One of the most popular features of our Information on Demand Conference each year continues to be FREE Information Management Certification testing. And I can understand why - earning an industry-recognized IBM Information Management certification is a great way to validate your skills on our newest products. So, if you are a registered Information On Demand attendee, you'll want to start preparing now for your upcoming certification exam.
Here are the details:
- Attendees may take up to three IM (including SPSS, Cognos and ECM) exams at no charge
- A discounted fee of $100 USD for subsequent exams will apply.
- The discounted price of $100 also applies for all Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere, SOA, and XML Certification exams.
- Our complimentary FileNet Certification Exams will be available to attendees.
- Our Technical Sales Mastery exams will also be offered at the event free of charge to attendees.
- As always, candidates may re-take most software certification exams if they have failed as there are two versions of each exam available.
To make sure your are successful on exam day, start using our prep resources now to get prepared!
Certification at IOD will be available during the following hours:
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
Monday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
Wednesday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.*
Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
* Please note: The closing times listed above are for the last exam seating available on that day.
Special Offer: Free Certification Assessment Testing for Registered IOD Attendees!
IBM is offering free online certification assessment testing (practice tests) to Information Management On Demand 2010 registered attendees! This offer has been designed to help you prepare for the complimentary Information Management Professional Certification offered at the conference. The Information Management assessment tests will be available free of charge two weeks prior to and during the event, October 10 through October 28, 2010. Normally these tests are offered for a fee of $10 each. Now you can prepare and become an IBM Certified Professional and take your job knowledge to the next level at no charge to you! Please note assessment test quantities are limited, only one complimentary assessment test per person.
To take advantage of this offer you must be a registered attendee. Registered attendees will receive event emails throughout the month of October and in these emails will be the promotion code needed to take advantage of this offer. Once you have the code, simply visit the Information Management Certification Assessment Website, select the link to access the Prometric assessment testing site and enter promotion code during the checkout process to qualify for a free assessment test! If for some reason you did not receive the promotion code in your conference email, please contact the Information Management Certification Team and we can assist you.
To learn more about certification testing at IOD, click here.
One of the most popular reasons to attend the Information on Demand conference is to take home the latest skills on our products, such as DB2, Informix, Initiate, Guardium, IBM solidDB, Information Analyzer, and MORE! When you book your flights for this year's Information On Demand Conference, why not arrive a day early to take advantage of a full day of education from expert IBM instructors for a seriously discounted price?
All of the pre-conference classes are offered at a discounted price of $499 USD! The classes are offered on Sunday only, October 24, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
See the list of the available courses below. For more detailed course descriptions and to enroll, visit http://bit.ly/imservices.
Initiate Fundamentals (E5905) with Tyson Carter
Gain a well-rounded overview to the Initiate product suite, including solutions, terminology, and processes that are common to most Initiate implementations.
An Introduction to Guardium Database Monitoring Solution (E5908) with William Manty
Learn from this overview of the Guardium solution, focusing on database access monitoring (DAM) and compliance work flow automation.
IBM solidDB Universal Cache Fundamentals (E5903) with Marko Milek and John Seery
Discover the relational in-memory database technology and high-speed advanced replication components which comprise the solidDB Universal Cache.
DB2 9 LUW Problem Determination (E5972) with Aman Lalla
Learn how to identify and resolve problems such as database hangs, locking problems, crashes and optimizer/performance problems. DB2 V9 also provides various problem determination facilities and tools such as DB2PD.
DB2 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer -Exams 730 and 732 (E5976) with Information Champion Susan Lawson
Prepare with the expert for the DB2 9 Family Fundamentals exam (730) and DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration exam (732) through this comprehensive overall review of the areas that will be on the certification exams (both the 730 – DB2 9 Family Fundamentals and the 732 – DB2 9 for z/OS).
DB2 9.7 for Linux UNIX & Windows DBA Certification Crammer - Exam 541 (E5973) with Information Champion Roger Sanders
Prepare to take and pass the DB2 9.7 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Window certification exam (Exam 541)! The material for this course is aligned with the 541 exam objectives.
Business Glossary Essentials (DX760) with Rick Rice
Learn about the Business Glossary component of the 8.1 version of Information Server, including a brief introduction in the various types of metadata, with a focus on business metadata. An overview of how the Business Glossary fits into the InfoSphere Information Server landscape will be discussed.
