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Thursday
Nov 19, 2009
TiE Oregon & PSBA presents, How to Fund your Healthcare IT Venture
PSU Business Accelerator

The current economic climate has limited access to capital and has left companies across the healthcare industry struggling to determine the best way to fund and fuel growth. Our experienced panel, drawn from investors & executives with experience in Healthcare IT ventures both from a funding and entreprenuerial perspective, will address questions like:

What products, services, and technology sectors in healthcare are investors most excited about now?

What do investors want to see regarding company growth and exit strategy?

Which investors are best positioned to support my company in this current environment?

How should one approach valuation and other funding strategy discussions?

Our panelists include: William Newman - Managing Director, NW Tech Ventures Jim Plymale - CEO, Clinicient

Panel to be moderated by: John Hull - Managing Director, Marquam Hill Capital

Register at oregon.tie.org $10/$15/$25 online $10/$20/$30 onsite (student member/member/non-member)

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Thursday
May 13, 2010
IT Strategic Planning – Building a Partnership Between IT and Your Business
DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

This course was designed to be vendor and product neutral. It will give you hands-on knowledge about IT delivery models and how to make smart decisions that will provide a competitive advantage for your business.

It is led by two world class IT practitioners who will help you understand the key players in outsourced IT delivery, how to evaluate the value of available options, how IT delivery models impact your business, and how to establish specific action items for moving forward with confidence.

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Wednesday
Jun 2, 2010
ITIL V3 Foundation
through CLIMB Center for Advancement

In partnership with Pangloss Group, we were able to subsidize this training and bring it to you at an incredible discount. You’ll save more than 60% off of the usual price of this course.

This ITIL V3 Foundation Training explains the core principles of ITIL best practices using real-life examples and prepares you to pass the certification exam. Students have a 100% pass rate with this instructor!

This dynamic 3-day course introduces the ITIL Service Lifecycle for managing IT services to deliver on business expectations, and an engaging, case study based approach to learning the core disciplines of ITIL practices. Students will be positioned to successfully pass the exam required for entry to all intermediate or advanced certification tracks.

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Wednesday
Jul 7, 2010
IT & Communications Harmony
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Do technology and communications work in silos in your nonprofit? Or do they clash in conflict when you're sitting in meetings? Maybe your communications department has become the default tech department, or vice versa? When the IT and communications work well together, nonprofits have a huge opportunity to increase their productivity.

Join us for our July Meetup when Nancy Schwartz will share her marketing and communications expertise helping you to find harmony between tech and communications in your nonprofit. We'll have an open conversation so come ready to share your experience and learn from Nancy and other PDXTech4Gooders!

Agenda:

5:30: Networking 6:00: Presentation and Group Discussion 6:45: Networking

About Nancy:

Nancy E. Schwartz is the primary author of the Getting Attention.org blog and e-newsletter. Nancy also founded and runs Nancy Schwartz & Company, providing results-driven marketing and communications services to nonprofit organization and foundation clients. Specialties include communications planning, message development, online communications innovations (she stays way ahead of the curve to put these tools to work for clients asap), and developing revenue streams for nonprofits.

Monday
Sep 20, 2010
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs, 2nd floor meeting room [OLD LOCATION, NO LONGER IN USE]

pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

Igal Koshevoy will present "Devops case study: Open Source Bridge", describing his work on creating and maintaining reliable, vendor-neutral infrastructure for a regional open source conference running many custom apps. He'll discuss architecture, provisioning, automation, development, deployment, monitoring, migrations and disaster recovery. He will also give a walkthrough the AutomateIt recipes that setup and manage the servers (available as open source at http://github.com/igal/osbp_automateit), with more of a focus on explaining how these are structured rather than on the tool, so you can more easily reuse the ideas with your favorite automation tool.

Other presentations, lightning talks and discussion topics will also be covered.

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Wednesday
Sep 22, 2010
Technology Showcase presented by Northwest Computer Support
Microsoft Portland

Northwest Computer Support is expanding into the Portland area and as part of our launch we are hosting a Technology Showcase Event.

This event will allow you the opportunity to meet with industry leading vendors face to face and discuss ways to improve your business process’s through emerging technologies.

Additionally, there will be informal discussion scheduled throughout the day, presented in a classroom style setting, by industry experts from several of our sponsor vendors.

At the end of the day we will be announcing the winner of the $50,000 Extreme Technology Makeover! As well as additional prize giveaways throughout the day.

To apply for the Extreme Technology Makeover go to the link provided: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/portlandextremetechmakeover

If you are an IT Manager or a small business owner with a server based network, you do not want to miss this event!!

This is a free event and lunch will be provided.

Microsoft Corporation 10260 SW Greenburg Road Lincoln Tower Suite 600 Portland, Oregon 97223

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Monday
Oct 18, 2010
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs, 2nd floor meeting room [OLD LOCATION, NO LONGER IN USE]

pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Thursday
Oct 28, 2010
HALO IT Webinar
Online

This webinar will give you an overview of HALO IT and over 3,000 courses covering the most popular technology brands such as Microsoft, Cisco, Novell, CompTIA, VMWare, Oracle, and Linux. The HALO IT program gives its users the invaluable aptitude to continue building their knowledge base, and help prepare each initiative-taking member for over 60 IT certifications.

Content covers several major areas of IT and professional development including:

  • Network & Operating Systems
  • Programming & Web Development
  • Design & Media
  • IT Security
  • Communication Technologies
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Customer Service

In addition to the thousands of online courses that are offered, there are also instructional videos and labs. The labs offer production-level practice equipment providing the user with a scalable, hands-on system with access to live networking hardware and software dedicated exclusively to IT skills enhancement. Unlike simulations, lab users command live equipment over the web as they solve real-world internetworking problems based on their skill level.

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Friday
Oct 29, 2010
HALO IT Webinar
Online

You will learn about the myriad of knowledge areas that HALO DESK covers, including: Microsoft Office & Adobe software products, business, strategy, communication, customer service, finance, leadership, project management, teamwork, time management, as well as several personal development areas.

HALO DESK boasts comprehensive set of resources for business professionals to expand knowledge, skills and productivity with Microsoft and Adobe software; communications, customer service, financial, project management, leadership, team work, time management and other personal development courses.

This webinar will give you an inside view of what HALO has to offer. From Books, book summaries, instructional videos, collaboration tools to practice exams, HALO DESK has it all. Course topics include:

  • Leadership & Management
  • Strategy
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Business Skills and Soft Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Production & Logistics
  • Career & Self Development
  • Small Business
  • Economics & Politics
  • Industries
  • Intercultural Management i
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Wednesday
Nov 3, 2010
HALO IT Webinar
Online

This webinar will give you an overview of HALO IT and over 3,000 courses covering the most popular technology brands such as Microsoft, Cisco, Novell, CompTIA, VMWare, Oracle, and Linux. The HALO IT program gives its users the invaluable aptitude to continue building their knowledge base, and help prepare each initiative-taking member for over 60 IT certifications.

Content covers several major areas of IT and professional development including:

  • Network & Operating Systems
  • Programming & Web Development
  • Design & Media
  • IT Security
  • Communication Technologies
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Customer Service

In addition to the thousands of online courses that are offered, there are also instructional videos and labs. The labs offer production-level practice equipment providing the user with a scalable, hands-on system with access to live networking hardware and software dedicated exclusively to IT skills enhancement. Unlike simulations, lab users command live equipment over the web as they solve real-world internetworking problems based on their skill level.

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Monday
Nov 15, 2010
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs, 2nd floor meeting room [OLD LOCATION, NO LONGER IN USE]

TOPICS: * "Top 10 Things To Setup On Your New Or Existing Servers" presentation by Igal Koshevoy, followed by group discussion * "What do you wish you could automate?" question and answer discussion * Open discussions

GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

VENUE: Enter the building at 122 NW 3rd Avenue (picture at http://bit.ly/9BKLDs), there will be a "pdxdevops" sign on the door, and go up to the 2nd floor conference room. You can arrive as early as 6:30pm to get a head start on eating, drinking and socializing.

SPONSOR: The venue, food and drink are kindly provided by Puppet Labs, creators of the Puppet open source data center automation and configuration management framework.

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Monday
Dec 20, 2010
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

PRESENTATIONS: * Cody Herriges: "Introduction to Puppet Types and Providers" -- A talk about the conceptual design, gotchas and best-practices for creating these important automation building blocks. * Igal Koshevoy: "Puppet Enterprise" -- A talk about the new Puppet Enterprise product and some lessons from building it.

GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Jan 11, 2011
Easy Street Online Services: New Data Center Open House and Technology Tour
EasyStreet Online Services

EasyStreet is proud to announce our new data center has been finished on schedule and the first customers are ready to move in. Please accept our invitation to see the data center and the unique energy-saving technologies we've employed before it is closed to the public.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 9610 SW Sunshine Ct. (Across from our main offices) Beaverton, OR 97005

Local dignitaries will be on hand to help launch this new data center, which is an archetype for sustainable IT in Oregon. Scheduled speakers include:

• Denny Doyle, Mayor, City of Beaverton • Jim Piro, CEO, Portland General Electric • Bob Repine, Director, Oregon Department of Energy

We hope you will join us and will invite others who have an interest in the latest IT technologies and/or sustainable practices.

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Monday
Jan 17, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Mar 21, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Apr 18, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
May 16, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Presentations: * Corey Osman will give a presentation on OpenNMS and other SNMP management tools. * Igal Koshevoy will give an introduction to the Chef configuration management tool; how to use its resources, third-party cookbooks, and the chef-solo toolset; how to write cookbooks, definitions, lightweight resources/providers, and roles. He's been building out a comprehensive multi-site configuration and plans to open source most of the code and tools soon, and thus has plenty of real code he can show.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Thursday
May 19, 2011
Education Road Show: Explore a Career in Tech (PCC)
Portland Community College - Sylvania Campus - ST Building - Room 107

Presented by the Developers Forum and area universities

Do you know a young person who is interested in exploring a technology-related career?

The open discussion is a free event designed for high school and university students and their parents who want to learn more about technology careers and the educational paths available to enter the field.

Recent graduates of each university's technology programs will join a panel of industry professionals to explore career paths in tech. They’ll speak to subjects including how they got interested in technology, what their educational journey has been like, what their career aspirations are and a view into "a day in the life”.

Bring your tough questions! You get twenty minutes of open audience Q&A and oaths from our presenters to tell nothing but the truth.

