MAY 2012 [Volume 4, Issue 5]

Form and List

  • 24 Hours in a Private Cloud – May 10

    Following the hugely successful [70K viewings] joint Microsoft/GITCA 24 Hours-in-the-Cloud on-line event last year a 24 Hours-in-a-Private-Cloud on-line event is planned for May 10 [it has been put back from April 26 to ensure the best possible event]. The sessions will be pre-recorded by subject matter experts including Microsoft MVP’s and shown around the clock starting at 8:00 am GMT. The sessions will be delivered mostly in English and a limited number in Chinese. You can register for the event at http://bit.ly/24hipc and entry into the event will be via http://bit.ly/24HrsPrivateCloud. Time is getting short to register. So don’t wait! This is going to be a very popular event when you have the following people as keynote speakers:

    In addition there will be presentations by very well qualified people, many of whom are Microsoft MVP’s, covering the following technical topic areas:

    • Private Cloud Infrastructure
    • Infrastructure Components
    • Application Management
    • Service Delivery and Automation

  • TechEd North America in Orlando, June 11 – 14

    GITCA will be at TechEd North America again this year. If you happen to be there come and visit our booth in the Community area. Most of the NORAM Board will be there and some of the Global Board. Come and enter your name for a prize draw. In conjunction with our INETA colleagues we will be running the ever popular Birds-of-a-Feather [BOF] sessions again this year. Like last year the BOF sessions will be broadcast live for those who aren’t fortunate enough to be there in person. Unlike lecture style breakout sessions, the BOF sessions are facilitator led and provide a unique opportunity at TechEd to have an open discussion with your fellow IT Pros. The IT Pro BOF sessions for TechEd NA 2012 are:

    Monday, June 11



    1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

    Advanced Architectures for Microsoft SharePoint 2010

    3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

    Microsoft IT Certifications vs. College Degrees

    4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

    Overcoming Obstacles in Running a User Group

    Tuesday, June 12



    1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

    Legal Structures of User Groups

    3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

    Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices

    5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

    Migrating from the Desk to the Cloud

    Wednesday, June 13



    8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

    Public v. Private Cloud v. Hybrid Cloud

    10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

    Get a Better Work/Life Balance through Process Improvement

    1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

    Windows MultiPoint Server Deployment

    3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

    Windows PowerShell Best Practices

    5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

    Getting Published

    Thursday, June 14



    8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

    The Ever-Expanding Roles and Responsibilities of an Exchange Administrator

    10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

    Business Speak

    1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

    Cloud Options and Best Practices for IT Professionals

    2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

    Security Challenges in a Hybrid Cloud

    4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

    Migrating to Microsoft Office 365

    INETA will be running a Community Leadership Summit on Sunday, June 10th from 1pm – 5pm at the Orlando City Hall in Orlando for community leaders. You can register using the link above.

  • TechEd Europe in Amsterdam, June 26 – 29

    GITCA will also be at TechEd Europe. So please come by our booth and visit us there. Most of the EMEA Board will be there. GITCA will be running BOF sessions and is looking for topic submissions right now. If you have suggestions please email Anders Pistaceci [GITCA EMEA Chair] as soon as possible.

  • SMB 2012 150 Awards

    GITCA would like to congratulate all of the awardees for the SMB 2012 150 Awards [The Top 150 Small and Medium Business Professionals]. GITCA is particularly proud to have 3 of those winners as part of our volunteer “family”; Rayanne Buchianico [Global Treasurer], Michael Jenkin [APAC Chair] and Scott Cayouette [NORAM Vice-Chair].

  • Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow

    Microsoft MVPs bringing the technology to you!

    • The Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow is coming to over 20 countries over the next 2 months and perhaps a location near you! So keep an eye on the website as venues and timings are confirmed.
    • What’s hot and new in Windows Server 2012? Microsoft MVPs bring you all you need to know about Windows Server 2012.
    • Sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, HP, and GITCA. Join the industry experts at a Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow that will keep you up to date and ahead of the pack!

  • IFIP World Computer Congress

    The World Computer Congress 2012 is the unique event in 2012 for IT professionals from all over the world to join together with invited international top speakers in the analysis of the most important IT topics and to start together drawing blueprints and designing road maps for these items.

    From September 24 to 26, countless professionals like you and 40 speakers will share in this 2.5 day event in the very innovative but also touristic capital city: Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    For the latest news check www.wcc-2012.org

  • 2012 InfoWorld Enterprise Architecture Awards

    Some Enterprise architecture programs become a key capability for the success of their business: ensuring aligned plans, shaping business transformations, or boosting the business value of IT. But other EA programs struggle, with nebulous missions, immature practices, and limited impact.

    If the first statement describes your EA program submit your story for the InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Award.

    This will be the third year for the awards program. Past winners have ranged from global banks to government ministries, from American Express to USAA, and from Singapore to Switzerland. These organizations have become a rich source of best practices, and a demonstration of what a high performance EA program is capable of.

    We have a theme for the 2012 awards: EA programs that are business-focused, strategic and pragmatic – and demonstrate this through their practices and the value they deliver. There are many ways which EA can show this: partnering with business transformation efforts, developing business-relevant roadmaps, orchestrating their business’s information assets, increasing business agility – the list is long. As with past years, submissions will be judged by your peers; heads of successful EA programs including previous winners.

    This year, Forrester and InfoWorld are partnering with the Pennsylvania State University’ Center For Enterprise Architecture. The Center For Enterprise Architecture is an innovative program, advised by a consortium of 70 organizations, that is advancing the practice of EA through research, degree programs, and continuing education. They will be using the 2012 winners as the basis for their continuing research on effective EA.

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Vivek Thomas – President Maximizer Software, Top-Ranking Global Executive

    An industry veteran with more than 18 years of experience, Thomas brings global management and business development experience to the role, having lived and worked in North America, UK, France, South Africa and the Middle East. Prior to Maximizer Software, Thomas held senior management positions with CRM vendor, Frontrange Solutions, in addition to Business Objects and Sony Corporation.

    Roy Freed - Computer Law Global Pioneer on Computers, Mind, Information and its Serious Implications

    Roy graduated from Yale Law School in 1940. He is known as the "Grandfather of computer law," having introduced that subject in 1960 and was its acknowledged guru internationally until retirement in 1986. He authored the first book on that subject and countless professional articles, and lectured about it throughout the world.

    Roy taught the subject as an adjunct at the Boston University School of Law for seven years. He is one of the seven founders, in 1971, of the Computer Law Association, now the International Technology Law Association, a bar association. Currently Roy is a specialist on the physical functioning of the human mind by its unique manipulation of evolution-exploited natural physical energy signals that represent facts and ideas.

    Susan Ibach - Empowering Developers to Improve the World

    Susan Ibach is a developer evangelist at Microsoft Canada. She has taken an interesting road to get there. Starting off with a degree in Electrical Engineering, she tried working at Bell Northern Research until she discovered she preferred software to hardware. Her next stop was Accenture, where she worked in a variety of roles including programming, testing, roll-outs, database administrator, even business process re-engineering. But her challenge was finding a way to combine her love of technology with her passion for sharing what she was learning with others. She decided to become a full time technical trainer and taught databases, programming, ITIL, and business analysis for a number of years. Always interested in growing her own skills and in helping others, she started to help out Microsoft Learning and other trainers through conferences, meetings, and webinars.

  • 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 currently must join UGSS in order to receive event funding and also be a member of GITCA.