It is exciting to announce that the DB2 Academic Certification program trained over 18,000 students plus more than 1,000 faculty members in 2011. Students were trained in 27 countries and more than 13,000 of them passed the certification exam. All of these participants completed at least 3 days of classroom content on databases and tried out their knowledge while doing labs using IBM's DB2 database for Linux, UNIX and Windows. They are now better equipped to use these critical database skills where ever their career takes them. Those that passed the certification exam have an IBM certification for their CV as an extra (but important!) bonus.
The updated Academic Initiative course, CE302A, was met with great enthusiasm. Having the course available on db2university.com at no charge also makes it a great resource for both faculty and students. (or anyone, really!)
Check out the article written on a faculty training class held in Pakistan, one of the new countries in 2011. It can be found at the end of the newsletter at this link
The other 26 countries included in the program this year are: India, China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, Philippines, Korea, Romania, Thailand, Columbia, Vietnam, Denmark, Peru, Poland, Germany, Hungary, USA, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Argentina and Turkey.
The certification exam is available in five languages (English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese).
Not only did Informix recently release a new, exciting version of their product (Informix 11.7), but the Informix team has also been busy adding classes to the Academic Initiative courseware site. Faculty and their students can now gain access to **SEVEN** additional Informix courses on the Academic Initiative web site. You can find these courses in the Information Management section of the Academic Initiative web site:
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I am excited to note that the new DB2 Academic Associate Certification exam, the 302 exam, is now available in Chinese! It is already available in Portuguese, and Spanish will be available soon! For more details on this program, check out: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/events/db2academiccertification/index.html
The new DB2 Academic Associate certification exam for DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows is now translated to Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese. Proctors desiring one of the translated exams should mention the specific language requirement when they request the the codes or the exam.
An additional improvement to the teaching materials for the course is a script to match the course workbook to help guide new teachers for this course.
Check http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/events/db2academiccertification/index.html for additional information about the certification course and exam and the special offers for 2010.
Congratulations to Norberto Gasparotto Filho, 1st place winner of the 'DB2's Got Talent' Contest! Well done, and enjoy your trip to the IDUG of your choice.
It was also exciting for me to learn that IBM's Academic Initiative had played a pivotal role in Norberto's professional success. While a professor at the Dois Vizinhos campus of Unisep, in Brazil, Norberto was excited to use the Academic Initiative DB2 content to build knowledge and DB2 skills for himself and his students.
As Norberto comments, "Through AI, I was able to use great IBM-official content, which added much value to my classes. I was also able to take my first certification exam with discount, and that was certainly an additional motivation." Norberto now has 7 certifications, and he can now add his new honor to his collection of professional successes.
Faculty today can take advantage of the DB2 Academic Certification program to easily provide DB2 training to their students and prepare the students to take the 302 Academic Certification Test: DB2 9 Database and Application Development Fundamentals
Read more about the DB2's Got Talent contest and find links to replays of the videos.
We had several good WW calls yesterday updating the IBM University Ambassador community on current and future IM university programs. IBMers, if you were unable to attend the call live, the Americas version of the call was recorded, and can be found at this link: http://w3.tap.ibm.com/medialibrary/media_view?id=92028. The call included a talk and demo of the exciting pureQuery tooling that can be very helpful for a variety of university curricula.
University personnel, do check in with your IBM ambassador to hear about the current programs that are available.
For a limited time period, faculty members organizing a 302A course can receive up to two hard copies of each of the four books referenced in the course materials. The books and shipping are provided at no-charge. (In some countries, import duties will apply that must be paid by the receiver). The four DB2 on Campus 'Getting Started' books are 1) DB2 Express-C (English, Spanish or Chinese) 2) Database Fundamentals 3) Data Studio 4) DB2 Application Development.
Keep one copy for yourself as a reference. Then share the second copy with colleagues. Or lend them to students. Or offer them to deserving students. We know you will find great value in these reference books.
Organize your class NOW by following the steps on the Class Organization tab of the program page. When your request for DVDs and free certification testing is validated, you will be asked which books you would like to receive.
