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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla September 2008 Entries
InDesign User Group - Tuesday, October 28 for more information. Get ready to meet Adobe InDesign CS4! On Tuesday, October 28, we're bringing back Noha Edell, a Business Development Manager at Adobe Systems, to demonstrate the new features of this exciting release, including: * Many interface improvements * Live Preflight * Customizable Links panel * Conditional text * Cross-references * Interactive document design with SWF file export * Page transitions in SWF and PDF files * Smart Guides and Smart Spacing * Spread ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2008 11:37 AM

SQL User Group Meeting - October 21, 2008
Powershell Demonstration & End-User Reporting With SQL Server 2008 When: October 21, 2008 Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Visit Topic One: Powershell Demo Speaker: Rajib Bahir, e2D Powershell is the newest tool added so that DBAs can batch things easily and do other admin related chores. I will show how we can work with SQL server in command prompt. Rajib Bahir is a BI/SQL developer consulting for e2D and iCSQL. He is also training others on SQL courses at Minneapolis Community Technical ......

Posted On Monday, September 29, 2008 3:28 PM

SOA World Tour - October 15
Join IBM in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 for the Smart SOA™ World Tour! Website: (let me know if this link doesn't work and I'll send you my original invitation) The Smart SOA approach drives real sustainable performance and ROI through process optimization by empowering business users to change processes dynamically and delivering the visibility to sense and respond ......

Posted On Monday, September 29, 2008 3:09 PM

Mentored Learning Rotating Schedule Now Available at New Horizons of MN
Our Mentored Learning classroom is currently scheduled to be open on a rotating schedule with three months published at a time. There are two sessions available per day (Monday - Friday) in the Mentored Learning classroom. For your convenience, we have three different session time slots to choose from: The morning session (AM) is from 8:00am – 11:30am The afternoon session (PM) is from 1:00pm – 4:30pm NEW! The evening session (NI) is from 5:30pm – 9:00pm Schedules do occasionally change, so please ......

Posted On Friday, September 26, 2008 11:55 AM

Chippewa Valley .NET User Group Meeting - October 9
Website: Date: October 9 Location: Chippewa Valley Technical College - Room 176 Presentation Information: Mike Benkovich from Microsoft will show us how Visual Studio 2008 enables developers and IT operators to dramatically reduce the amount of time, effort and code required to develop and deploy real-world Web applications. ASP.NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and IIS 7 each provide much improved administration and management support, on top of dramatically improved performance. ......

Posted On Friday, September 26, 2008 11:47 AM

Women's Developer Luncheon in the Twin Cities

If you are a woman developer in the Twin Cities and would like to attend a luncheon hosted by Microsoft on October 9, please let me know and I will send you the details.  Send me an email at:


Posted On Friday, September 26, 2008 10:05 AM

Minnesota SharePoint User Group - October 8 meeting
Topic: SharePoint 2007 Administration You are invited to the SharePoint User group on Wednesday, October 8. At this event we will dig into components of SharePoint Administration. We'll start by reviewing terminology for SharePoint Administration. Next we'll dig into Backup and Recovery in SharePoint. Finally we'll look at ways to move SharePoint content around using various tools and techniques. Discussion points include: STSADM commands Catastrophic vs. more granular backup/restore methods The ......

Posted On Thursday, September 25, 2008 1:26 PM

MSDN Events - Twin Cities
Date: October 28 Join MSDN Events for the latest tips, tools and technical information you need to build powerful applications and engaging user experiences. We’ll show you how SQL Server 2008 delivers new development capabilities, including support for Spatial Data types, a fresh storage mechanism and more. You’ll also learn how to leverage the Silverlight platform to build next generation applications for consumers and business, and how Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 23, 2008 1:56 PM

