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SEPTEMBER 2011

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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 September TechTrax Blurbs

    Many times, the justification for cloud solutions is to reduce cost by removing IT overhead. The reality is, Office 365 can mean freeing IT from maintenance tasks and allow them to do things that impact the bottom line. Join Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Joey Snow as he provides a tour of the admin tools and tasks you'll still perform in an Office 365 environment. 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.

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

    GITCA would like to congratulate John Wischmeier for placing first in the first annual Systems Administrator of the Year contest organized by Windows IT Pro.

    http://www.windowsitpro.com/awards/system-administrator-of-the-year

  • Annual Elections

    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 Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Ryan Storgaard, Director of Technical Evangelism, Microsoft Canada Presented by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Ryan Storgaard is a recipient of the prestigious Microsoft Chairman's Award. As Director of Technical Evangelism at Microsoft Canada, Ryan leads an amazing team of individuals focused on driving satisfaction and adoption of Microsoft technologies. A firm believer in embracing and driving positive change rather than being negatively impacted by it, Ryan's previous national roles at Microsoft Canada include creating and leading national and competitive strategies. As Director of Cloud Services Strategy, Ryan reported directly to Eric Gales, President of Microsoft Canada, and the Canadian Leadership Team as the company worked on incubating, developing, enhancing and releasing several strategic Cloud Services such as: Office 365, live@edu, Bing search, Windows Azure and Windows Live. Prior to his current role, Ryan was Director of Platform Strategy at Microsoft Canada where he led another exceptional team that worked with the top Canadian brands, websites and software companies in Canada across Windows Phone, Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Azure. He also spent several amazing years leading Microsoft Canada's technical evangelism efforts with software companies from start-ups, to large enterprise systems, to competitive recruitment receiving the prestigious Microsoft Circle of Excellence award. Ryan has a strong background in systems engineering, programming and professional training. Before joining Microsoft, Ryan owned his own consulting company and worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Linux Professional Instructor teaching various courses in Novell, Cisco and internet security.

    Dr. Markus Jakobsson PayPal Principal Scientist Consumer Security, Author, Founder Security Startups RavenWhite and Fatskunk. Dr. Markus Jakobsson is a founder of the security startups RavenWhite and Fatskunk, and Principal Scientist of Consumer Security at PayPal. He has held positions as Principal Scientist at Palo Alto Research Center, Principal Research Scientist at RSA Security, Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Associate Professor at Indiana University and Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University. Dr. Jakobsson is a visiting research fellow of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, and serves on the technical advisory boards of Cellfony and Lifelock. His research is focused on socio-technical fraud; he has contributed to the knowledge of phishing, crimeware and efficient cryptographic protocols, and is currently focusing his efforts on mobile malware and mobile user authentication. He is an editor of "Phishing and Countermeasures" (Wiley, 2006) and "Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses" (Symantec Press, 2008), and "The Death of the Internet" (Wiley, forthcoming).

    Jeff Kempiners VP Avanade, Founding Director IFIP IP3 Global Industry Council, Top-ranking IT and Business Executive reveals social media insights Jeff Kempiners is the Vice President and acting Group Executive responsible for Avanade's business in the Southeastern USA. Jeff has held a variety of leadership roles within Avanade, including Group Executive for Central Canada, Canadian Chief Technology Officer, and Director of Consulting for the Canadian business. Jeff began his career with Avanade in 2000 based in the Chicago office, where he was a project lead and integration architect. Jeff's career spans over 10 years of delivery experience within both Accenture and Avanade, and an additional 7 years of leadership.

    Derek Corneil Renowned and Esteemed Computer Science Professor Emeritus University of Toronto. Derek Corneil was one of the 7 initial graduate students of the Graduate Program in the Department of Computer Science (DCS) at the University of Toronto. After completing his Ph.D. in 1968, he undertook a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and then returned to DCS as an Assistant Professor in January, 1970. Throughout his career at the University of Toronto, he held various administrative positions including Department Chair, Director of Research Initiatives of the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Acting Vice President of Research and International Relations. He was instrumental in the formation of the Information Technology Research Centre (ITRC) under the Province of Ontario Centre of Excellence program, and was the initial Academic Director of the Bell Emergis/University of Toronto Labs. His research area is algorithmic graph theory; in this regard, he has supervised (or co-supervised) 34 MSc and 25 Ph.D. theses and has published over 100 refereed scientific papers. He currently serves on 3 journal editorial boards and actively pursues his research as a Professor Emeritus at DCS.

  • New Hosted SharePoint Site Requests

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

    We are still working on restoring the existing WSS sites.