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 with peers. 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.
Citrix UK User Group
The UK Citrix User Group is the group created by the Citrix community for the community.
Meeting approximately once a quarter in different venues in Manchester, London and Birmingham, the UK Citrix User Group is a free-to-attend community group for users of Citrix Systems software.
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.
For more details visit the CompTIA UK Channel Community web page.
- 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 regularly meet in London for the UK.
ConnectWise IT Nation Evolve
The group formerly known as Heartlands Technology Group (HTG) is a peer group for IT businesses that lives by the mantra “Business and Personal growth driven by execution”.
The group has (at time of writing) two chapters in the UK – HTG 11 and HTG 25. These UK chapters meet once per quarter.
They also have a Service Executive group in the UK as well.
Microsoft Cloud User Group
A dedicated Microsoft Cloud User Group focusing on Skype for Business, Office365, Azure and Enterprise Mobility Suite that meets in Birmingham, Manchester and London.
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 website.
Trust X Alliance
Ingram Micro’s customer community, Trust X Alliance, is a global community with over 370 solution providers including 30 in the UK.
Their focus is to support the active growth of their partner businesses and offer members a significant competitive and profitable advantage in their market including creating programs and services to help MSPs better manage their business, reduce costs, gain competitive advantage, assist in emerging markets & solutions and help them to achieve economies of scale enjoyed by larger Solution Providers whilst differentiating themselves from their competitors.
They hold 10 meetings each year for primary members (business owners or Directors) and the sub-programs meet either monthly or bi-monthly.
UK Azure User Group
Meeting monthly in London, Birmingham and other locations in the UK 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 meet up 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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