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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Professionalizing the Profession

Graham Jones (Surrey, BC – IT Professional and President of VANTUG) The Opportunity to Spread the Word Last week Stephen Ibaraki (blogger extraordinaire – congrats on being named one of the top 10 in Canada) and I attended the “Global” MVP Summit and a “World” UG Management Summit in Redmond. Most of you may have…

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Career Tip: Change or Stagnate! — Personal SWOT Analysis for Career Growth

Are you in career stagnation?I feel one of the hardest challenges for IT professionals is to reach beyond their comfort zone. Ask yourself, are you feeling too comfortable in your job? This can be a key indicator of stagnation, complacency, and career stall! It’s good to take ownership and control over your future. I believe…

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A Fascinating Chat this Week with, Dr. Maria Klawe

I had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Maria Klawe.  She is a World Renowned Computer Scientist, past Dean of Science at UBC and current Dean of Engineering at Princeton.  Talk about a prominent Canadian; her ideas are so important that this summer Maria was the moderator at the world computer science faculty summit where she…

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Eight Career Tips {Life lessons}

I received an e-mail yesterday if I could share some of the roles I have undertaken and then provide career tips.   I thought for a minute and complied this list of a few background experiences: Hardware: technical papers, designing; since 1965 Software: systems, design, development; since 1970 Teaching: IT and business; since 1980 Writing:…

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A Chat with Arthur Entlich, MS MVP in Printing and Imaging

MVPs represent a tremendous resource to IT Managers since their recognized and elite expertise extends to more than 90 technologies/services and they are part of your technology community—as independent professionals who have been acknowledged for their many continuing important contributions to the industry. In my travels, I get a chance to meet outstanding individuals. Arthur…

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EnergizeIT for Neil Squire: Empowering people with Disabilities

I really enjoyed my time at EnergizeIT since it is about working with the community and giving time and resources to things that matter. As a highlight of my day, I had the special honour and pleasure of introducing Dr. Gary Birch, executive director of the Neil Squire Society (NSS) and a noted researcher in…

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Dr. Maria Klawe: Pioneering World-Renowned Computer Scientist and Executive Leader, shares her early years

This is one of the most remarkable, open, personal, and candid interviews that I have “ever” conducted since the 1980s’ with a most talented executive and academic leader who is shaping history on many fronts. It is unlike any I have ever done before and it is part of a series—this extensive interview covers Maria’s…


Interview: Patricia MacInnis, Editor, Computing Canada

A question I often get is, “How can I progress career-wise and stay ahead?” Invariably, a good strategy is to keep informed. To help you, I am sharing an interview I did this week with Computing Canada (CC) Editor Patricia MacInnis, a leading and respected voice in the Canadian computing scene. Patricia provides insights into…

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Most Wanted: a Multi-Specialist with Business Acumen or I.S.P. !

I have been following Margaret’s March 20th blog, “Global IT Skills shortage fact, or fiction?’ with interest and reading the comments. CIM co-host John and I had a recent discussion on it today, and I just finished an hour with a researcher for the US department of labour O*NET program where they called for input…

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