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    The October 2008 INETA APAC newsletter is now available online.

    http://apac.ineta.org/Newsletter/English/October2008/tabid/331/Default.aspx

    2008年10月31日 5:35
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    Happenings Around INETA Asia Pacific (APAC)

    Happenings around Asia Pacific

    Technical Audience Global Marketing team (TAGM) has a new leader

    As many of you know, one of the key roles of the TAGM group I’m part of is to connect with and support the technical user groups around the world, working with the Microsoft field and more importantly with associations such as Culminis, INETA, PASS and others. A few examples of the things we provide are:

    • Funding to the major associations and for some of your local meetings.
    • Technical content to help with your user group meetings.
    • Community Led Launch Events (over 7000 last year)
    • A communications channel between yourselves and the various groups within Microsoft.
    • LiveMeeting accounts!
    • Advice and guidance (from you as well as to you!)
    Many of you will have met either Christine Betts or Michael Alcock, who have been very active with the User Groups over several years now. Both are moving on to new opportunities within Microsoft, and I thought I should take the opportunity both to let you know this and also to introduce you to Rick Martinez, the new leader of the Technical Audience Global Marketing Team, or TAGM.

    Christine Betts is moving on after almost 4 years of leading the mission for technical audience connection. Christine will be continuing to work on our cross-company strategy for audience satisfaction until she transitions to a new role later in the year. As you may know, Christine is a 25-year veteran of Microsoft, having done many and varied roles across the company before this one. Christine wants me to pass on the following words to you all – “One of the greatest pleasures of the past 4 years has been the opportunity to meet and work with members of the technical community across the world. Microsoft is improved and completed by the amazing work that you do with technology every day. I’m delighted to have done what I can to enable that. I am confident though that we are still only at the beginning of an even stronger partnership and I look forward to watching it continue to flourish. Keep giving the feedback and helping Microsoft to step up its game to help you all do bigger things to realize your own ambitions.”

    Michael Alcock has had a key role in driving broad community connection for Microsoft, and was the IT Professional Champion for the division. He had responsibility for the Microsoft user group, influencer and community content strategy programs, and his new role builds on his experience from working with User Groups to bring those learning deep within Microsoft.

    Michael would just like to say that “User Groups Rock! I’m glad I met you all and don’t think I’m going very far. My new role is to help bridge the community of Microsoft’s technical professional s better with all of you!!! I’m so glad to have been a part of the past 3 years of transformation for how we serve the community at scale. It’s so cool to have roles within Microsoft that interact and listen to you and work with all of you to improve how this company works with the community. I’ll see you all again soon.”

    Rick Martinez has joined Microsoft to lead the TAGM organization going forward! Rick was from Disney and has a rare blend of skills that are a natural fit for this role. He is a developer, IT Professional, community technologist and an Internet strategist. Rick has built software products, run datacenters and is constantly striving to understand the next generation of technical opportunities. Rick’s most recent role at Disney was the VP of Technical Operations - leading a team of IT professionals managing the datacenter and infrastructure for some of the most successful Web sites in the world: ESPN.com, ABC.com, and Disney.com. While there he also drove Internet strategy for all of the Disney Parks and Resorts, using technology to create innovative customer experiences and improve operational performance.

    Prior to Disney, Rick held engineering roles at a startup and at a large university, building products and managing IT infrastructure. As Director of Engineering and Manager of Database Engineering for Starwave he led teams, built software, and was responsible for all back-end and client side systems. These roles have given him a wealth of experiences as both an IT Pro and a Developer – he has walked many miles in your shoes. Rick asked me to tell you that “I am very excited to take on this very important role connecting the technical community with Microsoft. I look forward to continuing the momentum started under Christine’s leadership and over the coming months will share with you my thoughts and perspectives on how we can work together to take this up to the next level.” am excited to announce that Rick Martinez has joined Microsoft to lead the TAGM organization going forward! Rick is joining us from Disney and has a rare blend of skills that are a natural fit for this role. He is a developer, IT Professional, community technologist and an Internet strategist. Rick has built software products, run datacenters and is constantly striving to understand the next generation of technical opportunities. Rick’s most recent role at Disney was the VP of Technical Operations - leading a team of IT professionals managing the datacenter and infrastructure for some of the most successful Web sites in the world: ESPN.com, ABC.com, and Disney.com. While there he also drove Internet strategy for all of the Disney Parks and Resorts, using technology to create innovative customer experiences and improve operational performance.

