Tech Issue - Issue 8

Tech Issue - Issue 8
Issue 8 - March 2015
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TECHISSUE
CONTENTS
Tech Focus.................................................................. 3
FEATURES
Product Review .................................................... 4-5
Business Focus.......................................................... 6
A look into Microsoft Office
2013 and Office 365.
Tech News .................................................................. 7
Tech Tips ..................................................................... 8
Find out what is in store for
Lenovo products in 2015.
Training Focus........................................................... 9
Training Schedule .................................................10
Company News ............................................... 11-12
AME training schedule for
Spring 2015.
Competition ..................................................... 13-14
AME's latest project in the
Falkland Islands.
Editorial Tel: 01392 824 022.
info@amesolutions.co.uk.
Editor: Lauren Maddick.
Technical Editor: Simon House.
Enter our competition to win
an overnight stay at Woodbury.
Company Editor: Steve Westaway.
Contributing Editors: Rob Wright, Mark Thomas, Angela Scott.
LIABILITY
Photography: Rob Wright.
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we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information
herein, or any consequence arising from it. Please note that all
judgements have been made in the context of equipment available
to us. Prices are based on UK prices at the time of review, which are
subject to fluctuation and are only applicable to the UK market.
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TECH FOCUS
We take a look at Microsoft Office 2013 and
Office 365 and what the differences are
between the two products.
The need to use Microsoft Office applications
and share documents when working away
from the office has become more imperative to
businesses and this is where Microsoft Office
365 comes into its own, allowing businesses to
work virtually anywhere on any device.
Office 365 was launched on 28th June 2011. Facing growing
competition from Google's similar service Google Apps,
Microsoft designed the Office 365 platform to "bring
together" its existing online service into "an always-up-todate cloud service".
But the question for many businesses
was, what is the difference between
Office 2013 and Office 365 and why
should they migrate to 365?
Although Office 2013 and Office 365
provide the same essential tools,
such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and
others, it's important to understand the major differences
between them and select the approach that's best for your
organisation.
Firstly, the major distinction between the two options is
that Office 2013 is productivity software (including Word,
PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneNote) that is installed
on your desktop or laptop computer. Office 365 is an online
subscription service that provides email, shared calendars,
the ability to create and edit documents online, instant
messaging, web conferencing, a public website for your
business and internal team sites—all accessible anywhere
from nearly any device.
What that means to a business, is that rather than buying
a product license out right with Office 2013 you are paying
money every month (or year) to use their products. The
products included will vary depending on the Office 365
package.
Access from anywhere with Office 365
Office 365’s biggest feature is that unlike Office 2013 it
allows you to access your software over the Internet, all you
need is your computer — desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone
— and an Internet connection or phone coverage. Because
the software is running in a Microsoft data centre, you simply
connect to the Internet to access the software.
Installations per licence
Another key difference is that Office 2013 covers fewer PCs
per license. With a traditional Office 2013 purchase, the
business editions provide one license for one computer. You
can un-install this Office 2013 and transfer the installation
(and license) to another computer once every 90 days,
however this process is time-consuming.
By comparison, some Office 365 editions provide five licenses
per user subscription, allowing access to a full version of
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Office 2013 on up to five PCs or Macs for each individual. For
example, users can access Office from their office PC, from a
laptop on the road or while working from home - all for the
same monthly license.
Additional services
Office 365 unlike Office 2013, provides additional services
including online storage for each user with OneDrive. This
allows file access from any Office installation and also file
sharing among authorised users.
Upgrades
Office 2013 entitles users to patches
and updates as the bugs are fixed and
behaviours are tweaked, but the product
will always be the version you purchased i.e.
2013, regardless of how long you own it as
upgrades are not included. Eventually, even
the patches will stop as the product reaches
the end of its support life.
Office 365, by contrast, receives perpetual maintenance and
upgrades. It will receive the same fixes and feature updates
as traditional software, but when it's time to release a new
version of Office, Office 365 will upgrade to future versions
as it is all part of the monthly subscription fee.
