The weeks are speeding by as we approach the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Phoenix. Personally, this event brings with it a lot of mixed feelings as it is time to see old friends but, will also end my year as IDUG’s president. The board of directors has just finished the process of interviewing and voting on the slate of directors for 2014-2015.
First, I want to thank all of the people who applied. IDUG was extremely fortunate in having several well-qualified candidates step forward and this made the selection process very difficult. We look forward to working with everyone to help the DB2 community moving forward.
As IDUG starts it’s second 25 years, the needs of the community are evolving and we continue changing to meet them. The board has chosen Mirna Kos and Robert Vargo for the 2014-2015 slate. They have been chairs of our EMEA and North American conferences respectively, and will bring their passion and skills to the task as we build our 2015 events as the best DB2 training on the market! The president-elect will be Anna Brodie. Anna brings tremendous enthusiasm for IDUG and management skills that will have IDUG in great hands.
Ratification of the board slate begins soon on the IDUG website, and will be announced at the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Phoenix at the Wednesday business meeting. Please take a few minutes to vote and support the work that these IDUG volunteers do for the community.
Speaking of Phoenix, take a look at the technical session agenda if you haven’t already for a taste of the high-quality education you will receive. In addition to IDUG Phoenix, IDUG also has three one-day seminars taking place in March and April in Bangalore, Chennai and London. I encourage you to enhance your IDUG education at these seminars as well!
IDUG Phoenix is one of many events we are excited about in 2014. Following IDUG Phoenix, we have the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Melbourne in September and the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Prague in November. The Conference Planning Committees for these events are working hard to put together comprehensive agendas which will provide the best in DB2 training, technical sessions and networking.
Don’t forget that between our three DB2 Tech Conferences and one-day seminars, we have plenty of online opportunities to stay connected. This month, check out Kurt Struyf’s article, DB2 11 Performance Expectations. After you read it, share your thoughts and personal experiences with DB2 for z/OS database performance in the comments section.
With Best Regards,