September 06, 2011

Headed Down Under for IDUG

I'll soon be headed to Melbourne, Australia, for an IDUG conference Sept. 14-16. In addition to the opportunity to visit a great city I've not seen before, I'm very excited because I get to present on a great topic: "DB2 10 for z/OS Tips and Tricks to Influence and Manage SQL Optimization." This presentation is full of advanced DB2 10 features available to manage and stabilize SQL access paths.

You may not be aware but IDUG has added the words "DB2 Tech Conference" to the conference name. The idea is to give greater visibility to its mission--providing highly technical sessions that can help DB2 pros be more productive in their jobs. Obviously it's a tough sale these days to get away from the busy office to attend any education and training function, but as a DB2 professional I know how beneficial events like this can be. I've not only gained knowledge from the many and varied technical sessions, I've also made many friends throughout the years who've helped me in my job on a regular basis. Employers need to understand that they routinely benefit from our networking.
This particular conference features some great speakers, including Susan Lawson, Phil Grainger, George Baklarz (IBM), John Cambell (IBM) and Terry Purcell (IBM). Session tracks are focused on DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for LUW, and mixed platform (topics that cross over z/OS and LUW).

And getting back to my original point on the benefits of education and training, IDUG provides a nice form letter which you can share with your manager.

For anyone in Australia who reads this blog, I'll also be giving a vendor presentation on the next generation of software for managing DB2 for z/OS. If you'll be attending IDUG in Melbourne, please stop by and say hello. I look forward to meeting you.