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Welcome to Houston Cloud Computing User Group (BigData/Clusters/IoT) 2016

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

Our Vision  (further reinforced)
To offer our community a single point of access for Cloud Computing covering topics such as BigData & Small Data, Distributed/Parallel/Cluster/Grid/HPC and now IoT, from a consumer/user/provider / business / enterprise perspective,  that is unbiased and vendor neutral.
case in point - this site & email is powered by Google,  venue is provided by Microsoft Houston Office, content covers multiple Microsoft and Non-Microsoft technologies (such as, Hadoop, Office365, Azure, Google Apps, Amazon), including the equipment and infrastructure vendors (such as Fujitsu).  

Our History (our evolution with the Cloud)
Founded in 2008 by Anthony {Tex} & Samantha Moreign, with the support of John Hellman, Victor Chataboon, J Sawyer and others.
2008 to 2010 : HCCUG=Houston Cloud & Cluster User Group - was closed to members only, as the Cloud was in its infancy.
2011 onwards: HCCUG=Houston Cloud Computing User Group - open to all at-no-charge, with the focus on Cloud 
2017 onwards: revamped HCCUG, 

Our Revamp Gist ... more to come Feb-2017
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

Next Meeting:  Our next meeting is scheduled Feb-22 at 6pm on Hadoop presented by John Hellman. 
: Those of you who would like to attend/help/speak/sponsor do send an email to  contact@hccug.org
Microsoft Office, 750 Town and Country Blvd #1000, Houston, TX 77024.  We will also email those who signed up.

Our thanks to our key Sponsors:
Google.com - for this website, email and phone
Microsoft.com  Houston - for helping us get started with free parking and venue 
HybridDecisions.com we thank Hybrid Decisions® Corp, our Founding Sponsor, for  being with us since 2008 and helping us reach this growth. 

Our thanks to the people behind HCCUG
   Anthony {Tex} M       – founder, HCCUG & Hybrid Decisions Corp             
   Samantha Moreign    – co-founder, HCCUG & Hybrid Decisions Corp       
   John Hellman           – former president of HDNUG.org 
   Victor Chataboon      – chairman, H-SPUG.org and SharePoint Saturday Houston 
   J Sawyer                  - president of HDNUG.org 
   David Cravey            – president of C++ User Group & Microsoft MVP
   Michael Steinberg     – president, HoustonTechFest.com

Our sincere thanks
to our invaluable founding members 
for all the help before/during/after every event:
       Valentino  Moreign  
         Zane  Moreign 

2016 Conferences:  Shout out to the Organizers, Sponsors, and Attendees of  

         Houston SharePoint Saturday (April 9, 2016), 
         Houston SQL Saturday (May 14, 2016) 
        HoustonTechFest (Sep 24, 2016).  
 If you missed these conferences, then sign up and we will keep you posted of upcoming interesting conferences. NO SPAM.

Download: Thanks to those who attended and supported
http://www.HoustonTechFest.com  and here are the links to John Hellman's presentation and the steps to get started with Hadoop. 

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