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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 December 2008 Entries
SharePoint User Group Meeting - January 14, 1009
Website: Registration link: https://www.clicktoattend.c... Topic: Back to the Basics: Making the Most of WSS v3 Please join us on Wednesday, January 14, for an engaging discussion on Windows SharePoint Services v3. With the current economic landscape, companies are concerned about how they invest their money and how to get the most out of what they've already invested in. With this in mind, we'd like to focus this month on the SharePoint tools and products ......

Posted On Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:41 AM

PhizzPop - January 15, 2009
January 15, 2009, Minneapolis, MN Watch the top agency talent as they show us their Expression Studio and Silverlight skills, or show us your design and development talent by submitting an entry to the PhizzPop Online Challenge. Microsoft is partnering with MIMA, the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association, to put together the biggest Design Challenge this city has ever seen! Registraiton Link: ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:14 AM

Overnight Website Challenge - Looking for Developer Teams now!
Only a bunch of programmers would come up with this great idea. For the second year in a row Sierra Bravo, a web development firm based in Bloomington, Minnesota, will sponsor its Overnight Website Challenge. Non-profit organizations apply for consideration for the Challenge and the chosen NPO's get 24 hours of free web design services provided by volunteer programmers. The purpose of the event is to highlight how web technology can help non-profits further their missions and assist 10 deserving ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 16, 2008 10:53 AM

Chippewa Valley .NET User Group Meeting - December 11
Main Presentation: December11th - Discovering the Possibilities with SharePoint Development Presenter: Ryan Oliveira Location: Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Room ECB 176 Date: Thursday, December 11th, 2008 Time: 5:00 PM Sponsor: Solutia, Consulting http://www.solutiaconsultin... Prize(s): Sharepoint Training CD, Books NEW PARKING INSTRUCTIONS Park in the P9 Lot off of College Drive, and go in door 3B. Do NOT park in the lot by the front of the building. (See the link to the CVTC parking ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 9:19 PM

2008 Top 20 Companies in the IT Training Industry
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers among the list of Top 20 Training Centers! Read more and see the other winners at http://www.trainingindustry... In Minnesota, the New Horizons Center is located in Edina MN. We offer a variety of educational services, including community involvement through user groups/seminars/conferences, Instructor Led Training, Remote Instructor led training, Assessments to customize a training path to ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 5:17 PM

Silverlight: Innovate Your Business (Webinar)
Registration Link: Overview: Harness web applications built in Silverlight 2.0 to deliver browser rich, accessible content to clients and customers. Silverlight 2.0 is not just a browser plug-in, but a web programming platform built on the powerful .NET Framework. This powerful architecture allows companies to build rich internet applications while still maintaining their .NET developer base. Silverlight 2.0 leverages the separation of ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 8:32 AM

PACT Meeting - December
Topic: "Change... When It Happens To You" Presented by Sara Lykken We probably all agree that change is inevitable. We experience change whether it be a job layoff, a merger, a canceled contract, a change in a personal relationship or just the change in season and the snow covered roads we need to navigate. However, the quality of our lives is determined , not by what happens to us, but by how we handle change when "It" Happens! During this fast paced personal development workshop you will learn ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2008 10:01 PM

Small Business Server User Group Meeting - Dec 9
Meeting Topics: Cyber Crime and Software Inventory Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force We are privileged to have Doug Dvorak of the Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force(MCCTF), a joint FBI and U.S. Secret Service task force that includes members of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and local law enforcement. FBI agents assigned to the Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) also operate out of the task force. The mission of the MCCTF is to investigate violation of Federal law where the Internet and computer ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2008 9:52 PM

IAMCP Holiday Party (International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners)
If you are a Microsoft Partner and are not a member of this group, please join us on December 18th to find out more about the group. The format of the meetings has changed, so if you've been before and decided not to come back, please reconsider and join us for the 2009 season. We have alot of great things in store! When: December 18th from 4:00 – 6:00 Where: Major’s Sports Café 6440 Wayzata Boulevard Golden Valley, MN 55426 Why: The local chapter of the IAMCP would like to provide an opportunity ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2008 9:36 PM

