Office 2010 Tips and Tricks Screensaver

If you are an organisation thinking about options and ways to get training and daily tips to your users, you could consider applying the Office 2010 Getting Started Screensaver. It’s a new type of Help, and a new way to deliver it. The screensaver shows short 60-90 second videos provide tips, tricks, and timesavers for…

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Wow–Ribbon Hero 2 is Amazing for Office 2010 Training

I’ve used Ribbon Hero 1 in the past, and thought it was pretty cool and clever. The team recently announced that Ribbon Hero 2 is available for download.  Ribbon Hero 2 is a game, yes a game, that embeds into Office 2010 and Office 2007 for learning. It’s quite a novel approach to training –…

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Get Office 2010 Marketing Material to Help With Your Deployment

I work with many customers on their Internal Office 2010 User Readiness activities. These activities normally are to: help the Internal Communications team build a communications plan prior to, during, and after Office deployment. help the Learning and Development team plan all the resources for help, training, coaching for the users; and promote Internal Office…

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How a 100,000 Person Organisation Deployed Office 2010

Ok… it’s Microsoft that’s the Organisation.  But, our IT team does a great job of sharing the details of how we run technology, the lessons learned from our early adopters. This is shared through Microsoft’s IT Showcase, and an example is the Whitepaper of Deploying Office 2010 at Microsoft http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff823756.aspx While the whitepaper covers a…

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Productivity Hub 2010 Released

The Productivity Hub, a SharePoint 2007 site template, was a sleeper of the end user readiness and training strategies for Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007.  I blogged about it in the past here http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ianpal/archive/2009/09/04/the-productivity-hub-is-now-available.aspx But, we have just released the 2010 version of the Productivity Hub.  This means the site template can be deployed into…

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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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Australian National Bank Boosts Staff Training with Online Collaboration Solution

I’ve been spending some time lately talking with customers around the use of SharePoint to support the Learning and Development activities for the organisation – including User Readiness for Office 2007 deployments. The 40,000 employee National Australia Bank (NAB) has just released a nice case study on how they use SharePoint and Office Communications Server…

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Microsoft Software Assurance E-Learning Courses Hosted in SharePoint

I’m in the middle of working with a customer who is planning their Office 2007 deployment to their 10’s of Thousands of end users.  They felt there was a need for user training and readiness for most of their users.  Because of the large number of users, they wanted a way to provide training at…

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia Office Deployment Video

In Australia, the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has been quite visible about their experience and benefits of deploying Office 2007 across the bank – including Mark Griffith from CBA presenting their approach at Australia Tech.Ed 2008. By deploying the 2007 Office system in its workstation environment, Commonwealth Bank provides its employees with the stability, interoperability, and…

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More Ways Office can Save You Money

Gray Knowlton, Office Group Product Manager, just posted a nice blog entry Bits on Boxes about the cost savings of deploying Office 2007 versus doing nothing at all and staying on Office 2003.  He has some interesting stats such as 73% of all security vulnerabilities reported for Office do not apply to Office 2007. He…

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