our history

SHARE began as the first-ever enterprise IT user group back in 1955, and continues to deliver important avenues of professional growth for the industry today. While the means of learning, networking and influencing this space have evolved – the desired result of providing a valuable user-driven perspective is the same. SHARE is here to lend a hand in training, to offer valuable collaboration opportunities and to embrace discussions on timely challenges. We hope you join in.

To see a full timeline of SHARE's history, click here to download the PDF. 

Our Mission

SHARE is an independent volunteer-run information technology association that provides education, professional networking and industry influence.

Our Vision

SHARE enables its Members and partners to continually shape the future of the enterprise technology ecosystem.

SHARE DE&I Statement

As a global community and ecosystem, SHARE Association recognizes the unique value and skills every individual brings and supports diversity and inclusion. We are committed to equal opportunity within the organization for our Members, Affiliates, Delegates, Attendees, and Staff without regard to any belief, status, identity or orientation.




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Get Involved with SHARE

  • zNextGen is a user-driven community of over 1,000 members, representing 24 countries for new and emerging z System professionals that has the resources to help expedite your professional development and skills.
  • The SHARE Requirements system is an online advocacy program for SHARE members to influence IBM products and services. 
  • SHARE supports six programs that address key topics facing today's Enterprise IT professionals.
  • Industry participation: LEAD-IT: Leadership, Empowerment, Apprenticeship, and Diversity in Information Technology.