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What's your take on the economy - part II
Following on from my earlier post on our proactive campaign to help customers succeed in a tough economy, please find below a video address that Paul Voges recorded earlier today for the attention of all Microsoft Australian partners (Paul is the Director of Small to Midmarket Solutions & Partners...
21 Oct 2008
Australian pricing for Small Business Server 2008
As announced at last week's TechEd SMB Servers pre-day , the Australian ERPs for Small Business Server 2008 are as per below. I'm putting together a full listing of SKUs (including Academic, transition packs etc) & will get this up in the next couple of days. Of course, you should always speak to...
8 Sep 2008
6 weeks to go until the biggest SBS event in years
Less than 6 weeks to go & we're getting close to 50% capacity at the TechEd 2008 SMB Servers day on September 2nd. Latest agenda here & so secure your spot today. Yes, I'm going the hard sell. And yes, $550 is a lot of money. But if you sell SBS, or are thinking about getting into a larger customer...
23 Jul 2008
Daylight savings starts early this year - are your sites up to date?
As you probably know, daylight saving now commences on the first Sunday in October and ends on the first Sunday in April in New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT, Tasmania & South Australia. This change affects Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Outlook and other Microsoft, third party and custom applications...
26 Sep 2008
Here goes nothing
And so it come to pass that after 7 years, 7 months & nearly 7 days at Microsoft, I've finally got around to publishing a blog. What follows will be my own thoughts, perceptions, comments & updates on all manner of things connected to the Microsoft SBS and Windows Essential Business Server...
5 Feb 2008
New ANZ SMB IT discussion forum - sign up today
A new SMB partner-focused IT discussion forum has been kicked off for Australian & NZ IT consultants. To subscribe, email: ANZ-SMB-ITSfirstname.lastname@example.org In the words of the moderators, its a: "A community for Information Technology service providers specialising in the (SMB) Small and...
4 Jun 2008
Microsoft Australia partner hotline - 13 20 58
With thanks as always to Scott Adams . Great Dilbert this week & particularly relevant to me given the number of random calls I get from partners on every topic imaginable - I guess that's bound to happen with the number of events I attend & business cards I hand out. It's all good of course...
29 Sep 2008
What's your take on the economy?
Hard times. Nervous times. Companies losing confidence & the economy in turmoil. What to do? There's a very strong argument that says organisations should pull back, consolidate, stop spending and just ride out the storm. And that absolutely makes sense in many situations. But not all of them. Although...
21 Oct 2008
Agenda nearly set for the TechEd 2008 SMB Servers pre-day
We're just over 2 months out from the Australian TechEd 2008 SMB Servers pre-day & so the agenda is almost locked. Speakers are almost locked, giveaways are almost locked, sponsors are almost locked & we've almost reached 25% of our attendee target. So, have a look at the agenda below & think...
24 Jun 2008
Register now for the first SBS 2008 / EBS 2008 Hands-on labs
After much planning & taking into account the feedback from the SMB Servers pre-day at TechEd, I'm happy to announce the first round of SBS / EBS hands-on labs has been released: Small Business Server 2008 Essential Business Server 2008 Microsoft Australia has subsidised these sessions, dates &...
9 Oct 2008
Register now for SBS & EBS partner training
Get in quick as spots are limited - the first official public showing of Small Business Server 2008 & Essential Business Server 2008 in Australia. With the public beta of EBS 2008 now available & SBS 2008 coming on May 29th (Aussie time), now's the time to take a look at what the solutions will...
28 May 2008
Software + Services: what does it mean for SBS?
Lots of comments & discussion at the moment around Microsoft's recent Software + Services updates & announcements at WPC. Whilst the specific details are still being worked out for Australia, what is clear is these changes are part of the ongoing shift in our business model - a change that we...
