PUG Challenge 2023 - Countdown has started!

June 11, 2023
PUG Challenge

Right at the eve of the summer holidays we've started countdown for the PUG Challenge 2023! Only 15 weeks and less than 100 days to go and we'll open the doors of the Hotel Zuiderduin in Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands for what promises to be the top technical Progress OpenEdge event of the year!

We'll start on wednesday september 20 and will go on three full days until friday the 22nd with:

5 reasons to attend PUG Challenge Europe
  • 50+ Technical 1 hour Breakout Sessions
  • 7 Interactive 3 hour Hands-on Workshops
  • 40+ Speakers from around the globe
  • An Expo Area with the Sponsors
  • Great Networking possibilities

PLUS Two evenings of entertainment with food, drinks, games, music and dance!

A string trio playing classical music in Vienna 2022


Most of the details regarding the technical programme of the Breakout Sessions is available and here's a summary of the most important companies and speakers.

Progress Software

The Event Sponsor Progress Software will be represented by a team of speakers to share the latest additions in the ABL and the roadmap for the future versions. We can find out what to expect from the next OpenEdge LTS version 12.8 and how to make sure your application is secure and ready for the real word. Progress Software will also host a workshop on how to support your Progress Application Server for OpenEdge (PASOE).

White Star Software

The team of our partner and Gold Sponsor White Star Software will bring four of their top experts on stage: Adam Backman, Paul Koufalis, Rob Fitzpatrick and Tom Bascom. As the creators of the most valueable monitoring tool ProTop, their focus will be on the database, how to configure it for top performance, how to protect the data inside it, how to migrate it to another platform sucessfully and how to master query performance. There's also a Birds of a Feather session with the whole team discussing Best and Obsolete practices and give a lot of Tips and Lessons learned for you to bring home.


Another Gold Sponsor is Consultingwerk who will bring director Mike Fechner and his colleagues Martyn Kemp and Daniel van Doorn that will present some very pratical breakout sessions regarding PASOE and Web Handlers, useful logging procedures, standards in OOABL like the Factory pattern and Decorator design pattern as well as ABL legacy code refactoring tools and ProDataset and Temp-Table parameter mysteries.

Baltic Amadeus

GenZ Progress OpenEdge developers exist!

We're also very pleased to have our favourite company from the very north of Europe: Baltic Amadeus as a Silver Sponsor who will bring three speakers: Andrius Marcišauskas, Jūratė Balčiūnė and Paulius Kuprevičius. They will treat various subjects like Apache Kafka integration, Project efficiency and yet another addition to VSCode after last year's ProBro for database queries on the schema and data, this time they will present a plugin to show Application Profiling data.

Riverside Software

Another well known speaker is Gilles Querret from Riverside Software who will talk about the integration of Progress OpenEdge in VSCode. He will also present a 3 hours workshop on this very subject.

Familiar faces

Although retired after a brilliant over 27 years career at Progress Software, Gus Bjorklund still has affinity with the OpenEdge community and some nice stories to tell about the history of Progress as well as some updated performance tests from the Secret Bunker. This last session together with his (ex-) collegue Mike Furgal who will also co-present a session from Nectarious Daloglou about ZERO downtime production dump and load.

Local speakers

There will be two "local" Dutch speakers on the conference. Bronco Oostermeyer from Flusso will talk about Identity Access Managers for PASOE while Onno de Haan from VanMeijel will reveal how to "Open" OpenEdge with different third party plugins.

Web site

On the new and improved official website of the conference you can discover the full captivating program! Dive into an array of inspiring sessions and workshops. Explore the esteemed speakers, whose wisdom awaits you.

Hybrid conference

Like last year the conference will be hybrid which means you can visit on site in the beautiful location of Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands and fully experience the event, participate in one of the workshops, visit the breakout sessions, get inside information and gadgets from the sponsors at the Expo and enjoy the two evenings of entertainment.

But it's also possible to watch all the break out sessions from your own computer wherever you are in the internet-connected world. This year the price of an online ticket has been reduced to less that €100,00!

Join now for an extraordinary journey of learning and growth and get your ticket by clicking here: https://pugchallenge.eu/registration and get your ticket now on Eventbrite!


Looking forward to see you on-site in Egmond aan Zee at the Registration Desk ...

The PUG Challenge Team will be waiting for you! Don't be late!

... or online from wherever you choose to watch the event in LIVE streaming!

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