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Keep on Learning
Once I finish this blog entry about the book Making it Big in Software by Sam Lightstone, I plan to post part of it to amazon.com as my reader feedback for the book. I hope you post your comments on amazon once you've read the book... as feedback of this sort is what helps make a book sucessful!
This book, written by
I would say that the thing most surprising about Sam's book so far is the number of audiences that it appeals to.
I had the absolute pleasure to attend an hour long session by
Speaking of career killers, I'd be surprised if you've managed to avoid all the problems that are mentioned.... I know I have witnessed most of them in my career. The advice in this chapter is dead on... and in times when many jobs are disappearing, it might be a good idea to read this chapter to make sure that you are on the right side of a layoff.
I think software developers are notorious for NOT HAVING A LIFE! I must admit that working in the software business (and for IBM for that matter) can be all consuming and never ending... and maybe a bit addictive. Can a balance be achieved? I think it can and I'll let you read what Sam says about the subject.
PS... you can hear Sam speak. He's been invited as the guest speaker on the
Another great book about Cognos 10 has just published by McGraw-Hill. The amazon price is now 40% off the regular price.
by Dan Volitich and Gerard Ruppert
Updated for the latest release of the software, IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10: The Official Guide explains how to create, implement, and manage an enterprise BI solution. Maximize all of the new and enhanced features, including the powerful modeling, monitoring, and analytics capabilities. Build and deliver reports that foster informed business decisions and better results. Filled with real-world examples and expert advice, this practical resource is ideal for anyone working with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence v10.1--from administrators to end users.
About the Authors
Dan Volitich is president and owner of John Daniel Associates, an Accredited IBM Cognos Service Partner which he co-founded in 1996 to serve the BI market. John Daniel designs, develops, and deploys enterprise-wide IBM Cognos reporting and analysis solutions for Fortune and mid-market companies, and is considered a technical leader with Cognos Accredited Partner status. Dan has over 20 years in the BI industry.
Gerard Ruppert has been with John Daniel Associates since April, 2000 and has over 15 years experience in the BI industry. He has delivered successful data warehouse and BI solutions with his significant experience with the IBM Cognos suite of tools to both large enterprise and mid-market clients.
Also check out another Cognos book that recently published: IBM Cognos TM1: The Official Guide
Previously I blogged about the benefits of getting certified. If, after reading that, you decide you want to earn a DB2 certification, what is the process?
Choose Job Role
First you need to decide what job role you’d like a certification for. For many people this is easy. If you work as a DBA, get the DBA certification… easy. But some people end up performing multiple roles in the course of their job. The primary job roles that affect DB2 users are: Academic Associate, Database Associate, Database Administrator, Advanced Database Administration, Systems Administrator Solutions Developer, and Application Developer.
My suggestion? If you are a student taking database courses, start with Academic Associate. From there start with Database Associate and the other job roles that may interest you. If you work with DB2 in any manner, start with Database Associate. These two job roles are least specific and can be taken by a very wide audience. The others will need much studying and / or experience in order to achieve.
Choose Exam Release
Many of the exams are available for different product releases. My suggestion would be to take the release that you are currently using. If you’re using DB2 9, you’re best choice would be to take the V9 exams.
Once you’ve decided on a certification role and exam, follow these instructions:
1. Read the exam objectives. The ibm.com/certify website lists the objectives for every IBM certification exam. Read these carefully as each question on the exam links directly back to one or more of these objectives! (That’s a huge hint!)
2. Use the recommended study materials to refresh your skills. For each DB2 exam, you can find the recommended study material on this site: ibm.com/software/data/education/certprep.html. Also see these blog entries:
3. Take an assessment exam. These exams cost $10 per take. See ibm.com/software/data/education/cert/assessment.html for the latest information.
4. Take the test. Where? IBM exams are offered worldwide at Prometric Testing Centers. To find a site near you call 1-800-959-EXAM or visit www.prometric.com.
5. If you do NOT pass, use the score report to determine the areas you need to increase your knowledge and start these steps over again.
