Last Tuesday, August 20th, Sao Paulo held one of the most important conferences for Db2 professionals, the IDUG – International Db2 User Group Conference. I, a Brazilian living abroad for the past three years, had the opportunity to represent Broadcom by speaking in two of the day’s sessions. I was also excited to have the opportunity to meet up with friends, customers and co-workers from the past.
The event was held at the Sheraton WTC Hotel, located in a particularly beautiful part of São Paulo. Below it is a picture from my hotel room taken at night:
During registration time, Broadcom’s booth was quite a success! Many came to talk to us (Antonio Couto and myself). They were also looking for our Db2 12 for z/OS Catalog Poster and interested in the Recovery Handbook and Reference Guide. The pictures below speak for themselves; all of the posters were gone very quickly.
Broadcom had four sessions throughout the day. First, Denis Pereira from Broadcom in Brazil talked about Zowe. It was truly amazing to see how people are interested to know and learn more to use it in their shops. The audience actively participated, making comments, asking questions and generally interacting with Denis. It is amazing how simple it is from the user perspective, to extract data from a Db2 for z/OS table using the terminal with only a single command.
During lunch, I got the chance to catch up with people I’ve known for a long time. Some I had mentored in the past and today have become amazing Db2 professionals. Some were customers I’d worked with when I was based in Brazil. They came to hug me, tell jokes, recall what we went through in the past together and catch up on what each of us is doing now.
Something else that struck me — it is amazing how many young professionals are working on mainframe in Brazil. In the picture below, you can see the freshness!
After the lunch, we had our VSP session, presented by Antonio Couto. One word to describe it: SUCCESS! The room was almost full and the audience was eager to discover more about the solutions we provide and how we are modernizing, using autonomics, DevOps and Machine Learning for Db2 for z/OS. They were excited to know we are investing, we are growing and how clever and preformistic our tools are. In the end, they came to get their Reference Guide and Recovery Handbook which were also gone quickly. Antonio received ovations for his speech and we as employees of Broadcom also received compliments for what we are doing for the mainframe community.
I had two sessions in the afternoon and both rooms were completely full. My sessions centered on “The Lifetime of Db2 for z/OS from Start up to Shutdown” and “Db2 for z/OS Performance Bottlenecks – Identifying Pain Points” respectievly. I really enjoyed the engagement with the audience. As mine were the last two sessions, I felt very good that they stayed until the end to listen to me. They shared their experiences, they had questions that I helped clear up, and that one hour passed so fast we felt we could stay there talking for plenty hours more. And to add, no one slept during my sessions! To present, I changed my t-shirt to the Broadcom’s Master of The Realm Mainframe and they went crazy about it. They all wanted one!
We from Broadcom had very positive feedback and we felt it in the way the attendees talked. In the end, we had a dinner and the attendees were so thankful for the experience they had with the IDUG conference. For some of them, it was the very first time they participated in such a conference and I wouldn’t be able to write down here all compliments we received from them.
I hope to see them all again next year!