Here’s why I think the IDUG value is … well … almost invaluable.
1. IDUG is an opportunity to learn from those who are “doing”. It’s not a sales convention. It’s not a marketing blitz. It’s just DB2 DBAs from all over the world doing what they do best….talking, presenting and learning about DB2.
2. The experience level of many of those attending is 20 years or more in their field. These DBAs have a LOT of practical DB2 knowledge and they are more than willing to share.
3. Since the sessions are related to 99% of my daily responsibilities, I am 100% sure I am going to learn tips, tricks and gotchas that will help keep me employed and employable.
4. The contacts I make are worth the conference cost. I can’t tell you how many times I have come back from IDUG with contact information for a new friend who was willing to share information long after IDUG was over. Ever had a puzzling DB2 question, but didn’t want to open a support ticket? These are the people who have the answers and I have never found a single one who wasn’t willing to help.
5. Free Certification Testing! Need I say more?
Ok, those were easy. Now let’s think about the cost of NOT going. That’s easy too.
1. I need knowledge to do my job effectively. I can’t go to training as often as I like, but at IDUG, I can get a LOT of information on a variety of relevant DB2 topics that will help me stay informed. It’s like multiple weeks of training rolled into one. That’s a cost advantage I cannot afford to miss!
2. Learning how other folks do things is going to give me solutions to make my tasks easier and potentially avoid errors. If I don’t attend IDUG, I’m missing out on these “lessons learned” opportunities.
3. I wouldn’t get access to those awesome presentation handouts that I am continually referring to. I save all my conference downloads, index them, and refer to them whenever I need to brush up on a skill. Not getting those would be a huge loss.
4. I wouldn’t find it as easy to stay “cutting edge”. We all know that technology is driven by innovation. Without access to “current”, how can I expect to think “future”?
I could go on, but these are the highlights. When I do the math, the cost of NOT going to IDUG North America is much greater than the conference cost! Hope I’ll see you at IDUG!
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