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  • 16 Sep 2010 6:45 PM | Katrina Shuler (Administrator)

    It was great to have our founders Gary and Judy Sitton at this conference. They are getting to catch up with many long time friends while also meeting lots of new friends. It is good to see them!

  • 16 Sep 2010 6:42 PM | Katrina Shuler (Administrator)

    Look at all the wonderful logos we received for the logo contest. These will be voted on at the Business meeting here at the National Conference. We will post the winner on the site!

  • 16 Sep 2010 11:58 AM | Deleted user

    The 'Welcome' breakfast ballroom was overflowing with members of BSNUG, SunGard and our special guests.

    Highlights of the breakfast were introductions to Frank Lavelle and Tom Huber, the SunGard Team (45 of them!!) in their black shirts and tan pants.  The Board were introduced in their burgundy shirts.  The SUGA team in their canary yellow shirts and last, but certainly not least, the founders of Bi-Tech, Gary and Judy Sitton.  Without their vision over 25 years ago, we wouldn't all be gather together here today.

    Once Carol Fritsch and Rich Ober made all general announcements and "housekeeping" rules, we were split into two general sessions.  Frank Lavelle led the way for the K-12 folks and highlighted BusinessPLUS, while in the next room Tom Huber highlighted ONESolution for the local government and not-for-profit clients.

    It has become VERY clear that this conference is about change and adapting to the needs of customers, internal staff and meeting a lot of demands with little or no resources. We were all able to see how these products will help us meet these demands. And, as both Tom and Frank made very clear, change isn't a bad thing.  In fact, it actually creates OPPORTUNITY!.

  • 16 Sep 2010 9:50 AM | Deleted user

    Welcome to Day 1 of the conference! 

    We have a lot of exciting topics being covered today.  We are starting off with the Executive Forums early this morning with Tom Huber and Frank Lavelle, Presidents of SunGard K-12 and local government. 

    Other interesting topics include Implementing EO by Gayla Jenner, Everett Public Schools, 7.9 Contracts by Chris Grove, Flagstaff USD, Best Practices in Procurement by Bob Sesnon, Multanomah USD, and Setting Dashboards will be facilitated by Nabil Sadik, University of La Verne.

    Between the sessions today, there will be opportunities for networking among other BSNUG members and the 45 SunGard staff that are here just to support us in having a successful conference.

    Stay tuned...  More to come...


  • 15 Sep 2010 11:20 PM | Deleted user

    The reception was held in a breathtaking atmosphere, rich in beauty, history and incredible architecture. 

    And if that wasn't enough, we had fabulous food, ranging from a shellfish paella dish to lamb and amazing appetizers.  And there was one dessert that was unique and delightful.  It was a chocolate mousse served in a chocolate coffee cup, sprinkled with a cocoa of some sort.  Simply terrific!

    AND, we all did an incredible amount of networking and the stars of the show on this night were Gary and Judy Sitton.  It was my pleasure to meet them for the first time tonight, but you could see some of the BSNUG old-time members stopping by and reliving some great memories with the couple. 

    I took a lot of pictures and will upload them later on when I find the cord to my camera (sorry, you guys are getting my cell phone specials). 

    I did get a pretty good pic of Carlie.  I love you Todd (he's my Client Relationship Manager), but Carlie beats you by a landslide in the homemade salsa department!

    So, we had a beautiful evening with some more great memories to add to our arsenal of work, mixed with fun and both colleagues and friendship.  Thank you SunGard for a great reception, a wonderful opportunity for networking, and the work you put into this conference to support us.

    Cameron was a first time conference attendee from SunGard (she's much prettier than Mark Johnson - although I did miss his smiling face!).  We got to see Jeane English, James Bennett and Frank LaVelle among other smiling faces.  And, I forgot to mention a big thank you to Matt for taking care of all of our AV needs today!  You're the best Matt (and not a bad sailor either!!).

    Before I sign off for tonight, I am grateful to have this opportunity to serve the group, to blog at this conference and to be a part of this organization.  It won't be too long now, that we launch the new SNUG site, logo and the new Board that will be elected. And I will be moving down the SUGA road, a much better person, for having known all of you.

