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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. Power 7 Announcement
  2. Meeting of Members "Major Power 7 Briefing" - February 17
  3. TEC 2010 Update
  4. TEC 2010 Pre-conference Guide - Call for Papers
  5. TEC 2010 Blog-site Reminder
  6. DRV Technologies

IBM Power 7 Announcement

Well, the word is out, IBM has launched the new POWER7 processor and associated IBM Systems. Under the auspices of the cryptic name “Perspectives on the Future of IT”,  IBM invited customer and partners around the GTA to the major POWER 7 announcement Tuesday Feb 9th at the Ontario Science Center. It was certainly good to see such a large crowd and packed house, well over 250 were in attendance. Checkout our blog at www.tec2010.ca for summary, pictures, and more! 

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Meeting of Members: "Major Power 7 Briefing" - February 17

Session Abstract:
IBM i Strategy for Rational + Power 7
If you want to get more technical  depth and to network with peers at the same time, you should come to the TUG-IBM Special event Feb 17th, related to this major POWER7 announcement. I know TUG called it “Welcome to the future”, but that’s coded language for “MAJOR POWER7 BRIEFING!!

We are flying in two exec speakers from IBM, Chuck Wallace from Rochester to review the HW and Systems, (sadly, this was supposed to have been Craig Johnson, who was tragically killed in car accident 2 weeks ago) and Hayden Lindsay, VP of Rational, to discuss App Dev announcements and futures. This is not a webinar or virtual event.. it’s live!

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, and there is no charge. 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


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



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TEC 2010 Update

It’s time to get SERIOUS about TEC 2010. The early bird registration expires Feb 28th. This year, TEC is being held at York University, April 27-28. We’re at Seneca@York for all the technical sessions and at Schulich School of Business Executive Learning Center for the Executive Sessions. (See http://tec20ten.wordpress.com/category/location/)  On the 29th, there is a full day of open labs at IBM Canada Laboratory for folks to get their hands dirty on new IBM features.

 We are featuring the following themes and have world-class keynotes who our team personally met and recruited. This should up everyone’s technical vitality!

  • Commercial Open Source. Larry Augustin is pretty much the father of Commercial Open Source, (founder of VA Linux, sits on the board of 20 different open source companies and currently CEO of SugarCRM) and is our keynote and will be conducting Executive sessions http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh020110-story03.html  Larry is one of the most fascinating and compelling guys you’ll ever see.

  • PHP. It really belongs in the open source category. We have the co-founder and author of PHP, Zeev Suraski. Zeev as our second keynote. (Zeev is the Ze in Zend) He’ll also be conducting technical sessions and  conducting hands-on with the products. We have a complete technical track featuring PHP.   http://tec20ten.wordpress.com/category/keynote/ .

  • BlackBerry Development. We’ve determined there is huge interest in mobile enablement of existing systems ( We’re not talking about email and calendar, we mean mobile access to back-office systems). RIM has been a TUG gold sponsor and they in turn have supported Kryos, as PLATINUM Sponsor which means we have an entire track of sessions dealing with how to mobile-enable System i apps. We threw in some iPhone sessions for those not using CANADIAN technology.

  • Application Development. The Rational folks at IBM have been huge supported and we have an entire track of sessions dealing with new Rational Tooling and enabling using al the top talent and authors from the Toronto Lab. There is so much content, business almost MUST send more than one attendee to capture all the detail.

  • Application Modernization. Customers looking to radically modernize/port/re-architect old System i applications need tooling and support to uncover software assets and re-factor applications, recover design and restructure database. We have a whole track of sessions with methods and tools to modernize including those from Gold Sponsor Databorough .

Of course, standard expected sessions dealing with POWER7 hardware and software will also be there including folks like Ian Jarman, Amy Anderson, Jay Kruempcke, and George Farr. The i- crowd will value known speakers Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Mel Beckman, Alison Butterill, Claus Weiss, Russ Pangborn and George Farr will be there too. There are all-new sessions with new technology such as audit compliance software, DB2 PureScale, IPv6 labs, RPG Open I-O, Data/Network security, Smart Business, Cloud Computing and more. A whole contingent of speakers is coming from France! Serge Charbit from System Objects, Philipe Magne from Arcad, and  Pascal Thenon form ASTECH Europe! If you have requests for sessions and topics... let us know.. we’ve still kept open slots.

Stay tuned to our blog at www.tec2010.ca/ to get the news and gossip on cool sessions and top-notch speakers.

Mark Buchner

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


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TEC 2010 Pre-conference Guide

The March TUG eZine will morph into the TEC 2010 Pre-conference Guide

The deadline for the Pre-con Guide is March 12th, and will be published in early April 2010.
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 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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