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Information Systems & Technology Associations

May 22, 2009

Professional associations are good investments. Whether you are networking for a job, keeping skills up to date or just seeking the company of colleagues, your reward from participating will exceed your investment many times over. A recent inquiry about local Philadelphia area associations that focus on IS/IT related topics provided the basis for this post.

While I don't mean to slight national associations, I have only included groups that I know to have an active chapter in the Philadelphia area, just as a way to illustrate the F2F aspect of association activity. Many of these have an affiliation with a national organization, while others are strictly local. Techies outside Philly can use this list to get ideas about groups that might exist in your area. Even if you do not live in an urban area, you I encourage you to explore ways to network with other IS/IT professionals who meet face to face even if you have to take the first step.

Just choose the place to meet, and a discussion topic for the first meeting and then post an announcement to Meetup or Craigslist. Just DO it! I promise you will be rewarded many times over! As always, I welcome your comments or any additional suggestions for this growing list of Philly area associations.

Tim Siftar

Acronym Name Comments
SIM Society for Information Management
'Delivering Business Value Through IT Leadership'
... a 'by-invitation' federation of senior information managers experienced in both information systems and general management.
NWCT Network of Women in Computer Technology ... to advance careers for professionals in Information Technology through education, mentoring, and providing outstanding professional networking opportunities.
PMIDVC Project Management Institute Delaware Valley Chapter The PMI Delaware Valley Chapter will provide a forum for project management professionals to promote the principles of the Project Management Institute througth networking with other project management professionals, sharing project experiences, providing and receiving training, and supporting project management professional in their certification efforts.
PSSUG Philadelphia SQL Server User Group We are a community of SQL Server database professionals, meeting monthly in different locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. We specialize extensively in SQL Server DBA, and Business Intelligence topics.
DAMA Data Management Group ...If Services provide the 'How', it is the Domain Model that more importantly provides the 'What'....
PKMG Philadelphia Knowledge Management Group KMG was formed in 1999 to provide a forum for understanding and applying the ideas of Knowledge Management.
PHLOUG Philadelphia Area Oracle User Group Share information with other Oracle User Groups. Network with other local Oracle users. Share hints and tips with fellow members. Learn from the exciting guest speakers at every meeting. Express your views and ask questions about Oracle technology.
Philadelphia Area Oracle User Group DBA Special Interest Group Our SIG provides a forum of support and technology to Oracle database professionals at all levels. Whether you're a beginner, or an expert, SIG strengthens community, increase networking, unveil the latest technology innovations, and reveal the techniques that turn novices into experts and experts into gurus.
PANMA Philadelphia Area New Media Association PANMA hosts networking and educational events, where we encourage the connections among our members, offer business opportunities and enjoy good times with friends. We are web designers, graphic artists, database developers, programmers, information architects, marketers and other professionals supporting the regional digital development community.
PAJUG Philadelphia Area Java Users Group The group exists solely as a vehicle for sharing information about Java and Java-related technologies among our members. Our speakers address a broad range of topics, with the common thread being that all presentations touch on an aspect of Java technology and the overwhelming majority of presentations get to the 'code level'. The group currently does not allow pure product demonstrations.
? Philadelphia Drupal Group Join with other Drupalers from Philadelphia and southeast Pennsylvania, South Jersey and the Wilmington-Newark area! From open source hackers to themers to all-around web site developers, Drupal attracts people with a variety of interests and they're all represented in our area. Come out to an event and meet others passionate about Drupal!
? Philly Net Squared

supporting the event:

Philly NetTuesday
Technology for social change, non-profits using web 2.0 to advocate for causes, changemakers spreading the word and hosting decentralized fundraisers through social networks like MySpace and Facebook -- that's what Philly NetSquared is all about!
? Philadelphia PHP Users Meetup Group Meet and learn from PHP developers in the Philadelphia area. Come to a PHP Meetup to exchange ideas and talk about code, architecture, innovation, and MySQL, LAMP, CMS systems like Drupal and Mambo/Joomla, open source web development in general. Anyone interested in PHP is welcome!
? Philadelphia Linux Meetup Group Meet other local Linux enthusiasts to talk about the latest news and software. To share tips and tricks especially in the areas of user applications and general computing...
SEOGrail Search Engine Optimization Philly Search Engine Marketing (SEM) is increasingly becoming the hub of the integrated marketing (online and offline) paradigm of e-age. Meet other local people who are interested in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques and more general issues related to Search Engine Marketing (SEM). Gather and share advice and info on better ways to work with search engines and off course network and develop synergies.
? Philadelphia Standards Organization The Philadelphia Standards Organization is a grass roots collective of designers, developers, and internet consultants promoting the use of Web Standards through education and collaboration in the Philadelphia region. The Organization also strives to serve as a resource for the pursuit of best practices in the design and development of web sites and applications around the globe.