Not all organisations are ready to make such a transition to
Office 365. Concerns about data security, and functionality
have encouraged businesses to investigate the advantages
of deploying Office 2013 rather than migrating to its cloudbased counterpart, Office 365.
Naturally, businesses also want to consider which Office
licence will be the most cost effective option. Signing up
to Office 365 will probably mean that you will spend more
money over the lifetime of the licence compared with
purchasing Office 2013 outright. The licensing model is
subscription based and therefore you will pay monthly or
annually for each user licence you have, essentially renting
the licence from Microsoft. The
important part, is that to keep using
the Office 365 version, you have to
keep paying the fee. If you don't,
the applications will eventually stop
working.
However it is possible to try out
Office 365 completely free of charge
for a month so you can see whether
it will work for your business. While
the idea of online software is nothing
particularly new, moving to an online
version of Office is something of
major transition that you might want
to test drive before committing to.
Take a look at Marks review on the
next page that will give you further
insight in Office 365.
PRODUCT REVIEW
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Mark Thomas looks at Microsoft's Office 365
line-up and the key differences between the
products/plans.
Office 365 Business
The headline here is that you receive,
as part of your subscription, the
full Office application for your PC/
laptop. However, this package does
not include email, so this is really
only suitable for customers looking
for a new edition of Microsoft Office.
The choice here is to buy the boxed
version installed on a PC, or to take the
subscription model. Your IT Partner
can help you make the right decision.
Last year Microsoft announced major changes
to Office 365 which triggered alot of questions
for businesses. We take a look at the new plans
to try and answer some of those questions.
As Lauren has highlighted there are a number of key
changes to the way Microsoft Office is propositioned with
their "Cloud" version of Office compared with a retail boxed
rroduct – or the traditional installation on a PC/laptop with
Microsoft Office Home & Business 2013.
However, it has been less than crystal clear which package
is right for which type of user, until now. Thankfully the
latest iteration of the Office 365 package is much easier to
understand for the average UK based business. Although
there are still a few oddities to get your head around, the
product line up it is much simpler.
Office 365 Business Essentials
Interestingly, this Office application
can be used on up to 5 PCs belonging
to that user – so in the real world if
you have a desktop at work and a
laptop for work use at home you can
install the full Office software on both
machines – note this is per user, so a business with 5 users
and 5 PCs will still need to purchase 5 licenses. Also this
enables a mobile element with Office on your tablet and
smart phone.
Office 365 Business package includes:
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Full, installed Office applications Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and OneNote on up to
5 PCs or Macs.
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Office on tablets and phones for the full, installed Office
experience on up to 5 tablets and 5 phones.
•
Online versions of Office including Word, Excel, and
PowerPoint – useful if you are away from your PC or
laptop and can use a shared PC to access your files
online.
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File storage and sharing with 1 TB storage/user.
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NO EMAIL.
In simple terms this is Hosted Exchange (email), with
additional benefits including:
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Online access to Office documents – the Office software
is NOT downloaded to your PC, but through your
browser you can view, edit and save Office documents.
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File storage – a massive 1TB (1000 GB) of data per user.
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Business class email (built on Microsoft Exchange)
including Calendar and Contacts with a 50GB inbox
(much larger than the average user.)
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Use of online video conferencing with the Microsoft
Lync application, a useful tool to save travelling to
customers or suppliers, or for face to face meetings with
remote workers.
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Corporate Social Network – Yammer – this is a bit of
strange one, a drop down from the big corporates, but
it can have a few advantages of keeping employees
involved in the business in the new social media world,
but a private business platform.
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PRODUCT REVIEW
required to configure, install and manage the Office 365
packages.
All of the products above are limited to 300 users, fine for the
vast majority of UK businesses.
Advantages of Office 365
Finally, the advantage of Office 365 is the availability of the
latest release of software. Previously, customers would buy a
license to one specific version of Microsoft Office through a
retail box DVD or product key. With Office 365 when the next
version is released by Microsoft all users will be entitled to
an upgrade, assuming the subscription continues.
