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Greetings HPE Community,

This is the first letter I’ve written for Connect Converge Magazine and just wanted to introduce myself and tell you about the mission of Connect Worldwide.

I’ve been involved with HP/HPE since 2001 when the Compaq Merger took place, as part of (to this day) the Mission Critical Server division via an ISV. Throughout this time I have been active in the user group community on a local level (heading the Southern California NonStop User Group), a social level (founded and presided over NonStop Under 40 to help new talent in the community get acquainted), and now a global level (as Board President of Connect Worldwide). To say it’s been a wild ride would be quite the understatement.

Watching a massive corporation such as HP split in two, and most recently witnessing all the mergers and selloffs of the company has created quite the story. However, the User Group Community is still as active and relevant as ever. We at Connect are here to provide the community with all the resources it needs to find the information our members are looking for within the still massive HPE spectrum and, more importantly, create an umbrella above all content, & within easy reach. Through events and publications, we have brought the community together to share information, find solutions, and at times just shoot the breeze over a beer or two.

The Connect team and I are excited for the future of our user group, and will always be there to make sure it stays at the leading edge of what HPE has to offer. Most recently, we held a Blockchain Forum in London with the goal of bringing together Customers and Partners from different parts of the HPE spectrum to learn and share information on the new and fascinating technology. We are excited to repeat this forum in New York in September, and  we are even more excited to find new technologies and groups within HPE to host future events for. Events like these bring out the best in community.

I hope this gives everyone a quick intro to myself and the mission of Connect Worldwide. If you see me or any other Connect team members out and about, please say hi and let us know how we can be an even better user group for you going forward. We’re all about Community!

Navid Khodayari
Idelji
Connect Worldwide President

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