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NOVEMBER 2011

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  • Getting the Word Out – very important for the success of GITCA

    Please pass on the newsletter to your members or include the content that you consider relevant/appropriate in your own newsletters or on your website. This is your opportunity to help GITCA to achieve its goal of the development and growth of the IT community and the elevation of the status of the IT Professional. Communication to your members is absolutely vital for GITCA to succeed and in turn fulfill our desire to return the benefits of that success to your members.

  • Social Networking

    Look out for us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

    To join the group on LinkedIn, go to: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=144364&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

    To join the Facebook group, go to: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=109516545

    GITCA Facebook page, go to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/GITCA/

    To follow GITCA on Twitter, go to: http://twitter.com/GITCAORG

  • New GITCA Website

    Work on the new GITCA website is now well underway. Targeted completion of phase 1 for public use is late December. A partial preview can be seen at http://gitca2.innicialabs.com/home.aspx. Project Management is by Bridge Partners and site design is by Innicia.The final version may have some layout and menu changes. Also, the current preview version does not contain all of the planned final content.

  • Newsletter Content

    This is YOUR newsletter and we would like to hear from you about the kind of community and general industry content that you would like to see. We would also like to receive short articles about what is happening in the community. For example, we could feature a particular member group each month, ie. history, how the group is run, how meetings/events are organized/conducted, most popular topics, speaker recommendations, etc..

    We would also welcome the opportunity to feature individuals who have made a recent noteworthy contribution or over an extended period of time. Community is all about people and we want to provide the opportunity for thanks and recognition via our wide reach. For example, public recognition can assist in individual’s careers. If you want to submit any kind of article please email info@GITCA.org by no later than the second Friday in the month in order to be sure to be included in that month.

  • GITCA Fellows Program

    For those people who have made a very significant and long standing contribution to community and the IT industry, GITCA operates an honorary Fellows program. If you know somebody that you feel is worthy of consideration please email info@GITCA.org with a brief description of why you feel somebody should be considered and more information about the process will be provided.

  • Microsoft’s DevConnections in Las Vegas

    If you had the good fortune to attend the recent DevConnections in Las Vegas you may have come across some of our NORAM Board Members who were talking to people about GITCA and asking about community needs. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to attend it is highly recommended. The quality and selection of instruction is first rate.

  • Free Online Conference from WindowsITPro – Building the Perfect Infrastructure

    Please use the following link to find out more about this excellent free online seminar and to register:

    https://www.vconferenceonline.com/event/regevent.aspx?id=400&CID=EPDedHPDec11VE_GITCA

  • We All Know That It Is a Competitive World!

    Governments are increasingly aware of the competitive importance of IT to their country’s economy. You may not know that there is a ranking system compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit and released for 2011 by the Business Software Alliance. You may be surprised to find where you rank. You may or may not be surprised as to where certain countries rank or which are rising up the rankings.

    For those countries who find they are falling down the list it is a clear wakeup call. For example, the following short article discusses some of the issues that people feel are important in Canada. A determined effort to improve everywhere will eventually raise the overall standard for all to benefit. Well trained and experienced IT Professionals are key to the competitive position. It is of note that support for “Professionalism” in IT is seen as an important factor to create the impetus for change and improvement. GITCA’s clearly stated goals are to support “Professionalism” in IT and to raise the status of the IT Professional. Government support is essential.

    http://www.cips.ca/As-Canadas-Global-IT-Ranking-Falls-the-IT-Community-Speaks-Out-Nov2011

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Professor Gabriel Wainer Multi-award Winning Top Researcher Gabriel A. Wainer (SMSCS, SMIEEE) received M.Sc. (1993) and Ph.D. degrees (1998, with highest honors) from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, and Université d'Aix-Marseille III, France. After being Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of UBA, in July 2000 he joined the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, where he is now an Associate Professor. He has been a visiting scholar at ACIMS (The University of Arizona); LSIS/CNRS, University of Nice and INRIA (Sophia-Antipolis), France.

    Dr. Roy Want International Much Awarded Top Researcher in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, Chair ACM SIGMOBILE and Chair [ACM] Mobility Tech Pack Committee.

    Roy Want is a highly respected research scientist at Google. Prior roles include Senior Principal Engineer at Intel, EIC at IEEE Pervasive Computing, and Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

    For Want's significant contributions to Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing he was awarded the status of IEEE and ACM Fellow in 2005. Some of his best known projects are: Active Badge, an in-building location system; ParcTab, the world's first context aware computer system; Personal Server, wireless mobile computer interaction through larger nearby infrastructure and computers; and Dynamic Composable Computing (DCC), sharing resources wirelessly to build a logical computer on the fly. With over 65 issued patents, Roy is a recognized top international authority with research interests in: mobile computing, ubiquitous & pervasive computing, hardware design, electronic commerce, smart cards, distributed systems, multimedia systems, location-based services, mobile user-interfaces, MEMS and electronic tagging (RFID).

    Karna Gupta ITAC President and CEO: Big Challenges and Opportunities in 2012

    Karna Gupta is one of the most respected and well-seasoned executives in high technology with an exceptional track record. With more than 30 years of outstanding industry experience, his expertise and accomplishments span across North American and International business domains.

    Currently serving on several Corporate Boards (Public & Private), he is also on the Board of Regional Incubation Center - Venture Lab. In January 2008, Mr. Gupta was namedCEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Certicom Corp (TSX: CIC). He led the organization through a successful turn-around, led the company through a successful defense against a hostile bid, and then successfully sold to RIM with over 96% shareholder approval.

  • Hosted SharePoint Sites

    We apologize but please note that we are NOT accepting any requests for hosted SharePoint 2010 websites at the moment.

    Recently significant progress has been made in restoring the SharePoint WSS sites. Although from the outside it might have appeared to be a relatively simple task to produce a complete intact restore it was in fact very difficult. This is why it has taken a regrettably long elapsed time for which we can only apologize. You should receive more information fairly soon. Once there is complete confidence in all of the WSS sites the eventual plan is to upgrade them in place to SharePoint 2010 sites. You will be kept informed of the plans and timing around this in due course.

  • 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: 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

    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.

  • Contacts

    Use info@GITCA.org for general inquiries and input.

    Use technical@GITCA.org for technical inquiries and technical assistance including requests for Live Meeting accounts.

    In order to avoid delays in a response, please ensure that you direct your email to the correct address.

    GITCA Regional Chairs please direct all inquiries and input which is region specific to the appropriate RC and cc info@GITCA.org.

  • Regional Chairs (RC’s)

    NORAM LATAM EMEA APAC
    Barry Sellers

    US

    Felipe Zuniga

    Chile

    Anders Pistaceci

    Belgium

    Michael Jenkin

    Australia