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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla October 2008 Entries
Twin Cities .NET User Group
Thursday, November 6th, 2008. 5PM-7PM Sign Up Now What's this XNA thing I keep hearing about? Presenter:Chris Williams Abstract: This session will cover what XNA is (and isn't) along with what's needed to develop with both XNA 2.0 and the 3.0 CTP. We will also cover key differences between the two versions along with the features and limitations of each. Target platforms of Windows, XBox and Zune will be discussed. We'll go through some demos and take a look at some code, identifying key aspects ......

Posted On Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:23 AM

MinneDemo - November 12
The Twin Cities' premier tech demo and networking event is happening again on November 12. This time, we've rented Intermedia Arts, Uptown's coolest art gallery/performance space. This means the demos will be in a REAL THEATER! Also, we'll have kegs of really good beer. What: 6-10 demos of local tech projects and startups When: Demos start at 7pm Where: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (map: Who: Everyone is invited! Please RSVP at ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 21, 2008 2:28 PM

Automating Common DBA Tasks Live Meeting on October 22
Please join us for a DBA SIGs Live Meeting on October 22, 2008 at noon EDT titled "Automating Common DBA Tasks". Meeting Abstract Database Administrators often spend hours each day doing the same repetitive tasks; checking Error Logs, Backups, Drive Space, Agent History, Job Logs, and other common "checklist" items. Learn how to easily automate these common tasks in SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008 using the tools that are already available in the Operating System and SQL Server. Presenter Bio Jonathan ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 8:41 AM

SharePoint Server 2007: Workflow and Digital Forms Seminar October 30
Date: October 30 Time: 9am - 12:00am Location: New Horizons of MN 4510 W 77th St Suite 210 Edina MN 55435 Registration Link: Course Overview This is a joint seminar with New Horizons of MN and Inetium. This session will cover SharePoint 2007's workflow and digital form capabilities. With the addition of workflow in SharePoint 2007, users now have the ability to manage and track multiple processes within their organization. This session will ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 8:35 AM

SharePoint 2007 - ECM (Enterprise Content Management) Seminar December 2
Date: December 2 Time: 9am - 12:00am Location: New Horizons of MN 4510 W 77th St Suite 210 Edina MN 55435 Registration Link: Objectives This a joint session presented by New Horizons of MN and Inetium that will explore the various content management capabilities of SharePoint 2007 for managing documents, records and web content. This session will include a number of demonstrations and tips on how to get started using SharePoint for content management. ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 8:32 AM

SharePoint 2007 - Business Intelligence Deep-dive Seminar Octohber 23
Date: October 23 Time: 9am - 12:00am Location: New Horizons of MN 4510 W 77th St Suite 210 Edina MN 55435 Registration Link: Seminar Overview This session will explore the various Business Intelligence options available from Microsoft and how they integrate with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This session will include a number of demonstrations and tips on how to get started using SharePoint for business intelligence. Topics to ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 8:29 AM

ITIL V3 Awareness Seminar
ITIL v3 Service Management Awareness: A Lifecycle Approach When: October 27 Where: New Horizons of MN 4510 W 77th St Suite 210 Edina MN 55435 Registration link: Seminar Overview Our ITIL v3 Service Management Awareness overview provides a general introduction to IT Service Management, focusing on the lifecycle of services-birth to retirement-broken into five key phases. The phase components, Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 8:27 AM

NWAITP Meeting - November 5
Topic: Re-inventing IT and the IT Professional For the past fifty years company owners and their executive teams have invested in information technology with the goal of making their organizations more effective. Only a very, few have achieved their goal. Many have claimed success but when asked to compare their results with their expectation openly admit their claims of success where more for social and political reasons versus achieving their goal of creating an effective organization. Now is the ......

Posted On Sunday, October 19, 2008 1:47 PM

Virtualtization Seminar - October 21
Put virtualization in your hands, and your plans. Attend this FREE event that lets you touch, talk about, and experience Microsoft® virtualization solutions in a setting that's focused on you. When: October 21, 2008 Registration Link: Doors open at 8:00 A.M. Seminars start at 9:00 A.M. Solutions Pavilion open until 3:45 P.M. Where: Hyatt Regency- Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Ave Suite H Mpls, MN 55403 (612) 370-1234 Find out all about virtualization. You will get ......

