President's Report for 2012 AGM
Dear ADUG Members,the year 2011/2012 has been an interesting and challenging one for
the Delphi community. It saw the introduction of Delphi XE2 with its
massive list of new features & technologies. To mention only a few
we should list FireMonkey, Live Bindings & iPhone support. For the
national committee this meant increased support of local sub-committees
to get content organised around those topics. Either via live stream of
meetings or by supporting Embarcadero to run the RAD Studio XE2 World
Tour in September 2011 at ADUG meetings in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane
& Canberra. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all
local organisers & speakers to get the events on stage and the
content to the membership of ADUG.
The Autumn Symposium 2012 in Melbourne & Canberra was not as well
attended as in 2011. We saw a decline of 20% in registrations.
Nevertheless those who attended gave very positive feedback on the
range of topics and the quality of the presenters. We would like to
thank the presenters Bruno Fierens, Malcolm Groves & Glenn Stephens
for getting such brilliant talks prepared & presented. We would
also like to thank all sponsors for making this event possible by
contributing in form of prices and/or sponsorship packages. As for the
financial side of the symposium please be patient with us until the
treasurer report is due. The dates and venues for 2013 have been
finalised. We will meet on the 21st March 2013 in Melbourne and the
22nd March 2013 in Sydney.
In October 2011 Alex Fekken handed over the organisation of the
Brisbane chapter meetings to Eivind Bakkestuen. We thank Alex for his
contributions in the last few years and welcome Eivind as a new member
of the national committee.
The idea of running additional workshops did not result in any events.
This is partially due to increased efforts on Embarcadero's side to run
half day workshops on FireMonkey and other Delphi XE2 features as well
as difficulties to try and find workshop organisers and presenters in
the last 12 months. With Delphi XE3 now being released and its much
improved version of FireMonkey we should really try hard to get
workshops organised that are more hands-on than those held at the
events of Embarcadero.
Last but not least I would like to say "Thank you!" to all national
committee members and local sub-committee members for their
contributions during the last 12 months. I think that having a national
user group for all of Australia is something that sets us apart from
many other countries around the globe, were Delphi user groups may
exist but do not have that level of interaction and mutual assistance
as here in Australia.
From Germany I sent my best wishes for a speedy and efficient AGM, as it always has been. ;-)