Virtual User Group Launched for IMS Professionals

NEON Enterprise Software Inc., a provider of enterprise data management software and services, was the guest speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Virtual IMS Connection (, an independently operated, vendor-neutral site run by and for IBM's Information Management System (IMS) user community.

Although IMS is in use at an estimated 95 percent of Fortune 1000 organizations, there are very few public forums available for IMS professionals. iTech-Ed, a mainframe consultancy company, developed the Virtual IMS Connection to help fill this gap.

The site includes a forum where IMS experts can share their experiences and tips, and post questions to their peers about any aspect of IMS. Virtual IMS Connection also has pages with links to IMS-related news, articles and events, and a job bank for posting resumes and open positions.

The Virtual IMS Connection Web site launched in late 2007, and its inaugural meeting took place January 7. Anyone with an interest in IMS is welcome to join Virtual IMS Connection, participate in a steering committee, present a technical paper or share in the knowledge exchange. The user group is free to join and use. A second meeting is scheduled to take place on February 5, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. CST where Bill Keene, product author with NEON, will lead a discussion on IMS Disaster Recovery Preparation.



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