Thank you for connecting in 2005; I’m looking forward to more in 2006

Our holiday break is upon us…time flies so fast doesn’t it. I want to thank John for his leadership in providing a special forum to connect and collaborate with you. I’m very much enjoying this experience and I look forward to 2006 where we can connect even more. We started this partnership on November 28th…

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Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

It’s been almost a month since we’ve started this endeavour and I’m really happy with the comments from everyone and the progress that we’ve made.   Partnering with CIPS and Stephen has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to what more we can do in the future!  Thanks to everyone that has commented, emailed and…

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Ensuring Security Confidence: Common Criteria Certification

Good News I just finished a post on security since it consistently ranks amongst the top three IT concerns. I found this news released today compelling since it gives assurances that there is a strong commitment to security. This means less headaches for you. According to Charles Kolodgy, research director of Security Products at IDC,…

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Stephen Ibaraki – recipient of the 2005 IT Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award!

Wow, great things happen while your away.  As you know, I’ve been offline for the last week and when I came back it was to some great news!  My friend and co-blogger Stephen Ibaraki was announced as the recipient of the “2005 IT Leadership: Lifetime Achievement Award.  Now that is really great news!! Congratulations Stephen,…

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Time Persons of 2005: Bill and Melinda Gates, Bono

It’s great to see Bill and Melinda Gates along with Bono be named Time persons of 2005. They have approached similar problems in a different manner and I feel that each have been a great role model to all of us. I know from my conversations with many of you.  You have been involved in…

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Securing Wireless Networks

Wireless must be driving some of you to distraction! I find it so liberating but also troublesome too. Here are essential good practices and guidelines for IT Managers that I have found useful. They come from an interview I did with top wireless security expert, Sumit Deshpande, VP of the Wireless Solutions Group for Computer…

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Do you have the Keys to Unlock Security’s Top Job?

Everywhere I go, security is a top issue. In every interview, when I ask for the top five concerns, invariably security comes up. Plus in surveys of IT managers, it’s a consistent hot item. So what does it take to be a good CISO (Chief Information Security Officer)? Where should you be heading in your…

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Good news for IT Profits and Jobs

After feeling the pinch of the IT slowdown for the last six years, I’m glad to hear some good news. This means better times for you IT managers. IT hiring is up 4% across the country with demand as high as 100% in Montreal, 79% in Edmonton and 60% in Vancouver and the strongest 3rd…

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Phil Sorgen – New President @ Microsoft Canada

As per my previous post we have a new president at MS Canada…. Phil Sorgen!  We had a chance to meet Phil on Friday and it was good to see how our Canadian leadership team spoke so highly of him.  Phil comes at a busy time for us as we go through our mid year…

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David Hemler leaves Microsoft Canada

Dave stepped down as our president this past Friday.  Over the past year, in parallel with his successes at Microsoft he has had some family challenges. He felt it was best for his family to be together under the circumstances.  In a company meeting on Friday Dave showed by his actions once again why’s he’s a great…

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