IT user groups stage open day

Some 20 Australian-based IT user groups will come together next month for the second annual IT User Group Open Day.

Based on a typical Expo format, the open day is free and is geared to promoting the benefits of membership to user groups.

Organiser and host, Vincent Teubler, managing director of IT recruitment agency VTR Consulting, said IT managers do not have to spend big money to keep their staff up to date with the latest technologies. Teubler said membership one of the nonprofit groups will help ensure that an IT professional's skills are current.

Having been in the IT industry for almost 20 years, Teubler said he was shocked to find out how few communications forums exist in the IT industry and wanted forums where the great IT minds of Australia get together regularly.

"It started last year with an invite to a handful of user groups to set up displays at our offices on a Saturday then broadcasting the event to the people we knew in the IT market. We were blown away when more than 600 people turned up during the day to find out about the user groups that were present," Teubler said.

This year will see 19 user groups present at the event, which will be run like "a proper Expo".

Groups to be represented at the event include: Australian Java Users Group, Australian Oracle User Group, Australian Unix Users Group, Linux Users of Victoria, Project Management Institute and the System Administrators Guild of Australia.

Rohan Durrant, vice president of participating user group, System Administrators Guild of Australia (Sage-AU) Victoria branch, said the reasons behind Sage's involvement were obvious.

"There are many people in the IT community who maintain the various machines and IT systems in Australia, without knowledge of the support and resources that Sage-AU can offer. These people may be members of other user groups due to their varied roles, and through the open day we hope to introduce these and other non user group members to benefits of Sage-AU," Durrant said.

The 2nd IT Users Group Open Day is scheduled for Saturday March23, 10am to 3pm at VTR's premises in South Melbourne. For further details, visit: www.vtr.com.au/openday.htmlA full list of groups that will be represented on the day include:

Australian Delphi User Group.

Australian Developers.NETwork.

Australian Java Users Group.

Australian Oracle User Group.

Australian Society for Technical Communication.

Australian Software Metrics Association.

Australian Unix Users Group.

Australian Zope Users Group.

Cold Fusion Users Group.

Computer Management Group.

Data Management Association.

Linux Users of Victoria:

Macromedia Users' Victoria.

Melbourne CA - Visual Objects User Group.

Melbourne Patterns Group:

Melbourne Extreme Programming Enthusiast's Group.

Melbourne Novell Users Group.

Project Management Institute.

System Administrators Guild of Australia.

BEA Systems.

Seek Communications.

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