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Hi , welcome back from the holiday break!

In a little over a month, voting will start for the Ignite IT Awards, Microsoft's recognition program for the best stories featuring Canadian IT Professionals and Developers, the often-unsung heroes who keep the hardware and software behind our business and lives running smoothly. If you’ve got such a story involving a solution that’s at least partly based on Microsoft-based technologies, submit it to the Ignite IT awards site! Not only will the IT Pros and Developers in the story
get some much-deserved recognition, they’ll also get a chance to win prizes:

Ignite IT One of two $5,000 prizes: one for a developer or developer team, one for an IT Pro or IT Pro team
Ignite IT 10 runner-up prizes: a Microsoft software kit valued at $1,000.
Ignite IT As an added bonus, if you include a short video telling the story, you’re eligible to win an Xbox 360 Elite, complete with the Special Edition of Grand Theft Auto IV (I loved that game!)

You can visit the Ignite IT Awards submissions page to see the stories that have already been submitted. There are all sorts of stories, from people taking on some difficult infrastructure challenges to developers making use of some of the newest tools to some pretty interesting deployments on unusual hardware platforms. If you think you’ve got a story that you think is worthy, by all means, submit it!

In other news, I’ll be posting quite regularly on the Canadian Developer Connection blog. I promise to be both informative and entertaining, so please visit it often!

I’ll see you online!

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View the submissions to date and share your story. All submissions will be open to the community for voting. The prize? $5,000.
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Volume 12, Number 28

January 14th, 2009
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