Microsoft Azure for Students is back! This is a great opportunity for students to be able to play with the cloud resources Microsoft offer and for them to build and host their ideas for free. What I will say now, these do not require a credit card so it’s perfect for students to just play with Azure. There are 2 main offerings:
First there is an offer for 13+ year olds called the Microsoft Azure for Students Starter which allow you to build and code against dozens of app services.
The second is just called Azure for Students which is aimed for the university aged students (18+) and will give you $100 of credit which can be used for coursework and personal projects.
Previously these have been capped at the number of students who could sign up and I don’t know if this is the same again but get your students signed up now and allow them to start expressing the developer side!
You can never complain when you get the email to say you have been awarded with Microsoft MVP but even after the 1st or 11th as it is now you still feel very lucky to get this high honour and I will never complain with the privileged that it is to be associated in such a way with a company like Microsoft.
As Microsofts culture is changing, the ability to work with their engineering teams and other offices in the UK allows a great opportunity for anyone to learn more and interactive with those who are developing product.
The Microsoft Inspire conference is always a useful place to find where Microsfot are pushing their ideas, topics and goals with its Education Partner but the content can be relevent too those who aren’t Microsoft Partners.
Understanding where partners, solutions and education solutions from Microsoft will enable thought leaders, Directors of ICT and other education leaders to plan for the next 12 months and ensure they too have their goals for IT across their Schools/Academies, Multi Academy Trusts or whole countries.
Below are a set of linked I’ve found from the Inspire agenda for you to listen in and what was presented on the screens. If you are interested in finding out about certain services such as Azure, AI or Microsoft 365, there is also plenty of content.
Microsoft Cloud for Education – Bradley Tipp, Industry Solutions Manager, Microsoft
Back to School 2018 – Stephen Liffick, General Manager, Microsoft
Transformation in Digital Learning – Anthony Salcito, Vice President – Worldwide Education, Microsoft
Microsoft Education: What’s new and how to win – Eric Herzog, Education Field and Partner Marketing, Microsoft
It’s the normal blog post for the 1st July, but this year, what makes it extra special is that it is the 10th award I have recieved. Thanks to everyone who supports me in giving to the community and I hope we can work together to achieve more in the next 12 months.
It was a delight to be able to represent both BFC Networks and Pugh Computers at the recent Cynhadledd Technegol ColegauCymru Annual Technical Conference (Welsh Colleges Annual Technical Conference).
It is the only time during the year I get to speak solely to a college audience and with the conference in the valleys of Wales but it also gives me the opporunity to enjoy the drive through the beaultiful Welsh Valleys.
This year the theme was based on Security with GDPR being a hot topic so having given a few ideas of different sessions it was decided to talk more about the importance of Azure AD whether you are Office 365, Google or neither. As other organisations move to the cloud, you need to be secure and know how your users are using your domain name to access content from other Office 365 enviornments
In a month of announcements and events including Microsoft Build and The SharePoint Summit we have another event for those interested in the education space.
Looking at different reports there are guesses around announcements such as Windows Cloud, new Surface devices however I’m hoping for the announcement and general release of Microsoft Classroom, Intune for Education and a focus on Microsoft School Data Sync and how third parties can integrate with the SDS and Microsoft Classroom.
Hope to see you there. http://event.microsoft.com/MayEvent
I’m delighted to presenting at the next UK Community Day on the 23rd March. Do you want to come and join us with a great set of speakers including Steve Smith, Neil Hodgkinson, Penny Coventry, Heath Groves and Brett Lonsdale? If you do come and register now on the site and we hope to see you there as we take SharePoint to the Battle Royal – SharePoint vs SharePoint Online!
SharePoint Community Day
Come and join us at our SharePoint Community Day taking place on the 23rd March, where our range of speakers pitch SharePoint On-Premises against SharePoint Online and cover all the bits in between.
This exclusive day will de-mystify a lot of the mis-understanding between SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online and what options are available depending on what direction your business is heading.
The Community Days are delivered by speakers that are renowned industry experts and MVP’s.
It was a great pleasure to present at the SharePoint User Group and pass on my findings regarding the #FutureOfSharePoint. A few points that aren’t on the slide deck.
It was great to see Microsoft themselves supporting the community and we get a message from Jeff Teper wishing us all the best for the event.
It is always good to see people tweeting and on Facebook while you are speaking and thanks to those did.
I enjoy travelling to different SharePoint User Groups in the UK and hope to one day to achieve the next thing and speak at a community event aboard but there is nothing like home!
Wednesday 11th May will see the SharePoint User Group UK host an event in Birmingham just a few miles away from where I live.
The evening session will see Penny Coventry speak about “What’s New for End Users in SharePoint 2016” but before that I will be talking about and getting your thoughts on what Microsoft unveil at their “The Future of SharePoint” event on the 4th May (May the 4th be with you).
The session will most likely not be demos but I’ll share what was talked about during the events presentations and I’ll give as much information as I can about it. I also like to use my sessions to get your feedback so we’ll ask for your opinion during this and gage each other’s thoughts.
Get signed up and look forward to seeing you there
A few weeks ago I was catching up with the leader of the north west area of the SharePoint User Group Mark Stokes and we were chatting about the up coming /Build conference in San Francisco and how much we would love to go (we can still get flights if someone can get us a ticket and buy us some aeroplane seats). Instead we got chatting about if we could get a live stream going of the event at the next SharePoint User Group in Manchester.
Well we’ve made it happen and at an earlier time of 5.30pm (rather than the usual 6.30pm) we will be streaming the conference from the Outsourcery offices in Manchester. For those of you who know the conference and time zone difference between the UK and PST, we are starting the stream an hour late but you wont miss anything.
We’ll provide food during the keynote and at the end we’ll take 30 minutes to chat about some of the announcements made. Then of course we can continue the conversation at a SharePint.
Get registered here – SharePoint User Group UK