Industry Panelists

PCC Alumni Ida Jones, Computing Technology Specialist, PCC PCC Alumni Dave Johnson, President/CEO, Netropole PCC Alumni Darryl Rebmann, Intel/Fountain Group Contractor

Chris Brooks, VP of Technology, WebMD Scott Thompson, Global IT Director, CH2M HIll Sarah Wilson, Technical Product Manager, Tripwire Moderator: John Gasper Dir, Application Engineering, Thomson Reuters

Free to attend

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Thursday
May 26, 2011
Education Road Show: Explore a Career in Tech (PSU)
Portland State University - School of Business SBA 450

resented by the Developers Forum and area universities.

Do you know a young person who is interested in exploring a technology-related career?

The open discussion is a free event designed for high school and university students and their parents who want to learn more about technology careers and the educational paths available to enter the field.

Recent graduates of each university's technology programs will join a panel of industry professionals to explore career paths in tech. They’ll speak to subjects including how they got interested in technology, what their educational journey has been like, what their career aspirations are and a view into "a day in the life”.

Bring your tough questions! You get twenty minutes of open audience Q&A and oaths from our presenters to tell nothing but the truth.

Industry Panelists

PSU Alumni Steven Carnegie, Chief Information Officer, AirAdvice PSU Alumni Holly Rasmussen, Sr. Applications Developer, US Bank Chris Brooks, VP of Technology, WebMD Sarah Wilson, Technical Product Manager, Tripwire Moderator: John Gasper Dir, Application Engineering, Thomson Reuters

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Monday
Jun 20, 2011
pdxdevops [Cancelled this month, go to the Open Source Bridge birds-of-a-feather session instead]
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

UPDATE: We're not meeting this month. Instead, please join us at the Open Source Bridge birds-of-a-feather session. The schedule hasn't been finalized yet, but it'll be sometime on June 21-24.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Jul 18, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps -- Virtualized dev environments with Vagrant, and more
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

TOPICS: * Igal Koshevoy will talk about using Vagrant to manage virtualized development environments. Using this open source tool, you'll be able to give developers fully configured virtual machines containing all the services, libraries and dependencies they need to get started immediately. These virtual machines are provisioned using Chef, Puppet or shell, letting you give devs the same stack as the one you're using for your production environment.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Aug 15, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Sep 19, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Wednesday
Oct 12, 2011
ITIL V3 Foundation Certification Training
through Courtyard by Marriott, Tigard

This dynamic 3-day course introduces the ITIL Service Lifecycle for managing IT services to deliver on business expectations, and an engaging, case study based approach to learning the core disciplines of ITIL practices. Students will be positioned to successfully pass the exam required for entry to all intermediate or advanced certification tracks.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the key principles and concepts of IT Service Management.
  • Identify strategic benefits of implementing ITIL in an organization, and the need for IT to become integrated with Business Services.
  • Explain basic ITIL concepts, definitions and processes and how they map to the Service Lifecycle.
  • Identify the basic concepts and definitions related to the Service Lifecycle.
  • Identify the activities and roles involved with the Service Lifecycle.
  • Identify opportunities for Continual Service Improvement, not merely in daily operations, but across all aspects of IT Service delivery.
  • Identify the factors that affect the effectiveness of the Service Lifecycle.
  • Successfully negotiate the exam in preparation for gathering further capabilities for yourself and your organization.

Register: http://itil-v3-foundation.eventbrite.com/

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Monday
Oct 17, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

PRESENTATIONS:

Corey Osman will present his experiences with SSDs (Solid-State Drives), fast memory-based storage:

  • types of SSD
  • how much it cost
  • how it differs from traditional storage
  • filesystem bottlenecks
  • latency
  • SSD vendors
  • usage with oracle
  • benchmarking
  • life expectancy
  • raid and SSD
  • how to persuade your boss into buying one
  • enterprise vs consumer grade
  • power usage

Jacob Helwig will talk about his recent experiences with Puppet, Ubuntu CloudInit and AWS to provision groups of servers.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Nov 21, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Dec 6, 2011
Achieving IT Service Excellence
through World Trade Center

ACHIEVING IT SERVICE EXCELLENCE is not just a desire but a necessity to position your IT organization as the competitive “provider of first choice.” Technology for most organizations is a commodity; having a service oriented team is where you will truly begin to gain competitive advantage. Successful IT organizations have an IT Service Strategy that is based on a common definition of service and an understanding of what is important from your clients’ perspective. “Achieving IT Service Excellence” means that everyone from the CIO to the individual contributor delivers consistent service and manages the client’s expectations on an ongoing basis.

More info: http://learningforleverage.com/events/achieving-it-service-excellence/

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Thursday
Dec 15, 2011
Foster the People: How to Attract & Keep Top Tech Talent
Stoel Rives LLP

WARNING: THE WEBSITE FOR THIS EVENT SAYS IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2012. THIS SHOULD LIKELY BE DELETED FROM CALAGATOR.

How does your company rate among top high tech talent? What are your employees saying about their experience of where they work to their colleagues? In this globally competitive business environment, your people have to be engaged and developed in line with the pace of your business. You also must create a work environment that will increase your organization’s ability to attract and keep top talent. This workshop will provide both peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities and skill development from our expert to enhance engagement, productivity and ultimately attract and retain a workforce that will help you maintain your competitive edge.

More information: http://learningforleverage.com/events/top-tech-talent/

This workshop incorporates this research with skill development – to help leaders and managers attract top technology talent by building an engaged, loyal and productive workforce.

At this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Identify strategies that your organization can implement to attract top talent
  • Discover how managers can improve business results by tapping employee potential
  • Create an inclusive corporate culture that rewards innovation
  • Understand and explore techniques for communicating with the generations in the workplace
  • Develop varying management strategies for employees with differing behavioral styles
  • Learn techniques for giving impactful performance feedback
  • Explore how to retain employees by capitalizing on their strengths and providing career development opportunities
  • Discover how employees can work together to maximize the growth of your organization
  • More information: http://learningforleverage.com/events/top-tech-talent/
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Monday
Dec 19, 2011
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Jan 16, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Thursday
Jan 19, 2012
New Tech Society Happy Hour
Thirsty Lion

Ever notice how fragmented the Portland tech community is? We did—and we’re doing something about it!

The New Tech Society was founded to bring together a diverse group of individuals; technologists from a variety of disciplines and industries within the Portland community. We meet for one night a month to make new connections, exchange ideas and enjoy each other’s company.

Join us!

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Tuesday
Feb 14, 2012
ITIL V3 Foundation Certification
through Courtyard by Marriott, Tigard

Eric, Thank you so much for wiinrtg such a nice post. We're so glad you found our report valuable and the concept of the New Media Life Cycle worth talking about. We're excited to watch GetSatisfaction grow and we'll be wiinrtg about you again, I'm sure. Thanks again for the kind words. - Andrew

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Wednesday
Feb 15, 2012
SAO→ Healthcare/IT Innovation Series:Launch & Networking
OHSU Center for Health & Healing

SAO→ Healthcare IT Innovation Series:Launch + Networking Event

Details: Wed 2/15/ 2012:6–9:30pm

OHSU Center for Health & Healing
3303 SW Bond Ave
Portland, Oregon  97239

Speakers:

Dr. Charles Kilo, Chief Medical Officer, OHSU 
Eric Dishman, Dir. of Health Innovation & Policy, Intel

Register: online: http://bit.ly/yqlvF3

About the SAO Healthcare IT Innovation Series:

Our community of healthcare executives, academic leaders,  
software and technology companies continue to express a great  
deal of interest in Health IT Innovation. To bring this community  
together and kick start the year, the SAO is putting together an  
event around Health IT Innovation on Feb 15th with OHSU’s Chief  
Medical Officer, Dr. Charles Kilo and Eric Dishman, Director of  
Health Innovation and Policy for Intel's Digital Health Group.   

Following the launch of the series, The SAO is planning additional  
community building Healthcare IT Innovation events & programs,  
such as adding a Healthcare IT Innovation track for Innotech 2012.

Contact: Sonya Duffin [email protected]

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Sunday
Feb 19, 2012
Instructional Technology Strategies Conference
through Sheraton Portland Airport

OETC would like to invite you to attend our annual Instructional Technology Strategies Conference.

The Instructional Technology Strategies Conference is an opportunity for educators to think, explore, and develop strategies to enhance student achievement through the effective use of technology.

The subject is technology in the classroom, but the focus is on you. ITSC is specifically designed to be an active learning conference. Participants come away from ITSC not with a high level overview, but specific strategies and increased opportunities for education-related connections. Whether you are a teacher looking to improve K-20 classroom instruction or an administrator looking to support technology in your school or district, you will come away from ITSC with solutions that can be implemented right away.

Balancing tradition with 21st century innovation. We held on to the values that past attendees covet (active learning time in three-hour workshops, 90-minute sessions, two thought provoking keynotes, two vendor expert sessions, four quality meals and exhibit halls) and at the same time have added innovative opportunities (Unconference, Soiree of Slides, Schedule App that publishes in all platforms at once) to play and/or dive deep into the education questions that consume us.

If you want to learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic professional development then our conference is the right opportunity for you!

Please join us by registering at goo.gl/eiklr.

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Monday
Feb 20, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Jonathan "Duke" Leto will be talking about Cloud Foundry http://cloudfoundry.com

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Feb 21, 2012
Foster the People: How to Attract & Keep Top Tech Talent
Stoel Rives LLP

How does your company rate among top high tech talent? What are your employees saying about their experience of where they work to their colleagues? In this globally competitive business environment, your people have to be engaged and developed in line with the pace of your business. You also must create a work environment that will increase your organization’s ability to attract and keep top talent.

This workshop will provide both peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities and skill development from our expert to enhance engagement, productivity and ultimately attract and retain a workforce that will help you maintain your competitive edge.

Register: http://top-tech-talent.eventbrite.com/

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Wednesday
Mar 14, 2012
CHIFOO presents: "Security *IS* a Game: Using the Blender Game Engine for Security" with Jeff Bryner $5
ISITE Design

SecViz.org is a great resource for security visualizations, but most suffer from a lack of interactivity. Completing kinectasploit for DEFCON19 made me realize the utility of game engines for interacting with security tools and security information. Jeff will start with a recap/encore performance of kinectasploit (http://p0wnlabs.com/defcon19), which uses gestures to drive a first-person shooter 3D game environment to break into computers on victim virtual machines. Then using the same technology, Jeff will walk through a couple scenes using standard corporate security data in a 3D, kinect-driven environment made possible by the blender game engine.

