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DB2 Is the New 30

DBAs worldwide will mark the 30th anniversary of DB2 on June 7, 2013, the birthday of the relational database. IBM is commemorating the occasion with a website, “IBM DB2 for z/OS Celebrates 30 Years of Superior Innovation.”

Among the site’s resources are messages from proud parents Don Haderle and Dr. Pat Selinger, the “father” and “mother” of DB2. It also offers a downloadable ebook, “IBM DB2: The Past, Present and Future: 30 Years of Superior Innovation.” In addition to Haderle, the book is co-authored by John Campbell, Distinguished Engineer and director for z/OS development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab; Surekha Parekh, worldwide marketing program director for DB2 for z/OS; and Terry Purcell, senior technical staff member at IBM Silicon Valley.

Surely, the anniversary will be a hot topic at next week’s IDUG DB2 Tech Conference April 29-May 2 in Orlando, Fla. This will be the 25th IDUG conference.

But not only are DB2 aficionados looking back, they’re also looking forward to the future—in particular the release of the next version, DB2 for z/OS 11. To learn more about its planned features, register and watch this January webcast recording featuring Jeff Josten, chief architect, DB2 for z/OS, and IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Software Group.

So kudos to DB2 and here’s to the next 30 years!

Mike Westholder is site editor of Destinationz.org.

Posted: 4/23/2013 1:01:01 AM by Mike Westholder | with 1 comments

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I began working with DB2 on z/OS in 2007 and my first IDUG was in 2008 which was the 25th Anniversary for DB2 and 20th for IDUG. Over the past 5 years there have been tremendous improvements to DB2 and a strong investment in this platform to keep it the choice above other DBMS's. I have been impressed with the Temporal Data features, more online availability while running utilities, many security enhancements such as Trusted Context in V9 and the new Admin Authorization options in V10. I am excited to attend IDUG this year to see what is next for DB2 V11 and the trends going forward!
Posted: 4/25/2013 9:46:38 AM by greg.flohr