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  • 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: Techdays – A Letter To Your Boss

    From Rick, over at the The IT Pro Community Connection Blog :   Letter to your boss – why you can’t possibly miss TechDays in Canada. Dear {Enter Your Manager’s Name Here}, I enjoy my job and have always appreciated how well you manage me. As you know, I don’t ask for much.  The request for...
  • 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: Techdays – Infrastructure Track

    Pierre has also posted information on the Infrastructure Track at Techdays 2008 . Wow!  27 days before the start of  Tech-Days 08 .  And the Infrastructure track is coming along great.  Across the country we will have a team of great professionals presenting and passing on the knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Techdays 2008 - Virtualization Track Speakers Selected!

    Rodney has a post over on the ITPRO Connection Blog about the great set of speakers he has lined up for the Virtualization Track at TechDays 2008 .  Wow!  I must say the biggest challenge I thought I was going to have was with finding speakers for the TechDays Virtualization track.  Well...
  • Blog Post: TechDays – Some Q&A

    John Oxley has received a lot of email on Techdays and he responds to some of it here . “Hello Everyone!  Your feedback on TechDays has been great and I really want to thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments with me.  I thought, as there has been three major themes in all...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2008 – Are you going?

    www.energizeit.ca This is our “capstone” event for the year (remember, when I say year, I am talking fiscal year – July – June). EnergizeIT is the premier event for Canada’s IT Technology Professionals.  This year's event takes place on Saturday, May 24, (the Saturday...
  • Blog Post: Hey Canadian ITPROs -> Vote Now For The TECHNET Innovation Awards!

    It is time again for the TechNet Canada Innovation Awards.  This is a really great program that was started a few years back by our IT Professional Team.  The concept is simple ->  the community nominates teams and individuals for their great work.  A team of judges narrows the...
  • Blog Post: From The ITPRO Connection Blog: Heroes Happen {Here} Events In Canada

      As everyone knows, we are on the eve of a major launch event for Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.  These are not just product launches, but our largest Technology Community outreach this year.  Here is a great post from Rick on our team outlining the activities...
  • 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: Awesome Event Watch: EnergizeIT 2007

    Jean-Luc has all the news on the Canadian Developer Blog . EnergizeIT 2007 is coming on June 16th and it's shaping up to be a very exciting free Summer event! It's going to happen on a Saturday in downtown Toronto and it's a perfect opportunity for Developers and IT Pros to let loose and "Get Your Geek...
  • Blog Post: Community Connection: Are User Groups Dead?

    An interesting post from Rodney on the future of User Groups on the IT Pro Community Blog. "You probably think I am crazy. You are probably thinking about the 30+ IT pro user groups in Canada with 10,000+ members with monthly attendance at meetings surpassing 2500 nationally. You might then remember...
  • Blog Post: Our Events Go Green(ish)

    Anyone who attended our recent Unify Tour event in Toronto may have noticed that we had our friends from Bullfrog Power onsite during the event. I have talked in a past post that I switched the power I use at home to Bullfrog (something I feel great about). The Unify Tour stop was our "beta test" to...
  • Blog Post: IT Manager Podcasts On TechNet

    Checkout this article on echannelline.com about our new Podcast series. You can find all the podcasts here: http://www.microsoft.com/canada/technet/itmanager/podcast/default.aspx You should also check out the IT Manager Canadian blog at: http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/
  • Blog Post: News For Launch Attendees & Our Commitment To You.

    The launch of Office 2007 and Windows Vista was a major event for us here at Microsoft. As our fiscal year began, we set out to bring you, Canada's Technical Community, the best experience we could as we worked to show you how these new products could help solve your business needs. Your (Canada's Technical...
  • Blog Post: A Word From Our IT Department

    Rodney interviewed Chris from Microsoft Canada's IT Department on the latest IT Pro Podcast . Chris has been at Microsoft Canada for a decade and I bet he has some great war stories to share. :-) Check it out.
  • Blog Post: Launch: Thanks Vancouver!

    We had a great day in Vancouver for the Launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Exchange Server 2007. What a turnout!!!! 900 people at the technical tracks alone! We had two venues due to come tough logisitics in Vancouver right now. There is not a facility large enough for an event...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Canada's Technical Community Connection Blogs

    Did you know you have a direct pipeline into Microsoft Canada and my team? Did you know we use the blogs to share the best up to date information and share the "hero" stories from the community? Did you know we will answer your questions? No? Then visit our Community Connection Blogs? Canadian Developers...
  • Blog Post: Toronto Vista/Office Launch Event

    Today is the big day! The Launch events arrive in Toronto. We just finished the keynote and have begun the technical and business tracks. My teams are on stage right now dazzling the IT Pros, Developers and Architects! More info to follow! "Live" Photos From The Toronto Congress Centre!
  • Blog Post: Launch In Edmonton

    First - thanks to everyone who came out. The attendance was just incredible - 1200 people! It was just great to be able to do an event of this size in a great city like Edmonton. Some of my pictures: We took back a lot of feedback for future events. Next stop: Toronto!
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