Many partners remain uncertain about Live@edu and the opportunity it presents across all sectors of the Education market. The main event to find out more is the Partner Workshop in London on October 23, details of which can be found at:
The main audience for October 23 are business, sales and marketing teams. For the more technical amongst you that need to appreciate the deployment and integration options available for Live@edu, not to mention all the resources and code, we have a Technical Workshop on Nov 25, also in London. To register please email: email@example.com
Finally, if you are new to Education and just need to understand the Live@edu opportunity, then maybe the Live Meeting on October 28 – 9:30 – 10:30 – is the event for you. Matt Fox will be presenting a view of the market and partner opportunities. To register go to:
Delegate Registration Link -
An invitation code is required to register:
Invitation Code: 93EAFC
In preparation for the UK Partner Event at Wembley on Oct 7 each of the UK Education Business Managers has prepared a short presentation for their respective sectors. The SkyDrive link below will take you to a Public Folder with useful resources including the following:
The Partner Resources presentation includes contact details for each of the Business Managers who would be delighted to hear from you if there are specific opportunities that you need help with. We hope you find these resources useful.
A Free Windows Azure Platform Technical 2 Day Accelerated Training Workshop, for Microsoft Partners
The Microsoft Developer & Platform is pleased to announce a free two day “Accelerated Training Workshop” covering the Windows Azure Services Platform, for Microsoft Partners. Delivered through workshop style presentations and hands-on lab exercises, the workshop will focus on the three key services of the Windows Azure Platform – Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services.
The topics covered over the two days will be:
This workshop is aimed at developers, architects and systems designers with at least 6 months practical experience using Visual Studio 2008 and C#.
The workshop will be run 19th & 20th October (Monday & Tuesday) and again on 21st & 22nd October (Wednesday and Thursday), and is targeted at partners who have projects that they are potentially looking to move to Azure. Places are limited to one person per company, and you will get an email acknowledging your request, and spaces will be allocated closer to the event
To apply for one of the limited places on this workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- The workshop date(s) you are interested in
- Attendee details (Name, job position, company)
- Any prototypes, projects or feature areas that are relevant
Full Course Outline
Module 1: Azure Services Platform Overview
Module 2: Introduction to Windows Azure
Lab: Building Windows Azure Services
Module 3: Building Services using Windows Azure
Lab: Building Web Applications with Windows Azure
Module 4: Windows Azure Storage
Lab: Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage
Lab: Using Windows Azure Tables
Module 5: Introduction to SQL Azure
Lab: Introduction to SQL Azure
Module 5: Building Applications using SQL Azure
Lab: Building Your First SQL Azure Application
Module 6: Introduction to .NET Services
Module 7: Building Applications using the .NET Service Bus
Labs: .NET Service Bus or Building Hybrid Applications
Business Intelligence represents a great opportunity for Education Partners to build on their SQL and SharePoint skills to deliver rich BI solutions across the Education sector. To help Education Partners understand the market opportunity, solution options and resources available, we’re running this special event.
Business Intelligence Platform Strategy Update
This session is not aimed at being a "deep dive" development or technical conversation but instead will focus on the higher level technology platform and the innovation in the Microsoft BI platform that can help Partners deliver (competitor) winning solutions. Mostly demonstration led, the session aims to deliver a complete “art of the possible” overview of the Microsoft BI capabilities.
Market and Partner Opportunity
Overview of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Solution:
In helping Partners understand the value of the Microsoft BI platform and the building block components, both on premise and in the upcoming cloud services, this session is aimed at leaving the Partner better placed to make informed business decisions to help shape their customers future platform of choice.
The event details are as follows:
Date: Thursday 03 December
Location: Thames Valley Park, Reading – Building 2
Time: 10:00 – 15:00 (Registration from 9:30)
Registration: Maximum of 2 per partner as space is very limited.
Email: Catherine Mandungu – email@example.com
WNS146AAL: Microsoft Virtualization: Best Choice for MS Server Applications
Presented by: Megan Kidd & Vipul Shah
Webcast Date: 9/17/2009
Webcast Start Time: 8:00 AM (Pacific)
PLC Registration Link for Partners
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professional
Today more than ever customers are looking for ways to cut costs and streamline their IT infrastructure. These needs can be addressed by choosing the MS Server Virtualization Platform, which includes Windows Server 2008 Hyper-v and Server Management Suite Enterprise, to virtualize SQL Server, SharePoint or Exchange. Please join Vipul Shah, Sr. Product Manager, to hear about the benefits customers will realize including cost savings, enhanced business continuity, more agility and a comprehensive management solution and why the Microsoft virtualization solution is the bet they should be making. We will discuss business benefits and the deployment scenarios where these benefits are realized, supported by customer and partner proof points.
