Tom Diehl on 13 Jul 2007 04:24:29 -0000

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System Administrators Workshop Offers Unique Training Opportunity

Hi All,

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Subject: System Administrators Workshop Offers Unique Training Opportunity



MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, June 26, 2007 - Vendor training sessions and classes
offered in a conference environment are an important component of career
growth among computer professionals, but the cost of sending employees
to training continues to rise even as many companies and nonprofit
institutions have cut training budgets by half or more. In fact,
organizations can spend between $3,000 and $5,000 per employee for a
single vendor or conference-based training session.

The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) now offers an
accelerated-learning-style conference at a lower cost to
participants. This unique two-day program was specifically designed to
reach system administrators, particularly those who work at smaller and
mid-sized organizations. The compression of the time spent in classes
means attendees will only be out of the office for two to three days but
will have an opportunity to take four classes, thereby lowering hotel
and travel costs, as well as the direct impact on business needs.

"We want to reach as many system administrators as we can because that's
what LOPSA is about," David Parter, a LOPSA board of directors member,
said. "Our goal is to serve the profession and to help our members grow
in their careers."

Sysadmin Days will be held on August 6-7 at the Clarion Hotel and
Conference Center, Cherry Hill, NJ. The workshop will feature 12
industry experts who will teach 16 half-day sessions on a variety of
topics, most with an emphasis on practical tools and face-to-face advice
from other professionals in the field.

Registration fees are under $1,000 per participant, and LOPSA offers
discounts for members, students and educational institutions. LOPSA
believes the net effect of this unique program will be to provide system
administrators with more training and tools to do their jobs.

"We know that the informed system administrator can raise issues about
critical business needs and better serve customers," Parter said. "This
training is focused on imparting practical and valuable knowledge."

This is the second installment of the Sysadmin Days workshop. The 2006
event was held in November in Phoenix, Ariz. Attendance at the inaugural
event was high, and the response enthusiastic, organizers say. The goal
is to hold Sysadmin Days training sessions in every region of the
country in order to better serve system administration professionals.

"We want to attract participants who might not otherwise get a chance to
attend training sessions," says LOPSA board member Jesse
Trucks. "Training should be accessible to junior and mid-level sys
admins, as well as to senior team members. We want companies to take
advantage of this opportunity."

The program is designed for system administrators of all skill and
experience levels. It provides the only opportunity for system
administrators to cover all aspects of their careers, from specific
technical workshops to discussions and seminars on professional conduct
and best practices.

About two-thirds of the Sysadmin Days courses will address both specific
platforms and technologies, such as Mac OS X, Perl and Automated Windows
Administration, along with general system administration practices, such
as security. The remaining classes will focus on professional skill
development topics, including drafting policy documents, ethics, and
communication and writing skills. In addition, special guest instructor
Tom Limoncelli, co-author of The Practice of System and Network
Administration and Time Management for System Administrators, will
discuss time management skills.

"Many system administrators have to shift back and forth between solving
specific problems and big picture issues like budgets and policy
development," Parter says. "We want this training program to reflect
that reality and to offer skill-building in both areas."

Participants are encouraged to talk about real-world problems that they
would like to solve. Trucks, a GCUX-certified system administrator who
also will serve as an instructor, says this approach helps attendees
conceptualize and digest the information that is presented in the
accelerated learning environment.

"We don't just focus on theoretical ideas," he says. "We want people to
have 'aha' moments and to go home with new ideas that they can implement

The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) is an
independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the practice of
system administration. The mission of the organization is to support,
recognize, educate, and encourage its practitioners and to serve the
public through education and outreach on system administration issues.

LOPSA provides educational and networking opportunities, a forum for
support and ideas, and an active community engaged in discussion of
system administration issues. As a member-driven organization, LOPSA's
best ideas come from its membership; IT professionals looking to
influence the field of IT can join LOPSA to find other IT professionals
to collaborate on projects, advance the state of the art, and search for
and share the best practices in IT.

For more information on Sysadmin Days 2007-Training That Makes Sense,
including a complete schedule, visit:
For more information on LOPSA, visit, or contact the
executive office: 15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054;
Phone: 856-439-0500 or toll free at 800-285-2141; Fax: 856-439-0525;


Sam Albrecht
Executive Director
Phone: 856-439-0500 ext 4434
Fax: 856-439-0525


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