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. ;-)

Mathias Burbach
ADUG President