Photos and more about the RUG meeting earlier this week.


2014 RUG Meeting
2014 RUG Meeting

The copyright free RUG photographs are no available on www.m4photo.co.uk

From my point of view Tuesday’s RUG was an amazing success and judging by some of the comments that I have received by email from people who took the time to join us in London, I am not alone in that thought.

As always the day was packed with information (mostly relating to the forthcoming OpenInsight 10) and the official write-up will follow shortly.  For those that can’t wait, the highlights were as per the published agenda.  Mike began the day with a state of the company presentation and he touched on our future direction.  He then dived into what we can expect from OpenInsight 10 and we also got to see as much of the visual side of the release that has been put together thus far – I think that those in the room were the very first to see the visuals in action outside of the company.  Many of the new features and enhancements had people scribbling notes from the off.

Whereas the floor is usual pretty quiet for an hour or so at our RUGs, this one proved to be different.  Questions, comments and suggestions seemed to come from the floor from within a few minutes and the continued right through till the end.

I put Peter Furlong from Ardbrook on the spot with regards to one of their recent projects and I was hugely grateful for a lovely nugget of information which he was able to share with the room.  Unfortunately, that nugget has to stay in the room for the moment, so you had to be there to benefit.

Aaron gave a short talk about a SQL to OI conversion that he is currently working on and Andrew ran through the options with regards to connectivity within OpenInsight – A popular presentation that added to the requests for copies of the presentations from the day.  These will be emailed out sometime next week once I have caught up.

Reservations for the RUG were higher than expected and we opted to take a larger room.  This enabled us to cater for the larger than anticipated numbers and I was pleased to see only three people drop out at the last minute.  The only down side was Mike having to battle with an auctioneer on a microphone in the adjoining room.  However, following a million pound + auction things went quiet and we got back to normal in the afternoon.

I’ll post the full write up when it is ready, but you can see photographs from the RUG on www.m4photo.co.uk.  Go to the home page and you’ll see a link to the Revelation Software gallery.  Attendees are welcome to digital copies of any of the images for publicity purposes – for your blogs, websites, newsletters, etc.

The collection of photographs include the busy room, developers making valuable new contacts, Alex in full flow regarding UTF8 support, Peter sharing his good news with us and more.  The later images were taken during our stay in Tenby during the road trip.  I was annoyed to have left my tripod at home, but the sunrise was spoiled by an overcast sky so all was not lost.

I hope that you enjoy the photographs and that you can join us at the next RUG which might be a little different from the usual venue and format – watch this space for further details.  It’ll be one that no EMEA region based OI developer will wish to miss.

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