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  • Blog Post: TechEd Middle East – 1 week to go

    The same time next week we will be opening doors of the first in history TechEd Middle East . Knowing how much effort and passion the team here in Dubai and across MEA invested into TechEd – it will be a great experience for attendees. Be ready for some surprises for and interesting announcements. Such...
  • Blog Post: At a glance view on IT in the world (and MEA)

    So here is an interesting report IT/technology and economy in the World . Can I ask you about a favor regarding this one?  Please have a look on Strengths & Weaknesses report for your country and rate how close it is to reality – just drop a comment to this post or send me an e-mail. But! I...
  • Blog Post: Have a great holidays!

    Whatever you’re celebrating or just going to celebrate – all the best wishes from the team and myself personally! This is the first holidays season for me in this role and the area.. and you know what? Each and every day I’m getting something new and interesting from the community – this is the best...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Middle East 2011 – save the date!

    While Microsoft Open Door will bring some of the great content of TechEd’s to countries across Middle east and Africa, TechEd Middle East is going to be a full-size amazing event where you can explore things you learn at Open Door deeper with the best speakers and experts worldwide. Here are some details...
  • Blog Post: The start of really great week with TechEd

    Why I do love TechEd? Not because of content – can read it all online and watch webcast or “how-do-I” videos. But TechEd is a great chance to really meet with the cream of the cream of Technical Community . And here in Dubai this is super special experience since you can meet with people who you won...
  • Blog Post: A glance back on last 12 month in Middle East and Africa

    Time really flashes by - it’s already 1 year I work in Middle East and Africa. Should say that looking back and seeing tangible results - is always a good feeling :) So here is my glance backward… But a short confession first. I’m working with truly great people in Microsoft MEA DPE team - only 40 people...
  • Blog Post: Chart your IT Career

    MS Learning are getting better in tailoring offers for each particular role. And they right – this is the time to invest in your professionalism (i.e. competitive advantage on the IT labor market). Try http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/start/start-career.aspx
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Innovation Centers – find a local one to get help

    As a program Microsoft Innovation Centers are really cool – they are really there to help students, entrepreneurs, academics, professional software developers, startups, IT profession­als, industry organizations and local governments. And finally they have a new cool website (sorry to say, but it’s not...
  • Blog Post: The best New Year gift for an IT geek? TechEd Middle East ticket!

    Tech·Ed Middle East 2011 is going to be bigger and even more exciting. Here's a few of the highlights you can expect: Double bigger community! Yes, we're aiming for 3000 attendees Increased content - over 200 technical sessions Extended Instructor-Labs - more lab sessions and increased facilities A day...
  • Blog Post: Some good news to start the year

    Windows 7 “God Mode” is unveiled – I knew it does exist! Stealing from Elif’s twitter status - How to Enable GodMode on Windows 7 http://bit.ly/5kvxKa
  • Blog Post: Have you shared your opinion with Microsoft?

    Microsoft regularly conducts surveys for customers and partners to ask for your open and honest feedback (what we did right or wrong last 6 months). And we’re very much thankful for those who sharing the feedback. The only only problem that we seems are not able to solve is Junk Email filter  which...
  • Blog Post: Attending MVP Summit? Get in touch with TechNet and MSDN team

    See the message from my colleagues from Redmond. I’d personally recommend to get in touch with them to make sure that TechNet and MSDN help you as MVPs to share your knowledge.. ---------------- The Server and Tools Online Group will have two sessions during the MVP summit during the month of February...
  • Blog Post: Gitex and TechEd Middle East

    A friend of mine shared a secret re MS@ Gitex – looks like attendees of Microsoft booth there will have a chance to get free tickets to TechEd Middle East. If you're not familiar with TechEd – it's super cool. Here is what going to be on TechEd Berlin . I'm sure that TechEd Middle East @ Dubai next Spring...
  • Blog Post: Before Jan 31st: don’t forget to get your discount fot TechEd Middle East (specially for MVPs and UG leads)

    Just a reminder, since I know how quickly time flies… If you’re an MVP or User Group lead - get your 10% off for TechEd Middle East pass and FREE ticket for each 10 teammates registered. Please use this link to get the promo code for your community. And feel free to ping me if any question appears. Hurry...
  • Blog Post: Who’s online at Microsoft Middle East and Africa?

    Ok, I confess I just a newbie in Yahoo Pipes. But due to unstoppable desire to introduce you to other Microsoft colleagues who are online on their blog and twits I created 2 pipes that could be useful for you: Microsoft Middle East and Africa Bloggers Feed Microsoft Middle East and Africa...
  • Blog Post: Nice beta to look at - Microsoft Security Compliance Manager version 1.0

    Security is the evergreen topic. Shield against sword. Good news – here is another important improvement for your shield. So you may want to   join the beta ! “Compliance Manager version 1.0 provides centralized security baseline management features, a baseline portfolio, customization capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Answering some questions from the community

    Got another portion of eye-opening questions this week. Our MVPs and User Group leaders asked me few times – how can we get content and support for running our local events? Just 1 click away - Community Launch . What is the Community Launch ? Content + trainings + some free goodies available for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Open Door events - sneak peak preview (updated dates)

    In short: 17 cities in 15 countries till the end of 2010 and a few more in 2011. The main idea of Open Door events is to bring the best content of the biggest Microsoft international conferences (like TechEd and PDC) to the doors of local IT Professionals and Developers. Topics like Cloud, Office 2010...
  • Blog Post: Congrats to winners!

    So, this is the time to say big thank you to all who participated in the “Enter Island": IT’s the best job in the world”. 1500 people from 21 countries. You guys rock! The official congratulation is here . What I’d like to confess.. I’m a bit jealous to the winners. Should I explain why? Better...
  • Blog Post: Share your feedback with Microsoft team

    Hi there! Twice a year we are conducting survey among our users and customers – so called Global Relationship Survey. And this is not a type of survey that everybody just fills and the results go nowhere. *All* Microsoft planns further activities based on feedback we are getting from you . It’s not hard...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year, my friends!

    Even the New Year, astronomically, is nothing more than a formal start of a new circle of one globe around another bigger and glowing one – I’d like to wish to all passengers of this smaller globe (and specifically those who read my blog) all the best in this trip! :) This year was challenging, but very...