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Showing posts with label learn. Show all posts

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Ask an Instructor

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Do you have an IT or project management issue you just can’t fix? Google can’t answer everything, and you can never be sure of the expertise of respondents from IT forums.

At times like this you need a professional you can trust, who really knows their stuff. This is the core principle behind Firebrand's new Beta, the "Ask an Instructor" project


Ask the professionals 

Today we have added the Ask an Instructor section to the Learn platform and throughout November you can pose your questions to Firebrand instructors. In return you’ll get in-depth responses and opinions from professionals that understand their subject inside-out. 



Learn from professional consultants with decades of experience
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Our Firebrand instructors are cross-certified professionals with years of experience. They range from renowned authors to senior information technology consultants, with extensive real-world knowledge.  

How will the Beta work?

To ask a question, here is what you need to do:

  • See if your certification is included in the Beta by checking the list below. Check back during November as the list could change
  • If your certification is included, send your questions to: ask-an-instructor@firebrandtraining.co.uk
  • Your question will be answered within the time-frame specified in the list below. Questions will not be answered before or after this date
  • Answers will be emailed to you and will also be published on the website. We will maintain your anonymity should your Q&A be published.
  • Instructors WILL NOT answer actual exam questions.

Upcoming Schedule

  • 03/11/2014 to 08/11/2014 - Microsoft MCSE: Messaging (Exchange 2013)
  • 05/11/2014 to 07/11/2014 - APMG PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner
  • 10/11/2014 to 13/11/2014 - PMI PMP® Certification
  • 10/11/2014 to 15/11/2014 - Cisco CCNA (Routing & Switching)
  • 10/11/2014 to 18/11/2014 - Microsoft MCSD: Web Applications
  • 15/11/2014 to 23/11/2014 - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2
  • 15/11/2014 to 23/11/2014 - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server
  • 24/11/2014 to 26/11/2014 - ISACA CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)
  • 24/11/2014 to 29/11/2014 - Microsoft MCSE: SharePoint 2013


About the Author

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the industry for almost 3 years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.

Friday, 21 February 2014

A video tour of Firebrand Learn


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As you might know, last September marked the launch of Learn, Firebrand’s self-study platform, where students can access course material, practice tests, exercises and additional resources at no cost.

The first course made available on Learn was PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP). In case you haven’t checked it out yet, you are in luck, because now it's even easier with Mike Greer's fantastic video tour of the platform.

“This video is a quick tour of the free training materials available at the Firebrand website to help you qualify for your PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from PMI (Project Management Institute). We quickly "walk through" the website's collections, including powerful "accelerated" study tools, exercises and answers. If you want to know what's involved in getting that PMP certification, this website is a GREAT place to start!



About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 7 February 2014

Firebrand goes digital


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Last weekend saw the launch of digital courseware. Firebrand currently offers 29 courses from Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA, which are delivered in digital format across all the regions.

What's changing 

Firebrand’s intensive training courses are all about speed. Because we expect a lot from our students, we make sure that they are given the best resources to help them succeed.

Changing from books to digital courseware means that courses can be delivered faster and more efficiently, without having to wait for study material to arrive.

Digital courses at Firebrand are going to be delivered on Microsoft Surface RT devices, making logistics smoother, while also helping the environment.

Watch this video by Microsoft to see how digital courseware will further improve your Accelerated Learning experience with Firebrand: 



Digitally delivered courses include:
For the full list of digital courses visit Firebrand Learn.

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Check out the final module of our free PMP course - Project Stakeholder Management



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This Monday brings about the completion of a 3 month project to bring you all the course material from Firebrand Training's accelerated PMP course on our FREE self-study platform, Learn. Having worked on the project i'm pretty excited to complete phase one of the launch, the course material.

Now we move to phase two which will roll out over the next few weeks:

Free Practice Tests - we will be bringing you a plethora of practice questions so you can gauge your knowledge on each module. There will also be two practice tests, which are 50 and 100 questions respectively, helping you to simulate the exam situation.

Exercises -  a series of exercises directly related to PMP course modules to help you put the knowledge into real life context, whilst testing knowledge from the respective modules.

