Hi, fans.  This is my first post in my blog on this site.

I'm Phil Sevetson; I've been a DB2 z/OS (and predecessors) DBA for twenty years; I'm a DB2 Information Champion; I'm certified in DB2 UDB for z/OS v7 and v8 (but not v9, which is one of the subjects of this post).

Current Situation:  I'm currently working as a DB2 z/OS DBA in a pretty good consulting position.  However, ideally, I'd like to find a full-time permanent position in a multi-DBMS shop. (Paid vacation and paid sick time have a certain appeal, and I'm worried about the long-term size of the DB2 z/OS DBA job market.)  As a mainly z/OS DBA with "light" experience in other DBMSes, I'm finding that people aren't interested in hiring me (unless I take a substantial pay cut).  So, I'm thinking, if I can get certifications in UDB database administration and advanced database administration to go with an updated z/OS certification, I should look more attractive.

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I'm an inveterate book-rat (That's a pack rat who focuses on books.  Like the term?  I think I just made it up).  You name it, if it's a technical topic I've ever been interested in, I've got books on it.  My enthusiasm for actually _reading_ all these books tends to come and go, however. 

This week I'm on a kick to read the UDB stuff in my library -- four dead-tree documents, soon to be five:

Understanding DB2(R): Learning Visually by Example (

Understanding DB2 9 Security (

DB2(R) SQL PL: Essential Guide for DB2(R) UDB on Linux(TM), UNIX(R), Windows(TM), i5/OS(TM), and z/OS(R) (

DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide ( -- W00t! Available in Kindle, and presumably other e-formats!  (Too bad I didn't have a Kindle when I bought it.  Rats.)

...and soon to arrive (and recommended by the excellent Rebecca Bond, DB2 Security Expert and IBM Information Champion, found at ),
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Guide (

Finally, my digitally-stored library includes one PDF (online and free): DB2 Express-C, (

Frankly, I don't think there's any way I'll get through even _one_ of these books in a week, 'cause they're _all_ technically dense.  So I'm starting this weekend with Learning Visually By Example (the top title), and then on Monday, when the LUW certification guide arrives, planning to switch to that.  For a test platform, I'm going to re-download DB2 Express-C from ChannelDB2 (

Side topic; as a Kindle owner, I find it frustrating and frankly stupid that IBM Press and MC Press (the publishers of the Sanders and Yevich-Lawson DB2 Certification Guides) have seen fit not to make ebooks of (most of) their current versions available.

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As my friend Willie Favero says, that's all for now.   If you read this and find it at all interesting, please comment back -- I'd like to know whether anyone is reading, particularly; then I'd like to know if anyone has critique of the idea of reading as a substitute for classroom training and/or additional experience.  Your thoughts? Suggestions on further reading?


--Phil Sevetson

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Comment by JB Chakrapani on April 25, 2011 at 10:59am

Hi Phil,

Looks you are going about it the right way. But perhaps you can combine both the db2 luw certifcation along with the db2 express c so you can apply what you learnt. I have found that the certifcations really give the bird's eyeview of the whole product which is what we really need.

Rebecca Bond is an excellent source for db2 security!

Goodluck with your learning!

Comment by Sarbjit Singh Gill on April 22, 2011 at 4:22pm

I am from Toronto. Don't know DB2-L, but I will add you to LinkedIn,



Comment by Phil Sevetson on April 22, 2011 at 4:00pm
Sarbjit, where are you located?  I'm outside the New York metro area.  If you're nearby, we could meet and talk over lunch.  Also, are you currently a member of DB2-L, and of LinkedIn?
Comment by Sarbjit Singh Gill on April 22, 2011 at 3:36pm

Same here. Please let me know if I can extend a hand. BTW I am currently laid off. Had 5 interviews; they want "Master off all". God bless them.


Thanks for sharing your DBMS interests.



Comment by Willie on April 22, 2011 at 1:08pm

Looks good.. and looks like you have a lot of reading ahead of you.

Good luck... (smile)

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