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TechDays on Line 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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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,… Read more

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 do that you need expert humans not expert… Read more

Microsoft Valuable Penguin

I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first.  In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals… Read more

So You want to be an Evangelist

With my job title of Evangelist I often get asked about what my roles, both inside and outside of the Microsoft firewall.  In the 2 weeks I have presented to the Leeds VM User Group (www.vmug.org.uk), done a careers chat at a Science college, produced and presented at TechDays Online nd attended SQL Bits 11….. Read more

TechDays Online 2012

Simon and I are doing so many events that frankly our blogs are nearly dying of neglect so I am not even sure if anyone is out there reading this!   I am not apologising because it’s great to be out there meeting people at IT Camps, launch events etc. However not everyone can get… Read more

Windows Server 2012 IT camps

I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps.  These camps will all be  on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release not… Read more

SQL Relay Notes and Queries

I wanted to something different for SQL Relay last week as this is a community driven event and I didn’t want to cover areas that the other experts on the Relay team would cover. This left some gaps and I have had several follow up questions via twitter and e-mail which I want to cover… Read more