Additional Resources - this will be a collection of expertly curated third party resources such as supplementary course material, exam preparation tips and alternative information deposits. 

Before we get to all that we must first look at this weeks module launch on project stakeholder management, followed by a comprehensive breakdown of all modules....


What is covered in Project Stakeholder Management?

These are the sub sections you will work through in this weeks module:
13.1 - Identify Stakeholders - Initiating
  • The process of identifying the people, groups, or organisations that could impact or be impacted by a decision, activity, or outcome of the project; and analysing and documenting relevant information regarding their interests, involvement, inter-dependencies, influence and potential impact on project success.
  • The process of developing appropriate management strategies to effectively engage stakeholders throughout the project life cycle, based on the analysis of their needs, interests and potential impact on project success.
  • The process of communicating and working with stakeholders to meet their needs/expectations, address issues as they occur and foster appropriate stakeholder engagement in project activities throughout the project life cycle.
13.4 - Control Stakeholder Engagement - Monitoring & Control
  • The process of monitoring overall project stakeholder relationships and adjusting strategies and plans for engaging stakeholders.


Looking back...

Check through this PMBOK® matrix to find all our course material which is also available on the course material homepage.

Projects, Project Management and Project Managers
Projects, Programmes and a Portfolio
Project Manager knowledge and skills
Organisation Structures for Projects
Understanding the Project Environment and Organisational Environment
Project Governance, Stakeholders and Project Sponsors
Product Lifecycle vs. Project Lifecycle

PMBOK's Project Managament Process Groups


Knowledge Areas Initiating Planning Executing Monitoring & Control
4. Integration Management 4.1 Develop Project Charter 4.2 Develop Project Management Plan 4.3 Direct and Manage Project Work 4.4 Monitor and Control Project Work 4.5 Perform Integrated Change Control 4.6 - Close Project or Phase
5. Project Scope Management 5.1 Plan Scope Management 5.2 Collect Requirements 5.3 Define Scope 5.4 Create WBS 5.5 Validate Scope 5.6 Control Scope
6. Project Time Management 6.1 Plan Schedule Management 6.2 Define Activities 6.3 Sequence Activities 6.4 Estimate Activity Resources 6.5 Estimate Activity Durations 6.6 Develop Schedule 6.7 Control Schedule
7. Project Cost Management 7.1 Plan Cost Management 7.2 Estimate Costs 7.3 Determine Budget 7.4 Control Costs
8. Project Quality Management 8.1 Plan Quality Management 8.2 Perform Quality Assurance 8.3 Control Quality
9. Project HR Management 9.1 Plan Human Resource Management 9.2 Acquire Project Team 9.3 Develop Project Team 9.4 Manage Project Team
10. Project Communications Management 10.1 Plan Communications Management 10.2 Manage Communications 10.3 Control Communications
11. Project Risk Management 11.1 Plan Risk Management 11.2 Identify Risks 11.3 Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis 11.4 Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis 11.5 Plan Risk Responses 11.6 Control Risks
12. Procurement Management 12.1 Plan Procurement Management 12.2 Conduct Procurements 12.3 Control Procurements
13. Stakeholder Management 13.1 Identify Stakeholders 13.2 Plan Stakeholder Management 13.3 Manage Stakeholder Engagement 13.4 Control Stakeholder Engagement

What next?

Stick with us for the final release of material by following us on Google+, get these dates in your diary and check back as we work towards completing the PMP course on Learn.

PMP Practice Exercises - Monday 25th November

PMP Practice Tests - Part 1 - Monday 2nd December

PMP Practice Tests - Part 2 - Monday 9th December

Additional Material - Monday 16th December

About the Author

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 3 years years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor among others.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 10. Project Communications Management



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With high winds already battering the UK, torrential rain and downed trees causing havoc with train delays widespread, the latest installment of Learn is here to finally blow you away.

So if your power is still on and the internet is still fully functional, lets move on from last weeks Project Human Resource Management module and take a look into Project Communications and the role it plays in the overall practice of Project Management.


What is Project Communications Management?

Within the context of project management, Communications is a vital aspect ensuring successful transfer of knowledge within a project environment between stakeholders and the overall organisation. 

