April eBulletin: Volunteers Are Essential to IDUG...

Dear IDUG Membership,

What a busy month! There’s a saying about weather’s transition to spring that you may know: “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb.” In IDUG terms, March came in like a Lion and went out like a Lion, and there is no slowing down in April! In March we were in India for the IDUG DB2 Tech Seminar as well as in Poland for the first Poland DB2 User Group meeting. In April, IDUG continues to bring you exciting events and thought leadership pieces with this month’s focus on IDAA.

All three Conference Planning Committees are busy gearing up for their events, albeit at different points in their cycles.

After five years, IDUG returned to India this March. The IDUG DB2 Tech Seminar in Bangalore, India attracted 360 attendees, exceeding our expectations. It was great to be back and meet the community in India. A special thanks to IBM for their support and a very special thanks to Surekha Parekh for her leadership in driving forward this key initiative. We’ll be back soon!

March also saw approximately 40 people attend the first Poland DB2 Users Group (PDUG). PDUG has taken advantage of IDUG’s RUG offerings to organize and host its inaugural and future meetings. If your RUG needs some ideas on how to get its members more involved, or if you are interested in starting a DB2 RUG in your area, we can help.

Our feature technical article this month is “IDAA From a DB2 DBA Perspective - What Are the Challenges and How to Survive Them?”  by IDUG volunteer Bjarne Nelson. As a DBA, if you have ever wondered if and how IDAA is relevant to you, this article is a must read!

Craving ‘live’ content? Check out our latest recorded and upcoming IDUG DB2 Tech Channel webcasts. Stay tuned for upcoming webcasts this spring!

Are you aware of the IBM DB2 Technology Preview program? This program lets you preview and feedback on technology that is still in the lab. Pretty cool! You can check it out here. If you are attending the IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Orlando, you will have the opportunity to find out more about this technology. 

As you can see, there is a lot going on at IDUG! I have to say, none of the above would have been possible without our most precious resource... VOLUNTEERS!! 

Volunteers are the backbone of IDUG. For 25 years, IDUG has been the foremost independent, user-driven community, providing a direct channel to thousands of professional DB2 users across the globe. As a not-for-profit organization, IDUG relies on the support, expertise and contributions of its many volunteers to deliver on its goals. 

I would like to invite you to join us and give back to the DB2 community.

As an IDUG volunteer, you have the opportunity to expand your horizons and meet people from around the world. Volunteer benefits include industry recognition, experience in a diverse organization, opportunities to develop new skills and grow professionally and personally as well as expand your network. IDUG is currently looking for volunteers in a variety of roles and functions – no matter what your experience level, type or desired time commitment; we have an opportunity for you!

Find out more at: www.IDUG.org/volunteer.

As always, stay connected to IDUG… make www.IDUG.org your gateway to the worldwide DB2 Community and in-depth technical information.

With Best Regards,
Joe Borges
IDUG President

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