Although some time has passed since the official switch to the name GITCA on December
1st, 2009 occasionally you may still come across a current reference to Culminis.
This means that we haven’t found it and you have! We believe that we have now tracked
down most of the references [a much bigger task than we expected] but if you should
come across one please email info@GITCA.org.
All of the technical changes have now been completed to accommodate the new domain
http://www.gitca.org/. If you are still experiencing any problems with SharePoint
hosting for example, please contact technical@GITCA.org.
For those of you with hosted SharePoint sites the URL for your site should now be
and your account names are now GITCA\xxxx If you haven’t yet replaced the Culminis
logo on your website please do so as soon as possible. The new GITCA logo can be
found at - "http://itpro.community.officelive.com/newlogo.aspx. Please follow the guidelines for the use of the logo listed
on this webpage.
GITCA is now on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
To join the group on LinkedIn, go to: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=144364&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
To join the Facebook group, go to: http://www.facebook.com/ftutone?ref=profile#!/group.php?gid=10951654533
To follow GITCA on Twitter, go to:
SharePoint technical support is provided by 2 great GITCA volunteers, Tobiasz Koprowski
[Poland] and Ricardo Munoz [Costa Rica] plus much appreciated help from Microsoft
where necessary. By way of a reminder you can find the instructions regarding hosted
SharePoint sites on the Technical Support page of the GITCA website. In particular
we would like to draw your attention to the Change Password and Add User functions.
We get many requests for assistance around these two items which leads us to wonder
if the process and instructions could be better. Therefore please provide your feedback
technical@GITCA.org on the following questions:
Come to our booth in the Community Lounge area, meet the Global and NORAM senior
executive team to build connections, relationships, share your ideas, definitely
have fun [we had a great time last year in Los Angeles], and to be involved in making
a difference in YOUR community. Last year was a huge success from our standpoint
and we aim to better ourselves this year. Contact Graham Jones (Chair
Global Board) or Tim Vander Kooi (NORAM Regional Board Chair) before or
during the conference if you wish to speak to us specifically and we will be very
pleased to arrange to meet you in person.
This will be the first time that we will be at TechEd North America under our new
name and branding of GITCA. A lot has happened since last year’s event including
a complete and challenging infrastructure change. We thank you most sincerely for
your patience and cooperation throughout all of the changes without which we could
not have made it this far. Although this will be the first time for GITCA at TechEd
North America, please note that our first appearance under the new name at a TechEd
will be at TechEd India, April 12 – 14, in Bangalore.
The feedback that we received at TechEd last year showed clear support for emerging
with a new name and identity. We hope that we have fulfilled that request to your
reasonable satisfaction thus far. We are very aware that there is still much more
to be accomplished before we can fully meet your needs. With your help we will get
there! We would like to thank all of you who helped along the way regarding the
name and branding. The general reaction has been very positive. Come and join us
at our booth to celebrate our new identity and above all have fun!
GITCA will be running the IT Pro BOF sessions again this year. Last year was our
first experience as a volunteer organization. We are grateful to our very experienced
INETA Noram colleagues who guided us through our “rookie” year. Based upon last
year’s experience some changes in format were suggested and we are pleased to tell
you that they were largely accepted. The most obvious change will be the addition
of some panel sessions in contrast to the traditional facilitated audience discussion
sessions around a specific topic. Of course audience participation is what BOF is
all about. BOF has been a tremendously successful component of TechEd for several
years and is enthusiastically supported and promoted by Microsoft. Make sure that
you fit in some BOF sessions if you are attending TechEd.
The ACM [http://www.acm.org/
is one of the oldest and most prestigious IT organizations in the world. You perhaps
didn’t know but they also happen to be members of GITCA. So let’s give them our
From time to time the ACM puts together what they call Tech Packs. Currently they
are recruiting some practitioner reviewers for the Cloud Computing Tech Pack
which will probably be ready for review by the end of April/beginning of May.
If you are interested in volunteering for this special opportunity please send your
contact information to David Schneider email@example.com
or Lillian Israel Israel@hq.acm.org. GITCA is very privileged
to have this opportunity.
