Future Decoded – with Data Science

If you have been following my posts on Microsoft’s approach to data science with things like Machine Learning you’ll realise that it’s capable of making predictions. However to be honest it’s not going to tell you what devices and career you’ll have in five years time. To do that you need expert humans not expert…


Bumph or brilliance? Finding the place for Cloud in your business

It comes as news to nobody that the IT industry is rocketing through a massive transformation, with every Marketing Exec and his dog bouncing around phrases like ‘Cloud Computing’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘Internet of Things’ as if they’re going out of fashion. However, Cloud has been around longer than you might think. Microsoft announced its…


Chris Rhodes – An MVP’s perspective on TechEd North America

The following post is contributed by Chris Rhodes; MCT, MVP in Windows Expert – IT Pro and co-founder of the Windows User Group. So… TechEd wrapped up last week – and what a week it was, you can find all the main big announcements from the conference here! I was your roving TechEd correspondent Chris Rhodes,…


Chris Rhodes – Our MVP in Residence at TechEd North America

The following post is contributed by Chris Rhodes; MCT, MVP in Windows Expert – IT Pro and co-founder of the Windows User Group. TechEd. That one word always summons up great feelings in my mind. The minute it’s announced, the countdown begins! It’s *the* event for IT Pros and developers in the calendar – it’s one not to…

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Presentations, (IT) Pro’s and Pizza: A Career Evening in Review

As a wise individual once said, “Don’t change yourself for the job, change the job to suit you”. This is a piece of advice that we’ve taken to heart recently, but don’t read into that, this isn’t a public resignation post. Rather, if you’ve read Andrew’s blog post on Careers Advice for the IT Professional…

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Optimise your work-life balance with the IT Balanced Scorecard!

Many large successful organisations including Microsoft use the Balanced Scorecard developed by Norton & Kaplan to monitor performance of their businesses, so is there something we can learn from this technique to get better at what we do in the IT industry? I think there is but before I get to that, what is it…

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Careers Advice for the IT Professional

I have to admit that I am not at all interested in football, but despite all the bad press some players get, there are many who understand how privileged they are and that they are essentially there to entertain their many loyal fans.  A good example is something that Craig Bellamy said when asked about…

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A Summary of Events – December 2013

  Christmas is creeping up, why not see how many IT events you can squeeze in from now till then. With 2014 looming, now is the perfect time to start getting skilled up and prepared for a new year, a new you? Attend an IT camp, learn new things, increase your knowledge and expertise, whilst…


A Summary of Events – November 2013

Wish you could attend more IT events, but never hear about them in time? A new feature post we will be running at the beginning of each month from here on in is the monthly ‘Summary of Events’, starting this month with November. We hope these updates will help give you the chance to find and…


Build a Pioneering Cloud with Microsoft Hybrid Datacentre Technologies

Fresh from The Register’s Windows Azure webcast and our trip aboard the pioneering Concorde to take your Cloud questions at twice the speed of sound, we’re back with more free CloudOS events and chat on the 14th November. This time around the subject matter is Microsoft hybrid datacentre technologies, featuring both on and off-premise solutions in the…