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Double, Double for Your Trouble


via Microsoft

While we dole out all sorts of goodies like free training, resources and awesome, deeply technical hands on events, we don’t often get the chance to say thank you and recognize all the hard work you do.  After all, you help move IT forward, push the industry to innovate and help drive the Canadian economy.  It’s a pretty big deal to us, so in addition to all those goodies we usually talk about, we want to add one more to the list and we’re adding a special treat to say “thank you”. 


This is the season of new classes and teachers, of harvest and giving thanks, of ghosts and goblins and witches. The days are getting shorter and your To Do list is getting longer in the lead-up to Christmas. In the midst of all the craziness, I invite you to take a few minutes, have a seat in front of your computer and do something just for you.


Windows Server 2012 represents a significant change in the Windows Server platform and even if your organization isn’t thinking of upgrading yet, chances are they will. It’s worth the time to take a look at it now so that you’re ready as that technical credible resource making the recommendations to move your organization forward.  We’ve outlined some of the key reasons you should look at, and get hands on with Windows Server 2012 in our blog.


You’re probably wondering about that special treat now, right?  Well aside from all those great reasons to drive into Windows Server 2012, we realize you’re busy, we also know that it may take some time and effort to try it out (around here we call it friction).  So to remove some of that friction to download an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012, and as a thank you, we’d like to send you a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card! Yup, that’s right, not only do you get the benefit of being up on the latest server OS from Microsoft, but you’ll get a coffee or two to help stimulate more of those smart brain cells as well. 


We’ve got a limited number of cards and the offer expires on October 7th, so what are you waiting for? 

Read the full blog post to find out more>>





Resources and Training


Online Training

Take free, online training at Microsoft Virtual Academy on a number of topics, including Windows Server 2012, Private Cloud and SQL 2012.


Get Hands On

Experience hands on, technical training with us through our upcoming series of IT Camps.  We’ll help you get the skills you need to be the go to person in your organization for Windows Server 2012.  You can also attend Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con in Regina.  If you use the discount code “Microsoft”, you’ll get $100 off. 


Try It Out

What better way to learn, than to try out our products for yourself?   You can download evaluations (trials) like Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, Windows 8 and Office 2010.  What’s more, you can try them out using our virtual labs or our guided labs


Get Certified

Prove your skills and cement your role as the credible technical expert in your organization.  You can even get certified on new technologies like the Private Cloud or products like Windows Server 2012.


Tell Us What You Think

We thrive on feedback and always want to hear from you.  Start a discussion or add a comment to our Canadian IT Professional Connection or Microsoft AlignIT for Infrastructure Managers LinkedIn groups.

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