1 Day Customer Technical JumpStarts

October 24, 2007

1 DAY CUSTOMER TECHNICAL JUMPSTARTS – SHAREPOINT, EXCHANGE, PERFORMANCE POINT

Are there people in your business that need to get up to speed on SharePoint, Performance Point and all of the technologies around Unified Communications?  The Jump-Start is an interactive training session which provides a technical introduction and understanding of Microsoft technologies from an architectural and solution overview perspective.  The sessions are Instructor led “chalk & talk” and does not include any hands-on technical labs. These sessions are ideal if you are a technical person needing to cross train your Microsoft skills and gain an understanding of how these technologies work together in an overall solution. These sessions are led by an experienced ‘in the field’ instructor to give you the fast track introduction and guidance you need as part of your skills enablement roadmap. This is Level 200 Training.

Jump-Start Chalk ‘N Talk” costs $79 and are being held nationwide.  Get all the details on the link below.

1 Day Jump-Start on Collaboration (MOSS), Enterprise Content Management and Search – Technical – November

REGISTER NOW https://www.local.microsoft.com.au/australia/events/register/home.aspx?levent=150045&linvitation

1 Day Jump-Start on Unified Communication (Exchange 2007 and Office Communication Server) – Technical – November

REGISTER NOW https://www.local.microsoft.com.au/australia/events/register/home.aspx?levent=136620&linvitation

1 Day Jump-Start on Business Intelligence and Performance Point Server – November

REGISTER NOW https://www.local.microsoft.com.au/australia/events/register/home.aspx?levent=822610&linvitation


Microsoft 101 Training

October 17, 2007

This week is my third week since I started with Microsoft and also coincides with MS101 training.  I flew up to Sydney on Sunday evening which was eventful, my original flight was canceled resulting in me not getting to the hotel until 11pm.

Day 1, arrived at Microsoft’s office in Lane Cove to prepare for intense training (who is Microsoft, how does Microsoft work, etc…)  Started well with coffee from the cafeteria. Nice surprise when I got to the training room, a special gift for everyone, Microsoft backpack, Vista and Office software.

Microsoft Sydney

After a full day of training I caught up with Alistair Speirs (Office TSP) and Peter Williams (Sales Manager EPG).  Alistair and I then got together for dinner (Seafood Risotto, yummo).

The second day was also full on and covered all of the governance and regulatory type sessions (Is it sad that I thought this was extremely interesting?).  Caught up with Alistair and Gayan Peiris(SharePoint TSP) during my lunch break.

Microsoft Sydney

Today’s sessions were all about exploring the various business groups (what they do, how they do it).  During the mobility session they ran a competition to give away a HTC Touch mobile 6 handset (and guess what, I won! Yay!)

Me and my new HTC Touch 

During lunchtime they ran an Xbox competition, basically a knock-out competition racing the new PGR-4.  What a surprise that Peter from EDD won (Kong came an admiral second and special mention to Fallon who almost made it to the final – she did well).  After lunch a draw was conducted and Gareth won an Xbox 360 (well done!), everyone else was given an Xbox 360 game.

I have been working with Microsoft and Microsoft Technologies for many years but have to admit that I have learnt so much in the past three days.  I have come to the conclusion that I have definitely made the right decision in joining Microsoft.  So that concludes the core MS101 training, tomorrow I start MS101 – Sales Extension training.


CodeCampSA

July 1, 2007

ADNUG Logo

A friend of mine Jey Srikantha from K2.NET has just let me know about CodeCampSA.

This free event sponsored by UniSA, ADNUG and Australian Computer Society is the Adelaide version of the very popular CodeCampOz http://www.codecampoz.com held in Wagga Wagga in April. For those who find the journey to Wagga Wagga difficult, the CodeCamp is coming to SA. There will be continuous presentations (apart from breaks for BBQ lunch and coffee)

There will be heaps of great presenters like Dave Glover, Mitch Denny, Greg Low and of course Jey will be giving two presentations (“Blessings of the blackpearl– K2[blackpearl] and .NET” and “MOSS’ing around with blackpearl – k2[blackpearl] and MOSS”). The complete agenda and speaker list is on the event page of the ADNUG website.

