Elevate Your Apps, Skills, and Contacts

Why Attend Elevate 2017?

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend Elevate 2017.

  • Get important details about the upcoming PowerBuilder 2018 release.
  • Learn how to use new PowerBuilder features to improve your apps.
  • Learn valuable coding techniques and gain experience from real-life users.
  • Meet face-to-face with the Appeon team to discuss your pressing questions.
  • Connect with other IT professionals and Appeon ecosystem partners.

AGENDA & Sessions

Below is the detailed conference agenda and schedule for the education sessions. You can expand the education session to understand the time and details of each session or download session catalog.

Stay tuned for session changes.

Continental Breakfast 8:00 AM –9:30 AM

Registration (Badge Pickup) 8:00 AM –9:30 AM

  • PowerBuilder Roadmap Update By Armeen Mazda
  • PowerBuilder 2018 Progress Update By Chris Pollach
  • New Features in 2018 Demo By Chris Pollach
  • Success Story of Appeon Customers

Lunch 12:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Marco Meoni Appeon Certified Engineer
Appeon Web for Beginners

Learn how to develop a new Web project from scratch using PowerBuilder and Appeon. Topics covered include DB connection pooling, generating PDFs, and using INI files. Recommended for users considering Web projects with PowerBuilder.

Workshop Pre-requisites: PowerBuilder 2017 and Appeon Web 2016.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ludwin Feiten CEO
The Mobile App Development Workshop

Learn how to develop a real-functioning mobile app with PowerBuilder (to track your personal loans). Topics covered include configuring your mobile project, creating a simple mobile UI framework, utilizing mobile device APIs, storing data offline with SQLite, and deploying to a real mobile device. Recommended for all new users of PowerBuilder 2017 or Appeon Mobile.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Karthik Panchatcharam Director of Software Development
Integrating PowerBuilder with a Business Process Management platform using WCF Web Services

Learn how to integrate PowerBuilder apps with a Business Process Management (BPM) third party platform using WCF services. Topics covered include integrating with Business Project Management (BPM), calling WCF services from PowerBuilder, creating WCF services in C#, and other project considerations. Recommended for all PowerBuilder projects requiring integration with third-party platforms.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Chris Pollach Director, Developer Relations
Building Apps using the new Appeon RTF Solution

Learn all about the new RTF Control feature within the PowerBuilder 2017 and InfoMaker2017 products. Topics covered include insights into: why you would use Appeon RTF vs TX Control, how the RTF feature is implemented, a look under the covers of how Appeon RTF works, deployment scenarios & considerations, tips & tricks and of course the PROS/CONS of using the new Appeon RTF feature. Recommended for all PowerBuilder projects requiring RTF integration within their PB/IM/Web applications.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Richard Keller CEO
Advanced COM and .Net Integration

Learn techniques for advanced COM and .NET integration based on a commercial ERP and SCM solution. Topics covered include integrating DevExpress controls, Report Writer, Report Viewer, Dashboards, and so on. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop and Web projects that require the use of third-party components.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Migrating PowerBuilder Desktop Apps to 64-bit

Learn how to migrate your PowerBuilder desktop apps to 64-bit with PowerBuilder 2017. Topics covered include database driver, ActiveX, PB Extensions, Windows APIs, and third-party DLL considerations. Recommended for all PowerBuilder desktop projects requiring 64-bit upgrades.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Calling WCF Services from PowerBuilder

Learn how to call WCF and other advanced Web services using external Web services client. Topics covered include COM Callable Wrappers (CCW), deployment of external Web services client, and example scripts in PowerBuilder. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop and Web projects that need to consume WCF and other advanced Web services.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Matt Balent Director of Software Development
Add Your Own JSON Parser to PowerBuilder

Learn how to extend your PowerBuilder apps with JSON capability. Topics covered include creating a COM-Callable JSON Parser using C#, integrating the parser into your app, and using it to parse JSON data. Recommended for users that have a PowerBuilder desktop app with immediate need to parse JSON data.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chris Pollach Director, Developer Relations
Building Apps using the new Appeon PDF Solution

Learn all about the new Native PDF feature within the PowerBuilder 2017 and InfoMaker2017 products. Topics covered include insights into: why you would use Native vs other PDF alternatives, how the native PDF feature is implemented, a look under the covers of how native PDF works, deployment scenarios & considerations, tips & tricks and the PROS/CONS of using the new Native PDF feature. Recommended for all PowerBuilder projects requiring PDF integration within their PB/IM/Web/Mobile applications.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Migrating to PowerBuilder 2017

Learn how to migrate from older versions of PowerBuilder to the new 2017 version. Topics covered include migration process and tools, discontinued features, and in-depth look at changes to PDF and RichText functionality. Recommended for all users planning to upgrade to PowerBuilder 2017.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Evening Event 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

*Agenda/Sessions is subject to change.

