User groups in the field of data management offer a chance for IT developers, administrators and end users to share experiences, solve problems and network with others. Data management user groups in the UK include groups formed around applications, databases and operating systems. Joining a group can help users find relevant events, resources and online communities. Find the right user group in this directory.
Applications user groups
These user groups were formed around applications that are used for a variety of purposes. Groups might help users form better corporate strategy and implementation plans, or help users discover new software development methodology. The applications user groups offer events, both physical and online, plus smaller special interest groups, online resources and forums.
This user group hosts two all-day events per year and offers a regular newsletter. The group is run by volunteer committee members from the Maximo user community, with more than 300 members. Membership is free, with meetings financed by sponsorships from partner companies.
Maximo user group meeting
6 April 2011, 9:30
BAA London, Heathrow
The Microsoft Office user group is meant for all user levels, including corporate strategy and individual users and developers. It covers all areas of Office technology, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Access, FrontPage, Visio, Publisher, Project, Communicator, InfoPath, Live Meeting and OneNote. The Office user group provides a monthly newsletter, regular regional meetings, national conferences, book discounts and subsidised training classes. The group is an independent nonprofit and membership is free.
Contact: Rod Gordon
This section of the Oracle UK user group focuses on users of E-Business Suite who use HCM, Financials, Projects and Supply Chain and Manufacturing. Each product has its own special interest group (SIG), with events and information directed at those particular users. Users share experiences, solve issues and meet Oracle reps. There are also subgroups directed at users in government, local government, and education and research. The Oracle user group is sponsored by various organizations, and charges membership fees ranging from £155 to £2,900.
General – email@example.com
Financials – Julius Kisielius
HCM – Karen Colton
Supply Chain and Manufacturing – Anna Crellin
This user group is part of the larger UK Oracle user group, and brings together Irish Oracle users. Special interest groups within the user group include the Business Intelligence and Reporting tools group, and the HCM subgroup. The groups host regular meetings and join larger Oracle conferences and meetings as well. The Oracle user group is sponsored by various organizations, and charges membership fees ranging from £155 to £2,900.
Contact: Aimee Kimerling
OUG Ireland Conference 2011
30 March 2011
Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin
This conference will offer local knowledge and customer stories of using Oracle. It will bring together speakers from the Oracle community, including directors from Oracle.
This subgroup of the Oracle user group offers an annual conference and exhibition in Glasgow, and meets several times a year in the Edinburgh Oracle office. Users in the group can meet local and UK Oracle staff, network and share information. The Oracle user group is sponsored by various organizations, and charges membership fees ranging from £155 to £2,900.
Contact: Aimee Kimerling
Salesforce.com user groups maintain online forums for users to share questions, job openings and arrange events. All groups are free to join.
Contact: Jeanine Thorpe
Ireland: Geraldine O'Connor
The Business Objects user group is an independent group that hosts three full-day meetings per year. The group also includes special interest groups for specific industries or applications of Business Objects – technical, community, information management and training. This user group's site also provides a publication library and forum for members. Members also participate in webinars and larger SAP events. Membership rates are £295 for individuals and £390 for corporations, with a £70 rate for additional attendees.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01462 49099
This SAP user group hosts events and webinars, and maintains an online forum for members. Its aim is to help members network and share experiences as part of an independent organization. Smaller special interest groups include testing, business intelligence, finance, higher education, project systems and training. There are also SIGs for Scotland and Ireland. The group offers a free trial membership before committing to a full paid membership at £500 per year, or £250 for those only using SAP Business One.
This user group welcomes developers, administrators, infrastructure specialists and SharePoint end users to its monthly meetings and forums. There are usually two monthly meetings – one in southern UK and one northern. Membership is free with online registration.
Best Practices Conference
11-13 April 2011
QEII Conference Centre, London
Application development user groups
These user groups bring together developers who work on specific applications. Many groups feature online communities and regular meetings for participants to network, share ideas and problem solve.
Drupal UK offers an online forum for Drupal developers, plus user groups for different UK regions, including Birmingham, Cambridge, Dorset, London, Northwest UK, Oxford, Southwest UK, Surrey, and a group for NGOs. Regular events include monthly drop-ins, networking sessions and meetings of specific user groups. The group is a volunteer-based nonprofit.
Contact: Visit the registration page.
This user group focuses on open-source software Hadoop, part of the Apache Software Foundation. They maintain a blog with updated news and information on their regularly scheduled meetings. Meetings might include discussion on various technical aspects of Hadoop, with a range of different speakers. Organizers try to have meetings sponsored to make them free for attendants.
Contact: Klaas Bosteels
This group includes developers working with Microsoft's .Net framework, and aims to provide the latest information related to .Net. The group hosts monthly meetings with networking and discussion time built-in. They also host "Open Mike" nights for members of the community to share their experiences. Membership and events are free, with sponsorship by .Net organizations and the meeting venue provided by Microsoft.
