Tuesday, May 15, 2018

csDUG 2018 - The call for presentations is now opened !

Following our successful events in the past years, we are now planning the next csDUG conference!

This year, the conference will take place on 25th September 2018 (Tuesday) in The Park, Prague 4 - Chodov.

We are opening a call for presentations on this event. Contact me to sign up (by direct email, using twitter @Db2forZ, or by leaving a comment to this page), it is enough to state the title of your presentation and also short description of the main objectives. The presentation should not be longer than 55 minutes, including Q&A.

This year, we are welcoming topics for Db2 Database Administrators and Db2 Application Developers, but also topics around IMS for z/OS (new 3rd track).

The call for presentations will be opened until 15th July 2018.

The whole csDUG team is looking forward to our mutual cooperation!

The csDUG team

csDUG 2017 (Prague) group picture
csDUG 2016 (Prague) group picture
csDUG 2015 (Ostrava) group picture

Summary of IDUG NA 2018 Philadelphia

IDUG hosted its annual 2018 NA conference in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. 

The event was a real success, with 500+ attendees.

A few pictures from the event

More pictures are avaialble on Twitter at @Db2forZ

Steen Rasmussen presents what’s new in the Temporal World of Db2
Steve Thomas presenting Db2 Partitioning restrictions

Nicole Fagen and the Green Highway during the VSP session from CA

The IBM Reception on Wednesday evening

Next Event ?

The next IDUG NA conference will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, from June 2 to June 6, 2019
Learn more about this conference at https://www.idug.org/page/na2019

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Benefits of SLAs for Db2 Professionals

On Thursday 23rd November 2017, some sessions were recorded at the Fifth csDUG Conference (csDUG is the Db2 Regional Users Group for Czech Republic and Slovakia).

If you could not attend the event in-person, you may want to review the following YouTube video to listen to Zeljen Stanic @staze01 , IBM Champion working for CA Technologies, who was discussing the Benefits of SLAs for Db2 Professionals. This video explains the purpose of service level agreements (SLAs) and how they can benefit Db2 professionals, such as DBAs and developers.

Short Abstract:
How to predict performance problem in design phase. This presentation will address Db2 for z/OS management and tuning. Should we start with the SLA expectations in design phase? 
We will start with data modeling, database design, testing ... and what Db2 has with ITIL and GDPR.
Many times if you ask how to fix the performance problem the answer is "It depends". We should start our design having final performance expectations as our design goals This presentation will address Db2 for z/OS management and tuning. We will start with data modeling, database design, testing .... and end with performance monitoring suggestions. We will touch areas of application, database and system performance. Some aspects of data masking scenarios will be mentioned too. If we are talking about standards what is ITIL? Do we need continuous education for developers, DBAs …. ?
Speaker Bio:
Zeljen Stanic has been in IT more than 34  years. Was working on different positions such as programmer, developer and DBA for Db2 and IMS. He is the member of DB Management team at CA EMEA Technical Sales - Mainframe Center of Competence. Currently he is representing CA at EMEA IDUG CPC .With SQL/DS was working from 1983, with Db2 started to work in 1989. Started to work for Platinum Technology in 1995 as a consultant for Db2 and Db2 tools. After Platinum acquisition in 1999 works for CA, supporting DBM solutions as well as other mainframe solutions. Was supporting Db2 customers in EMEA: Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Holland, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Serbia, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait . Speaker on numerous Db2 User groups and Db2 conferences.

Monday, November 27, 2017

5th csDUG Conference: A great success!

The 5th csDUG Conference happened last Thursday (Nov. 23), in Prague. This year, this one-day FREE conference had 2 tracks (Database Administrators and Database Developers) and was attended by 50 DB2 users, mainly from Czech Republic and Slovakia. The event was held in the IBM lab in Chodov, and was sponsored by CA Technologies and IBM. Thanks to all the speakers made the trip to share their DB2 expertise and give presentations about DB2 for z/OS.