Kinect and gestures are two of the most prevalent game-changing technologies to affect user interfaces since the keyboard and mouse. Applying these tools to real-world data is challenging, fraught with pitfalls, and a heck of a lot of fun! Let’s discover the boundaries of current technology by pushing it until it fails!

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Monday
Mar 19, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Apr 16, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
May 21, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

TOPICS:

  • Igal Koshevoy: Including system migrations inside configuration management recipes, e.g. rearranging directories. Pros and cons for whether this should even be done and tips to reduce headaches later. There will also be group discussion since it's a common enough need, there are many ways to do this, and it'd be good to hear how others deal with this.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Jun 12, 2012
IT/Technology Professionals Mixer
Kells Irish Restaurant (Pearl District Location)

Come meet for drinks and engage with fellow professionals in a relaxed social setting to exchange stories, career advice, and make new connections in the local industry. All positions in the IT and Technology worlds are welcome, including project managers, systems engineers, desktop support, dba's, developers, security analysts, business analysts, enterprise architects, design experts, IT/Technology managers, and all other associated fields.

Please note, this event is at Kell's new 2nd location in the Pearl District. It is a wonderful establishment with a great back room tailor-made for events like this. Come join us!!

Sponsored by Portland Job Group. www.jobgroup.org

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Monday
Jun 18, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting: To package or not to package?
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

PRESENTATIONS:

Michael Stahnke of Puppet Labs will give a presentation on "Packaging". He'll talk about the correct way to create custom packages of software and incorporate them into your devops workflow so you can more effectively isolate changes and improve the repeatability of your configurations.

Igal Koshevoy will present "A Barbarian's Guide to Avoiding Packaging", a short talk on abusing your configuration system. Although not "correct", this approach can save time, simplify workflow, and minimize infrastructure needed compared to building custom packages in certain cases.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Jul 16, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Welcome OSCON attendees!

We'll focus this month's meeting on lightning talks and discussions, allowing us to cover many interesting devops topics in a conversational way -- we're very good at this sort of thing, e.g. see notes from a similar meeting. If you have a talk, please get in touch on the mailing list or in person at the beginning of the meeting.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Aug 20, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

PRESENTATIONS:

  • William Van Hevelingen and Spencer will talk about automating their Samba DFS root servers as discrete resources using Puppet and Hiera.
  • Corey Osman will talk about his IPMI library for Ruby and accompanying Puppet module. IPMI is an interface for managing computers, e.g. changing BIOS, rebooting, etc.
  • Adam Gandelman of Canonical's OpenStack team will talk about using Jenkins/Hudson continuous integration to do pre-commit and post-commit tests, and seek out advice on doing this better.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Aug 28, 2012
Windows 8, is it right for business?
Red Lion Hotel Portland - Convention Center

Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

Windows 8, is it right for business?

Bruce will be presenting the value and business case for Windows 8. He will describe and demonstrate the new Windows user experience, running on devices you can purchase today with 11-inch to 23-inch screens. The devices will be available during and after the presentation for a hands-on experience by the OCCA audience. He will also provide tips for developers and IT consultants that will allow them to convey the Windows 8 advantage to their customers, who may be wondering whether they should upgrade. Presented by Bruce D. Kyle is an architect evangelist for Microsoft in the Developer & Platform Evangelism team and serves the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions in the United States. Bruce has worked for Rogue Wave Software, Carnegie Mellon University, John Deere, and several Internet startups before joining Microsoft. Bruce has been a software tester, developer, programming writer, and solutions architect. Bruce presents to local developers about Microsoft products including Windows, SQL Server, Office, Windows Azure, .NET, and Visual Studio.

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Tuesday
Sep 11, 2012
AgilePDX - Westside Meeting at Nike
Nike World Headquarters

"Real World Agile: Going All-in with Agile at Performance Health Technology

Speaker: Chad Casady

Abstract: In 2009, PH Tech went "all-in" and began the adoption of agile methodologies throughout the software development process. In this session, you'll take a multi-year journey with a growing small business and experience the transition from the blissful ignorance of cowboy-coding through the misery and despair of a sinking, dysfunctional organization, and on to the satisfaction and exhilaration that comes with a high-functioning agile team. This session describes both the pain and the fulfillment that comes with developing software in a small business, before, during, and after agile.

Bio: Chad Casady is the Director of Information Technology at Performance Health Technology, aka PH Tech. His responsibilities include all aspects of technological infrastructure and software development, including three technology departments; Information Systems, Business Intelligence, and Software Engineering. When he’s not talking about healthcare or technology, he’s expounding the life-giving qualities of bacon and BBQ. Buy him a beer and he’ll give you the recipe for the greatest chicken wing rub he’s ever stolen.

Monday
Sep 17, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Oct 9, 2012
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Dave Harrison -"Real World Software Development"
Nike World Headquarters

At Tech Ed 2012, the biggest change over the previous years had to do with ALM and agile development – it seemed like one out of every four classes dealt with Agile in one way or another. What is all the fuss about – and how can our team use the best tools to keep developers and BA’s humming and business owners happy?

In this talk Dave will explore his team's two-year long experience with Agile development at Columbia Sportswear Company, including experiences with TFS and other tools.

Along the way we’ll cover:

• The Software Development Hierarchy of Needs (from a great post by Scott Hanselman)

• Our experiences with MVC, TDD, and Azure

• Why the Spanish Armada didn’t work and Apollo 13 did – the Cone of Death

• The dirty little secret behind scrum – hint, it’s not a magic bullet

• Jealousy as a proactive emotion

• Save the poker for Vegas

• Managing priorities across software development teams in one list

Speaker: Dave Harrison is the Development Manager and .Net Lead Developer at Columbia Sportswear. He has 7 years of Windows and Internet/Web applications development experience. Dave is a certified Scrum Master and agile enthusiast (www.rogueagile.com)

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Monday
Oct 15, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Nov 13, 2012
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Mark Menger "The Agile journey at PGE"
Nike World Headquarters

Application Delivery at PGE currently uses both waterfall and iterative work management methodologies. PGE’s IT uses these to support six internal lines of business with their project and production support needs. PGE started the agile journey in 2009 in aid of a large scale multi-project initiative to roll-out network read meters for our customers. Over the subsequent three and half years, that experience was extended into where PGE’s IT delivery is today. Scaling to the enterprise required the synthesis of many different viewpoints, overcoming the deficiencies of agile training as applied in larger circumstances, and fabricating new processes and tools to enhance and manage the value of delivery. During this talk Mark will share highlights of what was valuable, what was a struggle, what he would do the same if starting over, and what he would do differently.

Bio: Mark Menger is a passionate leader in the adoption of Scrum at Portland General Electric, believing strongly in the underpinning concepts of servant leadership and self-organization. He led four Scrum teams and the enterprise architecture function of PGE’s multi-million dollar Automated Metering Infrastructure initiative. As the supervisor of Application Delivery Services, he is currently scaling PGE’s adoption of Agile software delivery to 14 teams across six business client functions. This effort includes business client relationship development, and improvements in quality assurance and engineering practices. When he’s not rooting for the Timbers, the remainder of his attention is focused on Sailflow reports for the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

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Monday
Nov 19, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Dec 11, 2012
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Diana Larsen "How am I doing? Exploring my personal best"
Nike World Headquarters

Diana Larsen (co-author of "Agile Retrospectives" "Liftoff" and"Virtuosity") will lead participants in a personal retrospective by helping each person ask the question, "How am I doing? Exploring my personal best," and find answers in a hands-on, highly interactive session. Everyone will reflect on how they developed their craft in 2012, then set aspirations for the coming year. Join us to develop an individualized plan for your professional development in 2013.

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Monday
Dec 17, 2012
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting (NEW VENUE)
Elemental Technologies

Come by as early as 6:30pm to get a head start on socializing and eating.

PRESENTATIONS:

  • "Where to keep configuration data?" Talk discussing the various ways to store the data used as parameters for your configurations and their pros/cons. Sample code will be for Chef, but Puppet equivalents of most of these alternatives will be mentioned.
  • ...and a lot more!

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations. The group meets regularly to share practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation, configuration management, and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The venue, food and refreshments are provided by Elemental Technologies, a Portland, Oregon software company that specializes in massively parallel processing solutions for video encoding, decoding and transcoding of video over IP networks. For more information, visit http://www.elementaltechnologies.com/

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Tuesday
Jan 8, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Carl Hoefer "Agile at Nike"
Nike World Headquarters

This month we will have an open discussion about Agile at Nike as well as across the "Westside" of Portland, and gather future topics for discussion and presentation during 2013. We look forward to your feedback in helping shape the community for 2013.

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Monday
Jan 21, 2013
[Canceled] pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
TBD - Portland

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Jan 29, 2013
Technology Association of Oregon Heath & IT Forum: Global Innovation in M-Health
Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

The use of mobile technology is transforming the delivery of healthcare in the US and abroad. Join this diverse panel of m-health experts who will share trends they are observing in major healthcare markets ranging from Asia, to North America and Europe.

Discussion Topics Will Include: •Results of recent ethnographic and other market studies and impact on clinicians and coordinated care •Unique challenges and opportunities presented by mobile technologies •A sneak peak at the clinical environment of the future on a mobile device •Emerging trends

Panelists: •Rick Cnossen, Director, Worldwide Health Information Technology, Intel - Rick leads all of Intel's m-health initiatives •Cameron Ough, Director of Consumer Health IT Innovation, Cigna •Patrick Hennessy, Director Business Development West, Wavefront - a Canadian Center of Excellence focusing in mobile innovation

Event Details: When: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Time: 7:30 - 9:00 AM Where: Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland OR Cost: $25 Members, $45 Non-Members Register: TAO 503-228-5452

Series Sponsor: Comcast Business Class

Event Sponsor International Trade Canada

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Tuesday
Feb 12, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - "Agile Architecture" and doing "just enough"
Nike World Headquarters

Agile Architecture and doing "just enough" while maintaining a forward looking view within an Agile Delivery Model.

Format: Panel discussion and Q&A

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Monday
Feb 18, 2013
[RESCHEDULED to 2/25] pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
TBD - Portland

NOTE: This meeting has been rescheduled to 2/25!

