TUG Buzz! for September 4, 2014


  1. September MoM - Claus Weiss & Alan Boxall
  2. October Special - SQL/RPG Seminar with Birgitta Hauser
  3. Email Consent
  4. iDev Cloud
  5. Press Release from a TUG Gold Sponsor

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Meeting of Members

Admission: Free to all TUG members ($40 non-members)

Register for the next TUG MoM at: www.tug.ca/reg_meet_form.php


Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Schedule: 5:00 pm - Claus Weiss
6:00 pm - Social & buffet dinner
7:00 pm - Alan Boxall (IBM Toronto Lab)
Meeting location: Monte Carlo Inn on Warden (at Dennison) in Markham

5:00 Speaker: Claus Weiss

Claus Weiss is an independent consultant and speaker, and an expert on numerous System i topics, including Web Services. Before retiring from IBM, Claus was an advisory software consultant with the iSeries Application Development Tools team at the IBM Canada Toronto Laboratory. He has an Industrial Engineer degree and a Computer Science degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Topic: Eclipse BIRT

(Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools)

7:00 Speaker: Alan Boxall (IBM Toronto Lab)

Alan has been with IBM for over 35 years. He was originally hired by IBM to repair midrange systems, but after just 3 years he was transferred into the software lab in Toronto. Alan has worked on software projects for all of IBM's platforms and for the last 15 years on debug technology. He is currently the Rational Debug Architect.

Topic: RDi V9.1

Alan will introduce the new features in debug and code coverage for RDi V9.1 Do you really know how much of your application is being tested? Is it 90% or could it in reality be less than 50%? Code Coverage for the iSeries will help determine your current test coverage and help identify where the gaps are. This presentation and demo will show you how easy it is to determine just how well your applications are being tested.

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Register now for TUG's October 2014 Event:

TWO Full Days of SQL / RPG –
Seminar with Birgitta Hauser

Wedneday October 22, 2014:

SQL – Queries – Do you know what you can do with a simple SELECT-Statement? (Details)

Thursday October 23, 2014:

SQL – Database Modernization (Details)

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Press Release from a TUG Gold Sponsor

For Immediate Release

Hi-Tech Health Upgrades to UCG’s VAULT400 BaaS Following Disaster

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (August 29, 2014)—United Computer Group, Inc. (UCG), an information technology services firm, is pleased to announce that Hi-Tech Health of Hackettstown, New Jersey has chosen UCG’s VAULT400 BaaS as its backup and DR solution. Hi-Tech Health experienced first-hand the disruption that occurs when disaster strikes. Although they had a BaaS solution in place, it failed to return the company to operations in an acceptable timeframe.  Adding insult to injury, the provider’s customer service and pricing were disappointing.

Michael Carrara, President of Hi-Tech Health, responded to a USPS mailing he received from United Computer Group, Inc. highlighting their VAULT400 BaaS solutions. Michael was intrigued and requested a proposal.  He also took the time to do due diligence and drive from New Jersey to tour UCG’s Cleveland, Ohio data center with Mike Powall, UCG’s Vice President.  The solid proposal addressed and met all of Hi-Tech’s requirements; the site visit sealed the deal for Michael and Hi-Tech. 

Michael Carrara stated, “After meeting your staff and receiving a detailed tour of your data center, I felt confident that my data will be in safe hands with UCG. From my beginning discussions with Mike Powall several months ago, I have been extremely pleased with the level of expertise, professionalism, and responsiveness by everyone I have spoken with at United Computer Group.  I look forward to a long working relationship. “

Today, Hi-Tech is securely backing up their data every evening. They have also subscribed to UCG’s VAULT400 Disaster Recovery Plan. In the event of a disaster, Hi-Tech business operations will return to business as usual in 12 hours or less. Vladimir Capitanov, UCG Lead Engineer, is in the process of providing a step-by-step action plan for the company in the event of disaster. A live test is also being scheduled. With Hi-Tech’s VAULT400 BaaS and DR solution firmly in place, they are now eligible for exclusive pricing on a new IBM Power 8 Solution Edition system from United Computer Group when they are ready to upgrade their IBM midrange system.

About United Computer Group, Inc. and VAULT400 BaaS

UCG provides cost-effective technology solutions including VAULT400 BaaS and IBM Power Systems, in addition to a wide range of related products and services, all customized to fit the needs of their clients’ current needs and future growth. Founded in 1987, UCG is an IBM Advanced Business Partner specializing in mid-market and enterprise clients. UCG has been rated in the top 1% of IBM Business Partners nationwide.

UCG’s VAULT400 BaaS is a premier managed risk mitigation and business continuity planning service for secure online backup and disaster recovery. VAULT400 backs up an entire organization’s business-critical data to UCG’s secure data centers. Safe and off-site, the encrypted data is available online at all times for immediate, user-initiated recovery. VAULT400 works seamlessly within an organization’s existing infrastructure with no additional hardware required.

About Hi-Tech Health

Hi-Tech Health was incorporated on May 1, 1990 when a shift in the Health Care Industry made a visible turn towards more individual and client specific offerings. Since then, Hi-Tech Health has specialized in providing custom designed Claims Administration Systems for Third Party Administrators, Insurance Companies, Preferred Provider Organizations and various other Claims paying entities. Hi-Tech Health's staff is comprised of highly motivated, energetic programmers and IT Professionals with an extensive knowledge of the Health Care Industry.  

Media contact:
James A. Kandrac, President
216.520.1333 jak@ucgrp.com

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