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    April President’s Letter: DBA's are HAPPY!
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: March 28, 2014, 1:15 pm

    You may be surprised that Forbes magazine ranks Database Administrators as the ‘happiest’ job for 2014!
    The article says the job has become more popular as DBAs’ roles have changed, with technology moving to the center of what many businesses do and a key driver of success. But we always knew that!

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    March President’s Letter: 2014-2015 board slate announced!
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: March 6, 2014, 2:27 pm

    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.

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    Keywords: Announcements | Volunteer |

    February President’s Letter: The DB2 Community Stays Active!
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: February 3, 2014, 1:39 pm

    IDUG and DB2's Got Talent contest are looking for members of the DB2 LUW and z/OS user communities to share their experiences with others - which is exactly the spirit of IDUG!

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    Keywords: Announcements | idug | Contest | DB2 11 for z/OS | DB2 Tech Talk | Prague |

    January President’s Letter: Different Backgrounds, The Same Language
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: January 6, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Happy New Year! In addition to my holiday traditions, I also have a January tradition: lunch at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.  I'm not a farmer or associated with agriculture but it's a nice change of pace.

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    December President’s Letter: IDUG Year in Review: 2013
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: December 4, 2013, 10:59 am

    As 2013 comes to a close, I must pause a moment to reflect on the great successes I have seen over the past year. It has been a quite a ride thanks to our members, dedicated volunteers and partners. Here’s a look back at highlights from our 25th anniversary year...

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    Philippines Support
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: November 12, 2013, 8:47 am

    We have all heard about Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hitting the Philippines, and now are seeing the images of the devastation that has taken place. On behalf of IDUG, we are sending our prayers and wishes to the families of the lost and support for the survivors and ask that you join us.

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    November President’s Letter: Barcelona was a Success!
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: November 5, 2013, 1:41 pm

    I’m writing this on my way back from the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Barcelona where it was great catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Time spent with other DBAs is different than with anyone one else (you non-DBAs, please keep your comments to yourselves!).

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    Keywords: Announcements | Barcelona | Legacy Migrations |

    October President’s Letter: DB2 11 is released, and IDUG is here for you!
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: October 7, 2013, 12:25 pm

    IDUG's 25th anniversary year brings us a new release of DB2 – DB2 11 was just officially announced and IDUG was ready.  We have had several people working on the IDUG DB2 11 for z/OS Technical White Paper that takes a deep dive (almost 100 pages!) into the product and highlights several...

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    September eBulletin: So many choices, so much to learn!
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: September 3, 2013, 1:35 pm

    September already!  I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer and is ready to get back to work. I can say that the IDUG Conference Planning Committees have been working very hard all summer* and are ready with IDUG DB2 Tech Conferences in Melbourne 11-13 September and Barcelona 13-18 October.

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    August eBulletin: IDUG Updates
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: August 8, 2013, 7:54 am

    Wow – this has been one of the busiest months in IDUG history! Where do I start…First, IDUG has formed an agreement with IBM to join the IBM Customer Advisory Councils (CAC) for DB2 LUW and z/OS. I am pleased to act as our first Participant Representative.

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    July eBulletin: Share the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference Experience
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: July 1, 2013, 3:25 pm

    Dear IDUG Membership,This month, I want to discuss a newer part of the IDUG experience that I am very proud of. A few years ago, IDUG started a program to help newer DB2 professionals receive training and make professional contacts through IDUG.

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    June eBulletin: It's Personal
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: June 4, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Dear IDUG Membership,I knew when I became president of IDUG I would write a short message to you each month, but I planned to remove that photo we use for the eBulletin.  As an introvert, one of the last things I wanted was to have my photo going out each month.

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    Keywords: Announcements | community | IBM | IDUG | IDUG DB2 Tech Channel | IDUG Tech Conference | Personalize | User Experience |

    May eBulletin: A Welcome From the New IDUG President, Mark Labby
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Mark Labby | Released: May 8, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Dear IDUG Membership,  I am honored to serve you as President and look forward to the coming year. We are well underway in IDUG’s 25th anniversary year, a time to reflect on our past successes and look to the next 25 years of success.

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    April eBulletin: Volunteers Are Essential to IDUG...
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: April 1, 2013, 8:47 am

    Dear IDUG Membership,What a busy month! There’s a saying about weather’s transition to spring that you may know: “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb.” In IDUG terms, March came in like a Lion and went out like a Lion, and there is no slowing down in April!

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    March eBulletin - User-Focused Technical Content in Orlando
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: March 5, 2013, 1:56 pm

    Dear IDUG Membership,Last month I talked about how excited I am about the upcoming IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando and the fact that it will kick off IDUG’s 25th Anniversary. Well, the excitement continues to build! I haven’t been this excited about an IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in years!

