User Groups


The most up-to-date information on user groups and events in the Twin Cities.

User Groups

 

AITP (Association of IT Professionals)
www.nwaitp.org
The Northwest Chapter of AITP is a not-for-profit professional association comprised of professionals in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota facing the issues of designing, developing and implementing Information Technology.The Norwest Chapter is affiliated with the national Association of Information Technology Professionals organization headquartered near Chicago, Illinois. (www.aitp.org). The Northwest Chapter is dedicated to promoting awareness of solutions to today's issues by facilitating the sharing IT knowledge and experience. It supports its members through the promotion of professionalism and education, and offers member support in the form of conferences expositions, publications and idea exchange with peers at monthly meetings.



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ASTD (American Society for Training and Development-Twin Cities Chapter)
www.astd-tcc.org
Minnesota is the home of a vibrant workplace learning & performance (WLP) community, which is evident in the American Society for Training and Development-Twin Cities Chapter (ASTD-TCC). As one of the top ten largest chapters in the nation, our over 850 members work together to make ASTD-TCC the place for WLP professionals to learn, connect, and grow.



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Business Intelligence User Group
Microsoft BI User Group is a forum to exchange knowledge and ideas to better understand, develop, implement and support existing and future Microsoft BI technologies. Their technical sessions provide a professional, fun and educational environment for all levels of expertise and areas of interest.


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BizTalk User Group
www.mnbiztalk.com/
This education series is replacing the MN CRM User Group to better reflect the educational aspect of these meetings. We will continue to provide high-quality content and speakers, and continue to respond to your requests for topics. We encourage any CRM customers to attend these meetings to network with your peers, share best practices for using the tool within your organization, and learn about new functionality available in the tool.



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Central Minnesota IT User Group
centralmnit.grouply.com
Central MN IT User Group is a collaboration of local education events to provide a healthy learning environment for IT professionals. Anyone with an interest in technology is invited!

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Citrix User Group
www.citrix.com
Citrix is inviting all Minneapolis area users and administrators to participate in your local Citrix User Group. Our goals are simple: we want to foster community, dialogue, and an exchange of ideas within the rapidly growing Citrix community.

Learn more about Citrix products including:
  • What's new with Citrix XenApp
  • Extending desktop virtualization to mobile workers with XenClient
You will be the key to a successful Citrix User Group community! Citrix staff will be available for question and answer after the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the best user group in Minnesota.

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CTA (Communications Technology Association of MN)
www.ctamn.org
The Communications Technology Association of Minnesota is a professional organization for individuals and enterprises working in the area of communication technologies including data, voice, video, web services, unified messaging, and all other forms of communications, their underlying infrastructures and business applications.



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Flash User Group
www.flashmn.com/about-flashmn/
What can you find at a typical meeting? Besides the free pizza and pop, you will find a warm group of Flash users willing to depart their knowledge (and wit!) upon other unsuspecting attendees. This usually results in meetings that include both regulars and new attendees alike. Also, many people walk away from the meetings not only with the heads full of knowledge but their hands as well.
  


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HDI (Help Desk Institute)
www.hdimn.com
Help Desk Institute (HDI) Minnesota Chapter provides targeted information about the technologies, tools, and trends of the help desk and customer support industry in Minnesota. HDI offers a variety of services to meet the evolving needs of the customer support professional. Chapter meetings are held on a monthly basis.



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IAAP
www.iaap-mnndsd-division.org
The MN-ND-SD Division of IAAP® currently is comprised of approximately 700 members in 20 chapters, with an additional one chapter being formed in Rogers, MN. There is interest in forming a chapter in the Bismarck, ND community as well. All Chapters welcome guests and are open to administrative support staff, business education students and instructors, and organizations/vendor partners that support the objectives of IAAP.


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IAMCP
www.iamcp.org/
The International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP) helps Microsoft Certified Partners, Business Solutions Partners and Registered Partners grow their businesses. Founded in 1994, the organization includes nearly 4,000 companies in 33 countries, and over 80 chapters worldwide. The IAMCP provides Microsoft Partners a voice into Microsoft programs, to the IT community at large, as well as a vehicle to facilitate business development among partners.



