Do you have DB2, Informix, InfoSphere or Netezza skills and are you in the market for a new job? Now, there are 4 resources that should be included in your job search.
To help connect you, as a technically skilled IBM data product professional, with IBM customers who need your skills, IBM has launched four web sites: DB2.jobs, Informix.jobs, InfoSphere.jobs and Netezza.jobs. These web sites bring together into a single resource many jobs worldwide to make the search easier.
The sites enable keyword searches, as well as robust filtering capabilities that let you search by country, city or state; all jobs with a specific title; and even all jobs at a specific company. The number of job openings varies over time, but as of this writing there are more than 3,600 quality job opening across these 4 sites.
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Do you have DB2, Informix, InfoSphere or Netezza skills and are you in the market for a new job? Now, there are 4 resources that should be included in your job search.
IBMers get asked this question all the time. What are we doing to prepare the next generation in terms of up and coming technology. You’ll be happy to know that plenty is going on. Even at IOD.
Key faculty who are collaborating with IBM on advanced Big Data and Analytics curriculum and programs are gathering for a two day special Big Data and Analytics Academic track at IOD. They will attend several sessions together to share their current programs as well as brainstorm about their next steps and their challenges. They will learn about IBM academic programs and hear from IBM experts in two panels. All of this will strengthen the community amongst these leading academic institutions.
The Big Data panel with Big Data leaders, includes:
The Analytics panel with Analytics leaders includes:
I’m glad to say that we have faculty from some top schools involved with this initiative, including:
If you think you should be on this list, let me know and I’ll pass your information to the Academics Team.
Beyond these sessions, the faculty will still have time to experience and learn from the wealth of other IOD events and sessions.
The faculty will also have the opportunity to attend a special, invitation only roundtable session::
"Watson Heads to the Class" - Preparing a New Generation of Thinkers for Next Generation Jobs
Recognizing that a practical understanding of analytics, cognitive computing and big data is key for 21st century jobs and economic competitiveness, this round table will bring together a panel of leaders that can discuss the new ways IBM is working with academia to develop new degree programs, case competitions, case study programs and internships. A key focus of this panel will be how IBM is providing academic organizations and students access to the Watson technology and Watson 'thinkers' in order to foster greater interest and knowledge in cognitive computing, analytics, natural language processing technologies; as well as explore new ways these technologies can be used to address major societal challenges.
IBM Executives: Manoj Saxena, General Manager, IBM Watson Solutions
University partners: Professor Girish Punj, University of Connecticut, Dr. Thomas Fomby, Southern Methodist University, Rajiv Dewan, Sr. Associate Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, University of Rochester
SMART program participant: Matthew Canon, Business Planning and Analysis Manager, Andrews Distributing Company
Beyond IOD, there are many initiatives underway to educate the future, including:
Big Data University
IBM DB2 Academic Associate Program
IBM DB2 program for students and the academic community
The IBM DB2 Academic Associate program is exclusively for the university community. The preparation course teaches relational database concepts while also providing students with critical, hands-on database skills on IBM’s DB2 and Data Studio software. Smarter Planet solutions rely on an ever growing amount of data. Learn how to be smart about managing that data with this no-charge academic course and IBM exam.
IBM Student Portal
Students can find out about jobs, competitions, and discounts on certification exams.
“Flashbooks” are small-sized books that have fewer than 150 pages, and have easy-to-read messages about products, solutions, or technology. Flashbooks are published to coincide with conferences such as IBM’s Information on Demand Conference or IDUG. The huge quantity of messages and content delivered at such conferences makes it difficult for attendees to retain all the key messages. Flashbooks are designed to contain the key messages IBM experts want you to take away with you.
Flashbooks are handed out in print format at conferences and other events, are available for free in ebook format from this site and can be purchased from amazon.com or other online bookstores.
There are so many places for you to keep your skills sharp with DB2 and InfoSphere, that sometimes it gets difficult to “see the trees for the forest”! I hope that this is a list that you’ll save and go back to often to help you find your way.
A wide range of IBM experts, programs, and services are available to help you take your information management skills to the next level. Participate in our online community though developerWorks. Find whitepapers, videos, demos, DB2 Express downloads, and more. Visit ibm.com/developerworks/data/.
IBM Certification Exams
Find industry-leading professional certification exams, including new certifications for DB2 10.1:
Find cost-effective and green online learning options, such as private online training, as well as traditional classroom education, all taught by our experienced world-class instructors. DB2 10 training includes the following:
Visit ibm.com/software/data/education for details and course availability.
