Highlights from the IDUG Db2 Tech Conference in Rotterdam
With more than 470 attendees from 194 companies and 32 countries, the IDUG Db2 conference in Rotterdam was one of the biggest and best yet.
Congrats to Our Top Speakers
This year's conference featured an amazing group of presenters who explored the latest developments in the Db2 landscape. Congrats to our top speakers.
Top User Speakers
  • Semra Arslan
  • Chiara Baldan
  • Thomas Baumann
  • Ember Crooks
  • Joe Geller
  • Ute Kleyensteuber
  • Brian Laube
  • Suresh Sane
  • Olaf Stephan
  • Derk van Veen
Top Overall Speakers
  • Paul Bird
  • John Campbell
  • Phil Grainger
  • Maryela Weihrauch
  • Jane Man
  • Dale McInnis
  • Matthias Nicola
  • Terry Purcell
  • Haakon Roberts
  • Steve Thomas
Check out more conference highlights on our social media pages.
Over 600 people participated in the first ever IBM & IDUG Virtual Db2 Hackathon. Thanks to everyone who participated, and congrats to our winners.
Grand Prize Winner
"Fine Grained" Sentiment Analysis for Yelp Restaurant Review

Joslyn Lim & Muhammad Ariff Yasri
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

"This gave us the chance to showcase our Db2 skills and present our solution on a worldwide platform."
Runners-Up
Three Weeks Left to Submit Your Abstracts
The abstract submission window is closing soon. If you're interested in speaking at next year's conference in Dallas, submit your ideas by Friday, November 29. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

  • Choose a catchy title. It is the first thing people see, so pique their curiosity.
  • Make your abstract easy to read so people know exactly what they can expect to learn from your presentation.
  • Talk about problems you have solved. You’re probably not the only one who has encountered them.
  • Put in some code or SQL examples for people to use in their jobs.
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Deprecated Objects and APPLCOMPAT
by Jim Dee
DBAs are notoriously conservative when it comes to migrating data to new types of objects. Our theme seems to be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" IBM has decided to encourage those of us on Db2 for z/OS to migrate our data to Universal Table Spaces (UTS) by essentially deprecating non UTS spaces in FL504 of Db2 12. Remember that we get to control the timing of when the functional changes occur. Even if the maintenance has been applied, none of these changes take effect until FL504 is activated. The considerations around activating the function level and setting APPLCOMPAT appropriately center around two areas:

  • What to do if we want to move aggressively towards the restrictions
  • What to do if we want to keep running without the restrictions
Just Announced!
October 25 –29 , 2020
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We're now accepting abstracts for our conference in Edinburgh next October.
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President's Letter
This month, IDUG President Billy Sundarrajan talks about how to keep up with the changing technology landscape.
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