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GITCA Newsletter for January 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: GITCA Global Board of Directors

Editor's note:  AITP partners with GITCA, the Global IT Community Association to provide valuable resources for AITP Chapter and Regions.  GITCA provides services to support leaders and connect user groups, associations, and student IT organizations.  See the GITCA/UGSS page at:

Getting the Word Out – very important for the success of GITCA

Please pass on the newsletter to your members or include the content that you consider relevant/appropriate in your own newsletters or on your website. This is your opportunity to help GITCA to achieve its goal of the development and growth of the IT community and the elevation of the status of the IT Professional. Communication to your members is absolutely vital for GITCA to succeed and in turn fulfill our desire to return the benefits of that success to your members.

Social Networking

Look out for us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

To join the group on LinkedIn, go to:

To join the Facebook group, go to:

GITCA Facebook page, go to:

To follow GITCA on Twitter, go to:

New GITCA Public Website

The new public GITCA website development is now almost complete. We are just going through minor bug fixes. Most of the content from the previous website is now in place and work has started on adding content to the completely new parts of the site. Please be patient as we continue to work on the new content which will be made public as and when complete [you will gradually see new entries in the menus]. Unlike the previous site which was based upon SharePoint the site is based upon the free community version of Dot Net Nuke [DNN]. Please give us your feedback on the new site.

One of the new features is a News page. This page is intended both for news from GITCA but mostly from the community. The most important news from GITCA will be posted on the Home page. It has always been stressed that GITCA is "your” organization and we will all derive the most benefit by the highest level of participation by everyone. To assist please send any news items, eg. about events, programs, awards, etc., to for inclusion.

GITCA Private Website for Members

GITCA is looking into the possibility of a private members site. We would welcome input on what features that you think that the site should have to bring the most benefit to our members. Please send your thoughts to

Resources for GITCA Federation Leaders or Members

We sometimes get asked for advice on how to start and run a successful User Group. Whilst there are no hard and fast rules there are some good guidelines which can be downloaded from here on the new GITCA website.

NPA Awards for Professionalism - the Tradition Continues……

The Network Professional Association (NPA) began honoring professionals in the computing and networking community in 2002. Then, Stephen Ibaraki, Henry Penaranda, Graham Reed, Doug Linman, David Vaillancourt, and William Collins were selected and awarded by their peers for the honor. Last year, NPA awarded Brian Cameron, Vivek Thangaswamy, Soumitra Sengupta, and Barry Sellers. This was Barry Sellers' second time being selected for the award.

The Awards for Professionalism recognizes the networking and computing professional at his or her best. Nominated by their peers, these are true professionals. Some are leaders and others are followers. The NPA is looking for the leading professionals to carry on this year's award tradition. The event returns to Interop in Las Vegas, and the award winners will be announced there, on May 7th 2012, at the Mandalay Bay.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the following categories:

Best Networking Professional — Career Achievement Award

Professional Excellence and Innovation Award

In the following subcategories:
Corporate Fortune X

Corporate Small Business
Independent Network Contractor

Outstanding Mentor Award

Top of the Mark — Volunteer Award

Each year, the NPA receives an excellent number of potential awardees and would like to have even more to consider this year.

Visit the website: for more information about the event, and nominate who you think is most deserving of the awards for professionalism.

Nominations have been extended to March 1, 2012.

GITCA is pleased and proud to support the NPA Awards for Professionalism.


Newsletter Content

This is YOUR newsletter and we would like to hear from you about the kind of community and general industry content that you would like to see. We would also like to receive short articles about what is happening in your part of the community. For example, we could feature a particular member group each month, ie. history, how the group is run, how meetings/events are organized/conducted, most popular topics, speaker recommendations, etc..

We would also welcome the opportunity to feature individuals who have made a recent noteworthy contribution or over an extended period of time. Community is all about people and we want to provide the opportunity for thanks and recognition via our wide reach. For example, public recognition can assist in individual's careers. If you want to submit any kind of article please email by no later than the second Friday in the month in order to be sure to be included in that month.

Stephen Ibaraki Interviews of Prominent People in the Industry

Roger Johnson – Chair IFIP IP3, Distinguished Scientist, Past Dean Birkbeck College/President CEPIS/President BCS/Honorary Secretary IFIP, International Top Leader and Innovator.
Following 4 years spent as a software developer in a major UK software house, Roger moved to a career in academia and retired as Dean of the Faculty which included the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck College, University of London, in September 2010. In March 2010 he was made a Fellow of Birkbeck College.

Professor Gabriel Wainer Multi-awarding Winning Top Researcher

Gabriel A. Wainer (SMSCS, SMIEEE) received M.Sc. (1993) and Ph.D. degrees (1998, with highest honors) from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, and Université d'Aix-Marseille III, France. After being Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of UBA, in July 2000 he joined the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, where he is now an Associate Professor. He has been a visiting scholar at ACIMS (The University of Arizona); LSIS/CNRS, University of Nice and INRIA (Sophia-Antipolis), France.

Dr. Gabriel Silberman International Top Researcher and Innovating Senior Executive

Dr. Gabriel Silberman is Senior Vice President and Director of CA Labs. He is responsible for building CA Technologies research and innovation capacity across the business.

Leveraging the talents of the company's researchers and technical experts worldwide, CA Labs engages with leading-edge researchers in academia, professional associations, industry standards bodies, customers and partners to explore novel products and emerging technologies in support of CA Technologies key growth areas. The results of these collaborations vary from research publications, to best practices, to new directions for products. Research topics cover insider threat detection, identity management, root-cause analysis, software development architecture, cloud computing methodology and strategy, and the human factor in technology.

Hosted SharePoint Sites and Live Meeting Accounts

We apologize but we are not currently accepting any applications for hosted SharePoint sites or Live Meeting accounts. Information on what to expect with respect to these benefits going forward will be available shortly.

We are still working diligently to try and recover the SharePoint WSS sites. It is proving to be a difficult challenge but we are determined to try and find a solution. We are utilizing all of the best resources available to us.

Existing LM accounts will be honored for the time being.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why when I request event funding from UGSS am I refused because I am not a member of GITCA when in fact my UG is a member?
A: You must make sure that the affiliation to GITCA check-box is checked in the profile of the UG on UGSS. This can be done by editing the profile of the UG(s) associated with a UG Leader via the My DashBoard tab.

Q: When will the next UG kits be available?
A: No UG kits delivered via UGSS are planned for the immediate future. Microsoft subsidiaries may provide UG kits at their option. For example, the Microsoft US subsidiary supplies UG kits on a quarterly basis.

Q: How can I find out about how to use UGSS?
A: The following link will help describe how to use UGSS -

Q: How come I receive communications from GITCA but not from UGSS?
A: GITCA and UGSS are two totally different independent organizations with two different databases of members. GITCA is associated with UGSS through the requests for event funding as mentioned above. You currently must join UGSS in order to receive event funding and also be a member of GITCA.


Use for general inquiries and input.

Use for technical inquiries.

In order to avoid delays in a response, please ensure that you direct your email to the correct address.

GITCA Regional Chairs – please direct all inquiries and input which is region specific to the appropriate RC and cc

Regional Chairs (RC's)





Barry Sellers


Felipe Zuniga


Anders Pistaceci


Michael Jenkin



The GITCA Global Board of Directors

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