Update - SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition from Heroes Happen Here Launch

Over the last couple of weeks I received a number of emails from individuals who attended the Heroes Happen Here (HHH) Launch events in the spring of 2008.  These emails all asked the same question:  I got my HHH kit and went online to request my copy of  SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition but have…

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Heroes Happen {In Your Lab}

One thing I mentioned a few times on the HHH tour in Canada was the ability for you to download a build guide to set up your own lab and follow the steps to do all the demos on your own in your virtual lab.  Well it is finally done!  Before I shared it with…

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Heroes Happen {Here} is over, now what?

** edit note ** – Direct URL now added at bottom  So the Heroes Happen {Here} launch has come to an end.  After a long haul on the road the teams are back at home, relaxing, catching up and getting ready for Energize IT 2008.  You might be wondering what you can do with all…

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Community Connection Event Resources

A while ago Rick posted an entry about the Community Connection events being held during the Heroes Happen {Here} tour in Canada.  First off… they are being put on as a partnership with User Communities / Professional Associations that serve as LOCAL resources to you. This includes CIPS, ICTC and UserGroups that we work with…

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Toronto - ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers

Main Discussion Points: Tech companies should help educational institutions keep current as many have hardware/software that is years old Students already outdated when they graduate since they are taught using outdated products Geek image needs to be changed and those in IT are not helping Mentoring programs for those in IT need to be expanded…

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Toronto - Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry

Main Discussion Points: Trend towards consolidation – taking in-house apps and co-locating them Concern about security and control of hosted apps, as well as co-located ones   Details Observation: One company was forced into it – Main Reason: integration Challenge: Web != Security – Security and Infrastructure Key Challenge: How do I get tools talking…

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Toronto - Importance of Security - Data, Management, Privacy

Main Discussion Points: Most organizations have policies but how to you ensure they are enforced and not just on paper Important to understand the cost of security and of not being secure/caring about it Physical device security is also important and it is not just about malware Executive acceptance and leadership by example is necessary…

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Toronto - Application Lifecycle - Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.

Main Discussion Points: Tracking multiple projects and having tools to help manage multiple projects is important and a challenge Release management presents issues and impacts delivery.  Tools and processes needed to help.   Here are the list of specific concerns from those participating in this learning circle.  There are:   Lack of solid lifecycle management…

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Toronto - Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry

Main Discussion Points: Licensing and understanding how to license software in virtual environments is a challenge How do you deal with backups of virtual environments and how can disaster recovery be enhanced Understanding how to work with old and new environments (physical vs. virtual).   The participants present at this learning circle (approx. 30 or…

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Inside the HHH War Room

7 days and counting until the Heroes Happen {Here} tour kicks off in Toronto before heading out with a number events across Canada.  Both the IT Pro and Dev teams are working away to get the hardware all set up so we can load up our virtual machines and get the show on the road. …

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