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  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen Here, eh? What's going on up north for Launch 2008 Activities.

    If you remember way back - I posted the initial confirmation and tickler that Canada was having a major event on February 27th to mark the Launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL 2008. As you have probably read online over the last little while or so, the US have stepped up their marketing...
  • Blog Post: TechDays TechNet Subscription Offer

    So you were at TechDays and you went home with your 6 month subscription to TechNet Plus and wonder what else there is besides software you can download?  How about some free virtualization training and some free exam vouchers?  You see there is a lot more to TechNet than just software you...
  • Blog Post: Summer is approaching, don't just plan to work on your tan.

    I love this time of year. The days are getting longer, warmer and the deck is calling my name. (these are my feet….) At my house, summer months are very busy. The kids are home, my wife is at home (she’s a teacher) so I tend to hide in my office with the door shut so I can get work done...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection Events - diamond in the rough

    We've been getting a number of inquiries as to "What the heck is this event?", "Why should I bother going?" and "What's in it for me?". I thought I'd spend a little time on this post to elaborate what's going on and really help expose the diamond in the rough. I'm stoked about these events as part of...
  • Blog Post: Ignite Your Career - IT Pro Style

    I've been on the road now for 6 weeks - connecting with IT Professionals and IT Managers across the country (literally - St.John's to Vancouver). One of the questions that come up in almost every stop over the last 3 years of working on this team has been a question around "career". These are more general...
  • Blog Post: Real World Azure: An Overview of Cloud Computing

    The other day Rick posted an entry on cloud computing and asked “As IT Pros who save the world every day at work – what do you think about all this “cloud” stuff?”  It led to a lot of comments and questions. Our colleagues over at TechNet Edge have started to answer the questions around cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: MCSE is Back–and Better Than Ever!!

    I remember getting my first MCSE certification in the mid-1990s and feeling really proud of the accomplishment.  Many of my peers at that time also pursuing an MCSE felt that it was a certification that would increase their likelihood to get hired over a candidate that did not hold the certification...
  • Blog Post: What was I thinking???

    Hello folks, Today my daughters helped me realize something. they convinced me to stop watching videos and reading “howto” articles and actually strap on the snowboard and go to the hills with them. You see… I’ve been contemplating learning to Snowboard. I went out I bought...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection Resources

    As part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/ SQL Server 2008/Visual Studio 2008 Launch events , we are visiting 14 cities across Canada conducting workshops featuring “learning circles” on the following key industry relevant topics: Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry Application...
  • Blog Post: We’re growing… And we need you!

    As many of you know I work for Microsoft Enterprise Services as a Senior Technical Account Manager. I've been here for 6 years and I constantly get the question “what is it like to work for Microsoft?” . I always answer the same thing. “it’s fantastic!”. You get to work...
  • Blog Post: MS Blogs – Career Development Products and Technologies

    I was catching up on my RSS feeds while recovering from the first day of TechDays Calgary and came across this post on the MS Blogs blog.  MS Blogs is a blog that aggregates the product team blogs and is a nice one to add to your feeds to keep you up to date on what’s going on in areas you don’t...
  • Blog Post: Pssssst! Wanna leg up with your career?

    No… I’m not the guy with the trench coat asking if you want to buy the letter C, but I do want to make sure you’re in the know.  Talking with head-hunters / recruiters / IT Managers out there and there’s one thing they’ve told me again and again. They look to hire professionals with personal skills...
  • Blog Post: Ignite Your Career - Webcast Series update

    WOW. We've taken your feedback over the last couple of years and created this webcast series focused on you and your career . We've had two go down with great participation and tons of questions. The format works great - it's all about you and your time to ask the experts the questions - it's not about...
  • Blog Post: “What have you been up to lately? How’s the IT department?” Ignite your Career – Episode 3

    Picture yourself walking into an elevator and having a senior executive standing in there. After the pleasant head nod, you press your floor button and stand to the side. After the doors close - the executive finally recognizes you and remembers you’re in IT. Because it’s a long ride up – she asks you...
  • Blog Post: Ignite Your Career - Work Life Balance for IT Pros

    Work / Life Balance is something that is important to everyone - regardless of what career or profession you are currently involved with. My personal philosophy is that you only have ONE life - regardless of how you work it out - you only have 24 hours in a day, of which you must sleep and eat as well...
  • Blog Post: Interesting thought of the day...

    I was walking my 3 kids to school this morning - it was blowing snow and cold. Somehow the conversation turned to my work and I was explaining to them (6.75 son and twin 4.5 year olds) what it is that I do (connect with ICT Professionals, share stories of their success, help them develop skills etc)...
  • Blog Post: An Evening with Vancouver Area "Bleeks" (blogging geeks)

    Being the guy who told his team mates and manager that we had to get into blogging 4 years ago, I guess you can say that I am a "bleek". You can see my twitter links , facebook and LinkedIN information as well. I'm a big fan of social media in an online world - its a natural extension of what...
  • Blog Post: Aspiring to be an Architect? This webcast series is for you!!

    When you talk to many folks in the industry about the role of an architect in an organization, very often the conversation switches to a development focus. Things like "architects are the folks that design the applications our developers write" or "architects ensure the developed applications meet company...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Retention

    You can attend all the conferences, seminars, and training courses that you want, but just watching and listening will only allow you to retain about 10% of the information given to you. A measly 10%. That’s a pretty low return on your investment. Luckily, we’ve designed TechDays to help...
  • Blog Post: Free Learning Resources for Microsoft Virtualization & Private Cloud

    In the last little while as we have started to deliver the IT Virtualization Boot Camps as well as go out to various user groups and talk about the Microsoft Virtualization and Private Cloud offerings, I have often been asked where IT Pros can find resources to learn about how our products work, especially...
  • Blog Post: Toronto - ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers

    Main Discussion Points: Tech companies should help educational institutions keep current as many have hardware/software that is years old Students already outdated when they graduate since they are taught using outdated products Geek image needs to be changed and those in IT are not...
  • Blog Post: Connecting with Students - Grabbin' a pint with future ICT Pros!

    As an IT Professional who has worked in the industry collecting a salary for over 17 years (man I am dating myself) I am psyched to have a job where I have an opportunity to connect with students who have already made a commitment to train and work within IT or are on the fence and contemplating "jumping...
  • Blog Post: MSEmploy.ca Job Fair

    Are you a Microsoft professional looking for a better career opportunity or to expand your skills? MSEmploy Canada ( http://www.msemploy.ca ) - Canada's only job and training portal serving the Microsoft community - is conducting a Career Fair at the Microsoft Canada Mississauga office. When: May...