IDUG coming to the Pennsylvania!

Mark Labby

IDUG coming to the Pennsylvania!
I know that many of you have been waiting for years for IDUG to come to the northeast. As I hope you're aware, we are going to have our North American conference right down the turnpike in Valley Forge this May!

This year there are a few changes that greatly enhance the conference. Just to note a few of these changes:

The event will be 5 day, starting on MONDAY May 4th. This is a change, so please make note that it is not starting on Tuesday as in past years.
IDUG is looking to provide multi day passes for those of you who cannot get away all week. (But at with everything going on it will be a very busy week!)
Full day education classes are now included (there is a nominal materials charge of $50).
Monday will have DB2 certification crammer classes included so you can get ready for the exams as well as the opening and other sessions.
DB2 11 for z/OS System Administrator Crammer Class for Certification Exam #317 <http://www.idug.org/e/in/eid=47&req=info&s=2214&all=1>
DB2 11 for z/OS DBA Certification Crammer Course <http://www.idug.org/e/in/eid=47&req=info&s=2215&all=1>
DB2 10.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Upgrade Certification Exam (Exam 311) Preparation <http://www.idug.org/e/in/eid=47&req=info&s=2216&all=1>
DB2 certification exams are free for conference attendees.
There are special sessions on Tuesday aimed at Developers who work with DB2.
On Wednesday there is a complimentary Advanced SQL Coding and Performance class being taught by Dan Luksetich. This will make a perfect complimentary class for developers buying a 2 day pass!!
IBM will be running a series of complimentary hands on labs all week.
With the free crammer classes and certification testing, in addition to the 100+ user and IBM seminars, attendees can get their IBM DB2 certifications while here to show their value to employers. We know some people need full or half day classes to learn best, while others enjoy the breadth of sessions IDUG is known for. This year, attendees get to build the training event that best fits their needs!
For many of you, this may be your first chance to get to the national event so I’d suggest checking with your RUG, IBM Champions, and long time IDUG attendees to see if you can find an IDUG Mentor. That could help you you can get 80% off the conference fee - a full week of training for $400! This is obviously a special offer for first time attendees, so it is well worth looking for that mentor! (I am already committed to someone).

If they need more information on the event, www.idug.org/NA <http://www.idug.org/NA> should be up to date with information. www.idug.org/mentor <http://www.idug.org/mentor> will explain how you qualified for this special offer.

Please spread the word about the event, we expect a fairly large contingent from the Central PA, Philly, NYC, DC, area since travel times and costs will never be lower!

Regards,
Mark