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  • Blog Post: Docker Containers in Windows Server vNext

    When i read this news in October 2014 I had to do a double-take, if you are anything like me (i.e. – nearly 50 and somewhat techy) then the word Docker conjures up more than one image. The predominant one in my mind is that of Doc Marten boots affectionately known in my peer group as Dockers. ...
  • Blog Post: New Era - ITSM in the Cloud with Azure OpInsights

    Samuel Erskine is driven and solutions focused IT Professional at ITProcessed Limited . The journey to the "cloud" has many roads and different modes of transport. One misconception of the cloud, I believe is, the thought that you are either a cloud consuming/providing organization or...
  • Blog Post: Wrap up of the Last 12 Months in Software Development

    By Halyna Semenova, Engagement Director at SoftServe . ‘Home Alone’ movie-marathon? Check. Sharing presents? Check. Making a wish at the stroke of midnight? Check. Now it’s high time to get back to business and draw a line under the Software Development trends prevailing in 2014...
  • Blog Post: IT Camp - Extend your Data Centre with Azure

    I have been on a journey over the last year that some of you may already be embarked on and that is to transition my skills to use cloud services and specifically Azure. For me it’s like going to America, the language is similar, the culture less so and everything over seems to be much bigger such...
  • Blog Post: IT Camps–What are they good for.

    One of the most rewarding yet most difficult part of my job over the last three years has been involved with designing and delivering something called an IT camp. So I thought it might be useful to explain what they are in case an invite lands in your mailbox. What IT Camps are: Technical. it’s designed...
  • Blog Post: What’s in store for 2015? You make your predictions

    Happy New Year Everyone! As a bit of fun we’ve collected a few predictions for 2015 and it will be interesting to see whose predictions come true! Feel free to let us know your predictions for 2015 in the comments section below! "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure – Learn it, Love it, Certify in it!

    Part of my role as a Technical Evangelist within Microsoft UK is to assist all and sundry to understand and engage with the whole range of Microsoft Solutions. This includes our Cloud offering – Microsoft Azure . What exactly is Azure and what can we do with this service? Well Wikipedia...
  • Blog Post: New Year’s Resolutions for an IT Pro

    I always struggle with making New Year’s resolutions for myself, so when I was asked to write this post suggesting a list of potential resolutions with which an IT Pro may wish to start 2015, I jumped at the chance. The first has to be Get Certified and if you are certified, either renew it...
  • Blog Post: Don’t be a turkey

    It’s not great being a turkey, pheasant or grouse at Christmas, but my Christmas sketch this year isn’t too worried as he’s a protected and valued Capercaillie. In the same same way the cloud first world might not seem like a great time to be an IT Professional but there are certain...
  • Blog Post: Roll up, roll up get your FREE Microsoft Azure BETA Exam code here.

    Within the last month, I have taken all three Microsoft Azure Certification Exams, two of them have been BETA tests. Read on and you can get you own code to take a FREE Azure BETA Exam (only 500 codes available – first come – first served) So, I post quite often about certification and...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Technology - Making Xmas Better

    Susan Smith , IT Pro Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Everyone knows that Mobile Technology is making everyone’s lives easier. But have you ever considered how it can make or break Xmas – especially for Children and Santa Clause. In the spirit of the Twelve Days of Xmas, here are twelve...
  • Blog Post: Early Christmas present for Azure RemoteApp fans.

    Yesterday Microsoft announced that Azure RemoteApp would be generally available from Thursday 11th December. Anyone who reads this blog will know that I rate this service very highly indeed. The ability to run Windows applications from any platform without having to run the infrastructure on your...
  • Blog Post: Cloud, VPS or Shared Hosting – What`s Best for Your Business?

    Vadym Fedorov is a Solutions Architect at SoftServe Inc. , a leading global software application development and consulting company, and has 12 years experience in enterprise application development, as well as 2 years’ experience in Cloud and operations optimization . Cloud computing and the...
  • Blog Post: Five Ways Cloud Could Benefit Your Business

    Vadym Fedorov is a Solutions Architect at SoftServe Inc. , a leading global software application development and consulting company, and has 12 years experience in enterprise application development, as well as 2 years’ experience in Cloud and operations optimization . As today`s businesses...
  • Blog Post: Why the new Microsoft Azure Specialist certifications are career changers

    Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training , a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with SharePoint, Windows Server and Windows desktop. Having been part of a team that has launched...
  • Blog Post: Future Decoded – 12th November – Enterprise Mobility

    If you are at all interested in Enterprise Mobility then Wednesday 12th November at Excel in London is the place to be. This FREE event has lots going for it. Enterprise mobility is not all that is on offer. The morning is dedicated to some big-hitting keynote speakers. Including Professor Brian Cox...
  • Blog Post: Is the cloud the right tool for your business & how do you know?

    Alan Richards has been working in IT for over 17 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. He has led teams that have been among the first to roll out Windows, Exchange and SharePoint. Alan is currently Senior Consultant with Foundation SP, a SharePoint services and delivery company...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud and our Business

    Colin Chaplin is a freelance Infrastructure Architect who helps large organisations transform Microsoft-based infrastructure. Tailspin Toys is a fictional medium enterprise. It has outsourced its IT function, completed a Windows 7 migration, virtualised its server estate and migrated to Exchange 2010...
  • Blog Post: What to Ask Cloud Providers Before Picking One

    Rick Delgado feels blessed to have had a successful career in the tech industry and has recently taken a step back to pursue his passion of writing. He's started doing freelance writing where he occasionally works with tech companies like Dell Computers . He enjoys writing about new technologies...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp Part 2 – More RemoteAppyness from Azure

    Having published a post on Azure RemoteApp recently, I have been absolutely inundated with requests (well three people have asked me) for information on how to use Azure RemoteApp with an application that is not published by default and that I DON’T want to run on my own premises. So here...
  • Blog Post: Bumph or brilliance? Finding the place for Cloud in your business

    It comes as news to nobody that the IT industry is rocketing through a massive transformation, with every Marketing Exec and his dog bouncing around phrases like ‘Cloud Computing’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘Internet of Things’ as if they’re going out of fashion. However...
  • Blog Post: MCSE Update – Beware the path you choose to tread.

    Despite my crossing the professional tracks from Full time MCT to Microsoft Full Time Employee as an evangelist, I am still keen to engage with anyone on a certification journey or those still teaching and training our hard-working IT pro community. As such I feel the need to react to the announcement...
  • Blog Post: Just how important is ‘The Cloud’ in a world of connected devices?

    The importance of ‘The Cloud’ in a world of connected devices. It doesn’t really matter if you are a consumer or an enterprise user. The number of devices you are likely to be using has increased from 0 or 1 to around 4 or 5 already. This is likely to increase as we consider the...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp – Why it is such a killer solution?

    So imagine you are the CTO / CIO of a business (any size, it doesn’t matter from 10 people to 10,000) your clever team of developers have just implemented a top-notch line of business application (LOB) using the latest tools, on the Windows platform. The application becomes the de-facto tool for...
  • Blog Post: How to keep company data secure, in a ‘mobile first, cloud first’ environment

    It’s a Brave new world, a mobile first, cloud first world of technology. In that world there are many new ways of consuming data, on many new devices. Data security is of paramount importance to any user, IT Pro, Small Business or Enterprise, it is a universal requirement of making that data available...