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Episode 114 - Steve Luper

September 20th, 2016

Marc spends some time with Steve Luper, ‎Worldwide Technical Director, Azure Managed Partners at Microsoft talking Azure. Marc and I of course also give you our regular update on all the cloud news and events from Azure, Office 365 and more. don;t forget you can also provide us you feedback at 

Steve Luper on Twitter
Lupers Learnings
Underwater data centers
Azure geographic footprint map
Microsoft Ignite
New Azure AD experience
Australian Partner Conference 2016
Dynamic 365
New Office 365 Reports
New Microsoft data centers in UK open
Azure Image factory
Office 365 Secure Score
Azure Essentials free eBook

Episode 113 - Jeffrey Snover

September 5th, 2016

A special episode with a true technology superstar. Jeffrey Snover, Microsoft Technical Fellow/Lead Architect for Enterprise Group, Azure Stack and PowerShell Architect joins us to talk about Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and of course, all about his baby, PowerShell. Jeff shares some really great insights into the birth of PowerShell and why scripting is so valuable is today's modern IT environment. Of course you'll also get a cloud news update from Marc and I as well as a special report about upcoming changes to the Microsoft reseller initiatives around Office 365. It's a bumper episode packed with content. So listen along, give us some feedback and listen to wisdom the father of PowerShell.



Modern SharePoint Lists

SharePoint Online Site Collection limit increased to 25TB

Change to partner remuneration coming 1st October 2016

Marc's blog on all the Azure news

@jsnover - Jeffrey Snover: Microsoft Technical Fellow/ Lead Architect for Enterprise Cloud Group/ Azure Stack Architect/ PowerShell Architect

Here is the must watch video on Jeff’s history at Microsoft

Use the PowerShell 5 Convert-String Cmdlet

Learning PowerShell

Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0 – Microsoft Virtual Academy Course

Microsoft Operations Management Suite Overview

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Episode 112 - Rayanne Buchianico

August 28th, 2016

Marc and I kick off the show with a few topical news items and then I dive into an interview with Rayanne Buchianico from Sell my MSP. Rayanne and I cover off what you need to know about selling your IT business. We examine the reasons and how to go about actually doing the selling. There is more to it than you think but that doesn't mean it's a process you should put off. even if you currently don't plan to sell your IT business you never know what the future might hold. The smart move is always be positioning your business for sale, that give you the maximum advantage.


Episode 111 - Trevor Sullivan

August 23rd, 2016

In this episode we dive into the world of containers and Docker. We learn about what they are, why they are relevant to IT Pros and how Microsoft is providing more ways to utilise these technologies today. Our special guest subject matter expert is Trevor Sullivan who is a Microsoft MVP and able to explain to us why containers and Docker are so important in today's technology landscape. Listen and learn


Episode 110 - Jeff Huze

August 18th, 2016

Marc and I kick off the show with the latest cloud news as usual but then I talk to SMB reseller Jeff Huze from Interconnekt all about the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) that is now available for Microsoft Cloud products like Office 365 and Azure. We talk about the differences it brings for licensing and the tangible benefits it provides resellers when it comes to growing the cloud business. If you haven't looked at Microsoft CSP, then you should. so tune in and let Jeff explain all about it.

Jeff Huze

Why is technology not making business more productive?

August 13th, 2016

Join returning guest Chip Reaves from Bigger Brains as he and I discuss the challenges of reaping productivity benefits from implementing technology in the business express edition of the CIAOPS Need to Know podcast. Who's to blame? The vendors? The resellers? Or the end users?

Chip and I discuss a wide range of reasons why many businesses (especially amongst our customers) are not gaining tangible benefits from the technology being sold to them. Also, apart from shedding light on these issues we offer some solutions that may help improve this situation.
Robert Crane - @directorcia

Why the economic payoff from technology is so elusive


Episode 109 - Cloud News

August 3rd, 2016

Marc Kean and I provide a round up of all the Azure and Office 365 news that's happened of late (and there has been plenty). There are plenty of Azure services going GA along with new Office 365 services that are rolling out. Listen along as we tell you all the latest plus provide our own unique commentary and opinions on everything Microsoft Cloud. Stay up to date right here.


Episode 108 - News from WPC

July 15th, 2016

Marc and I review all the latest news from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. We also dive deep into a raft of recent Azure updates as well a swag of Office 365 news. If you want to keep up to date with the Microsoft Cloud then there is no better episode to listen to.

Azure news from Marc
SharePoint iOS app
Windows 10 Delve app
Power BI connection to Xero
Why Facebook is going Office 365
Facebook taps Office 365

Episode 107 - Steve Hosking

July 2nd, 2016

In this episode Marc is joined by Steve Hosking to talk about SCCM.


Marc Kean - @marckean

Azure News:


Reddit (SCCM):


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Azure Stack user group meet-up, hear all about Azure Stack Vs Azure Public


Episode 106 - Stephane Budo

June 20th, 2016

In this episode we talk with Stephane Budo from Vigilant IT all about Azure stack and how Microsoft is bringing what it has learned from running the public cloud and making that available to people who want to run their own private cloud. Azure stack provides a consistent way of managing datacentre resources no matter where they may be. Allowing management via a single consistent interface provides a lot of benefits as Stephane explains.

Of course you'll get the latest Azure and Office 365 news from Marc and Robert as well as plenty of opinions as to what's happening with Microsoft and the Cloud. We appreciate you taking the time to listen and look forward to your feedback.
Stephane Budo from Vigilant.IT,  +61 2 8925 1800, 
Marc Kean - @marckean
Robert Crane - @directorcia
Microsoft buys Linkedin
Azure updates from Marc Kean
Hybrid architecture for IT Pros
Office 365 Planner is generally available
GigJam preview now available to all