By John Whelan, senior director of recruiting, Alexander Technology Group
There are many options available to anyone interested in technology user groups. With the vibrant, large and continually growing tech ecosystem in New Hampshire, there are options open across the state. This year, we have been focusing our efforts primarily on Manchester and the seacoast.
SEATUG was founded approximately 10 years ago by seacoast technologists, Steve Noel and Rob Bergin. SEATUG focuses on systems and networks, and an endless number of related topics. More information on SEATUG can be found here. When it was created, SEATUG was a very well-known user group. After a few years, attendance dwindled, and the group slowed down. After several venue changes and the founders’ families expanding, SEATUG went on an indefinite hiatus. About two years ago, there was an internal discussion about reviving SEATUG. We knew of the group’s successful past, and we felt there was a void in this space on the Seacoast. Joined by one of my colleagues, I approached Steve Noel about reviving the group and Steve immediately agreed. Since its revival, the group has experienced significant success.
The Seacoast SQL Server Users Group was founded approximately eight years ago by Mike Walsh, a seacoast-based SQL guru and a development manager from Amadeus and Alexander Technology Group. More information on the Seacoast SQL Server Users Group can be found here. Like SEATUG, the Seacoast SQL Server Users Group went on hiatus for a few years after experiencing similar situations. A few years ago, Mike partnered with fellow SQL guru, Jack Corbett, and we rejoined the efforts to stabilize the venue and provide consistent marketing and financial support for the group. The group is now hosted in a local restaurant’s function room on the months when the gathering is hosted in Portsmouth, and out of the Alexander Technology Group training room in Bedford on the months when the group is hosted in Bedford.
The tech ecosystem in New Hampshire is vibrant and it continues to grow. This growth necessitates the growth and adoption of new innovations throughout the state and across industries. User groups are essential to this growth, and the success of the user groups we have focused on this year, provide evidence that they are still effective. The success we saw in 2017 contributes to our great excitement for 2018. We look forward to what next year will bring, and we hope you will join us.