Save The Date: June 4-7 2017
2017's Only North American Tech Conference Exclusively Focused on OpenEdge!
Mark your calendars now for the year's most exciting event for Progress OpenEdge programmers, administrators and other technical personnel.
The 2017 Progress Users Group (PUG) Challenge/Exchange promises to be three-and-a-half days of lively technical sessions, workshops, training, demos and face-to-face networking with your peers and the OpenEdge engineering team.
Progress no longer hosts a stand-alone Exchange conference, so the PUG Challenge/ Exchange is your one chance to attend an OpenEdge technical conference in North America this year. Save the date for this must-attend event.
We look forward to seeing you June 4-7 at the 2017 PUG Challenge/Exchange!
Why attend PUG Challenge?
Rob Willoughby said:
I was a first time attendee last year. I've also done some of the PUGs remotely. It was 1000% better attending in person. Not only do you get to meet lots of folks from the PEG, but also non-PEGGERS and lots of PROGRESS employees as well.
The Sunday workshops are fantastic - you get hands on training step-by-step, with the both PROGRESS and non-PROGRESS experts to assist you. Later on in the week, there will be sessions discussing what you just learned by people who've been using it in the real world. If this doesn't get you jazzed about how this applies to your own job, then perhaps nothing ever will.
The pricing for this whole trip was very reasonable. I did have to work our execs a bit to get this trip approved last year. But it was well worth it. It was simply the best work-related experience I've ever had, and I'm glad I was talked into it.
Rob Fitzpatrick said:
To those who can't *get* budget, I say: *make* budget.
It's under $500 for an early-bird ticket and a very reasonable hotel rate. And once you're there you have almost no expenses.
So yes, pay for it yourself, take a three-day vacation, fly, drive or hike to Manchester, and immerse yourself in the best Progress conference there is. Soak up all the session goodness. Network your brains out. Personally, I've paid more money on various personal-development expenses (courses, seminars, books, etc.) and got less out of them than I got from attending PUG Challenge.
And when you get back and implement changes at the office that make you more efficient and valuable and save the company money, be very vocal about how you got this knowledge and that you expect the company to foot the bill next year.