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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota (www.nhmn.com). 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 (www.techmasters-tc.com), Communications Chair of PACT (www.pactweb.org), Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group (www.ncbisig.org) and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group (www.sharepointmn.com). *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 August 2008 Entries
Charity Fragathon - Sept 24, 2008
Website: http://www.charityfragathon... Where? Microsoft 8300 Norman Center Dr, Suite 950 Bloomington, MN 55437 When? Wednesday September 24, 2008 Time? 6-10pm The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest Halo 3 tournament you've ever seen. We'll also have a room set aside for Rock Band 2 and of course XNA games for anyone who wants to check out the new Xbox Live ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 27, 2008 9:20 PM

Twin Cities Languages User Group - September 11
A Crash Course in HLSL (September 11th, 2008) Microsoft’s High-Level Shader Language (HLSL) is a shading language developed to give graphics programmers complete control over the graphics in their applications. This talk starts at the very basics explaining what a shader is, how it works, how to write one, and why they’re so important in the future of next-gen graphics. Speaker Matt Christian is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Stout studying Applied Mathematics and Computer Science with ......

Posted On Monday, August 25, 2008 3:15 PM

MIMA Summit - October 1, 2008
2008 MIMA Summit The premier interactive marketing event in the Midwest, attracting professionals from all disciplines of design, marketing, media, promotions and usability. www.mimasummit.org October 1, 2008 7.45 am - 7.30 pm The Depot, Minneapolis Members: $345 ($295 thru 9/12) Non-Members: $540 ($490 thru 9/12) Students: $85 ($75 thru 9/12) ......

Posted On Monday, August 25, 2008 3:12 PM

ArcReady - September 16, 2008
Microsoft ArcReady Website: www.arcready.com When: September 16 from 9:00-11:30 Where: Microsoft Office in Bloomington Topic: Architecting Modern Distributed Applications Nearly every application we build today has dependencies to other systems. How do we design them to work together to meet our goals? How do we decide what to build and what to buy? Do we host it ourselves or in the cloud? With a bewildering array of choices, the biggest challenge we face today is how to architect robust applications ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 9:50 AM

BI User Group Q3 Meeting - September 12
BI User Group Q3 MEETING When: September 12 Time: 12:30 registration - 4:30 end time BISIG website: www.ncbisig.org Registration URL http://www.digitalconcourse... We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our BISIG meeting at Microsoft Corporation, 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 950, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55437. We hope you will plan to attend this meeting where we have lined up two very exciting and informative speakers. Topic ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 7:41 AM

Constructive Accountability with Positive Results - August 26
Seminar Title: Constructive Accountability with Positive Results Date: August 26 from 9:00 - noon (lunch is included) Registration Link: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... Cost: FREE Seminar overview One of the most important factors in developing employee engagement is establishing workplace accountability. With accountability, you get better results, improved teamwork and focus on organizational goals. Without it, you get low productivity, finger-pointing, missed deadlines and ......

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 2:19 PM

ITIL V3 Awareness Seminar
ITIL v3 Service Management Awareness: A Lifecycle Approach Where: New Horizons of MN (www.nhmn.com) Date: October 27, 2008 Time: 9:00am - 12:00 Registration Link: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... Seminar Overview Our ITIL v3 Service Management Awareness overview provides a general introduction to IT Service Management, focusing on the lifecycle of services-birth to retirement-broken into five key phases. The phase components, Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, ......

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 11:46 AM

IIBA (Business Analysts) Monthly Meeting - September 11
Welcome back from Summer! The Minneapolis – St. Paul IIBA Chapter is looking forward to seeing everyone in September. At our meeting on the 11th, we will be providing important Chapter information, including announcements for our October 2008 meeting with SafeNet Consulting, Professional Development Days later in October and our Chapter Board of Director elections in November. We will also have information for those interested in participating in elections available at the meeting. Meeting Data and ......

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 11:36 AM

Exclusive BizTalk Training - August 25-29
Registration Link: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... Date: 8/25/2008 - 8/29/2008 Location: New Horizons of MN - Edina For more information, contact New Horizons at 952.896.6800. Mention that you saw this training here! Class Overview This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to efficiently and effectively integrate systems, employees, and trading partners through orchestration in a highly flexible and highly automated manner. This course ......

Posted On Friday, August 15, 2008 9:49 AM

Classes the week of August 25 at New Horizons of MN
New Horizons of MN, located in Edina MN, has the following classes running next week. Most classes are offered either as a public class here at our facility or as a remote class, which is the same instructor led class, but instead of coming in to our office, you take the class from anywhere. For more information on what remote learning is, please visit http://www.nhmn.com/Service... . IT and Developer Courses: 2793 Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting ......

Posted On Friday, August 15, 2008 9:45 AM

Affordable Virtualization & Disaster Recovery Workshop - August 26
To reserve your spot please register at: http://www.clicktoattend.co... Your enrollment will be confirmed upon processing. Join us for a free Virtualization and Disaster Recovery Workshop. The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm with lunch provided. This workshop will be held at Works Computing located at 1801 American Blvd E; Suite 12; Bloomington, MN ......

