Microsoft at BUFDG

The British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom. This year’s annual BUFDG conference kicks off Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th April 2017, and marks the 50th anniversary for the events host institution, the University of Bath.

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It’s here where Microsoft are sponsoring and showcasing some of the latest products available. Each year around 120 Finance Directors attend the event, all looking to collaborate with colleagues, exchange new ideas and learn some of the latest developments from the exhibition.

In a sector where “Change is the only constant” is a fitting motto, the year will see the sector deal with a new, far-reaching HE and Research Bill, and the implications of Brexit, amongst other political and economic challenges. Finance Directors, as usual, will play a key role in helping their own staff, Vice-Chancellors and academic colleagues achieve the full potential of their institutions in the midst of the upheaval. All of which mark a perfect setting to showcase some of the latest Microsoft products that channel the power of collaboration and modern working.

The Microsoft Stand

The UK Microsoft Higher Education team will be on the stand showcasing Surface devices and Azure Cloud services, and how they can make a significant and profound impact on the challenges faced by modern financial institutions. The Microsoft Surface Hub will be on show, unlocking the power of the group and advancing the way people work together. The hub will be a fitting centre piece for an event of shared ideas, as the large canvas allows people to come together through technology that helps ideas flow. Watch how the University of Bristol are doing just that:

Our range of Surface devices will also be on display. Here you’ll find smaller devices that make huge impact. Our portable 2-in-1 devices are helping institutions with the challenging scope of the modern and highly mobile workplace. Devices that help us work remotely, whilst still maintaining a sense of community empower us to get things done in profound and impactful ways. See how the University of Central Lancashire are using Surface Pro 4 devices to empower their staff and students:

All of this coupled with Office 365, the most advanced productivity suite available. We’ll be showing off some of the latest Office apps, specifically designed to boost productivity and collaboration between teams.

And last but not least, Microsoft Azure, the most dynamic cloud solution available. We’ll be taking a look at the ever-expanding collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through our global network of data centres. Explore how you get the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications and frameworks of your choice. All this and more are going to make this an event not to be missed! We’re at stand 5, come by and say hello, we’ll see you there!


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