Creating your IOD Agenda – Samples Included

Dean Compher

28 September 2012



Whether you are into DB2, Big Data, Informix, lectures or labs, it is now time to start building your agenda for the 2012 Information On-Demand Conference.  There are tons of great sessions and networking (fun) evening activities at the conference and by planning ahead you can squeeze the most value out of the conference.  If you like lab sessions then sign up early or you risk them filling with other people.  In this article I’ll share a few tips on building your agenda and even some sample agendas for various interests to help you get started.  If you’re not that familiar with the conference this may help your planning, but you should review all the choices on the conference web site.  Please browse the sessions on the agenda and pick the ones of most interest to you.  In this article I also provide information on using the agenda building web site. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, make sure to select IBM Rep and type “Dean Compher” in the box where it asks you how you found out about this conference when you do register. 


There seem to be more technical sessions this year.  Before you register you can brows the available sessions using the Sample Agenda Builder to see all of the great content.  If you have not already done so, you will need to register for the event.  Once you have done that you will get an email from “Information on Demand” with your confirmation number and the link to the Smart Site where you can browse all sessions and build your agenda.  Even if you used the Smart Site last year, you will need to register again this year before you start using it.   Once you are registered you can start selecting sessions.  


Smart Site Tips



There are so many different areas that I couldn’t come up with just one agenda, so I’ve added a few sample agendas that you can use as a template for creating your own schedule.  Each time slot actually has many more sessions; these are just some of my favorites.  Make sure to examine other available sessions using smart site.


General DB2 DBA Lectures Agenda

If you want to get a lot of information about several topics, then attend as many sessions as you can.  This agenda shows the ones that db2Dean recommends.  Some time slots show multiple sessions because I like them all, but you will need to cross off the ones you would not take.


General DB2 DBA Labs Agenda

If you like to get more in depth on fewer topics then Labs are the way to go.  The agenda in this link is almost exclusively lab sessions.  Of course you can mix and match labs and lectures. 


Informix Sessions

If Informix is more you thing, then check out this agenda that includes both lectures and a lab. 


Optim Test Data Management and Data Privacy

Automate your management of test databases (IBM and non-IBM) and use the great test cases from production, while privatizing sensitive data so that anyone can see your test data because it has been obfuscated.  These sessions showcase our Optim Test Data Management and Data Privacy tools. 


Database Security

There are many threats to your databases these days.  Come learn about the tools for securing your IBM and non-IBM databases with our comprehensive set of protection and auditing options.


Receptions, Keynotes and Book Signings

Don’t forget about the other interesting things you can do at the conference.  There are several after hours receptions.  I’ve added the ones open to the general public to this agenda.  The main fun event is Tuesday evening and is called the Networking Event.  One Republic and Barenaked Ladies will be playing at this event.  There are also several events that are not widely announced, but you can ask your sales rep if you would like to be invited to them.  There are also some book signings and I’ve included a few that particularly interest me on this agenda.  Also don’t forget to stop by the expo if you are interested in chatting about particular technologies or just want to get some cool toys for your kids.  Also Breakfast and Lunch are included in your conference registration and are normally held next to the Expo.  



Keith Redman has graciously provided additional Agendas that might be of interest to you.  


Big Data

Everyone seems to be talking about Big Data.  This year we have lots of good sessions on this topic including basic Big Data Topics, implementation, analytics, and case studies.  If you want to get up to speed on Big Data, then the 2012 IOD conference is for you.  


Master Data Management

There is lots of interest in having one good version of the truth for various categories of your data like customer that is kept in many system and may conflict if you don’t make it a point of keeping them synchronized. 


Special interest Sessions

There are a number of sessions that I did not include on the above agendas because of their specialized nature.  However, if that specialty appeals to you then you may want to attend them instead of some of the sessions on the above agendas.  Here are some that tickled my fancy:


DB2 pureScale

2670A The First Mission-Critical Open Database Deployed at Nissay by IBM DB2 pureScale     

3945B BOF - DB2 pureScale Feature

1256A Extreme Availability: Experience the Power of IBM DB2 pureScale Feature

1268A IBM DB2 pureScale Monitoring and Tuning With IBM InfoSphere Optim Performance Manager and Workload Manager    

3241A ATE - Maximize Performance and Cost Efficiencies by Virtualizing DB2 pureScale on IBM System x    

3724A CRM System Implementation on IBM DB2 pureScale at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (BTMU)

3625A Field Notes on Configuring, Testing and Monitoring Your IBM DB2 pureScale Cluster

3726A IBM DB2 pureScale: High Availability Internals and Experiences

1072A IBM DB2 pureScale and Oracle RAC: The Truth Behold



1498A IBM DB2 10 for Linux, UNIX and Windows for SAP       

1603A Practical Techniques for Ensuring the Health of Your SAP Applications on IBM DB2: A PepsiCo Case Study 

2027A IBM DB2 for SAP: Coca-Cola Bottling Co.'s Journey Keeps Getting Better         

2473A Migrating to IBM DB2 for SAP at Colgate-Palmolive         

1267A End-to-End Analysis of IBM DB2 for SAP System With SAP Solution Manager

1764A Experiences in Deploying a Large-Scale Virtualized IBM DB2 for SAP Landscape

1988A You Care About Your SAP System Performance

3838A Baldor's DB2 10 Migration Experiences in SAP environment



Talk to the Experts

Go to the “Ask the Experts” or “Birds of a Feather” sessions to talk in small groups about how to do something that interests you.  There is no other forum where it is this easy to corner someone from the lab.  All that you have to do is to go to these sessions and bring up your topic




There’s a lot more to the Smart Site than what I’ve listed in this article, like a way to connect with friends and advanced search options.  I encourage you to explore that site and use all of those features, but if you run out of time, then using one of these agendas is better than showing up with nothing and wondering aimlessly!  Also don’t forget to make sure to select IBM Rep and type “Dean Compher” in the box where it asks you how you found out about this conference when you register for the conference!


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