Amazon Web Services (or AWS) is the cloud computing platform from retail giants Amazon. More than just another cloud storage facility, AWS is a complete business system providing infrastructure services such as computing power, networking and databases – all delivered as one integrated utility. Pricing is on a ‘pay as you go’ basis and there are no up front costs.
Through our trusted partners at QA, we can offer training on AWS for both professional administrators and end users. Here’s a brief overview of one of the courses currently available:
AWS Business Essentials (1 day). Code AMWSBE
The course is intended for IT decision makers and those new to working with AWS
Topics covered include:
- Advantages of the AWS Cloud platform
- How AWS can be used in you organisation
- Data security and the controls in place to secure you network
- How to grow your organisation in the Cloud whilst minimising working costs.
Further courses include:
- AWS Accelerated Architecting Associate and Professional – 5 days
- AWS Technical Essentials – 1 day
- Advanced Architecting on AWS – 3 days
- Big Data on AWS – 3 days
- Data Warehousing on AWS – 3 days
- Developing on AWS – 3 days
- Migrating to AWS – 2 days
- Security Operations on AWS – 3 days
- Systems Operations on AWS – 3 days
National Cyber Security Centre Advice
The NCSC has issued a set of guidelines for businesses and individuals who are concerned about ransomware attacks on their computer systems. These comprise:
- Updating all Windows operating systems
- Running and updating antivirus software
- Maintaining a safe backup of data
1. Updating Windows
If you use Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10, you should run Windows Update and apply all patches. If you are running older versions such as Windows XP or Vista, you should ideally upgrade to the latest, more secure operating system. Alternatively, you can download the free Microsoft WannaCry security update here.
2. Running Antivirus
Make sure your antivirus software is fully up to date and run a full scan of your system. The NSCS advise using the built in Windows malware protection tool Windows Defender in the absence of any third party antivirus programs. Please note that this will not work if you have already been infected by the WannaCry ransomware (please see below).
3. Backing Up Data
If you have a secure backup of all your data, you cannot be blackmailed with ransomware. You should however back up regularly and ensure that the copy is stored separately from your computer. Never leave backup devices permanently connected to the network as they may become infected themselves. You might want to consider using a Cloud storage service such as Microsoft Office 365 for small business or personal use. There are also free cloud and low priced options available for personal use such as Google Drive and Dropbox
What to do if your computer has been infected
- Immediately disconnect your computer from the network / Internet
- Whilst disconnected, run a full disk format or replace the drive
- Directly connect this computer to the Internet to install and run the latest version of Windows and software. Do not connect to the network whilst doing this.
- Install professional grade antivirus software, such Malwarebytes. Download all current updates and run.
- Reconnect to the network and continue to run and monitor your antivirus software on a daily basis.
Full details of all these procedures and further guidance can be obtained directly from the National Cyber Security Centre website.
We also offer a range of Cyber Security Awareness courses for employees through our partners at QA. You can read full details on their website. Please contact us for discounted prices on any of these courses.
We are pleased to announce that we can now accept credit / debit card payments for all of our Microsoft training courses. This applies to both onsite training and public courses including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, VBA and Word. Please contact us for more details.
Microsoft Training at Your Own Offices From £55 Each
We are a leading Microsoft course provider specialising in onsite training. We can deliver the complete range of Microsoft Office training at your own premises anywhere the UK from as little as £55 per person (please see our Onsite Training page for price details).
Fully Qualified Trainers
Our tutors are all certified Microsoft professionals and have many years of industry experience of both teaching and using Microsoft Office in business.
Relevant Skills Based Training
Our courses are very ‘hands on’ and take the form of tutor-led demonstrations, followed by practical exercises using either your own equipment or laptops which we can supply. We concentrate on skills-based training and our courses have been designed and refined over more than 10 years to cover all the major features in Excel which will help your staff perform spreadsheet tasks more quickly and efficiently.
