2014 – The year when I actually started to notice real changes

Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server 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. In the last few weeks I’ve seen the technology media start producing their predictions of what…


The Cloud and our Business

Colin Chaplin is a freelance Infrastructure Architect who helps large organisations transform Microsoft-based infrastructure.  Tailspin Toys is a fictional medium enterprise. It has outsourced its IT function, completed a Windows 7 migration, virtualised its server estate and migrated to Exchange 2010. Does any of this sound familiar? What would the cloud offer? Here are a…


How to talk to Marketing and get yourself heard

Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training, a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with SharePoint, Windows Server and Windows desktop. I know it can be a terrible thing to consider, but sometimes IT professionals and…

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5 Mistakes IT Pros Make Progressing their Career

Colin Chaplin is a freelance Infrastructure Architect who helps large organisations transform Microsoft-based infrastructure. I tend to work on big IT infrastructure projects which by their nature means I interview many people both internal to the organisation and externally. Furthermore I often find myself as unofficial career guidance for ex-colleagues and friends where I know…


How IT’s Relationship with Sales and Marketing is Changing

Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server 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. When I once told my doctor I worked in IT, he told me everyone now works in…

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Different Strokes for Different Folks – IT Pro’s and Senior Managers

By Anthony Sutcliffe – Freelance IT Consultant *Please note: The characters mentioned in this article are fictitious, but are based on real life personal examples. Back in August, the UK TechNet team approached me to write a ‘Different Strokes for Different Folks’ article, by drawing upon personal experience I highlighted some of the different working…


F1 for help

Join us for two days of IT Camps for the Enterprise 8-9th April @ Lotus F1® HQ If there is one thing I have learnt from my time at Microsoft it is that we are all different. One area where this is obvious is that we all have different approaches to learning.  Some people like to…

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How to certify your career progression in 2014.

By Edward Jones, Firebrand Training Whether seeking a promotion, career change or salary boost, certification is a great way of making it happen. Employers and recruiters have long considered certification as a crucial part of the hiring process. After all, what better way to validate your skills and expertise, than to attain an industry-recognised certification…

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The Right Theory for IT.

Back in the sixties Douglas McGregor at MIT came up with Theory X and Theory Y. This is so old it might infact be a new thing for you.  If it is new to you the theories play out like this… Theory X Theory Y – We’re all lazy – We work hard – We…

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Avoid the tech-nightmare before Christmas: the yearly upgrade cycle.

    By Mike Resseler, Product Strategy Specialist for Veeam and MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management   Here comes December, which for most means happy family moments, gifts, and a nice bearded guy traveling around the world in his deer driven sled. For some of us, this announces the quietest time of…

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