Forward, positively..

November 30, 2007

This is the Business…

Filed under: Work — thebestbrew @ 11:30 pm

David Gristwood and Mike McClarey did an excellent day in Microsoft Edinburgh yesterday talking about Office Business Applications (OBA).

Geeks talking to geeks about BUSINESS stuff!!

They are very good presenters – Microsoft must have a special training department for devs like these.

They covered the bases, ticked the boxes and did the business. We could really do with more of this because it shows the dev community not only the business angle of developments but it rightly raises the profile of office applications integrating with LoB data.

My own favourite was the Sharepoint section (but I knew most of it already).

After Geektosterone… and Vista When the Sun Goes Down… at Falkirk 1, this was a great day with the devs. Bloody well done Dave and Mike.


November 28, 2007

Does a Lab Rat Like a Puzzle…

Filed under: Work — thebestbrew @ 7:51 am


Technet is on the road, showing us Performance Point, Search Server and SQL2008 stuff. I went to the session on the first two, given by  Andrew Fryer and Viral Tarpara respectively.

Both excellent chaps and guys who I don’t hesitate to recommend for their respective specialisms. But, today at the Inchyra Grange hotel, Falkirk, they were so far off target that it could prompt a bad-taste joke.

Up-front-declaration; the technologies look great. Targeted tools for specific jobs. Does what it says on the tin (probably), no “yeah, but…” about them. Great stuff.

From Andrew, the quality of presentation was so far below MSFT standards, ouch; demo rule #1 = know it, practice it. Unfamiliarity with the product is not excusable in this forum. On top of that, the balance of the whole set was out. It wasn’t clear if he thought he was addressing a business or technical audience!

Message to Viral, lose the graduated reflection from your slide titles! Grrr, that has become such a caricature even within the “Web2.0” world. What a distraction.

Viral is a good presenter, eloquent, flowing – American. However, going off-piste is fun for a skier but it’s not a spectator sport.

Anyone past row 3 can only actually view half of the screen in that room and the small font on the Sharepointy style admin screens can’t be seen from half-way back.

Remember, it’s the audience’s gig, not yours.

I’ll repeat, the products look great – but this is actually the first time I’ve seen people walk out of an event like this.

We may have been lab rats but we don’t like being told it, especially when the experiment doesn’t work.

November 1, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — thebestbrew @ 8:39 am

The Beltane Fire Society here in Edinburgh arranged a superb event to celebrate Samhuinn. All in all a great little spectacle. Mobile phone photos on Flickr.

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