CUGC News

CUGC NEWS

News, updates and other cool stuff.

Dear Citrix Community: Yes, it’s a survey. But this one is different! It is brief, with short questions.  It is all about you, our members. That’s right – no marketing or sales questions. Not only that, we’ll listen. We want to make CUGC the best it can be and you can help us do that better than anyone. To top it off, you can enter a drawing for the chance to win either a gift from Butcher Box, a gift from Atlas Coffee or Apple AirPods. If you win, you pick. CUGC began only four years ago when a few brave professionals started local groups. First it was only a few, then it was a dozen, and now it is more than 70 groups and hundreds of leaders around ...
We Have a Winner!  The 2019 CUGC T-Shirt Design contest posed stiff competition once again, with more than a dozen submissions and three great finalists. Once the Steering Committee completed the daunting task of narrowing the submissions down to the top three, we turned the final vote over to you, the community. Drumroll please 🥁.... First place goes to .... 🥁  Toan Thai for his design, "Into the Matrix." Second place goes to Nicolas Ouellet for “ CUGC Royal Emblem, ” and our third place winner is Patrick Coble for " Connections ." Congratulations to Toan, Nicolas and Patrick! And now, for something new! This year, we gave our second ...
A Warm Welcome to the Newest Members of the CTA and CTP Classes of 2019! Congratulations to the newest members of the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and Citrix Technology Advocate (CTA) classes of 2019! And, of course, a big pat on the back to those veteran awardees returning for another year in the program!  We at CUGC HQ recognize some very familiar faces among the newest awardees, and thought we'd point out some of their community contributions here: René Bigler (CTP) comes from the CTAs and is a leader of the Swiss CUGC group. He most recently presented a User Share webinar on Windows 10 VDI on XenDesktop alongside CTP and fellow Swiss ...
The CUGC Steering Committee  guides our activities and provides the essential perspective and insight of Citrix customers and community leaders. Guiding the Steering Committee is a President and a Vice President, each of whom are chosen by members of the committee. It's with great pleasure that we announce our new President, Tobias Kreidl, and our new Vice President, Steve Elgan. Tobias Kreidl, Steering Committee President Steve Elgan, Steering Committee Vice President 2019 is already off to a great start for CUGC, and we look forward to even more great things under the leadership of Tobias and Steve. Brad Hornback Executive Director, ...
With the announcement of our 2018 CUGCY Award winners last week, it's also a great time to look back over some of the great technical content we had throughout the past year. We saw so many new contributors in the blogs and in our User Share webinars, making CUGC an even more robust place for our members to find technical resources, case studies, and quick tips & tricks for making their Citrix environments work better. Since everyone can't win a CUGCY, we wanted to call special attention to those blog posts and User Share webinars that generated great discussion and feedback online, in our surveys, and across social media.  Thanks to everyone who contributed ...
Awards season is upon us again, which means it’s time to announce the winners of our annual CUGCY Awards! 2018 was quite a busy year for CUGC, as we saw big growth in our local group meetings, XL events, blogs, forum discussions and webinars. This year brings a new CUGCY award category: The CUGC Community Member of the Year. We created this award to honor the memory of Community Manager Stephanie Roper, who passed away unexpectedly in January. Stephanie was an energetic and steadfast champion of CUGC, and in future years, this award will be bestowed on those members who embody that same spirit of community. CUGC would not be the thriving community ...
Desi gn the Official 2019 CUGC T-Shirt!     Want to live on in the history of CUGC? Submit your original design for the 3rd annual CUGC T-Shirt Design Contest and have a chance to win Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones! Official Contest Rules and Guidelines We’ve had some great designs submitted over the past two years, and now it’s your chance to put your imagination to work visualizing CUGC. Not a graphic artist? Don’t worry. You can submit a design concept instead of final art. If you need some help with your design, collaborate with a fellow CUGC member or your local group and enter the contest together.    What could entering ...
Greetings, I hope everyone is enjoying a good start to the New Year 2019! Now that the holiday dust has settled, I’d like to welcome the newest addition to our Steering Committee, Jon Bucud.  Jon is a Citrix Technology Advocate (CTA) and is one of our San Diego local group leaders. He has been an avid supporter of CUGC at in-person events and online, and is always a vocal champion of CUGC on social media. He is also a home lab fan. Jon Bucud Jon takes over the spot recently vacated by our former president, Lee Winbush. Lee Winbush We can’t thank Lee enough for his thoughtful leadership and genuine enthusiasm, both of which helped shape ...
2019­–New Year, New CUGC Platform! Just before the holidays, we launched a new myCUGC.org, with a fresh new look and some exciting new features. The new design and functionality was just the beginning, as we’ll continue to roll-out additional features throughout the coming months. But for now, here’s a quick rundown of what’s new and exciting on the site: New Home Page : We’ve condensed things for a fresh look and to make room for new features, such as the larger, full-screen scrolling banner carousel at the top of the screen. Check here for our biggest announcements and upcoming events. Sticky Top Nav Bar : Scroll down the page and the nav bar stays ...
We are deeply saddened to announce the unexpected loss of one of our own, Citrix and CUGC Community Manager Stephanie Roper. Before her leadership with CUGC, Stephanie was already well-known and loved among the CTP community as a long-time Citrite. When she joined the CUGC HQ team in 2016, she brought her fun, vivacious spirit and generous nature to our community.  She tirelessly supported CUGC’s local events near and far and our online work. She was instrumental in the development of the CTA program, which has brought so much outstanding technical content to our local meetings, webinars and blogs. One of CUGC’s most vocal cheerleaders, Stephanie’s ...
