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By SuperUser Account on 2/25/2011 10:26 AM

  

 

Join Us: 4th Annual Microsoft Government Contractor Summit

Powering Business Growth and Transformation in the

Government Contractor Sector

You’ve heard the buzz about business transformation but what does that really mean to you as a Government Contractor?  What do you need to know to respond quickly to the challenges facing the industry? This year’s much anticipated Microsoft Government Contractor Summit continues to build on the tradition of the ‘not-to-be-missed’ industry event by taking Government Contractors to the heart of what business transformation means to their business. The event-filled day features a keynote by the Honorable Tom Davis, panel discussions by some of the leading figures in the government contracting market, and networking opportunities to meet people you need to do business with. Plus, you’ll get a first-hand view of the Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions that are taking the government contracting world by storm.

You will:

- Get an understanding of Microsoft’s strategy, investments and insight on technology trends for government contracting

- Learn best practices from peers who are utilizing technology to optimize their day to day business processes and gain real time insights

- Hear the Honorable Tom Davis speak on trends facing Government Contractors; as a former congressman and noted technology leader, he will share Government Contractor strategies and vision

- Gain insights from well-known Government Contractor CEOs on important hurdles facing the industry and how to overcome them

- Meet with industry leading Microsoft partners who are bringing the best of breed Government Contractor solutions to the market

 

Target Audience: Government Contractor C-Level and Business Executives

Price:  $75 USD NOTE: Space is Limited! This event will sell out. Click here to register.

Agenda *

7:30-9:00a 

Registration, Networking & Exhibits
Visit the showcase of leading-edge technology solutions specifically suited for Government Contractors

9:00-10:00a 

Kickoff and Microsoft Keynote
Greg Myers, General Manager, Civilian and Healthcare, Microsoft Federal who will provide an overview of Microsoft’s strategy, investments and insights on technology trends for government contracting.

10:00-10:30a 

Break & Visit the Technology Exhibits

10:30-11:30a

Federal Government IT Budget & Spending in 2011 & Beyond
Karen Evans, former OMB's Administrator for e-government & IT, will provide insight into the President’s Budget Request and implications of the Continuing Resolution.

11:30a-12:00p 

Break & Visit the Technology Exhibits

12:00-1:00p  

Industry Keynote Luncheon
The Honorable Tom Davis, former congressman from Northern VA, who has been recognized as one of the most knowledgeable congressmen in history on technology topics and the government speaks about the role of Government and IT.

1:00-2:00p  

Government Contractor CEO Panel
Hosted by Federal News Radio Morning Anchorman Tom Temin
Featuring Bob Burleson, CFO, Software Process Technologies Inc.; Tony Jimenez, CEO, MicroTech; David Kriegman, Senior Vice President, Jacobs Engineering; and, Ajay Madan, CEO, OST Global.

2:00-2:15p 

Break & Visit the Technology Exhibits

2:15-3:15p  

Industry Solution Breakouts – Three Concurrent Tracks. Presented by:

- Pleasant Valley Business Solutions

- Unanet | SSI Consulting

- McGladrey

 

*Agenda subject to some change.

 Click here to register.

 

Title Sponsor:

Register now by clicking here!

 

When:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Registration opens at 7:30am

Detailed agenda below.

 

Where:

Fairview Park Marriott

3111 Fairview Park Drive

Falls Church, VA

Free parking onsite

 

Gold Sponsors:

 

 

Exhibitors:

Pleasant Valley Business Solutions

McGladrey

SSI Consulting

Unanet

Broadpoint Technologies

Cole Systems

i3solutions

IPM Global

Goodman & Company

SBS Group

Tech Council of Maryland

 

 

By SuperUser Account on 2/24/2011 3:12 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cloud Computing EAM Solution Achieves Perfection
 
Greenville, SC – February 24, 2011 – AssetPoint, a leading Enterprise Asset Management
(EAM) solution provider, announced its TabWare Cloud Computing solution achieved 100%
uptime for its customers during the 2010 calendar year.
 
