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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...
24 Sep 2012
Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events
With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you are kept well informed and your team gets some hands on experience with this latest server offering. With new advances in virtualization, networking, storage and automation among other things, there is lots to...
24 Aug 2012
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...
9 Mar 2012
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...
3 Feb 2012
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...
25 Dec 2011
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...
14 Dec 2011
Take Time to Remember
10 Nov 2011
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...
21 Oct 2011
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...
21 Oct 2011
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...
11 Oct 2011
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...
9 Oct 2011
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...
6 Oct 2011
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...
27 Sep 2011
Introducing the Monthly AlignIT Manager Tech Talk Series
I had anticipated that the past few weeks would be pretty low-key given that most of my colleagues are on vacation, but I’ve found the opposite true as we ramp up for our newest project under the AlignIT banner: a monthly live streamed video series, hosted by myself and my colleague Jonathan Rozenblit...
2 Aug 2011
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...
30 May 2011
Making Connections and Summarizing the Align IT Event
It was great to see those of you who were able to make it out to the Align IT event for Infrastructure Managers in Mississauga this week. There were quite a few folks from the Halton IT Pros group which meets just a 10 minute drive from the Microsoft office as well as my friend and former colleague,...
8 Apr 2011
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...
29 Mar 2011
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...
7 Mar 2011
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...
3 Dec 2010
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...
27 Oct 2010
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...
25 Aug 2010
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...
10 Aug 2010
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...
4 Aug 2010
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...
9 May 2010
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...
25 Mar 2010
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