Posted On Thursday, August 14, 2008 8:45 PM

System Center User Group Meeting - August 21
System Center User Group Meeting Registration Link: http://www.clicktoattend.co... Date: August 21, 2008 Location: Microsoft Office in Bloomington Time: 4:30 (registration) 5:00 (meeting start) Details: Well the summer is nearly over and we'd like to start having regular user group meetings again. Please consider joining us next week on Thursday 8/21/2008 at the Microsoft Bloomington Office where free food and beverages will be provided. Welcome time and food is at 4:30 and we will start ......

Posted On Thursday, August 14, 2008 8:13 PM

MPUG Monthly Meeting - The Power of Scrum - August 28
MPUG Monthly Meeting - The Power of Scrum Microsoft Office Project Users Group website: www.mpug.com Please join us on August 28, 2008, 12:00 - 2:00PM. Jay Steffenhagen from ITR Group will present: The Power of Scrum This Lunch and Learn will introduce Scrum development as an Agile method. An overview of the Scrum process and roles; advantages / disadvantages of Scrum; tailoring opportunities of Scrum SDLC; and Scrum's relationship to Project Server will be provided. The session will conclude with ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 9:49 PM

itSMF Minnesota September 25 Meeting
itSMF Minnesota September 2008 Event Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008 TIme: 1pm - 4pm Location: Microsoft Office (8300 Norman Center Drive Suite 950 in Bloomington) Website: http://www.itsmfusa.org/mc/... 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 it's business objectives, yet surveys of CEO's and business executives ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 4:07 PM

MPI (Meeting Planners International) Monthly Meeting - August 20
MPI (Meeting Planners International) Monthly Meeting Website: www.mnmpi.org Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Topic: Marvelous Meetings: Kick-off Event & Committee Sign-up Kick off the 2008-2009 MPI MN year at its August meeting where you will be able to hone your leadership skills as well as be “educated” by committees from MPI MN including Membership, Education, Finance, Community Outreach, Leadership, and Communications. Each of these committees will be showcasing what they offer to our chapter ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 3:09 PM

week3 - Another Fine Mess - Collaboration User Group Meeting - August 20
week3 - Another Fine Mess Date: 20 August 2008, Wednesday Time: 09:00 AM End time: 11:00 AM Location: Maple Grove Community Center - Banquet Room More information and online registration: http://wcig.shuttlepod.org/... Join Virgil Carroll from High Monkey and Rick Adams from PC Solutions for this month's topic: Best practices for backup, document archiving, and SharePoint site management. Agenda Why SharePoint environments get out of control: ......

Posted On Sunday, August 10, 2008 12:35 PM

PACT Meeting - August 8, 2008
Excellence Share - "Meet, Collaborate and Share" Presented by PACT members PACT (Professional Association of Certified Trainers) www.pactweb.org The PACT Excellence Share is our annual event to celebrate and share the accomplishments of our membership. This is an opportunity for you to share and facilitate a discussion on any topic that you are passionate about, have an expertise in, or maybe you've implemented within your organization. If you choose not to facilitate a table, as a participant, you'll ......

Posted On Thursday, August 7, 2008 9:20 PM

Twin Cities Developers Guild Meeting - Tuesday, August 12
August 12, 2008 - Developers Guild Meeting, featuring Rocky Lhotka When: 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) Topic: CSLA .NET is one of the most widely used development frameworks for .NET. CSLA Light is a subset of CSLA .NET that runs in the Silverlight environment. CSLA Light is an ongoing project, scheduled for a first release in September 2008. Come to this session to get an insiders first look at CSLA running on Silverlight, providing many of the ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 6, 2008 3:44 PM

MindSurf 2008 Conference - October 28, 2008
MindSurf 2008 Conference When: October 28, 2008 Where: The Westin in Edina Cost: Regular rate: $399; Early Bird Rate: $349; *****Mention that you saw this out on my blog and I'll get you in for $299 Website: www.mindsurfmn.com Join local business professionals 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 walk away with tools needed to incorporate your new skill ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 2:47 PM

SQL on Saturday - Saturday, September 20
SQL on Saturday When? Saturday, September 20 Where? New Horizons of MN in Edina Registration link: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... Time: 8:00 - 4:00 Event Official Website: SQL on Saturday Cost: $99 Audience SQL Administrators and Developers. Topics will include SQL 2000, 2005 and 2008 Class Overview SQL on Saturday is a one day weekend event for SQL Administrators and Developers to get together for great educational tracks, networking and learning. Anyone can submit a ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 9:19 AM

Advanced Transact-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning for SQL Server 2000 & 2005 by Itzik Ben-Gan
Advanced Transact-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning for SQL Server 2000 & 2005 When: November 3-7, 2008 Where: New Horizons of MN located in Edina MN (www.nhmn.com) Course Outline: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... This course was developed by Itzik Ben-Gan, a mentor and one of the founders of Solid Quality Learning, and the author of Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Querying (MSPress, 2006) and Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Programming (MSPress, 2006). ......

Posted On Friday, August 1, 2008 9:38 AM

Classes the week of August 11 at New Horizons of MN
New Horizons of MN, located in Edina MN, has the following classes running next week. Most classes are offered either as a public class here at our facility or as a remote class, which is the same instructor led class, but instead of coming in to our office, you take the class from anywhere. For more information on what remote learning is, please visit http://www.nhmn.com/Service... . Class list: 2273 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... ......

Posted On Friday, August 1, 2008 7:58 AM

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