Tips for IDUG Newbies and Veterans

Mike Skaff

Tips for IDUG Newbies and Veterans
Hello IDUG NA Conference Participants!!!

In response to Barabara Koenen's question..."Any suggestions for a
newbie to IDUG?"

Here is a checklist that I hope is useful for those new to IDUG, as well
as IDUG Veterans!! This checklist covers what to prepare for prior to
the conference, what to pack, what to do at the conference, and what to
do after the conference.

Pre Conference Preparation
o Visit the IDUG NA Conference Website often for the latest
o Review the Conference Session Schedule (the grid) and the
associated abstracts
o Choose primary and possible secondary session for each timeslot
o Sign up to moderator one or more of the sessions that you are
planning on attending anyway. Being a Moderator for a session
guarantees you spot in case of a full session, not to mention that this
provides a great service to the conference and the speaker and is a very
simple volunteer opportunity!!!
o Choose timeslot(s) to take your Certification Test(s)
o Choose timeslot(s) to participate in the IBM User Feedback
o Get list of issues and questions from you colleagues to retrieve
answers at the conference.
o Choose the Special Interest Group session(s) that fit your
o Review with your colleagues about which vendor solution you need
to explore during the conference.
o Begin thinking about how you can volunteer to perpetuate and
improve IDUG!!
o Provide appropriate resource planning to those that will be
covering for you at the office so that you can take full advantage of
the conference experience.
o If you are a SIG Moderator, attend one of the SIG Moderator
Training Webinars that will be held a few weeks prior to the conference.
Consider this training mandatory for SIG Moderators.
o Research the Conference City Area Sites attractions and
transportation options.

What to Pack!!
o Hard Copies of the presentation materials will NOT be provided
at the conference and the Hotel's Business Center may be busy (and
expensive). Print Hard Copies of the presentation material before you
leave for the conference (and don't forget to bring them). A few weeks
prior to the conference, attendees will be provided credentials to
access the conference material via the IDUG conference website.
Attendees may download and/or print materials for reference during the
actual sessions.
o Clothes - Although there is NO conference dress code, most
attendees dress Business Casual. Pack comfortable clothes.
o Comfortable Shoes are a must! Given the amount of sitting in
our line of work, it's easy to spend more time on one's feet during a
few days at IDUG than in a month of typical activity.
o In any conference setting the room temperatures always vary. If
you are sensitive to A/C, plan on packing a light jacket or a sweater.
o Toiletries, medications and other personal items.
o Gum and/or Breath Mints
o Your Laptop - There will be secured Wi-Fi in the Conference
Common Area for your convenience. Power strips will be present.
o Remember your Laptop's extra Battery and/or Charger.
o Carrying a USB data key during the conference can come in very
handy if a session speaker or fellow attendee wants to share some extra
materials with you.
o Your Cell phone/Pager Be courteous to your fellow conference
attendees. Keep your devices on silent mode and take your conversations
out of the sessions.
o Remember your Cell Phone's extra Battery and/or Charger.
o Business Cards - Yep you may need them to 'expand' your network
and they come in handy at the vendor booths (otherwise you will need to
fill out the many contact information sheets).
o Your Conference Registration Confirmation...this will make you
conference check-in much easier.
o Hotel confirmation
o Airline tickets
o Notepad
o Pen/pencil
o Alarm Clock - You will be getting up Early and will be staying
up Late. You don't want to miss anything.
o Alka-Seltzer / Aspirin / Tylenol - who may come in
o An empty duffle bag packed in your main suitcase. This may be
needed to bring back all the vendor solution literature and other
goodies that you will accumulate during the conference. Or locate your
companies shipping account and address. Shipping services may be
available at the Conference Venue or Hotel Business Center.

At the Conference, IDUG North America
o Plan on attending the orientation session on Sunday Evening
o If you are a Speaker or Moderator, plan on attending the
Speaker/Moderator Introduction and Training Session on Sunday Evening.
o Plan on attending the Welcome Reception on Sunday Evening.
o Attend the keynote, spotlight and the many technical sessions
o Take your Certification tests
o Attend the User Feedback Opportunity(UFO) sessions
o Attend the Vendor Exhibit Hall
o Attend and collaborate in the many Special Interest Group(SIG)
o If after a session, you think of more questions for the speaker
that you want to get answered, use the message board and/or the
DB2-ListServ to track the speaker down and get more information.
o Take full advantage of all that is offered at the conference and
the benefits of being a Premier IDUG Member!!!.
o Try to make dinner plans with other attendees not only to
network, but also to consciously avoid filling up on the rich snacks in
the exhibitor area and other receptions. Using the Dine-Around
opportunity (Wed. Evening) is great to facilitate Dinner Plans!
o Attend 'Call for Volunteers Breakfast' and 'Call for
Presentations' Events and apply for the many opportunities that are
available to give back to the DB2/IMS community.
o Taking advantage the paper message board and this Db2-ListServ
is a good way to meet other attendees who have something in common with
you, whether it is a social interest such as going on an early morning
jog, or a job-related question about a specific product your company

Post Conference Activity
o Keep track of all the times you became a database hero because
of the knowledge you gained by attending an IDUG conference or from
using an IDUG membership resource. Use this to justify your return to
an IDUG conference next year.
o Provide conference feedback be filling out the post-conference
o Begin planning your next IDUG presentation and submit your 'Call
for Presentations' abstract.
o Begin participating in the volunteer position that you have
applied and have been selected!!

See'ya in Dallas!!!

Mike Skaff
IDUG 2008 NA CPC - Co. Assistant Chairperson

Senior Database Administrator
First Data Innovative Payments Group

First Data
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Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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-----Original Message-----
From: IDUG 2008 [mailto:[login to unmask email]
On Behalf Of Barbara Koenen
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 11:33 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [IDUG-NA08] what are you l;ooking forward to, or not?

I would vote for that.

Any suggestions for a newbie to IDUG? I've been to IOD (in its various
incarnations) over my years in DB2, but never made it to IDUG before.
I'm more of a sysadm than a dba these days; what shouldn't I miss?

I passed the DB2 9 Fundamentals and z/OS certifications at IOD last
fall. I need to work on the LUW one...

-----Original Message-----
From: IDUG 2008 [mailto:[login to unmask email]
On Behalf Of Taddei, Cathy
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:10 PM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: Re: [IDUG-NA08] what are you l;ooking forward to, or not?

My top two are the same as yours, Robert -- networking and
certification. But these are ancillary to my main reason for attending:
all those great educational sessions.

I've only been to one IDUG (2004), and I missed the DB2-L get-together
because I went to dinner with old friends. What do you think about a
DB2-L section in the lunch room? It would be nice to have a DB2-L
gathering someplace other than at a bar.


-----Original Message-----
From: IDUG 2008 [mailto:[login to unmask email]
On Behalf Of Robert Galambos
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:11 AM
To: [login to unmask email]
Subject: what are you l;ooking forward to, or not?

to start the balling rolling so to speak, what are you looking forward
to in dallas? or what do you hope is not going to happen (aside from the
baggage being lost at the airport)

My choices are

1) networking (putting names to faces that i have seen/talked to)

2) passing the Cert test (well maybe not 'looking forward to' but at
least want to put this to bed

3) Taking a look at the stock yards in forth worth

4) Getting a cowboy hat that fits (i have a 'big head' and have yet to
find a hat that fits and looks nice

5) enjoyinh the warmer wheather

any thoughts. this is the list to express your opinion on both the 'soft
stuff' about the conference as well as the hard ones.

We have a number of people on the list that have been in the conferences
in the past and are involved with this conference, so feel free in
posting your questions.


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