Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays

I thought I would share our electronic team Christmas Card with you (powered by Silverlight – click to view animation). We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season – whichever holiday you choose to celebrate: Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Festivus…. Take the time be be with your friends and family, disconnect from the grid…


Merry Christmas, Happy holidays and Happy New Year!

It’s a pleasure connecting and supporting each and every one of you through the year, both personally and from a team perspective … I am lucky to have a role and great team that is focused on supporting and helping you make a positive difference in Canada.  I also feel so lucky to have this…

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MS – Incubator to the wider non-profit community

There is amazing work being done by volunteers in non-profit organizations such as in: policy, security, immigration, creating an IT profession, regulation, best practices, standards, increasing under-represented groups (such as women) into technology, addressing falling enrollments in technology, accreditation of post-secondary schools, professional-level certification, curriculum innovation, providing industry intelligence, and much more. On the international…

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Partnerships can be a difficult ship to steer

Stuart R. Crawford Success Creator You Factor Inc. http://www.stuartcrawford.com 1-403-604-9464 Did this thought ever enter in your mind about a relationship or partnership? How did I ever get into business with these guys? How did I end up partnering with them? What do I have to do to get out of this relationship? These are…

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Chats with Kelly Gotlieb, "the" Internationally Renowned Pioneer in Computing – Kelly talks about his classified work

This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Kelly Gotlieb, "the" Internationally Renowned Pioneer in Computing – Kelly talks about his classified work. Enjoy, Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P., MVP , DFNPA, CNP This week, Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P. continues his exclusive interviews…

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Episode #23 – Unified Communications – simplify administration by bringing everything together.

In this episode I talk with Greg Patchev (IT Manager from Gerrie Electric) and Andy Papadopoulos (president of Legendcorp) on how they came about deploying a Microsoft based Unified Communications solution to replace an end of life PBX system for 17 offices. At first they were only looking for a collaboration / presence solution, but…


MS Study Supports 6.6 Degrees of Connection

With the holidays around the corner, it brought to mind this study and two interviews I did for CTV’s Canada AM and 57News. The interviews center on how technology is bringing the world closer together.  There is a MS Instant-Messenger study that suggests there are really Six.Six Degrees of connection between people — much like…

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The Future of IT: BAIT?

October 2008 articles     I wrote an article, “The Future of IT: BAITing the right skill sets,” for the October issue of Canadian Government Executive Magazine about a consensus happening in the market…so I’m sharing it with you. Enjoy! Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P., MVP , DFNPA, CNP This is old news, but still relevant,…

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Bruce Cowper, Top International Security Authority, Chief Security Advisor Microsoft Part 3 – Final

This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Bruce Cowper, Top International Security Authority, Chief Security Advisor Microsoft Canada. This is Part 3 in a 3 Part series where Bruce provides deep insights into security. Take a moment to scan the Topic…

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Bruce Cowper, Top International Security Authority, Chief Security Advisor Microsoft Part 2

This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Bruce Cowper, Top International Security Authority, Chief Security Advisor Microsoft Canada. This is Part 2 in a 3 Part series where Bruce provides deep insights into security. Take a moment to scan the Topic…

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