15 Jul 2008
10 things you need to know about tomorrow's TechEd SMB Servers pre-day
This time tomorrow we'll be 2 hours into our SBS/EBS gab-fest as part of the TechEd 2008 SMB Servers pre-day & so if you're coming along, I thought I'd give you a little taster of what to expect. 10. Whilst we didn't make our initial target of 350, I'm happy to announce that we'll have over 250 people...
1 Sep 2008
What can we be doing better?
May is a travel month for me & within the space of two weeks I'll be heading to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & various events around Sydney. I'll mostly be visiting SBSC & other partners as a way to get a better understanding of three key points: What is Microsoft doing well to help you...
4 May 2008
Meet Mick Malloy - Aussie SBS MVP
Second in our series of Aussie SBS MVP profiles comes Mick Malloy - aka Super Gumby (don't ask me). Open, passionate & refreshingly honest, Mick is a prolific contributor to the worldwide SBS forums such as http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sbs2k & has often gone out of his way to help other users...
29 May 2008
Australian pricing for Essential Business Server 2008
Now that EBS 2008 has RTM'd , I'm pleased to announce the local Australian estimated retail prices. The specific SKUs & dealer pricing will be available via distribution from November 1st however I acknowledge that partners need to see at least indicative pricing so that they can start to quote....
10 Oct 2008
New Aussie Windows Mobile blog
Brand-spanking new blog from the local Windows Mobile team - nice. "Welcome along to the WMOz blog, a Microsoft team blog focusing on all things Windows Mobile through an Australian specific lens. So why the WMOz Blog? There are plenty of blogs from the US and Europe dealing with mobility and Windows...
25 Jun 2008
Meet Stuart Applegate - Aussie SBS MVP
Who are the Australian SBS MVPs? Don't even know what an MVP is? Well here's your chance to find out. The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award is given to select individuals around the globe in recognition of their voluntary involvement & leadership in technical forums - both on & offline...
23 May 2008
First in depth Australian review of SBS 2008
New article just published on apcmagpro.com by Paul Schnackenburg - long-time IT writer, MCSE & Small Business Server user since v4.0. I really enjoyed reading through this article & whilst there will always be some differences of opinion in such a comprehensive product, I really think he got...
31 Jul 2008
Online poll on the Small Business site
In an effort to better understand the needs & challenges of customers, we're kicking off a series of online polls on the Microsoft Australia Small Business site - this week its all around security. Check it out here. Feel free to fill it in yourself or forward to your clients so that we can get a...
26 Sep 2008
Get your booties on because this is your last chance to register for the SMB Server day at TechEd 2008!
Registration for TechEd 2008 closes at 3pm on Thursday, August 28th & so if you wanna be part of the biggest SBS & EBS Partner event in Australia since the launch of SBS 2003, now is the time to register. Full details & registration available here . We have over 200 attendees from around...
27 Aug 2008
Meet Henry Craven - SBS MVP
Fourth in our series of Australian Small Business Server MVPs is Henry Craven of Melbourne. A passionate & prolific contributor to a whole host of SBS partner forums, Henry also manages the Melbourne SBS Users Group & provides much needed feedback to Microsoft on how we can continually improve...
12 Jun 2008
Wrap-up from the Australian Partner Conference
Given the Australian Partner Conference was a whopping 3 weeks ago I thought it was about time that I provided a quick wrap-up. Some useful links before I go on: The Windows Essential Business Server preso that The Wayne & I did Links to all the other sessions in PDF, XPS & PPT formats List of...
28 Aug 2008
SBSC Partner of the Year finalists announced
And the nominations for 2008 Small Business Specialist of the Year are: Business Computing Australia Calvert Technologies Comcity Technology Evolve IT Australia We had a record number of entries this year with consistently high quality, so even being named as a finalist is a grand achievement. The winner...
31 Jul 2008
The post you've been waiting for...
I'm very happy to announce that every attendee of our SMB Servers day at TechEd Australia 2008 will receive a free copy of the soon to be released Small Business Server 2008 Standard . Not kidding. Yours to take & use to make your first sale on the new platform. Register here: https://www.infosalons...
14 Jul 2008
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