Denied after applying to Start a local VMUG Group.

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:

VMware User Groups official home page

Become a VMware User Group member today!

No VMUG in your area? Start one!

VMware Communities (forums) – VMware User Groups

Email the VMware User Group team at VMware

Jason also indicated that VMware had to close Registration because they had reached the Maximum size for the Conference room.

I personally asked Jason about Volunteering to put on a local VMUG here in St. Cloud MN. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Cloud,_Minnesota)

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.

Hello,

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.