For my first entry in this new blog I thought it would be fitting to write about something new to training. You've likely already heard the phrase Instructor-Led Online (ILO), but you may not be familiar with exactly what it is, and why we're so excited about this new way to train.
What is ILO?
To understand ILO, it is helpful to compare it to a traditional online or distance education class. As a recent university grad, I took plenty of distance education classes over the last few years. While they were convenient, I didn't always like feeling so remote from the professor and other students. Instructor-Led Online is as convenient as a distance education course, but also gives you personal interaction with the instructor. Since you take the class on a specific date and time with a group of students, you can ask questions and clarify material as questions arise - there is no need to send an email and wait for a response. Like a distance education class, ILO course content is exactly the same as the classroom version of the course, so you can feel confident that you are learning the same material as students who took the course in the classroom.
Why take an ILO course?
There are many reasons to sign up for an ILO course. I listed some of them above, such as convenience and instructor interaction. Here are some more reasons:
- Go green - ILO eliminates the need to travel, so if you are looking for ways to decrease your carbon footprint, ILO is the way to go.
- Save time - you can take an ILO course from your home or office. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and you're ready to connect.
- Great instructors - ILO courses are taught by the same world-class instructors who teach IBM classroom training.
- Gain skills - training of any kind is an ideal way to build skills in key areas.
- Plenty of choice - with over 30 ILO courses currently being offered for Information Management, you have a variety of courses to choose from.
- Hands-on Labs - to reinforce what you learn, most ILO courses feature hands-on lab work available for the duration of the course.
If you want to get more information on ILO, check out ibm.com/software/data/education/ilo.html. You'll find an ILO demo, a recently recorded podcast, an ILO 101 data sheet and more.
I hope this has provided you some insight about ILO. If you have any other questions, send a comment and I'll do my best to find you an answer.
To continue my IOD series, I am going to tell you about the money you can save on IBM Web-Based Training as an Information on Demand attendee.
Let’s face it – you may not have had the same budget to take training courses and build your skills this year that you had in previous years. But that doesn’t mean you can afford to fall behind on your skills and education plans. It is now more important than ever to stay current and ahead of your peers.
IOD 2009 Attendees can grow their skills without breaking the bank. This is because all attendees from the US and Canada receive a 65% discount on select IBM Web-Based Training (WBT) courses! Talk about a great way to extend your conference education with training that is both convenient and cost effective.
Course collections include:
- Data Management Collection: List price $1498, You pay $525 (65% off!)
- DB2 Everyplace V9 Tutorial
- DB2 LUW – Developer in a Day Workshop
- DB2 LUW V9.5 Fundamentals
- Informix Dynamic Server V11
- Cognos Collection: List Price $894, You pay $315 (65% off!)
- IBM Cognos 8 Analysis for Excel: Analyze Data in Microsoft Excel (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Analysis Studio: Analyze Data (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Cognos Connection for Consumers (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Go! Dashboard (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Query Studio: Build Ad Hoc Reports (V8.4)
- IBM Cognos 8 BI Report Studio: Introduction (V8.4)
- Enterprise Content Management Collection: List Price $1,695, You pay $595 (65% off!)
- What's New with IBM FileNet P8 4.5
- IBM FileNet P8 Prerequisite Skills 4.5
- Enterprise Architecture and Frameworks
- Business Continuity Planning
- BPM for Success
- Imaging Essentials
- InfoSphere Collection: List Price $750, You pay $265 (65% off!)
- Overview of IBM Information Server DataStage - v8
- Introduction to IBM Information Analyzer - v8
- How to Analyze Data (Using Information Analyzer) - v8
- Overview of QualityStage
- Overview of InfoSphere Information Services Director – v8
Stop by the Support, Services and Education Hub or the IM Education Hands-on Demo Room at IOD to discover the value of self-paced training.
Customers and Business Partners who attend the conference will receive an e-mail with complete instructions on how to purchase the WBT Collections at this exclusive 65% discount immediately after the conference ends. The discount offer is available until January 31, 2010 and access to courses expires on March 31, 2010.
For more information about this discount, click here.
To sign up for IOD 2009, click here.
The countdown to Information Management 2010 is on! 15 days to go - I can't believe it!
When you are at the conference, make sure you take time to visit our Conference Bookstore. Rather than tell you about it myself, I'm going to point you to blogs from our book expert, Susan Visser, who has been blogging about this for weeks.
Here are a few blog entries you might be interested in:
The Information on Demand Conference is under way! This morning, I was excited to be able to watch the opening keynote live on my computer! There are many ways to connect with the event from home. Check out my suggestions below:
- On the IOD GC website, you can watch streaming video of the conference throughout the day. See the EXPO, listen to keynote speeches, watch interviews with key IBMers and IOD attendees.
- Follow the event on Twitter, using hashtag #iodgc or #baforum. If you want to follow our Services, Education, and Support activities specifically, follow hashtag #iodskills.
- Connect with all conference social media at the conference website.
- Attend Information On Demand Virtual 2010 -- the next best thing to being at the conference! Register early to gain access to two virtual events on November 17 and December 15 at no charge. You will see the top five sessions from IOD, catch highlights of keynotes and general session and chat live with IBM experts, without ever leaving your desk. These focused virtual sessions will provide the latest trends and industry strategies. Doors open at 12:30PM EST and scheduled sessions begin promptly at 1:00PM EST.
On November 17, you can:
- Attend webcasts of the top five sessions at IOD Global Conference 2010
- Participate in a chat session with IBM experts
- Experience the IOD Global Conference 2010 General Session presentations on demand….at your leisure
- Get valuable reference documentation from the Resource Center
On December 15, you can:
- Attend webcasts featuring IBM customer success stories
- Experience the November 17 event on demand…at your leisure
Click here to sign up for Information On Demand Virtual 2010!