BTS21PAAL: Sales Scenarios: RFID
Presented by: Greg Walker & Mark Simms
Learn how to spot RFID opportunities where you should play and win to drive significant application platform adoption at your customers.
- Understand the key questions and business challenges to identify RFID opportunities that you should engage in
- Examine how RFID can be used to open up new opportunities for application platform wins
- Cover the highlights (and lowlights) of several RFID-centric engagements, how we won, and how we delivered.
- Show how to get ramped up on the knowledge, tools and connections to drive your own RFID platform wins
IOC47PAAL: The Enrolment for Core Infrastructure (ECI): Exceed your server coverage goals and grow your SA, management, and security revenue!
Presented by: Jacqueline Borges
This webcast will be offered live at two separate times to accommodate various time zones and busy schedules. The presenters will cover the same topics at each session; please attend the one that best fits your schedule.
Session 1: Webcast Start Time: 9:00 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner IT Professional
On October 1, 2009, we will launch a new licensing offer for customers seeking a protected and well-managed core infrastructure. The Enrollment for Core Infrastructure provides an easy way to license the Windows Server® operating system, Microsoft System Center server management, and Microsoft Forefront™ Client Security together. The offering is available in three Core Infrastructure Server Suite editions – Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard - all to help customers reduce product acquisition costs, reduce operational costs, simplify licensing, manage their core infrastructure more efficiently, and enable new business scenarios. This session will outline the customer value proposition, program details, and the selling scenarios where ECI can help you exceed your revenue goals in FY10
IDA20AL: Business Ready Security Solution Series #1: Secure Endpoint
Presented by: Adwait Joshi
Webcast Date: 9/18/2009
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales
Learn how customers can protect client and server operating systems from emerging threats and information loss, while enabling secure access from virtually anywhere. This session will showcase the Secure Endpoint solution and highlight the key features and benefits of the solution. The session will also highlight the multilayered protection with Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, Forefront Protection Manager and Threat Management Gateway.
IDA22AL: Business Ready Security Solution Series #2: : Identity and Access Management
Presented by: Brjann Brekkan
Webcast Date: 9/21/2009
Identity and access is at the center of the secure and well managed infrastructure, and a robust identity and access infrastructure and management solution is critical to enabling the people in your organization to be successful. This session looks at the IAM solution that exists from Microsoft today and how we look at solving common business scenarios. The solution consists of our Active Directory technologies including Federations Services as well as a strong management platform in Forefront Identity Manager and access features in Unified Access Gateway in combination with the Windows Server platform capabilities.
WES30PAL: Get More Out of Exchange Server 2007 with Windows Essential Business Server 2008
Presented by: David Fabritius, Hanh Pham and Brent Reeser
Webcast Start Time: 9:00 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker
Windows Essential Business Server 2008 is an enterprise-class server solution designed and priced for midsize businesses. For those customers who are considering an upgrade to Exchange Server 2007, EBS 2008 represents an ideal way to provide the benefits of Exchange as part of an integrated solution built on Windows Server 2008. Join us to learn more about the great productivity enhancements available in Exchange Server 2007 and how EBS 2008 solves the messaging, management, and security needs for midsize businesses.
WNS145PAL: Licensing Centralized Desktops: Microsoft VDI and WS08 R2 Remote Desktop Services
Presented by: Max Herrmann, Alex Balcanquall, Sean Suydam, Michael Cooper and Balagopalan Nikhil
Webcast Start Time: 10:00 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner IT Professional
This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn about key licensing aspects for Microsoft’s latest offerings for centralizing the desktop: the Microsoft VDI Suites and the Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Client Access License (RDS-CAL). Interest from customers in a centralized desktop solution from Microsoft has been increasing significantly over the last year, and so have questions about the correct licensing - specifically related to the emerging Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) scenario. Microsoft’s new VDI offerings, the “VDI Standard Suite” and the “VDI Premium Suite”, slated to hit the price list in October, package key VDI infrastructure and management components from Microsoft and streamline the licensing to better line up with the existing VECD license. - In addition, the new RDS-CAL, which is replacing the familiar TS-CAL for traditional session virtualization infrastructure (fka Terminal Services), offers even greater infrastructure capabilities in Windows Server 208 R2; in this Academy Live session, we will also provide an update to the licensing terms of the new RDS-CAL in the context of the new RDS capabilities.
