This blog is bitter sweet for me. Firstly, the sweet. This month is the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Denver, Colorado. There is wealth of education opportunities - regardless of whether you work on DB2 for z/OS or DB2 for LUW. These opportunities range from one day seminars to one hour technical sessions, special interest groups to spotlight sessions, vendor solution presentations to certification, and networking sessions to the expo. I certainly have had challenges on trying to piece my schedule together as I cannot be in more than one place at a time.
However, it is also a sad time. Assuming that you, the membership, vote for the new Board slate, I will be handing over the reins of IDUG to Joe Borges. However, I know full well that Joe will do a great job as IDUG President having spent many years working with him and sharing his fantastic company. It will also be a time to say farewell to Liz Moore who has been a fantastic servant to IDUG. I first worked with Liz on the Conference Planning Committee for EMEA. I have valued her contributions over the years, none more so than this year in her role as Immediate Past President.
If you want to join the fantastic team of volunteers, please take the opportunity in Denver to talk to us about the many opportunities that are available- due to the nature of the way we set up volunteering at IDUG, there are always opportunities for new people (for example on the 2013 Conference Planning Committees for the IDUG DB2 Tech Conferences). Of course, if you are not in Denver, you can contact us to find out about these opportunities.
I would like to thank all the volunteers for their efforts during this year.
Finally, it has been an honour and a privilege being your President over the last year. It's certainly a memory I will always treasure.