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  • Blog Post: SharePoint Business User Adoption Kit

    Microsoft just launched iusesharepoint.com today, and I think can be an important resource for you to help drive adoption of your SharePoint 2010 Service! The site is dedicated to help you drive SharePoint adoption by delivering a rich set of experiences and content to engage and educate your business...
  • 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 Did Microsoft IT Upgrade to SharePoint 2010?

    With its SharePoint 2010 deployment nearly complete, Microsoft IT has developed helpful perspective on what worked and what steps could have been performed better. The Microsoft IT SharePoint engineering team is sharing its experiences with you to help reduce planning, deployment, and management of a...
  • Blog Post: Share your Interesting SharePoint Story and Win!

    The SharePoint team has launched an online video contest called SharePoint journeys, which allows you to upload videos and describe where on the SharePoint you are and share the unique ways you have improved your Business Outcomes.  Winners get a pass to the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011...
  • Blog Post: A Closer Look at Windows Live

    I was just reading a post by David Pogue from the NY Times .  He has given a summary of Windows Live (application software + services) available and seemed to be impressed with the capabilities – even if he wasn’t aware of all them before his research. One tool that he calls out specifically as...
  • 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: The Productivity Hub is now Available

    The Productivity Hub is now live ! What is the Productivity Hub? The Productivity Hub is a SharePoint Server 2007 site collection. It comes packed with over 300* pieces of content, including videos, documents and PowerPoint slides. This gives you a great start at building a learning community behind...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint in Plain English

    In my role as an Enterprise Productivity Specialist, I spend a lot of my time talking to customers about Office System, and how the Office Server (SharePoint) enables people and teams to work better together.  I usually talk to CIO’s and Senior IT Managers about this – and have presented “What is...
  • Blog Post: Research into SharePoint Content and Application Lifecycle Management

    SharePoint consultant Jeremy Thake from Readify is conducting some research into SharePoint Content and Application Lifecycle Management.  His effort is to create a whitepaper on this topic, and use as much real life experience from SharePoint implementations as possible. He has published an online...
  • Blog Post: Building a Workplace for a Wide Spectrum of Generations

    I’ve spent the last few working days briefing Government Agencies about how Microsoft approaches a new release of Office and decide on the investments in new features to give our customers new capabilities to support the emerging world of work. I highlight activities that provide insight to us for what...
  • 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: Free Screen-cast Video Demonstrations and Training for SharePoint

    A colleague of mine, Ketan, mentioned these free Screen-cast videos for SharePoint – provided by the crew at SharePoint e-Learning.com .  Asif and Wendy have put together a great set of audio narrated videos showing how to leverage a bunch of capabilities from Office and SharePoint.  Check...
  • 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: Use SharePoint Tasks to Manage Meeting Actions

    My manager Peter was asking my advice for how to help organise a weekly meeting that he organises.  It’s a number of managers that are the leadership of our team, and they discuss the operations and strategy for the team etc. One thing they struggled with was how to keep track of actions and follow...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2007 Enterprise versus Standard Edition

    I was talking to a Technical Decision Maker at a customer of mine, and we were talking about the differences in SharePoint 2007 Enterprise versus Standard Edition.  The customer already owned and deployed SharePoint 2007 Standard for their Intranet, so this summary below is what I sent to them as...
  • 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: 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: SharePoint End User Training

    If you are looking for the End User Training for SharePoint 2007, the End User training is free to all, and is provided by the SharePoint Product team. There is a standalone version that you can run on a users PC desktop, and also a version of the same content that runs in the SharePoint Learning Kit...
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