As the 2016 events calendar comes to a close, it has definitely been a roller coaster of a ride but as always an awesome learning experience.
Chapter 1. Goodbye UCBUG
I am sad to say goodbye to Unified Communications Birmingham User Group as its been the platform for UC and Cloud Day and now the Microsoft Cloud User Group. I have had fantastic support from Kemp Technologies over the past 2 years with UCBUG and also not forgetting IR Prognosis who have also sponsored this year events.
As the ever changing IT evolves so does the need for free learning and events, UCBUG will now be replaced by Microsoft Cloud User Group so not only we will be bringing you the very best Skype for Business, Office365 and Exchange sessions. We will now be including EMS, InTune, PowerBi and so much more.
Chapter 2. Microsoft Cloud User Group
MSCUG will be hosting a number of events across the UK including;
- Birmingham (4 Events)
- London (4 Events)
- Edinburgh (Potential 2 Events)
- Manchester (Potential 4 Events
Next year I will be joined by Adam Hand (London Host) and Martin Boam (Manchester Host) on the MSCUG Organizer Board. Both of these guys bring valuable experience to the group and I am looking forward to developing the Microsoft Cloud User Group brand alongside them.
I am also proud to announce our 1st sponsor for 2017 as Pure IP. They will be sponsoring Q1 and Q2 of 2017, obtaining sponsors for these events is key as it allows us to continue to deliver a great evening of “FREE” learning. We are still looking for a number of other sponsors to help ensure we are able to cover all our internal costs.
If you are a vendor and interested in sponsoring MSCUG, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter 3. UC and Cloud Day 2016
One word sums up this event nicely “Wow” it amazing that we are able to attract attendees from all over Europe. We dont go out and market within this space but getting attendees from Latvia, Germany, Netherlands shows us how much people really value attending an events that is packed with great content and speakers.
We will be back again next year and potential looking at 9th October 2017.
Chapter 4. Featuring on The Skype Show
Chapter 5. Final Word
Thank you to everyone that has attended UCBUG, MSCUG and UC Day. It has been a great year and I am looking forward to even more events next year.
Andrew J. Price