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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 March 2009 Entries
Minnesota SharePoint User Group
Minnesota SharePoint User Group SharePoint and Business Intelligence You're invited. Please join us on Wednesday, April 8, as we explore Business Intelligence leveraging the SharePoint platform. In this session we will cover the various Business Intelligence integration points with SharePoint 2007 including: Excel Services PerformancePoint Server 2007 SQL Reporting Services (SSRS) SharePoint filters Dashboards KPI lists and more! This session will include a number of demonstrations and tips on how ......

Posted On Monday, March 30, 2009 8:43 AM

TechMasters Twin Cities
Today, more than ever, effective communication skills are the key to personal and professional growth. TechMasters is a new Toastmasters chapter in Twin Cities, dedicated to helping technology professionals improve their skills in: Public speaking Making Presentations Communicating with non-technical people Impromptu speaking skills Techmasters provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, ......

Posted On Monday, March 30, 2009 8:37 AM

Twin Cities Code Camp
Join Magenic Technologies and New Horizons of Minnesota for the 6th Bi-Annual Twin Cities Code Camp Event. Spend a day with other coders and learn from each other on a variety of topics that impact your world. View the complete schedule, sessions details and bios of presenters at the code camp website The address for code camp is: Computer Science and Engineering building on the University of Minnesota campus University of Minnesota 4-192 EE/CS Building 200 Union Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 Objectives: ......

Posted On Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:54 AM

Ignite Minneapolis #1
The first ever Ignite Minneapolis event is right around the corner. Admission free. Beer is free. Wednesday, April 22 Solera, downtown Minneapolis RSVP now! 6:00 – Doors Open, social hour 7:00 – Presentations Begin 8:00 – Break 8:15 – Presentations Continue 9:00 – Event Conclusion What is Ignite? Ignite is a community-driven event comprising a series of speed presentations. Ignite events skew toward the geeky and wonkish, are usually innovative and fresh, and always involve drinking. Basically, a ......

Posted On Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:49 AM

iPhone Pub Night
March 23

Uptown Bar, Minneapolis

This is a social get together for iPhone application developers.

Please RSVP to Dan Grigsby ( if you are planning on coming.

Posted On Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:44 AM

Drive Your Way to the DMV & Performance Troubleshooting with Wait Statistics
April 21, 2009 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM Minnesota SQL Server User Group Drive Your Way to the DMV Speaker: Jason Strate, Digineer Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) and Dynamic Management Functions (DMF) have been around since the release of SQL Server 2005. But for many people DMVs and DMFs are still a mystery. Step under the hood and review some of the main DMVs and DMFs in SQL Server. From sessions to caches a walk through of some of the more useful DMVs and a practical look at what they all really mean. ......

Posted On Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:41 AM

Two day free training event called XamlFest at the Bloomginton, MN Microsoft offices from Tuesday, April 14th 2009 to Wednesday, April 15th, 2009. This will be a classroom style event led by fellow Microsoft’s very own John Pelak. This event will be going in depth on the XAML markup language and how it is used in both WPF and Silverlight 2.0 applications. We will also go deep on how to use Expression Blend to visually design application interfaces. Here's all the information on the event: Check out ......

Posted On Thursday, March 26, 2009 9:34 AM

They’re back!
ITCare is back! ITCare - MOSS: The New Breed of Business Intelligence April 29 9:00am – 11:30am ITCare, delivered and hosted quarterly by our Partners is designed to keep you up to date on the cutting-edge technologies. ITCare is a FREE half-day technical seminar series created by IT Professionals for IT Professionals! We'll address the needs and issues today and show you how to make a real difference in the way that you work ITCare - A 360 Degree Look at Virtualization May 27 9:00am – 11:30am What ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:18 AM

Upcoming FREE SharePoint Events!
Don’t forget, you can attend these events remotely! SharePoint Server 2007: Connecting People, Process and Information This free joint seminar from New Horizons of Minnesota and Inetium will explore how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 can boost organizational effectiveness by providing a comprehensive business solution for managing content, accessing information efficiently, improving business processes, and facilitating team collaboration and communication. April 2 9:00am – 12:00pm SharePoint ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:04 AM

