DB2 in the Desert: A Success!

The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Phoenix was a success, drawing more than 500 attendees from across the globe! Showing solid attendance, IDUG has seen growth over the past few years. DB2 professionals gatherDBed at IDUG in Phoenix where they received first class education, premier networking opportunities and complimentary certification workshops and testing.

More than 120 robust technical sessions featured industry experts that shared best practices, lessons learned and thoughts on emerging DB2 trends. Attendees also had access to complimentary IBM DB2 certification testing. We would like to thank IBM for sponsoring pre-conference certification training and offering on-site exams. In Phoenix, we had numerous DB2 professionals pass their certification exams. Congratulations to those who passed!

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Keynote Highlights

Attendees enjoyed hearing from opening keynote speaker Dr. Vladimir Bacvanski, who discussed emerging trends in Big Data and NoSQL in his address, “DB2 & the Age of Polyglot Persistence.” Closing keynote Donald Feinberg also garnered an impressive audience during his talk, “The Future of Data Persistence: DBMS Technology Meets Big Data.” Both keynote speakers offered important insight on the future of DB2.

Top Speakers:

Michael Krafick was selected as the Best User Speaker based on session evaluations for his presentation, D05 – Attack of the Blob! (Managing BLOBs within a DB2 database).

 The Top Ten User Speakers and the RUG they are associated with were:

  • Michael Krafick
  • Paul Walters – Baltimore / Washington DB2 Users Group
  • Robert Goodman – Tampa Bay Relational Users Group
  • Rita Bowers – St. Louis DB2 Users Group
  • Paul Turpin – Southeastern Inter-Relational Database Users Group (SIRDUG), Charlotte, NC
  • Suresh Sane - NEFRUG (North East Florida Regional Users Group)
  • Mary Ellen Archer - Southeastern Inter-Relational Database Users Group (SIRDUG), Charlotte, NC
  • Randall Ibbott – Sydney DB2 Users Group
  • Lindsay Kiem
  • Pavan Kristipati - CODUG (Central Ohio DB2 Users Group) in Columbus, OH.

The Top 10 Overall Speakers were:

  • Melanie Stopfer
  • Bonnie Baker
  • Dale Mcinnis
  • John Campbell
  • Michael Krafick
  • Terry Purcell
  • Paul Walters
  • Adam Storm
  • Scott Hayes
  • Craig Mullins

Melanie Stopfer was selected as the Best Overall Speaker based on session evaluations for her presentation, C05 – Best Practices Upgrade to DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration.

The Top 10 IBM Speakers were:

  • Melanie Stopfer
  • Dale Mcinnis
  • John Campbell
  • Terry Purcell
  • Adam Storm
  • Robert Catterall
  • Haakon Roberts
  • Leon Katsnelson
  • Randy Ebersole
  • Steve Rees

IDUG Dine Around

Attendees networked with their favorite speakers at Phoenix-area restaurants. Thanks to all the speakers who participated:

  • Phil Grainger & Haakon Roberts – Canyon Café
  • Melanie Stopfer, Ember Crooks, Walid Rajibi, Paul Bird and Adam Storm – Brick
  • Florence Dubois and John Campbell – Majerle’s Sports Grill
  • Sheryl Larsen and Dave Buelke – Copper Blues
  • Scott Hayes and Daniel Luksetich – Arrogant Butcher
  • Bonnie Baker and Kurt Struyf - Kincaid

Conference Proceedings

Miss something while in Phoenix? Conference proceedings are now available for download. Please note: You must be logged in to access conference proceedings. To access this important information, please follow these steps:

  • Log in to www.IDUG.org.
  • Click here to access conference proceedings.
  • Choose to download materials by track or to download all conference proceedings.

After you select your download, you will be prompted to log in. The download will begin automatically.

Save the Date

We hope you enjoyed your time in Phoenix and returned home with valuable new DB2 knowledge and professional connections. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for IDUG in Sydney, September 10-12, IDUG in Prague, November 9-14 and IDUG in Philadelphia, May 3-8, 2015. We hope to see you there!