The title says it all!!
The past couple of weeks, and the week ahead of us, have seen some great things happening at Microsoft. Obviously the big news was the Bill Gates announcement (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jun06/06-15CorpNewsPR.mspx), but a little closer to home there is a lot happening.
Last week the team wrapped up the Future of the Desktop tour in Toronto, but more importantly, this was the first TechNet event that we widely broadcast via Windows Media Streaming. This marks a new milestone in connecting with the audience. I was in charge of the streaming efforts for Future of the Desktop, as well as the upcoming EnergizeIT (more on that later), and I can say that the response from the 100+ people that connected was very positive. We were able to include people from communities that we don’t typically visit, or people that were unable to attend an event in person. I would like to mention the three partners that helped make this streaming possible: RackForce (http://www.rackforce.com/), CoreFusion (http://www.corefusion.com) , and Internet Technology Products (http://www.internettechnologyproducts.com/). All three of these companies have been great to work with and provided exceptional quality servers and bandwidth.
Today marks the addition of two new guest bloggers on the Canadian IT Managers (CIM) blog. You should have already noticed a post from Jacqueline Hutchinson on Training and IT Management as well as the first of two posts from David Canton talking about Legal Matters IT Managers need to be aware of. Both of theses guest bloggers were invited to blog here as I think what they have to say really helps to broaden the base of discussion here on the CIM. As always, if you would like to be a guest blogger, or have a topic that you would like to see discussed, just send me an email.
Looking forward to this weekend, my team is totally pumped about the EnergizeIT event that we are putting on this Saturday (June 24th). The excitement level around this event is fantastic, we have over 3000 people registered for the events that are happening in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, as well as via Windows Media Streaming. Last Wednesday I had the chance to talk to David Onley from CityNews about the event. The interest is certainly there from the broad community as the events are filling up fast, so click on one of the links above to register before the events are totally full.
If you are planning on attending EnergizeIT, don’t forget to bring your computer with you. We will be providing free internet access at the event (the guys from HP/ProCurve are providing all of the networking gear), so be sure to get online to blog about the event or to share your photos.
Speaking of blogging, if you are planning on blogging or taking photos at EnergizeIT, we have setup some tags that you can use to tag your content. If you are blogging, tag your blog posts with “EnergizeIT” so Technorati can find them. If you are posting photos, we have both a group and a tag setup on Flickr. The Group for EnergizeIT is http://www.flickr.com/groups/energizeit/pool/ and the Flickr tag is http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/energizeit/.
That’s it from me for now – see you at EnergizeIT.