Arkansas User Group Leader Call Tonight: Getting Members Involved

8612~Leadership-PostersThis is a reminder that the Arkansas User Group Leader Call is tonight at 8:00 PM CST.  Meetings going forward will be held via Live Meeting please use the following link to join

All groups suffer from the fact that most of the work is done by a hand full of individuals.  Tonight Zach Young will be facilitating a discussion on this very subject.  We hope to find some techniques that we can employ to increase the involvement of members in the actual running of a group or event.

Meeting Information:

Topic: Get Member Involved!
Medium: Live Meeting (verify you system
Meeting Link:


I’ll see you tonight!

NerdDinner at Nwa Code Camp

nerddinnerI want to invite everyone to a NerdDinner at JJ’s Chill-n-Grill in Bentonville, AR after the Code Camp on April 25th.  The Code Camp ends at around 6 PM and I thought it would be cool to have some socializing after a long day of sessions.

So, if you would like to join us please register on nerddinner here  I need to get a good count of how many will be attending so I can reserve some tables so please register soon.

I look forward to seeing you there.

INETA Live: Announces Live Webcasts Series


Steve Andrews, the INETA Director of Technology, has just announced the INETA Live Webcast Series.  He has teamed up with Rachel Appel to host several webcast this month.


Here is the schedule so far:

Date Title Presenter Host Link
4/21/2009 12:00 PM A Lap Around Silverlight 3 Pete Brown Rachel Appel Live Meeting Link
4/22/2009 12:00 PM Visual Studio Tips and Treats Steve Andrews Rachel Appel Live Meeting Link
4/27/2009 12:00 PM Design Patterns in .NET Claudio Lassala Steve Andrews Live Meeting Link
4/28/2009 12:00 PM TDB Amanda Launcher Rachel Appel  
4/30/2009 12:00 PM TDB Rachel Appel Steve Andrews  

This is an awesome opportunity to have direct contact with these speakers so please mark your schedule for these events.  Remember all times are Eastern US/Canada.

Keep a watch on Steve’s blog at for more announcements and details on the TDB sessions and of course I will tweet or blog about anything new I hear about.

Reminder IIBA Meeting tonight as Wal-Mart home office

The regular monthly meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) will be held Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Wal-Mart David Glass Technology Center, True North Conference Center.

The presentation will be:

“The IIBA Certification Process to Obtain the CBAP®”, Annette Coody, Senior Business Analyst, Wal-Mart, Inc.
The CBAP® (IIBA BA certification) is a bit daunting. The application process requires that you thoroughly document that you really do have more than five years of business analysis experience, and then there’s the exam itself. This is very important because we, as a profession, want the certification to be meaningful and strong because we know that simply memorizing a bunch of BA terms and techniques does not make a person a Business Analyst. Annette will describe the application and exam processes for those interested in pursuing certification.

About Annette Coody:
Annette is a Senior Business Analyst for Wal-Mart ISD specializing in Transportation Systems. She has over 25 years of experience in logistics, and is the NWA IIBA Chapter Vice-President of Education.

The NWA IIBA Chapter has been chartered since 2008, and held its first meeting on October 2, 2008, at the Wal-Mart campus in Bentonville, AR. The Chapter meets on the first Thursday of every month, and alternates locations between the Wal-Mart campus in Bentonville, AR, and the Tyson World Headquarters in Springdale, AR.

You can contact the NWA IIBA at

Reminder: NwaDnug Tonight Jeff Mullins and Chris Koenig



This months meeting was moved back to the first Tuesday to facilitate a special presentation from Chris Koenig, Lap Around the Live Framework and Mesh Services.

Learn about the Live Framework, our latest offering for developers programming against our Live Services from any device, platform, runtime, or programming language. See new and future services (such as Mesh Services), protocols, APIs, and tools which enable your web, service, or client applications to access, store, and synchronize user data with Live Services, obtain audience analytics data, and more

Jeff Mullins, Associate Director of the Masters of Information System at the University of Arkansas, will also be talking about Continuing Education in Information Technology in the Lightning Round.

In the IT field, you have to keep learning.  Whether you keep learning because you want to, or because you have to (if you don’t, someone else will), many options exist for IT professionals to expand the breadth and depth of their skill sets.  This presentation will explore several different options for continuing education in the IT field, including self-learning, traditional training, conferences, and a couple of interesting part-time graduate school programs.

5:30 PM - 5:45 PM - Welcome and News, Sign-in and Food
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM - Lighting Presentation
6:00 PM - 6:10 PM - Intermission – Presenter switch over
6:10 PM – 7:30 PM – Main Presentation
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Closing and Prize give-a-ways

The Jones Center
922 East Emma Avenue
Springdale, AR 72764
Room 130 (Generations Room)

I’ll see you there.


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