November President’s Letter: Barcelona was a Success!

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!). It doesn’t matter what country we are from or what the native language is, you can walk around the conference and hear discussions on topics that you are familiar with. Attendees ask questions and the people around answer without having to spend half an hour explaining themselves. For example, someone in a room or passing by a conversation might have had a similar experience and offers suggestions. Being in such an open and inviting environment where you are networking with other DB2 users, vendors and representatives from the IBM lab opens is amazing. 

The Barcelona event had the largest attendance in years and the mood among the attendees was very upbeat with a lot of excitement around the IDUG 25th and IBM DB2’s 30th anniversaries, and the DB2 11 release party. I was surprised to see people already taking and passing the DB2 11 for z/OS certification exams – when the product was only announced a month ago! Everyone in attendance got a copy of the IDUG DB2 11 Technical White Paper and IBM had copies of their new DB2 11 book at the IBM booth, so check with your coworkers who were there and borrow a copy.

Of course for me, it is always a highlight to spend time with IDUG volunteers and get to thank them all in person. We also recognized the IDUG Merit award winners. These are the volunteers who are nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in helping the team and making the volunteer effort a more enjoyable experience for everyone. The IDUG Merit Award winners for 2013 are:

  • Neil Hoggard                        
  • Sven Lovrencic
  • Dan Luksetich
  • Cristian Molaro

Please join me in saluting these gentlemen and if you have some time and interest in joining them in supporting IDUG, please consider volunteering too!

This month, make sure to read “Five Things a DBA for z/OS Should Understand About “legacy migrations” Towards a Hibernate Solution” by IDUG Content Committee member, Kurt Struyf. Kurt outlines a great example of one if his customers that started moving award from traditional COBOL workload and started using framework development using Hibernate to access data. Check back at for additional articles throughout the month that cover legacy migrations!

With Best Regards,

Mark Labby
IDUG President


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