I recently returned from the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Melbourne, Australia. This was the first time I had been to Australia, so it was a great opportunity to meet the community. The volunteer team, led by Anna Brodie, did a fantastic job putting together a great week of DB2 technical training and education. I would try to highlight certain parts of the conference as standing out, but it was such a great week all round that this would be too difficult. It was great to meet old and new friends and I recommend the conference to everyone in the region. Can you believe the team has already started planning next year’s event? Stay tuned to the IDUG Web site for more details such as the 2012 date and location, which will be coming soon. On a personal note, as a sports fan, it was fantastic to visit the Australian National Sports Museum and to watch a play-off game of Aussie Rules football.
The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, November 13 -18, 2011, is quickly approaching. Looking at the agenda, there are some fantastic educational opportunities throughout the week. This is not surprising given the great team of volunteers supporting the event. Visit www.idug.org to get detailed information on the educational opportunities available and to register. Early bird registration ends 17 October – so register soon to take advantage of the discount. I look forward to meeting my many IDUG friends that week, and to making more.
Writing this as President, having picked out two great volunteer teams, makes me feel so humble. IDUG would not be where it is without the commitment shown by our volunteers. Thank you to you all. This includes the speakers, without whom we would not have events. One speaker, from the U.S., flew to Australia to present and only spent two days in the country before returning home for a cousin’s wedding. When I see such commitment, I know IDUG has a great future. Join us at a DB2 Tech Conference soon and meet the fantastic people behind the events.