NEW Professional Development Workshops are designed to get you the professional skills you need in a quick and inexpensive way!
No matter what type of organization you're in – a large corporation, a small company, government or non-profit – effective communication, time management and customer service skills are essential for success. To make these valuable classes as accessible as possible, our prices are just $80 - $120 per day. Upcoming Communication and Presentation Workshops Delivering Exceptional Customer Service May 19 – 20 8:00am – 4:00pm Effective Business Writing June 3 8:00am – 4:00pm Mastering the Art of Thinking ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:41 AM

Who doesn’t love a great deal
We have a number of great classes that are guaranteed to run! Don’t miss out! Flash CS4 Level 1 March 26 – 27 Solving Problems Before They Solve You March 26 Dreamweaver Level 3 March 31 Photoshop CS4 Level 1 April 2 SharePoint Site Collection Owner/Team Site Administrator April 1 – 3 OR April 20 - 22 MS Project 2007 (Part 1): Project Initiation and Planning April 8 SQL: Fundamentals of Querying April 17 Access 2007 Level 1 April 23 – 24 MS Project 2007 (Part 2): Project Validation, Baseline and ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:30 AM

Twin Cities Cloud Computing User Group - Kick-off Meeting
Don't miss the opportunity to be at the first local meeting of the Twin Cities Cloud Computing User Group. Cloud Computing encompasses a variety topics including Software + Services, Windows Azure (Microsoft's cloud computing platform) and Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). At this meeting, you'll hear about Microsoft's vision of Software + Services and what it can mean for you. In addition you will see a presentation on Microsoft’s BPOS software services. Learn more and register ......

Posted On Friday, March 20, 2009 4:30 PM

Effective Career Management in a Challenging Economy
PACT , the Professional Association for Computer Training, is offering this session on April 10th. "Effective Career Management in a Challenging Economy" Presented By Mark Gasche Mark is the Director of Specialized Services at Capella University. April 10th 2009 Reclaim ownership of your career path! Your career doesn’t just happen. It needs proper care and feeding. Professional development applied thoughtfully to your career life serves as a crucial component of career development, job satisfaction, ......

Posted On Friday, March 20, 2009 4:13 PM

MSDN Events: Azure, Debugging and Mobility
Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:00 PM - Thursday, March 26, 2009 5:00 PM Central Time Welcome Time: 12:30 PM Theater - Regal Brooklyn Center 20 6420 Camden Avenue North Minneapolis Minnesota 55430 United States Event Overview: Enhance your coding capabilities with new tools, tips, and inside secrets from MSDN Events. We’ll start with an overview of the Azure Services Platform, which can help you build cloud-based applications and solutions that offer the best of online and on-premises functionality. Next, ......

Posted On Friday, March 20, 2009 4:05 PM

TechNet Events: Software-plus-Services, System Center Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager
Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:00 AM - Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:00 PM Central Time Welcome Time: 7:30 AM Theater - Regal Brooklyn Center 20 6420 Camden Avenue North Minneapolis Minnesota 55430 United States Event Overview: Join your local TechNet Events team for valuable new tools and technical content – all delivered live by experienced IT pros. We’ll explore Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing, take a quick tour of Microsoft Online Services and Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), and discuss ......

Posted On Friday, March 20, 2009 3:42 PM

BE CONNECTED To Effective Networking
Monday, March 30 4 to 7 pm Dorsey-Ewald Conference Center 1000 Westgate Drive St Paul, MN 55114 (in the Midway area, close to University Ave & Highway 280) Last month, we had almost 60 professionals from throughout the Twin Cities area, representing a wide swath of professions and backgrounds, all looking to strengthen their networking skills and have an experience of generating high-value referrals for themselves. They all got what they came for, and now we're inviting you to come and enjoy ......

