On Tuesday night I did something I have not done for almost fourteen years, I attended an IBM i (AS400) user group meeting.
Before moving to Southern California I lived in Tucson, Arizona, and attended many of the AS400 user group, BARMUG, meetings.
I find that interacting with just your work colleagues, who just do the same thing day-in-day-out and having the same arguments, makes you myopic. Interacting with your peers brings width of vision as, I find, most are willing to share ideas of what and how they are working.
There once was an AS400 user group in the San Fernando Valley, SMUG, but it closed down years before I moved here. This made OCEAN, in Orange county, the closest.
Earlier today I mailed an application and my dues to become a member of OCEAN. And this made me think: perhaps the IBM i (AS400) user group is an endangered species. If we do not become part them they will all be gone.
I think most people do not go to user groups as they do not know where they are. This is where I want your help and feedback. I would like to create a page on this blog, providing I get enough feedback, that lists all of the IBM i/AS400 user groups in the world. If you are a member of one please send me the details of it, a link to a website or if one does not exist an email address for the organizer. I will collate them onto a page.
- Name of user group.
- Location - Where in the world is this user group located? (city, state, country, etc.)
- Web site or email address.
You can send me the information either via the Contact Form on this blog (preferred method as I can reply to you with any questions I might have) or add a Comment below (if I have questions I cannot reply).
Let me start with two groups that I know are active: