Yearly Archives: 2015

1st November 2015

What are the top 5 Microsoft technologies for 2016?


Microsoft contractors are in tune with market forces. They focus on those technologies that are popular (in order to secure a contract) and ideally with the greatest complexity (in order to command a high day rate). So what will they be focused on in 2016?

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7th April 2015

How to reduce the cost of official Microsoft Curriculum training


Keeping staff skills at the cutting edge, particularly in IT, has a direct influence on project success, sales, profit, as well as employee retention. Many Microsoft Partners would like to upgrade or add new skills to their portfolio but sometimes find the cost of official Microsoft Curriculum training prohibitive.

How to reduce the cost of official Microsoft Curriculum training

By Graham Smith | Microsoft Training | 0 Comments

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18th March 2015

How IT apprenticeships can benefit your company


It was National Apprenticeship Week recently, so it seems a good time to review the benefits of a government scheme that was launched 7 years ago.

How IT apprenticeships can benefit your company

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11th March 2015

5 tips to get the most from your IT contractors


IT contractors are specialists, they know exactly how to do the job; they’ve done it before, they know the pitfalls. Often they are more expensive than permanent staff, so how do you ensure you get the most out of them?

Here’s 5 tips taken from our recent presentation which is available on SlideShare and titled ‘10 tips to get the most from your IT contractors‘.

5 tips to get the most from your IT contractors

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3rd March 2015

Checking IT skills gaps across your staff


IT is a fast moving sector and it’s easy to fall behind. Fall behind in your service offering and you don’t win accounts, and falling behind in your staff’s technical skills means you may not complete the project.

We recently surveyed Microsoft Partners for our report ‘Staff Resourcing Models used by Microsoft Partners’. We wanted to establish the mix of permanent/contract staff and whether their skills were keeping pace with market demand.

Checking IT skills gaps across your staff

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2nd March 2015

Is your office in a ‘hot spot’ for contractor recruitment?


Can your office location affect your ability to attract the right staff? Curo analysed the postcodes for all Microsoft Partner offices and cross-referenced them with the postcodes of over 15,000 Microsoft contractors – with surprising results.

We attempted to find the ratio of contractors to partners in each UK postcode. The result was a map of ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ spots for contractor recruitment.

Is your office in a ‘hot spot’ for contractor recruitment?

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