Topic: Agile and the PMBOK

How do you persuade customers who use formal project management to adopt Agile? The next Agile KC meeting is 6:30 pm Thursday evening 01/14/2010. Bob Tarne, our speaker, came to my attention last Spring when he gave a balanced and thorough summary of Scrum at a Project Management Institute (PMI) meeting. He has agreed to speak on these topics at the January 2010 Agile KC meeting:

# What's in the PMBOK about agile?
# Why is there resistance to agile?
# What if you have to do both?

Bring your own hardballs, but these are the questions I'll be
throwing:

* They use fixed price contracts, but we make commitments based on velocity and burndown. What do I do?
* I've got to submit a Microsoft Project Schedule, but Scrum uses a backlog
* How can Scrum provide data for Earned Value Analysis?



Among many other credentials, Bob is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified ScrumMaster, and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). Bob holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Business from Johns Hopkins University - Carey School of Business.

Bob is currently a Senior Program Manager with Lombardi Software, where he specializes in leading business process improvement initiatives following lean/agile project management techniques. Prior to joining Lombardi, he was a Managing Consultant with PM Solutions, where he was responsible for improving client's project management practices. His work included measuring project management maturity, implementing methodologies, and establishing project management offices (PMOs). He has also worked as a project manager for Sprint, with experience across all aspects of wireless communications. Bob's career began in the U.S. Navy where he served for seven years as a Cryptologist.

Bob is a graduate of the inaugural class of PMI's Leadership Institute. He has served in numerous positions for the IT & Telecommunications Specific Interest Group (IT &T SIG), including a term as SIG Chair. He was also part of the 2007 North America Congress Project Action Team. He has presented several times at international conferences, PMI Congresses, Leadership Meetings, and local chapter events. His blog can be found at zen-pm.blogspot.com. Bob is also a writer and member of the editorial board for Projects at Work.

6:30PM at
Location: Pizza Shoppe
5285 West 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66207-3201

Get Directions
(913) 381-3338
http://www.agilekc.org/


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The next KCAGA meeting will be held on February 3 at 7pm at the downtown offices of Bazillion Pictures, located at

Bazillion Pictures
118 Southwest Boulevard
Suite 201a
Kansas City Missouri 64108

Bazillion has created a wide variety of advertising and character animation, including ye ol' Walmart smiley face as well as work for Snapple, Bayer, Universal Studios and more...

Bazillion will give an overview of their history of using characters in advertising from 7 to 8pm and the group will then have time to socialize afterwards, with snacks provided.

Space is limited to 25 persons with a name check with security at the door. So, you must RSVP to attend. Please email to jim@trinity3d.com if you plan to attend.
You must be a member of KCAGA to come to the meeting. To do that go to the Yahoo group and join - it is free.


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Meeting Date: 12/15/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

Do you want to know how to get rid of wrinkles, blemishes, straighten crooked shots, and restore old photos?? Come join us for an introduction to photo editing and some of the tools that are available to help you do these things presented by Silvis Siren.

We have talked about the catastrophe hackers can wreak on our machines.

Come hear about what one of our members went through. Curtis Wilson will recount what happened to him and what recouse he had to do to get his PC back in shape. In addition we can discuss what actions he has taken to prevent future happenings. We can also discuss our favorite tips and tricks we employ to protect out machines.

With the addition of Windows 7 there are questions about which version would be needed to upgrade our machines and how we get this information.
We started into this the last meeting. If there is time we will try and get more specific on this subject.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your expertise.

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at
www.newhorizonskc.com


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Meeting Date: 12/15/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

Do you want to know how to get rid of wrinkles, blemishes, straighten crooked shots, and restore old photos?? Come join us for an introduction to photo editing and some of the tools that are available to help you do these things presented by Silvis Siren.

We have talked about the catastrophe hackers can wreak on our machines.

Come hear about what one of our members went through. Curtis Wilson will recount what happened to him and what recouse he had to do to get his PC back in shape. In addition we can discuss what actions he has taken to prevent future happenings. We can also discuss our favorite tips and tricks we employ to protect out machines.

With the addition of Windows 7 there are questions about which version would be needed to upgrade our machines and how we get this information.
We started into this the last meeting. If there is time we will try and get more specific on this subject.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your expertise.

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at
www.newhorizonskc.com


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For our last Access SIG meeting of 2009 we’ll meet on Wednesday, 12/16, 6:30 pm, 2nd floor of the Regnier Center. Mark your calendars – light refreshments and snacks will be served!

We’ll have one presentation from Billie Lenz of Sprint that I believe many of us have been looking forward to for some time: Upgrading from Access to SQL Server

We will also have a white elephant technology gift exchange. So bring wrapped a “gift” of a technical nature ready to share.
Historically-significant-but-without-any-current-practical-value as well as interesting “used” technology gifts are most welcome.

We’ll end the evening with a few fun technology games.


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SharePoint SIG 12/8/09 Meeting at JCCC Regnier at 7 PM

What is Business Intelligence? J.D. Wade, a SharePoint Consultant, will connect BI with SharePoint. His description follows:

“In this 200 level session, we will explore the Insights portion of the SharePoint 2010 arsenal. You will see a quick overview to answer the questions “What is business intelligence?” and “Why use BI?” for those new to this technology. You will explore each aspect of the Microsoft Business Intelligence strategy providing a definition of the components, what new for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010, and see demos of the components. You will understand how all the components fit together in the architecture and understand the use cases for the technology. We will be reviewing the following components: Excel, PowerPivot (Gemini), Excel Services, Visio Services, PerformancePoint Services, Reporting Services, Report Builder, Integration Services, and Analysis Services.”

J.D. Wade, SharePoint Consultant, has been providing infrastructure solutions for various Microsoft products in the St. Louis area for over
13 years. J.D.’s expertise is the design, deployment and troubleshooting of infrastructure and governance for SharePoint as well as interfacing with the surrounding technologies (directory services, e-mail, load balancers, DNS, WAN accelerators, etc.). J.D. has worked on the deployment of several large corporate intranet solutions and deployed the latest versions of SharePoint as part of Microsoft Technology Adoption Programs (TAP).

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Our next meeting (Christmas Party) will be held:
6:30 PM, Wed, Dec 9, 2009
Centriq Training Center
8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS
(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)
Sponsor: MANY
Food will be provided by : ALL SPONSORS

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In order to ensure that we have enough food for you at the party, please click *REPLY* to this email, and let Ray Harris know if you will be attending. Thanks very much !

This is to ensure an accurate head count for food.

Our Christmas/Holiday/Networking party will be on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 at 6:30 PM. (There will not be a formal presentation on Nov 25 nor Dec 23, since those are the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas).

We are asking all of our sponsors to participate in order to maximize our networking potential and resources for job hunting.

We will have a review of all our awesome presentations this year, and actu! al music will be provided as well !

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Our website URL is: http://www.kcwebpros.com


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This month's meeting will be a social/networking/bar camp type meeting. It will be a good chance to just talk and socialize over beers/wines/ cokes.

For those who are interested, we will be meeting at Coach's Bar around the corner from Centriq.