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Feb 25, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Elemental Technologies

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Mar 12, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Agile Portfolio Management – From Vision to Backlog
Nike World Headquarters

Agile Portfolio Management – From Vision to Backlog

The enterprise is going to invest in a new product or service: it’s on the strategic plan, senior management is energized and the funding has been promised…

But what happens next? How do you get from vision to value? How do you drill down from a high level mission statement or market opportunity to the right user stories and how do you manage resource allocation with competing projects?

The goal of this session is to explore this critical transition and it’s implication for portfolio management.

We are pleased to welcome three panelists to help us answer these questions.

Panel Members:

Jamie Swails, Manager Network Data Operations, Portland General Electric

Pat Pesetti, Sr. Director Engineering, Tripwire

Adam Light, Management Consultant, SoTech Advisors

Meeting will start at 7:45 AM until 8:55


To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)

  1. Go to https://nike.webex.com/nike/j.php?ED=226516297&UID=1600919732&RT=MiM0
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)
  4. Click "Join Now".

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://nike.webex.com/nike/j.php?ED=226516297&UID=1600919732&ORT=MiM0


To join the teleconference only

Call-in toll-free number: 1-877.874.1777 (US) Call-in number: 1-720.239.5053 (US) Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf?cc=5035328650 Conference Code: 503 532 8650

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Thursday
Mar 14, 2013
HiMSS - Oregon Chapter presents: "Countdown to Meltdown? Preparing Your Organization for Health Reform & the Brave New Healthcare World"
The Nines Hotel

HiMSS Oregon http://www.himss-oregon.org/ welcomes – J.D. Kleinke a pioneering health care information entrepreneur, medical economist, author, policy expert, and business strategist.

WHEN: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 from 5:00pm-8:30pm

5:00-6:00 – Registration and Networking

6:00-7:30 – Presentation**

7:30-8:30 – Networking Reception

WHERE: The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison, Portland, Oregon 97204

DETAILS:

What does the actual health reform plan look like, what happens when 30 million new people enter the “system” as we know it, and what will it all mean for your organization? “Obamacare” has survived the Supreme Court, but the health reform law itself may be overshadowed by larger shifts in market power - and continuing government budget crises, as lawmakers target Medicare and Medicaid as sources of major savings. This session provides a critical overview of where health care stands today; the latest on spending trends and market dynamics; and how the health reform plan will play out for all major stakeholders, including providers, payers, employers, patients and consumers. This session examines the concurrent effects of the reform plan, health insurance market upheavals, increasing patient economic empowerment, and emerging information technologies on today’s health care organization. And it lays out a practical framework and set of critical success factors for your organization going forward, as health care faces the greatest challenges and changes in our lifetimes.

J.D.Kleinke has been instrumental in the creation of four health care information organizations, most notably HealthGrades. He has helped hospital systems, insurers and physician groups prepare for medical computerization and health reform; provided business, product and technology strategy services to new and established health care companies; and sat on the Boards of several public and privately held health information companies. In 2012, he was a Resident Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Kleinke has authored three books on the U.S. health care system, Bleeding Edge: The Business of Health Care in the New Century and Oxymorons: The Myth of a U.S. Health Care System, and Catching Babies (2011). His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Health Affairs, JAMA, the British Medical Journal, Modern Healthcare, Managed Healthcare, Forbes, and numerous other publications. Since his earliest writings on health policy and market dynamics in The Wall Street Journal in the early 1990s, Mr. Kleinke has long been known as a forceful, non-partisan advocate for an evidence-driven, computerized, patient-centric health care system.

**This program has been submitted for review and approval of continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHMS)

Registration is now open for the conference. https://secure100.telusys.net/gregistration-bin/display2_preview?&ctid=1696121847441156&rfid=9659143976368037&tmid=136

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Monday
Mar 18, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Elemental Technologies

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Wednesday
Mar 20, 2013
Agile PDX presents Max Guernsey, "Test-Driven Database Development"
Puppet

As developers, we've created heuristics that help us build robust systems and employed test-driven development (TDD) to improve code design and counter instability. Yet object-oriented development principles and TDD have failed to gain traction in the database world. That’s because database development involves an additional driving force—the data.

Max Guernsey shows how to treat databases as objects with classes of their own—rather than as containers of objects—and how to drive database designs from tests. He illustrates a way to give these database classes the ability to upgrade old data without introducing undue risk. Max also shares how to apply good object-oriented design principles to database classes and how to enforce semantic connections between databases and clients. Max demonstrates how it all works together, ensuring that your production databases work exactly the same as test databases, minimizing the risk of design changes, and enabling client applications to more easily keep up with database changes.

Come for pizza & networking from 6:30pm. The program starts at 7:00 pm.

Speaker Bio Max Guernsey is currently a Managing Member at Hexagon Software LLC. He has 15 years of experience as a professional software developer. For nearly half that time, he has been blogging, writing, and delivering lectures on the topic of agile and test-driven database development. For much of Max’s professional career, he has been a consultant, advising a variety of software companies in many different industries using multiple programming and database technologies. In most of these engagements, he spent months or even years helping teams implement cutting-edge techniques such as test-driven development, object-oriented design, acceptance-test-driven development, and agile planning.

Max has always been a “hands-on” consultant, working with teams for long periods of time to help them build both software and skills. This series of diverse, yet deep, engagements helped him gain a unique understanding of the database-related testing and design problems that impede most agile teams. Since 2005, he has been thinking, writing, blogging, lecturing, and creating developer-facing software dedicated to resolving these issues.

Max posts regularly on his Twitter account (@MaxGuernseyIII) and his blog (maxg3prog.blogspot.com).

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Tuesday
Apr 9, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Agile Portfolio Management – From from the Lean startup perspective
Nike World Headquarters

Agile Portfolio Management – From the Lean Startup Perspective

We will discuss, in an open forum, ways of identifying critical information such as product vision, possible risks, technology solutions, and key project metrics, in a way that utilizes the minimum amount of time in the predevelopment period of the project.

A focus will be placed on practical group exercises and research techniques for gaining the critical information needed to start a project and build the initial backlog.

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Monday
Apr 15, 2013
[POSTPONED to 4-22] pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Elemental Technologies Website
Wednesday
Apr 17, 2013
Agile PDX Evening Nathaniel Cadwell - Coaching Creatives: New Ideas from Dead Artists
Puppet

What do a 17th century painter’s workshop, an international photographic cooperative, and an early 20th century design house have in common with a modern software development team? On the surface it may not seem like much, but bringing a group of makers together to work presents special challenges and opportunities, regardless of field.

In this session we’ll explore what worked, and didn’t, for several groups of historical makers. We’ll draw parallels with agile software development teams, and discuss coaching strategies around the examples provided.

Nathaniel Cadwell has over thirteen years of strategic consulting experience in software development, Agile enablement, and change management, helping organizations achieve dramatic improvement in the efficiency of their software delivery. In his current role, Nathaniel is an Agile Coach working closely with software development teams. He has presented, or co-presented, sessions on Agile coaching, Agile portfolio management, and facilitation skills at multiple venues in the United States and abroad.

Details and Pizza:

This event is free. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

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Monday
Apr 22, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Puppet

pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

This meeting was rescheduled from 4-15.

Currently lined up to speak are:

  • Aaron Bento: Using AWS Cloudformation & Chef
  • Spencer Krum: Zero to Root
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Tuesday
May 14, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Open Forum Discussion
Nike World Headquarters

This month will be an open discussion with fellow practitioners from within Nike and across the West Side of Portland. During the session we will also discuss topics for the upcoming quarter and identify folks within the community that are willing to "own" the topics as part of the community. All are welcome to attend and we look forward to the discussion.

Teleconference information

Call-in toll-free number: 1-877.874.1777 (US) Call-in number: 1-720.239.5053 (US) Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf?cc=5035328650 Conference Code: 503 532 8650

This is your chance to influence upcoming topics and speaker selection.

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Monday
May 20, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Elemental Technologies

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Wednesday
Jun 5, 2013
New Challenges in Data Security - Are You Prepared?
Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

In today’s increasingly digital and connected world, every organization is constantly exposed to cyber and data security risks. The threat landscape is becoming more complex, and defense strategies that worked 10 years ago are no longer adequate. Join this expert panel as they share an innovative new approach to data security, explain the new risks that have emerged over the last decade, and offer practical advice for an effective defense strategy.

What Will You Learn?

  • How the cyber threat landscape has change over the last 10 years and the implications for your defense strategy
  • Fundamentals and best practices for a strong data security program
  • Why it’s dangerous to think of cyber threats as "external”
  • Why data security is no longer just an IT issue
  • The new generation of data security tools
  • Who the new players are in cyber crimes
  • Developments in cyber risk insurance

Panelists:

Moderator:

Who Should Attend?

  • Specialists in technology
  • Compliance
  • Risk management
  • Legal
  • IT

For more Information and to Register, Click here

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Tuesday
Jun 11, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Product Owners as catalyst for Agile Teams
Nike World Headquarters

Product Owners as catalyst for Agile Teams

Topic: Coaching and Empowering Product Owners Format: Facilitated discussion by Chet Amborn Location: Nolan Ryan 1 Air Huarache Date: 6/11/13 Time: 7:45am to 9:00am

Overview:
The performance and empowerment of the product owner is often the most important factor in a successful Agile project. Chet Amborn, Agile Coach, has identified 5 key areas where Product Owners need help from their ScrumMaster in making decisions that will make or break a project. Too often, ScrumMasters overly focused on low level issues with the development/implementation team while the truly significant issues involving Product Owner decisions are ignored.

Teleconference information: Call-in toll-free number: 1-877.874.1777 (US) Call-in number: 1-720.239.5053 (US) Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf?cc=5035328650 Conference Code: 503 532 8650

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Tuesday
Jul 9, 2013
CANCELED AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Test-First Mentality (BDD and TDD) and Testing Automation
Nike World Headquarters

Test-First Mentality (BDD and TDD) , Testing Automation and Continuous Integration

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Monday
Jul 22, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Elemental Technologies

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ && Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Aug 13, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : The art of tailoring/integrating Agile into an Organization
Nike World Headquarters

The art of tailoring/integrating Agile into an Organization - Dave Harrison will be joining us to demonstrate how you can adopt Agile techniques in a way that fit in YOUR company's structure!

