IBM Information Management Certs

Best Database Certifications for 2014

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 Information Management.

By itself, this category includes nearly 50 different credentials that cover platforms such as DB2, Informix, InfoSphere, and WebSphere. 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.

With somewhere between 15 and 20 percent of the worldwide database market, IBM is all over the place in this technology niche. The company gains considerable leverage, however, from its status as the marketshare leader in applications infrastructure and middleware, with a marketshare in that arena of over 30 percent (which Gartner lists as "nearly double" its nearest competitor). This makes an investment in IBM certification a pretty safe bet.

Table 4: IBM Information Management Certifications

Certification Name

See the IBM Information Management certifications page (too many to list here).

Required Courses

Some certificationss have prerequisites. Courses are available but not required. See the Test Preparation tab for each exam for more details.

Number of Exams

Most IBM database certifications require two exams. Most exams are 90 minutes long, include 60-70 questions, and have a cut score between 60 and 70 percent; details vary slightly.

Cost per Exam

$200 USD (or local currency equivalent) for each exam.


Self-Study Materials

The 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.