Posted On Monday, March 16, 2009 9:59 AM

Minnesota SilverLight/WPF User Group Event
Join us for the eleventh Minnesota SilverLight/WPF User Group Event. New features in SilverLight as announced at Mix 09 April 23, 2009 12 pm - 2 pm Sign Up Now Abstract: Scott Davis will recap the new features of SilverLight that will be announced at the upcoming Mix 09 conference. Speaker: Scott is a seasoned consultant with nearly a decade of consulting experience on both the Microsoft and Java platforms, involving mostly web application development. Scott began working with Silverlight in the ......

Posted On Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:35 PM

MN.swf Camp 2009
April 6, 2009 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Minneapolis Central Library Cost: $40 Announcing MN.swf Camp 2009 The MN.swf user group + Flashbelt bring you a special event MN.swf and FlashBelt invite you back for the second annual MN.swf Camp, a one-day event focused on connecting the local developer community and providing education on Flash Platform technologies. We're bringing in the best local speakers to inspire and educate on topics like Flex 3, Flash, AIR and ActionScript 3. This is a great opportunity ......

Posted On Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:26 PM

Minnesota Chapter of The Data Management Association
Title: Fundamentals of Meta data Date: March 18, 2009 8:30 am to 11:30 am Location: Hennepin County Government Center Topic: Fundamentals of Meta data Presentation Materials: Chuck Kelley - Chuck Kelley Presented By: Chuck Kelley - Excellence in Data, LLC Abstract: Ther term meta data is slung around in many different ways. This presentation will: -Define Meta data -Discuss the Types of Meta data -Understand the Importance of Meta data -Figure out where you get it -How to use Meta data Speaker Profile: ......

Posted On Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:19 PM

Mankato .NET User Group Meeting
March 24, 2009 5:30 pm Social time 6:00 pm Presentation Indispensable tools roundup In this session we will talk about utilities you can use every day to help you be a more productive developer and troubleshooter. Most of these are free or nearly free. We will demonstrate "can't live with them" tools from Sysinternals, Fiddler, Red Gate, profilers, web development add-ins, documenters and much, much more. Presenter: Loren Halvorson, Birch Cove Software We will have food and social time at 5:30, and ......

Posted On Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:11 PM

itSMF Minnesota March 2009 Event
Service Portfolio Management, Service Catalog and Request Management Version 3 of ITIL added a new, more comprehensive dimension to the tried and true "Service Catalog." It's called a Service Portfolio and it's introduced in Service Strategy. ITIL tells us that the Service Portfolio represents the commitments and investments made by the service provider across all customers and is created, managed, and supported through the Service Portfolio Management process. The Service Portfolio contains three ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 1:54 PM

New Spaghetti Code Podcast: Exploring the Twin Cities Developer Community
Spaghetti Code is joined by guests from New Horizons to talk about all of the different developer community groups and activities and why developers should get involved in their community. We talk about TechFuse, Code Camps, User Groups and a whole lot more.

Learn More or Listen Here!

Posted On Monday, March 9, 2009 5:10 PM

Let's Make a Deal!
Saving money has never been easier! Email me at to talk discounts about any of the classes listed... CXS-200-1l Implementing Citrix XenServer Enterprise Edition 5.0 March 30 - March 31 6235 Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services March 30 - April 1 6425 Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services March 30 - April 3 Effective Business Writing March 10 Access Level 3 March 12 Illustrator CS4 Level 2 March 16 Business Writing ......

Posted On Monday, March 9, 2009 5:03 PM

Leveraging Certification in Today's Economic Market to Ensure YOUR Success
Date: March 11th Time: 4:00pm-6:00 pm Location: New Horizons of MN office in Edina During difficult economic times, it's especially important to take stock of your professional and technical skills — so you can meet the immediate challenges and face the future with confidence. New Horizons is proud to present a FREE comprehensive seminar on the how certifications (Microsoft, Cisco, ITIL, BA and Project Management) can strengthen your long-term career prospects, while helping you to keep your organizational ......

