Pardon our web site dust – we are making improvements for YOU! Watch for major changes!
For those of you unfamiliar with NaSPA, here is the E! News version of our proud history: In 1986, Scott Sherer founded NaSPA, originally as the National Systems Programmers Association. It operated under that name until 1997, when the name was changed to the Networks and Systems Professional Association in appreciation of the continually evolving nature of IT, Networking, Telecommunications, Disaster Recovery and other related disciplines.
In the past 24 years, hundreds of thousands of technology professionals have coursed through NaSPA training programs, subscribed to its publications, supported its educational foundation, and have attended its technology conferences and trade shows. Way back in 1987, NaSPA began publishing Technical Support magazine, a comprehensive how-to publication that focused on mainframe systems. In the 1990s the publication was expanded to include topics that affect network and distributed systems professionals. More recently Technical Support has morphed again, this time to include fresh, timely content including Disaster Recovery, Virtualization, and even some content not found anywhere else; like what technologists should do when they face job loss or financial stress. Currently Technical Support is an E-Publication, to provide faster and fresher content delivery to its readers and members. Technical Support is also always looking for new authors with something to say in order to stay fresh, relevant and current. Contact us if you have an interest in writing!
So what’s on tap for this year? First, look for a resurrection of NaSTEC, NaSPA's annual conference, in the Fall of 2010. NaSTEC allows members to meet face-to-face, attend educational sessions, and share ideas and issues that shape the IT profession. And since this is the first NaSTEC conference in several years, WHAT an opportunity it could be for both potential attendees and exhibitors! Email us to learn more about group discounts for attending, or how to exhibit to our thousands of members. Also watch for a vastly updated web site as well as a whole slate of new benefits for NaSPA members.
In summary, throughout its history NaSPA has provided its members with the foremost in services and benefits, including peer networking, member discounts, job placement, and technical information. Moreover, NaSPA’s advocacy on behalf of technology professionals has arguably never been as important as it is right now. Today, technologists and organizations on all fronts are stressed by the present economic conditions, adapting careers to reflect new technology, and looking for new, cost effective technical solutions that work for their companies. NaSPA can help. And while we don’t expect to change our name again, we DO look ahead to the third major shift by NaSPA in its 24 year history as the organization continues to evolve to YOUR needs as the member. Join us for all the excitement and be an active part of our dynamic plans for 2010!
Leo A. Wrobel
NaSPA is the networking resource for Network and Systems