Top articles of 2015

2015 has been the most successful year yet for the TechNet UK Blog, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a look back at the articles that made it all possible? If you haven’t read them yet, we suggest you make the most of the free time this New Year to learn something…


A new future arrives for IT Professionals

Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server and Azure professional services company, and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master. His role is to guide and lead organisations through data platform transformation and cloud adoption programmes.   Over the last few years, we have seen a constant flood of digital innovation…


Is Power BI what you and your business needs?

By Ben Howard, MVP.  Ben has over 20 years’ experience of implementing enterprise solutions such as MRPII, ERP, and latterly Microsoft’s EPM (Project and Project Server) solution.  He has been a Microsoft Project MVP for the last 7 years, and is the author of Microsoft Project 2013 Plain & Simple . Now that the year…


Predictions for data in 2016

As the expert in our team on Machine Learning, which is all about making predictions from data, Harry has asked me to make some predictions for 2016. For this article, however, I’ll be relying on my experience and not an API built from a neural network! Prediction 1: Machine learning is a good place to…


Techy treats for all the family

Forget hand-knitted jumpers, even if they do feature Darth Vader in a Christmas hat. This year, pack the latest technology under the tree. From your best friend to kids, teens and even grans, there really is a present for everyone (and, hey, maybe granddad has always wanted a hover board?). Mince pie and credit card…


Getting started with Microsoft developer certifications

Looking after the Microsoft Technical Certification business, I’m fortunate to regularly engage with developers worldwide every year, both online and at numerous industry conferences. Most of our conversations revolve around two key questions. For the benefit of the developer community, I’d like to share my answers here:

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Explaining tech terms to your family this Christmas

Christmas is traditionally a time for family and friends, but as an IT Pro it can all too often be a time for trying to explain exactly what you do to your confused extended family. There’s only so many times you can tolerate being asked, ‘what is it you do exactly?’ – then as soon…


Devops Practices: Infrastructure as Code

This post is provided by PowerShell MVP Richard Siddaway One of the biggest issues in IT is the apparent split between development teams and operations teams. I deliberately say apparent because as with many things in IT the hype doesn’t always match reality. DevOps is the new IT ‘wunderkind’ that will cure all your IT…


Demystifying DevOps Behaviours

In an effort to demystify the new and exciting world of DevOps and DevOps culture, I am hosting a series of guest posts on this blog over the next few months. Firstly we need to have a look at just what those behaviours are. To do this, I have enlisted the help of a number…


6 Ways to Avoid the Cloud Hangover

In the midst of the hype, companies were led to believe moving to the cloud was simple and easy. Sure, there are proven advantages, but there are also things you need to watch out for. Since these impact every corner of your network and organisation, the repercussions of not properly implementing a cloud solution are…