For those of you at the event, I hope you are having a productive, informative, and fun experience. And, for those like me who are attending from home, I hope you find the links I've shared useful.
Attention everyone... T minus 17 days to Information on Demand 2009. I can't believe it is almost here!
So for my next IOD post I am going to cover the always popular Bookstore and Support Tools and Resources Demos.
My coworker and fellow blogger, Susan Visser, is the Publishing Program Manager for Information Management. As always, she'll be at the bookstore at IOD ready to point you in the direction of the books you need on your shelf - you know, the ones that will help you out when you've hit a wall programming, or ones that give you tips to get certified, or even the ones about new topics you want to learn about.
Highlights of the IOD 2009 Bookstore include:
- Book signing by Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point.
- New IBM Press Books, including the following:
- DB2 pureXML Cookbook: Master the Power of the IBM Hybrid Data Server
- Fine-Tuning the Business of Information Technology: A Practical Guide to Optimizing Your IT Budget
- Dynamic SOA and BPM
- IBM SOA Foundation
- Viral Data in SOA: An Enterprise Pandemic
- The Greening of IT
- and more!
Visit Susan's blog or the IOD Services page for more information about the bookstore.
The Support Tools and Resources Demos are the place to be if you want to learn about IBM Electronic Support (aka IBM eSupport) and the new IBM Support Portal. Learn from the experts who will highlight online Support tools and resources including the Support Knowledge Base, documentation, proactive alerts and notifications, fix pack downloads, the Electronic Service Request tool and more. Plus learn how you can personalize the IBM Support Portal to your products and interests.
Demos are available:
- Thursday 12:30 - Tour, Try and Talk About The New IBM Support Portal (BOF-2838)
- Thursday 1:30 - How can I resolve my problems faster using IBM Electronic Support? (TOD-2643)
For more information about the demos or the Bookstore, visit the IOD Services page.
There is still time to register! Click here for more information.
Oh yes... and here's the tip!
Visit the Skills Hub to pick up a copy of a DB2 Skills DVD packed with resources, games, and software. Visit early because last year these DVDs were gone quickly!
As we head into August and start to enjoy some hot summer days (those of us in Toronto are saying... finally!!) you might be looking for something to read to refresh or build your skills before the busy fall season approaches. I recommend that you check out IBM Redbooks for focused material relevant to your area of work. Thousands of Redbooks are available by visiting ibm.com/redbooks. Click here
to view the most popular IBM Redbooks.
to view the newest IBM Redbooks.
Here are a few new and updated Redbooks that may be of interest to you:
You can view Redbooks in PDF format or order a hard copy.
Have you been thinking about earning a DB2 9 certification over the next few months? Do you want to validate your skills and increase your earning potential? Then you’ll be interested in the Certify and Save promotion announced today by Information Management Training.
The Certify and Save promotion works like this: buy a DB2 9 certification guide and get a voucher for 50% off the cost of the associated Information Management Professional Certification exam. You’ll save approximately $75 USD with your voucher which easily covers the cost of the certification guide!
Here are the details:
- Buy one of the certification guides available for DB2 9 at any US bookstore (physical store, online store, even our conference bookstore at IDUG North America)
- Sign up for the offer on the promotion registration site or before June 30, 2008
- Receive your promotion qualification email from IBM
- Following the instructions in your qualification email, send proof of book purchase to IBM on or before July 15, 2008
- Receive your professional certification voucher valid for the guide's corresponding exam
- Take the certification exam through Thompson Prometric on or before August 31, 2008, redeem the voucher, and save $75
Here are the available guides and the associated exams:
- Purchase DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders, ISBN: 1583470727... Receive a voucher for Exam 730: DB2 9 Fundamentals
- Purchase DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Roger Sanders, ISBN: 1583470778... Receive a voucher for Exam 731: DB2 9 DBA for LUW
- Purchase DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson, ISBN: 1583470743... Receive a voucher for Exam 732: DB2 9 DBA for z/OS
I’m really excited about this promotion because it is a practical and cost-effective way to earn a DB2 9 certification. Plus, the certification guides are useful resources to keep at your desk following the exam if you ever need to refresh a concept or skill.
For more information about the Certify and Save promotion, visit ibm.com/software/data/education/voucher.html. From this site you can read more about the promotion, listen to a podcast about the offer, and download a PDF with all the promotion details.
So… get studying!
P.S. Before your exam, you can test your skills with an assessment exam available for only $10 USD – visit ibm.com/software/data/education/cert-assessment.html for more information.
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.
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!
Ok, I’ll admit it. When thinking of databases my mind doesn’t immediately jump to games. I think of tables and cells and queries… and perhaps you do too. My thinking was altered, however, when I came across two games that have been created specifically for people learning DB2 and reinforcing existing DB2 skills. These FREE interactive self-study games build your DB2 skills using real world problems and solutions.
Just choose your level and start playing:
If you are a beginner, choose the IBM DB2 Detective Game
If you like watching crime investigation shows, this might just be the perfect game for you. Using a crime investigation theme, you will enforce your DB2 9 and SQL skills while learning relational database concepts and how they can be applied to real-life problems. I’ve played this game and highly recommend it.
If you have some existing DB2 skills, choose the IBM DB2 Business Game
Try a “run your own business” scenario and put your DB2 and SQL skills to the test with the Business Game. Your company’s future depends on a key report needed to secure funds for a critical upgrade… can you put your DB2 skills into action and beat the game? Play now and find out.
Both games are available at ibm.com/software/data/education/games.html
Enjoy the games!