I was sorry to see the news that INETA North America will be closing down at the end of the calendar year. INETA, through its more than 700 user groups, has been a significant presence for technical professionals for more than 13 years supporting numerous events, speakers, and worldwide collaboration during that time in communities just like yours.
I know INETA is still operating under a business as usual approach, but I would like to reach out and extend a hand, as we are like-minded organization with similar end goals. Just like INETA, the Computer Society of IEEE, has been servicing IT professionals, developers, and programmers for nearly 70 years. If you are a user group leader and would like to reach out to the Computer Society chapter (or IEEE presence) in your local area to look into joint meetings, to find out what activities are occurring, or to facilitate a visit from one of the speakers in our many speaker programs, please do so.
For those interested, there are also many free resources, such as the Special Technical Communities which share information and collaborate on a number of topics, including cloud computing, cybersecurity, and smartgrid. You can find 11 other fields currently available at http://www.computer.org/web/stc along with steps on how to create your own. We are eager to continue growing this new and valuable resource, so if there are fields that would be of special interest to the INETA community, please let us know.
Additional information for those wanting to join the IEEE Computer Society as a member will be forthcoming in an upcoming message.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to my colleague and Senior Manager of Member & Geographic Activities of the Computer Society, Theodore Rozolis at email@example.com .
All the best,
Region 3 Coordinator (Southeastern US & Jamaica), Computer Society
Member, Geographic Unit Operations Committee, Computer Society
Chapter Chair, Computer & Communications Joint Society, Northwest Florida, IEEE