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These courses that I had a hand in developing or updating, are now available to customers, business partners, and IBMers.
VB580 Administration of IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances V3.8.2 (remote class) - A 3-day instructor-led (online) course, teaches system administration tasks for the IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances.
ZA009 IBM WebSphere Application Server V7 Workload Management (self-paced)- The third in a series of "mini" self-paced (online) courses that teaches the basics of workload management.
VU611 IBM WebSphere Application Server V7 Security (remote class) - A 3-day instructor-led (online) course covers security topics that are critical for advanced application server security configuration for WebSphere Application Server V7.
If you have any questions about these courses, I can tell you more about them.
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There are many things to consider when you are looking for an education or training course to increase your knowledge and skills on a particular product or job role, and it can be a daunting task with all the options out there to choose from. First thing you need to do is decide what skills you are looking for. A good place to start is by using one of the many training paths that we offer for a product, brand, or skill set. For example, a list of training paths for WebSphere education can be found here . They include training paths for specific products, such as WebSphere Application Server, which is further broken down into paths for different job roles related to that product, like system administrator, or application developer.
Let's take a look at my favorite training path, for WebSphere Application Server V7 system administration:
There are several different types of courses offered in this training path. So the next big decision would be what type, or delivery method, of course would work best for you. There are 1) traditional classroom courses, 2) instructor-led online classes, and 3) self-paced virtual classes.
The WebSphere Course Code Decoder:
1) Wxxxx = Classroom course
2) Vxxxx = Instructor-led online (ILO) course
3) Zxxxx = Self-paced virtual classroom (SPVC)
1) With the traditional classroom course, you get the major benefit of having a live instructor with you, to answer questions, facilitate class discussions, look over your shoulder and help you troubleshoot problems with hands-on labs, and so on. The other benefit of being in a classroom, which many people often forget about, is being there with other classmates - your coworkers or peers. They can also help facilitate discussion and learning along with the instructor. Speaking as an instructor, it's much easier for me to engage students in a class when we are all physically there. I can tune into students' body language and gauge whether my teaching methods are effective, if students are paying attention, or if they're getting bored and I'm losing them, and then adjust accordingly to keep the pace and detail level appropriate for my audience. This is much more difficult to do when teaching an instructor led online course. Speaking from the student's perspective, I find it easier to stay focused in a classroom, I benefit from the interaction with the instructor and fellow students, I'm less likely to be distracted by the outside world, and I have a better learning experience overall.
2) A reasonable alternative to the classroom course is the instructor-led online (ILO) course. It is scheduled similarly to a classroom course, with a fixed start and end time, but because you can take it online, from the convenience of your own desk, it can be easier to fit into your schedule, and it is more affordable. You have the benefit of an instructor to deliver lecture material, answer questions, and facilitate discussion online, and you can also have access to hands-on labs via a remote system during the ILO course. However, as an instructor, the big disadvantage for me is that I can't see the students I'm teaching (no webcams). I have to rely solely on audio and not visual feedback to gauge my teaching effectiveness. As a student in an ILO, don't fool yourself into thinking you can multi-task and still have a good learning experience and retention. You get out of it what you put into it. However, when you need to obtain the skills, taking an ILO course is better than not taking any course at all. You at least have online access to an instructor, and the same course material that you would have if you were in a classroom.
3) I would not try to compare self-paced virtual classes (SPVC) with the other two options. SPVCs are really another category unto themselves, and have their place in the training path. You can take an SPVC online at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you want, and you have a certain period of time ( several weeks) to access the material and complete the course. The material is similar to the corresponding classroom or ILO course, and provides the visual presentation with an instructor's narration. It may also provide access to hands-on labs via a remote system. This option is the most affordable, and offers the most flexibility, but you don't have immediate access to an instructor. You can send your questions and report any problems online, and receive a response later. We try to choose course material for SPVCs that lends itself well to self-study, so if you like to work independently at your own pace, this is an excellent way to obtain basic product knowledge.
I hope this information helps you make better decisions when it comes to your skill development and education needs. Please feel free to let me know what you think!
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IBM WebSphere Education Preview
Business Partners and IBM Employees!
A preview session of
VB558 - Administration of IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances v3.8
is scheduled for remote delivery March 23 - 25
(no travel required)
Course code: WB558 (ILT) / VB558 (ILO)
Course title: Administration of IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances v3.8
Type: Instructor-led on-line course
Duration: 3 days
Date: March 23 - March 25
Start/Stop times: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT
Overview: In this 3-day instructor-led course, students learn how to perform system administration tasks for the IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA appliances, firmware V3.8.
The IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances allow you to simplify, accelerate, and enhance the security capabilities of your Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Web services deployments, and extend the capabilities of your service-oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure.
Through a combination of instructor-led lectures and hands-on lab exercises, students will learn how to perform various administrative procedures, from initial installation and setup, through ongoing maintenance of the appliances in production.
Students will learn about the available management interfaces such as the Command Line Interface (CLI), Web GUI, and the XML Management Interface. Using any of these interfaces, students will learn how to perform various administrative tasks such as firmware upgrades, monitor system performance, configure user accounts and domains, and much more.
This course applies to all appliances in the family of WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances, including:
WebSphere DataPower XML Accelerator XA35
WebSphere DataPower XML Security Gateway XS40
WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50
WebSphere DataPower B2B Appliance XB60
WebSphere DataPower Low Latency Appliance XM70
Learning Objectives: After completing this course, students should be able to:
Describe the key use cases and architectural scenarios for the IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances
Perform administrative tasks on DataPower appliances using the Command Line Interface (CLI), Web GUI, and XML Management Interface.
Download and upgrade the firmware on the DataPower appliances.
Create and manage user accounts and domains.
Configure Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to and from WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances Ensure high availability of DataPower appliances using load balancer groups and clustering.
Monitor the performance of the DataPower appliance using service level monitoring and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
Troubleshoot and debug services using the DataPower appliance’s problem determination tools, logs and probes.
Configure logging of messages to external locations.
Audience: This course is designed for administrators who install, manage, and monitor IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances.
Prerequisites: Before taking this course, students should be familiar with networking protocols, security, and XML.
* It is important to understand that this course is being offered for the first time and there is a possibility that technical difficulties will arise, as well as other unforeseen difficulties which might have an impact on the learning process.
Training location: This course will be taught remotely using Centra software and will not require travel.
An email will be sent to all confirmed students with information explaining the requirements for connecting to this course.
Business Partners: Participants may enroll via the IBM Training Web Site -> http
Please enroll in course VB558, March 23, 2010
IBM Employees: IBMers may enroll via Learning @IBM
Please search Learning@IBM for course VB558 and enroll in the class running March 23 - 25.
PC/Material : We will provide access to machines and training materials.
Tuition charge: All students must enroll in this course, and there will be a charge to attend.
For questions: Contact Agata Muszycka-Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org