SHARE held it's first semi-annual conference of 2011 at the Anaheim (CA) convention center Feb 27-March 4th. SHARE Inc. is an independent, volunteer run association providing enterprise technology professionals with continuous education and training, valuable professional networking and effective industry influence. There is a lot of history behind SHARE. From the SHARE website:
"In 1955, just two years after the release of IBM's first computer, a handful of the earliest IT professionals collaborated to form SHARE. Thus came into being the world's first organization of computing professionals.Over the past five decades, SHARE has become synonymous with high-quality, user-driven education and resources to make enterprise computing specialists more effective professionals. SHARE serves more than 20,000 individuals representing over 2,000 of IBM's top enterprise computing customers. Our constituency includes many of the top international corporations (including the majority of the FORTUNE 500), universities and colleges, municipal through federal government organizations, and industry-leading consultants. While independent, SHARE maintains a close partnership with IBM and its subsidiaries, as well as with leading solution providers to continually strengthen SHARE's benefits for its members."
Brocade has been an active member and a leading fixture at SHARE for many years. Brocade's top mainframe experts are regular speakers at SHARE's semi-annual conferences, as well as take an active part in SHARE as volunteer project officers, project managers, and yours truly serves on SHARE's Board of Directors. Brocade personnel also played an instrumental role in getting zNextGen started in 2005 and 2006, serving as the first Deputy Project Manager, and Project Officer for zNextGen.
Attendance at SHARE Anaheim 2011 was just under 1300, and many more participants participated in the online version of the conference. It was a very succesful week for SHARE and its members. The educational content was exceptional as usual. Our Brocade sessions were extremely well attended and highly rated.
SHARE is always looking for end-user presentations based on your experiences. The next SHARE conference is August 4-7th at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL. If you would like to submit a session based on your experiences with Brocade, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.