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Read Now! IDUG President's Letter: November 2021

9788203482?profile=RESIZE_400xWith an uptake of more and more people being vaccinated against Covid-19, countries have opened their borders for travel over the past few months. This has opened the doors for IDUG committees to conduct their meetings face to face after almost two years. Face to face interaction is important for all of us at our workplace and more so for IDUG volunteers who give up some of their out of work time to help IDUG conduct it’s many activities. It helps rejuvenate what we believe in and keeps us motivated. A big thank you to all our volunteers for adapting to an online world over the past couple of years and continuing to help and support IDUG. 

This month, the first ever IBM Community Festival 2021 is happening over November 8-10 and November 16-17. It’s online gathering for IBM user groups, clients, technology experts, distinguished engineers, & everyone else—to exchange technical knowledge & information about IBM products & services. See here for more details. I will be presenting on Monday, November 8. Please join me to learn all about IDUG – your organization! Check out the full agenda here

On a high note, our IDUG Virtual 2021 Db2 Tech Conference is just round the corner over December 6-10. The Conference Planning Committee has been working hard to assemble a great agenda of sessions for you. Please register for a conference not to be missed!

 And to end on another high note, I am excited to announce that the IDUG 2022 NA will be held in Boston on July 9-14, 2022. This will be our first face to face event in 2 years! Call for speakers is now open. Please consider submitting an abstract. 

As always, please reach out to me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns. I am just an email away at

Iqbal Goralwalla, IDUG President

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IDUG President's Letter: September 2021

September is usually a "back to" month. Back from holiday, back to work, back to school, and more. The "back from holiday" was missing for most of us last year as we adapted to living under COVID-19 restrictions and I hope everyone had a chance to take a much-needed break with their families and loved ones this summer.

As we closed in on summer, ripples of sadness were felt throughout the Db2 community as we grappled with the unexpected loss of a dear, long standing  Db2 member from COVID-19 on August 18. Scott Hayes was a Db2 community leader, technical expert, mentor, speaker, and Gold consultant. He was indeed a Db2 legend (and so much more). His sudden passing away is a major loss for our community. Scott will surely be missed by us all. 

 In my last letter, I talked about my excitement in having the IDUG 2021 EMEA conference onsite--finally-in Edinburgh and in meeting with many of you in Scotland. However, due to uncertainties still prevailing around the COVID-19 situation, we could no longer hold this year’s EMEA event in person. The conference will now be a virtual event on December 6-10, 2021. I would like to thank our members and partners for their continued flexibility and support during these still-challenging times. I know the IDUG EMEA Conference Planning Committee is already working hard to deliver an excellent conference for you. Please watch out for the registration details which will be out soon.  As for IDUG 2022 EMEA—that has been scheduled as an onsite event for October 22-26, 2022, in Edinburgh. As they say: third time’s a charm!

As always, please reach out to me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns about IDUG. I am always just an email away at

Thanks – Iqbal

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