Driving Business Value from the Client to the Cloud

Hi I’m Christian Beauclair, Senior Developer Advisor at Microsoft Canada.  Talking with managers across Canada, we heard clearly that in today’s ever-changing IT environment and current business climate, you are tasked with finding new ways to increase productivity and reduce costs. We’ve also heard loud and clear it is a challenge keeping up with technology,…

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Off to Victoria for EnergizeIT and to Connect. Coffee anyone?

Last week the East Coast team kicked off EnergizeIT in Montreal.  This week we have events in Kitchener/Waterloo, London, Ontario and also in Victoria, BC, where I and my colleage from Calgary – John Bristowe – will be.  I’m flying in on Monday afternoon and we will both be delivering the session EnergizeIT User Group Connection:…

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Cloud Computing, Windows Azure, EnergizeIT, and BPOS

Over the last few weeks I have been spending a lot of time reading about, and discussing with a number of folks, the notion of Cloud Computing and what it means.  One of the things that keeps coming up in the conversation is what is Windows Azure and how does it fit in the Cloud…

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The Story Behind “Red Dog” and Windows Azure

In a few weeks the team will head out across the country on EnergizeIT to connect with folks from student to CIO.  One of the key things we will be showcasing is Microsoft’s Software+Services vision and what’s possible by combining on-premise with Cloud-based computing.  Going through my emails today, I stumbled across a link to…

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Episode # 20: Energize IT - How Green IT Can Help Grow the Bottom Line

On May 24, 2008, a number of IT professionals came together to explore environmentally conscious and economically sound technology solutions at the Energize IT event in Toronto. Our podcast series host, Ruth Morton, was on hand to discuss subjects ranging from ‘The first steps towards developing a Green IT Environment’ to ‘Helping to reduce data…


IT Professionals Go Home Energized

What a weekend! EnergizeIT is the most upbeat, motivational, energetic event Microsoft Canada puts on all year long and it marks the end of my team’s "season" of events and tours across Canada. However, EnergizeIT is different from other events we put on, in that there are several different tracks on several different topics, the…

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Countdown to EnergizeIT

Yikes! Where did the last 2 weeks disappear to? The IT Managers Connection blog has been a bit quiet lately but it’s not because we’ve gone away. Stephen has been on the road at various events and I’ve been preparing for a number of activities related to EnergizeIT and planning for our next fiscal year…

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An Energizing Way to Spend a Saturday

Our 3rd annual EnergizeIT event is less than a month away. For those of you who have joined us on this day in years past, I hope we’ll see you again this year as this promises to be the best ever. For those of you not quite sure what it’s all about, it’s a full…

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EnergizeIT: Sparking a Passion for Career and IT

I’m quite excited about EnergizeIT 2007 since CIPS, Canada’s Association of IT Professionals, was there in force. A multitude came by our booth to talk about connecting with a trusted community, being supported, and enhancing their careers through the Industry-Canada chartered, CIPS. As CIPS, we represent the 4C’s: Canadian and internationally recognized and respected (a beacon…

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I'm Energized, How 'Bout You?

[update: fixed issue with pictures not appearing] Whew – what a weekend! EnergizeIT was a smashing success. It’s definitely a different event than our usual TechNet tours. There were a wide variety of speakers and several different tracks. For those that wanted to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, there were hands on labs, where…

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