November 14, 2012 Leave a comment
Simply the BEST ! Biggest audience since the Tech bubble has burst”, says Curt Cotner at IBM Dinner
Last week I spent the week atIDUG EMEA DB2 Tech Conference in Berlin with many people from the DB2 Community. Throughout the week there was excitement, passion and the feedback we received from customers was “thank-you” this is the “BEST IDUG Conference ever”!
Why? The main focus for IBM was to provide customer value, we worked hard with the IDUG planning committee to deliver a “top class” agenda with was content rich. Although budgets are tight in the current economic environment there was no compromise on quality and customer value. We worked with the IDUG committee to ensure our “top speakers” were available for the DB2 community.
DB2 for z/OS Book Signing Event
The IBM expo had nothing not the latest demonstrations and was a great place to meet and see IBM experts; Curt Cotner, John Campbell, Terry Purcell, Namik Hrle and many more were available around the IBM Expo. There were live product demos of our hardware and software working together.
Many of you will know IBM will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013 – so we took the opportunity at IDUG EMEA 2012 to launch our anniversary celebrations, we will continue our 30th anniversary campaign until December 2013. Our primary objective was simple – we wanted to say “thank-you“ to our customers, partners and extended community for their support and commitment over the past few decades, without you all we would not be here!
Here is a summary and some feedback we heard
Inspirational Keynote – The IBM keynote on Big Data by David Barnes was a real eye opener and made many people realized that we are all in one of the most exciting professions and I am sure many people will go back to the office and update the resume to include “Data Scientist”.
David spoke about the business insights of “Big Data” and how it was “Good Enough” to give you idea. An important fact he quoted was that “90% of the world’s data is unstructured” .That includes all the “emails, tweets, blogs, texts etc” and it is interesting to think there are people out there analysing this “Big data” and making decisions on “Good Enough” data. However David also said that 90% of the world’s important data is structured therefore mission critical corporate data is still safer on a trusted database.
Excellent sessions and workshops – A comment I heard from an attendee was “I have gained skills and knowledge in 1 hour that would take me months on the job – this was a great investment for my company”.
As usual some of the key speaker sessions were packed, I was in John Campbell’s “DB2 10 and Beyond” session and although it was in the “Paris” – one of the biggest rooms, there was so much interest that people were still working in and happy to stand. Next year we will have to make sure we have a bigger room.
- Best place to network for DB2 community and meet IBM experts– the IBM booth was buzzing. “Great place to see and hear about latest technology”. There were lots of conversations and people were sharing feedback on their DB2 10 migration experiences and providing hints and tips to those clients that were just about to embark on the journey. The attendees loved the zEnterprise booth and were just fascinated…See for yourself.
- Recognition Dinner for DB2 Community members including customers, user groups and the IDUG EMEA Planning Committee . At least once a year IBM likes to recognise and appreciate the DB2 community, this year we took the opportunity to recognise customers, user gorups and the IDUG EMEA Committee
- Watch this space for more pictures.
In 2013 we will continue our 30th anniversary celebrations at local seminars, User Group events and conferences.
Keep in touch with us on The World of DB2 for z/OS and join our 30th anniversary recognition and celebrations throughout 2013 as we add more venues and cities near you. We have started sharing the dates and venues via our virtual communities