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July / August 2022 President's Letter

By Iqbal Goralwalla posted Aug 04, 2022 09:00 AM


Hello again to our IDUG members all over the world! Were you with us for the 2022 IDUG North America Db2 Tech Conference last month? If so, thank you so much! Our first-ever hybrid event was a great success. We beat our target for on-site participants. We beat our target for online participants. Thank you so much to the North America Conference Planning Committee for an amazing week!

We have received great feedback regarding the NA22 grid that featured 100+ breakout technical sessions and 11 Vendor-Sponsored Presentations. When you also provide keynote addresses by IBM, Broadcom and IDUG’s Women In Technology and two z/OS and LUW Spotlight Sessions, it was an action-packed and engaging week of valuable content. Thank you to all IDUG speakers! For a review of all the professional development offerings in Boston, click here and look under the All Sessions tab. 

This conference would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our sponsors and exhibitors. What a wonderful thing it was for us to be able to visit with all of our partners in an actual Expo Hall for the first time since 2019! 

As will be the case in Edinburgh this fall, about 1/3 of the educational sessions were available for our virtual attendees. Participants in Boston also had opportunities all week that included Hands-On Labs, Workshops, z/OS Certification and LUW Badging.         

Our attendees in Boston also included first-ever participants at the week-long Db2 Fundamentals Tracks (for z/OS and LUW) and the one-day IBM Developer Day. We thank you for being with us again! Our North America host city Boston did not disappoint—we know our EMEA location in beautiful Edinburgh will also provide incredible experiences and memories!

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

Register NOW for the 2022 IDUG EMEA Db2 Tech Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, on October 22-26! In North America, we had IDUG members from 39 states and provinces and from 27 countries. EMEA22 is a hybrid event, so we look forward for another great global audience.  

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.