With new releases of Microsoft technologies being a focus in schools we want to make sure that our Education Partners are fully briefed on developments in preparation for BETT 2010.
The purpose of this event is to showcase and demonstarte key products in an education context and answer all those questions that are likely from BETT attendees. For example, why should I bother deploying Windows 7? How will it save me money? Will I have to wait until the Summer before I can deploy it? How do Microsoft web applications compare with Google?
Date: November 18
Location: Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park
Agenda:9.30 – 10.15 Windows 7 - What/How to demo
10.15 - 11.30 Office 2010 / SharePoint 2010
11.45 – 13.15 Deployment - keeping it simple
1.15 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Google Compete
15:00 – 16:00 BETT proposition & next steps
To register go to:
What's new in SharePoint 2010? I'm a developer, where can I get more information? Here are links to a couple of guides for IT Professionals and Developers
I've also just checked the Microsoft download site at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads. There are several new downloads as a result of the SharePoint Conference last week, for example:
Developer Evaluation Guide and Walkthrough
SharePoint 2010 Search Architecture
Go to the download site and search for SharePoint to get all the new 2010 information.
Windows 7 breaks Amazon UK pre-order volume record, ousts Harry Potter
Take it from us, your London-based sleuths, when anything sells faster than Harry Potter books or DVDs in the UK, it's scorching hot. Case in point is Microsoft's Vista successor, which has sold so well that it has beaten the Amazon UK pre-order record previously held by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In fact, Windows 7 was able to tally up more sales in the first 8 hours of pre-order availability than Vista was able to collect altogether. Now that's what we call an upgrade.
I pinched this article from Ray's Schools Blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/ukschools/
Windows 7 became available to schools in mid-August 2009, uncomfortably close to the start of the new school year. Although there was every encouragement from Microsoft for schools taking the plunge, it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that those ICT teams that grasped the nettle were displaying a fair amount of courage. The start of a school term, after all, isn’t a moveable deadline.
Whether the new operating system was installed or not, whether or not it worked, or did what was printed on the tin, the students, teachers and administrators were still going to arrive and switch on their machines expecting to do pick up where they left off before their holidays. Failure, as they say, was not an option.
These are the first two paragraphs from Gerald Haigh’s article about the experiences of the early schools using Windows 7 in the UK. After just two weeks of term time, he went out to talk to half a dozen schools for us, and record their stories. Gerald normally spends his time split between writing books for school leaders, and leadership focused articles for educational publications. But given his ability to dive straight in and ask the right questions, it made sense to ask him to talk to these early adopters.
The resulting document, which you can download from my SkyDrive, gives you a clear idea of the thoughts of those schools, and why they chose to make such an early start on Windows 7.
Take a look for yourself, and perhaps share with others in your school, to find out what happened when the following schools started term with Windows 7:
Thanks to Gerald and the schools for their openness in doing this – what had originally seemed like it might make an interesting blog post has turned into a cracking 15 page read!
We’ve now got the event registration details for the Semblio and Office Academic Add-ins event for Publishers, Content Developers and Learning Platform Providers.
Invite Code: 038344
Phone Number: 0870 166 6680 ref: 9954
Here is the draft agenda:
Introduction and Welcome
UK Market Overview
Semblio Product Overview
Jeff Dirks and Scott Burmester
Semblio Content Examples
Ollie Bray (tbc)
Innovative Teachers Network
Summary and Call to Action
WNS152PAL: Why Windows Server 2008 R2 should be your and your customer’s platform of choice
Presented by: Sangita Jayaraman
Webcast Start Time: 8:00 AM (Pacific)
PLC Registration Link for Partners
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales
Would you like to know how Windows Server 2008 R2 compares to the competition, in particular, Red Hat Enterprise Linux? In this session, you will see why the Windows Server R2 platform is the most competitive offering in today's marketplace. Join us for an in-depth look at the value Microsoft provides vs. Red Hat and other Linux providers and what you can expect from this partnership with Microsoft.
SQL104PAL: Accelerating SQL Server Upgrades with MAP Toolkit Assessments & SQL UnBlock
Presented by: Baldwin Ng and Bill McKinley
Webcast Date: 10/15/2009
· Session 1: Webcast Start Time: 8:00 AM (Pacific)
o PLC Registration Link for Partners
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professional
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.
WES32PAL: Windows EBS 2008 Exam Cram, Part 2
Presented by: David Fabritius, Beatrice Mulze & Brent Reeser
Webcast Start Time: 9:00 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner Training, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professional
(Part 2 of 2) This exam groundwork session will guide you in your preparation for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam 70-654, Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring. No matter if you are building on existing certifications or going for the first time, this session will provide clarity to help you succeed. Learn about the exam scope and what it means, get the right point of view, as well as the strategy and knowledge required to pass this exam. You may even pick up a mental aid that will give you just the advantage you need!
BTS28PAAL: Integrate SAP, Mainframe LOB Applications with Microsoft Platform
Presented by: Syed Rasheed
Webcast Date: 10/19/2009
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professional
A typical IT environment today is characterized by a myriad of applications from different vendors that runs on multiple platforms. Businesses require that these applications work together to produce meaningful results. Connecting cross platform software means more than just exchanging bytes. As organizations continue to move toward an agile service-oriented world, the real goal—creating effective business processes that unite disparate systems into a coherent whole—comes within reach.
This session with examine how BizTalk Server 2009 supports this goal by integrating heterogeneous applications both within and outside the organization’s firewalls, automating processes that spans multiple applications, business units and organizations and simplify the IT operations to achieve agility, efficiency and extract more value from existing systems.
OCS08PAL: Audio, Video, Web Conferencing deployment with Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 (Part 1 of 6)
Presented by: Craig Brown
Webcast Start Time: 12:00 PM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner IT Professional
The Office Communications Server 2007 webinar series provides foundational support for the successful deployment of the Office Communication Server 2007 R2 Conferencing features and related architecture. The structure of the webinar will be comprised of demonstrations and lecture covering the three major areas of a successful Conferencing Solutions.
The topic areas are:
Part 1 of 6: An Exploration of the Microsoft Foundation Support for the Conferencing Solution of Office Communication Server 2007 R2.
This is the first of our six part series that will explore the Conferencing components of Office Communications Server 2007 R2. During this session we will explore the Microsoft foundational support for the Conferencing Server. The foundational support discussion will discuss Active Directory preparation, Domain Name System Support, IIS requirements, Certificate Infrastructure and bandwidth requirements.
SAM05PAL: SAM Webcast Series: Overview of a Hosted SAM Solution
Presented by: Martin Callinan
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner IT Professional
This webcast will provide Software Asset Management Partners an overview of a Hosted SAM solution for their customers. We will look at the benefits of using a dedicated license compliance tool to manage the gap between inventory and compliance in both small and large organizations, how a hosted SAM solution can help multi-national companies manage assets across divisions and countries, how to track licenses in a virtualized environment and how a compliance tool fits with the Microsoft SAM Optimization Model. We will finish off with an overview of the features and benefits of the Compliance Console Service offered through the SAM Partner Concorde Solutions.
MOS16PAL: Let Microsoft Online Services Make You a Star!
Presented by: Lauren Delgado
Webcast Start Time: 10:00 AM (Pacific)
Partner Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker
Join us for our monthly webcast where we provide an overview of Microsoft Online Services and discuss partner program opportunities. Microsoft Online Services are enterprise-class software delivered as subscription services, hosted by Microsoft and offered by partners like you to generate predictable, recurring revenue. Help customers increase their efficiency with the messaging and collaboration solutions in the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. Sell Microsoft Online Services to earn advisor fees, expand your base, and serve new segments. Join each month for important updates and a chance to win an X-Box 360 Pro Console System and Rock Band 2 Kit. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCS09PAL: Audio, Video, Web Conferencing deployment with Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 (Part 2 of 6)
Part 2 of 6: Configuring the On premise Conferencing Solution of the Office Communication Server 2007 R2.
