The spring TUGs have come to an end, and we were excited to be able to spend time at many of them with our NonStop friends and colleagues. Here is what happened at our last several events that we attended:
GTUG (April 27 - Berlin, Germany)
David Ross, Director of Sales, EMEA, attended GTUG in Berlin. It started on Monday, April 27th with a fantastic vendor reception before the event kicked off on the 28th. The opening key notes were very well attended approximately 200 delegates in the room!
HPE’s commitment to NonStop was re-enforced as they presented they currently have 6 enterprise servers, two of which are NonStop.
Michael Rosbach announced that 22 countries were represented with approx. 50 people from Germany. Dave saw people from Sweden, Bulgaria, Spain, UK, France, Finland, Switzerland, Norway, USA, Holland, Belgium and so a true international event.
On Wednesday, the most interesting presentation was from HPE on “NonStop virtualization prototype”, a long-term look at apossible future for VNonStop machines.
David gave the final presentation at GTUG, as a member of the BITUG board, on BITUG’s plans for the 2017 NonStop European Symposium (a pan-European NonStop event) to be held in London. He announced that Jimmy Treybig will open the 2017 European event.
SCTUG (May 3 - Cerritos, CA)
This hald-day event was organized by Idelji. It was short but boasted a lot of great information and networking opportunities.
HPE's Justin Simonds and Joel Sigman gave a summary of all the latest NonStop technology that was presented at Boot Camp, including Yuma/infiniband, the internet of things (IoT), NonStop cloud, and virtualization.
Gabrielle Guerrera presented on integrating NonStop with the latest technologies and showed a demo of LightWave Server™, our newest product offering that enables HPE NonStop servers to access web services using JSON and REST technology. The attendees had some great questions. She also gave away several NuWave phone chargers, which were very popular, and Assurant's Bill Bregon won NuWave's giveaway (a Pebble smart watch).
Other presentations were done by XYPRO on behalf of Merlon, comForte, Margo Holen on behalf of Knightcraft Technology, and Richard Buckle on behalf of OmniPayments.
After the event, networking was held at Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, where the beer and margaritas flowed freely.
N2TUG (May 5 - Plano, TX)
We quickly jumped from SCTUG to N2TUG, a full day of presentations on Cinco de Mayo in Plano, TX. NuWave was a silver sponsor of the event.
Ronald Lemoine, HPE NonStop Database Product Manager, presented on the present and future of NonStop.
The networking event at Blue Mesa Grill had the theme of a Tandem reunion. It also featured silent auction items to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. We were happy to donate a Pebble smart watch to the auction, which was won by Mark Chapman.
BITUG Big SIG (May 12 - London, England)
Once again our very own David Ross was on hand at BITUG in London. After switching things up and moving Big SIG to the spring, they are happy to report a great turnout and event!
After an evening of networking and planning for other European events, we were excited to get the show rolling the next day! David was busy tending to the NuWave booth before presenting at the end of the day. He gave a great presentation on Modernization through Integration, and played a £20 heads and tails game, with lukcy winner Kevin Poultney of Brightstrand. We also gave away a special passport price, a FitBit that was won by Neil Barnes of Lloyds Bank.
Overall, this BITUG Big SIG was a great sucess with 84 attendees. While this is less than previous years, it is more than was expected since the last Big SIG was this past December. Because of this, they expect attendance to grow next year, especially with a special keynote address from Jimmy Treybig in 2017.