It should be obvious to anyone who follows the material coming out of Alpha for the past year that we're clearly focused on the enterprise.
That said, the Alpha Software ecosystem continues to support and encourage individual developers, VARS, and consultants around the globe, all of whom have made Alpha Five successful over the past several decades.
And many of them congregate and network today the same way they did 20 years ago -- in small user groups scattered about the globe.
When I first got into this business, user groups were the only way technology folk could meet and greet. There was no popular public Internet, and online services were in their infancy, and prohibitively expensive.
Clearly there are more efficient ways for technology professionals to communicate today, including (in our case) the Alpha Forum or this blog. But the classic user group is far from dead.
Recently Alpha Five Developer Jim Smith was invited by the Brookdale Computers Users Group (BCUG) to demo Alpha Five Platinum to members. The guys and gals video taped the presentation, and provided us with these highlights, which we thought old timers here (like me) would enjoy.
UPDATE: BCUG asked me to post their official blurb. Done!
The Brookdale Computer Users Group meets at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ on the 3rd Friday each month in room MAS100 at 7 PM. They also have 14 workshops that meet separately throughout the month to discuss subjects such as Windows, Word, Excel, Access-VBA, Multimedia, Internet, Macintosh, Linux, QuickBooks, etc. For more information and current schedules, go to http://www.bcug.com/.