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October 29 ACM Webcast with Alain Chesnais: "3D on the Web — Introduction to WebGL"
Register TODAY to attend the next free ACM Webcast, "3D on the Web — Introduction to WebGL," presented on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 12 noon ET (11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT/4 pm GMT) by Alain Chesnais, Past President of ACM and Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at TrendSpottr. The talk will be...
10 Oct 2013
Chat: Stephen Forte, CSO, CTO, Founder, Microsoft MVP, Global Entrepreneur and Developer
Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of the venture backed company Telerik , a leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools. He is the co-founder and executive director of AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong's first start-up accelerator. Involved in several start-ups, he was the co-founder...
15 May 2013
Top Tips, Trends in Microsoft Software Development, Social Media, Associations
Interview: Terry Coatta: Internationally Acclaimed Technology Executive and Platform Software Architect and Developer Terry is currently the President of AssociCom, a Vancouver-based start-up that builds online communities for professional and trade associations. Prior to AssociCom, he worked in a...
26 Mar 2012
The Cloud in Your Hands – Marriage of Cloud Computing with Smart Devices – ACM Free Webinar
Register NOW for ACM's first-ever, free learning webinar, presented on January 26, 2012 at 2 PM EST ! Space is limited. Innovations in wireless networking technology are driving our increasingly connected world, with mobile devices gaining acceptance for both professional and private use. In the future...
7 Dec 2011
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...
26 Nov 2011
The Agile Method - It’s Not Just for Software Development
Jonathan and I had the distinct pleasure last week of sitting down with Sam Guckenheimer for a chat and while the focus of our talk was applying the Agile methodology to delivering great software, it got me thinking about using the Agile method in other areas of life and work. In fact, the night before...
14 Nov 2011
On The Next Manager Tech Talk: Agile Software Delivery with Sam Guckenheimer
While you’re working hard with today’s technologies, you need to stay abreast of tomorrow’s innovations. On the next episode of the AlignIT Manager Tech Talk, Ruth and I will be chatting with Sam Guckenheimer, the man who wrote the book on Agile and Visual Studio, about how development teams can optimize...
1 Nov 2011
Benoit Bertrand: Essential Cloud Trends and Answers–VP, CTO Avanade
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I have an interview with Benoit Bertrand: Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer, Avanade. Benoit share his top leadership and technology lessons plus key insights on cloud computing...
1 Aug 2011
Frans Kaashoek: ACM-Infosys Foundation Award $150K Recipient, Internationally Renowned MIT Professor and Researcher, Innovating Entrepreneur Company Founder and Executive
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Frans Kaashoek: ACM-Infosys Foundation Award $150K Recipient, Internationally Renowned MIT Professor and Researcher, Innovating Entrepreneur Company Founder and Executive...
24 May 2011
Neil Simon, Microsoft Career Factor Idol Winner in Cloud Computing – The Azure Developer, Chief Scientist and Senior Engineer, Keynote Session Speaker "24 Hours in the Cloud"
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Neil Simon, Microsoft Career Factor Idol Winner in Cloud Computing – The Azure Developer, Chief Scientist and Senior Engineer, Keynote Session Speaker "24 Hours in...
18 Apr 2011
Rabeb Othmani, Microsoft Career Factor Idol, Windows Phone 7 Developer, Imagine Cup Winner
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Rabeb Othmani, Microsoft Career Factor Idol Winner in the category of “Windows Phone 7 Developer”. Rabeb is also an Imagine Cup Winner. Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki...
10 Apr 2011
Neil Leslie MS GM on Ballmer, World CIO Forum, the Cloud, MVPs, Best Resources WCF Channel 9 MIX MSDN TechNet, Leadership
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Neil Leslie, General Manager Microsoft Developer & Platform Evangelism Group (DPE), past Vice President of MSIT, Microsoft Corporation. Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki ...
7 Feb 2011
Microsoft Ryan Waite Shares Essential Insights and Gates, Ballmer stories: Partner Director of Development for Technical Computing, Past General Manager HPC Server
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Ryan Waite : Partner Director of Development for Technical Computing, Past General Manager for Windows HPC Server, Microsoft Corp. Ryan Waite is the partner director...
26 Nov 2010
TechNet Edge Spotlight: Deploying Office 2010
TechNet Edge has some great content for IT professionals and I especially like following Kevin Remde’s IT Manager Community Chats. Are you thinking about deploying Office 2010 to your organization yet? In these two webcasts, Kevin is joined by Senior Product Manager Brian Shiers to discuss how...
4 Nov 2010
Dr. Art Pyster Professor Stevens Institute; Deputy Executive Director SERC, Department of Defense; Fellow INCOSE
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview “Esteemed Executive, Scientist, Engineer, Educator; Dr. Art Pyster Distinguished Research Professor Stevens Institute; Deputy Executive Director SERC, Department of...
9 Aug 2010
Adam Cole: Internationally Awarded Technology Executive and Serial Innovator Shares His Success Factors
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Adam Cole : Internationally Awarded Technology Executive and Serial Innovator who speaks on entrepreneurship, global industry contribution and volunteerism, keys to continuing...
19 Jul 2010
Good Opportunities--Toronto Code Camp, SharePoint 2010 Development, Windows Community, Silverlight 4 Training Kit
Here are some good opportunities for your IT teams spotlighted by the MVP program leads in Canada: Simran Chaudhry and Ljupco Grmaskoski. The Toronto Code Camp happens this Saturday May 1 st , it's a free event! Note that this year the venue has changed, visit the registration site for complete details...
28 Apr 2010
ACM-Infosys Foundation Award (150K Prize), Eric Brewer on mobile, cloud computing, predictions, software models, Kurzeweil's singularity
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview ACM-Infosys Foundation Award Recipient, Eric Brewer : World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Leader for Tomorrow, Industry Standard's Most Influential Person, InfoWorld's Top...
26 Apr 2010
Dr. Doug Terry, Top Scientist, Principal Researcher MS Research--shares his deep insights into distributed systems, mobile computing, the Cloud, managing data plus research and career lessons
This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Top Scientist Dr. Doug Terry , Principal Researcher Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, past Chief Scientist CSL Xerox PARC, Adjunct Professor Berkeley, and ACM Fellow. Doug...
14 Apr 2010
Release of SP1 to the Public and More Vista Deployment Resources
We've been talking quite a bit about various aspects of Vista on the IT Manager Connection blog as well as the Canadian IT Pro blog - aspects such as configuration, deployment and the impact of service pack 1. SP1 became available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers a few weeks ago, but today the big announcement...
18 Mar 2008
A Small Business Rolls Out Vista and Office 2007
Alan is the top IT guy (as well as the only IT guy) for a small vibrant company call AGSI located in Hornby, Ontario , just west of Toronto. I visited him at their funky new office location earlier this week to talk about his Vista and Office 2007 deployment project. He's...
13 Mar 2008
Did You Miss It?
Earlier this week, on March 5, Mark Russinovich got together with a panel of experts to talk frankly about deploying Vista, answering questions live on-line from those watching the webcast. They discussed adoption experiences, the user access control (UAC) feature, application compatibility (including...
7 Mar 2008
Managing a Smooth Windows Vista SP1 Deployment
Earlier this month, both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 were released to manufacturing (RTM), which is great news for IT shops that have been working with beta versions and are eager to get the released code. However, there has been a bit of extra noise in the blogosphere particularly about...
11 Feb 2008
Exposing Vista Myths and Making Deployments Easy
Perhaps easy in the title should be replaced with easier . After all, deploying a new desktop operating system is still not as simple as a mere push of a button and it's still not a job to give to your grade school nephew. Easy is a relative term. However, with each new desktop operating system, the...
24 Nov 2007
Waiting for SP1?
The announcement went out today that Windows Vista SP1 beta will be released in a few weeks to a select group of beta testers and that it's expected to be released to manufacturing in the first quarter of 2008. You may be thinking, "Great, I've been waiting for SP1 before planning my Vista deployment...
30 Aug 2007
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