Since we work on InfoSphere Change Data Capture, a database log-based replication product from IBM that replicates data in real time across most of the available databases and across heterogeneous platforms, we would naturally be interested in the database technology and the relevant products. A couple of weeks back, thinking on attacking the problem of what path to take to enhance knowledge to improve overall effectiveness and/or efficiency in my work in our team, I decided to take the database route and focus in some more depth on the databases. This would not only add to my existing knowledge on databases and makes a better understanding on the product that we work on, but also whets my appetite for new research areas.
DB2 is a premier product for IBM and at one or more point of my career in IBM for the past six years, I had made my days working on DB2! Add to this, the wonderful advantage of getting to work with experts on the product within IBM to interact and share knowledge with. You are a kind of "in" DB2, when you are in IBM. I love it!
It has been almost a 3-week journey towards my first IBM certification ever since I had planned for the certification exam. And, today, all my efforts on reading/studying, learning and experimenting the DB2 9 database bore fruits with a blank yet ecstatic expression on my face when I saw the exam result in my Prometric Center. I am now a proud IBM Certified Database Associate for DB2 9! :)
Since the point of my planning, I have gathered enough resources to study and experiment on the DB2. Given that I have had experience on writing application code, primarily in Java, to work with databases, a few sections for the certification examination such as Working with DB2 data, Working with DB2 objects and Working with Tables, Views and Indexes, required lesser focus though I revised and refreshed most of the material and worked on the sample questions on them. The Achilles's heel has been quite a few areas in sections of the examination on Planning, Security and Data Concurrency. I worked through the various material on these sections thoroughly and after gaining enough confidence that I have indeed absorbed the concepts, I decided to take the appointment for the examination. After all these efforts, it is a great feeling to see my overall score and individual scores in each section of the examination. After all, these numbers validate my learning and the newly gained knowledge!
The preparation for the certification examination not only made me aware and knowledgeable on a few unfamiliar areas of DB2 9 database that I have never worked on or touched upon, but also induced in me a few thoughts on areas for further study and possible research! Obviously, this journey will not end here and goes on forever, of course, by picking up a few more achievements on my way to a great and a wonderful world of knowledge! :)
For those interested to get certified through this examination, here are a few useful resources and actions:
(1) Read my previous blog entries on various resources:
(a) Checklist for DB2 Certification preparation
(b) Interesting games to learn DB2: IBM DB2 Detective Game and IBM DB2 Business Game
(c) Wonderful series of articles and tutorials on DB2 for beginners
(2) Join the following groups in ChannelDB2.com:
(a) DB2 in Books
(b) DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Workshop
(3) Download videos on the various topics of DB2 from DB2 On Campus program.
(4) Join the developerWorks group for IBM DB2 Certifications.
(5) If you do not have a working copy of DB2 to experiment on the concepts and ideas while learning and studying for the examination, you either get one from the IBM developerWorks or create a remote instance on
IBM's Developer Cloud.
(6) Join the developerWorks forums on Information Management and DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows, and start posting and/or answering the questions.
(7) Go through the excellent slides put up by Susan Visser on the wild wonderful world of DB2 resources.
I am a Certified Database Associate for DB2 9 now!
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