Festivities ahead

Nos acercamos al Nuevo Año and I’m happy we do. As we embark on the New Year, many of us make personal resolutions or vows to change behavior.  Not that 2017 was bad for our community, not at all, but planning ahead is always exciting.  

All of IDUG’s teams had a charge in 2017 and plan for a lot more to come in 2018. I’m looking forward to start executing on some of them. We currently are in the planning cycle for our 2019 events as well. 

In my latest blog, I already gave an overview of what is to come in 2018 and I can’t tell much more at this stage but want to highlight one:

Based on our success with the DTS events (collocated with our Db2 Tech Conferences in May and October and the third one at the IBM Silicon Valley Labs), the app dev road shows we did with IBM in North America and the interest for the topics during our streaming event in the Toronto labs we decided to invest more in trying to offer education opportunities for developers. The beginner level sessions for Machine Learning, RESTful API’s and BigSQL are far more popular than we expected. When you read professional literature we see these keywords come up more often. Machine Learning is no longer to be associated with artificial intelligence that will take over our jobs but more and more as an evolution that can help us in times of need. For instance in helping to predict where people need help during and after natural disasters (hurricanes, flooding, etc.) or to help calculate the damage from the natural disasters and pay out compensations as soon as possible.

As these topics were presented we know there is a demand and we are wondering what else developers are interested in and would come to the IDUG website or events for learning. We have welcomed a new member to our content team that will primarily focus on content for the developers amongst us. We are still determining what we should deliver apart from the above in order to be most relevant to the developers. Your ideas are more than welcome, and I encourage you to get involved.

In this month’s e-bulletin you can find a link in order to volunteer to become a board member. We are always looking for new ideas and new colleagues to join as our board has strict terms and every year some of us are rolling off. You are free to contact me if you have questions or doubts, but don’t and just apply. ;-)

I wish you all a happy end of the year and best wishes for the next one. Next year IDUG will be 30!!

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

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

Luc Vandaele

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