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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: Introducing the Monthly AlignIT Manager Tech Talk Series

    I had anticipated that the past few weeks would be pretty low-key given that most of my colleagues are on vacation, but I’ve found the opposite true as we ramp up for our newest project under the AlignIT banner: a monthly live streamed video series, hosted by myself and my colleague Jonathan Rozenblit...
  • Blog Post: Techdays 2011: Windows Client and Windows Phone Track Unleashed

    Even with the bounty of online forums, webcasts, blog posts and articles, in person events are still a critical part of keeping up to date with the latest in technology as well as gaining valuable relationships with others in the industry. TechDays is a great way to make sure your IT team have the knowledge...
  • Blog Post: INFORMATICS 2007 - Catch Microsoft's Hot Presentations!

    I wanted to bring direct your attention to INFORMATICS Halifax. Microsoft’s John Oxley, who many of you know, will be providing the Keynote on May 27 th , “Finding Your Way: Community as a Platform for Career Success”. In addition there will be other valuable sessions by Microsoft on “Making Identity...
  • Blog Post: Are you looking for a way to reward your employees?

    One of the benefits of being a manager is the ability to reward employees for a job well done. However, you may not always have the budgets to do exactly what you wanted. Here at Microsoft we recognize that there are IT Professionals out there that are doing truly great things, and we think that they...
  • 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: Week 3 of the Ignite Your Career Series

    A little while ago, I posted about the Ignite Your Career webcast series that Rick is hosting, where we invite a panel of industry veterans to answer questions submitted by audience members. It all takes place online through Live Meeting. Although you won't necessarily know that I'm there, I'm the one...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming January IT Manager Webcasts

    I'm a little late with this as it's already January but you've still go time to register for the following IT Manager Webcasts as the first one isn't until January 10. Most, if not all, are recorded and available on demand after the live webcast date. Date Title Level Technology Host Link Thurs, Jan...
  • Blog Post: Live from SecTor

    Having worked in IT for many years and having had to clean up mail servers at organizations that had been used to relay spam and file servers that had been conscripted to be used as repositories for contraband movie files, I know what can happen when you leave your systems vulnerable. So when we added...
  • Blog Post: FYI: Registration for Canadian 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista Launch events open

    In case you haven't already heard, the registration for the Office and Vista launch events across Canada is now open. To register, head over to: http://www.microsoft.ca/technet/anewday2007 The day is packed full of exciting information for both IT Professionals and Developers and will run from 9am to...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and What You Need to Know

    It's funny isn't it...you can say the same words to different people and they mean different things. Take "IT Manager" for example. Some IT Managers manage IT projects, others manage IT staff. Some work in large corporations, some in small organizations. So when it comes to something like PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Reason #42 For Your Team to Attend TechDays 2011: Hands-On Labs

    TechDays Toronto is only a few days away, and here is yet another reason that your team should be there next week or in Vancouver or Montreal in November, right in the thick of things. Not only are there great sessions and a plethora of experts to learn from, but this year we’ve also added a number of...
  • Blog Post: Heros Happen Here in Canada

    Last year we launched Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007. Not to be outdone, this year the big launch is SQL 2008, Windows 2008 and Visual Studio 2008! And this time around, we're doing thing a little differently. Rick put up a great post this morning explaining the approach we're taking. Please read...
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  • Blog Post: On Tour and Talking about IT Alignment

    I’m back at home base (Vancouver) from the IT Executive Alignment Tour . I just finished Edmonton and Calgary and next week, I’m off to Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa. I’m taking the Industry View of IT as an Strategic Asset. To be strategic, IT must be aligned with Business Strategy, Goals, and Objectives...
  • Blog Post: 2008 MVP Fast Facts

    I thought you might be interested in some quick facts about the MVP Summit, the program and the impact the MVP community has on diverse communities worldwide. With the summit quickly approaching, here are data points on the significant role MVPs play. Worldwide there are more than 100 million participants...
  • Blog Post: Chats with Kelly Gotlieb, Internationally Renowned Pioneer in Computing - Kelly talks about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Kelly Gotlieb, Internationally Renowned Pioneer in Computing - Kelly talks about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Enjoy, Stephen Ibaraki Kelly...
  • Blog Post: System Builder Roadshow - Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Hands-on Lab

    Learn how to build server systems pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 to small business customers. Microsoft-based tools for System Builders help automate many of the repetitive tasks associated to building servers, laptops, and desktops. Find out more about the Microsoft Small...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Code Awards

    I have worked and taught as an IT Pro and as a Developer. I appreciate both areas for IT practitioners. This one caught my attention since it is a special awards program for Developers. Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki MSDN Code Awards is a program targeted to the Professional Developer. It’s a special...
  • Blog Post: Ignite Your Career webcast series

    The Back to School season started yesterday with two big events in my family. My son had his annual case of back to school jitters... He's going into 2nd grade, new class, new teacher and reconnecting with his network of friends after being apart for most of the summer. The second event was introducing...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Guy Who Wrote the Book on Agile and Visual Studio in Person!

    Agile is everywhere, whether you are already working with agile methodologies or you are still trying to figure out if agile is a fit for your projects, register for the Agile Software Delivery Simulcast with Sam Guckenheimer , November 10th in Mississauga, Ontario. If you enjoyed his QA webcast on agile...
  • 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: Getting Ahead of Longhorn

    I received this notice and I thought I would share it with you since it allows you to start planning. Thank you and Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS , I.S.P. , MVP Executive Chat Microsoft is offering an Executive Chat called What’s New in Windows Server “Longhorn” where you can talk to the people involved...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability and Virtualization

    Well, we've all been doing a lot of talking about virtualization lately. It's a hot technology and more than half of people in the audiences I've presented to are using it in some shape or form. Those that aren't, are planning to. Virtualization technology really has the potential to change how we do...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT Photos

    Just a quick post to say that the photos I took at EnergizeIT are now posted to Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/sets/72157594175736704/ If you took any photos, feel free to upload them to the Flickr photo pool for EnergizeIT at http://www.flickr.com/groups/energizeit/pool...