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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: 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: Exchange/Vista/Office Roadshow

    The time has come to for the Exchange/Vista/Office (EVO) Microsoft Partner Roadshow! The Road to Sell? In preparation for Microsoft’s largest ever technology release, the UK will be hosting a Partner Roadshow to help provide an understanding of various opportunities surrounding Exchange, Windows Vista...
  • 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: Exchange/Vista/Office Microsite

    I can clearly now the pane has gone, I can see all objects I need today... The Microsoft UK partner team have developed an interesting interactive site with a fantastic end user visual experience. The Microsite embraces the ‘AERO glass’ design from Vista and is being continually updated with information...
  • 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: 2 Day BPIO UK Partner Workshop!!!

    Microsoft UK are running a 2-day in-depth, instructor-led sales readiness workshop for partners. Partners will be introduced to the concepts of the Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimisation (BPIO) campaign to help understand the: Current market and the opportunities in the market Maturity model...
  • Blog Post: The EVOlution Tour...Day 2, London Kensington Odeon

    Surprisingly, I was second up today, my roommate Steve Marsh ding the honours and allowing me an extra ten minutes in bed by taking to the shower first... On for day 2 of the Business EVOlution Tour 2006 ! Everyone piled on the tour bus in time for 7:30, my phone call to the recent recruits from the...
  • 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: SharePoint and 64 bit (x64) Development

    I've been struggling to develop anything on my 64bit Windows Server 2008 box for a while now, mainly due to lack of support for this on 64 bit.  The Visual Studio 2008 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services version 1.3 addresses my needs :) You can download from here and more details on the...
  • 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: Proof-of-concept virus gives insight into OpenOffice.org security failings

    A very interesting article into OpenOffice.org macro virus's. May also help promote understanding around the value of the .docm file format. Proof-of-concept virus gives insight into OpenOffice.org security failings
  • 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: Microsoft Office for Architects

    With the 2007 Office System, Microsoft Office has evolved beyond a productivity suite into a unified solutions platform that makes enterprise data and processes more accessible and relevant to users. Composed of clients, servers, services, and tools, it provides a single infrastructure for communication...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Microsoft Office System Solution Sales Tool

    Now there are five steps to selling, just download and you will plainly see. Just as software moves on, and forecasts do go wrong, be sure to follow steps 1, 2 and 3 (and 4 and 5 in this case!) This Solution Sales Tool has been designed to help Microsoft solution partners sell Unified Communications...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server 2008

    Folks have been asking whether or not there will be a small business version of Windows Server 2008, and if so, when will it be available and what's going to be in it?  The answer is yes, Windows Small Business Server 2008 is an all-in-one server solution recommended for organisations with up to...
  • 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...