Continental Breakfast 8:00 AM –9:00 AM

Christophe Dufourmantelle CEO
Analyze and modernize PowerBuilder, Oracle and SQL Server code

Learn how to use Visual Expert 2017 with your own code. Topics covered include impact analysis of DB and code changes, isolating performance problems, documenting complex code, identifying DLL dependencies, and eliminating "junk" code. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop, Web, and mobile projects that are experiencing maintenance issues or preparing a migration.

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mike Searer Consultant
Consuming AZURE Blob REST Web APIs using 100% PowerBuilder

Learn techniques for accessing AZURE Blob services via REST requests using only PowerBuilder - no .NET required. Topics covered include encrypting, hasting, HTTPS calls, and getting UTC within PowerBuilder. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop and Web projects calling RESTful Web APIs or AZURE Blobs.

9:00 AM - 9:45 PM
Ronnie Po Developer
Back to the Future with PowerBuilder: Designing your Apps to Look and Act the Part

Learn how to use the features of PowerBuilder 2017 to develop a modern look and feel for your desktop, web, and mobile apps. Topics covered include solutions to common UI challenges, and general best practices. Recommended for all PowerBuilder desktop, web, and mobile projects.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Marco Meoni Appeon Certified Engineer
Advanced Appeon Web Migration Techniques

Learn about key code workarounds and software tools that could be vital to your Appeon Web migration project. Topics covered include difference in semantics, Internet performance considerations, HTTP/S security constraints, and so on. Recommended for users planning or who have started an Appeon Web migration project.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Using .Net Visual Assemblies in PowerBuilder

Learn techniques for integrating .NET visual assemblies in PowerBuilder. Topics covered include creation of .NET visual assembly using .Net Forms Interop Toolkit, and how to call it in PowerBuilder. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop that require to use advanced visual controls that aren't available in PowerBuilder.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Brian Le Suer CEO
How to Build automated tests for PowerBuilder with AscentialTest

Learn how Zeenyx AscentialTest saves time and money to test PowerBuilder apps without recording or scripting. Topics covered include test planning, automated and manual test creation, test management and execution, and reporting. Recommended for users planning to roll out or improve automated testing.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Marco Meoni Appeon Certified Engineer
Why We Chose Appeon Web Over Citrix?

Learn why the Italian public administration choose Appeon Web over Citrix. Topics covered include pros and cons, with a focus on scalability and performance, and application techniques used by this particular project. Recommended for users considering the Appeon Web or currently using Citrix (or similar) solution.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
John Hnat Senior Programmer/Analyst
Providing Custom Reporting in Production Applications

Learn techniques for customizing reports of PowerBuilder apps at run-time, with either PowerBuilder or InfoMaker. Topics covered include baselining report PBLs, using the SetLibraryList() at run-time, and creating a set-up routine. Recommended for users (especially ISVs) that need to empower app users/customers to customize reports on their own.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Brian Le Suer CEO
Bullet-proofing your PowerBuilder Test Automation

Learn best practices for automating the testing of PowerBuilder applications, presented in a comprehensive and systematic fashion. Topics covered include defining scope, building resilient tests, and maintenance considerations. Recommended for users planning to roll out or improve automated testing.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Continuous Integration with PowerBuilder

Learn how to implement a continuous integration (CI) build process with PowerBuilder. Topics covered include installation, configuration, and steps for using Jenkins, GIT, ORCAScript and PB 2017's new standalone compiler. Recommended for users wishing to benefit from continuous integration or experiencing issues with current build process.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Lauro Oliveira Technology Specialist
Reducing the Adaptation Effort of Appeon Web Migrations

Learn how to automate applying code workarounds to a real-life Appeon Web migration project. Topics covered include how to build a tool to automate code changes and what code should be changed. Recommended for users planning or in the process of a large Appeon Web migration project.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Filiberto Sosa CEO
Creating a Multi-Tenant Appeon Web App

