AUGUST 2009 [Volume 1, Issue 8]

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  • New Newsletter Format

    Based on your feedback, starting this month you will see a change in our monthly newsletter format. In order to make it easier to scan the monthly topics, we will be providing a short introductory paragraph for each newsletter article. The complete newsletter can be read on the Culminis website at Culminis Newsletters. Clicking any article heading will also take you there.

    Forward with Purpose

    The past 2 months have been full of high activity brought about by major infrastructure changes and gearing up for the future. The nature of some of those changes has not permitted the delivery of the Global newsletter for the past 2 months……….

    Get Involved!

    The recent changes have brought about a need to grow our volunteer “family” substantially and with some urgency. There are opportunities to get involved both in technical support and administration roles……

    Click here to get involved now

    Global and Regional Board Elections for FY10

    The new Global and Regional Boards for FY10 [July 1st, 2009 – June 30th, 2010] are now in place. The website is in the process of being updated to reflect the new Global and Regional Boards membership.

    Microsoft Community Commentary

    Microsoft is going to be working on a number of User Group related programs over the year, and it’s very important that they get as much input as possible from the community as to the right way to approach each of them. To this end, they are setting up a number of “steering groups” including Microsoft, Culminis, INETA, PASS representatives, together with anyone else the group thinks can contribute. They are looking for volunteers…..

    Operitel eLearning Portal

    Back in February we announced plans to provide a new benefit to Culminis members whereby Operitel would offer a minimum of 50% discount off the regular price of Microsoft eLearning courses. We are very pleased to announce that the Culminis eLearning portal is now available…….

    NPA Awards for Professionalism

    Annual Awards for Professionalism - the search has begun. The NPA are looking for more faces to add to their hall of fame, more spectacular examples of IT brilliance. Who do you remember? The architect of that great IT project? The sage IT mentor? The always-engaged IT volunteer? All IT Professionals are invited to “sport their professionalism” and let the world know their choice for the best IT Pros. Nominate your favorite IT Pro today……

    “The NPA Awards for Professionalism is a great program and Culminis is pleased to support its principles and to help spread the word.” – Graham Jones, Global Chair.

    Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the IT Industry

    In May we featured Jon Kleinberg. This month we introduce you to Srikantan Moorthy…….

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals [MVP’s] - Independent Experts, Real World Answers

    This month’s interview in the MVP series is with David Elfassy, Exchange MVP. David began his career in IT in the early 90's delivering Microsoft Official Curriculum, specializing in Microsoft Exchange Server since 1997……

    Hear Directly from Microsoft Experts in the Product Groups

    Starting this month we feature Stephen Ibaraki interviews of prominent Microsoft employees from the Product Groups. This month’s feature interview is Marcus Schmidt, Community Manager, Windows Business Group…..

    Hosted SharePoint Sites

    After a number of issues during the move to our new servers, the hosted SharePoint sites are now up and running again. You shouldn't be having any issues, but if you are, please send an email to technical@culminis.com, including as much detail as you can.

    Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 August Community Technology Preview

    This release includes new and enhanced capabilities for application and multi-server management, complex event processing, master data services and powerful BI tools to empower users to access, integrate, analyze and share information using business intelligence tools they already know.

    Download the SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP.

    2009 PASS Summit

    The PASS Summit is November 2-5, 2009 in Seattle. Registration is now open and there is an early bird discount on the registration fee. For more information on PASS and the Summit including the keynote speakers and sessions, please visit

  • Benefits

    For information on benefits and how to apply for them please go the Benefits page on the Culminis website.

  • Managing SharePoint Sites

    For information on managing your free hosted SharePoint site [password changes, add users, etc.] please go the Technical Support page on the Culminis website.

  • Contacts

    General inquiries and input: info@culminis.com

    Technical inquiries and technical assistance including requests for new hosted SharePoint sites:

    In order to avoid delays in a response, please ensure that you direct your email to the correct address.

    Culminis Regional Chairs – please direct all inquiries and input which is region specific to the appropriate RC.

    Tim Vander Kooi Jamil Lopes Marcos Nogueira Ashwin Kini