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June 02, 2009

Redbook Residencies: Share Your Expertise

One thing I love about blogging on DB2 is that it keeps me in research mode. Anything I mention here comes from at least a bit of research. And in the process of doing research for this blog, I've discovered a lot of good information in IBM Redbooks.

While you may think that IBM developers write these publications, they are in fact the product of residencies. A residency is a multiweek effort where small teams explore and document product implementation, integration and operations.

And you may assume that these teams consist strictly of IBMers, they don't. You may not realize it, but you could be the next person to help IBM research and produce a Redbooks publication that will help others implement one of your solutions.

For example, are you working as a DBA with DB2 for z/OS? Perhaps you want to learn what's changed with the DB2 utilities since Version 7 and come up with some best practices on implementing and taking advantage of DB2 for z/OS 9 features. If so, you may want to look into IBM's "DB2 9 for z/OS: The Utilities Suite" residency. For this residency, you'd spend six weeks at IBM's San Jose, Calif., facility. To me participating in a residency is a win-win for any individual--and any employer. You're exposed to new technology and you build relationships with other experts in the industry. This knowledge and these friendships can help you and your company in many ways.

Learn more about IBM Redbook residencies here.