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March 1996: Volume 11, Number 4

Ensuring the Transfer of Knowledge

By Vaughn Dragland

nsuring the Transfer of Knowledge". That's the theme of TUG's third annual Technical Education Conference to be held at the Toronto Colony Hotel, Monday April 29 through Wednesday May 1, 1996. This will no doubt prove to be the premier event of the User Group's calendar this year. Featuring three full days of the latest and most-requested topics, the conference will draw hundreds of I/S professionals from all over the Southern Ontario region, as well as from far flung places. The transfer of knowledge occurs not only in the classroom, but also in the corridors, restaurants, promenades, and everywhere people gather to socialize and exchange information. This is really what TUG is all about, after all!

This year TUG will present an enhanced schedule, featuring sessions on AS/400 Object Oriented Development, Client/Server Enterprise Solutions, V3/Rx, LAN Integration, Data Warehousing, Security Design, Performance Considerations, ILE, Connectivity Issues, Productivity Tools, Visual RPG, SQL, Data Base Theory and Design, RISC Based AS/400, FSIOP, Internet, WEB Design, Inside Your PC, Business Interruption Recovery, Team Building, Project Management, and others. In addition, for the first time this year, the Conference will feature a Product Showcase, where many of the leading software producers and hardware manufacturers will display their newest offerings for the midrange marketplace. The Product Showcase will be held Monday and Tuesday nights on the 27th floor of the Colony.

Conference attendees will receive a complimentary Continental breakfast and luncheons each day, and on Monday night there will be a special wine and cheese reception, complete with a valuable draw prize. There will be a special room rate at the Hotel for conference registrants of $75 per night. Registrants must arrange their own reservations by calling the hotel at (416) 977-0707 or toll free at 800-777-1700. To receive this special room rate, be sure to mention TUG Technical Education Conference. The address is: Toronto Colony Hotel, 89 Chestnut Street (just north of City Hall), Toronto, Ontario M3G 1R1

This year the Keynote Speaker will be Robert Tipton, who has more than 18 years of experience in the IBM midrange product line. Bob is a popular and entertaining speaker who presents each year to about 50 different user groups, conferences and conventions around the world. Other speakers include Al Barsa, Alison Butterill, Bob Cozzi, Ralph Dunham, Tom Dzorevski, Wayne Evans, George Farr, Susan Gantner, Jackie Jansen, Jon Paris, Rares Pateanu, Roger Pence, Gerry Reid, John Sears, Jim Sloan, and Claus Weiss.

TUG members will receive a special discounted rate, which combined with the Early Bird discount if registered before March 15, will allow a member to attend the full conference for only $795 plus GST. (Remember, education is an investment, not an expense.) To register, or for more information, call the TUG office at (905) 607-2546 or 1-800-441-8282.

Putting on a conference of this magnitude is not a trivial matter, and since TUG is ostensibly a volunteer organization, we should compliment the dedicated individuals who are working hard to make this event a success. Many thanks to Neil Andrus who is handling the promotion (and who provided me with the material for this article). Thanks also to Ron Anderson and Craig Cluett for organizing the Product Showcase; Ed Jowett for working with the Hotel, Linda Johnstone for managing the budget; Bev Russell for contacting the speakers; Darcy Forde for handling the facilities; Leo Lefebvre for creating the grids; and to Wende Boddy for taking registrations and session outlines and a million other details. We are also depending on Jim Vanderburgt, Anne Mckay and a host of other wonderful volunteers too numerous to mention.

Last, but not least, we are grateful to Ken Sadler who is acting as Conference Manager for the third year in a row! Keep up the good work Ken. I am but one of many TUG members looking forward with eager anticipation to this year's conference, and I'm sure it will be a huge success. T < G

Vaughn Dragland is the Editor of TUG/400 e-server magazine and can be reached at Eclipse Technologies Inc. (416) 622-8789 or by e-mail at dragland@tug.on.ca.