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  • Blog Post: An Update On The Windows Summit 2010: New Content, Dean Hachamovitch and More

    I recently talked about the Windows Summit 2010 and today I want to give everyone a quick update on the event and some new content that went live earlier today.  If you have not yet heard, the Windows Summit 2010 is an online event for hardware and software designers, developers, engineers and testers...
  • Blog Post: DigiTweet - ‘cause I really love but hate Tweetdeck

    Last week I was at the Mesh Conference here in Toronto.  In addition to being a great event, it was probably the centre of the Canadian Twitter universe for 2 days.  Everyone was using Twitter.  I mean everyone – and not just to connect, but to ask questions, challenge speakers and to...
  • Blog Post: IT Skills In Canada – Part 4 (Final)

    (This is part 4 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here ) Here is the final part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 4 – Certifications Aren’t Worth It” .   
  • Blog Post: IT Skills Shortage – Myths and Realities – Part 3

    (This is part 3 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here ) Here is the second part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 3 – I have to leave to stay employed” .  Check it out...
  • Blog Post: IT Skills & Talent In Canada – Myths and Realities – Part 2

    (This is part 2 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here ) Here is the second part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 2 - There aren’t enough Skilled IT people in Canada” . ...
  • Blog Post: IT Skills & Talent In Canada – Myths and Realities - Part 1

    Working in today’s IT industry comes with a variety of challenges, especially in these tough economic times.  Jobs are becoming more complex, employers expectations are high and employees need more than just technical skills to grow their careers.  I had a chance to sit down with Shane Schick...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark: Preparing the next-gen workforce

    I have been thinking a lot lately about the IT skills shortage. According to the Information and Communications Technology Council , from 2008 to 2015, Canadian employers will need to recruit as many as 178,800 technology workers. But based on their projections we’ll likely fall short of hiring requirements...
  • Blog Post: Canada <Heart> IT. Vote Now – IgniteIT Awards

    This year we brought together the MSDN and Technet Canada awards to create the IgniteIT Awards .  This is a special award in Canada as it recognizes the hard work and innovation of the members of our IT community across Canada. The submission periods is close and now we are on to the Voting phase...
  • Blog Post: Hey Canada Technology Professionals: Ignite Your Career!

    We’ve launched a great new set of webcasts called “ Ignite Your Career ”.  It’s all focused on helping Canada’s ICT professionals be a successful as possible.  So, it’s all about you.  We’ve pulled together 6 great topics and a set of awesome guest speakers.  If you head to the site...
  • Blog Post: Announcing EnergizeIT: From Client To Cloud – Anything Is Possible

    Hello Canadian IT Pros and Developers, Current economic realities are putting pressure on all of us to utilize technology in new ways. From increasing productivity, reducing costs, and providing clear benefit to the business, each of you play a key role in making this real. Your ability to understand...
  • Blog Post: Live From PDC – Windows Azure – Cloud Computing Announcement

    · The Azure™ Services Platform : A set of cloud-based technologies such as storage, identity, and multi-device sync that extend software development for both enterprise server and PC/browser/phone applications with services on the Web. · Windows Azure™ : A component of the Azure Services Platform that...
  • Blog Post: I (Heart) WinDev: One View of the Windows Developer Track for TechDays

    Cross Post From The Canadian Developer Blog By now, I'm sure you've heard a lot about TechDays2008. Perhaps you're wondering which track to attend. May I suggest the Windows Developer track ? We have some great presentations in our line-up! If you haven't had time to check out the track's itinerary,...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Canadian Web Developers! Does This Sound Familiar?

    John has more Techdays news over on the Canadian Developer Community Connection Blog : Over the past few weeks, I've been working hard on the content for the Web Developer track of Microsoft Tech•Days Canada 2008 . Looking at the lighter side of this space, I took a break to come up with a few observations...
  • Blog Post: Techdays – A Revolution In Supporting Your Career & Developing Your Skills.

    Techdays 2008 - our premier event for Canada’s Developers & IT Professionals – will soon be here.  Today I wrote this to be included in a newsletter we are sending out to the IT Professional audience.  I thought I would share it here on my blog as well: Techdays is a unique event in Canada...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PDC2008: King of the Geeks, Scott Guthrie, Previews PDC Keynote

    From Channel9 : As Corporate Vice President of the .NET Developer Division, Scott will be giving a talk on client development covering both Silverlight and WPF at the PDC .  What else does the 6’4” Dev Div chief chat about in this quickie interview?  Silverlight 2, jQuery, and so much more...
  • Blog Post: PDC08 – The Canadian View - Choice and Flexibility. Canada Needs Both.

    This is the first in a series of posts leading up to the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference at the end of October as well as TechDays across Canada.  Our team will be heading to the show, but our priority is to help you understand the announcements, the key technology trends and the impact...
  • Blog Post: What's next for Visual Studio and .NET FX?

    All the details – direct from Soma’s blog : What's next for Visual Studio and .NET FX? It has been about 10 months since we shipped Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5.  The team has been working on a couple of things since then – we shipped SP1 for both VS 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 earlier this Summer...
  • Blog Post: PDC – Visual Studio 2010

    VS2010 will be a big part of the PDC this year.  Over at Channel9 they have kicked off a lot of solid content to help you get ready.  Check it out. There is a dedicated site here:  http://channel9.msdn.com/visualstudio/ This Week on C9: Visual Studio 2010 week, Silverlight RC0, and Cloud...
  • Blog Post: Ignite Your Career

    If you haven’t noticed, we have a bit of a theme behind our events and programs this year – developing your skills and career .  A major hit last year was our “ Ignite Your Career ” series.  These webcasts, featuring a great line-up of experts (both MSFT and not), focus strictly on skills and...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen {Here} - Community Connection Events

    http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro/archive/2008/02/04/community-connection-events-diamond-in-the-rough.aspx We've been getting a number of inquiries as to "What the heck is this event?", "Why should I bother going?" and "What's in it for me?".  I thought I'd spend a...
  • Blog Post: Vancouver Game Summit - Reviewed.

    A little bit of press from the Summit a few weeks back. Quoted from: Event Wrap Up: Vancouver International Game Summit, Gamasutra, Beth Dillon, http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20070516/dillon_01.shtml "..Mark Relph, Vice President of Microsoft Canada’s Developer and Platform Group, opened the Summit...
  • Blog Post: Popfly and Facebook. Mashup Love.....

    Microsoft has announced that we are jumping on the Facebook Platform train big time. Support in Popfly and Visual Studio Express . Check out coverage here , here and here . Technorati tags: Popfly , Microsoft , Facebook , Mashups , Developers
  • Blog Post: Go-Go Gadget Contest

    Head on over to the Canadian Developer Connection blog and read all about our new Gadget Contest called Gadget vs. Gadget . Got a cool idea for a Vista powered gadget that leverages some of the Live services? You could win some great prizes for your hard work. Technorati Tags: Windows Live , Gadgets...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Canada Code Awards - Vote!

    From the Canadian Developer Blog : Thank you to everyone who entered our MSDN Code Awards program! We went through the difficult process of picking five nominees for the individual and team categories - we received a lot of really great entries. What really struck me was how inspiring it is to see all...
  • Blog Post: Landed In Vancouver For Game Summit

    After a quick Westjet flight from Vegas, I am settled into my Vancouver hotel to get ready for the game summit . The title of my talk is "Communities, Creation & Master Chief". I will focus on XNA and how we are helping drive the next generation of game developers in Canada, as well as providing...
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