The second edition of the Information Management Professional Certification Newsletter is now available:http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/cert-newsletter.html.
In this edition, find out about the certifications that are currently under development and when they are expected to be live. You'll see a list of the events where certifications are being offered for free or at a reduced price. Also, you'll have links to the latest white papers and offers.
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Learn about why you should care about DB2 Express-C by reading this excellent article by Ted Wasserman: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/db2/library/techarticle/dm-0603wasserman2/?ca=dnw-712
Also, the electronic coupon for the book [b]DB2 Express: Easy Development and Administration[/b] by Paul Yip, Kit Man Cheung, Jason Gartner, Clara Liu and Stephen O'Connell is still active, giving you a 30% discount off the regular price of the book.
Order through the site: http://ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131463977
Enter EXPRESS as the coupon when checking out.
My friend Kevin See and a few others has just published an article on dworks about Kerberos... check it out:
Kevin's passion is in the DB2 security area and he is currently reviewing and writing a few sections in a planned book as well he has several other articles in mind.
I hope you find this useful!
If you would like to increase your skills via IBM training classes, you'll be interested to know that the latest eCatalog is now available:
* view 26 IT curriculum areas
* get fast access to training paths and courses
* find detailed course descriptions, schedules and locations.
* hyperlink to curriculum home pages, up-to-date class schedules and offers that save money on training.
We haven't had a new DB2 or related book publish in the past few months, so this month I'd like to pass on a 40% discount that was set up for the following books:
DB2 for z/OS Version 8 DBA Certification Guide
List Price: $54.99
Your Price: $32.99 (Save 40%)
IBM DB2 Universal Database Version 8 for z/OS offers enterprises unprecedented opportunities to integrate information, deliver it on demand, and manage it simply and cost-effectively. Now, one of the world's leading DB2 consultants presents the definitive guide to administering DB2 UDB V8 databases in z/OS environments. DB2 for z/OS Version 8 DBA Certification Guide also serves as a key tool for anyone preparing for IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 Universal Database V8 for z/OS certification.
DB2 SQL PL: Essential Guide for DB2 UDB on Linux, UNIX, Windows, i5/OS, and z/OS, 2nd Edition
List Price: $59.99
Your Price: $35.99 (Save 40%)
DB2 SQL PL, Second Edition shows developers how to take advantage of every facet of the SQL PL language and development environment. The authors offer up-to-the-minute coverage, best practices, and tips for building basic SQL procedures, writing flow-of-control statements, creating cursors, handling conditions, and much more. Along the way, they illuminate advanced features ranging from stored procedures and triggers to user-defined functions.
Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS, Covers DB2 Universal Database for z/OS Version 8, 2nd Edition
List Price: $54.99
Your Price: $32.99 (Save 40%)
This is your complete introduction to Version 8 of DB2 UDB for z/OS, the most powerful, scalable, and robust version of DB2 ever created. Here's all you need to get started with DB2 Version 8 database administration and development ... and to prepare for the new IBM DB2 Family Fundamentals exam, your first step toward DB2 certification. From basic relational database concepts to advanced topics such as data sharing, you'll find crystal-clear explanations and real-world insights, straight from the IBM lab where DB2 UDB for z/OS is developed.
To get the discount, enter the case-sensitive coupon code: IBMDB2 at Step #3 during checkout to receive the discount, and complimentary shipping. Order now as this offer expires 12/31/06.
Prolific author Paul Zikopoulos has a new article published in DB2 Magazine: http://www.db2mag.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=180206976
The topic: Information at Your Service
Why read it: Go the next step with your data through information-as-a-service. You'll think about information and where, when, and how you're going to leverage it.
Paul's most recent books include:
Apache Derby -- Off to the Races: Includes Details of IBM Cloudscape (http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131855255)
The Official Guide to DB2 Version 8 (http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/title/0131401580)
Paul and a few others are working on another book right now, and I'll post details when they are firm.
Two DB2-related Blogs were chosen as "the best" on ITtoolbox.
+ An Expert's Guide to DB2 Technology (Best New Blog)
+ Getting the Most out of DB2 for z/OS (Best Technical Blog)
View the full list of winners and discuss the final results here: http://www.ittoolbox.com/r/da.asp?r=173711.
Apache Derby -- Off to the Races
Duffbert's Random Musings
"If you've ever been curious about using or integrating Apache Derby (or IBM Cloudscape) into your project, here's the book you'll need... Apache Derby - Off to the Races by Paul C. Zikopoulos, Dan Scott, and George Baklarz. Very well done... "-- Thomas Duff
Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131855255/102-8524566-1932154?n=283155
An Introduction to IMS: Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System
This book is considered the only up-to-the-minute guide to IMS Version 9--straight from IBM IMS experts. It introduces IMS, one of the world's premiere software products, it thoroughly covers key IMS functions, from security to Java support for both new and experienced IMS administrators, programmers, architects, and managers and it is prerequisite reading for IBM IMS Mastery Certification Program. To order this book, please visit:
For information on the IMS Mastery Certification Program, see http://www.ibm.com/software/data/ims/education/masterypgm.html
The DB2 for z/OS User Experience team is looking for volunteers to give us feedback on possible retail books for DB2. The feedback you provide can play an important role in determining the types of DB2 for z/OS retail books that are published.