A Project Manager is required to plan, manage and control communications, incorporating a variety of elements including communication technology, communication strategies and ensuring the information needs of Project Stakeholders are met.


What is covered in Project Communications Management?

Below is an expansion of the sub-sections in the upcoming module: 

10.1 - Plan Communications Management - Planning
  • The process of developing an appropriate approach and plan for project communications based on stakeholders’ information needs and requirements and available organisational assets.
10.2 - Manage Communications - Executing
  • The process of creating, collecting, distributing, storing, retrieving and the ultimate disposition of project information in accordance with the Communications Management Plan
10.3 - Control Communications - Monitoring and Control

  • The process of monitoring and controlling communications throughout the entire project life cycle to ensure the information needs of the project stakeholders are met.

What next?

If you want to keep up to date with all the latest installments from Learn, as well as news, competitions and discounts, follow us on Google+ LinkedInFacebook or Twitter.


Here are some important dates to put in your diary and check back on Learn.

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

End of Session Practice Tests - covering PMBOK Guide® Overview, Lifecycles and Organisation Types, Integration Management, Scope Management, Time Management and Cost Management - Monday 25th November

About the Author

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology

Monday, 21 October 2013

Learn PMP for Free - Project Human Resource Management



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Welcome to another Monday morning release of the latest module from our free self study PMP course. As you've no doubt diligently completed last weeks Project Quality Management module, you now have a keen understanding of quality, cost and time management which are all vital aspects of project management and are closely interlinked. Usually an issue in one of the three areas impacts the other two. For example a project runs slowly....costs will go up which in turn result in a sacrifice to the quality of the end product to ensure the project comes in on budget.

This week we take a look at Project HR Managment, with nine modules released and only four to go, we can soon begin to launch all the free practice tests, exercises and additional resources. 

So without further delay, lets look at this weeks release in more detail.

What is Project Human Resource Management?

The most important piece of any project? ....... people. Failing to recruit the correct individuals or selecting a team that cannot work together is effectively a death sentence for the success of your project.

Project Human Resource Management is the process of planning the human resource required for the project, ensuring that resource is recruited and then managing that team towards project success. 

Your ability to successfully execute projects hinges on you digesting and implementing the knowledge contained within this module.

What is covered in Project Human Resource Management?

You will work through four sub-sections  in this module allowing you to effectively plan and execute Project HR Management. The four sub-sections are divided as follows:

9.1 - Develop Human Resource Plan - Planning
  • The process of identifying and documenting project roles, responsibilities, and required skills, reporting relationships, and creating a staffing management plan.
9.2 - Acquire Project Team - Executing
  • The process of confirming human resource availability and obtaining the team necessary to complete project assignments.
9.3 - Develop Project Team - Executing
  • The process of improving the competencies, team interaction, and the overall team environment to enhance project performance.
9.4 - Manage Project Team - Executing
  • Tracking team member performance, providing feedback, resolving issues and managing changes to optimize performance.



What next?

If your still not following us on Google+LinkedInFacebook or Twitter then you are missing out on all the updates for the latest content from Learn. Plus you can gain access to a range of competitions, discounts as well as industry updates on the latest certification and technology news stories from around the globe.

Here are some important dates to put in your diary and check back on Learn.

10. Project Communications Management - Monday 28th October

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

About the Author                                                                                                

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology

Monday, 14 October 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 8. Project Quality Management



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It's Monday again, which means it's time for the latest module of our free PMP course being delivered on our new self-study platform Learn. Last week we took a look at Cost Managament and how to ensure a project is delivered to budget, through effective planning, budgeting and the controlling of costs.

This week we move into the realm of Project Quality Management......


What is Project Quality Management?                                                                     

When building requirements for a project, the project manager is required to plan beyond when a project/product is delivered (time), and what specifically is being developed (scope). They must also put a plan in place for quality, known as project quality management.

PMI define quality management as the process which "ensures that the project meets its requirements, or does what it is expected to do."


