• Get Certified!

    With all the turmoil in the job market right now there couldn’t be a better time to get certified.  Certification can be that differentiator with your boss over who stays and who goes, can help you prove your skill set with potential employers and I know of more than one HR department that scans for those letters (MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, etc…) when browsing resumes.  There are a lot of options...
  • Kai Axford Canadian Security Tour

    Culminis and Microsoft’s User Group Support Services ( UGSS ) are pleased to announce their co-sponsorship of a 9 User Group tour of Canada, between May 26 and June 18, 2009, by world renowned security expert, Kai Axford (CISSP, MCSE-Security). Kai is a Senior Security Strategist in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group and is based in Dallas, Texas. A ten-year Microsoft veteran, Kai is responsible...
  • Guest Blogger – Searching with PowerShell

    Sean Kearney has been doing some work with PowerShell as of late and sent in this little write up about searching with PowerShell! Enjoy, and remember if you have any tips you want to share email us! ------------------------------ A post I threw onto "Energized about Technology" and "Energized Tech". A simpler intro to a small script that can be a function in PowerShell. Today I had to search...
  • EnergizeIT 2009 is a Wrap!!

    I have to admit that the end of March and all of April was a pretty busy time for the team. Considering that EnergizeIT 2009 included events in 16 cities from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, Newfoundland in a short six week period – it was a bit of a whirlwind (and a really exciting time)!! We were able to connect with you and share the Future of the Microsoft Windows-based Platform, show you how you...
  • TechDays 2009 Community Team

    Well you might have heard that TechDays is going to roll across Canada in the Fall of 2009 and while we have 6 of the 7 cities locked we are now starting to focus on content. And there is a lot of content with 5 tracks each with 8 sessions for a total of 40 sessions over the two days. So where does it all come from and how do we decide what to add to the agenda? Well a huge help in the decision...
  • “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 05/12/2009

    Three guys got together over pints a while ago and talked about how one of the issues facing Technical Professionals today is keeping their systems patched and up to date. This issue was brought to the forefront at a User Group meeting we were attending ( Ottawa Windows Server User Group ) where we were holding an “Ask the Microsoft Guy” panel discussion. Over pints at D’Arcy McGee’s , Pierre Roman...
  • Announcing the Ignite IT Awards Winners!

    Last year, we announced the Ignite IT Awards . Its purpose is to recognize and reward the efforts of Canadian IT professionals and software developers. Today, we are happy to announce that we have selected the winners of this year’s awards: 2009 Winner of the Ignite IT Award for IT Professionals The Community Caregiver Portal Solution by Navantis - Social Networking in Action 2009 Winner...
  • The 7th City for TechDays Canada 2009 – Halifax or Edmonton?

    Note: To be completely transparent – I am pulling for Halifax on this one. :-) I was born in Fredericton, grew up in Saint John and have a particular soft spot for “out east” or “down home” when it comes to this question. A couple of weeks ago, my colleagues and I were swinging through the Atlantic Region with a whirlwind tour of 5 cities over 4 days as part of EnergizeIT. We took the opportunity...