Canadian IT Manager's Blog

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

November, 2007

  • It's More Than Just a Phone

    One of the neat things about my job is that I'm often given cool technology to play with and review. A couple of weeks ago, I got an HTC 6800 from Bell Mobility to play with and so did my fellow WWITPRO executive member and Canadian IT Manager guest blogger...
  • Live from SecTor

    Having worked in IT for many years and having had to clean up mail servers at organizations that had been used to relay spam and file servers that had been conscripted to be used as repositories for contraband movie files, I know what can happen when...
  • Podcast Interview with Jeff Kempiners, Chief Technology Officer of Avanade Canada Inc.

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this blog, I interview Jeff Kempiners . Jeff provides great value and practical insights for businesses and managers. His understanding of key issues and his ability...
  • Life Lessons from Randy Pausch

    Randy Pausch, as a Carnegie Mellon University professor, developed the programming language called “Alice” ( http://www.alice.org/ ) and is a past recipient of Microsoft Research funding on Game Development. As a longtime educator, I found this lecture...
  • IT's Bad Reputation

    A few weeks ago I received an email from one of our regular guest bloggers, Adam Cole . He came across a highly impassioned debate on IT's bad reputation and how IT departments are often thought of as hindering business progress, rather than enabling...
  • Exposing Vista Myths and Making Deployments Easy

    Perhaps easy in the title should be replaced with easier . After all, deploying a new desktop operating system is still not as simple as a mere push of a button and it's still not a job to give to your grade school nephew. Easy is a relative term. However...
  • Becoming a Leader

    A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the Microsoft Women in Leadership Conference in Redmond. As I got ready to go, many people asked me what exactly happens at an all woman conference. Contrary to popular belief, there was no plotting to...
  • Ignite Your Career

    When I was in university, I made a vow to myself that if I was going to spend 8+ hours a day at a job then I wanted to enjoy what I was doing. If I ever found myself not having fun, then it was time to move on. Keeping that promise has meant that I've...
  • IT Industry Resources

    I was on the panel for the November 15 th webcast, “ Ignite Your Career, Industry Insights for the IT Pro. ” I gave out a large number of references so I compiled the career references, URLs, and tips here: Ignite Your Career References and URLs I really...
  • Week 3 of the Ignite Your Career Series

    A little while ago, I posted about the Ignite Your Career webcast series that Rick is hosting, where we invite a panel of industry veterans to answer questions submitted by audience members. It all takes place online through Live Meeting. Although you...
  • 8 Ways to Kick Start Your 2008 Small Business IT Planning

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) 2008 will be here before you know it - are you ready with what the market will throw at you in a couple of months? With 2008 just around the corner, now is a good time to...
  • Human Resources Planning and Allocation in a Project Environment (Part 1 of 3)

    Graham Jones (Surrey, BC - IT Professional) The Problem In a project environment it is an ongoing challenge to match human resource requirements and skills to project and proposal demands. You need to try and avoid a surplus, which goes straight to the...
  • Human Resources Planning and Allocation in a Project Environment (Part 2 of 3)

    Graham Jones (Surrey, BC - IT Professional) Putting It All Together From a resource planning standpoint we need to see the total demand picture into the future by discipline. The components that make up that picture are: Project backlog, ie. currently...
  • Human Resources Planning and Allocation in a Project Environment (Part 3 of 3)

    Graham Jones (Surrey, BC - IT Professional) Keeping Things Current As already stated in part 1 the quality of the data is paramount. Keeping the resource plan up to date requires organization and discipline. The frequency for doing this may vary by project...
  • Upcoming December IT Manager Webcasts

    Below are a number of upcoming webcasts specifically targeted to IT Managers: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time IT Manager Webcast: Application Platform: Advancing Your Business with IT with the Microsoft Application Platform...
  • Interview with Diane Teare, Top International Authority and Author in Networking, Training, and E-Learning

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this blog, I interview Diane Teare . Best regards, Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS , I.S.P. , MVP Interview Network design tips for managers Practical suggestions for improving...
  • Network Design Tips for Managers

    <Previous Next> Opening Comment: Diane, you bring a lifetime of proven experience and accumulated valuable insights to our audience. Considering your impossible schedule, we thank you for doing this interview with us. A: It's my pleasure,...
  • Practical Suggestions for Improving Network Security

    <Previous Next> Q3: What are your practical suggestions for improving security in networks? A: Network security should start with developing a security policy that specifies both the requirements and responsibilities related to network security...
  • Key Lessons from Diane's Latest Book

    <Previous Next> Q4: Can you extract the key lessons from your latest book that would be of benefit to managers? A: Along with the security suggestions we just discussed, here are some of the other key points from the book. For network design...
  • Advice for Staying Current

    <Previous Next> Q5: The Industry is changing. What advice would you give to IT professionals to stay on top of what is happening in the industry in order to position them (from a career standpoint) and their organization to benefit from these...
  • Information on Diane's Role

    <Previous Next> Q6: Profile your current specific role. A: Currently my time is split between writing and training. I have been fortunate to be involved in many aspects of both, including writing and editing technical books, teaching, course...
  • Future Predictions and Recommended Resources

    <Previous Back to Beginning> Q9: Provide your predictions of future IT/Business trends and their implications/opportunities? A: Trend 1) Learning and knowledge Implication/opportunities: We're in a knowledge-based industry and there...
  • Planning for Business: Essential for IT

    This is probably old news to many, but you can’t make an IT purchase or investment these days without a good justification for it. Making purchases merely for the sake of possessing the latest computing innovation is a retired theme. Unfettered, unplanned...
  • Jeff Kempiners Interview Time Index (MM:SS) and Topic

    00:038: How would you define digital collaboration? "....any communication, interaction which takes place between two human beings facilitated by technology..." 01:22: What is the status of digital collaboration in Canada? What are the differences...
  • Showcasing System Center

    Just when you thought you'd gotten familiar enough with the names of our Operations Management (MOM) and Systems Management (SMS) products, the marketing minds at Microsoft decided to change it all up again. These two products have been renamed under...