SBS Down Under

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March, 2008

  • Hosted SBS: a partner's perspective

    Excellent post from a Canadian SBSC on how they offer Hosted SBS solutions. As mentioned in the Small Business Partner breakout sessions at our Wave launch roadshow, hosting or SPLA licensing (SPLA = service provide license agreement) is by far the fastest...
  • It's Guru time...

    A new tongue in cheek video blog (with a serious intent) from the Corporate SBS team. The SBS Guru Blog - complete with a Ballmerised Mona Lisa & gleefully geeky presenter - has been launched to help dispel some of the myths that have popped up over...
  • SBS 2008: Interview with Sean Daniel, Program Manager

    We're starting to see more information coming out from the product teams around Small Business Server 2008 , including this recently posted interview with the program manager, Sean Daniel - Click here to watch. You can also connect to Sean's excellent...
  • Our slides from the Wave launch small business partner session

    We're now halfway through the Wave launch roadshow & so as promised, here's a link to the slides we present during the Small Business & System Builder session . Am hosting these (& other appropriate SBS & WEBS collateral) via the Microsoft...
  • What have I learnt?

    We're half-way through the Australian Wave launch roadshow (just finished Adelaide last night - really good response from partners) & as I've now been back in Australia for over 3 months it's a good time to reflect on the top 10 things I've learnt...
  • Official Essential Business Server blog

    Nice new Essential Business Server (WEBS) blog to add to your list. We're starting to see more information coming out about WEBS, it's partner eco-system, OEM support, integration with Dynamics etc & so the next few months will be interesting indeed...
  • The march of progress, or are we tied to our business?

    Sitting in the Sydney Qantas Club on my way to Adelaide for the next round of the Wave launch events. As I look around it strikes me that at least 1/3, if not 1/2 of the people here are tap-tap-tapping away on their PC (including me), & taking advantage...
  • SBS 2008 is still 75 users

    Just confirming - Small Business Server 2008 is still going to be a 75-user product. There's been some confusion lately (our fault entirely) due to a brochure that said SBS is good for businesses with up to 50 PCs. This was merely some marketing copy...
  • Have you considered managed services for your practice?

    Managed services is a bit of a buzzword (words?) at the moment & for seemingly good reason: - Annuity revenue streams - potentially - Standardised customer offerings - potentially - Predictable business growth - potentially The key word of course...
  • How can I persuade you?

    Another great post from Seth Godin recently that talks to the notion of persuasion - ie, how do you get your customers over the line? Fairly timely methinks, given the availability of Windows Server 2008 & upcoming release of SBS 2008 & WEBS 2008...
  • Adding Windows Server 2008 into an SBS 2003 network.

    New content from the SBS docs team that will prove handy for partners with customers that are looking to go down the Windows Server 2008 route. Would be interested to hear from any local partners who are starting to look into this or have customers interested...
  • It's been a hard day's night for our partners this week

    Microsoft Australia made an oversight this week with regards to an SMB customer profiling campaign that we're undertaking. I won't go into the details (Wayne has a good synopsis here and a follow-up here ), suffice it to say that we could have been more...
  • Carry that weight: what to cut & include in a new product release

    Off-topic, but a great business strategy article about the iPhone as the "minimum viable product archetype". "One of the more central concepts in product marketing is the minimum viable product. Especially when entering a new market, the...
  • Tomorrow never knows what the world of Software + Services is going to bring

    Big news yesterday with Microsoft announcing the availability of Online Services for organisations of all sizes, not just limited to those with 5,000 seats or more. Whilst the Beta is currently only available in the US, the fact that we're extending Exchange...
  • Tell me why SBS 2008 & WEBS are getting media coverage

    It's been 10 days since the announcement went out around SBS 2008 & WEBS & so it's probably a good time to take stock of what the major media outlets are saying. My summary (hopefully not too biased, though I acknowledge that true objectivity...