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:

  • Easing (Leaping) Into the Cloud (Part 3)
    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 1:00 PM, Online
    The objective of this third and final session will be to introduce a decision making framework - based on real world experience - for rationally adopting Windows Azure as a core element of an application architecture. Topics include best practices on how to get started, envisioning potential new services, determining ROI/TCO, and working through application selection to achieve early success. The approach examines the multiple dimensions of economic modeling and TCO, Cloud Fit Analysis and the impact of Azure on support and operations. Real world case studies will be presented highlighting the steps for successful adoption of Windows Azure.
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  • Monthly Public Sector Developer Dinner Event: SharePoint 2010 as a Development Platform Series
    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:30 PM, Reston, VA
    For the next several months, we will focus on SharePoint 2010 Development starting January 2011 and kick off the series with a two-part discussion: introduction to SharePoint 2010 development and SharePoint 2010 customization and branding. Future events will cover basic and advanced SharePoint 2010 development topics -- web parts, workflows, sandboxed solutions, Business Connectivity Services, Excel Services, Azure and cloud computing integration, content management, search, to name a few.
    Introduction to SharePoint 2010 Development (45 minutes) - presented by Dr. Zhiming Xue “Z"
    In this introduction session we will discuss new Visual Studio 2010 features and templates for SharePoint 2010 development, and other related tools such as SharePoint Designer and PowerShell. Through demos we will also discuss SharePoint application development, debugging and deployment process.
    Branding Custom Sites in SharePoint 2010 (60 minutes) - presented by Greg Galipeau
    In this session we will discuss branding techniques to create custom internet sites in SharePoint 2010. While SharePoint 2010 introduces many innovative techniques such as the new ribbon, it also produces challenges for designers when the design is built for the Internet.
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  • DC ALT.NET - ASP.NET MVC 3
    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 7:00 PM, Alexandria, VA
    This month we have Roberto Hernandez to come and talk about ASP.NET MVC 3, Razor, NuGet and other goodies newly released
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  • SharePoint ShopTalk
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:30 PM, Online
    Join us for the first SharePoint ShopTalk of the Year 2011!
    SharePoint ShopTalk is a weekly discussion where our panel of experts answer questions about SharePoint. No question is too small or too big.
    Join the SharePoint ShopTalk LinkedIn Community to submit questions prior to the event. You may also tweet your questions during the event to @spshoptalk as well via the live meeting.
    For our next session join us as we introduce a new monthly segment: Panelist Spotlight - "Tips and Tricks" Our first installment features Laura Rogers insight into InfoPath:
    InfoPath is a forms program that is part of the Microsoft Office suite of products. Creating forms is easy to do, without having to know any code. In this session, Laura Rogers will teach some advanced concepts in InfoPath. You will learn some best practices for configuring data connections and work with multiple views and form load rules for an approval process.
    Our Panel of experts include:
    Natalya Voskresenkaya - SharePoint MVP and co-author of Professional Microsoft Search: FAST Search, SharePoint Search, and Search Server
    Laura Derbes Rogers - a Senior SharePoint Consultant at SharePoint911. Her background is in server administration, and she has contributed as an author on three different SharePoint books since 2006.
    Carlos Fernandez - SharePoint Consultant for Portal Solutions specializing in customization, configuration, migration and deployment
    Chris Poteet - An analyst and user experience consultant for Portal Solutions
    Nilesh Mehta - President and Sr. SharePoint Architect at NGenious Solutins Inc.
    Harry Jones - President and Sr. Solutions Architect for Arcovis
    We look forward to the continued sharing of SharePoint knowledge.
    Audio Call-in Number: (760)-569-0111
    Audio Passcode: 724468#
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  • SharePoint User Adoption for Developers
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:00 PM, Arlington, VA
    Michelle Strah will be speaking on the importance of SharePoint User Adoption in an Agile environment for Developers
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  • Webcast: Effectively Prepare and Deliver SharePoint Success in 2011
    Friday, January 28, 2011 2:00 PM, Online
    Join SharePoint MVPs Ben Curry of Summit 7 and Dux Raymond Sy of Innovative-e as they provide valuable insights, tips and recommendations on how organizations can effectively prepare and deliver SharePoint Success in 2011.
