Skills Resources for DB2 for z/OS Enthusiasts
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The web is wonderful, but the web is evil! Wonderful because it contains so much content and evil because it contains so much content! It can be overwhelming to navigate through the content and if you don’t immediately find what you’re looking for, it is very easy to get distracted and forget what you were looking for in the first place.
My intention for this blog entry is to help those who use the DB2 for z/OS products find skills resources that are specific to you. I hope you find this content helpful!
IBM Data Management Magazine
The next generation of IBM Data Management magazine is available for you to read online. It has many great articles, including regular columns by Bonnie Baker and Robert Catterall.
Version 10 books:
So far, two books have published to support DB2 V10… but there are more coming.
Version 9 books:
Version 9 is still being used by many, so you may find this book useful as well:
“Flashbooks” are small-sized books that have fewer than 150 pages, and have easy-to-read messages about products, solutions, or technology. Flashbooks are published to coincide with conferences such as IBM’s Information on Demand Conference or IDUG. The huge quantity of messages and content delivered at such conferences makes it difficult for attendees to retain all the key messages. Flashbooks are designed to contain the key messages IBM experts want you to take away with you.
Flashbooks are handed out in print format at conferences and other events, are available for free in ebook format from this site and can be purchased from amazon.com or other online bookstores.
The ITSO is always busy creating technical publications to help you deepen your knowledge and get hands on skills with IBM’s Information Management products. Here are a few you may wish to look at:
10 for z/OS Technical Overview
10 for z/OS Performance Topics
Find many more on the IBM Redbooks Website.
IDUG NA 2012 – taking place May 14-18 in Denver Colorado:
The IDUG conference taking place in Denver Colorado, May 14 – 18. This is possibly the third time that the conference is in this location. It is an attendee favourite for many reasons, including micro brew pubs, scenery, great city – good vibe, restaurants, and ease for many people to get there.
For details, see this link:
The following topics are Select from these topics:
DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer Course: Susan Lawson,
Recommended Best Practices from Customer DB2 Health Check Studies:
John Campbell, IBM DB2 for z/OS Development
I Didn't Know DB2 did THAT!: Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker
Certification for DB2 is the MOST popular certification program in IBM! Not everyone who uses DB2 is IBM Certified yet, but the version 10 exams are available and is a great place for you to jump on board. Here is an offer for getting certified for half price as well as some information on how to started on your path to getting certified:
The DB2 for z/OS community is heavily into blogs. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Willie Favero and Surekha Parekh on presentations about social media. Here are some of the bloggers you may wish to follow:
My apologies if I missed your blog! Drop me a line and I’ll make amends :)
Suggestion… check out who these people are following. That will give you suggestions as to who else you may wish to follow.
Communities are a way for you to participate in conversations with other like minded people. You’ll find lots of resources, news about events, and perhaps access to experts.
Is there More?
Yes, there is more. Much more. I didn’t even begin to cover the courses offered by IBM Education. I hope what I have provided is helpful and I’ll update this page when I have more to add.