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CTUG Events

2017 CTUG Fall Conference

Sessions & Speakers

Day 1 – CTUG Conference Presentations

Welcome Address

Dave Harper, CTUG President

Opening Remarks
Rob Adley

Vice President, Pre-Sales & Solutions Architecture
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada

HP NonStop WW Strategy Update

Jeff Skinner, HPE NonStop

Technology sales leader with 23+ years of diverse industry experience with a focus on: business impacting solutions, collaborative/high-performance culture and process improvement. Consistent and proven track record of over-achievement and growth both as an individual contributor and sales leader. The teams I've managed have exceeded revenue expectations and grown for five consecutive years.

Experience ranging from large (Fortune 20) organizations to start-up environments has provided well-rounded growth fostering: agile/creative thinking, complex deal making/negotiation, player/coach mentality and internal/external executive relationship building abilities.

Current role as Director, Americas Sales for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NonStop Division) is focused on setting sales strategy and delivering results for the business unit across North and South America. NonStop represents the highest margin, most complex and strategic platform offered by HPE focused mostly in financial services (B2C/B2B/retail payments) and telco.

KEYNOTE SESSION Migrate To NonStop X – No Fuss, No Muss, No Sweat!

Yash Kapadia is not into pain – especially the pain that often accompanies the challenges of moving stable applications from one system to an entirely new platform. Scary stuff. But as CEO of Opsol Integrators and OmniPayments, Yash and his team have mastered the skills to manage painless migrations for a host of relieved customers.

Yash’s presentation is directed at those attendees who covet NonStop X’s blazing speed and open development environment yet who admittedly are petrified by the prospect of a migration nightmare. Whether saying farewell to an Integrity NonStop BladeSystem or to a generations-older K-Series server, the benefits of moving to NonStop X far outweigh the few issues that have been reported by users to-date.

That certainly has been Yash’s experience. OmniPayments was the first NonStop partner to take delivery of a NonStop X. Yash liked it so much that he invested in several more and then migrated his entire payments system from NonStop Itanium into OmniCloudX, the first-ever cloud on a NonStop X. Were there issues? Some. Was it difficult? Not at all. Learn from Yash’s perspective on why migrating to this impressive platform will be a pain-free experience for you.

Yash Kapadia, CEO, OmniPayments LLC

When CEO Yash Kapadia left his tenure as a developer at Tandem Computers, he did not abandon Tandem’s NonStop platform. Instead, he founded Opsol Integrators, now the leading HP NonStop system integrator. Yash’s background led to Opsol’s reputation as an integrator whose team successfully takes on complex custom integration and migration projects, completing them on time and well within the scopes of fixed-price contracts. Out of Opsol came OmniPayments a popular financial-transaction switch.

Guest Session NonStop Innovation – The Journey

During this session Edelman will discuss why it is important for the engineering organization to embrace modern technologies, the importance of adopting new practices, and how to have fun while doing it all. Edelman is a results oriented executive who has solved numerous business problems with cost-effective modern technology. Find out his secrets for building excellent IT organizations and how he leveraged NonStop to solve some key technology issues along the way.

Marty Edelman, President and CEO Creative-Soft

While at Home Depot he was responsible for the interconnected payments team which was responsible for all payment processing. Marty has been involved in the IT field for more than 30 years. As an independent consultant, he founded a small consultancy firm that specialized in developing high-volume mission-critical solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He and his team helped to build the UPS Tracking System, the NYSE Consolidated Trade and Quote systems, and the S.W.I.F.T. next-generation computing platform. Since leaving The Home Depot Marty Edelman has provided strategic guidance to organizations wishing to modernize their IT infrastructures.

Technical Session vNonStop and Open Stack

The presentation discusses HPE Virtualized NonStop (vNS) and how it expands the NonStop system family by introducing virtualization to NonStop. Virtualization lets you create a virtual machine (VM) from a physical resource (such as an Intel© Xeon© based physical server) and share that resource with other VMs and a host operating system (OS). A guest OS runs in each VM.

A discussion of vNS, the guest OS is the NonStop software stack running on a Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). KVM is a hypervisor that creates the emulated hardware environment for the VMs. The hypervisor provides a consistent interface between the VMs and the physical hardware.

John Susini, Portfolio Solutions Architect– Americas, HPE

Today as a Portfolio Solutions Architect, Mr. Susini is an accomplished IT professional with a proven track record of aligning technical solutions to achieve his client’s business goals. With excellent leadership and communication skills, a strong sense of IT and business acumen, he delivers complex converged infrastructure solutions spanning servers, storage and networking to the top tier banks, retail and brokerage firms in the Greater Toronto Area.

Day 2 – CTUG Education Session

Modern NonStop Software Architecture and Middleware Choices


  • Keith Moore, Master Technologist – Americas, HPE
  • Paul Denzinger, Distinguished Technologist, HPE


HPE NonStop development has historically used waterfall design and the client-server model. While these are still viable and nearly universally used for production NonStop applications, it is not the only way to deploy on NonStop. This session discusses where NonStop legacy and current NonStop merge and coexist, and how to best leverage NonStop for 2017 and beyond.


This session will focus on SQL-related topics:

  • Update of what has been added in the recent releases
  • Efforts to provide DB Compatibility features (to support Oracle PL/C, etc)
  • Using MX Optimizer Hints
  • Using Transpose to generate test data

Instructor Keith Moore, Master Technologist – Americas, HPE

Keith is a Master Technologist for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Americans NonStop Enterprise Solutions Architects Group, a veteran member Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and is ISC2 CISSP Security certified. Keith’s focus is on real-time, “always-on” architectures, security and software design for enterprise usage. Most recently, Keith has been involved with application modernization efforts, enterprise cloud deployments, and real-time event-driven designs. He is currently involved with HPE Labs and product development in integration techniques for cloud-enablement technologies and distributed ledger solutions. He is an annual featured speaker at HPE NonStop Technology Bootcamp and local User Group meetings.

Keith spends some of his spare time working as a volunteer with universities and other groups sharing computer design and art media computer history with University of Colorado Media Archeology Lab.

Keith joined HP in 1987 and has been in the IT industry over 40 years.

Instructor Paul Denzinger, Distinguished Technologist, HPE

Paul Denzinger began his career with Tandem in 1985 and worked in various capacities throughout his tenure at Tandem Computers through Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). As a Distinguished Technologist, Paul provided architectural and technical consulting support to customers worldwide for applications as diverse as high-performance trading systems to very large database systems. In addition to his focus on relational DB technology, he worked with several big data products, including Vertical, Hadoop, and HBase. Most recently, Paul has been actively engaged with the HPE Mission Critical Blockchain initiative. He is currently a member of the HPE NonStop Enterprise Solutions and Architecture Team, focusing on innovative NonStop and database solutions.

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