Tech Packs are integrated learning packages on a particular technical area geared
especially for Practitioners (software developers, engineers). These packages are
put together by a Committee who selects materials and draft the annotation (on why
these resources are important for practitioners). The core materials for the Tech
Pack are an annotated bibliography built around resources from the ACM Digital Library
(magazines, journals, conference proceedings, etc.), multimedia content – videos,
podcasts, webinars, etc., as well as the ACM online book and course collections
offered through Books24x7, Safari, and Element K, respectively. In addition, non-ACM
materials may be included as well (e.g., free courseware, etc.). A group of practitioners
will be asked to review the selections in the Tech Packs based on the following
Also, since the concept of Tech Packs is currently evolving, the ACM is interested
in your suggestions for the specific Tech Pack Committee or ACM’s Professional Development
The work towards the new websites is progressing and we hope to have something for
your feedback soon. Like most “temporary” websites the current site has turned out
to be more “permanent” than we initially hoped or intended. However, as an interim
measure the current Office Live site is being “transformed” into a SharePoint 2010
site so that you can get a flavor of what the new sites might look like.
The efforts of Associations, User Groups and individuals who consistently display
excellence in supporting and growing the IT community deserve our heartfelt thanks
and some well deserved recognition. Accordingly we are working on a new Community
Recognition Program to be introduced under the GITCA name.
Like many best laid plans this has not yet progressed as far as we would like. That
does not mean that it is not regarded as important and we are still very keen to
get your input on what you think the program should look like and the kind of rewards
that might be appropriate. This program is to recognize and applaud what you and
your members bring to the community. Please send your input to info@GITCA.org.
Very soon we will be contacting you regarding open positions that will be available
for the 4 Regional Boards and the Global Board. The ability for GITCA to prosper
and grow is only as good as the number, quality and dedication of the volunteers
that run it. Please consider applying for one of the vacant positions. If you consider
the possible demands of a Board position too much we are always looking for assistance
in other ways, for example contributions to Global and Regional newsletters or assistance
in compiling newsletters. If you wish to help in any way please contact your Regional
Chair [listed at the end of this newsletter] or email info@GITCA.org.
Microsoft has opened up the UGSS ordering system to allow user groups *outside
the USA* to order Leader Assistance Kits during April. Any GITCA leader
who hasn’t received one and would like one should register on http://www.msugss.com immediately
to ensure that they are able to order a kit. This will be the last opportunity to
order one of these kits until the fall at the earliest. Shipment of the kits will
not commence until the ordering process is closed at the end of April. Leaders who
have their user group registered within the UGSS system and have not already received
a Leader Assistance Kit will receive an email early in April advising them that
they may order a kit and explaining how to do so. If you didn’t receive an email
and you believe that you should have done please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This “Leader Assistance Kit” is designed to provide you with some tools which we
hope will help you to market, build and strengthen your group, as well as providing
content which we hope you will find useful for some of your meetings [for example
NFR copies of Windows 7 as draw prizes]. We put great importance on your opinions,
and will send you an email survey after you have had time to use the content so
that you can tell us what we can do to make any future kits more valuable to you.
Operitel offers a minimum of 50% discount off the regular price
of Microsoft eLearning courses for members of GITCA groups. Your members can take
advantage of this great offer at http://GITCA.itskillbuilder.com.
Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry
Over the past few months Stephen Ibaraki has been very busy interviewing many of
the industry’s prominent people and we have a small sample for you here:
Barry Sellers: Distinguished Fellow, International Technology
and Professionalism Top-Authority, Chair CNP Council, Chief Judge International
Awards for Professionalism, Executive Board Director and Vice-Chairman NPA
Barry has served as a member of the NPA Board of Directors and other senior positions
since the early 90s' for the Network Professional Association (NPA) and most recently
as Treasurer/CFO. During his tenure, he has championed, revamped, documented and
implemented the NPA Certified Network Professional Certification or CNP and is currently
working on the Associate Certified Network Professional Certification (ACNP) that
focuses on professionalism and ethics, which will be a requirement for the Certified
Network Professional Certification. He has held all of the officer positions on
the Board of Directors including Chairman over that time. He was awarded the Distinguished
Fellow of the Network Professional Association (DFNPA) in 2005. Barry also serves as Treasurer on the NORAM Board for GITCA.
