Please note that the GITCA “24 Hours in the Cloud” round-the-world virtual event
focusing on Cloud Computing has been re-scheduled for June 1st
in order to fully evaluate and process all of the excellent submissions and thus
give equal opportunity to everyone to have their session included. The speakers
will be available via twitter to answer your questions. Please visit http://sp.GITCA.org/sites/24Hours to find out more. You
can also email 24HitC@GITCA.org
if you have any questions or suggestions.
There is still a VERY SMALL time window of opportunity over the
next few days if you or somebody that you know wishes to submit a session. Unfortunately
because of the immediate need to get sessions recorded and submitted we cannot guarantee
inclusion but we will do our very best. So if you contact us
immediately with a good session suggestion and you can
guarantee to meet our recording and submission deadlines we may be
able to accommodate you. The reason for the immediacy, even though June 1st is some
time off, is that even after a session is recorded and submitted there is quite
a lot of post-processing work to be done on our end to prepare for the event.
Those of you who have already been selected should have been contacted by the GITCA
24HitC team by now. If by some chance you have not and you feel that you should
have been please email
24HitC@GITCA.org immediately. This is a very important community
project and GITCA, supported by Microsoft, is acting as the enabler. So this is
the community helping the community which is the way it should be. All selected
presenters receive a “24 Hours in the Cloud” T-shirt, a good quality web camera
to record their session(s) and software [Expression Studio which contains the Expression
Encoder Screen Capture utility] to assist with recordings. Some of the presenters
will already have received the “goodies” and the rest will be distributed very soon.
If you are an approved presenter and you have not yet received any materials yet
PLEASE DO NOT WAIT to proceed with your recording and submission since time is now
very short. This can be done using the downloadable free 60 day trial of Expression
Studio with or without the use of a web camera to capture the presenter. If the
presenters have any doubts or questions please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.
Tech·Ed North America is coming up fast and GITCA is very much looking forward
to being there and hopefully meet as many of you who are attending as possible.
So please don’t forget to call by and chat with us in the Community Lounge area.
This year we will have a large contingent of GITCA volunteers< present. Most of the
Executive Committee, the NorAm Board and some of the EMEA Board will be there. We
will be running the ever popular Guitar Hero again this year and INETA will be running
Xbox Connect. This year we will be working very closely with our colleagues from
INETA and PASS.
The deadline for submitting Birds-Of-a- Feather [BOF] sessions has now passed. This
year there will be no voting on BOF sessions. The sessions will be chosen by the
volunteer organizing teams from GITCA and INETA. BOF sessions are open discussions
on developer and IT pro topics of interest to Tech·Ed attendees. The BOF sessions
have now been posted to the TechEd site and you can add them to your scheduler.
Like last year there will be one session focused on community where GITCA,
INETA and PASS will be in attendance. Please don’t miss it. It is an
opportunity to share and give feedback to all of the community organizations. We
know that we are far from perfect and constructive feedback can only help us. There
is something new this year for BOF which we are quite excited about. Since the whole
principle behind BOF is sharing why not make some of the sessions available live
outside of TechEd so that those who cannot attend in person can take part? When
we have more details we will let you know how.
Our INETA colleagues are organizing a free User Group summit on Sunday, May 15th
at 1pm. You can find out more information at http://ineta.org/Summit2011
GITCA and PASS will be at the event as well. We hope to see you there. There will
be a number of useful and interesting discussions around community matters. You
must register to attend and your entrance ticket will also get you into the evening
Speaking of social events, there will be a community party on the Tuesday evening
held in a section of the cafeteria. There will be the usual pizza and some beer
to wash it down. It is open format where you are encouraged to network and share
knowledge and experience with your community colleagues. We hope to see you there.
All new requests for hosted SharePoint sites will be fulfilled using SharePoint
2010 Enterprise Edition. To request a new SharePoint 2010 site for your group, please
http://sharepoint.msugss.com/AboutUs/Pages/Technical-Support.aspx and follow
the instructions under “Request a SharePoint site”.
We have decided to retain this content in the newsletter because we still continue
to get questions.
Q: Why when I request event funding from UGSS am I refused because
I am not a member of GITCA when in fact my UG is a member? A: You
must make sure that the affiliation to GITCA check-box is checked in the profile
of the UG on UGSS. This can be done by editing the profile of the UG(s) associated
with a UG Leader via the My DashBoard tab.
Q: When will the next UG kits be available?
A: No UG kits delivered via UGSS are planned for the immediate
future. Microsoft subsidiaries may provide UG kits at their option. For example,
the Microsoft US subsidiary supplies UG kits on a quarterly basis.
Q: When will I receive my UG TechNet subscription mentioned in
the recent UGSS survey sent out via GITCA? A: The timing of the
delivery of TechNet subscriptions is entirely in the hands of the TechNet subscription
people in Microsoft. If at the time a particular
subscription request is processed the requestor has never previously
had a subscription or a current or past subscription has expired then the request
will be processed. On the other hand if a subscription is still active then the
request will be refused. We are very sorry but we cannot do anything to influence
UPDATE: The TechNet subscriptions mentioned in the recent UGSS survey have started
to go out. So if you haven’t received yours yet please be patient.
Q: How can I find out about how to use UGSS?
A: The following link
will help describe how to use UGSS
Q: How come I receive communications from GITCA but not from UGSS?
