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  • Blog Post: Need help studying for your 70-659 exam? Join one of our study groups!

    Different people learn in different ways and in my last post about the great incentives there are to take exam 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization before May 31st, I also listed a number of resources you could use to study up. Depending on your learning style, different resources will appeal to you...
  • 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: 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: Resources for Retention

    You can attend all the conferences, seminars, and training courses that you want, but just watching and listening will only allow you to retain about 10% of the information given to you. A measly 10%. That’s a pretty low return on your investment. Luckily, we’ve designed TechDays to help participants...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Lecia Barker: Senior Research Scientist for the National Center for Women & IT shares her insights into unconscious bias, attracting diversity into computing, maximizing educational environments and technologies

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Dr. Lecia Barker : Senior Research Scientist for the National Center for Women & IT, Leading Educator, and Top Thought Leader. Lecia shares her insights into unconscious...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Be on the leading edge with Cloud Computing - volunteers sought for a unique learning environment

    I wanted to bring this great opportunity to one or more of your team members who has a background in software development. Also look for my upcoming interview with Doug Terry, who chairs the Cloud Computing Tech Pack - he is the principal scientist at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley. Take a look! ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Webcast Series

    We've had a great response to the various virtual training events we've been posting and we've heard that these aren't just valuable for your teams, but for you as well. Continuing along that vein, we have an upcoming virtual event series that covers the ins and outs of SQL Server 2012. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming May IT Manager Webcasts

    Each month I post the upcoming IT manager focused webcasts for the following month. But don't forget that if you miss the live webcast dates or, if you're like me and don't like to commit to a specific time for a webcast, you can download these after they've aired or download other past webcasts on demand...
  • Blog Post: Making Time To Learn In 3 Easy Steps

    Learning. It’s one of those things that we know is good for us, but we can never seem to do it. It’s good for the job that we’re currently in and it’s helpful in building your skill set, which could lead to career advancement. And yet we can’t seem to find the time. In...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: INSPIRE - Training created by experts for experts

    Part of the role of an IT Manager is to ensure that the people implementing and maintaining the infrastructure on a day-to-day basis have all of the skills that they need to do so effectively. Finding training that is relevant to some of these people can be a challenge, so to help solve that challenge...
  • 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: Creating and Managing a Private Cloud: free 2 day online training

    You may already be well versed on Windows server 2008 and Hyper-V and you may already be running a component or two of the System Center suite, but do you know how to put it all together to to build out, manage and operate a private cloud? Join this free 2 day online Jump Start course designed for IT...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2010 Session Abstracts & Local Flavours Submission Guidelines Now Available

    Over the last few weeks I have been getting more and more emails from individuals wondering when the abstracts for the 50+ sessions available at TechDays 2010 will be posted. The wait is over! You can view all of the sessions and their abstracts at www.techdays.ca/sessions - remember to click on each...
  • Blog Post: An Energizing Way to Spend a Saturday

    Our 3rd annual EnergizeIT event is less than a month away. For those of you who have joined us on this day in years past, I hope we'll see you again this year as this promises to be the best ever. For those of you not quite sure what it's all about, it's a full day with keynotes in the morning and breakout...
  • Blog Post: Doug Ingersoll: Leading International Executive with Pearson Certification shares his deep insights into certification, social media, and publishing technology

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Doug Ingersoll : Leading International Executive with Pearson Certification shares his deep insights into certification, social media, and publishing technology. Enjoy,...
  • Blog Post: New Office Garage Series for Tech Enthusiasts

    Did you like to take things apart as a kid to see how they work? Do you still do it today? Do you like to get under the hood from time to time and get your hands dirty? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then the new Office Garage Series show is for you! Tune in to the new Office Garage...
  • Blog Post: The best time to pass the 70-659 Windows Server Virtualization exam is NOW!

    There has never been a better time to study for and pass the 70-659 exam because we here at Microsoft Canada are determined to get as many Canadian system admins, network admins, IT managers, IT job seekers, and whatever-else-you-want-to-call-yourself certified on Window Server virtualization as possible...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming December IT Manager Webcasts

    Below are a number of upcoming webcasts specifically targeted to IT Managers: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time IT Manager Webcast: Application Platform: Advancing Your Business with IT with the Microsoft Application Platform (Level 100) Matt Valentine , Senior Product Manager...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

    Looking for IT Camp registration links? Scroll down! With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you get some hands on experience with this latest server offering. With new advances in virtualization, networking, storage and automation among other things...
  • Blog Post: IT Certifications - Do They Matter?

    Jennifer Waters, who manages the Learning and Certification Program and the CPLS (Certified Partner for Learning Solutions) channel at Microsoft, has been guest blogging over on the Canadian IT Professional blog and today's post talks about whether IT managers care about certification. Her statistics...