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IIBA-Minneapolis
www.iiba-msp.org
The International Institute of Business Analysis is a not-for-profit organization that serves the growing profession of business analysis by maintaining standards for the profession and certifying its practitioners. As always, our meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month and 2009 will maintain this format. Watch for other great announcements and reminders for the coming year - and don't forget, we are moving to provide more chapter meetings this year - and breakfast meetings. We look forward sharing these new events with you.



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ISC2 Twin Cities
http://www.isc2tc.org/
The ISC2 mission is to create a safe environment where information security practitioners can openly share expertise and ideas, providing practical, relevant, useful and timely information that, when applied, will develop and promote the (ISC)2 CISSP CBK® and help support the Information Security and Cyber Security Communities of the Upper Midwest.


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itSMF
http://www.itsmfusa.org
itSMF USA is a member driven organization organized in Local Interest Groups (LIGs) located in over forty major metropolitan areas of the country. Since its beginning in 1997, the itSMF USA has grown to become the premier IT Service Management professional forum.



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Minnesota Chapter of The Data Management Association
www.dama-mn.org/
The Minnesota Chapter of DAMA International™ promotes the development and practice of managing information and data related to supporting business management strategies. Non-members are invited to attend all monthly meetings, but frequent attendees will be asked to purchase a membership for a nominal fee. All proceeds from DAMA-MN membership fees and events go towards covering the chapter's expenses involved in obtaining speakers from around the world. The chapter has an extensive library of many past presentations that are made available to members free of charge. In addition, the chapter makes a yearly effort to bring a nationally renowned speaker, author or educator to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for "DAMA Education Days." Members receive a discount on attendance fees and often access to specially-priced books and training materials.



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Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
www.pmi-mn.org/
PMI-MN is a dynamic, diverse organization recognized for professionalism in project management. PMI-MN's mission is to provide increasing value to our membership across disciplines through learning and exchanging ideas and experiences. The PMI International Board awarded a chapter charter to PMI-MN in 1984. In line with PMI International's core processes, the chapter focuses on:
  • Developing a community of project managers.
  • Advancing the profession of project management.
  • Acting as an information distribution forum for project management.
  • Facilitating education in project management.


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Minnesota CocoaHeads
http://groups.google.com/group/minnesota-cocoaheads/about?hl=en&pli=1
The Minnesota CocoaHeads group is a community gathering for people interested in developing software for the Macintosh, iPhone, and iPad platforms. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the offices of Thomson Reuters in Eagan, MN.


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MN MPI
www.mnmpi.org/
Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the world’s largest association for the $102.3 billion meeting and event industry, is committed to positioning meetings and events as a key strategic component of an organization’s success. The over 450-member Minnesota chapter of MPI, established in 1978, empowers its members to increase their strategic value with education, professional development and business growth opportunities.
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MN SharePoint User Group
www.sharepointmn.com/default.aspx
The Minnesota SharePoint User Group meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Microsoft Office in Bloomington. The purpose of the user group is to bring the local SharePoint community together to share tips, tricks, and ideas on the uses of the various SharePoint products and technologies.



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MN Unified Communications User Group (MNUCUG)
msucug.org/
The UCUG caters to organizations of mid-sized to large environments with medium-complex set ups and deployments. We define a mid-sized to large environment as one with 500+ PCs; and we define a medium to complex deployment as one including multiple workloads. In addition, our mission is: to be a sounding board for the local community to establish networking and exchange experiences, to share knowledge from a 300-level content background, to build a community around Unified Communications Practitioners and to focus on Microsoft technologies in the Unified Communications space. To register, visit http://msucug.org/ and link to the MN Unified Communications User Group site.



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Object Technology User Group
www.otug.org
OTUG is an umbrella user group spanning languages, methods, tools, and technologies for the software development community in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. OTUG exists to foster an environment for professional discussion and education pertaining to software development ecosystems; i.e., software development organizations and the contexts in which they operate. Meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month.



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Oracle User Group
www.tcoug.org
The Twin Cities Oracle Users Group is an organization dedicated to sharing Oracle expertise and experiences. Quarterly meetings are held at locations around the Twin Cities.



