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  • Blog Post: Learn More About ALM – Upcoming Webcast Series

    For those of you who joined us for the AlignIT Manager Tech Talk series on Thursday , this ALM webcast series is the perfect continuation of the conversation that we had with Sam Guckenheimer. As we discussed on the show, application Lifecycle Management is about managing the lifespan of your applications...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Welcomes AlignIT

    The AlignIT experience as you know it today consists of the AlignIT portal , the Canadian IT Manager Connection , the alignitca Twitter handle, and Facebook page. It also has a discussion group on LinkedIn where some of you are already networking and sharing your thoughts (if you’re not a member of the...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #11: Making the Case–Development Platform vNext

    February 29 th was a big day for Microsoft. Both the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta were released. Development teams around the world were taken aback with the new possibilities in application development. While it’s great for the developers to get excited about all the...
  • Blog Post: Top Staff Training Pointers You Should Know (Part 2 of 2)

    Guest post written by Stuart Ngai , Director of Technology Solutions, VERAX Having worked in software development in the engineering and financial sectors through several technology eras, one thing strikes me the most is how often top notch IT professionals just get burned out by the fast pace of technology...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #7–Empowering Your Team with Knowledge

    It is that time of the year. You are most likely sitting down with each of your team members and are helping them with their personal development plans. On this episode of AlignIT Manager Tech Talk, Ruth and I talk with Stuart Ngai about the importance of training as part of personal development, as...
  • Blog Post: On the next Manager Tech Talk: Making the Case–Development Platform vNext

    February 29 th was a big day for Microsoft. Both the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta were released. Development teams around the world were taken aback with the new possibilities in application development. While it’s great for the developers to get excited about all the shiny and...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Manager Tech Talk: Straight Talk About Windows Azure

    By now, you’ve heard the term “Cloud”, but what does it actually mean to your developers and architects, your IT staff, and your organization. For developers and architects, the Cloud is a flexible and familiar environment to easily create and host applications that can have nearly infinite scale. For...
  • Blog Post: On The Next AlignIT Manager Tech Talk: Challenges of Today’s Modern Apps

    The consumerization of IT means end-users have bigger ideas and higher expectations. Now, IT must rise to the challenge of delivering on those ideas, doing so quickly and frequently. Join Ruth Morton , Jonathan Rozenblit , and guest Mark Mydland for a discussion about how to overcome the challenge, using...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #8: De-risking Your Windows Deployment

    With any big change to your IT infrastructure comes risk, but of course you're hoping that the rewards will out weigh those risks. In fact, you're doing more than just hoping – you're planning, strategizing, and putting your organization in a good position to mitigate those risks. Deploying a new operating...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Manager Tech Talk: Confidence in the Cloud

    Recent surveys indicate that while cloud computing is a top priority for Canadian CIOs, assurance in cloud services remains the principle inhibitor for adoption. 2012 is proving to be the year of accelerating adoption as organizations gain a deeper appreciation of cloud services and how they can be adopted...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise On the “Glance and Go”

    Guest post by Paul Laberge , Developer Advisor, Microsoft Canada There is a sea change happening in the enterprise today – employees are deciding to bring the technology they are comfortable using at home to work and using it to be productive. Many people call this the Consumerization of IT , and in...
  • Blog Post: Top Staff Training Pointers You Should Know (Part 1 of 2)

    Guest post written by Stuart Ngai , Director of Technology Solutions, VERAX Having worked in software development in the engineering and financial sectors through several technology eras, one thing strikes me the most is how often top notch IT professionals just get burned out by the fast pace of technology...
  • 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: REMINDER: Confidence in the Cloud–LIVE Tomorrow

    Recent surveys indicate that while cloud computing is a top priority for Canadian CIOs, assurance in cloud services remains the principle inhibitor for adoption. 2012 is proving to be the year of accelerating adoption as organizations gain a deeper appreciation of cloud services and how they can be adopted...
  • Blog Post: 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...