How to demo Office 365–My system


I’m happy to announce the release of my latest course – “How to Demonstrate Office 365” which you can find here:

The course contains over 15 video lessons, including downloadable material and course notes. Importantly, it gives you a framework you can use to effectively show people what Office 365 is about. It is not designed to give them a deep dive, it is designed to give them a taste of what Office 365 can do for their business in a structured and engaging manner.

I created the course because I saw so many people struggling to annunciate what Office 365 is and how it can be used to solve business pain points. The course gives you a method you can follow to present effectively every time. It show you how to prepare and target your material and what to actually show. If you are a reseller of Office 365 this is going to improve your conversions, and that means more opportunity for you.

The secret of success is to use a system, and that is what I have created for you in this course. I have also included the option for a one on one coaching session where you can show me how you present Office 365 and I’ll provide you feedback and tips on how to improve further. All of this included for the low cost of US$99.

Sign up today and start presenting Office 365 better.

Azure Introduction presentation


Here is the presentation deck that I use when talking to people about Azure. It is designed to provide a simple overview and includes plenty of additional resources.

You can download the presentation from:

If you want to actually see the presentation in action then sign up for this free CIAOPS Academy online course:

There are also lots of additional ‘goodies’ in that course and I’m adding content there regularly.

Office 365 Introduction presentation

Here is the presentation deck that I use when talking to people about Office 365. It is designed to provide a simple overview and includes plenty of additional resources.

You can download the presentation from:

If you want to actually see the presentation in action then sign up for this free CIAOPS Academy online course:

There are also lots of additional ‘goodies’ in that course and I’m adding content there regularly.

Announcing the free CIAOPS Cloud lecture series


I am please to announce that I have created a new free lecture series at the CIAOPS Academy which you can find here:

Cloud Lecture Series

This is a free series of short topics that I have recorded at my face to face events. Topics include both business and technology and are mainly aimed at an IT Professionals audience. There is information in there to help you grow your cloud business as well as understand technologies like Office 365.

I’ll continue to add to this series over time as I do more events so enrol for free and ensure you check back regularly for the latest content.

Upcoming events

I’ll shortly be once again out and about doing presentations on Azure and Office 365 for Ingram Micro. This time we’re going to places that we haven’t been before. I look forward to meeting a sea of new faces at these upcoming events. Here are the details of the upcoming roadshow:

Join us for our Cloud Elevate Bootcamp with Robert Crane, Microsoft MVP for a full day of learning around Office 365 and Azure. You’ll come away with not only technical answers but business solutions you can implement and sell to customers.

We have divided the day into two major sessions to maximise your learning:

Why Office 365 and Azure?
This session will take a technical deep dive into both Office 365 and Azure. You’ll learn about the services that constitute both products, you’ll learn how they are licenses and deployed as well as how to migrate from existing on premises environments include Small Business Server (SBS).

The session will be interactive with whiteboard tutorials and answers to your specific questions. By the end of this session you’ll have a much greater understanding about what Office 365 and Azure are and how they can be implemented within businesses.

How to sell Office 365 and Azure?
Azure and Office 365 represent a seismic shift in the way that IT providers need to think about delivering services to customers, but where do you start? This session will give you the knowledge and the tools that will allow you to take advantage of the opportunities that both Office 365 and Azure provide.

This session again is designed to be interactive with lots of practical business examples, whiteboard discussions and examination of real world SMB scenarios.

No matter what stage of your cloud journey you are current at, as an IT professional you’ll get value from attending both of these sessions.

You’ll get the chance to hear the latest product news, have your specific questions answered and learn about the opportunities that are now available to you in the Microsoft Cloud.

A day not to be missed.

Dates and locations

Melbourne – 22nd February
9:00am to 5:00pm
Registration starts 8:30am
All Seasons Bendigo
171-183 McIvor Road
Bendigo VIC 3550

Adelaide – 28th February
9:00am to 5:00pm
Registration starts 8:30am
Mercure Adelaide
125 North Terrace,
Adelaide SA 5000

Sydney – 2nd March

9:00am to 5:00pm
Registration starts 8:30am
Novotel Homebush
Olympic Blvd & Herb Elliott Ave
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Gold Coast – 7th March
9:00am to 5:00pm
Registration starts 8:30am
Novotel Surfers Paradise
3105 Surfers Paradise Blvd
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Hobart – 9th March
9:00am to 5:00pm
Registration starts 8:30am
Grand Chancellor Hotel
1 Davey Street
Hobart TAS 7000

Register here

I hope to see you there.

Free CIAOPS Office 365 webinar next week

Please don’t forget to sign up for my free Office 365 webinar next Thursday the 22nd of September from 11am Sydney time. You can register here:

By attending you’ll get the latest Cloud news plus a deep dive into an Office 365 topic as well as open Questions and Answers where you can ask any question you like.

This months deep dive will focus on Yammer. What is is? How can it be used to collaborate? And how can it be used effectively inside a business of any size? I’ll show you and share some best practices, along with some tips and tricks.

Of course if you have specific questions on Yammer or Office 365 you’d like answered don’t hesitate to send them to me ( and I’ll do my best to make sure they get answered.

The CIAOPS Need to Know Webinars are free to attend but if you want to receive the recording of the session you need to sign up as a CIAOPS patron (for only USD$10 per month) which you can do here:

or purchase them individually at:

Also feel free at any stage to email me directly at with your webinar topic suggestions.

I’d also appreciate you sharing information about this webinar with anyone you feel may benefit from the session.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the webinar in September.

Upcoming Ingram Bootcamps

Ingram Micro Cloud Elevate Bootcamp

I’m presenting at the next round of Cloud Elevate Bootcamps from Ingram Micro. You can register for upcoming sessions in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth here:

In these sessions I’ll be talking about Office 365 collaboration (particularly SharePoint and OneDrive for Business) as well as on Skype for Business and Skykick backups. There will also be a session on Dropbox.

Love to see you come along, participate, ask questions and most importantly learn more about Office 365!

I hope to see you at an upcoming event.

Innovations Days event in Sydney–Register now

I’m speaking at an upcoming event in Sydney. My topic will be on Azure Rights management. This includes the free version that comes with office 365 E3 or better as well as the stand alone Azure Rights Management product.

The event is Saturday the 17th of September 2016 from 8.30am at the NSI Tafe NSW, St Leonards Campus, Sydney. You can register now at:

Here are all the details about the day. I hope to see you there.


Join us at Innovation Days

Join Australian Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) and Industry Experts for a one day of accelerated learning about innovative technologies. Expert Speakers will present based on their real world experience in short action packed sessions.
Major Topics Includes:

Cloud and Datacenter Management
Topics covered include Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud and the future of applications, integrating Cloud into your IT strategy/the challenges of the journey to the cloud, managing scalable applications to managing customer relationships through social platforms; Linux and Windows OS migration to public Cloud.
Data Analytics and Integration
The world is moving faster than ever before, with more devices, more connections, more networks and new data. More than ever, to stay competitive, your business needs to move fast to process the large volumes of dynamically changing data. Learn how to be at the market frontier with enterprise analytics and unlock the power of your data in the cloud. 
Enterprise identity management has been primarily focused on access to employees and contractors. But as the industry has been perfecting how to serve employees, consumer identity has presented itself as a growth opportunity for businesses and identity professionals alike. Topics covered: Identity Management, Device Management and Identity as a Service.


Session Details

Date: Saturday, 17th September
Time: 08:30am to 05:30pm
Venue: NSI Tafe NSW – St Leonards Campus, Sydney, Australia
The day session will include: 16+ sessions, solution roadmaps, direct access to industry experts, networking and more.


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