Much fun and hard work at the EMEA Progress User Group (PUG) Challenge

Last month, no fewer than 29 members of our local Progress headed off to Ireland to join international counterparts and peers at the EMEA Progress User Group (PUG) Challenge. Held in Dublin from 10 to 12 October, the South African contingent (from as many as 12 local companies) formed part of a 500+ strong group of attendees (across 32 countries), all gathered to discuss the latest Progress innovations, industry trends and best practices.

"This was without a doubt the largest SA representation ever at an international Progress event," says Gustav Piater, who headed up the local contingent. "The value of events such as these lies not only in attending presentations one would otherwise not be directly exposed to, but in networking and sharing best practices … mixed with the required number of 'war' stories.

Jointly sponsored by Progress and AIGS as part of both parties' commitment to 'make a difference' across our local partner and end user community, the delegates were treated to some of the biggest names in the Progress world from Progress CEO, Yugesh Gupta, who delivered the opening address, through to leading international experts. Some key take aways also included presentations from several Progress technical staff on 'Progress Today' as well as a look at the Progress V12 roadmap, due for release early 2019.

Although the sessions were predominantly of a technical nature, some more business focused users were added to the mix to expose them to the bigger international community. The reactions were, of course, varied. While some of our more technical colleagues heralded the experience as "one of the best organised events ever, with great feedback received", there were some of our more business focused minds who "are still not quite sure we understand what was said."

But, general feedback was nothing but positive, with attendees heralding the few days away as "extremely informative", leaving every single last one "energised and ready to apply the new learnings".

In keeping with its objective of ensuring local resources remain at the 'top of their game', the AIGS team also attended additional training sessions with the Progress core product team in Newry, Ireland, before meeting up with the rest of the SA squad in Dublin.

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