Read Now: IDUG President's Letter March 2022

Hello again to our IDUG members all over the world. I know that everyone in the Db2 User community is really excited about 2022. In addition to our plans to return to face-to-face IDUG events this year, this will be a very big year for Db2!

Of course, we hope to see you in person at our Db2 Tech Conferences in Boston and Edinburgh. But if you participated virtually in the 2021 IDUG EMEA conference last December, you already know what will make 2022 so special. IBM will be announcing a new release of Db2 for z/OS this year!

It has been five years since the announcement of Db2 12. And with the announcement of continuous delivery and regular new Db2 functions and features on demand, many of us wondered if there was going to be any "major” releases from IBM ever again. But the world changed with Data Fabric and AI, when the wants and needs of Db2 users everywhere grew so rapidly.  

IBM Db2 Vnext for z/OS will deliver significant innovations and capabilities around:

  • Innovative integrated AI approaches to developing and deploying AI insights within applications
  • Infusing AI to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs
  • Enhanced resiliency, efficiency, and application stability for unparalleled availability
  • Synergy with IBM z16 for enhanced efficiency and differentiating business value
  • Simplified database management and upgrades to help accelerate feature adoption and time to value

I have three opportunities for you to consider to bolster your career development and to enhance your effective utilization of Db2 in 2022 and beyond:   

1-Send in an abstract here to present at the 2022 IDUG EMEA Db2 Tech Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

2-Follow IDUG in your favorite social media channels (FacebookLinkedInTwitter) to receive registration information soon for the 2022 IDUG NA Db2 Tech Conference in Boston, USA (and other upcoming IDUG events across the globe).

3-Register here to join the IBM announcement webinar called “Db2 Vnext AI Infused with Data Insights – A Critical Component of Your Data Fabric Strategy” on April 6, 2022, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time.   

IDUG is honored to support and strengthen everyone in this community by providing the highest quality education and services for Db2. Until next time—wherever you may be reading this—stay healthy and stay safe.     

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Iqbal Goralwalla
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