Minneapolis Area VMware User Group - October 1
Date: October 1, 2008 from 1:00pm - 4:30pm Location: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest 5801 Opus Parkway Minnetonka, MN 55343 (952) 935-5500 Details: Please join us for the upcoming Minneapolis Area VMware User Group meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Join an innovative group of VMware users to network, share ideas, and learn how to get the most out of your VMware solutions. This is a great opportunity to meet with your Minneapolis based peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 23, 2008 1:14 PM

Twin Cities Languages User Group - October 9
October 9th, 2008: The Arc Programming Language" on Thursday, October 9 at 5:30pm. Event: October 9th, 2008: The Arc Programming Language What: Club/Group Meeting Host: Twin Cities Languages User Group Start Time: Thursday, October 9 at 5:30pm End Time: Thursday, October 9 at 7:00pm Where: Magenic To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:41 AM

TechMasters Group Charter Group Meeting Announcement
I’m excited to announce that based on feedback and response to people I’ve talked with and the previous emails I’ve sent out that we have scheduled the first “Charter” meeting of “TechMasters - Twin Cities”! This meeting will be held at New Horizon’s office in Edina (4510 West 77th Street, Edina, MN 55435) at 7:30 am – 9:00 am. This meeting will be a “Demo” meeting in the sense that we will bring in people from similar clubs to run thru an shorted example meeting with all the components of a typical ......

Posted On Friday, September 19, 2008 2:52 PM

week3 - How to Facilitate the Government out of Governance - Monthly Collaboration User Group Meeting
Event Name: How to Facilitate the Government out of Governance Date: October 15th, 2008 Time: 9-11 AM Location: Maple Grove Community Center Click here to register <registration includes a location map link> Join Virgil Carroll from High Monkey Consulting for this month's Week3 topic. . Virgil will be sharing with the group his recent standing room only talk from the SharePoint Best Practices conference in Washington DC. Virgil will be able to respond to questions, feedback, and comments during ......

Posted On Friday, September 19, 2008 2:05 PM

The unSummit08 - October 1, 2008
Website: Date: October 1, 2008 Location: TBA Time: 9am - 4pm Details: UnSummit 2008 is an technology+marketing conference that is being spawned as an alternative to the MIMA Summit, which is to be held on Oct. 1, 2008. Our idea was to hold UnSummit on the same day. That way, if you were already planning on taking off work, you've still got someplace to go. What’s the format? UnSummit is an alternative, "unconference." Not unlike a BarCamp. That means no pre-set agenda. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:58 PM

TechMasters Group being Formed... if interested, Join Us Thursday afternoon!
I’ve gotten a lot of interest from people who want to know more about the TechMasters idea and some really great questions. To address these I’d like to schedule a couple times to meet over coffee to answer these. Because my office is in the South metro, I tend to think of places near me, so how does Bruegger’s off of France sound (Bruegger's Bagel Bakery · (952) 926-2696 · 7101 France Ave S, Minneapolis)? If I get a lot of feedback maybe we can pick someplace further north as well. We will plan ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:34 AM

AITP Meeting - October 7
NEXT AITP MEETING: Tuesday evening, October 7, 2008 Topic: Employee Engagement For many years, organizations studied employee satisfaction, believing that Happy Employees = Happy Customers = Improved Performance, Profits, and Shareholder Value. While there is some truth to this premise, research and business have proven that the model driving satisfaction surveys does not go far enough – satisfied employees are not necessarily productive and loyal employees. Engagement goes beyond employee satisfaction. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 9:40 PM

Driving Business Performance with Microsoft PerformancePoint Server Planning - October 21
October 21, 2008 at the Golden Valley Country Club Registration Link: https://www.clicktoattend.c... Driving Business Performance with Microsoft PerformancePoint Server Planning: Plans, forecasts, and budgets are critical and influence decisions every day. Even though people gain valuable insights from them, plans are often only created and updated on an "as needed" basis. We all go through planning and budgeting, but does this process need to be so time-consuming? Join ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:53 PM

Solving Business Problems in MDX - November 10-12
Website: Class Overview This three-day, instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to write MDX expressions, calculations and queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services in order to implement the most demanding requirements for a Business Intelligence project. This course was written by Chris Webb, a mentor with Solid Quality Learning. He is a specialist in Analysis Services and MDX, is a co-author of the ......