414 W 103rd St, Kansas City, MO 64114
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When: December 10 6:00PM

Where: Johnson County Community College Regnier Center Room 270
http://www.jccc.edu/home/depts.php/1420/site/RentalSpaces/TheCube1

Agenda:
6:00-7:15: "Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle for Agile Development" presented by Nick Coblentz
7:15 - 8:00: Chapter Business to Discuss the 2010 Calendar and Networking

Primary presentation by Nick Coblentz:
Title: Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle for Agile Development

Summary:
Microsoft recently added secure development guidance for agile
methodologies within their SDL. During this presentation, Nick will
summarize the new guidance and discuss what makes this guidance
successful for Agile development.

About the Speaker:
Nick Coblentz is a senior consultant within AT&T Consulting Services'
Application Security Practice. He focuses on helping organizations build
mature application security programs and secure development processes.
Nick has provided consulting services to fortune 500 companies within
the retail, financial services, banking, and health care sectors.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ncoblentz
Blog: http://nickcoblentz.blogspot.com.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sekhmetn

After the primary presentation, there will be an organizational
meeting to discuss future directions of the chapter, meeting location,
and upcoming speakers for the coming year. Stephen Craig Evans has
graciously offered to find our speaker and hosting arrangement for
Jan/Feb. 2010.


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Presentation 1 -- Jim Swift of Sprint will present a real-world application he is working on, zeroing in on solutions and challenges with cascading queries.

Presentation 2 -- John Krzysztow of Cjk Software Consultants will show various techniques regarding how to integrate Crystal Reports from within Access.

Looks like another great evening of valuable information!

Come ready to share your Access questions, challenges, and triumphs.

Check the TV monitors for final room assignment.

Lisa Friedrichsen, Access SIG Leader

lisalfri@jccc.edu


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This month we welcome back the founder of the Windows/Freeware SIG, Michael Newby. His tpoic will be Windows Live and the several applications connected with this subject. If you are a Windows Vista or Windows 7 user you may already be aware that Outlook Express is dead replaced by Windows Live Email. This is just the start of this family group. If you have not tried Vista or 7 as of yet, the door prize will be Windows Vista Ultimate, the full version, not an upgrade version.

The subject and the door prize either of which should stir your interest in this meeting but both together should really start the juices flowing. In future meetings Windows 7 may become a door prize as well as a meeting subject.

We still need some volunteers for future presentations and suggestions for future subjects. Bring them to the meeting.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your expertise.

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)


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Guest speaker is Alex Freeburne

His talk will cover stratgies for leveraging enterprise content to reduce costs and increase a companies ability to compete.
"We have installed SharePoint, now what?"

BIOS:
Alex Freeburne is an IT professional with a career that spans a wide spectrum of IT functions. He has an MBA in Project Management and was twice selected for the Executive Mentoring Program.

His areas of focus have included: Software Development, Datebase Architect, Enterprise Architect, SharePoint administrator/architect.
Early adopter and champion of using SharePoint in enterprise. Worked with key organizations to promote and manage SharePoint content.
Partnered with Microsoft on changes to SharePoint during alpha version.

Currently he is an indepedant consultant working with various entities to increase their ability to compete in a difficult economy.


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Location: Centriq, 8700 Stateline, Suite 200, Leawood, KS 66206
Speaker: Paul Schaeflein
Date & Time: Thursday, November 5th, 5:45 pm

Topic: SharePoint 2010 LINQ and REST

Abstract: SharePoint 2010 has new and improved ways to work with data. LINQ to SharePoint lets a developer work with data from SharePoint lists in a strongly typed way that preserves relationships between lists. Integration of ADO.NET Data Services provides a way to get data from SharePoint remotely using REST style web services. The new Client APIs provide a programming model for SharePoint lists that doesn’t have to run on the server. This talk will demonstrate how to write code that uses each of these new data oriented features and will show some new SharePoint platform data oriented features along the way. We will also explain how to choose which data access technology is best for different custom development scenarios.
Bio:
Paul Schaeflein (MVP, MCTS) is a consultant with LaSalle Consulting Partners in Chicago, IL. Paul is an active community member, speaking at conferences and many user groups and code camps. Recently, Paul presented at the Microsoft SharePoint conference and the Best Practices Conference. Paul is currently on the development team for the Community Kit for SharePoint.
Paul has more than two decades experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries. Having developed many line-of-business applications, Paul has a firm grasp on the challenges that corporate developers face when integrating them into a corporate portal.
Paul blogs at http://sharepoint.mindsharpblogs.com/Paul and is occasionally on Twitter as @paulschaeflein.

Sponsor: K2, K2 software provides simple tools to build workflows and process-driven applications that improve business efficiency. K2-based solutions are deployed by a growing number of the global Fortune 100. K2 is a division of SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc. based in Redmond, Washington, and has offices all over the world.

Registration: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=142721
*Please register to receive a 2nd prize ticket for entry in the drawings.

Announcements:
SharePoint Saturday Kansas City, Saturday, December 12th from 8:00 to 5:30 pm, to register please go to http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/kc (there are over 140 people registered, only 110 spots left)
If you have any questions or comments or for some reason you cannot register on the click to attend please contact us at this address.


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WHERE: Centriq Training, 8700 State Line Road, Leawood, KS
WHEN: 6:00 PM

TOPIC: Automated Builds: How to UppercuT Your Code! OR “Build – it’s not just for F5 anymore.”

How you build your code and verify quality is something that is usually not thought of at the beginning of a project, but is one of the most important things you can add to code! During this session Rob will go over the conventions in building and verifying code quality.
You will see a project that is using automated builds and how all of the conventions are applied. We are going to see UppercuT and how well suited it is for automated builds. UppercuT is a build framework (based in NAnt) that allows rapid and powerful use of NAnt without having to understand the intricacies of NAnt. The last thing we will do is apply UppercuT to a project to show you how fast you can go from
F5 to automated builds!

SPEAKER: Rob Reynolds
Rob has been programming in .NET since the early days of 1.0. He is a .NET Developer at FHLBank Topeka, a bank where the doors are always locked and there’s no money inside. He holds a bachelor’s degree in MIS from Kansas State University (don’t hate!) and enjoys spending time with his wife and kid when his wife hasn’t locked him in the basement to work on any of the OSS projects he manages.

SPONSOR: Technisource
Since 1987, Technisource has provided a wide variety of IT and engineering services to clients ranging from middle-market businesses to global Fortune 500 companies and government organizations.
Furthermore, they've connected thousands of the industry's best and brightest with some of the most rewarding opportunities available. In 2007, Technisource joined Spherion Corporation. Their 60+ offices across the United States and approximately 8,000 employees enable them to provide Technology Recruiting & Staffing, Technology Solutions and Management Services.


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Effectively Using Twitter And Creating Twestivals (speaker: Mark Van Baale)

Our next meeting will be held:
6:30 PM, Wed, October 28, 2009
Centriq Training Center
8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS
(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)
Sponsor: : Midwest Consulting Group

Food and Door Prizes will be provided by : Midwest Consulting Group
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In order to ensure that we have enough food for you this month, please click *REPLY* to this email, and let Ray Harris know if you will be attending. Thanks very much !
This is to ensure an accurate head count for food.
Remember to also attend if you ordered a DVD (and paid your $2) of July's presentation so that you can pick up the DVD.
Our Christmas/Holiday/Networking party will be on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 at 6:30 PM. (There will not be a formal presentation on Nov 25 nor Dec 23, since those are the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas).

