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The Changing of the Guard

As the new president of IDUG, I want to treat my first president’s letter as an opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Billy and I am honored to be the president of IDUG for the next 12 months. For those of you that have always wondered, the IDUG North American conference is when the annual...


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Have you packed your bags for Charlotte yet?

Even though I've learned a lot during my time with IDUG, there is still plenty that I have not learned or mastered yet. One of these things is packing and preparing for a conference (or any other kind of trip for that matter). For some reason, there is this huge amount of work that I always...

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Things I Learned While Volunteering with IDUG (Part 2)

Last month I shared a few lessons I learned during my time volunteering with IDUG. Although I could fill a book with all the things I've learned as a volunteer, I'll highlight just a few more takeaways that I think could benefit everyone interested in volunteering with IDUG. After the...

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Things I learned while volunteering with IDUG (Part 1)

The announcement of the new Board of Directors slate in the IDUG monthly newsletter reminds me that my presidential term is almost over. Although the past year has been challenging and demanding from time to time, it was a very valuable experience—as has been most of my service with IDUG. It's...

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Spring Awakening

What motivates you this time of year? One of these things that always inspires me is the early spring sun. It brings a new energy after winter, and encourages me get out of the nice warm indoors. The brightness and the breath of fresh spring air inspires me to start something new. I hope you...

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How About Some Planning?

This week was supposed to be the most depressing week of the year according to some analysts. It's just far enough away from the Christmas holidays for all your shopping expenses to show up on your credit card statements, your summer vacation is too far away to look forward to, and the weather ...

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Reflection Time

Thank you to the EMEA Conference Planning Committee for puting together yet another great conference! What a fantastic week it was! Though it was extremelly busy and exhausting, in the end it was fabulously rewarding. For me the week started with a weekend full of meetings. Then on Monday,...

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The Busiest Time of Year

Before I look ahead to what’s coming in November, I want to thank everyone who helped pull together our lab events this past month. At the beginning of October, we had our Db2 LUW Lab Day; only a week later we kicked off our Data Tech Summit at the Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose, California....

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Quick update

It seems like it’s been just a few days since my last letter. I guess time goes by quickly when you’re busy. Just last week the IDUG exec team had a working meeting during which we came up with a huge task list for different IDUG volunteer teams. I’m sure they are very much looking forward to...

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Planning & Learning Period Ahead

Some showers over the past weekend announced that September is just around the corner. This time of year is always very vibrant for me: everybody is back from vacation, recharged and ready to start over. It's the time of the year when most of the planning happens—we decide what's going to be...

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