6. If you PASS, make sure you let your manager know! Your results are confidential to YOU and no one will know you passed unless you tell them!
Once you’ve achieved a certification, your certificate will be sent to you via e-mail (or you will be sent instructions on how to retrieve the certificate from the Certification Member Site, if this is the first certification for this candidate/testing ID).
7. Determine if you want to take another exam to earn another certification.
** DB2 Certification exams are experience-based, so the more practical experience you have using DB2, the easier it will be for you to prepare and pass the exams.
Occasionally throughout the year, there are promotions available that you can take part in. You may find that there are free exams offered at a conference or user group meeting that you are attending, discounted vouchers, or take it again offers. I suggest that you check the promotion site to keep up to date with current offers.
Last week I blogged about social media sites for DB2 for LUW and all of my recommendations were for IBM sites. I’m really happy to say that IBM has many friends who are great at creating content about IBM products and sharing their knowledge with other users. Today’s entry is my thanks to all of you!
developerWorks ibm.com/developerworks/data/ and IBM Data Management magazine ibmdatamag.com might be run by IBMers, but a great deal of the content that lives on these sites was created by IBM friends. Specifically: Columnist Roger Sanders:
Database Journal http://www.databasejournal.com/features/db2/ is not an IBM controlled asset, but has both IBM and non-IBM contributors. I’d like to specifically mention:
Here is a collection of the blogs that I recommend for the DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows products:
Mastering Data Management– by Crysta Anderson is an amazing blog. Crysta has been very busy interviewing our IBM Champions and thus far has 27 interviews! Each one is worth a read to find out who these friends of IBM are and what their passions are: Sheryl Larsen, Scott Hayes, Ole Holmskov, Fred Sobotka, Kim May, Marc Herbert, David Birmingham, Cristian Molaro, Lester Knutsen, Stuart Litel, Isaac Yassin, Dave Beulke, Dan Luksetich, Alex Philp, Iqbal Goralwalla, Bonnie Baker, Cecilia Rodriguez Babino, Miguel Carbone, Martin Hubel, Ced Bufton, Julian Stuhler, Michelle Christensen, Jim Harris, Frank Brooks, Rick Biederstadt, Cuneyt Goksu, and RogerSanders.
Smarter Computing Blog by David Pittman and others is a blog worth bookmarking. There is a regular feature called Top Reads for the Week where excerpts and links are provided for recent blog entries, articles, videos, or podcasts about IBM Information Management Technology.
Norberto’s blog: Insights on DB2 LUW database admin, programming and more and TwitterID. (Note: Norberto won the first round of DB2’s Got Talent Competition and has started his writing career as a blogger and soon to be a published author on developerWorks!
Mike Krafick is just starting his writing career as a guest blogger for Ember:
Scott Hayes’ DB2Night Show Blog
Rebecca Bond’s Blog SecureDB2
Brian Fairchild’s Blog Xtivia
Sameer Kumar’s Blog DB2 Performance
Troy Coleman’s Blog DB2Tutor
Robert Caterall’s Blog DB2
Daniel Krook’s Blog Krook
Craig Mullin’s Blog DB2 Portal
Dave Beulke’s Blog DB2
It looks like we have a very active community! I’m glad we do and appreciate all the work that these and others put into sharing their knowledge about IBM products. I know I didn’t point out everyone… and for that I’m very sorry. To make sure you find all the great blogs about DB2 and related products, check out PlanetDB2.com… every day! This is a Blog Aggregator of all DB2 related blogs. If you blog about DB2 and want to be included, follow the instructions found on the page and we’ll be happy to read what you write!
DB2 Night Show – Klaas Brant and Scott Hayes are my heroes for the amount of work they have put into this awesome weekly webinar. They manage to attract so many guests that they now have two tracks: one for LUW and one for z/OS. The invite both IBMers and non IBMers to share tips and information about DB2 with their listeners. If you miss a show, don’t worry. Scott and Klaas record them all and now have a massive library for you to choose great content from. I’ve been a guest on the show as well as a judge for the “DB2’s Got Talent” Competition. If you have an idea for future shows, let Scott or Klaas know. If you want to improve your presentation skills, especially related to DB2, consider becoming a contestant in the next round of DB2’s Got Talent Competition.
