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Read it and keep
I have to confess to having quite a few real books in my house. Some of these books are reproductions of originals or have really big hi definition pictures in so they don’t work well as e-books. I also find that on occasion technical books work better in print than they do on a small ebook reader...
29 May 2013
Guest Post: Microsoft Office Specialist – SharePoint Importance
Sustained User Adoption is vital to ensure people using SharePoint remain productive and proactive. Pro-activity is key, since the reliance on SharePoint support will grow based – success breeds success; on solving user queries, meeting and solving business information and collaborative challenges using...
8 May 2013
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...
7 May 2013
Learning: Don’t lose your Second Shot
Time is running out to take advantage of free retakes for failed Microsoft exams. Retake an exam for free before May 31 st . Sign up for Second Shot In addition pass your exam before May 31st 2013 and you can enter a prize draw for a chance to win a UK Weekend Away, £500 or £100 worth of Amazon vouchers...
24 Apr 2013
TechED Europe - 25th to the 28th June - Certifications at 50% off!
Are you still thinking about attending? Are you still trying to get sign off from your boss to travel? My colleague Denise recently blogged about some of the announcements we've made on the certification side of things: A Microsoft certification confirms to everyone—employers, clients, your peers...
23 Apr 2013
SQL Server 2012 Common Criteria Certification
By SQL Server Team UK In February 2013 Microsoft received the Common Criteria (CC) certificate for SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise Edition (English) x64 (Version 11.0.3000.0) at EAL4+ and compliant with U.S. Government Protection Profile for Database Management Systems, Version 1.3, 24 December 2010....
15 Apr 2013
Competition: Get Certified, Get Ahead & Win
By passing an MCP exam during the months of March, April or May 2013 you will be able to enter a prize draw to win one of the fantastic prizes below. What's more, if you pass another exam in a later qualifying month you can enter again (see terms and conditions for full details). UK weekend away...
11 Apr 2013
The Week that Was 24th Sept - 1st Oct
Last week was a week full of useful articles, hints and tips as well as insights into learning and training. You will find content from both our MVP’s, Microsoft Training Partners and the IT Professional community. Skills Development Roadmap - Choose your path to success Interview with Paul Sanders...
1 Oct 2012
Skills Development Roadmap - Choose your path to success
Whether you’re an experienced IT professional or new to the field, we have the training and certification path that will help lead you to success. Our classes are taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, so you can be confident that the lesson material is accurate, complete, and up to date. Great...
26 Sep 2012
Interview with Paul Sanders - the UK’s very first Private Cloud MCSE
Paul Sanders was the very first person in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region to pass his Private Cloud MCSE and we thought it would be good to track him down and find out a bit about how he prepared for the exams and the work environment that supported him in his learning and certification...
26 Sep 2012
Guest Post: SharePoint Training – the Whys and Wheres!
Geoff Evelyn is a SharePoint MVP, and likes to be known as a “Hands on” Technical Evangelist and works as a SharePoint Solutions Architect. He has published many articles, guides and books about SharePoint. With over 25 years of experience in information systems, he is a Fellow of the Institute...
25 Sep 2012
Guest Post: Does online training for complex technologies work?
Hugh Simpson-Wells is the CEO Oxford Computer Group . Hugh has spent the last thirty years in the IT sector, in technical roles as well as serving at senior management and board levels within public and private companies. He originally started Oxford Computer Group (OCG) in 1983 and in 2002 restarted...
25 Sep 2012
Offer: Get a Second Shot at your Certification Exams For Free
For a limited time, Microsoft is bringing back its popular Second Shot offer that gives you a free second chance to pass your certification exams. Microsoft has reinvented the IT industry’s most respected professional certification program to validate a deeper set of skills on the newest technologies...
4 Sep 2012
MCSE for SQL Server
I have to be honest I gave up getting certified before I joined Microsoft mainly because the exams didn’t keep up with the release of SQL Server specifically the Business intelligence exams. I then had the same problem as an evangelist I was working on the next release of the SQL or Windows Server. However...
31 Aug 2012
Offer: Get 30% discount on Microsoft certification training – including Virtualization Admin in 1 week
Now’s the time to get Hyper-V certified fast. Or get your hands on one of the brand new MCSA or MCSE certifications. Firebrand is offering 30% discount on all Microsoft courses. Act fast - this offer must end Friday 14 September 2012. Firebrand is an official Microsoft Gold Partner. Get...
29 Aug 2012
Jump Start your learning with this Video Series on Windows Server 2012
In case you missed the post on the Microsoft Learning site Born to Learn, we thought it would be good to draw your attention to the “ Windows Server 2012 Jump Start: Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution ” video series. Windows Server 2012 Jump Start | Target Audience & High-Level Overview • Designed...
2 Jul 2012
Get Trained and Certified in SQL Server 2012
The data explosion is happening at every level of the business: across devices, applications, and individual roles. Become certified on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and prove your knowledge and skills in designing, building, and maintaining the next wave of cloud-ready database and information solutions...
5 Jun 2012
The Week that was 21st - 28th May
We have had range of content that is just waiting to be delved into when you have a spare moment. If you’re into cloud content then this week is the week for you! Pop over to the insights video as it is perfect for you. Also it’s worth looking at out Cloud Ninja post as well which provides...
28 May 2012
How To: Become a “Cloud Ninja”–Skills to become a Master of the Cloud
Become a ‘Cloud Ninja’ and help lead your IT organisation to the cloud, by obtaining Microsoft’s new flagship certification, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). These certifications recognise those IT professionals who have broad and deep skill sets across whole Microsoft solutions. The...
23 May 2012
2-4-1 Exam Vouchers: Get Current, Stay Current!
Until the end of June 2012, Microsoft Learning are offering IT Professionals the opportunity to maximize their investment in current Microsoft Certifications with a 2-4-1 offer on exam vouchers. When you purchase and take a qualifying exam for a current Microsoft product between April 11, 2012 and June...
4 May 2012
Announcement: Changes to Microsoft’s certification programme
Robert Chapman is CEO and co-founder of Firebrand Training . The fastest way to learn since 2001. Microsoft has announced a fundamental change to its certification program, heralding a ‘return’ for the MCSE, MCSA and MCSD certifications. New certifications Microsoft has introduced a set of ‘new’ certifications...
1 May 2012
The week that was 9th - 16th April
Last week we extended the number of IT Camps that we are running in London, we released the details of the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event and provided details of our IE Migration seminars. That wasn’t enough for us though! So we also gave you the value proposition for Microsoft Certification...
16 Apr 2012
Book of the Fortnight
The book of the fortnight is all about Exchange Server 2010. MCTS 70-662 Rapid Review: Configuring Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Are you ready to take your MCTS exam? Assess your readiness for MCTS Exam 70-662 and quickly identify where you need to focus and practice. This practical, streamlined guide...
12 Apr 2012
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 .
11 Apr 2012
Innovation as a Strategy for Growth
The UK government generate an innovation report every year and I thought now would be a great time to share some insights from 2010 report. Along side the insights I’ve also put together some simple steps to help kick start your innovation strategy. Innovation drives economic growth - it has accounted...
30 Mar 2012
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