Successfully navigating the constant evolution of technology and what it means for your business is a tough challenge. You’re inundated with tasks – pressures on your business that always seem to take priority over figuring out this thing called Digital Transformation. You want your business not just to survive this “fourth industrial revolution” but to grow, be the #1 business in your region or vertical. I can help.


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I’m the CTO for Small & Mid-Sized Businesses at Microsoft UK. I am dedicated to helping small businesses and Microsoft Partners – YOU – grow and succeed with technology. Whether it’s understanding how you can incorporate cloud services like Microsoft Azure into your partner business, or how you begin to think about reinventing productivity for the employees of your business, I can help.

I started my career in IT in the real world; as an IT Technician in a local secondary school. After becoming a Network Manager I took a career break to go to Reading University in 2008 to study Information Technology.

I’ve been at Microsoft since 2010 and am proud to have consulted on some of the biggest Office 365 Education deployments in the world, transforming the experience of students and teachers with cutting-edge cloud technology. I’ve helped dozens of public sector organisations move away from Windows XP to a modern, secure platform. I’ve even spent some time leading a high-performing technical sales team, co-selling with highly skilled Microsoft Partners.

Oh, and I love nothing more than getting up in front of an audience and talking about how Microsoft technology can help get people on the path to “Digital Transformation“.

You’re probably a geek at heart – so am I; with a big passion for using technology in new ways to help people achieve more. In my spare time, I dabble with electronics (my favourite YouTube channel is bigclivedotcom), like to build things with my BBC micro:bit and various Raspberry Pis, eat good food and spend time with my wonderful family.

But enough about me. I want to hear from YOU. I love hearing about the cool stuff you’re doing with technology, especially Microsoft technology. You can find me online in most forms of social media as jamesbmarshall.

Tweet me and say hello!

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Your Praise

It’s always an amazing feeling to get feedback from you. It lets me know know I’ve had a positive impact, maybe even made a difference. Check out what some of my partners and customers think of my work!

“I have worked with James over a number of years – mainly in the deployment of Office 365 for two UK Universities.

He has always been knowledgeable, personable, willing to help and, most importantly, always ready to go the extra mile.

Without James’ help it would have been impossible for my teams to deliver the new student email service at both my current and my previous role.

I can wholeheartedly recommend James as an all round superstar!”

Mark Cockshoot | Heriot-Watt University

“James has been a constant point of contact for excellent advice, guidance and instruction on helping schools join the Microsoft Cloud, whether working directly with schools and groups such as or as part of large, national projects such as the integration of Office365 into the all-Wales Learning Platform, provided by Learning Possibilities.

I would happily recommend James for his expertise as in Microsoft Cloud technologies, his understanding of the education sector and his professionalism when dealing with clients of a variety of abilities and understanding of cloud technologies.”

Tony Sheppard | Learning Possibilities

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