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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 25th year of operation.


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


  1. Perspectives on the Future of IT - February 9
  2. Meeting of Members - February 17
  3. Sad news regarding Craig Johnson
  4. TUG eZine - January issue
  5. TEC 2010 Update
  6. TEC 2010 Blog-site Reminder
  7. DRV Technologies

Perspectives on the Future of IT - February 9

Peer into the Future of business and IT with IBM! This February 9, 2010 event at the Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario is designed for the IT Manager, IT Director, or CIO to see how IBM can help position their businesses to evolve for growth. This event is not technical in nature, but will focus on the business benefits IBM solutions offer. Space is limited. For more information or to register please go to:  http://tinyurl.com/yzwug7e (https://www-950.ibm.com/events)

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Meeting of Members: "Welcome to the Future" - February 17

Session Abstract:
IBM i Strategy for Rational
Join TUG and IBM at this special event and learn how you can to deal with future opportunities and challenges with IBM Systems and Software. You will hear from IBM Rational Software Vice-President Hayden Lindsey, who will discuss technologies that will take you well into the future. This is a special meeting of the Toronto User’s Group, held in conjunction with IBM, and is open to all invited POWER Systems Users and Partners. You do not need to be a TUG member to attend. For more information or to register go to www.tug.ca or to register please click here.


Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time: Registration & Intro – 12:30 Presentations 1:00-4:00
Location: IBM Toronto Software Lab, 8200 Warden Avenue East, Markham, Ontario

“We cannot say very much at this time, but this event co-hosted by TUG and IBM at the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory is sure to be exciting! This event will cover the latest and greatest information for doing application development on your Power systems. Speakers will include our IBM Power executive team, development team, as well as Subject Matter Experts on various technical topics. Don’t miss this informative event. Get your 2010 off to a quick star by getting all the latest information on Power Application Development tools and compilers.”
— George N. Farr, IBM Power World Wide Segment Leader

Although not confirmed at present, we are hoping to have all of the following IBM speakers: Hayden Lindsay (VP Enterprise Modernization), Karen Hunt (Director of Development for Power Systems), and Danny Mace (Program Director, Enterprise Modernization Tools Development).

MoM Location
IBM Toronto Software Lab
8200 Warden Ave East
Markham, Ontario L6G 1C7 Canada
(Free visitor parking)



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Craig Johnson

Sad news regarding Craig Johnson

Dear Colleagues,

"We regret to inform you that Craig and Kathy Johnson were involved in a serious multi-vehicle accident on I-35 in Iowa Monday afternoon (January 25). Kathy was injured, but was released from the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery. We are deeply sorry to inform you that Craig died in the accident. Please keep Kathy and her family in your prayers as we pray for her speedy recovery, and as we remember our dear friend Craig. We will keep you informed of further details and arrangements as they are made available."

Ian Jarman, Manager, Power Systems Software
Jim Wacholz, Manager, Rochester Support Center

Note: Craig Johnson was scheduled to speak at the February 17th TUG MoM. He was responsible for understanding market requirements, driving product enhancements, and delivering new product offerings. Craig had led the introduction of many technologies on the System i platform including Linux, AIX, and most recently PHP and MySQL. Prior to joining the product management team, Craig was team leader in the AS/400 Competitive Marketing department. Before moving to Rochester, Craig held numerous technical and management positions in the IBM sales organization. He will be surely missed by everyone involved in the Power Systems community.


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TUG eZine - January issue

The latest on-line TUG magazine is ready to read! Please take a minute to have a look at our seventh 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 March issue is February 10th. 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 eZine
a publication of Toronto Users Group for Power Systems

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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 Software 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/tec 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/tec. 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 Reminder

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.)   Please take the time to do this. We would like to hear from you…


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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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TEC 2010 Sponsors


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