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LISUG’s Star-Quality Speakers Are a Hit


With a 30-year history, the Long Island System User Group (LISUG) membership has seen just about every top-quality IBM i speaker in the community.

For its December meeting however the tables were turned and the membership itself became deliverers of technical content.

With its “Night of 1000 Stars,” LISUG featured seven of its members, each presenting a seven-minute presentation on his or her favorite IT topic. The topics and highlights included:

  • Visual Basic: Simple and Still Alive: A quick study on developing Windows applications using free Microsoft tools
  • One Company’s Journey Using Document Scanning on IBM i: Integrating documents into existing IBM i applications
  • Why Ruby is the MOST Enjoyable Programming Language to Learn—EVER!: An introduction on the relevance of adding Ruby to your programming toolset
  • To IPL or not IPL—That is the Question: The pros and cons of a full system IPL
  • Organizing Your Life: A real-life study of useful applications to get the most out of each hour in your office
  • Website Normalization: Case study how modularization ramps up website development time
  • Using Email on IBM i and QMGTOOLS: How a little-known free IBM i tool saves a lot of time and money

As the head of the LISUG Speaker committee, I thought the night was really unique. Our traditional format of a pre-session and main session is rock solid but this year though we decided to shake things up a bit, and our members really came through. We know there are a ton of tips, tricks and IT talents within our membership. The multispeaker format allowed us to offer an incredible range of topics in a single meeting. In addition, we learned more about some of our members while giving them an opportunity to speak before the group. It was a win-win for everyone.

LISUG meets nine months each year, September through May. The meetings, each 4 ½ hours in length, start at 5 p.m. with a pre-session. The less-formal pre-session generally lasts 45 minutes and offers speakers a chance to test-drive new content. After a one-hour networking and cocktail, a sit-down dinner is served. During dinner hour, a Q&A session is presented where current IT topics are discussed. Finally, the main session starts at 8 p.m.

You can find photos from the “Night of 1000 Stars” along with other meetings here.

Charles Guarino is the founder and president of Central Park Data Systems, a New York-based IBM midrange consulting company.



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