Mastering the DB2 10.1 Certification Exam – Part 1: Planning

Norberto Gasparotto Filho is a database specialist with more than 10 years of experience with database administration and is the author of the DB2 10.1 fundamentals certification exam 610 prep, Part 1: Planning.

He was the winner of the first edition of “DB2’s Got Talent” contest in 2011. He also worked as programmer using a variety of technologies, and has certifications in both programming and database administration areas. In his blog (“Insights on DB2 LUW database admin, programming and more”), Norberto shares lessons learned in the day-to-day database administration work, tips and knowledge. During his spare time, Norberto likes to run, ride a bike and have fun with his kids and wife. Learn more in Norberto’s profile in the developerWorks community.

We caught up with him to ask him and asked him about the tutorial and what he feels are the most important takeaways for DB2 professionals looking to become certified:

Q) What products are discussed in this tutorial?
DB2 10.1 for Linux, Unix and Windows and some related tools like Data Studio – with mentions to DB2 for the z/OS world as well.

Q) What problem does it solve?
If you don’t have an entry-level certification in DB2, this tutorial should really help you! The Part 1 (Planning) tutorial covers everything in the Planning set of questions – so read it carefully! Along with information about the different distributions of DB2 and their features, you’ll know specifics about Data Studio, CLPPlus and other tools, notions about Data Warehouse/OLTP workloads and much more. Of course, you have to study all the tutorials in the series to be completely prepared for the test.

Q) Why should DB2 professionals be interested in getting certification?
When you need to buy something, don’t you prefer to have a product that has an endorsement? Like buying shoes or any sports goods, those that have ads with famous athletes endorsing usually catch your eye more easily than others, isn’t it?

The same happens to professionals and their certifications. When you have one or more certifications, companies that are looking for candidates will prefer YOU. With your DB2 certification, IBM will be endorsing you… How fancy is that? 🙂

Q) Do have any special tips?

  • Don’t limit your studying to just the tutorials. Nothing can replace hands-on experience.
  • Pay attention to which version of DB2 you are studying for and make sure it aligns with the test you are taking. We are talking about v10.1, even though v10.5 has already been released. The exam questions were written before new features of DB2 10.5 were introduced (and even before new features of latest fix packs of v10.1 were released).
  • When taking the exam, don’t spend much time analyzing or thinking about a specific question. If you are unsure, chose your answer (never leave it blank) and mark the question for review (then if you have time at the end, you can back to it and think more – maybe after answering other questions you’ll find tips for answering it).
  • After you’ve completed and passed the exam – let the world know about your accomplishment! Spread the word via social media (your LinkedIn profile, Twitter, Facebook, and of course, add it to your CV). IBM has a website where you can make public your list of certifications. Just go through ibm.com/certify (Member Site / My Profile / Public Profile Information). The information is updated automatically, and you can add your picture and more info about yourself – like links to your LinkedIn/Twitter profiles and more. Take a look at mine: http://www-304.ibm.com/certify/members/profiles.nsf/home?OpenForm&profile=filhon&tab=transcript

To see the entire tutorial, visit the link below:

DB2 10.1 fundamentals certification exam 610 prep, Part 1: Planning
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/data/tutorials/db2-cert6101/index.html

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