Ben Smith


Ben Smith is a security strategist at Microsoft, where he researches methods to help organizations achieve better security through improved management and measurement techniques. He is coauthor of Assessing Network Security (Microsoft Press).

Liberate Your Inner Salesperson
You might not think of yourself as a salesperson, but whether you're trying to get another rack of servers or consensus among stakeholders, you're selling. These tips will help you do it better.
To Get Ahead, Think Ahead
Look beyond your next job to work toward the position that delivers the career advancement and success that you really want.
Managing the Underperformer
Turning an underperforming employee into a high-level achiever is far from easy, but it can be one of the most satisfying accomplishments of your career.
Successfully Managing Change
You can successfully manage change by being sensitive toward your employees' needs and honest about the progress of the change.
Take Control of External Audits
Follow these 5 tips to better manage the time and effort your IT department spends on external audits.
The Sky Is Falling
As an IT manager, you're bound to have to deal with at least one crisis situation. Here are three rules to follow when dealing with emergency situations.
It’s Hard to Warm Up to Cold Efficiency
All work and no play can lead to a cold, impersonal work environment. Here are 12 activities that will help your team enjoy coming to work.
Buying a New Line of Business Application - 19 Dec 2006
Among the more important business decisions that IT departments are called on to make is selecting the most effective application to solve a given business problem.
10 Tips for Meaningful Meetings
Are poorly organized, inefficient meetings costing your company too much time and money? Here are 10 tips for making meetings worthwhile and productive.
Improving IT Health with Audits
Internal audits can have a positive impact on your IT department. Here's a simple IT audit framework and five tips on how to make an audit almost painless.
Global Outsourcing: Trick or Treat?
Offshoring can be beneficial to business—or not. Learn the pros and cons of offshoring to understand the hype surrounding it.
Becoming a Complete People Manager
Learn how to master all the different dimensions of people management.
Call an End to the IT-User Cold War
Conduct IT-user summits to improve IT's relationship with users and help your business achieve its goals.
Power Cost Savings in IT 1
How much money can you save your company by paying attention to the usage and efficiency of computers and peripherals? The answer might surprise you.
Bulletproof Your Training Strategy
Follow these tips for evaluating instructor-led training and get the most from your training dollars.
John Savill's PowerShell Master Class

Join John Savill for 9 hours of comprehensive PowerShell training. This course will start from the ground up, walking through the basics of PowerShell, how to create basic scripts, and building toward creating custom modules to achieve amazing results in your environment, in non-Microsoft environments, and in Azure.

Invest a few hours each week and become the #1 PowerShell expert in your organization.

Sessions meet Thursdays, March 5th through March 19th

Topics covered will include:

  • Remote management with PowerShell
  • Connecting commands and mastering objects
  • Creating PowerShell scripts and best practices to aid in code reuse
  • Parsing data and working with objects
  • Desired State Configuration
  • Building PowerShell workflows using Orchestrator SMA and Azure Automation
  • PLUS new capabilities in PowerShell 4.0 and 5.0


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