JUNE 2011

Form and List

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

    Our most sincere thanks to all who contributed to the success of the “24 Hours in the Cloud” event, which included the speakers, the GITCA volunteers/support staff and Microsoft. The following table shows the top 10 videos viewed.

    Top 10 Videos Viewed

    • KeyNote: Technology in the Cloud - Plus some Challenges and Opportunities.
    • Introduction to Azure Connect.
    • Developing for SharePoint Online.
    • Introduction to Windows Azure and Cloud Computing.
    • Migrating to SBS Essentials with Hosted Exchange and Hosted Backup.
    • Opportunity and Risk of Cloud Computing for Higher Education.
    • Data Environmentalism.
    • Building scalable Video Converter with Windows Azure.
    • Effective Server Management--Applications in the Cloud and on the Premise.
    • Trust in the Cloud.

    In case you missed any or all of the sessions or want to view any of them again all of the sessions are still available at http://vepexp.microsoft.com/24hitc.

    The keynote delivered by Doug Terry was the most viewed session and the following is what the ACM had to say about it.

    ACM Tech Pack Leader Extols Promises of Cloud Computing

    Doug Terry, a researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, who chairs the ACM Cloud Computing Tech Pack ,told attendees at the “24 Hours in the Cloud” virtual conference that cloud computing promises to radically change the way that computer applications and services are constructed, delivered, and managed. In a keynote address on June 1, Terry said the potential benefits are clear, but realizing these benefits requires new techniques for sharing resources among applications, providing unlimited scalability, protecting privacy, and integrating diverse devices. The virtual keynote, Technology in the Cloud – Plus Some Challenges and Opportunities, presented at a conference produced by GITCA, is anchored in the content of the ACM Tech Pack on Cloud Computing.

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

    Unfortunately the BOF recordings aren’t available yet at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/hh134819.So keep checking.

  • System Admin Day - IT Pro of the year by Windows IT Pro

    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 July 29.

    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:

    • Creativity: Did the IT pro use an especially creative or ingenious way to solve his/her IT issue?
    • Cost-savings: Using third-party products and services is acceptable, but entries that essentially say “I had a problem and purchasing product X saved it” are discouraged.
    • Best use of available and emerging technology: Using available products and tools to solve the problem is a big plus, as is adopting new solutions that have operational and cost-saving benefits.
    • Business value: The best IT solutions are ones that also advance the broader goals of the company or organization the IT pro is employed by. Solutions that increased operational efficiency *and* saved the company money are encouraged.

    An online form to process submissions will be posted on Wednesday, June 1, and will remain open for submissions until Wednesday, June 30. 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 8, and site visitors cans then vote on which systems administrator should be selected as Systems Administrator of the Year.

    Prizes are to be determined, but start writing up your entry now!

  • Annual Elections

    The annual elections have now been completed. The Global Board for 2011 – 2012 which comes into effect on July 1st has been announced. The four Regional Boards which also come into effect on July 1st will be announced before the end of June.

  • Federation of Enterprise Architects Professional Organizations [FEAPO]

    Representing GITCA, Stephen Ibaraki signed the founding Charter for FEAPO on June 9th, 2011 in Washington DC, which is now subject to a vote for membership in FEAPO. FEAPO is the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations.GITCA is represented on the new standing committees of FEAPO, formed on June 9th thus having GITCA at the forefront in the advancement of Enterprise Architecture, the industry and the profession.

  • IFIP IP3 Global Industry Council (GIC)

    Eight more GIC directors have been nominated to the Global Industry Council (GIC) expanding from nine directors to a total of 17 in 2011. As founder of the GIC, Stephen Ibaraki, founding chairman of the global board for GITCA, was recently co-opted as the executive board director for IFIP IP3,the first global accreditation program for professionalizing IT. GITCA Chairman Graham Jones has demonstrated GITCA support for professionalizing the industry in a joint news release in 2009 and was invited to the IFIP World Computing Congress IP3 Panel discussion in 2010. Graham’s article on IP3 appearing in IT Manager Connection, is ranked amongst the top 5 for all blogs since 2005. IT Manager Connection is the largest IT executive management community and blog. As noted by IFIP IP3 about the GIC: http://www.ipthree.org/about-ip3/global-advisory-council

    “Global Industry Council Directors are specially nominated and invited to serve [within this UN-rooted body, IFIP IP3] as internationally recognized luminary executives, thought leaders, and visionaries and for their strong history of providing substantive contributions to global business, industry, society, education, and governments. The IP3-GIC is a first of its kind focusing on Computing as a Profession, which will further align computing with organizational strategy and business agility driving innovation, entrepreneurship, business growth, regional GDP growth, high yield investment opportunities, and regional economic development. Global GDP is nearly 60 Trillion USD and the global program for computing as spearheaded by IP3 and IP3-GIC will be a catalyst for a more than a 20% increase in global GDP in the next 10 years to 80 Trillion USD.”