An InformationWeek Live WebCast: High performance. Low cost. No longer an either/or decision for your database with Fred Sobotka and Lynn Jonas. This is a recorded webcast, so fill in the information to immediately download the presentation.
I’m friends with many DB2 Talents, so I see updates on what people are doing as they post it. There are IBM Facebook sites where you could and should use to promote your blog or an event you are involved with…. of course, only if it is related to IBM Information Management technology :)
I’d suggest these pages:
One event I want to make you aware of will come up soon on the Information Management Skills Facebook page. We’ll have live chats with authors Dan Luksetich and Craig Mullins to discuss their books. This is our first time doing this, so become a fan of the page and watch for news as to when this event is taking place and how you can contribute.
I was going through the list of the books that are being published this year and was happy to notice that the majority of the authors who I work with these days are IBM Champions. Some of the authors I work with: Craig Mullins, Roger Sanders, Dan Luksetich, Susan Lawson, Cristian Molaro, David Beulke, and Julian Stuhler.
Share your opinion, on these and all sites that you check out... everyone will appreciate it :)
PS: This list is NOT exhaustive. If you think I’ve missed something of interest, let me know. Thanks!
Date: Mar 27, 2012
Topic: An Introduction to Big Data
Big Data can mean a lot of things to a lot of people; but one thing we're sure of, it's the hottest thing to hit the IT landscape. In this chat you'll start with an introduction to Big Data so we're all on common ground as to what it is, how to spot it, and what the opportunities are. (Hint, be prepared to get shocked on Volume and more). With a strong foundation on what Big Data is, you'll be introduced to the IBM Big Data platform, what it looks like and its key components. In the final part of the chat, we'll dive into IBM's non-forked, embraced and extended Hadoop distribution (called InfoSphere BigInsights) and streaming technology (InfoSphere Streams), a tour of the Big Data platform features as it relates to these pillar components, and a get introduced to the toughest Big Data use case there is: text analytics and how this is just one areas where IBM is brining the "WOW" factor to Big Data.
Register now to join IBM speaker, Paul Zikopoulos on Tuesday March 27th, 2012 at 12:30 PM Eastern. Sign-up to attend this free webinar.
Here are a few other resources you may wish to tap into if you’re interested in this topic:
1) Dan Dubriwny from the Big Data Tiger Team, IBM USA, was the guest speaker on episode 62 of the DB2 Night Show, hosted by Klaas Brant. The topic was BIG DATA Overview - What is it? Who cares? Catch the replay.
2) Paul Zikopoulos and Robert Thomas were guests on Episode #63 of the DB2Night Show and gave a deep dive into IBM solutions around BIG DATA.
3) At the IBM Information on Demand Conference that took place last October, copies of the Flashbook “Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data” were handed out. If you didn’t get a copy, you can get the free e-version of this book on my bookstore page: ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore.
4) Read Jeff Jonas’ Business Insider’s talks and his blog entries about Big Data:
5) Dive into the best wiki in the world! BigInsights Technical Enablement Wiki: ibm.com/developerworks/wiki/biginsights/
6) Read this technical intro to IBM BigInsights, IBM’s Big Data platform, by Cynthia Saracco: Understanding InfoSphere BigInsights: An introduction for software architects and technical leaders.
7) One of the 82 Web-based Training Courses available for IM is BigInsights Essentials.
8) Want to learn Hadoop, MapReduce, HBase or other Big Data topics? Join free BigDataUniversity.com. Already 15,000 students have registered.
9) Read the excellent article by Lisa Stapleton that published in a recent edition of the IBM Data Management Magazine BigData - Volume, Variety, and Velocity. How do you attack something *that* big?
10) Read the article Big Data Impacts Data Management: The Big Vs of Big Data by IBM Champion Dave Beulke.