WNS148PAL: Selling Windows Server 2008 R2
Presented by: Justin Graham
Webcast Date: 9/22/2009
Windows Server BG and the STB leadership is committed to grow the server business with the launch of Windows Server 2008 R2. To help you succeed we have put together the resources, information, and best practices in a easy to consume manner. This session provides the guidance to land the Windows Server socket.
BTS22PAAL: New BizTalk Server 2009 Demo: Highlighting SharePoint & WF Integration
Presented by: Ofer Ashkenazi
This session is intended to train you to deliver the new BizTalk Server 2009 demo to customers. We will demo an end-to-end purchasing solution that includes: purchase order request creation and approval, PO processing and invoice processing. The solution is implemented with BizTalk Server 2009, SharePoint 2007 and WF (.NET 3.5).
MOS04PAL: U.S. Accelerate Initiative for Microsoft Online Services Partners Monthly Webcast
Presented by: Penelope Delgadillo
Join our monthly partner webcast for the Accelerate Initiative for Microsoft Online Services Partners to receive ongoing program updates, and resources as outlined in the initiative requirements document. The series will run through the end of 2010, providing sales and technical resources, marketing tools and information, readiness and other resources to help you achieve initiative goals. For more information or questions, please contact USMOSG@microsoft.com.
MOS32PAL: Accelerate Your Online Services Practice - Join our FY10 Initiative!
Webcast Start Time: 12:00 PM (Pacific)
The Microsoft FY10 Accelerate Initiative for Online Services Partners is available to top Microsoft Online Services Partners that commit to delivering eight (8) customer wins with 25 or more seats each by June 30, 2010. The Initiative is based on a framework that allows incentives, tools, and resources to be delivered to partners to enable activation using a model of ‘Gives and Gets.’ In addition, participating partners will receive sales and technical mentoring, marketing investment, leads, readiness and ongoing sales pipeline review. Join the webcast to learn more about the initiative and accelerate your online services practice. Email USMOSG@microsoft.com with questions.
PSG19AL: Grow Revenue and Delight Government Customers with the Efficient & Sustainable Government Customer Campaign
Presented by: Mark Day, Josh Henretig, Ibrahim Hamza and Andres Caldera
Webcast Date: 9/23/2009
Session 1: Webcast Start Time: 7:00 AM (Pacific)
This essential training for both sales and marketing teams can help you and your partners grow revenue, delight customers and take share from the competition. Help government customers find long term economic growth, increase efficiency and achieve environmental sustainability mandates.
WES23PAL: Social Media 101: Defining and Understanding How to Connect with Your Clients and Colleagues Using the Latest Technologies
Presented by: Stuart Crawford
Social media is the latest trend, but many leaders face big hurdles with getting online and creating a buzz. Hear how you can use social media tools internally across your organization and as a mechanism to quickly share important information. This session takes a hands-on approach on how to: use social media to connect with employees, team members, and clients; design a blog; write your message clearly and concisely; and apply delivery mechanisms and alerts for notification of new content.
SQL100PAL: Partner Solutions That Will Help You Sell SQL
Presented by: Dan Alling
Webcast Date: 9/24/2009
In this session you will be exposed to SQL Server 2008 based solutions from different partner types that can help you overcome some selling objections. Solutions from ISVs, SIs and hardware partners will be highlighted in a variety of scenarios and different types of deployments.
IDA24AL: Business Ready Security Solution Series #4: Help Customers Securely Collaborate with Partners and Employees
Presented by: Uri Lichtenfeld
Join us for an hour as we walk through all the best practices and technologies available to extend and secure SharePoint to for your customer’s employees on the go, partners and vendors. After this session you'll know how to:
1. Protect your SharePoint server from malware and inappropriate content.
2. Protect your data from leaking into the wrong hands.
3. Easily and securely publish your SharePoint for access by remote employees and partners.
4. Simply establish trusts and federation between business partners leveraging claims.
IDA21AL: Business Ready Security Solution Series #5: Integrated Security
Webcast Date: 9/25/2009
Integrated Security Solution Overview: Today's enterprise defenses include a variety of technologies that provide detection and protection at multiple levels of the IT infrastructure. This session discusses how Integrated Security coordinates data from host, network, and application protections to provide better insight into all levels of security information. The session will showcase how security data management can be used to deliver effective monitoring, accurate detection, and increased protection.
