An event in Manly: Hololens, AR and the future of Business Intelligence

I know that this blog gets readers from all around the country, and the world, but I’d kick myself if I didn’t share this event, which is going to be just down the road from the centre of Sydney, in Manly The team at Lakeba and 360dgrees are doing some really smart stuff with 360…


Developing cloud solutions for public sector – Free developer training–Sydney 10-11 November 2016

Microsoft is dedicated to helping our partners develop the skills and capacity to leverage our technology platforms. Part of that support is about helping developers to get up to speed with the opportunity to more rapidly build applications and services for customers. So next month, we are offering Microsoft partners developing solutions for Public Sector…


Australian Office 365 Education customers: you have 2 weeks left to opt-in to be moved to the Australian datacentre

This is a really important reminder for our education customers here in Australia. Please, please check that you have requested to move your Office 365 Education service to the Australian datacentres, if your service was originally setup elsewhere. The deadline for requests is the end of Monday 31st October 2016, and after that time you…


Are you coming to the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2016?

It’s only 4 weeks until the Microsoft Annual Partner Conference in the Gold Coast on the 5th to 8th September 2016. I thought I’d have a good long look at the agenda, and pull out the critical sessions that I think will be invaluable to Microsoft partners who sell into Education – both for this…


Building dynamic staff, student and parent portals

Webvine ( are an Office 365, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM consultancy with large and small clients, including a number of education customers in Australia. Next week they are running a breakfast briefing on Thursday 30 June, in our offices in North Ryde, to talk about the examples of school projects they have completed in NSW….


Getting started with Power BI–a free e-book from Microsoft Press

If you’re a follower of this blog, or you’ve met me or seen me present in the last year, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Power BI – the very clever and powerful service that makes Self-Service BI a sudden reality. When I show people Power BI I see their eyes light up, as…


Windows 10–full day Melbourne workshop to get ready for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

There are a number of improvements coming to the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 that are specifically focused on supporting education customers. These include: Faster, easier set-up: Shared devices in the classroom are the norm in some schools. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update we are introducing a ”Set Up School PCs” app that allows…


Learning Data Science through a free online course

Last year I shared information on the Machine Learning course I took on edX, which taught me how to implement Azure Machine Learning services, and allowed me to build predictive data models. I’ve subsequently spoken with people who took the course on my recommendation, and have built interesting predictive models for student behaviour. One person…


3P Learning win Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year

It’s a pretty exciting day for the team at 3P Learning, who have just been given the award for Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year 2016! And they made Finalist in the Technology for Good category too, which is a double success. I’m particularly pleased that they’ve been recognised for the great work that…


Your Digital Partner workshop – Sydney 9 May 2016

We are excited to invite you to our school executive leadership workshop to be held at Microsoft Head office in Sydney, with special guest speaker, Ross McSwan, a barrister and accredited mediator. Ross advises executive leaders on practical strategies to manage critical incidents involving social media and the implications for students, parents and staff. Education…