All about IDUG DB2 Tech Conference - Anaheim
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Friday on the DB2Night Show, host Scott Hayes invited Bryan Paulsen and Paul Turpin to talk about the upcoming IDUG conference:
First thing to notice is that the name of the conference has changed. It is now the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference. They made the name change to help people get funding to attend the conference.
The conference takes place May 2-6, in Anaheim California. This is the first time an IDUG conference has taken place in Anaheim. I attended IBM conferences there a few times and quite enjoyed the lovely weather and restaurants… as well as the nearby Disney Park. (It is the best Disney park, in my opinion.)
Monday May 2 is a full day of education that costs an extra fee. The idea is to have in depth education that will go to a much deeper level than is normal during the much shorter conference sessions. There is the extra fee, but it is well worth the price. There are 6 classes available for you to choose from:
The next four days, May 3-6 are for the 105 technical sessions. The sessions are split across 7 tracks including: DB2 LUW, DB2 z/OS, and Application Development. Speakers are in three categories: Users, Consultants, and IBM experts:
I recognize every name listed above. I think just about each of them has at one time or another earned Best Speaker awards. I don’t think people will be nodding off in any of these sessions!
Jeff Jonas is this year’s keynote speaker. His topic: “Sensemaking on Streams and What Makes Smart Systems Smart!”. Jeff is one of the most interesting people who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the past few years. He has much energy, enthusiasm and charisma all on top of his very high intelligence! IBM bought the company that Jeff founded that helped casinos reduce fraud and Jeff decided to stay with IBM. He travels the world talking to people including many very influential people. You’ll be very energized after hearing Jeff speak and believe me, you’ll be searching the web to find out more about this fascinating person!
There are three spotlight sessions led by Jeff Josten, Berni Schiefer, and Curt Cotner. Spotlight sessions are highlights of key technologies that will be discussed in depth throughout the week.
As usual, there are also free certification exams. This is how I first got to know IDUG, when I ran the certification program. This year each attendee is allowed to take 3 exams for free. That is a $600 value! Make sure you study before you go to get the best value. See an older blog entry I wrote for some Guidance: Certification 101. For the exams that are available, see this website.
The Vendor Exhibit has more than 20 vendors that you can explore. A fun event IDUG is doing to help you meet the vendors is the “Passport to Prizes”. You need to visit certain vendors to get a stamp on your card. The completed card is your ticket to a draw where you could win some cool prizes. Believe me, the prizes are much better than the free stuff you may pick up! One year a friend of mine won a Wii! I don’t know what the prizes are this year, but it is fun to get the stamps and even more fun to win. Good luck!
Vendor Solution Presentations (VSPs) are where vendors can showcase their suite of products. Don’t think of VSPs as marketing pitches… but rather in depth talks about the solutions being offered by the vendor. I see 16 sessions listed on the website!
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are user community meetings where you can take part in discussions about successes, tips, and more with other users and subject matter experts. There are 10 SIGs scheduled. See the website.
Besides what was mentioned already, there are four networking events set up:
Dine Around sessions where you can have dinner with popular speakers at an interesting local restaurant You pay for your own meal. Know that this has become a very popluar event, so you should sign up as soon as you can. Dine Around – look for the signup sheet immediately so you can get with your favourite speaker or restaurant OR signup on the web at this page. The spots get filled really fast!
There are a few offers that you should be aware of.
IDUG Mentor Program
If you’ve attended 3 or more conferences, you can sign up as a mentor and bring a new attendee at an 80% discount.
DB2Night show special offer $50 off conference fee for show attendees. Listen to the replay of today’s show to get the details on how to get a discount.
Moderators are needed, so if you are interested in volunteering, your efforts will be very appreciated.
See some of my previous posts about IDUG, most notably the two guest entries by Rebecca Bond:
Rebecca Bond: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!
I think tomorrow I’ll have a guest blog by a DB2 for z/OS DBA to help you choose appropriate sessions.
There won’t be a bookstore on site at this event. Instead, order the books you need directly from the publisher at a discount. Members of IDUG get 45% off IBM Press books.
I’m trying to work out a special deal with MC Press on their collection of Certification Guides as well. We’ll be launching two new titles at the conference, so watch here for details.