I love it when our partners show me stuff that I hadn't seen myself - the challenges of our millions of web pages :) Richard from Anglia (who were the first partner in the UK to get the mobility competency this week - congrats), highlighted the MSDN Nuggets site so I went and checked it out. I ain't no developer but the stuff on here and the format in which it's being delivered is pretty cool if you're developer focused.
"Don't have the time to read a 10-page how-to article or watch a full length webcast? Try an MSDN Nugget, a webcast that takes you step-by-step to discovering new functionality or exploring a hot developer topic, all in 10-15 minutes. View them online now or download for later reference. To view MSDN Nuggets you need Windows Media Player 9 Screen codec support on WMP 7 and above."
(duration approx. 12mins 57secs) (published on 01/07/2005)
Well that was a short week off that felt like a long time - it's been a while coming :)
I'll be slogging through my inbox this week but thought I would highlight the upcoming ISV community day on 7 December at Thames Valley Park, Reading where we'll cover SQL 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 in some deatil both for business and technial folks. You can find out more and register on our website.
"For seven successive years, General Electric has topped the table of the world's most respected companies. But for the first time, it has been pipped to the post by Microsoft"
A survey conducted by PwC polled 954 CEO across 25 countries this year and Microsoft came out at the top - with lots of praise for innovation. One published comment was ""the company is the first and best in the world. They have a strong base and employee satisfaction".
Couldn't agree more on the last bit - I spent last week talking to a number of customers about how our flexible working approach enables me to work when and where it's most appropriate - be that at work, on the tube, at home, in Caffe Nero or at my parents home. It's a combinaton of philosophy and providing the technology to support this. I think those two things combined provide our workforce with competitive advantage and can do the same for many other organisations, regardless of size. More on this when I get time to blog it but flexible working is more than just mobile devices that I used to blog about...
I first became aware of Orange County Choppers when watching the brilliant Long Way Round series with Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor. The guys who make these amazing bikes are now benefitting from switching from running the business via a little black book to running it with Small Business Server and SQL Server 2005. Check out the video !
Last week, Keith Gough of the Thames Valley Police force attended an event we had at our UK office and kindly offered to present during a session I delivered on flexible working. As project manager of Access to Services in the force, Keith has worked on a project to mobilise the police officers with Windows Mobile Pocket PC's and provided a great insight in to how this has impacted the ability of the force to deliver better services and delight the officers by freeing them from the station. You can learn more about this with a recently published case study and video
"the Smart Beat system is already delivering significant time savings to the force, with each user making an estimated 60 per cent more vehicle and person checks per week. Each check now takes about 20 seconds, as opposed to the three minutes it took previously. Pilot team members are also spending about one hour more on the beat per shift as a result of being able to access their e-mails and calendars on the move. The efficiency gains are the result of using smart client applications to ensure the solution delivers exactly what constables are looking for"