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……….
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
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 email@example.com, including as much detail as you
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
For information on benefits and how to apply for them please go the Benefits
page on the Culminis website.
For information on managing your free hosted SharePoint site [password changes,
add users, etc.] please go the Technical
Support page on the Culminis website.
General inquiries and input: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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