The IDUG DB2 Tech Conference 2012 is scheduled for May 14 - 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Make your plans to attend now. The IDUG.org website has been updated with detailed information about the conference, including
- On-line schedule
- Education and training opportunities
- Technical certifications
- Discounts available for the conference
I’m sure you’ll find plenty of sessions that interest you. The online session schedule is now available for you to search through. The technical program includes over 120 sessions, addressing a range of topics such as DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, Windows, DB2 Cross Platform, DB2 Application Development, and DB2 New Technology. I’ll try to find friends who can write guest blogs for me that outline their chosen sessions. If you’re going to the conference and have your sessions chosen, let me know and we can work on the guest blog.
Education and training opportunities
You’ll learn plenty from the keynotes that are planned this year. The topic is "Big Data, DB2 and the Future" and includes presenters Anjul Bhambhri, Curt Cotner, and Judy Huber from IBM. For more information and bios for the speakers, visit http://bit.ly/IDUG2012KeyNotes.
Spotlight sessions are always popular and this year, there are 3 sessions scheduled:
- “DB2 for z/OS – Trends and Directions” by John Campbell, Jeff Josten and Mike Perera.
- “DB2 for LUW – A Modern [scientific] approach to Smarter Planet” by Matt Huras, Paul Zikopoulos, and Tom Curtis.
- “Tackling bigger questions out in the open cloud” by Curt Cotner, Leon Katsnelson and Mattias Nicola.
DB2 10 for z/OS Migration Planning Workshop: this FREE workshop is scheduled for Friday May 18th from 8.00am to 2:00pm. With IBM DB2 for z/OS Version 8 retiring support in April 2012, many clients are planning their migration strategy. Come and learn from experience how to deal with this normally time-consuming and expensive process. Register early as this workshop has limited places available.
Want to know what the labs are working on for the next release? IDUG in collaboration with IBM is featuring DB2 vNext by offering a dedicated track for DB2 vNext as well as offering in-depth knowledge on the coming releases.. These sessions are available for registered conference attendees free of charge.
I worked at many conferences running certification testing. I can tell you from experience that many people take advantage of the free exams that they can take while at the conference. Since you are saving $200 USD per test that you take, you may be able to justify your conference expenses by taking these exams! For information on which exams are being offered at the conference, see Certification @ IDUG. For tips on passing the exams, take a look at some of my previous blog entries:
Cert 101 How to Prepare to Pass a DB2 Certification Exam? DB2 10 for z/OS Certification Roles, Exams and Study Materials Certification Study Guides for DB2 LUW Exams DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows: Certification Roles and Exams Certifications: Beyond DB2 Certification Tips on the DB2Night Show Web-based Training Courses to Consider Certification Promotions and Discounts
Discounts available for the conference
It might seem too early to plan for a May event, but it’s not. And, if you can book before April 6, you can save quite a bit. See this REGISTRATION site to register and to see how much you can save with the Early Bird Discount.
Another great way to save is by using the Multiple Attendee Discount. If your company is sending 3 or more individuals to IDUG you can get a 10% discount.
And finally, the IDUG Mentor Program gives IDUG members the opportunity to pass on the valuable skills they have learned over the years to fellow DB2 professionals. You become eligible to apply for a coupon worth up to 80% off the registration rate for a brand new IDUG conference attendee who accompanies you to IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Denver. Visit www.IDUG.org/Mentor to learn more.
Follow my blog to get even more information about this fabulous conference. There are many things I haven’t been able to add in this entry including whether there will be a bookstore this year, or how many exams you can take, or what full-day sessions are being offered this year.