The ever expanding SQL Server family

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.  SQL Server isn’t just the name of Microsoft’s relationship database engine, it’s also the name…

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Roll up, roll up get your FREE Microsoft Azure BETA Exam code here.

Within the last month, I have taken all three Microsoft Azure Certification Exams, two of them have been BETA tests. Read on and you can get you own code to take a FREE Azure BETA Exam (only 500 codes available – first come – first served) So, I post quite often about certification and testing…


Microsoft Apprentice of the Year - A Winner's Story

The following post is a Q&A interview with one of the winners from the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2014 awards. Kimberley Bolton, a Firebrand apprentice is the first female to win the award and what's even more impressive, she was new to IT just a year ago. Starting out in the industry at 19 with no knowledge, she is…


Congratulations to our MVA Hero winners!

A few months ago, the UK IT Pro team introduced the MVA Hero competition to the community to encourage all of you IT Pro's to power up your careers and get trained in the latest technology through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA offers valuable technical training available to consume anytime, at no cost…

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Free Hyper-V training, back by popular demand

You are exclusively invited to our free professional online training on Windows Server 2012 Hyper V, delivered in partnership with TheRegister.co.uk and QA Training. It’s the second training session of the series – back by popular demand. In our first event, we covered Virtual Machine Movement in Windows Server 2012 Hyper V, and with over…

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Learning: Don’t lose your Second Shot

Time is running out to take advantage of free retakes for failed Microsoft exams. Retake an exam for free before May 31st. Sign up for Second Shot In addition pass your exam before May 31st 2013 and you can enter a prize draw for a chance to win a UK Weekend Away, £500 or £100…

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TechED Europe - 25th to the 28th June - Certifications at 50% off!

Are you still thinking about attending?  Are you still trying to get sign off from your boss to travel? My colleague Denise recently blogged about some of the announcements we’ve made on the certification side of things: A Microsoft certification confirms to everyone—employers, clients, your peers—that you’re a technical expert with proven skills. It also…

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Competition: Get Certified, Get Ahead & Win

By passing an MCP exam during the months of March, April or May 2013 you will be able to enter a prize draw to win one of the fantastic prizes below. What’s more, if you pass another exam in a later qualifying month you can enter again (see terms and conditions for full details). UK…

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Want to Jump Start your Windows 8 at Work Experience?

Take advantage of free, online, fast-paced training courses designed specifically for experienced IT professionals with jobs that demand that they know how to best leverage the emerging features and technologies in Windows 8. Module 1: Tips and Tricks for IT Pros See what’s new in Windows 8 for the IT professional from the new user…

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