About Us

Decade-1 : 2008 …

Decade-2 : 2018 …

Our vision in practice since 2008 …

To offer our community, at no charge, an unbiased single point of contact for Cloud, Cloud-related, & Cloud-powered (e.g., Clusters, HPC, Parallel, Distributed, Grid, BigData, Data Science, AI/ML/TensorFlow, Quantum, & IoT)

— from multiple perspectives (e.g., consumer/enterprise, provider/business, developer/technologist, & academia)

— from multiple providers (e.g., Amazon, Google, Microsoft, RedHat, & more)

— from multiple professionals (i.e., those who share/talk about what they actually live/use)

case in point: venue by Microsoft Houston ~ site & email by Google ~ HCCUG.org site design & logo are ©/owned and provided by ValZane™ Corp. (another sponsor of HCCUG.org) ~ our presentations span multiple products, such as, AWS, Azure, G-Suite, Hadoop, Office365, OpenStack, TensorFlow, and more!

Our history and evolution with the Cloud …

Founded in 2008 by The Moreign Family as another Community Effort of/by Hybrid Decisions Corp, with the support of friends, well-wishers, and like-minded individuals in Houston, Texas, US, and now Globally.

2008 onwards : HCCUG=Houston Cloud & Cluster User Group — was closed to members only, as the Cloud was in its infancy.

2010 onwards: transitioned name (HCCUG=Houston Cloud Computing User Group) — open to all, at-no-charge

2017 onwards: we revamped and blew up (from <300 in Jan to ~1K members in 1 year) and …

    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 continued to forge further ahead with new/upcoming Cloud & Cloud-related, e.g., BigData & IoT, and now Applied AI/ML with TensorFlow
    3. more open = started highlighting we've been doing FOSS and now more non-Microsoft so more for our community

2018 : continued the gradual roll out of new & improved options

  • we opened event sponsorship to select companies like Snowflake Computing , Canonical/Ubuntu, & Zerto
  • launched Houston Google Cloud (a.k.a. GDG Houston)
  • all culminating with our 10th Anniversary Party on Dec-13, 2018 here to get a glimpse

2019 : The explosive growth of HCCUG.org in 10 years coupled with the rising-demand of services from the community, HybridDecisions.com's leadership decided to spin-off a new entity HybridCloudGroup.org to cater to HCCUG.org and more. To ensure the 10+years of history continues, HybridCloudGroup.org continues to use the HCCUG.org Logo & URL (why? google juice) Logo, while continuing to serve the Houston Cloud Computing User Group along with our other User Groups that HybridCloudGroup.org now manage, while adding new services and more ... posted on our Home page

Our founders and friends/volunteers …

Shout out to all, for volunteering time and knowledge …

Anthony {Tex} Moreign – founder & speaker, Hybrid Decisions Corp & HCCUG.org

Samantha Moreign – co-founder & organizer, Hybrid Decisions Corp & HCCUG.org

Zane Moreign – founding member, co-organizer, and speaker | ORGANIZER: Houston Kotlin user group

Valentino Moreign – founding member, co-organizer, and speaker | ORGANIZER: Houston Google Cloud user group (a.k.a. GDG Cloud Houston)

David Cravey – HCCUG.org Meetup.com Sponsor, speaker, | FOUNDER: Houston C++ UG Microsoft C++ MVP

Philip Wheat – HCCUG.org Advisor, speaker, scientist, and a whole lot more (e.g, former Microsoftie)

Scott Wierschem – Community Leader, and Java speaker (JavaOne 2017, Oracle Code One 2018 & 2019)

Tin Le – Community Leader, and HCCUG.org Coordinator

We now have a new level of volunteers, experienced and willing to give/share their time & decades of experience, our Volunteer Community Leaders a.k.a. "SliverBacks" – the Silver signifying (L)earned Experience ~and~ Backs as in ... well you get it!

Short list of folks who have been there at various points over the last decade …

J Sawyer (president & speaker), Houston .NET User Group (former Microsoftie & Microsoft MVP) and many others

Michael Steinberg (founder & president), directors John Hellman & Eric Heskett, and others at Houston TechFest

Victor Chataboon (chairman), Rick Garcia (president), and others at Houston SharePoint UG & SharePoint Saturday Houston

Nancy Hidy Wilson, Allen Kinsel, Joe Hellsten, Jamey Johnston, Devon, and others at Houston.PASS.org

… and so many others, some who prefer to be anonymous and our apologies to those whom we've mistakenly not mentioned!

To reciprocate —

we have been/given-Talks at every Houston SQL Saturday, Houston TechFest (except 2018), every SharePoint Saturday Houston (before 2016), and with the 2017 revamp beyond Houston (SQL Saturday Baton Rouge, Oracle Code One, Mascone, San Fransico)

Our 1.5K+ members and counting have access to select social media …

We are happy to announce, as of Mar-2018 we were 900+ members & counting, overall across the following ...

— www.HCCUG.org ~ main/this website ... since 2008

meetup.com/Houston-Cloud-Computing-User-Group ~ joined Feb-21-2017, the night before our Feb meeting …


Twitter.com ~ just started

YouTube.com/channel/UCLEMjqm3YDC4dsOcw43QY9Q ~ select videos

— Facebook.com ~ DEPRECATED

... and just as Cloud computing is evolving, so are we ... and you can be a part of it ... REGISTER/SIGN-UP

Hybrid Decisions Corp — Founding Patron, since 2008

  • Our Founding Patron for everything, including getting us our Tier-1 like Microsoft & Google resources/sponsorship
  • Hybrid Decisions Corp has been funding ALL our expenses since 2008
  • Their relationship with Microsoft got us the following

Microsoft — since 2008

  • Houston: for providing us with the venue and trust us to lock-up
  • Redmond: for providing us with speakers, preview-content, etc.

Google — since 2018, for specific Google sponsored events (not all events)