Category: Education and Skills

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IBM DB2 Certification – Why it is Worth it

A friend recently asked me what I thought of certification. I have a number of DB2 related certifications, and even one Oracle certification. I thought I would share my opinions. Company Requirements and Recognition The company that I work for is an IBM Business Partner. As such, IBM requires a certain number of certifications, and certain types of certifications based...

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My First IBM IOD – 2013

I don't want to blog too much about the conference because I know that when my favorite bloggers talk about conferences I did not get to go to, it just feels like they are mocking me. I tweeted a lot instead (@ember_crooks), and am keeping the blog entries down to a minimum. I am new to IBM Information on Demand....

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A Newbie Going to IOD

I’m a big fan of the IDUG conferences, so have generally focused my funding and management-convincing on getting to go to the IDUG North American Technical Conference. But now that I’m starting to present at IDUG conferences, I want to consider presenting at IOD as well. But I have never even been to this conference. I’ve been to all or...

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Tips for Information on Demand Attendees

IBM’s Information on Demand 2013 Conference is less than a month away, and since I’ve been to this conference more times than I can remember (this will be Ember’s first IOD), she has asked me to write up something to help orient you to the conference and get the most out of it.   Conference Tips Try to build a...

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Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 3: Information Structure – Parameter and Message Reference and General Guidance

This article is the third in a series about the IBM DB2 Information Center. Please check out the other articles in this series: Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 2: Information Structure – System Monitor and Syntax Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 1: Navigating Adminstration Guide: Performance / Parameter References Man, it would...

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Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 2: Information Structure – System Monitor and Syntax

My goal with this series is to provide some tips and tricks you might not be aware of for finding information in the IBM DB2 Information Center. Check out Part 1 in this series: Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 1: Navigating As I mentioned in Part 1, I started working with IBM DB2 documentation just before...

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Tips for Using the IBM DB2 Information Center Part 1: Navigating

Note: this post refers to an obsolete version of the IBM DB2 Knowledge center, and therefore many of the links are broken. For details on the current version, see The New IBM DB2 Knowledge Center The IBM DB2 Information Center is a wonderful resource if you know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, sometimes you do not know exactly what you...

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IDUG NA 2013 Brain Dump

Wait, don’t avoid reading this because you didn’t go to the conference. There is still valuable stuff here. In fact, it is even more valuable for those who did not go. Last year, I posted my brain dump by basically re-writing all of my paper notes. This year, I’m going to try to make it a bit more organized. It...