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Monday
Aug 19, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Cloudability

This meeting will take a look at Ansible and make some comparisons to the Puppet, Chef and Salt.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Sep 16, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Cloudability

This meeting will be an open discussion about getting started with devops, best practices, tricks, tips and pitfalls. We'll cover everything from early stage devops (bash scripts) through automated automation (tag-driven provisioning) and (container|zone|root-jail)-oriented deployments. Bring your anecdotes and war stories.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Oct 8, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Scaling Practice: Rebooting the Technical Culture
Nike World Headquarters

Instilling good habits isn't easy: Just ask anyone trying to give up a bad one. It's more challenging trying to change the habits of 100,000. Matt will discuss efforts at Intel to accelerate adoption of better technical capabilities, and the impediments faced by teams in adopting new skills under pressure.

Bio:

Matt Plavcan is a Technical Practices Coach with the Intel's Emergent Systems and Coaching team. He has worked at Intel for sixteen years, and has been writing code for three decades. His previous jobs include hardware validation for the Pentium 4 and Core microprocessors and teaching Intel architecture at the University of Illinois. Matt is the founder of the Code Dojo and Retreat program at Intel, which uses dedicated practice to hone professional programming skills.

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Monday
Oct 21, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama Software

Please join us on October 21 at Jama Software for a talk about Docker by CPUsage CTO and co-founder, Matt Wallington.

Docker has been a hot topic in devops circles recent months and Matt will be imparting his experiences using it as well as some demonstrations of the tool itself. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Oct 29, 2013
CRM: "He Who Has the Data Wins"
Red Lion Hotel Portland - Convention Center

CRM: "He Who Has the Data Wins" presented by Rusty Lee

Each of these questions will be presented from both the perspective of you as a business owner, and also as a consultant helping your clients make decisions.

What is CRM?
Why from a business perspective is CRM important?
How can it benefit my business?
What will it cost me?
What's the payback?
How can a small business have an effective CRM program that works?

Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

Presented by: Rusty Lee lives in the Battle Ground area and has been supporting the IT needs of Small Business for the last 10 years as CEO for CallMyPcDr.com . He has presented to audiences large and small on a wide range of topics. In a previous life he was Director of Marketing for a manufacturing firm in Portland, responsible for sales and marketing worldwide.

During his over 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience he learned the old fashioned way about the importance of customer data. Back then it was called database marketing. He's kept in touch with his Marketing Roots and now can add the Technology Perspective to the equation of CRM.

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Tuesday
Nov 12, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Agile PDX Considers the PMI-ACP
Nike World Headquarters

This coming Tuesday the west side Agile PDX group will be holding a round-table on the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification recently emerged from the Project Management Institute—the famous purveyors of the PMP certification.

Topics include: What’s the upside and downside of the creation of this new certification? Did we need one? How does it differ from the famous Scrum series (CSM, CSPO, CSP, CSD, CSC, and CST) of which the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) has become a market differentiator for many organizations and individuals in the Portland metro area—and around the world? Will it be an improvement over PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification? What kind of content does it actually cover? Do we want one for our very own—or not?

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Monday
Nov 18, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Tonkon Torp LLP

Please join us on November 18 for a talk about Vagrant & Packer by Sean Kane.

Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments using virtual machines. Packer is a tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration.

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Dec 10, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Scrum Must Die
Nike World Headquarters

Topic:

Scrum Must Die: Many teams over the last decade have moved to Agile Scrum development, but many have missed the key point of doing the adoption-Scrum and it's rituals are merely training-wheels for building a lasting Agile culture. In this topic, Ray Arell talks about how long-term dependency on Scrum can hinder the potential creativity and profitability of teams. Then he will look at successful patterns of how to use the framework to develop core skills and methods that, once the time-box is removed, will enable teams to deliver value daily. Finally, he will contrast the key challenges for teams stuck in the transition as well as key methods for moving forward.

Bio:

Ray Arell is Director of Intel Emergent Systems and Coaching. He is currently a transformative leader in the adoption of agile, Lean, and complex system methods inside Intel, and his group is currently coaching a community of practice of over ten thousand people that are moving to a continuous value delivery culture. Prior to this role, he spent several decades as both an engineer and engineering manager of teams focused on CPU, chipset, graphics, wireless, and software development. He is the coauthor of Change-Based Test Management: Improving the Software Validation Process and is a popular speaker at events worldwide.

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Thursday
Dec 12, 2013
HIPAA Compliance & the Cloud
Brix Tavern

Join EasyStreet and Coalfire for appetizers, beverages and an informal discussion of today's IT security challenges for healthcare organizations.

Our presentation will be under an hour, leaving ample time for meaningful conversation.

Discussion topics:

  • The Omnibus Rule. What you're now legally required to do
  • Distributed Compliance Responsibility. How to identify which compliance pieces belong to you and which belong to your Cloud vendors
  • Managing HIPAA compliance across all players. How to create a strong Business Associates Agreement and manage your Cloud vendors to it
  • The New HIPAA IT Solutions Set. A snapshot of contemporary technologies used to effectively manage HIPAA security to mitigate risk and ensure compliance

Presenters:
Adam Shnider, Managing Director, Coalfire NW Region
Coalfire is a nationally recognized leader in IT compliance with more than 4,000 assessments, including hundreds for healthcare-related organizations. Their expertise extends beyond healthcare providers to include associated financial institutions and service providers that fall under newly implemented regulations.

Steve Knipple, CTO, EasyStreet
Founded in 1995, EasyStreet delivers Cloud Infrastructure, Data Center and Managed Security services to customers running critical IT systems with regulatory requirements including HIPAA and PCI.

The event is free, but space is limited so please RSVP today.

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Monday
Dec 16, 2013
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on December 16 at Jama Software to discuss Go for System Administration with Kelsey Hightower.

Created just 4 years ago, Go has been gaining traction in many areas from core system services like DNS and CDN, devops applications like Packer and Docker, and continues to stretch further into web applications and general processing utilities. Kelsey will be discussing the benefits he has realized by using Go as an admin's tool. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Kelsey is the Director of Software Engineering at Monsoon Commerce, co-editor of the Golang Newsletter and recently gained committer status to Packer.

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Jan 20, 2014
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on January 20th at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

  • Presentation: Vagrant 101 with Jama's own Rich Howard.
  • Lightning Talk 1: Provisioning LXC Containers using Packer with Kelsey Hightower.

About the Speakers

A seasoned veteran of devops, Rich will lead an introduction into the magical realm of Vagrant including networking, multi-VM setup and provisioning. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Kelsey is the Director of Engineering at Monsoon Commerce with over 10 years of experience in making IT problems disappear using the power of unix, programming, and empathy.

Spencer is a Linux and application administrator with UTI Worldwide. He has been using Linux and Puppet for years. Spencer is co-authored (with William Van Hevelingen and Ben Kero) the second edition of Pro Puppet by James Turnbull and Jeff McCune.

About the Tech

Vagrant is free and open-source software for creating and configuring virtual development environments. Although it started as a wrapper around VirtualBox with configuration management integration with Chef and Puppet, later versions have come to support AWS and VMWare as well as various means of provisioning and configuring the boxes including Ansible and Salt.

Packer is a tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration.

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!


ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Feb 24, 2014
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on February 24th at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

  • CoreOS and etcd with Brandon Philips (CTO, CoreOS)

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!


ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Mar 17, 2014
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on February 24th at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

  • Graphite demo with William Van Hevelingen
  • Managing ZFS via ReST with Spencer Krum.

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!


ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
Apr 21, 2014
FutureTalk with Gene Kim
New Relic

DevOps Patterns Distilled:

Implementing The Needed Practices In Four Practical Steps

Organizations employing DevOps practices such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy and Twitter are routinely deploying code into production hundreds, or even thousands, of times per day, while providing world-class availability, reliability and security. In contrast, most organizations struggle to do releases more than every nine months.

The authors of the upcoming “DevOps Cookbook” have been studying high performing organizations since 1999, and we capture and codify how these high-performing organizations achieve this fast flow of work through Product Management and Development, through QA and Infosec, and into IT Operations. By doing so, other organizations can now replicate the extraordinary culture and outcomes enabling their organization to scale and win in the marketplace.

The goal of the DevOps Cookbook is to help accelerate DevOps adoption, increase the success of DevOps initiatives, and lower the activation energy required for DevOps transformations to start and finish.

This is the 6th event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Networking begins at 5:30, with free food and drinks. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

Please join and RSVP via our new Meetup group HERE

Gene is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written three books, including “The Visible Ops Handbook” and “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win." Gene is a huge fan of IT operations, and how it can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production,” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and increasing the rigor around IT operational processes. In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People Under The Age Of 40” list, and was given the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on April 14th at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

  • ZenOSS with Michael Whities

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!


ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Monday
May 5, 2014
Portland Puppet User Group
Puppet

The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month.

Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

Who should attend? Puppet users and anyone interested in learning more about Puppet. Beginners welcome.

Agenda for May 5

  • 6:30 - 7:00: Eat pizza / salads and socialize
  • 7:00 - 7:45: Talk on "Future Parser" - Joshua Parlow
  • 7:45 - 8:15: "Trusted Facts and Policy-Based Autosigning" -Thomas Linkin
  • 8:15 - 8:25: June Triage-a-Thon info and update
  • 8:25 - 8:30: Brainstorm next agenda

If you have an idea for what you would like to hear a talk about, or if you want to volunteer to present a talk, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group!

This user group is governed by the Puppet Labs event code of conduct.

More information:

Joshua Parlow, Software Engineer at Puppet Labs, will be talking about the future parser.

He'll answer:

  • what is it?
  • how do you turn it on?
  • what new features does it have?
  • how does it differ from the current parser?

Come with more questions! If you want to read up on the future parser ahead of time, you can do so here: http://docs.puppetlabs.com/puppet/latest/reference/experiments_future.html

The Portland Puppet User Group is for those who are using Puppet, want to learn more about Puppet, or are interested in configuration management, IT, or DevOps. We meet at Puppet Labs on the first Monday of each month. To learn more about Puppet, you can visit PuppetLabs.com.

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Monday
May 19, 2014
pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

  • Nick Chappel from NetXPosure will take us for a ride through installing and configuring logstash.
  • Rakesh Komulwad from HCL operations will show how to use logstash to track latency in an application.
  • Following presentations, we'll have a review of Monitorama and discuss the state of monitoring.

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!


ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Saturday
Jul 19, 2014
GRAND OPENING of The Tech Academy
Board of Trade Building

The Tech Academy (formerly known as Prosper IT Academy) is having a Grand Opening celebration. We are opening an office in the heart of downtown Portland. The Tech Academy trains software developers through coding boot camps. Come to our grand opening - there will be an open bar and refreshments. If you are interested in the program now, please call 503-935-2409 or email [email protected].

