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Participate in the Imagine Cup and Achieve a Private Meeting with Bill Gates
There are multiple ways that students, professors, and schools can get involved, from building final prototypes in the main competition to pitching their ideas in smaller, online competitions. This year, one lucky team will get a private meeting with Bill Gates ! “One Imagine Cup World Finalist team...
4 Mar 2014
Crack the Cloud Contest
Crack the cloud and advance your career with a full-featured, no-cost product evaluation. You’ll get hands-on with System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, while earning ballots for amazing prizes! Tell a friend to boost your chances! Plus, every friend who participates...
24 Feb 2014
MVA Course Of The Week
Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses. SQL Server pros, do you want to find out how SQL Server 2014 can help you improve performance speed by 10–30 times—using the same hardware you have...
19 Feb 2014
Free ebooks: Now on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site
Browse the selection of free e-books available on Microsoft Virtual Academy here . From technical overviews to drilldowns on special topics, free ebooks are available in PDF, EPUB, and/or Mobi for Kindle formats, ready for you to download.
19 Feb 2014
Shoot for the Cloud Windows Azure Tour
The “Shoot for the Cloud” Windows Azure tour. This will be an interactive 3-city tour, that aims at bringing your customers’ IT Decision Makers and their teams out of their offices to learn about Real Customer Scenarios across 5 Windows Azure workloads with accompanying Partner Offers...
19 Feb 2014
Join Windows Azure Week!
Have you heard about Microsoft Virtual Academy’s Windows Azure Week? It’s a one-week, real-time Windows Azure intensive virtual conference. Are you considering moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud? Are you wondering how to leverage cloud platform features in your apps? Do you want to hear from...
20 Jan 2014
On the Next AlignIT Manager Tech Talk: The Complete Cloud Picture–Stories from the Trenches
As children we are enthralled by the stories that we hear. Stories teach us and fire our imaginations to what is possible in this world. And as adults, we’re not much different. It’s one thing to hear about a process, product or idea, but hearing the story of the trials and triumphs that accompanied...
28 Aug 2012
Cloud for Small Business
My dad is in his retirement years, but he’s one of those guys who will never really retire. Once part of the engineering team that built the communications system for the Expo line for Vancouver’s SkyTrain in the mid-80’s among other things, he now works as an IT consultant for a small computer store...
5 Jul 2012
On the Next Manager Tech Talk: The Complete Cloud Picture–a Gamut of Choice
Last November, Jonathan and I were thrilled to have Mary Jo Foley on our show. Mary Jo is an industry expert and well known tech journalist with over 25 years of experience. We talked about the Future of IT and found Mary Jo to be a great guest who was able to share valuable insights into the IT industry...
27 Jun 2012
Chat: Michael Jenkin, Innovating Business Executive, International Microsoft Technology Expert
Michael Jenkin is a recently announced 2012 SMB 150 Awards recipient, recognizing the top 150 Small & Medium Business professionals. In addition, Michael received media attention for founding a rapidly growing company and for his innovative business leadership. Sharing his insights for success...
30 Apr 2012
Trust Me. Why? Because I’m Trustworthy.
Even though it’s been a while since the movie Deep Blue Sea , one line said by Michael Rapaport’s character “Tom Scoggins” has always stuck with me – “Trust Me. Why? Because I’m trustworthy.” But what does it mean to be trustworthy? Everyone will define this differently, but when it comes to Microsoft...
18 Apr 2012
Top Tips, Trends in Microsoft Software Development, Social Media, Associations
Interview: Terry Coatta: Internationally Acclaimed Technology Executive and Platform Software Architect and Developer Terry is currently the President of AssociCom, a Vancouver-based start-up that builds online communities for professional and trade associations. Prior to AssociCom, he worked in a...
26 Mar 2012
Psst…wanna know some product vision and roadmap secrets?