Part two of the series examines the components utilized by the conferencing data store. In addition, The Focus process and sub processes related to Focus coordination are inspected. The Conferencing Attendant, Conferencing Announcement Service, and Response Group service are explored. An analysis of the conferencing servers (MCU) functions is also explored.
OCS10PAL: Audio, Video, Web Conferencing deployment with Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 (Part 3 of 6)
Part 3 of 6: Configuring User related Settings providing access to the Conferencing Solution of the Office Communication Server 2007 R2.
Part three of the series will examine the Client side components of the Conferencing solution of the Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
The Live Meeting client configuration settings are examined. The client deployment methods for both internal and external clients are examined. The on-premise Conferencing roles are discussed. Finally, The Conferencing entry control configuration of Open Authentication, Closed Authentication and Anonymous are discussed and deployed.
MGT47PAL: Extending System Center to Further Optimize HP ProLiant and BladeSystem Management
Presented by: Michael Cooper, Doug Dewerd, Stuart Cain
Webcast Start Time: 2:30 PM (Pacific)
HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center brings the native manageability of HP hardware to System Center environments and extends the functionality of HP Insight Control to customers who have standardized on System Center. This webinar will highlight the core HP integration features for OS deployment and updates, HP ProLiant and BladeSystem management and alerting, and virtual machine management with the HP PRO Pack, as well as packaging, licensing, and installation considerations. Live demos of these features will also be shown. Learn how you can help your System Center customers optimize their HP server and blade management experience and bring deep insight, precise control, and ongoing optimization to infrastructures running Windows
MOS05PAL: 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.
OCS11PAL: Audio, Video, Web Conferencing deployment with Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 (Part 4 of 6)
Part 4 of 6: Federated Solution requirements, implementation, and maintenance configuration of Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2.
Part 4 of the series discusses the Requirements, Implementation, and Maintenance configurations for successful implementation of a Federated Solution using Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2.
The Federated Solution covers the Cross-organization conferencing design, Edge Server support for Federation, HTTP Reverse Proxy configuration, Certificate implementation, DNS requirements, and End User configuration settings.
OCS12PAL: Audio, Video, Web Conferencing deployment with Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 (Part 5 of 6)
Part 5 of 6: An exploration of the Baseline Scenario of the Conferencing Solution of Office Communication Server 2007 R2.
During this session the Baseline Scenario Configuration of the Conferencing Solution Deployment is examined.
The Baseline Scenario provides an examination of the configuration of the previous sessions components placed into a real world deployment design. Video, Web, and Audio conferencing workloads that are deployed in the Baseline Scenario are examined.
OCS13PAL: Audio, Video, Web Conferencing deployment with Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 (Part 6 of 6)
Part 6 of 6: An exploration of Multiple Implementation Scenarios for the Microsoft Conferencing Solution of Office Communication Server 2007 R2.
The final part of the series will examine several integration Scenarios. The Greenfield Audio Conferencing Scenario is examined.
The Dual-Bridge Conferencing Scenarios of Server-enabled, Legacy Conference Leader - No enterprise Voice, and Legacy Conference Leader - with enterprise Voice are discussed. PSTN/PBX integration designs are explored.
BRD08PAL: Cost cutting, Innovation, Agility, Compliance
Presented by: Ric Merrifield
Partner Audience: Partner Sales
Lots of buzz words are flying around right now. But lots of people don’t define them; let alone how to measure them. This webinar will walk you through specific definitions for each, and this will help you get more specific about each topic when talking with others.
OFF59PAL: Customer Offers and Channel Incentives Monthly Webcast
Presented by: Michael Moore
Webcast Start Time: 11:00 AM (Pacific)
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.
ITWorx AuthorExpertTM is a content authoring tool designed to help teachers create interactive learning content in a short time and at a reduced cost.
By attending this webinar, you will discover how AuthorExpert can help teachers to:
ü Set lesson structure, navigation path and objectives
ü Create a lesson from pre-designed templates
ü Generate media-rich interactive learning resources
ü Associate the learning resource with many types of questions
ü Store questions in online banks for reuse in multiple assignments
ü Produce SCORM 2004 compliant packages
Click here to register for a free live webinar. See how ITWorx AuthorExpertTM fulfils all teaching needs with a near zero learning curve and is adaptable to multiple languages with concurrent bilingual support.
