Well, it was very nice to actually attend a User Group meeting in person. It seems like it’s been forever. SunTUG 22 seemed to be pretty well attended. Kevin Shabow, the North American Director of NonStop Sales, kicked off the conference and asked for direct feedback from the audience. This harkened back to the origins of ITUG when Jimmy and execs would have open forums about what was needed, what was working, and what wasn’t. Jimmy always mentioned how very valuable direct customer feedback was to him and the team.
I was excited to be a speaker at SunTUG and Keith Moore and I delivered a talk on some new capabilities (Keith) covering NonStop Fault-Tolerant Interface 1.0 (NSFTI 1.0), NonStop Manageability Framework 1.1 (NSMF 1.1) and NonStop API Gateway. These products assist with the development of process-pair applications, integration with new DevOps environments, and the exciting area of API. Keith did his usual most-excellent job of explaining these new offerings. I finished up with a discussion of a previous NonStop TBC presentation around something Keith and I called AIDE – Artificial Intelligent Driven Enterprise. If you are familiar with Gartner terminology this was/is a stalking horse. It involves the potential integration of NonStop operational systems with HPE High Performance Computing systems (AI/ML/DL – Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning). It’s an idea around developing AIDE stations similar to how Data Marts have been used in organizations. We were hoping to get some customers interested in exploring this concept since Keith and I were approached by the HPE AI team on ‘looking into’ this idea. And at SunTUG we did get into some discussions around this, so who knows?
I am hoping that SunTUG kicks off a trend of in-person meetings this year. It was great to see and discuss possibilities with real people not Zoom photographs (as good as Zoom is). From my perspective, a good and productive time was had by all.
On a very sad, sad note we were informed of the sudden and unexpected death of our dear friend and colleague, Karen Copeland. This was very tragic news. Karen was involved in so many things and had such a wonderful history with NonStop. She will certainly be missed by all of us, partners and customers alike. https://www.facebook.com/groups/142588182485100/permalink/4963572803719923/ is a link to a Facebook page by her husband along with her requested donation organization the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. Please consider making a donation in Karen’s name and keep her family in your prayers.