Are you also rushing to get projects finished by the end of the year? I hope you still can find a minute to read about our last month’s achievements and have a sneak preview into next year.  

IBM/IDUG Data Tech Summit at SVL

Last week we had our joint IBM/IDUG DTS event at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. I’m happy to say that it was very well attended; in fact, we were at the maximum number of people that the labs security wise can receive for an event. Although our agenda was mainly focused on technical content, multiple attendees requested to be able to talk to lab directors, Fellows and Distinguished Engineers. The agenda got adapted last minute to accommodate this and one afternoon the Db2 for z/OS, analytics and machine learning teams to present their 2018 roadmap and strategy. With regrets, I have to say that we were not able to do live streaming this time given the short runway between deciding to hold the event to the event happening – only three months! We look forward to the opportunity of continuing the success of this event into 2018.

Update on IBM Education Credits

There is good news for organizations that obtain(ed) IBM Education Credits in order to get enabled on IBM product’s technology and to help you optimize return from the software investments. IDUG has an agreement so that you can use these credits to attend the IDUG conferences in North America and EMEA. We are still discussing about the exact process on how to register with these IBM Education Credits (currently you need to ask your IBM salesperson). In case your IBM salesperson doesn't already know about this change, you can always send me an email with your request and copy your IBM salesperson. Registration is open for the 2018 IDUG Tech Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we will soon be opening registration for our 2018 IDUG Tech Conference in Malta as well. For the EMEA event, there is a supersaver applicable if you register within 60 days after the registration opens.

Broadening Our Global Community

In the past month, we have been preparing a landing page for our Spanish-speaking community and a few volunteers are delivering content (thank you Javier and Manuel). I’m very excited to open it soon.

Another piece of news is that we have asked our board member Bob to setup a team to plan for an event in Brazil in 2018. Their first job is to do some market research and find out whether that would be an online event or a local event and whether it should be more Db2 technical or a mix with our new technologies content.  

We can also announce that in 2018 we will host an event in two cities in India; as soon as the locations are confirmed, I will update you.

Looking Forward

Do you know we celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2018? We do, and we decided to setup a task force to coordinate the party jingle.

We also have been working on a request for proposal in the past month to host our NA 2019 event, our EMEA 2019 event and one for our association management. These cost us quite some considerations and planning, but hopefully will deliver good outcome and find locations that are convenient for you to visit us at the conference.  

Thank you for taking a minute to read this blog. Hopefully it gives you some ideas on where to spend some time to get quality education about Db2 and new technologies.

Don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail in case you have suggestions, remarks or comments. I can be reached at

I hope to see/hear you at one of our next events.

Luc Vandaele

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