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Last update: 2012-06-29

52: Tech Talk Unplugged

2012-06-29 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 43s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.

Jonathan and Ruth share some of the great conversations they had with their guest over the past few months after the live broadcast finished. The result is some very relaxed, very passionate, very real conversations about licensing, how cloud computing is changing the IT industry and building apps for 32-bit and 64-bit architecture among other things.

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51: Confidence in the Cloud

2012-06-01 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 33s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.

Recent surveys indicate that while cloud computing is a top priority for Canadian CIOs, assurance in cloud services remains the principle inhibitor for adoption. 2012 is proving to be the year of accelerating adoption as organizations gain a deeper appreciation of cloud services and how they can be adopted in a trusted manner.

Join Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit, and guest, John Weigelt, National Technology Officer for Microsoft Canada, as they explore the security and privacy considerations of cloud computing.

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50: Making the Case - Development Platform vNext

2012-04-12 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 32s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.

The recent beta release of Visual Studio 11 and Team Foundation Server, as well as the discounts available for upgrades will have you contemplating whether you will make a case for an upgrade. What will you gain by upgrading and what will it mean to you, to the dev teams, to the infrastructure teams, and to the business stakeholders? What are the pros and cons of making this move and do they make it worthwhile? Make the right decision for your team. Join Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit, and guests, ObjectSharp partners Dave Lloyd and Barry Gervin for the debate.

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49: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

2012-04-09 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 33s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.

Join Jonathan and Ruth as they talk with special guests Islam Gomaa, IT Manager for E-Academy, Inc., and William Bressette, Network Architect for Horn IT Solutions about the challenges of managing a private cloud and the capabilities of System Center 2012, an integral part of Microsoft’s Private Cloud solution.

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48: Your Enterprise on the Go

2012-02-15 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 31s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.

Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit, are joined by their colleague Paul Laberge, a Developer Advisor with Microsoft Canada to discuss how you can leverage Windows Phone to extend your line of business application and enable a more productive mobile workforce.

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47: De-risking Your Windows Deployment

2012-02-04 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 28s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.

On this episode, Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit, and guest Dave Kawula, Senior Consultant with 1E, talk about the benefits and challenges of deploying Windows 7. They explore what tools are available and what "gotcha's" to watch out for. Plus: Dave shares tales from deployments past.

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46: Empowering Your Team with Knowledge

2011-12-29 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 33s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.

In this episode, Ruth and Jonathan talk with Stuart Ngai, Director of Technology Solutions at VERAX about the importance of training as part of personal development as well as when and how training can and should be weaved into employees' busy schedules.


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45: Mary Jo Foley on the Future of IT

2011-12-14 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 36s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.

If only there were a crystal ball to gaze into to see what tomorrow will bring - planning your IT systems and network would be so much easier. But there isn’t, so we’re bringing you the next best thing - someone who has been watching and writing about the tech industry for over 25 years, someone who has witnessed vast changes and someone who has an eye on what the future may hold.

Join Ruth and Jonathan as they talk with Mary Jo Foley, accomplished journalist, renowned author and prolific blogger as she shares her stories and her perspective on the future of IT.



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44: Agile Software Delivery

2011-11-21 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 31s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.
This is part 2 of a 2 part episode where Ruth Morton and Jonathan Rozenblit chat with Sam Gukenheimer, the guy who wrote the Book on Agile! Whether you are already working with Agile methodologies or still trying to figure out if Agile is a fit for your projects, you’ll want to listen to what Sam has about agile software delivery.

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43: Agile Software Delivery

2011-11-21 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 33s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.
This is part 1 of a 2 part episode where Ruth Morton and Jonathan Rozenblit chat with Sam Gukenheimer, the guy who wrote the Book on Agile! Whether you are already working with Agile methodologies or still trying to figure out if Agile is a fit for your projects, you’ll want to listen to what Sam has about agile software delivery.

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42: Virtualization with Jeff Woolsey

2011-11-01 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 22s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.
On this episode Jonathan and I are at TechDays Toronto where we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Woolsey, the Principal Program Manager Lead for Windows Server Virtualization at Microsoft who just happened to be there giving the keynote presentation. During our chat of course we talk about virtualization, but we also talk about managing your systems, taking advantage of the public cloud and automating tasks with PowerShell and why that is important for both sys admins and developers. Sit back, have a listen and enjoy!

