Canadian IT Manager's Blog

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

January, 2008

  • IT's Changing Reputation

    Welcome to the first post of 2008! I hope you all had a good relaxing time over the holidays with friends and families. I know I did! Now it's time to get back to work... A few weeks ago, I asked what you thought of IT's apparent bad reputation , according...
  • Guest Blogger - Jeremy Zongker

    Jeremy Zongker has worked in a number of IT jobs in the past decade including IT Manager, Web Server Admin and Software Developer. He is one of the authors for Professional ADO.NET 2.0 by Wrox Press and ASP.NET Developers Cookbook by Sams Publishing....
  • Guest Blogger - Dan Eng

    Dan Eng has more than 30 years of experience in the IT field. He has been involved in many aspects of IT including computer operations, programming, project management, strategic planning and business continuity planning. Presently Dan is an account executive...
  • An Interview with CIPS Fellow Paul Kent

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon professionals. In this blog, I interview Paul Kent , noted business and industry leader and a founding CIPS Fellow for his lifelong outstanding contributions to IT. With his...
  • The Lone Server

    A little levity for your Friday morning... What might it be like to be the lone Windows 2003 server left in the Microsoft web server farm now that all the other servers have been upgraded to Windows 2008? The Windows Server team has put up a humourous...
  • Stacey Cerniuk, Founder, President and CEO of Annex Consulting Group Inc, Top-Ranking Executive and IT/Business Leader

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this blog, I interview Stacey Cerniuk , Founder, President and CEO of Annex Consulting Group Inc.; Top-Ranking Executive and IT/Business Leader. Stacey illuminates...
  • The Value of Networking Through CIPS

    Adam Cole (Toronto, Director of Specialty Technology Solutions for McKesson Canada) Recently I talked about the value of networking. Personally I do a lot of professional networking through CIPS (the association of the Canadian IT professional)...
  • Information Reduction

      Adam Cole (Toronto, Manager Applications and Development for McKesson Canada) To enhance the flavour of a dish one technique frequently used is that of reduction . Reduction is a process of boiling-off the filling but flavourless water. We live...
  • Growing Your Business Intelligently

    Business is getting more and more competitive and many organizations are looking to be able to get an edge by collecting data and analyzing it to make better business decisions. One company may want look at weather patterns to better stock their stores...
  • Surviving in a One-Strike Society

      Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) In today’s world of instant gratification, short attention spans and lack of patience, the one-strike approach to dealing with business is becoming a main stream...
  • Are We There Yet?

    Graham Jones (Surrey, BC - IT Professional) Leading VANTUG I have written here several times about running User Groups and the important part that I believe that they play in the IT Community. When I took over as Leader of VANTUG a little over 6 years...
  • Heros Happen Here in Canada

    Last year we launched Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007. Not to be outdone, this year the big launch is SQL 2008, Windows 2008 and Visual Studio 2008! And this time around, we're doing thing a little differently. Rick put up a great post this morning...
  • Taking the Complexity out of IT Security

    Once upon a time, securing your IT environment meant sticking a firewall between your network and the Internet. These days there's a lot more to it. IT security needs to be implemented on multiple levels and actively managed which makes things a tad more...
  • IT Executive Roadmap Winter Tour

    We're on the road again - it's time for the winter edition of the IT Executive Roadmap Tour . Last time we went out, we spoke about how to optimize your infrastructure and focused on virtualization, security and management. This time we'll be speaking...
  • Heros Happen Here - IT Pro and Dev Comic

    As part of the Heros Happen Here Launch activities, Microsoft and Seagate are putting together a comic highlighting the joys and frustrations of being in the IT profession. Check it out at www.ITdevcomics.com and tell them your funny or eye-rolling IT...
  • Upcoming January IT Manager Webcasts

    I'm a little late with this as it's already January but you've still go time to register for the following IT Manager Webcasts as the first one isn't until January 10. Most, if not all, are recorded and available on demand after the live webcast date...
  • Building Secure Collaboration Extranets

    While it's becoming more and more important to be able to connect and collaborate with partners, customers and organizations external to your own, it's IT's job to make sure this is done securely, without compromising company assets or systems. This can...
  • Upcoming February IT Manager Webcasts

    I'm always surprised by the number of people that aren't aware of the free resources and information available from Microsoft and that's why I highlight the IT Manager Webcasts available each month. However, don't forget to look at the Additional Resources...
  • Butterfly Catching

      Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) What do you mean by Butterfly catching? Can you picture it in your mind, as the owners of your own small business consulting business, are you running around from idea...
  • Paul Kent Interview Time Index (MM:SS) and Topic

    :00:028: Paul profiles some of his key roles and shares valuable insights and career lessons gained. "...It's a world where talented people can do very well, but it's also a world where simply possessing technical competencies simply doesn't cut it. It...