Office Communications Server launches in the UK on 17th Oct

Mark has announced the launch for OCS on his blog. If you are interested in coming along to the event in Vinopolis, you can sign up at the launch site.  I notice that Carston Sorensen is speaking at it – I did some flexible working studies with Carston from the London School of Economics -…

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The Enterprise Learning Framework

I was chatting with my friend Colin Ashurst from Durham Business School this morning about the world of the information worker.  He was saying he still thinks there needs to be more focus on helping get the technology deployed and getting people to use it.  I think he’s right, especially with all the new stuff…

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FreeForm Dynamics survey shows Office 2007 outpacing OpenOffice

Interesting survey hosted on the Register from the smart cookies at FreeForm Dynamics (check out their blog) which I only just read.  Well worth a look this.  Dale Vile concludes that Microsoft Office still rules and that Saas and Web 2.0 challengers are yet to threaten. The first thing we learned from the poll was…

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Blogcast: my launch demo

For the launch of Exchange Server 2007, Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, I put together this demo and have been hawking it round pretty much every event since (well that’s just good reuse right?). This demo required a fair amount of stuff installed on the virtual PC including Exchange Server 2007 and…

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When presentations go wrong and how to recover afterwards

If any of you were at the Nottingham Technet event last week, you were a witness to probably the worst crash and burn I have ever suffered during a live presentation.  I had put quite a lot of work into the presentation, believe it or not, and I had planned some 50 minutes of demo during my 75…

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Kingston University: the future’s bright with 2007 Office

  It was my pleasure to get to know Ian McNeice from Kingston University over the last few months.  Ian is a very passionate visionary in academic IT and was one of our early adopters.  He kindly agreed to an IM interview about how they are using SharePoint Server 2007 and other Microsoft technologies to…

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One-take Raikes: Jeff Raikes

Not wishing to name drop but it was an absolute pleasure to do the demo for Jeff on stage at our customer launch event.  Jeff is one of the three presidents in Microsoft and reports in to Steve Ballmer and Bill.  I am a tiny flea in his org basically. It was interesting to get…

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Delays due to resurfacing

We have launched.  I am happy about that and also absolutely knackered.  We launched to press on the 30th at the diamond club in the Arsenal stadium.  The customer launch followed on the 5th December in the QEII centre in Westminster with some 300 top customers execs there for an event focussing on the business…

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Fighting the second law of thermodynamics

T-13 days An understanding of physics, I always maintain, is a useful foundation for living.  It helps to understand why launching a product can feel like an uphill struggle.  The reason is that the entropy always increases.  Put another way, the natural order of things is to descend into ever greater degrees of chaos.  If…

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the launch is not cancelled

My days now seem to consist of queues of wild people, frothing at the mouth running at me like some sort of marketing shaun of the dead scene screaming “cancel the launch!”.  People, hear me, take a chill pill, we are launching and we are on track. 🙂  Things will go wrong when you run…

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