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  • Blog Post: What kind of data person are you?

    I have been working with data in one form or another since 1991, but I wouldn’t describe myself as a DBA, data scientist or a developer so what am I, and am I alone? I spent ten of those years doing business intelligence and most of that was working with databases, designing systems data marts, and analytical...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Online 2015 – it gets better

    I have been out in Seattle for the last couple of weeks as a roving reporter for our upcoming TechDays Online 2015 and I have managed to get footage of some of the engineers who write the stuff we all use. I have also been having coffee with some of them to make sure we can share the very latest thinking...
  • 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: On the road: TechDays in Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga and TechEd Barcelona

    Over the next few weeks I’m going to be on the road, and in the air a lot so I’m just getting all my tech prepped to be able to show things off and keep myself fully productive while I’m on the go. Here’s what I’m doing and...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Future Decoded – with Data Science

    If you have been following my posts on Microsoft’s approach to data science with things like Machine Learning you’ll realise that it’s capable of making predictions. However to be honest it’s not going to tell you what devices and career you’ll have in five years time. To...
  • 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: Chris Rhodes – An MVP’s perspective on TechEd North America

    The following post is contributed by Chris Rhodes ; MCT, MVP in Windows Expert - IT Pro and co-founder of the Windows User Group . So… TechEd wrapped up last week – and what a week it was, you can find all the main big announcements from the conference here ! I was your roving TechEd correspondent...
  • Blog Post: Chris Rhodes - Our MVP in Residence at TechEd North America

    The following post is contributed by Chris Rhodes ; MCT, MVP in Windows Expert - IT Pro and co-founder of the Windows User Group . TechEd. That one word always summons up great feelings in my mind. The minute it’s announced, the countdown begins! It’s *the* event for IT Pros and developers...
  • 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: Optimise your work-life balance with the IT Balanced Scorecard!

    Many large successful organisations including Microsoft use the Balanced Scorecard developed by Norton & Kaplan to monitor performance of their businesses, so is there something we can learn from this technique to get better at what we do in the IT industry? I think there is but before I get 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: The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2012 with PC Pro

    PC Pro have br ought out a really interesting content hub focusing on Windows Server 2012.  Within the content hub you will find a lot of great articles which outline a range of content including: - How to guides - Hidden features - Video evidence - Infographics - Whitepapers and reports - List...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Licensing Events

    We hear your cries for “simplicity” when it comes to licensing! We hear your brains ticking over trying to get your heads around the complexities of licensing models! This is your chance to learn online or in-person with our Microsoft experts as we bring you a new line-up of Licensing...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2010 – sessions and speakers announced

    Are you signed up for TechEd Europe 2010? Over 200 Tech∙Ed sessions are now posted on the website, along with an amazing line-up of speakers for this year’s event.  Many more sessions will be posted in coming weeks.  Don’t forget about the Pre-Conference Seminars on 8 November.  Registration...
  • Blog Post: More IT Camps Dates Released!

    If you haven’t yet registered for one of our IT Camps now is the time to take a look at the content and register for one that is of interest to you.  The first set of camps filled up really fast and have been full to the brim with jolly excited people!  The key discussion topic for the camps...
  • Blog Post: Event: SharePoint 2010 Governance and Information Architecture Master Class

    If you fancy a trip to Utrecht, this SharePoint 2010 Governance and Information Architecture Master Class , presented by Antony Clay, Chief Strategy Officer at 21apps , offers two full days of real world examples, knowledge and techniques. · Purchase tickets for the SharePoint 2010 Governance and Information...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Just a Minute

    I am a big Radio 4 fan and Just a Minute is one of its treasured institutions. I thought it would be fun to apply its rules to your data centre. If you aren’t familiar with the game you have a minute to talk on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation and I think these are great...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date: TechEd Europe 2013 Registration opens 12 February

    TechEd is Microsoft’s premiere conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's products, solutions, tools, and services. We are pleased to announce that registration for TechEd North America and TechEd Europe will go live...
  • Blog Post: Special Offer for The European SharePoint Conference in Berlin

    You might remember a little while ago that we brought you a great 10% discount for The European SharePoint Conference in Berlin. Well we’ve got another brilliant offer, you can now get a 3-day conference pass (Tuesday 18th October - Thursday 20th October) for just €450! At the conference you’ll be able...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Connections Conference in Amsterdam

    From the 22nd to 23rd of November this year the third annual SharePoint Connections conference will take place at De Meervaart, Amsterdam. This is set to be a very exciting event and critical for all IT Pros, Developers and Business Management Professionals who use SharePoint, to keep up to date with...
  • Blog Post: A Summary of Events – November 2013

    Wish you could attend more IT events, but never hear about them in time? A new feature post we will be running at the beginning of each month from here on in is the monthly ‘Summary of Events’, starting this month with November. We hope these updates will help give you the chance to find...
  • Blog Post: Explore Office 365 at your desk on 30 June

    Got 75 minutes free on 30 June? Put this online conference in your calendar at 10am and join us to explore Office 365. We’ll help you: Understand the cloud opportunity Demonstrate the features and functionality of Office 365 with a promise of no jargon or IT speak Make it clear how you can progress by...
  • Blog Post: The week that was on the UK TechNet blog - 24-28 January

    That’s all for another week, folks. Here’s what the TechNet team’s been gassing about over the last five days: Microsoft Business Intelligence Seminar 2011 A Day in the Life of David Lynch, Microsoft Senior Support Engineer Win with the Windows 7 deployment learning portal Tech.Days online – live webinars...