First event listing for 2010! Happy belated New Year to all!

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar:

  • Fire Side Chat with the Microsoft IT Chief Architect and CTO
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 8:00 AM, Online
    Barry Briggs is Chief Architect and CTO for Microsoft’s IT organization, serving one of the world’s largest and most influential technology companies. Among other key initiatives, he drives the Enterprise Architecture practice for MSIT as well as numerous advanced technology programs. Previously at Microsoft he led the Master Data Management initiative in MSIT which created the world’s largest Customer Data Integration (CDI) system. Prior to that he served as senior architect in the Business Process and Integration Division at Microsoft, where he helped set the technology strategy for Microsoft’s enterprise integration and business process product line. Barry’s thirty-year career in the software industry includes eleven years at Lotus/IBM where he led the development of the company’s best-selling spreadsheet program and was named the company’s first Lotus Fellow. After Lotus/IBM, Barry held a number of senior executive positions serving as CTO for a number of successful software vendors. Well known in the industry (called “one of the better known CTO’s in the world” by InfoWorld in 2001), Barry speaks frequently at industry events. He is the author of numerous technical articles, two novels, and the popular “Barry Talks!” weblog (http://www.edithere.com/barry).
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  • Fire Side Chat with the Microsoft IT Chief Architect and CTO
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 3:00 PM, Online
    Barry Briggs is Chief Architect and CTO for Microsoft’s IT organization, serving one of the world’s largest and most influential technology companies. Among other key initiatives, he drives the Enterprise Architecture practice for MSIT as well as numerous advanced technology programs. Previously at Microsoft he led the Master Data Management initiative in MSIT which created the world’s largest Customer Data Integration (CDI) system. Prior to that he served as senior architect in the Business Process and Integration Division at Microsoft, where he helped set the technology strategy for Microsoft’s enterprise integration and business process product line. Barry’s thirty-year career in the software industry includes eleven years at Lotus/IBM where he led the development of the company’s best-selling spreadsheet program and was named the company’s first Lotus Fellow. After Lotus/IBM, Barry held a number of senior executive positions serving as CTO for a number of successful software vendors. Well known in the industry (called “one of the better known CTO’s in the world” by InfoWorld in 2001), Barry speaks frequently at industry events. He is the author of numerous technical articles, two novels, and the popular “Barry Talks!” weblog (http://www.edithere.com/barry).
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  • Hampton Roads .NET Users Group - 1 Year Anniversary!
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:00 PM, Chesapeake, VA
    Silverlight 4 - Ready for Business