Although a simpler proposition from Microsoft and coupled
with the direct sale approach through their website, it is still
apparent that businesses should utilise Microsoft IT Partners
to assist with the right solution being selected and with
installation and on-going management.
Office 365 Business Premium
This is the most suitable package for customers looking
to embrace the ‘Cloud’ and be less reliant on internal, on
premise servers.
This combines the two packages detailed on the previous
page, providing full Office desktop application and email
services including Calendar and Contacts. This product will
provide a fully integrated solution for businesses looking
to collaborate with their Office documents across their
employee base, customer base and supplier base. Also
utilising mobile applications for tablet and mobile providing
less reliance on internally hosted applications.
The problem, however, is that other internal systems for
example Customer Relationship Management, Accounts,
Payroll, larger data storage and databases will not be easily
integrated into a hosted Microsoft Office solution.
Therefore, customers could view this package as a way of
moving from on premise Exchange and using the latest
version of Office. Whilst the other applications and systems
may continue to reside on an internal server. Of course, if
you have no internal systems and rely purely on Outlook,
Word, Excel etc then this is an ideal solution.
Things to look out for with Office 365
Ultimately, the low monthly cost per user is very attractive.
Customers need to be aware of the total cost of ownership
compared with the alternative propositions and compared
to the existing software and systems already in place. For
example, if a business has an Exchange Server or Small
Business Server (which includes Exchange) the email service
is irrelevant.
In addition, configuration and management of the package
through the Microsoft panel is very painful. Unless you have
experience in using server based administration the control
panel takes some getting used to. As well as this domain
configuration for the email service needs DNS knowledge.
Therefore, it is quite apparent that despite Microsoft selling
the package directly to customers a Microsoft IT Partner is
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Office 365 Trial
Don't forget to test drive Microsoft Office 365 before you
buy, Microsoft offer a free 30-day trial for more information:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/business/products/
office-365
For more information or to find out more about Microsoft
Office 365 please get in touch and one of our Microsoft
Licensing Specialists will be pleased to answer any of your
questions.
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BUSINESS FOCUS
Tiffany introduces Woodbury Park and the
Conference Hub - providing facilities for
conferences and business meetings.
The magnificent Greg Norman Suite, with fixed staging and
integral bar, overlooks the 18th Hole of our Championship
Oaks course and can seat up to 250 theatre style, or be
adapted into boardroom, classroom and cabaret style.
Alternatively, this suite can be transformed into the ideal
banqueting or corporate hospitality venue.
The Colin Chapman Suite, situated in the heart of the hotel,
is one of the leading rooms in the area for its state-of-the-art
audio and visual equipment. Catering for up to 80 people,
this room is perfect for those day meetings that involve
video conferencing, data projection or internet-based
presentation meetings.
Woodbury Park Hotel, Spa and Golf Club is
a four star complex spread over 350 acres
and located 15 minutes from junction 30 off
the M5 and 10 minutes from Exeter airport.
We are in the heart of Devon, surrounded by
Woodland with easy access to some excellent
walking routes through South Devon’s glorious
countryside.
The complex is comprised of a 56 bedroomed hotel with
5 Swiss style lodges overlooking the golf course, the
Bodyzone Spa and leisure centre with heated pool, Jacuzzi
and fully manned gym, two golf courses - The Acorns and
The Oaks - and our newly refurbished Terrace Bar and Grill.
Whether you are staying in the hotel or a lodge, attending
a conference, having a round of golf or enjoying a delicious
afternoon tea on the terrace whilst taking in the beautiful
view across the course and countryside, you will be warmly
welcomed by The Woodbury Park team and can be sure to
have a relaxing visit.
As a well-established business here in the South West and
with an already large client base of regular customers,
holding a host of different types of events from arrive
and drive days to staff Christmas parties or training. We
have conference facilities, on-site accommodation and two
different restaurants, delegates also benefit from ample free
parking and free Wi-Fi. Woodbury Park is the ideal venue for
all events – business or pleasure and no matter how big or
small a budget you are working with, we have packages to
suit everyone.
