Information Management Academic Community Updates
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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.
Learn about young professionals who are building successful careers using IBM Information Management products
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Nick Geib- Enhancing the Informix database to meet the changing needs of businesses today
Nick works for IBM in Lenexa, Kansas as a software developer on Informix database products. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in philosophy and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he obtained an M.S. degree in Computer Sciences.
During his graduate studies in Wisconsin, Nick's professors introduced him to Informix database software. In his courses, he learned the basics of data structures, syntax, compilers, and debuggers, which all helped him land a job at IBM. To further advance his skills, Nick pursued IBM Professional Certification (http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/index.shtml) on Informix software and became an IBM Certified Systems Administrator. At IBM, Nick continues to develop Informix technology to help businesses meet their growing demands in today's dynamic environment. Read below what he has to say about the challenges and rewards of database development.
A job with global scope
Nick really enjoys the varied, worldwide scope of his job. One of IBM's three core values is 'Innovation that Matters' and IBM works with companies from all over the world to deliver innovative solutions. Nick deals with companies in many different sectors including banking, telecommunications, and retail. He says of his experience, "It is wonderful to interact with these customers and work with them through their challenges, planning for what the future holds."
Technical skills required
Nick finds that he needs not only technical skills to be successful, but also communication skills and a broad understanding of a customer's business.
Engaging in hot topics
Energy sector applications today are focusing on analyzing increasing amounts of data to allow consumers to make smart energy decisions. An energy provider in the UK, Hildebrand, uses Informix to gather and analyze large amounts of energy data at a very rapid pace. Informix was more than able to handle the significant workload. Nick describes this accomplishment stating, "For us, we will live in a world where you can have more control over energy usage in your home and be better stewards of the environment."
To learn more about the Informix application, click here to read IBM's Press Release on Hildebrand.
The biggest challenge for Nick is developing features that work across a number of database servers without impacting stability and availability.
Finding solutions for his customers
Nick has found that each new customer requirement presents an opportunity for the Informix database to be used in an innovative way to solve a business problem. Some of Nick's customers run businesses that maintain relatively stable patterns throughout the year but have high data periods at quarter or year end. During these times, the customer must deal with an increase in data workload requirements. The amount of information a database must manage can more than triple during this period. Informix uses a cluster-based replication functionality to handle these types of issues. With the scale-out and load-balancing capabilities of the cluster, customers can rest assured their systems maintain up time. Nick further describes the capabilities of Informix, "Due to the 'Capacity on Demand' functionality, IBM technology is able to handle the large increase in workload with ease."
Advice to students pursuing a similar career
Nick would give the following advice to students, "Do what you love, that is the most important thing. Whatever job you get, if you love it, then it will seem like play to you and never seem like work. It's important to have strong technical skills and those aren't the only skills you need to have. Good communication, reading and writing, interacting/ team leading are important too."
Making a positive impact through his profession
Nick believes that IBM is the best company to work for and he wants to make Informix the best database in the world. Nick describes his ambitions, "There is continuous innovation in Informix. Our product helps businesses run the world. It's cool to pick up the newspaper and see the companies in the headlines, knowing they are your customers. We are making a difference."
Articles written by Nick on developerWorks
New capabilities for migrating to DB2 and Informix in IBM Migration Toolkit 1.4.9
Glad to report on a new Informix Redbook: IBM Informix Developer's Handbook: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg247884.html
It's a great guide to the many different interfaces for application development on Informix. It covers Java, ESQL/C, OLE DB, .NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails, DataBlade®, and Hibernate. Check it out!
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.
There are a few good recent updates to the DB2 Academic Associate Certification IBM-internal program support page: A link to an online assessment survey and a link to more details about the exam itself (including the information about taking a practice exam. IBMers can see these updates at this link: https://w3.tap.ibm.com/w3ki2/display/UNIVERSITY/IBM+Academic+Initiative+-+Information+Management+program+DB2AA
non-IBMers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get further information about these programs.
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.
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.
Are you a University Ambassador covering the Information Management portfolio? If so, here is a short (10 question) survey to help evaluate the current program for the ambassador community as well as for the university. Participate and help shape the programs in the future. Here is a link to the survey, for those who fit into this category: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WY7Q7YB
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.
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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!
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:
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I received an exciting email today with some information on an exciting new award program. Help me spread the word to the university community.
As IBM continues into the "Decade of Smart", IDR's role to ensure skills are being developed to help our clients create, implement and drive a Smarter Planet has never been more important. Developing this talent starts with partnering with universities to develop the "T-shaped" skills for the 21st century to produce a more competitive workforce. To this end, we are announcing the first industry-focused 2010 Innovation Awards (https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/innovation/index.html) to develop Smarter Planet curriculum. Have a look at the details of the program at this web site.
Entries can be entered in the following categories:
Healthcare Industry Skills Innovation Award
Transportation Industry Skills Innovation Award
Smarter Cities Skills Award
Key dates - deadline times are 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time
Carefully note deadlines!
August 24, 2010 Online submission opens. Email requests for proposal submitted before this date will be rejected.
September 21, 2010 Midnight deadline for initiating a nomination.
September 28, 2010 Midnight deadline for submitting a proposal.
November 4, 2010 Award winners notified by e-mail.