WNS149PAL: Windows Server 2008 R2: New Imaging, Deployment and Migration Tools
Presented by: Jeremy Chapman (OS DEPLOYMENT)
Webcast Date: 9/28/2009
Server deployment is often overlooked when it comes to automation. Many organizations continue to build out servers using retail installation media and checklists while others continue to use outdated sector-based imaging tools. There has to be a better way, right? If your customers have outgrown the need to build servers from memory or printed checklists, this session will discuss the automation approaches from capturing a standard Windows image, to using basic unattend files for light automation and finally advanced tools to automate server provisioning end-to-end, including application of server roles, role configuration and automated file migration from “to-be-retired” server hardware. With many of the new server and client features being tied together, we’re betting that more and more organizations will begin to migrate their Windows Server 2003 machines to Windows Server 2008 R2. The best part of all this is that you can use these tools to deploy both servers and clients. Join us for the conversation and explore the new tools and capabilities.
WNS140AL: Planning and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V: Part 4 – Plan, Deploy and Manage with the Security Compliance Management Toolkit Beta
Presented by: Tom Cloward
Webcast Date: 9/29/2009
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Training, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professional
The Security Compliance Management Toolkit provides you with an end-to-end solution to help you plan, deploy, and monitor the security baselines of servers running Windows Server 2008 and soon Windows Server R2 in your customers' environment. Attend this Partner Academy Live session and see how the Security Guide and GPOAccelerator tool, both included in this Solution Accelerator, are used to establish and deploy security baselines. Part 4 of a 4 part series.
BRD15PAL: Let’s Do Launch: Better Yet, Let’s Make it a Power Launch!
Presented by: Catheryne Rowe
Partner Audience: Partner Marketing
Get more value from your marketing efforts with the low-cost, high-impact webcast launch events. We are embarking on the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s three most important platform products: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010. This powerful product portfolio creates a unique opportunity to align with customer’s top priorities around costs savings, IT efficiency and business productivity.
This webcast is designed to help you stimulate customer demand and drive sales results with launch webcasts. Whether you are planning a single launch webcast or a series of launch webcasts, you will need to know the driving factors behind why prospects attend launch webcasts and how to deliver effective launch webcasts that create sales opportunities.
A tactical step by step action plan will be presented from strategic planning and execution to follow up and sales engagement. You will take away detailed resources and best practices for delivering highly successful launch webcasts that drive sales results.
MOS34PAL: Accelerate Your Online Services Practice - Join our FY10 Initiative!
CSD12PAL: Windows Azure Platform - Value for Partners
Presented by: Eric Morse
Webcast Date: 9/30/2009
How does the Windows Azure compare to the competition? In this session we explain why the Windows Azure platform is a very competitive offering in today's marketplace and offers great value for partners. Join us for an in-depth look at the value Microsoft provides and what you can expect from partnership with Microsoft.
FOR48PAL: Forefront Protection Suite Licensing Overview
Presented by: Brita Jenquin
Webcast Date: 10/1/2009
Join this session to learn how your customers can license the Forefront Protection Suite starting Nov. 1, 2009. The Forefront Protection Suite is the next generation of the Forefront Security Suite – and the vehicle for bringing Microsoft Forefront codename Stirling to market. Availability on the Nov. 1 price list will coincide with the availability of the Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, the first releases in the “Stirling-wave” of products.
This session will cover:
What the Forefront Protection Suite will look like on Nov. 1, how the Suite will evolve to provide more value for your customers over the next 6 months, new technologies being included in the Suite, how the Suite and individual suite components will be licensed, what guidance to provide your customers on existing and future management of Suite products, and why (and what) your customers should purchase now.
WNS150PAL: Cross selling Windows Server 2008 R2
Presented by: Justin Graham, Kevin Watt & William Lewallen
Windows Server business group in collaboration with various business groups have developed recommendations and prescriptive guidance on how to bring product and scenario information to life and sell a complete solution to our customers. You have unique knowledge of the needs of the sales teams, partners, and customers in your area—combine the information in this playbook with your experience to prepare your teams for success.
BRD16PAL: Launch and Learn: "A Guide to Making Your Online Launch Event A Success!"
