Archive for the ‘Instant Messaging’ Category

Pacific Northwest UC Doers User Group Meeting – 4/29

March 27, 2009
Wednesday April 29, 2009 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Microsoft Campus
Building 41 – Townsend Room
(Corner of 156th Ave. NE and NE 31st St.)
Redmond, Washington

The Pacific Northwest UC Doers group is still going strong!! Fourth Quarter in a row and we are going to move to the Microsoft Campus for a little while. We have had the last few over at the gracious McKinstry offices (Thanks you so much, we hope to return to your offices soon!!).

This meeting will be held on the heals of the INTERACT 2009 conference so there will be loads of great people to meet and things to talk about. More info to come soon!

If you have something to discuss, have a presentation you’d like to give, or have things you’d like to see on this quarter or a future quarter’s agenda – drop me a note and let me know! I could talk all day, but I’m sure the rest of you have more interesting things to talk about!

Please rsvp via email to or on Upcoming

ok, now time to grab the kids and head to Oahu – see you all in a week :)

Gmail Mobile is Sexy

November 3, 2006

But it doesn’t work with T-MOBILE USA!!! It kind of reminds me of something Microsoft would do…. Brag about a new feature, get lots of coverage, tout the wonders, and then make it work for everyone. Now don’t get me wrong…My Google Mobile Maps application is cool even if the traffic is not updated properly. My Google Mobile Chat is cool (it follows me EVERYWHERE I go). I would love to have Google Mobile Gmail too….It’s a great way to control the synchronization from Google’s standpoint.

Of course if they would ditch the Microsoft like control and open up gmail to LEMONADE or OMA-DS things would be much better and easier to get device support on….then Google could work on porting Google Mobile maps to the Windows Mobile platform.

Seattle Mind Camp

November 2, 2006

Only a few tickets left for Seattle’s Mind Camp 3.0!! Better hurry if your planning on attending. Andru has assured me the audience will be top notch thinkers in the Seattle area along with those that wanted to know what a top notch thinker really was. I’m sure I fit somewhere between the two so am excited to attend this year. Everyone has great things to say about Mind Camps of the past…Blogging is welcome!!

Also if you are interested in sponsoring, there are some great opportunities for large and small organizations alike to sponsor the event.

Shoot me an email or post a comment if you want to discuss messaging and communities (wikis, portals, email, mobility, etc) at MindCamp 3.0. I am hoping to provide some more venues to discuss messaging, wikis, and collaboration in the seattle area. November 17 is the next Exchange User group (if you are interested in attending that let me know), I will of course do everything I can to use the Exchange user groups to discuss messaging at large (not just MS) so let me know what you want :-).

Exchange Connections 2007

October 27, 2006

Paul is a busy guy, but he is taking the time to get the Exchange Connections conference organized for next spring. Everyone is buzzing about it already. That’s right this year’s fall connections hasn’t been held yet, but he is already getting ready for next years!

The Call for papers is out…..

If you want to present feel free to send your information to Paul.
If you don’t want to present, then let me know what you want to learn about, I am taking ideas for next year’s connections from you. Let me know what you want to know and the most voted for or best topic will be it

This could a panel like I’m planning for the local user group in december, information on a specific MS technology, information on a non-MS technology (storage, mobility – including blackberry or SyncML, etc), or information on implementations, cost justification, testing, etc…..just let me know

If you are in between wanting to present and wanting me to present your topic…. I am also offering a way for you to partner up with me or someone else to get on stage and present. That’s right, you get the experience, with a little help (I did my first presentation this way and it really made things easier).

Btw, if you are going to the Fall Exchange Connections 2006, be sure to stop by the Ferris Research Booth!

Get Free Technology Planning Advice

If you’re going to Exchange Connections and would like to meet Ferris Research, do get in touch. David Ferris, Lee Benjamin, and Bob Spurzem will be there November 7-9 at our booth, #222. The Exchange Connections registration page is here. It’s a good show for Exchange support staff.

Free Technology Planning Advice

We’ll be happy to provide free technology planning advice. Or if you’re a vendor, perhaps you’d like to brief us on your offerings and plans. We’re available as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov 7
    • 5pm-7pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 8
    • 9am to 10:30am
    • 12:45pm to 2:30pm
    • 3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Thursday, Nov 9
    • 10am to 11:30am
    • 12:30pm to 2:15pm

Corporate SPAM

October 13, 2006

Recently EMC’s CDO Mark Lewis started a discussion about Corporate SPAM. If you have ever been in a large corporate environment, you know what he is talking about…. (payroll notifications, giving campaigns, press releases, etc, etc). Mark goes on to say that corporate spam is not a good way to manage inclusion. It forces unwanted content into the information stream of every day lives. This is certainly true and it there is a fine balance that organizations have to deal with. This problem is especially true as tactics to market to internal employees is on the rise and employees are increasingly annoyed at dealing with unwanted content.

Mark suggests a way to handle the situation, using a portal is his example (although there are other ways to deal with the situation). Portals are great because people can choose to use them or not, although ensuring people know about the portal can be an email campaign all on it’s own. That is where most companies hit the dilemna of whether to SPAM their employees or simply make the information available and tell no one.

The answer is a little less cut and dry though, some companies have a culture where corporate information over email is the best way to go, the employees expect the information here and look forward to it. Some companies are on the opposite side of the fence and don’t want any information in email. Then there is the whole wide world (WWW) of in between… Some companies want certain information in email and other information left on a portal site, some companies have graduated from the web 1.0 and are ready to subscribe to RSS feeds of the content they want, some companies want SMS messages sent to them for certain things (like building power outages) while other things are emailed (like their boss died) and yet different content is available as an RSS feed (like the pay schedule), some companies want to open corporate google and search for information, some companies want to use a custom internal application to discover this kind of information.

In the end, the culture of the company drives what is acceptable. Search will become more important as company content grows and employees turnover ( even though this is not in Mark’s three categories) , portals have some longevity here too (the pull technologies are improving with wikis etc), push technologies such as email and RSS feeds will continue to be prevalent as well. The culture will dictate what is needed and will dictate when the needs change, if you are managing your culture then you can influence this, if your culture is just inherently strong then you should be listening already.

I know the post is a big pitch for eRoom, and eRoom is a portal and it does store documents, but it doesn’t work with IE7 yet, you can’t get an RSS feed out of it, and the search capability is substandard. Yeah I know I work for the company and shouldn’t say things like this…. but these things really need to change, the backend of eRoom is documentum (which btw, rocks!). Of course EMC put together a good answer for this, let Sharepoint front-end documentum. I really hope this comes out quickly and I hope that it either kills eRoom or drives that team to drastically improve the product.