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Tuesday
Jan 13, 2015
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Agile New Years Resolutions
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

Announcing the re-launch of AgilePDX Westside! It’s a new year... what do you want to accomplish? Bring your Agile New Years Resolutions for the coming year to the January session, and we will determine what topics to target for the coming year.

We are starting the new year in a NEW LOCATION. Intel has generously offered meeting space for this year…please note the new location at Intel - Hawthorne Farms. We will be in the Building 3 Auditorium.

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Tuesday
Feb 10, 2015
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Agile is Everywhere - Lightning Talks
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

Are you ready for a new fast-paced format idea? We are bringing in 5 speakers with fantastic stories around the use of Agile in non-traditional projects. Each speaker will offer a fast-paced 5 minute presentation, with another 3-5 minutes allocated for questions.

Please join us for a rousing round of lightning talks on the following topics:

Agile stories from the underground (sewers, that is) - Mark Liebe
Process Design using the 'Agile Periodic Table' ApproachMegan Miller
Applying Agile Mgt Concepts to a Complex, Multi-year, High Stakes Scientific Research ProjectAlicia Lanier
Family Activity Planning Wall - Sarah Francaviglia
The Agile Attorney John Grant III

We'll begin at 7:45 with "The Buzz". Bring your recent links, books, or other tibits to share and txt them to the facilitator. We will present them on screen and collect to send to the AgilePDX mailer.

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Tuesday
Mar 10, 2015
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Agile Terms from A to Z
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

Agile Terms from A to Z

What do Yaks, Rubber Duckies and Bike Sheds have to do with Agile?

Come update your Agile Terminology with an interactive conversation around the language we use every day in our Agile travels.

For those starting out, this is a great opportunity to learn both the common and less-than-common terms. Agile experts, this is a chance to contribute your best ideas and refine the common vocabulary.

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Wednesday
Mar 18, 2015
SQAUG Presents: Non-Expert Automation Testing (NEAT)
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

Non-Expert Automation Testing (NEAT)

by Loren Brown

at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday March 18, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Non-Expert Automation Testing (NEAT) is an automation testing framework that enables non-experts to harness the power of data-driven, Selenium automation tests. The NEAT web portal simplifies and guides the creation of otherwise complex scripts through the use of an intuitive user interface that manages a web element object repository, test case input data, and test scripts. This approach is intended to enable test script automation to be completed in hours or days instead of weeks or months. The motivation behind NEAT is to equip business analysts, without automation expertise, with an intuitive tool to create and execute sophisticated, automated end-to-end testing scripts. This framework enables teams to increase automated test coverage and allows the highly skilled automation developers to focus on more complex automation testing needs of the organization.

About Our Speaker: Loren J. Brown is a Test Automation Architect and owner of Quantum Peg, Inc. He is currently teaming up with John Cvetko from TEK Associates to develop the DEAP testing tool. After obtaining a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at Portland State University, Loren worked for over two decades as a QA Engineer in various capacities. At Intel Corporation he spent a little over a dozen years in various product teams and Intel Labs as a QA Lead in various software projects including Video Conferencing, IP Telephony, TCP/IP Network Performance, and others. He spent over six years at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) as a QA Lead developing various test automation frameworks and harnesses, and multiple software lifecycle data visualization projects. When he carves out time for hobbies, Loren likes tinkering with microcontrollers and small electronics projects. Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: · Event is Free to the public · Onsite parking (directions below) · Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served · No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is the Portland/Vancouver area’s leading Software Quality Assurance User Group. We are in our 3rd year and extend a warm welcome to everyone to participate in a group dedicated to growing the Software Quality Assurance profession.

SQAUG is a group of SQA professionals who come together in an open forum to learn from each other. We engage in discussions, debates, presentations, explore tools of the trade, network, and share job opportunity information. Our goals are to expand knowledge of Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers and take software quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Thursday
Mar 19, 2015
OpenStack Jumpstart - OSNW User Group
Puppet

Getting up to speed in OpenStack can be challenging. Whether you're just getting involved or trying to find the deepest details on a given project, where to start is not obvious. Vern Hart (Director of Delivery at Solinea) will cover the landscape of training options available, as well providing a roundup of the best sources of OpenStack information out there. He'll also give some guidance on interacting with the community and how best to leverage the knowledge of the thousands of brilliant developers available via mailing list or IRC.

Vern Hart is the Director of Delivery at Solinea. He is a proven consultant specializing in open infrastructure and helping customers adopting new infrastructure architectures and solutions. Vern has over 20 years of systems administration experience. Prior to Solinea, He was CTO at three separate companies including his own which eventually merged with their largest competitor. Most recently Vern was Director of Support Operations and Training at Morphlabs where he was instrumental in the migration of Morphlabs onto OpenStack from Eucalyptus. He has proven success in both systems development and engineering roles.

Dinner & drinks provided.

Please note our gracious hosts code of conduct: https://docs.puppetlabs.com/community/community_guidelines.html#event-code-of-conduct

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Tuesday
Mar 31, 2015
Regional Internet Backbones
Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub

Have you ever wondered where the internet backbones run through our region? Who owns it? What are peering and transit agreements? Ever wondered how much it would cost to run a fiber optic line across the Pacific to Asia? Are you curious about what makes data centers so special?

Eric Hulbert of Opus Interactive will discuss the internet backbones running through the region, and give a bit of history on how they came to be. Eric will also discuss options for hosting virtual servers on equipment that doesn’t belong to your or your client.

Agenda:

6:00--6:20 Networking

6:20--7:00 No-host dinner

7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements

7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A)

About Eric Hulbert:

Eric Hulbert is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Opus Interactive, a Portland-based hosting company that was founded in 1994 and provides services from Tier III+ data centers in Portland, Hillsboro, San Jose and Dallas.

With 16 years of IT experience, Eric provides leadership and vision for Opus Interactive’s strategic development and business growth goals. Eric also plays a key role in the company’s operations and is known for his hands on approach, hard work and determination.

www.opusinteractive.com

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Tuesday
May 12, 2015
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?

Join us for a format introduced last month at the Intel Agile & Lean Conference: Lean Coffee++

Participants will actively brainstorm and prioritize the agenda and become part of the conversation. Up-votes will continue the discussion, while down-votes mean move on to the next sub-topic.

To guide the conversation we'll seed the topic, and also seed the audience with expert contributors. This is the ++ portion of our take on the LeanCoffee(tm) format.

Seed Topic: Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?

Seed questions: Why do large organizations embrace SAFe? Is it possible to 'get off' the release train? How to scale the human factor.

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Wednesday
May 20, 2015
SQAUG Presents: The Importance of Abstraction in Automation Projects
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

The Importance of Abstraction in Automation Projects at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday May 20, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

The majority of automation projects fail, most within the first 6-12 months. Initially it’s easy to put something together that works for a small number of test cases, but as the application evolves, the troubleshooting/maintenance needs of the tests quickly overcome the ability of the team. Eventually (around 6-12 months) a new engineer takes over and restarts the automation effort in a new direction, often with the same issues.

This presentation will be focused on how to use the OOP concept of Abstraction to reduce the maintenance costs of automation and extend the life of your frameworks. Additional benefits will be discussed, like the ability to change the Automation Technology without rebuilding all your tests.

These concepts will work with 3rd party automation products like QTP as well as homegrown frameworks. You will get the most value from abstraction when its added at the beginning of the projects, but we will discuss how they can be leverages in larger, existing frameworks. Level: Intermediate. Knowledge of automation concepts along with some basic understanding of development practices will be assumed.

All code examples will be shown in C#, but the concepts will apply to any tool or language.

Supporting Material https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS550US550&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Why+software+automation+fails

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstraction_%28computer_science%29#Abstraction_in_object_oriented_programming

About our speaker: Michael Cowan is a Principal QA Engineer at Viewpoint Construction Software. He has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, and has held individual and management roles in both QA and Development. His passions have always been automation, and he has been a lead engineer on several successful automation frameworks.

Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: · Event is Free to the public · Onsite parking (directions below) · Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served · No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are in our 3rd year and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Wednesday
May 27, 2015
IT & HR – Pivotal Partners in Change and Transformation by way of IT Implementation
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

he changing business environment, and rapid company growth force companies to change, add and upgrade their technology. Rolling out new technology puts additional demands on the organization and its employees that aren't always anticipated during the project planning stages. Employees that you thought would like the new technology are now suddenly barriers and some might even be vocal detractors. How do you keep the implementation on track and gain employee buy in of the new technology to ensure it is adopted successfully?

Join our panel of IT & HR executives to learn how this key partnership can help your company and your people achieve successful change and transformation.

Discussion Topics Include:

  • Changing the perception of IT implementation
  • Key planning lessons for preparing your teams for significant change and transformation
  • How to develop an employee readiness plan to keep your employees informed, engaged and prepared to embrace something new
  • Leveraging employee champions and addressing the detractors or even ones that are actively trying to derail the adoption
  • Best practices in managing the outcomes of significant change: shifts in culture, transforming jobs and changes in staffing, and declines in employee satisfaction and engagement levels
  • Laying the proper groundwork to establish policies managers can enforce

Panel:

First Tech Federal Credit Union - How the HR and IT Departments at First Tech Federal Credit Union worked together to implement several new system integrations effectively. - Monique Little, Chief People Officer, First Tech Federal Credit Union Mike Upton, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, First Tech Federal Credit Union

HR Technology Consulting / Pacific Natural Foods -- How utilizing a 3rd party consultant can add support and value. - Kathy Galaway, Principal, HR Technology Consulting - Kathy Murray, Vice President of Human Resources, Pacific Natural Foods

Multnomah County -- Will share tips, tricks and valuable tools they use to manage change within their organization. - Becca Beck, Applications Manager for the Heath Department (MCHD) and the Department of County Human Services (DCHS) Portfolios, Multnomah County, Department of County Assets

  • Jane Williams, PMP, Manager for Technology, Learning Development Projects, Multnomah County, Department of County Management

Moderator: Ken Wiley, Wiley and Associates LLC

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Tuesday
Jun 9, 2015
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - How Agile is Agile Enough?
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

How Agile is Agile Enough?

Join us for a format introduced at the Intel Agile & Lean Conference: Lean Coffee++

Participants will actively brainstorm and prioritize the agenda and become part of the conversation. Up-votes will continue the discussion, while down-votes mean move on to the next sub-topic.

