Announcing...  the inaugural meeting of the Northwest Connected Systems User Group will be held on November 15th.  Yes, that's next week.  If you are interested in seeing Scott Woodgate's travel slides from his trip to the Southern and Eastern Hemisphere, with a bit of BizTalk Server 2006 sprinkled in, please attend.  This is for any computer professionals (or students? - Sure!, what the heck.) who are interested in the following Microsoft technologies and/or products. 

Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Framework (formerly known as Indigo),
Visual Studio, SQL Server, Host Integration Server, Commerce Server, BizTalk Server

Travel expenses will not be reimbursed, unfortunately...  (this is low budget).

NW Connected Systems Inaugural Meeting

Date:   Tuesday November 15th, 2005
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place:  Microsoft Redmond CampusBuilding: 35, Room: Kalalach
Cost:   Free

Agenda

6:00 - 6:30:     Mixer. Members can chat informally amongst themselves, beginners can ask questions. This is the time for food and refreshments.

6:30 - 6:45:      Welcome and announcements. Talk about upcoming meetings. Highlight any major new developments that members may not be aware of.

6:45 - 7:15:     Meeting Part 1 (Product Awareness, Functionality, Tips/Tricks)

7:15 - 7:30:      Break, peer networking (if necessary)

7:30 - 8:45:      Meeting Part 2 (Formal Presentation, Q & A)

8:45 - 9:00:     Closing Thoughts

Presentations

Meeting Part 1: NW Connected Systems User Group Introduction
Since this is inaugural meeting for the user group, we would like to spend some time discussing the purpose of the user group, the schedule of events for the next few months, meeting logistics, and how you user group participants can contribute.

Meeting Part 2: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 – An Overview
Microsoft BizTalk Server is an enterprise-level software offering that facilitates integration and automation of key systems with a business’ enterprise.  This presentation will introduce the BizTalk 2006 product, providing an overview of its many features, and detail how it fits within an organization’s existing architectural landscape.  This presentation will also touch on Microsoft’s Integration Technologies and what technologies to use when.