Microsoft advise not to postpone Windows 7 deployments for IE9

Microsoft officials advise business users not to postpone their Windows 7 deployments and start testing IE9 beta, despite speculations on the release of the final version of Internet Explorer 9, early in spring 2011. Rich Reynolds, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Consumer Marketing, posted the company’s latest Windows 7 deployment guidance to the Windows for Your Business blog. He says that there is a lot of positive feedback from Windows 7 users, as well from businesses like BMW, Intel, Pella Corporation and Expedia, who use Windows 7 Enterprise and the Windows Optimized Desktop. Reynolds also declares himself satisfied and encouraged by the results from a recent IDC study, which show that almost all enterprise companies surveyed (89%), are continuing their Windows 7 plans and 64% of them are already deploying Windows 7 or will migrate in the next six months. He advises business customers who are currently testing Windows 7 to move to Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8, and not to wait for the final version of IE9.  “In addition, thanks to the high degree of application compatibility between the two browser versions, any investments today in deploying Internet Explorer 8 will put you on the best path to transitioning to Internet Explorer 9 in the future. Source http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7-and-IE9-Advice-from-Microsoft-157471.shtml

Baseball for Foreigners

On a recent trip to the US I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take in a Yankees game.  I must admit there seems to be more to baseball than I realised, as best as I can figure it goes something like this: You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. The team that are out in the field are either in the outfield or in the infield but they are all definitely out. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When three men from the side that’s in are out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. When the man who is in doesn’t hit the ball it is a strike, unless it is not a strike, then it is a ball.  When a man has four balls he walks and the next man (who has no balls yet) comes in. But if the man who is in has three strikes he is out irrespective of how many balls he has. There are four men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and out that is innings, then they do it all again until both sides have been in and out ten times, unless one team is still behind when they are in and go out for that last time. Then the game is over… it’s just not cricket!!! If that makes about as much sense as your application migration then maybe you should speak to Camwood and see how they can help you sort out your application chaos. Based on “Cricket for Foreigners” – http://static.cricinfo.com/db/ABOUT_CRICKET/EXPLANATION/WHAT_IS_CRICKET.html

When was the last time you met a billionaire?

So there I am minding my own business walking along M Street in Washington with my Professional Services Director extolling the fact that Windows 7 is taking off and that Camwood are helping enterprise clients and partners to accelerate their migrations when who should I see walking towards me…… Steve Ballmer the energised CEO of Microsoft enjoying one of those jumbo soft drinks! Having first checked that there were no minders in vans with blacked out windows in tow liable to pounce on me, I walked over and introduced myself. We then had a discussion on how Camwood’s Enlightened MigrationTM approach was helping one of the largest global investment banks manage their virtualisation and Windows 7 program it was encouraging to hear that he was aware. What made it all the more impressive was to get an email from him the following day. I then had the pleasure of spending some time in Maryland with Bechtel Corporation’s Global Chief Information Officer, Geir Ramleth. He was recently inducted into CIO magazine’s Hall of Fame as one of those who have transformed and guided the IT discipline. How often do you get the opportunity over a beer to discuss the state of the nation from a technology perspective with such an informed and impressive individual who owns IT for a $30 billion enterprise. It is reassuring to find that my views on such a small area of the industry are shared with some of the IT industry’s biggest hitters. Then again this is the reason why Camwood has influenced the platform change of more than 3 million seats. Who will I meet on my travels next…….

The perfect recipe for a service….

Step 1: Agree scope of service Step 2: Add Logistics Step 3. Add skilled resources Step 4: Season with processes Step 5: Mix resources, processes and logistics together until stable Step 6: set targets and leave to cook So what could go wrong, is this a recipe for success or disaster?
  • In an imaginary world where no changes would ever occur to the mix of resources, processes, logistics or service targets, this service would continually succeed.
 
  • In the real world of constant change this service would go stale.
  Visit this service 1 year later and resources will have personalised processes, quality will differ between resources, additional tasks will have been added and external factors will have manipulated their activities. Any documented processes will no longer be referenced however the resources will likely believe that they are delivering an optimised service. Implementing management controls need not be a costly overhead, Camwood have years of experience of implementing fit for purpose processes that include the right level of control:
  • Closed Loop processes
  • Key performance indicators
  • Success measures
  • Service acceptance criteria
  • Performance monitoring
  • Forecast vs actual reporting
  • Pre-emptive structures for adoption of change
  • Roles and responsibility matrices
  Talk to Camwood about the perfect recipe and we can talk to you about our off the shelf “ready made meals (services)” just like everyone else, but we prefer to talk to you about the flavours, cost of ingredients, method of cooking that meets your gastronomic requirements.

Windows Phone 7 – will Microsoft learn from past mistakes?

There have been at least nine revisions of Windows Mobile over the period I have been using them. In my opinion, each revision had similar faults – they required a regular reboot / occasional rebuild of the OS to maintain a standard level of performance, could be difficult to operate for a non-technical user, and were inconsistent in performing basic functionality. It always astonished me that I could never quite trust the alarm feature on any model, surely one of the easiest functions to develop correctly. Bound to the Windows Mobile range due to the relationship my previous employer had with Microsoft, I looked on as people used smartphones that just seemed to work with minimal or no effort. How did Microsoft get this so wrong? How could they let other smartphone players dominate the market without putting up a fight? If you believe what you read from Redmond, this is all about to change with the release of Windows Phone 7. After the debacle that was the Microsoft KIN release and subsequent removal from the marketplace a few months ago, Microsoft have been beating the drum and proclaiming Windows Phone 7 will shake up the market. It has been developed from the ground up, appears to be contact centric rather than task centric (such as the iPhone UI), integrates tightly with Microsoft Exchange & SharePoint, provides a rich social networking experience and will connect to Xbox live for a mobile gaming. So far Asus, LG, Dell, Samsung and HTC have signed on to produce Windows Phone 7. On the negative side, pre-release reviews suggest a lack of support for HTML 5, no copy-and-paste functionality, and no multitasking except for Microsoft’s own applications. Also, Samsung have already indicated that demand for Windows Phone 7 devices will be ‘specialised’ – not exactly what Microsoft would be expecting to hear. Until the official release of Windows Phone 7 (October 11 according to latest reports), it’s hard to know if the phone will live up to Microsoft expectations. If they can get close to the iPhone in terms of functionality, I think Microsoft will consider Windows Phone 7 a success. Personally, I’ll be giving my seal of approval if they can achieve that whilst getting the alarm to work.