Strategic Architect Forum
San Francisco Nov 18-20th, 2008
My colleague Ken Efta from Allyis is presenting the Social Commuting within the Enterprise. Ethan is
posting live details on http://twitter.com/Ethany as well so check it out.
Ken put up some great examples of some of benefits but also the risks of bringing cloud based
applications into the enterprise. Ken did a great presentation pointing out examples of solutions
you can start building now in your enterprise.
Seems to me one of take aways is don’t wait for the perfect solution but rather start small and build on
best of breed but also the consider the risks involved and things to consider when opening up your
enterprise to “cloud based computing”.
Put out there as examples of how you can start putting this to work right now are a solution for
managing standards, call center management for sales, the new Office Business Applications Composer
toolkit which helps IW workers build thier own solutions on the Office System-including easily pulling in
SharePoint data/libraries etc for building workflows without any code.
Also demo’d was the Unified Partner Search Allyis developed as a prototype for MS for not only
providing a rich user interface for partners to search across multiple sources but also layers
a social aspect on top including ratings, shared searches, and ability for users to submit thier
own links to the service-very cool. This project is dear to my heart given the late nights I
spent coding in Silverlight. Very impressed with Silverlight as a UI and can see this as a great
way to build UI connected to services especially when time/budget is limited and you want
a more interactive experience simply not possible in traditional web forms.
Another interesting demo was a Standards management and collaboration solution using SharePoint
for large legal team-encourages individuals responsible for standards scattered around the globe
to collaborate, read, and submit standards.
An example of how your organization can quickly develop/deploy a solution on SharePoint was the demo
for the Call Center template for SharePoint that provides a cost effective way for employees to share details
about a call-the SharePoint uses the built-in features to store and manage the call questions and call scripts as
adding a social computing capability by allowing callers to rate the questions, make comments, and propose
questions. The call questions page allows callers to filter the appropriate questions by vertical, competitor, and
role i.e. give me call the questions to ask a customer who is a CEO in the healthcare industry. This solution was
developed in around a week and is packaged as a generic template that can be deployed as a SharePoint site
template without any server side code or involvement from IT.
OBA Toolkit was demo’d again-see yesterday’s post for more detail. Cool tool-I interpret the tool as Popfly
for the enterprise but unlike Popfly it makes sure the data and objects presented to the user work with eachother
and are restricted to only the data that should be accessible to the user-don’t want a report on everyone’s salary
popping up on the intranet somewhere right? This tool can prevent that in this brave new world of providing this
productivity tool to your employees.
Podcasting Kit for SharePoint was demo’d-cool tool so I will be dedicating a post just for this shortly.