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  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #3 – Planning Your Windows Roadmap

    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...
  • Blog Post: Top Staff Training Pointers You Should Know (Part 2 of 2)

    Guest post written by Stuart Ngai , Director of Technology Solutions, VERAX Having worked in software development in the engineering and financial sectors through several technology eras, one thing strikes me the most is how often top notch IT professionals just get burned out by the fast pace of technology...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #11: Making the Case–Development Platform vNext

    February 29 th was a big day for Microsoft. Both the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta were released. Development teams around the world were taken aback with the new possibilities in application development. While it’s great for the developers to get excited about all the...
  • Blog Post: Top Staff Training Pointers You Should Know (Part 1 of 2)

    Guest post written by Stuart Ngai , Director of Technology Solutions, VERAX Having worked in software development in the engineering and financial sectors through several technology eras, one thing strikes me the most is how often top notch IT professionals just get burned out by the fast pace of technology...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise On the “Glance and Go”

    Guest post by Paul Laberge , Developer Advisor, Microsoft Canada There is a sea change happening in the enterprise today – employees are deciding to bring the technology they are comfortable using at home to work and using it to be productive. Many people call this the Consumerization of IT , and in...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #10: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

    There’s no denying that virtualization has transformed our datacentres and redefined how we do IT, giving us more capacity and savings. Now, private cloud capabilities take us one step further providing the agility IT needs to truly provide IT as a service. The beauty of a private cloud is that it takes...
  • Blog Post: On The Next AlignIT Manager Tech Talk: Challenges of Today’s Modern Apps

    The consumerization of IT means end-users have bigger ideas and higher expectations. Now, IT must rise to the challenge of delivering on those ideas, doing so quickly and frequently. Join Ruth Morton , Jonathan Rozenblit , and guest Mark Mydland for a discussion about how to overcome the challenge, using...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Manager Tech Talk: Planning Your Windows Roadmap

    It’s a bit of a Catch-22 – deploying a new operating system can be an expensive proposition, but not using up to date technology can cost a business worker productivity, recruitment of top talent, and integration with customers and partners. For development shops, making sure your application runs on...
  • Blog Post: Special Edition of the Manager Tech Talk at TechDays Vancouver: Mary Jo Foley on the Future of IT

    Don’t you wish sometimes that you had a crystal ball showing you what technology is coming down the pipe and if it’s going to disrupt your status quo? It would just make life so much easier. No more guessing what the CIO is going to insist be deployed ASAP just because he read about it in PC magazine...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #7–Empowering Your Team with Knowledge

    It is that time of the year. You are most likely sitting down with each of your team members and are helping them with their personal development plans. On this episode of AlignIT Manager Tech Talk, Ruth and I talk with Stuart Ngai about the importance of training as part of personal development, as...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Welcomes AlignIT

    The AlignIT experience as you know it today consists of the AlignIT portal , the Canadian IT Manager Connection , the alignitca Twitter handle, and Facebook page. It also has a discussion group on LinkedIn where some of you are already networking and sharing your thoughts (if you’re not a member of the...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Manager Tech Talk: Straight Talk About Windows Azure

    By now, you’ve heard the term “Cloud”, but what does it actually mean to your developers and architects, your IT staff, and your organization. For developers and architects, the Cloud is a flexible and familiar environment to easily create and host applications that can have nearly infinite scale. For...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #9: Your Enterprise on the Go

    Earlier this year, there was a post on this blog about the change that’s happening within organizations and how employees are bringing technology from home to make themselves more productive at work. IT departments are scrambling to support these devices and keep workers productive, while figuring out...
  • Blog Post: REMINDER: Confidence in the Cloud–LIVE Tomorrow

    Recent surveys indicate that while cloud computing is a top priority for Canadian CIOs, assurance in cloud services remains the principle inhibitor for adoption. 2012 is proving to be the year of accelerating adoption as organizations gain a deeper appreciation of cloud services and how they can be adopted...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talks #4 & #5–Agile Software Delivery with Sam Guckenheimer

    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. We then take the audio and use it to create an episode for our long standing...
  • Blog Post: Going Virtual and Getting Certified

    I was talking earlier this week at the WatITis conference (a University of Waterloo IT conference for the 300 or so campus IT network and technology support staff) and one of the presentations I gave was on cloud computing – To Cloud or Not to Cloud . One of the things I always talk about is how...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Manager Tech Talk: Confidence in the Cloud

    Recent surveys indicate that while cloud computing is a top priority for Canadian CIOs, assurance in cloud services remains the principle inhibitor for adoption. 2012 is proving to be the year of accelerating adoption as organizations gain a deeper appreciation of cloud services and how they can be adopted...
  • Blog Post: On the next Manager Tech Talk: De-Risking Your Windows Deployment

    With any big change to your IT infrastructure comes risk, but of course you’re hoping that the rewards will out weigh those risks. In fact, you’re doing more than just hoping – you’re planning, strategizing, and putting your organization in a good position to mitigate those risks. Deploying a new operating...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #8: De-risking Your Windows Deployment

    With any big change to your IT infrastructure comes risk, but of course you're hoping that the rewards will out weigh those risks. In fact, you're doing more than just hoping – you're planning, strategizing, and putting your organization in a good position to mitigate those risks. Deploying a new operating...
  • 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: AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #39 – Security in the Age of Social Media

    A little while ago I posted about the new series that we’ve started – the Manager Tech Talk Video series. We broadcast our first episode in mid-August and from that broadcast, created an on demand video   and a new on demand audio podcast for our long-standing IT Manager podcast series. Woot! Here...
  • Blog Post: On the next Manager Tech Talk: Making the Case–Development Platform vNext

    February 29 th was a big day for Microsoft. Both the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Beta were released. Development teams around the world were taken aback with the new possibilities in application development. While it’s great for the developers to get excited about all the shiny and...