TabWare is the leading EAM solution for companies who want full functionality without the
expense, resources and time other solutions demand. Designed by maintenance professionals for
maintenance professionals, TabWare is proven to maximize asset performance, resulting in
maximum uptime and higher profit margins. The TabWare Cloud Computing solution is hosted
by AssetPoint in an SAS-70 Type II audited environment, and customers access their data
through a secure, password protected internet link. It’s designed to handle all customer locations
from a secure database, giving views of their operation at a site, region, division, country and
enterprise levels.
 
 
By SuperUser Account on 2/24/2011 10:26 AM
Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie gathered with individuals from across the company this week for a day of futuristic demos showcasing natural user interfaces, 3D technologies and new ways to interact with computers. Get a behind-the-scenes look.
 

REDMOND, Wash. – Feb. 24, 2011 – Microsoft provided a glimpse into computing’s future at the Microsoft Home this week, showing demos of 3D and virtual worlds, vision systems that create new models for interacting with computers, and research that explores potential scenarios for Kinect beyond gaming.

Mundie and Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, also announcedplans to make a Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) available this spring. The non-commercial SDK will be geared to academics and enthusiasts.

See videos of some of the demos in the Rethinking Computing newsroom.

 
 
 
Behind the Demos: Exploring Natural User Interfaces

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Avatar Kinect replicates a user’s speech, head movements and facial expressions on their Xbox avatar. Avatar Kinect lets users hang out with friends in virtual environments and shoot animated videos to share online. Redmond, Wash. Feb 21, 2011.

A Look at Avatar Kinect for Xbox

Avatar Kinect replicates a user’s speech, head movements and facial expressions on their Xbox avatar. Avatar Kinect lets users hang out with friends in virtual environments and shoot animated videos to share online. Redmond, Wash. Feb 21, 2011.

Web-Ready

Print-Ready
 
 
A Look at Avatar Kinect for Xbox
Microsoft Surface: Sensing & Interaction
3D Scanning with a Regular Camera
Creating 3D Models from 2D Photos
Mirage Blocks
Photo-Realistic Talking Head
Retro Reflective Air Gesture Display
Conceptual Vision Demo
Remote Organization
Image Manipulation Using Surface
New Interaction with Images Using Surface
 

 

By SuperUser Account on 2/23/2011 1:09 PM
Government agencies, universities and public school systems choose company’s Online Services to increase productivity, save money.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 23, 2011 — Today at the Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit, Microsoft Corp. announced cloud computing agreements with 16 new government and education customers. In his keynote address, Curt Kolcun, vice president of U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft, welcomed several of the newest users of Microsoft Online Services, including Portland Public Schools, Oregon; University at Albany — SUNY; Fashion Institute of Technology — SUNY; Vanderbilt University; City of Alexandria, Va.; City of Virginia Beach, Va.; and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribal government in southern Alabama.

These public sector organizations join a rapidly expanding community of government agencies and schools that have recently implemented Microsoft cloud computing solutions, including the state of California, the state of Minnesota, U.S. Department of Agriculture, California State University campuses at Long Beach, Pomona and San Francisco, the State University of New York (SUNY), New York City Public Schools in partnership with ePals Inc., Kentucky Department of Education, and the University of Georgia. In addition to cost savings and efficiency gains, public sector organizations are choosing Microsoft cloud solutions for their security features, interoperability with existing technology investments and the 24/7 voice support services. Microsoft’s newest government customers join more than 190 state and local government organizations in nearly every U.S. state, bringing the total to more than 3 million government employees utilizing some form of Microsoft Online Services. In addition, Microsoft Live@edu is currently one of the most popular communication and collaboration cloud suites for education, serving more than 15 million people in more than 10,000 education institutions worldwide.

“Public sector organizations are looking for enterprise-grade cloud solutions, and that means providing high levels of security, functionality and support,” Kolcun said. “We’re seeing government and education organizations of every size and dimension using Microsoft cloud solutions to help reduce costs and increase productivity in support of their missions.”

