I was introduced to a great bunch of people a few months ago, and I finally made one of their meetings.
In my case, I’m near Columbus, Ohio. I spent close to three hours there this past Wednesday evening – and still wanted more. There was a range of professional people: From academia to private business; from senior management to tech types; and folks of all ages. In taking full stock of technology’s delivery to business, with associated requirements and engagements, you couldn’t have asked for a more diverse, representative, and smart group.
There is simply no substitute for getting out of your own myopic box – that is, your organization, your travails, your granular wins, losses, and pressures – in engaging with intelligent and knowledgeable people. (And, I’m susceptible to “silo’ing” too).
We gain the benefit of hearing about all sorts of experiences, solutions, challenges… methods for persevering; what works and what doesn’t. And, there’s a fair measure of humor to be had… who can’t use that when lifting, sweating, and sometimes dancing in The Business-Technology Weave? :^ )
Kudos to the chapter’s President, Cara, and all involved. If you’re in the Columbus, Ohio area, stop in at the next meeting. Drag along your boss, co-workers, a friend or two from another organization… If you’re “IT,” get a business counterpart to come… and vice-versa for “business” people.
If we’re lucky, we’ll see each other there – I’ll look forward to it. I would like to hear about your solutions… your overall challenges.
The Association of Information Technology Professionals – regardless of location, check out your local chapter.
I think you’ll be very happy you did.
NP: The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions – Chess LP; 1968 Thorens TD-125 turntable; Shure V15VxRM cartridge, signal chain to die for, Peerless drivers in ’65 Jensen cabs w/ original crossovers… those who know, know. :^ )