November 2011 President's Message

There was great education at the 2011 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. The week started with a fantastic keynote from Curt Cotner and Namik Hrle. It really got me thinking about some changes we can expect to see in the future. Once again, I was impressed by the level of information being divulged during the technical sessions. IDUG conferences are a really great opportunity to get significant amounts of information on a wide range of topics and to be able to ask the speakers questions to gain more detail. I received many comments that these 'corridor' conversations are critical to people's education and that this cannot be found at events outside of IDUG. It is worth noting that the conference, in some respects, now starts on a Sunday and there are the one-day seminars on Friday for those with the appetite to drill down in more detail on any topic.

Of course, the conference is not just about sitting in sessions and learning. It is also about the networking - with friends old and new. It is great to see people again - often people I only meet at conferences for it is the people that make IDUG great. The conference planning committee did a great job. Thank you to them as we couldn't deliver great education and networking without their support and dedication. Also, thank you to those of you who attended the conference. It was great to see you all there and I hope to see you all in Berlin next year!

Fortunately for me, I managed to tag a day on at the end of the conference to see Prague with my wife and enjoy dinner with some close friends. It was a fantastic end to a great week and I am looking forward to future conferences with the same caliber of experiences.

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