TUG Buzz! for September 12, 2014


  1. September MoM - Glenn Gundermann & 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


Note: Claus Weiss was originally scheduled to speak at our September meeting, but is unable to make that date. (We will have Claus back again soon.) In the meantime, Glenn Gundermann has gratiously offered to take the 5:00 pm session. Glenn's presentation on SQL will be a great warm-up to our October Special on SQL with Birgitta Hauser (see details below).

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Schedule: 5:00 pm - Glenn Gundermann
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: Glenn Gundermann

Glenn has been an RPG programmer for a very long time. He even taught it at IBM. In the last couple of years he started to use SQL more seriously, so much that he proclaims that he now programs strictly in SQL....Why?......

Topic: Why SQL?

In today’s economy, with corporations looking to control costs while still driving productivity higher, the cost of acquiring and maintaining a company’s software investments is in the spotlight. Information technology (IT) departments are under pressure to deliver more services, in shorter amounts of time, and with ever decreasing budgets. For these reasons, IT departments worldwide are choosing technologies that provide more business value at a lower cost. One example of a technology that is growing rapidly in IT departments is SQL Database.

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

Congoleum Corporation Selects UCG’s VAULT400 BaaS as Backup and DR Solution

“We realized immediate benefits including reduced disaster recovery costs; the need to handle tapes on a daily basis has been eliminated; and we ensured our data was stored securely offsite from the server."

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (September 2, 2014)—United Computer Group, Inc. (UCG), an information technology services firm, is pleased to announce that Congoleum Corporation has chosen UCG’s VAULT400 BaaS as its backup and DR solution.

David Cooper, Senior Manager of Information Technology, and Dan McCullough, Manager of Datacenter Operations for Congoleum, worked with UCG’s lead engineer Vladimir Capitanov to protect and backup their IBM Power 5 System. In addition to subscribing to UCG’s VAULT400 secure cloud backup, they've added Disaster Recovery with a return to operations in the event of a disaster in 12 hours or less. 

Every night they set the backups and forget it. The data is compressed, encrypted and sent to secure HIPAA compliant data centers in Cleveland, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia. Dan McCullough receives an email every morning to confirm that the backup took place and was successful. In the coming months, Congoleum will conduct a Disaster Recovery test to fine-tune in the event a disaster occurs.

“The installation and setup were quick and painless. Vladimir really knows the product and process very well, which made the setup seamless. The seeding went well, and progressed more quickly than expected. We realized immediate benefits including reduced disaster recovery costs; the need to handle tapes on a daily basis has been eliminated; and we ensured our data was stored securely offsite from the servers. Additionally, if I need to restore a file, I don’t need to retrieve a tape, load it, restore the file, and then reset the drive for the next save. So that makes my life a lot easier. Thanks for an excellent replacement for tape backups!” -  Dan McCullough, Manager of Datacenter Operations, Congoleum Corporation

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 Congoleum

Since 1886 Congoleum has been committed to developing innovative flooring products that push the industry forward. Congoleum holds numerous patents for novel creations over the years. Congoleum manufactures residential and commercial resilient products that are engineered with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. Throughout its history, Congoleum has held a pioneering role in the resilient flooring industry and has contributed substantially to the growth of the industry.  Congoleum has been a step ahead for over 125 years and continues its commitment to quality products, manufacturing and market innovations for the future.

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

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