You may have just received or will soon receive requests for nominations, via email,
for the open volunteer positions on the Culminis Global and Regional Boards. To
allow staggering of board positions, ensure the whole board does not change in any
one year, and to ensure continuity and proper succession planning, not all board
positions will be open for elections in any given year.
Your nominations MUST be received by no later than May 11th at 11:59 PM local time.
You should receive 2 emails, one regarding the Global Board and the other regarding
the Regional Board for your region. The nomination and overall election process,
and details for each open position are explained in the emails. The overall election
schedule is as follows:
Please contact your Microsoft Regional Lead (see the end of this newsletter) if you have any questions.
Together with the Microsoft team, Culminis has been putting in massive amounts of
work to make sure that there are useful and exciting things for you to do at TechEd.
There are meetings, parties, competitions, sessions, events and more for you to
take part in. If you aren’t attending, there are still going to be all sorts of
ways you can take part in TechEd virtually.
Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are open discussions on developer, IT Pro and general
topics of mutual interest to TechEd attendees. They give you the opportunity to
meet people with similar interests and challenges and to have useful dialog with
them about the issues that really affect you in your daily life. These sessions
are managed by your user group organizations and run by third party experts. They
are intended to encourage everyone to fully contribute. There are 36 sessions covering
a wide range of topics, picked from suggestions made by the TechEd attendees and
carefully chosen by a combined Culminis and INETA team. TechEd attendees vote for
those BOF sessions that they like. Last year the BOF sessions received really excellent
review scores. So attending some of the Birds of a Feather sessions is a great use
of your time.
Since BOF voting is complete, if you have submitted a BOF session and your session
has been accepted you should have been informed by now. Culminis would like to thank
everyone who submitted IT Pro BOF session ideas and congratulate those whose sessions
were accepted. For those who didn’t make it, it doesn’t mean that your efforts are
not appreciated or your submissions less than worthwhile. It simply isn’t possible
to accommodate all of the sessions and making the choices is the hard part. There
is always next year and we want to encourage you to keep sending your ideas. We
would also like to thank the Culminis volunteers who have spent many hours reviewing
submissions and working with the BOF session leaders to put together a great schedule
of events this year.
Bringing TechEd to You
In these tough economic times it’s not possible for everyone to go to TechEd. So
Microsoft and Culminis are going to do what we can to bring TechEd to you. We will
be blogging, twittering, posting pictures and videos, basically doing all we can
to bring you as much of the flavor of TechEd as possible. We will let you know where
to go for this soon.
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Working Closely with Culminis to make TechEd a Success
Microsoft is working closely with Culminis to make your TechEd experience rewarding,
stimulating and fun. Visit the Culminis booth in the Community Lounge and meet with
your peers, the volunteers running Culminis.
User Group Meeting at TechEd
Although we can’t announce details yet, we are working with some of the local Los
Angeles user groups so that there is a user group meeting close to the center that
the TechEd attendees can attend. This will be a great opportunity for people who
haven’t been part of the user group community to experience a meeting for themselves.
If you are going to be at TechEd, please do go along to this meeting and add your
Microsoft User Group Survey
Many of you completed the Microsoft user group survey earlier this year. Come to
the Culminis booth and you can find out what we found out. If you didn’t complete
the survey, it’s not too late – you will be able to do so at the booth.
Want to Connect with Others at TechEd?
In case you don’t know, you can connect with others at TechEd by visiting “TechEd
Connect” at http://techedconnect2009.leveragesoftware.com.If you are
looking for the official representatives staffing the Culminis and INETA booths
or running BOF, look for the “User Group Organization representatives” group.
Culminis and Microsoft’s User Group Support Services (UGSS) are co-sponsoring a 9 User Group tour of Canada in May and June, by world renowned security expert, Kai Axford (CISSP, MCSE-Security). Kai is a member of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group and an outstanding speaker in constant demand around the world. Kai’s presentation will cover:
The Microsoft System Center team is pleased to announce the creation of the System
Center Influencers Program permitting user group leads and user group members to:
If you are interested, send an email to email@example.com
Are you an active member of the IT systems management community, or want to find
out how to become more active? Are you interested in System Center products and
Find out more at the System Center Community Lounge at the Microsoft Management
Summit <http://mms-2009.com/default.aspx> in Las Vegas April 27th
– May 1st 2009, where we will be presenting community programs and resources offered
or supported by the Microsoft System Center team, and introducing some important
The Community Lounge will be located in the registration area. Stop on by and find
out what types of resources we are developing to support user groups, influencers,
and the community at large. For more information on the Community Lounge at this
year’s MMS—or any of our community initiatives—send a email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microsoft Press has developed a virtual library for IT professionals who want to
learn about Microsoft products and related technologies. To learn more about the
E-Reference Library please click here:
You can also watch the demo:
The IT Pro library lets you search across over 100 technology books (New books are
added every month!) published by Microsoft Press with one click to locate just the
information you are looking for – by topic, code fragments, problems, etc. You can
also create your personal bookshelf, bookmark, make notes, and download up to five
chapters per month.
Culminis members are entitled to 25% discount on the 12-month subscription to the IT Professional Library. Follow the link http://www.microsoft.com/learning/books/ereference/ITpro/
Last month we featured Steve Teicher.This month we feature Barbara Liskov who is the 2008 ACM Turing Award Recipient
and heads the Programming Methodology Group in the Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where she has conducted research and has been a
professor since 1972.
This month’s interview in the MVP series is with Lee Benjamin, Exchange Server Architecture MVP. Not only
is Lee an MVP but he is one of our Culminis colleagues, holding the position of
Secretary on the Culminis Global Board. He is also one of three Culminis volunteers
working very hard to make BOF at TechEd another huge success. The IT community certainly
owes a lot to Lee. To find out more about the MVP Program please visit http://mvp.support.microsoft.com.
Did you check out YouShapeIT last month? If not you missed all kinds of useful
stuff. Be sure to check out the April edition
which focuses on Security. There are interviews with many notable experts including
Kai Axford who is a Senior Security Strategist in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing
Group. Kai is featured elsewhere in this newsletter. Take the time to mine the depths
of the great practical advice and insight.
RL = Microsoft Regional Lead RC = Culminis Regional Chair
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