• Steve Clayton

    Why I work here: Respected companies 2005

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    "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...

  • Steve Clayton

    Orange County Choppers get business efficiency

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    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 !

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    Mobile police

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    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"

  • Steve Clayton

    XBOX 360 chip

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    The guys over at Anandtech have a very in depth review of how to take apart an XBOX 360 - which I'll not be doing with mine when it arrives!

    I do like the way the CPU has XBOX 360 engraved on it though :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Office 12 just went to beta 1

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    Time to go download from an internal share and get dogfoodin :)
    Chris Capossela called Office 12 "the most significant release in more than 10 years"

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