Over the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States, we thought, this is the perfect time to write a blog post about the Citrix User Group Community (CUGC).
CUGC launched in May 2015 at Synergy, bringing together content, resources, local user groups, and online engagement for Citrix customers, Citrix employees and Citrix partners. This has proven to be one of the most passionate and innovative global tech communities. Membership has grown from 3,100 in May to over 7,500 technical members in November.
Bill Vetter, Systems Engineer at New Directions Behavioral Health (NDBH) and Kansas City Metro Group Leader, told me:
It’s all about reaching out while others are working with Citrix technology; seeing what they have, being able to ask questions, and generating a dialogue with your peers.
Local User Groups Moving Forward
— Ryan Revord (@rsrevord) October 28, 2015
First Omaha @myCUGC meeting
— Kees Baggerman (@KBaggerman) August 14, 2015
CUGC local user groups have been meeting across the globe since the Community formed in May. Kansas City Metro was the first to hold its local meeting on July 16, 2015. Then meetings started happening in Columbus, Seattle, Nashville, Madison, Twin Cities, Omaha, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix Metro, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland and Switzerland.
Now there are 42 CUGC local user groups worldwide, and more than 500 members have attended a CUGC meeting. Each has their own unique style, culture and subject matter expertise. Meeting topics range from “Raspberry Pi 2 as a Thin Client” to “XenApp lessons learned at scale”.
Blake Chandler brings flair, creativity and past experience to the Dallas-Fort Worth local user group. He worked at AT&T as a Sr. System Analyst before he joined Citrix as a Sr. Sales Engineer, CCA-AD, CCP-AD , CCE-AD. He is very tied to the community. I asked Blake what makes the DFW group unique:
The group is very organic. We are seeing the full spectrum of the IT ecosystem. Our meetings have a mix of technical learning and social engagement. Members want to hear about similar technology yet how it is being used differently.
The most popular topic at the moment is ‘What is going to be the biggest disruption to what we do as engineers?’ Everybody does things just a little bit differently and at the same time they are trying to achieve the same goal.
CUGC Local User Groups US
CUGC Subject Matter Experts are Everywhere
Carl Webster presented the first demo of VMware Horizon View to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Migration Service using Citrix Lifecycle Manager in “View to XenDesktop: The Demo” with Vishal Ganeriwala, Citrix Sr. Director of Technical Marketing.
The CUGC Developer SIG ,moderated by John McBride, is where you can access the latest SDKs and APIs. John McBride, Developer Community Advocate, was recently in the in the Community Roundtable Spotlight.
Stay Ahead of the Curve
The State and Local Government SIG is sponsoring the webinar, “Delivering Apps as a Service Courtesy of Central IT” on December 9 at 1:00 EST. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget walks through the various design decisions made at DTMB in order to support agencies’ differing security requirements as part of their statewide IT consolidation by utilizing XenApp and NetScaler as their core delivery platform.
Register for upcoming webinars from Intel “Delivering the Perfect VDI Experience on Intel Based Thin Clients” on December 2 at 1:00 PM EST “ and HPE “HPE Moonshot Mobile Workspace Solution” on December 16 at 1:00 PM EST.
Give and Grow
There have been many milestones along the way in creating CUGC. Please continue to share your projects, expertise, questions and discoveries in local user group meetings and online in forums and blog posts.
If you would like to submit a technical blog post or provide a tech update to the Community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, HQ@MyCUGC.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org. CUGC strives to connect users with content they find relevant and interesting.
CUGC. Be part of it. Join Today. https://mycugc.org
We hope your Thanksgiving was beautiful and memorable, and that your holidays provide more of the same.
The CUGC Community Team