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Announcing DevCon XII
By B. Victor Chakravarty, Enterprise Architect
The semi-annual Developers' Conference (DevCon) is the best collective brainstorming opportunity for application developers statewide. First launched in the spring-summer of 2006, it is now time for the twelfth conference of the series.
DevCon XII will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012, from 8:15 AM to 12:15 PM, at the Central Maine Commerce Center Florian Room. The theme is Toolkit Renewal. Please register (accessible only from the Intranet) as soon as possible.
We have selected four topics that are most relevant at this time to our continued stewardship of State applications. We have recently acquired a tool to facilitate single sign-on of internal applications with the internal directory. (The tool is actually agnostic of whether the directory is internal or external. It is just that for now, we have chosen to roll it out only for the internal directory.) Then we will introduce how to roll out applications via the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. We have recently undertaken a review on how best to leverage our database investments, so that will be the third topic. And finally, we will talk about external file collaboration use cases and tools. All four topics were driven by actual stakeholder demands. We expect each of them to generate lots of discussion, and ultimately, useful outcomes that can start providing tangible benefits immediately.
As always, we have assembled the best presenters amongst us to lead the sessions. For I.T. developers and managers alike, this is a great opportunity to shape the evolution of their toolkit. And, of course, it also carries all the other usual benefits of a DevCon: four hours of training, no long-distance travel, peer-to-peer networking, brainstorming with OIT senior management, open microphone Q&A, etc.
We thank the entire State developer community, and that includes those from both the Executive and non-Executive branches, for their strong support to the previous eleven DevCons. In fact, more than once, participants have braved storms and blizzards to pack the venue to its full capacity. We look forward to the same kind of passionate support for the upcoming DevCon XII.Article posted on: January 6, 2012
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