Howard R. Sobel

Chairman, Association of Software Professionals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Howard R. Sobel

Chairman, Association of Software Professionals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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I've been Chairman of the Association of Software Professionals since 2014 and currently reside in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I am also the co-founder of WUGNET (The Windows User Group Network) and now an independent online marketing consultant. My co-founding partner, Joel Diamond and I started the company in our homes with almost no capital and eventually become one of the world's premier online communities managing Microsoft Support on CompuServe and the peer to peer support of over 500 technology and software companies. We employed digital marketing almost from the very start by selling subscriptions to the printed Windows Journal. WUGNET members received a disk full of apps and code snippets written by our members who also were provided access to special member sites. At its height, we had approximately 300 volunteer staff. "The Windows Journal" was subscribed to by IT departments all over the world including Microsoft. We created and licensed special software to explore the Windows Registry called "Systems Engineer". The tool was license to all Microsoft field engineers. We sold code that made up portions of Norton Anti-Virus, IBM Prodigy, Quarterdeck registry utilities and many other software products. We eventually took over Microsoft's official peer to peer support on CompuServe in 1995 for its 2,000,000+ members when it moved support to the web. As one of CompuServe largest business partners, we provided online support to CompuServe(AOL) users and published their member newsletter. We published three books in "Secrets" imprint with IDG (now Wiley Books) Windows Configuration Secrets, Windows Connectivity Secrets and Internet Gizmos for Windows. Email marketing, performance metrics, product management, community management, are all part of my DNA. You can click the button above to read my articles. If you’d like to get in touch, feel free to say hello through any of the social links below.

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    • M.Ed, Villanova University