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TechNet flash update for Kiwi Developers MVA Competition

When you join successful IT Professionals who’re making the most of the Free Online Learning at Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) before the 15th of October, you could win one of a stack of awesome prizes! Join over 900 active New Zealand users and over 800,000 users worldwide who’re studying hundreds of Microsoft expert delivered courses in a gamified environment.

The prizes you could win include a Nokia Lumia 1520. This is not your average smart phone! It has a 6-inch Full HD display, 20 MP PureView camera with a Zeiss lens, 16GB storage and 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It’s pretty good looking too.

Speaking of good looking devices: you could also get your hands (or wrist) on one of five Fitbit Flex™ wireless wristbands. The Fitbit Flex™ tracks your steps, distance and calories during the day as well as your sleep patterns. Create a healthier you by monitoring the progress on your personal goals.

There are even more chances to win too. You could take home one of 50 polo shirts, USB 3.0 Hubs or USB 16GB sticks! Not only will you get the chance to take home something new and shiny, you’ll fill knowledge gaps that could be holding you back in your career too. New Zealand’s top IT Pros are upskilling all the time – keep up! The best IT Pros never stop learning.

How to enter

Complete a course on Microsoft Azure, System Center, Windows Client, Windows Server, Windows Intune or Hyper-V. To complete a course: watch one video plus a second activity that could include either another video, viewing the PDFs/PPTs/DOCs or taking a self-assessment. Then email us a screen shot of the message confirming you’ve completed the course and you'll be entered in to the draw. See here for full details.

Regan Murphy
Infrastructure Technical Evangelist
Microsoft NZ


News

Prize winners from TechEd New Zealand 2014

Drum roll, please! The following people not only had the awesome experience of attending TechEd this year, but after letting us know what they thought of the conference, they went into the draw to win some awesome prizes – and won! Rich Malyon is the envy of his fellow delegates with the brand new Surface Pro 3 he’s won. Tim West took home a Xbox One and Ash McPherson was the lucky recipient of a new Nokia Lumia 930. A huge congratulations (and an envious stare) to our winners! The device prizes are all gone now but, as a consolation, here are the sessions and keynote videos on demand for you to enjoy.

Join The Tech Elite!

Establish yourself as one of The Tech Elite in the Asia Pacific region: Join The Tech Elite. Sign in/register on Microsoft Virtual Academy, learn and complete the recommended MVA course tracks and if you gain the highest total number of points in your country for the month you will win a limited edition prize, and the glory! The more you learn with Microsoft Virtual Academy, the more points you earn… grab the chance and help advance your career and upskill on cloud, mobile, games, web and more. Find out more on the competition and becoming an expert in your country here.

MS Communities Code Camp

MS Communities Code Camp is a free community IT event held at AUT. This year more than 160 people attended 24 presentations covering Software Development, Infrastructure, SQL and Business Intelligence topics. This year’s presenters included a number of Microsoft MVP’s and several TechEd presenters, who all gave up their time to give a little back to the IT community. A huge 'thank you' goes out to the sponsors and organisers. The team is looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Where your business can get a Surface Pro 3

Upgrade your business. If you’re looking at getting your hands on a few Surface Pro 3 devices, head to one of these four authorised sellers: Acquire, Cyclone, Datacom or Spark Digital.

Get fresh ideas and energy in your business

Overcome the challenges in finding trained graduates, and managing new hires. Join the Microsoft Student Accelerator and get creative, hardworking students for your business over summer, at no cost. Get in touch with us about fresh talent today and be ready to kick start the careers of young, passionate and trained students who’re ready to start work in the IT industry.


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Events

Canterbury Software Summit

2 October 2014
This year Microsoft New Zealand is a Gold Sponsor of the annual Canterbury Software Summit is the largest technology event in the South Island. The conference will be held on Thursday, the 2nd of October and features a heavyweight speaker line-up including keynotes from ex-Microsoft DirectX ‘renegade’ Alex St John; Quid co-founder and Oxford Rhodes Scholar, Sean Gourley and Telogis CTO, Ralph Mason. Nigel Parker, The Director for Developer Experience at Microsoft New Zealand will also be presenting on the day.

The event has sold out the last 2 years outgrowing it’s original venue. The ‘Full Throttle’ theme reflects the momentum in Canterbury’s technology sector. Canterbury is a great place for hi-tech – whether you’re just starting up or already going full throttle. Come along to the 2014 Summit and find out why.

Dynamics Day 2014, from Intergen

23 October 2014
Intergen are hosting Dynamics Day 2014 in late October. This is a unique opportunity to hear from leading practitioners in Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM offerings, providing a combination of product information, updates, practical information and customer insights.

IT Camp: Implementing a Mobile-First World with Microsoft Enterprise Device Infrastructure

21 October - 4th November 2014
The volume and diversity of devices that users want to use to access corporate assets grows every day – everything from tablets to phones to wearable devices. At this one day interactive, hands-on training event, you will deep dive into key enterprise scenarios like identity, information and app protection. Register for your nearest one now: Auckland (21 October), Wellington (28 October), and Christchurch (4 November).

IT Camp: Extend your Datacenter with Microsoft Azure

30 October - 20 November 2014
If your organisation needs to scale on demand, rapidly respond to your customers, and maintain total control over your data at all times, attend one of these free camps led by Microsoft experts. You'll get hands-on training and first-hand experience extending your network using Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines as well as a deep dive into key enterprise scenarios like workload migration and networking. Register now for one in your area: Hamilton (30 October), Auckland (11 November), Christchurch (13 November), and Wellington (20 November).


Learn

IT Pros who are on the top of their game never stop learning. Keep your foot on the pedal and make the most of Microsoft Virtual Academy’s year-round, Free Online Learning. New courses are added monthly and are world-class. If you haven’t already, see what’s on offer from these expert delivered courses.

Enterprise Mobility Immersion V3.1

Head here now to watch the slides and on demand videos for the key points in planning, deploying and managing people-centric IT.

Security Fundamentals

Play it safe! There are some great slides and on demand videos available here that cover security layers, OS security, network security and security software. Go on, check them out.

Windows Azure Storage - Design and Implementation Jump Start

Know more about Microsoft Azure. For a better knowledge of storage design patterns and best practice techniques see these slides and on demand videos.


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