Learn techniques for developing and deploying multi-tenant Appeon Web apps. Topics covered hosting multiple tenants on a single server, provisioning customer-specific databases, calculating costs for each tenant, and maintenance considerations. Recommended for ISVs considering or currently using the Appeon Web solution.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Marco Meoni Appeon Certified Engineer
Web Service Crash Course

Learn a practical approach to Web service development in the native PowerBuilder IDE using the .NET engine. Topics covered include hand-on practice of CRUD operations, handling blob data types, and server-side authentication. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop, Web, and mobile projects that require deployment of PB NVOs as Web services.

Workshop Pre-requisites: PowerBuilder 2017 and Appeon Web 2016.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Georg Brodbeck Senior Software Engineer
High-Performance Drag n' Drop in Complex DataWindows

Learn techniques for high-performance drag n' drop in complex DataWindows (e.g. calendar). Topics include step-by-step recipe for example calendar, performance considerations and recommendations, and comparison to other approaches. Recommended for all PowerBuilder desktop and Web projects that require drag n' drop for complex DataWindows.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Using OData to Access Any Database (in the Cloud)

Learn about OData and how to use it with any database (to perform CRUD operations over RESTful web services). Topics covered include an in-depth look at OData, how to expand its scope beyond Microsoft and SAP databases, and how to use it in PowerBuilder. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop projects that require a modern alternative to ODBC or "cloud-friendly" approach to database connectivity.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Lauro Oliveira Technology Specialist
.NET Interop Using PBNI

Learn techniques for easily and transparently calling PowerBuilder code from .NET apps using PBNI. Topics covered include an in-depth look at PBNI, key challenges for truly interoperable code, and performance comparison to other approaches. Recommended for desktop projects that require .NET interop or if experiencing performance issues with your current interop approach.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Yakov Werde Senior PB Developer
ORCA & Industrial-Strength Automated Deployment

Learn how to put in place an industrial-strength automated build process for PowerBuilder. Topics covered include ORCA, PBOrcapi, the BootStrap utility, and a reference implementation. Recommended for users wishing to benefit from an automated build process or experiencing issues with current build process.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Heino Hellmers CEO, Geschäftsführer
Inter-App Communication for Desktop, Web or Mobile Apps

Learn techniques for lightweight inter-app communication that is language and device agnostic. Topics covered include in-depth look at URI schemes, how to create and register URI schemes, and how to integrate these in PowerBuilder/Appeon projects. Recommended for all PowerBuilder/Appeon projects that need a lightweight approach to client-side integration (as an alternative to DDE, OLE, etc.).

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Christophe Dufourmantelle CEO
How to modernize your PowerBuilder UI

Learn how to integrate 18 new UI controls from the PowerBuilder Ultimate Suite into your desktop apps. Topics covered include installation, integration of various controls (e.g. ribbon menu, tiles, desktop notifications, "Outlook" style bar, etc.), and UI modernization tips. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop projects that require UI modernization.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chris Pollach Director, Developer Relations
Building Appeon Installable Web Applications

Learn all about the new Installable Web Application feature within the Appeon Web product. Topics covered include insights into: why you would use it, IWA vs Browser Apps, a look under the covers of how IWA works, various deployment scenarios, recommendations, tips & tricks and the PROS/CONS of using the IWA feature. Recommended for all PowerBuilder projects requiring an alternative application deployment platform that can also be Cloud based.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Greg Winfield President & CEO
How to Make a Slow, inefficient, Program Cloud-Friendly

Learn techniques for improving the runtime performance of your PowerBuilder code for deployment to the Cloud with Appeon Web. Topics covered include identifying inefficient code and SaaS-deployment considerations. Recommended for users (especially ISVs) planning Appeon Web migration projects or experiencing performance issues.

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Deploying PowerBuilder Apps to the Windows Store (as UWP)

Learn how to use Microsoft's Desktop App Converter to package your PowerBuilder app as a UWP app for deployment to the Windows Store. Topics covered include an in-depth look at the Desktop App Converter, how to automatically convert PowerBuilder apps to UWP, and how to deploy to the Windows Store. Recommended for users wishing to simplify the deployment of PowerBuilder desktop apps.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
*Agenda/Sessions is subject to change.