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41: Planning Your Windows Roadmap

2011-10-18 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 32s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.
Coming hot on the heels of the much anticipated BUILD conference, Ruth Morton and Jonathan Rozenblit talk with David Remmer, Depth Evangelism Manager at Microsoft Canada and former Architect Evangelist about what you need to do to get your applications and infrastructure ready today to take advantage of tomorrow's advances.

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40: Straight Talk About Windows Azure

2011-09-27 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 30s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.
On this episode of Manager Tech Talk, Ruth and Jonathan sit down with Joel Varty, Director of Research and Development at Agility CMS, to talk about Windows Azure – the problems that it can solve, the opportunities that it can surface, and the challenges of transitioning design and development teams to Cloud development.

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39: Security in the Age of Social Media

2011-08-22 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 30s

Hosts: Ruth Morton, Jonathan Rozenblit.
In this episode, Ruth and Jonathan are joined by Brian Bourne, president of CMS Consulting, to discuss what IT managers need to know in order to ensure infrastructure security in this new age of social media.

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38: Business Productivity Insights Part 4

2010-08-18 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 35s

Host: Ruth Morton.
Last March, Ruth and her colleague DamirI spent 5 weeks traveling across Canada on the Align IT Tour, talking to IT managers about business productivity and why IT needs to be strategic when building this into their infrastructure. They were joined in each city by a panel of local Microsoft partners and experts on implementing solutions geared to making businesses more productive, whether it be better collaboration, more accessible business intelligence or easier document management. This episode is the fourth in a 4 part series where Ruth speaks to Jason McIntyre from Habanero, Ron De Giusti from KnowledgeTech in Calgary, and Brian Edwards from Habanero, Richard Kunz from T4G and Shaun Roberts from Softlanding in Vancouver to gain their insights.

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37: Business Productivity Insights Part 3

2010-08-16 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 29s

Host: Ruth Morton.
Last March, Ruth and her colleague Damir spent 5 weeks traveling across Canada on the Align IT Tour, talking to IT managers about business productivity and why IT needs to be strategic when building this into their infrastructure. They were joined in each city by a panel of local Microsoft partners and experts on implementing solutions geared to making businesses more productive, whether it be better collaboration, more accessible business intelligence or easier document management. This episode is the third of a 4 part series where Ruth speaks to Greg Larnder from Compugen, Richard Carson from Concept Inc., and Shannon Ryan from non-linear creations in Markham and David Wood from Imaginet in Winnipeg to gain their insights.

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36: Business Productivity Insights Part 2

2010-08-13 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 29s

Host: Ruth Morton.
Last March, Ruth and her colleague Damir spent 5 weeks traveling across Canada on the Align IT Tour, talking to IT managers about business productivity and why IT needs to be strategic when building this into their infrastructure. They were joined in each city by a panel of local Microsoft partners and experts on implementing solutions geared to making businesses more productive, whether it be better collaboration, more accessible business intelligence or easier document management. This episode is the second of a 4 part series where Ruth speaks to Rob Munroe from T4G, Hugo Bernier from Net Dexterity and Peter Carson from Envision IT in Mississauga to gain their insights.

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35: Business Productivity Insights Part 1

2010-07-12 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 30s

Host: Ruth Morton
Last March, Ruth and her colleague Damir spent 5 weeks traveling across Canada on the Align IT Tour, talking to IT managers about business productivity and why IT needs to be strategic when building this into their infrastructure. They were joined in each city by a panel of local Microsoft partners and experts on implementing solutions geared to making businesses more productive, whether it be better collaboration, more accessible business intelligence or easier document management. This episode is the first of a 4 part series where Ruth speaks to Fred Yeomans from T4G and Amanda Perran from Infotech in Halifax, and Mike Maadarani from Orangutech and Matt Wolodarsky from Microsoft Canada in Ottawa to gain their insights.

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34: The Importance of Project Management

2010-06-22 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 41s

Host: Ruth Morton
Think that centralized project management systems are only important for large enterprises? Think again - even small companies can have many projects on the go. The question is, can you manage your projects better and be more efficient while saving money? Listen in as Gord Schmidt from Agora Consulting Partners shares his insights on managing your projects.

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33: The Business Case for Team Diversity

2010-01-13 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 29s

Host: Ruth Morton
It’s no secret that less women than ever are choosing information technology as a career. But few IT managers know why it matters and those that do may be at a loss to know how to recruit and retain a gender diverse team. In this edition, Dr. Wendy Cukier shares her insights into hiring, retaining and managing women.