This month's topic is:

Effectively Using Twitter And Creating Twestivals (speaker: Mark Van Baale)

Mark will talk about how he has most effectively used Twitter - to connect with people and share information. He will also talk about two (2) Twestivals he organized in the Kansas City area and how the planning committee used Twitter to spread the word and help raise donations for this event.

Mark Van Baale Mini-BIO:
Mark is an active member of the Social Media Club of Kansas City. Lead and organized Kansas City Twestivals that raised funds for charities. Known as a 'Connector' on Twitter in Kansas City community for helping others and showing them the ropes on how to use Twitter.
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Meeting Date: 10/20/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

This month's meeting we are calling your favorites and the only determining factor is it is computer related, hardware, software or methods you find that make your computing more enjoyable or efficient.

Maybe you have a favorite utility that makes a process easier, a favorite mouse, keyboard, or features offered by a manufacturer that you wish others would adopt. Some have let me know that they have found ways out of a situation they were finding difficult. Email me and let me know what you would like to talk about. We can use this meeting to give a broad view of a subject you would to present to the group or if we have the time then we can go into more detail, Maybe you would like to discuss particular problems in more detail. In the past we have discussed subjects in some detail and in a broad perspective. If you would like to go into more detail on a previous discussion or expand a portion of a previous subject then bring it on. I would like to hear from you before the meeting so I can be better prepared if it involves something where you want my thoughts or opinion.
If you want to carry the ball then do it.


I know there are several people in the group that are interested in
genelogy so maybe this might be a good time to give us a brief on new
happenings or findings and lay the ground work for a future detailed
presentation.

Your thoughts please.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics
discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your
expertise.Where: New

Horizons Computer Learning Center
Metcalf South Shopping Center
96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS
(Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the
shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the
center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at
www.newhorizonskc.com


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The next Agile KC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 6:30 PM at the Pizza Shoppe on 95th street. (See the Agile KC web site at www.agilekc.org if you need a map.)
The topic for the meeting is:Why Kanban? An Introduction to Kanban and Lean Software Development


Troy Tuttle will provide a basic background on Lean Thought and how those principles form the foundation for Kanban for software development. Focusing on Lean Practices and Kanban in particular are getting a lot of focus in the agile community of late. Join us to get a feel for what is involved and how the process works.

Troy Tuttle is a developer, a Pragmatic Agilist, and a Kanban practitioner, with a decade of experience in the software development industry. He has worked in the Agile space since 2005, with emphasis in continuous integration, automated testing (TDD/BDD), improving software design and code quality, and improving the condition and effectiveness of software projects. He currently works as a Project Lead Consultant with AdventureTech Group in Kansas City.


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October 2009 Chapter Meeting
Walk-ins are welcome.
Topic: October 2009 Chapter Meeting - Breakfast Networking Meeting

Who: Independent Computer Consultants Association - Kansas City Chapter
What: October 2009 Breakfast and Chapter Meeting
When: Tuesday October 14th, 2009
Networking: 7:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
Where: Perkins Restaurant
11200 West 87th Street, Lenexa, KS 66214 (I-35 & 87th Street)
Click here for map and directions
Free parking is available in the restaurant's lot.
Speaker: None

* Breakfast meeting pricing!!! *
• Pay for your Breakfast Order only. No chapter fees.
• Walk ins are welcome
Non-members are encouraged to attend.
More information available online at: http://www.icca-kc.org/


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The October meeting of the Access SIG (Special Interest Group) of the Heartland Users Group (www.hugkc.org) will be held on Wed, Oct 21st @ 6:30 pm on the 2nd floor of the Regnier Center at JCCC. (Check the TV monitors for room location.)

Presentation 1: Birgit Love of JCCC will demonstrate the capabilities of her English program management database. It manages all of the courses, contracts, faculty, and budgeting information for the largest program area of campus.

Presentation 2: Bill Diamond will demonstrate some tips to make forms easier to use. Given time, he'll also lead a discussion on Access record locking issues.

Please come and learn from some of the leading industry experts in the greater KC area!


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Cara Miller of Boxspring Design speaking on Graphical User Interface of Sharepoint

Cara Miller is principal at Boxspring Design. Founded in 2004, BoxspringDesign brings value to organizations though innovation and the design of interactive experiences. Since 2001 Cara has worked as creative director and interaction designer for a number of digital agencies. Companies she has provided services to include Orbitz, Wyndham, FedEx, Merck, and McGraw-Hill. Currently she is studying Design Management and Interaction Design at the University of Kansas. Cara has been actively involved in the design community, becoming a registered graphic designer and winning a number of awards for her work.


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Please join us on October 7th @ 5:30pm in the casual atmosphere of the Westport Flea Market. Appetizers will be provided, and we'll have a drawing for special prizes including a Garmin GPS!
We've reserved a special room for this occasion and as always, expect a great turnout. Space constraints require us to limit registration to those that work with these technologies and those interested in learning more.

After registration, you will be emailed a copy of your ticket. Please make sure to print the PDF and bring it with you to the event!

Event agenda:
5:30 - 5:45
Sponsor Introduction (1102 Grand and Stallard Technologies)

5:45 - 6:00
Panelist Introduction

6:00 - 7:15
Roundtable discussion


I. What is virtualization?
II. How will virtualization benefit my organization?
III. What are some of the different products available?
IV. What challenges will I encounter when implementing/maintaining?
V. Virtualization best practices

7:15 - 7:45
Q/A

7:45 - 8:30
Post-event Networking

**Note: you MUST be a member of KC IT Professionals in order to register. (please join the group on linkedin http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=56696 ) **

For more information go to: http://kcit.eventbrite.com


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The topic is: Content Management System - CMS Lite (speaker: John Krzysztow)
Topic #2: Effectively Using Twitter And Creating Twestivals (speaker: Mark Van Baale)

Our next meeting will be held:
6:30 PM, Wed, September 23, 2009
Centriq Training Center
8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS
(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)
Sponsor: : CJK Software Consultants
Food and Door Prizes will be provided by : CJK Software Consultants
________________________________________
In order to ensure that we have enough food for you this month, please click *REPLY* to this email, and let Ray Harris know if you will be attending. Thanks very much !
This is to ensure an accurate head count for food.
Remember to also attend if you ordered a DVD of July's presentation so that you can pick up the DVD.

The topic is: Content Management System - CMS Lite (speaker: John Krzysztow)

John will talk about building and developing simple web sites. What should the thinking process consist of when building your web site. What decisions should the business owner non-profit consider when developing the web site. He will demonstrate his web site and the very simple content management system that he uses for his web site. It is so simple to use, it won't take more then 5 minutes to understand and use this product.

John Krzysztow BIO:
John J Krzysztow is president of Cjk Software, KCWebPros, Vice President of Heartland Users Group and Sharepoint User Group Leader. John has been in IT his entire career. John last worked with Digital Equipment Corporation before starting out on his own in 1992. He and his company have been developing custom software solutions for many fortune 100 companies in the Midwest. Recently, custom solutions include many web database solutions. John has a passion for IT Technology that grows daily.

