APRIL 2011

Form and List

  • GITCA Presents “24 Hours in the Cloud” – April update

    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.

  • Microsoft Tech·Ed North America in Atlanta, May 15 – 19, 2011

    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 social event.

    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.

  • New Hosted SharePoint Site Requests

    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 go to: http://sharepoint.msugss.com/AboutUs/Pages/Technical-Support.aspx and follow the instructions
    under “Request a SharePoint site”.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    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 this.

    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 - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/how-to-use-user-group-support-services.aspx

    Q: How come I receive communications from GITCA but not from UGSS?
    A: 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.

  • Annual Elections

    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 with the newly formed Federation of Enterprise Architects Professional

    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 the 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.

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    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 Advisory Board.

    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.