FastTrack Essentials (DX810) with John Kelleher
Get acquainted with FastTrack and learn how to use it to create Mapping Specifications from which DataStage jobs can be generated.
Getting to Know Information Analyzer (E5920) with Renee Jenkins
Learn the concepts and methods used to perform information analysis. Learn how to use IBM Information Analyzer and AuditStage to analyze data and report results to business users.
Getting to Know Metadata Workbench (E5935) with Pavan Marpaka
Learn the uses and features of Metadata Workbench within the Information Server environment. This course looks at the Metadata Workbench from both an Administrator and User point of view.
Information Server Overview (E5960) with Dale Buckingham
Discover Information Server V8x product suite functionality! The class will discuss the core products that can be part of the Information Server architecture.
InfoSphere Streams (E5986) with Robert Uleman
Learn what problems InfoSphere Streams helps solve and how its innovative architecture and programming paradigm let you create tailored solutions for the most demanding requirements you face. Take a deep dive through the capabilities of the runtime environment and the programming framework; the lecture is punctuated by several live demonstrations.
DB2 9 for z/OS System Administrator Crammer Class -Exam #737 (E5998) with Information Champion Judy Nall
This one-day review crammer course guides you through the six testing sections that comprise the #737 Exam. The class does not have hands-on labs but review questions accompany each section of the lecture material.
For more detailed course descriptions and to enroll, visit http://bit.ly/imservices.
It is hard to believe it is September. The summer certainly kept me hopping and left me with little time to blog. I apologize for this long gap and I promise, you'll be hearing from me much more frequently starting TODAY!
For me and the other members of my team, September means one thing... the 2010 Information On Demand Conference is just around the corner! 47 days to be exact! Like last year, I will be writing a blog series on everything that is going on at IOD for Information Management Services, Education, and Support. This series will include:
- Pre-conference education classes: getting the most from your IOD learning experience
- FREE Information Management Certification exams, new exams, and how to get prepared
- Conference Bookstore: your source for printed and electronic books about all things Information Management and more
- Meet us at the Hub: Talk to the experts from IM Services, Education, and Support in the EXPO
- IM Software Services at IOD
- IM Software Subscription & Support at IOD
- IM Accelerated Value Program at IOD
- Connecting with the event from home
- and MORE!
I look forward to sharing all the excitement with you as we get ready for the conference. Look for my first post on Pre-Conference Education to be out later this week.
In the meantime, you can start connecting with the Information on Demand Conference Community Online. Join the conversation on Twitter, get the latest updates from your peers on Facebook and LinkedIn, and see what's happening on the conference floor via YouTube!
If you attend an eligible software training class between May 5 and October 29 2010, you will receive a complimentary Lenovo S10-3 netbook! This netbook features a 10.1" Display, Intel ATOM N270, 1GB memory, 160GB Hard drive, and MORE.
To qualify, you must complete the eligible class by December 17, 2010. There are more than 100 eligible IBM Cognos®, Data Management, Enterprise Content Management, IBM InfoSphere™ and IBM WebSphere® courses.
Note that this offer is only available to IBM clients in the U.S. and cannot be combined with other IBM discounts. The offer is not available for Lotus®, Rational® and Tivoli® courses.
Click here to learn more about this offer and find the full list of eligible courses!
Enjoy your new software skills and your new netbook!
IDUG has just announced a brand new contest for DB2 fans this Spring, titled "Do you DB2". You can win great prizes such as a WiFI enabled HD TV from Vizio or an Apple iPad by telling IDUG your best DB2 stories.
To enter, tell IDUG why you love working with DB2. Send a short essay (less than 1000 words) with interesting tid bits about your experience with any flavor or edition of DB2, and you could take home an HD TV or an Apple iPad. It’s that simple!
Visit http://www.idug.org/doyoudb2 to learn more and participate. This contest is open to all professionals and students in North America. IDUG wants to hear about your experience as a developer, tester, DBA, architect, manager, professor, CIO or CEO – it doesn’t matter what your scope or nature of experience with DB2 is – as long as your stories are memorable and unique, you have a great chance to win.