Portland Public Schools Leads the Path in Oregon to the Cloud

Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in the state of Oregon with more than 46,000 students across 85 schools, is planning to move to Microsoft Live@edu as its core collaboration and communications suite for students, teachers and staff to drive improved teaching and learning in the classroom. Portland was looking for a new e-mail solution as its current on-premises Novell GroupWise system was coming to end of life, and it wanted to provide new services to students. After a thorough analysis of both Live@edu and Google Apps for Education, Portland chose Live@edu because of Microsoft’s training and support structure, security, and interoperability advantages.

By SuperUser Account on 2/22/2011 4:57 PM

 By Ingrid Lunden

Updated: Several sources (look here and here) are now reporting that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is not facing any delays with production of the iPad 2. The device will be launched at an event in San Francisco on March 2. The news caps days of intense speculation over the device, as Verizon on Thursday gears up to launch the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Xoom tablet, seen as the first Android device that will really provide viable competition against the iPad. Original post follows below.

Tablets were nearly as much of a story at Mobile World Congress as handsets were—a huge leap considering how small market share is today, and how relatively new they are on the market. This week there are even more reports and speculation about what will be in the next devices from Apple, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android and Microsoft, and when we might really get to see these things on the market.

iPad 2: Sightings and hints of Apple’s next-generation iPad have been cropping up herethere and everywhere, and everyone now seems to take as fact the thinner design, dual cameras, and better speakers and processors.

But when will we see them? Here’s one indirect clue: stock of the current crop of devices is, apparently, running out. 9to5 Mac is taking this as a sign that a new iPad could be coming as soon as next month. In Europe, it notes, reseller Carphone Warehouse has run out of its 64 GB WiFi model, and all 3G models; while T-Mobile and Orange have reduced the price on their 16 GB 3G/WiFi devices by half, to £99.99, for those buying them on two-year 3G contracts.

I’m inclined to be a bit cynical: these could be real shortages of finished lines (CPW) and a drive to shift stock before new devices arrive (the operators). But it could also be down to actual supply and production issues; two operators keen to drive sales after a lacklustre start to their subsidised iPad push. (Plenty of reports of slow sales for Orange around the holidays, but the operator has never confirmed directly.)

We’ll only know for sure next month. In the meantime, real fans can already start picking out their favorite color of case (pictured), or wait until June, if the report from Bloomberg—the device has now been delayed until June because of production delays at manufacturer Foxconn—sounds more credible.

Motorola Xoom: Meanwhile, we now have the latest teaser ad for the Xoom, a 15-second clip (embedded below) that embodies the Xoom sales slogan—“grab it and it grabs you”—and continues the sci-fi, brave new world theme introduced in the Xoom ad effort for the Super Bowl.

By SuperUser Account on 2/22/2011 3:45 PM
By Carin Moonin, PartnerPoint Contributing Writer
 
There is no doubt that a well-tended garden is beautiful. The flowers, shrubs, trees, grass—all come together to provide a peaceful, serene, and enjoyable setting. In a garden like this, it’s evident that while all the elements are lovely, it’s the collective effect that’s breathtaking. 
 
Believe it or not, going green can be just as charming—even at the office. 
 
With all the recent growth in green technology, with consumers opting for environmentally conscious choices, it’s interesting to remember how offices looked and dealt with document management. Back in the days before Windows revolutionized the workplace, file cabinets were crammed with both unimportant memos and highly sensitive documents. But with Windows, we’ve gone from carbon paper to Word documents, from mailboxes to email, from memos to instant messages.
 
And yet there’s still much to be done to help businesses go greener. 
 
 
By SuperUser Account on 2/17/2011 7:33 PM

For those of you Microsoft Partners with questions or concerns about the new Microsoft Partner Program, here is a great opportunity.  Eric Ligman has just announced thru his blog that Microsoft is hosting an interactive forum in which we can participate.  The team that will be presenting is impressive, and there is a Q&A session.  Below is the blog post with the details.

