This week I'm in Orlando working at the DB2 Information Management Conference. My main role at the conference is to administer certification exams to the attendees. The exams are normally $120 - $150 each, but are free to attendees this week.
Business is strong! We've given nearly 200 exams in the first day! Many of these exams are at the entry level which means that we still have many new people to our certification programs. The passing rate is also quite good, with a 72% overall.
My second role at the conference is to promote the DB2 books that we've published. We have a bookstore set up that is managed by Pearson's Kathleen Addis and Jamie Milazzo. All books are offered at a 30% discount and they're selling well. The series of study guides by Roger Sanders are selling very well since these books are very well-written and include sample questions that can help readers gauge whether they are prepared to take the exam.
My third role is to network with people! This is one of my favourite things. I was able to connect with many people who I've known through the conferences I've attended through the years, but also I've met many new people.
Someone I met yesterday told my that he has two book favourite DBA books that he "never leaves home without!". These are the books:
DB2 Universal Database V8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, Fifth Edition
Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, First Edition
I agree with him totally and wanted to share this with you.
I spoke with a few people about promoting the DB2 Express book and the future Cloudscape book. I have quite a few ideas that I'll share with you later once I gather more ideas.
If you are at the conference, please stop by and say hi! If not, I hope you can attend one in the future.