Berlin Provided IDUG Attendees Technical Content, Networking and Much More!

The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Berlin was a great success attracting almost 500 DB2 and IT professionals. The conference featured content presented by some of the most prominent DB2 minds of today – both seasoned IDUG presenters and many new speakers who brought a fresh perspective.

Attendees spent their time at the Conference taking advantage of the technical education and networking opportunities with DB2 professionals from around the world. Technical sessions featured experts that shared best practices, lessons learned and opinions on important industry topics. Networking opportunities allowed for conversations with peers of different backgrounds to discuss current trends and issues in the industry. Popular topics of discussion included customers sharing DB2 10 migration experiences on z/OS and LUW. 

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This year’s IDUG Conference had 94 first-time attendees, and IDUG was pleased to welcome a student delegation from Belarus to support future DB2 professionals. The first-time attendees also drove a great deal of dialogue during the technical sessions regarding the younger generation of IT professionals.

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We would like to thank IBM for sponsoring pre-conference certification training. In Berlin, we had 120 people pass their certifications exams. We were thrilled to offer the opportunity for attendees to take one complimentary exam again this year.

DB2 users, real-world DBAs, developers, programmers, Gold Consultants, IBM Champions, vendor representatives and influential IBMers were able to network at the Solutions Centre as well as vendor-sponsored events.


IDUG also hosted the authors of IBM DB2: The Past, Present & Future: John Campbell, Terry Purcell and Surekha Parekh (pictured above). Conference attendees had the opportunity to meet the authors and receive the book for free.

Conference Session Presentation Materials – Online Access

The conference materials were updated automatically allowing the latest materials to be available on the IDUG Web site prior to the conference. Access to this content is included in your conference registration. The My Conference feature of the Web site allows you to gain access to the week’s technical content, including zip files by technical track or individual technical session.
Keynote Highlight

The week’s educational content began with keynote speaker David Barnes, Program Director for IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies group taking the stage to discuss What Matters Next in Big Data on the opening day of the conference. With the recent focus on Big Data, exciting new technologies have emerged to help deal with the massive growth of structured and unstructured information. Barnes outlined what this transition means for the future of traditional database technologies and how DB2 professionals, as “Data Scientists” can prepare their systems and their careers for these changes.

Barnes noted, “90 percent of the world’s data is unstructured.” He thought it is interesting that there are people out there analyzing this “Big Data” and making decisions on “Good Enough” data. However, Barnes noted that the referenced 90 percent of the world’s important data is structured; therefore, mission critical corporate data is still safer on a trusted database.

If you missed David’s Big Data demo, you can download the entire keynote presentation using the My Conference feature on the conference webpage on or watch the recording online.


Conference Presentation Awards

Congratulations to the following Conference Presentation Award recipients!

  • Best IDUG User Presenter – Frank Petersen, JN Data - DB2 10 Enhanced Monitoring Facility: Evolution or Revolution
  • Best IDUG Overall Presentation – Melanie Stopfer, IBM Corporation - Best Practices: Upgrade to DB2 10 for LUW

  • Top Ten Overall Presenters (in no particular order):

    o A01 - John Campbell
    o A10 - Frank Petersen
    o B05 - Terry Purcell
    o B09 - Terry Purcell
    o B10 - Namik Hrle
    o B11 - Namik Hrle
    o C06 - Fred Sobotka
    o C16 - Aamer Sachedina
    o D03 - Melanie Stopfer
    o F15 - Daniel Luksetich

Complimentary Workshops and Seminars

To help attendees get ahead in their careers with a solid understanding of current industry topics, IBM sponsored workshops  that were offered at no charge to attendees. All five workshops and seminars were at capacity with eager attendees ready to learn. Complimentary workshops included:

  • DB2 LUW Administration for SAP
  • DB2 10 for z/OS DBA Administration Certification Crammer Course
  • DB2 10 for LUW - DB2 for LUW Version 10 Certification Test Prep Seminar
  • DB2 10 for z/OS New Functions and Migration Planning Workshop
  • Data Warehousing with DB2 for z/OS: IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator Deep Dive Workshop

IBM DB2's 30th Anniversary Kick-Off

IBM DB2 will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2013. DB2 30th anniversary celebrations were launched in Berlin where IBM hosted a complimentary recognition dinner for DB2 community members. Celebrations will continue through December 2013. Information will be available on "The World of DB2" and IBM’s website. Stay connected with the latest news about DB2 on

IDUG's 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Next year IDUG will celebrate its 25th anniversary! Stay tuned to to learn more about the celebrations planned for the 2013 IDUG DB2 Tech Conferences.  

IDUG Mentor Program

IDUG offers a loyalty reward program for those who have attended three or more IDUG conferences - the opportunity to bring a first-time attendee for an unprecedented 80% discount! Play a role in introducing someone to all the education future IDUG conferences offer. For IBM Champions, the number of years of attending a conference and the restriction that the mentor must pay a full conference registration is being waived. For more information, click here.

Save the Date for the 2013 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference

Join us next year for the 2013 IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Barcelona, Spain taking place 13-18 October 2013.  The event will feature the latest in DB2 technologies, networking opportunities and the technical content you need to be successful in 2013 and beyond.

Click here for more information.