Posted On Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:45 AM

Network on Wheels with Cisco and Spectrum Solutions
When: March, 10, 2009 9:00am - 1:00pm Where: Spectrum Solutions 7801 East Bush Lake Road, Suite 210 Bloomington, MN Times: Session 1: 9:00am – 10:00am Session 2: 10:00am – 11:00am Session 3: 11:00am – 12:00pm Session 4: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Cisco and Spectrum Solutions invite you to the Network on Wheels Come experience the latest real world, small and medium-sized business solutions from Cisco in a mobile showcase designed to educate, entertain and interact with you. The Cisco Network On Wheels (NOW) ......

Posted On Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:34 AM

PDMA - Creating a Small Business: The Journey of the Pickle
When: March 18, 2009 Where: The Dining Studio, 1121 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 Directions Time: 5:30 - 6:30 Networking and Reception 6:30 - 7:30 Program 7:30 - 8:00 Wrap-Up Cost: $30 PDMA Members $35 Non-Members $15 Students with Valid ID (code# 4CYF40ZC) Click to sign-up Do you have a new business and are trying to build it up? Looking for some real world experience for a class or new skill set? Do you long for the “taste” of summer? The Preferred Pickle is more than a food vendor ......

Posted On Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:06 AM

Communications Technology Association Luncheon - Controlling Your Telecom Expenses – Systems & Processes
Where: Eagan Community Center When: Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m Cost: $30/members (early), $45/members (regular), $60/nonmembers, $20/Student members, $30/student nonmembers Moderator: Harry Hurley, CTA Education Committee Panelists: Gary Seifert, Manager of Network and Telecommunications, Fair Isaac Corporation; Steve LaRock, Network Manager, TCF Financial Corporation, CTA Vice President With today’s economy it is even more crucial to save money anywhere you can. Come learn about ......

Posted On Thursday, March 5, 2009 10:59 AM

Code Generation Principles and Techniques (with an emphasis on the ADO.NET Entity Framework)
Chippewa Valley .Net User Group Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 05:00 PM Location: GreenMill Restaurant Directions Generating code for large-scale architectures is a complex topic. This talk will discuss ways to integrate the ADO.NET Entity Framework into your architecture’s code generation process and have it perform the “heavy lifting” in your Data Access Layer. We will cover an introduction to the framework itself and discuss some of the potential pitfalls (and how to avoid them) when using it in large-scale ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 4, 2009 10:23 AM

BusinessAnalystWorld: Minneapolis
Date: June 15 - 18 Location: Doubletree Hotel - Minneapolis Learn More and Register Here! BusinessAnalystWorld: Minneapolis 2009 is now 4 days long! 2 days of Symposium Conference Sessions and 2 days of Workshops!! Changing economic conditions have caused us to reevaluate our priorities, strategies and objectives. BusinessAnalystWorld is dedicated to helping you “Work Smarter. Plan Harder.” Our 2009 program uniquely empowers BA leaders, ensuring that projects are clearly defined and flawlessly executed ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 4, 2009 9:28 AM

Interested in Training AND Saving $$$
We have lots of great classes coming up! The classes listed below are conformed to run, but still have open seats, so let’s make a deal! Email me at to reserve your seat and start the process! Acrobat 8 Level 1 3/6/09 InDesign CS4 Level 1 3/9/09 Office 2007 New Features 3/9/09 Effective Business Writing 3/10/09 Access Level 3 3/12/09 Illustrator CS4 Level 2 3/16/09 Excel Level 2 3/16/09 Business Writing Workshop 3/19/09 Crystal Reports Level 1 3/19/09 InDesign Level 2 3/20/09 Word ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 4, 2009 9:08 AM

BI Special Interest Group Meeting - March 12
Date: March 12, 2009 Time: 3:00pm - 6:30pm (Resistration begins at 2:30pm) Learn more and Register! ANNOUNCING BI SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP: 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 from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. We hope you will plan to attend this meeting where we have lined up two very exciting and informative speakers. 3:00 - 3:15: BI SIG Updates & Announcements 3:15 - 4:30: SharePoint ......

Posted On Monday, March 2, 2009 3:14 PM

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