Peer and User Groups are a fantastic way of accelerating your learning and building your business, and I highly encourage you to get involved.
Need more convincing? Here are 3 good reasons to attend your local user group.
UK IT Small Business User Groups
A number of user groups regularly meet around the UK to discuss both business and technology, to share ideas and to network. Many of these groups were born from the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) and members of these groups are typically the owners of SMB IT solution providers and Managed Service Providers.
Aberdeen SBSC User Group(Currently inactive) AMITPRO (Midlands)(Currently inactive)
- Business Technology Alliance of Kent
East Anglia IT Pro Group(Currently inactive)
- Edinburgh Microsoft Partner Group
Kent SBSC Group(Currently inactive)
- London SMB IT Pros Group
- SBSC North West Group
South Wales SBSC Group(Currently inactive)
- Thames Valley SBSC Group
West of England IT Pro Group(Currently inactive)
- York IT Pro Group
Autotask User Groups
There are a number of worldwide Community groups for users of the Autotask Service Intelligence tool, including a group in the UK.
Autotask User Group meetings are typically open to all-comers, not just Autotask users, with industry wide as well as Autotask-specific education.
If you want to know more about the Autotask User groups then contact Len DiCostanzo, Senior Vice President, Community and Business Development at Autotask.
CompTIA UK Channel Community
The community was formed in an effort to provide a platform for resellers, distributors, and vendors to focus on developing best practices, business education and resources for companies engaged in the delivery of IT services in the UK.
The community meets face-to-face four times a year, and the LinkedIn group keeps the community in touch between meetings. There is no requirement to be a member of CompTIA to join the community, and attendance at the community meetings is free.
- The new CompTIA UK Channel Community
- CompTIA UK Channel Community – Three Member’s Opinions
- CompTIA UK Channel Community LinkedIn Group
ConnectWise User Groups
There are a number of Community groups for users of the ConnectWise PSA tool across North-America, Australia and there is also a group named Five Hours Ahead that regular meets in London for the UK.
Heartlands Technology Group
The Heartlands Technology Group (HTG) is a peer group for IT businesses that lives by the mantra “Business and Personal growth driven by execution”.
HTG 11 is the UK chapter of the peer group and meets once per quarter. Find out more details about Heartlands Technology Group (HTG).
Microsoft Office 365 UK User Group
Meeting the first Thursday of each month alternately in London and Birmingham, the group is dedicated to IT companies who work with Microsoft Office 365.
Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London
A London User Group aimed at driving awareness for Lync & Unified Communications (UC) related technology – with a little best practice thrown in too.
For more details visit the Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London website.
Sharepoint User Group UK
Connecting Sharepoint experts across the UK, with monthly regional meetings and online forums.
For more details visit the Sharepoint User Group UK website.
SQL Server User Groups
The Leicester SQL Server User Group meets three times a year in Leicester. For more details, check out the Leicester SQL Server User Group web-site.
UC Birmingham User Group
Unified Communications group. Quarterly Lync, Exchange and Office 365 events in Birmingham City Centre.
For more details visit the UC Birmingham User Group webpage.
UK Azure User Group
Meeting monthly in London for evenings and weekly for mornings to discuss and consult on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform.
For more details visit the UK Azure User Group meetup page.
UK Virtualisation User Group
The largest independent Cloud and virtualisation user group in the UK. Formerly known as Virtual Machine User Group (VMUG), the group holds regular events across the UK.
For more details visit the Virtualisation User Group website.
Yammer User Group
An occasional meetup for Office 365 and Yammer users in London.
For more details visit the Yammer User Group meetup page.
If you have a User or Peer Group you’d like me to list, then please contact me.
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