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June 2022 President's Letter

Hello again to our IDUG members all over the world! I encourage each of you to click here and view details on all of the IDUG 2022 North America Db2 Tech Conference education sessions—and then register for NA22 and reserve your lodging at our special $199/night rate. 

In addition to this video by IDUG, here are some special greetings from your IDUG NACPC Presentations Team Lead Chris Muncan. 

IDUG is honored to strengthen everyone in this community by providing the highest quality education and services for Db2. We appreciate your support! Until next time—wherever you may be reading this—stay healthy and stay safe. Chris and I and your IDUG family can’t wait to see you again!

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May 2022 President's Letter

Hello again to our IDUG members all over the world! I wanted to encourage every one of you to consider registering right now for the 2022 IDUG NA Db2 Tech Conference in Boston, USA, on July 11-14! A full Daily Schedule Grid is now available on our website, joining the full list of our technical breakout sessions’ presentations & presenters. And more agenda information is coming soon!   

As you know, our NA conference will be IDUG’s first hybrid event where you can participate on-site (to experience the full conference) or online (for access to select sessions). Today I wanted to note a few exciting pricing options for our members who will be joining us in Boston:

-FIRST-TIMERS DISCOUNT: Whether you are new to the IDUG community or not, if you have never been in-person at an IDUG North America conference before, you qualify for a 60% registration discount! Find out more here!

-HYBRID 3+5 PACK DISCOUNT: If you register three individuals from your organization to attend on-site, you get five FREE virtual registrations (~30% total registration discount). More details here.

-HYBRID 10+1 PACK DISCOUNT: If you register 10 individuals from your organization to participate online, you get one FREE on-site registration (also a ~30% total registration discount). More details here.

So, I have two quick items for you to consider to bolster your career development and to enhance your effective utilization of Db2 in 2022 and beyond:   

1-Review the Daily Schedule Grid of the 2022 IDUG NA Db2 Tech Conference in Boston and register here to attend the 2022 IDUG NA Db2 Tech Conference in Boston, USA, on July 11-14.

2-Registration is not yet open for the 2022 IDUG EMEA Db2 Tech Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, on October 22-26. But you can still send in an abstract here by May 13, 2022, to be a presenter there!

IDUG is honored to strengthen everyone in this community by providing the highest quality education and services for Db2. We appreciate your support! Until next time—wherever you may be reading this—stay healthy and stay safe.

-Iqbal

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Read Now: IDUG President's Letter - April 2022

Hello again to our IDUG members all over the world! At the moment (although I’m almost hesitant to even say it), it finally does feel like our world may be expanding a bit, after contracting so much as it has over what has now been more than two years of this global pandemic.

Here’s an exciting snapshot of IDUG so far in 2022:

  • Two weekends ago, the IDUG Board of Directors held what was only its second face-to-face board meeting in the last two years
  • Last weekend, the EMEA Conference Planning Committee held its second face-to-face meeting since 2019
  • This weekend, the NA Conference Planning Committee will hold its first face-to-face meeting since 2019

Our very strong volunteer leadership program held IDUG together during this pandemic. So it is so wonderful to now be starting to get together in person to strengthen our personal bonds while we rejuvenate our professional organization.

Our NA conference will be IDUG’s first hybrid event where you can participate on-site (to experience the full conference) or online (for access to select sessions). We are now promoting several new group membership packages and we will soon be announcing our grid of technical sessions and expert speakers.     

I have three opportunities for you to consider to bolster your career development and to enhance your effective utilization of Db2 in 2022 and beyond:   

  1. Register here to attend the 2022 IDUG NA Db2 Tech Conference in Boston, USA, on July 11-14. 
  2. Send in an abstract here to present at the 2022 IDUG EMEA Db2 Tech Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, on October 22-26.
  3. Follow IDUG in your favorite social media channels (FacebookLinkedInTwitter) to receive the latest and greatest about IDUG and Db2, including these NA and EMEA conferences and about other 2022 IDUG events across the globe.

IDUG is honored to support and strengthen everyone in this community by providing the highest quality education and services for Db2. Until next time—wherever you may be reading this—stay healthy and stay safe.

-Iqbal

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Read Now: IDUG President's Letter March 2022

Hello again to our IDUG members all over the world. I know that everyone in the Db2 User community is really excited about 2022. In addition to our plans to return to face-to-face IDUG events this year, this will be a very big year for Db2!

Of course, we hope to see you in person at our Db2 Tech Conferences in Boston and Edinburgh. But if you participated virtually in the 2021 IDUG EMEA conference last December, you already know what will make 2022 so special. IBM will be announcing a new release of Db2 for z/OS this year!

It has been five years since the announcement of Db2 12. And with the announcement of continuous delivery and regular new Db2 functions and features on demand, many of us wondered if there was going to be any "major” releases from IBM ever again. But the world changed with Data Fabric and AI, when the wants and needs of Db2 users everywhere grew so rapidly.  

IBM Db2 Vnext for z/OS will deliver significant innovations and capabilities around:

  • Innovative integrated AI approaches to developing and deploying AI insights within applications
  • Infusing AI to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs
  • Enhanced resiliency, efficiency, and application stability for unparalleled availability
  • Synergy with IBM z16 for enhanced efficiency and differentiating business value
  • Simplified database management and upgrades to help accelerate feature adoption and time to value

I have three opportunities for you to consider to bolster your career development and to enhance your effective utilization of Db2 in 2022 and beyond:   

1-Send in an abstract here to present at the 2022 IDUG EMEA Db2 Tech Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

2-Follow IDUG in your favorite social media channels (FacebookLinkedInTwitter) to receive registration information soon for the 2022 IDUG NA Db2 Tech Conference in Boston, USA (and other upcoming IDUG events across the globe).

3-Register here to join the IBM announcement webinar called “Db2 Vnext AI Infused with Data Insights – A Critical Component of Your Data Fabric Strategy” on April 6, 2022, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time.   

IDUG is honored to support and strengthen everyone in this community by providing the highest quality education and services for Db2. Until next time—wherever you may be reading this—stay healthy and stay safe.     

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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@idug.org

Iqbal Goralwalla, IDUG President

https://www.idug.org/blogs/iqbal-goralwalla/2021/11/02/november-news-upcoming-events-conference

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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 iqbal@idug.org.

Thanks – Iqbal

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