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  • Blog Post: What Does the Demo Showcase Look Like (in Reality?)

    Well, I posted the box shots, so here's the actual goods... Basically, what you get when you pop them there DVD's into your machine is a nice little index... This is where you could, if you so wished, look to sort out a list of technology demos... Or, if you are smart, you can try to align them by Campaign...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase & Office 2007 Launch (Part 1)

    One of the great things about the Demo Showcase is the Office 2007 content it contains. One of the scenarios let's you assume the role of Julia, the HR Manager at Contoso who needs to publish a HR newsletter on a regular basis. Now, to me, Julia looks more like someone who spends hours and hours in front...
  • Blog Post: PTS-TV, Chris Parkes & Business Scorecard Manager

    From the email's I've ben receiving recently, I think this is worth a post. Here's me, via PTS-TV talking about Business Intelligence and in particular scorecarding using Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager. Never in my life did I think I'd be downloadable but if you really feel the need, right...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase & Small Business & The Stone Roses

    I was listening to The Stone Roses the other night, they were a four piece band that originated from Madchester in the mid eighties. The vocals were sung by lan Brown and occasionally guitarist John Squire. Completing the quintet were Pete Garner on bass and Reni on drums. John Squire also did all of...
  • Blog Post: The Latest Tool with the Longest Name

    I was interviewed (well via email) by our Partner marketing team in the UK yesterday around the Demo Showcase for the People Ready Business. If you'd like to hear me answer questions on what's it like evangelising about a tool with such a long name, providing insight into where the Demo Showcase...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint, Customisation and Sample Master Pages

    Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows how to apply the sample custom master pages available on Office Online to Windows SharePoint Services team sites. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - Customisation This recording is based on the Demo Showcase virtual images, a resource readily available...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase Line Up

    I played football at the weekend (that's possibly known as soccer to any non UK folk listening - hey, what do we know, we only invented the beautiful game! ;) I play for a Sunday League side, nothing serious, that's run from a local pub called The Holden Bridge Hotel. The team played really well, and...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase Team Tactics

    Right then, Monday morning and my season's kicked off, so time to head back over to the football/soccer analogies...well, if tactics equate to marketing campaigns that is!!! Find below a list of the market campaigns that the Demo Showcase aligns to when talking to midmarket customers. Build Customer...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase & Information Retention

    One of the more frequent headaches faced by companies in today's marketplace is how do they keep their intellectual property and/or confidential documents within their organisation's. Leaks can be costly and in addition to this, the possibility of staff moving on is also a potential source of information...
  • Blog Post: What Does the Demo Showcase Look Like (Physically)?

    So Mr/Mrs/Miss (etc etc) Microsoft Partner... You attended Worldwide Partner Conference 2006 in Boston? You picked up a stash of CD's & DVD's that have been filed under a "To Do" pile? You haven't even got around to looking at some of them? Any of them? Do any of them look like this? If not...
  • Blog Post: Whoever heard of the Demo Showcase for the People Ready Business?

    Well, I did for sure...hope you were as lucky! Basically, the "Demo Showcase for the People Ready Business" (really can't be bothered to type that out all the time so from here-on-in it will be referred to as the Demo Showcase) is a unique resource for Microsoft Partners to help them transition from...
  • Blog Post: Demo Showcase 2008 SMB Edition

    The Demo Showcase 2008 SMB Edition is now available for download. This is a set of 4 comprehensive click through demonstrations designed for partners featuring 12 different Microsoft technologies working together to resolve business needs! Scenarios: Business Productivity Customer Acquisition and Retention...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase & The IT Decision Maker

    I was out at Touchstone last week, catching up with a few old acquaintances and discussing the opportunity for Microsoft in the Business Intelligence arena as well as pitching Demo Showcase . I received some good feedback on the viability and usage of the Demo Showcase and one of the areas that was...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Search

    Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server search capabilities including how to search across content including the business data catalog and people.   Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - Search This recording is based on the Demo Showcase...
  • Blog Post: Demo Showcase 2007 Download

    The Demo Showcase 2007 edition is now available for download to all Microsoft Gold and Certified partners. It's also possible to order the two disc DVD set from the partner portal here . Technologies included in the Demo Showcase 2007 scenarios are: Business Scorecard Manager 2005 Dynamics AX 4.0 Exchange...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint, Collaboration and Workflow

    Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server collaboration capabilities including the out of the box Approval workflow. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - Collaboration This recording is based on the Demo Showcase virtual images, a resource readily...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase & The ISV

    I've been running internal sessions to help colleagues understand the true value that the Demo Showcase has to Microsoft Partners. On the whole, people "get it". That's not to say that they "get it" straight away, but following the chance to ask Q&A, the bright people that I work with day in day...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase Team Photo

    Hopefully, you are all aware of the Demo Showcase team line up - if not, you can review my earlier post here :) Given that the new season is about to get underway, the people from that fine organisation Contoso got together to have their photo taken, in true football/soccer style. As well as pictures...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint, Business Process & Forms

    Here's a little screencast I've recorded showing a demonstration of some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Forms Services capabilities together with InfoPath forms rendered through a browser and also including simple workflow creation and deployment through SharePoint Designer. Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase & Office 2007 Launch (Part 2)

    There's another fantastic scenario contained with the Demo Showcase which expertly shows off the amazing conditional formatting and newly designed table capabilities of Microsoft Excel 2007. In the scenario, we assume the character of Patricia Doyle, a Sales Manager with Contoso. Maybe the silicon...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint, People, Personalisation and MySite

    Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server personalisation capabilities of MySites including profile editing and blog creation. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - People & Personalisation This recording is based on the Demo Showcase virtual...
  • Blog Post: That Was A Stunningly Awful Demo!

    I was eavesdropping on a chat in the Office today where the conversation was around Microsoft partners and their ability to sell. It was an interesting debate and led to me remembering an article I found a while back defining the top ten demo crimes that could be committed by a presenter when trying...
  • Blog Post: Demo Showcase 2007 Sales/Technical Training

    If you don't know what the Demo Showcase is or don't understand what it can do for your business, this 30 minute on demand technical and sales training course , specially designed for Microsoft partners can help you find out! Demo showcase 2007 is a scenario based demonstration environment designed for...
  • Blog Post: Product Demonstration Resource for ALL Microsoft Partners!!!

    The Microsoft Partner Demo Showcase download has been extended to include Deep Dive/Product virtual environments which are available to ALL Microsoft partners, including SBSC. Only Demo Showcase remains as the Gold/Cert benefit moving forwards... The following are now available globally for immediate...
  • Blog Post: The Demo Showcase for the Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC)

    I finally received some clarity from the upper echelons in Redmond around this... The good news is that the Demo Showcase Small Business DVD should be delivered in the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription Special Edition for SBSC's mid-March!!! Now, I wonder if this is just in the U.S.A.?!? As I...