Webcast Date: 10/6/2009
We are embarking on the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s three most important platform products: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010. This powerful product portfolio creates a unique opportunity to align with customer’s top priorities around costs savings, IT efficiency and business productivity.
This webcast is designed to help you leverage the excitement and capitalize on the launch momentum to generate more sales leads from the latest launch opportunities. You will learn how Microsoft Partners are successfully hosting launch specific events to drive their sales pipeline. Hear detailed case studies and learn about specific strategies to drive sales success. A tactical step by step action plan will be presented from strategic planning and execution to follow up and sales engagement. You will take away detailed resources and best practices for hosting highly successful launch events.
WES24PAL: Managing Your Business Through a Slow Economy with Key Performance Indicators
Presented by: Michael Cocanower & Dan Hay
Webcast Date: 10/7/2009
The past year has been a challenging one in almost every industry, and technology is no exception. That being said, if you’ve made it through the last 12 months, it shows your resilience as an organization. Fortunately, many leading indicators are starting to point upwards. What that means is that now is the time to act to get yourself strategically positioned for the recovery. During times like these, key performance indicators (KPIs) become more important than ever before. In order to emerge stronger than your competitors, you need to watch the right numbers, and make sure your organization is making the right amount of progress in the right areas. Attend this webcast presented by two of the top partners in the US when it comes to KPIs. We will discuss which KPIs are the most important to watch over the next year, and how you should adjust your ‘every day’ KPIs as we move from recession to recovery. By making the right adjustments in how you monitor KPIs, and making sure you are watching the appropriate KPIs, you will position yourself with a competitive advantage over others in your marketplace.
OFF58PAL: Customer Offers and Channel Incentives Monthly Webcast
Presented by: Michael Moore
Webcast Date: 10/9/2009
Webcast Start Time: 11:00 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner Sales
The past year has been a challenging one in almost every industry, and Join us each month for a review of in-market customer offers and channel incentives and also get a preview of promotions and incentives launching within the next month. This webcast will cover offers and incentives for Enterprise Agreement, Select, Select Plus, Open Value, Open License, and other relevant promotions. Recommended for sales and marketing roles.
WVC83PAL: Windows® 7 Professional in Small and Medium Sized Businesses
Presented by: Winni Verhoef
Here’s your chance to get the latest information on the business opportunities Windows 7 Professional may bring to you and your business. We will share how to address the right business customers and how Windows 7 Professional offers great new potential partner solutions and services helping you drive increased margins and business growth. We will also review how to position Windows 7 Professional towards customers, and how Microsoft is going to market at time of launch and beyond
SQL104PAL: Accelerating SQL Server Upgrades with MAP Toolkit Assessments & SQL UnBlock
Presented by: Baldwin Ng and Bill McKinley
Webcast Date: 10/15/2009
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Session 1: Webcast Start Time: 8:00 AM (Pacific)
SQL Server 2008 upgrade opportunities are everywhere - you just need to know where to look and how to unblock deployment blockers! Introducing the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 (MAP) that helps you discover the hard-to-find SQL Server instances that are currently running in your customers’ environments. Run the network-wide MAP scans to determine good candidates to upgrade to SQL Server 2008 and onboard them to the EAP agreement. In addition, we will present the SQL Unblock program that answers the common customer question “What do we do about our 3rd Party applications that do not support SQL Server 2008?.” The SQL Server 2008 UnBlock program is designed to identify and accelerate sales opportunities where non-compatible ISV applications (including strategic competitive apps. Oracle, MySQL, etc.,) are preventing customers from deploying Microsoft Products.
On Wed Sept 16 there is a Live Meeting on forthcoming changes to the Partner Programme – the Microsoft Partner Network. To register for the Live Meeting go to:
http://www.microsoft.com/uk/events – search for Partner Network in the Keyword Search box.
16 September 2009 13:00 GMT, London
The Partner Programme has evolved, we're proud to introduce the new Microsoft Partner Network. This change brings a host of new resources and opportunities for our partners - join this live meeting to hear directly from the Microsoft Partner Network Manager in the UK about the changes we're making.