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PACT
www.pactweb.org
PACT (Professional Association for Computer Training), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the oldest professional computer training associations in the United States. We meet the second Friday of every month to provide information, discuss options, and discover answers regarding issues and technologies facing today's ever-changing organizations. PACT is your opportunity to take three hours a month to focus on your professional growth and development. At monthly meetings you will hear your peers and nationally renowned training and support experts speak about issues we all face as trainers and support personnel.

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PDMA
www.pdma.org
The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Our mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management. This is accomplished by providing resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management.

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PowerShell User Group - Twin Cities
www.tcposhug.com/
The Twin Cities PowerShell User Group is dedicated to help IT professionals (administrators, developers, database administrators, and others) leverage PowerShell as an administrative console and scripting language.

The UG will have presentations and “topics” to focus on the core PowerShell language such as editors, profiles, language, remoting, error handling etc. There will also be “script club” meeting where everyone either works on or helps with scripts. Those topics will all depend on the task the user is working on.



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Small Business Server User Group
www.sbsmn.org
The Small Business Server of Minnesota User Group Network is comprised of partners, consultants and professionals devoted to furthering their knowledge as a reference platform for small-to-medium business (SMB) relationships. SMB partners and consultants of varying skill levels are invited to attend our meetings to share ideas, meet other SBSers, discuss SMB technologies, as well as business issues and opportunities related to the SMB segments.



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SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)
www.shrm.org
SHRM includes a global membership of more than 250,000 in 140 countries. With more than 30 specialized departments within SHRM, they serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive set of resources available. There are more than 575 affiliated SHRM chapters that offer local activities (multiple statewide). Visit their website to find a chapter closest to you.



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Silverlight User Group
tcslug.com/
The Minnesota SilverLight/WPF User Group is organized and managed by ILM Professional Services - a Minnesota based consulting firm specializing in custom application development with Microsoft's tools and frameworks. Farhan Muhammad, the Chief Architect of ILM leads this user group along with generous help from the members of the ILM team.



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SQL User Group
As a part of the national PASS organization, the Minnesota SQL Server User Group (PASSMN) serves the Minnesota SQL Server community. PASSMN is a forum to exchange knowledge and ideas to better understand, develop, implement and support existing and future SQL Server technologies. Our technical sessions provide a professional, fun and educational environment for all levels of expertise and areas of interest. PASSMN meets on the third Tuesday of every month. 

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System Center User Group
mnscug.org
The System Center User Group meets monthly at the Microsoft Office in Bloomington.



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Twin Cities Cloud Computing User Group
www.tccloud.com/



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Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group
www.mnbiztalk.com/Default.aspx
Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group sets out to build a community of developers and architects interested in Microsoft middle tier technologies to aid in the development of the members and evangelize these technologies within the Twin Cities. They meet bi-monthly. View their site for upcoming event dates.



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TCHRA (Twin Cities Human Resource Association)
www.tchra.org/
The Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA) is a nonprofit organization consisting of approximately 1,500 human resource professionals in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. This is a chapter of SHRM.



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Twin Cities Languages User Group
www.twincitieslanguagesusergroup.com
As developers, we use a number of languages throughout the lifecycle of a project and our careers in general. Learning core aspects and features from other langauges can help a developer apply new techniques and designs to their own projects. This group is open to anyone who has a deep appreciation for programming languages and all of their related topics (compilation, parsing, execution, syntax, etc.). Talks are not limited to any OS or VM (or lack thereof). If you want to talk about Ruby, F#, Lisp, etc., stop on by!



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Twin Cities .NET User Group
The Twin Cities .NET User Group is a great way to get involved with the development community and to discuss the overall uses of .NET to further understand software development methodologies.

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VSTS User Group
vstsmn.net
The Minnesota Visual Studio Team System User Group meets the third Wednesday of every month at the Microsoft Office in Bloomington.



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XNA User Group
http://www.meetup.com/TCMGDUG/
If you’re interested in XNA, the Twin Cities XNA User Group is THE place to be. The Twin Cities XNA User Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at Magenic.
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