Continental Breakfast 8:00 AM –9:00 AM

Marco Meoni Appeon Certified Engineer
Using the Appeon File Service for Appeon Web Apps

Learn how to use the "File Service" provided in Appeon Web to upload/download files. Topics covered include configuration of the service, sharing files with other apps, and a comparison to PB's iNet. Recommended Appeon Web projects that require an alternate approach for file transmissions.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Using .NET Nonvisual Assemblies in PowerBuilder

Learn techniques for integrating .NET nonvisual assemblies in PowerBuilder. Topics covered include creation of COM Callable Wrappers (CCW). Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop and Web projects that require .NET interop.

9:00 AM - 9:45 PM
Mark Del Villan Project Manager
Dynamically Generating a Table of Contents

Learn how to dynamically build a table of contents (with page numbers). Topics covered include temporary PBLs, computed columns/expressions, global functions and variables. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop projects that require table of contents.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
George Mikhailovsky Principal Systems Analyst
Deploying a Complex PowerBuilder 3.0 App to the Web

Learn how the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority converted their complex PowerBuilder 3.0 app to the Web with Appeon. Topics covered include in-depth look at the real-life app, key configuration steps, and the migration process. Recommended for users planning or who have started an Appeon Web migration project.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
John Strano Senior Consultant
UDP: Legacy or Future Tech?

Learn techniques for intra-app communication using the UDP protocol. Topics covered include an in-depth look at the UDP protocol, how to use it in PowerBuilder, and how to communicate with non-PowerBuilder apps. Recommended for users looking for an alternative approach to Web services/integration.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Brian Le Suer CEO
How to Build automated tests for PowerBuilder with AscentialTes

Learn how Zeenyx AscentialTest saves time and money to test PowerBuilder apps without recording or scripting. Topics covered include test planning, automated and manual test creation, test management and execution, and reporting. Recommended for users planning to roll out or improve automated testing.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Chris Pollach Director, Developer Relations
InfoMaker Training for the Beginner

Learn how to use the basics of InfoMaker 2017 from the PB Developer, Business User or Business Analyst perspective. Topics covered include how to configure the IDE for productivity, various tips & techniques, learn how to build basic reports and forms, the Ins / Outs of the various Painters, Data Sources & the Database Painter, IM 2017’s new feature set and how to share your work with others. Recommended for all PowerBuilder projects requiring reporting and data management by including System Users, Business Analysts and PB Developers.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sue Brown Manager of Software Development
How to automate Adobe PDF document processing w/encryption

Learn how to create fully automated document processing leveraging Adobe's APIs and PDF technology. Topics covered include document templating, signing, merging/splitting, and distribution. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop, Web, and mobile projects with advanced PDF needs.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Matt Balent PowerBuilder MVP
Why Can't this Program Remember What I Did Yesterday?!

Learn techniques for tailoring PowerBuilder apps to a user's own tastes and preferences. Topics covered include creating a "User Settings" service and ensuring portability of the settings. Recommended for users with projects to add or enhance the "User Settings" of their PowerBuilder apps.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mark Del Villan Project Manager
Exception Handling When Loading External Libraries via OLE/COM

Learn techniques for capturing error messages that occur when loading external libraries via OLE/COM. Topics covered include recommendations for information to capture, use cases, and implementation details. Recommended for all PowerBuilder desktop and Web projects that load external DLLs.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Chris Pollach Director, Developer Relations
InfoMaker Training for Advanced Users

Learn how to master the more advanced features of IM – including Appeon IM 2017’s new features. Topics covered include advance topics, such as: Advanced Report design & use, Advanced Form design & use, Importing and Exporting Objects, changing the IM IDE, interacting with PB Developers, webifying & deploying your reports, and changing the IM inheritance templates! Recommended for all PowerBuilder projects requiring advanced reporting and data management by including System Users, Business Analysts and PB Developers.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bruce Armstrong Development Team Lead
Calling WCF, REST and other advanced Services from PowerBuilder via Proxies

Learn how to call WCF, REST and other advanced Web services in PowerBuilder. Topics covered include how to create a proxy service, how to test the service and how to call it in PowerBuilder. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop projects that need to consume WCF and other advanced Web services.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