Information Management Bookstore
Find electronic versions of our free flashbooks, links to the most informative information management books on the market, along with valuable links and offers to save you money and enhance your skills. Visit ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore.
IBM Support for DB2 10
Access the award-winning IBM Support Portal to find technical support information for DB2 10, including downloads, notifications, technical documents, flashes, alerts, and more. Visit ibm.com/support.
Data Management Magazine
IBM Data Management magazine delivers interactive, highly dynamic content, including webinars and video about the technical topics of interest to you. Connect with a community of the world’s top information management professionals and a broad range of voices from across the industry. Visit ibmdatamag.com.
Big Data University
Learn SQL, DB2, and other hot technologies at your pace and at your place. Big Data University offers helpful online courses with instructional videos and exercises to help you master new concepts. Course completion is marked with a final exam and a certificate. Visit bigdatauniversity.com.
International DB2 User Group (IDUG)
IDUG is all about community. Through education events, technical resources, unique access to fellow users, product developers, and solution providers, IDUG offers an expansive, dynamic technical support community. IDUG delivers quality education, timely information, and peer-driven product training and utilization that enable DB2 users to achieve organizational business objectives and to drive personal career advancement. Visit idug-db2.com and idug.org.
Join the Conversation
Stay current as DB2 10 evolves by using social media sites to connect to experts and to contribute your voice to the conversation. Visit one or more of the following:
I hope you find something useful in this list, which is by no means exhaustive!
Last November I posted blog entry about a survey to help decide the topics for upcoming DB2 Symposiums: “DB2 Symposiums – Take a Survey to ensure World Class DB2 Education Comes to You”. As a result of this survey, Klaas Brant has pulled together an incredible group of speakers who will be teaching full day sessions over a 3-day period.
Today on the DB2Night Show, Klaas announced a 20% discount for those who register by March 1. Simply use the promo code DBI12A1 when you register. The symposium takes place at the DoubleTree Fort Lee – New Jersey.
For those of you who are new to the DB2 Symposium: the DB2 Symposium is a three day training event with one day seminars presented by industry leading consultants. The DB2 Symposium fills the gap between a conference and a multi-day training. The DB2 Symposium is unique because you can join us for 1,2 or 3 days, depending on your needs and budget.
The amazing line up of speakers are all IBM Champions (aka IBM’s Best Friends):
and the Full Day Sessions:
Wednesday 28 March
Thursday 29 March
Friday 30 March
Great speakers, great learning opportunities, and now a great discount! Register now!
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
with IBM Champion Roger Sanders
Friday, January 20 from 11:00 – 12:00 EST.
If you are interested in getting certified, and I think you should be if you are working with a product as complex as DB2, you should join this show. Roger has been involved in the DB2 certification program for years now. He takes part in the exam development as a subject matter expert. He and the other experts create the questions that appear on the exam.
Roger takes creating questions very seriously since once he’s finished creating questions for the actual exam, he makes up a whole set of sample questions that appear in his books. He gives you the answer to the questions in the book and explains why the correct answer is correct. I think this is a great way to learn the material, don’t you?
Roger also teaches this material in the form of a Crammer Course. Many DB2 conferences throughout the year my feature Roger and his Crammer Course.
See my previous certification entries:
PS… If you like this post, consider following my blog. Thanks for reading!
And it looks like I missed another DB2Night Show episode! This one was for the z/OS side and featured Julian Stuhler. If you missed it as well, get the replay.
Details about the episode:
In episode #Z08, special guest Julian Stuhler (IBM Gold Consultant, IBM Champion and former IDUG president) gave an excellent overview of the many ways you can exploit DB2 using the Java programming language; varying from simple JDBC to PureQuery. But he also discussed the impedance mismatch between Java and Relational Databases and the new features in DB2 9 and DB2 10 which Java can benefit from. If you are into Java then this DB2Night Show episode is a must!
Don’t miss another episode! Here are a few of the upcoming show:
Date & Time: 20-SEP-2011 at 11am EDT
The schedule, registration, and replays can be found on http://www.dbisoftware.com/db2nightshow/
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I got this information from a newsletter that I subscribe to and thought that you may be interested. IBM continues to invest in creating education that is timely, well-designed, and highly-rated, therefore you can continue to expand your skills so that you can perform at your optimal level.
Here are the IBM Information Management courses have recently been updated:
You can view all IM training classes from this link: View all Information Management training
The newsletter I subscribe to is: IBM Training News.
To subscribe to this newsletter and many others, click here: Subscribe. Once on this site, you can choose the product and technology areas that you are interested in seeing in your newsletter and the newsletter is custom-built to your requirements.
