July 10th Mtg: Time Management for People who are Interrupted a Lot

Date: July 10th, 2014
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 303 (The new NORMAL room – 1 Floor down)
University of Washington Campus
Directions: http://www.ee.washington.edu/about/contact.html
Subject: Time Management for People who are Interrupted a Lot
Presenters: Ski Kacoroski

Based on the Tom Limoncelli’s book, this talk will cover techniques for managing your time in an interrupt driven environment. We will cover the key principles of managing your time and Tom’s Cycle system. These principles and techniques can greatly increase the efficiency of a single person shop and, when applied to a group, be a quantum shift in productivity. In addition, they will reduce your stress, provide greater peace of mind, and put you back in control of your life.

Bio:
Chris “Ski” Kacoroski has been a systems administrator since 1982, worked at the Northshore School District since 2002, and a member of LOPSA’s board since 2009. When not dealing with technology, he enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering for King County Search and Rescue.

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As always, there will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics. Check them out at http://www.siliconmechanics.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the University of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the EE Department’s web site above. Parking is $5 after 5pm.

June 12th Mtg: Eliminating IT Initiative Failures

Date: June 12th, 2014
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 303 (The new NORMAL room – 1 Floor down)
University of Washington Campus
Directions: http://www.ee.washington.edu/about/contact.html
Subject: Eliminating IT Initiative Failures
Presenters: James Murray

Why IT fails and what to do about it
According to Gartner and other reporting agencies over the last 10 years 50% of IT initiatives failed. We know that often the easiest way to pick up a new client is when a competitor fails. New technology is the way IT can provide competitive advantage. Yet because of past failures, our clients are hesitant to try new technologies. In this presentation we discuss basic methodologies that will improve success rates on IT deployment from a national average of 50% failure rate to over 95% success rates. These are methodologies that are easy to explain and our customers understand and will be on board with. With the first success, clients soon become excited about new changes and push for new IT initiatives.

This is especially important with the cloud and cloud technologies. Traditional break fix and managed services business models are disappearing as an income source. During the presentation we’ll demonstrate new business models that add new income streams. These income streams will make the present client relationships much more valuable to your clients. At the same time bring your company or department more IT project opportunities than ever before.

Bio:
James Murray is a partner with Business Cloud Services and has been in IT for over 22 years. He has worked with companies and organizations like The City of Seattle, Microsoft, Washington Mutual, Avanade, Accenture, Smith Barney, Disney, AT&T and literally 100’s of small businesses in the Puget Sound and on the West coast. His expertise is in consulting, designing and deploying business technology. His education includes a BS in information systems and an MBA. In addition he has Novel certifications, multiple MCSE certifications and has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer. As a trainer he has taught classes at Bellevue College, Green River College, Wenatchee Valley College and ITT where he has trained technical experts on networking and infrastructure design.

His technical expertise includes: Network infrastructure, CRM design strategies, Small manufacturing technologies, Medical technologies, organizational design of IT departments and integration of diverse 3rd party IT teams.

Presently James focuses on designing, deploying and training business management teams and IT organizations to increase profitability through consistent and ongoing deployment of cutting edge technologies within small and mid-size organizations.

His goal is to help the IT professional organizations to re-invent themselves in ways that will allow domestic IT professionals to thrive using onsite and cloud technologies. While at the same time successfully, competing with outsourced IT organizations based outside the US.

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As always, there will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics. Check them out at http://www.siliconmechanics.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the University of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the EE Department’s web site above. Parking is $5 after 5pm.

May 8th Mtg: Using Ansible for System Administration Tasks

Date: May 8th, 2014
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 303 (The new NORMAL room – 1 Floor down)
University of Washington Campus
Directions: http://www.ee.washington.edu/about/contact.html
Subject: Using Ansible for System Administration Tasks
Presenters: Thomas Uphill

This talk will cover:
- Intro to ansible – how it works.
- Simple one liners with ansible
- Playbooks, simple example
- scripting ansible from python

Bio:
*Tho**mas Uphill* (http://ramblings.narrabilis.com/) is currently
working on the Linux system administration team at Costco Wholesale in
Issaquah. Thomas uses puppet for configuration management and fills in the
orchestration gaps with ansible.

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As always, there will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics. Check them out at http://www.siliconmechanics.com/

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the University of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the EE Department’s web site above. Parking is $5 after 5pm.

Seattle based special interest group for system and network administrators