A big thanks to everyone who attended the first MEUGNZ conference in Wellington this week. Despite the rather chilly weather, we had a good turn out and even tempted a couple of northerners down south ;) I didn't get to meet everyone unfortunately, but hopefully I will catch up with you at other events.
It was wonderful to welcome the seven-strong ManageEngine contingent who popped over after their conference in Melbourne. It's not often we get the chance to get access to key people from the software vendors that we use, so it was fabulous to be able to hear first hand what's happening in the ME world and get some our questions answered and access to their knowledge. A big shout out to Kumar who made us sit a ServiceDesk Plus exam over dinner! We kept learning while we ate :)
The thing that struck me about the conference overall was how positive the atmosphere was. My experience with ME products has always been a positive one, in fact I've been on the border of evangelism with them at times, but that doesn't mean that everyone has the same experience. But it seems that you all do for the most part. Despite having the product specialists at your disposal (which in most cases would mean an inquisition), you all remained positive and that gives us a great place to start a user group from.
As I mentioned on Tuesday, a user group is only as good as the people who support it and your feedback is important. The user group is for you and so we want to make sure that we're providing events you want to attend and creating meaningful agendas for the regional meetings. The conference evaluation survey will be open a bit longer, so if you didn't manage to submit it on Wednesday, please try again here.
I would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank Paul and everyone at Soft Solutions, as without their support, we wouldn't have been able to get this up and running.
See you at the regional meetings!