Keep your skills as sharp as they can be!
Monday April 25 is the Kickoff for DB2 for z/OS shows on the DB2Night Show. As a reader of my blog, by now you know the DB2Night Show and Scott Hayes very well. Just to be sure, here’s what you need to know about the DB2Night Show:
Scott Hayes of DBI started a series of free webinars in September 2009 with the goals to: Educate, Entertain, and Inform. There have been 48 shows already and 98% of the attendees said that they learned something new from the show. I’ve personally been involved in the past few months as part of the “DB2’s Got Talent” competition and I must say that I was blown away with the quality, variety, and depth of the education provided.
Each episode has a DB2 educational theme and speakers have been IBM experts, top consultants, IBM DB2 Gold Consultants, IBM Information Management Champions, and experienced users.
Klaas Brant of KBCE and organizer of DB2 Symposium Education has decided to turn Mondays into a must attend learning session for people who work with DB2 for z/OS. There are already 5 amazing shows on the schedule with more to come.
Remember, the DB2Night Show is completely free for participants, but there is a limit to how many attendees can attend. Make sure you register immediately so you don’t miss out. Replays will be available following each show.
Here is the current schedule:
The History of DB2
The kickoff of the DB2Night Show z/OS Edition features legendary Roger Miller. This event shows much of the history of DB2 with milestones of new versions, new inventions, and showcases some of the people who contributed key inventions and innovations in DB2.
The Future of DB2
Edition #1 was a look at the history of DB2, so it is fitting to have the second show centered around the future of DB2 z/OS. Special guest Jeff Josten will share the latest new with DB2 V10 and will offer his insights into what may be coming in future releases.
DB2 10 Performance
This episode will look at performance in DB2 10. Special guest Cristian Molaro was recently a co-author on a new IBM Redbook about DB2 performance that will publish soon. Cristian will share his hands-on experience with DB2 10 performance during the show.
DB2 10 SQL Enhancements
Monday, May 23, 2011, 11EDT
DB2 10 is packed with new SQL features like temporal data and many others. Join special guest Terry Purcell as he walks us through these great new features and explains how to get the best from them.
DB2 10 Customer Experiences
Many customers are already using DB2 10 in production. Special guest John Campbell will talk about migration planning and share lessons learned from people who have already migrated.
Are you looking for more quality educational ideas? See my previous blog entries:
Learning is a life-long journey, so take advantage of the outstanding resources that are available for you.
I found a guest blogger for today who can navigate through all the amazing IDUG sessions and recommend the best for a person who is from the z/OS side of the house. Thanks to Rebecca Bond for being my guest blogger for the LUW sessions: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!
Before I pass the baton to my guest blogger Beth Zlotky, I’d like to thank Suresh Sane for connecting me to Beth. Now, here’s Beth:
Greetings IDUG bloggers. As an IDUG NA attendee for the past two years, I'm very much looking forward to a repeat great experience in Anaheim. The friendly atmosphere in the hallways, at the sessions, and, let's face it, while dining too, has made the week very comfortable and enjoyable for me in the past. For those of you perhaps new to the conference, you may be surprised at how quickly you start recognizing familiar faces. The value of the information presented in the sessions and while networking with peers makes this a fantastic learning experience.
My particular role at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is that of a DB2 for z/OS systems programmer; thus, my session choices tend to lean towards overall subsystem performance, migration experiences, etc. That said, I'm always eager to also get familiar with those new features available to the DBAs and developers in new releases. (Of note, for you developers – I've had the privilege of hearing both of Suresh Sane's sessions in our area User Group meetings: B15 – DB2 Design Selected (Controversial?) Topics and E10 – DB2 10 Application Topics – A Sneak Preview. Go. It'll be well worth your time).
I'm fortunate this year to be able to attend one of the Monday sessions: Z03 – Optimizing DB2 for z/OS System Performance Using DB2 Statistics Trace, with John Campbell. By the way, did you know that if you attended an IDUG Regional Event in 2010, you can use the monies paid as a credit towards the IDUG 2011 NA conference? In our case, the credit nearly covered the cost of the Monday session.
In these days of ever-tightening budgets, I feel very thankful for the opportunity to use precious training dollars. I want to say thank you to my employer by thinking, "what sessions will best help me to help our company?" Of course, my track leans heavily towards z/OS, and our shop in particular has embraced (and is continuing to develop in this direction) distributed Java apps running under WebSphere on UNIX, using DB2 on Z as the data server. I'm constantly trying to better understand how those apps access DB2 on Z and how we can improve performance from a subsystem perspective. There are some great sessions along those lines this year. I've yet to completely flesh out my week's agenda, but have identified these for sure:
If you see a "Beth Zlotky" name tag, please say hello. It's always nice to compare notes and share experiences. See you in Anaheim.
