CIAOPS Techwerks 6–Sydney June 6

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CIAOPS Techwerks move to Sydney in June on Thursday the 6th. The course is limited to 15 people and you can now sign up and reserve your place. To do this just email me (director@ciaops.com) and I’ll add you to the list.

The content of these events is driven by the attendees. That means we cover exactly what people want to see and focus on doing hands on, real world scenarios. Attendees can vote on topics they’d like to see covered prior to the day and we continue to target exactly what the small group of attendees wants to see. Thus, this is an excellent way to get really deep into the technology and have all the questions you’ve been dying to know answered. Typically, the event produces a number of best practice take aways for each attendee. So far, the greatest votes are for deeper dives into Intune, security and PowerShell configuration and scripts, however that isn’t finalised until the day.

Recent testimonial – “I just wanted to say a big thank you to Robert for the Brisbane Techworks day. It is such a good format with each attendee asking what matters them and the whole interactive nature of the day. So much better than death by PowerPoint.” – Mike H.

The cost to attend is:

Patron level Price inc GST
Gold Enterprise Free
Gold $ 33
Silver $ 99
Bronze $ 176
Non Patron $ 399

The CIAOPS Techwerks events are run regularly in major Australian capital cities, so if you can’t make this one or you aren’t in Sydney on that date, stay tuned for more details and announcements soon. If you are interested in signing up please contact me via emails (director@ciaops.com) and I can let you know all the details as well as answer any questions you may have about the event.

I hope to see you there.

CIAOPS Techwerks 4–Perth April 12

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The next instructor lead, all day, technical whiteboarding workshop session I’ll be doing on Microsoft Cloud Technologies (Office 365, Microsoft 365, Azure, Intune, Windows 10, etc) will be held in Perth on Friday April 12th, 2019. The course is limited to 15 people and you can sign up and reserve your place now!

The content of these events is driven by the attendees. That means we cover exactly what people want to see and focus on doing hands on, real world scenarios. Attendees can vote on topics they’d like to see covered prior to the day and we continue to target exactly what the small group of attendees wants to see. Thus, this is an excellent way to get really deep into the technology and have all the questions you’ve been dying to know answered. Typically, the event produces a number of best practice take aways for each attendee. So far, the greatest votes are for deeper dives into Intune, security and PowerShell configuration and scripts, however that isn’t finalised until the day.

Recent testimonial – “I just wanted to say a big thank you to Robert for the Brisbane Techworks day. It is such a good format with each attendee asking what matters them and the whole interactive nature of the day. So much better than death by PowerPoint.” – Mike H.

The cost to attend is:

Patron Level

Price inc GST

Gold Enterprise Free
Gold $ 33
Silver $ 99
Bronze $ 176
Non Patron $ 399

To learn more about the benefits of the CIAOPS Patron program visit www.ciaopspatron.com.

To register, simply email me – director@ciaops.com and I’ll take care of everything from there.

The CIAOPS Techwerks events are run regularly in major Australian capital cities, so if you can’t make this one or you aren’t in Perth on that date, stay tuned for more details and announcements soon. If you are interested in signing up please contact me via emails (director@ciaops.com) and I can let you know all the details as well as answer any questions you may have about the event.

I hope to see you there.

CIAOPS Techwerks whiteboard training–Brisbane 21 Brisbane

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I’ll be hosting an all day focused, hands on, technical whiteboard training session on Microsoft Cloud technologies (Office 365, Microsoft 365, Azure, etc) in Brisbane on Thursday February the 21st 2019. The course is limited to 15 people and there are still a few places available if you wish to attend.

The content of these events is driven by the attendees. That means we cover exactly what people want to see and focus on doing hands on, real world scenarios. Attendees can vote on topics they’d like to see covered prior to the day and we continue to target exactly what the small group of attendees wants to see. Thus, this is an excellent way to get really deep into the technology and have all the questions you’ve been dying to know answered. Typically, the event produces a number of best practice take aways for each attendee. So far, the greatest votes are for deeper dives into Intune, security and PowerShell configuration and scripts, however that isn’t finalised until the day.

The CIAOPS Techwerks events are run regularly in major Australian capital cities, so if you can’t make this one or you aren’t in Brisbane on that date, stay tuned for more details and announcements soon. If you are interested in signing up please contact me via emails (director@ciaops.com) and I can let you know all the details as well as answer any questions you may have about the event.

I hope to see you there.

Become Microsoft 365 Certified with CIAOPS

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I’m pleased to announce that I’m taking all of my experience as a Microsoft Certified Trainer and learnings with Microsoft 365 and creating a 7 week intensive study program dedicated to helping people pass the recently announced Microsoft MS-100 certification exam.

In broad strokes this exam covers:

– Design and Implement Microsoft 365 Services

– Manage User Identity and Roles

– Manage Access and Authentication

– Plan Office 365 Workloads and Applications

The CIAOPS program will provide 2 hours per week of presented content (lecture + lab) as well as additional content each will be expected to completed and submitted prior to the next week. In my experience, having ‘required homework’ is the best way to ensure that you are learning the content. All the material will be available in a downloadable portable for access on demand (including presented content). Having the material on demand means that you can attend this course even if you can’t make the live sessions.