    Prior to Disney, Rick held engineering roles at a startup and at a large university, building products and managing IT infrastructure. As Director of Engineering and Manager of Database Engineering for Starwave he led teams, built software, and was responsible for all back-end and client side systems. These roles have given him a wealth of experiences as both an IT Pro and a Developer – he has walked many miles in your shoes. Rick asked me to tell you that “I am very excited to take on this very important role connecting the technical community with Microsoft. I look forward to continuing the momentum started under Christine’s leadership and over the coming months will share with you my thoughts and perspectives on how we can work together to take this up to the next level.”

    Two New Country Leads

    We'd like to welcome 2 NEW INETA country leads,  Kashinath, from India and Nathan Pitcher from New Zealand. We'd be covering more about these 2 great individuals in the coming newsletter. Stay Tuned!!!

    Tech•Ed North America 2009 returns to one-week format

    Microsoft Tech•Ed is the premiere technical education and networking event for any technology professional interested in learning, connecting and exploring a broad set of current and soon-to-release Microsoft technologies, tools, platforms and services.

    To better serve the distinct needs of the Developer and IT Professional communities, Microsoft constantly looks for the best, most efficient channels to educate both developers and IT professionals on the latest technology developments.

    Tech•Ed North America will once again be focused into a single week for both audiences. The change in format is based on feedback from you, the Developer and IT Professional community. Microsoft remains excited to provide you the best technical education event in the industry and we are confident the combined-week model will continue to deliver the great content, education and connection opportunities it has delivered for over 16 years.

    Join Microsoft for the 17th year of Tech•Ed, and see why it remains an essential technology industry and networking event.

    Tech•Ed North America 2009 will be held on May 11-15, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    --
    Sanjay Shetty,
    President, INETA APAC sanjay.shetty@ineta.org

    sanjay.shetty@ineta.org

    Editor's Note


    As the heat of the annual TechEd conference contiues through the month of October, we are seeing some really innovative ways that these technical contents are presented to delegates.

    Who says you need to be a scientist to be in lab coat? 20 MVPs from the Australian region played scientists, conducting 34 tech sessions in the MVP theatre over 3 days!

    Darren Sim
    Editor, INETA APAC

    darren.sim@ineta.org
     

     
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    Usergroup/Community Activities around APAC

    India

    • INETA-PUG DevCon 2008

      As Pune user Group lead and organizer of DevCon ‘08 held this past weekend, I wanted to extend my thanks to those who made this a very successful event.

      Over 493 People were registered & around 255 People attended Devcon’08.

      The success of this event was due in no small part to the gracious support of the Microsoft & INETA, along with Pune User Group & honorable speakers.



      The event was unique in many ways, first of all it was 2day event .the event was started with guitar played by the developers followed by the keynote of Abhishek Kant, and three informative sessions took place by Dhaval faria, Nauzad Kapadia and Sanjay Vyas along with a elimination round of Quiz where 4 teams were selected for next round of quiz.



      Second day started with a session by Amol vaidya on SQL Server, followed by session of Vikram Pendse on silver light and Mayur Tendulkar on windows mobile. And final round of quiz, Winning Team of quiz was awarded by MSDN Premium subscription of 20,000 USD and runner up got Windows Vista Ultimate copies.

    Australia

    • MVP Theatre, Tech Ed Australia

      As the first time a dedicated Theatre was allocated to MVPs at Tech Ed Australia, the support and enthusiasm from MVPs was overwhelming. The original plan was to conduct sessions during the Tech Ed breaks, however after receiving more than 50 speaking proposals from MVPs, a quick decision was made to conduct sessions all day, every day.



      The sessions were scheduled in 75minute blocks to align with the core Tech Ed schedule and a link to an agenda page was posted on the comnet, and was made available to the public (so MVPs could blog about their sessions and help drive attendances to their sessions).



      The Theatre held 30 seats, and was centrally located in the main expo hall where delegates had to pass to reach main meals and take part in Expo activities. MVPs received glowing verbatim feedback and several came away with business leads to follow up, making it a win:win. 20 MVPs delivered 34 sessions over 3 days, reaching approximately 550 delegates. All MVP & Delegate feedback at the time indicated everyone would love to see MVP Theatre become a permanent fixture at Tech Ed’s!

      --Article contributed by: Roseanne Stamell, Snr ANZ MVP Lead