11) Follow the blogs and tweets that are happening real-time via the Big Data Daily.
12) Read the article by IBM Champion Craig Mullins Big Data and 150 Trillion Calculations Per Second at Vestas
Read, attend and learn!
First, what is a Flashbook? This is a name that I made up to describe the short, easy-to-read books that we publish for conferences such as IBM’s Information on Demand Conference. IBM delivers a huge quantity of messages and content at the conferences, in newsletters, in blogs, and on websites. How can you possibly retain all the key messages? That’s why I like these Flashbooks so much. We create them so that you can take away the key messages for a particular product area.
We’ve received amazing feedback about these Flashbooks. People have been able to take away the key messages and share them with people back at the office. IBM employees like to hand these out at other events or when they visit customers.
So, if you didn’t get one…. how can you get one?
When I get these books created, I have three requirements.
1) Printed copies to hand out at events.
2) E-Versions that can be downloaded for free by anyone.
3) Printed copies that can be purchased for a very low price from amazon.com.
I’m happy to say that we now have the latest 5 books in amazon and well promoted on our DB2 Bookstore Website. Here are the books that we most recently produced:
DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling
by Paul Zikopoulos, Matt Huras, Aamer Sachedina, Paul Awad
DB2 10 for z/OS - Cost Savings ..... Out of the Box
by Roger Miller, David Beulke, Julian Stuhler, Surekha Pureka
The IBM Data Governance Unified Process: Driving Business Value with IBM Software and Best Practices
Business Intelligence Strategy: A Framework for Achieving BI Excellence
IBM Cognos Analytics and Cloud Computing: Best Practices for Deploying Cognos Business Intelligence to the IBM Cloud
If you’re an IBM employee and are planning an event where you’d like many copies of these books, contact me directly.
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It’s finally here!
by Roger Sanders
I can’t tell you how many people have asked for this book in the past few years! And look at the great price: Less than $15!
What’s in the book?
What do you need to know to pass the exam?
This is an outline of the Exam Objectives. You can see the details on the website: Exam 541 Objectives
Section 1 - DB2 Server Management (10%)
Section 2 - Physical Design (20%)
Section 3 - Business Rules Implementation (5%)
Section 4 - Monitoring DB2 Activity (15%)
Section 5 - Utilities (15%)
Section 6 - High Availability (20%)
Section 7 - Security (10%)
Section 8 - Connectivity and Networking (5%)
Roger Sanders was featured in the latest edition of the DM Magazine.
The Man to See About Certification - The guru of DB2 certification tests talks about how he puts them together—and how they can help your career
by Howard Baldwin
Q&A with Roger Sanders who has helped IBM develop 17 DB2 certification exams, more than any other individual. Want to know why certification is important? Roger Sanders is the man to ask. We talked to him about how the tests are put together, how they can help a DBA’s career, and—oh yes—about the certification test he failed.
I wrote an entry on my blog some time ago that I still recommend: Certification 101. I do need to update the entry to include the DB2 9.7 exams such as Exam 541, but the content is still accurate in most ways:
Benefits of Earning a Certification
Good luck on your exams!
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This book was published earlier this year, so I was given a few free copies and had them at the IDUG conference in Phoenix. I didn’t think people at the conference would be interested in this book, so I had put them aside. But, when people started noticing the book, they wanted to know how they could get a copy. On the spur of the moment, I decided that if people tweet the message “I want a copy of the Hadoop book from Susan”, I’d give it to them. To my huge surprise, I gave out more than 20 copies of this book in this way. Of course a data centric audience is interested in a book that teaches them how to modernize their data environment!
by Dirk deRoos and Paul Zikopoulos
At IBM Insights:
The book signing is scheduled for Monday October 27 from 4:30pm - 5:00pm at the Conference Bookstore. I’m pretty sure Dirk will be there… and I made sure it was on Paul’s calendar, but I’m sure Paul will be in huge demand the entire week, so it is possible that Paul will not be able to make it at this time.