Thanks so much Beth! I’m sure this will help people choose the best sessions out of the wonderful selection that is available. For details on the sessions, see my blog entry All about IDUG DB2 Tech Conference – Anaheim.
Today on the DB2Night Show, host Scott Hayes introduced us to the first 5 contestants on the “DB2 has Talent” competition. Scott tapped fellow IBM Gold Consultants Martin Hubel and Klaas Brant to be judges, as well as me. I must say it was put together very professionally and I think all participants and listeners had fun.
Here’s the lowdown on what we experienced.
First contestant Ramesh presented about db2top. Ramesh was clearly very skilled and passionate on this topic and it showed. Unfortunately for Ramesh, he went first, on the first show, so he was at a big disadvantage. Ramesh included too many slides to cover in the measly 4 minutes that he had available. As a result, we were not able to see his conclusion. There is much interest in the topic, so maybe we’ll have to have Ramesh back with a smaller set of slides.
Contestant two was JB. JB is clearly an experienced presenter since she didn’t sound nervous and she did a fabulous job. Here presentation was about using HADR to migrate low level hardware, OS, and software to more current levels. JB’s experience is something many people can learn from and she did a very nice job of explaining the problem, how she convince the team leads to try her solution and the amazing conclusion.
Mary was the third contestant and she presented on Identity vs Sequence. Mary as well was very comfortable with presenting and with her material. It was laid out very nicely giving the pros and cons of using each. I found her presentation to be very educational.
Norberto was the next contestant and he was from hot Brazil. He chose to present on the DB2Night Show instead of going to the beach, and we thank him for that! Norberto said that he learned English by becoming a DB2 DBA. We all know and love the database, but now we can give it credit for encouraging people to learn and become proficient in English. I really liked the humour that Norberto used in his slides, but Klaas cautioned him on using humour when the audience got really big and diverse. You don’t want to offend people! Norberto gave tips on improving SQL statements. His presentation led us through his journey of having very poorly written code to him debugging it and finally finding a way to improve the code so now it runs in 5 minutes versus the previous 10 HOURS! Way to go!!
The final contestant for today was Rob. Rob clearly reads self-help books, like I do, and chose to do a parody on a famous book by entitling his presentation “The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective DBA”. I thought the presentation showed much promise one of the first pieces of advice was to “not sweat the small stuff”. But Rob got too detailed in explaining the power of the db2diag.log and ran out of time. Rob could have used an entire hour to present his material and it would have been very well done. I hope that Rob is able to boil his material down to 4 minutes and that Scott allows him to redo his presentation… it has real promise. I suggested he write a book… but he could certainly turn this into a presentation that IDUG would be happy to have on it’s conference agenda.
All in all I was very happy meeting the contestants today and working with Scott, Martin and Klaas. In the end we invited 3 of the presenters back for a second presentation of the same material. This will allow them to fine tune their work and show us again. The three who are moving on are Mary, JB, and Norberto. Not to be sexist… but doesn’t that mean that the ladies rule????
If you weren’t able to take part in today’s show because of a conflict, I encourage you to get the replay. There are 3 more episodes like today’s and then the finale for 4 weeks in March. Hope you can join us! Oh, I think Scott is still looking for a few more contestants as well. Join in the fun.
Oh, if you do want to be a contestant, make sure you have headphones with a mic for your computer. Unfortunately there were two other people who we tried to hear from, but they weren’t set up correctly. I hope they are able to try again for one of the other weeks.
A reminder about the other shows in this series:
DB2 Night Show in February & March: DB2'S GOT TALENT CONTEST.
Join us on the following dates:
We’re looking for contestants…. are you up for it? Check the site for eligibility. Maybe this will convince you to become a contestant: the prizes!
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Are you looking for some good technical books to read in order to enhance your skills? For the month of February, you can purchase a number of amazing books and save money while doing it.
Let me start with the offers from IBM’s publishing partner, IBM Press:
1) If you are a member of IDUG, you can always get 45% off of books published by IBM Press. How? Go to IDUG’s home page and click on the icon on the bottom right corner. This will give you the instructions needed to get your discount. See a previous blog entry for more information on IDUG: IDUG = International DB2 User Group
2) If you’re not a member of IDUG and don’t wish to join, you can take advantage of the following offer: New and Best-Selling Information Management Books at 35% off; http://www.ibmpressbooks.com/promotions/promotion.asp?promo=136211; Enter coupon code INFOMGMT during checkout to receive discount.