Event ID: 1032423582
There is also a Regional Support Centre for partner questions- Tel: 0800 917 3128
Dear Partner, Every day new customers are purchasing Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Don't miss your last chance to join this event, helping you prepare your business to successfully sell subscription software and benefit from the dedicated Partner sales resources available. Demand for subscription software is rapidly growing – it's a huge sales opportunity. In fact, 44 per cent of UK businesses are planning to expand their usage of software as a service (SaaS), according to Gartner (2009). BPOS enables you to capitalise on this exciting opportunity, earn attractive annuity fees, and generate vital incremental service revenues. By selling BPOS you can: Create a vital ongoing revenue stream - 18 per cent commission in the first year, with 6 per cent recurring revenue in subsequent years. Drive additional integration and implementation service revenues - 75 per cent of UK customers need support with integration for cloud services (Gartner 2009). There is a choice of a morning or afternoon session taking place on 24 September 2009 at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG. Don't miss out – register now Register for the morning session > Using code E6D07B Register for the afternoon session > Using code 0FF0A9 You can also register by phone on 0870 166 6680. I look forward to welcoming you to the BPOS sales event. Yours sincerely, Simon Gautrey Software-plus-Services Lead SMS&P, Microsoft UK
Earn fees from BPOS Complete the Quick Start Programme 250 free BPOS seats for Partners Learn more New features to manage customers directly Partner Order on Behalf: Initiate trials and pre-configure orders for customers including your business as the Partner of Record. Partner Commerce Dashboard: Gain a consolidated view of your customers' trials and subscriptions, and export data to XLS or your CRM system. Sales and marketing resources Find materials Learn more about BPOS, including: Microsoft Exchange Online Microsoft SharePoint Online Microsoft Office Communications Server Online Microsoft Office Live Meeting
We think that Business Intelligence in Education could be huge! Every time that we’ve demonstrated a SharePoint dashboard with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to a school, college, university or agency (DCSF and SSAT) we’ve always got the same question …….. when can we have it? We also know that many Education partners would like to provide BI solutions to their customers.
We’re in the process of planning an event so that we can take partners through the technology and resources available, but in the meantime I’ve attached an absolutely fabulous resource produced by Chris Parkes via the link below. In the document partners will find step-by-step training materials, how to videos, event information and a whole stack of other materials. In fact this is so comprehensive you may not need to attend the event!
Seriously, if you’re interested in offering BI solutions, this BI Technical Readiness Guide is a must read for your organisation.
We have about 5 places left for the Virtualisation event on Oct 8. We’re aware of some registration difficulties using the link below, so if that causes you a problem please send a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Details of the event are as follows:
Competing with VMware vSphere: Understanding the Virtualisation Opportunity with the Microsoft R2
6th October - Microsoft Reading, Thames Valley Park
This workshop is for Education partners and will provide a detailed comparative breakdown of VMware and Microsoft technologies as well as an overview of the Education marketplace.
With the launch of vSphere, VMware have introduced a number of new features and capabilities. At the same time, in addition to their Standard and Enterprise versions, they have introduced a number of new product SKUs including the Essentials range (SMB, Advanced and Enterprise Plus) each with differing features, upgrade paths, and price points.
However, with the upcoming R2 Wave of Microsoft Virtualisation technologies, namely:
The opportunity for partners around Microsoft’s virtualisation technologies has never been stronger. We are well aware that the majority of VMware partners are also Microsoft partners so this session aims to provide you with a detailed comparative breakdown of the technologies from both vendors so you can go away and articulate the values to your customers and provide them with the solution that fits best.
Join Matt McSpirit, Partner Technology Specialist at Microsoft UK, and Mike Peers, Channel Development Manager at Microsoft UK, at this informal, workshop-style session which will take an in-depth, discussion-based look at the different SKUs, features and technologies on either side of the virtualisation fence. You will also get to see some of the Microsoft technologies first hand with detailed technology demonstrations.
Places are limited, so don’t miss out – Click Here to Register!
Course length: 9 am to 3 pm, a buffet lunch will be provided.
‘Britain Works’ campaign launched to help 500,000 people into work by 2012
Partnership to boost skills and employability with cross party endorsement and support from Jobcentre Plus, the CBI and the Work Foundation
9 September 2009, Microsoft: Recognising that business needs to do all it can to help people during this recession, Microsoft UK today launched its campaign to help 500,000 people into work by 2012. Through a combination of a new national apprenticeship scheme, targeted skills and employability training and a new job matching service, Microsoft will work with its partners, NGOs and local government to deliver this ambitious target.