View the online versions of the books in the Resources section at DB2university.com . Don't forget to also check out the online version of DB2 Academic Certification course on DB2university.com. The course is in the DB2 Academic Training course in the DB2 section of the site and it is also an excellent additional resource that can be used in conjunction with the classroom course.
Welcome to the Information Management Academic Community Updates for Faculty Blog!
I would like to use this blog to post interesting information relevant to the academic community. Please feel free to comment and let's discuss things further! The IM Academic Community Marketing team is really interested in hearing your views about what you are seeing and hearing from your vantage point, whether that be as a university professional or a student or a business leader or an IBMer. Let us know where you see needs and we will work together to help out.
We will also use this forum to post interesting profiles of Young Professionals doing interesting real-world projects using IBM technology to learn what they are finding valuable in their early careers and what helped them get to their current positions in the first place.
Both CEOs and current student leaders were interviewed about what future leaders will need to be successful in our complex world. Several points jumped out at me. - Today's current CEOs talked about creativity and and adventurous spirit being very critical. This seems to be SO important, yet often overlooked while trying to ensure that a high amount of knowledge and skills are imparted to our students in always too short a time. - Both CEOs and students also noted how important the correct analysis of trends is/will be. CEOs noted this relative to operational dexterity and students comment on making decisions using more data. Will databases have been around for a long time now, their importance continues to grow. As does the amount data to be analyzed. Students need a strong knowledge of database fundamentals to understand how data can be managed and what capabilities are possible with data analysis. IBM has a large portfolio of data analysis products and tools. Let's work together to use these tools to teach students what they need to learn to be successful for their future.
Are you a University Ambassador covering the Information Management portfolio? If so, here is a short (10 question) survey to help evaluate the current program for the ambassador community as well as for the university. Participate and help shape the programs in the future. Here is a link to the survey, for those who fit into this category: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WY7Q7YB
Young professionals building successful careers using IBM Information Management products
Darshan Vaishnav: DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows Young Professional
Darshan Vaishnav was born and raised inIndia, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from L D.College of Engineering. He subsequently moved to the United States and earned his M.S. degree in Computer Science from TowsonUniversity in Maryland. During his job search, he was approached by a company looking for a candidate with DB2 training and certification.
This inspired Darshan to begin certification training on DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (LUW). He found the database product extremely interesting as well as easy to use. He earned hisIBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 on LUW V8.1certification in 2004.Darshan worked as a consultant at several Fortune 500 companies before he moved to his current company, Marriott International, about 2 years ago. At Marriott, an industry leader in the hospitality industry, Darshan works as a senior database analyst in support of the Marriott.com website, where customers make business and personal lodgingplans online.
Typical day of a database analyst
Darshan supports the main production database for the Marriott.com website. He carefully checks and validates any proposed structural or functional changes to the database before the changes go live in the production database. He ensures that the changes will not harm currently used databases or processes.
Darshan also teams with other Marriott database application developers and testers to ensure they have proper authorization for their projects in the test, development and production databases that he owns. He must ensure, however, that they do not gain any level of access beyond their functional role.
Other daily activities include ongoing database maintenance tasks such as ensuring critical daily backups are successful and monitoring and adjusting database space usage.
Darshan is often called upon to offer suggestions about performance tuning issues, such as adding indexes, changing database parameters and modifying existing queries. Another critical task he owns is ensuring his databases are ready for potential disaster recovery situations.
Technical challenges Darshan faces on the job
Marriott.com is a highly visible asset of Marriott International as well as a very high volume website. Darshan must ensure that his databases are maintained to a high set of standards and that they are ready for any jump in traffic. The main challenges he has faced were ensuring that the databases were tuned to avoid locking problems while at the same time providing enough concurrency for various applications while also keeping daily maintenance jobs running smoothly. In addition, he must ensure that the nightly data refreshes to the production database are successful and performed on time. Darshan and his peer DBA also ensure the best query performance by making sure that all tables have current statistics information and that the tables are available at any point in time.
