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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 November 2008 Entries
MSDN Developer Conference - January 13, 2009
We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Other sessions include the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, Surface, Parallel Programming, Live Mesh, and more. Register today to stay current in an ever-competitive job market, enhance your skills and gain access to the next generation of tools and technology. Speakers include: Shannon Braun, Scott Colestock, ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1:08 PM

SilverLight User Group Meeting - November 18
Topic: Migrating a Data Aware WPF Application to Silverlight 2.0 Presenter: Mike Benkovich, Microsoft Date: 11/18/2008 Time: 12pm - 2 pm Website: Abstract: One of the great things about WPF and Silverlight is that they’re both built on top of XAML and with Silverlight 2.0 you can leverage the latest data manipulation capabilities of LINQ. In this session we’ll take a look at a basic WPF application that pulls data from a web service. We will explore VB.NET’s ......

Posted On Sunday, November 16, 2008 11:35 AM

MIMA Monthly Meeting - Nov 12
MIMA POWER BREAKFAST If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and content is king, Wednesday's event is quite literally going to be THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY OF KINGS. Huzzah! How fitting that Ginny Redish, the reigning queen of content, will be at the helm. If you're so much as planning to write one subject line in the next two decades, don't miss Ginny Redish. Seriously. She's awesome. Topic: WEB CONTENT Join the acclaimed author of Letting Go of the Words for a morning session ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2008 1:34 PM

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Posted On Thursday, November 6, 2008 2:28 PM

Twin Cities Developers Guild Meeting - November 11
Where: New Horizons (4510 West 77th St. Edina, MN 55435) When: Tuesday, November 11th at 6:00 PM Website: www.twincitiesdevelopersgui... Session: Learn about how the Dependency Inversion Principle (DIP), Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control Containers help you get your system under test more effectively and how it can help you decouple your code. You will also be introduced to a small subset of dependency breaking techniques that will help you break ground into setting your system up ......

Posted On Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:25 AM

Excel PivotTables Seminar - December 12
PivotTables: Build, manipulate and chart data When: December 12, 2008 Time: 12:30 - 4:00 Where: New Horizons of MN, 4510 W 77th St Suite 210, Edina MN 55435 Overview: In this hands-on seminar you will learn to understand, build, manipulate and chart data using PivotTables. It is common place in many business roles to be able to effectively and efficiently move through large amounts of data. This can be a cumbersome and intimidating process. ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9:54 AM

IAMCP Breakfast Meeting - November 21
The upcoming IAMCP breakfast meeting is Friday, November 21st, 2008. This meeting is guaranteed to help you drive revenue as a partner! If you have already RSVP'd, thank you for your response! If you have yet to RSVP for Friday's event, please go to the website directly at and register to attend. We will be providing a light breakfast (bagels, donuts and coffee) and need to know how many will be in attendance to plan accordingly. We look forward to seeing you there. This month plan ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 9:14 PM

Northwest Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals - November 5
Don’t forget that our monthly meeting will take place this Wednesday, November 5. Details are below. To register check out our new Web site at We meet at the Outback Steakhouse on I-494 in Bloomington west of the Mall of America. Wednesday evening, November 5, 2008 Please note the date change! 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 ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 11:01 AM

CTA Luncheon - November 11
Topic: Contact Center Applications Where: Eagan Community Center When: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Panelists: Tom Falkowski, Director, Patient Access, Allina Hospitals & Clinics; Deb Gabriel, Lead, Consumer Experience, Carol. The Care Marketplace; Tim Husted, Director of Workload and Resource Management, Carlson Wagonlit Travel; Michael Sanderson, Director of Contact Center Services, UnitedHealth Technologies; Joe Schwartz, Senior Workforce Manager, Fingerhut The alphabet soup of Contact Center ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 10:58 AM

CRM User Group
Topic: Workflow When: Thursday, November 6, 2008 Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 AM Event: 9:00 - 11:00 AM Networking/Q&A: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: Northland Center 3500 American Blvd West, Conf Room B (on concourse level of bldg) Bloomington, MN 55417 Summary: On Thursday, November 6th, come learn what Dynamics CRM 4.0 offers in terms of workflow using the new Windows Workflow Foundation! We'll be covering various new ways the new workflow engine enables greater power and flexibility. These are ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 10:54 AM

TechMasters-Twin Cities
This morning I attended our weekly TechMasters meeting and, as always, I leave that meeting very inspired. The goal of the group is to help members improve their public speaking skills, both in prepared speeches as well as impromptu. We have 15 members as of today (after just 5 weeks of meetings), and we need 20 to official charter. I personally joined the group to improve my impromptu speaking. I was a trainer for years, and have since moved into other roles, and the old saying is very true... "If ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 10:14 AM

Please Respond: Would you Attend a Seminar on Social Media Sites?
I am thinking of putting together a 2 hour seminar titled "Using Social Media to Promote your Business". The seminar would show using sites such as Twitter, blogging, facebook and LinkedIn to promote your business. What do you think? Please email me ( with your thoughts. What would you want to see in this type of seminar? Is there demand? Would you attend? Do you know great resources to provide to people as examples ......

Posted On Monday, November 3, 2008 10:31 PM

ArcReady - November 20, 2008
Minneapolis, MN November 20, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am Professional Patterns On The Job You're smart. You deliver. What more could your company want from you? Why don’t they come to you for the big technical decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has an agenda and they’re doing everything they can to kill your great ideas. To be effective architects we must also be leaders and influencers who bring more than our technical pedigrees to a organization. ......

Posted On Monday, November 3, 2008 8:57 PM

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