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Microsoft and Google Gain Ground on AWS

Microsoft and Google Gain Ground on AWS

June 19, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Ryan Grawe

Although there are many cloud computing vendors in the marketplace, some of the major players are making strong moves towards the top. In an article taken from Redmond Channel Partner, Jeffrey Schwartz describes the increasing usage of Microsoft and Google’s respective cloud platforms. The following is taken from Schwartz’ article, Microsoft, Google Gaining on AWS, But Not Quickly Enough. To read the full article, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

As the current cloud field stands, leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) may be ceding some market share to Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), but the challengers still have a lot of ground to make up. Among the big three public cloud infrastructure providers, Microsoft Azure has clearly established itself as No. 2. Considering that it’s a distant second, Azure has gained considerable ground on Amazon Web Services over the past year. While Azure still has a reasonable lead over the Google Cloud Platform, the latter has also grown significantly.As the competitors move closer, AWS remains poised to hold on to its clear lead. The RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report shows that 57 percent of customers are currently running applications in AWS, the same number as last year. Meanwhile, 34 percent are running apps in Azure, compared with 20 percent last year; and 15 percent are using GCP, up from 10 percent last year.Read More

How to Synchronize Directories with Azure AD Connect

How to Synchronize Directories with Azure AD Connect

April 25, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Since the release of Windows 2000, Active Directory (AD) has been the way users have logged in to on-premises enterprise networks and business-based systems, including Microsoft Exchange Server.

As more computing takes place in the cloud, businesses need both on-premises and cloud user verification. For one set of credentials to access both (“synchronize”), Microsoft in 2015 introduced the “Azure AD Connect” tool. Read More

Expert Microsoft Excel Tips and Training

Expert Microsoft Excel Tips and Training

April 3, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Microsoft Excel is the standard software for managing and organizing data and spreadsheets.

This software is widely used by businesses across various industries on a daily basis. Whether you need to compare monthly sales revenue or document weekly traffic for a website, you’ve probably used Micorsoft Excel at some point on the job.

But while you may have some experience with the program, you probably have only scratched the surface of all of its features.  Here are some ways any user can get more out of Microsoft Excel.Read More

Expert Microsoft Word Tips and Training for Professionals

Expert Microsoft Word Tips and Training for Professionals

March 22, 2017 in Microsoft / by Sara Lamb

Microsoft Word is the most common word processing program for people and organizations all over the world. Just about every digitally-created document is made with Microsoft Word.

We all may use this software from time to time, but professionals may need it weekly or even daily. And while we all think we may be Microsoft Word experts, so few people truly take advantage of all of its time-saving features.  Here are some powerful tips to become Microsoft Word ExpertsRead More

2017 IT Certification Roadmap

2017 IT Certification Roadmap

March 6, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training, Security, Cisco, EC-Council / by Sara Lamb

CompTIA has created a vendor neutral IT certification roadmap that will be useful to all IT Pros.

Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional in information security, storage and data, training, software development, hardware services, infrastructure, web and mobile or IT management and strategy, this roadmap will show you the certification route that’s best.Read More

Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications

Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications

November 18, 2016 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

As Microsoft Learning’s General Manager Alison Cunard announced in September 2016, Microsoft has streamlined its technical certifications, aligning to industry-recognized areas of competence while providing flexibility to showcase your specific skills on Microsoft products and services.

Five new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) specialties are being released.  These credentials are aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical competencies that are widely recognizable by both Microsoft partners and customers.Read More

Introducing Microsoft Badges

Introducing Microsoft Badges

November 1, 2016 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Thane Clark

Big news … Microsoft has developed a way for you to easily share certification and exam completions with digital badges! Your digital badge allows you to easily share the details of your skills to your professional network in a way that is trusted and verifiable.

Your Microsoft badge empowers you to:Read More

How Do I Find and Redeem Microsoft SATV’s?

How Do I Find and Redeem Microsoft SATV’s?

October 14, 2016 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

As a Gold Microsoft Learning Partner, Centriq Training works closely with Microsoft to help customers redeem their Soft Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV’s) for Microsoft training classes. Click here for details about what SATV’s are or continue reading for an overview of the SATV process…keep in mind, the easiest way for you to find out if you have SATV’s and redeem them is to talk to a Centriq Training Advisor. You can contact them directly online, via email or at 913.322.7062.Read More