I think I will find it difficult to get over to SA to attend as I am extremely busy, but I will try. Although the event is free you still need to register to attend each day.

WHERE: UniSA, Theatre HH4-08 Hans Heysen Building, North Terrace, ADELAIDE SA

WHEN: 8.30 for an 8.45 start 7th-8th July

To register (both Saturday and Sunday).

http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&temID=eventdetails&eveID=2093

http://www.acs.org.au/index.cfm?action=event&temID=eventdetails&eveID=2094

**Note – if you are going to attend both Saturday and Sunday, please book for both days.**


APAC SharePoint Conference – I’ll be there

April 23, 2007

I just recieved confirmation from my employer (SDM) that I will be going to the APAC SharePoint Conference in Sydney.

This exclusive Microsoft event is the third and final of three global SharePoint Conferences, following Seattle and Berlin. This world-class, two-day conference, to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney from May 15-16, will showcase the latest innovations, features and functionality for the 2007 SharePoint products and technologies. The conference will provide an unprecedented opportunity for customers and partners in the Asia Pacific region to meet and network with Microsoft Office System product development teams, fellow IT professionals and architects, and partners. With only 500 places available, this event is not to be missed!

APAC SharePoint Conference


Microsoft Exam Insurance and TechNet Subscription

March 13, 2007

Exam insurance banner

If you missed out last time, Microsoft are offerring Exam insurance plus TechNet Subscription once again. I might just take the plunge this time around and do an exam.

“When you purchase Exam Insurance and take your initial exam by April 30, 2007, you get a one-year subscription to Microsoft TechNet Plus Direct (US$349 value). TechNet Plus Direct is the must-have online resource for the latest Microsoft updates, tools, and guidance. Hurry though. You must register and take your first exam by April 30 to qualify.”

More information


APAC SharePoint Conference

March 7, 2007

This exclusive Microsoft event is the third and final of three global SharePoint Conferences, following Seattle and Berlin. This world-class, two-day conference, to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney from May 15-16, will showcase the latest innovations, features and functionality for the 2007 SharePoint products and technologies. The conference will provide an unprecedented opportunity for customers and partners in the Asia Pacific region to meet and network with Microsoft Office System product development teams, fellow IT professionals and architects, and partners.
With only 500 places available, this event is not to be missed!

Expert Presenters

SharePoint experts from the Asia Pacific region and members of the SharePoint product group such as Derek Burney (General Manager), Mike Fitzmaurice and Joel Oleson (both Senior Technical Product Managers), will provide attendees with technical information and demos for the latest release of SharePoint products and technologies: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and Office SharePoint Designer 2007. And for the first time in Australia, information on Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 will be presented.

Brand New Deep Dive Content

Multiple tracks focused on specific solution technologies including Collaboration, Enterprise Search and Portals, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Content Management will be offered. Plus, there will be additional opportunities for attendees to learn about, and get hands on experience with, SharePoint products and technologies.

Technical “how to” breakout sessions covering subjects such as architecture, security, integration, deployment, migration, management and scalability, will help attendees develop, customise, integrate and build powerful, enterprise-ready solutions with SharePoint products and technologies.

Event Details
Dates: 15-16 May 2007
Venue: Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia
Cost: $549.00 for two days (includes registration, Welcome Night, conference sessions, and evening entertainment event)

Save the Date

Registrations for this conference will open soon (look for an announcement on this blog), and seats will be strictly limited. Block off May 15-16 on your calendar right now, so you won’t miss out!

What about Partner Sponsorship?

My company SDM is hoping to be a partner sponsor for this conference.

Local Speakers

I am currently in negotiations with Angus Logan to be one of the local speakers at the conference.

[As seen on Angus Logan’s Blog and the SharePoint Team Blog]


MOSSIG / Victoria .NET Hands on Dev Day

December 2, 2006

Today I am helping run the MOSSIG and Victoria.NET hands on development day at Cliftons in Melbourne. We are running two streams. Stream 1 is on the new .NET 3.0 framework and stream 2 is on Office 2007.

Presenting in the Office stream are the MOSSIG team Ben Walters, Ed Richard, Tim Wragg and myself.