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PUG UK & Ireland - Spring Conference 2017

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

Save the Date!!

We are very pleased to confirm the details of the UK and Ireland Progress User Group Spring Conference which is kindly being hosted once again at the QAD offices.

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

The overall theme for the day is 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 are on Kendo UI Builder, and another on performance improvements. Additionally, we have two case study sessions looking at experiences and tools used in modernisation projects.

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

Accommodation details will be available shortly.

It promises to be a very informative day, with plenty of content for everyone.

Please note that the conference is now fully booked.



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
Now fully booked
14:15 - 17:00 4GL Code Performance Workshop
Paul Koufalis - White Star Software, Peter Judge - Progress Software
Now fully booked


Please note: If you have booked to attend one or both of the workshops, please bring with you a laptop with a wireless network connection.



The conference is now fully booked. There are still spaces available for the evening networking event at the Park Regis Hotel. If you wish to attend this, please complete the Delegate Registration Form.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in sponsoring the conference? If so, the following packages are available. Please note that there are only a limited number of spaces available.

Event Sponsorship

This entitles 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

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

Cost - £250.00

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

Full Page Advertisement in Conference Guide

(artwork to be provided)

Cost - £150.00

Please click to access the Sponsorship Registration Form.


Hotel Options

If you need overnight accommodation, the following options are 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.


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".

Spring Conference 2017

Event Sponsors

We would like to thank the following companies who have kindly agreed to sponsor our conference: