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  • 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: Ryan Storgaard, Award Winning Director of Technical Evangelism, Microsoft Canada

    Ryan has a considerable history of success and incredible background to bring to the broad IT community and to his leadership roles. He rare accomplishments include the Microsoft Chairman’s Award and the Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award plus leading key initiatives. Have a good look at his...
  • 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: Get Your Questions Answered

    Do you have questions about Windows7? I’m preparing for an upcoming podcast interview with Rob Geller, Senior Product Manager Windows Client at Microsoft Canada. Rob’s job is all about Windows client operating systems and he’s the premier guy in Canada to answer any questions you might have about what...
  • 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: Doing the Windows 7 Happy Dance

    Hello again! It’s now been a week since I returned from maternity leave and I felt it was high time I posted to the blog. I want to thank Rick, Damir and Stephen for keeping things going while I was away. Stephen will be continuing, of course, to co-host this blog with me and I’m sure we’ll still hear...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 & Server 2008 Has Been Released to Manufacturing

    (Cross-post from the Canadian IT Pro Blog ) Hot off the presses! Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 have hit the RTM Milestone! From the Windows 7 team blog… I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d! As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens...
  • 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: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #8: 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: 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...
  • 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...