PDUG Poland DB2 Users Group – Kicks off another successful event – Read More
On March 6 to 7, 2014 in Piaseczno, Poland, the 3rd Poland DB2 Users Group (PDUG) conference was held. For those who are still not familiar with the initiative, PDUG is a non-profit association (NGO) that was formed in 2013 by DB2 users from the largest data processing centres in Poland. The association aims at educating and promoting the exchange and sharing of professional experiences in the field of IBM DB2 technology between its users (www.pdug.pl).
Until recently, PDUG members recruited mostly from DB2 mainframe (z /OS) users. However, bearing in mind the fact that DB2 is also a technology dedicated to other platforms, such as Linux, Unix and Windows (LUW), the educational offer of Poland DB2 Users Group’s March conference for the first time was also addressed to LUW users.
As a result, the association managed to organize the conference where presentations were grouped into two separate thematic blocks: track DB2 z /OS and track DB2 LUW. DB2 users, as well as DB2 database software vendors, welcomed it with great interest. The conference brought together nearly one hundred professionals who in their everyday work deal with maintenance and development of database environments in the largest companies in Poland.
Among the invited speakers were the leading DB2 experts – Steven Thomas and Zeljen Stanic from CA Technologies, John Campbell from IBM Silicon Valley Lab, Marcin Marczewski and Jan Nelken from IBM Poland Software Lab, Piotr Zawadzki from IBM BTO, Cristian Molaro, an independent consultant from Belgium, as well as DB2 users – Jakub Karasiński, Jacek Rafalak and Adam Pesta from Asseco Poland S.A. who shared their knowledge by presenting their experiences concerning the implementation of large and complex projects.
Among the invited attendees Poland DB2 Users Group hosted also Czech Republic and Slovakia DB2 Users Group (csDUG) representatives, Mariusz Koczar (Tieto) and Philippe Dubost (CA liaison) who were interested not only in the content of the agenda of the conference, but also in observing the practices of the Polish Group concerning educational activities and Group’s development. In these two fields PDUG can pride in getting very positive feedback.
It is worth noting that in October 2013, only after a few months of its operation, as the association was officially registered in March 2013, Poland DB2 Users Group was awarded “The Best New Users Group” by IBM in appreciation of its dynamic growth, its initiatives undertaken in terms of DB2 z/OS technology and its innovative approach in building the local DB2 community and its resources.
‘We strongly believe that in the upcoming months and years Poland DB2 Users Group will maintain the achieved high standard of the educational offer and its well-deserved image, now stronger with DB2 LUW users’-says Jacek Rafalak, the president of Poland DB2 Users Group-‘I’d like to invite all the DB2 administrators and developers to the next conference that is planned in autumn 2014’-he adds.
Together with the expansion concerning LUW users, Poland DB2 Users Group also celebrated the release of the first issue of PDUG’s magazine that accompanied the conference. What is worth underlying is that the association members themselves came up with an idea to extend the means of realising PDUG’s mission by publishing technical texts addressed to other group members and not only limit themselves to preparing seminars and presentations. Thus, all the articles of the “On DB2 Paths” magazine were written by the association members. The editorial team also recruited from them and both, the editorial works and graphics were done by PDUG members. This amateur initiative was warmly welcomed and highly evaluated in the feedback forms.
The organisation of the 3rd Poland DB2 Users Group Tech Conference wouldn’t have been such a success without the support provided to the association by companies: CA Technologies, IBM and Arrow ECS.