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32: Agile Application Lifecycle Management

2009-11-27 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 28s

Host: Ruth Morton
Effective application lifecycle management (ALM) is a struggle in most professional development shops. In this episode, Forrester Research Analysts, Dave West and Jeffrey Hammond talking about what ALM is and why it's important.

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31: Talking About Virtualization

2009-10-23 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 24s

Host: Ruth Morton
In this episode of the AlignIT IT Manager Podcast, we’ve taken a recent webcast that Ruth hosted with guests Galen Schreck, a Principle Analyst from Forrester Research and Bruce Cowper, the Virtualization Lead from Microsoft Canada and have condensed it down to 20 minutes of goodness for your listening pleasure. During the conversation where we took questions from the live on-line audience, we cover topics such as how the Microsoft solution stacks up against the competition, the nuances of licensing and where virtualization technology research may be heading in the future.

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30: Straight Talk about Windows 7

2009-09-22 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 20s

Host: Ruth Morton
In this episode of the AlignIT IT Manager Podcast, Ruth talks separately with Rob Geller, Microsoft’s Senior Product Manager for Windows Client, and Stephen Rose, Microsoft’s Senior Community Manager for Windows Client. She speaks to each about the latest Windows client operating system - what’s new and can add value for businesses along with what’s compelling for IT shops. They also discuss some of the lessons learned and changes made with the release of Windows 7 as compared to when Windows Vista launched.

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29: Software + Services Chat

2009-06-15 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 30s

Host: Rick Claus
In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast, Rick talks with Ryan Storgaard, Chief Software + Services Officer at Microsoft Canada. Ryan's background and passion about ISVs and Internet based services makes him a perfect guest to explore and discuss a trend on everyone’s mind these days that goes by a couple of different names: Cloud Computing, SaaS - Software As A Service, Services Oriented Architecture, Private Clouds - all to name a few..

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28: Windows Mobile and the changing landscape of mobility

2009-05-11 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 36s

Host: Rick Claus
In this episode of the IT Manager Podcast, Rick talks with Anthony Bartolo, Applications Specialist with Rogers Business Solutions and Greg Miligan, Canadian Mobility Solutions Manager. Anthony and Greg share their view of the mobile marketplace and how mobile devices have become accessible to individuals and businesses of all sizes.

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27: Security Coffee Talk

2009-04-01 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 35s

Host: Rick Claus
In this episode, Rick has a frank conversation with Microsoft Canada's Chief Security Advisor (Bruce Cowper) and the Vice President of Identity Management Services at Avaleris (Hugh Lindley) on the state of IT Security for the small to midsized business and how security has evolved to be part of everyone's role..

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26: Virtualization from the Datacenter to Small Business

2009-03-11 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 22s

Host: Rick Claus
Randal Robinson, GM of BC Based hosting company RackForce discusses virtualization in such a way that it very approachable and goes beyond it being used as a simple catchphrase. He goes through their transition to using virtualization, identifies challenges they had managing multiple virtualization providers and how they resolved provisioning issues.

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25: Transforming your Organization

2009-02-23 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 25s

Host: Rick Claus
Gabriel Vitus has taken his department through a strategic review and has transformed it into an equal partner with the other business units. Business leaders for all departments work together with the IT Department to create a synchronized business project plan. Gabriel shares insights and recommendations for how you can start your own transformation.

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24: High Performance Computing and Managing teams at MIGS

2009-02-04 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 30s

Host: Rick Claus
From interviews recorded during the Montreal International Gaming Summit, we get an update on the use of HPC in the Gaming industry and talk about how it can be used to speed up the increasingly complex game development pipeline. This episode isn't just about technology - we also take the time to talk with Ubisoft Montreal about their approach to managing a team of developers and artists who created the long awaited FarCry 2 game title.

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23: Unified Communications - simplify administration by bringing everything together.

2008-12-15 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 32s

Host: Rick Claus
A chat with the IT Manager from Gerrie Electric and how they came about deploying a Microsoft based Unified Communications solution to replace an end of life PBX system for 17 offices. At first they were only looking for a collaboration / presence solution, but they soon discovered that Office Communication Server 2007 met their needs without having to introduce more complexity to their IT environment by going with one of the typical VoIP PBX vendor solutions.

