The Benefits of Local User Groups
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Just yesterday, I came home from a trip to Park City, Utah. If you've never been to Park City, I would suggest you add it to your bucket list. Park City is a beautiful mountainside community approximately 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. The home to the Sundance Film Festival and the Kimball Arts Festival, Park City was the also the host site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. It lies close to the Wasatch National Forest with it's stunning scenery and locales (Mirror Lake is my personal favorite). And lest I not forget the purpose of this post, Park City is also the home of the Moun
The Mountain West Maximo User Group is just one of many locally run Maximo User Groups run independently from IBM all across the globe. This user group meets twice a year in January and August which allows attendees to take advantage of Utah's fabulous summer and winter activities. Professionally managed by Todd Loveday, Terry Thomas, and Lync Jones, this conference is the embodiment of a local user group community. Todd, Terry, and Lync have created quite the collaborative venue where clients, IBMers, and Business Partners all come together for a few days to "talk shop". Throughout the two day conference, attendees have the opportunity to network with their peers, see product demonstrations from partners and vendors, and participate in lively and informative presentations on topics ranging from product optimization, new features and capabilities, and other organization implementation success (and challenges).
Although many other user groups attendees and focus lean toward specific business or industries, think Maxi
As an attendee and presenter, I strongly encourage you to look at these valuable resources. For the low cost and high information benefits, local user communities and groups offer quite the value to anyone implementing Smarter Infrastructure products. You can also get the added treat of skiing down the same Olympic slopes at the Park City Mountain Resort or cooling your feet in the waters of Butterfly Lake. Your choice...