    Abstract: Silverlight 4 is a major milestone in the progression
    of this exciting platform. New features include
    Elevated Trust, Printing Support, Right-click support,
    Full Screen Mode, Keyboard support, Mouse Wheel support,
    a Clipboard API, and more!
    Silverlight 4 an increasingly compelling technology, and
    with the enhancements in this latest update, Silverlight 4
    will definitely be "ready for Business."
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  • Fireside Chat: Exchange 2010: Migration and Deployment Best Practices
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 9:00 AM, Online
    You've no doubt heard about the new features that Exchange 2010 has in store to lower your messaging costs, delight your users, and protect your communications: reduced deployment costs, simplified high availability and disaster recovery, easier administration and decreased dependence on the help desk, new self-service capabilities, greater mobility and flexible access, increased user productivity, transformed voice mail, simplified compliance, new safeguards for sensitive information, and reduced risk of malware and spam - just to name a few. Knowing the benefits, you might be wondering what the upgrade or migration picture really looks like: what will it take to get your organization ready for the move to Exchange Server 2010? What are the "gotchas" and things to watch for?
    Join Ankur Kothari to talk about the path to Exchange Server 2010. Ankur is a Senior Technical Product Manager for Unified Messaging on the Exchange team. Ankur brings more than a decade’s experience as a Certified Master/Exchange Ranger and consulting architect to his current role guiding and shaping the Exchange product. Some of the more unique positions he has held include working at America Online designing their network infrastructure and at Evans and Sutherland developing flight simulator equipment for NASA and United Airlines.
    In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching team sports, attempting photography, and dreaming of exotic cars. You’ll find him as @ankbomb on Twitter.
    Before the chat, be sure to view his session, "Exchange 2010 Upgrade and Deployment" http://vepexp.microsoft.com/thenewefficiency/?s=5614
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  • Fireside Chat: Exchange 2010: Migration and Deployment Best Practices
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:00 PM, Online
    You've no doubt heard about the new features that Exchange 2010 has in store to lower your messaging costs, delight your users, and protect your communications: reduced deployment costs, simplified high availability and disaster recovery, easier administration and decreased dependence on the help desk, new self-service capabilities, greater mobility and flexible access, increased user productivity, transformed voice mail, simplified compliance, new safeguards for sensitive information, and reduced risk of malware and spam - just to name a few. Knowing the benefits, you might be wondering what the upgrade or migration picture really looks like: what will it take to get your organization ready for the move to Exchange Server 2010? What are the "gotchas" and things to watch for?
    Join Ankur Kothari to talk about the path to Exchange Server 2010. Ankur is a Senior Technical Product Manager for Unified Messaging on the Exchange team. Ankur brings more than a decade’s experience as a Certified Master/Exchange Ranger and consulting architect to his current role guiding and shaping the Exchange product. Some of the more unique positions he has held include working at America Online designing their network infrastructure and at Evans and Sutherland developing flight simulator equipment for NASA and United Airlines.
    In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching team sports, attempting photography, and dreaming of exotic cars. You’ll find him as @ankbomb on Twitter.
    Before the chat, be sure to view his session, "Exchange 2010 Upgrade and Deployment" http://vepexp.microsoft.com/thenewefficiency/?s=5614
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  • January Meeting Innsbrook .NET UG
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 6:00 PM, Glen Allen, VA
    Topic: Introduction to Data Warehousing
    Abstract: Learn about building a data warehouse in this introductory presentation. We will discuss dimensional modeling, star schemas, Kimball methodology, and slowly changing dimensions. We will provide best practices for building a data warehouse and show all pieces of a working data warehouse.
    Speaker: Jessica M. Moss
    Speaker Bio: Jessica M. Moss, an architect with Ironworks Consulting and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, is a well-known practitioner, author, and speaker in Microsoft SQL Server business intelligence. Jessica has created numerous data warehousing solutions for companies in the retail, internet, health services, finance, and energy industries and authored technical content for multiple magazines, websites, and the book "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Problem-Design-Solution". Jessica enjoys working with the central Virginia community and speaks regularly at user groups, code camps, and conferences. You can read about her work on her blog, http://www.jessicammoss.com.
    To Register, Please Use Click To Attend: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=144217
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  • Fireside Chat: SharePoint features for user group leaders
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 5:00 PM, Online
    Have you been provided with a free hosted SharePoint site? (http://gitca.org/hostedsites)
    Wondering what to do next?
    Join Viral and find out some of the great things that SharePoint can help you with in managing and promoting your user group
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  • Microsoft Developer Dinner Series for Partners: More Than Pretty Colors: Building Business Apps with Silverlight 4 & WCF RIA Services
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 6:00 PM, Reston, VA
    Join Marc Schweigert and James Chittenden in this session over dinner for a comprehensive, developer/code focused overview of:
    • What’s new in the Silverlight 4 beta and the latest release of WCF RIA Services (formerly .NET RIA Services).
    • How to incorporate prototyping into your design process using Expression Blend and SketchFlow. You will see how the design can be moved forward into a real application using both Expression Blend and Visual Studio.
    • The Model View ViewModel (MVVM) design pattern and how to effectively implement it in common scenarios.
    • The new Bing Maps Silverlight control and how to incorporate location based information into your applications.
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  • Fireside Chat: Welcome to Office Live Meeting
    Thursday, January 21, 2010 8:00 AM, Online
    Join us to discover how to increase productivity using Office Live Meeting. In this 60-minute presentation, you will learn best practices for successful presenting through live demonstrations, as well as your questions!
    Topics discussed include:
    • How to access the Office Live Meeting Service and configure your account to get started today!
    • Scheduling Live Meetings using the Conferencing Add-in for Outlook and using Meet Now to collaborate instantly with anyone.
    • Best practices for keeping attendees engaged with interactive meeting features.
    • References to additional Office Live Meeting support and resources will also be provided.
    Natasha Palandri has been a trainer with the Office Live Meeting Adoption Services group for over 4 years. With previous experience as a classroom technology trainer, she brings a particular understanding of the strategies new Live Meeting users may find helpful when transitioning from face-to-face to virtual communication and collaboration. In particular, Natasha enjoys exploring best practices for effectively working across cultures, and within the virtual team model.
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  • Fireside Chat: Welcome to Office Live Meeting
    Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:00 PM, Online
    Join us to discover how to increase productivity using Office Live Meeting. In this 60-minute presentation, you will learn best practices for successful presenting through live demonstrations, as well as your questions!
    Topics discussed include:
    • How to access the Office Live Meeting Service and configure your account to get started today!
    • Scheduling Live Meetings using the Conferencing Add-in for Outlook and using Meet Now to collaborate instantly with anyone.
    • Best practices for keeping attendees engaged with interactive meeting features.
    • References to additional Office Live Meeting support and resources will also be provided.
    Natasha Palandri has been a trainer with the Office Live Meeting Adoption Services group for over 4 years. With previous experience as a classroom technology trainer, she brings a particular understanding of the strategies new Live Meeting users may find helpful when transitioning from face-to-face to virtual communication and collaboration. In particular, Natasha enjoys exploring best practices for effectively working across cultures, and within the virtual team model.
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