Topic #2: Effectively Using Twitter And Creating Twestivals (speaker: Mark Van Baale)

Mark will talk about how he has most effectively! used Twitter - to connect with people and share information. ! He will also talk about two (2) Twestivals he organized in the Kansas City area and how the planning committee used Twitter to spread the word and help raise donations for this event.

Mark Van Baale Mini-BIO:
Mark is an active member of the Social Media Club of Kansas City. Lead and organized Kansas City Twestivals that raised funds for charities. Known as a 'Connector' on Twitter in Kansas City community for helping others and showing them the ropes on how to use Twitter.

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Our website URL is: http://www.kcwebpros.com


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Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Topic: Why Kanban? An Introduction to Kanban and Lean software development.
Presented By: Troy Tuttle

Troy Tuttle is a .NET developer, a Pragmatic Agilist, and a Kanban practitioner, with a decade of experience in the software development industry. He currently works as a Project Lead Consultant with AdventureTech Group in Kansas City..
Sponsored By: TriCom Technical Services

Meeting location:
Centriq Training
8700 State Line Road
Leawood, KS 66206


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Location: Centriq, 8700 Stateline, Suite 200, Leawood, KS 66206
Speaker: Bob Davis
Date & Time: Thursday, October 1st, 5:45 pm
Topic: KM SharePoint and U2

Abstract: Knowledge Management (KM) is less about platforms and technology and more about People, Processes and Technology (PP&T). Tonight I want you to step into the User’s world to get a feel for their pain!
Working with SharePoint as a collaborative tool is great – if you understand collaboration AND are able to plan effectively. From the end user’s point of view we owe them well planned, thoroughly tested solutions to their problems. Part of creating solutions involves understanding what the customer needs/wants. For example, here is a real request I received recently. “I have 30 departments that may or may not have to take action on a particular task.” The IT department (bless their binary hearts) created a spiffy InfoPath form that would solve everyone’s problems.

Bio:
Mr. Davis has worked for Lockheed Martin contractor, at FT. Hood, TX and, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has taught many seminars and individual classes to enhance collaboration and knowledge sharing through the use of Microsoft’s SharePoint and Office 2007 applications. He is a Systems Thinker, and uses his vast experience to enable organizations to function more effectively.

Mr. Davis served 18 years in the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps in a variety of assignments. He also worked as contractor providing SME to the Biological Detection Community and as a Trainer/Developer for Battle Command Sustainment Support System (BCS3). His personal interests are in the areas of knowledge management, Scuba Diving/Instruction and teaching CPR/First Aid. His wife is a Nurse working at Munson Medical Center, and he has one young daughter living at home.

Mr. Davis is a Certified Knowledge Management Professional and is an active member of the KMPro Society as well as other KM and IT Groups.

Sponsor: KnowledgeLake

Registration: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=141372

Announcements
We will be holding our second SharePoint Saturday on Saturday, December 12th from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm at Johnson County Community College Regnier Center. To sign up for the event, sponsor, fill out the speaker abstract, or subscribe to the rss feed please go to http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/kc.


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September 2009 Chapter Meeting
Walk-ins are welcome.
Topic: September 2009 Chapter Meeting - Breakfast Networking Meeting

Who: Independent Computer Consultants Association - Kansas City Chapter
What: September 2009 Breakfast and Chapter Meeting
When: Tuesday September 15th, 2009
Networking: 7:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
Where: Perkins Restaurant
11200 West 87th Street, Lenexa, KS 66214 (I-35 & 87th Street)
Click here for map and directions
Free parking is available in the restaurant's lot.
Speaker: None

* Breakfast meeting pricing!!! *
• Pay for your Breakfast Order only. No chapter fees.
• Walk ins are welcome
Non-members are encouraged to attend.
More information available online at: http://www.icca-kc.org/


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September Access SIG on 9/16/09 @ 6:30 pm, 2nd floor, Regnier Center.

Presentation 1: Silvia Siren
Introduction to Macros, what they are and how to start using them, along
with an overview of the Send Object action.

Presentation 2: Janet Gelsinger
Importing CSV files


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We've reserved the meeting room at the LACKMAN branch of the Johnson County library for our October 8 meeting. This starts at 7pm and we expect to have a short set of demonstrations (VRay for Maya, Archer background, member portfolios) followed by a long social. Bring your images and animations to show your portfolio to the other members - Jim will bring a laptop and projector.

Jim's firm has been working hard on a new series that airs this fall on FX called "Archer." They hope to bring a couple of shots to demonstrate a little of our work on this new show.

address:
Lackman Library
15345 W. 87th St. Pkwy.
Lenexa, Kan. 66219

link:
http://www.jocolibr ary.org/template s/JCL_InfoPage. aspx?id=1866


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The next AgileKC Meeting will be held on Wednesday September 23, 2009

at 6:30 PM at the Pizza Shoppe in Overland Park.

Topic: Agile 2009 Conference in Review

Agile 2009 took place in Chicago on August 24 - 28, 2009. Mark

Randolph and Martin Olson both attended and will share their thoughts,

highlights and review of the conference. As agile processes gain

exposure and become more mainstream the community continues to grow.

Some of the fundamentals remain unchanged while other practices are

gaining more traction. Come join us and share your insights and

reflections.

We'll also have a round table discussion for the group to address any

challenges or questions posed by the group. In the past, this has

been a beneficial exercise for attendees to work through specific

issues they are having implementing an agile practice in their

environment.


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SharePoint Meeting 9/8/09 at 7 PM JCCC Regnier

Karen Sorensen of Johnson County Wastewater will be presenting on the subject of best practices for file management under Sharepoint.
FILES IN SHAREPOINT- UPFRONT DESIGN FOR SUCCESS:
Has anyone had problems with the way the files had been named.
Have you had conflicts with other systems such in Outlook or sharing files with folks outside their network? How SP files are or would be shared and archived.
For example, any plans for an extranet. There are legal issues involved.
In some cases you might consider what to do in case of a law suit.

Karen Lynne Sorensen is currently the Internet Projects Coordinator at Johnson County Wastewater. She has worked for private industry ranging from Boeing and Northrop to hospitals and environmental cleanup companies. In addition, she has worked for major colleges in the KC metro area helping faculty to integrate technology into their curriculum.


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Event Overview

By now most developers and architects are aware of cloud computing and several people have heard of Microsoft Azure, which was announced at PDC 2008 last November. While many of the fundamental concepts are relatively easy to understand, lingering issues relate pertaining to how to apply cloud computing to specific scenarios. What is it? When should I use it? How does it apply to my job? Join us as we review some of the lessons Microsoft IT has learned through Project Austin, an incubation project dogfooding the use of Microsoft Azure as a platform for supporting internal line-of-business applications.

In this event we will start by reviewing cloud computing architectures in general and the Azure architecture in particular. We will then dive deeper into several aspects of Azure from the developer’s and architect’s perspective. We will review the Azure roles (web, web service and worker); discuss several Azure storage options; review Azure security and identity options; review how Azure-based applications can be integrated with on-premise applications; discuss configuration, deployment and scaling Azure-based applications; and highlight how development teams can optimize their applications for better management and monitoring.

Event ID:
1032420969

To sign up, go to http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032420969&culture=en-US


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Event Overview
Cloud computing and, more specifically, Microsoft Azure are questions on the minds of IT professionals everywhere. What is it? When should I use it? How does it apply to my job? Join us as we review some of the lessons Microsoft IT has learned through Project Austin, an incubation project dogfooding the use of Microsoft Azure as a platform for supporting internal line-of-business applications.

