MAYO 2011

Form and List

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

    Please note that the GITCA “24 Hours in the Cloud” round-the-world virtual event focusing on Cloud Computing is scheduled for June 1st. The speakers will be available via twitter to answer your questions. Please visit http://sp.GITCA.org/sites/24Hours to find out more.

    This is a very important community project and GITCA, supported by Microsoft, is acting as the enabler. So this is the community helping the community which is the way it should be. As June 1st draws near we are putting the final touches to the event. We have a great selection of presentations from experienced speakers from around the world. Please go to http://sp.gitca.org/sites/24hours/ugpages/FinalSpeakers.aspx to view the list of speakers and http://sp.gitca.org/sites/24hours/ugpages/FinalSessions.aspx to view the list of sessions.

    The first session, keynote by Doug Terry of Microsoft Research, will start at 9am Pacific Daylight Time [UTC -8]. The event can be accessed via http://vepexp.microsoft.com/24hitc which will go live on June 1st.

    Please make sure that the word gets out about the “24 Hours in the Cloud” event. Blog about it, tweet about it using @24hitC, tell all of your members, use Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.. The success of this event could be very dependent upon >> You << getting the word out and is extremely important to the future of GITCA. We want to do more events of this kind in the future and that is going to be a lot easier if we can make the first a huge success!!

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

    Tech·Ed North America was another huge success from a GITCA standpoint. We had great traffic to our booth [around a 1000 people] and most of the BOF sessions were full. Since the BOF sessions were streamed live for the first time this year the recordings will be available for those of you who attended TechEd but regrettably couldn’t get into some of the sessions and those of you who didn’t have the good fortune to attend TechEd in person. Those recordings should be available in the near future at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/hh134819.

    The User Group summit on Sunday, May 15th, organized by our colleagues from INETA, proved to be popular as in previous years. The community party on the Tuesday evening was extremely well attended and there was lots of very useful networking and conversations. Let’s hope that it becomes a regular TechEd feature.

  • NPA Announces Winners of Awards for Professionalism

    As a sponsor of the NPA awards GITCA would like to congratulate the esteemed winners in the following categories:

    Best Networking Professional – Career Achievement Award
    Brian Cameron
    Executive Director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture and Professor of Practice in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University.

    Stephen Ibaraki interviews of Brian [Part1 and Part2] were featured in the March GITCA Global newsletter. The NPA award interview can be heard here. Brian is also the driving force behind the formation of FEAPO which is discussed in this and the April newsletter.

    Professional Excellence and Innovation Award
    Corporate Small Business

    Vivek Thangaswamy

    Senior SharePoint and .NET Solution Developer for TCS in India. Listen to the Stephen Ibaraki interview of Vivek here.

    Top of the Mark - Volunteer Award

    Soumitra Sengupta

    Technology Community Leader. Listen to the Stephen Ibaraki interview of Soumitra here

    CNP Torch Bearer Award

    Honoring senior members of the computing profession who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession or the industry by demonstrating that they embody the spirit of the CNP - the first annual winner,Barry Sellers. Listen to the Stephen Ibaraki interview of Barry here

    It is a particular pleasure to see Barry win this very well deserved award since he will take over the position of Chair of the GITCA NorAm Board on July 1st after serving as Vice-Chair and Treasurer in previous years.

  • The First IFIP World CIO Forum Makes Debut in China

    The first World CIO Forum (IFIP WCF 2011), supported by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)and hosted by the Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE), will be held from November 1 – 4, 201l in Shenzhen, China. The forum participants include senior IT executives from all over the world who will come together to share their experience and knowledge with the audience.

    The Chief Information Officer plays an important role in enabling the value of IT. IFIP together with the Chinese Institute of Electronics looks for ways to share the knowledge and experience of CIOs, and integrate the IT value with national progress and company strategy.

    Leon Strous, president of IFIP said, “We will call every member into action to contribute to the WCF. I am strongly confident that the dedication and efforts of the CIE will make this first IFIP World CIO Forum a resounding success and a worthy forum for attendees from all over the world.” Representatives of many members of IFIP already expressed their support and their commitment to make the WCF an event not to be missed. The IFIP World CIO Forum will bring about enormous benefits and will open new ways for information
    and experience exchange between developing countries and developed countries. The CIOs and senior IT executives from the Asian, Asia-Pacific, North & South American, European and African countries will get together to address the topics, issues, best practices and trends necessary to make the right decisions to impact their business strategies and future IT direction. “With a great number of meetings, panels, roundtables and one-to-one workshops, it is a must attend calendar date for CIOs and senior IT executives. I am excitedly looking forward to exchanging my ideas and having a better understanding of the local IT practices and their value proposition ”Adrian Haas, Executive Vice President, Information Technology & Systems and International
    Chief Information Officer at Sony-GITS.

    The organization of the IFIP World CIO Forum is officially approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China.

    Our congratulations go to Stephen Ibaraki on his appointment as Vice-Chair of the International Advisory Board [IAB] for the WCF. Stephen is a member of the Global Board of GITCA.

  • Microsoft Career Factor

    In Fall of 2010, Microsoft Learning selected 8 candidates from around the world from a pool of applicants and provided them with resources for training and certification. The participants represented several different career stages: The Student, The Job Seeker, The IT Manager, and their progress was tracked via blogs, videos, and twitter at http://thecareerfactor.com.This week at TechEd, all 8 candidates were brought together for the first time, and sat down with me on the Edge stage to talk about their experience and what the training and certification resources have done for them. They also announced a new Career Factor contest - check out http://thecareerfactor.com for more info.