Posted On Friday, October 17, 2008 9:32 AM

SharePoint User Group Meeting - November 12
Topic: Social Networking On Wednesday, November 12th, we will explore how to use SharePoint for social computing that will power the next generation of business productivity. During the session we will highlight the following components and how they can be extended using customization, Codeplex and partner solutions: MySites Blogs Wikis Podcasting Unified Communications Furthermore, if you have specific questions that you would like answered, we encourage you to submit them to, ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2008 8:00 AM

MNSCUG (System Center User Group) Meeting - October 16
Please join us on Thursday 10/16, at the Microsoft Bloomington office for our monthly MNSCUG meeting. This month we have Jim Thomson from Intel to provide an overview and demo of using SCCM SP1 and the new Out of Band management features that are possible on vPro enabled systems from 5:00-5:45. Following that, we will finish the night with a round table discussion. Since vPro and Power Management will be fresh in our minds, one topic I'd like to discuss is Software Delivery strategies and what others ......

Posted On Friday, October 10, 2008 10:10 AM

Social Media Breakfast - October 31 at 8am
It’s time to start talking about the next SMB in Minneapolis/St. Paul! We’re going to be meeting at the Deluxe corporate headquarters in Shoreview, MN on Oct. 31st. What better way to wrap up the month of October and start your Halloween weekend than to meet up with your local social media peeps? How about how about a chance to talk social media with the bestselling author of the hit book The New Rules of Marketing & PR: David Meerman Scott? In addition we’ll have a chance to talk with startup ......

Posted On Monday, October 6, 2008 9:50 PM

Twin Cities Developers Guild Meeting - Tuesday, October 7
Guild Meeting, featuring Jeff Brand When: October 7, 2008 at 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) Topic: ASP.NET MVC Overview This session will introduce attendees to the Microsoft ASP.NET MVC Framework. It will compare MVC to existing ASP.NET Web Forms and show the basics of creating an ASP.NET MVC application. Demos will be used to show how to create a simple product catalog web site. Speaker Bio: Jeff Brand is a .NET Developer in Microsoft's Developer ......

Posted On Monday, October 6, 2008 1:07 PM

Iowa Code Camp - November 8

We are excited to announce the 2nd Iowa Code Camp!

The date is Saturday November 8th and we are having the event at DMACC in West Des Moines.

You can register for the event on the home page of (all of the other details are on the site as well).


Posted On Friday, October 3, 2008 1:35 PM

Upcoming CTA Luncheon - October 14
Topic: Wireless LAN Website: Where: Eagan Community Center When: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Speaker: Steve Bult, Senior Project Manager, Technology Management Corporation. In this role and prior duties, Mr. Bult has utilized his experience in Information Technology projects ranging from 1M sf technology campuses to deployments with hundreds of remote sites. He has extensive experience in design for A/V, voice and data networking, physical security and CCTV. He has delivered solutions ......

Posted On Friday, October 3, 2008 9:03 AM

2008 PhizzPop Tour and Online Challenge
2008 PhizzPop Tour and Online Challenge Website: Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009 PhizzPop Design Challenge is a web design and development competition. This year PhizzPop is expanding from in-person agency challenges to include an online competition for web professionals. The PhizzPop Design Challenge Tour will stop in seven cities across the U.S. This is the design event of the year — a prestigious design competition combined with a social gathering for top ......

Posted On Thursday, October 2, 2008 8:07 AM

SQL Server 2008 Roadshow - October 14
Register Now for the SQL Server 2008 Roadshow Date: October 14 - Minneapolis, MN Location: Regal Brooklyn Center 6420 Camden Ave N Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55430 United States Learn more about the new enhanced capabilities of SQL Server 2008. Explore security and database management, how to best manage your data, and what’s new in business intelligence. Don’t miss this half-day event that will give you a better understanding of what SQL 2008 has to offer and how you can best put it to use at your ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 9:18 PM

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