Recommendations on taking the exam for DB2 for z/OS System Administrator

Javier Estrada

Recommendations on taking the exam for DB2 for z/OS System Administrator

Hello everyone:

  So the book that helps us to study was released in november (thank you, Judy) and I thought that by now some people have taken the exam already and I want to ask for your suggestions since I believe I'm close to being ready.

Does the actual exam covers IFCID numbers? Judy is very specific on that part on almost every topic of the book, but it's really a lot of time if we make the effort of memorizing them. Do you have any suggestions on a specific topic to study that was not included in the book?

Thanks

Javier Estrada

RE: Recommendations on taking the exam for DB2 for z/OS System Administrator
(in response to Javier Estrada)

Ohh, and I forgot to include another question, also very important, how did your career change after getting certified?

I know for a fact that it has no effect in my company (and IBM, for that matter, at least not in my country) but the reason I'll take it is to take opportunities in other countries where they actually notice the value of it. What are your thoughts on it? For what I heard it actually matters in China and Singapore

Marcus Davage

Recommendations on taking the exam for DB2 for z/OS System Administrator
(in response to Javier Estrada)
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I have heard of companies whose conditions for going to IDUG are to sit the certification exam, but I have yet to hear of a company for whom certification is a requirement of employment, or of employees for whom it makes any difference whatsoever. Still, it’s nice to have. It might tip the balance if you’re applying for a job and your rival is uncertified. From a sceptical point of view, they are all the same – MS SQL Certification, Oracle, IBM DB2 – it’s like a carpenter saying “I’m certified to use a Bosch power tool but not a Black and Decker.” Discuss… </Friday>

Regards,
Marcus Davage CEng CITP MBCS
IBM Certified DB2 Database Administrator
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Ohh, and I forgot to include another question, also very important, how did your career change after getting certified?

I know for a fact that it has no effect in my company (and IBM, for that matter, at least not in my country) but the reason I'll take it is to take opportunities in other countries where they actually notice the value of it. What are your thoughts on it? For what I heard it actually matters in China and Singapore

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Mick Graley

Recommendations on taking the exam for DB2 for z/OS System Administrator
(in response to Marcus Davage)
I've always been sceptical of certification.
People can learn to pass the exams with no real world experience.
Also it doesn't seem to be a requirement on the mainframe so why bother?
Better off getting your hands dirty for real, that's when you really learn
stuff!
Cheers,
Mick.


On 6 January 2017 at 16:42, Davage, Marcus (I&SD Database Services - DB2) <
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> *Classification: Public*
>
> I have heard of companies whose conditions for going to IDUG are to sit
> the certification exam, but I have yet to hear of a company for whom
> certification is a requirement of employment, or of employees for whom it
> makes any difference whatsoever. Still, it’s nice to have. It might tip the
> balance if you’re applying for a job and your rival is uncertified. From a
> sceptical point of view, they are all the same – MS SQL Certification,
> Oracle, IBM DB2 – it’s like a carpenter saying “I’m certified to use a
> Bosch power tool but not a Black and Decker.” Discuss… </Friday>
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
> *Marcus Davage *CEng CITP MBCS
>
> IBM Certified DB2 Database Administrator
>
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> *From:* Javier Estrada [mailto:[login to unmask email]
> *Sent:* 06 January 2017 16:30
> *To:* [login to unmask email]
> *Subject:* [DB2-L] - RE: Recommendations on taking the exam for DB2 for
> z/OS System Administrator
>
>
>
> -- This email has reached the Bank via an external source --
>
>
> Ohh, and I forgot to include another question, also very important, how
> did your career change after getting certified?
>
> I know for a fact that it has no effect in my company (and IBM, for that
> matter, at least not in my country) but the reason I'll take it is to take
> opportunities in other countries where they actually notice the value of
> it. What are your thoughts on it? For what I heard it actually matters in
> China and Singapore
>
>
> -----End Original Message-----
>
> Lloyds Banking Group plc. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ.
> Registered in Scotland no. SC95000. Telephone: 0131 225 4555. Lloyds Bank
> plc. Registered Office: 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN. Registered in
> England and Wales no. 2065. Telephone 0207626 1500. Bank of Scotland plc.
> Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Registered in Scotland no.
> SC327000. Telephone: 03457 801 801. Cheltenham & Gloucester plc. Registered
> Office: Barnett Way, Gloucester GL4 3RL. Registered in England and Wales
> 2299428. Telephone: 0345 603 1637
>
> Lloyds Bank plc, Bank of Scotland plc are authorised by the Prudential
> Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and
> Prudential Regulation Authority.
>
> Cheltenham & Gloucester plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial
> Conduct Authority.
>
> Halifax is a division of Bank of Scotland plc. Cheltenham & Gloucester
> Savings is a division of Lloyds Bank plc.
>
> HBOS plc. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Registered in
> Scotland no. SC218813.
>
> This e-mail (including any attachments) is private and confidential and
> may contain privileged material. If you have received this e-mail in error,
> please notify the sender and delete it (including any attachments)
> immediately. You must not copy, distribute, disclose or use any of the
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> recorded.
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