If you're a customer of Ping Identity, consider yourself a part of the uniquely awesome Ping Identity user community. You can kick back and smile about the fact that you're in the company of some of the biggest and best organizations in the world. But don't stop there.
Take advantage of the community you're a part of! Here is an update from Ping's Community Programs team, Sid Sidner and Trish Rose.
Ping supports a user group program that gives you direct access to the vast expertise of your world-class Ping-using peers. Each group meets face-to-face a couple of times a year. Call it rare in this day and age, but it works wonders. These F2F interactions are great for making connections, sharing ideas, and sparking innovation.
If you're not already taking advantage of Ping User Groups, now is a great time to jump in. 2013 has been and continues to be a huge year for the Ping user community.
User Group highlights
26 meetings with 182 attendees in total, 66 new members, 4 new groups. If we had to guess, at least 300 beers.
This summer saw the second annual Worldwide User Group meeting, held the Sunday before Cloud Identity Summit 2013. We think it was even better than the year before. You can get the full recap here: Ping Love at Cloud Identity Summit 2013.
The Twin Cities Ping User Group evolved into the Twin Cities Identity and Access Management User Group. Minneapolis/St Paul has a tight-knit IT community of IAM professionals who utilize many of the same vendors. The leaders of our Ping user group asked us if they could expand the content and membership from exclusively Ping to IAM industry-wide. We said, great idea! Here's how it went: Twin cities IAM user group blazes the trail.
What's to come
As we wrap up the year, meetings are in the works in Atlanta, Austin/Dallas/Ft Worth, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, NYC, Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia, Richmond, Toronto, Twin Cities, and Washington, DC. Keep an eye here for exact dates and details.
We were approached at the Cloud Identity Summit by Stephen Hutchinson from Richmond, VA, about helping launch at IAM group there. We were delighted, especially because Richmond and southern Virginia don't have quite enough people to start an exclusively Ping user group. Their first meeting is planned for October 14th.
Ping is revamping www.pingidentity.com, with a new content management system that supports social interaction natively. We are making plans for a relaunch of the support part of the site in 2014 that allows lots of social networking. We hope to foster a community online as exciting as our user groups are offline.
How you can participate
Join a group near you and attend an upcoming meeting. Here's the current lineup: