Changing Times

Changing Times

November 2019

It is early November, which means it is time to change our clocks. The first weekend in November marks the end of Daylight Savings. Though we only set our clocks back an hour, it can completely shift our experience of time. I have this on my mind after returning from an incredibly successful IDUG EMEA Conference in Rotterdam—not only because I’m preparing myself to lose an hour of daylight in the evenings, but because it echoes the way the technical landscape is shifting so much right now. In Rotterdam, I had the opportunity to listen to four inspiring keynotes. The common theme across all the keynotes was “Change! Change! Change!”

With more attendees and vendors than ever before, this year’s conference showed how dedicated and engaged the IDUG community is. This year’s speakers reminded us that in this fast-changing landscape, we need to embrace change and digital transformation. Buzzwords like DevOps, AI, ML, and Shift Left are no longer just buzzwords—they are part of mainstream IT. In an effort to continue evolving, IDUG partnered with Gartner to get unbiased user feedback on Db2. We got so many responses I had to make good on my promise to jump in the fountain.

This year, IDUG also co-sponsored the first ever Db2 hackathon, which attracted more than 600 participants. Winners were announced at the conference in Rotterdam. Big congratulations to the grand prize winners, Joslyn Lim and Muhammad Ariff Yasri (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) for their app “‘Fine Grained’ Sentiment Analysis for Yelp Restaurant Review.” As we look toward the future, IDUG is hoping to host more hackathons and potentially co-locate them. We are also in discussions with other data management user groups to potentially co-locate IDUG events. We’re excited for all the possibilities.

While the busiest time for conferences is over, IDUG volunteers are at work planning the 2020 IDUG events. Registration for IDUG EMEA 2020 is open now, and for a very limited time, the loyalty discount rate is available. I strongly encourage you to register now and take advantage of the discounted rate. IDUG is also looking at hosting an IDUG educational event in South East Asia in 2020. More on that to come.

As much as we are looking ahead, I’ll mention that it’s worth revisiting the IDUG blog. October’s theme was DevOps, and I hope each and every one of you takes that time to read the blog posts on DevOps and change. They are invaluable.

I am happy to see a number of new IDUG attendees interested in volunteering. Volunteers are the heart and soul of IDUG, and we are always looking for volunteers who are willing to help out. No matter how large or small a time commitment, your help is always welcome and appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering, check out our current call for volunteers.

Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions or suggestions. Until next time, I encourage you to go through idug.org and check out the valuable content. As always, I can be reached at billy.sundarrajan@idug.org.

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