Industry Updates

News Updates (July 20, 2009)

StoragePoint … StoragePoint released a set of adapters that allow SharePoint content to be stored outside of SharePoint. Bob from StoragePoint writes, “I couldn’t think of a better way to promote our new tagline “SharePoint without Boundaries” than to record a video demonstrating our Cloud StoragePoint Adapters. The video is just over 10 minutes (or one stop on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives…sorry, love that show) and shows 4 separate Site Collections externalizing their content to different locations: File Share, Windows Azure Storage, EMS Atmos Online, and Amazon S3. Enjoy! More

OneNote 2010 Mobile … OneNote 2010 will include better mobility capabilities. “(1) Sync to Cloud (Windows Live): Your notebooks sync and are available anywhere from any machine. Of course, this is in addition to all the existing ways you can sync notebooks — file shares, SharePoint, USB drives, etc; (2) OneNote Web App: You can access and edit your entire notebook from a browser. This is even supported on a machine that doesn’t have OneNote installed; and (3) OneNote Mobile: A more complete OneNote version for Windows Mobile phones. Syncs whole notebooks. Syncs directly to the cloud. No need to tether your device. Richer editing support.More

Collaboration Across Boundaries … Anthony outlines how to encourage collaboration when people aren’t in the same place. “First, setup regular checkpoint or status meetings for key projects. Clearly outline deliverables, target dates, task ownership, and accountability for these items. Now everyone will have the same set of expectations. During these status meetings, use tools like ooVoo to have free Video conferences. Allow the employees to see each other, put a face to the name, and see each other’s expressions while conversing. Also, tools like SharePoint can be leveraged to foster collaboration and idea sharing within Team Discussions. Allow team members to post information about themselves to My Sites so that fellow employees can get to know each other a bit more personally.More

Reflection on Enterprise 2.0 … Susan shares her reflections on the 2009 Enterprise 2.0 Conference. I found the first point telling: “But at the end of the day, we need to prove our business case in the Enterprise. Just like Mr. 27C, we need to run the numbers and see if our Enterprise 2.0 initiative is generating a positive business result: (1) is it saving us money?, (2) is it making something faster?, (3) is it helping reduce the cost of something else?, (4) is it improving our customer’s loyalty and therefore repeat purchases?, (5) is it flattening out a supply chain and thereby reducing our costs?, (6) is it identifying new products or services that will throw off incremental revenue?, and (7) is it measurably improving our performance to our primary customers?“. More

Other Items
– Windows 7 includes new touch-screen features (see the video). Will you “touch” your desktop screen?
Office 2010: The Movie made me laugh.
– Email: for communication or collaboration?
– TeamworkPM: a new online project management tool.

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