Chapter News – CTUG’s 2018 Fall Conference Report (May-June 2019)

The CTUG fall conference was another great event. The theme for this year’s event was “NonStop’s Value Today”. There are more reasons to choose NonStop today and we wanted to show how that value continues to grow.

CTUG was held at the HP Enterprise head office for Canada in Mississauga, on September 26, 2018. We made a few changes this year, we moved our date up one month to make it a little easier for HPE staff to attend. We also were able to have a barbecue at lunch with the milder weather in September. There was an excellent turnout again with over a hundred people in attendance.

The day was started off with opening remarks from Ken Goldman of HPE. Ken indicated the NonStop business in North America is having another good year with positive growth numbers.

Our first presentation of the day was Justin Simonds who gave us an update on all the good work being done on the NonStop product line. From vNonStop to Blockchain integration, the future is now and continues to look good.

Our keynote presenter this year was Jeff Skinner who is now the head of worldwide mission critical Blockchain for the enterprise.

There is a lot of interest and information out there on Blockchain and Jeff did a good job on explaining what Blockchain and distributed ledger technology is all about. It is a technology of the future for sure we just have to find the use cases in the NonStop market that will move it forward.

We were fortunate to have a customer presentation this year from David Wiseman of Telus. He presented a modernization journey he called “COBOL to Cucumber”. David explained how Telus has changed their development direction to embrace new languages and tools. From SOAP3 to Java and REST with continuous integration and deployment with Jenkins.

Then it was on to Cucumber and behavior Driven Development (BDD). I am still trying to figure it out but it just shows how open and modern the NonStop can be. Many thanks to David for taking the time to share his work with the community.

We closed off the day with a question and answer session for the HPE staff in attendance and then onto the draw prizes provided by the vendors and HPE.

We finished with a reception in the atrium area and even enjoyed some Steam Whistle pilsner beer from the keg. Keeping the beer bash going as best we can. I think a good time was had by all and we are looking forward to next year.

The CTUG board would like to thank all of our sponsors, HPE, Intel, Vendors and our CTUG members for making this event a success.

We are planning now for our 2019 event so please mark your calendars for September 25th and 26th 2019.

CTUG’s theme for 2019 will be “NonStop in the 21st Century” 
Wednesday September 25, 2019 (Conference) 
Thursday September 26, 2019 (Education Session) 
Location: Hewlett–Packard Canada Head Quarters, 5150 Spectrum Way, Mississauga, Ontario 

We look forward to hosting another great NonStop community event packed with great NonStop presentations and vendor displays.

We would also like to present our new CTUG President for 2019 – Kim Katigbak. Kim has been our Director of Symposia for the last 5 years and has done an outstanding job. She looks forward to serving the NonStop community in her new role as the CTUG President.

We look forward to meeting you all again this year!


  • Kim Katigbak

    Kim Katigbak is an independent consultant specializing in NonStop system management and performance monitoring solutions. She has worked in the Nonstop community for over 30 years. Kim was fortunate enough to start her career as a co-op student with Tandem Computers and has worked in with HP Nonstop systems ever since, with companies such as CIBC, Computer Security Products, Integrated Research and Discover Financial Services. Kim spent most of her career with Integrated Research, the vendor of Prognosis, working in support, pre-sales and consulting roles. In her roles at IR and as an independent consultant, Kim has been fortunate enough to work with a wide range of organizations in the financial, healthcare and telecommunications industries, assisting them with the deployment of system management and performance monitoring solutions for their NonStop servers.

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