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August 4, 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!"


  1. TUG magazine Call for Papers: "Virtualization"
  2. October Special - TUG Smarter Planet Think Tank
  3. IBM Training Canada joins TUG as GOLD MEMBER
  4. INVITATION: One Canadian company’s journey - WEBINAR Aug. 19
  5. TUG eZine - back issues

Call for Papers

TUG Authors, Sponsors, Directors & Associates! 

We are now working on the SEPTEMBER 2009 issue of the TUG magazine (V25N1).
And of course, this includes the fifth edition of TUG's new eZine!   
The theme for this issue is: VIRTUALIZATION.
If you are planning to make a contribution, please be aware of the following schedule:  

      •  Early-bird request date: Friday August 7, 2009 
      •  Deadline for regular Articles and Editorials: Week of August 10 – 14 
      •  Deadline for Inside Advertising  –  Digital Materials: Wednesday August 19 
      •  Drop Dead Deadline for all content: Friday August 21  
      •  Previews & Final Proofs:  Monday August 24
      •  Printing: Tuesday August 25 
      •  Final Deadline for Loose Inserts (Flyers, etc.):  Friday August 28  
      •  Mailing:  Wednesday September 2 
      * Next TUG Meeting of Members: Wednesday September 23, 2009

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

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October Special - TUG Smarter Planet Think Tank

YOU have it in YOUR POWER to make the world BETTER — to make the world SMARTER!

Join fellow TUG members on October 22, for this exciting interactive event on the topic of Smarter Planet hosted by IBM. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected and instrumented which drives an enormous opportunity for us to make it more intelligent.  Graham Churchill from the IBM Canada WebSphere team will review IBM’s Smart Planet agenda and relate how organizations all over the world, and right here in Canada are actively applying the Smarter Planet principles to achieve improved outcomes.

IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative addresses four major focus areas across a range of industries:
        (1) Dynamic Infrastructure:
How do we create an infrastructure that drives down cost, is intelligent and secure, and is as dynamic as today's business climate?
        (2) New Intelligence: How can we take advantage of the wealth of information available in real-time from a variety of sources to make more intelligent decisions?  
        (3) Green & Beyond: How do we drive greater efficiencies, compete more effectively and respond more quickly by taking action now on energy, the environment and sustainability?
        (4) Smart Work: How can we work smarter, supported by flexible and dynamic processes modeled for the new way people work and live?  

At this TUG meeting, we will explain these themes in detail, providing examples of where and how they are being applied to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. After reviewing the concepts, TUG attendees will have the chance to show off their owns smarts as we split into Think Tank teams for a friendly rivalry to see who can come up with the best Smart Planet ideas for Toronto, for Canada, or even for your own company.

This event is sure to be not only fun and engaging but also a great way to get to know your fellow TUG members. Get your ideas ready. You don’t want to miss this event Register now at www.tug.ca/SmarterPlanet/reg_planet.php!

HINT: to get a head start developing your own Smart Planet ideas prior to the TUG event, please visit www.ibm.com/smarterplanet.

It's in YOUR POWER to make our world SMARTER.

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

New Gold Member

Please Welcome Kathleen Chiovitti and IBM Canada Training as TUG’s newest GOLD MEMBER.
We share the following objectives:
  1. Communicate key messages and training offerings to IBM Systems community on a regular basis through TUG Magazine and email.
  2. Create special offerings based on popular demand and pricing,  and then promote them to TUG.
  3. Develop market intelligence for IBM Systems training interest using TUG’s CRM. Include interests, preferences, price sensitivity, program effectiveness .
  4. Help the TUG community to grow in to UNIX, Linux, WebSphere, Rational and Lotus space in order to reach more opportunity.

Welcome Kathleen!!

Mark Buchner
Vice President, Toronto User Group (TUG) for IBM Power Systems    
Chairman, TUG Membership


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INVITATION: One Canadian company’s journey

Webinar August 19th, presented by IT World Canada

Winnipeg-based George Henry Young International's (GHY) 3-man IT team set out on Phase 1 of its virtualization journey four years ago, and is about to engage in Phase 3: beyond the servers. They've never looked back. Sign up now for a free, live webinar hosted and moderated by IT World Canada and learn about their experience, as well as about the latest developments in virtualization, beyond the server. You’ll discover how and why virtualization benefits apply to any organization, regardless of size.

Click here for complete details.

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TUG eZine - back issues

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

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Do we have your current e-mail address and other contact information? Email the TUG office to keep us up-to-date.   

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