Office 365 vs. Google Apps for Business; Can the Mobile Office Work?; The Future Of Productivity

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SharePoint Daily LogoIt looks like I will have a chance to attend KMWorld after all. I will be assisting the Team Bamboo (in booth 19) by playing gopher, scanning badges and whatever other mostly quiet jobs I can. Hope to see you there.  – Dooley

Top News Stories
Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps for Business (NetworkWorld)
The battle between Microsoft and Google for office cloud dominance reminds me of the clash of the Titans. Microsoft and its classic on-premises business model is like Gaia, the earth goddess, and Google with its disruptive lightning bolt, is like Zeus, a sky god and a next generation kind of god. On June 28, Microsoft launched Office 365, a subscription cloud service that replaced its Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS). Office 365 was a direct response to Google Apps for Business, which has been luring companies away from on-premises e-mail and Office applications with promises of better collaboration, less cost and less headaches. Google claims that it has some 4 million businesses using Google Apps for Business. To be fair, this number pales compared to the millions using Office, which by some estimates totals 750 million people.

The Cloud: No Panacea for Enterprise Content Management…Yet (CMSWire)
There is a lot of hype around ‘cloud computing’ and this month’s theme at CMSWire is all things cloud, so maybe we will be able to figure out whether those clouds are stormy, rain filled, or basically sat at each end of a rainbow (with the associated pot of gold, of course…).

Just How Viable Is the Mobile Office? (RedmondMag)
Lately, we hear a lot about people replacing laptops with slates, or trying to perform work tasks on a mobile phone. But how viable is it, really, to work on a mobile device that isn’t a laptop running Windows or even Mac OS X? What if it isn’t running Microsoft Office or can’t run Office? What if the screen size or lack of a physical keyboard or pointing device gets in the way? Having been an iPhone user since 2007, I’ve tried many times to write articles or other lengthy content on my iPhone. I don’t believe you can — at least not very easily. There are several problems with it. But most of these aren’t unique to the iPhone.

Microsoft: Cloud for Gold Mandate Overstated (ChannelNomics)
Microsoft continues to say it’s “all in” on cloud computing, and has launched several major product and service initiatives to support cloud deployments through the channel. However, it’s not quite ready to mandate cloud be part of partner portfolios as a condition of Gold status. In a conversation with Channelnomics yesterday, Microsoft partner programs general manager Julie Bennani clarified remarks made by channel chief Jon Roskill earlier this week that cloud competencies would be a requirement to maintain Gold partner certification.

Killing Microsoft’s Courier: The Right Decision, But Not the Right Reasons (Ars Technica)
CNET has published a two-part feature detailing the inside story of Microsoft’s ill-fated Courier tablet (part one, part two). Courier, a foldable two-screen tablet envisaged as a kind of “digital Moleskine”—a digital analog to a leather-bound notebook ideal for note-taking and sketching—was an eye-catching concept, and its public cancellation dismayed many. The cancellation itself was something of an oddity; the product had never been officially publicised, existing only in the form of leaks and concept videos published by Gizmodo, but confirmation of Courier’s demise was official and final.

Microsoft’s Envisioning Lab Reveals The Future Of Productivity (Fast Company)
A Q&A with the director of Microsoft’s Envisioning Lab, where they’re working 10 years ahead, growing plants on the walls, and thinking about how your data will do your bidding in the future. The most unbelievable part of Microsoft’s eye-catching Productivity Future Vision video, released earlier this week, isn’t the see-through refrigerator, the software app that discovers a product design breakthrough on its own, or the plants growing on the wall of the ethereally white office. (That last one, actually, is a real office on the Microsoft campus.)

 

Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint 2010 – General Guidelines for Driving User Adoption (EndUserSharePoint)
At a recent conference, a show of hands highlighted that the majority of people consider SharePoint 2010 to be a platform rather than a solution. This point of view is correct but if we are looking to drive user adoption then this can only be through deploying SharePoint as a solution and by engaging our users. Users can be put off by staid, featureless information sites and are now looking for interactive solutions which encourage collaboration and variety. With this in mind, I recommend adopting some of the points detailed below in order to drive user adoption and reap the benefits of a great deployment with rich content and an interactive user community.

Cleanup Item and File Versions in SharePoint Using PowerShell (n8d)
At the SharePoint Conference 2011 I had a discussion with Christian Ståhl and Laura Curtis if it will be possible to cleanup old versions in SharePoint using a script or command line application. I thought to myself that this should be a big task to accomplish but a useful. The slow way to clean up old versions is to loop through all the site collections, webs, lists and items. From each item check the versions and delete them. In SharePoint 2010 Server there is a much smarter way to do this by using a helper that exists in SharePoint Server. The class I’m talking about is called ContentIterator and can be found in Microsoft.SharePoint.Server.Utilities namespace.