Catering for all types of events, we have six different
function suites which are all fully equipped with up-to-date
AV equipment, an experienced team of event co-ordinators
and an event manager on hand at all times who are all
committed to providing a five star service. Your event will be
easy and stress free from start to finish. All of our delegate
rates include room hire, flipchart, projector or plasma
display, delegate stationary, sweets, bottled water, a choice
of either a finger buffet or 2 course hot and cold buffet lunch,
and new for 2015 we now offer unlimited tea and coffee to
include French patisseries with preserves and freshly made
cookies with some servings.
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The Park suite is also situated within the hotel complex, right
next to the Atruim resturant. Recently refurbished, the Park
suite is spacious, bright and airy. It is ideal for both formal
and informal events and can accomdate up to 70 people.
The Oaks room, named after the stunning views that can be
seen of the Championship 18 hole golf course, seats up to 40
people theatre style and 40 people for private dinners and
wedding breakfast. This room can accommodate up to 70
guests for civil ceremonies.
For those smaller, more intimate meetings, we can offer
the Acorns room, perfect for interviews or boardroom style
meetings for up to 12 delegates. The Acorns can also serve
as a breakout room for larger groups.
With separate dining areas, meeting facilties for 2-200
delegates, great leisure facilities and a 56 bedroomed 4 star
hotel, Woodbury Park is the ideal conference solution.
For more information please contact Woodbury Park on the
details below.
Tel: 01395 234735
Fax: 01395 233384
Email: Tiffany.Cavanagh@woodburypark.co.uk
Web: www.woodburypark.co.uk
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TECH NEWS
Technical Editor Simon House looks at what's
in store for Lenovo products in 2015.
than a standard SSD drive but 4
times faster. I have recently taken
delivery of an X1 Carbon and I can
assure you that it absolutely flies
along, with a long battery life of
approximately 9 hours and also
features a Quick Charge facility
which enables it to be charged
from empty to just over 70% in 30
minutes.
Following our trip to the Lenovo Partner
conference last month, we got a great insight
into some of the new products Lenovo look to
bring to the table in 2015.
A few weeks ago Steve and I were invited to attend the
annual Lenovo Partner Conference being held this year at
the Wembley Hilton.
This event is for Lenovo to celebrate the success of the
previous year with its partners (95% of all sales of Lenovo
equipment is through Lenovo’s channel partners) and to
showcase the entire Lenovo product range along with the
new 2015 product releases.
Lenovo are now the number 1 supplier of PCs and laptops
in the world.
This is a great event for AME as one of the larger Lenovo
partners in the South West, as we get to see all the new
products first hand and get the chance to talk to the
engineers that designed them, ask questions and also to
feedback any issues with the Lenovo products and services
directly to them.
All of the ThinkPad 2015 models
see the return of the traditional
mouse buttons instead of
the single flat trackpad with
integrated buttons – a much
welcomed return for most
ThinkPad fans.
The incredibly popular ThinkPad
Yoga range has grown as well – as well as the 12.5” model
it now has 2 big brothers in a 14” and 15” variants – these
are great flexible 2-in-1 devices with multiple modes to
use, through normal laptop, stand, tent and tablet viewing
modes.
The ever increasing desktop range now is starting to include
the new 5th Gen Intel CPU’s – Lenovo’s relatively new Tiny
desktop PC is becoming increasingly popular – it is basically
a desktop PC in a case that measures 7” square by 1.3” deep
– they really are pretty tiny! But the size does not mean that
they are not as powerful as their larger counterparts – they
are exactly the same specification and speed.
Lenovo also have introduced different mounts for the Tiny
PC’s – they can be mounted to the rear of any monitor with
the standard VESA mounting holes – they can be mounted
to the underside of your desk – they even now supply a
Lenovo monitor with an integrated bracket on the back to
house the Tiny PC – almost like an All-In-One PC – but the
beauty of the Tiny is that you can just pull out the PC you
have and pop in a more powerful one if you wish.
