Early Bird Registration Extended!
We've had some requests for extra time to get paperwork pushed through at certain organizations... Rather than make an exception our crack marketing team has decided that we can give everyone a little more time to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing!
If you have not already registered stop what you are doing, navigate on over to http://pugchallenge.org/register.html and get registered!
We have another action-packed agenda this year and a new venue with lots more space for break out sessions and exhibits! Our new location in downtown Manchester NH is just minutes from the airport and has free shuttle service -- so there is no need for a rental car! Our room block is starting to fill up so don't delay! (If you do delay there is a list of nearby alternate hotels on the Hotel page.)
2016 Sunday Workshops Announced!
The 2016 Sunday Workshop lineup is now available! This year our workshops will be held in the hotel (no bus ride necessary!) We will have five awesome sessions in the morning:
- Climb Aboard the ProDataSet Train!
- OpenEdge SQL Performance - Troubleshooting and Understanding Query Plans
- Hands-on Business Rules
- SpeedScript to Stylish UI with PAS for OE WebHandlers
- SSL/TLS Configuration in OpenEdge
Followed by four great sessions in the afternoon:
- 4GL Code Performance
- Implementaing Horizontal Table Partitioning
- Monitoring OpenEdge Applications with BPM
- Responsive Application Design with Telerik Kendo UI Builder by Progress
Save The Date!!!
2016's Only OpenEdge Tech Conference in North America
Mark your calendars now for the year's most exciting event for Progress OpenEdge programmers, administrators and other technical personnel.
The 2016 Progress Users Group (PUG) Challenge/Exchange promises to be three-and-a-half days of lively technical sessions, workshops, training, demos and face-to-face networking with your peers and the OpenEdge engineering team.
Progress no longer hosts a stand-alone Exchange conference, so the PUG Challenge/ Exchange is your one chance to attend an OpenEdge technical conference in North America this year. Save the date for this must-attend event.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 PUG Challenge/Exchange!
75 Breakouts! Dark Energy Discovered?
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75 Breakouts! Dark Energy Discovered?
We've got 75 breakout sessions scheduled so far! And they are arranged so that you can personally attend, not 3 or 4 but *16* of them. And you can sign up for as many as two (out of 10) intense, hands-on workshops being offered on Sunday!
We don't have half the day going to "general sessions" (there is a kick-off keynote, but it is only an hour...) and other silliness -- we focus on getting you the information that you *need* to make the most of what you've got!
There is something for everyone: database, programming, integration, best practices, new products, old products, info exchanges, workshops... the amount of OpenEdge information in one place is so dense that astronomers may finally find an answer to the the mystery of "dark energy"! (Could "stealth marketing" may be an unfortunate side-effect of too much technical brilliance in one place?)
And it's not too late to get a bargain! Extended Early Bird pricing for PUG Challenge Americas has a couple of days left to run. http://pugchallenge.com/register.html
There is no better way to find out that to join your peers June 7-10 in Westford MA for PUG Challenge/Exchange 2015 -- where OpenEdge Geeks Gather!
Early Bird Registration Extended!
Who thought that ending "early bird" registration on a holiday weekend was a good idea? The organizing committee sat that guy down and had a little chat with him... as a result Early Bird Registration has been extended to April 18th!
This year a total of 10 workshops are being held Sunday at Progress HQ in Bedford. We will have transportation between the hotel in Westford and progress HQ. Busses will depart the hotel at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. Return trips from Progress to the hotel will be at 1pm and 5pm.
Workshop Registration is Open: Register here!
2015 Workshop List & Descriptions
2015 Call for Speakers
We are now accepting session proposals for PUG Challenge Americas 2015, the premiere face-to-face conference for Progress OpenEdge users in the Americas!
The deadline for submissions is February 22nd. Proposals that are submittted after that date will be wait-listed.
Proposals must be submitted via our Proposal Web Form
PUG Challenge Americas 2015 is June 7-10
We have over 75 technical break-out sessions planned (you can personally attend up to 16 of them and send your teammates to the rest!) plus 10 workshops, the vendor expo, a Partner Track, commercial sessions, “Info Exchanges”, an “Offsite Adventure” and endless opportunities to network with your peers and the Progress engineers.
Why attend PUG Challenge?
Rob Willoughby said:
I was a first time attendee last year. I've also done some of the PUGs remotely. It was 1000% better attending in person. Not only do you get to meet lots of folks from the PEG, but also non-PEGGERS and lots of PROGRESS employees as well.
The Sunday workshops are fantastic - you get hands on training step-by-step, with the both PROGRESS and non-PROGRESS experts to assist you. Later on in the week, there will be sessions discussing what you just learned by people who've been using it in the real world. If this doesn't get you jazzed about how this applies to your own job, then perhaps nothing ever will.
The pricing for this whole trip was very reasonable. I did have to work our execs a bit to get this trip approved last year. But it was well worth it. It was simply the best work-related experience I've ever had, and I'm glad I was talked into it.
Rob Fitzpatrick said:
To those who can't *get* budget, I say: *make* budget.
It's under $500 for a ticket and $99 per night, three nights in a hotel. And once you're there you have almost no expenses.
So yes, pay for it yourself, take a three-day vacation, drive to Westford, and immerse yourself in the best Progress conference there is. Soak up all the session goodness. Network your brains out. Personally, I've paid more money on various personal-development expenses (courses, seminars, books, etc.) and got less out of them than I got from attending PUG Challenge.
And when you get back and implement changes at the office that make you more efficient and valuable and save the company money, be very vocal about how you got this knowledge and that you expect the company to foot the bill next year.
PUG Challenge Is:
- Technical: 60+ breakout sessions over 3 days!
- Independent: Put on by Progress users for Progress users!
- Focused: 16 time slots that you can attend a breakout!
- Varied: Topics covering the 4GL, database, integration, complementary technologies and more!
- Practical: Topics cover the technology that you actually have as well as The Next Big Thing!
- Inexpensive: Early bird registration is just $475 and the hotel room rate is just $99/night!
- Relaxing: No loud bands or circus acts -- just a couple hundred of your peers and Progress engineers being geeks together!
Are you registered yet? pugchallenge.org/register.html