January 2016 LOPSAgram - Happy New Year - LOPSA-East CFP closes today

13 Jan 2016 10:20 PM | Anonymous

1. President's Corner - 2016 - A New Year and a New LOPSA

2. LOPSA-East - Call for Proposals

3. LOPSA Cascadia IT Conference - Call for Proposals

4. Mentorship - New Student LOPSA members need mentors

5. Thank you to our sponsors

6. Comments or suggestions?

January 2016 LOPSAgram

1. President's Corner: 2016 - A New Year and a New LOPSA

Welcome to 2016. A new year and a new LOPSA. Now that LOPSA's new website is up and running, we are working on cleaning up our backend processes and providing improved training and educational opportunities for you, our members. We have a blogs site up at https://blogs.lopsa.org where you can blog about your system admin experiences. If you are interested, please email board@lopsa.org with the username you would like and we will get you set up on it.

I will be at SCALE 14x in Pasadena, CA from Jan 22 - 24th and would love to see you there. If you are planning to attend SCALE, please consider signing up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4FADAD2CA02-scale/6622545 to help out in the booth. It is a great way to meet people and learn more about LOPSA. In addition, the first 8 people that sign up get a free pass to SCALE 14x.

Cascadia IT Conference is happening on March 11th - 12th in Seattle, WA. The conference schedule will be up soon. If you can make it this is a great way to improve your system admin skills, network with your peers, learn about new technologies, and even look for a new job. Registration will be open this month at http://casitconf.org.

On May 6th - 7th, the LOPSA-East conference will take front stage in New Brunswick, NJ. Like Cascadia, this is a great way to improve your system admin skills, network with your peers, learn about new technologies, and look for a new job. Check out http://lopsaeast.org for the latest information on this conference.

If you have ideas about ways LOPSA can provide more educational and training opportunities to its members and to the system admin community as a whole, please contact me at ski@lopsa.org

2. LOPSA-East - Call for proposals

The organizers of the LOPSA-East Professional IT Community Conference invite you to submit proposals for presentations at LOPSA-EAST ’16.

LOPSA-EAST ’16 aims to bring together IT professionals from all walks of life in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond to share war stories, learn for each other’s experiences, and network with industry peers. The conference includes acclaimed speakers and keynotes, expert-lead training designed to build the skillsets and confidence of attendees, lightning talks, and a “Birds of a Feather” track where attendees propose and host their own topics during the event.

Attendance for this year’s conference is expected to be between 200 and 250 IT professionals from companies large and small, local government, and academia. Our attendees are primarily from the Mid-Atlantic region including New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. As IT professionals we go by many titles but everyone is invited: system administrators, network administrators, network engineers, Windows, Linux, Unix, DBAs, security professionals, technical managers, and beyond.

This year’s conference is going to be focused on developing scalable infrastructures through industry best practices, the implementation of cutting edge technologies, a deeper level understanding of the core concepts that enable our work, and ensuring continued operational efficiencies. LOPSA-EAST is OS-agnostic and welcomes presentations on any operating systems whether it be Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.

All presentations should be focused on issues important to our technical community and speakers should assume that members of the audience have at least some industry experience.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Deadline for all Submissions – January 13, 2016
  • Decisions and Notifications to All Submitters – January 27, 2016
  • Schedule Published – February 1, 2016
  • Registration Opens – February 15, 2016
  • LOPSA-East ’16 Conference – May 6 -7, 2016

For the full CFP go to http://lopsaeast.org/2016/call-for-participation/

3. LOPSA Cascadia - Call for sponsors: your vendors

Proposals are being reviewed and registration will open soon. In order to have a successful conference, both this year and in the future we need sponsors.

Sponsoring LOPSA Cascadia (or LOPSA-East, or LOPSA itself) is unique value to your vendors. They get direct exposure to an extremely savvy technical audience, who more often than not directly make purchase decisions.

Your contact at your vendor is probably a sales person. Let them know that sponsoring events like LOPSA Cascadia gives them far more credibility than the much larger amounts they are spending on other advertising, and that sysadmins will favor their products and services. Ask for a strong positive referral to their marketing department, and send both sales and marketing our sponsor prospectus:


Any questions can be referred to: sponsorship@casitconf.org

4. Mentorship - New Student LOPSA members need mentors

We've had a large influx of new student members. Many of them are very excited about our Mentorship program, which is one of our most successful endeavors, providing great value to both mentors and protégés alike. Signing up couldn't be easier, and you manage the amount of time and energy you put into the program. Sign up to be a mentor and/or protégé here:



5. Thank you to our Sponsors

We'd like to thank our sponsors. We're deeply grateful for their continuing support of LOPSA. More information on how to become a sponsor.

Thanks to our individual sponsors:

Platinum: Jennine Townsend, Dan Rich 
Gold: Ski Kacoroski
Silver: Matt Disney, Lee Damon, Scott Murphy, Ian Viemeister
Bronze: Gary Studwell
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Bronze Sponsor Edgestream Partners is a small group of scientists and engineers with a

Bronze Sponsor O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism. Check them out.

Some of LOPSA's web content is hosted by ServerBeach.

6. Comments or suggestions?

As we close out this month's LOPSAgram, we want to make sure we're giving you the information you want or need. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to communications@lopsa.org 

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