Available Web Parts in SharePoint 2010 (SharePoint 365)
Below is a list of the out of the box web parts available within SharePoint 2010. A lot of the descriptions come direct from SharePoint, but I detailed further where necessary.

The Ones Most Adaptable to Change Survive (AIIM)
Sustaining adequate quality control while assembling your electronic records management system (ERMS) is a huge piece of the implementation.  Thanks to the slightest provocation, your ERMS will break. This has dangerous long-term repercussions for the team.  When the level of quality drops below the expected value of the software, unfortunately it is terrifically difficult for the reputation of the software and the implementation team to recover from perceived low quality. How do teams sustain the internal quality of software development?

Back Up and Restore of Site Collections Into Different Farms (All about MOSS)
This post would describe how conventionally a SharePoint site is backed up from one farm and restored into another farm where the SharePoint farm versions could be different. I was having a difficult situation when my site collection restore gave me this error.

SharePoint Symposium: Tony Byrne on ‘SharePoint in 2011: How Did We Get Here? Exposing the Real Weaknesses and Strengths of Web and Enterprise Technology Products’ (The Bamboo Team Blog)
The 2011 SharePoint Symposium kicked off this morning in Washington, D.C. at the Wardman Park Marriott.  Bamboo is a sponsor of the event, so if you’re an attendee, don’t miss your chance to visit our booth in the Enterprise Solutions Showcase.  We’re onsite both Wednesday and Thursday, and would love to meet and demo our solutions for you. I was only able to attend the Symposium this morning myself, but in that time, I was able to cover both sessions in the “SharePoint Pros and Cons” track, beginning with Tony Byrne’s presentation, “SharePoint in 2011: How Did We Get Here?  Exposing the Real Weaknesses and Strengths of Web and Enterprise Technology Products.”  Tony is the founder of Real Story Group (formerly CMS Watch), “a buyer’s advocate for enterprises looking to invest in content technologies.”

SharePoint 2010 Cookbook: How to Create, Configure, and Consume PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint 2010 (SharePoint 2010)
PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint 2010 is the next generation of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server, as well as a totally new feature added to SharePoint 2010 for enterprise deployment.  PerformancePoint Services has one major mission in life, and that is to provide users with a more robust deployment, scalability, and performance model. It enables us to create rich, context-driven dashboards that aggregate data and content to provide a complete view of how your business is performing at all levels. As stated in a TechNet article, “By providing flexible, easy-to-use tools for building dashboards, scorecards, reports, and key performance indicators (KPIs), PerformancePoint Services can help everyone across an organization make informed business decisions that align with companywide objectives and strategies.” Therefore, to effectively use PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint 2010, it should be created and configured properly.

Announcing Chart Plus 3.0 – Packed with New Features and Enhancements (The Bamboo Team Blog)
We recognize that the graphical representation of your data is important to any business, in part because it helps your company make informed decisions quickly.  With that in mind, I’m proud to announce the release of Chart Plus 3.0 for both SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010. The new major release is packed with new features and enhancements, many of which were taken directly from the feedback of our existing customers.

 

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Inside Sales Representative – Reston, VA
Presently, we are seeking an Inside Sales Representative. The position will become part of a sales team responsible for achieving targets for existing customer accounts and identifying new sales opportunities. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated professional who is personally oriented to building trusted and lasting relationships with prospective customers.

Technical Project Manager – Denver, Colorado
Provide project management support for the implementation of NewsGator product lines, including desktop products, Enterprise products, SharePoint solutions, web-based products, and NewsGator web services. This position is customer facing, in both a pre- and post- sale capacity, and requires some travel to / contact with NewsGator enterprise customers typically customer Project Management, Business Analyst, Business User, IT Support, and Executive Management. Candidate must have strong background managing enterprise software deployment projects.

Enterprise Support Engineer – Denver, Colorado
Provide 1st and 2nd level technical support for NewsGator product lines, including desktop products, Enterprise products, SharePoint solutions, web-based products, and NewsGator web services. This position is customer facing and requires frequent contact with NewsGator enterprise customers typically System Administrators and IT function level management. Candidate must be well versed in all aspects of customer support.

Software Engineer – SocialSites Developer – Denver, Colorado
Develop and debug NewsGator applications in C#, HTML, JavaScript, XML, and SQL on SharePoint. While the candidate may be responsible for overall system architecture/design for a particular feature or capability, the candidate should expect software coding to be the primary function of this position.

 

Microsoft Updates
Configuring SharePoint Server 2010 Search for External Content Types (Part 1 of 2) (MSDN)
Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS) enable users to easily include external data as results for the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 search capabilities. Learn to configure external content types for SharePoint Server search indexing and options for configuring SharePoint Server search results.

 

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