Mark Bower

Random thoughts on Collaborative Apps, Social Software and SharePoint in the Enterprise

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    Taking a risk

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    For around the last year I have been really annoyed with myself for not living up to my full potential. Know the feeling? Perhaps the worst part about achieving some level of success in your chosen career, is that once you have something to lose you are...
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    You can’t please all the people all of the time

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    Or maybe you can if you want to be bland, boring and unremarkable. Seth Godin has been rallying for some time against focus groups and design by committee. Today he has this gem : If you are willing to satisfy people with good enough , you can make just...
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    Announcing: The Knowledge Worker Tools Early Adopter Programme

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    This week we are kicking off the KWT Early Adopter Programme.  If you work in NHS IM&T and you are about to begin a SharePoint 2007 or Office 2007 deployment then read on...   What is KWT exactly? The Knowledge Worker Tools (KWT) project...
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    What does an information worker do all day?

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    Interesting piece in the New York Times on the effect of interruptions caused by email, IM etc.  28% of the day handling non-urgent unimportant things, and 15% of the day spent searching for information.  Some time ago I started switching off...
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    The Future of Groove and SharePoint

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    Some hints from Ray Ozzie this week on the future overlap between Groove and SharePoint: "You asked if Groove is the future UI of SharePoint. I might ask the same thing, is SharePoint the future UI of Groove " Microsoft will increase the connections between...
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    I am a Technology Omnivore

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    The quiz: http://www.pewinternet.org/quiz/quiz.asp My results: Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Omnivores typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic...
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    Electronic Forms in the NHS

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    Today we held a workshop with some NHS folk on the topic of electronic forms. The KWT team are planning on putting together an Electronic Forms Resource Kit - a set of tools a guidance for forms authors in the NHS. I'll share some thoughts from the workshop...
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    Slides from NHS CIO Summit

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    Thanks to everyone who attended the CIO Summit today. Everyone I spoke to provided positive feedback. The real challenge was squeezing a summary into a 15 minute slot. If you missed the session I have made the slides available here: | View | Upload your...
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    Help the NHS get the software YOU need

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    My name is Hilary Palmén, I work for Microsoft UK planning and conducting research with NHS professionals that for the NHS Common User Interface (CUI) project. More information about the CUI project is available on: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/nhs/content...
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    NHS CIO Summit

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    I'll be speaking this week at the NHS CIO Summit that Microsoft are hosting at Thames Valley Park, Reading. I only have a 15 minute slot and I am currently trying to figure out the best way to make use of the time available. Would it be better to talk...
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    Office 2007 SP1 Available for Download

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    Here's the official blurb... "We have managed to complete the engineering work slightly earlier than we anticipated and are making the download available from OfficeOnline . What can you expect in Service Pack 1? SP1 focuses on the issues that...
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    Excel Charting to the Max

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    Who would have thought Excel could produce charts as good looking as this? I certainly would never have thought this was possible until I discovered this great screencast that shows how it's done. http://www.juiceanalytics.com/writing/2007/07/recreating...
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    Office 2007 for (almost) Free

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    This is such a cool offer! If you have friends or family who work for the NHS in the UK, go tell them now: As part of the Enterprise Agreement the NHS signed with Microsoft a couple of weeks ago NHS employees are entitled to a copy of Office 2007 for...
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    Better Intranet Navigation: Statistically Improbable Phrases

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    On Amazon.com today, I noticed a feature that David Weinberger mentions in his book, but I don't think is yet available on Amazon's UK site. Books for which they have electronic access to the text have been scanned and effectively auto-tagged. These tags...
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    Taxonomy in a Digital World - Part 4

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    Concluding my notes on Everything is Miscellaneous...A good read on the whole. Does a good job of summarizing the information management trends on the web today. If you are an information architect or consultant working in the field of knowledge management...
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    5 Steps to a Great SharePoint User Experience

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    How many times have you visited a team site and seen this? Or a site where a web part for every list in the site has been squashed into the home page? But helping visitors get the most out of your site needn't be hard work. Here are five simple tips to...
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    The Demise of Email as a Collaboration Tool

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    Mike Gotta writes on the demise of email : With all the recent conversations in the media about e-mail, I think the proper way to look at e-mail is that it will not go away or die anytime soon but it will "age out" as demographics within the workplace...
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    Mashup Journalism

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    Sometimes I am really impressed by the BBC. Despite its image as stodgy, old fashioned Auntie Beeb, there really are some very creative and forward-looking people working there. Right now BBC news are running an experiment in mashup journalism. As well...
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    Download: Arsenal's Vista Gadget

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    Looking through my referrer logs yesterday I noticed lots of hits from people looking for Arsenal's Vista gadget. When I wrote about it , it wasn't available for download. So if you have come here looking for a download, you can find it over here . ...
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    Free Copy of Office 2007 Professional Edition

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    Darren is offering a free copy of Office 2007 Pro for the first person with a boxed copy of Office 95 or earlier they want to swap.
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    Taxonomy in a Digital World Part 3

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    Continuing my notes from Everything is Miscellaneous . I have also discovered a video presentation of some on the main ideas from the book here . Chapter 5 - The Laws of the Jungle Here the author argues that the physical limitations of organizing...
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    SharePoint Designer Workflow Tips

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    I spent some time this week creating workflows in SharePoint Designer. I have done SharePoint workflows in Visual Studio before, but this was my first time using Designer. I was surprised at how powerful it is, and yet also confused at several points...
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    Taxonomy in a Digital World Part 2

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    Continuing the notes I have made on Everything is Miscellaneous ... Chapter 3 - The Geography of Knowledge This chapter examines the Dewey Decimal system of classification. It shows how the system is skewed based on the 19th Century American-Christian...
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    Safari on Windows - What's that all about then?

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    Surprise announcement today on the Beeb got my attention. Immediate thought - what the heck are Apple up to here? My current best guess is that it is designed to shift Apple Mac hardware. Maybe the reasoning goes like this: We have millions of happy ipod...
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    Taxonomy in a Digital World

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    Amazon delivered me a copy of David Weinberger's Everything Is Miscellaneous at the weekend. I love the dedication in the front of the book "To the Librarians" which I sense is written with some irony. To his credit Weinberger manages to make a book...
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