November 23, 2010

IDUG EMEA Features Experts and Great Sessions

I just returned home from IDUG EMEA 2010 in Vienna, Austria. I have to say this was one of the best IDUG conferences I've attended. The attendance was up from the previous few years and people seemed to be more upbeat about the economy and jobs.

I attended the DB2 Experts panel, which is one of my favorite sessions. Panelists and audience members alike asked some great questions. One I really liked was directed at IBM: "Since Universal Table Spaces (UTS) are the future and you will be deprecating segmented table spaces, how are you going to support large shops that have to put hundreds of tables in a table space to avoid reaching the limit of 100,000 open datasets?"

I'll repeat what was said at the conference: IBM is addressing this issue and will not drop support of segmented table spaces until there's a UTS solution.

I was also a guest on the DB2 Tools experts panel. Most of the audience questions were about Data Studio and which of its individual features would remain free of charge. A question was asked about the future interaction module of tools for the next generation of DB2 database managers. One company is building a mouse interface on top of the 3270 emulator so you don't have to use the keyboard. A few people mentioned this would not really help those who are used to a GUI interface, because they'd still need to learn TSO, JCL and all of the other z/OS components. Another vendor mentioned it is building
the next generation browser-based workspace to manage DB2. The audience agreed that this is the right approach for future z/OS management products. The audience also felt that developer IDE tools are better delivered as Eclipse-based fat clients over a thin client Web browser.

I've often noted the high quality of education available at IDUG conferences, and this was no exception. Naturally, there were presentations on DB2 10, including Roger Miller's overview and John Tobler's DB2 10 performance preview.

The new SQL and XML track had some good sessions for developers, including "Major Locking Issues with New SQL" by Bonnie Backer and "Top 25 Tuning Tips for DB2 SQL Application Developers" by Tony Andrews. And I was pleased to see a standing-room only crowd for my presentation on XML development with COBOL. It's obvious that some companies out there are using COBOL and XML.

As always, IDUG was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. I also got a chance to sample some delicious Austrian food that was provided over lunch and dinner.

The next IDUG conference is May 2-6, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif. For the price you cannot beat the education experience and the networking opportunity.