August 2019

I can’t believe it has almost been a month since I wrote the first newsletter. It is summer time here in the US, the season where we try to take a break, travel, and recharge ourselves. I have been trying to juggle the traveling act with all my regular duties, including writing the IDUG newsletter. I’m sure many of you can relate.

Though it’s time for relaxing here, our IDUG volunteers are still hard at work preparing for upcoming events. The IDUG volunteer team has been busy laying out the budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Our volunteers are also putting the final touches on the upcoming IDUG events in Mexico City and Sao Paulo. The agendas for both events have been released. If you happen to be in the region or have friends in the region, please encourage them to attend the event. It is packed with top notch educational sessions, featuring speakers such as Mo Townsend and Adrian Burke (IBM), and Javier Benavides and Rodolfo Custodio (Broadcom).

I am always a firm believer that learning is a lifelong journey. Recently, I embarked on a journey to learn regular expressions and how to use REST services on Db2 z/OS. I came across several blog posts in IDUG which helped me along the way—Db2 for z/OS JSON SQL APIs and Native REST Services and Advanced Pattern Matching with Regular Expressions in Db2 11.1 for LUW. I’m proud to be part of an organization that encourages and invests in education. The basic IDUG membership is free to everyone, and I strongly encourage you to ask your friends to join the community.

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the volunteer team is busy working on the IDUG Australia events. Be sure to check out the conference pages for IDUG Australia in Canberra and Melbourne in September, and make your plans to attend one of these fantastic events. 

IDUG is always looking for volunteers to help us out. No matter how large or small a time commitment, your help is always welcome and appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering, check out our current call for volunteers. We’ve had several IDUG members step up and help with planning the Sao Paulo and the Mexico City events.

The IDUG North America Conference in 2020 will be held in Dallas, and while the loyalty discount is no longer available, the early bird registration is open now. If you know you are going to attend IDUG in North America next year, be sure to seize this opportunity! Register today.

IDUG and IBM will be co-sponsoring a Db2 Master Class hackathon. Be sure to visit the IDUG website in a few weeks for more information on how to participate.

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

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