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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: TechDays 2011: Security, Identity and Management…Oh Yeah!

    TechDays is THE conference for technical training in Canada and it’ll be hitting these cities on these dates: October 25-26: Toronto November 15-16: Vancouver November 29-30: Montreal This year I’m putting together the speakers and sessions for the security, identity and management track. It’s going...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Guy Who Wrote the Book on Agile and Visual Studio in Person!

    Agile is everywhere, whether you are already working with agile methodologies or you are still trying to figure out if agile is a fit for your projects, register for the Agile Software Delivery Simulcast with Sam Guckenheimer , November 10th in Mississauga, Ontario. If you enjoyed his QA webcast on agile...
  • Blog Post: Meeting up in Montreal

    As Damir wrote in his last post , he and I are in Montreal this week for the Align IT tour . But instead of popping in and out just to speak tomorrow morning to IT managers, we’re also here to connect with local IT professionals and technology aficionados. So if you fall in one of the aforementioned...
  • Blog Post: Take Time to Remember

     
  • Blog Post: Chats with Kelly Gotlieb, "the" Internationally Renowned Pioneer in Computing - Kelly talks about his work as Co-Chair of the ACM Awards Committee

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Calvin C. (Kelly) Gotlieb , C.M., M.A., PhD.D. (University of Toronto), D. Math. (Hon., University of Waterloo), D. Eng. (Hon., Technical University of Nova Scotia); Order...
  • 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: Psst…wanna know some product vision and roadmap secrets?

    It often helps when planning to have a roadmap and when planning your IT infrastructure it helps to know the Microsoft product roadmap. If you want to know what our vision and roadmap is over the next while, then block off the morning of February 22 in your calendar and register using the links below...
  • 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: Save $250 today on the leading security conference - standard rates increase August 31st

    SecTor - Security Education Conference Toronto 2010 October 25 - 27, 2010, Metro Toronto Convention Centre Save $250 today on Canada's leading security conference - standard rates increase to $999 on August 31st - GO SecTor is the premier event in Canada that attracts the world's brightest (and...
  • Blog Post: Rise to the Modern App Challenge

    Consumers are defining the standards for today’s technology. Discover development solutions that help keep businesses relevant and ahead of the curve. The consumerization of IT means end-users have bigger ideas and higher expectations than ever. They’re showing up to work with their own tablets, their...
  • Blog Post: Expiry Dates, Yogurt and TechDays Vancouver Early Bird

    (Photo credit Thomas Quine from Wikipedia Commons ) Did you notice that the Early Bird pricing deal for Vancouver TechDays reached it’s expiry date yesterday? Yup – it’s seriously 6 weeks before TechDays 2010 opens in Vancouver. Wow! I’ve been off on vacation over the last...
  • Blog Post: Talking about IT as a Service

    Tomorrow I talk to folks in Montreal, the last city on the itSMF Canada Professional Development Days tour. It been an interesting experience. Usually I talk about Microsoft products and the problems they solve but on this tour my focus has been on IT services in general with only a little bit about...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #6 (Special Edition) – Mary Jo Foley on the Future of IT

    Jonathan and I had a great time doing this episode with Mary Jo Foley. We did the broadcast live from TechDays Vancouver in front of a live audience as well as our usual online audience. Mary Jo was a great guest and even wrote a follow up blog post based on her experiences with us up here in the Great...
  • Blog Post: Special Edition of the Manager Tech Talk at TechDays Vancouver: Mary Jo Foley on the Future of IT

    Don’t you wish sometimes that you had a crystal ball showing you what technology is coming down the pipe and if it’s going to disrupt your status quo? It would just make life so much easier. No more guessing what the CIO is going to insist be deployed ASAP just because he read about it in PC magazine...
  • Blog Post: Reason #42 For Your Team to Attend TechDays 2011: Hands-On Labs

    TechDays Toronto is only a few days away, and here is yet another reason that your team should be there next week or in Vancouver or Montreal in November, right in the thick of things. Not only are there great sessions and a plethora of experts to learn from, but this year we’ve also added a number of...
  • Blog Post: Better Business through Technology

    The world is changing and how we deliver IT services and applications to our organizations is changing along with it, whether we like it or not! There are more demands and expectations of IT departments who are expected to be business enablers and partners. Empowered consumers have high expectations...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud’s Effect on IT as We Know it

    Cloud computing is definitely one of the hot topics in IT at the moment. Most IT shops are looking to deliver greater value while decreasing overall costs and cloud computing is being seen as one way to accomplish that. That’s why I’m so excited to be hosting a panel webcast, in partnership with itSMF...
  • Blog Post: Cloud 101 Jump Start

    A learning experience designed to help executives and organizational leaders participate in strategic conversations about why and how the Cloud transforms business. There’s no shortage of buzz around “the Cloud.” Everybody’s talking about it. But, really, what is it? Do you understand the jargon? Can...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Manager Tech Talk: Planning Your Windows Roadmap

    It’s a bit of a Catch-22 – deploying a new operating system can be an expensive proposition, but not using up to date technology can cost a business worker productivity, recruitment of top talent, and integration with customers and partners. For development shops, making sure your application runs on...
  • Blog Post: Techdays 2011: Windows Client and Windows Phone Track Unleashed

    Even with the bounty of online forums, webcasts, blog posts and articles, in person events are still a critical part of keeping up to date with the latest in technology as well as gaining valuable relationships with others in the industry. TechDays is a great way to make sure your IT team have the knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Wishing You Good Will and Joy

    Wilfred A. Peterson, author of The Art of Living, once said: Christmas is not the tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It’s lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It’s higher thought and a greater plan. It’s glorious dream in the soul of man...
  • Blog Post: Stay Informed–Stay Secure: The Latest Attacks, The Latest Defences at SECTOR 2010

    SecTor - Security Education Conference Toronto 2010 October 25 - 27, 2010, Metro Toronto Convention Centre Canada's leading security conference takes Security Education to the next level - New in 2010 is the addition of a Management Track to complement the exceptional IT security sessions. SecTor...
  • Blog Post: Bojan Nenadic, Microsoft Career Factor Idol Winner – The Aspiring Microsoft Certified Master

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Bojan Nenadic, Microsoft Career Factor Idol Winner – The Aspiring Microsoft Certified Master. I was at TechEd in May in Atlanta Georgia and met with the Career Factor winners...
  • 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...