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					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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