Canadian IT Manager's Blog

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

March, 2008

  • Global MVP Summit 2008

    There's an extraordinary event happening in a matter of a few weeks. It's the MVP Global Summit 2008 -- a celebration about contribution, and value involving communities worldwide. The upcoming summit, April 14-17, will feature a keynote from Microsoft...
  • The Changing Role of User Groups

    Graham Jones (Surrey, BC - IT Professional and President of VANTUG ) The Traditional Role The traditional role for most UG's has been to hold technical events to inform and educate their members, promote networking between members and perhaps to run certification...
  • Interview with F. Warren McFarlan, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview World-Renowned Business and Technology Thought Leader and Educator: F. Warren McFarlan , Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business...
  • Podcast Interview with Cathy Shaughnessy of ShaughnessyHowell, Inc.

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Internationally-Renowned Speaker, Corporate/Executive Coach, Best-selling Author-- Cathy Shaughnessy , Partner ShaughnessyHowell...
  • Being Present to Win

      Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) How many times have you heard this at a seminar or trade show? You must be present to win. Has this ever happened to you? You bow out of a seminar earlier because you...
  • Did You Miss It?

    Earlier this week, on March 5, Mark Russinovich got together with a panel of experts to talk frankly about deploying Vista, answering questions live on-line from those watching the webcast. They discussed adoption experiences, the user access control...
  • Warren McFarlan Interview Time Index and Topics

    :00:028: Professor McFarlan profiles how he got to his present position and what his current role entails. "....I started at the very beginning of the Information Systems field and it was a course I took in computer programming in 1958 at Harvard College...
  • Still Undecided About Vista?

    Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Wednesday, March 5 th . The subject? Windows Vista adoption and deployment. On the panel with Mark...
  • Cathy Shaughnessy Interview Time Index and Topics

    :00:59: Cathy, we can learn from your long history of successes. Can you profile how you got to your present position and what your current role entails? "....Looking back on the 25 years I've been in the training and development industry and the 19 years...
  • Looking for IT Events in Calgary? Check This Out...

    I often talk about events that I attend or that are going on in southern Ontario, because that's where I live and work. However, my team and I actually work and connect with IT professionals and groups across Canada. I won't be able to personally attend...
  • A Culture of Respect

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Professional) What makes for a productive IT environment? What can a manager do to keep staff fully engaged in their respective projects, collaborating with one another at an optimal level, efficient and effective most of...
  • Don't Forget to Vote!

    The Microsoft Technet Canada Innovation Awards - what a great way to highlight and reward hardworking IT professionals across the country! Besides recognition and accolades, the winning team will receive $4000 in cash, $1000 for their chosen charity and...
  • Community Connection Event Notes

    As part of the launch events for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, there are a number of Community Connection Events happening across the country in 14 cities. My colleague, Rick, does a great job of explaining in detail what...
  • A Small Business Rolls Out Vista and Office 2007

            Alan is the top IT guy (as well as the only IT guy) for a small vibrant company call AGSI located in Hornby, Ontario , just west of Toronto. I visited him at their funky new office location earlier this week to talk about his...
  • Upcoming April IT Manager Webcasts

    Below is the list of upcoming IT Manager webcasts available live online throughout April. Remember that if you see one you're interested in, but can't make the specified time, it'll be recorded and made available on-demand at a later date. For a list...
  • Most Useful MS Resource Sites

    This article " The 20 most useful Microsoft sites for IT professionals " is worth a look since it gathers together in one place the resources you need. Have a look: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/25840?nlhtnsm=rn_031208&nladname...
  • Release of SP1 to the Public and More Vista Deployment Resources

    We've been talking quite a bit about various aspects of Vista on the IT Manager Connection blog as well as the Canadian IT Pro blog - aspects such as configuration, deployment and the impact of service pack 1. SP1 became available to TechNet and MSDN...
  • Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) Many small business professionals toss and turn in the middle of the night, losing valuable hours of much needed sleep worrying about making a difficult or in reality it may...