Wednesday, April 20, 2016

IDUG is Coming to the Lone Star State

The weather is improving, Spring has sprung and that means it is, once again, time to start planning your trip to this year's IDUG North American DB2 Tech Conference. This year it is being held in Austin, TX at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. This is a very nice area and the hotel is great – I’ve stayed there numerous times in the past.

If you’ve ever attended an IDUG conference before then you know all about the fantastic educational and entertainment opportunities that IDUG offers. Of course there will be a ton of informative technical sessions on all of the latest and greatest DB2 technologies and features. The presentations vary in length from an hour to a half day to complete full day training sessions. 

And if you are looking to learn something completely new, but data-related, this year there is even a special opportunity to learn about Spark technology on Wednesday.

But IDUG is not just a bunch of presentations… it is so much more. There are countless networking opportunities to meet and talk with your peers, IBM developers, and industry consultants. And let’s not forget about the vendor exhibit hall where you can talk to the ISVs and learn all the about software and tools that can help you get the most out of DB2... not to mention picking up a few tchotchkes and mementos.

Additionally, there are Special Interest Groups (where you can discuss the latest industry trends and topics with other interested technicians), Hands-On Labs (delivering working training led by IBM), and the opportunity to take complementary IBM certification exams.

I’ll be there, too. So if you're going to IDUG be sure to find me and say “Hello.” I'll be delivering talking about the changing state of DB2 for z/OS in my session: It’s Not Your Daddy’s DB2! And I’ll also be talking at the VSPs this year… 2 of them. I'll be co-presenting with SEG on DB2 auditing and also on managing DB2 incompatibilities. So be sure to attend these informative sessions!

I am also planning to present at a special evening meeting being held by DKL. I’ll talk about SQL quality assurance and performance… but there will also be libations and snacks, too. So hunt us down on Tuesday night… stop by the DKL booth for an invitation.

The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference is the place to be to learn all about DB2 from IBMers, gold consultants, IBM champions, end users, and more. With all of this great stuff going on in Austin this May, why wouldn't you want to be there!?!?

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