Ok, this is all happening faster than I had planned but I’m just gonna roll with it.
Many of you know the man, the myth, the legend that is Nash Pherson. For those that don’t: Nash was a Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP for four years before joining Microsoft itself as a Customer Success Manager. He now spends his days helping Midwest state and local governments modernize their workplace with
Win 10, Office 365, EM+S/SystemCenter. The man is just a ball of passion, knowledge, and experience.
Nash is going to be in town, loves beer, but hasn’t been to a single Grand Rapids brewery. Someday I hope to give him the grand tour but for right now I figured just the mothership will do. So come join us at Founders on Wednesday night somewhere around 6:30. This is totally informal and unplanned beyond those details. So here’s hoping it’s not packed and we can find a table.
How to find us there? Great question, look at our Twitter profile pictures ( @bdam55 and @kidmystic) and hope for the best.
Just for giggles I did set up an Eventbrite event that you can see off to the right. As a simple test of the system I’d appreciate if you’d sign up there. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to be notified of future events.
If Twitter is to be believed, and I believe everything I read on the internet, there’s a certain amount of interest in gathering of systems management professionals here on the west side of the state. The east side already has a most excellent MISCUG but some of us are lazy and don’t like driving. Doubly so in blizzards.
The good news is that we have a great local sponsor willing to host us: ITS Partners. They are getting ready to move into a beautiful new space in Ada and have a long history of excellent in system management. And I’m not just saying that because they’re going to sponsor and host us: I’ve used their services over the years and they’ve been awesome. Additionally I’ve reached out to a few other companies that work in this space and are interested in sponsoring as well.
More importantly, we a lot of local talent that we can lean-on and abuse to provide great content. The only real tie that binds right now is ‘systems management’ which is to say “how the hell do we manage all these devices?” If that’s a question you ask yourself daily then this is the group for you. I know that a lot of us are familiar with Microsoft’s long-standing products such as Active Directory, Group Policy, Configuration Manager, etc. However, we’re open to any management stack or even non-Windows stuff. Heck, I might even force a good friend of mine who consults for VMWare’s AirWatch to tell us how it really works.
In terms of timing, I hope to have our first meeting sometime in the May-July time frame. We had an informal meet-n-great at New Union brewery a few months ago and decided that Friday afternoons are our best bet. The plan is to coordinate with the aforementioned MISCUG and alternate our schedules to avoid anything close to a conflict. If you want to attend a user group every other month or so we hope to make that possible. If things really go well the longer-term plan is to occasionally combine our resources and do some day-long events in Lansing.
If you’d like to join us be sure to signup for our newsletter (up and to the right) and we’ll shoot you an email when we start scheduling events. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter: @WMiSMUG