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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):


Facebook pages about SCCM:


Guest Twitter:




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

Episode 105 - Azure updates

June 10th, 2016

Join myself and Marc as we catch up on all the latest Azure news and discuss Marc's recent blog posts on updates that have recently come to Azure. We cover off some updates to SQL, Mircosoft's new documentation service and more. Plenty of really great content aimed at keeping you right up to date with everything Azure and in the Microsoft cloud.

Marc Kean on Twitter
Robert Crane on Twitter
Azure news week 22 (Marc Kean)
Use PowerShell for Windows updates
Azure tenant subscription accounts
Azure Enterprise enrollment hierarchy

Episode 104 - Sonia Cuff

June 6th, 2016

Robert is joined by returning guest Sonia Cuff to talk about the secrets of successful presentations. They cover off the things that you should and shouldn't do when it comes to giving meaningful and memorable presentations. Sonia shares her extensive experience from presenting both locally and internationally that will benefit anyone who has to stand up in front of a crowd. In this episode you'll learn a lot about delivering an experience that will leave your audience asking for more.

Sonia Cuff - @Cuff_S
James Whittaker
Resonate - Nancy Duarte
Talk like Ted

Episode 103 - Azure Backup and Recovery

May 27th, 2016

Join myself and co-host, Azure Technical Specialist Marc Kean, as we take a closer look at the backup options available from Azure. We speak about things such as Azure Backup for files and folders, backup for applications and especially Azure Site Recovery. There is of course coverage of the latest cloud news from the world of Microsoft as well as details about technologies such as Azure Resources Manager.

Marc Kean
Robert Crane
Windows 10 app for OneDrive
Skype for Business for Mac
Microsoft Gigjam
Azure Recovery Service Vault goes GA
Azure Cool Storage
Azure Backup for Files and Folders
Azure Backup for Applications
ARM Azure Site Recovery [VIDEO] - Part 1
ARM Azure Site Recovery [VIDEO] - Part 2