MMS 2008 - Microsoft Management Summit - LOOKING FOR THE DVD
HELP!!!  Did anyone attend the MMS 2008 - Microsoft Management Summit - I am looking for a copy of the DVD that was given to all attendees.  Please email me with information

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2008 12:19 AM

TechFuse 2009 Conference - Now Accepting Applications for Speakers
Our TechFuse 2008 Conference on February 26, 2008 drew in over 425 people for a one day conference, focusing on Microsoft Technologies. Featured tracks in 2008 included SQL Server 2008, System Center, Visual Studio 2008, SharePoint 2007 and more. TechFuse 2009 Conference is going to be held on March 17, 2009 (you bet, the luck of the Irish!) at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Center. We have selected our tracks (with feedback from our internal instructors and our students) and they are: Virtualization ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2008 8:49 PM

BI User Group Q4 Meeting - December 11
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Q4 BISIG meeting at Microsoft Corporation, 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 950, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55437 from 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. We hope you will plan to attend this meeting where we have lined up two very exciting and informative speakers. Registration URL: Times: 2:30 - 6:00 Agenda: 2:30-3:00 Registration 3:00-3:15 BI SIG Updates & Announcements (Hear about how the organization is growing and changing to better serve ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2008 1:59 PM

Windows Small Business Server 2008 Seminar - December 11
Mytech Partners invites you to join us for a special event...the launch of Windows® Small Business Server and Essential Business Server 2008. As one of 15 Microsoft partners worldwide who participated in technical evaluation for over a year, we are offering you an exciting opportunity to be one of the first to experience how this affordable and integrated server solution helps you protect your business data and increase your employees' productivity. Mytech Partners will also be featuring Essential ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2008 11:57 AM

(IIBA) Business Analyst Professional Development Days
Business Analysts' Professional Development Days 2009 In Cooperation with IIBA Minneapolis - St. Paul Registration Link: Make plans now to join other Business Analysis professionals at the Business Analysts's Professional Development Days 2009. PDD 2009 will be held January 12-15, 2009 at the Ramada Mall of America. We invite you to network with other business analysts, participate in our workshops, and attend ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2008 11:56 AM

December 2008 ISES Program
Come and share the holidays with ISESat our annual “Jingle Mingle” celebration event.Skyway Classic Events and Aarcee Classic Events will be hosting the event at their Bloomington location and are looking forward to having an opportunity to share their excitement about the merger of Aarcee, Skyway and Classic Events. You will find out about the merger, have a chance to peruse their newly expanded Bloomington showroom and then it’s on to a party tent with incredible food and beverages as well as dancing ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2008 10:53 AM

Twin Cities SharePoint Camp - January 24, 2009
The 2009 date has been set for January 24, 2009 from 8:00 - 4:30 at New Horizons of MN. Details are being finalized and as soon as the registration page is open, we will post the information here SharePoint Camps are about the SharePoint community at large. They are meant to be a place for developers, administrators and any SharePoint user to come and learn from their peers. Topics are always based on community interest and never determined by anyone other than the community. Registration link: ......

Posted On Monday, December 1, 2008 9:07 AM

CTA Luncheon - December 9
Annual Holiday Networking Event Where: Eagan Community Center When: Tuesday, December 9, 2008, Special Time: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Speaker: Sue Lindgren, YESS! Registration Link: Are you as effective as you could be? Do you know what is holding you back or getting in your way so you can be effective? What is Emotional Intelligence? Event Notes: • Afternoon Event (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) • Plenty of Networking Delight • Appetizers • Cash Bar (registration includes ......

Posted On Monday, December 1, 2008 8:23 AM

SharePoint User Group Meeting - December 10
You're invited. Register at Please join us on Wednesday, December 10, for another opportunity to collaborate with experts on methods used to maximize the potential of the Microsoft Office SharePoint platform. Previous MNSPUG presenters will team to facilitate an open forum around the platform. Be sure to bring your questions and experience to participate in this dynamic discussion. Several subject areas within the SharePoint platform will be covered, including: • Planning • Development ......

Posted On Monday, December 1, 2008 8:20 AM

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