Community Connection Resources



As part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/ SQL Server 2008/Visual Studio 2008 Launch events, we are visiting 14 cities across Canada conducting workshops featuring “learning circles” on the following key industry relevant topics:



  • Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
  • Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
  • Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
  • Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
  • ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers

Participants are encouraged to “vote with their feet” which means that some topics in some cities may not be covered if there is little or no interest in that particular topic. Although we provide discussion starter questions, we encourage participants to go where the discussion takes them. The end goal is to gather information on the things that people are passionate about.


Below is the collection of thoughts from IT professionals and software developers who participated in these workshops.


Toronto (February 26, 2008; 300 participants)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Vancouver (March 3, 2008; 215 participants)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Victoria (March 5, 2008; 95 participants)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Calgary (March 10, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Edmonton (March 12, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Regina (March 18, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Winnipeg (March 25, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Kitchener (April 2, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


London (April 3, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Montreal (April 7, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Ottawa (April 9, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Halifax (April 15, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers


Quebec City (April 16, 2008)
Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry
Application Lifecycle – Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.
Importance of Security – Data, Management, Privacy
Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry
ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers 

Comments (4)

  1. There is a lot of great conversation that has come out of our Community Connection Events. If you haven’t

  2. There is a lot of great conversation that has come out of our Community Connection Events. If you haven't

  3. Post-Event resources: The videos and slides for the launch tour are now available at: http://www.microsoft.com/canada/heroeshappenhere2/register/default.mspx

  4. Post-Event resources: The videos and slides for the launch tour are now available at: http://www.microsoft.com/canada/heroeshappenhere2/register/default.mspx