    At TechEd NorAm in Atlanta all of the 8 winners got together for the first time and were interviewed on the TechNet Edge stage. The video can be viewed here.All 8 have also been interviewed by Stephen Ibaraki. 3 of the 8 were featured in the April newsletter. For ready reference all 8 are featured this month.

    Caroline Weilinger – The Office Competition Contender

    Simon Davis – The IT Manager

    Steve Molkentin – The Job Seeker

    Eddie Boles – The DIY IT Professional

    Bojan Nenadic – The Aspiring Certified Microsoft Master

    Neil Simon- Cloud Computing – The Azure Developer, Chief Scientist and Senior Engineer, Keynote Session Speaker "24 Hours in the Cloud"

    Kevin Dicken – Student

    Rabeb Othmani – Windows Phone 7 Developer, Imagine Cup Winner

  • Penton System Admin Day - IT Pro of the year

    GITCA is very pleased to help promote the PentonSystem Admin Day – IT Pro of the Year event.

    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 original deadline [May 23] for election nominations has now passed. However, a requested extension is under consideration due to some communication delays. In some cases there are multiple applicants which will require a vote. Information on the positions, applicants and the voting procedure will be sent to you in the near future. By way of a reminder only the member representatives on record are permitted to vote and only one vote per candidate for a given position is permitted.

  • GITCA is working with the newly formed Federation of Enterprise Architects Professional

    Things are still on track for GITCA to become a founding charter member of the newly formed FEAPO in June with the aim of supporting the EA profession, industry, and EA standards.

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Frans Kaashoek:ACM-Infosys Foundation Award $150K Recipient, Internationally Renowned MIT Professor and Researcher, Innovating Entrepreneur Company Founder and Executive

    A professor of Computer Science and Engineering in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Kaashoek, 46, is also a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and acknowledges the collaborative benefits of his colleagues and students. In 2011, Professor Kaashoek received the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award and the $150,000 Prize in the Computing Sciences for his contributions to the structuring, robustness, scalability, and security of software systems underlying many applications. As noted by the ACM, "Kaashoek's advances have led to efficient, portable, and highly distributed applications of software systems, fostering wider use of portable embedded and distributed systems. He also used information flow control techniques to address a major security challenge in broadly deployed commercial systems. In addition to his groundbreaking research, Kaashoek founded commercial ventures that have enabled expanded content distribution like large, high-quality video files to travel over the Internet, and that have enhanced protection of large enterprise networks using network behavioral analysis software." Kaashoek was Chief Scientist and Co-founder of Sightpath, Inc. The company was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2000. He also helped found Mazu Networks, Inc. where Kaashoek served as a director of Mazu Networks until its acquisition by Riverbed Technology, Inc. in 2009.

    Dirk Schrader Chief Technology Officer, Technology and CRM Authority

    Dirk Schrader has worked on over 50 large scale IT projects over the past 17 years including in Finance, Telecommunications, Distribution, Manufacturing, Not-For-Profit, Pharmaceuticals and Government sectors.

    Major clients include Telus Mobility, Rogers Communications, House of Commons Gov't of Canada, General Dynamics, CYBF, MDS Laboratories, Wyeth-Ayerst, Molson's, CIBC, Gov't of Saskatchewan, Cyanamid and others.

    Dirk believes in realizing superior IT ROI through rigorous design and development process and technology innovation where appropriate. Dirk has experience working with distributed development teams including offshore developers to help leverage IT budgets.


  • 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”.

  • Frequently 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 on UGSS. 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 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. We are very sorry but we cannot do anything to influence this.

    The TechNet subscriptions mentioned in the recent UGSS survey have been going out. So if you haven’t received yours yet please be patient. If you wish to inquire about the status of your TechNet subscription please contact UGSS@microsoft.com.

    Q: How can I find out about how to use UGSS?
    A: The following link will help describe how to use UGSS -

    Q: How come I receive communications from GITCA but not from UGSS?
    A: GITCA and UGSS are two totally different independent organizations with two different databases of members. GITCA is associated with UGSS through the requests for event funding as mentioned above. You must join UGSS in order to receive event funding and also be a member of GITCA. It is only a requirement to be a member of both for the purposes of event funding. All other services/benefits/content is separate.

    Q: How can I add new users to my User Group SharePoint site?
    A: We get frequent requests to technical@GITCA.org for assistance to add new users to hosted SharePoint sites. You can in fact do this yourself. Any existing user can add new users by completing the form at http://www.gitca.org/AboutUs/Pages/Add-User.aspx.

  • Managing SharePoint Sites

    For information on managing your free hosted SharePoint site [password changes, add users, etc.] please go to the Technical Support page on the new GITCA website. Please update any links that you have which may point to the old website. Please note that now there will be a period of time where both WSS and SharePoint 2010 sites will be supported there will be two different URL’s in use. The WSS URL is http://ug.gitca.org/sites/XXX and the SharePoint 2010 URL is http://sites.gitca.org/XXX, where XXX is the requested identifier for the hosted site. Eventually when all of the WSS sites have been converted to SharePoint 2010 the new URL will be in effect for all sites.