A few weeks ago, I started a discussion in the DB2 Professional LinkedIn group that turned out to be quite popular. Request to join the group so you can take part in this and other discussions.
My question: When you were using DB2 for the first time, how did you go about learning how to use it? If you are already an expert, what learning path do you recommend to any newbies who you may meet?
This blog entry summarizes the responses. The text in italics is a response... [More]
Earlier I posted a blog about the DB2 10 Certification Tutorials for Fundamentals Exam 610
that are being published on developerWorks. There is also a series of
tutorials that are being published to help you pass Exam 611- DB2 for
Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA. I’ll update this post as more tutorials are published. Here is what is available now: (Update Feb 7: Part 2, Physical Design; Dec 6: Part 7, Security now available.) DB2 10.1 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows certification exam 611 prep, Part 2: Physical design Mohamed Obide... [More]
DB2 10.1 Fundamentals - Exam 610 Start
with this exam. It contains questions for concepts that are common
across all platforms that DB2 runs on. There is a heavy SQL component
to the exam, and most people who use DB2 daily should find this exam
fairly easy. You’ll find it easier as well if you examine the
objectives and use one or more of the listed study materials. Passing
this exam will lead to an IBM Certified Database Associate certificate.
This is an entry level certification for a user of any of the DB2
family of... [More]
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started my career at the Toronto Lab writing DB2 product documentation.
I learned a lot, met many great people, and created my career. One of
the things I learned during my 6 years writing is that there is much
work put into this content. Planning, writing, discussing, reviewing,
revising, translating, publishing, and more. Bottom line: there is
quality in the product docs! Another
thing about the product docs is that they cover every area of the
product. People are always asking me how they should prepare to pass
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The next DB2 Tech Talk
is in two parts and is about one of my favourite topics: DB2
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After a long delay, I can finally announce that this long awaited book has published.
DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study
by IBM Champions Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich
I can also tell you that the covers for the certification series of books by
have been redesigned and will be launched on this title. I hope you like the
What’s in the book?
Read this book to prepare to pass Exam 612 – DB2 10 for
z/OS Database Administration .
All test... [More]
IDUG is already filled with amazing learning opportunities, as mentioned in
my blog entry: IDUG Denver – May
2012 , but here are more for you to consider. At the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in
Denver, Colorado, USA , taking place May 14-18, 2012 at the Colorado Convention
Center , you can take advantage of specialty Full-Day Seminars
for an in-depth look at a topic that is relevant to
Seminars are held on Monday, May 14 and provide a great start to
your IDUG week by giving you access to some of the top... [More]
The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2012 is scheduled for May 14 - 18, 2012 in Denver , Colorado. Make your plans to attend now. The IDUG.org website has been updated with detailed information about the conference, including On-line schedule Education and training opportunities Technical certifications Discounts available for the conference On-line schedule I’m sure you’ll find plenty of sessions that interest you. The online session schedule is now available for you to search through. The technical program includes over 120 sessions, addressing... [More]
Here are a few tips I’ve gathered over the years that may help you with your quest to get certifed: Most of the IM certification exams have a time limit of 90 minutes, except the upgrade exam which has a time limit of 60 minutes. The number of questions and the cutscore for each exam varies. For example, exam 730 has 64 questions and you must score 59 percent or higher to pass it. Make sure you check out the exam objectives before you study. Every question on the exam relates directly to one or more of the exam objectives. You can find the... [More]
I like that my blog entries this week have all had the theme of certification. Maybe I could do week long themes for blog entries this year…. Anyway, after I posted my Cert 101 blog entry, I was informed by Scott Hayes, host of the DB2 Night Show that Roger Sanders is his guest on next Friday’s show. An In-Depth Look at DB2 Certification Insider Secrets and Tips for DB2 LUW and z/OS with IBM Champion Roger Sanders Friday, January 20 from 11:00 – 12:00 EST. Register now. If you are interested in getting certified, and I think you... [More]
Over the past week, I've written several entries to help you get certified. This posting lists all of those entries and makes it easy for you to navigate through some of the material. I'll repost or update this entry as I go. I hope you find this useful. Benefits of Earning a Certification How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification Details about DB2 LUW 9.7 Certification Program Details about DB2 for z/OS Certification Program Once you are Certified... What Next? Study Materials Electronically Certification Study Guides for DB2 LUW Exams... [More]
Previously I blogged about the benefits of getting certified . If, after reading that, you decide you want to earn a DB2 certification, what is the process? Choose Job Role First you need to decide what job role you’d like a certification for. For many people this is easy. If you work as a DBA, get the DBA certification… easy. But some people end up performing multiple roles in the course of their job. The primary job roles that affect DB2 users are: Academic Associate, Database Associate, Database Administrator, Advanced Database... [More]