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  • Blog Post: Insight Into FAST Search and SharePoint Roadmap

    The roadmap for SharePoint Search and FAST enterprise search integration got an update today. In summary: FAST Search for SharePoint is a new search server adding FAST ESP capabilities into Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server (SharePoint "14") ESP for SharePoint is high-end search for...
  • Blog Post: E-Commerce News: Web Services: What Everyone Needs to Know About SOA

    Here's an interesting thought...What if a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is not the future of all business applications? There's still much scepticism out there today as to what benefits SOA actually brings for every budget spent. In addition, for each vendor that lays claim to having SOA enabled...
  • 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: IT's ShOwTime! Chris Caposella on 2007 Office System

    In a nutshell, this is about the best overview you will currently find out theree on the new 2007 Microsoft Office system. The session covers innovations in the client-side user interface and XML-based file formats, as well as investments in new SharePoint server-based capabilities around workflow, content...
  • 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: 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: What Does Microsoft Advise?

    There's a really great article on the Microsoft Advisor website (you need a Windows Live account to sign in) which is all around Innovation . From finding inspiration from outside of your natural circle of interest through to dealing with the fear of failure, it's a great two minute read. Whilst there...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Word 2007 and OpenOffice.org 2.2.0 Mail Merge Comparison

    I was reading Hugh’s post and the comments around whether open source software meets shareholder and CEO needs, I love the cartoon that goes with it. George Ou has some interesting stats in this area too. It’s a serious debate and as well as shareholders and CEO’s, there is a need to consider whether...
  • Blog Post: Search and Destroy!

    Including contributions from (amongst others) McAfee, SonicWALL, Computer Associates and Sophos, this article is a great primer to help you understand all you need to know about cleaning malware off your computer "The main malware differentiator is visibility: whereas a virus wants to be seen, Trojans...
  • Blog Post: UK Customers, Raise Your Profile!

    The Microsoft UK Mid Market reference programme is a joint initiative between Microsoft and key customers aimed at showcasing innovative use of Microsoft technologies through Microsoft funded joint sales and marketing activities. The reference programme offers various marketing benefits: • Case Study...
  • 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: If You Know What it is, don't Turn Back

    A great thing happened yesterday...I saw a smorgasbord :) I remember the first time I came across this, on a website at Microsoft. Most people would admit I have a fair handle on grammar but vocabulary...now there's something that's useful, like, mate. Now, every time I read a new word, I hit the Review...
  • Blog Post: Security in Windows Vista, 2007 Office and Exchange 2007

    "Office 2007 presents a radically different way of working, with employees no longer limited to the desktop and company information being disseminated far more effectively. A new way of working needs a new paradigm for security, and Windows Vista is designed to deliver it. Vista alone includes almost...
  • 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: The Enchanted Office

    Once upon a time, in a land not so far far away, there lived a beautiful piece of software... If ever you needed to understand just how Microsoft managed to turn the Office frog into the handsome prince, this fairytale could just be what you need... Based around Madeline, a beautiful princess ...
  • Blog Post: The EVOlution Tour...Day 1, at Bristol IMAX

    Surprisingly, I was first up. I felt the need to provide my roommate Steve Marsh, the main man presenting today with some time and space so that he could get his head sorted in time for the presentation he was about to deliver so a 6am alarm call was the order of the day...plenty of time for sleeping...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft European SharePoint Conference 2007

    Nice to see Microsoft using it's own InfoPath Forms Services Technology to power the registration site for the Microsoft European SharePoint Conference 2007 . The first ever Microsoft European SharePoint Conference will be held in Berlin, February 12—14, 2007. At the event, Microsoft executives...
  • Blog Post: Better Together: Brown Sauce & Peas

    Now I know what you're thinking... How on earth is it possible to relate Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system to brown sauce and peas? I urge you dear reader to bear with me on this one... I was out for dinner (again) recently with a couple of my team mates, James Senior and Matt McSpirit...
  • Blog Post: Need to Navigate Microsoft?

    Microsoft is a big company.  Actually, Microsoft is a huge company!  And one of the most common pieces of feedback I receive from partners and customers is that it's often hard to navigate Microsoft, to keep up with all of the changes and associated information disclosures etc.  My response...