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22: Reduce your Data Management complexity.

2008-11-28 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 32s

Host: Rick Claus
This episode focuses on tools used to manage data and one organization’s strategic decision to use SQL Server to standardize on a toolset in order to reduce complexity in their data environment. Listen in to hear Erin Elofson (SQL Server Product Manager for Microsoft Canada) Rekha Jethva (City of Mississauga) and Rob Shillinger (Systemgroup) talk about the benefits and journey of moving to a single data platform, as well as lessons learned along the way.

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21: Enterprise Search unlocks data to help make smarter business decisions

2008-10-23 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 31s

Host: Rick Claus
In this episode, Rick talks with Jeff Kent (Chief Technology Officer, Cineplex Entertainment LP), Riyaz Lalani (Corporate Account Executive, Wolfbridge TSS), Alireza Aliabadi (SharePoint Lead, Wolfbridge TSS) and Wanda Yu (SharePoint Product Manager, Microsoft Canada) about how Cineplex Entertainment brought internet styled search to their users by implementing enterprise search technologies in Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007. You’ll find out how search has been integrated into Cineplex Entertainment’s environment, how the project was championed and expanded to other areas and what sorts of data has been included in delegated search queries. …

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20: Energize IT: How Green IT Can Grow the Bottom Line

2008-09-22 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 36s

For this episode, Ruth Morton interviewed speakers and industry experts on Green IT at the EnergizeIT conference held in Toronto. Aaron Hay, Garth Jones, Pierre Roman, Derek Serianni, Julius Sinkevicius, Stephen Giles and Kevin McCully discuss subjects ranging from ‘The first steps towards developing a Green IT Environment’ to ‘Helping to reduce data centre usage and energy costs’ …

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19: Windows Server 2008: IT Migration, Deployment and Best Practices

2008-08-25 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 20s

This month, Kevin McCully (WebFeat), Loic Calvez (Lafarge North America) join our hosts Ruth Morton and Rick Claus to discuss the IT benefits of Windows Server 2008, keys to a successful deployment and migration best practices.…

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19: Windows Server 2008: IT Migration, Deployment and Best Practices

2008-08-25 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 20s

This month, Kevin McCully (WebFeat), Loic Calvez (Lafarge North America) join our hosts Ruth Morton and Rick Claus to discuss the IT benefits of Windows Server 2008, keys to a successful deployment and migration best practices. …

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18: Integrating 'Software plus Service' into your IT Environment

2008-07-21 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 39s

The Microsoft IT Manager Podcast is a monthly in-depth look at issues relevant to IT managers and professionals across a range of Canadian industries. Topics are examined in detail by business and technology specialists from Microsoft Canada, leading research firms, and other experts from the business and IT community. Series host: Rick Claus, IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada. …

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17: Management and the Midmarket Myth

2008-06-30 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 28s

Rod Kreutzfeld (Compugen), Alex Saltman (Bonnett's Energy), Derick Wong (Microsoft Canada) and our guest host, Rick Claus (Microsoft Canada), discuss three common management myths and the benefits of adopting management technology. …

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16: 'Heroes Happen {Here}' Product Launch

2008-06-03 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 27s

Ruth Morton records interviews with Microsoft Product Managers, key employees and Microsoft customers, who discussed everything from virtualization to security to reliability at the 'Heroes Happen {Here}' Event in Toronto. …

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15: Supercharged: High Performance Computing and Digital Animation

2008-04-02 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 17s

Mark Lange (Great Northern Way Campus), Anthony Brown (Seven Group) and Nik Garkusha (Microsoft Canada) join Ruth Morton to discuss the affordability of high performance computing technology and how Digital Media students are using it to fuel their creative work. …

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14: Help reduce IT Costs and Improve Desktop Operations

2008-02-29 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 20s

Special guest host Rick Claus (Microsoft Canada) speaks with Darin Travis (Microsoft Canada) and Wilson Chan (Durham District School Board) about using the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack to accelerate and simplify desktop deployments, and create a dynamic infrastructure by turning software into centrally managed services. …

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13: Taking the Complexity out of IT security

2008-01-28 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 19s

Ruth Morton, Rick Omar Kazi (Compugen) and Bruce Cowper (Microsoft Canada) discuss new Canadian IT security survey results and how innovations in the soon-to-be launched server technology from Microsoft will help make it easier for businesses to manage security. …

