Surface Studio – Redefining how we interact with Technology

The following opinions are mine, not necessarily my employers.

As various new products arrive in the near future it will change the way we interact with technology. Several of the ways that Microsoft is helping with this shift is with devices such CortanaXBOX, HoloLens, Surface Hub, Surface Studio, Surface Dial and Surface Pen. Perhaps one day keyboards and mouses will be fully replaced by touch, pens, hand gestures, facial expressions, and voice controls.

Today I had the chance to see some AutoCAD power users (Design Architects) come and see what the Surface Studio could do to change to way they currently design buildings. One of the Architects actually had an RSI injury from his existing mouse. He was able to move the mouse to his other hand. The Surface Dial and the mouse were controlled by his left hand and the pen more comfortably became his primary tool. All three Architects could see how this device could change the way they design and create buildings of the future. They have registered their interests for further information at a forthcoming event.

Please reach out to me directly in Brisbane to attend an upcoming demonstration event (June 2017) on Surface Studio. Currently we will be deep diving into Adobe the products such as PhotoShop, Premier and AutoCAD.

Images credits here and here.

Aaron @aaronw2003



Office 365: Adoption – Accelerating Business Value

adoptionToday I was lucky enough to attend my customers Change and Adoption Workshops (Office 365: Adoption – Accelerating Business Value). This is a standard workshop under Premier.

The workshop started with participants from various parts of my customers organisation learning more about our modern tools and products; including how to have effective meetings utalising the full suite from Office 365, including Skype for Business, OWA (browser), Outlook, FindTime plugin, Mobile experience, OneNote. I even took away various features within Microsoft’s rich tool-sets I had not used.

Key Features and Benefits: During this two-day workshop, attendees will discuss the benefits of scenario-based approaches, review the capabilities of Office 365 in real time, work with their adoption team to make decisions to help them get started, and review reinforcement techniques and ways to measure adoption success.

Workshop Goals: After completing this workshop, users will know more about:

  • Implementing Adoption and Change Management methodology
  • Executing a scenario-based approach to drive adoption
  • Using learning and readiness resources to drive adoption
  • Identifying team roles and skills required to help you drive adoption forward
  • Engaging active, end-user champions
  • Measuring usage and adoption
  • Reinforcing adoption

If this sounds like the workshop to help your organisation get the most benefits out of your deployed tools please contact your Microsoft Technical Account Manager/Service delivery Manager. Or if you don’t have one, contact Microsoft in your local region.

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Aaron @aaronw2003


BYOD in action – Modern Desktops at Microsoft – Seamless integration.

How do you get a new PC/Laptop on the Microsoft network? At Microsoft we have the ability to obtain a new device/reimage a machine and add it to the Domain ourselves. What does this involve?

To join our machine to the Azure Active Directory AAD we simply follow these steps with a brand new build.

Now what, I have no apps?

Then I go to the Office 365 Portal and download the Office desktop app.

I then confirm that both of my corporate and personal OneDrive’s are connected and syncing.

I then go to the store and installed the Expenses app (Dynamics) and the Company Portal.

Then I install a ‘follow me’ printer, Spotify and ITunes and I am good to go. Easy. ETA 20 mins or 35 mins with a full re-build. I haven’t had to call IT or the help desk once.

Why is this important? Companies can now pass this work to the end user who is comfortable doing this. My corporate data is still managed and segregated, all thanks the EMS and Office 365.

Aaron @aaronw2003


Changes ahead for Microsoft Australia events

Microsoft Australia’s GM Steve Worrall has announced today a new set of events coming this year. Microsoft Australia has created one flagship event over one week, for BDM customers, partners, IT pros and developers. We’re calling it the Microsoft Summit and it will be hosted in Sydney at the International Convention Centre (ICC) from 14-17 November this year.

The goal of the Microsoft Summit is: to deliver the connections, solutions and skills for individuals and businesses to engage, adapt and grow in the digital age. And it will cover the below 3 events across 4 days, targeting both existing and new audiences.

Microsoft Business Summit, 14 November

This day is targeted at commercial and public sector customers and prospects in C-Suite and BDM roles across industries. They will be joined in the morning for the opening keynote by the partner and tech community, to hear a world-class line up of speakers to be announced soon. It’s then into an exclusive experience to explore industry tracks and garner value from customers, start-ups, ISVs and partners, as they share the solutions and outcomes that are transforming businesses across industry and sector.

Microsoft Partner Summit, 14-15 November

This is the evolution of APC and there will not be an APC event in Q1 FY18. The Partner Summit will be everything partners loved about APC and more. They will join customers at the opening keynote and will benefit from being able to tailor a program across leadership, sales and marketing tracks, and into the Tech Summit (below) for their tech teams and decision makers. It will remain a deep learning and structured networking experience with actionable outcomes for growth and transformation.