Group Picture during the 5th csDUG Conference

A few pictures from the sessions

Mariusz Koczar (csDUG president) - Kick-off

Emil Kotrc - A brief history of Db2

Jacek Rafalak - System Level Backup

Michal Bialecki - Stable Queries in an unstable world

Saso Prek - Db2 Analytics Accelerator

Additional pictures of the event can be found at https://twitter.com/search?q=csDUG&src=typd
If you missed the conference this year you will have opportunity to attend next year. As we shape the next event, we would like to hear from you with your preferred city (Prague, Brno, Ostrava or Bratislava), the most convenient time of year for you, and what topics are you interested in.

If you attended the Conference, feel free to leave a comment below to indicate, for example, which session / presenter you enjoyed the most !

Saturday, September 30, 2017

News from SpDUG Forum in Madrid - 26 September 2017

The latest SpDUG Db2 conference took place in Madrid, earlier this week. It was a real success, as the number of attendees raised to ~100 !
Manuel Gomez Burriel kicks-off the event

Although I could not attend myself this time, I heard it was a great conference again, you may find more information at https://spdug.org/spdug-forum

A few pictures (credit to @SpDUG)

Steve Thomas (CA Tech) - Db2 12 partitioning restrictions

Chris Crone speaks about SQL enhancements in Db2 11 & 12
Jim Dee (BMC) talks about LOBs
The CA Technologies booth at SpDUG Forum

The event was sponsored by CA Technologies, IBM, BMC, Compuware and EPV Technologies.

If you attended the Conference, feel free to leave a comment below to indicate, for example, which session / presenter you enjoyed the most !

Thursday, September 28, 2017

PDUG conference in Wroclaw - 27 & 28 September 2017

The XI PDUG DB2 Conference took place in Wroclaw, on September 27 & 28. The conference had 2 tracks (z/OS and LUW) and roughly 80 attendees, ~40 on each track. The event was sponsored by CA Technologies and IBM. It was a great conference again, you may find more information at https://www.pdug.pl/agenda-11-konferencji-pdug-wroclaw/

A few pictures from the event

Michal Bialecki (IBM) discusses Db2 stable queries in an unstable world
Steve Thomas (CA Technologies) gives tips for Db2 Dynamic SQL
Nigel Slinger (IBM) introduces zServiceAdvisor
Jacek Rafalak (CA Technologies)  explains Db2 System Level Backup
Philippe Dubost (CA Technologies) unveils new CA Mainframe Solutions

You may find more pictures and comments on https://twitter.com/db2forz

If you attended the Conference, feel free to leave a comment below to indicate, for example, which session / presenter you enjoyed the most !

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

November 23, 2017 – csDUG Conference

The Czech Republic and Slovakia DB2 Users Group (csDUG) is a Regional User Group (RUG) that was created 5 years ago.

On 23 November 2017, we will be hosting the 5th csDUG event, with 2 tracks!
The event is sponsored by IBM and CA Technologies.

This is a full day FREE conference with top industry speakers - an great opportunity DB2 users to meet industry experts !

Agenda of the conference


IBM lab, building 4
V Parku 4,
148 00 Prague 4, Chodov
Czech Republic

Are you a qualified DB2 specialist? Do you want to discover what DB2 is or what it can do for you? Are you an experienced DBA in environments other databases and need support in DB2 for a new project? Are you interested in what role it can play a DB2 architecture of your business?
     --> Join the November 23 csDUG conference to listen to industry experts and network with other people interested in DB2!

Register to this FREE conference :

  • Send an email to Register.csDUG.23.NOV@gmail.com (please specify your name, country, job title, company and language(s) spoken)
  • If you register before September 15th ... and if you never attended an IDUG conference, and you are interested in receiving a FREE pass to IDUG (Lisbon October 1-5), please mention it in the email.
  • Become a member of the virtual csDUG group at http://www.worldofdb2.com/group/csdug (this helps us to calculate the budget for the complementary lunch). If you are not already a member of the WorldOfDB2 website, you will need to register first)