Rebecca Bond: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!
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Last week’s blog entry Budgeting for IDUG North America conference as viewed by the DB2 Locksmith by guest Rebecca Bond was very popular, so I’ve asked Rebecca back for a second entry. Actually Rebecca did one for me like this last year as well. I figure that DBAs would benefit more if they hear from a DBA saying what sessions she plans to attend rather than me telling you what sessions are available for you to attend. Rebecca is on the LUW platform, so I’ll try to find a willing guest blogger to do something similar for the z/OS platform so that I’m able to satisfy as many people as possible.
I heart IDUG NA. It’s like a geeky vacation where I learn much, smile and laugh a lot with old and new friends and go home armed with a suitcase full of technical material. This year is especially exciting since I’m going to be presenting two sessions and will be one of the featured speakers for the Dine Around!
As I do almost every year, I plan to take advantage of the free certification testing. I place great value in DB2 certifications and can certainly see evidence on job boards that employers prefer certified employees. The fact that I can take these exams for free helps makes the conference registration cost a bargain.
Monday, May 2 offers Full Day Seminars presented by DB2 Rockstars. True, these are not free, but given that they are being delivered by experts, these seminars offer great benefit for the price. If you are also registered for the full conference, you can add on one of these seminars for $425. See this link for a list of Rockstars and Full Day Seminars. I have some personal plans for Monday, so I will not be able to attend a full day seminar this year.
Typically, I approach planning my conference agenda from the standpoint of “what information will best help with my current job?” This year, however, I’m looking at it from “what sessions are going to be most valuable to increase my DB2 knowledge as I look for my next job?” This time, I’m looking for sessions that will help round out my resume.
The keywords for me for this IDUG are:
pureScale, Performance Tuning, XML, Cloud, and, of course, Security.
The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to attend sessions on these topics. The bad news is that there are plenty of opportunities to attend sessions on these topics. Until I can get a personal DB2 Locksmith clone (no, not a database clone), I am going to have to make some difficult decisions about which sessions to attend in person. All is not lost, however, since I will definitely download the handouts from all the sessions for later review. I believe that recordings of most of the sessions will be available to attendees after the conference wraps up. So, I won’t really miss anything, I’ll just postpone taking advantage of some of the information.
I have to say though, this year is especially tough because I’ve heard most of these speakers before and I know how good they are. There are SEVERAL Best Speaker award winners in the group. I think Scott Hayes said it best, “DB2’s Got Talent”! That is an equally fitting designation for this year’s IDUG speaker list. (By the way, the winner of the first ever DB2’s Got Talent competition will be at IDUG!)
I’m not going to list my full agenda, because I like to keep a few secrets, or at least that’s my cover story. The truth is I simply cannot decide, but here are some sessions that are high on my personal list of “musts” this year.
Tuesday, May 3:
General Session: Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics and IBM Distinguished Engineer
S02: Choose DB2 LUW and Save Your Company Money, 10:15, Tim Vincent
F01: DB2 and Cloud Computing: Why Should I Care? 12:45, Leon Katsnelson
G02: DB2 LUW Security -- What If Your Firewall Catches Fire, 2:00, Rebecca Bond (DB2 Locksmith)
D03: Best Practices in Action -- The IBM Smart Analytics System, 3:15, Eddie Daghelian
C04: Understanding and Tuning Page Cleaning in DB2, 4:30, Matthias Nicola
Wednesday, May 4:
D06: The Latest from the Lab on DB2 pureScale - Part 1, 9:45, Matt Huras
D07: The Latest from the Lab on DB2 pureScale - Part 2, 11:00, Matt Huras
E08: Real-World XML Application Development Patterns for DB2, 2:45, Fred Sobotka
Thursday, May 5:
C10: Improve Performance by Analyzing DB2 LUW Access Strategies, 9:45, Melanie Stopfer
D11: Workload Optimized Systems - Don't Run a Marathon in High Heels, 1:30, Chris Eaton
Friday, May 6:
G14: Security Secrets for DB2 LUW DBAs, 9:15, Rebecca Bond (DB2 Locksmith)
G15: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Distributed Access to DB2 for z/OS, 10:30, Cristian Molaro
Of course, I also have to find time to meet friends, have interesting technical discussions in the hall, visit the expo, perform the “exchange of business cards ritual” and find some time to get in a run or two. It is certainly going to be busy week, but it will also be a highly educational and entertaining one. When you see me, I hope you will say “Hi” and let me know how you approached choosing your agenda.
Thanks Rebecca! I must say I’m feeling quite sad that I won’t be there! I’ll send all my friends to your Dine Around Night.