About Us

since 2008 … now in Decade-2



our vision in practice since 2008 … steadfast through 2020/Covid expanded & enhanced in 2021

  1. to offer our community an unbiased single point of contact for Cloud Computing* — business & technology — as Cloud encompasses all computing in our connected world

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

    • from multiple providers (e.g., Amazon, Google, Microsoft, RedHat, & open source foundations, such as Linux Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, etc),

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


  1. to help anyone adopt/leverage Cloud & AI technologies … such as, non-Techies, Decision Makers (business & technical), Practitioners, Researchers, Students,


  1. to nurture a vibrant & helpful (local & non-local) community … that can be self-sustaining (details of streamlined & slipstreamed launches on home page).


* Cloud Computing is the backbone of our interconnected world. Our group covers pretty much anything of importance within this world (such as, ROI, CapEx, High-Performance & High-Availability Clusters, Parallel, Distributed, Grid, BigData, Data Science, AI/ML/TensorFlow, Productivity (e.g., Microsoft365/GoogleWorkspace), Security, GDPR, Quantum, & IoT, and more) … thus the 2021 Offerings breakdown (on home page) to cater to specific/depth technology focuses and adoption/breadth business focuses.



our history & evolution (2008 … 2020)

The founders of Hybrid Decisions Corp (The Moreign Family), founded HCCUG.org™ in 2008 as another Community Effort to giveback, with the support of friends, well-wishers, and like-minded individuals (within Houston & Texas, across US, and Overseas), with Hybrid Decisions Corp as the founding Patron sponsoring all efforts in-full & upfront of HCCUG.org™/HybridCloudGroup.org™ .


click here to read more 2008 to 2020


2008 ish : HCCUG = Houston Cloud & Cluster User Group — Cloud Computing was in its infancy and was building upon Clusters (that have been around forever) was a closed group as members were under NDA … and Microsoft's Cloud was still in its codename/pre-release phase, "Red Dog", that later became Azure.

2010 : transitioned name (HCCUG=Houston Cloud Computing User Group) — open to all, at-no-charge. and welcomed David Cravey's C++ User Group.

2017 : we revamped and blew up (from <300 in Jan to ~1K members in 1 year) and … began laying the foundation for the next wave

    1. more meetings = more content/goodies/opportunities 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-source = started highlighting we've been doing FOSS for a long time, and highlighting more non-Microsoft … so more options for our community.

    4. more outreach = expanded beyond Houston … e.g, SQL Saturday Baton Rouge, Oracle Code One, Moscone, San Fransico



2018 : continued the gradual roll out of new & improved options laying & expanding the foundation for the next wave

  1. The explosive growth of HCCUG.org™ in 10 years coupled with the rising-demand for more services, HybridCloudGroup.org™ organization was created, and continues the core principles, such as, MEMBER PRIVACY (attendee list, food choices, etc.) and over the 10+ years, have NEVER given out our member/attendee list, even to sponsors.

  2. clarification: Houston Cloud Computing User Group continues to function as it used to, but now under the HybridCloudGroup.org organization which continues to use the HCCUG.org™ Logo, URL, & alias to preserve the 10+ years of goodwill, and more (e.g., our PRO-PRIVACY reputation, and online-history google juice)

  3. we opened limited event-level co-sponsorship to select companies like Snowflake Computing , Canonical/Ubuntu, & Zerto, and few others not mentioned here, and found some sponsors (not mentioned here) veering off … so, extremely selective of who can sponsor while being PRO-PRIVACY & BADGER-FREE.

  4. C language focus (inherited from Tex) added by Zane Moreign with David Cravey's blessing, now, Houston C & C++ User Group

  5. sponsored in-full & upfront the launch of Houston Google Cloud User Group (a.k.a. GDG Cloud Houston), more details here

  6. all culminating with our 10th Anniversary & Christmas Party on Dec-13, 2018.

  7. New event-registration program:

      • RSVPs on Meetup.com DO NOT COUNT.

      • Only those who register for the event here, on HCCUG.org site, are eligible to be confirmed and can provide their preferences, such as, food choices/dietary constraints!

