June 2011 Joint GWC Pittsburgh Meeting

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Monday, June 20 9, 2011 meeting at the Cambria Suites, 451 Racetrack Road, Washington, PA.

This is the annual joint meeting with our colleagues from Pittsburgh.

Speaker and Topic

The topic for the evening will be Cloud Computing. We will have 2 unique views of Cloud Computing.

Ann Calder Rose is an Associate Professor of Education focusing on Online Instructional Specialist/Director of Distance Education with West Liberty University. Ann has over thirty years experience initially as an educator working as a high school mathematics teacher and for the past 16 years in higher education. After 15 years working with teacher preparation and most recently as the director of the program, she serves as the University’s Online Learning Specialist and Coordinator of Distance Education. In this capacity she works with faculty providing professional development in the areas of online learning and integration of technologies for enhanced learning-both online and in the traditional classroom. Most of the sessions focus on Web 2.0 tools and other open source resources. She is West Liberty’s Administrator for Sakai, their Open Source Learning Management System. Additionally, in her role as faculty, she teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Instructional Technologies, always with a focus on enhancing student learning.

The View from Below

Cloud computing is everywhere but is it leading up to a nasty storm or better weather? From the perspective of one in the trenches, where did this come from?, why bother?, and what’s the forecast for the future. In this discussion I will share a perspective on why cloud computing should have been predicted and then the benefits to institutions, users, and support staff. Finally, based on where we have been, where we are, I’ll share some of my thoughts about the long-term forecast.

David Hoerster, a recovering corporate financial analyst, has been working with the Microsoft .NET Framework since the early 1.0 betas. David is the co-founder of BrainCredits (www.braincredits.com), a recent start-up that is hoping to change the way people learn on the web. David is the co-chair of the Pittsburgh .NET User’s Group (PGHDOTNET), organizer of several recent Pittsburgh Code Camps and is also an occasional speaker at Pittsburgh and regional user group and code camp events. David can be found rarely blogging at http://geekswithblogs.net/DavidHoerster/Default.aspx and also is an occasional Tweeter (@DavidHoerster).

Going All In With the Cloud

It’s rare that you get a chance to build an applicaton the way you want to, from the ground up. If you did, what architectural choices would you make and why? Is the Cloud really the magic bullet for all of the pains start-ups experience? In this discussion, I will review the choices that I faced in starting a company from the ground up, specifically around which technical platform to choose out the many that are out there. Also, what is really involved from a price perspective with the Cloud? It sounds simple, but there are hidden costs and gotchas which you need to be aware. Hopefully the lessons that I have learned (and am still learning) will save others a little bit of pain.

Event Schedule

We will meet on the first floor of the Cambria Suites. Social time and registration will be from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. The dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the presentation will start after the meal. Cost for the evening is TBA for AITP members, TBA for AITP student members, and TBA for guests.

We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance for the June meeting.

The Meal for the Evening will be….

Italiano Buffet
Your choice of Soup du Jour: Broccoli Cheddar, Tomato Basil or Minestrone
Penne Pasta with Selection of Sauces: Marinara, Alfredo and Cheese
Sautéed Meatballs
Mixed Greens Tossed Salad. Fresh Baked Rolls with butter.
Soft Drinks and Bottled Water.
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee Service
Piece of Cake
$24.00 per person

RSVP to Join Us

Please make reservations at the following link. Reserve your spot here. Make sure you select JUNE as the month. This link is to the AITP Pittsburgh website. Reservations are essential to ensure there is sufficient food and seating available for our group. Please respond by June 17th to give the restaurant ample time to prepare. No shows will be billed for the reserved meal.

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