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May 7, 2009

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The Toronto Users Group  
 for Power Systems (TUG) is a user group/forum for the exchange  
 of ideas, and specializes  
 in providing affordable 
  education relating to the  
 IBM iSeries, AS/400,  
 System i, and Power Systems platforms.  

 TUG is in its 24th year of operation.


Welcome to TUG's eNewsletter: "TUG Buzz!"

-- keeping you informed about events relevant to the IBM Power Systems community. You are receiving this message because you are on the mailing list for the TUG magazine and/or the TUG eZine (publications of the Toronto Users Group for Power Systems -- published 6 times per year).  Be sure to add admin@tug.ca and vaughn@tug.ca to your address book so that we don't end up in your spam bucket.


  • TUG MoM AGENDA - Meeting of Members - May 20
  • 21st Annual TUG Charity Golf Classic - June 25
  • IT World Canada White Paper -
    Application Performance Management: Keeping up with new apps
  • TUG eZine - May issue
  • COMMON Education Foundation - LUG Challenge


Meeting of Members – Wednesday May 20, 2009

John de Roos, Partner Solutions Architect, Research in Motion Limited

We are very pleased to feature RIM at our next TUG MOM on May 20th. In addition to trends and directions for the Blackberry, we plan to address two topics, and have the sessions be of equal interest and value to IBM systems users, whether you are developers or operators, AIX, i, or Linux!

Our first session will focus on what you need to do from an architectural and operational perspective if you want to integrate Blackberry Mobile devices more tightly into your IT infrastructure. This will involve understanding the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). It helps organizations boost business performance by increasing productivity and allowing workers to make decisions based on timely information.

The second session will explore the choices that developers will face when integrating the Blackberry with their Power Systems. That is, we want developers to understand the options available in developing Blackberry applications. Specifically, they will want to know how existing applications running on the system i and p can be extended to Blackberry. Techniques include MDS, Web and Java programming.

John de Roos is a Partner Solutions Architect at Research In Motion. He is part of the Alliances Team assisting Service Providers to create, maintain, and expand BlackBerry deployments for their customers—engaging them in architectural and design discussions as well as communicating RIM's product direction. Prior to his current position, he was a manager of the Investment IT group at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for 12 years, where he managed successful development projects, steered the launch and delivery of a wide range of technologies, managed the IT relationships and expectations of investment staff, and built teams and departments.

John has an Honors Bachelor of Arts in of Business Administration (HBA), from the Richard Ivey School of Business, UWO, and has worked at Apertus Technologies Inc.  an SNA to TCPIP solutions company, London Life Insurance Company as an Network Specialist, Wellington Insurance Company as a Senior Business Systems Integrator, SHL SystemHouse/ComputerLand, and Procter and Gamble Inc.

John lives with his three sons in Aurora, Ontario; and was recently honored with a community service award for over 10 years of coaching soccer and hockey.

What topics would you like to see at future conferences and MoMs?  Drop us a line with your suggestions at: leo@tug.ca.

TUG 21st Annual Charity GOLF CLASSIC

Thursday June 25, 2009 at the Glen Eagle Golf Club in Caledon. Tee-off time is at 8:00 am. Cost: $130 per golfer (including all taxes) includes greens fee, power cart, and a delicious New York sirloin steak and chicken dinner. Enjoy a great day of golf with your fellow “TUGGIES” and network with your peers! All are welcome! (not limited to TUG members.) Bring your business partners, clients, friends, neighbours and relatives! Sign up a Foursome!

Make your reservations early, as we are limited to 144 golfers. Register online at: www.tug.ca/reg_golf.php (or you may fax your entry to 905-607-2547)

For more information contact the TUG office. Phone: 905-607-2546 or 888-607-2546
E-mail: admin@tug.ca.

PAYMENT IN ADVANCE (We accept Master Card and Visa.) Donations to our prize table would be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Glen Eagle Golf Club pro-shop telephone: 905-880-0131 www.gleneaglegolf.com

" Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft... Today, it's called golf.



Application Performance Management:  Keeping up with new apps

With mobile, Web 2.0, SOA and other applications becoming more prevalent, IT is busier than ever making sure applications are up to snuff. Here’s a look at the issues, and at strategies and tools being used to meet the challenge.  The guide includes interesting stats on the success rate of networked applications, organizational drivers for optimizing applications, and the impact of poor application performance on revenue. You’ll also find an executive primer on the technical challenges of application performance management, the difference between centralized and distributed application performance solutions, and good application performance defined.  Complimentary with registration.  Sponsored by CA.

Download the white paper from this url: http://www.accelacomm.com/jaw/TUG/22/50399495/


Special Offer to TUG members from IT World Canada!

Receive a free subscription to CIO Canada magazine, as well as CDN Canada, Computerworld and NetworkWorld magazines. 
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Simply click the link below, and sign up for any or all of IT World Canada’s leading IT publications:

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And, of course, you may contact James King directly to learn more about IT World Canada’s IT events for Government and enterprise Canada.

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| t. 416.290.0240 | ext. 268 | executive events for government and enterprise

TUG eZine - May issue

The latest on-line TUG magazine is ready to read:
As you may know, in January we "went digital." We will still mail a limited number of copies of the printed magazine to TUG members and paid subscribers, but the new digital format is FREE Worldwide! Please take a minute to have a look at our third on-line edition, by clicking on the front cover image. You will notice that the flash-enabled interactive features are full of internal and external links, which make it easy to navigate and drill down for more detailed information.  

The deadline for the July issue is June 12th. If you are interested in contributing an article, or would like to advertise your products or services, drop me a line at vaughn@tug.ca. 

Best Regards,
Vaughn Dragland   
Editor, TUG magazine
a publication of Toronto Users Group for Power Systems


Did you miss the January or March issues of the TUG magazine?
They're still on-line...


TUG Wins Silent Auction LUG Challenge

At the recent COMMON Annual Conference and Expo in Reno, Nevada, the COMMON Education Foundation (CEF) held a silent auction to raise funds to foster the development of students and educators within the IBM i community. The Local Users Groups (LUGS) were presented with a challenge to see who could raise the most money through a combination of cash and prize donations. For the second time in four years the winner of the LUG Challenge is your Toronto Users Group (TUG)! Congratulations to those who participated!


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