Creating your IOD Agenda – Samples Included

Dean Compher

30 September 2013



Whether you are into DB2, Big Data, Informix, lectures or labs, it is now time to start building your agenda for the 2013 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 are several technical sessions again this year.  If you want to see what is available before you register you can browse the available sessions using the Sample Agenda Builder to see all of the great content.  They have made some changes to the sample builder this year that I really like.  First you can create different prototype agendas and save them with different names, and get a URL link to each agenda that you can save or give to others.  The other people can see the link and import the whole thing by clicking the “Add All” button, or pick individual sessions by clicking the diagonal error button next to them.  This copies all or some of the sessions into your “My Sessions” tab where you can add and delete sessions as you see fit.  Using this method, you can import any of the agendas I have in this article.  So if you don’t have time to create one for yourself, just click on an agenda here that looks like what you want and then easily import the sessions into your agenda and then onto the calendar on you phone or laptop.  You can import more than one of the agendas below.  For example you can import the General DB2 DBA Lectures agenda and then the Receptions, Keynotes, and Book Signings to add the after-hours events to it.


If you have not already done so, you will need to register for the conference.  Once you have done that you will get an email from “Information on Demand” with a subject line of “Registration confirmation - IBM Information On Demand 2013” with your confirmation number.  To build your private agenda where can reserve your spot in labs and appointments with experts go to the IOD Agenda Builder page for private agenda building.  Even if you used the Smart Site last year, you will need to register again before you start using this year’s agenda builder.   Once you are registered you can start selecting sessions or import one of the ones presented in this article.  I give detailed instructions for importing at the end of this page. 


Agenda Builder Tips 


There are so many tracks 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 the agenda builder or sample agenda builder.


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.  Matt Huras’ DB2 Internals sessions are back this year.  Don’t miss these two sessions on Thursday morning to see what is going on inside DB2/LUW!


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, but 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 Archiving, 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, plus tools for archiving old data.


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 EventFun will be playing at this event.  Make sure to merge these sessions into your technical agenda.  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.  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 you or 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.  


Introduction to Big Data for the IT Architect or Hands on Manager

This agenda is an intermediate level agenda that explores what's possible with Big Data in the enterprise.  The IT Architect or Hands on Manager would find this useful for generating ideas of what would be possible in their organization.


Information Integration for the IT Technical Professional or Hands on Manager

This agenda is an intermediate level agenda that explores IBM Information Integration capabilities of both IBM InfoSphere Data Replication and the IBM Information Server Platform.  The IT technical professional or hands on manager will be updated on the latest capabilities of the technology, and get an understanding of best practices and performance tuning.


A Deep Dive into IBM InfoSphere Data Replication

This agenda is a detailed study of the IBM InfoSphere Data Replication technologies for both the z and LUW platforms.  The IT Technical Professional will be updated on the latest capabilities of the technology, get an understanding of best practices and performance tuning, and learn about clients that are successfully utilizing the technology to reduce costs and increase information availability.


Data Architecture for performance

These sessions cover data architecture and design best practices for performance on the z, PureData and LUW platforms.  The DBA or Data Architect will be updated on what IBM has learned about designing for performance from our work with our customers.


Tuning your DB2 Database

These sessions cover methods and techniques for tuning the performance of DB2.  The DBA or Data Architect will be updated on what IBM has learned about performance tuning from our work with our customers.


IBM Data Federation

These sessions cover the latest in Federation capabilities offered by IBM.  The DBA or Data Architect will updated on how Federation can be used for regulatory compliance requirements and HADR.



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:


pureScale, Pure Data Systems

There are several sessions this year where you can learn more about our pureScale clustering technology as well as our various Pure Data Systems that have database clustering technologies built into a system so that you do not have to do any engineering.  We refer to these systems as “Expert Integrated Systems”.



IBM and SAP are still very strong partners and DB2 is the best database for your SAP applications.  This agenda shows the sessions where you can learn more about how to run SAP on our DB2 systems.   


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


Import Sample Agenda into your Private Agenda


First you must register for the private agenda builder after registering for the conference.  There are links to both of these near the beginning of the article.  Once those steps are complete, click on one of the agendas above.  For example, I clicked the “Introduction to Big Data for the IT Architect or Hands on Manager” above and then I saw following tabs in my browser.  To add all of the sessions from this sample agenda into your own sample, click the “Add All” button that is circled in red. 



When you do that, you will notice that the number in the blue box in on the “My Sessions” tab changes from zero to the same number in the sample agenda that you added.  You could have added just individual sessions instead by clicking the diagonal arrow button to the left of the session.  Then click the Save button.  That will bring up a dialog window where you give the session a name, your e-mail address and input other required information.  Make sure to save with the e-mail address that you used when you registered for the private agenda builder.  That is how the private agenda builder will know which sample agendas are yours.     Once you have entered the information and clicked the save button there, another box will pop up that shows you the URL for your new sample agenda.  Copy that address and save it if you would like to share that sample with others.  However, that is not necessary. 



Next go to the private agenda builder page and log in.  On the right side you will see any sample agendas saved using your e-mail address.  In the “Save” dialog I discussed in the paragraph above, I gave my saved agenda the same name as the one that I imported, namely, “Introduction to Big Data for the IT Architect or Hands on Manager”.  Click on the sample agenda on the right that interests you.  As in the Sample Agenda Builder, a new tab will appear with the name of the agenda that you clicked.  There is no “Add All” button as there is in the sample builder, but you can easily add each session that interests you by pressing the diagonal blue arrow to the left of the session: 






There’s a lot more to the Agenda Builder 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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