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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 – by...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 10 Ways Microsoft Office 2007 Can Save Companies Money

    In economic times like these, organisations look everywhere in efforts to evaluate the value and possible cost savings around the business. One software suite that is examined is Microsoft Office System.  Office is considered by some as expensive infrastructure, and not as a business value.  ...
  • Blog Post: Impact of New Microsoft Office Interface (circa 1990)

    I was reading the content of an article published in April 1990 of Software Magazine.  http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0SMG/is_n5_v10/ai_8411962 .  The article is a software review of the new Microsoft Word for Windows.  In 1990 Word for Windows was quite revolutionary – it used...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Application Use Tracking

    A really good way to prove the value and usefulness of Office 2007 in your business is to run a pilot install with a small number of users.  During the Pilot, you can find out in-depth information about the way Office is used, compatibility with other applications, and what the users think about...
  • Blog Post: Training Presentations for Office 2007

    If you are a trainer for an organisation and responsible for getting your employees ready for Office 2007, you will be happy to know that Microsoft has published over 70 PowerPoint training presentations on various topics for Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007.   You can simply add your company name...
  • Blog Post: 10 Best Application UIs of 2008

    I see that Jakob Nielsen has released the awards for the 10 Best Application UIs for 2008 . I find it interesting to see the direct relationship between the UI award winners and the Microsoft Office 2007 ribbon. While the Ribbon definitely makes sense when there is a lot of commands that must be presented...
  • Blog Post: An Approach to Justify Office 2007 Deployment In Your Organisation

    One of the aspects of my job is to help companies evaluate and manage the impact of deploying Office 2007. The biggest perceived barrier is that IT people will feel the Business users will not like the change to the User Interface and this will introduce lower productivity and satisfaction. There is...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Deployment Resources for End Users

    I get asked a lot from customers about information to help them deploy Office 2007 to their organisation. Not about the technical bits to make it happen - but the interesting part is about how to get the organisation and the people ready for the new Ribbon User Interface and new Open XML file formats...
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