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).
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:
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
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.
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: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/IM_Academic_Faculty/entry/new_young_professional_profile_government_sector_success_with_informix15?lang=en_us
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I am excited to note that the new DB2 Academic Associate Certification exam, the 302 exam, is now available in Chinese! It is already available in Portuguese, and Spanish will be available soon! For more details on this program, check out: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/events/db2academiccertification/index.html
The new DB2 Academic Associate certification exam for DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows is now translated to Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese. Proctors desiring one of the translated exams should mention the specific language requirement when they request the the codes or the exam.
An additional improvement to the teaching materials for the course is a script to match the course workbook to help guide new teachers for this course.
Check http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/events/db2academiccertification/index.html for additional information about the certification course and exam and the special offers for 2010.
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
Read more about the DB2's Got Talent contest and find links to replays of the videos.
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!
We had several good WW calls yesterday updating the IBM University Ambassador community on current and future IM university programs. IBMers, if you were unable to attend the call live, the Americas version of the call was recorded, and can be found at this link: http://w3.tap.ibm.com/medialibrary/media_view?id=92028. The call included a talk and demo of the exciting pureQuery tooling that can be very helpful for a variety of university curricula.
University personnel, do check in with your IBM ambassador to hear about the current programs that are available.
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!
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.
Welcome to the Information Management Academic Community Updates for Faculty Blog!
I would like to use this blog to post interesting information relevant to the academic community. Please feel free to comment and let's discuss things further! The IM Academic Community Marketing team is really interested in hearing your views about what you are seeing and hearing from your vantage point, whether that be as a university professional or a student or a business leader or an IBMer. Let us know where you see needs and we will work together to help out.
We will also use this forum to post interesting profiles of Young Professionals doing interesting real-world projects using IBM technology to learn what they are finding valuable in their early careers and what helped them get to their current positions in the first place.
Both CEOs and current student leaders were interviewed about what future leaders will need to be successful in our complex world. Several points jumped out at me. - Today's current CEOs talked about creativity and and adventurous spirit being very critical. This seems to be SO important, yet often overlooked while trying to ensure that a high amount of knowledge and skills are imparted to our students in always too short a time. - Both CEOs and students also noted how important the correct analysis of trends is/will be. CEOs noted this relative to operational dexterity and students comment on making decisions using more data. Will databases have been around for a long time now, their importance continues to grow. As does the amount data to be analyzed. Students need a strong knowledge of database fundamentals to understand how data can be managed and what capabilities are possible with data analysis. IBM has a large portfolio of data analysis products and tools. Let's work together to use these tools to teach students what they need to learn to be successful for their future.
Great initiative by these schools and our IBMers as well! This grass roots movement is creating lots of excitement for the Information Management products in Latin America.
We are also getting GREAT response to the DB2 Academic Associate Certification programs in South America, and have a lot of classes organized: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/im/DB2+Academic+Associate+Workshop
Contact imschool@us,ibm.com if you want to discuss getting a program started at your university and we will talk!
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. To learn more about the skills Nick uses,listen to the podcast or read the transcript.
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."
The biggest challenge for Nick is developing features that work across a number of database servers without impacting stability and availability. To learn more about the challenges he faces, listen to the podcast or read the transcript.
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."
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Young professionals building successful careers using IBM Information Management products
Darshan Vaishnav: DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows Young Professional
Darshan Vaishnav was born and raised inIndia, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from L D.College of Engineering. He subsequently moved to the United States and earned his M.S. degree in Computer Science from TowsonUniversity in Maryland. During his job search, he was approached by a company looking for a candidate with DB2 training and certification.
This inspired Darshan to begin certification training on DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (LUW). He found the database product extremely interesting as well as easy to use. He earned hisIBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 on LUW V8.1certification in 2004.Darshan worked as a consultant at several Fortune 500 companies before he moved to his current company, Marriott International, about 2 years ago. At Marriott, an industry leader in the hospitality industry, Darshan works as a senior database analyst in support of the Marriott.com website, where customers make business and personal lodgingplans online.
Typical day of a database analyst
Darshan supports the main production database for the Marriott.com website. He carefully checks and validates any proposed structural or functional changes to the database before the changes go live in the production database. He ensures that the changes will not harm currently used databases or processes.
Darshan also teams with other Marriott database application developers and testers to ensure they have proper authorization for their projects in the test, development and production databases that he owns. He must ensure, however, that they do not gain any level of access beyond their functional role.
Other daily activities include ongoing database maintenance tasks such as ensuring critical daily backups are successful and monitoring and adjusting database space usage.
Darshan is often called upon to offer suggestions about performance tuning issues, such as adding indexes, changing database parameters and modifying existing queries. Another critical task he owns is ensuring his databases are ready for potential disaster recovery situations.
Technical challenges Darshan faces on the job
Marriott.com is a highly visible asset of Marriott International as well as a very high volume website. Darshan must ensure that his databases are maintained to a high set of standards and that they are ready for any jump in traffic. The main challenges he has faced were ensuring that the databases were tuned to avoid locking problems while at the same time providing enough concurrency for various applications while also keeping daily maintenance jobs running smoothly. In addition, he must ensure that the nightly data refreshes to the production database are successful and performed on time. Darshan and his peer DBA also ensure the best query performance by making sure that all tables have current statistics information and that the tables are available at any point in time.
Interesting application of the DB2 database
Darshan makes maximum use of DB2 LUW's maintenance utilities. He is an avid believer that DB2 has fantastic maintenance strategies in their Runstats and Reorg commands. He created scripts to update statistics every day and performs reorgs every week. He explains how he also makes use of the aliases capability in the DB2 product, “An alias is a pointer used for an actual table and we used it in some special manner such that, when some maintenance is happening, there is no outage required and all important tables have the best possible performance.”
His largest accomplishment in his career to date
Darshan is very proud that his knowledge and support for the Marriott website databases has helped successfully maintain high availability over the last two years.
Darshan is also proud of an earlier project he accomplished prior to starting at Marriott International. The task was to convert databases at several hundred stores from Sybase to DB2 UDB. He carefully crafted several custom scripts and a set of steps to migrate the data. The migration occurred very effectively and accurately due to his skill and diligence on that project.
Advice to peers pursuing a similar career path
Darshan believes it is important for all database administrators to also have some understanding of the operating system where the database resides and how the database interacts with the operating system. With this knowledge, he describes the ease of learning DB2, "IBM's DB2 is less complicated than other database management systems. It is easy to learn and easy to get certified. The database is very responsive, very fast, and very efficient."
Positive impact Darshan's work has on Marriott customers
Darshan is very dedicated to maintaining the Marriott.com website and keeping it available for customers at all times. Darshan explains how he has made a positive impact on his customer's overall experience with Marriott.com. "I feel that when I work with the back end as a DBA, the front end (the Marriott.com website) gets better; the front end gets smoother. People can come on my website and book their trip very easily, without any issues and very fast. And they can get on with their lives. If it starts with a really good experience with my website, obviously they’ll be happy. So that makes me feel really very good."
Darshan understands the importance of staying current with additional database training, and he has also completed his "IBM Certified Database administrator for DB2 V9" certification. This allows him to understand the ongoing feature additions to DB2 LUW and implement the appropriate ones for his databases. This dedication to his company and to his skill development makes Darshan an outstanding example of a successful DB2 Young Professional!