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With TechDays done you might think our team has gone into hibernation, but things could be further from the truth. We are actively working on EnergizeIT program which is set to start at the end of March.

If you haven’t heard about Energize IT, it’s a local program that is about what’s possible and how you can leverage the Microsoft-based platform to help satisfy business requirements while increasing IT and end-user productivity.  Through a series of activities online and events across Canada scheduled later this spring, we will show you how to take advantage of the Microsoft-based platform to help your organization navigate the choppy waters of the current reality, and help provide guidance on how to get there. Registration will be available in just a few weeks to our Flash subscribers so stay tuned for more information. This year EnergizeIT will focus on what’s possible with Office 2010 including SharePoint , Office Web Apps and of course the desktop clients. We’ll also be looking at Visual Studio 2010 and how it integrates into your Hyper-V infrastructure. I blogged about Visual Studio Lab Manager and this will be your chance to see it in action and integrate it into your environment.

Can’t wait for EnergizeIT 2010? Well you can always start testing these technologies out now as the betas are all public. Go ahead, download them, try them in your lab. Stay tuned for more news about EnergizeIT 2010.  Our Flash subscribers will have the first opportunity to register for the activities available starting in just a few more weeks.

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