The Microsoft Further Education Briefing 2010 – Cost Saving with IT – 3rd December 2010


We will be holding our annual Further Education Briefing on Friday 3rd December 2010 at the Microsoft Campus, in Reading. With the current squeeze on education budgets looking likely to last, there is a clear focus on the ways that the IT systems within Further Education can be used to reduce the cost of delivery for a college.

And the pressure isn't just on budgets, it's also on your time. So we have ensured that the agenda for this year’s FE briefing covers a wider range of topics and focuses specifically on practical advice that you can use to reduce costs both within your IT budget, and beyond. We have a wider range of invited speakers, so that in addition to Microsoft speakers, you will also hear from other colleges and Microsoft partners to address the topics of cost saving, both within the IT budget, and also ways that IT can reduce college running costs.

An opportunity to hear how other colleges are managing their IT budgets

As well as getting the latest news on Microsoft’s strategy, there will be the opportunity to how other colleges are responding the economic pressures that all colleges are feeling.

Amanda Bicknell, the Further Education Business Manager, will lead the day, introducing experts from Microsoft, and our partners, and bringing case studies from our customers.

This event will be most useful to those involved in managing IT budgets within the Further Education sector, whether that is at a strategic planning level, or managing the provision of IT services to staff, students and the wider learning community.

Cost Saving with IT - The Agenda

The event starts at 9:30, and will finish at 3pm

Time Description
09:30 Introduction
Amanda Bicknell, Microsoft
Further Education Business Manager
09:45 The Future of the Cloud
Richard Green, Microsoft
10:15 Customer case study

Moodle & Live@edu integration
Tim Bush, ULCC

11:00 Break
11:20 Reducing cost with desktop virtualisation
Neil Sanderson, Quest Software UK

The Microsoft IT Academy
Greg Pearson, Microsoft




The Hybrid Organisation
Ray Fleming, Microsoft

13:30 Reducing cost and increasing agility with Unified communications

Cost saving with server virtualisation
Adrian Ansell, Dimension Data

14:20 Customer case study
14:40 IT efficiency and college effectiveness
15:00 Close


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