About the book:
Big data has become big business, and companies and organizations of all sizes are struggling to find ways to retrieve valuable information from their massive data sets with becoming overwhelmed. Enter Hadoop and this easy-to-understand For Dummies guide. Hadoop For Dummies helps readers understand the value of big data, make a business case for using Hadoop, navigate the Hadoop ecosystem, and build and manage Hadoop applications and clusters.
From programmers challenged with building and maintaining affordable, scaleable data systems to administrators who must deal with huge volumes of information effectively and efficiently, this how-to has something to help you with Hadoop.
The easy-to-use, practical guide to using Hadoop for big data
With most of the world’s data created in only the past two years, Hadoop has emerged as the definitive computing paradigm to handle big data. This comprehensive guide from IBM big data experts provides a hands-on resource for those who want to dig into the details of HDFS and MapReduce to take data storage and processing to the next level.
Open the book and find:
About the Authors:
Dirk deRoos is the technical sales lead for IBM’s InfoSphere BigInsights. Paul C. Zikopoulos is the vice president of big data in the IBM Information Management division. Roman B. Melnyk, PhD is a senior member of the DB2 Information Development team. Bruce Brown and Rafael Coss work with big data with IBM.
During this week’s #bigdatamgmt TweetChat that was focused on Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era", I noticed that many of the experts recommended articles to emphasize their points. I’ve gathered all of these recommendations to create this reading list. I hope you find this valuable.
BTRG_MikeMartin You must increase control of wasteful data even with Big Data Management, archive/retire & dispose. Big Data doesn’t change retention. Keep the data you need, get rid of the rest . You can’t afford to keep it all. Big Data is not immune to the laws of information economics. You must increase control of wasteful data even w Big Datamgmt, archive/retire & dispose. Infosphere Optim helps you get control of structured data to feed only the good into Big Datamgmt.
PPB13 How do practitioners overcome emerging skepticism in the marketplace?
BTRG_MikeMartin Without good data stewardship & Big Datamgmt it will difficult to unlock the value of big data. To deal with Big Data, speed, and volume: be proactive by starting Big Data Management across the enterprise now & maintain. Start now on data quality because if you don’t have it in now Big Data only magnifies data issues.
BTRG_MikeMartin For more Big Datamgmt resources Data Privacy and Security. Exploring Big Data still requires trusted data so you must secure and govern even more so.
craigmullins Big Data refers to datasets whose size, type and speed of creation make it impractical to process and analyze with traditional tools. That Big Data definition comes from wikibon; see Big Data Vendor Revenue and Market Forecast 2012-2017. So given that, definitionally then, traditional concepts are at the very least “impractical”… no?
BTRG_MikeMartin You can’t make good business decisions on bad data.
BTRG_MikeMartin Data governance is critical in the Big Data management era as it makes small problems bigger. You need data quality to enable Biginsights
searchCIO Metadata practices are gaining momentum as companies tackle Big Data.
searchCIO Data Quality is essential to master Big Data Management
dvellante Perspectives from a former CIO on the importance of data quality
furrier Dirty data equals poor user experience. I wrote about it in 2009 re: twitter facebook & social data
craigmullins Consider non-intrusive data governance; see this article by my friend Bob Seiner
What great resources! For our next tweetchat, we’d like to build a reading list that is sent out prior to the chat. Wednesday, March 15: Topic: Mobile Challenges for the Enterprise. Stay tuned for more information about this event.
To find out more about managing big data, join IBM for a free event on April 30: Big Data at the Speed of Business
What are you sacrificing for the promise of big data?
Recap of Tweetchat: "Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era"
Part 2: Recap of Tweetchat: "Getting Control of Data in Big Data Era"
What is a Tweetchat and why should you join us?
Big Data & Database Technology
How would you like to save 50% on an Information Management Certification exam? With the Assess & Save offer, you must take and pass an online assessment or "Practice test" to receive a voucher for 50% off the corresponding exam. That's a savings of $100 USD!IBM Professional Certification is the way for skilled IT professionals to demonstrate their expertise to the world. Certification validates your skills and demonstrates your proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. This offer will make it easier for you to become an IBM Certified Professional: Assess and Save.
