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  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Culminis launch User Group Support Services

    The UGSS platform went live today! Here is the full announcement... MICROSOFT AND CULMINIS ANNOUNCE USER GROUP SUPPORT SERVICES WHAT ARE USER GROUP SUPPORT SERVICES User Group Support Services (UGSS) offers a free set of tools specific to user group management and content built specifically...
  • Blog Post: User Group Support Services is now live!

    We have just launched a new web site which should really help you with your user group. Check out User Group Support Services at http://ugss.codezone.com Here is some more information on what UGSS provides.. User Group Support Services exists for one reason and one reason alone – YOU ! Our mission...
  • Blog Post: How do you count User Group members?

    I'm curious - what makes someone a member of a user group? I don't mean what makes someone want to join, I'm wondering how a user group leader counts up their membership numbers. For example, There is a group in China which reports over 20 million members. Yes, you read that right, over 20 million...
  • Blog Post: Advice for a 14 year old...

    Among my other interests are Cars. Porsches to be specific. I'm a member of a Porsche focused board - www.6speedonline.com , which has an off topic section which is only accessible to registered members. There are some weird conversations in the off topic area, and some of them are labeled "NSFW" or...
  • Blog Post: Announcing some key changes to the way Microsoft supports User Groups

    As you may know, I'm a senior marketing manager at Microsoft and I focus on technical communities and how Microsoft can support them better. I want to give everyone a heads-up on some important changes we are making in conjunction with Culminis which are designed to bring improvements across the board...
  • Blog Post: IT Managers - this section is for you...

    There is now a new IT Management Community area on TechNet which IT Managers should find really useful. Amongst many other things, you can find: - An IT Manager Chat area with Kevin Remde An InformationWeek analytics report addressing the Priorities for the next generation of web applications...
  • Blog Post: Are you going to Tech.Ed Los Angeles in May?

    Are you going to Tech.Ed Los Angeles in May? Together with the Microsoft team, Culminis and INETA have been putting in massive amounts of work to make sure that there are useful and exciting things for you to do at the event as user group members. If you are going, there are meetings, parties, competitions...
  • Blog Post: Say hello to the new Culminis!

    By now I'm sure you will have heard of the significant changes taking place in the organisation of Culminis. Microsoft is delighted to see the way that the global IT Professional community is progressing. Over the preceding years Culminis has been a driving force in the growth of the IT Pro community...
  • Blog Post: System Center Community Lounge at MMS 2009

    Are you an active member of the IT systems management community, or want to find out how to become more active? Are you interested in System Center products and solutions? Find out more at the System Center Community Lounge at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas April 27 th – May 1...
  • Blog Post: Culminis needs your help...

    Running any community requires a lot of work, as I'm sure every user group leader already knows. Make that a global organization, add in the fact that it's just undergone a major restructure, that many of the board members are newly elected, and that the IT platform has just been totally replaced, and...
  • Blog Post: "MacWorld: There's no such community in the Windows world"???

    You might have heard that Steve Jobs won't be attending MacWorld Expo this year. I just read an interesting item about this, what it could mean to MacWorld itself and to the Mac community. You can find it at http://www.techflash.com/Pondering_Macworld_without_Apple_Jobs36265269.html . The comment...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting and User Groups

    You may not know this, but we have been providing Live Meeting accounts to user group leaders for a couple of months now. It's something that has been very successful - as an example, here is a comment we received from www.developers.ie . Just to inform you that the .Net Coffee Break Show, a series...
  • Blog Post: Project Conference 2009

    IT professionals and developers who utilize EPM solutions and Project are invited to attend the Microsoft Project 2009 conference. We've extended our early bird rate to Culminis & INETA – register now for just $699. Visit http://www.msprojectconference.com/ and use code CnIPC09mL, limited time offer...
  • Blog Post: Start participating in Tech·Ed right now!

    Tech Ed season starts right now - this is only for the US TechEd, but the others will be spinning up shortly - The Birds of a Feather sessions and TechEd connect let you participate and contribute rather than simply listen... Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions – Submit at topic idea today! Birds...
  • Blog Post: The next edition of User Group TV is out!

    You may have heard about UGTV, the "TV news" program especially for user groups. The next edition is now out and you can see it at http://channel9.msdn.com/Search/Default.aspx?Term=UGTV for developers, and http://edge.technet.com/Search/Default.aspx?Term=UGTV for IT Pros. If you have ideas for articles...
  • Blog Post: TechEd and on...

    I set off for TechEd tomorrow - This year I'm going to be spending time at both the Developer and the IT Pro halves, attempting to meet up with as many User Group members (and candidates) as possible, so that I can find out as much as I can about what we can rely on, improve, start, stop, etc. to make...
  • Blog Post: You may be an IT Whiz...but Are You Certifiable?!?

    Have you ever considered taking a certification exam? Here's your chance to practice, in a very fun way. Choose an avatar, select your expertise, and pit yourself against a worldwide community in a quest for Tech IQ supremacy, a top spot on the leaderboard-and ultimate bragging rights! "Are You Certifiable...
  • Blog Post: Integrate your IT Environment

    Join the TechNet Events team for an interop roadshow that will help you integrate your heterogeneous IT environment. This 4 hour FREE event will include sessions on: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Interop with Linux and OS X, Running OSS on Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 and PHP Web Application...
  • Blog Post: User Group Leader Assistance Kits

    We've just started shipping "User Group Leader Assistance Kits" to user group leaders in the USA. We will be offering these kits to user group leaders in the rest of world starting 1st December. Any user group leader who is registered with UGSS ( http://www.usergroupsupportservices.com or http://www...
  • Blog Post: Become a better speaker...

    I've been talking with ToastMasters recently, and as a result they have made the following offer to all Culminis, INETA and PASS user group leaders. Greetings from Toastmasters International! From a humble beginning in 1924 Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping...
  • Blog Post: Free TechNet Plus Direct subscriptions go out to Culminis, INETA and PASS user groups.

    We just sent out the first 121 free TechNet Plus Direct subscriptions to members in Culminis, INETA and PASS user groups around the world. Each user group that is a member of any of these three associations is eligible for one subscription. This is a tremendous offer from the TechNet team, and I'd love...
  • Blog Post: Upsize or Migrate to SQL Server Today

    SQL Server 2008 has launched the new Migration Solution Center . This site provides customers with prescriptive guidance and a clear process for executing successful migrations or upsizing your existing databases to SQL Server. On this site, the freely downloadable SQL Server Migration Assistants...
  • Blog Post: Register to attend Tech•Ed North America 2009 | May 11-15 | Los Angeles, CA

    Our new IT Strategy and Business Alignment track is specially designed to help IT Managers find efficiencies in productivity and cost from Microsoft experts and industry analysts like Art Wittmann, Managing Director of Information Week Analytics. Dive deep into product roadmaps for Cloud Computing, Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: New UGSS Event Content

    User Group Support Services has posted new Developer and IT Pro content for you to use at your user group events! Below are the new titles for the month of March: Developer Content: DEVSQL-201 Building Applications with SQL Server 2008 DEVMOB-200 Developing for Windows Mobile Devices IT Pro...
  • Blog Post: Tell us what you think!

    We are launching a broad survey of user group leaders and members, and I would love to get your input on what Microsoft can do to better support the user group community. If you would like to contribute, you can find the survey HERE . There is no personal data collected unless you specifically enter...