The Connect User Group Community, formed from the consolidation in May, 2008 of Interex EMEA, Encompass, and ITUG, is the Hewlett-Packard’s largest user community representing more than 50,000 participants.
They organised seminars, training, information exchange, as well as international travel to IT events. They intended to independently inform their users community and help them to get the maximum from their investments. Their mission was to facilitate the usage of HP-UX, OpenVMS, Tru64 UNIX, NonStop Kernel & Linux on servers & networks produced and supported by Hewlett-Packard.
The HP-Interex user groups had no direct affiliations with Hewlett-Packard, but they tried to collaborate with HP to provide their users with an optimum support and they gave feedback about potential future OS content, and users' issues.
The group consisted of mainly IT Managers, System Managers, System Administrators, Application Development Managers and Consultants and promoted the exchange of information and experience between the members, HP and its partners.
Membership advantages are the following, now supported by the Connect (users group):
- Access to the group activities
- Reduction for training
- Communication channel with Hewlett-Packard Management
- Join the OpenVMS Hobbyist license project, allowing to run OpenVMS using a free license for private non-profit hobby usage.
- Interact and partner with other members of the organisation
- Gather and distribute information via its web sites and support and discussion forums.
Finally when Hewlett-Packard acquired Compaq in 2002, CUO was renamed as HP-Interex, although there are still DECUS groups in Germany. In the USA, the organisation is represented by the Encompass and ITUG organisation.