March eBulletin - User-Focused Technical Content in Orlando

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! This is one conference you will not want to miss.   

At last year’s IDUG Conferences, DB2 migration was a hot topic, especially migration to DB2 10 for z/OS. With DB2 for z/OS V8 ‘out of support’ and IBM’s announcement of DB2 9 for z/OS ‘end of service’ effective June 27, 2014, DB2 10 for z/OS is still a very hot topic. This is personally relevant, as my company is currently going through DB2 for z/OS V8 to DB2 10 for z/OS ‘skip’ migration. We have been at it for the better part of 15 months and are now down to our last two production systems. Our regression and performance testing has been more robust and thorough than any other previous migration. This is in part due to the fact that we are doing the ‘skip’ migration from DB2 for z/OS V8 to DB2 10 for z/OS. The irony is that DB2 for z/OS 10 has been the cleanest release ever for us! Our diligence counts for some of this, but the DB2 10 for z/OS code has been rock solid!  Kudos to IBM. The relevant information, especially the USER experiences, we gained from the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference migration sessions we attended last year have been invaluable. This information is available to all our members on the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference Presentation Archive page.

When reviewing the sessions for the upcoming IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando, I couldn’t help notice the shift from last year’s migration topics to DB2 10 for z/OS exploitation topics this year! No doubt, you will hear plenty about DB2 11 for z/OS. On the DB2 for LUW front, there are some exciting topics on the agenda… I get the sense that something big is going on. Have a peak at the agenda for the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando and see for yourself. This year there are also plenty of topics on emerging technologies such as Big Data, Business Analytics, noSQL, etc. … these are some of the areas that I mentioned a while back that IDUG was focusing in on Like I keep saying, if it’s relevant to DB2, and relevant to YOU, then it’s relevant to IDUG.

This month, our featured technical article is “Migrating to DB2,” and it’s a beauty! Luc Vandale certainly didn’t hold back on this one… there is nothing ‘Light’ about it (you will have to read the article to get the gist of this!). Thanks to Luc for an excellent article. Providing you with real life, user-focused technical content is an area that IDUG is honing in on as your DB2 resource.

Want more content? Check out the line-up on the IDUG DB2 Tech Channel starting with “Real-World Data Warehousing for Tech Pros: What’s Current, Where’s It Going?” on March 28. Click here to learn more.

As always, stay connected to IDUG… make your gateway to the worldwide DB2 Community and in-depth technical information.

With Best Regards,

Joe Borges
IDUG President

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