Microsoft Tech Summit, 16-17 November

Aimed at IT pros and developers, this event comes to us from Corp as part of a world tour. It will have an amazing line-up of engineers and experts across our cloud technologies with focus to Azure, Windows 10 and Office 365. It will be two days of technical training up to level 400 and the team will create an incredible community spirit as has been consistently delivered for years across all our events for technical audiences.

What do you think about the new event/s? Please add your thoughts and comments below.

Aaron @aaronw2003



User Group – Automated Cloud deployment Desired State Configuration (DSC) WED 17th May 6pm

WS2016_Banner1.pngApologies for the hiatus, the next Brisbane Cloud User Group will be after Easter.
We will have Microsoft’s Bernard White presenting on Desired State Configuration (DSC).

Agenda – Desired State Configuration (DSC) is a management platform in PowerShell that enables you to manage your IT infrastructure with configuration as code. Give me a few moments while I show you how you can use DSC to deploy workloads in the cloud and on-premises.

About Bernard White – Bernard is a Premier Field Engineer. He is passionate about automation because it allows IT Pros to focus on achieving business value. Hopefully he will share that passion with you and empower you to achieve more.

Come along and also see the Microsoft Brisbane Branches Surface Hub in action.

Register Here

Date/Time: Wednesday 17th May 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Microsoft Office Level 28 400 George st Brisbane

Food sponsored by Microsoft

Please contact myself to sponsor/present. All case studies welcome.




Unplugged with Scott Guthrie – Ignite Gold Coast 2017

Unplugged with Scott Guthrie at Ignite.


I traveled to Ignite as a Microsoft employee.

After already being on a high after seeing Scott’s key note earlier in the day; the first thing that was very refreshing as I walked in was a blank notepad being shared on the screen reading Scott’s agenda.

When Scott started, he asked for several questions from the audience to set the agenda. I was lucky enough to get one of the 8 questions.

Here are the questions and answers:

Q: Microsoft developer road-map vision 5 years out

A: Visual studio now working on MACs, helping developers be successful, an awesome way to build apps that didn’t exist 5 years ago.

Q: How do these piece (PaaS, IaaS, Containers) work together in the future?

IaaS Plans – Nested Hyper-V, and more goodness

A: Build stuff faster, enable to be more successful. How do you take advantage of infrastructure and cloud offerings together? The management api allows you to manage all of your resources together. 1 common audit log, and single solution. Scott also discussed nested Hyper-V virtualisation within 2016. We will start the ‘lightup’ of more and more features this year. Over 100,000 Azure hosts already run with 2016. Discussed managed disks. VM Scale sets, auto scale rules. We now support 1000 Virtual Machines in a scale set, it also works with Windows and Linux, and it takes about 6 mins to deploy all 1000 servers.

Q: Cloud Services – are they going away?

A: No but we will see a transition to vm scale sets

Q: IAM roadmap within Azure- how to go from broader scoped to more granular

A: This is currently happening

Q: Cloud penetration testing against the cloud apps- what is allowed and when?

A: You can now, but you need to let Microsoft know first. Need to sign a form. Who has used the Azure security center? It will tell you when you have things configured with not good security practices. This is free, we actively look at security issues/incidents that you may have.

Q: Can you tell us the secret locations you are going to next?

A: No, but you can look at a map and see where we don’t have regions, maybe that is a place we will next look at.

Q: What is the most exciting thig happening this year?

A: I am excited about azure stack which will ship very shortly.

Q: What office does Microsoft have for students and primary education?

A: We have lots of free, discounted software

What advice would I give to people looking to grow the career?

What type of roles will disappear, and what new roles will emerge in 5 years?

Traditional developer role will be key, Internet of Things, Never stop learning, growth mindset

Emerging – opportunity to be able to be able to understand how tech can make something better, in the future, it is often what my business wants. Translate business needs based on that capabilities, what can make a customer better, graphics and the move to augmented reality, getting bored with the apps in the phone, got 1 bot like system to interact with.


Aaron aaronw2002

Meetup Madness on the Gold Coast

staples-center-1100x542.jpg   Hello and happy new year.

Microsoft is planning something new this year at Ignite. “MeetUp Madness” is a free event on the Monday 13th Feb evening at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Microsoft opened early last year on the Monday afternoon to try and get people to register before the event starts on Tuesday and we actually saw a big take-up. So this year we will take the opportunity to facilitate some community meetups at the Gold Coast Convention before the event officially kicks off.  With so many like-minded tech people coming in for the event, it’s a good opportunity for people with similar interests to come together from all over.  It will also help promote community groups in general. As always there will be food and drinks and some cool SWAG.

For those that wish to attend please email me here and you will be added to a mailing list with more information.

FAQ: If I am not attending Ignite can I still attend this meetup? Not sure but I will find out.

Aaron aaronw2003