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Event Notices From February 27

ESD Offers Tour Of Toggled LED Plant: The Engineering Society of Detroit will offer a tour of Toggled, the Altair Engineering LED lighting subsidiary, on Tuesday, March 19 from 5 p.m. Toggled was formed in 2007 as a spinoff venture and wholly owned subsidiary of Altair. As a global leader Toggled creates UL Classified, LM-79 tested, FCC-compliant products at high volumes and with impeccable quality and reduced costs. The Toggled manufacturing plant takes full advantage of the latest process and robotic assembly technologies. The net effect is fully automated production lines, with in-line computerized quality inspection controls. Tour this unique facility to see how the automated manufacturing of LED replacements for fluorescent bulbs is done, as well as learn about the goals set by a company looking towards the future. ESD members can tour Toggled for $25. Non-members can join ESD for $54 and attend the tour for free. To register, visit this link,, or call (248) 353-0735. For more information, contact Lori Birman at (248) 353-0735, ext. 120 or

Usability Pros Offer Program On Best Practices: The Michigan Usability Professionals Association will offer "Stickies, Standups, and Skyscrapers: A UX Case Study in Collaboration and Communication" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at JSTOR, 301 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. What do stickies, standups, and skyscrapers have in common?  Books at JSTOR! The introduction of Books at JSTOR involved developing new business models to support a new product, immersion in agile methodology, and usability testing and design jams to bridge both geographical and communication gaps. Our team journeyed from standard UX best practices down into the development weeds, up into the strategic stratosphere of our Manhattan-based stakeholders… and back again! This case study will examine how various UX methods were used to bridge the gulf between the very specific sprint-sized work in an agile environment to the holistic view of the project, with a focus on lessons learned and thoughts about how to improve on our next adventure. If you are a UX practitioner (whether you do design or user research) and you work in an Agile environment, or are curious about working with Agile, this talk is for you!

Macomb-OU INCubator offers Commercialization Breakfast Panel: The Macomb-OU INCubator will offer the Commercialization Breakfast Panel Thursday, March 14 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Collaboration Center, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Continental breakfast will be provided on behalf of Technology Highway. For more information on this panel, or to register for this free event, call Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or email

Avalon-Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters (SAN HQ) v2.5: On Thursday, March 14, Avalon Technologies will be offering a free educational webinar for Automation Alley members who are interested in learning more about the Dell EqualLogic SAN Headquarters (SAN HQ) v2.5 features. SAN HQ provides consolidated performance and event monitoring of EqualLogic SAN groups and is available at no additional cost to all EqualLogic customers. Attendees will learn how to leverage the new SAN Assist feature to automate efficient collection and upload of EqualLogic group diagnostics data to Dell to help expedite support processes, streamlining and enhancing the support experience. This and other time saving enhancements will be covered in this informative session. The event runs from 11 a.m. to noon. To register, visit Those who remain on the entire call and complete a survey will receive a gift. More at

Trivalent Group To Host 'Move Your Desktop To The Cloud' Workshop: Trivalent Group will host "Move Your Desktop to the Cloud," a no-cost workshop presented in partnership with Microsoft to help businesses learn how to move their desktops to the cloud, save money, improve efficiencies and have the confidence to know their corporate data is secure. The workshop will be held Thursday, March 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Grandville headquarters, 3145 Prairie St. SW. Attendees have the option to  join the workshop virtually through Live Meeting -- links will be provided after registration. The program starts at 11:45 a.m. and includes a working lunch. For more information or to register, contact Margy Sneller at or (616)301-6301.  To register online, visit Established in 2003, Trivalent Group, Inc. has emerged as one of Michigan's largest technology firms through strong leadership, organic growth and acquisitions. Trivalent Group helps to lower the cost of use and eliminates the operational headaches of technology. Trivalent's services allow clients to take advantage of cutting edge technologies by subscribing to various 'managed service' options that would otherwise be cost prohibitive to purchase outright. Bundling hardware, software, bandwidth and support capabilities together improves efficiency, reduces downtime and can result in significant cost savings. Trivalent is headquartered in Grandville, with offices in Mt. Pleasant, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek.

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