Azure Confidential Computing: Another Reason to Migrate Today

Microsoft Azure is widely recognized as one of the safest cloud platforms available and sets the bar when it comes to security. Microsoft sinks $1 … [Read more...]

The Value of Building Cloud Computing Skills

Trends come and go in the business world, but one thing is certain: companies are drifting to cloud computing, and they want their IT teams to get on … [Read more...]

Help Your Employees Use What They Learn in Training

It’s no secret: thriving companies are constantly investing in professional development for their employees. Collectively, company leaders spend … [Read more...]

How to Convince Your Boss to Pay for Job-Specific Training

Have you ever asked your boss to pay for job-specific training? If yes, you are no stranger to the awkward, vulnerable feelings that accompany such a … [Read more...]

CPS Students Job Shadow Directions’ Employees

Employees from Directions Training, an Chicago-based IT and professional development training company, spent the morning of March 18th demonstrating … [Read more...]

Sending Instant Message Attachments Directly from an Office 2013 Application

A tip from Directions' Senior Applications Instructor... Did you know you can instant message an office file directly from the application?  Simply … [Read more...]

MORE POWER! MORE POWER! New G-Series VM’s available in Azure!

According to Directions' Microsoft Certified Trainer... Students who are new to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform are often concerned that the VM's … [Read more...]

Using Timeline Slicers in Excel 2013 Pivot Tables

More notes from “The Office Guy”… Excel has always had a lot of robust tools that allow users to analyze their data. Among the most popular tools … [Read more...]

PowerShell Syntax Shorthand

If you've been introduced to PowerShell, you already know that the standard commandlets are rather lengthy. What you may not know is that many … [Read more...]

Contact Photos – Lync 2013

Historically, contact photos have been stored in one of two places; within the Active Directory ‘thumbnailphoto’ attribute for a given user object, or … [Read more...]

Creating Command Notification Channels and Subscriptions

On occasion, it may be necessary for a SCOM administrator to perform a specific action when an alert is detected. This can be accomplished by … [Read more...]

Installing a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller

Many of our current customers are still running Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers and they are looking to replace … [Read more...]

5 Minute Look at a Windows 10 Preview Edition! Enter the NEW Start Menu!

Yep, that's right, the future of the desktop, laptop, and tablet is here in a Preview edition. Click Here to check out a Windows 10 Preview! You … [Read more...]

5 Minute Look at a Windows 10 Preview Edition! Enter the NEW Start Menu!

Yep, that's right, the future of the desktop, laptop, and tablet is here in a Preview edition. Click Here to check out a Windows 10 … [Read more...]

A Tale of Three Pages in SharePoint 2013

An important decision that SharePoint 2013 administrators need to make when planning and implementing a Web Content Management (WCM) system is which … [Read more...]

Top 20 Microsoft Classes – Are You Up to Speed?

As the year if halfway gone, and you are evaluating the remainder of your plans for training, I wanted to share with you the most recent list of Top … [Read more...]

Cryptic Code Commanders Rejoice with Windows PowerShell

Graphical User Interfaces a.k.a. GUIs (gooeys) are familiar to most business computer users. Modern day operating systems present users with a … [Read more...]

Top 3 Reasons to Get Certified in Azure

Unless you've been living on a beach in Tahiti living off of cabana appetizers and drinks with little umbrellas, you know that Microsoft has a whole … [Read more...]

Efficiently Manage Small Projects with SharePoint 2013

The new Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Project Site template allows users to easily create a dedicated site to manage a new project. This kind of site … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Make More Money & Advance Your Career in IT

Let’s say you've been in IT for a while. You dig working with technology and you don't despise the users who call in with their crazy questions. But … [Read more...]