What is covered in Project Quality Management?                                                   


When working through the module you will cover the following knowledge areas:

8.1 - Plan Quality Management

Uncover the process through which you identify the quality standards which relate to your project and how they might be met. This will cover PMI's quality principles and a range of other quality philosophies, as well as learning all the tools and techniques to help you plan quality.

8.2 - Perform Quality Assurance

Get to grips with the process of auditing quality requirements and associated results from quality control measurements. Doing so will ensure that the correct operational definitions and quality standards were used throughout the project.

8.3 - Control Quality 

Learn all about the how to monitor specific project results ensuring they comply with relevant quality standards whilst also identifying ways to eliminate causes of unsatisfactory performance that may occur during the project.


What next?                                                                                                          

Head to our Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter profiles and follow us to get all the updates on the latest PMP content to be uploaded to Learn.

Here are some important dates to put in your diary and check back on Learn.

9. Project HR Management - Monday 21st October

10. Project Communications Management - Monday 28th October

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

About the Author                                                                                                

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology


Monday, 7 October 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 7. Project Cost Management



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Happy Monday, there's nothing quite like getting the latest installment of our free PMP self-study course to get you all motivated for the week ahead. Except of course a massive coffee injection, and the certain knowledge that if you survive this day, there are only 4 more days till the weekend.

On a brighter note, having worked through last weeks Project Time Management module you should have gleaned vital knowledge in building a series of processes and outputs focused on completing a project on time and to budget. 

This week we will take a look into the world of project cost management.



What is Project Cost Management?                                                                     

Put simply, it is the process of estimating, budgeting and controlling costs which allow a project to be completed in line with a pre-approved budget. 

Project cost management is closely linked to project time and project scope management with each having an affect on the other. For example, a project that is not delivered on time, or to the WBS is likely to affect the overall spend of a project affecting overall cost. 

It is therefore vital to have an understanding of scope, time and cost management in order to successfully deliver your project.


What is covered in Project Cost Management?                                                   


In this section you will work through the following modules:


Get to grips with establishing policies, procedures and documentation that dictates the planning, managing, expending and controlling of project costs. 


Understand how to develop an estimate of the financial resources required to complete project activities.


Work through the process of aggregating the estimated costs of individual activities or work packages to establish an authorised cost baseline.


Learn all about how to monitor the status of a project, whilst updating costs and managing changes to the cost baseline of a project.


What next?                                                                                                          

Follow us on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter so you can keep up to speed on all the latest releases for Learn. 

Check our social channels on the following dates for the latest content:

8. Project Quality Management - Monday 14th October

9. Project HR Management - Monday 21st October

10. Project Communications Management - Monday 28th October

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

About the Author                                                                                                

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology


Monday, 30 September 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 6. Project Time Management



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Last week saw the latest module of the PMP course released, Project Scope Management. Having completed the module you should now have a keen understanding of whats involved, allowing you to plan and manage scope whilst creating an effective WBS to work through.

This Monday see's the launch of the Project Time Management module.



What is Project Time Management?                                                                     

Considered to be one of the core knowledge areas, project time management involves building a series of processes and outputs facilitating the completion of a project on time, to budget.

This process is closely linked to both project cost management and project scope management

What is covered in Project Time Management?                                                    

In this module of Learn, you will cover the following;

6.1 - Plan Schedule Management - establish policies, procedures and documentation for planning, developing, managing, executing and controlling the project schedule - Planning

6.2 - Define Activities - creating a list of actions required to meet project deliverables -  Planning 

6.3 - Sequence Activities - Sequencing them and documenting their relationships - Planning 

6.4 - Estimate Activity Resources - The type and quantities of material, people, equipment, or supplies required to perform each activity - Planning 

6.5 - Estimate Activity Durations - estimate work periods required to complete activities in line with available resource - Planning 

6.6 - Develop Schedule - Analyzing activity sequences, durations, resource requirements and schedule constraints to create the project schedule - Planning 

6.7 - Control Schedule - manage project activities to ensure plan is achieved - Monitoring and Control 


6. - Project Time Management - Session Summary

What next?                                                                                                          

Follow us on Google+LinkedInFacebook or Twitter to get the latest announcements for content being released on Learn.


