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My company is IBM partner - Any benefit for IBM certifications?

 
Vikrama Sanjeeva
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Hi,

My company is IBM Partner. What benefit we can get for IBM certification? For example,

1: Voucher fee
2: Any CBT/Material/ special sessions for preparation?


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Viki.
[ October 19, 2004: Message edited by: Vikrama Sanjeeva ]
 
Axel Janssen
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Hi Viki,

there might be a person in your company, who knows very well about this ibm programs. If its a small company this person is the boss.

At least here in Germany there is a bag of complicated and changing programs offered by IBM. Access to programs depends also from your specific business partner status, though a lot of bigger-than-3-freelancers organizations do have premium status.

I know the following:
- business partner section on ibm.com website: you can get a special identity (name/password) to download software from IBM. I do still hate the interface and the process to set up your id is quite complicated (has to be linked to id of your company).
- you pass we pay program. As name says, IBM pays if you pass the certification, though there is a per-company-limit. If you don't pass IBM does not pay.
- there are training sessions (1,2,3 days) anounced by IBM per email in some IBM training centers. Personally I don't learn too much from classroom training. In my new job (13 month), I haven't been to one. Latedly some collegues attended a session about Eclipse RCP. At the end of my old job visiting those sessions were one of my favourite hobbies.

Advice: Ask if someone of your comp is expert in IBM partner programs. If not, discuss the thing with your management.

Axel
 
Vikrama Sanjeeva
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Hi,
Thanks Axel for your feedback. This is small company, so BOSS knows all .
Now for IBM certifications, if you know, then IBM recommend either of two approaches for preparation.

1: Self-Study approach
2: Tutor Approach

Number 1 is free (as it is Self Study). Whereas number 2 is NOT free. I have two questions for number 2.

1: How much Tutor Approach is effective in preparing? Does it really helps the candidate to prepare IBM cert?

2: The cost for one course (IBM 340 exam, Course code WF387 ) in Tutor Approach is USD $1,585 and they says it public price. Does it mean there is any Partner Price which must be less than OR equal to USD $1,585 ?

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Bye,
Viki.
[ October 20, 2004: Message edited by: Vikrama Sanjeeva ]
 
Phil Rhodes
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I currently for for an IBM Business Partner, and have attended some IBM training, so I'll throw in what info I have...

I believe there are some discounts or special programs for Business Partners to send their employees for IBM training. Somebody already mentioned the "You pass / we pay" program, which is an example. However, I believe IBM changes their programs and entitlements fairly frequently... so if you want to find out for sure what the current scoop is, you're going to have to talk to whomever in your company is the "ibm contact" or whatever. That is, the person who gets the paperwork and stuff from the IBM partner program, and handles partner relations.

If you're interested in lots of IBM classes, look into the "IBM Education Card" program. It's a deal where you get a card for some $$$ amount (like, say $5,000 ) and that card lets you attend as many IBM training classes as you want, for one year. If you could convince $BOSS to purchase you one of those, that would be the ultimate hookup in terms of going to IBM's classes.

Also, FWIW, I found the couple of IBM classes I attended, to be fairly informative. The last one was a WebSphere Voice Server / VoiceXML class, and I learned a lot from that. Your Mileage May Vary of course.
 
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