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    Even with the bounty of online forums, webcasts, blog posts and articles, in person events are still a critical part of keeping up to date with the latest in technology as well as gaining valuable relationships with others in the industry. TechDays is a great way to make sure your IT team have the knowledge...
  • Blog Post: New math for Windows 7 deployments using automation and self service

    This is a guest blog post written by Dave Kawula , a Senior Consultant with 1E . Dave was the guest on our January episode of the AlignIT Manager Tech Talk where we talked about how IT managers can take the risk out of their Windows 7 deployment projects. Below Dave details cost savings that can be claimed...
  • 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: 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: Driving Business Value from the Client to the Cloud

    Hi I’m Christian Beauclair, Senior Developer Advisor at Microsoft Canada. Talking with managers across Canada, we heard clearly that in today’s ever-changing IT environment and current business climate, you are tasked with finding new ways to increase productivity and reduce costs. We’ve also heard loud...
  • Blog Post: End of support for Windows 2000, XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM

    As we announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 will end on the same date. Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010. NOTE: There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Meet Windows 8

    It’s a big day for Microsoft with the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface . It’s the start of a new era where the term “personal computer” is being redefined and were the lines between business and consumer, work and play, are becoming blurred. It’s also the continuation of a trend where we see IT and...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Maria Klawe: President HMC, Board Director Microsoft Corp, Speaker World CIO Forum, World-Renowned Computer Scientist

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Dr. Maria Klawe: Distinguished, Celebrated, World-Renowned Computer Scientist, President of HMC, Board Director Microsoft Corp, Nominated to the Broadcom Board, Speaker...
  • Blog Post: Considering a Windows 7 deployment? Get the right tools to rationalize your applications before you start.

    This is a guest blog post written by Dave Kawula , a Senior Consultant with 1E . Dave was the guest on our January episode of the AlignIT Manager Tech Talk where we talked about how IT managers can take the risk out of their Windows 7 deployment projects. Here Dave outlines a key strategy to employ at...
  • Blog Post: Episode #30: Straight Talk about Windows 7

    It’s now been just over 2 months since I’ve been back from maternity leave and I’m happy to be able to share with you a new episode of the AlignIT IT Managers Podcast. While I was away, Rick and the team worked diligently to improve the format of the podcast. The upside to the work that he did is that...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Please…Not Another Desktop Deployment!

    I recently asked folks on Linkedin what desktop operating systems their companies were using and was surprised to find out that many organizations were still standardizing on Windows XP SP3. But then again, I shouldn’t have been so surprised – I’ve been a part of many desktop deployment projects and...
  • 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: 10 questions to help you plan your Windows deployment

    The final support date for Windows XP is just 840 days away and while that might seem like a long time, you and I both know that April 8, 2014 will come all too soon for some companies who are still reluctant to make the move. If you’re still on Windows XP and are planning to rollout Windows...
  • Blog Post: Diving Deep into Windows 7 Deployment

    On the last AlignIT IT Manager cross-Canada tour , we talked about desktop and server infrastructure, specifically around Windows Server 2008 R2 , Windows 7 and Azure . The presentations focused on the strategy of an optimized infrastructure and how IT managers can go about planning for new services...