IOD is Here!

Posted by Frank Fillmore on October 23, 2009 under Baltimore Washington DB2 Users Group, DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , .

I am ready to leave for IOD and had some thoughts on this year’s conference based on what I’ve heard (unconfirmed, ok?)  It’s sad to hear from so many customers that they cannot attend.  IOD and IDUG offer DB2 users the broadest perspective on what’s happening in the world of OUR technology, and it seems the many incentives of attending – great training and lots of discussion about what new features and functionality are being planned, or have already been added (but no one knows about).  One vendor I spoke to estimated IOD attendance will be 80% vendors and IBM’ers, and 20% customers.  Bummer!

I think it’s important that every DB2 user get a sense of the strategy to merge all the acquired products into a comprehensive toolkit.  For those of you who won’t be at the conference, here are some suggestions:

First, if you have an opportunity to see Curt Cotner presenting on the Information Management strategy – anywhere and anytime – GO!  Curt has a presentation that explains the convergence clearly and logically.  Curt also maintains a blog on the Developerworks site that contains loads of information.  I know we’re all overwhelmed by presentations and redbooks and articles, but Curt’s presentation is not to be missed if you want to gain an understanding of what Information Management is going to look like – ? – maybe as soon as tomorrow.

Along the technical blog line…Kathy Zeidenstein from IBM sends a weekly technical update on the Optim products and news from Developerworks.  If you are interested in being added to her distribution list, please email her at:

Also, IDUG is presenting 2-day, mini-IDUG conferences at sites around the country.  They have some great speakers lined up and some terrific content.  These conferences offer an alternative to the week-long, hey-boss-can-I-have-$3K conferences that lots of people are being told NOT to attend.  For more information go to

Another option, is IBM’s free, “IOD Comes to You” one-day sessions at locations around the country.  I know there’s one in DC, as I will be there manning a booth; from what I’ve seen there are about four scheduled each quarter.  Free…need I say more?  For the dates and locations go to:

Finally, as always, check in with your local DB2 Users Group.  Most groups would be happy to have you, and would love your input.  My local DB2 Users Group has Roger Miller presenting on the z/OS side this December, and we’re trying to line up Paul Zikopoulos and Paul Westfall on the LUW side.  All great presenters.

Knowledge is power…if attending a conference isn’t in your future, please look into these alternatives.

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