Growing Interest in Local Mainframe User Groups
Project and Program: SHARE-wide Events
, SHARE in Atlanta 2012
While the Central Ohio Mainframe User Group (COMUG) is a decade old, the user group in Cincinnati is just a year old. And in Detroit and Cleveland user groups are just now tyring to get "off the ground".
COMUG is being used as a pattern to facilitate the construction of these emerging user groups, connected by word-of-mouth facilitated by the proxmiity these metros have with one another.
But what about other metros? Is there interest in development of local user groups elsewhere? Would a little push, like knowing about COMUG, help other groups form up?
And if enough localized user groups spring up, would there be value in creating an association wherein those user groups can help one another ... indeed ... what role could or should a national user group organization like Share play in the emerging interest in local user groups? We are all on the same team ... maybe we should all teamup?
Montgomery Bauman, IBM Corporation
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