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  • Blog Post: Canadian MVP Consumer Camp

    Microsoft Canada is organizing the first ever Canadian MVP Consumer Camp on Thursday, May 29 th at the Microsoft Store at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga from 4pm to 9pm. Members of Microsoft's Developer Experience & Evangelism team will be in attendance alongside Microsoft MVPs answering...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011: Security, Identity and Management…Oh Yeah!

    TechDays is THE conference for technical training in Canada and it’ll be hitting these cities on these dates: October 25-26: Toronto November 15-16: Vancouver November 29-30: Montreal This year I’m putting together the speakers and sessions for the security, identity and management track. It’s going...
  • Blog Post: Security Council Invitation

    Greetings, As the National Security and Privacy lead for Microsoft, I get the opportunity to work with a large number of Canadian organizations and gather security best practices from a wide spectrum. We hold an annual event where we have a dialogue about the security threat landscape and  best...
  • Blog Post: Planning ahead for Longhorn

    I find that IT Managers are always looking at effective newer technologies to plan ahead. I get this in my discussions with CIOs too. I came across this notice and I found the topic area is helping me in my future business outlook so I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy, Stephen Ibaraki,...
  • Blog Post: Is it time to Energize your employees? (and get some free software)

    If you happen to read GlobeTechnology.com or theGlobeandMail.com you may have noticed a short piece yesterday entitled “ Microsoft offers Vista test drive ”. The TechNet (that I’m part of) and MSDN teams are hosting an event on June 24th to allow you and your IT professionals and Developers to come...
  • Blog Post: Talking about IT as a Service

    Tomorrow I talk to folks in Montreal, the last city on the itSMF Canada Professional Development Days tour. It been an interesting experience. Usually I talk about Microsoft products and the problems they solve but on this tour my focus has been on IT services in general with only a little bit about...
  • Blog Post: An Introduction to Windows Server "Longhorn" - Executive Chat

    Please join Bill Laing, General Manager of the Windows Server Division, and Iain McDonald , Director of Central Program Management within the Windows Server Division, for a discussion about Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta 2. Windows Server “Longhorn” is the next generation server...
  • Blog Post: Strategic Architecture Forum 2008

    I'm back having completed more than 10 keynotes/presentations the last few weeks. I'm providing a blog series from these keynotes--lessons to be shared. This blog will focus on the SAF (Strategic Architecture Forum). Ruth posted a blog on the Strategic Architecture Forum where I keynoted on the opening...
  • Blog Post: Still Undecided About Vista?

    Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Wednesday, March 5 th . The subject? Windows Vista adoption and deployment. On the panel with Mark will be independent industry experts and IT pros...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT for Neil Squire: Empowering people with Disabilities

    I really enjoyed my time at EnergizeIT since it is about working with the community and giving time and resources to things that matter. As a highlight of my day, I had the special honour and pleasure of introducing Dr. Gary Birch, executive director of the Neil Squire Society (NSS) and a noted researcher...
  • Blog Post: Self-Managing Dynamic Systems, Dynamic Systems Initiative: Catch the Presentation at INFORMATICS 2006 Victoria May 28-30

    I got this question last week: How do you find the time to blog everyday? Do you get paid? I told Sam, I’m having fun J and I believe in building community and sharing. So I make time and no, it’s all volunteer time, just like with the fine guest bloggers we have. I also told him: Where...
  • Blog Post: A Balancing Act

    I once heard a speaker who took issue with the term "Work/Life Balance". Her premise is that it's all life. Your work is part of your life and it probably will never be a perfect balance. It's about making choices that work for you. Sometimes you'll be more engaged in work and other times you'll be more...
  • Blog Post: Attend the premier conference for business and technology professionals: INFORMATICS 2006, May 28 to 30th, Victoria, BC

    In working with computers since 1965, I discovered it is essential to collaborate and keep yourself current with the latest trends and technologies. What are the top issues and how can you better manage them? What are the best practices that you must know to be successful? What business and technology...
  • Blog Post: Read About Technology Challenges/Solutions and Security

    I encourage you to obtain a copy of the Financial Post Business April 2006 magazine on news stands ONLY on April 7, 2006 as an insert in the National Post newspaper . For the article on IT security threats, Microsoft security expert Derek Wong provides his valued insights. Derek will also be speaking...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: INFORMATICS 2007: Premier Conference for IT Professionals

    I recently came back from an MVP Global Summit in Seattle, and touring cities speaking about IT. You definitely gain deep insights, solutions, practical experiences, when you network and share ideas with your colleagues—in fact, this is the one constant I always get from attending events. Moreover in...
  • Blog Post: Linux, Open Source, and Microsoft

    Rick has posted a couple of posts over on the CanITPro blog that talk about events that I’m either currently delivering , or will be delivering early next month . In both cases, the topic of discussion is Linux, Open Source, and Microsoft. Check them out, and perhaps I’ll see you at one...
  • Blog Post: Kick Back, Relax, Play some XBox

    As an IT Manager or IT Professional you probably spend a lot of time under pressure at work. So when the time comes to relax you probably want to make the most of it. So as a test, we want to find out if you are interested in getting together (virtually) every couple of weeks to interact with the...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud’s Effect on IT as We Know it

    Cloud computing is definitely one of the hot topics in IT at the moment. Most IT shops are looking to deliver greater value while decreasing overall costs and cloud computing is being seen as one way to accomplish that. That’s why I’m so excited to be hosting a panel webcast, in partnership with itSMF...
  • Blog Post: Heros Happen Here - IT Pro and Dev Comic

    As part of the Heros Happen Here Launch activities, Microsoft and Seagate are putting together a comic highlighting the joys and frustrations of being in the IT profession. Check it out at www.ITdevcomics.com and tell them your funny or eye-rolling IT stories. They'll pick the best and create new comics...
  • Blog Post: Expiry Dates, Yogurt and TechDays Vancouver Early Bird

    (Photo credit Thomas Quine from Wikipedia Commons ) Did you notice that the Early Bird pricing deal for Vancouver TechDays reached it’s expiry date yesterday? Yup – it’s seriously 6 weeks before TechDays 2010 opens in Vancouver. Wow! I’ve been off on vacation over the last...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #6 (Special Edition) – Mary Jo Foley on the Future of IT

    Jonathan and I had a great time doing this episode with Mary Jo Foley. We did the broadcast live from TechDays Vancouver in front of a live audience as well as our usual online audience. Mary Jo was a great guest and even wrote a follow up blog post based on her experiences with us up here in the Great...
  • Blog Post: Better Business through Technology

    The world is changing and how we deliver IT services and applications to our organizations is changing along with it, whether we like it or not! There are more demands and expectations of IT departments who are expected to be business enablers and partners. Empowered consumers have high expectations...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Longhorn Executive Chat

    It's good to keep up with upcoming releases to stay ahead of the curve. Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P. Network Access Protection in Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn" Windows Server "Longhorn" provides a policy enforcement platform that helps ensure that computers connecting to a network...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Build'06 tour, a single event or part of the curriculum?

    Over the past few weeks I have spoken to a number of IT Managers who have commented on the many posts on this blog about careers and development in IT. I also often get asked why managers should give their IT team time to go to TechNet events. My answer is simple... Think of the TechNet events; monthlies...