Interesting application of the DB2 database
Darshan makes maximum use of DB2 LUW's maintenance utilities. He is an avid believer that DB2 has fantastic maintenance strategies in their Runstats and Reorg commands. He created scripts to update statistics every day and performs reorgs every week. He explains how he also makes use of the aliases capability in the DB2 product, “An alias is a pointer used for an actual table and we used it in some special manner such that, when some maintenance is happening, there is no outage required and all important tables have the best possible performance.”
His largest accomplishment in his career to date
Darshan is very proud that his knowledge and support for the Marriott website databases has helped successfully maintain high availability over the last two years.
Darshan is also proud of an earlier project he accomplished prior to starting at Marriott International. The task was to convert databases at several hundred stores from Sybase to DB2 UDB. He carefully crafted several custom scripts and a set of steps to migrate the data. The migration occurred very effectively and accurately due to his skill and diligence on that project.
Advice to peers pursuing a similar career path
Darshan believes it is important for all database administrators to also have some understanding of the operating system where the database resides and how the database interacts with the operating system. With this knowledge, he describes the ease of learning DB2, "IBM's DB2 is less complicated than other database management systems. It is easy to learn and easy to get certified. The database is very responsive, very fast, and very efficient."
Positive impact Darshan's work has on Marriott customers
Darshan is very dedicated to maintaining the Marriott.com website and keeping it available for customers at all times. Darshan explains how he has made a positive impact on his customer's overall experience with Marriott.com. "I feel that when I work with the back end as a DBA, the front end (the Marriott.com website) gets better; the front end gets smoother. People can come on my website and book their trip very easily, without any issues and very fast. And they can get on with their lives. If it starts with a really good experience with my website, obviously they’ll be happy. So that makes me feel really very good."
Darshan understands the importance of staying current with additional database training, and he has also completed his "IBM Certified Database administrator for DB2 V9" certification. This allows him to understand the ongoing feature additions to DB2 LUW and implement the appropriate ones for his databases. This dedication to his company and to his skill development makes Darshan an outstanding example of a successful DB2 Young Professional!
Young professionals building successful careers using IBM Information Management products
Alexandre Marini – Informix DBA improving database performance in Brazil
Meet Alexandre Marini, an Informix Database Administer working in Campo Grande, the capital of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS). Alexandre received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Universidade Anhanguera-Uniderp in Campo Grande. He learned the core database concepts in his basic database class. His interest in the area led him to more advanced courses where he developed a deeper knowledge of databases and worked with a variety of database products. He actually began his professional database work while still in college. He began as an Informix 4GL developer and then moved into the role of an Informix DBA ten years ago, while still a student.
He currently works at the Local State Financial Department of Mato Grosso do Sul (Secretaria da Fazenda do MS). Read below to learn more about Alexandre’s role maintaining the government database systems and some of the technical challenges he faces on the job.
Typical day for a database administrator
As a database administrator, Alexandre is responsible for operating two types of systems for the MS government. The Informix-based OLTP (Online Transaction Processing) systems manage the daily transactions for tax documents in the state. These databases are integrated with the larger Brazilian national tax system. They are also connected into the mail system and aid in preventing tax evasion. Alexandre manages eight instances of the OLTP environment.
Alexandre also manages one instance of an OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) database. This instance is optimized for handling Decision Support System (DSS) queries that generate supervisory and executive management reports. The OLAP database contains historical data from the OLTP system and other data sources that enable the government to observe longer term trends and analyze metrics to make better business decisions.
Technical challenges on the job
Alexandre works hard to keep his databases healthy and fully available for his customers. He continues to improve his skills as evidenced by completing two Informix professional certifications last May (Informix Dynamic Server 11.50 Fundamentals and System Administration for Informix Dynamic Server)He also stays current with new Informix features and functionality. These skills helped him solve a challenge when a disk space problem shrank the amount of available disk space to a critically low level. Alexandre implemented the Informix Storage Optimization feature to compress the data and shrink the amount of disk space required for the database. This enabled the database instance to be back up and running smoothly on the existing, smaller number of disks in no time.
Alexandre loves the enthusiastic environment that surrounds his job and the atmosphere that encourages continued study and new technology skill growth. Alexandre describes his job environment, stating, “I’ve got great work friends here. We are always helping others, giving technical suggestions to help other teams improve their work quality and solve some of their problems.”
