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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: Learn More About ALM – Upcoming Webcast Series

    For those of you who joined us for the AlignIT Manager Tech Talk series on Thursday , this ALM webcast series is the perfect continuation of the conversation that we had with Sam Guckenheimer. As we discussed on the show, application Lifecycle Management is about managing the lifespan of your applications...
  • 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: 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: 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: Webcasts, Podcasts and Videos…oh my!

    Keeping up with product changes and updates on top of general IT issues can be a challenge. Below are some of the top rated webcasts, podcasts and videos from the Microsoft world wide digital events site , specifically for IT managers. On-Demand Webcasts: IT Manager Community Chat with Kevin Remde: Business...
  • 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: Collaboration in the Enterprise

    As Damir and I trek across Canada on the Align IT tour , we’ve been talking to a lot of IT folk about collaboration in the enterprise. IT organizations that are moving from being seen as cost centres to being strategic business assets are finding ways to enhance the productivity of end users. And using...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Architect Session Recordings Online

    The Canadian Strategic Architect Forum is happening right now in Vancouver and if you're reading this blog post, you're probably not attending. However, you can still benefit from the sessions and speakers as all of yesterday's presentations (with the exception of the roundtable track) have been recorded...
  • Blog Post: Green IT Webcast Series in Honour of Earth Day

    Today is Earth Day and I thought it appropriate to give reflect on how organizations are using IT to help the planet.  Judging by conversations that I have had with IT Managers and planners over the last year, many see virtualization and consolidating servers to be one way to reduce the carbon footprint...
  • Blog Post: Excellence in Action: Development Best Practices

    Excellence is a rare commodity and one can’t be developed overnight. It takes time, training and very often perseverance. With IT becoming an increasingly vital strategic asset and business enabler in organizations today, excellence in the execution of IT projects is more important than ever. My colleagues...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Upcoming July IT Manager Webcast

    There weren’t any IT Manager webcasts to tell you about in June but there is one coming up in July which I’ve listed below. You can also check out past webcasts and view them on-demand. IT Manager Webcast: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services (Level 300) Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 9:30 AM...
  • Blog Post: Rise to the Modern App Challenge

    Consumers are defining the standards for today’s technology. Discover development solutions that help keep businesses relevant and ahead of the curve. The consumerization of IT means end-users have bigger ideas and higher expectations than ever. They’re showing up to work with their own tablets, their...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Edge Highlight – IT Manager Community Chat on Windows Azure

    Kevin Remde is the host for a number of webcasts for IT managers which you can access on TechNet Edge . In this particular one, he talks with Joey Snow, a Microsoft evangelists out of Redmond who focuses on evangelizing Windows Server and Windows Azure with IT professionals world wide.    ...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming April IT Manager Webcasts

    Below is the list of upcoming IT Manager webcasts available live online throughout April. Remember that if you see one you're interested in, but can't make the specified time, it'll be recorded and made available on-demand at a later date. For a list of all the on-demand webcasts, go to http://go.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming February IT Manager Webcasts

    I'm always surprised by the number of people that aren't aware of the free resources and information available from Microsoft and that's why I highlight the IT Manager Webcasts available each month. However, don't forget to look at the Additional Resources section below - there are a ton of other webcasts...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Edge Spotlight: How Microsoft Secures the Cloud Infrastructure

    TechNet Edge has some great video and podcast content and one that caught my eye recently is How Microsoft Secures the Cloud Infrastructure . Here David Tesar, Technical Evangelist, brings us the insights of Mark Estberg and John Howie from the Global Foundation Online Services Security Compliance team...
  • Blog Post: Talking About Virtualization

    Virtualization seems to be on the minds of most IT organizations these days. Either you’re doing it or are thinking of doing it. And if you’re doing it, you’re likely thinking about how you can improve, add to or change as the technology gets better, more reliable and easier to manage. Galen Schreck...
  • 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: Latest Digital Events from Microsoft

    There is always good stuff to be found on the Microsoft world wide digital events site. Below, are the most recent or highly rated webcasts, videos and podcasts specifically for IT managers. Series Highlights: Learn the Benefits of the Microsoft In the Clouds Discover how the world's most widely used...