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JANUARY 2011

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  • GITCA Presents "24 Hours in the Cloud"

    In March 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 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 March target we need to get many ideas and presenters as quickly as possible. Too many ideas are far better than too few. We would much rather have a difficult time selecting which ones to use. In fact 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.

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

    GITCA is planning to be at Tech·Ed North America in May and running the BOF sessions with our colleagues from INETA. So please look for us in the Community Lounge area. As our plans evolve we will keep you posted.

  • Conversion of hosted SharePoint sites to SharePoint 2010

    A tool to do the conversion from WSS 3.0 to SharePoint 2010 is currently being evaluated. It looks promising and we will keep those with current WSS 3.0 sites informed as to the progress and schedule for conversion.

  • 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

    One sure shot way to ensure that your community is involved is to work on ideas that encourage community participation. For instance a really simple one is Share a Tip Day. The idea is to encourage the community to share their best ideas in less than 150 words and ensure that there is a way for people to rate those ideas. Ok why 150 words, it’s simple it’s a tip not an article. Secondly, it reduces the barrier in peoples’ minds to contribute. You could also turn this into mini-session: let’s say you have four or more people who come up during a meeting and spend 15 minutes explaining their ideas/tips.

    Full article URL:http://blogs.communitiesrus.in/communities/2010/12/01/share-a-tip-encourage-community-participation/

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Dr. Catherine Boivie, CEO Inventure Solutions, Senior VP Vancity, Founder CIO Association of Canada: Deep Insights from Renowned Innovator, “Most Powerful” Senior Executive Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie is currently Chief Executive Officer of Inventure Solutions and Senior Vice-President of Information Technology at Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union. As the founding chair of the Chief Information Officers Association of Canada (CIOCAN), Dr. Boivie played an integral role in establishing and growing a network of Information Technology (IT) leaders. In recognition of her leadership work in IT, the Chief Information Officers Association of Canada, in collaboration with Ryerson University, announced the Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie Scholarship. Dr. Boivie has been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for 2009: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network. She received her award in the “Trailblazers and Trendsetters” category, which recognizes women who are either the first in their fields or have made a major impact on them, and who have made a great contribution to Canadian society.

    Jim Isaak President IEEE-CS: Compelling Insights from Renowned Innovator, Leader, Researcher, Educator.

    Dean Olmstead Senior Vice President Avanade Canada: Managing the Big Data Flood Prevalent in Business
    Dean Olmstead is responsible for all of Avanade’s business in Canada. Prior to this role, Dean served as Vice President of Americas Market Development and Sales Strategy, overseeing Avanade Americas’ vertical solutions and alliance alignment with Accenture and Microsoft. Prior to joining Avanade, Dean spent over 18 years with Accenture where he was a Partner in the Communications & High Tech Industry group. Dean worked on delivering customer projects to the communications industry primarily focused on large custom development implementations in the Customer Care and Billing area. Dean also was responsible for one of Accenture’s mobility labs and helped drive the incubation of this technology in the enterprise.

    Kumar R. Parakala KPMG Head of IT Advisory EMA & India, Chief Operating Officer Advisory India: Unique Insights from Internationally Renowned Innovator, Senior Executive Mr. Kumar Parakala is currently the Head of IT Advisory for KPMG in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMA) and India. Apart from leading the IT Advisory business into the next growth phase, he has also been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of KPMG Advisory business in India. Prior to his current role, Mr Parakala was the Global Chief Operating Officer for the Global IT Advisory practice for four years at KPMG. During his career in Australia for over 20 years, Mr. Parakala has worked in senior management roles within healthcare, professional services, manufacturing and the public sector. He held several public positions including the National Chairman of the Australian Computer Society and was the IT industry spokesperson for several years in Australia. Mr. Parakala has been a regular columnist for the “The Australian” and his views have been extensively covered across media in India, Australia and overseas. Mr. Parakala was bestowed with the ACS Honorary Life Membership Award recently; he became the 45th recipient of this award since the formation of the Society in 1966. He also received the Leadership Excellence Award from the Queensland Government and the SEARCC Outstanding Contribution Award. Mr. Parakala supports major global philanthropic initiatives such as Clinton Global Initiative (by President Bill Clinton) and Jet Li Foundation.