Daily Archive: July 27, 2005

So much happening in the real-time collaboration space

Only a few minutes ago I posted about developments in VOIP and Sametime integration,  then we get the Microsoft Live Meeting 2005 add-in:

Live Meeting Add-in for Outlook
With the Live Meeting Add-in for Outlook, you can:

  • Schedule a Live Meeting from Outlook
  • Identify individual meeting participants as attendees or presenters
  • Send separate invitations for attendees and for presenters
  • Specify default meeting options and override those defaults for specific meetings

Live Meeting Add-in for Office Collaboration
With the Office Collaboration Add-in, you can start a Meet Now meeting directly from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, or Project. The document appears in an application sharing session.

Live Meeting Add-in for Instant Messaging
If the recipient also has the Live Meeting Add-in Pack installed, you can start a Live Meeting from Windows Messenger or from MSN Messenger.

Vista beta 1 on its way

WinVista_v_ThumbI just started my downloads of Longhorn beta 1,  or Windows Vista:

  • Client
  • Server
  • IE 7 for XP
  • Release notes
  • How do I? documents

Simple model of personality type in business

PeopleAndre has this simple and easy to interpret model for classifying people in business:

    1. Builders – At the front of every train you typically have the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are all about ‘what could be’. They envision the world the way they want to create it and then set out to make that vision a reality. Entrepreneurs are typically described as both visionary or charismatic.
    2. Executers – In the middle car you have those that were born to execute. Executers might not brainstorm your next innovation, but once an idea is hatched, they can execute the heck out of it.
    3. Protectors – At the back of the train you have the protector. Neither innovation nor execution mean anything to a protector, who is motivated only to protect and guard what’s already been won in terms of assets. Protectors are better at saying “no” than anything else, for fear that any movement might somehow diminish or dwindle what’s been harvested by those before them.

It’s a lot easier to interpret than many models I have seem.

Sametime vs Office Communicator

Ed Brill has an interesting post indicating that Microsoft and IBM are on the same track with respect to integrating an IP Soft Phone and the Instant Messaging and presence client.  I am looking forward to it!

IBM is teaming with Avaya to help make businesses more agile, responsive, and productive through the seamless integration of audio and collaboration tools. This integration will introduce “click-to-call” capabilities, enabling businesses using IBM(R) Lotus Notes(R) and Domino(R) and IBM Lotus(R) Sametime(R) to instantly place a telephone call to an instant messaging or email contact while remaining in their inbox or instant messaging client. By selecting multiple names, users will be able to “click-to-conference” for faster decision making and problem solving. IBM will also be integrating audio conferencing provided by Avaya Meeting Exchange with Lotus’ Web conferencing solutions, giving Web conference participants a visual indication of who is speaking and the ability to dial out to new participants, mute lines and control volume, among other capabilities.

As I understand it IBM are releasing an API for integration some time soon, and this announcement is of one partner who is implementing that API,  but I may be wrong.

I am about to get very interested in Lotus Notes, Domino and Workplace …

and IBM’s vision for its equivalent Office System using OpenOffice.org as the client.  I am also interested in tracking integration between Microsoft Office and Domino/Workplace.  Stu is my guru in this area.  I am off to Redmond next week for 3 days on the Office System v12 and meeting some of the Product Managers on Friday so it will be interesting to compare.

Always on <> productive

Noisead_chart2_213x496Now that I am always on, ie I have wireless (GPRS) access to most of my applications from my Tablet and my Treo I need to take care not too get dragged into the perils of “always on” addition.  The panel on the right, gives some insight into the issues courtesy of HP. 

When I had a Blackberry I felt the urge to check emails way too often for example, very similar to the addiction to e-Bay that my wife had but has now well and truly broken. 

My strategy is fairly simple, when mobile:

  • Switch off the notifications on my Treo
  • Gather the information I need onto my Tablet in advance, so I can focus on the tasks I intend to work on and don’t connect – and get distracted – unless I really need to
  • Only check my email when I have otherwise dead time,  have been away from my desk for a few hours, or get a phone call trigger that requires me to make a response

My strategy at home:

  • Switch off notifications
  • Make sure I make a plan each day – the tasks on the plan are the priority, not the email
  • Don’t have email …

0ffice 12, a lot of responsibility rests on its shoulders

CollaborationAccording to Microsoft figures:

Office 2003 appears to be falling behind in targeted sales for this point in the product’s lifecycle, according to Microsoft’s own internal figures and guidelines. Just 15% of PCs are running Office 2003, two years into its life, with Office 12 – the next edition of Microsoft’s ubiquitous suite – now on the horizon. However, Microsoft traditionally expects between 50% and two thirds of customers to be running the previous version of Office when the new copy ships. …

obviously Office 2003 is not going to catch up, which means that Office 12 is going to have to make up a lot of sales, and will also be critical to stimulating enterprises to upgrade to Windows Vista , as most enterprises upgrade both the office suite and OS at the same time.

I am off to Redmond on Sunday for a 3 day briefing on Office12 so we will see if it lives up to the challenge.

This is probably the most important Vista news so far!

WinOE or “workflow for windows”, is probably the must important capability for business announced so far for the longhorn wave:

The Windows orchestration (WinOE) code, built from the ground up by Microsoft’s BizTalk team, is a set of high level XML schemas, .NET classes, application programming interfaces (APIs) and workflow components that will allow Visual Studio 2005 developers create business processes and human-to-human workflow processes.

Microsoft will also have an add-on service available for the Longhorn client and server version of Windows in 2006 and 2007 and will make its fleet of applications including Office 12 and the next Sharepoint Portal Server “WinOE-aware,” several sources said.