The Computer User Groups Alliance (CUGA) is planning to hold its first cross-industry conference on the Year 2000 problem next March.
The aim of CUGA, which is a loose federation of user groups including those representing ICL, Informix and Sybase, is to encourage people to work together on cross-industry issues such as data warehousing, rather than be limited to vendor-specific views.
Ian Hugo, chief executive of Vendor-Independent Software Users Association (Visual), said: "If you look at the user group story, they're all trying to address issues that are higher up the management agenda, but the way they're constructed doesn't fit the world any more. They're all single supplier, single platform, while the vendors are all in alliances with each other, and it makes more sense to work together on subjects of general interest."
The Year 2000 event, which was agreed to at CUGA's third meeting on 29 November, will be hosted by Visual, the UK Computer Management Group (UKCMG) and the Hewlett-Packard and Unisys user groups.
It will comprise a conference and exhibition, with users leading sessions on areas of interest to them and panels of vendors talking about how Year 2000-compliant their products are, particularly lower-profile offerings such as HP's MPE operating system.
CUGA is also in the process of setting up temporary vertical sector user groups in local government, health and the automotive trade to discuss common issues when dealing with the Millenium problem.
More information on the conference is available at www.opensoftware.com/Y2K/.
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