As part of our commitment to bringing educational opportunities to the State, the Wostmann Group is pleased to offer this seminar for IT professionals in Juneau. For more information about the Wostmann Group, click here. When Thursday and Friday Morning, 7:45am– 12:00pm December 7th and 8th, 2006 Where Westmark Baranof Hotel The Treadwell Room 127 Franklin Street Juneau, Alaska 99801 Registration This is a free seminar, however we do ask individuals to register in advance so we can prepare accordingly. To register, click here. Please contact LaDonna Orendorff at (907)463-9226 with any questions. Wostmann Group Technology Seminar AGENDA – Thursday Morning, December 7th , 2006 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Wostmann Group Introductions and Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Microsoft: Vista and Office 2007 Demonstration 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Network Business Systems: Server and Storage Consolidation 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Software AG, Inc.: Service Oriented Architecture and Business Process Management AGENDA – Friday Morning, December 8th , 2006 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Wostmann Group Introductions and Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Pangomedia: XML as a Content Management Solution 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Wostmann & Associates: Agile Software Development with Scrum 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. GeoNorth: GIS Enterprise Integration 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Software AG, Inc.: Successful Legacy Modernization We will also hold raffles for some free gifts including Microsoft Office 2007 Software! OVERVIEW OF TOPICS: Microsoft – Vista and Office 2007 Demonstration Larry Short from Microsoft will be presenting these new products. Windows Vista has just been released to replace XP. It contains hundreds of new features, including Aero, a new user interface, improved desktop management and searching features, and new multi-media tools. Much of the code is rewritten and reflects Longhorn, the next generation server due out in a year or two and version 3.0 of .NET which makes life easier for developers. Many core services have been completely redone including security, networking, audio, printing, and display systems. This is the biggest change to Microsoft operating systems in more than a decade. Office 2007 is now available with a radically different end-user interface and several format and preview changes. The traditional menus, task panes, and toolbars have been replaced by the Ribbon — a new device that presents commands organized into a set of contextual tabs. The tabs on the Ribbon display the commands that are most relevant for each of the task areas in the applications. Some Office versions offer Groove, a set of collaboration and communication tools for smaller business and work groups. The new office applications can use services running on Sharepoint, Forms, Project-Portfolio, and Groove. Network Business Systems – Savings through Server and Storage Consolidation For years enterprise IT departments have pioneered savings in labor and capital through consolidation of servers, storage, and maintenance. Over the last few years a paradigm shift has occurred where expensive and esoteric approaches have morphed into much lower cost, industry standard tools allowing you to do more with less. Dick Jablonowski will discuss three areas for savings through consolidation: 1. Consolidation of storage using Network Attached Storage with iSCSI - storage consolidation allows you to focus on the most import asset in the IT shop, your data. Data can be more easily managed, charged for, archived or retained, and replicated or migrated. 2. Virtualization of servers - akey byproduct of using virtual machines is you can do more with fewer personnel – and you can respond to a request immediately. 3. Remote monitoring and maintenance - When you use tools common to network operation centers (NOCs) you get ahead of the curve – you no longer wait for a crisis and then respond. Instead you catch problems before they become critical. Software AG, Inc. - Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM) Today’s business problems in State government includes some tough issues; reducing costs while increasing services, improving the quality of services, meeting demanding new Federal and other governmental mandates, and enhancing employee productivity and accountability. Fortunately, technology has progressed to the point where several non-proprietary, standards-based strategies are now available to help solve business problems with the assistance of technology. Successfully solving today’s business problems can be effectively tackled by bringing people, processes and systems together. The key to effectively implementing SOA, according to Gartner and other industry experts, is governance! The Software AG presentation will cover a discussion of why SOA and governance are important, how governance can be implemented into your SOA strategy and how information sharing throughout the enterprise can be accomplished. Business agility is easily achievable! Pangomedia – XML as a Content Management Solution Organizations often have a problem maintaining the same content across multiple display technologies including HTML, PDF / print, Flash and imbedding in applications. Geoffrey Wright’s presentation will explain how XML can solve this problem: a single XML document can feed all of these sources. In addition, modern XML documentation tools increase the productivity of content managers over more conventional tools by allowing them to focus on structured content instead of presentation. Wostmann & Associates – Agile Software Development with Scrum Scrum is a lightweight agile method for software development. Scrum assumes that the software development process is complicated and unpredictable, in contrast to traditional approaches which operate as though every task and result is well-defined. Defined processes work well in environments where requirements are not ambiguous or subject to change. For those with ambiguous and frequently changing requirements, Scrum may be the answer. As a project management framework, Scrum leverages a team's existing competencies and practices, not presuming any particular degree of expertise or skill. Emphasizing flexibility, transparency, quality, and the delivery of results, Scrum is a pragmatic approach in a chaotic world. During this presentation, Jeremiah Dunham, a Certified ScrumMaster and avid proponent of Scrum, will introduce the principles of Scrum and discuss his experiences applying it to a number of software development projects for Fortune 500 companies. GeoNorth – GIS Enterprise Integration Mark Pearson, P.E. will be presenting for GeoNorth. This session will review technologies and strategies for integrating and improving access to your information. It will specifically highlight how GIS technologies can facilitate integration of and access to spatial, tabular, and raster information in web and desktop environments. Cases and demonstrations will be used to illustrate how certain technologies and strategies can be applied. Learn how to leverage your existing technology and data and increase your return on investment. Topics include the following: * Overview of Enterprise Integration * Enterprise Internet Solutions and Portals * Enterprise Desktop Solutions * Public Safety, Utilities, Environmental/Health, Land Information Solutions Software AG, Inc. – Successful Legacy Modernization Mark Braukhoff, Sr. Architect, will be presenting this topic for Software AG. Legacy Modernization enables customers to transform their legacy systems into modern and flexible business applications and processes. Using examples of case studies from government and business, Software AG will discuss successful methods to align your valuable enterprise systems with IT strategies and organizational requirements. ABOUT WOSTMANN GROUP… Wostmann Group is a consortium of Alaska’s leading technology and information service providers, which formed a joint venture to offer the State of Alaska the most comprehensive IT services. Wostmann Group is included on 12 of 17 IT categories on the State’s IT Professional Services Contract. Each firm also services the Alaskan community independently.
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