This program is limited to a maximum of 15 students and is filling fast, so if you want to take advantage of this round then please contact me via email (director@ciaops.com) to express your interest. The cost for anyone not in my CIAOPS Patron program is AU$399 inc GST for all the material.

You may want to read my thoughts on why I believe certification is becoming increasingly important with the cloud:

The benefits of certification

Stay tuned for more certification training programs like this that will be available from the CIAOPS.

Ignite 2017 sessions on YouTube

With Microsoft Ignite 2018 just around the corner I know there is always going to be a huge amount of content and no way that I can be across all of it immediately. Luckily, Microsoft has been recording these sessions and posting them up to YouTube for later review. This has allowed me to work through many sessions over the year to improve my knowledge.

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Unfortunately, there is not a single directory of all the session recordings in YouTube, at least not that I know of, so I have created and maintained a list of these sessions as I worked through them. I’ve now made my list of the Ignite 2017 sessions available via my GitHub repository at:

https://github.com/directorcia/general/blob/master/ignite2017.txt

Simply find the session that you are interested in a hopefully I’ve managed to capture the link to the session on YouTube. If you know of any sessions that aren’t listed let me and I’ll add to my catalogue.

Personally, watching the pre-recorded sessions gives me some benefits I don’t get attending in person. Firstly, I generally watch the sessions at 1.5 speed which allows me to get through more sessions. I’m also able to have my own Office 365 or Azure tenant up in another window and be following along with what I see being presented. I also get the ability to pause the session and come back later as YouTube keeps track of my history. Also, as I watch session YouTube suggest more sessions like the one I’m watching, so discovery of new relevant sessions becomes much easier once you start getting into it.

I plan to do the same for the Ignite 2018 sessions when they become available but I’ll start doing that immediately and posting into a new file in the same repository. So keep an eye out for that one coming soon.

Even after 12 months, I haven’t been able to get through everything but I do have to say thanks to Microsoft for making all this content freely available for those that couldn’t attend.

CIAOPS Learn is here

One of the most common stumbling blocks I see with business today, especially when it comes to using technology is that most simply don’t have the minimum skills to drive productivity benefits. This means that technology becomes more of a hinderance than a help.

This lack of digital literacy has arisen simply because of the low priority that training has been given within the organisation. Many businesses seem to expect their staff to learn technology on ‘the fly’ or in their own time. This is not an environment where people can grow their knowledge about the products and most simply revert to using the ‘minimum’ with each product and fail to explore the full range of options and services that are available to them.

This lack of digital literacy is even more the case with services like Office 365 that are constantly being upgraded and enhanced. Without dedicated time to learning the vast majority of the benefits of these tools are going to remain hidden from the business. This in turn makes them less competitive and productive.

The challenge with traditional training is that sending people ‘back to school’, where they attend all day training courses is simply not feasible or consistent enough not to mention being expensive. Trying to pick up information from the web or YouTube can result in actually getting the wrong or misleading information.

With these challenges in mind I am happy to announce the CIAOPS Learn program that provides web based video training for Office 365 across the whole range of services. From Outlook to OneNote, from OneDrive to Stream, you’ll find it here. For a simple per user per month cost you can give people access to a vast array of up to date training material. You can also customise the learning paths that people take as well as see a dashboard of their progress.

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Because this a per user per month service, you can subscribe for as long as you need. You can also sign up for as many licenses as you need at any time. There are single and multiple user options. Payments are handled directly via the CIAOPS Academy but invoicing in AU$ is also possible as well as options for resellers.

To find out more about the service visit:

www.ciaopslearn.com

where you’ll find more information as well as how to sign up immediately using the portal. CIAOPS Gold and Silver patrons also receive free access to the portal as part of their benefits as well, so if you are supporting the Microsoft Cloud you should become a Patron today to receive access to this plus a range of additional benefits.

The better you can utilise technologies like Office 365, the productive and profitable your business will be. With CIAOPS Learn you are now to do this and stay up to date for a low monthly fee.

Become digitally literate today, join the CIAOPS Learn program  

New CIAOPS classroom training

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I am pleased to announce the first CIAOPS hosted classroom training event.

How to migrate your SMB business to the Microsoft Cloud

Are you puzzled by the best approach to use when migrating a business to Microsoft 365 and Azure? Are you unsure of which services to use and when? Are you unsure how to cost cloud solutions? These and all your Microsoft cloud questions will be answered in this full day, face to face hands on training session. You’ll not only learn what products like Microsoft 365 and Azure are, you’ll learn how to effectively price solutions as well as frameworks that you can apply repeatedly to bring you success with migration, adoption and support. Best of all, you’ll see all the products in action via live demos.

This course is limited to 25 attendees, so hurry to secure your spot today!

Date = Thursday July 19th, 2018
Time = 9am – 5pm
Location = Cliftons Sydney, 60 Margaret St Sydney NSW 2000

Prices

Gold Patron = $149 inc
Silver Patron = $199 inc
Bronze Patron = $299 inc
Non Patron = $399 inc

More information about the CIAOPS Patron program can be found at www.ciaopspatron.com.

At the successful completion of this event it is planned to run this course at venues around Australia. To register your interest for a particular location please visit this link.

More information about the course and registration can be found here:

https://www.ciaopsacademy.com/p/how-to-migrate-your-smb-business-to-the-microsoft-cloud/

I hope to see you there.