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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 26th year of operation.


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


  1. Computerworld Technology Insights - Nov 18
  2. Power i luncheon at Auberge Du Pommier - November 24
  3. Next TUG MoM at the IBM Toronto Lab - December 1
  4. TUG Night School Continues at Seneca @ York

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Set Your IT Security Priorities Straight

Out of more than 12,000 business and technology executives we have surveyed worldwide, 67 per cent place an emphasis on security procedures that help their organizations minimize risk. The problem is, they often must make do with targeted spending on technology and bring in outside security expertise to manage the areas their IT staff can’t. That’s why choosing the right areas for security spending and resources may be an IT executive’s most important skill set.

Join IT World Canada Editor-in-Chief Shane Schick for a half-day crash course in understanding the most critical security vulnerabilities facing enterprise IT in Canada today, along with practical approaches to dealing with both internal and external threats. Discover the industry best practices that are transforming the way information is protected. Limit your company’s liability in the event of a cyber-attack. Walk away with the data you need to build a more effective business case with senior management.


  • Canadian highlights of CIO magazine’s annual Global Information Security Survey
  • Learn how to act as a “translator” of technical issues to the business folks, and vice versa
  • Develop a proactive approach to responding to regulatory requirements
  • Evaluate the true costs of security breaches


  • IT executives and managers
  • Roles in risk & compliance, IT security, data management, and governance

Register today to turn IT security from a necessary evil to a driver of trusted enterprise business.


8:30 AM -
9:00 AM

Registration & continental networking breakfast

9:00 AM -
9:30 AM
Welcome Address & Content Introduction:
Shane Schick, Editor-in-Chief, IT World Canada
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Presentation:
Kent Browne, Principal Security Architect, Worldwide, IBM Security Solutions
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Presentation:
Upesh Patel, Business Development Director, IBM Information Management
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Networking & coffee break
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Presentation:
Doug Plaxton, Business Development,
IBM Information Management
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Panel of Experts - Q&A :

Shane Schick, Editor-in-Chief, IT World Canada

Kent Browne, Principal Security Architect, IBM Information Management
Upesh Patel, Business Development Director, IBM Information Management
Doug Plaxton, Business Development, IBM Information Management

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Wrap-up


Shane Schick, Editor-in-Chief, IT World Canada
Shane Schick is the Editor-in-Chief of IT World Canada, which includes ComputerWorld Canada, IT Business.ca and CIO Canada. He has written about technology for the Globe and Mail, CBC.ca and many other publications. Shane has been recognized by the CATA Alliance for excellence in science and technology reporting.

Kent Browne, Principal Security Architect, Worldwide, IBM Security Solutions
With more than two decades of experience in networking and security, Kent Browne is one of those responsible for the technical vision and architecture of security solutions, and is regarded as an expert in technical subject matter for IBM Internet Security Systems’ protection solution suite. Kent is also very well versed in physical security infrastructure and strategy, and is asked to speak on the convergence between physical and logical (network) security regularly.

Upesh Patel, Business Development Director, IBM Information Management
Upesh Patel commands 20 years of technology experience, including more than a decade spent on security and compliance. He is responsible for managing and expanding relationships with Guardium’s technology partners to provide customers with the most advanced and interoperable solution.

Doug Plaxton, Business Development, IBM Information Management
Doug Plaxton has been involved with the technology sector for over 30 years. During his 15 years at IBM, Doug has been focussed in the area of business intelligence and advanced analytics. He has held various sales and sales management positions throughout his career and is currently responsible for Business Development within the Information Management Division at IBM Canada.


November 18, 2010
Events On the Park
Oak Room
1095 Leslie Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3C 2J7
Tel: 416-510-2002


Registration and
continental breakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Kent Browne
Principal Security Architect, Worldwide,
IBM Security Solutions

Upesh Patel
Business Development Director,
IBM Information Management

Doug Plaxton
Business Development,
IBM Information Management


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Power i Luncheon at Auberge Du Pommier

Realize the full potential of your IBM i Investment - Toronto Event November 24

Position your IT foundation for the future.
This event is designed for customers running Power i who are considering plans for the future of their business applications today and new applications for tomorrow. Position your company to easily adapt to changes in markets and business needs to help increase revenue.
Customers attending this event will learn about:
      a) IBM's plans for Power i now and into the future
      b) New product options that you will need to consider to get the most from your business applications
      c) News about IBM i migration paths for 2011.

Featured speakers:
James Alexander, Senior Vice-President, Info-Tech Research Group
Dale Perkins, Certified Technical Sales Specialist -Power Systems, IBM Canada.

Date: Wednesday November 24, 2010
Time: 11:00 am - Arrival / Registration
            11:30 am - Presentation
            12:30 pm - 3 course Meal with wine pairings (one per course)
              2:00 pm - Close

Auberge du Pommier
4150 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M2P 2C6
(416) 222-2220
Located in the Yonge Corporate Centre
North of York Mills, South of the 401 on the West side
Underground parking complimentary

Please use the following link to register for the event:

I hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you at the event. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Clark at nclark@ca.ibm.com.

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Next TUG MoM — December 1, 2010 at the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory

LOCATION: 8200 Warden Ave East, Markham, Ontario L6G 1C7 Canada.
ADMISSION: Free to all TUG members ($40 non-members)

Register at www.tug.ca/reg_meet_form.php.



