Gold Coast Users Group

The Gold Coast User Group (GCUG) is a "Community Driven" Microsoft Evangelism Users Group. The Gold Coast is a South Florida Community that spans the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach Metropolitan areas. GCUG is the original and longest running Microsoft Users Group in this Community.

SQL Server 2016 new features by Joe Homnick, CPA and Microsoft Regional Director

Come join Joe, who is a Microsoft Certified Database Professional, as he delves into SQL Server 2016 new features.

SQL Server 2016 delivers breakthrough mission-critical capabilities with in-memory performance and operational analytics built-in. Comprehensive security features like new Always Encrypted technology help protect your data at rest and in motion, and a world-class high availability and disaster recovery solution adds new enhancements to AlwaysOn technology.

Organizations will gain deeper insights into all of their data with new capabilities that go beyond business intelligence to perform advanced analytics directly within their database and present rich visualizations for business insights on any device.

You can also gain the benefits of hyper-scale cloud with new hybrid scenarios enabled by new Stretch Database technology that lets you dynamically stretch your warm and cold transactional data to Microsoft Azure in a secured way so your data is always at hand for queries, no matter the size. In addition, SQL Server 2016 delivers a complete database platform for hybrid cloud, enabling you to easily build, deploy and manage solutions that span on-premises and cloud.

Windows 10: Top Ten Features

By Joe Homnick, CPA and Microsoft Regional Director
June 12 at 12PM at Advanced Bits, Boca Raton, Fl
June 18 at 2PM at Total Wine, Bethesda, Md

June 29 at 5PM in the Microsoft Fort Lauderdale Office


Join Joe as he leverages his 30 years as a CPA and Information Systems Architect to show off his Windows 10 Top 10 Features list. Windows 10 is so familiar and easy to use, you’ll feel like an expert from the “Start”. The Start Menu is back in an expanded form, plus Windows 10 will bring over your pinned apps and favorites so they’re ready and waiting for you. Windows 10 starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.


**Subway dinners to be served compliments of Microsoft**


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SQL Server and Windows 10: Data Security and Compliance

By Joe Homnick, CPA and Microsoft Regional Director
June 13 at SQL Saturday


Join Joe as he leverages his 30 years as a CPA and Information Systems Architect to show how SQL Server, both versions 2014 and 2016 on premise and cloud delivers the most secure database among leading database vendors. SQL Server solutions provide everything you need to adhere to security and compliance policies—out of the box. This includes the most up to date encryption technologies built on Trustworthy Computing initiatives. Both Cloud and On Premise will be investigated.


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Miami-Global Azure Bootcamp 2015 April 25


The Global Azure Bootcamp 2015 at the Miami Microsoft Innovation Center is a one day deep dive class to help you get up to speed on developing Cloud Computing Applications for Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity there will be a set of hands on labs.

Microsoft is sponsoring breakfast, lunch and snacks while Joe Homnick and Jason Milgram will guide you through the latest and greatness in Microsoft Azure. Not only will you be learning how to use Azure, you will be learning how to leverage it to cut costs and/or create revenue streams. Additionally, there will be plenty of networking time to deepen your involvement in the Cloud community.

In addition to the tasty food, there will be cool giveaways for all attendees (including BizSpark Subscriptions or an absolutely free 30 day trial of Azure) and a raffle grand prize of a Dell Venue Pro!

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Taming the SharePoint Beast by Joe Homnick, CPA

Monday January 12 at the
Miami Microsoft Innovation Center 4PM

SharePoint, both Online and On-Premise is an amazingly powerful collaboration and application platform tool. However, without proper system governance, this versatile and multi-faceted environment “will” turn into an uncontrollable beast. Joe calls on over more than 30 years of IT Systems Control and over 10 years of SharePoint experience to “Tame the SharePoint Beast“ in an informative and entertaining session. He will explore his “locked down” SharePoint Implementation approach that is currently successfully running at many enterprises. This “locked down” SharePoint Implementation approach allows for a controlled SharePoint deployment while still permitting all the powerful features of SharePoint to be deployed in a systematic well-ordered environment.


December 5 GCUG 21st Annual UG Meeting and Holiday Party

Tim Huckaby and Billy Hollis, two top experts in the world on Software UX Development, on stage together. It’s a Developers UX Extravaganza!

Timmy peering into Future UX
Billy preaching Current UX Trends

**** RSVP Required due to Limited Space ****
Starting at 5PM

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Party Theme this year: Parrotheads

Location is "Saltwater Brewery" in Delray Beach
Catering by "It's A Cubano B Food Truck" featuring its signature dish “Tower of Pork Power”  

Cross Platform Development with Multi-Device Hybrid Apps

by Joseph Homnick, Microsoft Regional Director
9/17 at 4PM SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boca Raton
Free Users Group Event with Swag, Snacks and Beverages


Come see how to Build apps that can be deployed as Native iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry apps and are eligible for entry in the Respective Stores. Take advantage of Built-in Device capabilities like NFC, GPS, Notifications, Accelerometer and more. We will be Using Visual Studio 2013 Development Environment with Cordova Multi-Device Hybrid Apps, Web Essentials and ASP.Net WebAPI tools.


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Get your MoJo On at these GCUG sponsored Events

2014-08-19 - Marlins Stadium - Miami


Rachel is lining up the 2nd Annual Tech night at the ball park:

Over 100 attended last year, we expect a lot more this time! Nice evening with pre-game reception and then a ball game! Bring the Family.


3rd Annual ITPalooza – Call for Speakers and Sponsors – December 4th, 2014

The 3rd Annual ITPalooza will be bigger and better than ever before offering sponsors unprecedented access to the South Florida's IT Community. Reflecting its commitment to the South Florida IT community, ITPalooza will once again be hosted at NSU’s prestigious Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences. Under the leadership of Dean ... Read More

Team Foundation Server 2013 and Visual Studio Online June 30 at Carnival in Miami

When: June 30 at 4pm
Where: Carnival Cruise Lines


Come join Joe for a fun and informative dive into how Team Foundation Server 2013 and Visual Studio Online can make your Application Lifecycle Management(ALM) process more productive and efficient. We will be drilling down into the new features of each offering along with imparting an overall understanding of how they fit into your ALM.

War at the Shore IV: Systems Management Tools Shootout - Microsoft vs IBM

Brought to you by our proud sponsors:


June 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) 
Knight Lecture Hall NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Join us in this battle of Server Software Behemoths as we debate Microsoft’s InTune and System Center products vs IBM Endpoint Manager(Big Fix).

Both companies say they have systems for simplified management of client computers in your organization, including Apple iOS, Android, Windows, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8 devices. But which one reigns supreme? Join us for this lively debate and learn about both offerings. In this age of IT Consumerization, control of these divergent devices has become critical!

In the IBM corner we have James Wang of Sirius leading the charge and in the Microsoft corner is Adnan Cartwright of Integrity Solutions leading his team of experts.  Alex Funkhouser of Sherlock Tech and Joe Homnick of Homnick Systems will once again referee this latest event in the War at the Shore series.