By Thanikachalam "Billy" Sundarrajan posted May 12, 2020 08:26 AM



May 2020

As I write this newsletter, COVID-19 has impacted almost every community in all the countries IDUG volunteers and members call home. I hope you, your families, and your friends are safe. A little over a month ago, IDUG made the very difficult choice to cancel our in-person events in India and North America. We have since decided to cancel the in-person events we planned in Mexico and Brazil as well. The cancellation of the in-person events was unprecedented. IDUG had never before canceled an in-person event in North America. As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Perseverance and tenacity are in the DNA of the IDUG volunteers. The North American Conference Planning Committee (NACPC) has spent countless hours working diligently towards a virtual conference. I am pleased to announce IDUG will hold a virtual conference this summer.

The live conference kickoff will be held on July 20, July 21, and July 23, followed by three additional weeks of conference content. The North American Conference Committee and HQ staff are putting the final touches on the IDUG website.

The hallmark of an in-person conference is the ability to network with other conference attendees and speakers—this is not easily replaced. IDUG is working on ways to provide the ability to connect with other attendees and speakers through the virtual event platform. I believe that the virtual event will provide an opportunity for all the conference attendees to engage in a lively discussion. Another added advantage will be the ability to view recordings of the event. The monthly e-bulletin and the website will have additional details on the registration process and the logistics. IDUG as an organization has gone through many ups and downs. The passion and perseverance of our volunteers is what sustains us, and I have confidence that we will get through and overcome this pandemic together.

As with my last newsletter, I want to provide an update on the progress IDUG has made in the three focus areas: digital presence, community growth, and providing best-in-class technical education.

Digital Presence

Work on the re-platforming effort is underway. We plan to launch the updated website in either the late June or early August timeframe. We will not be doing any changes during the weeks leading up to the conference to avoid impacting IDUG conference attendees.

Community Growth

IDUG has completed its initial assessment and reach-out to the various user groups across the globe. IDUG plans to use this information to engage highly active RUGs and also identify regions where a RUG/meetup will be of significant benefit to Db2 users.

Technical Education

As mentioned in my previous newsletter, IDUG recently completed its effort on Db2 certification/proctored badges. While our original plan was to offer the certification at the conferences, we are now looking at options to provide these certifications online/virtually. IDUG is looking to offer high-quality technical education from well-known members of the Db2 community. More to come on this!

While these are unprecedented times, rest assured that the passion, perseverance, and perspicacity of the IDUG volunteers will position our organization for the long haul. I am excited about the first ever IDUG Virtual Technical conference. Please take the time to register today, and take advantage of all the benefits with the virtual conference. I hope to see each and every one of you there.

Finally. it would be remiss, if I did not mention two other Db2 events that are in the horizon. The Enterprise Data & AI on IBM Z Virtual Symposium, is scheduled to happen from May 19-21, and IDUG will also be presenting at the IBM Virtual User Group Days on May 19 and May 20. Please feel free to check them out.

Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions or suggestions. Until next time, I encourage you to go through and check out the valuable content. As always, I can be reached at