2021 Posted by Carol Davis-Mann

Going Green at IDUG EMEA

With the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) coming to a close, another UK event is fast approaching. The IDUG EMEA 2021 Technical Conference is just around the corner.

This year’s IDUG EMEA conference was originally planned to take place in Edinburgh, the greenest city in the UK. Did you know that Edinburgh has more trees per head of population than any other UK city? The Scottish capital is home to around 130 parks with almost half the city (49.2%) classed as ‘green space’. The parks are considered the lungs of the city.

Sadly, IDUG EMEA attendees won’t be able to take advantage of the natural beauty or fresh air that Edinburgh has to offer. COVID-19 has scuppered plans again, making IDUG EMEA a virtual conference. On the bright side, attendees will be doing their bit to help save the planet by reducing air pollution. The postponed event will now be held on December 6-10, 2021 with all sessions accessible online.

Despite all the hurdles that the Conference Planning Committee has had to face, this year’s conference is certainly shaping up to be a great one. There will be seven dedicated tracks full of rich technical from high calibre keynote speakers and presenters. Triton’s very own Iqbal Goralwalla is also this year’s IDUG President – no pressure Iqbal!

We are happy to confirm that Triton Consulting will be represented by two of our seven IBM Champions. Julian Stuhler and Mark Gillis have both been selected to present. You can find details of their presentations below.


Presenter: Julian Stuhler

Director / Head of Solutions Delivery, IBM Gold Consultant and IBM Champion

Presentation Title: Automating DB2 for z/OS Schema Change – A Practical Guide


When: Monday 6th Dec, 10am CEST

Where: Track G DevOps – G01(7244)

Who: Intermediate/Advanced level


The worlds of DevOps and databases have truly collided, and many organisations are now looking at ways to reduce risk and improve agility by automating the deployment of DB2 schema changes. This presentation will provide an overview of the technical options and challenges around automating schema change in a DB2 for z/OS environment; together with some practical guidance on ways in which the basic process can be further enhanced. Topics such as schema versioning; environment logging; DDL quality assurance; production copyback processing and Jira integration will be covered; based on real-world experiences.


Presenter: Mark Gillis

Principal Consultant and IBM Champion

Presentation Title: Is your database healthy? A one-stop check via Jupyter Notebooks


When: Thursday 12th Dec, 13:20 CEST

Where: DB2 for LUW II Track D, D12(7247)

Who: Application Developers, Data Architects and Database Administrators – Beginner/Intermediate level.


Even with the most sophisticated self-tuning and self-administering database, it is still useful to have it checked over. Technology is becoming increasingly more adept at examining itself; recommending improvements and highlighting potential problems long before it becomes an issue. But would you still fly on an airliner that was never serviced and flagged up problems to the ground crew as and when it thought it should?

Whether your database is on-premise, in the cloud or a hybrid, an examination of its configuration, design and performance is highly advisable. With the combined expertise of over a century of DB2 knowledge, we’ve encapsulated the most critical and some of the more esoteric issues into a single Jupyter Notebook, allowing your database to be given a health check wherever it resides and whatever it does.


You can join Mark and Julian and other members of the DB2 community at the IDUG EMEA virtual conference by booking your place.

Keep up to date on all the workshops, expert panels and presentations by viewing the agenda.



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