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OCTOBER 2010

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

    The GITCA EMEA Board will be there in strength both staffing the GITCA booth and running the BOF sessions together with our INETA Europe colleagues. Please don’t forget to call by the booth in the Community Lounge area and say hello if you happen to be attending. We would be delighted to meet you. There will be XBOX Guitar Hero for your entertainment and some giveaways.

    Please note the following:

    • Free, 1-year TechNet Subscription for all registered delegates, including full access to Enterprise software for evaluation and testing purposes.
    • Sessions and speakers are posted on the public website. Registered delegates can login to Schedule Builder to plan their individual agenda for the event.
    • The PDC sessions track is now released. The content team is adding some of the most exciting sessions from the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Redmond this October, to the TechEd Europe event. This will be especially exciting news for your local developer audience. Visit the sessions page and filter by Track = “PDC”.
    • New this year – the Delegate Directory now available! One of the top reasons delegates come to our events is to network with others. Delegates must opt-in to be listed in the directory; all registered delegates have access to the directory until it goes offline (about 1 week after the event).
    • Lower price for TechEd Europe 2010(€1,895 + VAT) – a €300 savings over TechEd Europe 2009.

  • New GITCA Websites

    The new GITCA websites will be developed in a series of steps as follows:

    • The new public website based upon SharePoint 2010 has now been launched. Please provide any feedback at info@GITCA.org.
    • Now that new site is up and running we will begin to prioritize the addition of new features. If there are specific features that you would like to be given a high priority please let us know.
    • At this point there is no firm date for the work to start on a private site for GITCA member leaders.

  • Conversion of hosted SharePoint sites to SharePoint 2010

    It is hoped that a date for the start of the conversion of the hosted SharePoint sites to SharePoint 2010 will be known soon. We have heard from quite a few of you anxious to take advantage of some of the new features in 2010. The following process is still anticipated:

    • Convert all of the sites to SharePoint 2010 for a trial period of 1 month during which the site administrators will be requested to make sure that their site functions correctly.
    • During this time the current version of the site will remain in normal use.
    • Following validation of the correct functioning of the trial conversion to SharePoint 2010 the hosted sites will be converted to 2010 and put into production use.

  • Microsoft Technical Computing (TC) Community Leader Program

    The Technical Computing (TC) Community Leader Program is an exclusive opportunity for you to work directly with Microsoft to host your own event around all or any of the Visual Studio, Windows HPC Server, and Windows Azure products. The program will give you the technical training and event support resources to showcase some of the features of these products within your local community. What Microsoft are looking for in TC Community Leaders are individuals who are interested in training themselves and are then willing to present their knowledge to a broader audience.

    Value of being a TC Community Leader:

    • Access to highly relevant technical training on Parallel Programming, High Performance Computing and Cloud computing designed for beginners and experts.
    • Exclusive access to the TC Community Leader private portal where you can get trained and interact with technical experts at Microsoft and other Community Leaders.
    • Receive a (free!) product oriented kit comprising of training materials and resources such as software, demos, books, training vouchers, posters and other free stuff to support an event.

    How to become a TC Community Leader:

    • Register at https://hpccommunitylaunch.com by entering the following exclusive invitation code during registration: 6HESWESW
    • Train yourself on Parallel Programming, Windows HPC Server and Windows Azure by following specially designed tracks.
    • Plan a community event and showcase it by registering it on the portal.
    • Order a free kit comprising of training materials and resources to support your event.

    If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Microsoft TC Community Team at tc-community@microsoft.com

  • The Microsoft Certified Career Conference

    On November 18, jump-start or expand your IT career at the Microsoft Certified Career Conference. Meet employers at our virtual career fair; learn how to find the right job, write winning resumes, and interview with a razor sharp strategy at our Career Essentials sessions. Network with fellow professionals from around the world and glean career advice from experts in the field. And of course, hone your technical knowledge and prepare for certification exams.

    Highlights include:

    • Career Fair: Meet employers seeking technically skilled professionals.
    • "Soft Skills" sessions: Learn resume-writing secrets, interviewing tips, marketing yourself in a digital world, and more.
    • Technical sessions for IT Professionals, Developers, and Office power users based on Microsoft Official Courses, delivered by MCTs and courseware authors.
    • People and Technology: How new and upcoming technologies present career challenges—and opportunities.
    • Exam review sessions: Prepare for your MCP and MOS certification exams.
    • And more: Join our Facebook event page and events blog for agenda and speaker updates as they happen.

    UPDATE:

    Based on feedback, we are pleased to announce:

    • The Microsoft Certified Professional discount deadline has been extended to October 18th. Use promotional code MCP50 for a 50 percent discount on your US$50 registration fee. Register now to ensure the best price.
    • We have extended the conference to run for a full 24 hours. You'll find conveniently scheduled sessions for any time zone! Many sessions will be presented twice so you have the option to tune in at a time that works best for you.
    • With so many sessions delivered simultaneously, we know it's impossible to attend them all live. That's why we're recording all sessions and providing you on demand access to unlimited viewing for 90 days following the conference!

  • Professional Practice and Industry Update

    Going forward we will aim to keep you informed of important events in Professional Practice in IT and changes in the organization and running of the industry. If you aren’t aware of the important changes taking place in our industry then you should take the time to find out because ultimately it will affect all of you.

    IP3 Chair Confirms IP3 Recognition and Acceptance Model

    GITCA strongly supports the essential and groundbreaking work being done by IP3 [www.ipthree.org] in the area of Professional Practice in IT. GITCA is pleased to provide you with key information regarding IP3 activities which should be of interest to all IT practitioners. Please read the following Press Release.

    New Officers in the International Federation for Information Processing

    IFIP is an umbrella organization for national societies working in the field of information technology. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organization with offices in Austria. Its members include over 48 national societies and academies of science. Please read the following Press Release.

  • The keys to getting sponsors for your User Group – Sanjay Shetty

    Getting and keeping sponsors interested in your group is a challenge faced by many a group leader. This article covers the essential steps you need to take to make it easy for sponsors to align with your group. It covers the essential questions which sponsors need to know in order to provide $ to your group. Read the full article at http://blogs.communitiesrus.in/communities/2010/10/11/the-keys-to-getting-sponsors-for-your-user-group/

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Srikantan Moorthy - known as Tan to friends and colleagues - is a Vice President and Head of Education & Research (E&R) with Infosys. Tan has more than 25 years of experience in the Information Technology based Professional Services Industry. He spent 12 of those years working in the US during which time he gained hands-on experience in strategy formulation, operations management and talent development.

    Fabio Banducci joined PEER 1 Hosting as its Executive Vice President in October 2005, reporting to the Company's co-founder and then CEO, Lance Tracey. In September of 2006 Fabio was appointed President and in September of 2007 he became President, and Chief Executive Officer of the company and its subsidiaries.

    Trevor Eddolls is a qualified teacher and has a BA. He has worked with mainframes since 1979. He has written and delivered numerous IT-related training courses, and has chaired and been a guest speaker at numerous seminars and Webinars. For many years he was the editorial director for Xephon's highly regarded Update publications, which included CICS Update, MVS Update, DB2 Update, and many others.