ASNA is proud to have recently held its 10thASNApalooza Developer Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Hosted at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in downtown San Antonio, ASNApalooza was attended by developers from all over the US, Canada, and Honduras. This Palooza was the second of two for ASNA this year. This spring ASNA held the first-ever ASNApalooza in Barcelona, Spain for its European customers (who, in the past, have attended Palooza in the US).
“Palooza was, once again, a huge success for us.” says ASNA’s Vice President of Technology, Eduardo Ross. “It was great to reconnect with the many customers and ISVs who attended.”
Palooza had several special guests this year. Tim O’Brien, a member of Microsoft’s Enterprise Platform Modernization Team, (www.microsoft.com) spoke to the numerous ISVs in attendance about Microsoft business opportunities. Not only did O’Brien speak at Palooza, he was also responsible for securing Microsoft’s sponsorship for a fantastic cocktail reception with great food for all. Also present at Palooza was Transoft (www.transoft.com), a legacy application modernization company and ASNA business partner. Transoft’s Sonny Goodwin and Mark Chambless presented some of Transoft’s modernization offerings to Palooza attendees and also sponsored Friday’s lunch. Thanks to Microsoft, Infragistics (www.infragistics.com), Telerik (www.telerik.com), and ActivePDF (www.activepdf.com), more than $36,000 of door prizes were given away to lucky Palooza attendees.
“Partners are an extremely important part of the ASNA eco-system,” says Michael Killian, ASNA VP of Sales. “Our objective at this Palooza was to really push our developer community to think outside of the box and to take advantage of the thousands of additional development options that are now available to them as a result of their adoption of ASNA technologies. The partner sponsorships really helped solidify that objective.”
Palooza featured two days of tracks covering a wide variety of technical topics. Says attendee John Brandt, Senior Systems Analyst with the City of Sioux, Iowa, “Palooza was a great revitalization. It ramped up my desire and enthusiasm. It was worth the time!” Lex Hudson, VP of Technology of Software Development for Canada’s Pathix said, “The trip was worthwhile just in learning how to move data between the System i and MS SQL Server with ASNA’s DataGate product.”
Perhaps the biggest news out of ASNApalooza was ASNA’s announcement of Wings, its latest System i application modernization product. ASNA’s Ross made the official world-wide debut of Wings at Palooza (read more about Wings at our Wings page). Ross continues, “It was great fun to debut Wings at Palooza and explain what it does to our customers. We were blown away with the enthusiastic reaction we received. Palooza provides us a great opportunity to see customers we’ve had for years and to meet our many new ones. We’re very appreciative to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to attend. And we also thank our great sponsors for helping us to put on such a superb conference.”