This is an exciting year for the DB2 community. Not only does 2013 mark 30 years of DB2, it's the 25th anniversary of IDUG. Both will be celebrated at the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference, which is April 29 to May 3 in Orlando, Fla.
Here are a few things I'm looking forward to at IDUG:
* If you've never attended a John Campbell presentation, I highly recommend making the effort. Those involved with designing applications or databases will definitely want to hear John present application best practices and recommendations specific to DB2 for z/OS data sharing. John will discuss various design techniques that can, among other things, help you get the most out of Parallel Sysplex or make it easier to conduct a system migration. He'll also talk about new application and database design choices as well as explain inserts and lock avoidance.
* With big data such a hot topic these days, it will be interesting to hear about a real life big data project. John Paulsen from John Deere will share his company's experiences in redesigning a mission-critical application to provide greater availability and scalability. He'll also talk about some of the gotchas -- such as the use of append -- that can sidetrack these kinds of projects.
* As always, many IDUG sessions are geared toward those who are new to DB2. The John Deere presentation I just mention is but one example. IDUG conferences are a great educational experience for any database pro who's getting started with DB2. In addition to hearing from experts, IDUG can help you network and build new friendships.
Finally, be sure to check out the logos commemorating the DB2 and IDUG anniversaries.
If you've attended previous IDUG conferences, please share your experiences in comments.