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March 31, 2009

A Certification for System Programmers

Over the years IBM has produced many certifications for database administrators and developers. However, certifications designed for system programmers have been lacking- until now. IBM recently released "Exam 737: DB2 9 System Administrator for z/OS."

As the name implies, this certification is for IT professionals who install DB2 on z/OS. Test objectives are:

Section 1 - Installation and Migration (15%)
Section 2 - Security and Auditing (7%)
Section 3 - System Operation and Maintenance (21.5%)
Section 4 - Backup and Recovery (20%)
Section 5 - Performance and Tuning (21.5%)
Section 6 - Troubleshooting (15%)

Juding by the response on the DB2-L list serve, Exam 737 is attracting a lot of interest. Some folks are asking if there's a book available to prepare for this test. I'm sure a condensed certification book will soon be published, but for now, the "DB2 Version 9.1 for z/OS Installation Guide" is probably your best resource when it comes to the installation and migration portion of the test. To learn more about DB2 operations, you'll also need the "DB2 Version 9.1 for z/OS Administration Guide."

It's really great to see IBM come out with a certification for DB2 systems programmers. This group of people plays a critical role in helping DB2 subsystems run smoothly.

I hasten to add that, with the job market the way it is today, certifications are more important than ever. Take the time to get certified. It may make the difference of getting that next job or not. For details, visit the IBM Professional Certification Program Web site.