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    Keywords: Announcements | DB2 | Migration |

    February eBulletin - Reminisce About the Past and Look to the Future of DB2
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: February 1, 2013, 1:06 pm

    It’s hard to believe that I only have three months remaining in my term as IDUG President…  it seems like yesterday the baton was being handed over! BUT it’s not time to take the foot off the pedal!

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    January eBulletin - DB2 ‘Thought Leadership’ at Your Fingertips!
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: January 4, 2013, 9:13 am

    Dear IDUG Membership, Let me start by wishing you all a happy and healthy 2013! What a year we have in store for you … there has never been a better time to be an IDUG member

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    December eBulletin - Berlin Conference is a Success
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: November 27, 2012, 1:38 pm

    Dear IDUG Membership,
    All good things come to an end … or so the saying goes. Well, IDUG 2012 events concluded with the 2012 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Berlin, Germany - and it ended with a bang!  What a great conference!

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    October eBulletin - DB2 11 for z/OS ESP (Early Support Code )
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: October 31, 2012, 10:32 am

    Dear IDUG Membership,
    What a month! October was a very busy month for IDUG as were gearing up for the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Berlin. It was also a busy month for IBM’s Information Management division with two key announcements of interest to the DB2 community.

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    October President's Note
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: October 2, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Dear IDUG Membership,
    I am just back from one of the best vacations I have had in many years, where I enjoyed two wonderful weeks of rest and relaxation with no access to internet/Wi-Fi or cell phone. It was an old fashioned vacation - just the way vacations should be!


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    September President's Message - Attend IDUG Events for Technical Content and Networking
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: August 29, 2012, 8:07 am

    Dear IDUG Membership,
    It is hard to believe another month has gone by! With September already here, this means that we are gearing up for two of our main annual events. This is where IDUG excels. There are no better DB2 education and networking opportunities than at IDUG events.

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    August President's Message
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: July 30, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Dear IDUG Membership,
    I hope you are having a great Summer (tolerable Winter for our Southern Hemisphere members)!  In many parts of North America, we are starving for rain as we are experiencing the worst drought in years, while our friends in Ireland, and other parts of Europe...

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    July eBulletin - Performance
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: June 25, 2012, 11:36 am

    Dear IDUG Membership, The theme of this eBulletin is PERFORMANCE - a subject close to my heart.  I have been doing Application Performance and Capacity for over 25 years. I love my job and there is never a dull moment (and often it's just proving that it is NOT a DB2 problem!).

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    A Welcome From the New IDUG President, Joe Borges
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Joe Borges | Released: June 4, 2012, 11:02 am

    Dear IDUG Membership,
    It is an honour to serve you as President, a task that I am very much looking forward to. I want to start by thanking each of you for your participation in our DB2 community.  A special thank you to the many dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours supporting...

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    May President's Blog
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Jeremy Dodd | Released: April 27, 2012, 9:24 am

    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 ses

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    April 2012 President's Message
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Jeremy Dodd | Released: April 3, 2012, 2:03 pm

    IThis is a very exciting time for me to be writing this message. You will, no doubt, have seen the announcement from IBM for DB2 10 on LUW. There are some great features available in this release and I am sure many of you are looking forward to using this new product. At the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference

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    Keywords: idug | DB2 10 for LUW | Denver | IDUG | IDUG Conferences | president | Technology |

    March 2012 President's Message
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Jeremy Dodd | Released: February 28, 2012, 3:59 pm

    This month IDUG is looking at a topic close to many of your hearts - DB2 for z/OS migration. As the DB2 for z/OS V8 EOS date approaches, it is a key driver to migrating to either DB2 9 or DB 10. It's always interesting to discuss with management which release is the best fit for your organization. D

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    January 2012 President's Message
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Jeremy Dodd | Released: January 31, 2012, 11:31 am

    A belated happy new year to you all. I am very excited about the forthcoming year for IDUG. We have three great conferences taking place in Denver, Colorado, USA, Sydney, Australia and Berlin, Germany.

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    December 2011 President's Message
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Jeremy Dodd | Released: December 28, 2011, 9:45 am

    Writing this entry on Christmas Eve, it seems appropriate to take a look back at the year.  Yet it feels strange to do so as I am half way through my term as IDUG President and will be writing my May entry looking back at my year as President as well.


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    November 2011 President's Message
    Blog: President's Blog | By: Jeremy Dodd | Released: November 29, 2011, 11:22 am

    There was great education at the 2011 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. The week started with a fantastic keynote from Curt Cotner and Namik Hrle. It really got me thinking about some changes we can expect to see in the future.

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