The BOF recordings are now available at:
At Tech·Ed North America in Atlanta GITCA and Penton Media [Windows IT Pro] began
discussions on a mutually beneficial working relationship. Since then there has
been a number of further discussions on how we can work together which we hope to
announce in the future. In the meantime the following link has a couple of videos
recorded at Tech·Ed which feature Ashwin Kini, GITCA Global Chair and Thomas Dawkins,
Microsoft Sr. Audience Marketing Manager for Community -
Note-Taker led by ACM Professional Member John Black of Arizona State University
won second place in the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Software Design competition at
a gala ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center. Note-Taker is an assistive technology
to help low-vision and legally blind students take notes in their secondary and
post-secondary classrooms as quickly (and with the same ease) as their fully sighted
peers. The competition, which honors student innovations that address global problems,
included more than 350,000 students from 183 countries. The finals featured more
than 400 students from 70 countries.
An ACM member since 2004, Black is also a member of ACM SIGACCESS , the Special
Interest Group on Accessible Computing. He has participated in numerous ASSETS
conferences, which explore the potential of computer and information technologies
to support individuals with disabilities as well as those around them.
The Note-Taker project combines a portable, custom-designed camera and a touch-screen
tablet PC to allow the user to simultaneously view live video and take typed or
hand-written notes on a split-screen interface. View a one-minute video at
GITCA is very pleased to help promote the System Admin Day – IT Pro of the Year
event by Windows IT Pro.
To celebrate Systems Administrator Appreciation Day—which falls on July 29, 2011,
this year—Windows IT Pro, Cloud IT Pro, SharePoint Pro, and Business Technology
are sponsoring a contest for readers to submit (and vote on) the best IT pro of
the year. The winner will be announced on August 19.
They’re looking for your most creative, ingenuous IT success stories. If you or
someone you know has applied a particularly interesting solution to an IT problem,
be sure to nominate it! IT pros submit up to a 500-word essay describing why they
(or the person they’re nominating) should be considered IT Pro of the Year.
All entries will be judged using the following factors:
Judging: An online form to process submissions was posted on Wednesday,
July 6th, and will remain open for submissions until Wednesday, July 27th. Editors
from Windows IT Pro, Cloud IT Pro, SharePoint Pro, and Business Technology will
review the applications and select 10 finalists. These finalists will be posted
online on Friday, July 29th, and site visitors cans then vote on which systems administrator
should be selected as Systems Administrator of the Year. The winner will be announced
Friday, August 19th
There are still a few open positions. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Regional Chair for your region as shown at the end of the newsletter.
Stephen Forte: Chief Strategy Officer, CTO, Scrum Master,
Author, Serial Company Founder, Microsoft MVP, Keynote
Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik a leading vendor
of developer and team productivity tools, automated testing and UI components.
Stephen is also a
certified Scrum Master. Involved in several startups, he was the co-founder
Triton Works, which was acquired by UBM in 2010 (London: UBM.L) and was
the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Corzen, Inc.,which was
acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN) in 2007. Stephen also speaks regularly
at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application
and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press). Prior
to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City and also was co-founder of
the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group.
He currently is a Microsoft MVP award recipient, INETA speaker, and is the co-moderator
and founder of the NYC .NET Developer User Group. Stephen has an MBA from the City University
of New York. An avid mountain climber, Stephen leads a trek in the Mt. Everest region
every fall to raise money for charity
Atul Varde: Senior VP and CIO Affinity Credit Union, Speaker
World CIO Forum (WCF)
Atul Varde is currently Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer at Affinity
Credit Union. With over 108,000 member-owners, 44 branches and an innovative governance
structure that ensures grassroots connectedness, Affinity is one of the largest
and fastest-growing co-operative financial institutions in Canada. Mr. Varde provides
strategic technology management and innovation leadership to the organization, and
is responsible for ensuring that IT investments possess an appropriate risk-return
profile while being aligned with the overall business strategy. Due to his recognized
leadership standing, Atul is an invited speaker at the World CIO Forum (WCF) November
Prior to his current position, Atul founded and managed a successful IT company
that specializes in financial data processing, software development and information
systems consulting. In addition to financial services, his overall IT career has
covered an eclectic mix of domains including nuclear engineering, post-secondary
education and healthcare.
An engineer by training, Atul has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from
the University of Saskatchewan, with continuing professional education in corporate
finance, project management, intellectual property law, and strategic management
from the University of California, Berkeley - Extension Division and from the Wharton
School at the University of Pennsylvania. Atul holds the I.S.P. and ITCP professional
designations from the Canadian Information Processing Society and serves on the
Board of CIPS-Saskatchewan.
Stacey Cerniuk: Founder and CEO of Annex Consulting Group,
Top Award Winning Entrepreneur, Innovating Executive, Business & Technology Authority
Stacey Cerniuk is the founder, President and CEO of Annex Consulting Group.
Stacey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University
and 23 years of IT industry experience as a business analyst, project manager, management
consultant and entrepreneur. He was a Forty Under Forty winner recognizing the top
business people in British Columbia under the age of 40.
Stacey is actively involved in a number of IT industry associations and academic programs:
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