Check our social channels on the following dates for the latest content:

7. Project Cost Management - Monday 7th October

8. Project Quality Management - Monday 14th October

9. Project HR Management - Monday 21st October

10. Project Communications Management - Monday 28th October

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

About the Author                                                                                                

Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology

Monday, 23 September 2013

Learn PMP for Free - 5. Project Scope Management



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Last week Firebrand launched Learn, a brand new self study platform where you can learn PMP for free! The platform is currently in Beta with the introductory chapters and the first module of the PMP course, titled "Project Integration Management", currently available.

This week see's the release of Project Scope Management, the next module within the PMP course. The plan is to then release the remaining course material in modules over the next 8 weeks, with the last module going live on Monday 18th November, 2013. Firebrand then plan to release a range of practice tests, exercises and additional resources to boost learning and help you benchmark exam readiness.  

In this post we will look at what's included in Project Scope Management, as well as future release dates for the remaining modules coming to Learn.


What is Project Scope Management?

In the context of Project Management, Scope has two distinct uses, Project Scope and Product Scope

Scope can be defined as the process of gathering required information to start a project, and involves the features a product needs to meet the requirements of project stakeholders.

According to the PMBOK Guide - Fifth Edition;

Project Scope is:
  • "The work that is performed to deliver a product or service, or result with the specified features and functions."
  • "Completion is measured against the Project Management Plan”, the Project Scope Statement, and its associated WBS (work breakdown structure) and WBS Dictionary."
Product Scope is:
  • "The features and functions that characterize a product or service"


What is covered in Project Scope Management?

In this module of Learn, you will cover the following;

5.1 - Plan Scope Management - Planning
5.2 - Collect Requirements - Requirements documentation, Requirements Management Plan, Requirements Traceability Matrix - Planning
5.3 - Define Scope – a detailed description of the project and product - Planning
5.4 - Create WBS - WBS, WBS Dictionary, Scope Baseline - Planning
5.5 - Validate Scope - Formalizing acceptance of the completed Deliverables and Change Requests - Monitoring and Control
5.6 - Control Scope - Work Performance Measurements, Change Requests, Updates to Organisational Process Assets, Project Management Plan, Project Documents - Monitoring and Control
5. - Project Scope Management - Session Summary


What next?

Follow us on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter to get the latest announcements for content being released on Learn.

Check our social channels on the following dates for the latest content:

6. Project Time Management - Monday 30th September

7. Project Cost Management - Monday 7th October

8. Project Quality Management - Monday 14th October

9. Project HR Management - Monday 21st October

10. Project Communications Management - Monday 28th October

11. Project Risk Management - Monday 4th November

12. Procurement Management - Monday 11th November

13. Stakeholder Management - Monday 18th November

About the Author
Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology

Monday, 16 September 2013

Announcing Firebrand Learn - A free platform for learning.



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Today is not like any other day, today Firebrand have launched a new section of the website which could change the way the training industry works. And I for one am hugely excited....


Today we launch Learn.


Firebrand Learn is a free self study platform where you can gain access to all of Firebrands official course material, free practice tests, exercises and additional resources to prepare yourself for world renowned exams in the Information Technology, Project Management and Security sectors.


What courses are available?


Currently in Beta, the first course to be made available is the globally recognised PMI, Project Management Professional (PMP)® course. We have released the first sections of the course material today and will be adding the remaining modules over the next few months.

We will be adding the free practice tests, exercises and additional materials at a later date as we develop the Beta into November 2013.

There are then a range of courses planned for launch in 2014 including;


  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • ISACA CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor®) 
  • ISACA CISM (Certified Information Security Manager®) 
  • APMG PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner 


What next?


You can start studying for the PMP certification right now, simply head to the PMP section of Learn and begin working through the course material currently available.

A list of live modules are outlined below:

Want to give feedback or Learn more?


As mentioned previously, the platform is currently in Beta so will be in continual update over the coming months. If you have any questions, or simply want to feedback on elements of the site, please feel free to get in contact.

You can email myself on ejones [at] firebrandtraining [dot] co [dot] uk

About the Author
Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology