Canadian IT Manager's Blog

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

May, 2008

  • Interview with Security Gurus Sean Smith and John Marchesini

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Sean W. Smith and John Marchesini , World Renowned International Authorities/Authors in Security. Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki...
  • The Importance of the Pitch

    Stuart R. Crawford (Calgary, AB - Business Development Manager of IT Matters) In baseball, the number of strikes that the pitcher can throw in the strike zone is very critical the overall success of the baseball team on the field. The pitcher has the...
  • Winners Announced for the 2007-2008 Innovation Awards

    Thanks to all of you that took the time to nominate candidates as well as you who participated by voting for your favourites. The votes are in and tallied and the winners have been announced. Congratulations to this year's winners of the Microsoft TechNet...
  • IT Professionals Go Home Energized

    What a weekend! EnergizeIT is the most upbeat, motivational, energetic event Microsoft Canada puts on all year long and it marks the end of my team's "season" of events and tours across Canada. However, EnergizeIT is different from other events...
  • Using SharePoint to Aid Internal Collaboration

    Way back in February, Microsoft put on a huge event to announce the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Seems so long ago now! I was there, along with thousands of others, taking in the keynotes and hanging out by the...
  • The IT Manager Podcast Series Goes on the Road

    This episode, we tried something totally new, and as with all new things there are usually lessons learned along the way! The Heros Happen Here event , launching Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 happened last February but instead...
  • Top Recommended Resources

    <Previous Back to Beginning > Q9: Which are your top recommended resources and why? A: Slashdot: a good way to keep up with the latest applied systems work (and related legal and public policy developments) The RISKS Digest: it's...
  • Countdown to EnergizeIT

    Yikes! Where did the last 2 weeks disappear to? The IT Managers Connection blog has been a bit quiet lately but it's not because we've gone away. Stephen has been on the road at various events and I've been preparing for a number of activities related...
  • Background

    <Previous Next> Opening Comment: You bring a lifetime of proven experience and accumulated valuable insights to our audience. Considering your impossible schedule(s), we thank you for doing this interview with us. A: You're welcome! Q1...
  • Thoughts on Industry Trends

    <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...
  • Key Lessons From Their Own Experiences

    <Previous Next> Q6: What key lessons can you provide taken from your current research and work experience? A: Never be afraid of crossing expertise boundaries when pursuing the truth. The system is a system; you can't pay attention to...
  • The Case for UAC

    Vista's User Account Control (UAC) feature has been much maligned by users and IT professionals alike who say the prompts are too frequent and annoying and that most users will simply click through without reading, much less understanding, what each prompt...
  • Key Lessons and Tips From Their Book

    <Previous Next> Q3: Can you profile the key lessons from your book from each of the topics below? Understand the classic Orange Book approach to security, and its limitations Use operating system security tools and structures - with...
  • Challenges and Stories

    <Previous Next> Q7: In your current role, what are the biggest challenges, and their solutions? How does this relate to business? A: Challenge one: Computers start at the bottom with things like transistors and logic gates, and build up...