Yep, this isn’t a post about SharePoint. But as I (again) ran into someone suffering from extreme pain from dry socket after having their wisdom teeth out, it occurred to me that if the dental surgeons and dentists aren’t telling you how to relieve pain (that for me lasted 3 weeks several years ago), that maybe you will stumble across this post, zip out to your local pharmacy and get some Clove Oil.
As a big SharePoint fan and recently self-diagnosed Bob Ross of SharePoint, I’ve been watching and actively participating in Microsoft’s swift transition of key software and services into the Cloud. While BPOS was great, the name didn’t exactly mean much to customers. But with the words “Cloud” and “Office 365″, interest is increasing rapidly and at the same time, the platform is maturing at great speed with sprinkles of functionality added almost weekly. An app here, some more integrated value there.
I wanted to take a moment to comment on a few things that I see out there in the Small to Medium Market Space as that is where I typically live and work. I could talk about the platform for hours but my goal is to keep this brief as I have a lunch date shortly and have priorities you know…
What the platform is
- Man there is a lot of confusion about what Office 365 is. And a paragraph in a blog post here isn’t exactly going to fix that. But I did take the time recently to provide a visual for a presentation that I thought might be helpful (a picture is worth a thousand words after all). I’m hoping this visual will help explain but I’ll break it down into the colours:
- Blue – these are services that you sign up for. Email (Exchange), Instant Messaging and Conferencing (Lync), Team Sites (SharePoint!) and a public facing website (also SharePoint)
- Orange – these are other “Microsoft Online” services that you can layer on to this already amazing platform
- Charcoal (mmm, charcoal) – this is software that you can download and use and integrate locally with your PC’s and Tables/Phones, all of which also have online equivalents
Ya we do. Check it out here. Thanks to Colin for making it happen.
If you missed my presentation last week at the Vancouver SharePoint Summit, you can download it here: slidesha.re/19k793w
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