It often helps when planning to have a roadmap and when planning your IT infrastructure it helps to know the Microsoft product roadmap. If you want to know what our vision and roadmap is over the next while, then block off the morning of February 22 in your calendar and register using the links below...
4 Feb 2012
Professor Gabriel Wainer, Multi-awarding Winning Top Researcher, Blazing Innovative Trails
Gain unique insights into the work of a globally leading researcher who is impacting in multiple domains. Moreover, his students are making their imprint on the world and history as well including very fine work for the Imagine Cup . I enjoyed my time with Gabriel and I know you will learn much from...
14 Nov 2011
AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #40 – Straight Talk about Windows Azure
A little while ago I posted about the new series that we’ve started – the Manager Tech Talk Video series. We broadcast each episode live on the 2nd Thursday of the month and record it for on-demand access later. I take the audio and use it to create an episode for our long standing IT Manager Podcast...
3 Oct 2011
When It Comes to Cloud, First Things First - Strategy and Training
By now you may have been told, through advertisements, videos, presentations, etc, that developing for the Cloud, specifically, Windows Azure, is simple if you are already doing any kind of .NET development – your team would be able to leverage the skills they already have and the tools they already...
24 Aug 2011
Stephen Forte: Chief Strategy Officer, CTO, Scrum Master, Author, Serial Company Founder, Microsoft MVP, Keynote
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I have an interview with Stephen Forte, Chief Strategy Officer for Telerik. Stephen’s extensive success history includes: CTO, Scrum Master, Author, Serial Company Founder, Microsoft...
22 Aug 2011
Delivering A New Kind of Business Value Using The Cloud
In a recent interview, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Developer Division, Scott Guthrie talked about how Cloud computing with Windows Azure means that your developers can deliver a new kind of value to your business. He highlighted a few key points that, for you as a manager, serve as the business...
18 Aug 2011
ACM Tech Pack Leader Extols Promises of Cloud Computing
Doug Terry, a researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, who chairs the ACM Cloud Computing Tech Pack , told attendees at the “24 Hours in the Clouds” virtual conference that cloud computing promises to radically change the way that computer applications and services are constructed, delivered...
20 Jun 2011
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...
28 Mar 2011
TechNet Edge Highlight – IT Manager Community Chat on Windows Azure
Kevin Remde is the host for a number of webcasts for IT managers which you can access on TechNet Edge . In this particular one, he talks with Joey Snow, a Microsoft evangelists out of Redmond who focuses on evangelizing Windows Server and Windows Azure with IT professionals world wide. ...
7 Jul 2010
Dr. Kishore Swaminathan, Accenture Chief Scientist, Director Technology Research and Labs, shares his extensive and provocative insights that you need to hear
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview distinguished executive, scientist, engineer, Dr. Kishore Swaminathan , Chief Scientist Accenture. Kishore shares his insights into global overall trends, business needs...
26 May 2010
Dr. Doug Terry, Top Scientist, Principal Researcher MS Research--shares his deep insights into distributed systems, mobile computing, the Cloud, managing data plus research and career lessons
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Top Scientist Dr. Doug Terry , Principal Researcher Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, past Chief Scientist CSL Xerox PARC, Adjunct Professor Berkeley, and ACM Fellow. Doug...
14 Apr 2010
Be on the leading edge with Cloud Computing - volunteers sought for a unique learning environment
I wanted to bring this great opportunity to one or more of your team members who has a background in software development. Also look for my upcoming interview with Doug Terry, who chairs the Cloud Computing Tech Pack - he is the principal scientist at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley. Take a look! ...
13 Apr 2010
Matt Valentine: Industry-Leading Technology and Solutions Architect, Microsoft Redmond - Practical Architecture in Impractical Times
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Matt Valentine: Industry-Leading Technology and Solutions Architect, Microsoft Redmond -- Matt shares his insights on “Practical Architecture in Impractical Times”. Enjoy...
22 Sep 2009
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