The Oldham College improves its efficiency with Microsoft SharePoint

The Oldham College demonstrates how using Microsoft products, including SharePoint, continues to improves efficiency in a learning environment. Gerald Haigh, freelance writer to Microsoft, paid a visit to The Oldham College to then share with us how SharePoint, along with other Microsoft products, is directly improving the learning experience of its 8000 students. Pete O’Donnell,…

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Do cloud-based datacentres run as fast as your onsite ones

The Bits blog from the New York Times ran an interesting article a couple of weeks ago called ‘How Fast Can a Cloud Run?’ (you’re right, I’m still catching up with my reading!). It talks about a service called CloudSleuth, which measures the speed of response of various cloud services. Our Microsoft Azure cloud came…

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A plain English Guide to Data Protection

I keep an eye on the Information Commissioner’s Office press releases on their website (in the hope that we’re not going to see schools appearing too often), where I suspect they have a busy Press Officer producing a constant stream of news (last 2 weeks : Recruitment firms fined; mobile phone customers record sold illegally;…

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A question of security

I was at a conference yesterday (sadly covered by Chatham House Rule so no juicy snippets) which looked at security of public sector ICT systems, and there was a session which was about malware. Although it was delivered in a matter-of-fact deadpan way, it left me feeling just a little bit nervous (and made me…

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BitLocker’d up

To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out* I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM…

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Ed The Fed says "Stay safe out there"

I have a colleague, Ed, who’s a legend around here. He’s the Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor. Obviously that’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about Information Security. (I was going to…

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Microsoft’s Information Security Symposium Event

The steam roller of Information Security continues to run down the hill towards education. Becta’s in the driving seat, and they haven’t really started the engine. By the time the new term begins, there will be new guidance on what you should be doing (read my previous posts on the Schools Blog). So it is…

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Darwinian Databases on video

The Windows Server launch team have made available the video of the Cambridge University team, who are using modern database technologies to solve a centuries-old data analysis problem. If you’re into databases, and their uses, then this is a good video to watch now. But if you’re like me, and the mysteries of SQL elude…

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Talking with College Principals

We held a briefing today for a small group of college principals, following on from a focus group meeting we held last year. The aim of the day was to share some of our work and thoughts on how technology could support the learning and business processes of an FE college, and to allow the…

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