Canadian IT Manager's Blog

Broadly connecting Canadian Infrastructure and Development Managers through career, industry and technology insight.

December, 2005

  • Stephen Ibaraki - recipient of the 2005 IT Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award!

    Wow, great things happen while your away. As you know, I've been offline for the last week and when I came back it was to some great news! My friend and co-blogger Stephen Ibaraki was announced as the recipient of the "2005 IT Leadership: Lifetime Achievement...
  • A Fascinating Chat this Week with, Dr. Maria Klawe

    I had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Maria Klawe . She is a World Renowned Computer Scientist, past Dean of Science at UBC and current Dean of Engineering at Princeton. Talk about a prominent Canadian; her ideas are so important that this summer Maria...
  • Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

    It’s been almost a month since we’ve started this endeavour and I’m really happy with the comments from everyone and the progress that we’ve made. Partnering with CIPS and Stephen has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to what more we can...
  • Phil Sorgen - New President @ Microsoft Canada

    As per my previous post we have a new president at MS Canada.... Phil Sorgen! We had a chance to meet Phil on Friday and it was good to see how our Canadian leadership team spoke so highly of him. Phil comes at a busy time for us as we go through our...
  • Blogs and RSS Deserving Attention from IT Managers?

    John did a great blog on RSS that is very useful, but let us step back and talk about corporate Blogs which drive RSS. I believe Blogs are the richest form of current information available and if you don’t tap into them extensively as IT Managers/Professionals...
  • Do you have the Keys to Unlock Security’s Top Job?

    Everywhere I go, security is a top issue. In every interview, when I ask for the top five concerns, invariably security comes up. Plus in surveys of IT managers, it’s a consistent hot item. So what does it take to be a good CISO (Chief Information Security...
  • Life Balance.... tough but worthwhile

    Today I'm off for a few weeks as my wife is about to give birth to our new child on monday. It all seems so planned and matter of fact as she is having a Ceserian bith. I'm looking forward to the time spent with my family yet I know as a manager nobody...
  • Good news for IT Profits and Jobs

    After feeling the pinch of the IT slowdown for the last six years, I'm glad to hear some good news. This means better times for you IT managers. IT hiring is up 4% across the country with demand as high as 100% in Montreal, 79% in Edmonton and 60...
  • Securing Wireless Networks

    Wireless must be driving some of you to distraction! I find it so liberating but also troublesome too. Here are essential good practices and guidelines for IT Managers that I have found useful. They come from an interview I did with top wireless...
  • David Hemler leaves Microsoft Canada

    Dave stepped down as our president this past Friday. Over the past year, in parallel with his successes at Microsoft he has had some family challenges. He felt it was best for his family to be together under the circumstances. In a company meeting on...
  • Are we turning a corner - Microsoft Ships CRM 3.0 on Schedule

    I love seeing this, especially when it's recognized throughout the technical community. Being a manager that is not in Redmond; sometimes it's hard to see the impact of how we have evolved our development cycle. For us to ship this on time is another...
  • Thank you for connecting in 2005; I’m looking forward to more in 2006

    Our holiday break is upon us…time flies so fast doesn’t it. I want to thank John for his leadership in providing a special forum to connect and collaborate with you. I’m very much enjoying this experience and I look forward to 2006 where we can connect...
  • Ensuring Security Confidence: Common Criteria Certification

    Good News I just finished a post on security since it consistently ranks amongst the top three IT concerns. I found this news released today compelling since it gives assurances that there is a strong commitment to security. This means less headaches...
  • The security market contuines to consolidate as RSA acquires authentication company

    Identity and access management firm RSA Security has snapped up authentication services provider Cyota. I think the importance of this is how it highlights that security companies are now focusing closer on the consumers as more and more business moves...
  • Steve Ballmer’s Speechwriter Speaks Steve-O

    Interesting interview on Steve Balmers Speech writer at channel 9. Check out http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=143212 "Did you know that Steve Ballmer gives between 125 and 150 talks a year? Do you know what it’s like to write, coordinate...
  • IT Veteran Brings Innovation, Leadership to Microsoft CIO Partnership

    I thought this was a great internal microsoft perspective on how we are using a dual CIO role. This past July Stuart Scott joined Microsoft to serve alongside Ron Markezich as one of two CIOs, in the interview he discusses his views on the role and the...
  • Blogs, RSS feeds and IT Managers

    Last night I had the honour to be included a panel about blogging at the Canadian public relations society. The enthusiastic feedback and questions from the attendees really highlighted the growing interest in blogging. Michael O Connor Clarke lead a...
  • Connecting Canadian IT professionals with leading voices that need to be heard

    This forum is about connecting and engaging with you as IT Managers and I thought it would be great to bring that to another level. I have a passion about doing interviews with the top experts in IT from business, industry, education, and government...
  • Time Persons of 2005: Bill and Melinda Gates, Bono

    It’s great to see Bill and Melinda Gates along with Bono be named Time persons of 2005. They have approached similar problems in a different manner and I feel that each have been a great role model to all of us. I know from my conversations with many...
  • Productivity tip: Outlook calendars - display multiple timezones

    I just finished putting my son down for the night and while I was waiting to make sure he was asleep, I took advantage of the time to tale a look at other MS blogs. I'm always on the look for good productivity tips that help me day to day and I thought...
  • Microsoft IT Showcase

    Have you checked out the Microsoft IT Showcase? I think it pretty cool and shows how we use and test our technology in our IT enviroment. It gives IT professionals a unique, insider view into Microsoft's process of developing, deploying, and managing...
  • IT Know-how not enough for Future Workers

    Anticipating market shifts and their severe impact on IT careers and their evolution are a definite passion of mine. This stems from my days as a college teacher as I always wanted to make sure my students were best prepared for the industry today and...
  • 4 Key Decision Questions for Moving to x64-bit Computing

    There are good arguments for moving to x64 or at least strategically have it on your upgrade plans for 2006. These 4 questions provide a starter: Is the industry moving in this direction so I don’t get caught unprepared? According to IDC reports...
  • The one best site for SQL 2005, Visual Studio 2005, Biztalk 2006

    You are too busy! You don't have time to search! You must be thinking, “What’s the one best site for the new product launch information.” I just finished interviewing Ilya Bukshteyn for CIPS on Monday, so I put the question to him Monday night. “As the...
  • Ballmer Pledges Millions to Canadians at Can>Win 2005

    As a long-time educator, this is my hot button—funding: through software donations, support for research, teacher and curriculum development. I applaud this move by Microsoft to provide $4.5M for partnerships with Canadian schools and community organizations...