To guide the conversation we'll seed the topic, and also seed the audience with expert contributors. This is the ++ portion of our take on the LeanCoffee(tm) format.

Seed Topic: How Agile is Agile Enough?

Seed questions: Do large organizations need to accept the same definition of agility as small ones? Is it possible to accept some known impediments and still be considered 'agile'? How do we measure when we have become 'agile enough'?

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Wednesday
Jun 17, 2015
SQAUG Presents: QA and The Role They Play in Team Dialogue
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

QA and The Role They Play in Team Dialogue at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday June 17, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Dialogue is a contraction from the Greek words for through and words. It suggests an activity aimed at eliciting meaning…

The Greeks introduced the idea that individuals are not intelligent on their own, that it's only by reasoning together that they are able to uncover the truth for themselves. …By questioning and probing each other, carefully dissecting and analyzing ideas, finding the inconsistencies, never attacking or insulting but always searching for what they can accept between them, they can gradually attain deeper understanding and insight.

The role of QA is often seen as one that only reports negatively on the work of others: “…found a bug with your code”; “…the way you designed this isn’t good for the end user”; “…You never include requirements in your stories…and when you do, they lack sufficient details.”

The importance of True Dialogue is that it allows positive reactions and outcomes, from negative input…when done well, the benefits can be extraordinary!

About our speaker: Joe Famme is a Quality Minded individual, who’s been helping to improve the quality of his teams, and the software they work on, for over 20 years. He started in phone support with WordPerfect, in the early nineties. After about a year and a half of that…and the release of Windows 3.0…he discovered the world of QA, and has never looked back.

Besides WordPerfect, Joe’s also worked for internationally known companies Novell, Corel, Intel, and Sage.

Joe’s been working in the Portland Tech Community since 1996. He’s been part of several strong Oregon Companies and several startup companies, .com’s & .bomb’s. And, Joe’s been part of the SQAUG organization since before it became a public group.

In all of his years of being part of the Quality Assurance field, he has found that the quest for the mastery of effective communication and true dialogue has been a key element to success. And, he hopes that some of the dialogue during his presentation provides at least one insight for all attendees to take back to their teams.

Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: · Event is Free to the public · Onsite parking (directions below) · Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served · No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are in our 3rd year and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Tuesday
Jun 30, 2015
My Favorite App - presented by the Oregon Computer Consultants Assn.
Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub

OCCA Meetings are free and open to the public though food and beverages orders help keep the restaurant owners happy.

Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

Title: My Favorite App - an Open Discussion

Come ready to share your favorite app (or two). We want everyone to contribute. Just tell us in 3 or 4 minutes what app you use a lot and think is wonderful. Any operating system. Any app type. We'll have a projector and attempt to get to a descriptive web page for each app. The goal is to present 15 to 20 different apps to give everyone an idea for software that could be useful for them and also for their clients.

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Wednesday
Jul 15, 2015
SpiceWorks Portland IT Group
Beaverton City Library - Cathy Stanton Conf Room

Our local Sophos rep and engineer will be talking about AV technologies, latest trend and will discuss a beta version which will be released later this year.

Sophos has some T-Shirts to hand-out and I have some SpiceWorks swag as well.

Also come hungry, we will have food and drinks for everyone.

Please register early so I have a good head count for food.

Agenda:

5:30 - 6:30 Networking/Food

6:30 - 7:30 Sophos

7:30 - 8:00 Question/Networking

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Wednesday
Aug 12, 2015
Rose City Comic Con Ticket Drawing #3 of 4

Do you work in IT and want to go enjoy a Saturday at the Rose City Comic Con with a guest? Follow our Xiologix Company Page on LinkedIn to enter a chance to win a pair (2) “Saturday Only” tickets to the 2015 Rose City Comic Con held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR September 19, 2015. Details here: http://www.xiologix.com/2015/06/rose-city-comic-con/

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Thursday
Aug 20, 2015
Women Navigate IT: Empathy in Tech
AppNexus

Why does tech shy away from empathy with customers (or employees for that matter)? Lately the new thing has been to "bring empathy to the customer process" - which isn't really a new thing at all. In fact, development decisions as well as business decisions can rely on empathy as a compass.

This short workshop will take you through the process of creating a customer journey & empathy map that will help you question the status quo, build great tech, and grow in your career.

The workshop will be lead by Kristen Gallagher, the founder of education design firm Edify. We will also have an interactive section. You will leave with tools to navigate your career more successfully.

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Wednesday
Oct 21, 2015
SQAUG Presents: QA and Poetry - Scott Poole is here to discuss how these two disciplines are surprisingly related!
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

QA and Poetry - how these two disciplines are surprisingly related at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday October 21, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm Event is FREE and Open to the Public

This month, we are excited to welcome Scott Poole for a talk on how writing a poem is similar to QA. You have to anticipate the pitfalls an audience and a user might fall into. To illustrate this, Scott will read several humorous poems that reflect on this QA type experience. He will discuss about how both disciplines have influenced each other and the benefits gained. Scott is also one of the keynote speakers for the PNSQC’s October events and will be tailoring his presentation specifically for SQAUG!

About our speaker: Scott Poole is most well known as the “House Poet” on the weekly Live Wire! public radio variety show, taped in Portland and broadcast nationally by Public Radio International. However, he is also a software developer. Currently, he’s the Senior Web Developer for Columbia United Providers in Vancouver, WA. He’s been writing code for 9 years and poetry for 25. He is the author of three books of poetry, The Cheap Seats, Hiding from Salesmen and, most recently, The Sliding Glass Door.

Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: • Event is Free to the public • Onsite parking (directions below) • Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served • No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are in our 3rd year and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org

Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Wednesday
Oct 28, 2015
The Future of Marketing + IT Partnerships
Jama Software

The TAO Tech Leadership + Marketing Communities are bridging the IT/Marketing divide this October.

It is crucial for modern businesses that IT and Marketing teams have a highly functional and communicative relationship. Join us October 28th, for The Future of Marketing and IT Partnerships, where marketing and IT professionals will show how to effectively to work together. This is a panel you will not want to miss!

This panel discussion will answer questions such as: -In communicating with your IT team, how do you effectively communicate a project's end goal? -How do you help your team understand the IT team's blockers and distill down the essential functions of potential technological tools? -What are the best tools to educate yourself on the development and operations processes? -In communicating with your Marketing team, how do technologists translate complex technical problems into layman's terms? -How do you help marketing understand the best use of your time in order to stay on-time and on-budget -How do you build trust between your Marketing team while not overcommitting your resources?

Panelists Steve McCallion, Chief Member Officer and Creative Director, ZOOM+ Steve is responsible for all member experiences, member acquisition, and the ZOOM+ brand. Steve served as President of Chrome Industries 2011-2014. He also served at Ziba Design 1993-2011, where he was Executive Creative Director 2006-2011. Steve received his Master's Degree in Architecture at Columbia University in 1989.

David Kohel, Chief Technology Officer, ZOOM+ David is the technology leader for ZOOM+. David directed product and technology strategy and delivery for all Nike digital brand experiences from 2010-2015, including web, mobile, and platforms. He was the organizational leader for product management, architecture, and engineering with direct ownership of 200+ online experiences and 5 mobile applications. Prior to Nike, David was Director of Product Management for Kroger/Fred Meyer Jewelers from 2002-2010 where he rebuilt the order management and supply chain processes and redesigned key supple chain systems.

Moderator Kerry McClenahan, Founder and CEO, McClenahan Bruer (McBru) McClenahan Bruer (McBru) is a Portland, Oregon-based tech B2B marketing agency whose clients range from start-ups to multi-billion dollar companies across industries as diverse as semiconductors, storage and enterprise software. McBru drives business value for its clients via a strategic mix of creative content and communications channels that helps them win their unfair share of mind and market. Kerry serves on the board of directors of Social Venture Partners Portland, an organization comprising engaged philanthropists who invest financial, human and social capital to solve pressing community problems. Kerry holds a bachelor of science degree in organizational and mass communications from Eastern Washington University.

Event Details: When: Wednesday, October 28th Time: 5:00 - 7:00PM Where: Jama Software, 135 SW Taylor Street, #200, Portland, OR Cost: $25 Members I $45 Non-members

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Thursday
Mar 10, 2016
Interface Portland
Oregon Convention Center

It’s critical to stay current with the technology that runs your organization and secures your operational infrastructure. INTERFACE addresses these IT issues through informative, non-sales oriented, educational seminars customized to the specific needs of the local business community. Using case studies and best practice examples, these exhibitor-presented sessions offer you the solutions needed to address your technology challenges and achieve your organizational goals.

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Wednesday
Apr 6, 2016
Build Your Incident Response Framework
Technology Association of Oregon

Don't be a target - create a do-it-yourself plan instead...

If you use technology in your day to day operations (and who doesn't), join us on the morning of Wednesday, April 6th for its first of four events on mitigating the risks of business impacts through cybersecurity. Network with peers, learn from subject matter experts and walk away with the foundation for an incident response framework for yourself and your organization.

Our four-part series will include: -alignment to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework -guidance from Cybersecurity subject matter experts - representing both private and public sectors -individual support for customizing an incident response framework for you/your organization -connectivity to peers in a safe environment for building a scalable plan that will positively impact your entire organization

This event is the kickoff to a four-part series hosted by the Tech Leadership Community around the topic of Cybersecurity. Each event will provide building blocks to help guide a do-it-yourself incident response framework for your team and entire organization. Whether you attend one event by yourself, bring your peers to the entire series, or any other combination, the subject matter experts selected for each event will provide individual guidance on the final framework for you/your company.

Our first event will focus on scalable incident response with guidance from the following leads:

Subject Matter Experts: Jerry Holcombe, Online Business Systems Dennis Tomlin, Multnomah County

Incident Response Team: David Neufeld, Online Business Systems Lance Kidd, High Strategy Consulting, LLC

Thank you to our series sponsor, Neudesic!

Tickets available here: https://www.techoregon.org/events/build-your-incident-response-framework

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Monday
May 23, 2016
STEM Coffee Hour
Latte Da

We are happy to announce that we will be holding our second event at Latte Da in downtown Vancouver!

This is an opportunity to meet and engage others who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related fields here in the SW Washington area, so be sure to bring business cards and information on projects you may be working on, opportunities for others in the community, etc.

Those of you wanting something non-caffeinated after work will be glad to know the venue also has beer and wine available.

