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eBITUG sets bar high for events that follow!
eBITUG has set the bar for European NonStop User Group events according to Dr Michael Rossbach at the closing ceremony. The 2017 event had a perfect mix of HPE, Customer and Partner sessions with 3 parallel tracks providing something for all the 250+ delegates.
HPE set the theme talking about what had been planned 12 months ago, what had been delivered and what is coming next. Customers and Partners not only enjoyed the openness of the future sessions but how HPE has delivered on the strategy and the relevance to cloud strategies and data lakes for the new IT. Deployment options, continual integration and DevOps were all part of how NonStop participates in IT’s Transformation.
The enhancements to capability, portability and deployment of SQL/MX along with the use of micro-services frameworks supported the modernization theme for developers along with new HPE and Partner capabilities for business continuity data replication and also data integration on and off platform.
Customers presented their own migration to NonStop X, a cornerstone to the adoption of Virtualised NonStop and Cloud deployment. Payments vendors outlined new solutions for card issuing, prepaid cards and electronic benefits payments as well as payment SaaS.
There was a large focus on securing NonStop platforms, payment solutions and software subsystems in line with PCI-DSS and general industry concerns over security. Choice was plentiful and sessions covered forthcoming requirements as well as tool capability.
Management services and solutions also took center stage with automation tools and cloud analytics demonstrating, once again, just how modern the NonStop platform has become. Daimler discussed their world-wide dependency on NonStop for vehicle manufacture and how their plans for the future would remove paperwork making systems even more critical.
Separate one-on-one meetings and NDA sessions with HPE as well as Virtualised NonStop demos rounded out the event as well as the second “Under 40s SIG” meeting following the inaugural meeting held at the 2016 NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC). Even as he is still very young in spirit, it was great to see that Jimmy Treybig (Tandem ex-CEO and now Venture Capitalist) not only presented the Keynote on Industry Disruption for Enterprise companies but was present throughout both days of the conference.
The social events during the conference were also heavily attended giving a great opportunity for networking and enjoying London during a very pleasant couple of day’s weather. BITUG and GTUG are now working to share experiences and ideas to maintain the momentum of a European NonStop User Conference in the future. But the bar has definitely been set very high but we are sure the good folks at GTUG will rise to the occasion.