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Ray Fleming's take on what's interesting in Education IT in Australia

August, 2011

  • Education

    And the APC Education Partner of the Year Finalists are…

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    The Microsoft Australian Partner Conference is getting closer - and so are the Australian Partner Awards. We’ve just released the list of the Awards finalists, and the Microsoft Australia “Education Partner of the Year” Finalists are three partners who have each been able to make spectacular contributions to the success of their educational customers over the last 12 months. In alphabetical order, they are:

    • Dimension Data
    • Janison
    • OBS

    We won’t know the ultimate winner until the Award ceremony on the main stage at the Conference on 23rd August, and hopefully you’re going to be there to help celebrate? (Full list of all Awards Finalists here)

    Learn MoreFind out more about Education at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference

  • Education

    A geeky sidenote on search engines

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    It’s Saturday, so let’s go with something off-topic for a break…

    cogsI’m always interested to see the readers of this blog that end up here because of a search engine. Hopefully, you’re much more interested in what I write than the back-end geekery, but over the last couple of months I’ve had some interesting conversations with customers and partners about blogging - how to blog, and why to blog - so here’s some info that might interest you if you’ve been involved in those conversations.

    What do people search for, when they end up on this blog?

    Here’s the top search terms that people use, that leads them to this blog:

    1. MIS Magazine
      Odd that it is the most frequent. I suspect it’s because I’ve quoted articles and linked to the magazine (and even more bizarrely, the blog shows up on the first page of a Google search for ‘MIS Magazine’)
    2. Office 365 Education
    3. Best SharePoint sites
    4. Best university sites
    5. Australian Partner Conference
    6. Free ebooks from Microsoft Press
    7. Microsoft Australia Partner Conference
    8. Office 365 for Education
    9. Ray Fleming blog
    10. SharePoint university
    11. Top university websites
    12. Best SharePoint websites 2011
    13. Best university websites 2011

    And here’s some of the more unusual searches, that also led people to the blog (spelling mistakes included):

    • Australia university electricity consumption
    • lerning platform
    • dfrewst
    • 100 graphic design brisbane
    • important of software
    • perfect student laptop
    • how to school sharepoint project
    • i like education comment
    • what to look for in a data centre
    • influences schools status has on education
    • cool sites for teachers
    • hidden data fees for kindle

    Please don’t ask for the explanation of these, as it amazes me! I guess it supports the view that a high percentage of searchers don’t find the info they want on their first click! And that for every ‘search engine optimisation expert’ there’s a non-optimised search engine user…

    How can you use this info? If you’re a blogger, then I’d suggest having a think about the search phrases people might use to find your site, and whether there are ways of making your content show up more often in people’s searches (which means, on the first page of a search engine)

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    Weekly technical webcasts - 15-20 August 2011

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    Webinar iconThis year we’re offering a series of live webcasts, led by a Microsoft subject matter expert, on a range of core Microsoft products. They are not specifically designed to focus on education - and attendees will be from a wide range of industries - but I wanted to highlight the opportunity for you to take part to get up to speed with leading edge technology changes.

    Each week I’ll highlight the webcasts coming up soon, and provide a more detailed overview, and give a list of future sessions that you can book into your diary. All of the webcasts are scheduled for 2-4PM AEST (Australia East Coast time). See ** below for more details on how the webcasts work

    This week’s webcasts

    Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali" AlwaysOn Series, Part 1:
    Introducing the Next Generation High Availability Solution

    In this session we talk about the new high availability solution that is being introduced in SQL Server code-named ‘Denali’. The session provides an overview of AlwaysOn and introduces the key new features and capabilities that will help businesses achieve the high availability SLA for mission critical applications. The session is the first part of a three-part series. See table below for parts 2 & 3

    16th August - Find out more, and register 

    Microsoft SharePoint Online Overview

    This informative and demo-filled session provides an overview of SharePoint Online, and as much detail as we can fit into 2 hours.

    16th August - Find out more, and register

    Sneak Peek at Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2012 Concepts

    The upcoming version of Service Manager 2010 R2 will deliver standardized, compliant, and automated IT as a Service.  Come to this session to see an early preview the all new Silverlight based SharePoint self-service portal, service catalog, service requests, release management, IT business intelligence, and many other improvements that are being added to Service Manager.

    19th August - Find out more, and register


    Future webcasts

    Date
    Title
    Register Here

    2 September

    Best Practices for Private Cloud Implementation

    Find out more, and register

    6 September

    Microsoft Exchange Online: Unified Messaging in Microsoft Office 365

    Find out more, and register

    7 September

    Inside Windows Azure, the Cloud Operating System

    Find out more, and register

    20 September

    Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali" AlwaysOn Series, Part 2: Building a Mission-Critical High Availability Solution Using AlwaysOn

    Find out more, and register

    20 September

    Microsoft Lync 2010: In the Cloud

    Find out more, and register

    23 September

    Understanding How Microsoft Virtualization Compares to VMware

    Find out more, and register

    27 September

    Microsoft Visual Studio Tips and Tricks

    Find out more, and register

    27 September

    Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure

    Find out more, and register

    30 September

    Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012: Deployment and Infrastructure Technical Overview

    Find out more, and register

    4 October

    Microsoft Lync 2010: Setup, Deployment, Upgrade and Coexistence Scenarios

    Find out more, and register

    14 October

    Virtualization: State of the Union

    Find out more, and register

    18 October

    What's New in Manageability for Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali"

    Find out more, and register

    18 October

    Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Office 365: How to Set Up a Hybrid Deployment

    Find out more, and register

    21 October

    Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012: Overview

    Find out more, and register

    25 October

    An IT Pro View of Windows Azure

    Find out more, and register

    28 October

    What Are the Bridges between Private and Public Cloud?

    Find out more, and register

    1 November

    Microsoft Office 365: Deployment Overview

    Find out more, and register

    8 November

    Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Code-Named "Denali": A Comprehensive Look

    Find out more, and register

    11 November

    Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: What’s in It, and How It Enables the Building of Private Clouds and Federation to the Public Cloud

    Find out more, and register

    15 November

    Taking Office to the Cloud: Integrating Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows Azure

    Find out more, and register

    22 November

    Managing Windows Azure Applications

    Find out more, and register

    22 November

    Integrating Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

    Find out more, and register

    25 November

    Integrating the Microsoft System Center Stack for Process Compliance and Automation

    Find out more, and register

    29 November

    What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for SQL Server Integration Services

    Find out more, and register

    6 December

    Microsoft Lync 2010: Audio, Video and Web Conferencing Architecture and Experience

    Find out more, and register

    ** By running them as webcasts, our aim is to allow you to get the latest news, without travel costs, or event fees. And with all of the advantages of being able to watch an online webcast whilst also being able to do other things if necessary.

    All of the free webcasts are two-hour long sessions, and combine technical presentations and live demonstrations. The level of the content is suitable for IT teams in schools, TAFEs and universities, as well as for pre-sales consultants and technical consultants working within Microsoft’s education partners. There are some which are much more specifically tailored for developers, and I’ll highlight those below.

    You’ll need to register in advance, and you’ll then receive a Calendar note as well as info on how to join the Live Meeting online. All of the webcasts are scheduled for 2-4PM AEST (Australia East Coast time)

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