Microsoft Office – Real Life Tools for Curling Teams

Free Curling Team Expense Excel Template! This is one of the few topics that I can post to both my curling blog and my Business Productivity blog. For the past couple of years the Aussie men’s curling team has been using a spreadsheet to keep track of all transactions that we incur.  To keep it…

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Using OBAs to get More Value from Your ERP

At Australian Tech.Ed 2009 last week on the Gold Coast, I had the opportunity to have a discussion with Kristian Kalsing (@kalsing) from Extend Technologies to talk about Office Business Applications (OBAs).  We recorded the 13 minute video, and it is now published at the Tech.Ed Online site. “OBAs: A strategy for unlocking the value…

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The Productivity Hub is now Available

The Productivity Hub is now live! What is the Productivity Hub? The Productivity Hub is a SharePoint Server 2007 site collection. It comes packed with over 300* pieces of content, including videos, documents and PowerPoint slides. This gives you a great start at building a learning community behind your firewall. Microsoft has developed the Productivity…

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SharePoint in Plain English

In my role as an Enterprise Productivity Specialist, I spend a lot of my time talking to customers about Office System, and how the Office Server (SharePoint) enables people and teams to work better together.  I usually talk to CIO’s and Senior IT Managers about this – and have presented “What is SharePoint” approximately 500…

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Research into SharePoint Content and Application Lifecycle Management

SharePoint consultant Jeremy Thake from Readify is conducting some research into SharePoint Content and Application Lifecycle Management.  His effort is to create a whitepaper on this topic, and use as much real life experience from SharePoint implementations as possible. He has published an online and anonymous survey to capture real life experience from SharePoint users. …

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Real Life Value of Software + Services

I’ve been travelling overseas this week to a global Microsoft conference in the US.  I sit here in the Airport departure lounge (offline) reflecting on my week. A couple of events happened – and both are real life stories of the value of Microsoft’s Software + Services (S+S) strategy. 1) The hotel I stayed in…

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Complimentary HP Netbook for 2009 Australian Tech.Ed Attendees

If you were looking for one more good reason to get to 2009 Australian Tech.Ed on the Gold Coast this year, we’ve just announced that attendees will receive a complimentary HP Mini 2140 NetBook PC. Full details including Terms and Conditions around this offer are found on the Tech.Ed site here http://www.msteched.com/australia/Public/windows-7-experience.aspx  Be sure to…

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Microsoft SharePoint Site now on SharePoint

I see on the SharePoint Team blog that they have announced some changes to the SharePoint home page on Microsoft.com. While there is many SharePoint sites I can show you, plus some that Microsoft runs publicly, it good to see such a mainstream site using the Web Content Management features of SharePoint for it’s publishing. …

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Want To Be a Speaker at Tech.Ed Australia 2009?

Last year we had over 50 unsolicited requests to be a speaker with 142 session ideas for the Office System track at Tech.Ed Australia. This year we have a new tool to manage submissions and provide transparency of the progress and status of your submissions in the Tech.Ed Call for Content tool. Alistair Speirs has…

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Dynamic Business – Are you Prepared for Things you Can’t Control?

For those of you who have heard me talk about the reasons Microsoft continues to innovate and build evolutions of the Microsoft Office Suite is about providing capabilities to organisations for the workplace that is still emerging. One of the tenets that I like to reference is the concept of Managing a Dynamic Business.  Microsoft’s…

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