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12: Common pitfalls in managing business performance

2007-12-21 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 39s

Ed Raffin (National Money Mart), Paul Barter (T4G), and Ryan Dochuk (Microsoft Canada) discuss common pitfalls of using BI for performance management and how organizations can strengthen BI adoption across their businesses. …

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11: The Changing Landscape of Unified Communications

2007-12-01 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 29s

Vicki Mains (CNIB), Tony Rybczynski (Nortel) and Erin Elofson (Microsoft Canada) talk about the new role of the IT Pro and opportunities for software-powered telecom solutions. …

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10: Deployment of Windows Vista made easy

2007-11-23 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 29s

Rob Geller, Windows Client Product Manager (Microsoft Canada), and Warren Shiau, Senior Associate (The Strategic Council) talk about deployment myths of Windows Vista, various available tools and the best practices to ensure smooth deployment. …

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9: Virtualization Technology: Cost-effective Data Recovery and Remote Access

2007-10-15 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 24s

Bruce Cowper and Dale Hall (Microsoft Canada), Bob Roudebush (Double-Take Software), and Melvin Goodyear (Newfoundland Power) discuss how virtualization can be used for advanced disaster recovery, business continuity planning, and managing remote offices. …

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8: User Experience: Building the Next Generation of Software

2007-08-20 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 13s

Ruth Morton (Microsoft Canada) talks to Danny Riddell (EVP, Creative, Metaliq Inc.) and Paul Laberge, a partner development evangelist with Microsoft Canada talk about the importance of the user experience in the next generation of compelling and engaging software applications.…

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8: User Experience: Building the Next Generation of Software

2007-08-20 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 13s

Ruth Morton (Microsoft Canada) talks to Danny Riddell (EVP, Creative, Metaliq Inc.) and Paul Laberge, a partner development evangelist with Microsoft Canada talk about the importance of the user experience in the next generation of compelling and engaging software applications. …

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7: High Performance Computing

2007-07-23 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 16s

Ruth Morton (Senior Technology Advisor, Microsoft Canada) discusses commercial uses of High Performance Computing technology with Glenn Bontje (Business Development Manager for High Performance Computing, HP Canada) and Nik Garkusha (Platform Strategy Manager, Microsoft Canada). …

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6: Defense in Depth

2007-05-17 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 15s

A panel of experts including Bruce Cowper (Microsoft Canada), Rob Labbe (Microsoft Canada) and Brian Bourne (CMS Consulting) discuss the top reasons security policies fail, and how Defense in Depth security planning can help avoid IT security pitfalls. …

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5: IT Reliability: Are We There Yet?

2007-05-17 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 15s

Warren Shiau, analyst with the Strategic Counsel, along with Jeffrey Neven (Homestead Christian Care) and John Krikke (Krikke Computer Services) discuss the evolution of IT reliability and the comparative reliability of various IT platforms, with highlights from a Homestead Christian Care case study. …

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4: IT System Management - The Road to Unified Network Management

2007-04-19 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 18s

Derick Wong (Microsoft Canada) and Jeff Kent (Cineplex Entertainment) will discuss the evolution of network management and the potential of centralized network management, with highlights from a Cineplex Entertainment case study. …

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3: The Security Environment in 2007: Staying One Step Ahead

2007-02-15 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 25s

Stephen Ibaraki (CIPS) and Bruce Cowper (Microsoft Canada) discuss the top security trends/threats that IT professionals need to anticipate in 2007 and offer tips on how to develop strategies to meet them. …

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2: The New World of Work: Will unified communications change the way Canadians work?

2007-02-15 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 25s

Bill Buxton (Microsoft Research), Bryan Rusche (Microsoft Canada) and Evan Zaleschuk (MTS Allstream) will discuss how the convergence of communications contributes to the evolution of Canadians' work styles. …

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1: Virtualization: The Road Towards Dynamic IT Systems

2007-02-02 :: Microsoft Canada
Length: 17s

Rodney Buike (Microsoft Canada) and Greg Mathieu (Business Information Group) discuss the role virtualization can play in making IT systems more dynamic, with highlights from a Business Information Group case study. …

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The Microsoft IT Manager Podcast is an in-depth look at issues relevant to infrastructure and development managers across a range of Canadian industries. Series hosts: Ruth Morton and Jonathan Rozenblit, Technology Advisors for Microsoft Canada.

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