Full Range of Microsoft Courses at All Levels
Our range of courses covers the full Microsoft Office suite and we can deliver training from Foundation right up to Advanced levels, including VBA.
Free Training Needs Analysis
We can also supply a free Training Needs Analysis service to help you choose the correct level for your staff and we’re always very happy to customise a course to suit your particular needs.
We Provide the Equipment
No special facilities are required for onsite training, we bring all the training equipment needed and can also supply laptops if necessary. Our onsite daily rates can be as little as £55 per person (based on a group of 10). This including personal training manuals and a course completion certificate. You can read full details including pricing on our Onsite Training page.
To enquire about a Microsoft course at your offices, please use our Contact Form. Alternatively you can call us free on 0800 2922842.
We can deliver the following courses onsite at your own offices anywhere in the UK:
We offer the above courses on all versions of Microsoft office and at levels from Foundation right up to Advanced.
If you are an individual or only have one employee requiring training, you may wish to consider a public classroom-based course.
We act as trusted partners for some of the biggest public course providers in the UK and can secure big discounts on their normal prices. Prices vary depending upon the training required and it is always worth asking us for a quote before booking a course. Typically we could save you up to 25% on the listed course price.
Regular Courses at Local Venues
Public open Microsoft training events are regularly conducted at all the major cities in the UK. For more details please visit our Public Courses page.
As official partners with QA, we are able to offer a wide range of public courses at discounted rates. QA are the biggest providers of classroom-based training in the UK, with centres right across the Country. As resellers for QA’s courses, we can typically obtain 10% – 20% discounts on their usual rates. As an example, a 1 day classroom Microsoft Excel course would normally costs £330. However, booking training through us brings the price down to £280, saving £50 per person.
You can see an overview of training venues and courses on our Public Classroom Training Courses page.
For a public training quote, call 0800 2922842 or visit our contact page.
Throughout July and August 2016 we are offering a 10% discount off all Onsite Microsoft Word training courses. Group training rates are as follows:
- 1 – 3 delegates: normally £450 – discounted price £405
- 4 – 6 delegates: normally £500 – discounted price £450
- 7 – 10 delegates: normally £550 – discounted price £495
These rates are per group, not per person. All training prices are plus VAT.
This offer applies to completed course booking forms received in July and August. Please note that training must be delivered by 31st December 2016.
For more details or to book a course, please call 0800 2922842 or use our contact form.
Microsoft trainers required in the South West, Wales, Scotland and across the UK
As part of our continuing expansion, we are looking for further Microsoft trainers to join our team. We welcome enquiries from all over the UK, but particularly the South West, Wales and Scotland. You will need a suitable adult teaching qualification such C&G 7303 or higher and Microsoft accreditation in you chosen field. We need trainers to deliver Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project and Word. If you would like to join our team, please use the contact page in the first instance detailing your specialties and preferred working location.
Microsoft Excel training at your own premises in Swindon from £55 / delegate
If you are looking for Microsoft Office training for your employees in Swindon, onsite training could be the answer. We can come to your offices and deliver Microsoft Excel courses at Foundation, Intermediate & Advanced levels, from as little as £55 per person. With public Microsoft courses costing in the region of £200 per person, onsite training can work out both cheaper and more convenient. In addition, with typically smaller class sizes we can tailor the course content to suit your particular requirements. You can read more about this method of delivery in our Onsite Training section.
It goes without saying that our trainers are all fully qualified and highly experienced tutors. However, we understand that choosing a provider to entrust your Company’s training requirements to is clearly a big step and qualifications alone are no guarantee of a high quality service. Consequently you may wish to take a look at what clients have to say about our training on the Client Testimonials page. Our reputation has been hard earned and we safeguard it by providing the same level of service for all our clients.
For more information about Microsoft Excel training courses in Swindon, please use our ‘Quick Enquiry Form’ at the top of the page. Alternatively you can call us free on 0800 2922842 for a no-obligation chat about your training requirements.