We are holding our annual Further Education Briefing in two weeks, on Friday 3rd December 2010 at the Microsoft Campus, in Reading.

With the current squeeze on education budgets looking likely to last, there is a clear focus on the ways that the IT systems within Further Education can be used to reduce the cost of delivery for a college.  And we know the pressure isn't just on budgets, it's also on your time. So we have ensured that the agenda for this year’s FE briefing covers a wider range of topics and focuses specifically on practical advice that you can use to reduce costs both within your IT budget, and beyond.

Paul Chapman, Head of Libraries and E-Strategy and Leicester College will be talking about their project to reduce their IT cost and build more network resilience - through virtualising their datacentre. Paul spoke recently at another event here in Reading, and got excellent feedback from the audience, and he will definitely be one of the highlights of the day.

Tim Bush, from the University of London Computing Centre, will be talking about their hosted Moodle project, and it's integration with Microsoft's cloud services, specifically Live@edu. This will be especially interesting for anybody who is thinking about the shared services agenda, as it is an example of a successful shared service, but with a commercial service level agreement.

We also have a number of Microsoft partners speaking, all of whom have worked on cost-saving projects with Further and Higher Education. This will ensure that by the end of the day, not only will you have ideas of what other institutions are doing to reduce IT and other costs, but you'll know which of our partners can offer support and services to help you in your college.

The agenda runs from 9:30 to 3:15, with plenty of breaks giving you an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and ask detailed questions of the presenters.

You can register online, or call us on 0870 166 6680 (quoting event 7958) to book your place.