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  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT: Sparking a Passion for Career and IT

    I'm quite excited about EnergizeIT 2007 since CIPS, Canada's Association of IT Professionals, was there in force. A multitude came by our booth to talk about connecting with a trusted community, being supported, and enhancing their careers through the Industry-Canada chartered, CIPS . As CIPS, we represent...
  • Blog Post: 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 to EnergizeIT and planning for our next fiscal year...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Geek On

    I tend to read a lot of books. I love losing myself in a good story. However, the best is when I can read a book with a good story that also teaches me something useful. Like fictional stories set in historically accurate settings - I learn a bit about history without even realizing it. EnergizeIT...
  • 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: An Energizing Way to Spend a Saturday

    Our 3rd annual EnergizeIT event is less than a month away. For those of you who have joined us on this day in years past, I hope we'll see you again this year as this promises to be the best ever. For those of you not quite sure what it's all about, it's a full day with keynotes in the morning and breakout...
  • Blog Post: The Story Behind “Red Dog” and Windows Azure

    In a few weeks the team will head out across the country on EnergizeIT to connect with folks from student to CIO.  One of the key things we will be showcasing is Microsoft’s Software+Services vision and what’s possible by combining on-premise with Cloud-based computing.  Going through my emails...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing, Windows Azure, EnergizeIT, and BPOS

    Over the last few weeks I have been spending a lot of time reading about, and discussing with a number of folks, the notion of Cloud Computing and what it means. One of the things that keeps coming up in the conversation is what is Windows Azure and how does it fit in the Cloud Computing landscape, and...
  • Blog Post: Episode # 20: Energize IT - How Green IT Can Help Grow the Bottom Line

    On May 24, 2008, a number of IT professionals came together to explore environmentally conscious and economically sound technology solutions at the Energize IT event in Toronto. Our podcast series host, Ruth Morton, was on hand to discuss subjects ranging from ‘The first steps towards developing a Green...
  • Blog Post: Energize Your Career

    If you missed my last post about this, let me just give you another reminder: This Saturday we'll be holding what is becoming an annual one day only event for all the geeks and geeks at heart out there. It's our EnergizeIT event and it's going to be a blast. It's all about taking a look at the newest...
  • Blog Post: I'm Energized, How 'Bout You?

    [update: fixed issue with pictures not appearing] Whew - what a weekend! EnergizeIT was a smashing success. It's definitely a different event than our usual TechNet tours. There were a wide variety of speakers and several different tracks. For those that wanted to roll up their sleeves and get their...
  • Blog Post: Off to Victoria for EnergizeIT and to Connect. Coffee anyone?

    Last week the East Coast team kicked off EnergizeIT in Montreal. This week we have events in Kitchener/Waterloo, London, Ontario and also in Victoria, BC, where I and my colleage from Calgary - John Bristowe - will be. I'm flying in on Monday afternoon and we will both be delivering the session EnergizeIT...
  • Blog Post: 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 we put on, in that there are several different...