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user group

[′yü·zər ‚grüp]
(computer science)
An organization of users of the computers of a particular vendor, which shares information and ideas, and may develop system software and influence vendors to change their products.

user group

An organization of users of a specific hardware or software product. Members share experiences and ideas to improve their understanding and use of a particular product. User groups are often responsible for influencing vendors to modify or enhance their products.

Still Thriving
User groups were booming in the 1980s and 1990s, and although many have disbanded, new ones do occasionally arise, not as much for generic computing, but in niche areas.

The oldest surviving group in the U.S. is the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey (ACGNJ). Founded in 1974 by Professor Sol Libes, it was one of the first computer clubs organized around microprocessors. ACGNJ also created the Trenton Computer Festival (TCF) in 1976, which it sponsors every year. TCF was the first personal computer show and flea market in the U.S. See Trenton Computer Festival.
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The user group provides a voice for the end user with the vendor, as well as a voice for the vendor within the community.
The more that customers interact with the user group, the more the customers understand about the product and its possible usages.
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Participating in the International Moldflow User Group allows customers the best opportunity to meet members of Moldflow senior management, research & development, product marketing, technical support, and application engineers.
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Hosted by the Glovia International User Group, the conference brought together Glovia & Fujitsu professionals, customers, business partners and industry experts for a focused exchange of plans, tactics, strategies, solutions and ideas to maximize investments in Glovia products and solutions.
We are pleased to have this opportunity to share our product roadmap and vision for the future of IP telephony solutions with NEC's esteemed user community at this annual user group meeting," added Michael.
Led by SoundBite's internal experts as well as customers who have been using interactive voice messaging as part of their customer communications strategies for collections, sales and marketing, customer care and customer loyalty, the SoundBite User Group Meeting will address topics such as: