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  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – 70-347 Study Guide

    The Study of this exam content is causing me no end of difficulty. Because of this, I have adopted my usual policy of forcing the issue and have booked my exam for Wednesday 30th July at 1130 AM in Seattle. I will be attending the internal TechReady conference and will be sitting in on as many Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – Halfway House

    There are two certification examinations that make up the MCSA Office 365. The background, requirements and details are listed here and are partially shown in the graphic below. In short, to certify you need to pass 70-346 and 70-347 (the 70 simply identifies the retail examination, there are other...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Administrative Roles

    In Office 365 there are a number of roles available with a myriad of differing levels of access and permissions. This link on the TechNet site is a huge help, both when deploying and when studying for an exam like I am (on Monday , no less), and these can be set at the users and groups / settings...
  • Blog Post: Following up on the Self-Training Challenge – MCSA Office 365

    A week or so ago I posted about Self-Training and I thought I would put my money where my mouth is. On December 23rd last year (I remember the date clearly), I sat two Microsoft Office 365 Beta examinations. Beta examinations differ from the normal ones in their numbering and more significantly they...
  • Blog Post: Self-Training – 101: How to get started and keep going.

    Self-training 101: How to find the time and the motivation and what is available for the IT Professional. Everybody has their own learning style, most fit into the three primary styles of Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic (tactile or learning by doing). These simply describe the way in which learning...
  • Blog Post: Advance your career with a Microsoft Virtualization Certification and get a free TechNet subscription in the process

    Microsoft virtualization solutions provide you with the way to optimise your infrastructure by helping you provide the services more rapidly and efficiently while allowing your organisation to consume these services more effectively in a dynamically changing business climate. Earning a Microsoft IT...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free Windows Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V Bootcamp

    This is a complimentary Windows Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V - Virtual Exam Cram (70-659 ) designed to help experienced Microsoft Server Virtualisation professionals prepare for exam 70-659 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualisation. Delivered in two days via 4 x 2.5 hour training sessions from 17th ...
  • Blog Post: 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...