And also, if you havent already done so, be sure to post your thoughts on our discussion of this topic on our LinkedIn Group


From Eric Ligman's Blog, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Experience Lead

Join us for a Microsoft Partner Network Interactive Leadership Forum

What are you doing Thursday, March 10th from 7:00 – 8:30 am PST?  If you are a Microsoft partner, I would like to invite you to join us for a unique opportunity designed just for you: an interactive online forum with the leadership team of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group.

As I have mentioned many times here on my blog, through my Twitter account, my Linkedin account, in-person meetings, and many other places, here at Microsoft, we are continually striving to reach out, listen to, communicate with, and work with our partners to build a strong partnership with you and to enable the highest levels of joint success possible. Part of this effort includes helping partners get answers to questions they have, addressing misconceptions that may exist, and bringing awareness to resources available that you may not be familiar with.  As such, we are hosting an interactive online forum with the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group leadership team to discuss topics, questions, concerns, misconceptions and more that we have heard from partners around the world regarding the Microsoft Partner Network to help address and answer these for you.

I will be moderating this session and joining me will be:

  • Julie Bennani: General Manager, Microsoft Partner Network
  • Ross Brown: Vice-President, Worldwide Partner Sales
  • Karl Noakes: General Manager, Microsoft Partner Strategy & Programs
  • Jon Roskill: Corporate Vice-President, Worldwide Partner Group (hopefully, based on travel schedule. Should know by end of this week.)
By SuperUser Account on 2/17/2011 5:39 PM

By Mark Armstrong, PartnerPoint Contributing Writer

I am a co-host on a weekly gaming podcast, there are 3 of us that take part in the show each week with a broad range of opinions over the various consoles and their good and bad points.

I am classed as a Microsoft fanboy (boy is a bit unfair as I am now 50) but yes I have been an adopter of Microsoft hardware and software since the introduction of Windows 95 and have followed closely their various innovations in products.

What I wanted to write about is the Microsoft Kinect addition to the 360 and it’s likely impact on gaming in general.

On the show the jury is still out as far as Kinect goes and out of the three of us opinions are evenly spread. First off I am a die-hard Microsoft supporter who bought Kinect has a good number of games and uses it pretty much on a daily basis and loves the interaction it provides. Then we have the show’s host, who invested in the unit, again has as good cross section of games but is pretty much sitting back and saying is that it, where are the games I want to play that blow me away. And finally the other co-host who is playing the waiting game to see if the killer game comes out that says to him go and buy this unit.

By SuperUser Account on 2/17/2011 1:55 PM

With the introduction of Azure Platform, Microsoft is helping small and medium businesses (SMB) make the move into the cloud with integrated cloud applications that were once only available to large enterprises at a considerable price.  One could say Microsoft has helped SMBs grow their wings and soar into the cloud.

Tools like the Azure Platform make it easy even for small businesses to deploy their own web applications right alongside trusted Microsoft products such as Office 365, SharePoint, Lync, and Dynamics CRM.  Additionally, all of Microsoft's cloud products play nicely with on-premise or hosted tools, such as Microsoft Dynamics GP Add the quickly rising market share of Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, and you have a legitimate advertising platform for your business as well, one that can reach audiences on everything from mobile phones to gaming consoles.

 

By SuperUser Account on 2/16/2011 9:44 AM

 

Microsoft delivers the Power of Productivity for customers across all deployment models; raises bar for performance and scalability with 150,000-concurrent-user benchmark.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 16, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) today announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for on-premises and partner-hosted deployments has been completed and released for customer download. This release complements the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, which delivers Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 as an on-demand service from Microsoft’s datacenters and was launched into 40 markets and 41 languages in January. With a single multitenant code base across cloud and on-premises deployment models, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 delivers the Power of Productivity to sales, service and marketing organizations worldwide.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is now globally available and existing customers with active Microsoft Software Assurance agreements can access the new version immediately via theMicrosoft Download Center.

