|By Chris Pollach||
|January 27, 2014 08:48 AM EST||
Since 2008 though, the user group's attendance at meetings has been rapidly declining and harder and harder to fill. In recent years, the main interest in meetings has been bolstered by outside attendees from Montreal, Toronto and New Your state - but, even those numbers have declined significantly in recent years. OSUG president Chrs Pollach sites these main factors for user group attendance declining:
- Local IT management are reluctant to allow employees to attend the User Group presentations in general. This is a growing phenomenon - possible linked to SAP's misdirection with Sybase products or the decline of these in the local market place.
- Travel and Living costs for out-of-town attendees have grown significantly making it more prohibitive to attend.
- More and more meetings are held via Webcasts.
- Assistance from organizations like ASUG and ISUG-TECH is now non-existant
- Sybase product management has become invisible.
- Sybase product Technical Evangelists are no longer active.
- Access to Sybase product engineering is no longer present.
- SAP seems to be mainly obsessed with their products and not Sybase's.
- SAP does not provide any long term product road-maps. This makes meeting content much less attractive.
- Many local IT shops are moving off Sybase and even SAP technologies towards J2EE, .Net, PeopleSoft, etc.
- Sybase and now SAP does not stimulate the local consulting market.
- Sybase products have no local education offerings any longer. There are no new younger OSUG attendees in recent years.
- Many long term OSUG members are now retiring.
- Sybase products are not keeping up with the times. For example in the PowerBuilder realm where Web and Mobile are now the main interest - not more C/S. In fact, for the Canadian Government in the past 10 years, the direction is web only.
- SAP's indecisiveness to confidently move forward with Sybase products - especially PowerBuilder.
- Sybase`s senior management is no longer present to assist in the interests of the UG or its content - especially people like Raj Nathan.
OSUG has enjoyed some great & memorable meetings though, here is a trip down memory lane for some of these recent meetings ...
OSUG would like to thank former Sybase Technical Evangelists Dave Fish and John Strano for all their great contributions over the years, Sybase presenters like Raj Nathan, John Chen, Billy Ho, Brian Vink, Matt Creason, David Dichmann, Anthony Robinson, Stan Loche, etc just to name a few. OSUG would also like to thank Appeon CEO Armeen Mazda and Novaly CEO Christophe Dufourtmotelle for their great support of the Ottawa Sybase User Group! Last but not least, former Sybase Technical Director Tony Antonello for over two decades in support OSUG`s efforts.
As Bob Hope would say ... Thanks for the memories!
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