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TUG Buzz! for March 17, 2015


  1. TEC2015 - Get IT Together ("This is my i") Featured Speaker: Charles Guarino
  2. iDev Cloud
  3. Message from a Gold Sponsor

Register now for TUG TEC 2015 "This is my i"

22nd Annual Technical Education Conference
May 6-7, 2015 • Seneca @ York

Check out our new / revised Conference Agenda!
        Day 1 Grid:
        Day 2 Grid:

Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing before March 31st!

Conference Prices
    Full Conference Rate:
        • TUG Members $695 (plus HST)
        • Non-members $795 (plus HST)
    Early Bird Discounts:
        TUG members save $100 on a full conference registration
        until March 31st, 2015.

  TEC 2014 PDF brochure

TEC is the Toronto Users Group’s annual Technical Education Conference. This year, once again, we will be conducting the event at the York University Keele Street Campus in conjunction with Seneca College, with a new and exciting agenda! We have a very intense lineup of main themes including, but not limited to:
    • Performance Management
    • Web and Mobile Development on IBM i
    • IBM i & RPG Application Development
    • Modernizing your IBM i Applications
    • Accessing and Optimizing IBM i data
    • IBM i System Management

We have invited some of the industry’s top speakers, including: Alison Butterill, Scott Forstie, Susan Gantner, Charles Guarino, Birgitta Hauser, Barbara Morris, Jon Paris, Mike Pavlac, Dale Perkins, Edmond Reinhardt, Alan Seiden, Eric Simpson, and more! *

* Speaker names subject to change. (Not all have confirmed their availability.)

Featured TEC 2015 speaker: Charles Guarino

With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for most of them. Since 1995 he has been founder and President of Central Park Data Systems, Inc., a New York area based IBM midrange consulting company. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a frequent contributor of technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IT community.

Charles is a proud member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and also Long Island Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies of 2009. Charles currently serves as a member of COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also Immediate Past President and monthly Q&A host of LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User’s Group

Charlie's Sessions:
    • The Business, Science and Uses of ILE Service Programs
    • Putting the Pedal to the Metal for Web Services on IBM i 
    • Get with the Program! Not your father’s RPG anymore! 
    • Rest Web Services for Everyday RPG and SQL Consumption
    • (C D I R) Introduction to Error Trapping and Recovery  
    • Activation Groups and Overrides in Action 

Register for TEC2015 at:

Register (as a TEC EXPO sponsor) online at: Read More

Download the Sponsor Invitation (PDF) at: Read More

Download the TEC 2015 conference brochure (PDF) at: Read More


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iDev Cloud

Sign up now for iDevCloud! You will be able to:

  • Share between multiple developers
  • Get private library and storage
  • Have access to most of the IBM i development tools
  • Have all compilers for IBM i tools available

The Performance is monitored by system managers with adjustments as needed. The system is accessible at anytime from anywhere in the world. Just a computer and an internet connection are needed. Any work done on the system stays on the system until removed by its owner.

Contact Leo Lefebvre at to get started.

(*Free startup for TUG members.)

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TUG Gold Sponsor Member - Press Release

Media contact:
James A. Kandrac, President 216.520.1333
For Immediate Release

UCG Expansion Requirements Sparks Partnership with Expedient

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (February 2015)—United Computer Group, Inc. (UCG), an information technology services firm, is pleased to announce the selection of Expedient Data Centers  to complement and support UCG’s expanding IBM Power Systems Managed Services practice which is growing at a rate in excess of 25% per year.

On January 26, 2015, Expedient announced the completion of their third Cleveland data center, providing data center colocation, cloud computing, and managed hosting services. In addition to Cleveland, Expedient currently operates in seven cities; Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Memphis, Columbus, Baltimore, and Boston.

The partnership between UCG and Expedient developed organically during discussions between David Saliba, Regional Vice President, Expedient, and James Kandrac, CEO, United Computer Group. Kandrac stated, “Both firms realized we had some overlap in clients, but provided different yet complimentary cloud-based services. Working together, we've developed a cohesive approach in response to client requirements. Expedient is a first class operation, which further enhances UCG’s data presence nationwide, providing UCG access to Expedient services and the ability to provide IBM Power P8 Servers (PROD, TEST, DEV, BaaS, DR and H/A), storage, and managed services to 11 Expedient data centers in seven markets.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with United Computer Group as this allows us to provide additional value to our customers that have a need for iSeries,” said Saliba. “We look forward to working together as we help customers with their infrastructure, allowing them more time to focus on their business critical applications.”

About Expedient Data Centers
In addition to traditional data center colocation services, Expedient is known for offering a wide range of managed services such as virtualization, cloud computing, remote backups, management of equipment, storage area networks and more. The company was built through a series of acquisitions in the early to mid-2000s timeframe, with all of its markets offering experienced data center colocation services for 10 years or more. Expedient’s legal name is Continental Broadband LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC, a private firm whose predecessor companies bring over one hundred years of experience operating media and technology interests.

About United Computer Group, Inc. and VAULT400 BaaS
UCG provides cost-effective technology solutions including IBM P8 Servers (PROD, TEST, DEV, BaaS, DR and H/A), storage, and managed services 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.

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