Last month we shared the exciting news about the upcoming launch of an all-new myCUGC.org. After more than a year of planning and months of work, we’re happy to announce the new site will go live on Monday, December 10 ! We can’t wait for everyone to check out the fresh look and additional features. As we near the final transition, here are a few details on what to expect: Migration: Access to the current myCUGC.org will be limited from December 7 - December 9 . This is when we’ll be doing the final migration of data from the old platform to the new platform. The majority of the site will operate in a “read only” mode during this time. All ...
On December 6, 2018, Citrix will host their first-ever Virtual Tech Summit, in partnership with Microsoft. This day-long virtual event focuses on the “how” of building a secure and dynamic digital workplace through technical sessions from product experts, live demos, and an exhibit hall. There will be opportunities for online networking, earning badges and winning prizes. On behalf of the Steering Committee, I hope you’ll plan to drop into CUGC’s virtual booth during the event. We’ll have staff on-hand throughout the day to answer questions about our local groups, events, webinars and everything else CUGC. If you have co-workers or friends who have been curious ...
Since our launch in May 2015, myCUGC.org has been an integral part of CUGC. From local meetings to expert blogs, it’s a one-stop-shop for Citrix professionals and home to outstanding technical and community conversation. The current site is a great platform that helped us grow to over 21,000 members, but with increased membership and maturity come different needs. We want myCUGC.org to grow with us. That’s why the Steering Committee is thrilled to announce that an all-new myCUGC.org is coming in December 2018. All of the content you’ve come to expect will be there – local groups, events, webinars, blogs, forums – plus new features designed to enhance your ...
We want to share some news from the CUGC Steering Committee. We’re announcing today two new members of the Committee.  The first is Steve Elgan. Steve is a founding leader of the Omaha CUGC, is a CTA, is active on myCUGC.org, volunteered at Synergy, serves on the Local Support Working Group, has been a Member of the Month, and more. Very few members have engaged with CUGC and the community in so many ways. The second is Dan Schlimme. Dan leads the Healthcare SIG, is active on myCUGC.org, leads webinars, has been Member of the Month, serves on the Synergy Working Group, volunteered at Synergy, and more. He brings deep technical and community experience to ...
We have our 2018 winning t-shirt! Patrick Coble took first place with his “Jersey” design. Second place goes to Martin Loubser’s “Infinity & Beyond,” and our third place winner is "The Mission" by Robert Callero. Congratulations to Patrick, Martin and Robert! Thank you to everyone who submitted a design and voted. This is only our second year of the contest and the number of submissions, the creativity, and the vote count are all up. The community delivered again! The “Jersey” will be released at Citrix Synergy 2018 by the thousands. We hope to see you there. And we hope to see our 2018 CUGC shirt at local meetings, XL meetings and popping up around ...
We're thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 CUGCY Awards! While 2017 saw more local meetings, User Share webinars, forum discussions and blog posts than ever, several members and local groups rose above the rest, and for that, we applaud them.  CHECK OUT OUR 2017 AWARD WINNERS HERE! To everyone who stepped up throughout 2017 to give a presentation, answer (or ask) a question, write a blog, or pull together a local meeting, we heartily congratulate you as well. CUGC is for the users, by the users, so none of this would be possible without our amazing community. Thank you
It’s been a banner year for CUGC. We’ve grown bigger and better. Bigger with more members in our ranks. And better with more and more members sharing, learning and networking in our blogs, forums, webinars and meetings. It was a year of milestones and firsts. We held our 200 th local meeting, grew to over 17,000 members and more than 60 local groups around the globe. CUGC XL Kansas City Metro - Omaha CUGC XL Great Lakes CUGC User Share XL: Security It was the year of the XL event, both in-person and online, with great success all around. Our Women in Tech mentors completed their first round of one-on-one mentorships. ...
Win an Xbox One X! The 2nd annual CUGC T-Shirt Design Contest is underway! We’re calling on members to submit their designs today.  CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL RULES AND HOW TO ENTER You only need some creativity and a cool design concept. Help us capture the spirit of CUGC with imagination and originality.  We received more than a dozen submissions last year. We selected three finalists and put them to a community vote to select the winner. Your 2017 winner was “Galactic” by Wolfgang Baere of the South Florida CUGC.    "Galactic" by Wolfgang Baere, 2017 Winner   Not a graphic artist? Don’t worry. You can ...
  We held our first-ever expanded User Share XL webinar on October 5, 2017! Over the course of four hours, we hosted six online presentations all centered around one topic: Security. We had a great turnout and some very informative sessions: Citrix Chief Security Strategist, Kurt Roemer , kicked off the afternoon with "Securing the Future of Work," focusing on changes in the workplace and the security concerns and considerations that should guide us moving forward. Houston CUGC Leader, Networking SIG Leader and CTP Jason Samuel followed up with "Native OTP with NetScaler: Securing Your Citrix Environment Overnight for Free!" He explained ...
Our annual report is hot off the presses. You can find a copy here. When I read it, two words come to mind: growth and leadership.  I say growth because we have more members, local groups, meetings, webinars and online engagement. Everything is trending up. This is the grassroots growth we all want because it creates more opportunity to learn and connect. And why leadership?  Because CUGC depends on individuals who volunteer their time and knowledge. They are the energy behind our local meetings, blogs, forums and our presence at Synergy.  I congratulate and thank our members, especially our local, SIG and content leaders. Whether you help to lead a ...