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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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-ITS-subscribe@yahoogroups.com In the words of the moderators, its a: "A community for Information Technology service providers specialising in the (SMB) Small and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 &...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...