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Dec. 29, 2009



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 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 25th year of operation.


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


  1. TEC 2010 Update
  2. TUG blog-site Launched for TEC 2010
  3. DRV Technologies

TEC 2010 Update

We’re currently gearing up for our annual Technical Education Conference and Vendor Showcase. This is the annual Canadian technical conference for IBM Power Systems Users. The theme this year is "TEC 2010 — The Odyssey Continues". The conference will include lectures and hands-on sessions on April 27 & 28, 2010 at York University (Seneca@ York and Schulich School of Business), plus full-day open labs on April 29 at The IBM Toronto Software Lab in Markham. We are targeting about 400 participants.

TEC is the annual Technical Education Conference for IBM Power Systems users organized by the Toronto Users Group for Power Systems. For 2010, TEC is being conducted in a brand new format which promises far greater variety and subjects of interest as well as opportunity for far more hands-on learning experience and greater interaction with industry peers. If you are a manager, developer or systems administrator engaged in IBM Systems (i, AIX, Linux, BladeCenter) in or close to the GTA this conference is designed for YOU.

The first two days of our conference will feature 9 subject tracks at Seneca @ York. This is a modern facility with the latest IT infrastructure (and Power Systems) at York University’s Keele Street Campus. There will be a mixture of main tent, lecture and hands-on sessions. Details of our tracks are listed below, but this year we are featuring Open Source technology with emphasis on PHP, MYSQL and SugarCRM as well as mobile development for RIM Blackberry. Of course, we add all the latest in Power 7 announcements, Rational products, Web Middleware and app development tools, i and AIX updates, as well as traditional RPG, DB2 and SQL topics. We also have a set of identified, practical introductory sessions to help some folks become acquainted with select new technologies, without fear of asking “embarrassing” questions.

The third day is held at the IBM Canada Lab and is all “hands-on open labs” featuring the newest releases and products.

You will want to keep your calendar open for April 27-29, 2010. We will fly in and feature top industry consultants and IBM product leaders from the US and Canada to fill our agenda. You will have trouble deciding which session to attend... so bring more than one person from your company! Our detailed tracks will be posted to the www.tug.ca website.

In our conversation with members, we consistently hear concerns about the economy, jobs and career planning. All the while, budgets are being cut and education and travel are the first victims. The universal answer is: technical vitality and peer-level networking to increase an employee’s market and business value. We are focussing on this opportunity and strongly believe that our TEC conference is the MUST-DO event that does not require a big travel budget, is very modestly priced, and provides deep and broad technical vitality both for existing and emerging technologies; plus provides the opportunity to mix with peers, industry leaders and solution vendors.

Here is some detail you may want to know:

Registration: The early bird conference fee is $525 plus GST! Register at www.tug.ca. You can send an email to admin@tug.ca to inquire about group or corporate badges. Your fees include parking, meals, snacks and admission to all conference sessions.

  • Keynote Speaker: Larry Augustin: Larry is an Open Source pioneer from California and founder of VA Linux, sits on the board of dozens of Open Source companies and is currently the CEO of Sugar CRM. Larry will discuss how using Commercial Open Source is a key plan in your IT plans for the next decade.
  • Main Tent Sessions include; IBM’s Smart Business initiative, VIOS, PowerVM, App Modernization, Zend/PHP and MySQL and will feature the most popular track and special guest speakers.
  • Developer’s Track: This track is for serious application developers and highlights Rational Developer for Power, Rational Team Concert, Modernization tools  and will feature speakers from IBM Toronto Lab such as George Farr, Barbara Morris, Don Yantzi, Linda Cole.
  • AIX Track: We fly in the top AIX pros and product managers such as Jay Kruemcke, Steve Knudson to cover cool topics such as WPAR implementation, AIX 6.1 upgrades, security features, Live Partition Mobility and more.
  • i for Business Track: There is plenty of new news and updates on releases, ILE, CL, as well as new ways to intermix i with AIX, SANs, HA Clusters etc. We will use a mixture of Rochester executives and industry speakers including Ian Jarman and Craig Johnson.
  • Web Developers and Middleware: This track will feature diverse sessions to tackle industrial issues associated with extending your systems to web such as Security, Integration, Application Servers, and Messaging systems will be conducted featuring consultants and vendors, as well as the IBM WebSphere team.
  • RPG Developers: This features the most popular COMMON speakers with the hottest topics: Jon Paris and Susan Gantner, to keep you up on the latest with RPG including Open IO, Web Programming, integration for MySQL and PHP.
  • Database: DB2, SQL XML and more... A broad variety of DB topics including into sessions to MYSQL, intermediate sessions oriented at everyday users of embedded SQL and Query and ones looking for specific tips and techniques from security to performance and XML modernization. We wil feature top industry speakers such as Sharon Hoffman & Stuart Milligan and will also feature university-style hands on classes from Russ Pangborn.
  • Open Source: This is a featured track with are plenty of sessions oriented at the novice user and those who are looking to build new and exciting systems while lowering costs: Linux, Eclipse, Apache, MySQL, PHP, SugarCRM.
  • Mobile apps: Developing mobile applications is the hottest AD trend in 2010. How can you extend that CRM or OE system you use on your IBM system to a mobile BlackBerry user. This track features a number of introductory sessions oriented at helping you understand development of mobile web apps (HTML), mobile applications (Java), Blackberry architecture, BES servers, best practices, new tools and development options. If your company has BlackBerries you will want to learn how to earn kudos and new stripes by going way beyond email and calendar.

Put TEC 2010 on your calendar! Let us know your needs... We’re determined to make this the best technical conference ever!


Mark Buchner

Executive Director, Toronto Users Group (TUG) for Power Systems



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TEC 2010 blog-site Launched

TUG wants to know your thoughts about speakers & topics, and other related ideas for TEC 2010, so we have created a blog-site for you to post your comments.

Check it out now at: www.tec2010.ca.

You can comment on existing posts, simply by completing the form in the ”Leave a Reply” section.  You must include your email address (which will remain confidential.)   However, if you want to write a new post, you must first create a userid and password for yourself. To create a user id and password, begin by clicking the “Log-in” link, and selecting ”Get a free WordPress account“ at the bottom of the Log-in page. Once you have done that, and logged-in; a new menu option will appear at the top named “New Post.”  Please take the time to do this. We would like to hear from you…

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

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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.
DRV Technologies

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Outsource the support
of your IBM AS/400, iSeries,
System i, Power System,
(or whatever it’s called this week)
to Mid-Range.
It will save you money.
It will save you time.
Then you can concentrate on what you do best:
Making money for your company.
Makes sense doesn’t it?
We agree.




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