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As an IT Professional you are now recognized as a source of innovation and efficiency. Businesses are beginning to understand that they can’t be great without a great IT organization. Over the next four years, only 25% of respondents in a Forrester Research report would have their enterprise infrastructure in company-owned facilities. What does that mean for you?

Being ready to move to the cloud is a huge opportunity for your career.

Why there’s confidence in the cloud

It’s not just the financial savings (‘cloudonomics’), the increase in security, and productivity. You can also gain the edge for your business in outperforming your competitors. To see who else is on Azure already, have a look at these case studies from other Kiwi companies who're already in the cloud.

Take the next step

As a forward leaning IT Pro taking the Azure IaaS for IT Pros courses from MVA is a great first step. The Virtual Machines Readiness Assessment Tool is also available for download to automatically inspect your on-premises environment and provide a check list, plus a detailed report on the next steps you need to take before you move onwards and upwards.

Another way to prove your Azure readiness is to sit the Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam.

You’ll also want to review whether you want to have a hybrid solution, or not. This course on Azure Networking Fundamentals as well as these hybrid cloud resources can help you on that journey. I’m also hosting a hybrid cloud IT Camp on 19 March in Auckland. To help you decide if Azure is the right platform take the free one month Azure trial and check out a comparison of competitor offers here and here.

If you’re getting as far as consulting the budget, there is a handy Azure pricing calculator available. You can purchase Azure using a credit card, enterprise agreement, or using the new open licensing option through your existing reseller.

The future of IT

The move to the cloud is a journey that will take your business into the future. The future of IT is also in our younger generation. Starting in March I’ll be making my way around several, large NZ Polytechnics to offer industry exposure to the students, answer questions and to take them over the free, online learning resource that is Microsoft Virtual Academy.

There’s plenty of preparation for everyone to be ready! Better get started now. Ready, steady - cloud!

Regan Murphy
Infrastructure Technical Evangelist
Microsoft NZ

There's 900+ active Kiwi users of Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). Join them and Start your next career move. Dig into the awesome Azure for IT Pros series, below.

Azure IaaS for IT Pros

Want to explore and build on your foundational cloud skills? Take a deep dive with the Microsoft Azure experts!

Win a Nespresso™ machine for your start-up with BizSpark NZ.

Is your start-up in need of some free software, Azure benefits, networking and support? Sign up now for the @BizSpark program. All successful applicants will receive a free coffee mug, and if you use $1,000 USD worth of Microsoft Azure while building your empire before 30 April 2015, you'll be in to WIN a Nespresso™ Maestria Breville machine for your office (worth $849 NZD!) See more details here.

The Best and the Worst: “Tales from Tech Support” finalists announced.

Read some of the pretty amazing/terrible/hilarious stories from the “Tales from Tech Support” contest. The winners will be announced shortly, so keep an eye on the official site to see who takes it out.

Azure AD automated password roll-over for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn now in preview!

Since announcing Azure Active Directory's support for managing shared company accounts for Twitter, Facebook and more, we've received a ton of interest and feedback. We're pleased to announce a preview of automatic password rollover and management for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn in response to one of the biggest requests you've had.

Introducing ASP.NET 5

The first preview release of ASP.NET 1.0 came out almost 15 years ago, now a new release of ASP.NET, called ASP.NET 5, is now available in preview. As part of this release ASP.NET will be leaner, more modular, cross-platform, and cloud optimized.

Microsoft MVP ComCamp.

Tomorrow, 27 February
It's back, with a new time. The annual Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Community Camp is presenting Microsoft's reinvention based on its new vision, 'Mobile-first, Cloud-first'. Held in more than 20 cities in the APAC region, the event provides training on Azure and Azure based app development as well as a range of useful tips and technical advice for a range of MS products.

The Inaugural Microsoft Student Accelerator Showcase

9 March
Microsoft is empowering students through the MSA programme, to help young Kiwis carve a pathway towards an IT career – either by joining an organisation, or by creating their own.

Students will find out the value of taking part in this programme in 2015 and organisations will discover the benefits of taking on innovative students over the summer period.

The showcase will also feature the top four teams who'll be battling it out in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.

IT Camp: Extend your Datacenter with Microsoft Azure

19 March
When you extend your datacenter to meet the public cloud, you are working in a hybrid cloud model that provides your business a flexible IT infrastructure that can scale on demand. Attend this IT Camp to learn how the Microsoft hybrid cloud combines Microsoft Azure with your own datacenter, or a hosting service providers datacenter.

eResearch NZ 2015

23, 24 & 25 March 2015
eResearch NZ aims to promote shared approaches to supporting eResearch needs across institutions and disciplines. If you’re interested, join the discussion on how eResearch can highlight current and emerging research priorities.

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

24 & 26 March
Explore the new enterprise mobility capabilities that make recovery, security, and identity management of Windows and non-Windows platforms easier. At this one day interactive, hands-on training event, you will deep dive into key enterprise scenarios like identity, mobile device management, information and app protection.

ShareThePoint – Productivity Roadshow

March 2015
ShareThePoint is delivering free, practical, 2 hour seminars on SharePoint in your business to a town near you! To check out their journey and register for a workshop here.


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