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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Iqbal Goralwalla
President, IDUG

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