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October 2010 Newsletter

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Table of Contents:

1)   SUG-TX October 26th Meeting – Appeon for PowerBuilder .NET
2)   SUG-TX September Meeting Highlights
3)   Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group
4)   Future SUG-TX Meetings
5)   Sybase and University of Texas Study Reveals Incremental Improvements in Data Effectiveness Deliver Annual Gains of Up to $255 Million from Products and Services
6)   International Sybase User Group Events
7)   Sybase Events
8)   OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting
9)   Sybase Training Schedule (Oct – Dec)
1)  SUG-TX October 26th Meeting – Appeon for PowerBuilder .NET

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.  The presentation will be “Appeon for PowerBuilder .NET – Another Way To Get PowerBuilder To The Web With .NET”, by Don Clayton.


4:00pm – 4:15pm      Introduction, Welcome, Q&A
4:15pm – 5:45pm      Appeon for PowerBuilder .NET – Another Way To Get PowerBuilder To The Web With .NET
5:45pm – 6:00pm     Wrap Up and Q&A
6:30pm -                  Post meeting discussions at Champps Americana (at the Uptown location)

Presentation Abstract:

Developers planning to build PowerBuilder applications or move existing applications to the web should evaluate Appeon for PowerBuilder.  There are several versions of Appeon, the primary difference being the server-side software requirements.  In addition to the Sybase EAServer version of Appeon there are versions for the major J2EE application servers and a version for Microsoft .NET that does not require investment in a separate application server.  This presentation will focus on the .NET version of Appeon, including the Appeon .NET architecture and the differences from the EAServer and J2EE versions during development and deployment.  A review of the new features of Appeon 6.5 and Appeon 7.0 is included.

Don has been managing and leading PowerBuilder and Appeon projects for several years and will demonstrate an Appeon-based solution Intertech Consulting, Inc. built for a client.  The application offers all the best that the PFC and the web have to offer, including a productive development environment, a tab-based, Outlook-style interface instead of MDI, and a highly productive, yet still web-like look and feel for the user.  If you are looking at ways to modernize your PowerBuilder applications and move them to the web this presentation is for you.

Speaker Bio:
Donald D. Clayton is President of the Sybase Users’ Group of Texas, and owner of Intertech Consulting, Inc., a local Sybase Partner.  Don has over 20 years of software development experience.  He has been developing in PowerBuilder since PowerBuilder 1.0 was in beta and has programmed in Java, C#, HTML, and JavaScript.  Don now consults to and manages software development projects and acts as a consulting methodologist to several large organizations and two government agencies.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Don lectured at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Management for nine years.  When there Don delivered several graduate-level courses in MIS and maintained research efforts on information technology topics including object-oriented analysis and design, programming methodologies, process management and capability maturity models, and distributed computing techniques.

Here are links to two whitepapers Don wrote for Sybase recently:

Updating Your PowerBuilder Applications for Today’s World

Moving Your PowerBuilder Application to the Web

The meetings are held at HAL-PC, 4543 Post Oak Place, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77027 (map).  Members frequently continue discussions at Champps Sports Bar after the meeting while waiting for traffic to subside.

2)  SUG-TX September Meeting Highlights

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas held their meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2010.  The presentation was “Best Practices and Tools to Design, Build, Manage, Monitor, and Tune all your Sybase ASE Databases” by Scott Walz, Sr. Director of Product Management at Embarcadero.

Many Sybase ASE customers use DBArtisan and Rapid SQL, but may not be as familiar with some of Embarcadero’s newer products for Sybase ASE.  Scott showed easy-to-use tools for database performance monitoring and tuning, modeling for data warehouses, and database change management.  Scott also explain the new model of centralized tool provisioning where you can now have your own “private cloud” of software tools— delivered on demand.

3)  Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas has a group in LinkedIn.  If you wish to join, submit a request.  You can find the group by searching for “Sybase Texas” in the groups directory.  Contact if you have any questions.

4)  Future SUG-TX Meetings

Mark your calendar for future topics for SUG-TX Meetings:

November 23:               No Meeting – Thanksgiving week
December:                    Holiday Party
January 25:                   Annual Kickoff

Topics for future meetings are subject to change based on speaker availability and scheduling.  Watch the newsletter for details for each meeting.  A meeting will not be held in November due to proximity to the Thanksgiving holiday.  December is the annual holiday party.  SUG-TX usually meets on the 4th Tuesday so add a recurring appointment on your calendar and watch for future meeting announcements and newsletters for details.

5)  Sybase and University of Texas Study Reveals Incremental Improvements in Data Effectiveness Deliver Annual Gains of Up to $255 Million from Products and Services

Second in Three-Part Report Shows Significant Business Innovation and Growth Opportunities within Financial Institutions, Telecommunications, Petroleum, Retail Industries

DUBLIN, CA — SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 — Sybase, Inc., an SAP company (NYSE: SAP) and industry leader in enterprise and mobile software, today issued the second installment of results from a new report – ‘Measuring the Business Impacts of Effective Data’ – an extensive study benchmarking some of the world’s leading Fortune 1000 enterprises across a wide range of vertical industries by measuring the direct correlation between a company’s IT investments and overall business performance.

While the first installment quantifies the relationship between incremental investments in effective data and the key financial indicators of an enterprise’s health and profitability, the second installment examines ‘Impacts of Effective Data on Business Innovation and Growth.’  That is, the impact on a company’s ability to drive innovation, organic growth and sustained customer growth – each of which make financial performance gains possible.

“Business growth attributable to new offerings and new customers are both critical indicators of the competitiveness of an organization, and this second installment of findings begins to unearth where data improvement impacts are felt the most,” said Anitesh Barua, distinguished teaching professor and lead researcher, University of Texas at Austin. “We have already drawn definitive correlations between improvements in data and key financial performance metrics of businesses today, as outlined in our initial installment.  Unlike previous studies, we are continuing to further peel back the onion to more holistically understand how better data influences a company’s health and profitability.”

For the full story, go to

6)  International Sybase User Group Events

The International Sybase User Group (ISUG) sponsors events for Special Interests Groups (SIGs), Virtual User Groups, and members.  Sign up for ISUG Membership for as little as $25 for a basic membership and get access to events and online material.  For more details, visit:

7)  Sybase Events

Seminars, Conferences, Webcasts, Tradeshows, Sports events — whichever way you want to get information from Sybase, they deliver!  Check out future events at:

If you’d like to give feedback on what types of events you think Sybase should offer please email them at

8)  OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting

The OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the HAL-PC.  The next meeting will be on November 10th.

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9)  Sybase Training Schedule (Oct – Dec)

Sybase Dallas Learning Center
14800 Quorum Drive, Suite 505
Dallas, Texas 75240
Contact:  972-687-6400
Register: 1 800-8-SYBASE

Oct 25, 2010  5 days  Fast Track to Replication Server Administration
Nov 01, 2010  5 days  Fast Track to Adaptive Server Enterprise
Nov 01, 2010  5 days  ASE 15 Migration for DBA’s
Nov 08, 2010  3 days  Business Process Modeling with PowerDesigner 15
Nov 15, 2010 4 days Mastering Transact-SQL Programming: Advanced Tips & Techniques
Nov 29, 2010  5 days  Fast Track to PowerBuilder: Part II
Dec 01, 2010  3 days  Performance and Tuning using MDA Tables
Dec 06, 2010  5 days  Performance and Tuning: ASE 15.0 Query Optimization
Dec 13, 2010  5 days  System and Database Administration: ASE

Please verify class availability with Sybase registration or

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