TUG Buzz! for January 7, 2016


  1. January 20 MoM
  2. iDev Cloud
  3. Press Release from a Gold Sponsor

Registration is open for the January Meeting of Members at the Monte Carlo Inn, Markham on Wednesday January 20, 2016.

ADMISSION: Free to all TUG members
($60 non-members)

Agenda: 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Registration
5:00 - 6:15 pm - Session 1
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Buffet Dinner
7:00 - 8:45-pm - Session 2

Register for the next TUG MoM at: www.tug.ca/reg.html

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5:00 Session 1: My Emulator is Better than Yours

  • Speaker: Tim Rowe (IBM Rochester)

  • Abstract: The IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) 5250 Emulator has shown itself to be very capable, providing several unique features not available with the IBM i Access for Windows PC5250 it was modeled after.

    Version 1.1.4 of the product, which is has been available since December 2015, takes this emulator to the next level, making it the best 5250 Emulator available. These differentiations will be described and discussed in this session.

7:00 Session 2:

Let's Get Mobile (A Hands On Introduction to IBM i Mobile Access)

  • Speaker: Tim Rowe

  • Abstract: Mobile is becoming more and more the norm. People want to be able to access and manage their systems from their Mobile devices basically anywhere.

    Having a robust easy to use solution is key.

    The new iAccess Mobile Solutions support is just that. Bring your own Device along and follow along as we all access an IBM i with our Mobile device. Look at Spool Files, respond to messages on the QSYSOPR Message Queue, work with Jobs, Run SQL Scripts and play with the 5250 Green Screen interface.

    Everything you need to Access and Manage your system is just a 'swipe' away.

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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 leo@tug.ca 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 jak@ucgrp.com
For Immediate Release

Atlantic Dominion Distributors chooses UCG’s BaaS to protect 140 year old business

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (December 30, 2015)—United Computer Group, Inc. (UCG), a global information technology services firm, is pleased to announce that Atlantic Dominion Distributors, located in Virginia Beach, VA and Hope Mills, NC,  has chosen UCG’s BaaS cloud backup and DR solution to protect their business critical data. Atlantic Dominion currently supplies over 10,000 different products to all classes of the retail trade. They were referred to UCG by one of their valued business partners, Summit Business Associates of Richmond, Virginia. UCG specializes in cloud hosted hardware as well as cloud data backup and disaster recovery.

UCG’s BaaS was selected by Christopher M. Berry, Director of Information Technology for Atlantic Dominion, to backup mission-critical data on their IBM midrange system. Berry stated, “Atlantic Dominion wanted to replace their daily tape drive backups with a cloud backup solution and also have a complete disaster recovery system in place. My IT staff and I thoroughly researched our options. It was clear that UCG’s BaaS would be a perfect fit for our operation.

We have received excellent training and setup assistance from their technical staff, specifically Lead Engineer, Vladimir Capitanov. I highly recommend UCG’s cloud backup and DR solution.”  

UCG’s BaaS is currently backing up Atlantic Dominion’s data nightly, compressing it, encrypting the data, and sending it over the cloud to two secure HIPAA compliant data centers that can run for seven days without re-fueling. They also have access to UCG’s Quick Ship program at no additional charge. UCG will send out a like system within 48 hours in the event of a system disaster, fire or flood. The backup system can be used up to 30 days if required.

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

About Atlantic Dominion Distributors

Leroy W. Davis founded the Old Dominion Tobacco Company in 1875. The company began as a cigar manufacturing establishment, supplying retail tobacco stores with handmade cigars. Mr. Davis then acquired several local tobacco jobbers that led the company into the distribution of multiple tobacco products.

In 1902 Mr. Davis again bought out several other tobacco companies, and formed the L.W. Davis Tobacco Company. On May 27, 1904, the Old Dominion Tobacco Company was incorporated and was well established in the distribution business. The company began adding lines of products other than tobacco, and currently supplies over 10,000 different products to all classes of the retail trade.

The company is now under the leadership of Robin Davis Ray, great granddaughter of the founder, doing business as Atlantic Dominion Distributors. In addition to the distribution services, Atlantic Dominion Distributors offers a Food Service Division, Vending Department, CO2 and Fixture Installation Department.

From its humble beginning the company has continued to grow and is now the 16th largest convenience store distributor in the United States. They have accomplished this by meeting and exceeding the needs of their retail customers for over 140 years.



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