In Belgium we are privileged to have many active user groups that have the goal to share their expertise with you. Many of you might underestimate / use this opportunity. Managing an usergroup is a time consuming activity, some of the usergroups are lucky to have many core members who are helping running this, others don’t have this and are always looking for a helping hand.
Once a year all the Belgian Usergroups put their brains together and to share all what they know with you. They organize an event called “CommunityDay”. It will be the 5th time they organize this event, I’ve seen it grow from an idea to a successful yearly gathering of the Belgian community, both for IT Pro’s like me and developers. Go ahead and look at the agenda, register (it’s free) and be part of tis community. Connect with the leads if you want to be a helping hand, sharing your knowledge and it doesn’t always have to be related with technology. If needed I can get you in touch with the different usergroup leads as well.
Last week I came across an interesting article titled “9 Ways To Increase Your Productivity While Working From Home”, I agree with many things mentioned in the article. I do work a lot from home for many reasons (better coffee), one of them is that I like to listen to music while working and I don’t want to use a headset al day long. Another reason is that I am so more productive when working from my own office.
There are also many reasons why I like to go to the office '(and coffee is not one of them). But I wanted to share with you what tools I use and some basic rules I have. It is true you have a lot of opportunities to get distracted, last week I had to send away a friend of mine because I was in a meeting, There are the XBox, TV, books and kids that can distract you. For the kids I have one simple rule, door closed means no entrance do not disturb, if my door is open they can come in and will get my attention. This works pretty well for me. It allows me to organize my working day the way I like it.
What are the tools and technology I use on a daily bases?
My Windows Home Server where I store
With our new solutions home working is made so much easier both for me and IT. If you don’t want to deploy solutions like Direct Access and others you can always make usage of our online services like Windows Intune the solution to will manage your desktop from the cloud, Office365 which will provide you with tools like Lync and SharePoint online.
Do you like to work from home? How do you organize yourself? What tools and technology are you mainly using?
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If you missed TechDays 2011, there is no way to bring you back the whole experience. That’s the bad news, the good news however is that we go a long way and bring you a recorded video of each of the sessions so you can learn from the best. From now on, you can browse all the sessions, view them online or download to your favorite media player and download the slides. With top speakers like John Craddock, Jeremy Moskowitz, Ilse Van Criekinge, Don Jones, Corey Hynes, Scott Schnoll, Dandy Weyn, … . and so many more. The event welcomed over 40 different speakers!
Check out our photos of the event and a short video compilation below. You can also view the testimonials video from attendees here.
How is the content structured?
On the TechDays website you can find the video recordings split up by Developer/IT-Professional and then further by track.
Next to the tracks you can also browse scenarios:
(note: TechNet Edge contains all IT professional sessions, for developer content you can find it on Channel 9)
All session videos lead you to a page on TechNet Edge where you can play the recording of the session, download the slides and find more information about the speaker. You can also take advantage of commenting on the video and in this way have a conversation with other viewers or even get feedback from some of the speakers. All IT pro related TechDays recordings are available on this page.