This event was the first to include Motorola, who have
recently been acquired by Lenovo, where they showcased
their mobile device range and wearable technologies.
The recent launch of the 5th generation (Gen) CPU’s by Intel
– named “Broadwell” sparked a near complete refresh of the
Lenovo products to include this new, faster and much more
efficient processor.
Some of the highlights of the product range are the
infamous ThinkPad range of notebook’s and Ultrabook’s –
well known in the business sector as the premier range of
portable devices.
The Lenovo X1 Carbon 2015 is their flagship ultra-portable
14” ultrabook – the smallest 14” notebook produced and
the lightest – constructed from a carbon fibre chassis for
superior strength and conforming to the rigorous Mil-Spec
(Military Specification) test process. The X1 Carbon also is
the first ultrabook to use the new PCI-e SSD (Solid State
Drive) hard drives – these are much smaller and lighter
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Lenovo have completely refreshed their Workstation range
as well – the new P series of workstations really do improve
on an already award winning Workstation range – the P
series is now very modular and easy to upgrade and replace
items along with a clever re-design to enable more storage
density in these machines. As with all Lenovo Workstations
they are rock solid stable and meet all ISV-certification
required for CAD use.
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TECH TIPS
Rob Wright provides us with some top tips
for Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365.
If you have recently upgraded to Office 2013
or Office 365, then you may not yet have come
across some of the features that can help you
do things quicker.
These are just a few tips and tricks that can help you go
further with both Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365
software.
Save time with a copy
There is a shortcut available to create a copy of an
Office document that allows you to work on a document
while keeping the orginal in tact. Click on File - Open Recent Documents. If the document you wish to copy has
been recently opend the filename will be displayed. Right
click on the filename and select open a copy. Any changes
that you make will be saved to the copy and you can then
save it to any location.
Use PDF Reflow
One of the best features of PDF documents are that
they are not editable as a default. It’s also a troublesome
feature if you want to take information out of it. A whole
industry of tools exist that help you be more productive
with PDF files. With the new PDF Reflow feature in Microsoft
Word 2013 it makes this task easy – open a PDF with Word
2013 and it will behave like a normal Word document. You
can reuse the content without too much effort. Now, all that
rich data locked in PDF files will be available.
Word creates a copy and opens it as a normal document as
you would any other from File – Open. Make any changes…
the original PDF is left intact. The conversions are not always
perfect, but this is a very handy feature.
This tiny step can be a time saver as it saves you from
browsing to its location and manually creating a copy to
work on.
Get rid of the start screen
Office 2013 applications pop up a start screen that's
OK if your new to it - offering a list of templates, recently open
files and so on - but annoying for old hands. Thankfully, it's
easy to get rid of. Just go to File, Options, select the General
category and then, in Start-up options, uncheck 'Show the
Start screen when this application starts'.
Work anywhere with Documents Online
You can save your Office documents online via the
Microsoft account. Microsoft has the sister suite of web apps
for Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint. Word, Excel, and
PowerPoint save the last location where you left off work
before saving– to the letter, cell, or slide. Pick up where you
left off working on a different device while away from your
main computer. You can also continue your work on Mobile
apps for Office.
Present over the Web
Don't cut and paste anymore
There’s this quicker way that uses less key presses.
Using Cut-Paste (Ctrl-x Ctrl-v) to move text from one place
on the page to another within a Word document is fine. But
try this. Select any block of text. Press F2. You will notice that
the status bar (at the bottom of your screen) says Move to
where. Place the cursor at the location where you wish to
move the block of text. Press Enter and the selection will be
moved. This feature works in older versions of Word as well.
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It's not unusual to hold
virtual meetings - and PowerPoint
2013 lets you present to others,
over the Internet. You create your
presentation just as you normally
would - saving it to your computer
or SkyDrive as you normally would.
