TUG Buzz! for April 22, 2016


  1. TUG TEC 2016 - Get Your Early Bird Discount.
  2. TUG Golf 2016 - Book your Foursome Now.
  3. iDev Cloud - Free Start Up.
  4. Press Release from a Gold Sponsor

TUG TEC 2016 "TEC it to the Limit"

23nd Annual Technical Education Conference Wednesday May 25 & Thursday May 26, 2016 • this year at a new venue:  SAVOY Conference Centre (Monte Carlo Inn) 7255 Warden Avenue in Markham. We will feature the "cream of the crop" -- only the very best IBMi technical speakers, including Jon Paris and Susan Gantner.

Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing before April 30th!

Featured TEC 2016 speaker: Jon ParisJon Paris

Jon's IBM midrange career started when he fell in love with the System/38 while working as a consultant. This love affair ultimately led him to joining IBM.

In 1987, Jon was hired by the IBM Toronto Laboratory to work on the S/36 and S/38 COBOL compilers. Subsequently Jon became involved with the AS/400 and in particular COBOL/400.

In early 1989 Jon was transferred to the Languages Architecture and Planning Group, with particular responsibility for the COBOL and RPG languages. There he played a major role in the definition of the new RPG IV language and in promoting its use with IBM Business Partners and Users. He was also heavily involved in producing educational and other support materials and services related to other AS/400 programming languages and development tools, such as CODE/400 and VisualAge for RPG.

Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on developing and delivering education focused on enhancing AS/400 and iSeries application development skills.

Jon is a frequent speaker at User Groups meetings and conferences around the world, and holds a number of speaker excellence awards from COMMON.

Jon's Sessions:
    • Introduction to XML Basics and Generating XML with RPG
    • Processing XML with RPG
    • Advanced Data Structures ( *Now with Free-Form! )
    • RPG Open Access - By Example

Register for TEC2016 at: www.tug.ca/tec/Reg

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 April 30. 2016

  TEC 2016 PDF brochure

TEC is the Toronto Users Group’s annual Technical Education Conference. We have a very intense lineup of main themes including, but not limited to:

    • IBM i & RPG Application Development
    • Performance Management
    • Web and Mobile Development on IBM i  
    • Modernizing your IBM i Applications
    • Accessing and Optimizing IBM i data
    • IBM i System Management

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Register (as a TEC EXPO sponsor) online at:
www.tug.ca/tec/SponsorRegForm.php Read More

Download the Sponsor Invitation (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/TEC2016_Sponsor-Invitation.pdf Read More

Download the TEC 2016 conference brochure (PDF) at: www.tug.ca/tec/tec2016_brochure.pdf Read More


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TUG Golf Tournament

On Monday June 27th, 2016 we are back at St. Andrews Valley Golf Club in Aurora for the 28th Annual TUG Charity Golf Classic. We need 80 players to secure a Shotgun Start, so give us your support by booking early. Registration is now open at www.tug.ca/reg_golf.php..

Proceeds to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


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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

For Immediate Release

United Computer Group, Inc. Becomes UCG Technologies in Corporate Rebranding

No new owners or a sale or merger, just the same top quality personnel and engineers their clients have worked with since 1987.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (April 13, 2016)—UCG Technologies (UCG), a global information technology services firm, announced on April 4 that it has rebranded.  In addition to its new name, UCG Technologies has a new logo and website, as well as an expanded portfolio of product and service offerings.

Jim Kandrac, UCG’s President, founded the company in 1987. In late 2015 the decision was made to rebrand. Kandrac stated, “We’re not just a computer company any more. In the early years, 80% of our sales were hardware related. While we’re still one of the largest independent IBM hardware business partners, our business has grown and diversified.

Today, computers account for less than 40% of our revenues. Most of our business is derived from UCG i Cloud, VAI’s S2K ERP solutions, UCG enterprise cloud backup, disaster recovery, high availability offerings, and now enterprise security training.

UCG TechnologiesUCG’s rebranding prepares us for the future. The cloud presents dramatic new opportunities for UCG to solve customers’ problems in ways that would have been impossible just a few years ago.”

Kandrac cited a recent example where he had the opportunity to hear IBM CEO Ginni Rometty describe a vision that IBM calls “cognitive computing.” “The presentation energized me because it outlined a new vision of computing powered by the intelligence of technologies like Watson to discover insights and relationships that are too complex for human beings to see. 

 IBM expects half of all software applications developed three years from now to have cognitive capabilities, up from just 10% today. The possibilities for us to apply cognitive reasoning to make our customers’ enterprise applications more efficient is exciting. Its potential to open up whole new areas of analytical insight is astonishing.”

UCG Technologies’ new name reflects their bigger goal of being a provider of integrated services that help their customers manage their IT operations and their businesses more effectively. One example of how they are making this transition is through Enterprise Security Awareness Training.

“Enterprise Security Awareness Training is integral to an organizations success”, explained Kandrac. Over the past 18 months, several of our clients have been hit with cyber-attacks. Phishing and Ransomware have become some of their most worrisome vulnerabilities. So UCG Technologies has partnered with KnowBe4 to offer free phishing and email exposure tests to our cloud clients. In addition, each Enterprise Cloud Backup & DR client will also receive a 25-user license for Kevin Mitnick’s superb nine course Cyber Security Training program.

One client that recently took the phishing exposure test got an incredible 48% click rate on the malicious messages sent to employees. Thanks to the free training we’re providing, I believe they can reduce that vulnerability to negligible single digits.”

UCG Technologies is expanding not only their product line but also their geographic scope. The firm now has corporate clients in 31 states, Canada, and in Europe.  Kandrac summarized, “Our phones are ringing and our business is growing in excess of 20% annually, but that doesn’t change the principle that got us here: a firm commitment to complete customer satisfaction.

I’m proud of the team that has guided our growth, but most of all I’m grateful to our customers for showing their faith in us. “

Who We Are ucgtechnologies.com
“Since 1987 UCG has helped companies of all sizes create winning businesses utilizing customized technologies and services. With UCG as your partner, you can take advantage of award-winning S2K ERP software to run your business more efficiently.  Protect your business with our enterprise cloud backup, disaster recovery, high availability, and enterprise security training.  

UCG i Cloud, our on-demand test, development and production partitions are designed to ease the burden of system administration, operations, and overhead.

At UCG, we’re obsessed with customer satisfaction.  We listen carefully to your business issues and pain points, and work with you to solve them. We are committed to your 100% satisfaction. Providing an outstanding client experience is one of the reasons we are ranked in the top 1% of IBM Business Partners globally.”  – Jim Kandrac


Francine CiacciaFor more information, contact:
Francine Ciaccia, Vice President Marketing



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