Monthly Archives: March 2012

INETA Community Champion Excellence Award Winner 2011

Twice a year the INETA Community Champions Selection Committee has one of the hardest decisions to make. They have to sift through the pile of nominations and select one person to receive this prestigious award. This time it was no different and, with so many outstanding nominations, they could only select one. It is our distinct pleasure to thank Scott Spradlin for everything he has done and announce him as the recipient of the 2011 INETA Community Champions Excellence Award.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this process along with all the nominees for doing such a great job in their community and making our job so difficult. We would also like to thank all those who nominated someone from their community. Keep those nominations coming as the least we can do is say “Thank You” after all the great work that these individuals have done.


Excellence Winner Scott Spradlin Scott Spradlin is an architect/developer in St. Louis. He has been programming professionally for over 30 years and developing solutions with the .NET framework since the early beta releases. Scott is on the leadership teams of the St. Louis .NET User Group and the St. Louis Day of .NET Regional Conference. He has served on the INETA NorAm Board of Directors and is currently a Microsoft MVP. Scott is an advocate for the developer community at large and actively works with local user groups and mentors young WP7 developers at area universities.

Office 365 for free is finally here

Microsoft is providing Office 365 subscriptions for all user groups registered in the User Group Support Services program and validated by a Microsoft field sponsor. This offer is for the Office 365 E3 plan where up to 25 user group leaders can use Office 365 in managing their user group efforts and promote collaboration across their leadership team using familiar productivity tools. Until further notice, this will be an annual subscription that will renew each year on January 1st for those who renew their UGSS membership and meet promotional requirements.

Key Features

  • Advanced administration capabilities, Active Directory integration and 24/7 support
  • Messaging, calendaring, and email archiving plan accessible from Outlook on PCs, the Web and mobile devices, plus 25 GB mailbox storage with Exchange Online
  • Sites to share documents and information with SharePoint Online
  • Instant messaging, presence and online meetings with Lync Online
  • Premium antivirus and anti-spam filtering for email and sites with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
  • License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Lync Server
  • View, edit and share content created in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote desktop applications online with Office Web Apps
  • Sites with advanced capabilities for rich forms, enhanced data visualization with Visio Services, and publishing of simple databases through Access Services with SharePoint Online
  • Advanced archive capabilities, unlimited email storage, and hosted voicemail with Exchange Online

Promotion Requirements

  1. Your user group or chapter is registered in the User Group Support Service (UGSS) Program. If not, register today on the UGSS Website
  2. Your user group or chapter is approved by a Microsoft field sponsor (part of the initial registration process)
    1. Local or regional Developer Evangelist or IT Pro Evangelist
    2. Local or regional Audience Marketing Manager
    3. Local Microsoft Employee
  3. You are registered in Microsoft’s UGSS Program as the user group or chapter leader (part of the inital registration process)
  4. Place a “Powered by Office 365” website banner on your user group or chapter website or SharePoint site during the subscription year
  5. Blog, tweet or post to a LinkedIn group that your user group or chapter is using Office 365

Promotional requirements will be verified as condition of the offer. Get more information and register at