User Group Organizations: Finding Support in the Greater IT Community
Birds of a feather flock together, right? If you’re already a member of an established user group or looking for other like-minded technology evangelists, connecting with peers is an important part of being an active voice in the IT community.
The following organizations provide support and resources across a variety of technologies and interests – helping leaders to engage members, members to participate in group learning, and facilitating opportunities for training, networking and outreach to benefit information technology as a whole.
- Adobe Groups
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
- Apple User Groups
- Cisco IP Telecommunications User Groups (CIPTUG)
- Google Technology User Groups
- Global IT Community Association (GITCA)
- International .NET Association (INETA)
- Java User Groups – Sun Developer Network
- Joomla! User Groups
- Rational Software Global User Group Community
- Social Media Club
- The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS)
- Windows Small Business Server User Groups
Of course, vendors also play a large part in providing meeting support and giveaways for members. The Pearson Education User Group Program connects active community and non-profit groups with the latest content and information available for all levels of professionals, developers, tech-enthusiasts, certification candidates and more. The program represents well known technology publishers and brands of Pearson – Addison-Wesley Professional, Cisco Press, Exam Cram, IBM Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Que Publishing, and Sams Publishing – and provides discounts, product news, free review copies, and marketing materials.
Where does your user group turn for resources? Who are the information experts in your field? Share here!