Who Needs April in Paris When There’s April in Minnesota?

ClearPath Forward3 minutes readMar 11th, 2013

What does April mean in Minnesota, besides taxes? It means the ice fishing houses are off the lakes, so is most of the ice and snow, and my crabgrass is starting to grow. It also means that it’s time for another Business Information Server, BIS Symposium. I’m looking forward to this. It’s a fantastic opportunity to mix with others who’ve been immersed in the BIS environment for years, and may have already dealt with a problem I’m now trying to solve. The amount of BIS/ICE experience in the room (over 200 years) is simply staggering. Trust me, there’s no problem getting these folks to talk!

I’ve been to several of these events in the past, and have always come away with a good feeling that I learned some worthwhile things that will help me in my own development projects. I find the BIS Development team to be very approachable. They have a long tradition of staying close to their customers, talking and listening with them, and using customer feedback to help decide where the product is going in the future. It’s great to hear about new features in BIS/ICE directly from BIS Engineering, plus network with other BIS users and hear how they are using the products. Plus, I get to see some old friends I haven’t seen in a while.

While many of us originally started using BIS on a green-screen Sperry UTS terminal, I’m excited to see BIS run on a much newer platform: the Apple iPad. There will be a prototype of BIS Mobile shown on Day 2. It will also be interesting to hear a BIS partner talk about BIS as an Application Service platform.

I don’t know how they’re going to pack it all into just two days. BIS Engineering will also be talking about security, Java and JavaScript, MRI, EOM, new features in BIS 12.1/12R1 and BIS 48, and more. Unisys is even buying dinner the first night!

The BIS Symposium is being held in Roseville April 17-18, 2013.
You can register at http://outreach.unisys.com/LP=402

Here is a list of the topics to be covered:

  • BIS Marketing Overview
  • Developers Workshop
  • BIS Graphical User Interface
  • BIS Java & JavaScript Enhancements
  • BIS Security
  • ICE graphs usage
  • MRI (MAPPER Relational Interface)
  • RADS Update
  • BIS as an Application Service platform
  • BIS & EOM
  • BIS Enterprise Manager
  • BIS 48R1 New Features
  • BIS 12.1/12R1 New Features
  • BIS 48R1 Performance Enhancement
  • BIS meets the iPad
  • Future BIS

I really hope to see you there!