Stuck for ideas? Here are some sample topics:
- Usability, Performance, Scalability or High Availability of DB2
- Features: Deep Compression, SQL compatibility, pureXML, security, autonomics
- Cost or risk of migrating from another database vendor to DB2
- Experience with the DB2 maintenance and support given by IBM
- Proof points on why DB2 is the best database software
- Stories about the reach and value of DB2’s worldwide community, forums, events or education.
All entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on the following judging criteria:
- Novelty and originality of the content - 25%
- How unique is the content? What is the quality of the content?
- Efficacy of expression and persuasion - 25%
- How effective is the content in conveying the product’s superiority?
- Use of quantitative proof points - 50%
- How well is the personal experience of the participant conveyed through the use of quantitative metrics that demonstrate the product’s superiority?
The contest closes June 15, 2010. Good luck!!
Sam Lightstone from the IBM Toronto Lab will be the special guest on Episode 19 of The DB2Night Show on Friday May 28 at 10:00am central. Sam will be talking about his new best-selling book "Making it Big in Software." Sam will discuss what it takes to be successful and how one can accelerate their career in software.
In his book, Sam covers these topics and more:
- Get your next job in software development
- Master the nontechnical skills crucial to your success
- Work the organization to move up rapidly
- Successfully manage your time, projects, and life
- Minimize software project overruns
- Successfully manage your time, projects, and life
- Avoid killer mistakes that could destroy your career
- Move up to "medium-shot", "big-shot", and finally, "visionary"
- Launch your own winning software company
Reserve your studio audience free seat today!
The Information Management Assess and Save offer is back by popular demand! Many of you took advantage of this promotion in 2009 and not only saved $100USD on your IM Certification, but also experienced pass rates of 90%! What can be better than that?
Here's how it works in two simple steps:
- Take and PASS an Information Management assessment exam for $10USD. These practice tests enable you to test your readiness for a minimal fee, helping you to be successful on exam day.
- You will receive a 50% off voucher good toward the purchase of the corresponding exam at the IBM Authorized Testing Provider, Prometric. You will receive your voucher via email within 10 days after completing and passing the online assessment test.
Assess and Save starts TODAY, April 1, 2010, and runs through June 30, 2010. You can redeem vouchers you earn during the offering period until August 31, 2010. There really is no better time to earn an industry-recognized Information Management Certification!
Click here to learn more about Assess and Save.
Take your InfoSphere MDM Server skills to the next level with this new IM Certification! This test (Exam 420) will demonstrate your ability to configure and deploy InfoSphere MDM Server v9.0 in a development workstation along with being able to customize the data model and develop custom services through the use of the InfoSphere MDM Server v9.0 workbench.
This test covers the following major topics:Configure and Deploy InfoSphere MDM Server in a Development Workstation
MDM Server Architecture and Domain Model
Extensions and Additions (through Workbench)
External Rules and Validation
Suspect Duplicate Processing
Features and Functionality
To pass this 63 question exam, you will need a passing score of at least 67%. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
Learn more about this exam and bring new MDM skills back to your workplace and team!
Show off your Information Management Professional Certifications with NEW premium certificates and wallet cards! The premium certificates are printed on an ultra-fine parchment paper and are officially embossed with the platinum seal of the Professional Certification Program from IBM. Included with the certificate is a newly designed wallet card. This new sleek card displays your name and certification title, demonstrating your status as an IBM Certified Professional.
You can choose to print certificates and wallet cards for certifications you earned prior to this announcement. Print more than one and save on shipping!
Check out the new certificate and eStore on the IBM Professional Certification Member Site.
Hopefully many of you had a chance to attend last week's episode of The DB2Night Show with Susan Visser talking about the Wonderful World of DB2 Resources. If you want to further your learning of DB2, you will be very interested in tomorrow's episode -- DB2 Compression Updates with Paul Z! Friday, February 19, 2010, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
Here's the scoop on this episode: Just about everyone in the DB2 LUW community should know "Paul Z". He's a published author and frequent speaker at conferences, he's funny, and he's the Program Director for DB2 Technical Evangelism inside IBM. In Episode #13, Paul Z will share with us the latest news and tips on DB2 9.7 compression PLUS compare and contrast DB2 compression to competitive database products like Oracle and SQL Server. If you'd like to know how to fit your multi-TB database on a USB thumb drive, make sure you register for and attend this show!!!
To reserve your seat, click here. This episode will be recorded for playback.