Alexandre is also very excited to be working with the Brazilian Informix User Group and increasing the visibility of this group within his work community.
Technical skills required on the job
The core computer science, database and operating system concepts Alexandre learned in school continue to be important for understanding and finding solutions to database management problems. He describes their importance, stating, “That gave me critical knowledge to recommend hardware and installation techniques to other teams, improving overall database performance.”
Why Informix over other databases?
During the acquisition period at the local state financial department in MS, the Informix family of products were highly recommended by other government bureaus in Brazil. Informix has been used there as the OLTP system since 1996.
Pride in accomplishment
Alexandre is proud of developing encrypted reports that prevent tax fraud. He is also proud to have implemented some Informix data replication features that improved the overall structure of the database system and lowered the amount of resources required to manage the database environment.
Alexandre continues to improve his database skills and is looking forward to continue to work with big enterprises, implementing high availability on environments, partaking in systems migrations, and spreading Informix features and benefits throughout the marketplace over the next several years.
Advice to peers pursuing a similar career path
Alexandre would give the following advice to his peers, “Make an effort to thoroughly learn all the concepts; this will help to apply your knowledge into different areas of technology.
The updated version of the DB2 9.7 Academic Certification Program has been available in the Academic Initiative course materials section as course number CE302A for six weeks now. This updated version has great new resource materials that can be used both by faculty and students as they use the course content to teach or learn database concepts while simultaneously preparing for the DB2 Academic Certification exam.
Now there are printed versions available of the four DB2 on Campus books that are referenced in the course. The primary book, Getting Started with DB2 Express-C, is available in three languages (English, Chinese and Spanish). IBMers who are working with universities to teach a class can order up to two copies of each book as a reference book for the faculty member and only pay for the shipping. There are limited copies available, so don't hesitate to order books as soon as your class is arranged. Find the choices in the Book (Academic Use only) section of the ordering page
Don't forget to check out the DB2 Academic Certification course on DB2university.com. The course is in the DB2 Academic Training course in the DB2 section of the site.
I was excited to receive this report about the first of the three DB2 Academic Associate Certification workshops held in Budapest, Hungary:
31 August – 2 September 2010
Budapest IBM Innovation Center organized its first free DB2 Fundamentals and Application Development course for university students and teachers between 31 August and 2 September 2010. Despite the fact that we announced the course in the middle of the summer and planned it for 24 participants, more than 100 students and teachers applied. Because of the big demand we decided to add two additional workshops in October for those whom we could not accept in September.
The workshop began at 9 a.m. and finished at 5 p.m. every day at the IBM Innovation Center (IIC), where Ferenc Rada, the leader of IIC welcomed the participants, then Tamás Piri (IIC) delivered the education in Hungarian.
First the students got better acquainted with the IBM DB2 database and the parts of application development, then after the theoretical part they could practice the operational and development tasks with hands on labs in the perfect educational environment of the IIC. The students also received education materials in the form of a course work book and a DVD to be able to practice their knowledge on their own time after the class.
Besides the professional education, the students could hear about the current IBM trainee positions and they could ask questions to János Ponczók from HR. Then Szilvia Kovács (from Software Marketing) spoke about the 48 hours programming contest in November, where everyone can try their fresh knowledge that they gained at the workshop, and the best students will get valuable prizes.
At the end of the 3 day course the participants could take a free exam in English in an internationally approved exam system. The best students got IBM gifts at the end of the course.
We can say in general that the students were quite receptive to learning about the DB2 database and database concepts, which was totally new for them. This was reflected very well by their questions and their interest all during the course.
There were 21 participants at the September course from 7 higher educations: Budapest University of Technology and Economics (7), University of Debrecen (1), Eötvös Loránd University (2), Dennis Gabor Applied University (1), Pannon University (3), Pázmány Péter Catholic University (3), University of Pecs (3) and University of Szeged (1). In October participants from College of Dunaújváros, University of West Hungary and University of Óbuda will join as well.
Additional information about the DB2 Academic Associate Certification program available here.