Wednesday, July 26, 2006

WOW!!!! - other wise know as Office 2007

We started playing with office 2007 yesterday and - WOW.

We have already seen many demonstrations on it, so already liked the look of the new ribbon bar.

But WOW it's good we will post more as time pasts. but the intial thoughts are it will be tough to find a reason to upgrade from Office 2003 to Office 2007, but once you have 1 machine with it on, then you are going to want to change.

Nt sure what has happened to Publisher, but it doesn't seem to be as snazy as word excel. And the two products with the maximum appeal from the changes are Outlook (Although currently my CRM plug in doesn't work) and Access. The later gave me a double WOW feeling.

TIme will tell and we will publish how we feel after using the product for a longer time later

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Free Broadband Packages

Sky has thrown their hat into this ring.
Think with caution before signing up.

I have had Sky almost since the beginning, we currently subscribe to all of the channels, and have a SKy Plus system, along with an extra room.

So I had a look at signing up for the free (to sky subscribers) package. This is really only to use as a backup to our own Broadband offering.

For the free package, you get up to 2Mb connection with a 2Gb download cap. You get a Free router, and antivirus package. But have to pay £40 connection fee.

However surprisingly enough I am only able to get Skys Connect package, which allows me to connect at up to *mbwith aa 40Gb cap. Subject to the £40 connection fee, and £17 a month fee.

So who will get the free packages? I wonder what the issues are with the Orange or TalkTalk plans.

I suspect we will see over connected lines, ending with very slow connections. Broadbandand doesn't need to cost that much If BT charged less for the LLU etc, we could see BB package prices being slashed.

I still recommend using a proper ISP, or thing very carefully about the free packages before connecting. I can see that in the not too distant future that one of these packages will go badly wrong and there will be a lot of unhappy customers.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

On-Line Back Up

OK, been working hard on adding the right On-Line backup solution to our portfolio. It has come to a head as it will be bundled in to our managed services offering.

So many different providers, almost all of them offering the same basic package on different hardware platforms.

So what makes them stand out from the rest. In this case it wasn't the technology, it was the way the whole process was handled by humans. (2 actually) It was such a great process it was just about the only major difference.

So it goes to prove that in business it isn't always technology that wins out.