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IDUG Hits the Big 3-0 in Philadelphia

Phil Grainger
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Phil Grainger

IDUG North America this year is being held in downtown Philadelphia – at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. IDUG is the premier Db2 event worldwide, and it reaches its 30th birthday this year. Yes – you read that right! The first IDUG NA (and the first IDUG conference anywhere) was held in Chicago in 1989. In those days, IDUG was the ONLY place to go to get those tricky questions answered. Although the world has changed a lot since then (who DOESN’T use Google to answer their questions?), IDUG still has a place. It’s an ideal opportunity to not only keep up to speed with new developments in Db2, but it’s also a great chance to network with like-minded peers. The technical tracks for which IDUG is famous for provide an intensive learning experience.

Also, there is the IDUG Exhibition center. Stop by our booth (#109) to learn how BMC can help you transform the mainframe for digital business.

  • Hear about BMC’s Next Generation Technology (NGT) including automation and take the opportunity for a 1:1 conversation with one of our NGT developers
  • See solutions for managing the growing volumes of unstructured data and using LOBs
  • Book some time with an SQL Performance developer and learn how BMC can help you improve SQL performance and save MLC dollars at the same time
  • Take a live tour of our demos and speak with our industry experts about BMC’s DB2 solutions

Let us show you how BMCs solutions help you optimize application performance and increase staff productivity, all whilst providing you with a better user experience. Marvel at how something as simple as running the right reorgs at the right time can improve APPLICATION performance AND reduce costs.

Can YOU recover your data in the time allowed to comply with GDPR? Are you sure? Can you PROVE it? With BMC you could. Peak performance and BIG savings are the core of BMC’s mainframe solutions. We can’t wait to tell you more about how BMC can become your trusted partner.

BMC has many exciting sessions for you on the main track:

  • Jim Dee will present “How To Get 10 Pounds of LOB in a 5 Pound Bag” in Session B01 at 12:45pm on Monday, April 30th.
  • IDUG Hall of Famer Phil Grainger will ask “Reorging DB2 – Housekeeping or a High Performance Move?” in Session F09 at 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 2nd.
  • Sheryl Larsen will present “Revival of the SQL Tuner” in Session F16 at 9:20 am on Thursday, May 3rd.
  • BMC’s SQL Performance solution will also be highlighted by Michael Vanner of Northbridge Financial Corporation at 1:05pm on Tuesday, May 1st.

Registration is open and waiting. Sign up today. This year, IDUG is also offering a “Bring a Friend” discount scheme. If, as a fully registered attendee, you want to bring a friend who has never been to an IDUG conference before, then your friend will benefit from a significant reduction in the registration fee and will only have to pay $878!

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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