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Tops Tricks to Save Your Money with Azure Virtual Machines

This post contains tips and tricks you can use to save your money on your Virtual Machines (VMs) running in the Microsoft Azure cloud. The cost analysis of the cloud can be scary at first, and it’s actually one of the reasons companies are shy to start adopting the cloud. Once you know these tricks you’ll feel confident that you won’t overspend and go broke in Microsoft Azure.

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Pauline Hicks
AI at your fingertips with Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services & Azure Machine Learning

Today, Bots & more particularly Chatbots are on every lip! Why this buzz? The answer is very easy: AI has become mainstream thanks to vendors such as Microsoft, IBM and others. Chatbots make use of computational linguistics behind the scenes, not a new concept though, since Alan Turing was already working on that in the nineteen-fifties! So, what has changed in the meantime, why do we suddenly reach a new paradigm? Resources & Data are the answers as today, the amount of available information & hardware capabilities have increased dramatically.

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Pauline Hicks
Talent gap or prospect? Exploitative headlines or real concern?

The IT sector now crosses more skill sets than it historically recognised (to encompass fields such as Telecoms), and experiences countless and previously unexperienced problems than a more traditional slower paced arena. It is at first glance difficult to narrow down where the issues lie, and indeed if there is a real skills crisis or merely an opportunity for intelligent, career driven individuals to step up.

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Pauline Hicks
So are there any woman in technology?

On first impressions, you may argue no. But on looking into it, well then yes there are, but just not as many as men (17% of the IT workforce  in the UK is female). There's no doubting the fact that the balance is not an even one, but is that actually the most important question?

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Pauline Hicks
A welcome return to family time, thanks to technology

There was a time, not so long ago when families would sit down in front of the ‘box’ and enjoy their leisure time together. It gave people an opportunity to talk and share their lives with each other. But as technology evolved and became more accessible, and available at more affordable prices, it developed the way family time was spent. There were TV’s in multiple rooms in a house (to avoid the inevitable remote control arguments), not to mention the desk top computers and games consoles.

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Pauline Hicks
Keeping up with the Jones’

With companies like Kodak and Blackberry highlighting over recent times, just how susceptible all companies are to the beast that is technology, it’s hard to imagine how the smaller companies can keep up. And with current predictions from Forbes estimating that Google and Facebook won’t even exist six years from now, how can companies direct their technology budgets and training programmes to ensure that they are not left behind. It would appear that companies who scrimp on new hardware, software or social media, are the very companies that are on the way out.

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Pauline Hicks
Cults of coding kids

Much about the recent AzureCraft 2016 conference was focused on the future. The future of cloud, the future of IoT, the future of the Microsoft Stack, but if you were paying close attention you might have noticed a subtler focus on the future of technology – one built around children.

It’s no surprise that the whole second day of AzureCraft was a family event, because if you really want to focus on the future of the technology industry, looking at how we educate and grow our own talent is just as important as growing and building our frameworks.

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Pauline Hicks