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How IDUG Pivoted to a Virtual Model and Doubled Its Reach

When the IDUG team decided to shift its marquee North America event to a virtual platform, it meant reimagining the whole conference experience for attendees, speakers, and vendors. As we changed plans, we kept the IDUG mission at the forefront of our thoughts. We wanted to deliver the...


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Transition

As I begin my year as president of IDUG I hope that all members of the IDUG community, their families, friends and co-workers are safe during these difficult times. The North American Conference marks the transition for the IDUG leadership team. Billy will now begin his year as past president...

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Perseverance

Perseverance May 2020 As I write this newsletter, COVID-19 has impacted almost every community in all the countries IDUG volunteers and members call home. I hope you, your families, and your friends are safe. A little over a month ago, IDUG made the very difficult choice to cancel our...


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Unprecedented times

Unprecedented Times April 2020 Although spring is in the air and the seasons are changing as usual, these are extraordinary times for everyone. Two months ago, IDUG was busy preparing for events in India as well as the North America conference in Dallas. Within a few short weeks, COVID...


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An Interconnected World

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....


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Transformation

Transformation February 2020 IDUG is nearly 32 years young and has continued to stay relevant by delivering the highest quality Db2 education to members across the globe. Simply staying relevant is no longer a recipe for success. Organizations that thrive in the modern ecosystem have...


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20/20

20/20 January 2020 January 1 not only marked the beginning of a new year, it also marked the beginning of a new decade. Often this season is filled with a flurry of activity as everyone starts to play catch-up from the barrage of emails and voicemails; this year is particularly busy as...


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Retrospection

Retrospection December 2019 It is the Thanksgiving week here in the United States, which means the year is slowly but surely coming to an end. The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for reflection and retrospection. I am thankful for the countless hours that IDUG volunteers have spent in making...


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Back to School

Back to School September 2019 It is the end of August—back-to-school season here in the US. Two years ago, I decided to go back to school to get my second master’s degree. I am through the first year and getting ready to go back to school for the second and final year. As I prepare myself...