    The parent organization IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing, was founded under the auspices of the United Nations Educational Scientific Organization in 1960 and now has more than 55 country member bodies and affiliates representing over 80 countries. IFIP is a consultative body for IT for the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization, Sector Member for the International Telecommunications Union or ITU, Scientific Associate Member of the International Council for Science or ICSU.

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Eugene Fiume: Renowned and Distinguished Computer Science Professor University of Toronto.

    Eugene Fiume is Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he co-directs the Dynamic Graphics Project and is Director of the Master of Science in Applied Computing Program.

    Following his B.Math. degree from the University of Waterloo and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow and Maitre Assistant at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was awarded an NSERC University Research Fellowship in 1987 and returned to the University of Toronto to a faculty position. He was Associate Director of the Computer Systems Research Institute, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Grenoble, France. He has participated in numerous boards of directors and advisory boards of start-ups and scientific institutions all over the world. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Tucows Inc. (Toronto).

    Pekka Viljakainen: Co-Author No Fear: Business Leadership In the Age of Digital Cowboys; Globally Renowned Executive, Thought-Leader, Strategist, Entrepreneur.

    Mr. Pekka Viljakainen, born in Finland, is a past president (leaving in October 2010) of Tieto International, a team of 8400 advisors operating in 24 countries. He studied engineering at the University of Technology in Lappeenranta. Thanks to his technical background and passion for business, Mr. Viljakainen has for 20 years worked as an ambassador between business executives and technology teams. He started as an entrepreneur in 1986, by establishing Oy Visual Systems Ltd. He joined Tieto in 2000 through the acquisition of his company. Mr. Viljakainen's reputation and track record for handling very complex governance and political topics inside large international organizations and delivering results earned him the nickname "Bulldozer". At Tieto he was one of the leading architects in building a more efficient information society.

    Mark Mueller-Eberstein: Best-Selling Author No Fear: Business Leadership In the Age of Digital Cowboys; Globally Top-Ranking CEO, COO, Speaker, Mentor, Coach, Strategist.

    Mark Mueller-Eberstein is founder and CEO of Adgetec Corporation,whose mission is to help organizations and their leaders realize value globally.

    Mueller-Eberstein is a recognized thought leader, speaker, mentor, and coach for topics as:

    • Leveraging IT for business success
    • Global consumerization of IT
    • Connecting people
    • Reducing ambiguity
    • Organizational culture for the next generation
    • Organizational leadership values

    In addition to blogs, whitepapers and research papers, Mark Mueller-Eberstein is the author of "Agility - Competing and Winning in a Tech-Savvy Marketplace" and co-author of "No Fear: Business Leadership in the Age of Digital Cowboys". Mueller-Eberstein's books are written based on his over fifteen years of global experience in the IT industry, working with companies and governments to choose, adopt, roll out, and measure the impact of new technologies.

    Nova Spivack:World Renowned Pioneering Global Technology Visionary, Innovator, Strategist, Entrepreneur, Investor.

    ChinaValue.net interview with Nova Spivack conducted by Alex Lin (CEO of ChinaValue)and Stephen Ibaraki.

    Nova Spivack is a technology futurist, serial Internet entrepreneur, and one of the leading voices on the next-generation of search, social media, and the Web. He works as a producer of emerging technology ventures including Twine.com, Live Matrix, Klout, Bottlenose, The Daily Dot, StreamGlider, and a stealth-mode new energy company.

    In 1994 Nova co-founded one of the first Web startups, EarthWeb, which led to a record-breaking IPO in 1998, and a second IPO DICE.com in 2007. Nova worked with Stanford Research International (SRI), to conceive and co-found their global business incubator nVention, and on the DARPA CALO program, the most ambitious artificial intelligence project in US history.