Dear IDUG Membership,
I hope you are having a great Summer (tolerable Winter for our Southern Hemisphere members)! In many parts of North America, we are starving for rain as we are experiencing the worst drought in years, while our friends in Ireland, and other parts of Europe, have had their share of rain and are waiting for Summer to arrive. Such is the way of nature. Come to think of it, we see this ebb and flow in our daily lives and jobs as well.
For many of us, Security and Audit are top priority items, and for others, it’s important, but much lower on the priority list. Our organizations go through varying phases of needs and priorities, often forcing us to learn new technologies and/or ways to exploit functionality in the technologies we use. This brings me to the point I want to make. In my first President’s message in July, I mentioned that IDUG had altered its Mission Statement to better service our DB2 community because we realize that we need to stay relevant to our community and their needs. We altered our mission statement to encompass more than just the DB2 family of products. Our Mission is “… to support and strengthen the information services community by providing the highest quality education and services designed to promote the effective utilization of DB2.”
So what does this change mean to you? It means that if it is relevant to you, and it is relevant to DB2, it’s relevant to IDUG! Of course we cannot exist in every space, but if it’s an area that our membership wants us to deliver upon, we will do our best to meet your needs.
Your feedback helps drive our direction, and I welcome your feedback.
Finally, I want to thank Kurt Struyf for this month’s feature article – DB2 10 for z/OS Security: The Way Forward. As well, I want to thank the IDUG-Australasia Conference Planning Committee for all their efforts in putting together an outstanding technical program for this year’s IDUG DB2 Tech Conference in Sydney, Australia [September 12 – 14, 2012].
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,