We had our first Toronto VMware User Group (VMUG) meeting in December 2010 with the singular goal of connecting with the community of technologists in Toronto. It was always more than the technology; we wanted people to become familiar with one another and develop relationships.
Over the course of six years, we have developed this group into one of the largest VMware User Groups in the world. It’s a real testament to the local community and their commitment to growing, learning and sharing.
Passion and community development is key
One characteristic does stand out among the Toronto VMUG leaders; it’s their passion to develop and build community. We all take part in as many community events as possible, from speaking at VMworld community sessions to running the Virtual Design Master competition.
Our mission, to encourage folks to reach their full potential. I’ve listed the three Toronto VMUG leaders and added a small description of their own about pages.
Eric Wright (Blog/Twitter) – As an active VMUG member and Co-Leader of the Toronto VMUG, I have given presentations on everything from Private Cloud, PowerCLI, PowerShell, Automation to BCP Design. It is my goal to attend community driven sessions in various technologies to learn, contribute and to add value and share my knowledge and experience.
Mike Preston (Blog/Twitter) – For the last eight years I have worked as a Systems Analyst for a public K-12 school board in Ontario. So I just guess your next question might be What does a Systems Analyst do? Well, then answer to that is a bit different when tied to an education market. I wear many hats in my current position, applications development, database administration, network administration, systems administration and so on and so forth.
Angelo Luciani (Blog/Twitter) – Having worked in the enterprise and financial services sector in Toronto for many years, I have seen technology change rapidly. I currently work for Nutanix as the community guy. I am also, along with Eric and Melissa Palmer one of the co-creators of Virtual Design Master, a community driven online reality show about virtualization design.
As always, let us know how we can help you, the best way to connect with us is on Twitter. Hope to see you at the next VMUG.