California Educational Data Processing Association
The DataBus - Vol. 36, No. 4
June-July, 1996

April SIG Meeting Summary

Palm Springs: Technologists hear about Microsoft's Back Office products and discuss IS issues in a relaxed setting.

Darryl La Gace, Lemon Grove School District

April's SIG meeting featured an overview of Microsoft's BackOffice products with special emphasis on NT Server. This was the first in a series of SIG meetings to provide an in-depth look at Microsoft's powerful networking solutions. The event was held at the Palm Springs Marquis Hotel, the location of this year's CEDPA conference. Elisa Bartell, Education Market Manager at Microsoft, coordinated the presentation given by Kurt Shintaku, a Microsoft Systems Engineer. Thirty-three people attended the session.

Microsoft's BackOffice Suite includes a host of powerful programs based on and including the Windows NT Server platform. Kurt took us on a visual tour of each of the components of BackOffice and showed us how they are tightly integrated. He also talked about the integration tools and how Windows NT Server can coexist in a NetWare environment. Kurt's presentation concluded with an exciting preview of NT Server 4.0. Windows NT Server 4.0 provides dramatically improved application services networking while acquiring the familiar interface of Windows 95.

The presentation ended at noon, leaving the rest of the day for our usual round table discussions. The topics ranged from Windows 95 to wireless WANs. The group brought many insightful responses and experiences to the topics at hand. These discussions continue to be the catalysts for new ideas and solutions. Thanks to all who attended for contributing their expertise and many thanks to Elisa at Microsoft for taking a personal interest in making this series possible.

June's SIG continues its series on Microsoft's networking solutions. This time we will focus on Microsoft's Internet strategy and Microsoft's current set of powerful Internet tools including Internet Explorer, Internet Assistants, FrontPage, and Internet Information Server. The Internet Information Server extends the power of the Microsoft BackOffice to the Internet. As always, the meeting will be an informative one. It will be held in San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado on June 5th. To register, call Darryl La Gace at (619) 589-5734, or E-mail me at [email protected]

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