    Good night.


  • 15 Sep 2010 8:18 PM | Deleted user

    Hi Everyone,

    Registration has started.  There are fifty people gathered around the registration table right now, including our past, Past President Chris Grove, Payroll guru extraordinairre Steve McKinnis, and our special guests from SUGA, Pam Brown and Anthony Sorce.

    There is a great display of all of the goodies that have been given away in goody bags over the last 25 years.  There's a Denver whistle from 2005, a frisbee from Clearwater Beach in 2002, gift bags and portfolios from all the different years and a cushy Orange stress ball from Orlando.  Remember the House of Blues?

    Next to that, is a logo display board of all of the entries for SNUG's new logo for the coming years.  The 25th Anniversary is certainly turning into a great experience and it has just started.

    I will keep you all posted who aren't able to be here... Those (insert expletive here) budget cuts!!!



  • 15 Sep 2010 7:34 PM | Deleted user

    Hey All,

    As you know, edibles are provided at the conference, but I was hoping to start a quick thread on dining experiences in San Francisco. Where to go, not to go...

    Pam Viar and I tested out the 'Stinking Rose' last night and it was great, but only if you LOVE garlic!  Everything was soaked, steeped, stewed or roasted in garlic, garlic and more garlic.  And if you didn't get enough garlic in your food, they provided garlic salsa right there on the table.  I did not know that raw garlic was actually HOT, but it was goooooooood...

    And for you movie lover's, on the menu was Silence of the Lamb Shank complete with a chianti and some fava beans!  I couldn't order that one... gave me too many visions of Anthony Hopkins own dining experiences :(  Yikes!!

    It was a great atmosphere and good company. 

  • 15 Sep 2010 4:40 PM | Deleted user

    Today was the pre-conference training day for SunGard's Workflow, 7.9 Security and Leveraging Tools in IFAS classes.  There were quite a few in attendance today! 

    It was great to see Sandra Ikeda, Brett Merritt and the always beautiful Lillian Book when I first made it downstairs today.  Tony Jakosovas (sorry about the spelling Tony) came out here from Orlando area, so SunGard is well represented and continues to serve our user group with an abundance of support.

    Thank you SunGard.  We couldn't be successful with you!

    If any of our User Group would like to comment to this post, we would love to hear what classes you would like to see in the future.  Without your input, we can't adapt to meet your needs and we are here for YOU!

  • 14 Sep 2010 6:27 PM | Deleted user

    The Board is in action!  The Board are all working very hard today at the San Francisco Palace Hotel to make your experience as meaningful as possible. 

    It is the 25th Anniversary of our User Group, which is something to celebrate.  It is especially significant to me because I graduated high school in 1985 and it occurred to me that the longevity of this group is certainly something to be in awe of.  And what a great group you all are!

    There will be some bittersweet goodbyes!  Being part of a research organization (Sanford-Burnham), I will miss everyone I have met from the K-12 group.   Seeing the "Bee"  printed on all of the conference materials over these past years brings back some fond memories.

    We plan to keep those of you who can't make it to the conference more informed by posting blogs, pictures and useful information throughout the week. 

    For those of you on their way here this week, we welcome you and encourage you to take advantage of:

    • SunGard Classes (they welcome registrants on the day of arrival  on Wednesday)
    • User Presentations (the insights into different returns on your already invested dollars far outweighs the cost of time and funds to attend a conference)
    • One-on-One SunGard Time (Grab-A-Tech)
    • And the most precious benefit of all, getting to know other users at the networking events, during the Birds of a Feather meetings, and during the roundtable sessions

    Our fearless leader, Carol Fritsch, President

    We look forward to seeing you soon!



  • 27 Jul 2010 12:26 PM | Gayla Jenner

    We are so excited to introduce our new web page, specifically designed with our membership in mind!  The features and applications are geared toward interactive information sharing and self-management of your own client site.  Best of all, it is easy to use and support!

    We hope you'll love it as much as we do!

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