We Got Our Own Thang In Flint Tonight, Plus Jobs, News and Updates for 11/9/2011

“Understand this, before you make a comment
Because there’s always a meaning in a Heavy D statement
In this life, I strive for improvement
Be your own guide, follow your own movement

– Dwight Arrington Myers, aka Heavy D in “We Got Our Own Thang”

RIP, Heavy D.  I know I sound a little like Neil Patrick Harris in “Undercover Brother” (yes, I saw it…shut up) when I say this, but I do miss the late 80’s to early 90’s rap and club music that was either “happy” or had more of a deep message to it beyond so much of the stuff that’s out these days.  As the wise prophet Chris Rock once said, it’s really hard to defend the lyrical intent and depth of “Move b!tch, get out the way”.  And in some way, ITintheD.com is a result of messages like the one I started off with – we decided we didn’t like where other networking groups were leading, and so we decided to be our own guides, follow our own movement.

So as we start to wind down 2011 with our events in Flint tonight (11/9) and Royal Oak next Thursday (11/17), remember that little bit of cheesiness.  Remember Dwight, a guy who embraced who he was, took advantage of the opportunities of the time and place he was in, and made a lot of people bob their heads and dance.  And made a lot of money doing it, too.

Okay, enough cheese and mortality reminders today.  Let’s start talking about some fun stuff…

We’ve got our event tonight in Flint at the Redwood Lodge.  Yes, tonight.  I know, I know, it’s a Wednesday and not a Thursday and so it’s “weird”, but we’re trying to be flexible and do different things this year.  It’s still a 5:01pm start time as always, and we look forward to seeing you there.  Details can be found on our site at http://www.ITinTheD.com/meet/ or on LinkedIn at http://linkd.in/vyanFP.  For what it’s worth, I’d hit the listing on our site since it’s got a bit more detail to it, and you can see what the TechWorks and Kettering University folks have in store for the evening.

Next week, we get back to our semi-regularly scheduled programming with an event at the BlackFinn in Royal Oak on Thursday, November 17th.  Back room, 5:01 start time, details on our site at http://www.ITinTheD.com/meet/ or on LinkedIn at http://linkd.in/vk2duU.

We haven’t thrown anything out blog-wise recently, though there’s a backlog brewing.  We’ve all been busy lately.  I went off to 1DevDay Detroit, Jeff scoped out Brand Camp Detroit, we’ve been having our respective Godfather Moment conversations, and Bob…well, Bob’s been busy cleaning out his car.  Funny story, I’m sure he’ll share with very little effort on your part.

On the LinkedIn front, you may or may not have noticed that they’ve completely screwed things up…uhh, I mean, upgraded things again.  The groups layout is all kinds of wonky, things are even more of a pain in the ass to get to and find…simply lovely.  Give a +1 to the reasons why we’re really hoping that we can wrap a few things up and start migrating away from it by the end of the year.

More on that as things progress…but, until then, it’s still a necessary evil and so you might want to hop in and check out the conversations that are taking place, as well as jobs that are posted.

Here’s a look at some of what’s out there currently:

Eric Bates

SharePoint Positions open in Michigan, Contract to Hire. If you or someone you know is interested and looking for new work, contact me….

Ray Colby

Looking for a QA Test Manager– Direct Hire!

Lindsey Ross

SAP Senior Payroll Functional Schema Analyst – Lansing, MI
HRU Technical Resources is currently seeking a SR level Functional SAP Payroll Schema Analyst for an Educational Institution based in the Greater Lansing, MI area! Qualified candidates may send a resume to:….

Jason P. Sullivan

Middleware Administrator  12+ Month Contract  Troy, MI
Description Sr Middleware JVM Specialist (Weblogic and Websphere) responsible for driving Best in Class improvements across Global Banking and Markets and Global Commercial Banking CTO managed infrastructure and supporting…

Clarissa Kieliszewski

Senior SAP Business Warehouse Developer
Sr. SAP BW Developer who will be responsible for configuration and data modeling of SAP BW 7.0 system. Duties include, but are not limited to:     Design architecture based on process requirements, application and system…

Diane Mabry dmabry@fastswitch.com

Product Creation Application Engineering Senior 12+ month contract opportunity in Dearborn MI
This role consists of IT CAE Portfolio Management and support. The position consists of customer relationship management, portfolio planning and metrics management, vendor management, technology benchmarking & futuring. …

Testing Practitioner Dearborn MI contract Opportunity
Must have at least 3+ years testing experience. Key responsibilities are: – Research project documentation then enter testable requirements into TestDirector. – Work directly with application Business Analyst, business…

Systems Engineering Practioner DB2 Systems Programmer contract Dearborn MI
DB2 Systems programmer to provide global software support of DB2 on z/OS and related products. The job requirements include: . Install, support, customize, test, implement and document IBM mainframe DB2 system software and…

Infrastructure Architect IV – Identity & Access Management 6+ months Farmington Hils MI
Identity and Access Management Architect / Sr. Engineer Job Duties:  Develop identity management system requirements, processes, and design specs based on organizational needs  Implement new functionality in IDM system…

Specialty Development Practitioner 8 month contract in Dearborn MI
AD – The AIC Software Packaging developer will be responsible for analyzing, designing, developing, testing, certifying and supporting software packages for installation on user clients or servers. Software packagers work…

UI Designer/Developer long term contract opportunity in Southfield MI
Looking for an energetic, creative and technically savvy web designer to work within our new Interactive Design Services team. The web designer will work within a collaborative cross-functional project team to design…

Melissa Lecznar PHR

Oracle DBA or SQL server candidate needed–e-mail me your resume: melissa.lecznar@global-itech.com
Global Information Technology is looking for a Senior Oracle DBA or SQL candidate to build a database for one of their clients. The client would like to use either a SQL Server or Oracle database. The DBA should posses…

Project Manager needed – 45 an hour PMP certified Needs to know MS Project I need someone by 3pm today!

.net Developer e-mail me your resume; melissa.lecznar@global-itech.com
2 years experience with .net, SQL server and Java would be a huge plus!

Randy Deutscher

CIBER has a long-term opportunity for a Pricing Analyst on one of our existing projects. Please see me for more details. Come join a…
It will be based out of Auburn Hills and will be working as part of a project that we are running for the client. Excel and Access user skills are required. rdeutscher@ciber.com

Zenon Sandoval

IT Project Managers/Coordinators in the Metro Detroit Area! Please send me an updated resume if you’re interested:…
Experience Required: Must be a quick starter that can quickly troubleshoot/resolve incidents and business support items. Must have experience/working knowledge within the following areas: – 3-5 years of Project Management…

Melany Austin

I’m hiring! Certified ScrumMaster in Troy, MI with 8 years of experience. maustin@ciber.com

Justin Smith

Senior Technology Specialist needed for a health care provider in New Hudson, Mi. 3 month contract. Please contact jsmith@w3r.com
Technical Expertise:  Thorough understanding of the J2EE environment from Design and Development perspective.  Thorough understanding of the SOA (web services etc) integration and utilization in the design and development…

Rob J. Ray

.NET Developer in Ann Arbor, MI
Seeking a .Net Developer with SQL Server. The right person will develop application code, queries, scripts, web pages. Develops and executes unit …

And I think that’s about it.

Flint event TONIGHT. http://www.ITinTheD.com/meet/

Royal Oak event next week.  http://www.ITinTheD.com/meet/

Stuff from LinkedIn. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/ITintheDorg-Detroit-Networking-Events-IT-91763

Take us out, Dwight.

That’s all for this time, and see you tonight and at our other upcoming events!


Bob, Dave and Jeff

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