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SATUG 2010 Conference and Trade Show

Over the past week, we here in South Africa had our Annual Conference and Tradeshow.  For the first time in South Africa we had a down turn in numbers for this event. We believe that it was all due to the economic climate and companies are just not spending as much money on conferences as they did a year or two ago.

However, we believe that although the conference was smaller it was still a success as old ties got renewed and the delegates could find out about the latest and greatest as to what is happening with the technologies that they use on a day to day basis. There were also new technologies and new faces at the conference. We had 5 (five) new companies at the conference, not all of them as exhibitors but also as delegates and speakers.

They were:

  • EQS technologies
  • Iliad Solutions
  • S1 Corporation
  • Stratus Technologies
  • Lusis
    
Last year we realized that we would need to change. The chosen direction was to embrace the Business Critical Server environment and therefore we changed the name of the organization from “TANDEM” to “TECHNOLOGY”. So the new title of the group is thus “The Southern African Technology User Group”.

We believe that as Nonstop group only we cannot and will not survive. We saw it clearly this last conference as one of the companies that always supported the meetings very well only sent 4 people to the conference.

The executive dinner had the same pattern. We only had Executives for the Dinner from 4 Nonstop User companies and one BCS company.

As always the Emerald Resort and Casino provided all the food and it was of a very high standard. The relationship that has built up between the User Group and the Hotel proved to be mutually beneficial to both parties.

The conference presentations were of very high standards and everyone enjoyed it tremendously.

The Tuesday night at the Aquadome with Mr. Steve Gilroy from Gilroy’s Brewery also proved to be a winner yet again.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors for their part in the conference. Without the generous sponsorship from the Vendors the conference would not have been a success.

The Sponsorships taken by the various Vendors were:

Computer Security Products - GOLD + Drinks on Monday night After Dinner
XYPRO - SILVER
Comforte - BRONZE
IR - SILVER
HP - BRONZE
ESQ - BRONZE
CE Engineering International    - Sponsored T-Shirts and the BEER tasting on Tuesday night
Gravic - BRONZE + The River Boat
GoldenGate / Oracle - Drinks on the River Cruise
Emerald Resort and Casino - Wine Tasting on Tuesday night
ETI-NET - BRONZE + After Dinner Drinks On Monday night

To all our Delegates we say thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you all with us next year.

This year we had several sessions on HP-UX and other technologies. These sessions were accepted by the delegates very well and we have had very positive feedback from the majority of delegates.

Well, where to in 2011. We believe that time will tell.

Until 2011 we wish you all the best for the year ahead and the future.


The SATUG Board