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IBM Information Management Certs

Best Database Certifications For 2016

IBM has a long-standing and well-populated IT certification program. It's been around for over 30 years and encompasses over 500 individual credentials. One of the company's major certification categories is called IBM Analytics for the Information Management portfolio.

By itself, this category includes nearly 40 different credentials that cover platforms such as DB2, Informix, InfoSphere and WebSphere, along with dynamic data warehousing, business intelligence, IMS, information platform solutions, Optim and Guardium, and PureData. The range of database credentials offered includes Database Associate, Database Administrator, Advanced Database Administrator, Solutions Developer, Solutions Expert and more. It's a big complex certification space, but one where particular platform allegiances are likely to guide readers straight to the handful of items that are probably relevant to their interests and needs.

While IBM ranks No. 3 in the worldwide database market (Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, 10/16/2014), the company gains even more leverage from its status as the market share leader in applications infrastructure and middleware. Its market share in that arena is about 30 percent, which is more than double its nearest competitor. This makes an investment in IBM certification a pretty safe bet.

Table 5: IBM Information Management Certification Facts & Figures

Certification NameSee IBM Analytics for the Information Management­­­ portfolio certifications (many certs)
Prerequisites & Required CoursesVaries by certification
Courses available but not required
Visit the individual test preparation tab for each exam for details
Number of ExamsOne to two exams depending on certification; most exams are 90 minutes long,  60-70 questions and have a cut score between 60 and 70 percent
Cost per Exam$200 USD (or local currency equivalent) per exam; test price reduced in lower economic countries
Self-Study MaterialsThe IBM Information Management certifications have associated books, practice tests, and Web resources. Go to the certification page, click the exam title and then click the Test Preparation tab for detailed information on study materials for each exam.