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  • Blog Post: Collaboration in the Enterprise

    As Damir and I trek across Canada on the Align IT tour , we’ve been talking to a lot of IT folk about collaboration in the enterprise. IT organizations that are moving from being seen as cost centres to being strategic business assets are finding ways to enhance the productivity of end users. And using...
  • Blog Post: Calling All Techie Women

      One of the best things about going out on a speaking tour is meeting up with IT professionals across Canada and I was really pumped to discover that there was going to be a Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinner the same week that Damir and I would be there for Align IT . While the event got moved to the end...
  • Blog Post: Collaboration without Compromise

    Social networking, emerging economies, the consumerization of IT…there’s little doubt that these trends are changing how, when and where business is conducted. And regardless of a certain recent product announcement , the mobile phone is becoming the new PC, doing much more than just voice, email and...
  • Blog Post: Growing IT Leadership and Connecting with Winnipegers

    e-Mentoring Opportunities Today is International Women’s Day and so a very appropriate day for the CATA WIT announcement of the e-Mentoring program “to help women aspiring to be CIOs move into IT leadership positions”. Why is this important? Here is an excerpt from the press release (emphasis mine):...
  • Blog Post: Things I Learned at ITIL Training – The Deming Cycle

    I’m a process person, so when my boss suggested I go on ITIL training, I jumped at the chance. Seriously. I love this stuff! And I was delighted to find that we had an excellent instructor – Barry Brown from Pink Elephant . He has a great way of using stories and analogies from his life to illustrate...
  • Blog Post: Align IT: IT Manager Podcast #34 – The Importance of Project Management

    Think that centralized project management systems are only important for large enterprises? Think again - even small companies can have many projects on the go . The question is, can you manage your projects better and be more efficient while saving money? Listen in as Gord Schmidt from Agora Consulting...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Canada Q & A with Local Partners

    Even though Office and SharePoint 2010 haven’t been released yet, there are a number of Canadian companies piloting early adopter projects using the beta applications to enhance corporate collaboration, enable management of content and use business intelligence to drive better company decisions. And...
  • Blog Post: End of support for Windows 2000, XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM

    As we announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 will end on the same date. Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010. NOTE: There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Welcome and Thank You for Your Time...

    Good morning Everyone. By way of introduction my name is Jeff Ewin and this is officially my first blog post here on the ‘Because It’s Everybody’s Business’ blog. Ok…make that my first Blog post ever! I guess I’ll start with a very brief introduction on what I do and why i'm here blogging on the BIEB...
  • Blog Post: Managing Your Virtual World

    “Virtualization without management is more dangerous than not using virtualization in the first place.” ~ Tom Bittman, Gartner VP & Analyst There are many good things about using virtualization in your infrastructure: consolidation of physical servers flexibility to respond to business needs time...
  • Blog Post: Excellence in Action: Development Best Practices

    Excellence is a rare commodity and one can’t be developed overnight. It takes time, training and very often perseverance. With IT becoming an increasingly vital strategic asset and business enabler in organizations today, excellence in the execution of IT projects is more important than ever. My colleagues...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Edge Highlight – IT Manager Community Chat on Windows Azure

    Kevin Remde is the host for a number of webcasts for IT managers which you can access on TechNet Edge . In this particular one, he talks with Joey Snow, a Microsoft evangelists out of Redmond who focuses on evangelizing Windows Server and Windows Azure with IT professionals world wide.    ...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #35 – Business Productivity Insights

    Last March, my colleague Damir and I spent 5 weeks traveling across Canada on the Align IT Tour, talking to IT managers about business productivity and why IT needs to be strategic when building this into their infrastructure. We were joined in each city by a panel of local Microsoft partners and experts...