Data for today's roles requiring interdisciplinary skills. Specializations within the certificate include Data Analytics and Data Visualization. The certificate program has part-time and online options, and can also become part of the requirements for more complete Masters degrees from Syracuse University. Syracuse University is currently enrolling students for their Data Science CAS for the Summer 2012 term.
Additional coverage from the iSchool announce also includes more information about the program.
Syracuse University also has a very active partnering community with other universities worldwide. If faculty members from other schools would like to discuss a partnership with the Syracuse, please contact Sue Corieri (firstname.lastname@example.org), Assistant Dean for Special Academic Initiatives, for further information.
The IBM Information Management Skills team has been collaborating with the Syracuse University iSchool faculty regarding the strong Masters of Science in Information Management degree that is offered by the Syracuse iSchool. IBM is sharing their vision of the education needed for the IM Professionals who are required to manage the Information Infrastructure needs of large enterprises now and only more so in the future.