If you're familiar with the Ping Identity User Group program, you've heard our motto: User-driven Ping-supported.
We really mean those four words. All 14 User Groups and 250+ members chart their own course - Sid Sidner, Ping Identity Community Evangelist, and I just lend a helping hand.
This month we watched like proud parents as the Twin Cities Ping Identity User Group evolved into the Twin Cities Identity and Access Management User Group.
Led by Carlos Garcia of UHC, the group had been going strong as a Ping-focused User Group. Inspired by the Cloud Identity Summit model that combines industry perspectives with all-encompassing vendor showcases and customer discussions, Carlos shared an idea for growing the group into something even more valuable. He wanted to broaden the content and attendees from Ping-focused to industry wide.
Our response? Awesome idea, we'd love to help! And so, on August 7th, 21 Twin Cities IAMers came together over beers to launch the Twin Cities Identity & Access Management User Group: "a vendor neutral user group designed to be a forum for discussing the best practices for both technology and business usage of Identity and Access Management."
The group's successful direction-setting meeting will be followed by quarterly meetings that combine the perspectives of identerati, vendors and customers. Ping is in good company with CA and Radiant Logic joining in on the vendor side as well. So far the majority of the group's members are Ping customers, but that will broaden as the group continues to grow. The future is bright! Already at 45 members, the Twin Cities IAM User Group is the same size as - if not bigger than - Ping User Groups in the largest cities in the country...yes, we're talking to you Bay Area, Chicago and NYC!