Live@edu is a very important Education initiative for Microsoft and we need the support of partners to identify and win opportunities, and then provide services to provision and deploy solutions. Whilst Live@edu is a set of free services hosted by Microsoft for students and educators, the experience of current deployment partners is that projects based on this solution deliver significant service revenues and often result in additional business opportunities as well as a long term relationship with the institution. Please join us at this workshop to find out more about the technical aspects of this solution.
10:00 Welcome and Introduction
10:15 Track Basic or Track Advanced*
13:00 Futures: What’s in R4 and Beyond
14.30 Integration Work
Date: Wednesday 25 November
Location: Microsoft, Cardinal Place, Victoria, London
Time: 09:30 – 15:30
Registration: please email Bonami Meredith at email@example.com . * NB Please indicate if you wish to attend the basic or advanced track at this event when you register
We often get approached by organisations new to the Education market asking for information on the different sectors and where the greatest opportunity exists. This series of one hour Live Meetings has been designed to provide an introduction to the different Education sectors – Schools, Further Education, Higher Education and Scotland.
The Live Meetings will be led by the sector Business Managers who will provide an insight into their respective markets, key drivers, government initiatives, resources available and business opportunities. To register please follow the links below using the invitation code.
Event Title : Education: Partner Opportunities in the Schools Sector
Presenters: Leighton Searle, Nicky Singh and Mark A’Bear
Start Date/Time : 23-Nov-2009 10:00 AM
The Event URL for this event is: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/InviteOnly.aspx?EventID=DC-63-53-4A-F1-E1-FB-3C-98-A6-35-04-95-00-CA-17&culture=en-GB
Invitation Code : 8A5BF6
Event Title : Education: Partner Opportunities in Scotland
Presenters: Steven Grier and Mark A’Bear
Start Date/Time : 23-Nov-2009 11:30 AM
The Event URL for this event is: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/InviteOnly.aspx?EventID=DC-63-53-4A-F1-E1-FB-3C-5B-F3-25-29-49-BC-57-C3&culture=en-GB
Invitation Code : 85BD1F
Event Title : Education: Partner Opportunities in Higher Education
Presenters: Dominic Watts and Mark A’Bear
Start Date/Time : 24-Nov-2009 10:00 AM
The Event URL for this event is: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/InviteOnly.aspx?EventID=DC-63-53-4A-F1-E1-FB-3C-07-DC-D9-15-68-90-59-69&culture=en-GB
Invitation Code : 81C1E8
Event Title : Education: Partner Opportunities in Further Education
Presenters: Amanda Bicknell and Mark A’Bear
Start Date/Time : 24-Nov-2009 11:30 AM
The Event URL for this event is: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/InviteOnly.aspx?EventID=DC-63-53-4A-F1-E1-FB-3C-31-58-9D-D5-F5-56-A9-29&culture=en-GB
Invitation Code : 1EF545
Many of you will have heard of Grava and maybe even Microsoft Semblio which is a new companion product for Microsoft Office designed to support the creation of rich multimedia Learning Resources. The Software Development Kit has been around for a while and made available to publishers and content developers for evaluation. The kit is available to download from:
Development of the ‘assembly’ and ‘assessment’ parts of Microsoft Semblio are well advanced and so after several years of talking about it, the product is nearly ready. So, to help partners prepare for Semblio and Office 2010 we are hosting an event at the Microsoft offices in Cardinal Place near Victoria to showcase these new products and the opportunities they present for partners.
We are still finalising the agenda, but we are expecting representatives of the Education Product Group to be in attendance to talk about and demonstrate the products they’ve developed. In addition we hope to have third party examples of learning resources created using Semblio as well as beta code for partners to take away for further evaluation. To get more information on Semblio and its capabilities go to:
Date: Thursday Nov 19
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Location: Cardinal Place, Victoria, London
Attendees: Publishers, Content Developers, VLE and Learning Platform partners
Registration details will be available shortly, but in the meantime please reserve the date.