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  • GITCA Business Plans for FY12

    GITCA is poised to move forward with its next phase of development where we will focus on extending our value to and support for the GITCA members and the IT Pro community. You can find our Mission, Vision and Specific Goals going forward and our plans for FY12 at: http://www.GITCA.org/Documents/GITCA_BP_FY12.pdf

  • UGSS October TechTrax Blurbs

    Register Today! "October 25, 2011: Managing PCs in the Cloud with Windows Intune" Webcast

    Learn how you can manage updates, remove viruses, deploy software, and support your Windows PCs all from a web browser with no on-premise servers using Windows Intune. In this session, we’ll dive into the technical capabilities of Windows Intune and explain how you can automatically own Windows 8 as soon as it is released. Register now!

    The TechTrax Training Series, sponsored by Microsoft User Group Support Services (UGSS), delivers technical content and guidance to help speakers and leaders inform user groups about practical applications of Microsoft solutions. The series features monthly webcasts for IT professionals on Microsoft products/services including: Windows Server, Hyper-V, Windows Azure, and more. Learn more about TechTrax Training.

    Check out upcoming Microsoft TechTrax Training Webcasts!

    Coming soon from the TechTrax Training Series, sponsored by Microsoft User Group Support Services (UGSS):

    November 29, 2011: Where Do You Want to Work Today? Get Empowered with the Consumerization of IT

    December 13, 2011: SQL Azure: The Breakfast of DBA Champions

    TechTrax Training delivers technical content and guidance to help speakers and leaders inform user groups about practical applications of Microsoft solutions. The series features monthly webcasts for IT professionals on Microsoft products/services including: Windows Server, Hyper-V, Windows Azure, and more. Learn more at www.technicalcommmunity.com.

  • NPA Webinar Series

    Topic : Working in the Cloud with Office 365

    Presenter : Jim Belasco, DF/NPA, CNP, MCP

    Date: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Pacific time , November 5th 2011

    Description: Microsoft launched Office 365 some time ago to make it easier for small businesses to use Microsoft Office. By eliminating the need for setting up own infrastructure and by simplifying the licensing model, this new web based solution is all set to change the way we work. Join me in this webinar as I dive into the nuances of the product and tell you how you can use it to your advantage. A demo is included.

    • Productivity wins with Office 365 (Power Point)
    • 365 Demo

    Level of Presentation: End-user to intermediate.

    About the Speaker: James Belasco has served as a member of the NPA Board of Directors since 2000 for the Network Professional Association (NPA) and most recently as Chairman. James has represented the NPA in the forming of what today is known as GITCA. He supports the NPA websites: NPA.org, AwardsforProfessionalism.org, CNP.org as well as the NPA Job Board. His passion for ethics and professionalism is exemplified his participation in the Certified Network Professional, Awards for Professionalism, and College of Distinguished Fellows.

    Attendee URL:https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=7ZM2GA&role=attend

  • Stephen Ibaraki Honours Canadian Global Computing Pioneer and Icon, Kelly Gotlieb!

    I received an invitation in October to a special ceremony at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where Dr. Calvin Gotlieb, is receiving his Honorary Degree on November 10 2011.

    Since I am unable to be there due to other commitments, I am writing this personal tribute to this great Canadian and aligned with my keynote that I gave in March celebrating Kelly’s 90th birthday with over 200 guests at the University of Toronto.

    Kelly is a computing pioneer, whose innovations and accomplishments helped lay the foundation for a worldwide industry, educational stream and profession. His contributions are so profound and their impact so diverse and in so many areas that the lasting value cannot be comprehended.

    For the Canadian Information Processing Society or CIPS inspired by our founder Kelly Gotlieb. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated "Your efforts have made positive and lasting contributions to Canada's economic growth and competitiveness." This all due to Kelly!

    We have Dr. Mike Williams, past President of the IEEE-CS, where in his over 70 pages of transcript; he documents Kelly’s contributions since the 1940’s.

    I did a media search today which yielded over 100 pages appearing in many publications worldwide where Kelly’s work is recognized or he is interviewed.

    I did an interview with Maria Klawe and I asked her to share the story or two in celebration of Kelly's 90th from her nearly 35 years of knowing Kelly. Maria is the past Dean at Princeton, college president of HMC, on the Microsoft board of directors and recently nominated to the Broadcom board. She recounted how she was a graduate student at U of Toronto and Kelly was 57 and the Father of Computing. She is now 60, so older than Kelly at that time, and Kelly continues to be the Father of Computing through his ongoing work. She also noted his considerable contributions as Chair and Co-chair of the ACM Awards Committee, and his work on the Turing Award.