With Assess and Save, candidates who purchase ($10) and PASS an Information Management Online Assessment Test during the offering period, will automatically receive a 50% off certification voucher good for the corresponding exam. That's a savings of $100 USD!
An online assessment test is available for each Information Management Professional Certification Exam. These "practice tests" enable you to test your readiness for a minimal fee, helping you to be successful on exam day.
If you qualify, you’ll receive your voucher via an email within 10 days after completing and passing the online assessment test. Vouchers must be redeemed during the corresponding redemption period or they will expire.
For all the details see: Assess and Save
To help you pass the exams, I’ve written a series of blog entries that I hope you’ll find helpful:
Good luck on your exams!
IBM Redbooks are cherished by many, since they provide excellent technical content in electronic format, all at a price that is hard to resist: FREE! This year IBM Redbooks are also available in ePub format, allowing tablet owners a new way to read these books.
You can find the most popular downloads for Information Management on the IBM Redbooks site: IBM Information Management Redbooks.
Rather than give you this list, I’ve compiled my own list that includes the top downloads of the most recent DB2 or InfoSphere titles:
1. High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
This IBM Redbooks publication describes the DB2 high availability functions and features, focusing on High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) in the OLTP environment. The book provides a detailed description of HADR, including setup, configuration, administration, monitoring, and preferred practices.
2. Oracle to DB2 Conversion Guide: Compatibility Made Easy
This Oracle to DB2 migration guide describes new technology, preferred practices for moving to DB2, and common scenarios that can help you as you move from Oracle to DB2.
3. InfoSphere DataStage for Enterprise XML Data Integration
XML is one of the most common standards for the exchange of information. However, organizations find challenges in how to address the complexities of dealing with hierarchical data types, particularly as they scale to gigabytes and beyond. In this IBM Redbooks publication, we discuss and describe the new capabilities in IBM InfoSphere DataStage 8.5. These capabilities enable developers to more easily manage the design and processing requirements presented by the most challenging XML sources. Developers can use these capabilities to create powerful hierarchical transformations and to parse and compose XML data with high performance and scalability. Spanning both batch and real-time run times, these capabilities can be used to solve a broad range of business requirements.
4. Optimizing DB2 Queries with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS
This IBM Redbooks publication provides technical decision-makers with a broad understanding of the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator architecture and its exploitation by documenting the steps for the installation of this solution in an existing DB2 10 for z/OS environment.
5. Unleashing DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows
This IBM Redbooks publication provides a broad understanding of the key features in IBM DB2 10 and how to use these features to get more value from business applications.
6. Smarter Business: Dynamic Information with IBM InfoSphere Data Replication CDC
In this IBM Redbooks publication, we show you examples of how InfoSphere CDC can be used to implement integrated systems, to keep those systems updated immediately as changes occur, and to use your existing infrastructure and scale up as your workload grows. InfoSphere CDC can also enhance your investment in other software, such as IBM DataStage® and IBM QualityStage®, IBM InfoSphere Warehouse, and IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Server, enabling real-time and event-driven processes. Enable the integration of your critical data and make it immediately available as your business needs it.
7. Smarter Modeling of IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management Solutions
This IBM Redbooks publication presents a development approach for master data management projects, and in particular, those projects based on IBM InfoSphere MDM Server.
8. DB2 10 for z/OS Performance Topics
This IBM Redbooks publication provides an overview of the performance impact of DB2 10 for z/OS discussing the overall performance and possible impacts when moving from version to version. We include performance measurements that were made in the laboratory and provide some estimates.
9. IBM InfoSphere Streams V3.0: Addressing volume, velocity, and variety
Still in draft format, learn how IBM InfoSphere Streams provides a development platform and runtime environment where you can develop applications that ingest, filter, analyze, and correlate potentially massive volumes of continuous data streams based on defined, proven, and analytical rules that alert you to take appropriate action, all within an appropriate time frame for your organization.
