U2 University Off to Strong Start

U2 University in Sydney, Australia, has successfully concluded and  IBM is looking ahead to the next events in the U.S. and Telford, U.K., Susie Siegesmund,  director, U2 Data Servers & Tools, IBM Information Management, told DBTA.

“The reports from the team is that all has gone well,” Siegesmund said just as the event was ending, noting that there were “about 60-some” attendees who were pleased with the content and format of the event. All of the sessions were presented by individuals from a 10-member IBM team.

A key focus of the event was to highlight new tools that have recently been–or are soon to be–introduced. These included a new U2 Basic Developer Toolkit (U2 BDT).  “This is a GUI developer toolkit that has an integrated debugger, it does things real time, and it is an Eclipse-based tool,” said Siegesmund. The tookit features a Resource Explorer, Dictionary Editor, and Code Editor. “It is going to be a really good assistance for people in developing and maintaining their Basic applications,” she said.

A new GUI administration tool called U2 Extensible Administration Tool (U2 XAdmin) was also featured. “It is once again Eclipse-based and it is multi-paneled - so you can be watching different things at the same time on a console,” said Siegesmund. Additionally, a suite of MultiValue plugins for Visual Studio were spotlighted. The U2.NET products “were built using some of the technology that BlueFinity has in their .NET product - but this is optimized for UniVerse and UniData.”

There are three sponsors of the U2U worldwide this year, including OHM Systems, Entrinsik and MITS, said Siegesmund. Additionally, Meier Business Systems, an IBM master VAR, sponsored the welcome reception in Australia.

The next IBM U2U is being held in San Diego, September 15-18, followed by one in Atlanta, October 6-9, and one in Telford, U.K., October 27-30.   “We picked Telford because it is in what the Brits call ‘The Midlands.’ London is a very expensive venue,” said Siegesmund. IBM wanted to choose a venue that is central to the U.K. and also cost-effective for the customer base, she explained.  For more information, go here