This is my third blog entry about the Hot skills, cool Chumby IBM Training promotion that is taking place right now. After each entry, the web master thanks me for all the referrals, as it seems that people are reading my entries and are following the links! Thanks to all of you!
Here are the details for the promotion:
With this promotion you will learn new skills with world-class IBM instructors, AND you can also get a Chumby device (value $179.95 USD) to take home at the end of the class!
So... what is a Chumby?The chumby is a compact device that displays useful and entertaining information from the web: news, photos, music, weather, celebrity gossip, webcams, sports scores — using your wireless internet connection. Always on, it shows — nonstop — what's online that matters to you. I highly recommend you view the Chumby demo. Click the What the heck is a chumby button.
The Chumby sounds cool... but how does it work?Just plug it in, connect to your wireless network, and use your computer to choose a playlist of "widgets" (the bite-sized applications that run on a chumby). And if, say, you want to see news, the surf report, and traffic in the morning, and animations, web cams and eBay auctions at night, you can group widgets in "channels." Watch constantly updated info, or use interactive widgets that take advantage of its touchscreen or motion sensor. You can even share widgets and send ecards to other people's chumbys.
With over 700 widgets across 30 different categories such as weather, social networks, photos, sports, news, entertainment, videos and much more, you'll find lots of stuff you'll love.
Which courses are eligible?Check out ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en?pageType=page&c=L576830G48338Q94 for a list of the eligible classroom and instructor-led online courses.
If you are lucky enough to get a Chumby... let me know what you think of it.
Keep on Learning
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certmag.com just published the following article:
Database Administrators: Multitasking for Advancement
January 2006 - by Cari Mclean
Two of my workmates were quoted in the article.
Sue Myers, program director of information management skills at IBM.
Being proactive and agile in today's marketplace is essential to staying ahead of the technology curve. "We are on a cusp of a change in terms of how information is collected and how it is used," Sue Myers said. "So the opportunity for a DBA's future career growth is to step into that leadership position and to drive the strategic direction of where the data is goingn applications and the overall business environment."
Susan Dykman, information management certification program manager for IBM.
"Today, certifications for DBAs are the foundation required, and they are the proof of entry. We have done extensive looks into how employers value certification, and we have found if someone is hiring and the only difference between applicants is that applicant A has a certification and applicant B does not, the employer is going to pick applicant A," said Susan Dykman.
Read the entire article to get an idea as to how DB2 certifications can help you progress in your career as a DBA.
Many children are scheduled to go back to school after labor day, so with all the 'back to school' sales, and the approaching fall season (new clothes required?), many people feel that September is the best month to make significant changes in their lives. One article I read this weekend stated that September is the season of change, especially for women and that 'September Resolutions' are becoming as common as 'New Year's Resolutions'.
If you are feeling the need to make some changes, consider upgrading your skills. The DB2 Version 8 Certification Exams are very popular, so if you are down level or haven't yet earned a certification; consider adding it to your skill's plan.
Here's what I'd suggest:
For everyone selling, using, developing, consulting, or learning about relational databases, I suggest Exam 700 DB2 UDB Version 8 Family Fundamentals. Even if you are using Oracle, MS SQL Server, IDS, Cloudscape, or MySQL, you should consider this exam. This exam covers the basics such as planning, security, concurrency, and SQL usage. For study materials, see http://www.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu700.shtml.
If you are working as a DBA, supporting DB2 in any way, or developing DB2, you should take Exam 701 DB2 UDB Version 8 for UNIX, Linux, and Windows Database Administration or Exam 702 DB2 UDB z/OS Version 8 Database Administration. Both of these exams require a lot of knowledge, but if you work as a DBA, you already have 80% of the knowledge that you need to pass the exam. For study materials, see http://www.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu701.shtml or http://www.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu702.shtml.
If you were able to pass Exam 701 fairly easily, you should try Exam 704 DB2 UDB Version 8 for UNIX, Linux, and Windows Advanced Database Administration. Passing this exam will show others that you are a LEADER and have a deep skill level in the database area. For study materials, see http://www.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu704.shtml.
For programmers of any kind, consider taking Exam 703 DB2 UDB Version 8 Family Application Development. This exam covers the basics about program to a database in embedded SQL, Java, CLI and ODBC. You don have to be in expert in all programming areas, but you should be very strong in at least one area. I find that students working on computer science degrees are able to pass this exam with minimal work. For study materials, see http://www.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu703.shtml.
If you prefer the business side of things rather than technical, consider taking Exam 705 Business Intelligence Solutions. This exam isn very technical but it covers the concepts that you need to master to create solutions in your environment. For study materials, see http://www.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu705.shtml.
If you're working in WebSphere, Tivoli, Java, Lotus, Content Management or Rational, see http://www.ibm.com/certify to find the exams that fit your needs.
CertMag's 2005 Salary Survey: Monitoring Your Net Worth
Overall, certified professionals this year enjoyed an average 16.4 percent pay increase from 2004, up significantly from last year's reported increase of 14.1 percent. The global survey clearly showed the value of qualified IT experts, with 23.4 percent of the respondents earning 25 percent or more in salary than they did in 2004.
CertMag editors surveyed 35,167 IT professionals in 170 countries around the globe. With 95.4 percent of those professionals holding technical certificationshe average respondent has 3.29 certifications. CertMag's 2005 Salary Survey was conducted over a six-week period from Aug. 19 to Oct. 3, 2005.
CertMag's 2005 Salary Survey asked respondents to evaluate and rank the training and study methods they used, as well as the quality of their primary certification's program. The survey showed, like previous surveys have, that on-the-job training, self-study books and practice exams are used and considered valuable among respondents. Seventy-three percent of respondents found on-the-job training very valuable or extremely valuable. Self-study books were ranked the second-most-valued preparation material by respondents at 71.1 percent, and practice exams were valued at 70.6 percent.
The highest-paid IT professionals in the survey this year live in Switzerland, with an average salary of $83,420, followed by those in Denmark and the United States, with $70,590 and $68,890, respectively. The United Kingdom, whose IT professionals were the fourth highest-paid in 2004, fell to the seventh position, while Japanese IT workers jumped from 10th place to fifth, with a surprising $14,300 increase in average IT salary.
Read it online, at http://www.certmag.com/articles//anmviewer.asp?a=1524&z=224.[Read More]
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One more week till the middle of August! A special time in my life as it is my son's birthday :) But work wise, it is the last week for the Early Bird Pricing for the IBM Information On Demand 2008 taking place the last week of October in Las Vegas. Register now to save some money!
If you can't make it to that conference, consider CASCON 2008 taking place in Toronto the same week as IOD is taking place in Vegas.
Another event that is coming up is DB2 Aktuell 2008. This event takes place September 23 and 24 in Potsdam, Germany. The site is in German so I can't read it... but the sessions will be 50% English and 50% German.
Enjoy the summer while it is still here :)
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Have you seen the web banners for the new Certify and Save Promotion? The banner shows a cute piggy bank... which to me stands out because it is unlike most other web banners... on IBM sites at least.
What is Certify and Save?
From April 1, 2008 to June 30, 2008 you will receive a $75 discount on select DB2 9 certification exams when you purchase a qualifying DB2 9 Certification Study Guide. Simply purchase a qualifying guide from any US Bookstore between April 1, 2008 and June 30, 2008, and you are eligible to receive a Professional Certification voucher valid for 50% off the cost of an eligible exam at Thompson Prometric Testing Centers.
What are the qualifying books?
Only my most favourite books... the MC Press series of study guides that were written by Roger Sanders, Susan Lawson, and Dan Luksetich:
* DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders* DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders* DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Dan Luksetich
All three books were written by well-respected DB2 experts / authors / speakers / exam developers. These books are focused on helping you learn what you need to know for the exams, so there is no better resource available for prepping for the exams. Each book contains sample questions that are directly related to the objectives of the exams. No where else can you find these questions along with the answers, and reasons for the answers.
Back to the promo... if you purchase the Fundamentals book by Roger Sanders, you'll qualify for a discount voucher for Exam 730; purchase the DBA book by Roger Sanders and you'll qualify for a discount voucher for Exam 731; and finally, purchase the DBA book by Susan Lawson & Dan Luksetich and you'll qualify for a discount voucher for Exam 732.
If you're interested in this offer... I'm sure you have plenty of questions. Here is a PDF with all the details for the Certify and Save Promotion. Kate and Emily also recorded a podcast to deliver all the details.
Again... follow the pig... and you'll find the savings.
PS... for those of you attending the IDUG conference during the offering period, you'll be happy to hear that I plan to be there handing out discount vouchers to those who buy the qualifying books.
If you've taken a class through IBM, you may already feel like you "know" these people. If you haven't taken a class yet, let me introduce you to:
* Jeff Bohm - Data Management Technical Education Specialist
* Shirley Brost - Senior Technical Learning Specialist
* Joan Dunn - Senior Education Specialist
* Melanie Stopfer - Consulting Learning Specialist and Developer
* John Zucchero - Education Learning Specialist
Take a class with one of these instructors and believe me... your depth of knowledge will surely deepen.
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.
The three-book set of certification study guides written by Roger Sanders have been bundled together for a special price on informit.com and ibmpressbooks.com:
Are you preparing for DB2 certification? Improve your readiness with this collection of books. Author Roger Sanders is a DB2 expert who was involved in the development of these exams so you'll get sample questions straight from the source! Each book covers all the material you need to pass version 8 certification exams 700, 701, 703, and 706.
Included in the bundle are the following three books:
* DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 700 Study Guide
* DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exams 701 and 706 Study Guide
* DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 703 Study Guide
Author Roger Sanders was a member of the DB2 Version 8 Exam Development team, so he was an ideal person to write these study guides. Also, if you ever read one of Roger's books, you'll know first hand how good he is at explaining complex topics.
Besides being the only set of books that focus directly on what you need to know to do well on the exams, these books contain hundreds of assessment questions to help you gauge your readiness to take the real exams.
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For a limited time... possible till the end of March only... save 37% on the purchase of DB2 9 for Developers by Philip K. Gunning. From this site, download chapter 4 The Path to DB2 9 XML Capabilities to check out Phil's writing style and the content on XML.
See also the amazon site for this book to see the six 5-star reader reviews for this book.
For details on all of the books that are available for DB2 9.5, see ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/.