STC Southeastern Michigan Sets Holiday Mixer: Happy Holidays! Please join us for our second annual Holiday Mixer event with Michigan CHI and Michigan UxPA. This is a great opportunity to network and learn (and to get in the holiday spirit) with our colleagues in related professional organizations. Eat, drink, network, mingle, and learn how to make better Wireframes! The event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 318 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. The event is $12 for CHI, UxPA, or STC members, $20 for non-members and $7.50 for students. There will be a presentation at 7 p.m. on “3 Ridiculously Simple Weird Old Tricks for Making Better Wireframes.” In this short talk, veteran IA and UX designer Chris Farnum shares his tips on how to make good wireframes with techniques that transcend the tools. Regardless of whether you are using Axure or a whiteboard, there are important best practices to follow when it comes to the process of communicating your design ideas as a wireframe. Along the way he’ll also talk about why he votes “no” on the question of “are wireframes dead?” which has been posed in many articles and conferences over the years. Farnum has been doing IA and UX design for more than 15 years. In 2009, he (re)joined the UX team at ProQuest, where he is part of an Agile user experience team designing the ProQuest search interface. Formerly, Chris was a Senior Information Architect at Enlighten, where he collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to create meaningful user experiences for brand sites such as TCS and Pittsburgh Paints. Chris got his start as an IA at Argus Associates after working as a reference librarian in a public library. Register at

C/D/H Offers Sessions On Windows System Center: Are you cloud-based? On-premise? Domain-joined? Non-domain-joined? Android? IOS? Windows? System Center manages it all. Integrated with Azure Pack, you can even take it one step further, and seamlessly control anything that touches your network while you still maintain your configurations, patch levels and more. System Center 2012 R2 even addresses your constantly changing BYOD needs, with a company partition that allows you to remotely wipe lost or stolen devices. System Center gives you everything you need to manage your datacenter in a single console. Learn more from C/D/H’s System Center experts. The events will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 10 at C/D/H’s Royal Oak office and Dec. 11 at its Grand Rapids office. The event is free if you register by Thursday, Dec. 5. Presenters Gil Lalo leads unified communications and systems management at C/D/H and has extensive
experience in infrastructure monitoring, network design, and cloud computing. Presenter Eric Olmstead is an MCITP with more than 15 years of IT systems experience. He was a “Birds of a Feather” presenter at MMS 2013. More at