DB2 Universal Database Certification

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IBM Offers New Exams for DB2 Universal Database Certification



The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 26,000 new
positions for database administrators will be available annually through
2006. So what are you waiting for? There are more than 60 million users
of IBM’s DB2 at around 400,000 companies around the world that rely on
IBM’s data management technology. DB2 is a multimedia, Web-ready
relational database management system that can be used anywhere from the
largest corporation to the smallest e-business.



IBM has announced two new certification exams designed to update
database administrators’ skills on DB2 Universal Database version 8.
With these two new exams, DBAs will be able to learn quickly and easily
how to make the best use of the newest features of DB2 version 8 in
order to move their careers forward and get a fast return on their
investment in their own skills.



The first of the two new exams, the DB2 version 8 upgrade exam, lets
DBAs update their DB2 certification requirements quickly in one simple
test. The exam contains 30 questions designed to measure DBA skills
based on a variety of abilities, including database server management
and backup and recovery. The upgrade exam is available at Thomson
Prometric and VUE testing centers, and for a limited time, candidates
can take the test at half its regular cost of $60.



The second new exam, the Advanced Database Administrator for DB2 version
8, is designed to test experienced DBAs on administration topics such as
federated data management, high availability and performance and
scalability tactics such as clustering and query optimization. This exam
also covers DB2’s advanced multidimensional clustering feature. The new
certification is currently available for experienced DBAs for $120. New
DBAs must first pass an entry-level and intermediate exam before taking
the Advanced Database Administrator for DB2 version 8 exam. 



The new exams are available now for Linux, UNIX and Windows platforms.
Go to
http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education.html for more



Robert Half Technology Reports on Second-Quarter Hiring Trends

According to the latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index, CIOs are
expecting a slowdown in the hiring of IT professionals in the second
quarter of 2003. Nine percent of the executives surveyed expect to
expand their IT departments, and 5 percent expect cutbacks. This net 4
percent hiring increase is down four points from the net 8 percent
increase forecast for the first quarter of 2003. Most executives, 86
percent, are not anticipating any change in hiring activity.



According to Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half
Technology, hiring plans are at a standstill because of continuing
economic uncertainty. “Firms remain focused on initiatives designed to
reduce expenditures and maximize the performance of existing systems,”
she said.



Of the nine percent of CIOs who are expecting to hire additional IT
staff in the coming quarter, more than half said that business growth
was driving the demand. This was followed by systems upgrades, which
received 16 percent of the response. Lee said that these firms are
likely motivated to upgrade their IT systems as they prepare for an
economic upturn.



When the respondents were asked which technical skills were most in
demand in their IT departments, 28 percent said help desk and end-user
support. The second most sought-after specialty, receiving 23 percent of
the response, was networking. Eleven percent of CIOs named applications
development as the area of expertise most in demand in their



The West North Central region is forecast to lead the nation in
technology hiring during the coming quarter. In that region, 15 percent
of CIOs plan to expand their departments, while only 3 percent are
expecting cutbacks. Lee explains that executives in this region are
seeing more demand for mid-level business analysts and project managers.
She called this “an indication that new projects are in the planning
phase.” In addition, she said that financial services firms in the West
North Central region are seeing a demand for IT professionals who are
experienced in disaster recovery and storage.



For more information, go to http://www.rht.com.



Get Yourself an IT Security Scholarship!

IP3 Inc., which offers Internet security education workshops for
professionals, and CompTIA have announced that they are teaming to offer
$150,000 in scholarship seats at the 2003 IP3 IT Security Workshop –
From Strategy to Reality.



According to Ken Kousky, CEO of IP3 Inc., organizations are not getting
the protection they need, losing millions of dollars yearly to security
incidents. He suggests that organizations must adopt a layered approach
to IT security, assigning budgets to protect the IT infrastructure. 



The IT Security education workshop offers a broad, vendor-neutral,
enterprise-level view of security education. The workshop is designed to
develop knowledge and skill in key security areas, including:



* SANS/FBI Top 20
* NIST and the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace
* Access control management
* Firewalls
* Virtual private networks (VPNs)
* Intrusion detection and response
* Virus protection
* Content filtering
* Spam control



Kousky said that the workshop is meant to provide a comprehensive
overview of IT security, addressing a wide range of topics to help IT
professionals improve their ability to address immediate threats as well
as addressing a long-term management process.



In April 2003, workshops will be h
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