In this event we will discuss why an IT operations team would want to pursue Azure as an extension to the data center as we review the Azure architecture from the IT professional’s point of view; discuss configuration, deployment and scaling Azure-based applications; review how Azure-based applications can be integrated with on-premise applications; and how operations teams can manage and monitor Azure-based applications.

We will additionally explore several specific Azure capabilities:
· The Azure roles (web, web service and worker)
· Azure storage options
· Azure security and identity options

Event ID:
1032420938

To sign up, go to: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032420938&culture=en-US


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Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Topic: Getting Started with S#arp Architecture
ASP.NET MVC is all the rage lately. There are also several peripheral projects that compliment ASP.NET MVC development (MVCContrib, NHibernate, Fluent NHibernate, etc). Sharp Architecture is an opinionated framework that brings a lot of the best practices of ASP.NET MVC development together and can get you producing useful ASP.NET MVC applications quickly. We will create an application using Sharp Architecture and examine what it does for use and how to leverage its capabilities.

Presented By: Lee Brandt
Lee is a Senior Consultant with Adventure Tech Group, Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas. He has been programming professionally for over 10 years and developing solutions in .NET and C# since the early beta releases. He is an advocate for behavior-driven development, design patterns and agile methodologies.

Sponsored By: Aureus Group


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Speaker: Karthik Venkataraman

Date & Time: Thursday, September 3rd, 5:45 pm

Location: Centriq, 8700 Stateline, Suite 200, Leawood, KS

Topic: Team based Development in a SharePoint Environment - A WCM approach

Abstract: This session continues on the development practices outlined in the previous meeting with an emphasis on team based development.
It explores the challenges commonly faced implementing an internet facing site in MOSS with WCM capabilities. The key concepts covered include custom Master Pages and Page Layouts development in a team environment with source control integration, configuration of a three-tier development architecture (physical environment), customized deployment actions for different environments along with tips and tricks!

Bio:
Karthik Venkataraman is a Senior Consultant with Trabon Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in the development of portals and web applications. With over 8 years of experience building & architecting a variety of enterprise applications, Karthik is proficient in Microsoft technologies and has a passion for developing innovative SharePoint solutions.

Sponsor: TBA

Registration: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=140631

*By registering for the event you receive one ticket to enter into the prize drawing. If you fill out a survey, then you will receive another ticket. Only one prize can be won per meeting.

Event Announcements
SharePoint Saturday Kansas City, Saturday, December 12th at Johnson County Community College Regnier Center.
Check back for more information at http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/kc. You can also follow the event on twitter at @spskc for information on registration, call for speakers, and call for sponsors.


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Hello All !
Our next meeting will be held:
6:30 PM, Wed, August 26, 2009
Centriq Training Center
8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS
(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)
Sponsor: : Adventure Tech Group
Food and Door Prizes will be provided by : Adventure Tech Group
________________________________________
Monthly attendance is increasing! In order to ensure that we have enough food for you this month, please click *REPLY* to this email, and let Ray Harris know if you will be attending. Thanks very much !
This is to ensure an accurate head count for food.

The topic is: ASP.NET Architectural Patterns: MVC vs MVP (Model View Controller vs. Model View Presenter) (speaker: Lee Brandt)

When developing professional applications, maintainability and testability are big concerns. We'll talk about layered application architectures in web applications, and learn how using an architectural pattern li! ke MVC or MVP can help make your ASP.NET (and other platforms) applications more maintainable and testable.

Lee Brandt BIO:
Lee Brandt is a Senior Consultant with Adventure Tech Group, Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas. He has been programming professionally for over 10 years and developing solutions in .NET and C# since the early beta releases. He is an advocate for behavior-driven development, design patterns and agile methodologies.
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Our website URL is: http://www.kcwebpros.com


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Meeting Date: 8/18/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

Do you want to know how to make photo collages, photo mosaics and take the wrinkles out of Grandpa's face?? In the first session Silvia will be talking about some freeware programs that allow you to do each of these. Come join us for a look at scrapbooking and photo editing software!!

In the second session we will continue with more programs to handle your photos. One of the programs will be one that can be a big help recovering photos you had deleted or which may have become corrupted on the memory card.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your expertise.

Meeting Date: 7/21/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at
www.newhorizonskc.com


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Topic: SQL Server Administration
Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Speaker: Bill Graziano

About Bill:
He has been a SQL Server consultant for ten years. During that time he has helped companies large and small solve SQL Server problems. He does production support, performance tuning and application development around SQL Server. This session covers the steps I go through to configure and maintain a SQL Server. Bill is a SQL Server MVP. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server and Bill is a regular presenter at their conference. Bill started a web site for SQL Server professionals at SQLTeam.com that 20,000 people visit every day. And he likes to speak at user groups.
Detail: This session walks through a SQL Server installation, the post setup configuration, a basic security review, configuring a maintenance plan and basic performance monitoring. All with no PowerPoint slides. Instead we'll walk through my SQL Server setup and configuration checklist and I'll demonstrate everything I'm talking about. This session is great for new database administrators or part-time DBAs or anyone looking for a refresher. Experienced DBA's will learn something too! You'll get a copy of the checklist during the session and you'll get a link to download a copy for later. Some of the interesting things you'll learn during the session are:
• Why the Shrink Database maintenance plan task doesn't really shrink the database. And why you shouldn't shrink a production database anyway.
• Which database always needs its recovery model changed after installation?
• What free utility you can use for maintenance on the free Express Edition of SQL Server
• What is the most common mistake people make when configuring SQL Server Agent to send job notification failures
Sponsor: TBD


General: We have meetings on the second Thursday of every month. Our group meets at the Johnson County Community College Regnier Center. Our normal room is room #236 but check the visual displays when you arrive to confirm.
In an ongoing attempt to make the content presented useful to our members we start each meeting with a short Q&A session. Unless noted in the meeting notes the schedule for each meeting will be:
6:00 - 6:30 - General Q&A session & Announcements
6:30 - 7:30 - Presentation(s)
7:30 - ?? - Door prizes and Question & Answer session
Location 12345 College Blvd Overland Park
Kansas 66210-1299
913-469-8500
Once you arrive the Regnier center is the red brick building next to the large white building. Parking is available under the center as well as on three sides. Once inside please check the room displays as the college frequently changes our room assignment. If you cannot find us please call Neil Watkins @ 913-515-1404
http://www.jccc.net/home/site.php/welcome/maps/fullcampus


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Share Point SIG meeting Aug 11th at 7:00 PM Regnier Bldg JCCC.

This is Part 2, of a series on SharePoint workflows. This continues from Part 1, which covered the OOTB workflows, with basic overview of declarative workflows created in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007. Covered will be the Workflow Designer interface, basic declarative workflow construction, limitations and pitfalls of SPD workflows, and practical examples of their application.

