Read Now: IDUG President's Letter - January 2022

10026492477?profile=RESIZE_400xA very Happy New Year to all of you. I hope everyone had a good break and managed to spend some quality time with family and friends. 

We started 2021 with high expectations of a relatively better year in terms of Covid-19 restrictions. And it was, as vaccinations ramped up, albeit in the second half of the year. However, not enough to bring life back to complete normality.  Like everyone else, IDUG had to make the difficult decision to convert the planned face-to-face IDUG EMEA conference in Edinburgh to a virtual one. The risks for an onsite conference were just too high. And once again, our volunteers adapted and stepped up, and together with the support from our vendors, we had a very successful virtual conference. We had almost 750 attendees from 40 countries on 6 continents. A big thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors, speakers, and attendees for supporting IDUG. 

2022 – as with every new year we start listing all our resolutions, full of positivity, with new goals and dreams. I, too, started the new year very positively, with a positive Covid-19 test on January 1st 2022! It’s fine I told myself. I was lucky to have caught the milder, flu like variant, thinking of those who had sadly suffered much more in the previous variants. And even though I would have to isolate, I had family just in the next room! Never has having Zoom calls with family members residing under one roof felt stranger. 

I am very excited about this year. I am confident that with your help, IDUG will embrace 2022 with actionable in-person plans and events. Here are a couple of highlights: 

IDUG North America Conference | July 9-14, 2022 
We are excited to announce that the 2022 North America IDUG Db2 Tech Conference will be held in Boston, on July 9-14, 2022 More details will be available very soon. In the meanwhile, consider submitting an abstract. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 5pm Eastern time on Monday, January 31, 2022. Click here to submit an abstract. 

IDUG EMEA Conference | October 22-26, 2022 
We are equally excited to announce that the 2022 EMEA IDUG Db2 Tech Conference will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on October 22-26, 2022 More details will be available soon. In the meanwhile, consider submitting an abstract. Click here to submit an abstract. 

We have a lot to look forward to in 2022 and I encourage you to help us to continue IDUG’s community and educational opportunities. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to us here.

Please reach out to me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns. I would love to hear from you and am just an email away at

Stay healthy, stay safe.


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Iqbal Goralwalla
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