Strange thinking about Microsoft Office

October, 2005

Blog - About

About Office Rocker!

Thanks for stopping by at my blog.  I'm Darren Strange, the UK product manager for the 2007 Microsoft Office system.  We are launching the 2007 release in January 2007 together with Windows Vista and in the run up to that I'll be talking about what's new and why it is significant in the evolution of Microsoft Office.

A bit about me then. My job has two parts to it - an evangelist for the product and a project manager for the launch project.  The evangelist part means I do lots of presentations on Office and am the lead spokesperson in the UK on Information Worker matters.  I work with customers, partners, analysts and press to better understand the opportunities for Office and help people to understand and get value from it.  The project management part is running a pretty complex, multi-workstream project which covers each segment, audience and department involved in the launch.  I take a special interest in the rapid deployment customers and in the press and analyst outreach. 

Wherever possible, we are using the 2007 release to run the project using SharePoint Server, Groove, Project Server, InfoPath, Excel and PowerPoint in our project office processes.  This means I am hopefully "walking the talk" as we march towards launch.

My background is in Microsoft Consulting Services where I started as an Exchange consultant back in 1997 and later got to manage the collaboration team and then the solutions practice.  This comprised of three consulting teams; collaboration, Internet business and SQL & Business Intelligence.  Before that I worked for KPMG Management Consulting for 4 years which my first job out of university.  Last year I passed my PMI and this year my CIM professional diploma.  I won't be doing any more exams for a while now..

Anyway, do let me know what you think, add comments and let's discuss.  That's the fun of blogging afterall.

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    anonymous comments enabled

    pink for embarrased. sorry I missed the anon comments enablement - should work now! thanks to Simon Murphy from codematic for pointing this out.
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    I name this blog..

    people seem to like the name of the blog which is a good start I suppose :-) although not everyone has got the double meaning it seems.. To answer the question some are now asking (e.g. Dan ) about some of the other names considered (but rejected)...
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    PDC content available

    thanks to Graham Tyler for pointing out that the PDC material has just been made public. Terrific resource with full streaming videos of the sessions. :-)
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    Beyond features – getting better results without the stress

    It’s a common complaint – Why should I buy Office for my staff when they only use 20% of the product? Ask yourself – even the apps you know best like Word or Excel – how much of their power do you know how to use? In a time compressed world, who really...
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    Welcome to Office Rocker!

    Hello, welcome to my blog. I'm Darren Strange, the Office "12" PM in the UK. My job is to bring Office "12" to market in the UK. I'm hoping you are here because you are interested in Office and in particular, the next wave of the Office products, servers...
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