This will be very informative especially for experienced SharePoint developers. Kevin Hughes is the SharePoint Architect at HNTB Companies in Kansas City, MO. He has been involved in the Information Technology field since 1979 and has been an application developer, network engineer, database administrator, trainer and architect. He has worked for diverse companies such as Raytheon, US Army, Texas Instruments, Embarq and Truman State University as well as small business owner. He has been involved in developing and deploying SharePoint solutions since 1999. Kevin is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, having taught courses on SharePoint, SQL Server, Windows Server and Network Design at Vatterott College and New Horizons Learning Centers, and holds the following
certifications: MCT, MCSA, MCITP, MCTS, MCP, Network+, A+, and ITIL Foundation.

This will be an exceptional opportunity. Don't miss it.


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The next Access SIG meeting will be held on Wed, August 19th @ 6:30 – 2nd floor, Regnier Center @ JCCC.
Cynthia Wilson will be giving the Level 1 presentation on a topic of interest to new Access developers.

Billie Lenz will be giving the Level 2 presentation to demonstrate the advanced management and information retrieval capabilities of a large music and lyrics database she and Curtis Wilson have developed.

As always, bring your Access triumphs and challenges to the meeting.
We’ll work as a group on problems as time permits. Please email me (Lisa) at lisalfri@jccc.edu ahead of time if possible so I can best plan the evening’s activities.


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*Please not we are trying to do a pot luck this meeting. Please bring one item if possible. This is just an experiment. We may give out a third prize ticket based on who brings food items.*
Topic: Planning for SharePoint Development
Speakers: Jeff Julian
Date: Thursday, August 6th at 5:45 pm
Abstract: Designing applications for SharePoint 2007 can be tricky at first glance. This session will help lay out a plan on how to setup the development environment for a team or single developer when starting a SharePoint project. We will also go over the tools Microsoft offers as well as many different community-driven tools.

Bio:
Jeff Julian is a Managing Partner with AJI Software, a Kansas City-based Microsoft partner and software consulting firm. His ability to solve business challenges and passion for the software community was evident when Microsoft awarded him the Most Valuable Professional award in the area of XML for four years in a row and most recently SharePoint 2007 for two years. Jeff is also the founder of the largest blogging site of Microsoft professionals named Geekswithblogs.net. Jeff was also a co-author on the Wrox title, Professional SharePoint 2007 Development.


Sponsor: None, potluck bring food if you wish.

Registration: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=139989

*By registering with the Click to Attend you receive one ticket for the prize drawing. You can receive another ticket if you fill out the survey after the meeting.

Upcoming Events
devLink (Nashville) , August 12-15th ($100), http://www.devlink.net

If you have any questions or comments send an email to this address.
Sincerely,
Becky Isserman


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The next meeting of AgileKC will take place on Thursday, August 6,
2009 -- 6:30 PM at:

Pizza Shoppe
5285 W 95th St
Overland Park, KS 66207
(913) 381-3338

Meeting Topic: Agile and the PMBOK®

To many observers, Agile and the Project Management Institute PMBOK®
seem about as far apart as Jay-Z and Andy Williams. In reality, the
differences are not as great as they might appear. This presentation
will compare Agile with the PMBOK® and will describe how the two can
co-exist peacefully and productively.

Ron Montgomery is a management consultant and owner of OnPoint, LLC.
Ron has over 32 years of hands-on experience with projects that
encompass business planning, software development, process
improvement, and deployment of software solutions. He began using
Agile methods in 2005.

In 1997, Ron achieved the Project Management Professional (PMP®)
certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has held
the office of president on the local PMI board. He holds a B.A degree
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Meeting Date: Tuesday, July 21st 2009 -- 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Location: Centriq Training 8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS‎

Topic: Integrating WPF & WCF into Your Office Business Applications

This session will highlight many of the ways that the Windows
Presentation Foundation (WPF) and the Windows Communications
Foundation (WCF) can be leveraged in Office applications built with
Visual Studio Tools for the Office System (VSTO).

Visual Studio® 2008 introduced an array of new features aimed at a
wide range of Office solution types. With Visual Studio 2008, you can
build solutions that incorporate the native capabilities of the Office
client applications (like Outlook) combined with the sophisticated UI
capabilities of WPF that's connected to remote data and services via
WCF and use the RAD features of LINQ to manipulate that data. These
new technologies provide opportunities for building powerful solutions
with functionality that was previously difficult or impossible to
achieve.
Now that Office has evolved into a true development platform, office-
based solutions are becoming increasingly sophisticated, less document-
focused, and more loosely coupled. This session will show you how easy
it is to build robust solutions that leverage the latest technologies.

Speaker Tim Huckaby, INETA Speakers bureau

Tim Huckaby is currently focused on RIA & Smart Client Technologies
like WPF, VSTO, Surface, and Silverlight. He has been called a
“Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press.

Tim has been awarded multiple times for the highest rated Keynote and
technical presentations for Microsoft and numerous other technology
conferences around the world by Microsoft Corporation. Tim has done
presentations on Microsoft Technologies at technology events like
Microsoft Tech Ed, Product Launch events, Dev Days, MEC, World Wide
Partner Conference, MGB, MGX, and the PDC, along with 3rd party
technology conferences all over the world is consistently rated in the
top 10% of all speakers at these events. Tim was selected by
Microsoft as a “Rock-Star” speaker for the International .NET
Association and speaks world-wide on their behalf. Tim has done
keynote demos for numerous Microsoft executives including Bill Gates
and Steve Ballmer.

Tim founded InterKnowlogy, experts in Microsoft .NET and Microsoft
Platforms, in 1999 and has 25+ years experience including serving on a
Microsoft product team as a development lead on an architecture team.
Tim is a Microsoft Regional Director, an MVP and serves on multiple
Microsoft councils and boards.


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Meeting Date: 7/21/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

At this meeting lets have a little fun. Skype has version 4 out now and it offers some new features you may be interested in. If you have a laptop or PC with a network connector, wired or wireless, and a microphone and speakers then you have the minimum needed to work the Skype software. You can also use a PC camera for video and most of these cameras have a microphone built in. If you have a laptop bring it to the meeting. If you do not have a camera and need a microphone, Micro Center has a headset with a microphone builtin for $6.99. If you have a recent vintage laptop, even a cheap one, most now have the microphone builtin.

If you do not have the software bring it anyway. You can get the software at the meeting and it is free. With Skype you can make conference calls and in version 4, share your desktop.

Also, we will again look into digital cameras. What you can do with them and look at several pieces of free software to catalog pictures, recover pictures from a corrupt digital card or one that has been accidently erased. Do you ever need to change the size of a number of pictures at one time. There is free software to do that also. We will even cover software allowing you to quickly make major chamges to those pictures requiring editing. Have you ever noticed the off color you get when certain lighting is present? What if you could correct this with a single click? Come see what free software can do here.

Another interesting and recently discovered software type is one that will you to control another PC remotely. There are free utilities allowing you to remote into another PC and correct problems on the remote PC. You can even reverse the role and let them work your PC remotely. How many of you have friends/relatives that call you up wanting help with a PC problem and you have a hard time understanding their problem, or difficulty describing exactly what they need to do to correct the peoblem even if you understand what the problem is because they are using an operating system you have not worked with for some time and you do not have a PC handy with that operating system on it. We are still looking into this and if it is not ready for the July meeting it will be for August.

Please join us for these discussions and bring your experiences in these areas and do not forget to bring your laptops and cameras.

Meeting Date: 7/21/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)

Room: 6 see a map at www.newhorizonskc.com


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Please join us on July 28th @ 5:00pm at Roul's Velvet Room on 119th and Metcalf.