    I will now speak to my personal interaction with Kelly.

    I have a continuing series of interviews with Kelly—numbering over ten now. I am often asked, how did these interviews start? I sent a note to Kelly to see if he would consent to being interviewed. Kelly quickly replied demonstrating his inclusiveness, openness, and willingness to share.

    Of those interviews, I am asked which is the one, where I receive the most feedback. It’s the one about his family; there is high regard, respect, and recognition for Kelly but Kelly demonstrates this high regard, respect, and recognition for his family; this very much Illustrating Kelly’s passion, caring and humanity.

    I first met Kelly at the CIPS' 50th anniversary where the seas of IT professionals parted in a demonstration of the high, regard, respect and recognition for Kelly—the three Rs’.

    Finally, let me now share three stories about Kelly.

    Story 1:

    Kelly has chaired or co-chaired the ACM Awards Committee for over two decades. This therefore excludes Kelly from receiving some of computing's highest honours. It is clear that Kelly would have received ACM's Turing Award, the Nobel Prize of Computing, if he didn't serve in this self-less way, and for so many years. His life is about giving and to so many.

    Story 2:

    Vint Cerf is often credited with creating the internet and has received many honours for his work, including the Turing Award (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf). Kelly, who continued teaching into his 80s', needed a speaker and at his request Vint Cerf flew in to speak to his students and spent significant time with them, including coaching his graduate students on their work. Vint was able to provide meaningful and constructive insights for all of the grad students to improve their diverse work, a measure of the abilities of Vint to have intimate in-depth knowledge in so many areas of research. However this story also illustrates the high regard in which Kelly is held by the world's best scientists where Vint would make this time available for Kelly and his students.

    Story 3:

    The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's largest and only science fair where pre-collegiate finalists from over 50 countries and regions showcase their innovative research. If you ever wondered what happens when students enter a science fair, ultimately the winners from each country and region end up at the ISEF. The work is world class. Kelly has been judging at the ISEF more than once and it is exhausting work looking intimately at the research performed by these young scientists. This speaks to Kelly's commitment to education and his contribution as a mentor for computing science innovation. In 2010, due to a last minute shortage, Kelly stepped up to judge again at 89. The hours are very long and work intensive. However, his insightful analysis, questions to the students, and 70+ years of experience proved invaluable. I served as head ACM special awards ISEF judge and having Kelly as co-judge was truly inspiring, as he is an amazing visionary leader--you can imagine the good fortune of the students to have a computing pioneer and iconic figure encouraging them to continue their research. Moreover, Kelly was the first to arrive, the last to leave. Kelly asked the most insightful questions of the finalists and provided kind guidance back and wanted to ensure that all students received positive guidance and congratulations for their work. And he provided an on the spot algorithm for ranking the finalists to determine the winners, reducing a days’ work into a little more than an hour.

    I provide my congratulations to Kelly on receiving this latest honour from the University of Victoria.

    Very well deserved for a fine Canadian and “Global” Pioneer!

  • CIPS Set to celebrate “IT Professionalism Week”

    IT Professionalism Week is a yearly celebration held across Canada by CIPS (Canada’s Association of IT Professionals). CIPS aims to increase awareness about the importance of professionalism in the IT industry. This week is also a time to celebrate CIPS and its professionalism resources.

    IT Professionalism Week is being held this year from Monday October 31st to Friday November 4th 2011. All IT professionals are encouraged to participate in the many special activities and events occurring across the country.

    CIPS is working hard to raise IT professional standards. Does your user group/association work to raise IT professional standards and awareness? If not consider getting active in that area. We are sure that the people at CIPS would be only too pleased to assist. For more details about “IT Professionalism” week please visit www.cips.ca/ITProfessionalismWeek.

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Dr. Maria Klawe, Pioneering World-Renowned Computer Scientist and Executive Leader, shares her early years

    Harvey Mudd College is led by Maria Klawe, HMC's fifth president who began her tenure in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the college since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as Dean of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. During her time at Princeton, Maria led the School of Engineering and Applied Science through a strategic planning exercise that created an exciting and widely embraced vision for the school.

    Roger Johnson FBCS,CITP,C.Eng, Chair IFIP IP3, Distinguished Scientist, Past Dean Birkbeck College/President CEPIS/President BCS/Honorary Secretary IFIP, International Top Leader and Innovator.Following 4 years spent as a software developer in a major UK software house, Roger moved to a career in academia and retired as Dean of the Faculty which included the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck College, University of London, in September 2010. In March 2010 he was made a Fellow of Birkbeck College.