Friday, March 06, 2009

Attend the 2009 IDUG North American Conference (at a Discount)

Today's blog post is just a friendly reminder to the DB2 community that the North American IDUG conference is fast approaching. This year's event will be held in Denver, CO from Tuesday May 12, 2009 through Friday, May 15th. And if you act quickly you can attend at a discounted rate using the early bird registration discount coupon valid through March 27th).

And don't forget those day long seminars that IDUG holds before the regular conference. Instead of being on a Sunday, the seminars will be on the Monday before the conference this year! The
Monday-Friday schedule is a departure from previous IDUG conferences, and was done to reduce or even eliminate the need for weekend travel.

IDUG is one of the best places to advance your DB2 knowledge. This year's conference boasts over 120 hours of technical material to be presented by a mix of real-world DB2 users, third-party vendors, DB2 Gold Consultants, IBM Fellows, IBM Distinguished Engineers, IBM Vice Presidents, and dozens of the most sought-after DB2 speakers in the world.

I will be delivering two presentations at this year's IDUG:
  • DB2 9: For Developers Only - Wed, 5/13/09 at 1:30 PM
  • Counting Down the DB2 Performance Top 40 - Fri, 5/15/09 at 9:00 AM
I will also be participating in the Data Privacy, Security and Audit Compliance special Interest Group (SIG), one of the many SIGs that will be conducted at IDUG.

Attendees will have ample time to meet informally between sessions, or as part of SIGs, discussion panels, or the Thursday night "dine-around" with some of IDUG's most popular presenters. And if you are thinking about getting certified, IDUG is the place to do that! Throughout the conference, IBM will waive the $200 certification test fee for all attendees, with no limit on the number of tests each attendee can take. IBM will offer 40 different certification tests that cover DB2, InfoSphere, U2, Content Management, DataStage, and other IBM Information Management products.

Seriously, you don't want to miss out on all of the wonderful learning and networking opportunities that IDUG offers DB2 professionals. Take the time to check out the IDUG conference details on the web and work on getting your management's approval for this great educational event.

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