Alex Lin [London School of Economics (LSE) Alumni] shares
his deep insights into his participation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the
global leaders summit in New York, how he built the world's largest sales channel
for Intel, founded the world's largest online professional business media and service
ChinaValue.net, and his thoughtful discussions with world leaders.
Alex Lin Yong Qing is the leading international business and information technology
authority, founder and CEO of ChinaValue.net, the world's largest top-ranked online business
media, professional social networking service, and business marketplace intelligence
service. ChinaValue has an audience of 60 million, extensive national and international
partnerships, and an employee researcher contributor base of 500,000 - making it
the single largest repository of business know-how in the world. In late 2009, the
London School of Economics (LSE) profiled Alex in "Blazing Trails", due to his unique
success as an entrepreneur and visionary innovator transforming the world. Alex is also working with GITCA in the APAC region.
Greg Lane I.S.P., ITCP, IP3P, MBA, Global Top-Ranking Executive,
International Thought Leader, Chairman CIPS, Chairman IP3, Director Avanade.
Greg was the 2008/9 Chair of the Canadian Council of Information Technology Professionals
(CCITP) of the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and 2008-present Chair
of the CIPS Office of the Executive Council. In 2009, Greg was appointed Chair of
the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3), a global initiative
under the UNESCO-founded International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) to lead the development of a global IT profession.
John Oxley, Microsoft Director; Leading Multi-Award Winning
International Technology Authority and Executive; John talks about the drivers for
strong leadership plus shares his top career tips and lessons.
John is a multiple-award winning Director of Technical Audience Marketing and ICT
Evangelism at Microsoft Canada. In this role, John leads and manages a team of Technical
Audience Marketing Managers and Senior Technical Advisors that reach out and connect
across the ICT industry. Business success, as his mandate, is measured by the technical
professional's satisfaction and platform adoption. His team of select Evangelists,
Advisors and Marketing Managers are Microsoft Canada's ambassadors to the ICT community;
connecting, supporting and enabling the technical professional and industry. From
Academia and across the Industry, his team focuses on driving industry awareness,
education, training and adoption of Microsoft solutions through events, industry/community
involvement and direct engagement. His globally No. 1 ranked team of Advisors and
Marketing managers work exclusively in reaching out to diverse communities leveraging
social media, community connections and more.
John is very well respected at Microsoft Redmond and at Microsoft Canada, plus in
the overall Canadian and global community. John is an acknowledged top-ranked speaker,
blogger, web-caster, business executive and international thought leader.
Some of us may be aware of Microsoft Research but probably few of us are aware of some
of the truly distinguished people and great minds that are behind the products from
Microsoft. Over the next few months we will profile some of these people. We tend
to think of Microsoft in terms of its products and be unaware of some of the truly
pioneering and unique technology that underpins them.
Charles (Chuck) Thacker, ACM Turing Award Recipient, Legendary
computing pioneer, world-renowned distinguished researcher, inventor, and engineer.
The award was announced --March 2010. Chuck is the legendary computing pioneer,
world-renowned distinguished researcher, inventor, and engineer whose innovations
influence every part of our lives. Take a moment to carefully read Chuck's profile.
Many of the foundational computing elements we use today (WYSIWYG PCs, Ethernet,
Laser printing, High speed and peer networks, Multi-processor computing, Tablet
computers, Parallel/multi-core/multi-threading, ..) can be directly traced to original
innovations from Chuck. Chuck is also key to the founding of the most famous research
labs including: XEROX PARC, DEC SRC (Systems Research Center), and Microsoft Research
The ACM Turing Award is widely considered the Nobel Prize of Computing carrying
a $250,000 cash prize. Chuck is the second hardware engineer to receive the Turing
Award; the last one given out in the 1960s'. Chuck will receive the award in June.
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