Hi all,

We are spending a lot of our time now on preparing our North American Conference. I’m looking forward meeting Andrew J. "Flip" Filipowski to think back about the early days of IDUG, as he was one of the driving forces behind the constitution of IDUG and was a vice president of the first board of directors. Hopefully we can find enough time to talk about the next 30+ years and how we can steer the ship to arrive there.

IDUG has just finished its journey to India and is very happy; the events were a big success. They were both sold out; we had to limit the number of attendees due to the capacity of the facilities, and we lack the resources and energy to grow them and find facilities that do match our needs.

The nice thing about being a world-wide organization is that we can network a lot and get a lot of different ideas. But these days it is becoming harder and harder. Where in the former days one could set up a corporation somewhere in the world and have a bank account and tax entity wherever else needed, with all the current regulations we spent a lot of effort and resources to do that according to the ever-increasing regulations. My personal opinion is that these regulations are not taking into account the spirit of a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers. In the last two months I did spent too much time trying to explain our modus operandi, asking and showing certifications in order to convince the counterparties that we are all compliant. As our board of directors is changing every year and we have our conferences in other states and countries we probably have to go through all the effort again next year. International trade is getting more complex; that is not to say tiresome, even for not-for-profit organizations.    

Luckily we have a lot of volunteers who spend their time growing our organization and spreading the knowledge about Db2 and adjacent industry innovations. Although we have over a hundred volunteers we could use more in order to advance some of our endeavors and strengthen some of our teams. We currently don’t do the greatest job in mapping the needs of the teams with the job postings and volunteers who are offering their help spontaneously. That is a process we need to redesign so we can do a better job in the future. All ideas are welcome.

I encourage you to support the slate for the new board of directors and give them your vote. You can do so by following this link .

Our e-bulletin contains lot of useful information about our upcoming events and our online educational opportunities.

As always, don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail in case you have suggestions, remarks or comments. I can be reached at

Luc Vandaele

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