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  • Blog Post: How to convince management training is key... not just for you, but for the business!

    The following post is contributed by Peter Egerton , System Center Consultant at Inframon and WMUG Community Leader. Training – “The action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behaviour” To put this into the context of IT, I think most organisations can disregard...
  • Blog Post: Apprentice v Graduate – Who’s right for your business?

    The following post was contributed by Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Background When I looked at writing this article I garnered some opinions from a lot of different people; educationalists, IT professionals and also the directors of my current company. The surprising...
  • Blog Post: Aligning Skills with Real World Business Benefits

    This post is contributed by Steve Smith , SharePoint MVP, owner of Combined Knowledge and Co-Founder of the UK SharePoint User Group . This article deals with the subject of ‘ Aligning skills with real world business benefits’ and why continued investment in technology skillsets is even...
  • Blog Post: How to put the ‘Pro’ in IT Professional

    This following post has been contributed by Colin Chaplin , a freelance Infrastructure Architect who helps large organisations transform Microsoft-based infrastructure. When I joined the Scouts and gained my Computing badge, by writing a word processor for the ZX Spectrum (complete with intro music...
  • Blog Post: Different Strokes for Different Folks – IT Pro’s and Senior Managers

    By Anthony Sutcliffe – Freelance IT Consultant *Please note: The characters mentioned in this article are fictitious, but are based on real life personal examples. Back in August, the UK TechNet team approached me to write a ‘Different Strokes for Different Folks’ article, by drawing...
  • Blog Post: Bizarre Job Titles in Technology

    We’ve been focusing on careers lately, but haven’t really drilled down into 'roles' specifically.. Instead of looking at some of the traditional roles out there for an IT Pro, we thought it'd be fun to investigate some of the weird, wonderful and down right bizarre job titles...
  • Blog Post: Presentations, (IT) Pro’s and Pizza: A Career Evening in Review

    As a wise individual once said, “Don’t change yourself for the job, change the job to suit you”. This is a piece of advice that we’ve taken to heart recently, but don’t read into that, this isn’t a public resignation post. Rather, if you’ve read Andrew’s...
  • Blog Post: IT Pros Unplugged: Head of IT at a Premiership Football Club

    When we think of our 'dream job', then it’s all about finding something we're good at, we get paid to do and of course we love doing. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Matthew Reynolds, Head of IT at Southampton Football Club, we asked him a few questions on what he does...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Ed Baker– Inquisitive, Acquisitive and Honourable

    Introducing the newest addition to our TechNet UK team, Ed Baker ! As from March onwards Ed will be an infrastructure Technical Evangelist for the Microsoft UK IT Pro Team. Expect to see Ed out on the road with @Deepfat soon, hosting upcoming IT Camps up and down the country, we may even be able to...
  • Blog Post: Why upgrading your skillset and software improves business productivity.

    By Steve Smith, Owner of Combined Knowledge and SharePoint MVP since 2006 Hi everyone, I'm Steve Smith, I have been working with Microsoft Technology since the early 90’s, I specialize in Infrastructure. Over the last 12 years I’ve been working a lot with the various SharePoint products...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events.

    Microsoft official and Community tech events coming your way this August and beyond. Which event are you going to? Let us know via @TechNetUK. Featured Event MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow. In early September 2014, MVPs and Community Leaders will be sharing their expertise to...
  • Blog Post: Careers Advice for the IT Professional

    I have to admit that I am not at all interested in football, but despite all the bad press some players get, there are many who understand how privileged they are and that they are essentially there to entertain their many loyal fans. A good example is something that Craig Bellamy said when asked about...
  • Blog Post: How to find your 'Happy Place'?

    It's January it’s cold wet and windy so lets lift the mood and discuss happiness as this is a peak season for suicide and depression in the UK. My definition of happiness is taken from Robert Heinlein (the guy who wrote Starship Troopers) “Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long...
  • Blog Post: Top skills for the IT professional

    Rachel has asked us (Simon & Andrew) to identify the key skills that will help your career survive and thrive as businesses start to transition some or all of their services to the cloud. We aren’t suggesting you learn all of these, but if you focus on at least one technology plus the ‘soft’...
  • Blog Post: Follow Career Factor - Real People. Real Stories

    Career Factor is an online reality show based on the experiences of nine IT personalities. Each of our candidates have set a professional goal for themselves, and have invited you to follow their every step along the way. On their personal pages you can explore their backgrounds, learn from their experiences...
  • Blog Post: A guide to the cloud career opportunity for IT pros

    Newly published today, this new Guide to the Cloud Career Opportunity for the IT Pro addresses the change in skill sets required for the IT Pro in a cloud-enabled company. It talks about the changes taking place in the IT industry and shows how roles/skills are going to evolve, and how Microsoft is addressing...
  • Blog Post: Zero degrees

    Despite the hype about out sourcing, offshoring and more recently the cloud, the IT Professional population in the UK is largely static at about 970,000. Any population of this size is made up of a wide variety of people from diverse educational backgrounds, and they don’t all have IT degrees or...
  • Blog Post: MSemploy - helping you find an IT job within the Microsoft Partner Network

    We have started speaking with the lovely people at MSemploy (to be clear, they are a seperate organisation to Microsoft) who provide a service for IT professionals looking for a new career within the Microsoft Partner Network. They have just re-launched in the UK so are keen to get anyone job seeking...
  • Blog Post: What’s the Value of Microsoft Certification?

      In this short video IT Professionals talk about their experiences with Microsoft Certification and how it has helped support both organisational and personal progression in the IT industry. For more information about Microsoft Certification and Certification Training, please go here .
  • Blog Post: Increasing the opportunities for women in IT

    By Asavin Wattanajantra , writer at Metia . Technology is a male dominated sector. Work environments in IT can often be challenging for women - posing a lack of awareness, opportunity and support. This is something that needs to change if the barriers to women having a successful career in...
  • Blog Post: Free 'second shot' exam retakes with Microsoft Certification Packs

    Microsoft Certification Packs can help you achieve your certification, validate your knowledge, launch your career, or move to your next role. Purchase packs of two to five exams along with free 'second shot' retakes on every exam purchased, and save up to 20%.
  • Blog Post: Event: Cloud Career Day, March 12th

    As the cloud transforms IT, the need for qualified IT professionals has never been more urgent, and certification has never been more valuable. Registration is now open for Certified Career Day, an interactive LIVE event for IT professionals. Attendees will join a Live Industry Panel Broadcast comprised...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper: A Guide to the Cloud Career Opportunity for IT Pro’s

    Cloud computing has already started to change the way organisations think about their approach to IT. A new paradigm is emerging: one that is flexible, cost-effective and supports tactical and strategic objectives within the business. Cloud computing clears the path for innovation and agility in provision...
  • Blog Post: The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!

    Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...
  • Blog Post: Ten Top New Years Resolutions for IT Professionals

    At this time of year it’s traditional for everyone to start planning for next year but what are the most important things for an IT Professional to do in the coming year?  Next year is going to be the year when we start to see widespread cloud (both public and private) adoption now that some of...