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Mobility “myth-fest” coming up

I just received a brochure in the mail for the “Most Important Technology Event of the Year”. That, of course, is the ever humble CTIA Wireless 2006 show in Las Vegas April 5-7. Attendees, exhibitors and speakers at this show always manage to claim some of the most outrageous mobility myths and, although I’m not going this year, I will try to keep tabs on some of them and report them here. Not that it’s going to be hard as they tend to “over market and under deliver” to the already stressed mobile worker and shell shocked IT person looking for the holy grail.

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Business Intelligence In Excel 2007

Christian Nordbakk blogged about a new Channel 9 video that shows off the new Excel 2007.

I’m a sucker for slick interfaces and boy did the upcoming Microsoft Excel look fantastic!

If you scroll to ~36:00 minutes into the video, you’ll see some of the robust SharePoint synching that is built right into Excel.

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Office Live Predictions

Daniel McPherson shares his predictions on what he thinks Office Live is going to do:

1) It is going to increase the number of “SharePoint” users dramatically
2) The ecosystem supporting and developing for SharePoint is going to grow dramatically
3) Demonstrates the incredible scalability of the SharePoint platform
4) Will improve the product. Experiences gained from running SharePoint as such a service will be fed back into the core product.

Spot on Daniel. I’d also extend that a bit further by saying that along with the increase in SharePoint users, there is going to be a greater segment of users (mobile salespeople, for example) who’ll have difficulty staying connected to the SharePoint/Office Live server.

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The pet peeve that turned into a company

Shortly after graduating from engineering school in 1984 under the watchful eye of big brother, I joined LSI Logic Corporation as a field applications engineer and started to travel. Way too much at first. Over to Asia many times, throughout the U.S. and Canada, to Central America and to Europe. One year I put over 1,000,000 miles on my AirCanada Aeroplan account. I still travel a fair amount today although thankfully not nearly as much.

One thing I’ve come to realize over my career is that travel is tough. You are away from your family, eating strange food, living in hotels, and are sleep deprived. The expectation to produce results is higher than usual from both your employer and your customer (or partner) because of high costs and finite schedules.

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