IBM Releases New Learning Tool for DBAs
With a well-established position in the market, IBM’s DB2 Universal Database needs knowledgeable and skilled IT pros to support it. DB2 Universal Database certifications grew 240 percent in 2002 alone. To support the database administrators who work with this technology, IBM has introduced a new tool that will test the skills needed to resolve technical issues on their own, without turning to technical support. The problem-determination testing for DBAs was developed by IBM’s DB2 Universal Database tech support staff, and it helps DBAs speed the identification and resolution of technical problems.
The DB2 Problem Determination Mastery Exam tests DBAs skills to investigate and isolate database issues, implement the appropriate workaround or fix, deal with installation issues, identify the source of problems, use DB2’s problem determination tools to prevent future issues and more. A DBA who passes this exam has a proven ability to deal with up to 75 percent of the technology issues regularly encountered.
DBAs can prepare for the exam through a range of free study materials located on the DB2 Technical Support Web site. Tutorials on problem determination can be found at http://www-3.ibm.com/cgi-bin/db2www/data/db2/udb/winos2unix/support/tutorial_main.d2w/toc. More than 25,000 DBAs have used these free tutorials this year alone.
IBM recommends the IBM Certified Database Administrator certification prior to tackling the DB2 Problem Determination Master Exam. The exam is available at Prometric for $40 and takes one hour.
For more information on the new exam and problem determination, see http://www.ibm.com/software/data/support/pdm/db2exam.html.
Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at email@example.com.