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Come and get your Cloud geek on!

TERRACE Northwest Community College (NWCC) CIO and Dean, Dave OLeary says hes getting his Cloud geek on this week when hell be part of a worldwide exercise in the computing worlds biggest shift since the expansion of the internet. This Wednesday, June 1, GITCA and Microsoft are running an event called "24 Hours in the Cloud with 24 one-hour sessions around the world covering a wide range of Cloud Computing topics and its impact across business, industry, education and individual lives. The presenters OLeary being one of them will be live on Twitter answering questions following each presentation. OLeary will present two keynotes, one a co-presentation with retired NWCC employee Terrie McAloney. This input from participants around the world will help shape the evolution of the Cloud, said OLeary. The computing world is undergoing a paradigm shift not seen since the expansion of the internet. The Cloud represents a consumerization of software and services, which is driving that shift. I am very honoured and excited by the invitation to present to a worldwide audience on the impact of the Cloud on higher education and learning. OLeary says the 24 Hours in the Cloud event has something for everybody: developer, IT pro and SQL enthusiast. There is no question that Cloud Computing is here to stay and this is a unique opportunity to be educated and gain an insight as to where Cloud Computing is going, he added. The two main groups involved are the Global Information Technology Community Association (GITCA) and Microsoft. It is a GITCA event and Microsoft is the sponsor. Once the event is complete, every presentation will be made available online for anyone who might want to access them. The Cloud is growing as is GITCA and there will be much happening in the days and months ahead. OLeary is co-founder and director of an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) computer technology company and mentor to a number of successful start-up ventures. He is a director or task force member and advisor for a number of IT boards and organizations. He is chair of the Canadian National Council of Deans of Information Technology and is a user group leader for GITCA in this role. In July 2007, he presented an invited paper on the impact of educational technology on management strategies of higher education institutions at the International Conference on Higher Vocational Education in Qingdao, China.

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