UK Tech.Days 2011: The public cloud for IT Professionals


Cloud technology, and the solutions and platforms it enables, are driving a revolution in business and IT, delivering flexibility, cost reduction and higher levels of availability.

Office 365, Windows Intune and Windows Azure provide all the management, delivery and productivity tools you need for effective cloud applications. But how do they work and how should you deploy them in your business? Join us as we explore how these technologies are being used now to deliver innovative solutions, and review the role IT professionals are playing in this new and evolving era of computing.


Public cloud for the IT professional

An introduction to the Azure platform for IT Pros giving you an understanding of how the technology works, in addition we will discuss what’s new with Office 365 and Windows Intune and how they deliver a more agile desktop for the cloud.

Product(s):Intune, O365, Azure

Simon May, Steve Plank

Windows Intune Technical Overview

Windows Intune is our new management technology that allows you to gain control over your desktop PCs from the cloud. In this session we will take a look at how it works and what you can do.

Product(s):Windows Intune

Simon May

also look at for server offering

Introduction to Windows Azure platform – Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric

Windows Azure provides the platform to build scaleable, resilient and highly available applications from the cloud, but how? In this session we’ll put the components together and help you get the understanding you need to help your organization take advantage of the platform.

Product(s):Windows Azure Platform

Steve Plank

Making Azure relevant to you and your Organisation

How you deploy, manage and support applications in the cloud with Windows Azure. We take a look at deployment scenarios, management tools and the nuances of supporting Windows Azure.

Product(s):Windows Azure Platform

Simon May

Connecting your Private and Public Clouds with ADFS

Learn how to setup Active Directory Federation Services and how to connect to Azure and Office 365 to streamline logon and security.

Product(s):Active Directory Federated Services

Steve Plank


Every Cloud has an Orange Lining: How easyJet is making cloud work

easyJet is the UKs largest airline and is a top 10 European eCommerce website. Being lean and efficient is in their DNA but then so is being resilient and secure. Come along and find out how easyJet has used Windows Azure to solve some of its complex business problems and how cloud is forming a fundamental part of its future IT strategy.

Product(s):Windows Azure Platform

Andy Caddy, Bert Craven


An overview of Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop suite for businesses of all sizes. This session will introduce Office 365 and provide an overview of the technologies and licensing.

Product(s):Office 365

Brett Johnson


Office 365 started with a closed beta of 2000 customers, its gone mad – 150,000 customers to Public Beta


“On-prem” – on premise

PST’s – Pests!

NO to Outlook 2003

Exchange Online

Built on the same technology as Exchange Server 2010 SP1, Exchange Online provides organisations with the latest capabilities including built-in archiving, Conversation View, and MailTips, along with powerful web-based tools for managing online deployments. This session will introduce these concepts, deep dive into some areas of the product and explain migration options to Online.

Product(s):Office 365

Brett Johnson

Very very rich user and administrators experience


up to ~1000 mailboxes can be done in a weekend, but needs 2-weeks of planning – 80% of the effort is in the planning!

up to ~5000 users – 4-weeks planning

Any IMAP mailbox, or Exchange 2003 or 2007

Office 365 Deployment Tool & Deployment Assistant


Lync Online

Lync Server 2010 ushers in a new, connected experience that can help to transform every communication into an interaction. A single interface unites voice; instant messaging (IM); and audio, video, and Web conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering. This session will introduce Lync Online, the cloud version of Lync Server, hosted by Microsoft, allowing users to consume the offering as a service. We will also take a look under the covers at how Lync integrates with the other Office 365 components, and try to understand what is technically possible when using Lync Online, compared to the functionality that is available when using Lync Server On-premises.

Product(s):Office 365

Daryl Gwyn, Office 365 Technical Specialist

How SharePoint Online can Improve the Way Your Business Works

SharePoint Online Office 365 offers organisations a dynamic information platform from which to boost productivity, improve working practices and collaborate better internally and with trading partners. In this session we’ll cover how to work with documents and information efficiently in SharePoint Online using new 2010 features such as managed metadata, Office Web Apps and SharePoint Workspace. We’ll also take a look at improving business processes through workflows and InfoPath forms. And we’ll cover collaboration & social features such as intranets, blogs, My Sites, ratings and tagging.

Product(s):Office 365

Myles Jeffery – MVP, Office 365

Some real world examples of using SharePoint and why SharePoint Online can add value to your business.

Top Tip – Adding a Network Location in Windows 7 to link to a document library..


  • Working efficiently with documents
  • Business Productivity
  • Office 365 futures… the marketplace

Real World Customer Experience – Ealing Council

A launch customer will speak about their experiences of Office 365.

Product(s):Office 365

Ealing Council

Was Novell for File, Print, Email but a need to move to Microsoft as LoB apps driven

Real World Customer Experience

A launch customer will speak about their experiences of Office 365.

Product(s):Office 365


Wrap up

Product(s):Office 365

Simon May