In addition, Microsoft announced the new release scaled to 150,000 concurrent users in a single instance while delivering sub-second response times, once again raising the bar for performance and scalability in the CRM industry. The new benchmark results will be detailed in a Microsoft Dynamics CRM performance and scalability white paper that will be delivered in the coming weeks.

“The need to build deeper and more profitable relationships on a global scale remains a CIO top priority,” said Mark Barrett, senior vice president, CRM, Avanade. “The combination of Avanade’s deep experience in solution development and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 enables us to deliver comprehensive CRM capabilities to our clients through on-premises deployments as well as a software-as-a-service offering. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 provides a platform for us to help companies strengthen customer and partner relationships, increase productivity, and collaborate across the organization.”

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 provides customers and partners with a wide range of benefits, including point-and-click configurability, enterprise scalability, and easy interoperability to existing applications and databases. It delivers the Power of Productivity for users in organizations of all sizes through its focus on the following:

Familiar experiences through a next-generation native Microsoft Outlook client, browser-based and mobile access, RoleTailored design, and advanced user personalization, improving user adoption and giving users easy access to the information they need to be successful.

Intelligent experiences through guided process dialogs, inline business intelligence for performance and goal management, and real-time dashboards, providing the most up-to-date information critical to enabling sales, service and marketing professionals to do their jobs effectively.

Connected experiences through flexible cloud development, Windows Azure interoperability, contextual Microsoft SharePoint capabilities and the new Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, making it easy for customers and partners to configure and customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM to meet specific business needs.

 

By SuperUser Account on 2/15/2011 5:43 PM
By Mary Hester, PartnerPoint Contributing Writer
 
 
Not that long ago, the only way to get high-quality, professional materials was through a graphic designer. Printing was a complicated, expensive process that was left to the print shops.  Each project required assembling pictures, graphics and content that was camera-ready.
 
Today, we have access to everything needed to make agency-quality marketing materials with full-color and amazing graphics. Brochures, mailers and newsletters can be printed on-demand or in the perfect quantity to reducing waste and keep the offering fresh.  To save more and reach the online audience, electronic files are brilliant and easy to distribute.  If you have an idea, a good eye and the right tools, you can make magic.
 
Microsoft Office offers the right tools with its Office 2010 Suite of Applications.  Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher provide improved and enhanced features for creating and publishing. Many of the features are cross-platform so you can learn a skill in one application and use it in another.  There are a host of classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced users that can be taken in a classroom environment or online depending on your best learning method.  Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and others offer free, online classes that are perfect for the self-learner.
 
Word is the standard for creating and formatting documents of all types from simple letters to documents with a table of contents, index and glossary. It makes the task of creating and editing documents easy.  Tools like spell check and thesaurus make us look smart and polished. New and improved photo-editing tools let you transform pictures right in Word 2010 – no extra software needed. Change color saturation, temperature, brightness, and contrast to turn a simple Word document into a work of art.  Turn text into visual effects with enhanced text effects and SmartArt graphics. Change basic bullet-points into compelling visuals and add text effects like shadow, glow, reflection, and 3-D in just a few clicks.  With co-authoring, you can edit at the same time as others, even if you're working from different locations, and keep versions in sync with version control. This is a great way to eliminate typos (ever used a there for their or your for you’re?) by having others review your work for content and correctness.
 
By SuperUser Account on 2/14/2011 12:28 PM
At the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft leaders announced upcoming new features for Windows Phone 7 and provided a glimpse into the new phone’s early feedback and growing momentum.
 

BARCELONA, Spain – Feb. 14, 2011 – Microsoft today kicked off Mobile World Congress by giving people a glimpse of what the rest of the year will bring for Windows Phone 7. Among the updates are several new features, a booming app marketplace, and the integration of even more Microsoft products with the phone.

A concrete example of the company’s vision is the new strategic partnership with Nokia. “This partnership will combine the strengths of our two companies, and fuel our growth as we build the global Windows Phone ecosystem. This is a great win for us, for Nokia, and for our existing and new customers around the world,” said Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business.

New Windows Phone Features & Apps

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IE9 will be available for Windows Phone 7 in the second half of 2011, offering "a dramatically enhanced mobile Web browser experience." The IE9 beta has been <a href="http://www.beautyoftheweb.com">downloaded</a> an estimated 25 million times. Feb. 14, 2011

IE9 Mobile

IE9 will be available for Windows Phone 7 in the second half of 2011, offering "a dramatically enhanced mobile Web browser experience." The IE9 beta has been downloadedan estimated 25 million times. Feb. 14, 2011

Web-Ready

Print-Ready
 
 
IE9 Mobile
Twitter Integration
SkyDrive
Xbox LIVE Extras
Xbox LIVE: Pac-Man
Xbox LIVE: Tetris
Xbox LIVE: Full House Poker
 

“...A year ago, we introduced Windows Phone 7 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We described how we are putting the entire muscle of our company behind our mobile strategy including Windows, Windows Live, Bing, Zune, Xbox LIVE, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and our developer tools,” Lees said. “Our alliance with Nokia creates opportunities for both companies far beyond what we could achieve separately, and offers a compelling alternative to the existing choices for consumers, mobile operators and developers.”

 

 

 

By SuperUser Account on 2/11/2011 9:13 AM
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LONDON, England – The strategic alliance announced by Nokia and Microsoft today could create some rather special devices. Nokia’s phones have always been famed for their great hardware – best-in-class durability, the most powerful cameras on the market and sleek and stylish designs that sit beautifully in the hand. But what about a new OS to go alongside that? Here’s five things that you might look forward to on a Nokia Windows device.

Great Usability
We’ve enjoyed our widgets on Symbian devices, but Microsoft’s tiles are even simpler to set up and to use: and they put the information that’s most needed by users right where you need it. Microsoft Windows Phone 7 offers great ease of use in comparison to other mobile operating systems. Every alternative will have it’s fans, but this one definitely drives up the usability of devices.

Gaming at the next level
If you like to use your mobile device for gaming, then your world just might have got a lot rosier. Using a Nokia Windows phone we’re excited about the possibility of powerful console franchises appearing right on our mobile devices.


By SuperUser Account on 2/11/2011 9:08 AM

By Preston Gralla

Windows Phone 7 today went from also-ran to contender as Nokia and Microsoft announced a far-reaching deal for Windows Phone 7 to power Nokia phones. For the first time in years, Microsoft is relevant in the mobile market.

Although details are somewhat lacking, Windows Phone 7 will replace MeeGo and Symbian as the operating system for Nokia phones. Nokia, by the way, won't abandon Symbian immediately. Instead, according to the New York Times, Symbian will "become a franchise business and that Nokia expected to sell another 150 million mobile phones before halting development."

The move goes well beyond an agreement to use Windows Phone 7 on Nokia devices --- the companies also announced a broad strategic alliance that includes Bing, Nokia maps, development tools, and more.

On the official Nokia blog, an open letter from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that under the agreement:

• Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.

• Nokia will help drive and define the future of Windows Phone. Nokia will contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.

 

By SuperUser Account on 2/10/2011 9:33 AM
DynamicPoint publishes new whitepaper, Best Practices in SharePoint Development for Microsoft Dynamics GP. Almost every ERP and CRM software implementation can be supplemented with additional areas of functionality. Learn just how SharePoint can provide enhancements to magnify the benefits of your Dynamics solution. This whitepaper specifically targets organizations interested in extending the critical data within Dynamics GP with SharePoint Portals, Business Automation and Custom Products that will help automate your business and allow employees to collaborate in ways that save time, money and frustration....
By SuperUser Account on 2/8/2011 10:44 AM

Microsoft really has a lot going for them in their CRM offering, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. What’s great about this application is that instead of trying to be all things to all people, Microsoft has opted for an xRM approach, a simple concept that makes a lot of sense. xRM is an evolution of CRM, where the x stands for ‘anything’, and it recognises that no two companies are the same. By starting with the basic CRM framework, xRM involves adding a number of different applications in order to customize your own software solution suitable for your business processes. These applications are specifically built for Microsoft CRM by Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and carry the certified for Microsoft Dynamics accreditation, so you know they’ve past rigorous tests and are approved by Microsoft.

