The Iowa group post got me thinking that having a Boston area group would be really great. Myself, I focus in high-security environments but I wouldn't want to limit to any particular user area. Depending on size, we can have sub-groups and areas of interest.
Being Fidelity, we have loads of meeting space and we've hosted things like this in the past (sometimes with the help of Apple) and I could likely kick off something pretty easily.
I'd be up for something like this now that I'm the Boston Metro area. Jared, the Fidelity office I know of is in R.I. Is that where you are or is there a location closer to Boston?
I'll send you an email shortly.
Keep the interest coming! If you haven't emailed me yet, do so so I've got your off-board contact info. Looks like we've got the beginnings of a group with varied industries represented.
Looks like a Google Group is out. I'll have more details on how we'll all get together, just don't know exactly when yet.
Count me in Jared. Working right down in the JHT 5 days/week. Emailing you now. RE: communication logistics, would a LinkedIn group (w/membership check) make sense, to ensure tie-in to folks' existing professional backgrounds?
I'm awfully sorry, but the event will need to be postponed. I've had some things come up with work that will require me to be out of the area and unable to host. If you've registered, you should get an email from me via Eventbrite. I will keep all of the registrations and re-schedule the event.
I wanted to resurrect this topic for Boston area people. I'd be interested in getting together with fellow JAMF users, OS X IT nerds, and anyone in the metro Boston area who wanted to initially just get together and match faces to names and grab a few drinks somewhere in town. From there we can discuss the possibilities of having a regular space and time for networking, tech presentations, and other shenanigans.
Initial thoughts from the group?
Well then, you guys are in luck. Steve Imbimbo (https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/viewProfile.html?userID=6326) from The Mathworks has volunteered to take up the reigns on this one and we've been in contact. I've provided him with the full list of those who registered for the event.
I really want to see this take off and I'd love to attend, but I don't know if I'll be able to (at least in an official fruit-company role) though if some of my clients are going, I'd likely be there.
Hi all, My name is Steven Imbimbo. I'm the Mac Systems guy at The MathWorks. I'm interested in facilitating the Boston JUG. This is where I stand.
I'm definitely open to the idea of having some help with this, so if anyone is interested in co-hosting/helping that would be great.
Meeting Space:: I'm in the final stages of securing space for a meeting. We are currently expanding our Apple Hill Natick campus, so some rooms have been eliminated, but we do have access to the newly purchased Boston Scientific campus (also in Natick), so I'm trying to find out what room are available there. I'm hoping to have some answers soon.
I'm looking for input as to how to organize the meeting, I think it would be in our best interest to have some sort of structure to the meeting(s) to keep it from becoming 75-100 separate discussions. I'm going to ask for input on making an agenda. (or maybe a co-organizer)
I'm not sure when everyone would like to meet. I know that summertime is vacation time for most, so I was thinking we may want to meet sometime after Labor Day, but please let me know your thoughts.
That's all I have for now, please let me know your thoughts. I've never facilitated a user group before, so all help is appreciated.
Thanks for hosting Steve!
I can volunteer to co-org if needed. Run several Meetup groups and volunteer committees so familiar ground. Sounds like we have got a few different open questions regarding time, content, format, etc so I setup a quick, anonymous Google poll.
Make your voice heard folks!
Hey folks, 6 responses so far. Summary: Looks like Oct/Nov preferred months, Wednesday preferred day, configuration management only slightly preferred over spectrum of other topics, and 50/50 split in terms of interest in presenting. Here's the results where they stand now:
I am really glad to see you guys start a user group. Sounds like it should be a great time, and beneficial to the community. JAMF Nation recently added a feature to setup and invite people to user groups. Please feel free to leverage this feature, and you can also track all discussions about the event as well through JAMF Nation.
I hope this helps the communities organize user groups and meet ups.
Thanks Tom - got a heads-up from Jake Mosey as well on same topic (PS: congrats on the JAMF gig!).
So based on poll above it looks like Wednesdays in Oct/Nov are best for most. Assuming steering clear of Thanksgiving holiday on 11/27 leaves 8 Wednesdays.
Steve: any restrictions on your end in terms of venue availability?
Take a few minutes and enjoy some more poll magic to nail down best Wednesday:
It might also be a good idea to steer clear of the week of the JNUC (Oct 14 - 18) since some of us may be attending that and wouldn't be in the Boston area that Wednesday. :)
Thanks for helping to organize this! Off to take the next poll...
OK, I finally received approval to hold the User Group here at The MathWorks campus in Natick, MA. Cliff, Can we get together over the phone to discuss some details? Please send me an email so I can give you my direct line. Steven.Imbimbo at mathworks (dot) com
I'm thinking about Wednesday October 30th 4:00 to 6:00pm in Natick, MA @ The MathWorks. I have a room that will hold ~50 people. If I receive positive feedback on this date and time I will create the official invitation on Monday.
Ok, so much for feedback, once I reserved the room, the wheels were in motion....
The date and time are now set... Wednesday October 30th at 4:00pm at The MathWorks in Natick, MA. There is a new User Group listed at https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/userGroups.html so please visit the site and register starting Monday. There is only room for 50 people this time, but if we fill this room, I may be able to get a larger room next time.
I look forward to meeting you Wednesday October 30th @ 4pm.
There are still seats available for the Boston Area JUG on October 30th from 4-6pm in Natick, MA. If you are interested please visit https://jamfnation.jamfsoftware.com/userGroups.html to sign up and reserve your seat.