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  • Blog Post: Bring your data to life

    Charlotte asked me to write up something on bringing your ideas to life, and that got me thinking: what is life anyway? Many things don’t look very ‘alive’, because we barely notice them moving or changing over time - coral or lichen for instance. Other life forms move so fast we can...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp – the Final Part (3) ….. at last

    And Finally….. Not my final post but the final part in my Azure RemoteApp series. First, many apologies for the delay, the day job is getting hectic. I have been evangelizing, demonstrating and using Azure RemoteApp for almost a year now and like most Azure services this one has developed and...
  • Blog Post: MVA Site has a New Design

    Do you like the look for the new MVA site ? If you haven’t heard, the site has had a revamp, now it’s easier to find courses and the site is now more mobile optimized. See image below: Here is a summary of the changes you can expect from the site: A simpler site navigation...
  • Blog Post: Learning at Work Week

    We know as well as you do that continuous learning is essential for any IT Pro or Developer to climb the career ladder, or even keep up to date in an existing role! That's why when we heard about “Learning at Work Week”, we couldn't help but jump at the opportunity to share with you...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Learning is Key to Progressing

    Amy Nicholson is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft specialising in Data Science & Cloud Gaming. She's always keen to share experiences and expertise in data and technology; online and at events. Continuous learning is the key to progressing within any industry and this is truer than ever...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Continued Professional Development

    Ed and I have were out and about at SpiceWorld last week... and a recurrent theme has been how do we keep up with all this change from Microsoft, be that Windows 10 and its big brother Windows Server 2016 or that Azure cloud thing? So imagine you are a doctor, lawyer or an accountant for a minute...
  • Blog Post: How to get the skills you need for a modern IT universe

    Alan Richards has been working in the IT industry for over 17 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. Alan is the founder and director of Edutechnow Ltd a SharePoint & Office 365 strategy and delivery company. Alan is also a regular speaker & blogger and has been a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure – Changing the face of certification. (Or why Second Shot is Essential)

    Followers of this blog will know that I am pretty quick to take new certification exams produced by Microsoft. There are several reasons for this ranging from occupational hazard as an MCT to the fact that it is often, in my opinion the best time to take and pass these tests. Nothing supports the...
  • Blog Post: My Favourite Band….

    When I was growing up and enjoying being a spotty teenager I could never settle on one favourite band.I finally compromised with two from completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Dr Feelgood and Blondie Both these bands gave me several important benefits as a teenager....
  • Blog Post: The top 5 training tools to keep you on track with Microsoft Technology

    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. The technology industry is evolving at an...
  • 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: TechEd Challenge 2014 Winners

    The wait is over and the winners of the TechEd Challenge have been revealed… Congratulations to Jamie Bryant, Peter Egerton, Jessica Meats and Marcus Robinson who have all won a paid trip to TechEd Europe 2014!! Just a recap, the aim of the TechEd Challenge 2014 was for members of the public...
  • Blog Post: Glastonbury for Geeks: How I won a free trip to TechEd Europe 2013

    Ryan Boud works at Inframon as an Implementation Consultant. He deploys Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager installations for customers across a wide variety of businesses. Ryan will tell us about TechEd Europe 2013 and how he managed to win a place through the TechEd Challenge. I was...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Team provide their top tips for sessions at TechEd Europe – plus win a trip to TechEd Europe!

    Less than 2 months left until TechEd Europe 2014 , this year being held in Fira, Barcelona from 28th - 31st October for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers. We all hope you’ll join us to develop your technical expertise through interaction with Microsoft and industry experts through deep...
  • Blog Post: Hybrid Cloud Pizzas and Work Folders. Can you do better for a free trip to TechEd Europe in Barcelona?

    The UK IT Pro team are giving away four trips to this year's TechEd Europe - Andrew and Ed show us just how easy it is to win! Two of our favourite Technical Evangelists, Andrew Fryer and Ed Baker, have both whipped up a super-quick video showing us how they take a simple scenario and turn this...
  • Blog Post: MVA Heroes on tour

    The TechNet UK IT pro team have been running a very successful competition over the summer. The aim is to promote the Microsoft Virtual Academy and drive IT Pros to its content in a structured way, with a fun approach to the competition. The MVA Heroes. It is a universal truth that IT Pros love free...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to our MVA Hero winners!

    A few months ago, the UK IT Pro team introduced the MVA Hero competition to the community to encourage all of you IT Pro's to power up your careers and get trained in the latest technology through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA offers valuable technical training available to consume...
  • 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: Become an MVA Hero

    Sign up to MVA Hero today and get your free hero costume (t-shirt) and earn some great prizes! I am still surprised at how many IT Professionals and developers haven’t made use of the Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn about Microsoft technologies and stay up do date as new versions are released...
  • Blog Post: How to certify your career progression in 2014.

    By Edward Jones , Firebrand Training Whether seeking a promotion, career change or salary boost, certification is a great way of making it happen. Employers and recruiters have long considered certification as a crucial part of the hiring process. After all, what better way to validate your skills...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online is Back! 24th/25th/26th April

    New years resolution: must blog more! It's only taken me to the end of January to start my resolution but I'm going to try one blog article per month. We're bringing back Tech.Days Online on the 24th/25th & 26th of April. This time with more days and more topics. Simon and Andrew will be back...
  • Blog Post: MVA: Configuring and deploying Microsoft's Private Cloud

    Microsoft Virtual Academy have a track dedicated to deploying Private Cloud scenario’s .  The track covers: Configuring and deploying Microsoft's Private Cloud Private Cloud: Infrastructure Components Private Cloud: Service Delivery and Automation Private Cloud: Application Services Management During...
  • Blog Post: How does Windows 8 licensing work at home?

    The sun is shining as I sit at home and write this blog entry, and it is giving me cause to think! When it comes to the licensing of Windows 8 we need to think about the flexibility of how we can deliver Windows 8 to a client device and the opportunities it gives us as users to work in different locations...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Special: Free Stuff From Microsoft

    Christmas comes but once a year, which is similar to the frequency in which I blog. I thought as it’s the season of good will, I would write a blog that details some of the free stuff we have to offer. Free Training - Microsoft Virtual Academy We know budgets for training are not what they...