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  1. Modernising RPG Apps - All-day seminar with Paul Tuohy - Oct 24
  2. Linda Johnstone - Obituary
  3. A message from a TUG Gold Member - Sponsor: UCG
  4. iDev Cloud - Free use of IBM i development space
  5. Stay Connected - Confirm your subscription to TUG Buzz

Modernising RPG Applications
with Paul Tuohy

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Another special day for TUG members and other IBM i professionals        

LOCATION: Sandman Signature Mississauga

5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON, L4W 4T4

Modernising RPG Applications

(Lecture Only -- Laptop NOT Needed)

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Paul TuohyStill stuck in an RPG/400 world?

Well, this exciting Workshop will show you how modern programming practices and tools can transform your old monolithic RPG applications into a modern, highly modularized form that will position your business for the future.

Rather than just throw hours of theory at you, this seminar takes a sample application and follows it through the process of converting from RPG/400 or basic RPG IV to full usage of RPG IV and ILE features, modularizing the code, adding DB2 UDB features and even replacing the green-screen with a graphical or browser-based interface. more.


  • Introduction
  • Use the Right Tools
  • Making Use of RPG IV
    - Beyond the Basics
  • Triggers
  • Moving RPG to ILE
    - the Basics
  • Really Moving RPG to ILE
    - subprocedures
  • Referential Integrity
  • Externalizing
  • Ready for the Web

Download first 15 pages of handouts

Sandman Signature Mississauga

Room: Ojibwa / Irquois

5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga

Registration  7:30 am - 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast  7:30 am - 8:30 am
Morning workshop  8:30 am – 12:00 noon
Lunch  12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Afternoon workshop  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • TUG Member : $249 (+tax)
  • Non-Member: $299 (+tax)

  • ** Lunch & Coffee Breaks Included **
  • ** FREE Parking **

Register at:

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Linda Johnstone - Celebration of Life -

Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Westin Prince Hotel, 900 York Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former TUG Director, Linda Mary Johnstone (nee Cassell). Linda died on Saturday 30th September in the Scarborough Hospital at about 10:30 pm.

Her obituary appeared in the Toronto Star on Saturday 7th October, and may also be found at the following website location: Details also appear in the Ogden Funeral Home website location at: (search name LINDA MARY JOHNSTONE).

Here are some articles from our archives, in memory of Linda ...

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A message from a TUG Gold Member Sponsor:

For Immediate Release:                                                               

Media contact:
Francine Ciaccia, VP  Marketing

UCG's Newest Sales Executive Took an Unconventional Path to Success
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (September 28, 2017)—UCG Technologies (UCG), a global information technology services firm, is pleased to announce that Matt Paterini has joined UCG as Regional Director. In his new role, Matt will lead sales efforts for UCG’s IBM i cloud backup & disaster recovery business in the Northwest United States and Canada.

Matt moved to Cleveland after graduating IBM Global Sales School at the top of his class. A few weeks earlier while getting a haircut, he struck up a conversation with the barber and mentioned that he worked for IBM. It turned out the man wielding the scissors was the brother-in-law of UCG Technologies founder and CEO Jim Kandrac. So began an ongoing conversation that, a year later, brought Matt to UCG as Regional Director of one of the company’s most promising growth businesses.
Matt and Jim hit it off from the start. “Selecting an opportunity based on the boss is very important,” Matt says. “I can learn a ton from Jim about selling and about running a business.”

Says Jim Kandrac, simply, “He reminds me of myself 32 years ago, except he’s smarter.”

Upon graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in biology in 2012, he entered the college’s challenging Doctor of Pharmacy program and became the Chief Pharmacy Intern at the university’s health system.
At IBM, he was one of just 300 salespeople selected for the company’s fiercely competitive Summit Program out of more than 15,000 applicants.

Change of plans
Matt’s original plan was to become a pharmacist. He admits to never having set a definitive career goal. Rather, he has pursued opportunities that seem interesting, promising and fit both personal and professional goals. That approach that has served him pretty well so far.

Pharmacy is a much more diverse profession than most people know (learn more at The Nontraditional Pharmacist, an informational website that Matt and two friends started during his final year in graduate school). While earning his Pharm.D. degree at Michigan, he prepared for a career in clinical pharmacology, but found himself continually drawn to the business side of the profession. “I got a lot of feedback in pharmacy school that I should pursue a career in sales,” he says. “That led me to look into the business side of things.”

Business turned out to be another natural talent. Matt credits his father, a successful Georgia-Pacific sales manager, for nurturing his business savvy as well as helping him with his golf swing. Upon joining IBM, Matt learned about a fledgling program that was applying the company’s Watson cognitive technology to healthcare. “It sounded awesome,” he remembers.

The Summit Program filled in some critical gaps in his otherwise natural sales ability. He learned how to speak the language of top executives and how to build a business case around IBM’s solutions. He improved his communications skills and learned how to sell technology. Upon graduation, he moved to Cleveland for IBM to take on a position as a hybrid cloud business solutions specialist.

IBM was a perfect place for Matt to hone his enterprise sales skills, but it didn’t satisfy his entrepreneurial urge. That’s why the meeting with Jim Kandrac was a timely coincidence. “I want to know everything about running a successful business,” Matt says. Jim saw the potential and after almost a full year of discussions, decided to bring Matt on board in a unique position which will entail not only sales, but also management, marketing and strategic planning. “I can train anyone to sell, but to grasp a business and grow it intelligently requires something special,” Jim says. “That’s what Matt can do.”

Taking UCG to the next level
After 30 years in business, UCG Technologies is still exploring new areas of growth. Having excelled with clients in 31 states, the company is seeking new opportunities in Canada. UCG has identified 3,000 organizations that run on the IBM i platform (Power Systems) as good candidates for UCG’s IBM i cloud backup and disaster recovery services.  UCG is investing in its own vaults at a co-located facility in in Mississauga, Ontario and will soon be able to scale to more than 100K CPW (Commercial Processing Workloads) on the IBM i running on Power8 servers.
Matt will manage sales, marketing and website development for the new territories.  HIs fresh perspective will also help as UCG navigates a rapidly changing landscape. “Technology is a moving target. We have to be adaptive, strategic and continuously focus on solving our clients’ business issues and pains,” he says. “I’d like people one day to say that I was able to grow the business and also help set the path for the next 20 years.”

About UCG Technologies

Founded in 1987, UCG Technologies is a highly specialized Strategic Service Provider of customized Information Technology products and services. These include IBM i Cloud Backup & Disaster Recovery; Hardware DR; Enterprise Security Training; IBM POWER8 Systems; and Enterprise Management Software. 

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iDev Cloud

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  • 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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