IT Forum: Neil Williams, University of Derby

At IT Forum this week, I ran into an old friend, Neil Williams, Head of IT and eLearning Development at the University of Derby. It was a great opportunity to discuss some of the issues raised throughout the week with somebody facing issues at the business end of IT. We’ve spent a week looking at…

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IT Forum: Green Data Centres

During the recent Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona my colleague Dan attended a panel discussion on the green data centre. The panel featured many of the key industry influencers (AMD, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Citigroup), whose research and product development has implications for the implementations of data centres worldwide. The first discussion focused on…

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IT Forum: Live @ Edu

This afternoon at IT Forum, we ran two specific sessions for UK education customers. Brad Tipp, from our worldwide Education team kicked off talking about the Live @ Edu service – something that is currently going through a metamorphosis. What started as an email service for students (similar to Hotmail, but linked to your institution’s…

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Event: Collaborative Working in Higher Education – 3rd December

We regularly get involved with events for education with our partners, and one of the ones coming up is from SCC, who are hosting an event at our offices in Central London on the 3rd December 2007. SCC, Europe’s largest privately owned IT company, is working in partnership with Microsoft to demonstrate to you the…

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IT Forum: Microsoft Search Server 2008

There’s a phrase – “Enterprise Search” – which summarises the next step in effective use of technologies for collaboration, data sharing and making your institutional memory more accessible. By this I mean, when anybody in your institutions publishes a piece of information that they want to share, you need to make that information available to…

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IT Forum: Virtualisation – it’s no longer about virtualisation

“The value in virtualisation technology moving forward will be in the management and the operating system rather than in the virtualisation stack.” I attended an interesting session at IT Forum today from Guillaume Field, from Dell.  He started the session off by saying something along the lines of “you are all buying way too many…

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IT Forum: Windows Vista and Security

In a recent survey, 70% of (male) drivers said that their driving skills were “above average”. Which tells you that most people think that they are better drivers than the others on the road. Well, PC security is probably like this – most users think that they know more about making the right decisions than…

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IT Forum: SQL Server 2008

Yes, I know you might still think of SQL 2005 as a new product, but SQL 2008 is nearly with us and there are many reasons why people are looking to upgrade.  Here are a few notes I took during a session yesterday afternoon at IT Forum.Some of the main points of the session were:…

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IT Forum: Threat Research and Response

Vinny Guloto, General Manager for the Malware Protection Centre, presented today on the work that the centre is putting into the world of threat research, and both reactive and proactive response. One of the interesting slides that Vinny used was about the history of development of industry standards in anti-virus development, and how the anti-virus…

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IT FORUM: Windows Server 2008 in education

I’m at the IT Forum event this week – it’s a week long tech-fest about current and future technologies from Microsoft. This year’s event has 5,200 delegates and we’re all sitting in a conference centre on the shores of Mediterranean in Barcelona (not quite as wonderful as it sounds – it was 10-degrees when we…

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