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  • 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: Transformation and Analysis with Power BI

    This article is an overview of Transformation and Analysis with Power BI by Chris Webb which is the topic he will be covering at Future Decoded on the 12th of November. It's a free event which will see keynotes from Brian Cox , Sir Nigel Shadbolt , Or Arbel and Michael Taylor , followed by eight...
  • 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: The Future of Data Science – TechNet Catch up with Quentin Clark

    Surveillance systems, campaign trackers, sales tools, supply chain monitoring, manufacturing lines, it’s hard to think of an area of a modern business isn’t churning out reams of data. This abundance of information presents companies with one of their biggest challenges, and opportunities...
  • 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: 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: ANNOUNCEMENT - SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturers, will be generally available April 1st

    The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group. “Today I am very happy to announce SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1 . SQL Server 2014 is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work...
  • Blog Post: A roundup of the announcements at SharePoint Conference 2014

    There have been quite a few announcements at the SharePoint Conference 2014 this week – here’s a quick digest: One Drive for Business (the product formerly known as SkyDrive Pro): There’s a new standalone OneDrive for business subscription plan that includes Office Online, and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Why upgrading your skillset and software improves business productivity.

    By Steve Smith, Owner of Combined Knowledge and SharePoint MVP since 2006 Hi everyone, I'm Steve Smith, I have been working with Microsoft Technology since the early 90’s, I specialize in Infrastructure. Over the last 12 years I’ve been working a lot with the various SharePoint products...
  • 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: Golfanläggningar lyfter med molnet

    Golfservices Norden arbetar sedan starten 2011 med att ge golfanläggningar nöjdare medlemmar samt att öka anläggningarnas lönsamhet. För att detta ska vara möjligt är en väl fungerande IT-plattform en föruts ättning. Golfservices har valt att...
  • Blog Post: Molnsatsning lyfter SATS

    En aggressiv molnstrategi med tyngdpunkt på produkter från Microsoft ger träningskedjan SATS en bättre IT-miljö. Därmed underlättas företagets fortsatta expansion samtidigt som kunderna erbjuds bättre service. Träningstrenden i Sverige håller...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Detailed Service Descriptions

    If you’re considering Office 365 or have started with the free trial then you’d be well placed to head over and check out the Office 365 Service Descriptions where you’ll find some really deep information about what’s included in each part of the service.  I’ve seen some mention of Office 365 not...
  • Blog Post: The Week that Was 16th - 23rd July 2012

    Last week was all about Office 365 with video’s, virtual tours, case studies and much more.  Also slipping into the week was a guest post – Part 3 of our high availability series and an interesting article from Andrew Fryer on Hyper V for small businesses.  We also introduced the newest member...
  • Blog Post: Flash Newsletter: Preparing for XP End of Support, Fixing and Modernising Applications

    This fortnight’s TechNet Flash is all about being prepared for the Windows XP end of support and getting your systems ready for the next generation of applications. Our feature article by Andy Hodges provides some great insights into how to create custom domains for Office 365 and this month is a really...
  • Blog Post: Free Office 365 online meeting and demo for UK charities

    If you work in one of the many marvellous charities spread throughout the UK, you might be looking into ways of communicating effectively. Great communication with the public is something so essential for charities but how is your communication within your organisation? Is there room for improvement...
  • Blog Post: Licensing Logic: What Am I Actually Getting by Licensing Office 365?

    Welcome to the first in the series of ‘Licensing Logic’. A series of exclusive articles brought to you from the Microsoft Licensing team, specifically for our TechNet audience, Office 365 is a brand. But we have a challenge to overcome by using that name. Our challenge is that the Office...
  • Blog Post: Yammer - the Missing Link

    B y Alexander Jethwa from Firebrand Training With the recent 1st anniversary since Microsoft purchased Yammer there have been huge changes & improvements of the Enterprise Social Networking platform, with one of its key benefits being team collaboration & value to business processes...
  • Blog Post: Real World Windows Azure: Quest Software and OnDemand Migration for Email

      As part of the Real World Windows Azure series, Microsoft connected with Ron Robbins, Product Manager , Migration Solutions, at Quest Software to learn more about how Quest uses Windows Azure to deliver its OnDemand Migration for Email solution.   Read Quest Software’s success story in this...
  • Blog Post: Six months to Windows XP end of support – have you made the move?

    By Asavin Wattanajantra , writer at Metia . Windows XP was born in 2001 – which remarkably makes it almost a teenager! Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about avoiding those difficult teenage years? What was technology like at the beginning of the millennium? Well for a start...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 JumpStart sessions reviewed – what did you miss?

    Tony Sutcliffe , TechNet Community Council member and IT manager, runs a great blog called Tales of the IT Helpdesk . Earlier in the week Tony dropped me an email to tell me he’d posted a review of the Office 365 JumpStart sessions (you may remember we featured them back in May). In addition Tony’s own...
  • 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: Webcast: Bing Maps and SharePoint Solutions for the Enterprise

    Date/Time: Tue Feb 26, 2013, 9:00 AM, USA Pacific Duration: 1 Hour Session Overview: You are invited to attend this webcast to learn how solutions that integrate Bing Maps and SharePoint help organizations gain greater insight from their business data to make smarter business...