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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. TUG Earlybird Rate About to Expire Feb 28
  2. TUG Executive Breakfast
  3. TEC 2010 Pre-conference Guide - Call for Papers
  4. TEC 2010 Blog-site Reminder
  5. DRV Technologies

TEC 2010 Update:

$545 for full conference pass. $250 savings.

TUG is planning our Annual TEC conference for April 27-28, 2010. It is being held at the Seneca @ York University campus, with more sessions and speakers than ever before. We have a very intense agenda that features five main themes and plenty of hands-on labs. They are:

    1.  PHP Development and Commercial Open Source: We have Zeev Suraski, the author of PHP and co-founder of Zend, as Keynote speaker and technical presenter; and we have a full track of lectures and labs being conducted by folks like Jon Paris. We have the godfather of open source, Larry Augustin, coming from California as Keynote speaker. He will conduct executive sessions as well.
    2.  Mobile Development (BlackBerry): We have a full track of sessions oriented at extending back-office applications to the mobile platform, as a way to further extend the ROI on Smartphone investments & further improve productivity . With RIM and their partner, Kryos Systems, which is a platinum sponsor of our conference, we see very high demand for mobile development with HTML, Java, Javascript and PHP.
    3.  POWER7 Hardware and Software – spanning i and AIX: IBM has provided a host of executive speakers, such as Ian Jarman, Greg Hintermeister, Amy Anderson, Jay Kruemcke, Joel Tendler, etc. We have at least two tracks worth of sessiosn including   IBM i7, AIX 7, PowerVM, PowerHA, System Director, and more.
    4.  Rational / Modern App Development: You would expect that we have very strong involvement with the IBM Canada Lab, and we do. If you are modernizing your AD tooling and looking at, or using, Rational Products, we have full track of sessions being conducted by the key IBM developers. Highlights include Open IO, Rational Developer for POWER, Rational Team Concert, EGL and others.
    5.  Application Modernization: Looking to revamp or modernize existing applications? We have strong involvement from Databorough, IBM, Systems Objects and others, to help update, re-purpose or re-platform your apps.

We also  we offer a sampling of “hot topics” such as IPV6, Journaling, Smart Business, DB2PureScale, Cloud Computing, Security, and Audit compliance.

 Check out our website at www.tug.ca or blog at www.tec2010.ca  for more information.

If any of these themes match your IT technical requirements for 2010, you should really be sending staff to this event. Our Early bird rate of $545 expires Feb 28th, so we wanted to bring this to your attention.


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Commercial Open Source for the Enterprise

Larry AugustinTue April 27th, 2010 
Toronto, Ontario

Running your business in a tight and competitive economy, you understand that your approach to enterprise applications can be critical to the future of the organization. Using Open Source, often in combination with Cloud Computing, promises dramatic cost savings and increase in flexibility and responsiveness to business needs. Our session explores the maturation of open source for commercial purposes and the steady increase in its value; and proposes Enterprise Open Source as a “safe bet” at the dawn of 2010.

A 2008 Forrester Research survey recorded that 58% of IT execs use open source for mission critical applications, 79% within their applications infrastructure. While cost advantage is obvious, fully 80% cite factors other than cost such as open standards support, avoidance of vendor lock-in, ease of integration.

Join me and special guest Speaker Larry Augustin as we explore Commercial Open Source and use of Open Source in enterprise including cost and risk benefit comparison to proprietary software. We’ll share perspectives and ideas and offer practical Guidance .

Key areas of discussion include:

  • A brief overview of Commercial Open Source and its benefits;
  • Application Quality;
  • Cloud Computing and Open Source;
  • Strategies to dramatically lower costs and break vendor lock;
  • Where to start in assessing and mitigating risk associated with Commercial Open Source.

Larry Augustin is an Open Source pioneer, "angel investor", and advisor to early stage technology companies from Cupertino California. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM. One of the group who coined the term "Open Source", he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide. Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners. In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX) serving as CEO until August 2002. While CEO he launched SourceForge.net and led the company through an IPO in December 1999.

If you are interested in attending this event, contact the TUG office. 

Remember, seating is limited. There is no attendance charge for companies who are attending TEC 2010.

Mark Buchner

Executive Director   
oronto Users Group 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


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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