If you are interested, start by completing the survey at http://www.ibm.com/survey/oid/wsb.dll/studies/DB2retailbooks.htm
Thanks in advance for your help!
On January 30th an important announcement was made regarding DB2 Express-C. DB2 Express-C will greatly expand our DB2 community, and experts at IBM will help to make it happen!
Here are the highlights from the announcement:
* DB2 Express-C is equivalent to DB2 Express but excludes a few options such as HADR, DB2 Connect support and Warehouse Manager tools.
* DB2 Express-C is freely licensed to develop, deploy and redistribute (Download from: http://www.ibm.com/db2/express)
* DB2 Express-C support is free through:
The DB2 Express online forum: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/dw_forum.jsp?forum=805&cat=19
* The DB2 Express Web site: http://www.ibm.com/db2/express
* Book Offer: http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/
Exciting new release!
DB2 Express-C, an edition of DB2 Express for the developer and partner community, is a no-charge dataserver for use in development and deployment. Providing the same core data server features,development interfaces as well as system limits as DB2 Express in a smaller package, DB2 Express-Coffers a solid base to build and deploy all applications including: C/C+, Java, .NET, PHP, and more. DB2 Express-C is available for Linux and Windows running on 32 or 64 bit hardware with up to 2CPUs and 4GB of memory. Business partners may register to distribute DB2 Express-C with their products and applications at no-charge.
For information on DB2 Express-C/DB2 Express, FAQs, download, partner solutions highlights & quotes, VMware images, white paper, partner registration form for redistribution, book offer and more-- visit us at http://www.ibm.com/software/data/db2/udb/db2express.
Additional coverage on DB2 Express-C will be available on PW, SMB site, Academic Initiative other IM web pages and a number of launch partner sites in the coming days.
The book offer mentioned above is as follows:
Save 30% on DB2 Express: Easy Application Development and Administration
By Paul Yip, Kit Man Cheung, Jason Gartner, Clara Liu, Stephen O'Connell
For a limited time, you can order this book through the IBM Press Bookstore at 30% off cover price. In addition to the discount, there is also with free UPS Ground shipping within the U.S. (Taxes are additional). To take advantage of this offer, simply click on the title link or cover graphic above and add the book to your shopping cart, following ordering instructions and enter the case-sensitive promotion code EXPRESS at Step #3 during checkout.
I just read the transcript of an interview with John Patrick titled HOW BLOGS AND PODCASTS FOSTER INNOVATION. I found it very interesting and would like to share it with you. Here is the site where you can find the transcript:
I've finally created my first podcast. I don't have it stored on the internet yet, but am working on it. I did a 4 minute introduction to the book: "Understanding DB2". I found it very easy to create the podcast and have been told that it is well done. I plan to record an introduction to more of the books that I care about and share them with you.
Stay tuned and I'll tell you when the podcast is available.
Discover the best of the best with this collection of top-selling books from IBM Press.
New to DB2? IBM Press has an easy, visual guide to introduce you to every concept behind DB2, step-by-step, including installation, configuration, objects, database instances, storage, connectivity, security, performance, backup and recovery, SQL fundamentals, and much more: Understanding DB2: Learning Visually with Examples
By Raul Chong, Clara Liu, Sylvia Qi, Dwaine Snow
Full price: $59.99
Loving Linux? Here's your indispensable guide to maximizing Linux system and application performance, with easy-to-understand examples based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server: Performance Tuning for Linux Servers
By Sandra Johnson, Gerrit Huizenga, Badari Pulavarty
Full price: 54.99
Bundle information and price: ISBN: 0132227673; $78.30
If you become an IBM Press member, your price is $73.95. This is a savings of $41.03 if you buy the bundle rather than each book individually.
If this bundle doesn't appeal to you, check out one of these:
The Foundation for Certification Bundle
Essentials for DBAs Bundle
z/OS and Loving It Bundle
I haven't yet figured out whether these bundles and their prices will disappear at some point or not. I'm checking into it and will update this post.
Have you taken IBM certification exams in the past, but don't remember what you've passed? Have you received the certificates that you are entitled to? Check on the Member Site for IBM Certified Professionals to see where you stand.
IBM's Certification Member Site allows you to:
* View your test and certification history, including shipping status of certificates
* Submit requests to merge multiple candidate/testing IDs
* View and update your demographic information
* Request additional copies of your certificates (softcopy via email or hardcopy)
* Download the IBM Certification marks to which you are entitled
Remember, certification results are confidential to you, so if you have earned a certification, the only way for your manager to know is if you tell them. I suggest that you print a copy of the certificate and give it directly to your manager.