AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #35 – Business Productivity Insights

Last March, my colleague Damir and I spent 5 weeks traveling across Canada on the Align IT Tour, talking to IT managers about business productivity and why IT needs to be strategic when building this into their infrastructure. We were joined in each city by a panel of local Microsoft partners and experts on implementing…

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Things I Learned at ITIL Training – The Deming Cycle

I’m a process person, so when my boss suggested I go on ITIL training, I jumped at the chance. Seriously. I love this stuff! And I was delighted to find that we had an excellent instructor – Barry Brown from Pink Elephant. He has a great way of using stories and analogies from his life…

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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.     They talk on the…

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Align IT: IT Manager Podcast #34 – The Importance of Project Management

Think that centralized project management systems are only important for large enterprises? Think again – even small companies can have many projects on the go. The question is, can you manage your projects better and be more efficient while saving money? Listen in as Gord Schmidt from Agora Consulting Partners shares his insights on: Why…

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Cross-Canada Q & A with Local Partners

Even though Office and SharePoint 2010 haven’t been released yet, there are a number of Canadian companies piloting early adopter projects using the beta applications to enhance corporate collaboration, enable management of content and use business intelligence to drive better company decisions. And there are a number of Microsoft Partners helping them design, plan, pilot…

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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 technology…

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Growing IT Leadership and Connecting with Winnipegers

e-Mentoring Opportunities Today is International Women’s Day and so a very appropriate day for the CATA WIT announcement of the e-Mentoring program “to help women aspiring to be CIOs move into IT leadership positions”. Why is this important? Here is an excerpt from the press release (emphasis mine): CIOCAN and CATA WIT research echoes the…

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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…

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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 Dave Remmer, Architect Advisor, and Adam Gallant, Developer…

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Managing Your Virtual World

“Virtualization without management is more dangerous than not using virtualization in the first place.” ~ Tom Bittman, Gartner VP & Analyst There are many good things about using virtualization in your infrastructure: consolidation of physical servers flexibility to respond to business needs time savings when ramping up new services However, this same flexibility and agility…

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