“HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM”*
I think that misquote from the Apollo 13 movie is perfect for today’s blog post. You see, here in Houston, we have a DB2 User Group that has its attendance dropping off. The solution of course, is to get more folk from around the Houston area to attend our meetings. However, I just can’t seem to come up with a way to do that.
First, our meetings are no-charge. If you can get to the meeting, you can get into the meeting. It’s all free, everything.
Second, we have complimentary refreshments. In fact, so far we have been able to get sponsors to pick up the tab for morning coffee and lunch.
If you’re keeping track, so far you have a free meeting with free food.
So maybe we need another reason for people to attend. I can’t believe it might be the speakers or their topics. We have had the best speakers in the industry show up in Houston for our meetings.
So far this year (2016) we have had
- Scott Hayes (DBI Software)
- Tom Moulder (EMC)
- Tony Andrews (Themis, Inc.)
- Sheryl Larsen (BMC Software, Inc.)
- Mike Wingfield (Compuware)
At our meetings in previous years, we have been fortunate to have
- Robert Catterall (IBM)
- Adrian Burke (IBM)
- David Simpson (Themis, Inc.)
- Mark Rader (IBM)
- Saghi Amirsoleymani (IBM)
- Dave Beulke (Pragmatic Solutions, Inc.)
- Willie Favero (IBM)
Free meeting, free food, and great speakers; what else could you ask for.
If there’s a reason preventing you from attending, please let us know. Maybe we can help resolve it.
Of course, if you have suggestions for topics, please let us know that also.
You have the ball now. It’s up to you all to make the Houston User Group a huge success.
*“Houston, we have a problem” is the tagline for the 1995 film – Apollo 13.