An Interconnected World

By Thanikachalam "Billy" Sundarrajan posted Mar 03, 2020 11:50 AM


March 2020

IDUG started 37 years ago, at a time when the world was not so interconnected. There was no social media, the internet was not yet commercialized, and the mobile phone technology was still in its nascent stages. Fast forward 37 years—technology is changing at the speed of light. In the age of digital transformation and an interconnected world, information fundamentally dictates the way we must adapt in order to stay relevant. Uncertainty is everywhere, and we have to take action based on information that we know can change at any moment. In a world of uncertainty, long-term planning is key. IDUG is finding ways to modernize information delivery and stay connected with members throughout the year.

Relentless long-term focus and a dynamic strategy are keys to success in the long run. I would like to report on the progress we have made to date on IDUG’s three focus areas: digital presence, community growth, and providing best-in-class technical education.

Digital Presence

IDUG is making a significant investment as we are working on a website refresh and mobile app improvements. IDUG signed the contract to migrate to a more SEO-friendly website. As mentioned in the last newsletter, the new website will allow RUGs to host their websites under, will allow for better member interactions, and will deliver rich content. We are looking for volunteers to help with the migration and testing effort. If you are interested in volunteering or have suggestions on how to improve the look and feel of our website, please reach out to me.

Community Growth

IDUG recognizes the importance of vibrant Regional User Groups (RUGs). The IDUG Board of Directors has approved the initiative to rejuvenate RUGs. As part of the initiative, we have a goal of hosting meetups in three cities in Europe and three cities in the US. We are actively working with our vendor partners to make this happen. Please be on the lookout for more information at

Technical Education

IDUG recognizes the importance and the value provided by Db2 certification. IDUG volunteers and IBM have made significant progress in their effort to refresh all the Db2 certification programs. IDUG will continue to provide Db2 certification/proctored badges at the conferences. Please be on the lookout for more information on Db2 z/OS and Db2 LUW certifications/proctored badges.

Registration for the IDUG India events in Chennai and Bengaluru is open, and we are seeing a uptick in the registrations compared to last year. If you are planning to be in Chennai or Bengaluru, or have an extended team in one of those two cities, please encourage your team to register.

The website for the IDUG North America Conference in Dallas in 2020 is already up and running, and the speakers with selected abstracts have been notified. The early bird pricing is still available, and I encourage everyone to register early and take advantage of this discount.

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