I was recently Inspired after attending the last Q4 2008 Minneapolis Area VMware Users Group meeting, and especially after reading Jason Boche’s Follow up blog, VMware User Groups (VMUGs) ( http://www.boche.net/blog/?p=824 ), see bellow.
I lead the Minneapolis area VMUG and we meet quarterly, as do many of the other VMUGs. We had one of our largest meetings last December with 150+ people. Our numbers have been steadily growing.
There are still many individuals and companies that do not have the understanding or adaptation of virtualization. Meeting after meeting, I see new faces attend, unsure of what this virtualization stuff is, and after the meeting they walk away with a much better understanding, and even better, the confidence they needed to reach out to others and ultimately begin their virtualization adventure
I strongly encourage the joining of a VMware User Group. Here are some useful links to help you get started:
Jason also indicated that VMware had to close Registration because they had reached the Maximum size for the Conference room.
After the Above Post, I sent the following e-mail to VMware.
This was the second time I have done so, after the first time, I was told they would get back to me, in which I never did hear back.
I spoke to Jason Boche about interest in starting a local VMUG in St. Cloud MN.
If we could find a location, I would have no problem speaking for the event, and putting in a little time each month, and to work with Vendor’s for sponsors as needed.
Let me know your thoughts.
I wanted to keep it short, here was the response I received.
Hi Roger, I appreciate your interested in wanted to start another group in MN, but at this time there is enough business in that area to warrant starting up a second group
I will leave out the name of the respondent.
Now, I know that we dont’ compair in size to the Twin Cities, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Paul,_Minnesota but we have a fairly large job IT market here, and would pull in people from the south and west of us.
It makes me wonder if VMware is having Sales problems , or if they wish to keep Users from Meeting about their Products?
Tell me you’re thoughts.