Chairman's Chat - Autumn/Fall 2019

October is nearly upon us and the weather has definitely taken a downturn recently here in UK, so won’t be too long before the leaves fall off the trees and the clocks go back.  Of course that also means it’s time for this Autumn/Fall edition of the BITUG Newsletter which we will issue shortly.

It seems a very long time ago now, but for those that missed it we hosted a very successful European NonStop Technical Conference (ETBC) in Edinburgh in May. This was our 2nd Large event we have hosted (previous was eBITUG in London on 2017) and it was again a major success and am pleased that BITUG will again host such a conference in London in 2021.

Coming up soon will of course be the annual Connect Technical Bootcamp in San Francisco. A number of the committee including myself will attend and we are all looking forward to hear how ‘NonStop’ has done over the past year worldwide, any new announcements and future plans for the platform now that it’s a ‘Software’ business only. I for one am very curious to hear of any real-world vNS installations in past year and if vNS is on any NonStop organisations radar.

If you don’t get chance to get to TBC (and I know it gets harder each year for many Nonstoppers to get Travel authorisation) then fear not, as BITUG will bring you an update on all the latest news at our upcoming Little SIG on December 3rd kindly hosted at Barclays Bank’s offices in London. We have a draft agenda for this one-day event which includes updates from HPE, as well as a presentation piece on Monitoring NonStop estate using Elastic Stack, a piece on MQ v8 replication and best Practises as well as a session on recovering your NonStop from Bare Metal which is becoming a requirement in the financial sector in particular. Registration is open now, so please go to for further details and to register.

This will be my final Chairman’s chat for 2019 as my realm of Chairman comes to a close in December. It has been a great pleasure serving the BITUG membership as Chairman this year and am pleased that we have only seen membership grow. Of course if you know of anyone who is not yet a member of BITUG (remember it is free for NonStop user base) then please pass this Newsletter along and get them to sign up at  

Finally a Big Thank You from me to rest of my volunteer committee, our Vendor community for their support and of course you, our members. We can’t run BITUG without you.

I look forward to seeing you at TBC or our upcoming Little SIG.

Collin Yates
Technical Director
BITUG Chairman 2019

Email: collin.yates @