SQL Deployments grow in size and amount

I was talking to an IT manager for a large financial bank in Canada about the pending SQL 2005 product launch.  He was looking forward to the product as it has been a while since we’ve updated the product version.  Today he uses SQL 2000 in a departmental fashion and while he was excited to…

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Executive Email: Together, We Build Business

Time to time our executives, of the likes of Steve Ballmer will pass on and share some insights about our vision and strategy for various industry areas.  Attached below is the email that anyone signed up to the executive forum received last Friday.   I thought it applicable as it is focused on our midsize business strategy. …

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Learn to Integrate through innovation

I want to give you a heads up that Dave Helmer, MS Canada’s president, is going to kick off the Canadian Ready Launch tour in Toronto, Nov 8.   I have had a chance to hear Dave speak numerous times internally and the topic is always current and applicable to today’s industry challenges.  His past…

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Training: Microsoft E-learning

As I looked deeper into the training opportunities, I was sort of embarrassed to be shown the Microsoft e-learning site https://www.microsoftelearning.com/.  I was introduced to it by a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) after my last post.  I knew that we had the online seminars/webcasts (http://www.microsoft.com/canada/technet/events/default.aspx) and our virtual labs (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/default.mspx) rocked, yet somehow I missed the core…

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A journey into career may lead to retention.

Talking to some IT managers around the Toronto area, I found them generally in agreement that their training opportunities seem limited and broad in nature.  As well, their training dollars are primarily directed towards helping the teams be successful in role by project.  What this usually means is their teams are learning as they go….

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Hmm… a different way to use a large server and windows.

I’ve heard of many ways to try and set a world record and well I shouldn’t’ be surprised that technology is now a chapter in the Guinness world record book… this record made me smile.  It definitely is a different and quite cool way of using an Unisys ES7000 32-CPU / 32GB RAM Server with…

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Virtual Server usage by Microsoft IT

In checking out Ben’s blog I found some interesting information on how we are using Virtural Server. http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2005/08/08/449082.aspx Very interesting reading! Whitepaper: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=25DCB14A-03F5-434D-83F7-4D46C1675B87&displaylang=enWeb cast: http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032276993&EventCategory=2&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

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This is not a secret. Virtualization technology is going into the OS.

One common question these days is: “Do we have a publicly available roadmap for Microsoft Virtualization?” I thought that you would be interested to find out the answer as Virtualization is and going be a key infrastructure enabling technology. The answer below is a cut and paste from comments by one of the product program…

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Business Value—it’s What Our Customers Demand

I had a great conversation with a friend of mine who manages IT at small company on the topic of licensing.  I was a little nervous when he brought this up as I don’t express to be a licensing expert.  I know that it has been a hot topic and over the last few years…

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It’s all about Canadian IT Managers!!!

Hi, I’m John Oxley and I manage the Canadian IT Pro Evangelism team. Over the last year I have heard from many Canadian IT Managers that the only time they talk to Microsoft is when they are purchasing software or have a problem.  I have found this especially a challenge with small and medium companies. …

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