2:00 Session:
Revolutionizing Application Development and Maintenance on Power Systems

In this interactive session, learn how the comprehensive Rational tools and compilers can help your organization and with participant interaction provide guidance on what IBM should focus on.  Learn how the tool-set enables innovation, helping your organization:

• Reduce the time and costs associated with developing and maintaining applications
• Enable a more agile, collaborative and flexible product and software development infrastructure to respond to changing market dynamics with Rational Team Concert.
• Exploit Power Systems including the latest POWER7 architecture and multi-core technology, boosting performance, productivity and portability with Rational compilers.


Photo: Mike FultonMike Fulton is the new IBM Architect for Rational Solutions on Power. His role is to plan for future features and functions in Rational Products. Mike specializes in tooling close to the metal, in particular debuggers, profilers and compilers.

Mike has worked for IBM Canada for more than 20 years, working on the mainframe C, C++, Java static compilers, C/C++ debug engines, remote IDE's for Java targeting CICS, and hardware sampling profilers, mostly on z/OS. In 1999, Mike moved back to British Columbia, but kept working for the Toronto Lab. Over the last decade, Mike has focused on developing Java Runtime Environments for System z, as well as Real Time systems. This year, Mike moved to the Rational team to lead the Rational Developer for Power product, focusing on performance analysis tooling for everyone, not just PhD's in hardware design.

"My favourite customer engagements are when I have the luxury of collaborating to build a solution for the customer. It's even better when it's a big customer and the solution involves multiple products, you feel you are doing something truly important for the customer, and leveraging the strengths of IBM. In the late 1990's, I was working on HPCJ, which was a Java development and run-time environment targeted primarily at CICS. The customer wanted to get all the advantages of Java, but needed to leverage their existing COBOL assets, so they were developing new Java code under VA Java and running under CICS. After significant design and development across VA Java, remote tooling services from third party vendors, loader changes, binder changes, CICS runtime enhancements, and development of a specialized Java runtime environment capable of running in CICS, the IBM team was able to create a terrific solution for our customer, which we generalized into a successful solution for many other customers."

3:00 Intermission (with refreshments)

3:30 Session:
Open Access: RPG Edition

Photo: Barbara MorrisFind out what all the buzz is about!
• Open Access opens up RPG's F-spec files to be able to access anything - the Web, an IFS file, an Excel document, a data queue, anything you can think of
• Find out how Open Access accomplishes this, with the aid of "Handlers"
• What is a handler?
• How does a handler work?
• Who can create a handler?
• A demo of Open Access in action, with a simpler handler that reads from an IFS file
• Also, a brief overview of what else is new for release 7.1 for RPG.


Barbara Morris is the lead developer for the RPG compiler in the IBM Toronto Lab. She has been working on the RPG compilers since she started at IBM in 1989 after receiving a Computing Science degree from the University of Alberta. Her first enhancements for the RPG compiler were ENDIF and ENDDO back in V2R1. Since then, some of her major enhancements have been subprocedures, the ability to call Java from RPG, qualified data structures, XML-INTO, and huge 16MB variables.

4:30 Breakout Session:

Roundtable with George Voutsinas - IBM Rational Power Development Manager and Mike Fulton - IBM Rational Power Architect  

Join our Rational Power Development Leaders in an informal discussion session. We want to learn more about the development challenges that your teams are facing today. This is an opportunity for you to provide your input directly to the team who
are planning the future Rational product for Power.

Photo: George VoutsinasSpeaker:

George Voutsinas is the development manager of Rational Developer for Power Systems and Rational Development Studio for i.

He joined IBM in 1993 and has since worked on a wide range of products, including the RPG compiler, C++ compiler, SEU, PDM, CODE/400, WDSC, RDi, WebFacing, Rational Team Concert and now the new Power Systems tools. He is also an Agile Coach and has been a strong advocate of the Agile Development methodology inside IBM.

George has presented at over 45 conferences around the world and is a regular presenter at the COMMON conference.


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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 Night School ContinuesPhoto: Vic Metcalfe

If you were ever thinking that “skilling up” on PHP and Web development would be good for your career and business then now is the time to act!

TUG has made special arrangements for TUG members interested in attending the remaining PHP and Rational Night School classes. You can make up the first sessions on-line and attend the final 2 classes in person. The reduced cost will be $100 per class! When registering, enter the promo code abbrev.

Our Mobile and iPhone courses are also still accepting enrollments. See the detailed schedule below.

Register at http://www.tug.ca/tns/TNSReg.html.

TUG Night School Fall 2010 - remaining Schedule: Seneca@York.
(Start time 7:00pm

Course # Classes Night Date range Room Member Non-Member
PHP # 4-6 Mon Nov 15 – Nov 29 T3074 $300 closed
Rational # 3-4 Wed Nov 10 – Nov 17 T3074 $200 closed
Mobile 1-4 Wed Nov 24 – Dec 15 T3074 $400 $500
iPhone 1-3 Mon Nov 29 – Dec 13 T3074 $420 $525

Register at http://www.tug.ca/tns/TNSReg.html

Read what System i Network is saying about TUG Night School.

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