Interesting Developments at IDUG
IDUG is the Independent DB2 Users Group. They are an independent, not-for-profit user group—run by DB2 users for DB2 users. They are primarily known for the outstanding technical conferences that they have offered the DB2 community for the past 20 years. However, something interesting is happening at IDUG.
If you visit the new IDUG Web site, you will see a nice new look-and-feel. However, you will also notice that there is a lot of new technical content available. In particular, they have:
- Hundreds of DB2 Videos, including presentations for some of the leading DB2 technical sessions you will find anywhere. This resource alone is worth continued return visits to the Web site.
- The Conference Proceedings from prior year’s IDUG conferences.
- A new Events Calendar that includes regional, local, and Web-based events for DB2 users.
Rob Williams is one of the heroic IDUG volunteers who made this new Web site a reality. I think Rob sums it up best when he says the following on his blog (on the IDUG Web site):
What excites me the most though is not the new website, but the culture shift this website represents for IDUG. It’s the refocusing of IDUG to help educate as many people as possible and to ensure that cost is not a barrier. This will allow students, small organizations, or anyone who wants to learn DB2 access to some of the best DB2 content on the web.
I couldn’t agree more. This is indeed a major development both for the IDUG organization and for DB2 users everywhere.