When you're ready to present, go
to the Slide Show tab on the ribbon
and choose Present Online. This
uses a free online presentation
service, which makes it even better!
After a moment or two, you'll
be given the Web URL for your
presentation - you can then send
this to your audience.
TRAINING FOCUS
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Angela introduces Adobe Photoshop and
our training course that offers a great way to
learn the fundamentals of the software.
The Adobe product line continues to be the
standard for professionals, businesses and
hobbiests alike.
Last month, Adobe's photo editing software
Photoshop turned 25 years old, and in those
years it has become synonymous with image
manipulation.
Adobe's Photoshop product is one of the most recognised
software brands in the world with tens of millions of users,
and is the go-to application for digital image manipulation
across all media: from print, to film, to the Web.
It is also common for most
companies to have marketing
materials designed and printed
by a service provider. However
with Photoshop business cards,
leaflets, logos and other marketing
materials can be designed in house
exactly how you want it and then
can just be submitted for printing.
All this being said, if you
have no prior knowledge of
Photoshop then designing your
own marketing materials and
editing images may seem like an
intimidating task.
Adobe Photoshop Training
With our Adobe Photoshop
training course you will learn the
fundamentals of Photoshop and pick up all the key skills
necessary to achieve professional looking results with ease.
Our training is presented by an Adobe Certified Instructor
who aims to make sure you learn everything needed to put
your new skills into practice in the workplace.
The course covers all major Photoshop features including
compositing images, graphics and text, making colour
corrections to an image, understanding resolution, creating
a montage, using Photoshop filters, working with layers and
channels and preparing images for use in print and the web.
What is Adobe Photoshop?
Photoshop touches virtually all the inspirational imagery
that surrounds us: the logo on your morning cup of coffee;
the new app you download on your iPhone; the sleek design
of your running shoes; the Hollywood blockbuster that you’ll
see tonight.
It was orginally created as a tool for photographers to edit
and manage their photos. But these days it offers a whole
host of options and tools to allow people to create websites,
graphics and project layout.
But..why is it beneficial for businesses to use Photoshop?
If you're running a business, whether it be professional
photography or finance consulting and maintain an online
presence through a website or blog then Photoshop is a
great tool to create compelling images for your site.
Having a strong and desirable online presence is crucial
to any business and tweaking and enhancing photos and
images that feature on your site is a great way to make a
website stand out from the crowd.
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We can offer you a range of Adobe Photoshop courses
depending on your ability from the introductory to the
professional, tailored to meet your specific requirements.
We run scheduled Photoshop training courses for all versions
of Photoshop including CS6, CS5 and CS4.
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TRAINING SCHEDULE
AME Training Schedule Spring 2015
We offer hundreds of IT training courses, as well as non-IT training courses, suitable for individuals
of all levels. Although we cannot list every course we carry out, below is our training schedule
that lists some of the training courses coming up within the next couple of months.
We provide comprehensive and cost-effective training
for companies, organisations and individuals looking to
expand their skills in I.T, Project Management, Tendering,
Accounts and more.
We offer courses for virtually every desktop application
used in the world of business and feature the latest
titles in order to stay current with the ever-changing
IT industry. Our qualified instructors are highly
experienced in their specialised fields, giving them the
ability to pass on real world knowledge.
In conjunction with our structured courseware and
practical exercises, delegates will take away the
knowledge required to make the most of their business
applications and systems.
We provide training at our head office based in Exeter,
with capacity of up to 10 delegates. We can also
deliver training at other venues around the South West
including Bristol and Plymouth and also in London.
Courses can also be customised in order to be delivered
onsite at your premises.
The courses listed below are scheduled training courses,
which are held at our IT training suite in Exeter or
London if stated.
What's Included
Courseware and Manuals
Each delegate receives a manual for use on the training
course and to take away with them to refer back to
when in the work place.
