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Education Microsoft Inspire 2018

Vuzion Channel Business Manager – Education, Ian Hill, writes…

I will be part of the Vuzion team at the Microsoft annual flagship partner event this year, and while this is not my first visit to Las Vegas, it is my first to Inspire.

I’m looking forward to attending the various corenotes and presentations, and have a particular interest in the education sessions, as I’ve been heading up the education programme here at Vuzion for the past year.

And during that year, I’ve seen CSP gaining major traction in education, with customers realising the benefits of moving to a consumption-based model, as opposed to the traditional pay-up-front licensing programmes.

We’re currently embarking on some large migration projects with Education Partners, involving tens of thousands of users, as more and more, schools are looking to move into the cloud.

 Last week, for example, I visited a primary school in London with one of our partners. The Senior School Business Manager there is determined to move ‘as much as she possibly can’ to the cloud. Firstly, she can see no benefit to having servers on site, when the majority of the applications the school accesses are already cloud enabled. The summer holidays are about to start, she explained, and the school’s server will be there, chugging away at 80 percent utilisation  with the attendant cooling and management costs. With Azure the school can flex their usage up and down as needed and only pay for what they use, she understands that her IT can be regarded in the same way as their gas and electricity supply – turn it on when needed, and down when not!

If you’re going to Inspire and have an interest in education, it would be great to catch up. I will be at the following sessions:

Microsoft Education: What's new and how to win
Looking at how partners can leverage new Microsoft Education products and resources to win more education-focused business, presented by Jordan Chrysafidis, General Manager, CDS Education Sales, Microsoft

Monday 16 July, 13:45-14:30 – Mandalay Bay Ballroom K

Transformation in Digital Learning
Covering the latest education trends and market making opportunities for partners, led by Felicia Guity, GM Education Industry Channel Management, Microsoft

Tuesday 17July 17, 13:45-14:30 – Oceanside Ballroom D

Microsoft Cloud for Education
Examining how Microsoft’s cloud services, BI and AI platforms are creating new solutions to enhance the future of learning, presented by Bradley Tipp, Industry Solutions Manager, Microsoft

Tuesday 17 July, 16:15-17:00 – Islander Ballroom G

Education industry exchange: Engage, network, and build opportunities
Led by Vivek Shah, Director of Windows Marketing as Education, Microsoft, an opportunity to meet with Microsoft sales leaders, subject matter experts and other partners

Wednesday July 18 14:30-17:00 – Mandalay Bay Ballroom F

The Vuzion team will be visible throughout the event – but, if you’d like to arrange a meeting with me, I can be contacted via email, (ian.hill@vuzion.cloud), by phone (+44 7393 460358), and you can find me on Twitter – @Ian_Vuzion – and on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/ian-hill-ab0455/.

We have more information about how to become a Microsoft Education CSP (Indirect) Reseller with Vuzion on our website, and we’ll be posting details of the latest news and announcements from Inspire on our Inspire hub – and if you’re not able to go to Inspire this year, or are going but would like the opportunity to catch up again with all the updates, you can sign up for our post-Inspire event, Inspired, at Microsoft UK, Paddington, on Thursday 9 August 2018, 09:30-14:30.