Category Archives: Partner

More events announced in ModernBiz Series for SMB

  Quick Links to training in this Newsletter. Modern Business Technical Training for SMB Grow Your Business with Technical Training Below is a list of all the Modern Biz Technical training sessions to help you and your team skill up on the latest technology, solutions and news.   The Modern Biz Technical Series provides training, demonstrations, and hands-on instruction on how to use the latest Office 365, Windows, Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server 2014 capabilities to

ModernBiz Tech Training Events Coming In October and December

I’ll be delivering this series of readiness events for Microsoft in October and November, this time round the cities being visited are Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Below is the official invite text, let me know in advance if you are planning on attending. There will be other events in this series, which will dig into additional topics, but to start, take a look below and see if this is appropriate for you or others in your business Grow Your

Best Of Both Worlds Training July 2014

This month I’m delivering the Best Of Both Worlds training for Microsoft’s OEM team, covering Windows Server and Office 365 integration opportunities.   Best Of Both Worlds July 2014

WPC2013 Session Summary – SC16i: Increasing the value of your Office 365 deployment with Windows Intune

I was fortunate enough to be one of the partners invited to be part of the Q&A panel for this session along with some other members of the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council for Cloud. Today’s post is a quick summary of some of the questions that we received, and the different responses the panel replied. One of the first questions that was asked was why Windows Intune versus many of the competing solutions, and there were many responses to this.

Adding Windows Intune To The CIE

With last week’s update from CIE 4.1 to 4.5, the Office 365 based version added support for Yammer and CRM Online, moving into a position of having scenario elements that the VM based version doesn’t offer just yet. One of the elements that is still missing though is the incorporating of Windows Intune into the scenarios. This is something that isn’t all that difficult to do, depending on how complex you want to make it, but for the sake of

Windows RT In The CIE (Sung To The Tune Of R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.)

The Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) is an important part of Microsoft’s strategy to get customers to see how their latest technologies work together, from a scenario driven approach rather than just focusing on the features and benefits of individual products. One of the challenges that Microsoft faces is that most people haven’t seen how well integrated these solutions are, and the CIE helps to address this. While there is no official support for Windows RT devices in the CIE at

Windows Intune Webcast Recordings Now Available

There are three Windows Intune webcasts available for download now – please note that you will need to use your MPN sign in to access these… · Windows Intune: Building on top of your SCCM Practice – November recording· Windows Intune: Licensing attach to Configuration Manager EAs – November recording· Windows Intune: Managing Modern Devices – November recording

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0 Released

Over the past few years, one of the tools that I’ve been recommending highly is MAP, and now MAP 8.0 has been released and is ready for mass consumption. While I would normally shy away from recommending beta versions of software in a production environment, MAP is one of those tools that I think I think is an exception. There are a few reasons for this, firstly it means you have the chance to provide feedback on something that will

New series of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 articles

Altech, one of Microsoft’s OEM distributors in Australia has asked me to write a series of articles targeting their channel partners to help educate and prepare them for new Windows releases. As some of you already know, I have spent most of the past 20+ years involved in things related to Microsoft, Windows and product launches, and this is an opportunity to bring all three together again. The site is almost ready to go live, there are still a few

Windows Intune “Ask The Experts” Webcast Series

My good friends in the Microsoft Australia Partner And Readiness team have organised two online events to help you get up to speed with Windows Intune. The first of these was delivered today by Paul Bourgeau, the World Wide Technical Lead for Windows Intune, one of my go to sources for all things Windows Intune. The recording of today’s session is available here. I’ve seen Paul in action a couple of times already and always learn something new. I encourage you


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