AME TRAINING SCHEDULE
MARCH
Introduction to Drupal
London
9th - 10th March
Microsoft Excel Introduction
16th March
Internet and Social Media
London
16th March
Google Introduction
London
17th March
Google Introduction
23rd March
Advanced Internet and Social
Media
24th March
Internet and Social Media
25th March
Introduction to Drupal
26th - 27th March
APRIL
SQL Server SSRS
13th - 15th April
Microsoft Excel Intermediate
16th April
PRINCE2
Foundation - Practitioner
20th - 24th April
Microsoft PowerPoint
30th April
MAY
Certificate of Achievement
So that each delegate can update their profiles within
their company and their personal CV, we provide every
delegate that successfully attends and completes a
training course with a signed certificate of achievement.
Refreshments and Lunch
There are complementary coffee, tea, water, biscuits
and sweets provided throughout the day. Delegates
are treated to a wide choice of food, from The Wear Park
restaurant for lunch including; sandwiches, light bites,
salads and more.
Microsoft Access Introduction
1st May
Microsoft Excel Introduction
7th May
AutoCad Introduction
1th - 12th May
HTML
14th - 15th May
WordPress Introduction
18th - 19th May
Microsoft Excel Intermediate
20th May
Free Parking
There is plenty of free parking spaces at our premises for
delegates that are attending courses.
Microsoft Excel Intermediate
22nd May
Wi-Fi Internet Access
During your breaks you may have access to Internet
ready machines to either use to send emails or surf for
fun!
If you are interested in another course we do not have listed or for more information on our training courses take a look at
our website: www.amesolutions.co.uk or contact our Training Manager on 01392 824022.
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COMPANY NEWS
Steve brings us up to date with the latest
news from AME, including our latest project
in the Falkland Islands.
AME Engineer visits the Falkland Islands to
complete a server and PC upgrade.
AME engineer Richard Meredith had a very unusual week
of work at the end of January, carrying out a server and PC
upgrade on the Falkland Islands.
British International is the largest British-owned helicopter
operator, based in Newquay, Cornwall. AME have been
supporting their 5 sites in the UK and their office in the
Falkland Islands for several years and this is the first time we
have been required to attend site.
Richard said:
“It was a great experience visiting the Falkland Islands,
which is a full of amazing unspoilt landscape and nature,
especially penguins. Very grateful to British International for
their hospitality.”
British International said:
With a 19 hour flight from RAF Brize Norton to RAF Mount
Pleasant via the ascension islands, Richard set off on a
Sunday to arrive on the Tuesday. Richard completed the
server and PC upgrade by the Thursday, ready to return on
the Friday. However with very strong cross winds, the only
flight home was not allowed to leave so Richard had to stay
another day and finally set off on Saturday after a fog delay.
“AME provided a great service managing the infrastructure
and desktop upgrade for BIH in Falklands, the job had a
limited time frame and was completed with no issues. Thanks
to Richard for his great work.”
Richard has been very
fortunate to have now
travelled to the Isle of Scilly, La
Ciotat in the South of France,
Hamburg in Germany and now
the Falkland Islands to carry
out installations for AME.
With the ability to remote
access computer systems
around the world, AME provide
support to other customers
throughout the UK, in Europe
and other locations such as
Dubai. Who knows where AME
and may be Richard will be
going next.
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COMPANY NEWS
AME team to take part
in Force Cancer’s “It’s a
knock out.”
Lenovo now offer a range of Windows and Android tablets
to suit any user, tiny desktop PC’s that can fit on the back
of a monitor and the latest X1 carbon laptop, which is the
world’s lightest 14” notebook.
AME is proud to be supporting
Force Cancer and taking part
in the charity fundraiser “It’s
a knock out” taking place on
Sunday September 6th at
Powderham Castle.
In-between these events we had the opportunity for a
stadium tour of Wembley, including the changing rooms,
press areas and pitch side.
With an initial 36 teams of 10
people available, Force Cancer
sold out within 12 hours. They
then added an additional 36
teams to extend the event to
72 teams and sold them out in
a further 12 hours.
Fantastic achievement, which
looks to be an amazing day of
fun games with a mix of relay
games or team games for the contestants and for families
to enjoy.