Some of the industries that are really beginning to benefit from the xRM concept are the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries. Up until recently the AEC industries have suffered from a lack of scalable and flexible project management software offerings, often having to make do with highly specialized out of the box solutions that don’t quite fit their processes, or project management applications that are just an extension of the company’s accounting software and ‘think’ like accountants, rather than PMs. However, that’s all changing with the solid framework of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, which is allowing scalable, industry specific project management solutions such as IPM, to be built on top of it.

But what exactly does Microsoft CRM bring to the Project Management table that makes IPM a game changer?

Well for a start, Outlook integration. Microsoft Dynamics CRM gives you the opportunity to do all your work from within Outlook, an environment most people are already somewhat familiar with. Project managers are no different, and as IPM is built on top of CRM, you can manage all their project information in IPM from within your email account. We find this not only provides convenience, but also results in a high user adoption as you don’t have to learn a new system.

By SuperUser Account on 2/2/2011 12:05 PM

The search spat between Google and Bing has turned ugly, with Google employees dissing Microsoft in company blog posts and personal Twitter updates.

Bing allegedly copies some of Google's obscure search results by collecting user' click data through the Bing toolbar and "Suggested Sites" tool in Internet Explorer. Google bases its accusations on a "sting operation" in which engineers set up dummy search results based on nonsense words, and watched as Bing produced mostly duplicate results.

The revelation makes for a lively debate, but the back-and-forth between Google and Microsoft (at a search event on Tuesdayover Twitter and in blog posts) also reflects poorly on Google, the search juggernaut who surely has better things to do than slag on a competitor who has roughly 12 percent of the market (or 28 percent counting Yahoo).

Here are five reasons Google should keep its head down now that the facts are out:

Algorithm Isn't Everything

Bing isn't going to beat Google just because it allegedly cribbed some long-tail searches, just as Yahoo didn't beat Google back when Google was powering Yahoo's search engine. User experience is still the key, and Google can take comfort knowing it's still the best in that regard.

By SuperUser Account on 2/1/2011 10:17 AM

 ‘Patch Tuesday’ is the second Tuesday of every month. It’s the day when Microsoft releases any software updates that are needed to address security or availability problems with their products. Getting a bunch of 20 or so software updates to test and deploy each month can be a daunting task for an IT department, especially for those with limited resources. But it’s a lot less daunting than fighting a blizzard of malware like viruses, trojans and worms that can wipe data, destroy business productivity and generally make your life hell. Software updates prevent malware attacks from doing damage to your systems, that’s why they are so important.

The problem is, sometimes software updates can cause damage to systems because of application incompatibility issues. Usually this can result in crashes and errors that cost more precious time and the respect of the business.
 
To make life easier Microsoft provides two toolsets to help you get secure and keep systems up-to-date with patches. 
  • Windows Software Update Services 3 (an included role that ships as part of Windows Server).
     
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manger 2007 (whose Client Access Licences are typically included in the Microsoft’s Core Enterprise Agreement CAL pack)
By SuperUser Account on 1/31/2011 3:36 PM

There are few people that I admire more than Mr. Bill Gates.  During my lifetime, he has been by far the most impressive business person in the areas that are important to me as a business owner.  As a teen ager, he had the creativity and vision to see PC and Operating System opportunity when most others didn’t.  He then had the business sense to leverage the opportunity to create a successful business.  After that,  he succeeded at maintaining an active control of the company thru ought an amazing growth trajectory over the next 20 years or so, which few Founders can say.  And finally, he has (or is, I should say)  successfully utilizing his successes, both monetarily and politically, to fuel his passion of making the world a better place for everyone.  How could you ask for more?

