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  • Blog Post: Managing the Lifecycle of your Applications

    Do you or your team develop applications? If so, you have no doubt struggled with managing the lifecycle of those applications . Artifacts such as requirements, source code, and defect resolution are just a few of the success factors associated with creating a great application. Some of the most productive...
  • Blog Post: Building a Better Team

    “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” ~Doug Floyd It’s no secret to anyone that there are more men in the IT industry than women. In my 15 year career, I’ve often been the lone female on the team and I’m pretty comfortable with that. But Dr. Wendy Cukier from Ryerson University...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Canada Q & A with Local Partners

    Even though Office and SharePoint 2010 haven’t been released yet, there are a number of Canadian companies piloting early adopter projects using the beta applications to enhance corporate collaboration, enable management of content and use business intelligence to drive better company decisions. And...
  • Blog Post: Resources for IT Managers

    There seems to be many free online resources for the hands-on, in-the-trenches IT professional and developer. However, for IT managers who are working on recruiting and managing the in-the-trenches people while setting the direction and strategy of IT for their corporation, there seems to be less available...
  • Blog Post: Igniting Careers

    It’s never seems to be easy to find the time or justify the cost of career development training whether it’s for yourself or your team. It’s so easy to get absorbed in the day-to-day tasks that need your attention! However, without thinking about where you want to be tomorrow, today, you run the risk...
  • Blog Post: How Accessible Is Your Website?

    According to a recent Globe and Mail article , several hundred thousand Canadians are still using dial-up internet. Either by choice or because they have no other option, they browse the web with 56k modems knowing media rich sites could take hours or even a day to load . Here at Microsoft Canada...
  • Blog Post: Managing Complexity with Process, People, and Tools

    Earlier this year, Christian Beauclair , John Bristowe , and I hosted in-person development manager-focused discussions where we talked about how you, as a development manager, can minimize time, cost, and risk in your development projects. We talked about how development teams are constantly challenged...
  • Blog Post: Driving Business Value from the Client to the Cloud

    Hi I’m Christian Beauclair, Senior Developer Advisor at Microsoft Canada. Talking with managers across Canada, we heard clearly that in today’s ever-changing IT environment and current business climate, you are tasked with finding new ways to increase productivity and reduce costs. We’ve also heard loud...
  • Blog Post: Chat: Professor Michael Bartz, Global Top Authority in Next Generation Enterprise Business Transformation

    Michael Bartz is a professor of International Business Management at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Austria. Before joining IMC University, he developed a management career with Philips, Capgemini and Microsoft, collecting over 17 years of management experience. At Philips he established...
  • Blog Post: Episode #32: Agile Application Lifecycle Management

    Effective application lifecycle management is a struggle in most professional development shops. Done well , it integrates the software development process with business initiatives, promotes team productivity, improves code quality and increases flexibility by reducing the time it takes to build...
  • Blog Post: Excellence in Action: Development Best Practices

    Excellence is a rare commodity and one can’t be developed overnight. It takes time, training and very often perseverance. With IT becoming an increasingly vital strategic asset and business enabler in organizations today, excellence in the execution of IT projects is more important than ever. My colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Collaboration without Compromise

    Social networking, emerging economies, the consumerization of IT…there’s little doubt that these trends are changing how, when and where business is conducted. And regardless of a certain recent product announcement , the mobile phone is becoming the new PC, doing much more than just voice, email and...
  • Blog Post: Meeting up in Montreal

    As Damir wrote in his last post , he and I are in Montreal this week for the Align IT tour . But instead of popping in and out just to speak tomorrow morning to IT managers, we’re also here to connect with local IT professionals and technology aficionados. So if you fall in one of the aforementioned...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Tour is a Wrap - Post-Event Resources Now Available

    Over the last 6 weeks or so, John Bristowe and I , as well as Rick Claus and Christian Beauclair , have visited 10 cities for the AlignIT Tour . For those of you that attended the tour events, we thank you once again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to hear about how you can take the road...
  • Blog Post: The Changing Role of IT Leaders

    Before joining Microsoft, I used to manage a small IT department for a fast growing technology company. I found there was a constant balancing process between keeping the IT infrastructure secure and easy to manage while allowing the developers and others to do their jobs. This sometimes meant my team...
  • Blog Post: Episode #30: Straight Talk about Windows 7

    It’s now been just over 2 months since I’ve been back from maternity leave and I’m happy to be able to share with you a new episode of the AlignIT IT Managers Podcast. While I was away, Rick and the team worked diligently to improve the format of the podcast. The upside to the work that he did is that...
  • Blog Post: What’s in a Name?

    You may have noticed that I’ve mentioned the AlignIT program a couple of times while blogging and tweeting . Or perhaps you didn’t. But I’d like to draw your attention to it now and explain exactly what AlignIT is all about and what it means for you, the IT leader. Over the past few years, we’ve been...
  • Blog Post: CIPS scholarship recipient's pathway to success--Lynette Wallach: IT Leader, Senior Analyst Shares her best practices in Health Care IT

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with working IT professionals who are making their mark on industry. In this blog, I interview Lynette Wallach : IT Leader, Senior Analyst who shares her best practices in Health Care IT. Enjoy, Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS , ISP, ITCP/IP3P , DFNPA...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and Private Cloud Infographic - Windows Server 2012

    When it comes to new products, it can be tough to know when you should dive in. It takes a lot of time and effort from you as well as any teams you may manage, not to mention the potential budget implications. We’ve heard from you and we’ve seen firsthand at our events, that it helps to...
  • Blog Post: [Partner Story] imason Helps Labatt Build World-Class Intranet With SharePoint

    When Ruth and I crossed the country for the AlignIT Tour recently (post-event resources can be found here ), we got a lot of very positive feedback from you on the real-world stories of how Microsoft Partners helped organizations solve business issues with the technologies we were discussing, including...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Public Beta is Available!!

    Over the last few weeks Ruth Morton and I have been out on the AlignIT Tour talking to IT managers about how organizations can embrace the cloud and increase IT staff and end user productivity.  During the tour we got a lot of questions regarding Office 365 and when it will be available for everyone...
  • Blog Post: Visiting Montreal for AlignIT, Smoked Meat, and More

    I landed in Montreal a few hours ago for what I hope will be a very exciting week.  I love the city, not only because it is the place that hosts the Canadian Grand Prix every June (and since the F1 season kicked off in Australia this past weekend, I am looking forward to the F1 circus landing in...
  • Blog Post: Chat: Adrian Cho Top Global Innovator, Author, Musician, Software Development Manager

    Speaker, author, jazz musician, software development manager http://www.linkedin.com/in/2xbass Adrian Cho is well-qualified to draw parallels between the worlds of business and the arts. His diverse career in business includes extended stints in consulting, research and development, finance, and intellectual...
  • Blog Post: New Canadian IT Manager portal now online!

    Back in the fall – Damir and the team went our across Canada with the “IT Manager” focused series of events under the “Align IT” banner. It’s format was simple, having basically three parts. Provide background on the Infrastructure Optimization model based on information Microsoft had collected...
  • Blog Post: Jerry Luftman Founding Managing Director Global Institute for IT Management, Internationally Acclaimed Leader in Strategic Management

    Jerry Luftman's career includes strategic positions in management (Information Technology and consulting), management consulting, Information Systems, and education. Dr. Luftman's experience combines the strengths of practitioner, consultant and academic. His proficiency in business-IT alignment, eighteen...