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  • Blog Post: Career investment for you and your staff

    One of the things that I have no regrets about doing over my career was taking the time to invest in my personal skills. Everyone focuses on developing their technical skills through research, study, experience or training – but also investing in personal skills is what sets you apart from the crowd...
  • Blog Post: MS10-070 - Now available via Windows Update.

    On September 28th, Microsoft is released an out-of-band security update.  This bulletin, MS10-070 , has a maximum severity rating of Important and addresses one vulnerability in Windows. We covered it’s release on The Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy podcast episode #22 . As noted in the...
  • Blog Post: Episode #27 – Security Coffee Talk

    In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast - I pack up the portable recorder and take it with me to the local Coffee Shop. I indulge in some caffeine and meet up with Microsoft Canada's Chief Security Advisor (Bruce Cowper) and the Vice President of Identity Management Services at Avaleris (Hugh Lindley...
  • Blog Post: Episode #25: Transforming your Organization

    In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast - I talk with the VP of Business Information Systems at the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. Gabriel Vitus has taken his department through a strategic review and has transformed it into an equal partner with the other business units. Gabriel...
  • Blog Post: Episode #29 – Software + Services Chat

    In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast - I talk with Ryan Storgaard, Chief Software + Services Officer at Microsoft Canada. When Ryan worked on my team, he was very passionate about ISVs and Internet based services. Because of his background and current role, I thought he would be perfect to explore...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy–September 28th - Out Of Band

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. As always - if...
  • 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: Episode #21: Enterprise Search unlocks data to help make smarter business decisions.

    If you have not listened to The IT Manager Podcast recently – or if you have never listened in before, you should take a moment to have a listen to this show. It’s the first episode where we’ve refreshed the format and updated the production elements. It’s only 30 minutes long and this episodes topic...
  • Blog Post: Thinking about hiring your own internal IT staff – think again!

    I got this in the mail as a submission for the IT Manager blog from a contact of mine in Calgary - Stuart Crawford. He raises some interesting points about staffing and using internal vs. external resources. I am a little on the fence on this one as I see value in having both types of resources, based...
  • Blog Post: Preventing Customer Crankiness

    Happy Monday Morning to ya! I really liked this post I got in the mail from Stuart R. Crawford about keeping your customers from being Cranky. In all honestly – it applies to your staff, your peers and even your personal relationships. The underlying foundation of it all is good communication by everybody...
  • Blog Post: Integrating ‘Software-plus-Services’ into your IT Environment

    ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) continues to be one of the industry's hottest buzzwords. In fact, the growing popularity of SaaS is forcing IT managers and technology implementers to consider how this new software delivery model might affect their current IT infrastructures, since SaaS and on-premise...
  • Blog Post: In Vancouver week of January 19th – Looking to connect

    I wanted to get a quick note out to say that I will be heading out to Vancouver as part the last city of TechDays 2008 Canada . It’s the end of our pilot of events in Canada which were designed based on YOUR FEEDBACK - to give you and your colleagues the technical skills you need to be successful with...
  • Blog Post: Episode #24 – High Performance Computing & Managing Teams at MIGS

    In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast - I've stitched together 4 interviews I recorded while at the Montreal International Gaming Summit in late November. Microsoft Canada used MIGS as a launch vehicle for High Performance Computing in Canada. In this “interview on the road” style show - we get...
  • Blog Post: Igniting Careers

    It’s never seems to be easy to find the time or justify the cost of career development training whether it’s for yourself or your team. It’s so easy to get absorbed in the day-to-day tasks that need your attention! However, without thinking about where you want to be tomorrow, today, you run the risk...
  • Blog Post: Episode #28 - Windows Mobile and the changing landscape of mobility

    In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast - I talk with Anthony Bartolo, Applications Specialist with Rogers Business Solutions and Greg Milligan, Canadian Mobility Solutions Manager. Anthony and Greg share their view of the mobile marketplace and how mobile devices have become accessible to individuals...
  • Blog Post: Episode #23 - Unified Communications – simplify administration by bringing everything together.

    In this episode I talk with Greg Patchev (IT Manager from Gerrie Electric ) and Andy Papadopoulos (president of Legendcorp ) on how they came about deploying a Microsoft based Unified Communications solution to replace an end of life PBX system for 17 offices. At first they were only looking for a collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Episode #26 - Virtualization simplified from datacenter to small business

    In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast - I talk with the General Manager of a BC based Hosting Company called RackForce. Randal Robinson talks about their switch from dedicated hardware servers in 2003 to a more efficient resource distribution solution using a mixed Virtualization environment on hundreds...
  • Blog Post: Ignite Your Career - Project Management for the IT Manager

    I hope you have been following the Ignite your Career series we've put on this year for IT Managers. We're wrapping up this edition on December the 9th with a special session called " Project Management for the IT Manager - when to bring in help ". I had a great conversation with one of the panellists...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Ignite IT Awards Winners!

    Last year, we announced the Ignite IT Awards . Its purpose is to recognize and reward the efforts of Canadian IT professionals and software developers. Today, we are happy to announce that we have selected the winners of this year’s awards: 2009 Winner of the Ignite IT Award for IT Professionals The...
  • Blog Post: Software plus Services - "Live Mesh" tip of the iceberg example

    I noticed on both the Canadian Developer and IT Professional blogs that we're expanding the invitation to join in the technology preview we're calling LiveMesh to include Canada, Ireland and India. I checked back with the LiveMesh team blog and confirmed that it's true - there is no longer a wait-list...
  • Blog Post: Management and the Midmarket Myth

    Canadian midmarket companies are rapidly expanding their networks by adopting the latest mobile and collaboration technologies. However, a reactive management environment can make it more difficult to quickly deliver security and application upgrades and instead forces IT staff to spend their time putting...
  • Blog Post: Generation Y – seeking innovation, authenticity, stability and security? Hun?

    I was drinking my coffee as I made my three kids their lunch this morning in an effort to get them out the door on time so I could walk them to school. In previous posts I’ve mentioned that they are just getting started in their education and far FAR away from entering the workforce. I was watching Canada...
  • Blog Post: Interactive Q&A for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 – Introducing MVA “Office Hours”

    It’s a New Year and the start of new beginnings. So what better time than now to try out something new? We’re trying out a new way to connect with you and your teams, a new way to provide you with the information you need and that you think is important. We’re introducing Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: “What have you been up to lately? How’s the IT department?” Ignite your Career – Episode 3

    Picture yourself walking into an elevator and having a senior executive standing in there. After the pleasant head nod, you press your floor button and stand to the side. After the doors close - the executive finally recognizes you and remembers you’re in IT. Because it’s a long ride up – she asks you...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RTM Makes it to TechNet Subscriber Downloads

    Rick just broke the news over on the Canadian IT Pro blog that the bits for Windows 7 RTM (released-to-manufacturing code) are available for download for TechNet subscribers. I’ve included the post below or you can access the original post . Early access to the latest technologies from Microsoft is just...