For employees and owners of Sacramento businesses and area businesses, attending a technology user group meeting is a great way to network with peers and learn the latest about technologies that are important to your job and the growth of your business.
Some user groups are niche in terms of the job role that they attract. Other user groups cut across a wide range of user types ranging from product admins to marketers to business owners & executives.
Certain user groups are challenged with getting enough regular attendees. In fact, some groups go dormant. Other user groups have no problem attracting a consistent number of regular meeting attendees. In most cases, dedicated efforts by organizers is what drives a sustainable attendance level.
Here are twelve user groups that people who work for Sacramento businesses should consider attending.
- 1 Sacramento Adobe Users Group (SAUG)
- 2 Sacramento SQL Server User Group
- 3 Sacramento SharePoint User Group
- 4 Sacramento Salesforce User Group
- 5 Sacramento Java Users Group (SacJUG)
- 6 Sacramento PC User Group (SACPUG)
- 7 Sacramento Area GIS User Group
- 8 Sacramento ServiceNow User Group
- 9 Sacramento HubSpot User Group (HUG)
- 10 Google Developer Group (GDG) Sacramento
- 11 Sacramento Drupal Users Group
- 12 Sacto Linux User Group (SACLUG)
Sacramento Adobe Users Group (SAUG)
The SAUG used to meet on the first Thursday of each month. For the summer of 2017, user groups meetings are rotating among different customer locations.
Past topics have included Photoshop Layers, Adobe Animate, 3D Photoshop and SVG format.
Sacramento SQL Server User Group
The Sacramento SQL Server User Group is a local chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 6PM to 8PM. Discussions are about anything relating to Microsoft SQL Server. Each July, there is an event called SQLSaturday.
Another Microsoft-related user group is the Sacramento SharePoint User Group.
Those interested in joining can sign up for free. This group does not appear to have any upcoming meetings on the calendar.
Sacramento Salesforce User Group
Salesforce User Groups have been set up around the world. There is a user group for the Greater Sacramento area.
Sacramento Java Users Group (SacJUG)
The Sacramento Java User Group meets every month to discuss and discover new technologies that involve Java and other electronic information systems.
With monthly meetings going back over a decade, this group does not seem to have any trouble getting the Java faithful to keep coming back for more.
Sacramento PC User Group (SACPUG)
The SPCUG has an annual membership fee of $30. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at Arden-Dimick, located at 891 Watt Avenue in Sacramento.
This user group has packed meeting agendas, which include tutorials, Q&A and multiple presentations. Presentations are aon software and hardware advancements; new computer trends; security awareness and applications; and other requested topics.
Sacramento Area GIS User Group
If topics such as Executing Geoprocessing Tools from Scripts and ArcPy Mapping are your thing, then this is the user group for you.
The most recent user group meeting was on April 26, 2017 at the chambers of Sacramento City Hall.
Sacramento ServiceNow User Group
ServiceNow develops a variety of products for IT and customer service management. The company has pages regional groups on its community site. The next user group meeting is scheduled for August 27, 2017.
Sacramento HubSpot User Group (HUG)
HubSpot offers an all in one inbound marketing platform. They company has a Sacramento user group page on its website, but no details about past or upcoming meetings are posted. It appears that anyone who is interested needs to submit a form in order to receive information and updates.
Google Developer Group (GDG) Sacramento
The Sacramento Google Developer Group meets on the second Thursday of every month. This group is for anyone who is interested in Google developer technologies such as Google Cloud Platform, Google APIs, AngularJS and Android.
Sacramento Drupal Users Group
Drupal is an open source content management system that many organizations use to build their online presence. The Sacramento Drupal Users Group meets monthly.
Sacto Linux User Group (SACLUG)
The Sacto Linux User Group has periodic meetings at Hacker Lab, 1715 I Street, in Sacramento.
User Group Benefits to Businesses and Employees
User groups can be valuable to Sacramento businesses and their employees in several ways.
These meetings are an excellent venue for employees to meet and network with people who have similar interests.
User groups can help people maintain a high level of enthusiasm about their jobs.
User group attendees can return to work with some fresh ideas about how to leverage technologies in ways that will benefit the business.