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Aurevoir Brussels – Until We Meet Again IDUG!

Carolyn Henry
by Carolyn Henry


As I settled into my transatlantic flight on Friday, I couldn’t help reflect on all the wonderful, inspiring events that transpired this past week at IDUG EMEA in Brussels.  This was my first IDUG conference as part of the BMC team and I was very impressed. The completely volunteer, user-based organization put on such a professional and informative conference it is no wonder that they have such a loyal following that returns year after year to their events in North America and EMEA. From the thoughtful agenda that was packed full of relevant DB2 topics, to the host of exceptional speakers (first timers and returning favorites), to the Expo floor where sponsors and attendees held meaningful conversations, to the evening events – this conference was top notch!

We bopped from hotel to hotel braving the cool air, wind, and a bit of rain across the Rogier plaza eagerly anticipating exchanges with colleagues and new acquaintances who are passionate about DB2, the mainframe, and optimizing our businesses. Did you know that large glass and iron umbrella-looking-thing in the Rogier plaza was called the “Foundation of the Future Canopy”? I didn’t either.

Attendees learned about a host of topics, including key testimonials from DB2 professionals, new tools and approaches, advancements in automation, how to improve performance, and how to simplify your overall data management processes.

There were many other highlights, so I’ll just touch on a few

  • The world map that the organizers set up was quite eye opening – attendees from all over represented their whereabouts. As expected, there was quite a concentration in Europe but you’d be surprised at the reach – as far across the globe from China to California all drawn by the unique content one can only receive at this event.
  • There was certainly a festive air on the expo floor. The sponsor raffles and Passport to Prizes kept us all engaged and excited as well.
  • The IDUG user’s groups (RUGs? What an acronym!) were also recognized for their work at home. I believe the User Group from Poland won top billing. Their enthusiasm was certainly felt throughout the week.
  • It was gratifying to see our BMC experts being recognized as well. Phil Grainger, Product Manager for DB2 Solutions, was invited to speak on the IDUG Experts Panel and Sheryl Larsen, DB2 Product Specialist, gave a very well attended session on SQL performance tuning – it was a packed house.

If you missed an opportunity to speak to us at our booth, please feel free to reach out or read up on the latest and greatest from BMC at If you’d like to participate in the LOB survey we were taking but didn’t get a chance to at the show, please feel free now: // We’re always here and happy to engage.

As we all return home to our day jobs and daily lives, let’s not lose this enthusiasm and momentum we found in Brussels. I know at BMC we’ll be busy designing topics and submitting sessions for IDUG NA in Anaheim, California in May 2017 and turning our sights to Lisbon in October 2017. Hope to see you all again at another fabulous IDUG event soon!

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About the author

Carolyn Henry

Carolyn Henry

Carolyn Henry is the Lead Solutions Marketing Manager for DB2 Solutions at BMC. Carolyn has 10+ years of experience in Software & Mainframe systems starting from her early years at IBM as a technical writer for DB2 and IMS Tools. She has experience in management, sales, enablement, and marketing with Enterprise Content Management and Data Management software ranging across structured and unstructured data. Most recently, Carolyn worked with the IBM Marketing teams on their partnership with Box and their Information Governance offerings.