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IDUG EMEA – See You There

Phil Grainger
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Phil Grainger

IDUG EMEA 2019 is almost here – are YOU ready? There is still time to register at the IDUG website.

This year the IDUG EMEA conference will be held in Rotterdam between October 20th and 24th.

General membership of IDUG has always been free – and this continues to this day. New members are always welcomed. If you are not a member, why not correct that today and join the other 22,600+ members? IDUG is THE go-to place for all things Db2 – share your experiences and learn from your peers, as well as discover the latest thinking from industry subject matter experts.

It is amazing to believe that the entire conference is organized by a group of volunteers, whose day job is typically something to do with Db2 management or development, but NOT event management! Putting on an event of this size and complexity takes considerable time and effort. The volunteers are also responsible for encouraging speakers to submit abstracts – from this list they compile the final conference agenda.

BMC Continues to Support IDUG

BMC has supported the annual conferences since the very beginning, (IDUG EMEA was inaugurated in Geneva in 1992) and this year is no different.

As well as taking space in the Products and Services exhibition, BMC has been invited to provide three sessions as part of the main grid of presentations. In “Reorging Db2 – Housekeeping or a High Performance Move?” I talk about how the humble reorg utility can be used to enhance application performance and efficiency. Jim Dees session “Stop Wasting Time with Utilities” asks ‘What is the ideal frequency of execution for most utilities?’. “Make a statement with attention to detail: Cached SQL Performance Statistics” from Mike Behne steps through scenarios of problem SQL statements that can be identified, diagnosed, and corrected using these statistics.

BMC is also hosting a session on DevOps and how it applies to the mainframe and Db2. DevOps relies heavily on agile development and automated software delivery, but the ability to integrate and orchestrate database changes has lagged. We’ll introduce BMC’s new AMI DevOps for Db2 that solves the change management dilemma for Db2 for z/OS development.

For more details on the complete conference agendas, head on over to the IDUG website.

Back to the Future

One other tradition in the world of Db2 is trying to guess “Where will IDUG be next year”? Perhaps if you are not able to attend IDUG EMEA this year, we might still meet you at another IDUG conference – either in a different geography or in another year. We’re always happy to talk Db2 and hear how people are using the Db2 database and our tools. If you are planning to be in Rotterdam, please don’t hesitate to come by our booth and say “Hello”

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About the author

Phil Grainger

Phil Grainger

Phil has 30 years experience of Db2, starting work long ago in 1987 with Db2 Version 1.2. Since then he has worked with all versions, including Db2 12.

From his beginnings as a Db2 DBA for one of the largest users of Db2 at that time in the UK, through his time at PLATINUM technology, his almost 10 years as Senior Principal Product Manager at CA and through to his current position with BMC Software, Phil has always been a keen supporter of user groups and is a regular speaker at both vendor sponsored and independent events. His work with IDUG includes being a past member of the European IDUG Planning Committee, an inductee into the IDUG Volunteer Hall of Fame and now Board Liaison for BMC Software

Phil has been honoured by IBM as an Analytics Champion from 2009 to 2017

Phil is now Lead Product Manager at BMC Software working in support of their Db2 tools portfolio

In addition, Phil is a regular contributor to the IDUG sponsored
Db2-L discussion list