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  • Blog Post: Groove 14 = SharePoint Workspace 2010

    My favourite Office app is getting a new name and some very cool new features . Groove, the Office collaboration tool for geographically, organisationally, confidentially collaboration has always been great at strategic collaboration, but SharePoint Workspace will truly take this to the masses: easier...
  • Blog Post: The case for Groove

    As a region, the Asia Pacific is a very diverse place. From highly developed cities in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand to some of the remote and isolated communities throughout Indonesia’s thousands of islands, Thailand’s jungles and Australia’s outback. IT infrastructure in the region is just as...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webcast - Groove 2007 Tips and Tricks

    If you saw me at Tech.Ed Australia or South East Asia, or have spoken to me for more than 5 minutes, you will now that I am a Groove tragic. However, that dubious role was brought into the Asia Pacific  / Oceanic region by none other than Paul Cannon, formerly the regional Technology Specialist...
  • Blog Post: Scenes from an upcoming Tech.Ed Presentation

      (Shameless guerilla marketing attempt to astroturf support for...) Groove: Collaboration Mythbusters “It’s too hard to collaborate across so many firewalls. I can’t have access to what I need unless I VPN in or use terminal services. I can’t collaborate without setting...
  • Blog Post: If you only see 2 Tech.Ed sessions this year…

    …you are probably hanging out on the Hands On Labs too much. Previously I talked about what to expect at Tech.Ed and shed some infoporn on the Office System track . As we approach the pointy end, lets talk about speakers and sessions. So the first international speaker to mention is Paul Cannon. Paul...
  • Blog Post: 3 Office System Whitepapers you need to know

    For all you collabronauts out there, whether you are architecting, developing, maintaining or consuming information - it these three whitepapers should be a required text and on hand for any snappy business cases you need to put together. Collaborative content creation with the 2007 Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations Aaron, Australia's first Groove MVP

    Aaron Saikovski is Australia's newest MVP and first Groove MVP! Congratulations Aaron! MVP Profile
  • Blog Post: Attending TechReady?

    Looking forward into the refreshing, nurturing Seattle weather? Running low on Zunes? Make sure you catch my Groove session, with Mary Marks, on Monday Afternoon : OFC214. You won't even need to be a wise-psychedelic-monk-with-a-door-in-your-head-to-prove-it to enjoy. It is guaranteed* to be... Groovy...
  • Blog Post: MISaustralia.com - The strange case of the disappearing hat: BCP

    Interesting article on Business Continuity Planning here: Our interviewees say these business continuity planning challenges affect New Zealand organisations across all industries. 1. Ongoing commitment to ensure BCP is up to date, operational and regularly tested. 2. Winning the buy-in of the executive...
  • Blog Post: The Geocollaboration Toolbox - Groove and Toucan Navigate

    Geocollaboration (like collaboration, communication and social networking) is a human behaviour, rather than a system feature. But technology can be a great amplifier of human behaviours (look at what the telephone, email, instant messaging has done for communication). So lets talk about some tools that...
  • Blog Post: Geocollaboration: Of Maps and Men

    Maps are probably one of the oldest forms of data visualisation. Maps such as the Tabula Peutingeriana plotted the trade routes from Spain to India, with rest stops, hotels, spa's and wifi connections along the way. Maps that show the landmasses, the roads, the suburbs etc etc are all very well and good...
  • Blog Post: Groove Traction - where is Groove taking hold?

    There is a great article on grooveuser.org about how Groove is being used throughout Europe. I think this sentence sums it up very well: By devolving membership down to those that understand the trust relationships best as well as providing the ability to access records where connectivity may be not...
  • Blog Post: Joel on Demos

    Joel Spolsky wrote a great post on giving demo's, this bit is a gem: "The only interesting way to design a demo is to make it a story. You have a protagonist, and the protagonist has a problem, and they use the software, and they… almost solve the problem, but not quite, and then everybody...
  • Blog Post: Office Devcon 2007 has left the building

      Well, the Office Dev Con 2007 has drawn to a close after 2 full days and 100 pizzas. I was impressed at the turnout, considering it was a miserable weekend (stormy one day, scorching the next - the weather in Sydney is about as stable as the lane cove tunnel). But enough about the weather, what...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 on 64-bit OS - what do you lose?

    I upgraded to Vista 64-bit about 2 months ago now. For the most part, no major problems. I was hoping that it would show all 4GB of memory I've got, but it turns out that it isn't an "addressable space" issue but a "crappy old chipset" issue. Apparently the Santa Rosa intel chipsets...
  • Blog Post: Synchronising IE favourites via Groove

    Groove is an awesome collaboration tool - but I am constantly finding new and interesting ways to use it. Did you know that you can use Groove to synchronise your IE favourites? Here's how: On the Options menu, click Preferences , and then click the Synchronization tab. Check Internet Explorer Favorites...
  • Blog Post: New Course: Implementing Groove Server 2007

      A new elearning course is available for anyone interested in taking their Groove knowledge to the next level... the server! Collection 6452: Implementing Microsoft® Office Groove® Server 2007 In this 12 hour on-line collection IT Professionals will learn how to Implement, Configure and...
  • Blog Post: Geo-collaboration with Groove

    Firstly, if you haven't heard of Groove, you will. Groove (the product and the team) is fairly recent addition to the Microsoft Office family but fills a very interesting niche. Groove is a tool to support collaboration any time, any place without the need for servers to be set up, ports to be opened...
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