Posted On Monday, September 15, 2008 9:54 PM

The Architecture and Integration Summit - October 30
The Architecture and Integration Summit hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Integration Consortium is coming soon. October 29th is a pre-conference tutorial day while October 30th is the main event with keynote presentations, track presentations, a panel debate on SOA versus REST, and a cocktail reception hosted by event sponsors – all at the McNamara Alumni Center. While Roy Fielding may not have invented the World Wide Web, he is in fact one of its chief architects and is the opening ......

Posted On Monday, September 15, 2008 12:44 PM

week3 - Making SharePoint Work for you - September 17, 2008
week3 - Making SharePoint Work for You Start Date: 17 September 2008, Wednesday Start Time: 09:00 AM End Date: End Time: 11:00 AM Location: Maple Grove Community Center - Banquet Room Payment: Free Join Joel Baglien & Jason McKinney from High Monkey Consulting for this month's Week3 topic. Based on requests from attendees at previous Week3 sessions, we are presenting a hands-on demonstration to show how any organization can improve information availability, productivity and processes, and communication ......

Posted On Monday, September 15, 2008 12:20 PM

PACT Meeting - October 10, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008 Stevie Ray “Think on the Spot” Have you ever thought of the perfect thing to say, but it was on the drive home? Do you have great ideas, but can’t communicate them? Quick and creative thinking is crucial to every facet of every job, whether you are dealing with a client or customer, a co-worker, an employee, or as being part of a team. Stevie Ray is a expert at helping people think on their feet, handle on-the-spot challenges more easily, communicate more effectively, and ......

Posted On Monday, September 15, 2008 12:17 PM

Exchange User Group Meeting - Thursday, September 18 from 4-6pm
Location: New Horizons of MN office: Date/Time: Thursday, September 18th from 4-6 pm Topic: "What is UC?" Speaker: Doug Splinter – Convergent Solutions Doug Splinter has been providing strategy, system architecture, and technology consulting for major network and system implementations for the past fifteen years. Doug currently leads the Unified Communications Practice (UCP) for Convergent. In that capacity, he consults regularly with major corporations ......

Posted On Friday, September 12, 2008 3:46 PM

SilverLight User Group Meeting - September 16, 2008
9/16/2008. 12 pm - 2 pm Topic: SharePoint and SilverLight Integration Presenter: Raymond Mitchell and Phil Jirsa, Inetium Abstract: In this presentation we’ll provide a quick overview of SharePoint before discussing integration opportunities such as: Leveraging the Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint Using SharePoint Designer to add Silverlight to your SharePoint sites Developing Silverlight applications that use SharePoint as a data source About Speaker Phil Jirsa and Raymond Mitchell are Information ......

Posted On Friday, September 12, 2008 10:57 AM

Business Intelligence User Group Meeting - September 12
Website: When: September 12, 2008 Location: Microsoft Office Time: 1pm - 4:30pm Meeting Details *note the new meeting date of September 12 and the time is 1:00pm at Microsoft Session 1: Spreadmart to Data Mart Conversion by Dan English, Magenic Session 2: Business Intelligence Requirements: How Business Analysis should be conducted to Ensure a Successful BI Initiative Spreadmart to Data Mart Conversion Everybody probably has spreadmarts somewhere in their organization. They start ......

Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2008 5:33 AM

Microsoft Project User Group Meeting - September 17, 2008
Website: Please join us on September 17, 2008, 12:00 - 2:00PM. Chris Doyle and Tom Smith from Wolters Kluwer Financial Services will present Tips and Tricks Implementing Project Server 2007 Microsoft introduced the long awaited successor to Project Server 2007 early last year. Both MSPS2007 and the desktop version have a number of great new features. MSPS2007 is part of Microsoft's Office architecture and is built on their SharePoint platform. More 2003 users are switching or contemplating ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:55 PM

System Center User Group Meeting - Thursday September 18
Location: Microsoft Office Time: 5pm Website: We have a special opportunity this month to welcome Sherry Kissinger (Wells Fargo, Microsoft MVP) to our user group. Sherry took over the old monster.mof years ago and has since become known as 'the' industry expert on SMS\SCCM inventory. As luck would have it, she is in town next week and has offered to speak on ConfigMgr Hardware Inventory and customizing mof files. If you manage a SMS/SCCM site you will not want to miss this month, ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 1:40 PM

MindSurf Conference Schedule Posted Online
We are less than 2 months away from MindSurf 2008. We have finalized our schedule and have posted it online. Visit for more information. If you are interested in registering, mention this blog posting and recieve $100 off the registration fee MindSurf 2008 Join local business professionals on October 28 for an educational event to learn about business trends and technologies for Business and HR Professionals, Design and Web Specialists, Project Managers and Business Analysts. You’ll ......

Posted On Monday, September 8, 2008 12:14 PM

itSMF Minnesota September 25, 2008 Event
Websiite: Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008 Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Registration opens at 12:30 PM Topic: ITIL and Governance IT Governance has emerged as one of the top 5 concerns of business executives and CIO’s. Business and IT leaders widely agree that role of IT is to enable the enterprise to meet its business objectives, yet surveys of CEO’s and business executives continue to report that IT is not meeting their performance expectations. But ......

Posted On Thursday, September 4, 2008 7:33 PM

week3 - Making SharePoint Work for You - Collaboration User Group Meeting - September 17
Event Name: Week3 - Making SharePoint Work for You Date: September 17, 2009 Time: 9-11 AM Location: Maple Grove Community Center Click here to register <registration includes a location map link> Join Joel Baglien & Jason McKinney from High Monkey Consulting for this month's Week3 topic. Based on requests from attendees at previous Week3 sessions, we are presenting a hands-on demonstration to show how any organization can improve information availability, productivity and processes, and ......

Posted On Thursday, September 4, 2008 10:38 AM

BizTalk User Group Meeting - September 18, 2008
Date:  September 18
Time:  6:00 - 7:00
Location:  Microsoft Office

Topic:  BizTalk Services - Workflow and Messaging in the Cloud
Presenter:  Matt Milner


Posted On Wednesday, September 3, 2008 9:40 AM

Twin Cities Code Camp - October 11
The Twin Cities Code Camp is biannual event held in the Twin Cities area. It follows the guidelines published in the Code Camp manifesto. As this is a community-driven event, we are always looking for people to lead sessions, volunteer to help during the day of the event, etc. If you'd like to participate, or if you'd like to contribute to the event, let me know. There's also a Facebook group that you can join - go here for the details. The schedule for the October 11 meeting has been posted. Please ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 2, 2008 12:18 PM

September 2008 IAMCP Minneapolis membership meeting
September 2008 IAMCP Minneapolis membership meeting Date: September 19, 2008 Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Topic: Fall Back into IAMCP!!! Website: Greetings, IAMCP will be kicking off for the '08-'09 year with a " Social Networking" breakfast meeting on September 19th, 2008. If you want to be more successful this year, network with other Microsoft Partners, and glean business development ideas, you NEED to attend the next meeting of the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 2, 2008 12:02 PM

SharePoint User Group Meeting - September 10
Minnesota SharePoint User Group Monthly Meeting When: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 AM Event: 9:00 - 11:00 AM Networking/Q&A: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: Microsoft Office 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 950 Bloomington, MN 55437 Meeting Room: Lake of the Woods I and II Meeting Topic: SharePoint Governance Registration Link: https://www.clicktoattend.c... Please join us on Wednesday, September 10th to continue to learn about SharePoint Governance. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 2, 2008 11:50 AM

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