In mid to late April GITCA will run a 24 hour round-the-world virtual event focusing
on Cloud Computing, and we need your help. Please visit http://24hours.GITCA.org"
[temporary site – a permanent site will be available shortly using the same URL]
to find out more and give us your topic suggestions, volunteer to help, or simply
provide your advice and feedback. You can also email 24HitC@GITCA.org. Although ideally we want to feature a
GITCA member group/association for each hour of the event the speaker giving the
presentation can be any knowledgeable individual, for example an MCT, MVP or RD
or indeed any knowledgeable member of the group or community. Many MCT’s, MVP’s
and RD’s present regularly at group meetings and would make good presentation candidates.
To meet our April target we need to get many ideas and presenters as quickly as
possible.This project is critical to GITCA’s future and we ask that you all use
every avenue possible to find and propose quality speakers, including yourselves
of course if appropriate. The target is to finalize the list of presentations and
presenters by no later than early March. So time is getting short! There are still
several spots open so please make your submissions. Too many ideas are far better
than too few. We would much rather have a difficult time selecting which ones to
use. Given sufficient time our aim is to solicit your input on which you feel would
be the most popular/beneficial in much the same way that the BOF voting is done
for Tech·Ed. All selected presenters will receive a “24 Hours in the Cloud” T-shirt
and a good quality web camera to record their session(s).
GITCA is planning to be at Tech·Ed
North America in May. So please look for us in the Community Lounge area.
GITCA plans to be running the ever popular Guitar Hero again this year and INETA
plans to be running Xbox Connect. This year we will be working very closely with
our colleagues from INETA.
The planning for the always popular BOF sessions is well under way. BOF sessions
are open discussions on developer and IT pro topics of interest to Tech·Ed attendees.
These sessions are organized and selected by volunteers from GITCA
The discussion in each session is led by a volunteer from the community. Everyone
is welcome and encouraged to submit a session proposal for consideration. Your proposal
will be reviewed by the volunteer community organizing team and considered for one
of the BOF session slots. Two people are welcome to join forces and submit a joint
session proposal. You must be attending Tech·Ed to submit a proposal. All proposals
must be received no later than Monday, 2011-3-21. Submitters will be notified whether
their session proposal was accepted no later than Monday, 2011-4-4.
Details on submitting a BOF session proposal can be found at http://www.techedbof.com.
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”
What does a typical sponsor look for while working with the user group community?
What matters to them? What kind of events are they interested in? These and other
questions were posed to Emily Parker, the Community Manager for Telerik. Telerik
builds a variety of products for the .Net Community and is a great supporter of
the community. Although the subject of the article is a development vendor the principles
equally apply to IT pro vendors.
Full article http://blogs.communitiesrus.in/communities/2011/02/15/interview-with-emily-parker-community-manager-telerik-working-with-user-groups/
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. 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.
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
As GM for Microsoft DPE Neil Leslie plays a vital role in Microsoft’s relationship
and engagement with the IT community. Click on the link to discover his interesting
and extensive background with Microsoft and hear his views on the need for more
education and the future with respect to Cloud Computing.
Rick Cooper: Top Ranking Internationally Known Entrepreneur,
Innovator, Executive, Investor Rick Cooper has proven expertise
in general management, business development, sales, marketing, R&D, and manufacturing,
in four Cleantech and other hi-tech start-ups. Mr. Cooper's successes are attributable
to his innate effectiveness (getting the right things done), an inherent emphasis
on customer focus, building sustainable competitive advantages and resourcefulness.
Sir John Daniel: President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning,
Globally Recognized Leader and Scholar in Education
Sir John joined the Commonwealth of Learning in 2004 after serving for three years
as Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO. He began his career with
an undergraduate degree from Oxford (First Class Honours) and a Doctorate in Science
from the University of Paris, both in metallurgy. During his first academic appointment
at the École Polytechnique of the University of Montreal he began part-time study
for a Masters in Educational Technology. The programme required an internship, which
he carried out in the summer of 1972 at the brand new UK Open University. This was
a conversion experience. Inspired by the idealism, the scale, the technology and
the focus on students that he found at the Open University, he decided to join the
distance learning revolution.
Niko Schlamberger: International ICT Executive and Top-Ranking
ICT Authority for Business, Industry, Governments, Academia, Journals, Regional
and Global Organizations
His professional experience is largely in the field of information technology in
programming, application development, consulting, project management, and general
management in the IT industry, in business, and in government. His career experience
includes positions: Head of Software Development in the major Slovenian bank, IT
Consultant, Assistant to General Manager of the (now) ex-Yugoslavian Federal Clearing
Agency, and head of Slovenian Government Information Technology Office. His last
formal position was Secretary at the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia,
in charge of special projects.
Yogan Rasanayakam: General Manager Westpac Banking Corporation,
past co-chairman of Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) Asia Pacific,
Globally Recognized Banking Senior Executive Yogan is a senior executive with broad
experience in the Asia Pacific Region, predominantly focused in the field of Finance
and has extensive Mergers & Acquisitions and Asian banking experience acquired over
two decades of Financial Sector reforms in the region. He is currently the General
Manager Asia for Westpac Banking Corporation and leads the Asian consumer and institutional
businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He was appointed to the role in August
2004 and is based in Singapore.
Husin Ahmad: Vice-President ACS (a Xerox Company): Profound
Insights from an Internationally Renowned Innovator and Senior Executive Husin Ahmad
is a Vice President in the Human Resources Services group of ACS, a Xerox company.
He acts as a single point of contact for any opportunity to add value to the current
clients or potential clients with regards to their Human Resources needs. His role
spans across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region.
He is an integral part of a team that diligently spearheads the company’s Human
Resources Outsourcing business within the above geographical areas.
Eliezer Manor: International Top-ranking Venture Capitalist,
Business and Technology Leader, Industry-Leading Visionary Innovator, Global Executive
Eliezer Manor is a businessman engaged in hi-tech entrepreneurship and venture capital.
His activities are carried out through his wholly-owned company - Shirat Enterprises
Ltd., registered in Israel. Shirat is holding a portfolio of private investments
and in parallel acts as a management company with offices in Israel and in China.
In addition to being pro-active in part of its portfolio companies, Shirat carries
out a broad program dedicated to establishment of joint ventures between Israeli
hi-tech companies and Chinese industrial mature companies, as well as establishment
and operation of technological incubators, venture capital funds and corporate venture
capital in China and in other countries around the world. This program was supported
and assisted by the Government of Israel and today is supported by several local
authorities in major cities in China.
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