Yesterday I published the blog entry NOW is a good time to upgrade to DB2 10.5! and I had a comment asking me how people can quickly upgrade their skills. The person asking was focused on those who have Oracle skills and now want to work on DB2, but new skills need to be taught to those who are skilled in DB2 9.7 and now need to move to DB2 10.5. Here is what I suggest:
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My biggest tip: Be active in social to get the very latest in what is published. Social channels like blogs, twitter and facebook are used to promote the ever growing list of learning materials. You’ll find links to white papers, articles, best practices, videos, books, and even formal education. If you’re on twitter, there is really only one place to follow: https://twitter.com/IBM_DB2 This is the official DB2 account and posts will tell you everything you need to know, including activities generated outside of IBM. Although IBM produces a ton of great content, we rely our partners, IBM Champions, and IBM Gold Consultants to also publish content about our products. I’ll do a separate blog post on the incredible learning opportunities provided by our user groups and partners.
We have a dedicated website called ibmbluhub.com that is the go-to place for all things BLU. My intern Tori McClellan just published her first blog entry about what you can find on the “BLU Hub”: Steps toward the Future: How IBM DB2 is changing the Game.
DB2 is something like 99% compatible with Oracle. Danny Arnold does a great job summarizing the areas of compatibility: Simplifying Oracle Database Migrations. As you are aware, mastery comes through practice. It may take a bit of habit changing and practice to master the skills you need to be efficient at using DB2, even if the skills are similar. If time is not your friend, you may benefit by joining a bootcamp session: http://ibm.co/DB2BLUBootcamp. You may also find this education roadmap useful, especially if you can arrange to have Melanie Stopfer teach a class for you.
I hope this helps! I look forward to more comments and perhaps suggestions on future blog posts.