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JULY 2011

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  • Social Networking

    Look out for us 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/home.php#!/group.php?gid=10951654533

    To follow GITCA on Twitter, go to: http://twitter.com/GITCAORG

  • GITCA at TechEd North America in New Orleans, June 7 – 10, 2010

    TechEd North America was a great event from a GITCA standpoint. Our thanks go to the GITCA NORAM team who did a great job of preparing for and running the GITCA booth in the Community Zone. There was a steady stream of visitors over the 4 days. Those visitors ranged from GITCA member leaders to “we have heard of GITCA but don’t know what they do?” to “I have never heard of GITCA”. We hope that everybody went away feeling that they had made a good time investment. Guitar Hero once again proved to be a great draw. We hope that the many people who went away with GITCA shirts will wear them regularly and with pride. The Bing map, showing the location of GITCA member groups, was a great tool for helping people find groups to join near their home, encourage people to start a group if none existed and to demonstrate our global presence. Our grateful thanks go to Graham Watson of Microsoft Corporate for setting it up. If your User Group isn’t displayed on the Bing map please email info@GITCA.org. See you at TechEd Atlanta in 2011.

  • TechEd North America 2010 Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions

    BOF was again a great success thanks to the hard work put in by Tim, Barry and Russell for GITCA and Stuart, Bob and Chris from INETA. There were 32 sessions covering a wide range of technical and community topics. Our thanks go to Microsoft for their continued enthusiastic support for BOF.

  • GITCA at Tech·Ed Europe in Berlin, November 8 – 12, 2010

    If you happen to be attending Tech·Ed Europe, in Berlin again this year, please come to our booth and say hello. As we get closer we will keep you updated on our plans. Please note the following:

    Tech·Ed Europe Attendees Will Receive a Free TechNet Professional Subscription

    As an added benefit to registering for Tech·Ed Europe 2010, attendees will receive a FREE Microsoft TechNet Professional Subscription (approximate retail value €275). The Professional Subscription gives you access to the most current releases of Enterprise wide software, so you can evaluate and prepare for the needs of your organization before you deploy. Learn more about subscription benefits and terms and conditions.

    What Technology Topics are Important to You?

    Session planning is underway, and we’d like to know which topics you’d like Microsoft experts to present. Visit the session topic preference page by 12 August, and vote for the topics you want to see at this year’s event.

    Register by 31 August for Only €1,695 + VAT

    This is your last chance to save on registration – don’t miss out on the savings. Register today >>

  • GITCA at the EMEA MCT Live Summit in York, England, August 25 – 27, 2010

    GITCA will be making its first visit to the EMEA MCT Live Summit. If you are attending please come and visit us in the Community zone of the Exhibition Area on August 26th. Many GITCA volunteers are MCT’s and we appreciate their commitment to the ICT community.

  • Why Do Community Members Join a User Group? - Sanjay Shetty

    Sanjay is the CEO of Wireless Strategist and Consultants, Pvt. Ltd. and is the Microsoft Regional Director for Mumbai, India. He has been active in the community for many years and is very well respected. From time to time we will feature articles by Sanjay.

    Top 7 Reasons

    • Learning - User Group’s provide a unique opportunity for people to learn from their peers.
    • Networking – The opportunity to network and make new connections with industry peers, make new friends is endless.
    • Sharing Experiences – Most human beings love to share and highlight their expertise and knowledge. During most community meetings, members share their challenges and experiences with each other.
    • Job Opportunities – Many a door has opened up due to new contacts made via the community.
    • Meeting Experts - Typical user group meetings feature an expert speaker who shares knowledge among the community members.
    • Solutions to Problems - Community members are very helpful in helping one another. Most user group sites feature an online forum enabling interactions between members.
    • Free Giveaways – Communities are magnets for various vendors and most meetings often have giveaways for their members.

    The full article can be read at http://blogs.communitiesrus.in/communities/2010/07/03/top-7-reasons-why-people-join-a-user-group-community/.

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    William F. Miller is a celebrated world authority and visionary on business strategy, industrial development, entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, and international thought leadership. He advises world leaders including US Presidents.

    Graham Watson is a Microsoft Senior Manager and is part of the team responsible for the relationship between the technical professional community and Microsoft on a global basis.

    Alain Chenais is the newly elected ACM President. He has more than 25 years of management experience in the software industry, with a focus on 3D technologies and social media.

    Chris Harrison is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of ACM XRDS and a Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellow.