NOVEMBER 2012 [Volume 4 Number 8]

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  • ACM Webinar - Condos and Clouds: Patterns in SaaS Applications

    The original webcast was broadcast on:

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST

    Duration: 60-minutes

    Our thanks go to those of you who attended the ACM webinar. If you didn’t manage to attend or want to listen again please go to the archive at: http://learning.acm.org/webinar/condos

    You can also view more Q&A with Pat Helland [questions answered offline] at:


    Important: System Setup & Compatibility Check

    Test the computer that you will be using and make sure you have the minimum technical requirements to view the webcast. Test at: http://webcast.on24.com/view/help/ehelp.html

  • Microsoft Technical Communities

    On November 8, Microsoft launched the new Microsoft Technical Communities (MSTC) Program, an evolution of the User Group Support Services (UGSS) Program. Sign up today and receive support for your community efforts like funding, better technical content and easier access to speakers and other resources.

    Are you a Community Leader and/or Speaker? Register and check the appropriate boxes during your initial registration process.

    Reminder: Sign up before November 30th for a chance to win* one of ten Visa gift cards worth $50 USD!

    Top 3 reasons why you should sign up:

    1. Funding - Funds can be requested by Community leaders for events on predefined topics focusing on major Microsoft technologies.

    2. Content - Access technical Train-the-Trainer sessions, presented & recorded by top technical experts from Microsoft.

    3. Speaker & Leader Connection - Find the right event speakers and connect with other Community leaders.

    There is a lot more! Go to http://www.technicalcommunity.com to find out more and begin participating today.

  • Interview of Jason Sherry, MVP by Adnan Rafique [GITCA Global Director-at-Large]

    Jason is an industry recognized expert on Microsoft Exchange and has designed and implemented some of the largest Exchange environments in the world. He has worked with Exchange for over a decade and has been a leading expert on Microsoft infrastructure technologies for over seventeen years. During this period, he has migrated and helped companies manage over a million user accounts and mailboxes. In addition to his consulting experience, Jason was a product manager at two software companies where he helped design their AD and Exchange management solutions.  

    Adnan Rafique  - Thanks Jason for taking time out and contributing to the community.

    Q1 - Tell us being an Exchange MVP how do you manage your time and keep your skills updated with every new release of Exchange 2013?

    The main way I keep my skills updated is by utilizing a lab with many VMs for testing and then deploying the pre-release version to my production environment where I host data for 30+ domains that I host for friends and relatives.

    Q2-What is the best thing you like about Exchange and similarly what you don't like about it?

    It’s scalability and flexibility to meet the needs of any organizations

    Site failover complexities  

    Q3-what are the best resources for learning and updating and how do you do that?

    The Exchange Team EHLO blog and TechNet are two great resources, but the blogs of my fellow MVPs are also a huge resource.

    Q4-In your point of view how important it is to contribute to the community?

    It’s essential to have successful project, the bulk of Exchange support comes from the community (TechNet forums, blog posts, and books by MVPs)

    Q5-When in your career did you start working on Exchange and why, and at what point did you decide to just focus on Exchange?

    I first started working with Exchange 4.0 beta when I was helping to manage the PC Applications Support team at Digital Equipment Corporation in early 1994. I then moved into full time consulting in 1996 and started a project consolidating 160+ MS Mail post offices to Exchange 4.0. I never made a decision to just do Exchange, but did decide to just to Microsoft way back in 1993 when I got to start working with Windows NT 3.1. Today I do mainly focus on Exchange and AD since I have so much time and expertise invested in those areas.

    Q6-What do you do when you are not working with Exchange?

    I go to a lot of concerts, 700+ so far (http://izzy.org/shows), ski, dirt bike, and I love to travel to new places.

    Q7-Is there anything you could to talk about or share related to Exchange 2013 which is not published yet and at the same time not breaking your NDA?

    At this point with MEC 2012 over I think everything I know about 2013 is public now. 2013 is going to be a lot easier to deploy and manage and I’m looking forward to this!

    Q8-What are your thoughts on Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) since the event is taking place after 10 years?

    I think it was a major oversight by Microsoft to drop\merge the MEC conference (into TechEd). Exchange deserves its own conference.

    Q9-What topics did you talk about at MEC?

    I had two sessions “Migrating from Another Forest to 2010 without 3rd party tools” and “Personal Archive and Retention Policies.” Both sessions covered what is in Exchange 2010 and 2013 and where 3rd party tools still might be needed for some organizations.


    Q10- Is there a message or success key to become an MVP or SME that you would like to share?

    Playing with the product, sharing what you learn, learning from others, and reading anything put out by the Exchange Team on the EHLO blog and key bloggers (list here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/746.exchange-blogs-sites-forums-and-twitter.aspx)

    This article can also be found on ExchangeITPro.com

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

    Bob Treadway Internationally Recognized Top Futurist and Strategy Advisor, Keynote 2012 ISACA World Congress

    Bob Treadway's work as a futurist, speaker, consultant, and strategy advisor began when clients asked him to develop forecasts to present in advance of his strategic planning consultation and facilitation. Those clients in a wide cross-section of industries listened to his counsel that they could not just "invent the future"; they needed to anticipate, prepare, strategize and act on the factors that they could not control.

    26 years later, his work continues. But it has broadened and deepened into a futurist practice that extends to multiple countries, several continents, dozens of industries, and several hundred client organizations.

    Clients like Berkshire Hathaway, Motorola, the Federal Reserve, Gillette, ExxonMobil, American Express, Syngenta, the National Corn Growers Association, US Gypsum, and the National League of Cities retain Bob to help them develop long-range thinking, forecast the environments of tomorrow, form robust strategy, and take action on what's ahead.

    Dave Roath - Leader PwC U.S. IT Risk & Security Assurance Practice

    Dave is a Risk Assurance Partner that leads the PwC U.S. IT Risk & Security Assurance practice. He resides in New York, NY. Dave has more than 20 years of experience in Business Process and IT risk, IT security, IT audit and compliance/regulatory readiness. Dave has a strong background in delivering IT Risk Management and Information Security Assurance, Privacy, Data Protection, Third Party Assurance, Advisory, and Internal Audit engagements.

    Dave has led global teams and significant engagements on IT, Security, Business, Regulatory, and Audit issues surrounding Information technology, IT Risk Management, Governance, Security, Privacy, Data Protection, Regulatory and Strategy assessments. His client experience ranges from working with a broad variety of global financial institutions, technology companies, and other non financial services companies including: exchanges, money center, consumer, and international banks, savings and loan institutions, investment banks, hedge funds, electronic exchanges, broker/dealers, technology, products and services companies. David has a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in Computer Science from Ithaca College and he is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Brenda Aynsley FACS CP, Honorary Life Member ACS - Chair IFIP IP3, Global Authority in ICT

    Project and Change Management achievements:

    • Successful project management and team building within ACS groups as VP and as Branch Chairman
    • 2002 Adelaide ACS Conference Chairman - a highly successful project stretching over 2 years and managed by volunteers with support from a professional conference organiser and marketing company
    • Successful implementation of national projects including the ACS Certification Program (work in progress)

      Professional Development and Training achievements:
    • Promoting the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) as the underpinning framework for PD offerings in ACS events and courses
    • Evaluating PD offerings each month in the ACS PD Program against SFIA level 5 and level 3
    • Short course development, administration and delivery
    • ACS Certified Professional Education Program 2009 revision of Business, Legal and Ethics module
    • Professional Year Program development and student coordination against the SFIA framework
    • Development and delivery of successful road show model in Freedom of Information training in regions

    ·         Training aids and support material development

    Client relationships:

    • Established contacts in early 1992 which still endure today within the ICT industry
    • Implemented a customer support system and customer service focus amongst staff
    • Maintained long term client relationships
    • Negotiated and gaining agreement on the data set items and a commitment to collect data by participants in national program involving federal and state governments
    • Negotiated ongoing commitment of funds from the Commonwealth to a State administered program

    Honorary Positions
    Office Bearer for national and state based organizations since 1993 including:

    • Chairman and Board member IFIP International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) (www.ipthree.org)
    • Fellow and Honorary Life Member Australian Computer Society (www.acs.org.au)
    • Chairman SA Committee — The Pearcey Foundation (www.pearcey.org.au)
    • Life Member Electronic Frontiers Australia (www.efa.org.au)

    Phaneesh Murthy - CEO iGATE, Global Founding ICT Industry Top Executive

    Phaneesh Murthy, currently the CEO of iGATE, has over the last two decades created three large transformations in the Global IT industry. In recognition of his exemplary entrepreneurship, Phaneesh received the "Outstanding Entrepreneurship" Award for 2011, instituted by Enterprise Asia.

    In the 1990s, Phaneesh Murthy was an integral part of the industry that created the huge IT Outsourcing market in India. As the Global Sales Head of Infosys, he has been widely credited as the one who was responsible for taking the organization from just $2 million in revenues to $700 million in under 10 years.

    Over the last decade, Phaneesh has embarked upon his second large transformation. Eight years since taking over as the CEO of iGATE, Phaneesh has transformed iGATE from a loss making staffing firm with negative margins, to a best-in-class earnings growth company with high focus on profitability, through his industry pioneering Business Outcomes based delivery model, that has now come to be accepted in the industry and is increasingly being adopted by Global customers. Under Phaneesh's leadership, iGATE grew from $80 million to $1 billion in under eight years. This has clearly reconfirmed Phaneesh as a thought leader in the industry.

    Phaneesh's third transformation is already being pegged as a big trendsetter for the industry. Against all odds, in 2011 Phaneesh challenged the previously unheard of scenario of a mid-sized IT company buying out a company that is more than double its size, with the vision of making the combined entity not just a large Tier 1 player delivering Business Outcomes based solutions, but also one that would have the best-in-class earnings growth in the industry.