10. Managing IBM DB2 10 for z/OS Using the IBM DB2 Administration Tool for z/OS Version 10
This IBM Redbooks publication highlights the data administration enhancements introduced by DB2 Administration Tool for z/OS Version 10 by providing scenarios of their use with the new functions provided by DB2 10 for z/OS.
Stay tuned for next year for more great content from the IBM Redbooks team!
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just saw that Safari Books Online now has an app so you can read their books on an ipad. I figured it was time to again to post about the libraries that are available to you:
Access more than 14,500 books and videos from O'Reilly Media, Addison-Wesley, Wrox, IBM Press, MC Press (DB2 Certification Guides & more), McGraw Hill, Wiley, Apress, Exam Cram and other top publishers.
If you’re an IBM employee, you have access to Books 24x7 from internal IBM pages. Quite a few other companies, colleges, public libraries and universities also have access to the Books 24x7e- library. Check with your organization to find out more. This library is very similar to Safari Books Online, and access from most e-reading devices is supported. See this website for details. I’ve recently started to watch the Quick Talks series:
I’ve just recently started paying attention to Packt Publishing and must say that I’ve been impressed with their approach to publishing, frequently updated books, and of course an e-library of books:
If you’re not interested in a library, but like e-books, don’t miss this great “sale” that is currently on till June 12: Look at all the IBM Press books.... http://bit.ly/j4ztIq For next 3 days get 50% off ebook purchases.
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Keeping your skills sharp are extremely important and getting certified can certainly help you do that. But, we need to watch the amount of money we spend on everything these days. Good news: IBM’s certification program offers ways to help you keep the costs down while keeping your skills up.
Here are some ideas:
Take It Again is a voucher program
This promotion has been offered in the past and will happen again this year. The details on this year’s promotion are not on the web yet, but I’ve been told that they’ll be there soon. Here’s how the program works: With Take It Again you may purchase specially priced vouchers so that in the event you do not pass an exam on your first attempt, you may quickly and easily retake the same exam for no additional costs. Learn more about Take it Again!
Free or discounted exams at conferences
Conference fees and travel can be quite expensive, so to help, IBM quite often offers conference attendees a chance to take 3 exams free while at the conference and perhaps half price for further exams. Exam fees are normally $200 a take, so this can be an immediate $600 savings to you if you take the exams. Add this justification to your conference request and maybe you’ll be approved to attend the conference of your choice. Find out what conference have free or discounted exams.
Free Assessment Tests
Typically before a conference, the Certification team waives the $10 fee for the assessment exam in the 3 weeks prior to the conference. We want you to pass your exam and to help you do that, you are given tools to help you increase your skills before attempting a free exam at the conference. For the conferences that offer this program, you should be emailed a promotion code after you’ve registered for the event.
For less expensive study materials, check out my previous entries about electronic books, tutorials, product documentation, Express-C versions of products, free webinars, and WBTs:
Here is a list of the top ten best-selling DB2 books for this year:
1) DB2 Universal Database V8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Certification Guide, Fifth Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130463612
2) Understanding DB2: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131859161
3) Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 Universal Database v8 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130463884
4) DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exam 700 Study Guide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131424653
5) DB2 Universal Database V8 Handbook for Windows, UNIX, and Linux: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130661112
6) DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Certification Exams 701 and 706 Study Guide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131840487
7) DB2 Version 8:The Official Guide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131401580
8) DB2 for z/OS Version 8 DBA Certification Guide: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131491202
9) DB2 Universal Database V8 Application Development Certification Guide, Second Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0130463914
10) DB2 SQL PL, Second Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131477005
Note, I don't have data for the non-IBM Press books, but I'm sure some of them have sold very well:
DB2 Developer's Guide (5th Edition): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672326132
Sams Teach Yourself DB2 Universal Database in 21 Days, Second Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672325829
Thanks to all who have bought these books and have helped make them successful!
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