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  • February AMITPRO meeting

    Posted on February 14th, 2008 Andy Parkes 2 comments

    I’ve been so busy the last few weeks that I just realised i haven’t blogged for two weeks!

    So next in an infinite number of SBSC related is the latest AMITPRO meeting

    This was our first meeting of 2008 and Vijay had quite a line up for us!

    Here was the evening panned out

    Dominic Gill (edit:Thanks Rich!) from Microsoft introducing a new business link pilot scheme aimed at getting local small businesses in touch with IT suppliers to help make better use of IT. Obviously Microsoft would like these suppliers to be small business specialists!

    The details of the programme were then covered by Derek Lote from business link.

    Next up was Ian Charles of Bull Terrier Systems who gave an interesting presentation on selling managed services

    This was followed by David Salzburg, fresh over from the US who is here to get the Autotask business up and running in the UK

    After this we had Emily Lambert and Emma Cockburn from Microsoft to talk about Windows Mobile and SBSC marketing and communications

    The evening was then rounded off by Eric Witham from acclarologic who very buy ativan india patiently waited all night to make us aware of an upcoming quality standard for network installation

    PHEW! It was a bit of a marathon session but i took away some interesting ideas.

    The business link programme shows some promise so i’ll be looking to get involved in that!

    I’m glad we’re getting an official Autotask release in this country as this type of product is sorely missing for the UK specific market. The only downside is that AutoTask Go! isn’t quite ready to be launched here but we were assured thats it’s on the way

    Also business link had drummed up some of their own support for their presentation so we had a lot of new faces in the room. Hopefully some of them will be tempted to come along next time

    If your the guy who had the blackberry and you happen to be reading this get in touch!

    Once again a lot of business value and some personal value

    If you didn’t hang around after with Richard,Vijay and myself to hear some of the Paul’s stories you missed out!

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    Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. He is also Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013 and coordinates AMITPRO which is a peer group for IT Professionals in the Midlands area. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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    2 Responses to “February AMITPRO meeting”

    1. Hey Andy,

      It’s great to hear that Autotask is filling a real need in the UK. With David having relocated there, he will be a great resource for you and others.


    2. That’d be Dominic Gill from Microsoft. 🙂

      Autotask looks the part – but overkill for us smaller IT shops. I’d be interested to hear when Autotask Go, the “cut down” version of Autotask, is due for UK release.

      I really enjoyed Emily Lambert’s presentation on Windows Mobile, which is a hot topic for me at the moment. Some thoughts on that presentation over at

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