We have selected a handful of speakers throughout the to discuss various topics including: surviving a downsizing, using social media to research your next career & get a step ahead of the competition, and much more. This event will bring together local entrepreneurs, corporate business and IT professionals, and more. Based on our analysis, we're expecting 200 people for this event! There will also be a drawing for some great door prizes.

**Note: You must register in order to attend - http://kcit.eventbrite.com/

Please also keep in mind, KCIT will have an event in mid August with a much different focus. More details TBA, but keep your calendar open...you won't want to miss either of these high powered networking opportunities!


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The July Access SIG meeting will take place @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm on Wed,
7/15, 2nd floor of the Regnier Center @ JCCC

Presentation 1 -- Lisa Friedrichsen from JCCC -- Lookup Wizard.
Lisa will demonstrate how to use the Lookup Wizard to provide a list of
values for a field. We'll also examine the Lookup properties, and how
the Lookup Wizard relates two tables behind the scenes.

Presentation 2 -- Earl Long from FairTaxKC -- Splitting a Database.
When more than one workstation has access to the same tables, the
technique normally used is to split the database with the tables in one
location (the server) and the front ends (queries, forms, reports,
macros, etc) on the remote workstation, this is referred to as a split
database. Earl will demonstrate how to split a database and use the
built in Synchronize utility to distribute the front end changes to all
remote computers.

Interesting Access experience of the week....

Ever had an Access database get corrupted so badly that you couldn't
even open the file? "Recovery for Access" software to the rescue. This
$400 utility recovers all database tables and queries (from a database
that was so badly corrupted, it wouldn't even open).
www.officerecovery.com

To all...

Please bring your Access problems, challenges, and victories to the
meeting. Please email me ahead and bring any database you want us to
work on. We'll weave that into the evening's activities as much as
possible. Also, be ready to volunteer for a future presentation so all
can get involved.


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The SharePoint SIG of the Heartland User Group will meet at its regular
time and place at Johnson County Community College in the Regnier Bldg,
2nd Floor on July 14th at 7:00 PM. Kevin Hughes will present the first
of a two part series on Work Flows.

Part 1 will be on the five Basic Out-of-the-Box SharePoint Workflows.
Covered will be the Approval, Collect Feedback, Collect Signatures,
Disposition Approval and Three-state workflows. Examples of their uses
will be demonstrated and a walkthrough of creating a basic approval
workflow will include creation steps and some pitfalls of using these
workflows. As time permits a discussion on the use of Alerts vs.
workflows may be included.

Part 2, tentatively scheduled for the August meeting, will continue
SharePoint Workflows with a basic overview of declarative workflows
created in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007.

Kevin Hughes is currently the SharePoint Architect at HNTB Companies in
Kansas City, MO. He has been involved in the Information Technology
field since 1979 and has been an application developer, network
engineer, database administrator, trainer and architect. He has worked
for diverse companies such as Raytheon, US Army, Texas Instruments,
Embarq and Truman State University as well as small business owner. He
has been involved in developing and deploying SharePoint solutions since
1999. Kevin is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, having taught courses on
SharePoint, SQL Server, Windows Server and Network Design at Vatterott
College and New Horizons Learning Centers, and holds the following
certifications: MCT, MCSA, MCITP, MCTS, MCP, Network+, A+, and ITIL
Foundation.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about WorkFlows from an
experienced developer and expert in the Share Point community. See you
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Topic: Dazzling SharePoint with Silverlight
Abstract: Silverlight and SharePoint are two up and coming technologies in the development world. SharePoint developers can create robust applications with a variety of tools, such as web parts, user controls, and workflows. Silverlight Developers can create aesthetically pleasing interfaces by harnassing the power of Expression Blend. In this session we will discuss how to blend together SharePoint and Silverlight. We will create some basic Silverlight Applications and discuss what changes a SharePoint Server needs before a Silverlight Application is viewable in a SharePoint Site Collection.

Bio:
Becky Isserman has been a SharePoint Developer, since 2005 when she attended the Portal University with Levi, Ray, and Shoup in Springfield, IL. She is an Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD). She has been a web designer/developer since she was fifteen hand coding HTML 3.0 websites in NotePad. She enjoys working with SharePoint 2007, because she can perform the roles of administrator, developer, designer, and architect. She has presented at seven code camps, two conferences, and three user groups in the past two years. She currently lives in Olathe, Kansas working remotely for B&R Solutions. She lives with her two cats, Gambit and Rogue, plus her boyfriend, Johnny. If you would like to contact her you can e-mail her at rebecca.isserman@gmail.com or fill out the contact form at her blog http://www.mosslover.com.


Sponsor: Mimosa Systems,
Mimosa Systems offers an archiving solution for SharePoint, Exchange and File Systems.

Registration: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=139317

*By registering with the Click to Attend you receive one ticket for the prize drawing. You can receive another ticket if you fill out the survey after the meeting.

Upcoming Events
SharePoint Saturday Toronto, July 11th (free), http://www.sharepointsaturday.org
SharePoint Saturday Ozarks, July 18th (free), http://www.sharepointsaturday.org
SharePoint Saturday Baltimore, July 25th (free), http://www.sharepointsaturday.org
SharePoint Saturday Dallas, July 25th (free), http://www.sharepointsaturday.org
devLink (Nashville) , August 12-15th ($100), http://www.devlink.net


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June ICCA Dinner Meeting
Click Here to make your reservation online. Walk-ins are welcome.
Topic: Recession Proof Your Business -- GROW and OWN More Market Share While Everyone Else Downsizes
Who: Independent Computer Consultants Association - Kansas City Chapter
What: June 2009 Dinner & Chapter Meeting
When: June 23rd, 2009 - 4th Tuesday of the month.Networking: 5:30PMDinner : 6:30PMProgram : 7:30PM
Where: KC Masterpiece Barbecue & Grill 10985 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210 (I435 & Metcalf Ave.) Click here for map and directions Free parking is available in the restaurant's lot.
Speaker: Alan Boyer

To be covered: The secret to growing a business in any economy.

