Houston Cloud Computing User Group … another community effort of  Hybrid Decisions® Corp

This site is scheduled to be upgraded when Google completes the transition from  Google Apps (Sites)  to G Suite ... until then this site is another proof that we've been around since 2008.    
► Shout-out to our 2017 Speakers for applying promptly, volunteering their time, and even coming from out of town at their own expense ... genuine Community Effort at its best – THANK YOU!


  Our Vision  ... in practice since 2008 
To offer our community, at no charge, an unbiased single point of contact for everything Cloud & Cloud related (e.g., Clusters,  HPC,  Parallel,  Distributed,  Grid,  BigData,  and  IoT)
 — from multiple perspectives (e.g., consumer/enterprise,  provider/business,  developer/technologist)
 — from multiple providers (e.g., Amazon, Google, Microsoft, RedHat)
 — from multiple professionals (i.e., those who actually live/use what they talk about
case in point - site & email are powered by Google Apps; venue is provided by Microsoft Houston; our presentations span multiple products, such as, AWS, Azure, G-Suite, Hadoop, Office365, and OpenStack.

As we execute our 2017-revamp, we are happy to announce, we are 650+ members & counting, across ...
 — www.HCCUG.org                                                                     ~ our main website, 170+ & counting
 — Linkedin.com/groups/3710223                                                 ~ 140+ & counting
 — Meetup.com                                                                              ~
joined Feb-21-2017, the night before our Feb meeting ... 300+ & counting 
 — Facebook.com/groups/HCCUG.org                                         ~ just started, 40+ & counting
 — Twitter.com/HouCloud                                                             ~ just started
 — YouTube.com/channel/UCLEMjqm3YDC4dsOcw43QY9Q   ~ just started

... and just as Cloud computing is evolving, so are we ... and you can be a part of it ... read on ...


  Next Meeting  ...  Jul–26
Session Info:  
the speaker — Tim Rayburn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/trayburn/)
the talk  —  Creating an Alexa Skill with Serverless Technology       
Amazon's Alexa platform is taking the world by storm, helping empower smart homes around the world. But what many developers may not realize is that this is not a closed platform, in fact it has a thriving marketplace for programs, or Skills as Amazon calls them. This talk will walk you through the process of creating a simple Skill for Alexa, and deploying into AWS Lambda and Azure Functions. Working copies of the code base will be provided (via GitHub repo) so that attendees should be able to have a skill of their own deployed by the end of the session, which they can then enhance to their heart's content.

Agenda:   6pm to 8pm  ... if the doors are locked, just text/call (281) 671-4228  (NOTE: this # will not work at other times)
 6:00  —  meet/greet/network/connect ... with PIZZA :-)
 6:30  —  latest news/trends regarding Cloud & Cloud related "stuff" 
 6:45   —  main talk on topic (see session info) ... NOTE:  only the main talk is live-streamed on Twitter
 7:45   —  Q&A and Peer-to-Peer discussions 
 8:00   —  continue chats/conversation/discussion  outside  the building :-) 

Sign-Up
 attend/help/sponsor  click here — https://goo.gl/forms/X6Cpo5aPuCXjYAPO2   
 present/speak submit session here — https://goo.gl/forms/CIcR2pKrVn53AGnJ2  ...  
NOTE: 2017 sessions are full/closed – now accepting Speaker Submission for 2018 
Follow Us :   connecting on each of the networks could improve/enhance your profile (just a thought)
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3710223   https://www.facebook.com/groups/HCCUG.org   https://twitter.com/HouCloud   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLEMjqm3YDC4dsOcw43QY9Q   https://www.meetup.com/Houston-Cloud-Computing-User-Group

Where:  Microsoft Technology Center, 750 Town and Country Blvd #1000, Houston, TX 77024. We will also email those who signed up.


  2017 CALENDAR   ...   speaker submission NOW open for 2018     click       https://goo.gl/forms/CIcR2pKrVn53AGnJ2   




Our History (
our evolution with the Cloud)
Founded in 2008 by Anthony {Tex} & Samantha Moreign, as another Community Effort sponsored by Hybrid Decisions Corp, and the support of steadfast friends (listed below).
2008 to 2010 : HCCUG=Houston Cloud & Cluster User Group - was closed to members only, as the Cloud was in its infancy.
2010 onwards:  HCCUG=Houston Cloud Computing User Group - open to allat-no-charge, focus on Cloud & Cloud related 
2017 onwards: revamped HCCUG — monthly meetings, every 4th Wednesday 
1. more meetings = more content/goodies/opportunities/goodies for our community
2. more content = while other user groups expand into the mainstream Cloud offerings (e.g., Azure), we forge further ahead, e.g., BigData & IoT
3. more open = more non-Microsoft and more sponsors mean more for our community


Key Sponsors:
Microsoft.com  Houston  - for helping us get started with venue (and even free parking at their old/previous location)
Google.com  - for Google Apps (e.g., this website, email, YouTube with live-stream, and phone number)
HybridDecisions.com -  for being our founding and sole sponsor for everything else since 2008 to date



Founders & Friends:
Anthony {Tex} M    – founder,  
Hybrid Decisions Corp  &  HCCUG.org
Samantha Moreign   – co-founder,  Hybrid Decisions Corp  &  HCCUG.org 
J Sawyer                   – president,  Houston .NET User Group 
David Cravey           – president,  Houston C++ User Group & Microsoft MVP
John Hellman           – director,  Houston TechFest 
Victor Chataboon     – former chairman,  Houston SharePoint User Group and SharePoint Saturday Houston
Michael Steinberg    – president,  Houston TechFest 
Philip Wheat            – board of advisors,  Hybrid Decisions Corp  &  HCCUG.org
Valentino  Moreign  
– founding member  &  VP Social Media,  HCCUG.org
Zane  Moreign         – founding member  &  Registrar,  HCCUG.org



Conferences Shout out to the Organizers, Sponsors, and Attendees of  
       HoustonTechFest — Sep-2017 (registration not yet open)

       Houston SQL Saturday — sign up for Jun-17 

       Houston Sharepoint Saturday — sign up for Apr-29


Enjoy offerings from other community user groups in our region: 
       The
Houston C++ Group  
       The Houston .NET User Group 
       The Houston SQL Server User Group
       The Houston Sharepoint User Group 

 


Note: HCCUG.org is another community effort of HYBRID DECISIONS® CORP, where individuals voluntarily participate.  BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS GROUP, YOU AGREE, (a) to be polite and respectful of each other, (b) the views, opinions and positions expressed or implied by the individuals (e.g., presenters or attendees) are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of HCCUG.org or its Sponsors, (c) HCCUG.org and its Sponsors make no representations, warranties or guarantees of any kind (e.g., as to the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, suitability or validity of any information) and will not be liable for anything (e.g., errors, omissions, or any losses, injuries or damages), and (d) to give HCCUG.org, at no charge, a non-exclusive right to the content presented, streamed, recorded, and discussed.