It’s a knock out was a comedy game show first broadcast in
1966, described as a school sports day for adults. With 12
obstacles, bouncy castles, foam and water, it should be great
fun. Can’t wait till September.
Lenovo also gave partners a roundup of the previous year
and their goals for 2015. As the world’s largest supplier of
PC’s and tablets and with their buy out of Motorola, who
have recently launched the Moto 360 smatch watch, it is clear
to see how ambitious they are to continue to be number 1,
but also lead the way in innovation and developing new
features and technology in to their products.
The night ended with a gala dinner and the guest of honour
was the impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw, who was
brilliant.
AME attend the Lenovo Partner event at
Wembley
In February my fellow Director Simon House and I attended
the Lenovo “Access All Areas” Partner event at the Hilton
Wembley.
The event was to showcase Lenovo’s latest products in
a series of “Think Zones” - Dedicated rooms and Lenovo
specialists demonstrating Tablets, Workstations & Visuals,
Desktops, Notebooks and the final zone Servers and Storage.
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COMPETITION PAGE
Just for Fun: Spot the difference
Can you spot the differences between these
two photos?
Take part in our spot the difference competition just for fun.
The goal is to find a number of differences between two near identical images. There are a total of 5 differences between
the two photos on this page........Can you spot them?
The answers are available on the next page.
Competition Winner
The lucky winner from our competition which was
featured in Issue 7 of Tech Issue was Lesley Tucker from
Childrens Hospice South West.
Lesley correctly answered our 'Quiz Question' - What was
reported to be the “worst ever computer bug” and more
serious than Heartbleed in September 2014?
The correct answer was B Shellshock.
Well done to Lesley who a won a day spa package which
includes two passes to Exeter Golf and Country Club
swimming pool and one 30 minute spa treatment.
Thank you to everyone who entered.
Please don't forget to enter this months competition
which is is featured on the next page.
This Month we are offering one lucky winner the chance
to win an overnight stay to include Spa Treatments for
two and a three course meal at Woodbury Park Hotel, Spa
and Golf Club.
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Lesley Tucker - Childrens Hospice
South West
COMPETITION PAGE
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AME Competition - Quiz Question
We are offering the chance for one of our lucky readers to win an overnight stay to include Spa
Treatments for two at Woodbury Park Hotel, Spa and Golf Club. This will include overnight
accommodation in one of the Deluxe Double or Twin Rooms, full use of Woodbury Parks
leisure facilities, a spa treatment each in Bodyzone Spa and a 3 Course A ’La Carte evening
meal in The Atrium Restaurant.
Take part in our 'Quiz Question' competition for the chance to win. All you have to do is
answer the question below.
What is Lenovo's flagship ultra-portable 14" ultrabook called?
A. Yoga
B. Helix
C. Carbon X1
If you need help, the answer is contained in the magazine.
TO ENTER
To enter please send your answer along with your contact details including name, company, telephone number and
email address to; competition@amesolutions.co.uk.
Woodbury Park.
Answers to spot the difference
Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Club is a luxury hotel
and leisure complex near Exeter in Devon, set in 350
acres of beautiful Devon countryside.
The hotel has an 18 hole Championship Course as well
as a smaller 9 hole course. The hotel has 56 guest rooms
and 5 Swiss style cottages. All the rooms have an ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, tea
There are two restaurants to choose from with an
emphasis on locally sourced produce from Devon and
the West Country.
The spa and wellness centre has an 20 meter indoor
swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, beauty and massage
treatments and a state of the art fitness centre.
Additional activities include tennis, squash and a
Premiership sized football pitch. Public car parking is
possible on site and is free of charge.
Terms and Conditions
Competition entries must be in by midnight 6th April, winners to be announced on 7th April. One winner will be selected at random from all valid entries received.
The prize will be handed out as deemed by the organiser. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternatives in whole
or in part. The organiser reserves the right to publish the name and counties of residence of the winner.
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