Discover why businesses believe that they will lose business in a recession like this (wrong headed thinking). It’s the belief that causes them to lose business, NOT THE ECONOMY.
How to grow a business to ANY SIZE rapidly during ANY ECONOMY.
Grow your business BECAUSE of the RECESSION; don’t be at the mercy of it.
How to market your business like you’ve never marketed before
The secret to not only GROWING, but to take your business to places most people can’t imagine, while reducing the number of hours.
How to design a DREAM business that makes more than most people ever dream about, and do it in less than 6 hours a week.
While everyone else is complaining about the recession and losing clients, now is the time for you to OWN a larger market share.
More about our Speaker:
Alan Boyer’s main purpose in life is “exploding business results” by 5-10 times every time he touches one, even if he touches that business owner only one and briefly, even if he isn’t a client.
At this point about 80% of his clients double their entire business, revenues, profits, clients, efficiency, in 4-8 weeks. In fact, he has a $100,000 This Year OR ELSE mastermind group, with a guarantee that they will make either their first $100,000 or an additional $100,000. Within the first 1 ½ months they are on track.
Carpet cleaner is on track to an additional $60,000
Web developer $70,000 a month (not a year, a month)
Sign company owner is trying to figure out how to hire people to keep up.
A Mary Kay lady who got only 1 new client from her website ALL of last year, within 2 weeks was already getting 72 times more people than she did all of last year.
A consultant made his first $50K sale in 3 weeks, and acquired two VERY LARGE clients, Logitech, and Coca Cola. He had not been able to get ANYTHING prior to this even though he had hired other “experts.”
Although Alan’s clients range from single proprietors on up through companies like Saudi Arabian Oil, Aramco, his main focus is helping coaches, consultants, and highly technical companies such as engineers and IT consultants. His education is in electrical engineering, software development so he understands what is missing from most of the highly technical thinker’s businesses. There is a thinking pattern that just plain gets in the way, and how to turn that around Quickly! He’s found that their technical focus frequently gets in the way of the breakthroughs they need in reaching more clients, and how to apply the way they think that will cause them to leap forward by a factor of 5 to 10 times within weeks.
He’s been to the top executive level in large international corporations, and owned his own small businesses. Been there, struggled, and turned them around. One of his larger clients who was in the World Trade center and got a major setback, went from 1 new major client a month to 51 a day. Stop and figure what that business multiplier is . .. and within such a short time!!!
He’s worked with some of the top marketing coaches in the world and will share some of those concepts with you. So, if you’d like to learn some of his secrets that he shares with thousands of his followers be sure to come to the ICCA dinner.
* Dinner meeting pricing!!! *
$25 for both members and guests that reserve online by * June 20th AT NOON *, $30 at the door
Students with a valid student ID are always $20
Walk ins are welcomePre-payment online by credit card (for on-line reservations) or payment by check at the door are preferred. Non-members are encouraged to attend.
More information available online at: http://www.icca-kc.org/
Click Here to make your reservation online.


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Topic: Understanding the Procedure Cache
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Speaker: Bill Graziano

Bill Graziano is a partner in ClearData Consulting and and a SQL Server MVP. He specializes in SQL Server performance tuning, database administration and database application development. Bill serves on the Board of Directors of PASS and is a regular presenter at their annual conference. Bill is a founder of SQLTeam.com, a web site for SQL Server professionals and has taught classes in SQL Server, Visual Basic, MSF and Windows Server.

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Understanding the Procedure Cache: Writing Efficient, Reusable Queries When is a query plan reused? When will dynamic SQL give better performance results than stored procedures? What are the benefits of a compiled query plan? When should you turn on forced parameterization? What is the most efficient way to write SQL for reports that might have wildly different WHERE clauses? Why is my stored procedure very slow somtimes? How effecient is the SQL from LINQ? How effecient is the SQL from ORM tools?
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General:
We have meetings on the second Thursday of every month. Our group meets at the Johnson County Community College Regnier Center. Our normal room is room #236 but check the visual displays when you arrive to confirm.
In an ongoing attempt to make the content presented useful to our members we start each meeting with a short Q&A session. Unless noted in the meeting notes the schedule for each meeting will be:
6:00 - 6:30 - General Q&A session & Announcements
6:30 - 7:30 - Presentation(s)
7:30 - ?? - Door prizes and Question & Answer session
Location
12345 College Blvd Overland Park Kansas 66210-1299 913-469-8500 Once you arrive the Regnier center is the red brick building next to the large white building. Parking is available under the center as well as on three sides. Once inside please check the room displays as the college frequently changes our room assignment. If you cannot find us please call Neil Watkins @ 913-515-1404http://www.jccc.net/home/site.php/welcome/maps/fullcampus


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Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Topic: Highlights from Mix 2009

This month Lee Brandt and Clint Edmonson will be demonstrating highlights from the MIX09 conference! You’ll get to see some of the great new technologies that were introduced at MIX09 as well as detailed information and in-depth demonstrations on the upcoming release of Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3. Plus we’re giving away an Xbox 360 and Zune. You don’t want to miss this special meeting!


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At this month's meeting we are going to let you do the talking. The subject is favorites. What is your favorite software, utility, application etc. Where are the best places to find the best hardware, software, bargains. When you go shopping for you computer needs whatever they may be, do you have favorite sites or stores you frequent first?
What methods do you do/use to find the best price at the time? When you decide to get/purchase an item/program you do not normally purchase or possess little knowledge where do you go to educate yourself before you make your commitment. You get the idea. If you want, send links or subject matter to diabill@sbcglobal.net so they can be incorporated into an agenda.

If you have comments about this subject forward those also and I will incorporate them also before the meeting.
Hope to see you there.

Meeting Date: 6/16/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at
www.newhorizonskc.com
Please patronize our sponsor - Take a course - They do a great job at increasing your job skills.
Catalog of Classes: http://www.newhorizonskc.com/catalog/index0.htm


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Our next meeting will be held:

6:30 PM, Wed, June 24, 2009

Centriq Training Center

8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS

(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)

Sponsor: : YET TO BE DETERMINED

Food and Door Prizes will be provided by : YET TO BE DETERMINED


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Monthly attendance is increasing! We are averaging 35 to 45 people per month. In order to ensure that we have enough food for you this month, please click *REPLY* to this email, and let Ray Harris know if you will be attending. Thanks very much !



The topic is: The Wonderful World Of Web Maps (speaker: Kurt Loudon)



1. Introduction to Web Maps Via Google
Use Google to monitor alarms in a large geographic area.
2. Web Maps Cornucopia Via ESRI
A. Tour de Flex: Web Maps & how to access some sample code B. ESRI: Flex API with service area geoprocessing
C. ESRI: Javascript API with some geoprocessing code (ie how to find service area driving time from a particular location – accesses same ArcObject(COM) code as the Flex API)
D. http://www.batchgeocode.com/ ; Geocode web page & code...
3. Questions & Answers, etc...



Kurt Loudon BIO:

Kurt W. Loudon serves as a Data Systems Architect for Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. Kurt is a 17-year technical expert in the diverse field of information technology. Design and development of Databases, GIS, & Web systems are his main areas of expertise, using cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to deliver first-class products and services in formats such as ArcSDE, Oracle, MS SQL Server, MS Visual Basic, PHP, Google Maps/Earth, ColdFusion, ASP, MS Access, Satellite Forms, ER/Studio, Er! win, ArcIMS, and more! Kurt has a bachelor’s degree in G! eography from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He also has earned a master’s in Public Management & Policy from the top-ranked Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University. Kurt has been instrumental in designing, developing, and implementing the integration of GIS, Database, Web, and Asset Management technologies for the following clients: City of Westminster CO; Kansas Department of Health & Environment; Department of Defense; Union County Conservation District; Department of Homeland Security; Tele Atlas; Department of Agriculture; City of North Kansas City MO; Oklahoma Natural Gas; and more.


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Eyual Getahun of CJK Software will be presenting at the Sharepoint Heartland Users Group on Tuesday June 9th.

He will demonstrate how to implement a Dashboard using Sharepoint.
Meeting is open.

Meeting starts at 07:00PM and will be held at a meeting room which will be posted

On Lcd Screens in the Regnier Center of Johnson County Community College. It is usually on the 2nd floor. The College is located in Overland Park Kansas on 12345 College Blvd. Additional information can be found on the HUG web site http://www.hugkc.org/

If you are interested in Sharepoint come and share with us.


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