Top tips on how to survive as a contractor

By Asavin Wattanajantra, Editor, Microsoft UK Developers According to experts, 2014 is the year of the IT contractor. Increasing numbers of people are exploring a career path which doesn't follow the traditional full-time or permanent route. In the past, the use of contractors was simply put down to companies not wanting to commit to long-term…

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How can an IT Pro make a tangible business impact?

The following post was contributed by Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Business and IT are inextricably linked, there is no denying the fact and if that’s the case then the IT Professional has a big part to play in the success of the business. I am employed as Senior Consultant…


Apprentice v Graduate – Who’s right for your business?

The following post was contributed by Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP. Background When I looked at writing this article I garnered some opinions from a lot of different people; educationalists, IT professionals and also the directors of my current company. The surprising bit about gathering all of this opinion was…


The 4 Key Skills You Need to Get Ahead in IT

      By Paul Gregory – Principal Technologist and Trainer at QA – www.qa.com       I have been training IT professionals for over 15 years. During this time, I have had the privilege to work with some of the world’s leading IT organizations and some of the best IT professionals in the…


Cloud powered ‘change agents’ driving business transformation

Guest Post by Rob Fraser, Cloud Services CTO, Microsoft Ltd A new study from Forrester, commissioned by Microsoft Ltd, has found that cloud computing is empowering ‘change agents’ from all corners of an organisation to deliver business innovation and drive positive business change. Essentially, it shows that where there are certain types of people who…

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How To: Become a “Cloud Ninja”–Skills to become a Master of the Cloud

Become a ‘Cloud Ninja’ and help lead your IT organisation to the cloud, by obtaining Microsoft’s new flagship certification, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). These certifications recognise those IT professionals who have broad and deep skill sets across whole Microsoft solutions. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) is the certification for aspiring IT professionals…

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The future of IT for MSPs

Today I presentated to a group of about a thousand managed service providers about Microsoft’s cloud and what it means for the future of IT.  I though I’d throw up this post to provide some extra resources like the deck embedded below that I used for the presentation.  I’d like to thank my friends at…

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