 
 
By SuperUser Account on 1/31/2011 2:17 PM

BY: MARK DRAPEAU

 

The Federal government has made a good deal of progress toward being more transparent, collaborative, and participatory during the two years since President Obama took office. However, despite great strides, government practitioners' use of social media is not very sophisticated, does not take advantage of the latest tactics and tools, and does not necessarily improve the dialogue around big issues citizens really care about -- the economy, jobs, national security, health, and the environment. Meanwhile, the Government 2.0 / Open Government movement's strategic thought leaders in many ways remain focused on internal foci like what certain words mean, or what Data.gov should look like. Here, I ask five "big questions" about government social media use to put technology, government, social engagement, citizens, and business together in a larger perspective

Who are the public faces of government agencies online?

When you think of tech companies in Washington, DC interacting with the government, you can often think of a specific person who is the official or unofficial "face" of the company -- both online and offline. They have some digital savvy in one way or another (they write, they tweet, there are online videos of their interviews, etc.) For Microsoft in DC, people often think of me or Lewis Shepherd (Microsoft Research's liasion to government). Google has the father of the Internet, Vint Cerf, appear at functions and give talks. Facebook has Adam Conner. Twitter now has Adam Sharp.

And this is of course not limited to technology companies, nor to Washington, DC. Comcast had until recently Frank Eliason. Ford has Scott Monty. Back in the day, Microsoft had Robert Scoble in Redmond, WA. There are variations on this theme, but certainly many private sector brands are moving toward something like this (see: iJustine loves Junior Mints), on purpose or accidentally, and in many cases the benefits of authentic audience engagement outweigh the downside of it.

Featured Microsoft Partners

 

Rose Business Solutions 
Office Location:  San Diego, California, United States
Type:  Reseller,Training Firm,VAR
Industry Focus:  ERP, CRM, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Not For Profit, Distribution, Hosting, Retail


Rose Business Solutions is the leading business solutions provider for emerging middle market companies with $1 million to $500 million in annual revenues. Our solutions extend from the back to the front office and include the leading Microsoft-based Enterprise Resource Planning/Accounting (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Professional Services Automation (PSA) applications. During the last 20 years, the company has assisted over 400 companies with over 4000 end users in multiple industries and multiple countries and has grown to be one of the nations largest Microsoft value added reseller for business solutions.

 

 

BCG Systems, Inc. 
Office Location:  Akron, Ohio, United States
Type:  VAR
Industry Focus:  Manufacturing, Distribution, Professional Services, Government, Healthcare


BCG Systems, Inc. is a well established Microsoft Partner. We workp with clients across Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Western PA, Western Carolina’s, Alabama and Kentucky. BCG is founded on being a trusted advisor and providing complete integrated business solutions that apply sensible technology to eli

 

 

 
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Mi-Co 
Office Location:  Durham, North Carolina, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Other
Industry Focus:  Healthcare, Government, Field Services, Financial, Insurance, Construction


Mi-Co, a leading provider of mobile data collection solutions, provides software to automate paper forms-based business processes for organizations. Mi-Corporations Mi-Forms Enterprise Mobility solution empowers field personal to enter any data, anywhere with the industry's most flexible e-forms designer.

 

 

Congruent Software Inc. 
Office Location:  Bellevue, Washington, United States
Type:  Systems Integrator,VAR,Other
Industry Focus:  IT consulting services


Congruent, a Microsoft gold certified partner is a Global IT Services company which specializes in providing outsourced software development and systems integration services to ISVs and Fortune 500 companies alike. Being the single source for all your business technology needs, Congruent is headquartered at Seattle, Washington with its offshore development center based at Chennai, India.

 

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