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FEBRUARY 2011

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  • GITCA Presents “24 Hours in the Cloud” - update

    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).

  • Microsoft Tech·Ed North America in Atlanta, May 16 – 19, 2011

    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 and INETA.

    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.

  • 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”

  • Share a Tip and Encourage Community Participation – Sanjay Shetty

    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/

  • Recently Asked 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. 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

  • Interview with Neil Leslie, General Manager Microsoft Developer & Platform Evangelism

    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.

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    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.