President's Report for 2013 AGM

Dear ADUG Members,

the year 2012/2013 has been an interesting and challenging one for the Delphi community. It saw the introduction of Delphi XE3 & Delphi XE4 with support for iPhone / iPad development and just recently the release of Delphi XE5 with support for Android development. 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 XE3 World Tour in March 2013 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 2013 in Melbourne & Sydney was well attended, in particular in Sydney. We saw an overall increase of 5.5% in registrations in comparison to 2012. 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 Mason Wheeler, Alister Christie, Malcolm Groves & Scott Hollows for getting such excellent 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 2014 will been finalised soon. We will meet on the 20th March 2014 in Melbourne and the 21st March 2014 in Brisbane or Canberra.

In March 2013 Peter Sanders handed over the organisation of the Perth chapter meetings to Scott Hollows. We thank Peter for his contributions in the last few years and welcome Scott as a new member of the national committee.

With Delphi XE5 now being released and its support for iOS & Android we are considering to run online workshops with a small number of participants (e.g. 6-8) at several dates. Please approach your local sub-committee members which topics you would like to see covered. If you have a suggestion on people we could approach to run these workshops, please let us know too.

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