August eBulletin: IDUG Updates

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. This is a tremendous opportunity for IDUG to provide direct input on IBM products as well as streamline the process by which IDUG can select individuals to represent the organization to IBM. It is an excellent example of the close relationship that IDUG and IBM have forged to benefit the DB2 user community.

Second, the IDUG editorial team has been working with the DB2 11 for z/OS Early Support Program to write a technical whitepaper on the new release when it goes GA. In the months leading up to the release, we will feature preview articles from some of our technical experts. I just read the first set of them and they have done a fantastic job, so I know you will enjoy them.

Third, Sheryl Larsen has been working with IDUG to make her Advanced SQL training materials available to IDUG members. For anyone who has heard Sheryl speak at a conference or attend one of her training sessions, you know how valuable that material will be to learning more about SQL Performance. The material will be on the website soon!

Fourth, Dan Luksetich’s "DB2 SQL – There are No Limits” is our feature content this month. Dan makes a good case highlighting the power and flexibility of SQL as a programming language itself. 

Finally, in the interest of full transparency, a personal note. After a long career with my employer, I decided it was time to take a break. The IDUG bylaws require that I inform the Board of Directors of the change in my employment and tender my resignation. I am pleased to note that the Board found no conflict with my current employment situation and did not accept my resignation.  So, I will continue serving as IDUG president and look forward to working with, and meeting more of you, over the next year.

IDUG’s committees and the Board of Directors are here to support you and your organization by providing the highest quality education and services designed to promote the effective utilization of DB2.
With Best Regards,
Mark Labby
IDUG President

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