Looking forward to another hour of networking and supporting local business!

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Thursday
Jun 2, 2016
TechJunction
Hilton Eugene

F2F Events, Inc. (F2F) produces CPE-accredited educational conferences for IT professionals focusing on the latest developments in information security, IT infrastructure and communications. F2F’s TechJunction conference series is dedicated to providing both attending delegates and sponsors a strong return on their investment of time and resources. With a “by invitation-only” format, cutting-edge content, interactive labs & exhibits, and other complimentary delegate benefits (coffee, lunch, cocktails; etc.) TechJunction has earned the reputation as “THE technology conference” for IT professionals across the country.

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Tuesday
Jun 14, 2016
Digital First Responders Course presented by LMG Security
Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

Join us for a 1-day Digital First Responder class! A great way to train your IT staff in fundamental incident response and digital forensic preservation, and ramp up new incident responders quickly and cost-effectively. Includes an Incident Response tabletop exercise plus three hands-on labs, in which you will create a forensic image, preserve volatile memory, and capture network traffic.

Tuition: $495 (Register by May 31 for the Early Bird $50 Discount!)

Instructor: Karen Sprenger, COO of LMG Security

NOVITAS DATA will be sponsor the venue at the MAC in Downtown Portland

FORTINET will sponsor the cocktail party afterward.

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Thursday
Jul 21, 2016
Beers with Engineers
10 Barrel

A monthly gathering for Portland area tech junkies. More specifically, those focused on data, emerging technology, and general IT topics. Industry vets, IT pros, nerds, geeks, tech philosoraptors, whatever.... Whether 5 or 50 this is an awesome opportunity to get together and talk shop, learn from peers, or just have some beers and a good time.

No management, No selling, No recruiting, No problems. Talking to people about your product(s) or career networking is fine but people "leeching" on the attendance isn't cool so don't do it. Industry folks with expense cards typically cover festivities but this isn't a "sponsored" event and we don't intend to turn BwE into "powerpoint parties". Venue will be dynamic alternating between locations and if group size demands we'll book a location to support.

If you're new to the group or haven't been out in a while we're a pretty dynamic crowd and always have a lot of fun.

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Thursday
Aug 25, 2016
Agile Finance for Agile IT ------ Webinar: 8/25/2016
Online Webinar

Agile Finance for Agile IT: How trends in IT pose challenges to traditional acquisition models and accounting methods and what to do about it

Thursday August 25, 2016 10:00am PST

Recent trends in IT like mobile and cloud computing, and Internet of Things, are creating pressure on IT organizations to respond to the demands of the business in ever shrinking planning and implementation cycles. In the era of agile IT, the infrastructure is only as nimble as the least agile component and that typically is the network. The challenge of creating agile systems on legacy networks is compounded by the constraints of legacy acquisition models and accounting methods which force IT to estimate the future needs of the business in 3 to 5 year intervals. Finance should be an enabler to creating agile IT systems that deliver the most value to the organization by ensuring the network’s capability matches the immediate needs of the business without network resources sitting idle or being overly constrained due to poor planning. Please join us for a webinar hosted by Greg Buchanan, Sr. Manager in Brocade’s office of the CFO; and David Aden, Territory Manager for Oregon and SW Washington at Brocade, to discuss how businesses can better equip Finance to help IT meet the demands of the New IP.

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Wednesday
Sep 14, 2016
Breach, Incident, or Spill: Your Compliance Requirements
The Eliot Center

If you use technology in your day to day operations (and who doesn't), join us on the morning of Wednesday, September 14th for our third of four events on mitigating the risks of business impacts through cybersecurity. Attendance of all 4 events is not required, so we encourage all IT professionals to join us on September 14th!

Cyber security incident management isn't just about a technical response to a breach or spill. Almost every business and government entity handles and stores regulated data and are subject to a complex tapestry of compliance requirements.

Understanding the nuance between events, incidents and breaches is key.

This Technology Leadership event explores incident response focused on compliance reporting. Subject matter experts from RADAR will engage attendees in: -Assessing an incident and the need for compliance reporting -Dinstinguishing between security and privacy incidents -Key components in building a culture of compliance into your organization's incident response

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Thursday
Oct 20, 2016
Beers with Engineers
10 Barrel

A monthly gathering for Portland area tech junkies. More specifically, those focused on data, emerging technology, and general IT topics. Industry vets, IT pros, nerds, geeks, tech philosoraptors, whatever.... Whether 5 or 50 this is an awesome opportunity to get together and talk shop, learn from peers, or just have some beers and a good time.

No management, No selling, No recruiting, No problems. Talking to people about your product(s) or career networking is fine but people "leeching" on the attendance isn't cool so don't do it. Industry folks with expense cards typically cover festivities but this isn't a "sponsored" event and we don't intend to turn BwE into "powerpoint parties". Venue will be dynamic alternating between locations and if group size demands we'll book a location to support.

If you're new to the group or haven't been out in a while we're a pretty dynamic crowd and always have a lot of fun.

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Tuesday
Jan 31
Trends in Cybersecurity
Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub

Trends in Cybersecurity

The presentation will be a summary of security topics and risks based on notes from 2 cybersecurity presentations from the FBI in Oct. and Nov. 2016. Topics will include:

Tips for selling security
Tips for security audits
Some best practices
Live demonstrations
Cyber attack trends
Mitigating disaster if it occurs

Agenda:

6:00--6:20 Networking
6:20--7:00 No-host dinner
7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements
7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

Presented by:
David Bowman
Northbridge Secure
Business Development Manager
http://netconnect.co/

David has been working in the technology industry since he was performing child labor maintaining the Dial-Up BBS for his Dad during storms. Having grown up around technology the crowning achievement of his teenage years was finally talking his parents into the Palm Pilot IIIc. He was known to use his "school laptop to write websites during class and nearly didn t graduate high school because his final Project was plagiarized from himself. (yes he sold his Project to a company and got school credit for it at the same time)

David has spent the last 10 years working for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, and CenturyLink. With a strong background in switching, internet connectivity, and rooms without windows full of technology he comes to us today from Northbridge Secure a company which enables "Work to be an activity not a place."

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Saturday
May 13
Intel Scrum Certification Workshop
Portland State University Engineering Building Room 510

Want to learn how to take your projects to the next level Practical, Hands-on Training for Scrum

Join us for an all day Scrum workshop on May 13th, 2017; hosted by the IBEA featuring Suzanne Ward MBA MEng PMP CSM CSPO PSM CSP, a Scrum Master & Agile Coach/Trainer from Intel. Our world is changing fast. Markets and consumers are demanding faster, cheaper and better products. Demands for quicker turnaround on new product development and innovation have only increased. How do companies like Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and Apple keep up? They practice agile techniques, in particular they utilize scrum to manage their projects. Scrum has the power to transform project management across every industry, every business, and even across your personal life. By using Scrum, you’ll become more agile, discovering how to react more quickly and respond more accurately to the inevitable change that comes your way. By staying focused, collaborating, and communicating with customers and your team, you can accomplish what truly needs to be done — successfully. Come get a taste of the future of project management and learn about the Scrum process. This one day classroom training with exercises will cover the material from scrum introduction certification class and Product Owner role in the Scrum Process.

STRUCTURE OF EVENT: Day 1 – Learn about the Scrum Process, Learn what a Scrum Master is responsible for, come away with insights on how to manage your next project

BENEFITS Retain more information because of our unique hands-on approach; based on the latest research into brain science Be entertained by stories from our real-world experienced and knowledgeable instructors Maximize investments already made by gaining valuable Professional Development Units (PDUs) Increase your personal worth within your company and in the marketplace Network with people from Intel Corporation and other software companies

Additional for Audience: SW Engineers: eXtreme Programming, Test Driven Development, Pair Programming Project Managers: Bridging the Gap between Project Management and Scrum

WHO SHOULD COME? People whose work is completed through projects and through teams; Software Engineers, Marketing Professionals, Project Managers, Technology Professionals.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS? FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: PLEASE CONTACT US AT [email protected]. THERE WILL BE FOOD AND COFFEE!

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Wednesday
Jun 14
How Does the Internet Work?
Hatch

Frontend, Backend, DevOps! Server-side rendering! SSL and HTTPS and SQL injection?! What the heck does all this jargon actually mean? If you're in a leadership position and you need to fill a tech role, it can be hard to know up from down. If your software engineer tells you to pay for an expensive service "for security reasons", how do you know whether its worth your money?

In this workshop, we'll answer the question "how does the internet work" from a Helicopter's perspective. You don't need any programming skills to attend, but be sure to come with questions! By the end, you'll understand the following concepts and how they fit together:

  • The difference between websites, apps, and servers
  • Cybersecurity hygeine (and how to avoid being hacked)
  • Common software developer job descriptions
  • Basics of computer programming (bring a laptop if you want!)

Tickets: Free for Hatch Members, $20 for non members

Workshop Leader: Finn Terdal, Technology Manager at Hatch

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Thursday
Sep 14
PMI Portland Chapter 2017 Annual Conference
through Oregon Convention Center

The PMI Portland Chapter Annual Conference, organized by the PMI Portland Chapter will take place on 14th September to 15th September 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. The conference will focus on effecting change and building leadership skills and tools, strengthening the effectiveness of delivering project results through effective methodologies. -

Early Bird Discount: SAVE $50.00. Use Code: AC17CLGEB

Keynote & Invited Speakers: Dr. Shimi Kang, Ph.D. & Skip Weisman https://pmi-portland.org/2017-ac-speakers

Why Attend?

Make Connections: Network with like-minded professionals. Connect with experts and influencers in the industry.

Be Inspired: Hear remarkable keynote speakers, selected not only for their expertise but for their passion and ability to inspire you towards excellence.

Learn New Skills: Benefit from nearly 20 educational sessions and Open Space Technology. Learn about the tools and resources to assist in managing your projects and leading your teams

Earn PDUs: Earn professional development units (PDUs) to help maintain your certification

Stay Current: Keep ahead of the competition and stay relevant by learning the latest trends and best practices.

Schedule & Agenda https://pmi-portland.org/2017-ac-schedule

Thu, 14 Sep: 07:30 AM - 06:00 PM Keynote & Breakouts

Fri, 15 Sep: 07:30 AM - 06:00 PM Keynote & Open Space

REGISTER NOW! & SAVE $50.00. Use Code: AC17CLGEB

https://pmi-portland.org/2017-ac-register/individual-registration

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