John Strano Senior Consultant
A PowerBuilder Grab Bag - Some Tips from the Field

Learn the nuts n' bolts of various techniques John Strano has collected over the years. Topics covered include intercepting keystrokes and clicks, using gradients for data visualization, dynamically creating DataWindow Groups, and more. Recommended for all users with PowerBuilder desktop projects looking to learn something new.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Matt Balent PowerBuilder MVP
Frogpond - A Study in Game Design

Learn the basic concepts of game design and OO principles that may be useful to your PowerBuilder project. Topics covered include design and functional elements of gaming and their applicability to business apps. Recommended for users that like to think out-of-the-box.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Yakov Werde Senior PB Developer
Better Ways to Search Application Source Code

Learn the techniques and tools for quickly searching (and replacing) code in large complex PowerBuilder projects. Topics covered include third-party tool recommendations, search (and replace) techniques, and so on. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop, Web, and mobile projects that are experiencing maintenance issues.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
John Hnat Senior Programmer/Analyst
ISV Discussion About PowerBuilder's Roadmap

Discuss the issues that ISVs are facing in maintaining existing applications and developing new applications in the context of Appeon's current roadmap for PowerBuilder. The moderator will collect and send the feedback to Appeon. Recommend for ISVs only.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Marcelo Quintaes System Analyst
Using Excel APIs in PowerBuilder

Learn how to use Excel APIs to create custom spreadsheets from PowerBuilder. Topics covered include versioning Excel files, storing Excel data, protecting workbooks, worksheets, and cells. Recommended for PowerBuilder desktop and Web projects that require Excel integration.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
*Agenda/Sessions is subject to change.

Conference Registration

Conference Registration is now closed!

Your conference registration fee covers all sessions, meals, and events listed in the conference agenda.  If you have an ISUG Gold Membership, you are entitled to an additional discount.

Key Dates

  • May 15 – June 30

  • Conference Registration with Early-Bird Discount

     
  • June 30 – September 15

  • Conference Registration at Regular Price

 
* Registration may close early if the conference is sold out.
$ 395
* This price is in US dollars.
ELEVATE 2017
Includes:
  • 3-day Conference Pass
  • Breakfasts & Lunches
  • Evening Event

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PRESENTERS

Elevate 2017 is the first PowerBuilder user conference since Appeon began developing new versions of PowerBuilder.   Appeon is committed to bringing a developer-focused conference with rich technical content to the user community.

Keynote Presenters

speakers

Armeen Mazda

speakers

Chris Pollach

speakers

Georg Brodbeck

speakers

Mike Croyle

speakers

Filiberto Sosa

Education Session Presenters

speakers
Bruce Armstrong
speakers
Brian Le Suer
speakers
Christophe Dufourmantelle
speakers
Mark Del Villan
speakers
George Mikhailovsky
speakers
Greg Winfield
speakers
Heino Hellmers
speakers
John Strano
speakers
John Hnat
speakers
Karthik Panchatcharam
speakers
Lauro Oliveira
speakers
Ludwin Feiten
speakers
Marcelo Quintaes
speakers
Matt Balent
speakers
Marco Meoni
speakers
Mike Searer
speakers
Richard Keller
speakers
Ronnie Po
speakers
Sue Brown
speakers
Yakov Werde

Venue

Getting Here

Harris Conference Center
  • Address: 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Dr. (formerly CPCC West Campus Dr.)
  • Charlotte, NC 28208
  • Contact: +1 (704) 330-4611
  • Parking: Harris Conference Center has over 400 parking spots and they are all complimentary.

Travel & Stay

Our conference block of hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn Charlotte-Center City have SOLD OUT. We have arranged transportation between this hotel and the Harris Conference Center each day, and also it is walking distance to the Elevate 2017 evening event. As such, Appeon recommends you stay at a hotel nearby or book the Sheraton Airport Hotel that is close to the Harris Conference Center. Details about the evening event will be disclosed soon.

 

Holiday Inn Charlotte – Center City

Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel


Evening Event

Where: Race Week and Heritage Speedway (3rd and 4th Levels), NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28202
When: Monday, September 25 ∙ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ever wonder what it’s like driving a NASCAR?  Or how about driving under the influence (you can take the 5th on this one)?  Well, you will get the chance to do both at our evening event and make it a memorable night!  NASCAR meal (non-vegetarian), beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.  We hope you will all come out and have fun with the Appeon staff, Appeon MVPs, and conference attendees!

Your conference badge is required for admission. No one under 21 will be admitted.

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