What books should you consider?
The latest IBM Press title in the Information Management area is:
by Anthony David Giordano
The IBM Press books that published in 2009 and 2010, include:
Mike Biere, author of The New Era of Business Intelligence, contributes to the BI tools debate on IT World, offering some evaluation points for ROLAP solutions vs. OLAP.
Next, MC Press, publisher of our ever popular DB2 Certification Series has a new online bookstore and are celebrating with FREE Shipping On Orders of $100 or More*; SAVE Up to 90%; BONUS $5 Savings On All “Scratch & Dent” Titles. Includes DB2 Cert Guides.
And finally, Packt. For the month of February, they are offering 4 eBooks for $75. Packt now has 17 IBM titles listed on site. Some suggestions:
Getting Started with IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager
For complete details, see Packt’s online bookstore: New IBM Books from Packt
It seems February is a great time to save on technical books. Happy shopping!
What is DB2University?
Essentially this is a very inexpensive way for people to build their skills on DB2. As DB2 grows in marketshare, there will be more jobs available for people to work with DB2 databases and we need to make sure that there is a strong pipeline in place to ensure that people every where in the world have the proper skills.
DB2university.com is still in beta, so if you have feedback, send it to us so that we can make the necessary improvements. I’ve already seen a few excellent comments come in.
Currently you can find these courses (which are also still in beta):
The DB2 Essential Training I course is offered in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian!
Note that much of this work is done via a community of volunteers, so if you are interested in helping, there may be an opportunity for you.
Other places you should look at that are related:
Thanks to Raul and his team of volunteers for pulling this together. What a major achievement!
Have you been taking advantage of the rich content available from IDUG? IDUG is the Worldwide DB2 User Community and if you don’t yet know about them, but work with DB2, you should take a look at what they offer:
1) A very rich website filled with resources that you can access to deepen your skills. Resources include CDs filled with conference presentations, webcasts, videos, blogs, articles, Solutions Journal e-Magazine and more.
2) Three full conferences each year: one in North American, one in Europe, and one in Asia. In 2011, the conferences will be:
3) Regional symposiums and events throughout the year and the world.
4) If your educational budget is limited, please remember IDUG's Mentor Program where you may qualify for a special low rate if you bring a first time attendee to an IDUG conference.
5) Volunteer opportunities. You can speak, teach, organize, plan, or get into leadership positions. More about this:
IDUG is a volunteer run organization. In order to appropriately recognize excellent work from our many IDUG volunteers, the Volunteer Management Committee of the Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for IDUG Volunteer of the Year. If you have seen exceptional effort, exemplary work, or outstanding performance from an IDUG Volunteer, please send the specifics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever thought of serving on the IDUG Board of Directors? Do you know someone who might?
The IDUG Board of Directors is responsible for setting the overall strategy for our organization, and coordinating the activities of our various volunteer teams around the world. We are beginning the process of putting together the 2011/2012 slate, and would like to invite nominations for a role on next year’s Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to help shape the organization and grow the worldwide DB2 community.
If you have a clear vision for IDUG’s future, can think strategically as well as tactically and are passionate about IDUG’s mission, we want to hear from you! If you know of someone else who fits these criteria and would like to nominate them, that’s fine too!
Join IDUG for free and get connected to a fabulous community of people who will quickly and easily become a second family to you.
Did you notice this article that was written as a result of a meeting that Sam Palmisano took part in on November 30th? The message is similar to one that everyone connected to education have been saying for years. This education isn’t just aimed at our children, but rather at everyone. Make sure you keep your skills as strong as they can be in order to make yourself a valuable employee and your company a strong competitor in your industry (best of breed).
I’ve written a few blog entries that cover this area as well… and they end up being some of my most popular blog entries:
Trying to get fired? - Written in September 2009… but the message is still valid.
Career Survival Skills – written this year in April.
Making it Big in Software - written in May.
Certification 101 – written in Aug, 2009.
Speaking of certification, this is one way that you can easily put together an education plan for yourself and then have proof at the end that you have indeed learned what you needed to learn.
To prepare yourself to pass the DB2 exams, I have a few suggestions for you:
1) Read through a previous blog entry that I did called Certification 101.
2) Buy or borrow a Study Guide that you should read before the conference. These books are available electronically through Books 24x7 or Safari Books Online. The suggested books are:
DB2 9 Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 732
DB2 9 Advanced Database Administration Certification Study Guide for Exam 734
DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide
Note that all of these books were written by members of the exam development team and each chapter contains sample questions along with answers and explanations.