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  • Blog Post: Creating a more flexible IT environment - Cranfield University

    Cranfield University, a postgraduate institution, needed to provide its staff and students with a technology environment with the safety of knowing that server platforms could be installed without the worry of licensing them. The University invested in a Microsoft Enterprise Server Platform Agreement...
  • Blog Post: Software Licensing Training Course at Stockton Sixth Form College, 5th August 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Client/Server Licensing What’s a CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Device CAL & User CAL Processor Licensing (inc Multi-Core) External Connectors/Internet Licences...
  • Blog Post: Brockenhurst College, staying lean and efficient

    One area that we, here,in the Education team like to report on is cost saving and how looking at different area’s in education, this can be achieved.   Brokenhurst College , in the New Forest in Hampshire, serves a wide area, covering seven local authorities. Its main activity is providing exam...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and the Cloud – what it means for universities

    There’s recently been a lot of discussion within education about different models of ICT services. Individual universities have tended to use a mix of services provided on-premise and cloud-based services . And newer models of teaching and learning have accelerated the trend towards cloud-based services...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure in four minutes

    Things are changing very rapidly in the way that ICT services can be delivered and used in education. Although most of the developments from major ICT providers aren’t specific to education, they are addressing the issues that education faces today. One of the developments is the Windows Azure system...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence – seminar

    Microsoft partner, Blueprint , is hosting a seminar on Microsoft Business Intelligence on Tuesday 6 October.The Agenda is: Deploying successful BI Projects: Blueprint's approach, and project delivery strategy for a successful BI project. An Introduction to the Microsoft BI Stack: Overview of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server Data Management Conference – Sept 29 in London

    I’ve just heard that the first ever Microsoft SQL Server Data Management Conference is being held in London on Tuesday September 29 th .  Although it is not an education-specific event, there is a good agenda with excellent presenters that could be of use to you if you are running complex databases...
  • Blog Post: A chance to get up to speed – with Steve Ballmer in London

    At the end of this month, Steve Ballmer will be in the UK, and providing the opening keynote for our UK conference “Technologies to Change your Business”. As well as the usual slew of new product announcements, I noticed that Microsoft Research will be showing off some of the future technologies. At...
  • Blog Post: Newcastle University – talks about its plans to move forward with deployment of Microsoft SQL Server 2008

    Thanks to Andrew Fryer who sent me an email this afternoon for this: http://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/blogs/index.php/wit/2008/08/08/sql_server_2008_arrives This makes great reading coming so soon after the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and builds on other stories in Higher Education such as Cambridge University...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technet Events

    Not able to get to IT Forum?  There are plenty of events up and down the country coming up.  These are all deliverd by Microsoft technical professionals to a level 200 technical “how to” level for IT professionals and are FREE to attend.   Virtualisation and Management Technologies 21...
  • Blog Post: Darwinian Databases

    The Windows Server launch team have made available the video of the Cambridge University team, who are using modern database technologies to solve a centuries-old data analysis problem. If you're into databases, and their uses, then this is a good video to watch now. But if you're like me, and the mysteries...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking the Secrets of Darwinian Research at Cambridge University

    It's always pleasing when the work of education establishments is held up as a shining example of best practice use of technology. And it was pleasing last month, at the Windows Server 2008 launch event, that there was a fascinating insight into the way that one of the research teams at Cambridge University...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark - Free software for your students

    I guess this will be pretty big news on the Internet. And if I've timed this right - and you're reading this just after I've blogged it - then you're one of the first to find out. We have launched a programme called " Microsoft DreamSpark ", which allows university and college students to download...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Launch Invitation

    The launch team have just released the link to be able to sign up for the Windows Server 2008 launch event (actually, it's also the Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 launch too). This is going to be held on the 19th March, at the ICC in Birmingham . The event is going to feature both Microsoft and...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: SQL Server 2008

    Yes, I know you might still think of SQL 2005 as a new product, but SQL 2008 is nearly with us and there are many reasons why people are looking to upgrade. Here are a few notes I took during a session yesterday afternoon at IT Forum. Some of the main points of the session were: Managing massive amounts...
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