      • Only confirmed attendees will be able to attend, obviously :-)

      • We strive to ensure NO WASTAGE of — (a) Food, (b) Effort, and (c) Resources, therfore, confirmed attendees are asked to notify us if no-show!


2019 : launched & managed 3 official/recognized user groups, and added the C while continuing to serve the Houston Cloud Computing User Group, while adding new services and more

  1. new Houston TensorFlow & Applied AI/ML user group (TensorFlow.org approved) Valentino Moreign (founder & primary organizer) with support from Microsoft, AWS, Google, etc., … NOTE: Caliber of Speakers ⟹ 19.10.19 and 19.02.20

  2. new Houston Kotlin user group (KotlinLang.org/JetBrains approved) Zane Moreign (founder & primary organizer) with support from Kotlin/JetBrains & Java Champions, etc.,

  3. new Houston PostgreSQL user group Zane Moreign (founder & primary organizer) with support from PostgreSQL leadership, etc.,

  4. new C language focus added by Zane Moreign (inherited from Tex), with David Cravey's blessing, to David's C++ user group, now, Houston C & C++ User Group

  5. new "NETWORKING" focused programs & events:

      • HybridCloudLabs™ BRING YOUR LAPTOP program for hands-on topics, such as, Machine Learning, Azure, Linux, Zane's Simple_Safety™ series, etc.

      • Network-n-Talks™ program to focus on more time for Peer-to-Peer networking/connections/chats, while still having some focused Talk(s).

      • first HybridCloudNow™ conference with HybridCloudFest™ (after-event), HybridCloudConnect™, and New HybridCloudInsiders™ are in collaboration with our founding patron, HybridDecisions.com

  6. new VARYING Monthly Cadence, multiple Venue option, multiple focus User Groups, and other venues as needdPLUS a whole lot more!

Community Center venue: HCCUG.org @ Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Dr, Houston, TX 77042

Microsoft Technology Center Venue: HCCUG.org @ Microsoft Technology Center, 750 Town and Country Blvd 1000, Houston, TX 77024

>>> THANK YOU MICROSOFT for ALL THESE YEARS!!!

2020: Covid, we shifted focus to helping 1:1 in our community [details are confidential as it was 1:1 and we are pro-privacy].

2021 onwards … slew of launches of new & streamlined offerings with caution as SAFETY is our #1 priority for all … while continuing our vision!

  • Jun-11, feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jun-12, feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Jun-13, feast of St. Anthony … an auspicious time to surface from Covid … and begin the wave of releases (see slew of Launches on our Home page)





In a world that shies away from the very values that make us

this community effort of ours is steadily growing over 12+ years because our friends & volunteers of various Faiths support our efforts to giveback … thus personifying giveback/their-Faith … and are living examples of "Faith unites … Religion divides" — from The_Moreign_Dogma™




our founders & friends/volunteersare folks who already giveback to the community, at no charge, without expecting anything in return! Sharing their time & decades of (L)earned experience with the community via other events & user-groups. When they giveback via our efforts, we consider them as being "for us" & "with us" and sincerely appreciate them — some mentioned below, many not mentioned!


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our founders …



our friends/volunteers …

those who have been there since the beginning i.e, community leaders/advocates, US-South-Central

  • J Sawyer – the reason for Houston .NET User Group (hdnug) to have grown until 2020 (former Microsoftie & Microsoft MVP) and many others

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

  • David Cravey – Speaker, founder of Houston C++ UG, and former Microsoft C++ MVP of the year

  • Tin Le – Community Leader, and our steadfast coordinator


short list of those who have been there at various points in time … i.e, community leaders/advocates, Houston-area User Groups

  • 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, and others at Houston.PASS.org

  • Richard Rosenberg (steadfast supporter), Scott Wierschem (Java), Bob Tchoryk (president of Houston Investors Association), Richard Seegmiller (hdnug leader), to name a few

… and so many others, including those prefer to remain anonymous our sincere apologies to those whom we've mistakenly not mentioned!


prior to Mar-2020/Covid, to reciprocate, we gave Talks —




2021-H2

  • all these conferences & events are not as before

  • see home page for our new offerings, new programs, and a whole lot more including Data, Cloud, AI