The .Net Developer Network brings together .Net developers in Southwest England, with the goal of developing and promoting local .Net developers, architects and IT pros. The Bristol-based group hosts monthly meetings except in August. Membership is free.
Database user groups
These user groups focus on database development and administration. Members solve problems, discuss experiences, share tips and network. Benefits of group membership might include online communities, events, learning resources such as webinars, shareware and discounts.
This group offers an online forum and meetings for all level of Access users, including individual developers and those planning corporate strategy. Members can join online discussions and use the AUG wiki. Membership fees are £70 for an individual and £225 for a corporate subscription (up to five employees).
Contact: Margaret or 01242 256549
This user group is a subgroup of the UK Guide Share Europe (GSE) organisation. Members from novice to expert are welcome, with the focus on DB2 on the mainframe (z/OS) or distributed (LUW) platforms. Visit the site for listings of upcoming events, webinars, member-provided shareware and an extensive library of slides, papers and other presentation-related materials from the group's ten years of meetings. The site also includes information for the Edinburgh-based Scottish DB2 user group. Members are encouraged to share experiences and tips at meetings. Membership is free.
Contact: Sue Alder, membership secretary
Scottish DB2 user group: Stewart Smith or 0131 245 1813
User group meeting
24 March 2011
CA European headquarters, Ditton Park, near Slough
This special interest group (SIG) is part of the UK Oracle user group. It is aimed at administrators of Oracle Application Server and Fusion Middleware, as well as enterprise architects. There is a range of membership levels in the Oracle user group, with fees from £155 to £2,900.
Contact: Anna Crellin
This subgroup of the Oracle UK user group brings together users who are interested in Oracle's Database, Design, Development, Middleware and Business Intelligence and MySQL. These groups host three meetings a year around the UK. Users meet to discuss experiences with Oracle technology and share challenges and best practices. The Oracle user group is sponsored by various organizations, and charges membership fees ranging from £155 to £2,900.
Application Server and Middleware – Anna Crellin
Apps DBA for E-Business – Yvonne Robinson
Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools – Lavinia Foster
DBMS – Anna Crellin
Development – Aimee Kimerling
Management and Infrastructure – Michelle Ericsson
RAC and HA – Michelle Ericsson
UNIX – Aimee Kimerling
The UK SQL Server user group has been in existence for more than ten years. Their activities include events, webcasts and online collaboration, with a member forum on the site. There are nearly 10,000 members, with regional meetings in London, Reading, Leeds, Edinburgh and Milton Keynes. Membership is free, with support provided by vendors in the SQL server market.
Contact: Tony Rogerson or 01582 346161
Operating system user groups
These user groups are organized around various operating systems, and offer users a chance to meet with other developers and administrators. Groups might host meetings and online events, share tips and resources and offer training and courses.
The Edinburgh Linux group meets once a month and was formed to debate Linux-related issues, run demonstrations, offer tutorials and classes and run Linux install days. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 19:30. Members stay in touch through a mailing list. Membership is free and donations of money, equipment and time are welcome.
The LOSUG is a special interest group of the UK Oracle user group. It hosts meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. Anyone interested in OpenSolaris is welcome, including developers, system admins, educators and more. The main Oracle user group is sponsored by various organizations, and charges membership fees ranging from £155 to £2,900.
The Unix and Open Systems user group offers a quarterly newsletter, regular briefings, training and conferences to advance its mission of education and understanding around open IT standards. Members come from IT, commercial and research/academic sectors. Smaller working groups include those for schools, regional groups, publicity, events and newsletter creation, and SIGS include those on Apple and government. The group offers member discounts on conferences, free evening meetings, book discounts and technical tutorials. The UKUUG is an independent nonprofit group supported by membership dues. Membership fees start at £20 per year for students and retirees and go up to £170 for institutions.
Large Installation Systems Administration (LISA) Conference
22-24 March 2011
Albion Place, Leeds
This conference brings together system and network administrators for technical talks as well as opportunities for networking, learning and debates. Topics will likely include an Openstack tutorial and sessions on DNSSEC, digital forensics and automating workflows with BOSS.
This user group is a SIG of the Oracle user group, with the purpose of sharing knowledge around Oracle database and UNIX/Linux system administration. It is designed for those working with Oracle Database Server running on UNIX or Linux. The group hosts three full-day meetings per year (in London, the Southeast and Midlands) with presentations on user experiences and new or unfamiliar technology. The Oracle user group is sponsored by various organizations, and charges membership fees ranging from £155 to £2,900.
Contact: Aimee Kimerling
This user group brings together IT systems management professionals to share tips and experiences of managing Windows platforms. The group maintains a blog on their site, and hosts online and physical meetings to discuss new releases and management tools, plus hear from specialists and vendors in the market. Also on their site are scripts and code, as well as recorded past events. Membership is free.
Contact: Rob Marshall