“The last 12 months have been disastrous for many individuals, families and businesses throughout Britain. The government has invested where it can but in reality there’s only so much it can do. That’s why I asked my team to look at ways we can make a difference as a business,” said Gordon Frazer, Managing Director, Microsoft UK. “Today represents the start of a nation-wide programme, which I hope will have a real impact at grassroots level across the UK. Of course we can’t wave a magic wand and create jobs for all, and that is why ‘Britain Works’ is specifically designed to give people the opportunity to get the skills and support they need to change their lives themselves.”
This commitment comes as ONS figures released in August show that unemployment has risen to 2.4 million in the UK. With the CBI forecasting that unemployment will peak at over 3 million (1) and with new unemployment figures due next week, ICM Research, commissioned by Microsoft, indicated further downbeat perceptions of employment prospects, with over a third (35%) of adults in the country having become more worried about losing their job in the last six months. In addition, one in five adults surveyed (21%) are aware of their employer planning to make redundancies in the next 12 months.(2)
Supported by the Work Foundation, spearheaded by Lord Digby Jones and backed by all of the main political parties, the programme will initially offer a range of initiatives focussed around skills and training. Today also marks the national launch of the IT apprenticeship scheme for smaller businesses. Successfully trialled in the Black Country, the aim is to have more than 700 IT apprentices by September 2010 and more than 3,000 over the three year campaign.
Speaking at the launch, Lord Digby Jones said: “Next week, we are expecting the number of people unemployed to top 2.5 million for the first time since 1995. That’s a frightening prospect, but I also know that there are thousands of people who do not have the appropriate skills that businesses need in today’s IT led economy. Businesses still need these people, and so a significant part of the this campaign will focus on making ‘Skills for Business’ training vouchers available to people who want to give themselves an extra chance when going for interviews.”
Welcoming today’s announcement, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: “Digital skills are crucial for the knowledge economy and this campaign will go a long way to helping people benefit from the new opportunities that technology brings.
“The emphasis placed on working in partnership to help those who otherwise may find it difficult to access jobs in the digital economy or to acquire basic digital life skills is another step toward building Britain’s future as our global economy changes. This can help take forward Baroness Estelle Morris's recommendations for adults to have access to a diverse range of providers to receive support to learn the basic skills they need to get online, and make a significant contribution to the wider Digital Britain agenda.”
George Osborne MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “I’m delighted that one of the world’s leading companies is thinking about how business can help lead Britain into recovery and give the next generation the skills they need to achieve their aspirations.”
Dr Vincent Cable MP, Deputy Leader & Shadow Chancellor for the Liberal Democrats, said: “This country badly needs innovative initiatives of the kind Microsoft is suggesting to help the unemployed, especially the young unemployed, into real, skilled, jobs.”
Mel Groves, Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus said: "It’s important that Government and business work together to help people into jobs where they can make the most of their skills. Jobcentre Plus has worked with Microsoft on the pilot of its IT apprenticeship scheme for smaller businesses in the West Midlands, and we're delighted to see it being rolled out nationally."
Richard Lambert, CBI Director General said: “Britain Works is a great initiative from Microsoft. Digital skills are vital in today’s jobs market and the prospect of helping 500,000 people find their way back into the world of work is to be warmly welcomed”.
“Skills for Business” training will be primarily delivered through Microsoft partners and NGOs, including UK Online Centres, The Wise Group and Leonard Cheshire Disability. Training is also available for more technical IT skills in addition to the apprenticeship scheme. A new job matching and training service for those engaged in the IT industry, MSEmploy also goes live today and will help match vacancies amongst Microsoft’s partner network of 32,000 companies with people seeking employment. Jobcentre Plus is on board to help point job seekers towards the new support available as well.
One person who has already benefited from the pilot phase of the campaign is Richard Corcoran who was made redundant from his job as a scaffolder but has since completed one of the first IT apprenticeships. “It’s completely changed my life. A year ago I was working all hours, making just enough to make ends meet and then the recession hit. I lost my job, but the Microsoft apprenticeship scheme I’ve just completed with Zenos, an IT Academy, has been amazing. I’ve now got a great job with InnovIT, good money and I get to spend more time with my family.”
People looking to make a change in their lives find out more at www.microsoft.com/uk/britainworks or call the Britain Works Helpline on 0800 111 4341.
1. CBI Press Release: 17 June, 2009
2. ICM research conducted between 21st – 25th August, 2009, surveying 2,000 adults over the age of 18