GITCA and UGSS are two totally different independent organizations with two different
databases of members. GITCA is associated with UGSS through the requests for event
funding as mentioned above. You must join UGSS in order to receive event funding
and also be a member of GITCA. It is only a requirement to be a member of both for
the purposes of event funding. All other services/benefits/content is separate.
The elections process for the Global Board has started and you should have received
a request for nominations for open positions [Vice-Chair, Secretary and one (1)
Director-at-Large] which must be submitted by May 23rd. The elections for the four
Regional Boards [NORAM, EMEA, LATAM and APAC] will start soon in each of the regions,
once it is determined which positions are open for election. The UG/Association
leaders in each region will receive an email requesting nominations for the open
positions in their region and how nominations should be submitted. If an open position
requires a vote then you will be contacted again. Only UG/Association leaders on
record at the time are permitted to nominate and, if necessary, vote. Each UG/Association
leader is only permitted to vote once for each open position.
GITCA is working towards becoming a founding charter member of the newly formed
FEAPO with the aim of
supporting the EA profession, industry, and EA standards. GITCA has participated
extensively in the development of various documents, by-laws for example, in preparation
for the official signing of the documents in June in Washington, DC. This continues
the work that began in 2010. [see the interviews with Brian Cameron on FEAPO in
March newsletter]. GITCA must now submit background to FEAPO to support
its suitability to be a founding charter member and thus take part in the document
signing in June.
Neil Simon, Microsoft Career Factor Idol Winner in Cloud Computing – The Azure Developer,
Chief Scientist and Senior Engineer, Keynote Session Speaker "24 Hours in the Cloud"
Neil Simon is a computer scientist and software engineer from Dublin, Ireland, who
has used computers since he first laid hands on one in 1982. Generally he is interested
in supercomputing and solving very large computational problems, with a focus on
making it all easier to do. He spent 7 years working as part of an exceptionally
competent team of engineers on supercomputers. Around the same time, he realized
that many of the problems which face users of very large computers were remarkably
similar to those that would soon face an increasingly network-dependent consumer.
In 2007, he joined Trinity College Dublin's Computer Architecture Group and started
working on his PhD. It became a quest to not only help users to get the most out
of the resources that they already had, but to also enable new technologies.
Kevin Dicken: Microsoft Career Factor Idol Winner
Kevin is a college senior studying Management Information Systems at DBU in Dallas,
TX. He grew up as a technology enthusiast and found his niche for helping those
around him with their computer problems. As he moves towards graduation, he hopes
to work as a business analyst for a large technology or security company. His ideal
career would allow him to act as a liaison between tech staff and managers.
Rabeb Othmani, Microsoft Career Factor Idol Winner – Windows Phone 7 Developer,
Imagine Cup Winner
Rabeb is a senior computer engineering student at The Faculty of Sciences of Tunis
(FST). She specializes in User Experience Technologies including Silverlight, Windows
Presentation Foundation, and Windows Phone 7, in addition to C# and .NET Technologies.
Recently, she has been working at the Microsoft Innovation Center Tunisia where
she coordinates programs such as DreamSpark and WebsiteSpark. Rabeb excelled at
the Microsoft-sponsored Imagine Cup 2010, where she won the local finals in Tunisia
and participated in the international finals in Warsaw, Poland.
Leon Strous: President International Federation for Information Processing, Chair
IAB World CIO Forum, Chair ISC WITFOR, Senior IT Auditor Netherlands Central Bank
Since 1993, Leon Strous has been with the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), which is
the central (or national) bank of the Netherlands, in different positions as IT
auditor in the internal audit department, and as overseer in the oversight department
of the cash and payments division, focusing on the security of payment systems.
His work also links to the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). Currently his
main jobs are advancing business continuity and crisis management arrangements with
the key players in the payments and securities clearing and settlement processes
in the financial sector in the Netherlands, and liaising between the financial sector
and the government concerning critical infrastructure protection programs. Leon
is a member of a number of professional societies and has been active in many different
positions in the Dutch Computer Society (NGI) since 1988, including member of the
Board for five years, and in the International Federation for Information Processing
(IFIP) since 1994,
including a vice-presidency and in August 2009, he was honourably elected as president
for the 2010-2013 term. Currently he is the chair of the WITFOR International Steering
Committee and Chair of the WCF International
Dr. Maria Klawe: Distinguished, Celebrated, World-Renowned Computer Scientist, President
of HMC, Board Director Microsoft Corp, Speaker at the World CIO Forum
Harvey Mudd College is led by Maria Klawe, HMC's fifth president who began her tenure
in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first
woman to lead the college since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she
served as Dean of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University.
During her time at Princeton, Maria led the School of Engineering and Applied Science
through a strategic planning exercise that created an exciting and widely embraced
vision for the school. At Harvey Mudd College, she led a similarly ambitious strategic
planning initiative, "HMC 2020: Envisioning the Future." Maria has made significant
research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science including
functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer
interaction, gender issues in information technology, and interactive-multimedia
for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on the development and use
of multi-modal applications to assist people with aphasia and other cognitive impairments.
Maria is one of the 10 members of the board of Microsoft Corporation, a board member
of the non-profit Math for America, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences,
and past chair of the board for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
in Palo Alto, CA.
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