JumpStart Certification Kit – Sold Out!

Wow – they went fast! We’ve been spreading the word about the JumpStart kits at the Unify tour and user group events. But when the TechNet Flash Newsletter went out yesterday, the limited number of kits available got snapped up in a hurry. We didn’t expect to run out so soon, but based on the excitment that…

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Vista Security Webcasts

Security is always a hot topic and many people have been asking about the new security features in Vista and how to make the best use of them in a corporate environment. My colleague Rodney Buike is doing a series of webcasts on the subject that you won’t want to miss. Information and links to…

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The Fairest of Them All?

Very few organizations operate in a one OS vendor world. Sometimes there are good reasons to choose a different OS for a particular application or task. Sometimes it’s a technical decision, sometimes it’s political. And times though, it’s rather like a battle between religion beliefs. Microsoft often gets beat up based on the popular perception…

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Implementing Security Awareness

It would be nice if we lived in a world where everyone could be trusted. I am firm in my (perhaps naive) belief that most people can be trusted. However, in IT we’re not paid to believe in the trustworthiness of the majority, but protect company assets against the untrustworthiness of the minority. If you…

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[IT Manager Podcast Series] – Security

Once a month, Barnaby Jeans has been publishing podcasts on IT trends and technology issues. This month, he talks to Stephen Ibaraki from the Canadian Information Processing Society & Bruce Cowper from Microsoft Canada about the top security trends and threats that IT professionals need to anticipate in 2007 and tips on how to develop strategies to…

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Mind Mapping in the IT World

You’re in a meeting and it’s going well. The team is brain storming for a solution to a critical problem and the ideas are flying. You get back to your desk, meaning to review your notes and start on some action items but the phone rings. You get off the phone and someone stops by your…

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Breaking Down Silos to Achieve Alignment

I recently attended a one day conference in Waterloo, Ontario, called CIO/07 put on by Communitech. The sessions covered a number of different topics, but throughout it all I kept hearing words and phrases such as breaking down silos, collaboration, and working horizontally. No, working horizontally doesn’t mean lying down on the job (I can just imagine my husband getting…

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Soon there will be no need for humans at all

 This week I’m in Seattle, at an internal Microsoft conference called TechReady. If I hadn’t already felt like I was drinking through a fire hose, I certainly do now! It’s a Mecca of technical presentations, hands-on labs and web casts on everything from architecting IT solutions to developing applications to deploying and monitoring systems, plus…

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Employee Retention: Increasing Job Satisfaction on Your Team

  One of the things I’ve discovered about working for Microsoft is that the first couple of months feel a little like trying to drink from a fire hose – there is a lot to take in. So it was only the other day that I finally got the chance to browse through my December…

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New resident blogger – Ruth Morton

Earlier this month, I mentioned that I would be introducing a new contributor to the blog.  Today I want to introduce Ruth Morton, the newest member of the Community Evangelism team. Here’s a few words from Ruth Hello from the newest member of the Canadian IT Pro Advisor team! Let me take just a minute…

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