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PUG UK & Ireland - Spring Conference 2017

Date: Wednesday 5th April 2017.
Venue: QAD, Birmingham.


The UK and Ireland Progress User Group Spring Conference was kindly hosted once again at the QAD offices.

We lined up a fantastic program of technical sessions with some very well respected speakers from the OpenEdge community. There were also two workshops.

The overall theme for the day was OpenEdge Modernisation, looking at some of the technical aspects, in particular REST, Web handlers, Kendo UI Builder, and diagnostic tools for performance improvements.

The workshops were on Kendo UI Builder, and another on performance improvements. Additionally, we had two case study sessions looking at experiences and tools used in modernisation projects.

Speakers included Peter Judge of Progress, Paul Koufalis of White Star Software and Marko Rüterbories of ConsultingWerk, as well as technical experts from IAP and Pace IT.

We hosted a networking evening on Tuesday 4th April to extend the networking opportunities with speakers and fellow members before the conference. This took place at the Park Regis Hotel, 158 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1DT from 19:30 to 23:00.

It was a very informative day, with plenty of content for everyone.



The following is a selection of feedback received following the conference:

  • "Very good. There's always something useful to be found during the presentations."
  • "Was great as I was able to get the 'big picture' as well as technical details as well."
  • "Had chance to talk to some other users, got some good info out of the networking too."



09:00 Registration, Coffee and Networking
09:20 Welcome and Introduction
Progress User Group
09:30 PASOE Web Handlers, a deep dive
Peter Judge - Progress Software
10:30 Coffee and Networking
10:45 OpenEdge REST Backends, JSDO, Kendo UI and Angular 2
Marko Rüterbories - Consultingwerk
11:45 Coffee and Networking
12:00 Hacksaws and Exacto Knives: Free Diagnostic Tools for Progress
Paul Koufalis – White Star Software
13:00 Lunch and Networking
14:00 PUG UK and Ireland Annual General Meeting
14:15 OpenEdge Modernisation – Experience and tools used
15:15 Coffee and Networking
15:30 OpenEdge Modernisation – A Case Study
David Ritchie & James Leckenby – Pace IT
16:30 Close



09:30 - 13:00 Kendo UI Builder Workshop
Progress Software
14:15 - 17:00 4GL Code Performance Workshop
Paul Koufalis - White Star Software, Peter Judge - Progress Software


Sponsorship Opportunities

The following packages were available:

Event Sponsorship

This entitled you to:

  • Your Corporate Logo on the PUGUK & Ireland Website – with a link directly to your website
  • Your Corporate Logo listing in pre-conference marketing – with link directly to your website
  • An entry in the Conference Pack Sponsor Section - Half Page entry with 100-word description and logo
  • On-site Exhibition Space at the Evening Venue

Cost - £600.00

Entertainment Sponsorship

  • Included contribution towards drinks and entertainment
  • Sponsorship recognition at Evening Venue

Cost - £250.00

£100 discount if you chose to take the Event Sponsorship Package as well

Full Page Advertisement in Conference Guide

(artwork to be provided)

Cost - £150.00


Hotel Options

The following options were available:

Park Regis Hotel

Address: 160 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1DT. Telephone: 0121 369 5555.

To book your accommodation: please call reservations on 0121 3695 555, Monday – Friday 08.00 – 18.00, Saturday 09.30 – 17.30.

Car Parking: On-site parking costs:
£10.00 for 24 hours
£7.00 for the duration of the evening networking event.


There are a number of Travelodges in the Birmingham area, including:

Halesown Travelodge
Address: Whitehall Road, Birmingham B63 3HY. Telephone: 08719 846 488.

Premier Inn

There are a number of Premier Inns in the Birmingham area, including:

Premier Inn, Birmingham City Centre
Address: Birmingham Exchange Buildings, Stephenson Place, Birmingham B2 4NH. Telephone: 0871 527 9442.


Conference Presentations

The speakers have kindly provided copies of the sessions for you to download if you are a fully paid up member. Please log in and access "Conference Notes Spring 2017" below "Members Area".


Summer 2016 Conference Presentations

This conference, held in the offices of Progress Software in Bracknell, focused on the topical areas of Modernisation and How to Implement Digital Transformation, plus additional sessions from our community speakers. The speakers kindly provided copies of the sessions for you to download if you are a fully paid up member. These are still available. Please log in and access "Conference Notes Summer 2016" below "Members Area".

Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!