The 2011 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Prague Receives Rave Reviews for Top-Notch Technical Education

The 2011 IDUG conference brought together nearly 450 attendees to Prague, Czech Republic, 13-18 November for a week of education, networking and innovations. The cold Prague weather did not keep conference-goers from enjoying this year’s event, which featured 15 exhibitors, over 100 hours of supreme technical education, and opportunities to interact with industry leaders from around the world.

Complimentary DB2 Education Enabled Attendees to Advance Their Careers

In partnership with IBM, IDUG offered complimentary Pre-certification seminars for DB2 10 for z/OS and DB2 9.7 for LUW (Advanced). Over 90 attendees attended these sessions to prepare for the IBM certification classes which were available throughout the rest of the conference week. Additionally, IBM offered a complimentary DB2 10 for z/OS Migration Planning Workshop and 30 attendees took advantage of this great opportunity and have started planning their DB2 10 Migration Strategy!

Additionally, Sunday included a free CA Technologies DB2 User Day experience. During this time, CA experts provided updates on mainframe trends, the latest developments in CA Database Management, a look into the future of CA products and insight into how companies have solved real problems with CA Technologies solutions for DB2.

Keynote Highlight 

keynote_speakers.pngIBM presenters Curt Cotner and Namik Hrle kicked off the Monday events with their keynote presentation titled “Trends and Directions in Database Technology.” Curt Cotner is an IBM Fellow and VP/CTO for IBM's relational database server products, and Namik Hrle is IBM Distinguished Engineer and works in the IBM Boeblingen Laboratory.

Addressing the numerous new database technologies that have been introduced in recent years, such as in-memory data stores, graph stores, column stores, name/value stores and more, they produced though-provoking ideas for the future of technology as well as the work that is being done within IBM to continue the evolution of DB2 to address these new technology and business needs.

Find out more information regarding the keynote presentations here.


DB2 Experts Panel

A highlight of the IDUG conference each year is the opportunity to hear from IBM strategists and developers, as well as independent DB2 users. This year was no different, as an esteemed expert panel took the stage to answer questions that were submitted by attendees.

The expert panel consisted of:

  • John Campbell – IBM Corporation
  • Scott Hayes – DBI
  • Melanie Stopfer – IBM Corporation
  • Phil Grainger – Cogito/GdbS
  • Dave Beulke – Dave Beulke and Associates
  • Bryan Smith – Rocket Software

DB2 Regional User Groups Recognized

IDUGUserAwards_Resize.jpgIBM hosted their annual dinnery party at the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Prague. Check out the photographs on The World of DB2 for z/OS

IDUG User Groups were recognized for their commitment, leadership and for supporting the DB2 community. Take a look at the feedback on LinkedIn.










Educational Seminars

Friday boasted an optional day to partake in deep-dive discussions on ranging topics for a full day experience. Attendees could choose from five hot topics including Optimising DB2 for z/OS System Performance Using DB2 Statistics Trace, I Didn’t Know DB2 Did THAT!, DB2 Intermediate and Advanced SQL, DB2 for z/OS, and Rocket Science: DB2 for LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop.

A total of 66 people took part in the seminars and the discussions proved to be very helpful in answering questions and further exploring these topics.

Best Speaker Awards

Congratulations to the following speakers who received the highest marks for their session presentations at IDUG!

Best User Presentation
Frank Petersen, Bankdata/JN Data
C12: Long Distance Call Using purescale – Early Experiences

Top Ten Overall Presentations (in random order)
F09 Peter Bendel
A08 John Campbell
C12 Frank Petersen
B01 Florence Dubois
D14 Scott Hayes
A03 Phil Grainger
D08 Melanie Stopfer
B10 Daniel Luksetich
F15 Bryan Smith
E15 Terry Purcel

Best Overall Presentation
Melanie Stopfer, IBM Corporation
D8: Stuffed with Great Enhancements – DB2 9.7 Fix Pack New Features



Free IBM Certifications

Once again, IDUG offered complimentary IBM certification classes to all attendees, and 223 people took advantage of the opportunity to gain IBM professional certifications at no cost. All IDUG conference attendees were able to take up to three complimentary IBM certification exams covering a variety of DB2 topic areas.

Conference Session Presentation Materials – Online Access

The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference session presentation materials have been uploaded to the IDUG Web site for your convenience. To access this important information, go here.

Please note that you will need to log in to access the materials with your username/password used to register for the conference. Once logged on, click download.

If you have any questions regarding downloading the session presentations or your login, please contact

Passport to Prizes Winners

Thanks to the participation of many vendors, IDUG attendees walked away with some great prizes! Congratulations to the following Passport to Prizes winners:

• iPod Nano (BMC Software): Lidija Penezic, APIS-IT
• Pocket Beamer (B.O.S. Software): Jesper Krommes, Topdanmark Forsikring A/S
• Kindle Wireless Reading Device (Cogito Ltd): Oddbjorn Ostby, EDB Ergo Group
• (Compuware Corporation): Adrian Collett, Expertise4 IT
• $250 USD to Amazon (DBI): Marija Ljubic, Verstigo, Zagreb, HR
• Canon Ixus 115 HS Digital Camera (IBM): Daniel Truong, Generali Informtik Services
• iPod Classic 16GB (Infotel): Heiko Mallow, Generali Informatik Services Deutschland
• Netgear PTV1000 Push2TV – TV Adapter for Intel® Wireless Display (InSoft Software GmbH): Herve Orinx, Euroclear
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 16 GB (ITGAIN GmbH): Ralph Van Zagten, Belastingdienst
• 100.00 € Amazon Gift Card (Quest Software): Bernd Reimer, Julius Baer
• JVC Full HD VideoCamera BP (Visiant Acares SpA): Ana Ramljak, Zagrebacka Banka d.d.

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Save the Date

berlin_cnt_18nov09_iStock_b_1.jpgJoin us next year for the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference!

Attend the 2012 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference, taking place 5-9 November 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The event will feature the latest in DB2 technologies, networking and the best in technical education for DB2. Stay tuned to the IDUG Web site for conference information.

Registration is already available, so make your plans to attend this event today!