Looking Back and Then Forward

By Bob Vargo posted Jun 01, 2021 10:01 AM


My family and I recently attended a wedding that had been delayed for over a year. The reception was a maskless affair with over 150 guests. It felt great to be back out with so many friends, most of whom we have not seen for over a year. Many parts of the world are opening, but others are still dealing with many restrictions. My IDUG presidency began during our first all-virtual event and, hopefully, my term will end during what will end up being our organization’s last all-virtual event. We expect to hold onsite and/or hybrid events in the foreseeable future. Despite all the challenges we faced during the past year, we have continued to support IDUG’s mission.

While some events were cancelled, IDUG did hold virtual educational events for EMEA, Australasia, and Latin America. The schedule for many events is still quite fluid as we attempt to move back to onsite and/or hybrid events. IDUG also brought back the RUG team in order to support numerous virtual RUG events all over the globe. The IDUG RUG team helped recruit speakers and provided the software to support many of these virtual events. In addition to these efforts, IDUG upgraded its website to a newer, more flexible platform.

The website upgrade project would not have been a success without the efforts of our volunteers and IDUG HQ staff, and I would like to thank all of them for their hard work. IDUG’s sponsors have also provided tremendous support during these difficult times. Some user groups did not survive the past year, and I would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support. Finally, I would like to thank my team on the Board of Directors and members of the various IDUG committees for all their work this past year.

The end of my term as IDUG president also marks the end of Billy Sundarrajan’s service on the IDUG Board of Directors. Billy has been an IDUG volunteer since 2003! It is possible that he will continue in another capacity (he has not ruled this out), but we are grateful for everything’s he’s done thus far. Over the years, Billy has provided countless hours of service, creative solutions, and mentoring, and he will be missed.

IDUG North America Virtual Conference - June 7–11 and June 14–16, 2021

There is still time to register for the North American Conference. The first week will consist of over 80 live technical sessions as well as SIGs, VSPs, and keynotes. An additional 25 technical sessions will be available on demand. The second week will feature numerous educational seminars, workshops, and hands-on labs.


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

We have a lot going on in 2021 and your help will allow us to continue IDUG’s community and education opportunities. Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions or suggestions. I can be reached at Bob.Vargo@idug.org.

1 comment



Jun 06, 2021 04:03 PM

Bob, in a difficult and trying year, you've done a great job as IDUG president.  As an IDUG volunteer (Content Committee), it's been a pleasure knowing and working with you and I hope to see you again live in the near future.

Joe Geller