I’m on my way home from our North American Conference that took place in Philadelphia. We were with 516 people there, which is a slight increase compared to last year, so thank you all. Apart from all of the education there were a few networking opportunities as well during which we celebrated our 30th anniversary, Db2 for z/OS’s 35th, and Db2 for LUW’s 25th anniversary. I want to thank all of our sponsors for making this possible, especially our platinum sponsor IBM, our gold sponsor CA Technologies, our silver sponsors BMC Software and DBI Software, and our bronze sponsors Correlog and Rocket Software.
I admit I didn’t attend a lot of technical sessions as I was locked in a room with other board members to keep on planning future events, but I did attend the opening keynotes. Both Andrew J. "Flip" Filipowski and Michele Goetz shared their view on the future. I didn’t think they were very optimistic in promising employment for everyone, but I took away that most of the IDUG attendees will stay busy for a longer time as data management is elementary in their projected future. So my first impression is that IDUG can stay relevant for the next decades J.
While talking to some of you during the networking events I learned that you all still care very much about our community and everyone agreed we should continue with our efforts. Not all user groups out there have the fortune to continue being able to organize events as the critical number of attendees is not reached to find venues etc. at affordable prices. It makes me wonder if IDUG could help them out and form a bigger, independent data management user group? That is a task for my successor though, Mirna Kos, our IDUG President for 2018-2019.
I truly enjoyed being president in the past year, although I have had some stress from the decisions we had to make. I have been volunteering for IDUG since 1999 and made many friends worldwide, which is the nice part of being a volunteer. I also had a lot of different functions in IDUG which allowed me to grow as a person and it did certainly enrich my professional career as well. If you have some time you want to commit to the Db2 community, don’t hesitate to contact me. For the next year I will be the head of the Volunteer Management Committee. We currently are looking for at least two people to help us within the web team. We are looking for someone extra in the board to help us grow the Developers community. There is an open position in the NA conference planning committee, and we are certainly looking for people to contribute to growing our Spanish-speaking community. Whatever you would like to do, I’m sure I can find a position for you.
In the coming months we will be going to Brazil to host an event in the local language and/or translated simultaneous. We will be going to Toronto for the Db2 for LUW lab, Sydney for the IDUG Technical Conference, the Silicon Valley Labs for our DTS event, and Malta for the European Technical Conference.
We also opened registration for the NA 2019 Technical Conference and until June 29, 2018 you can register at the Loyalty Discount rate, which is 30% off. Don’t miss that opportunity in case you valued our past event so much that you are convinced 2019 will even be more worthwhile. I’m sure the IDUG team will do the utmost to make it excellent.
I’m looking forward reading the President’s Blog from Mirna next month and I hope you do as well and support her as much as you did me.
As always, don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail in case you have suggestions, remarks or comments. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.