    In this presentation, you will learn how to:
    - Justify your SharePoint investment
    - Assess your organizational readiness for adopting SharePoint 2010
    - Understand the major architectural changes in SharePoint 2010
    - Map business needs to SharePoint capabilities
    - Prioritize SharePoint solutions and plan your architecture accordingly
    - Appropriately staff your SharePoint team
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  • TechNet Events Presents: Transforming IT with Cloud Computing Firestarter
    Tuesday, February 01, 2011 8:00 AM, Chevy Chase, MD
    Session 1: Cloud Computing Essentials for IT Pros
    This session is to clarify myths and provides pertinent information of cloud computing from an IT professional’s viewpoint. We will review the architecture and examine the service delivery models of cloud computing while stepping through business scenarios and operations of employing public cloud and private cloud.
    Session 2: Physical, Virtualized, and Cloud
    With virtualization and cloud computing, IT now has many options to deliver services on premises and beyond. How does virtualization work? What to virtualize? Is virtualization relevant to cloud computing? And what is cloud? Do we need cloud? Is cloud the right solution? Which resource to put in the cloud, or not at all? How do we get from point a to point b? This session is to connect some of these dots for and help IT professionals gain insights of transitioning existing IT into a cloud-friendly and cloud-ready environment.
    Session 3: Public Cloud: What, Why, and How
    Instead of worrying about plumbing, public cloud gives IT the power to focus on business logic with ability to scale up or down resource capacities depending on business demands. Further with a pay-for-use business model, IT won’t be wasting money on providing services you thought you might need but never got around to using. This session demonstrates employing public cloud for information workers to carry out work routines while IT is realizing the benefits on a daily basis.
    Session 4: Private Cloud: What, Why, and How
    This session presents the criteria, examines strategies, and walks through the processes of assessing and constructing private cloud with demonstrations on delivering and managing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in an enterprise setting.
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  • Light up your Silverlight Apps for Windows 7 Firestarter
    Wednesday, February 02, 2011 9:00 AM, Malvern, PA
    Windows 7 and Silverlight make for a fantastic platform to build and deploy applications. Together, you have the power to build smart, visually stunning applications that truly light up. Want to learn how to take advantage of your desktop OS using Silverlight? Want to learn some Silverlight programming techniques? Want to dialog about some Silverlight Futures? Join us for a full day of Silverlight with a special emphasis on out-of-the-browser applications.
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  • Light up your Silverlight Apps for Windows 7 Firestarter
    Thursday, February 03, 2011 9:00 AM, Chevy Chase, MD
    Windows 7 and Silverlight make for a fantastic platform to build and deploy applications. Together, you have the power to build smart, visually stunning applications that truly light up. Want to learn how to take advantage of your desktop OS using Silverlight? Want to learn some Silverlight programming techniques? Want to dialog about some Silverlight Futures? Join us for a full day of Silverlight with a special emphasis on out-of-the-browser applications.
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  • TechNet Events Presents: Transforming IT with Cloud Computing Firestarter
    Thursday, February 03, 2011 9:00 AM, Malvern, PA
    Session 1: Cloud Computing Essentials for IT Pros
    This session is to clarify myths and provides pertinent information of cloud computing from an IT professional’s viewpoint. We will review the architecture and examine the service delivery models of cloud computing while stepping through business scenarios and operations of employing public cloud and private cloud.
    Session 2: Physical, Virtualized, and Cloud
    With virtualization and cloud computing, IT now has many options to deliver services on premises and beyond. How does virtualization work? What to virtualize? Is virtualization relevant to cloud computing? And what is cloud? Do we need cloud? Is cloud the right solution? Which resource to put in the cloud, or not at all? How do we get from point a to point b? This session is to connect some of these dots for and help IT professionals gain insights of transitioning existing IT into a cloud-friendly and cloud-ready environment.
    Session 3: Public Cloud: What, Why, and How
    Instead of worrying about plumbing, public cloud gives IT the power to focus on business logic with ability to scale up or down resource capacities depending on business demands. Further with a pay-for-use business model, IT won’t be wasting money on providing services you thought you might need but never got around to using. This session demonstrates employing public cloud for information workers to carry out work routines while IT is realizing the benefits on a daily basis.
    Session 4: Private Cloud: What, Why, and How
    This session presents the criteria, examines strategies, and walks through the processes of assessing and constructing private cloud with demonstrations on delivering and managing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in an enterprise setting.
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