Life Balance…. tough but worthwhile

Today I’m off for a few weeks as my wife is about to give birth to our new child on monday.  It all seems so planned and matter of fact as she is having a Ceserian bith.   I’m looking forward to the time spent with my family yet I know as a manager nobody does…

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Blogs and RSS Deserving Attention from IT Managers?

John did a great blog on RSS that is very useful, but let us step back and talk about corporate Blogs which drive RSS. I believe Blogs are the richest form of current information available and if you don’t tap into them extensively as IT Managers/Professionals, you are missing a great resource. And, they represent…

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Ballmer Pledges Millions to Canadians at Can>Win 2005

As a long-time educator, this is my hot button—funding: through software donations, support for research, teacher and curriculum development. I applaud this move by Microsoft to provide $4.5M for partnerships with Canadian schools and community organizations through the Microsoft Programs: Partners in Learning and Unlimited Potential. Ballmer also spoke on another topic that I believe…


Are we turning a corner – Microsoft Ships CRM 3.0 on Schedule

I love seeing this, especially when it’s recognized throughout the technical community.  Being a manager that is not in Redmond; sometimes it’s hard to see the impact of how we have evolved our development cycle.   For us to ship this on time is another example that we are getting better at being predictable.  I know…

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Steve Ballmer’s Speechwriter Speaks Steve-O

Interesting interview on Steve Balmers Speech writer at channel 9. Check out https://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=143212 “Did you know that Steve Ballmer gives between 125 and 150 talks a year?  Do you know what it’s like to write, coordinate, organize, compose, direct and manage those 125+ speeches a year for one of the busiest CEO’s in the world? …


MS News: Windows Server Release 2003 R2.. RTMs (released to Manufacturing)

Today, We streamed a webcast featuring Bob Muglia to kick off the launch of Windows Server 2003 R2.  The webcast included key R2 news announcements, product messages, customer testimonials, product demonstration and supporting videos from key OEM partners. On demand viewing of the launch webcast, along with other product demonstrations, is available on the public…

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The one best site for SQL 2005, Visual Studio 2005, Biztalk 2006

You are too busy! You don’t have time to search! You must be thinking, “What’s the one best site for the new product launch information.” I just finished interviewing Ilya Bukshteyn for CIPS on Monday, so I put the question to him Monday night. “As the resident guru at Microsoft Redmond, what is the one…

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IT Veteran Brings Innovation, Leadership to Microsoft CIO Partnership

I thought this was a great internal microsoft perspective on how we are using a dual CIO role.  This past July Stuart Scott joined Microsoft to serve alongside Ron Markezich as one of two CIOs, in the interview he discusses his views on the role and the increasing importance of IT to the organization.  I thought this was timely…


4 Key Decision Questions for Moving to x64-bit Computing

There are good arguments for moving to x64 or at least strategically have it on your upgrade plans for 2006. These 4 questions provide a starter: Is the industry moving in this direction so I don’t get caught unprepared? According to IDC reports, x64 servers now out-ship 32-bit servers. Prices are essentially identical between x86…

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The security market contuines to consolidate as RSA acquires authentication company

Identity and access management firm RSA Security has snapped up authentication services provider Cyota.   I think the importance of this is how it highlights that security companies are now focusing closer on the consumers as more and more business moves to the net.   Check it out: http://news.com.com/RSA+acquires+authentication+company/2100-7355_3-5982512.html