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How This Year's Challenges Have Made Us Stronger

By Bob Vargo posted Dec 07, 2020 09:52 AM


Tis the season! Hard to believe we are rounding the corner, and this year is about to end—relief? We hope!  It has certainly been a trying year and one we will not forget. We, like so many, have experienced a few hardships, yet one must step back and think about all the good things that came out of this year. I, for one, am incredibly grateful for the extra time we got to spend together as a family. It has been years since our boys have been in the same country, state, city, or house for that matter, for any length of time. This year provided us the opportunity to reconnect and really communicate with each other while living and working together under one roof for many months. Our oldest moved into his own apartment and is learning to live on his own, figuring out how to communicate with landlords, utility companies, and even us now in a new and different way. Our youngest went back to college in the fall and is now finishing out the semester at home while looking for a co-op for the spring semester. He is really learning the art of communication and how to reach out and talk to potential employers, recruiters, and professionals in his field of study.  

Communication has been a vital component in our personal lives and certainly as IDUG members, in our professional lives. We have learned how to adapt to a totally new environment this past year. It was through successful communication and listening that we became better members and were able to overcome so many obstacles with in-person events being cancelled, travel cancelled, event space cancelled. This situation challenged all of us and we came out better for it. We were able to connect with our members, sponsors, and potential business partners in a different but rewarding way. Through open and good communication, we were able to offer and participate in virtual meetings, listen to awesome presentations, and learn more about each other, our industries, and products that serve our IDUG community. Communication has played that key role and will continue to play a key role in 2021.  

I want to personally thank all of you, our board members, committee members and sponsors for all your hard work and dedication this past year. I am grateful for your commitment to IDUG and hoping for a better year ahead. Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a healthy new year.

The Latin America Virtual Db2 Tech Seminars

IDUG Virtual Brazil Db2 Seminar | December 8 & 9

IDUG Virtual Mexico Db2 Seminar | December 10

There’s still time to register for these events. Your registration includes your choice of a Db2 for z/OS certification or a Db2 LUW badging voucher. Many sessions will be presented in Portuguese for Brazil and in Spanish for Mexico City.

IDUG Australasia Conference | March 15–19, 2021

The Australasian Conference has been moved to March 2021 as a virtual event. We expect that the conference for 2022 will be held in March and will be an onsite event. The call for presentations for 2021 is still open, and I hope that you will consider submitting an abstract. The virtual conference for 2021 will feature over thirty technical sessions.

IDUG EMEA 2020 Virtual Event

The Virtual event for EMEA was a tremendous success with over 760 attendees. The Conference Planning Committee did an outstanding job, and I’d like to thank them and everyone who assisted with this effort. I look forward to seeing everyone next year in Edinburgh!



Your time and expertise are welcome and needed. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to us through our volunteer page for more information on what opportunities are available.

We have a lot to look forward to in 2021 and your help will allow us to continue to support the IDUG community and provide opportunities for education. Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions or suggestions. I can be reached at