Back to School

By Thanikachalam "Billy" Sundarrajan posted Sep 01, 2019 01:02 PM


Back to School

September 2019

It is the end of August—back-to-school season here in the US. Two years ago, I decided to go back to school to get my second master’s degree. I am through the first year and getting ready to go back to school for the second and final year. As I prepare myself for the year ahead, I realize that going back to school and IDUG have a lot in common. Going back to school for education has brought me interesting opportunities and challenges. I learned new concepts and techniques, reinforced concepts that I knew, learned from my cohorts, and had an opportunity to share my experiences. Likewise, IDUG is the place to go to get quality education in Db2. Whether you are a newbie learning Db2, an application developer wanting to get answers to your questions on connectivity to Db2, a Db2 DBA manager planning for an upcoming migration, a seasoned DBA looking to learn what’s new in Db2 11.5, or you’re willing to exchange ideas in Db2-L, IDUG is the place to go. I hope the back-to-school season inspires you to engage even more with your IDUG community.

The one-day IDUG events in Mexico City, and Sao Paulo this August were a great success. We had over 100 people attend the event in Sao Paulo. IDUG was able to deliver a number of presentations in Portuguese, the national language of Brazil. The events were packed with top-notch educational sessions, featuring speakers such as Mo Townsend and Adrian Burke (IBM), and Javier Benavides and Rodolfo Custodio (Broadcom). I want to take the time to thank Bob Vargo, the president-elect of IDUG, who spent countless hours working on the logistics to make these events a success.

IDUG volunteers are busy preparing for two upcoming events at the IBM labs. The IDUG Data Tech Summit (Db2 for z/OS) will be held October 2-4 in San Jose, and the IDUG Data Tech Summit (Db2 LUW) will be held in Toronto, Canada September 23-24. These events offer a unique opportunity to meet key architects and developers and get an insight into the future trends and directions. The early bird registration is still available, and I strongly encourage you to attend one of these events.

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the volunteer team is busy working on the IDUG Australia events. Be sure to check out the conference pages for IDUG Australia in Canberra and Melbourne in September, and make your plans to attend one of these fantastic events. 

We’re also looking ahead to the five-day IDUG Db2 Tech Conference in Rotterdam this October. This event attracts so many industry experts, and it’s a great chance to learn and connect. Register by September 9 to take advantage of the early bird savings.

IDUG is co-sponsoring a virtual Db2 Master Class hackathon with IBM. The hackathon will be held October 11-13, 2019, and prizes will be announced during the IDUG EMEA conference in Rotterdam. You can find more details about the hackathon here.

IDUG is always looking for volunteers to help us out. No matter how large or small a time commitment, your help is always welcome and appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering, check out our current call for volunteers.

Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions or suggestions. Until next time, I encourage you to go through and check out the valuable content. As always, I can be reached at