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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 eZine - September Issue is Published
  2. TUG Meeting of Members - September 23, 2009
  3. One day hands-on workshop for RDi with Claus Weiss
  4. Project Leadership Program Certification
  5. TUG eZine - back issues

TUG eZine - September issue

The latest on-line TUG magazine is ready to read! Please take a minute to have a look at our fifth 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 November issue is October 9th. 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

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TUG Meeting of Members - September 23, 2009

5:00 Speaker:
Roger Singh

As Chief Technology Officer and Lead Architect for Grid Computing, Roger determines the Scalar Decisions technology direction by focusing on delivering solutions that are relevant, cost-effective, and leading edge. His team of architects is responsible for investigating emerging technology, testing and verifying these technologies in Scalar Labs, and architecting often disparate technologies into customer ready solutions.
Passionate about technology and its use, Roger is a co-founder of Scalar Decisions and a proponent of Scalar’s “architect led” vision. Roger has worked in the industry for over 18 years designing, developing, deploying and managing solutions in many industry verticals. Currently Roger ensures he stays ahead of the industry by focusing on Grid Compute design and deploying multi-Gflop HPC clusters. At the same time Roger consults with industry vendors and customers on numerous councils ranging from technology exchanges, Product development, and green computing initiatives.

5:00 Session Abstract:
Virtualization – the Next frontier

This session will explore the benefits of virtualization, trends you are observing in the market, provide customer stories and a synopsis of the major offerings in the market.

7:00 Speaker:
Dale Perkins

Dale Perkins is a Consulting IT Specialist with IBM Canada Ltd., providing Technical Support for Power Systems. He works directly with IBM customers primarily in the Finance and Retail industries to assist them in building robust and flexible infrastructures. Dale has been with IBM for 30 years, focusing on the midrange product line starting with the System/34 and the System/38. During his time at IBM he has spent most of his time working directly with accounts. His roles have included, Systems Architect and national responsibility for Server Consolidation on System i, and new workloads like Windows integration and telephony. Dale has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan and is an IBM Certified IT Specialist.

7:00 Session Abstract:
Power VM

PowerVM is umbrella for all of the Virtualization capabilities on the IBM Power Systems. This session will cover the basic capabilities that are included and discuss how they can be utilized to build cost effective infrastructures for System i, AIX, Linux. Topics covered will include IBM’s approach to Virtualization on the Power Systems and the options for processor sharing, memory sharing, and the Virtual IO Server (VIOS). In addition, the Virtualization management tools will be reviewed.

MoM Location:
Living Arts Centre Mississauga (BMO Room)

4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 4B8
Highway 403 & Highway 10,
West of Square One
(Free underground parking)



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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.


TUG/IBM Special Offer!

One day hands-on workshop for RDi with Claus Weiss

TUG and IBM Rational are pleased to offer a one-day hands-on workshop on Rational Developer for i, on Wednesday October 1st at the IBM Toronto Lab, in Markham.

In this workshop we’ll overview the powerful features available to RPG/COBOL developers in Rational Developer for i and show you some tips and shortcuts that will make migration from the old tools to the new tools much faster and easier then you thought possible. With  Rational Developer for i, developers have a tightly integrated edit, verify, compile, and debug toolset for native development that leverages their existing PDM / SEU skills while also providing more advanced application development features common in today’s Integrated Development Environments (IDEs).

This workshop will include lectures and hands-on labs delivered by Claus Weiss from the IBM Toronto Lab. You’ll get a look at the key features of Rational Developer for i, including the Remote Systems Explorer, the integrated debugger, and new Visual Development tools like the Application Diagram and Screen Design tools. (See sample diagram on page 12.)
Once you become comfortable with the new toolset, you’ll be in a much better position to take future steps towards application modernization, as needed by your business. The skills learned while using the Rational Developer for i can easily be transferred to other IBM Rational tools for Java, Web, WebFacing, HATS, Web Services, XML, and EGL development as well as software change and configuration management.

We think this one-day workshop on Rational Developer is just what you need to see the benefits you’ve been missing and see how easy it really is to get there! Register online at www.tug.ca/t_agenda.html


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Project Leadership Program Certification

New TUG benefit of Membership from IT World Canada

The University of Waterloo is the only top-level institution offering an online certification program in project leadership, which also covers preparing for the updated PMI exams. In cooperation with IT World Canada, Dr. Peter Carr, Professor and Director of the Management of Technology Online Program states, “We think this is not only a strong learning model to pursue, but also essential forfull time workers who will be upgrading their skills in such an essential area as project management with an onus on leadership.” Of note is the fact that this course can also be accessed through the Blackberry Smartphone, which is part of a pilot project undertaken between RIM and the University of Waterloo.

University of Waterloo’s Results
    • Students can study and be more productive in their downtime
    • Valuable course content can be easily shared in a variety of ways
    • Students feel more connected
    • More opportunities for project and team collaboration
    • Professors can gauge what is being viewed in order to improve course content.

With such an exciting delivery option from the university ranked “best overall and innovative” by Maclean’s, TUG recently met with Dr. Peter Carr to discuss securing a discounted rate for TUG members. Lẻo Lefebvre and Vaughn Dragland successfully negotiated a five percent (5) discount on tuition fees for the Certificate Project Leadership Program.

Note: Dr. Carr will make a brief presentation about the program at the September TUG MoM (Wednesday September 23 at the LAC).

This certificate program features weekly video panel discussions, seasoned industry leaders from all major sectors of the economy, from automotive, financial and construction, to media, government and manufacturing. No other project management course offers in-depth foremost practitioners, providing invaluable leadership insight from the real world.

The whole cost is tuition; no travel or missing work that are requirements in classroom environments. This is a global programme. Students participate from across Canada and internationally, allowing for a global dialogue about managing complex projects.

For complete details visit: www.projectleadership.uwaterloo.ca

You can also speak to an IT World Canada representative-- call 416.290.0240 X 124

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TUG eZine - back issues

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

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