Education Sessions from Microsoft Inspire


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

Presentation: Why you still need Azure AD even if you are Google


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

Slide Deck – SUGUK B’ham 11/5/16


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.




Slides from SharePoint Evolution Conference


I always enjoy presenting and having done three presentation at the recent SharePoint Evolution Conference, it has left be buzzing and look forward to speak to more people soon.


Managing Security and Permission in SharePoint: Level 100


Next Generation Portals in Office 365: Level 100


Office 365 Groups Deep Dive



I’m Speaking at SharePoint Evolution Roadshow & Education Discount


I’m always felt very proud to be part of Combined Knowledge’s Evolution Conference but this year is different with a 12 day/city tour across the UK and Ireland.  This year I’m speaking at 4 of the Cities which are

Birmingham 12th June
Nottingham 13th June
Manchester 16th June
Leeds 17th June

During the tour there 3 different sessions that I’ll be talking about including, Social features  in Office 365, Collaboration in Office 365 and also OneDrive in Office 365.

Education Discount

If you use the code evoinvite2014 this will give you a 20% discount on the price bring it down to £100.  A great price for a single days training on Office 365 and SharePoint.

Take a look at the site, agenda and speakers over on the SharePoint Evolution Conference website.


I'm Speaking at SharePoint Conference 2014 #spc14


I’m really pleased to have been accepted as a speaker at the upcoming Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas in March 2014.

Speaking with Alan Crawford from Shireland Collegiate Academy, we will be presenting on two main parts, the migration of their current 2007 portal to Office 365 and also how the school are using Office 365 Education in the classroom and across the establishment.

You can read the full extract of the session here

Shireland Collegiate Academy: moving from private cloud to Office 365 for Edu


I’m Speaking at SharePoint Evolution Conference 2013


It’s always a pleasure to be able to speak about Office 365 and how it can be used and I’m delighted to be speaking and the SharePoint Evolution Conference run by Combined Knowledge.  This year, like it has for many years it is hosted at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London just over the road from Westminster Abbey.

This year I’ll be talking about Office 365 and some of the deployment scenarios we have been through at BFC Networks including an 80,000 deployment with Office 365 with the 2010 wave technologies as well what’s new in 2013 and how things have changed for us as we gear up from deployment to over 800,000 users.

For those who are education establishment such as schools, colleges or universities there is a 20% discount code which is educationevo2013.  Register here:

I look forward to seeing you are the conference and also in my session on the Wednesday.

Slides from Australian and New Zealand SharePoint Conferences


During two weeks of March I was able to spend my time in Australia and New Zealand presenting at the SharePoint conferences in Melbourne and Auckland.

I was able to give 2 presentations at both conferences talking about SharePoint in Education and also Office Web Applications.

I would like to thank Debbie Ireland and the rest of here team for this great opportunity

Speaking at Australia and New Zealand SharePoint Conferences


It’s been a life time ambition of mine to travel to another country and speak at a SharePoint conference and 2012 is the year. 

Next month I will be travelling to Australia to talk about Office Web Applications and SharePoint in Education.


Once that has finished I plan to travel to Sydney for the weekend before heading out to speak at the New Zealand SharePoint Conference this year held in Auckland.  If you want to meet up for a drink or find out what some of the cool things BFC Networks are doing in the education space please get in touch.