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  • 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 – 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: How to convince management training is key... not just for you, but for the business!

    The following post is contributed by Peter Egerton , System Center Consultant at Inframon and WMUG Community Leader. Training – “The action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behaviour” To put this into the context of IT, I think most organisations can disregard...
  • 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: 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: Workshop: SharePoint AND Custard! Effective SharePoint Requirements with Serious Games

    Join SharePoint MVP Andrew Woodward for an exclusive workshop that provides hands-on practical application of the use of Serious Games techniques to improve the quality of business requirements and facilitate deep user and business stakeholder engagement throughout the envisioning, scoping, requirements...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed Challenge - The results

    WOW and when I say WOW I mean WOW! The TechNet team have been overwhelmed by the response to the TechEdChallenge ! We received nearly 500 entries to the competition and had to judge more than 40 Blog article submissions. On behalf of the team I wanted to thank each and ever person that took the...
  • Blog Post: Get Free Training with Windows Azure Online Bootcamps in May

    Due to popular demand we will be running 2 versions of the Windows Azure Bootcamps online! This is a great opportunity for those of you who were interested but unable to attend the live Windows Azure Bootcamps or anyone else who is interested in learning more about building applications on the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Want to Jump Start your Windows 8 at Work Experience?

    Take advantage of free, online, fast-paced training courses designed specifically for experienced IT professionals with jobs that demand that they know how to best leverage the emerging features and technologies in Windows 8. Module 1: Tips and Tricks for IT Pros See what's new in Windows 8 for the IT...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Exploiting Orchestrator - Tips to avoid the hidden bear traps

    Following on from my last post about getting started with System Center 2012 Orchestrator, I asked a good friend of mine Greg Charman from Kelverion , to share some of his experience.   System Center 2012 Orchestrator and its predecessor Opalis 6 ...read more
  • Blog Post: What’s the Value of Microsoft Certification?

      In this short video IT Professionals talk about their experiences with Microsoft Certification and how it has helped support both organisational and personal progression in the IT industry. For more information about Microsoft Certification and Certification Training, please go here .
  • Blog Post: Free E-Book–Introducing SQL Server 2012

    If you are looking to have a book on hand whilst getting to grips with SQL Server 2012 then you’ll be interested in the free E-book currently being offered by MS Press and written by Ross Mistry ( @RossMistry ) and Stacia Misner ( @StaciaMisner ). You can download the PDF version of this title here ...
  • Blog Post: Offer: Get a Second Shot at your Certification Exams For Free

    For a limited time, Microsoft is bringing back its popular Second Shot offer that gives you a free second chance to pass your certification exams. Microsoft has reinvented the IT industry’s most respected professional certification program to validate a deeper set of skills on the newest technologies...
  • Blog Post: Bi Products

    I have just read Paul Gregory’s guest post for the TechNet Flash , and the tow things that caught my eye was you own case I think of two ways this works: I am pretty good on SQL Server especially BI, such that I could still have that on my cv with some confidence, however more recently I have been focusing...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: PowerShell – Now’s a Great Time To Learn More

    By Thomas Lee – PowerShell MVP Thomas is a UK IT Pro, with over 40 year’s experience in the IT field. He’s presently a PowerShell MCP and is very busy doing writing, consulting and training around some of the key Microsoft technologies including PowerShell, Lync and Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Training Partner: Windows Server 2012 Hands On Labs

    Microsoft Training Partner Pearson in Practice is currently offering you the opportunity to attend Microsoft First Look Clinics and Hands on Labs completely FREE of charge. All training is delivered by experienced Microsoft Certified Trainers, using newly released Microsoft Official Curriculum. The training...
  • Blog Post: Newsletter: Virtualise Your Way to the Cloud with Hyper-V

    The latest Flash newsletter is all about Hyper-V and virtualisation. This particular newsletter contains lots of learning opportunities from the series of IT Pro Camps that we are running through to the latest MVA courses and useful downloads and content to get you started. Our feature article is all...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Insights: Paul Iddon–TechEd Berlin 2010

    In 2010 I was very fortunate to receive a ticket to TechEd Europe in Berlin. I had never been to such an event before, I assumed it would be a bigger version of a TechDays event where IT Pros and Developers would get together and hear about the latest technology.  How wrong was I? The first day...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 IT Camps Dates & Locations Announced

    The UK IT Pro Team will be back on the road as of September delivering IT Camps to venues up and down the UK. After a brief break during the summer the team are back to deliver technical content in an IT Camp format. We are pleased to announce the first set of dates to coincide with the launch of...
  • Blog Post: Skills Development Roadmap - Choose your path to success

    Whether you’re an experienced IT professional or new to the field, we have the training and certification path that will help lead you to success. Our classes are taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, so you can be confident that the lesson material is accurate, complete, and up to date. Great...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe: Keynote Speakers Announced! #TEE12

    With just a few days left to go with the early bird offer (which expires at the end of this week…) we’ve just had word about who the keynote speakers will be for TechEd Europe 2012 … they are key strategic decision makers in the business. Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio. Jason Zander...