Another post from guest blogger Kate Kurtz. She wrote this on Friday while on the plane. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing IDUG from the perspective of a first time attendee & presenter.
I am on the plane, flying back to Toronto, and I am finishing up my short term role as roving-reporter at IDUG and guest blogger for Susan. I am a bit sad to be leaving - although very much looking forward to getting home & seeing my family. I met so many amazing people this week, and it was a lot of fun talk about db2 technology with people who share my interest!
Last night was the dine-around at IDUG. What is a dine around you ask? There were 8 different restaurants booked, with 2 or 3 subject matter experts and you could sign up for whichever one you wanted to attend. The groups were kept small and reservations at each restaurant was limited to 15 people at each. It was a great opportunity to ask all your questions and have a chance to dive in to the specifics of your scenario. All the sessions were well attended - and the conversations did not end there, as many people met up for drinks afterwards to continue their discussions.
Over the course of this week I have mentioned several specific sessions, but there were many other sessions I would have liked to attend but could not. I heard that Steve Rees did an excellent session on Using Optim Performance Monitor. I really wanted to see that one because I get a lot of questions from customers about OPM, so anything that furthers my own knowledge in that area is a bonus for me! One of the first things on my "to do" list once I get home is go to the IDUG website (www.idug.org) and download all the sessions (http://www.idug.org/conference/CD/NA11/). That way I can read through them at my leisure and follow up on any questions I have. It's a really easy way to learn more on a specific topic area.
Already I am looking forward to next year, and wondering what topics might be a good idea to submit. Luckily I have a few months to think about that!
Now it’s time for me to write my own content! I have a couple of posts in mind, so stay tuned.