It’s been a few weeks since I discussed my son’s 3rd grade (technically, they are 4th graders now) baseball team. I have coached this team for 3 years. I don’t recall our record in year 1 but it was not a winning record. Last year, we went 3-12 and barely escaped last place. Despite the losses, we had a blast playing baseball and we focused on learning the game.
This year we have seen the payoff. The Knights turned it around in a big way and went 12-3. We ended the season as the runner-up by 0.5 games. The first place team’s record is 11.5-2.5. They tied one game. What’s killing me is the first place team, the Tigers, had their last game cancelled. If they had lost that game, the Knights would have been the winner. To make the pain worse, the Tigers were facing a team that had defeated them previously. Brutal.
No doubt there is a life lesson in this. I’ll find it and pass it on to the boys when we play our first playoff game… today! This weekend will be filled with baseball and it will be glorious!
Office 365 news & editorials!
- Google Apps lacks strong enterprise support, says CIO :: The Wall Street Journal explains how Google Docs lacks enterprise-grade support. Sounds like a good time for Google to beef-up their partner model.
- Office 365 to go live in June :: In South Africa that is. Go get 'em Pieter!
- Google’s QuickOffice could pressure Microsoft’s Office 365 :: The analysis of Google’s purchase continues to trickle in. When will MSFT reveal their plans for mobile?
- Microsoft vs. Google, Part II: Can Docs beat Office? :: Part 2 :: Further analysis of QuickOffice and the Office Suite in the Cloud wars. Just what is Google’s strategy for Google Docs + QuickOffice?
All I know is talk of significant changes comes quickly. Actual change? Not so much.
Office 365 tips, tricks & tools
- Office 365 : Tools, tips, training and tricks for beginners :: I think I’ve included this before but I don’t see harm in including it again. Office 365 is still quite new with lots of new users every day. If you are new to Office 365 and need some help teaching the beginners in your company, this is a nice resource.
- How to add a Twitter feed to SharePoint Online :: Microsoft will tell you it can’t be done… but it can.
- SharePoint 2010 – Export selected items to Excel :: Yes, you can export to Excel using out-of-the-box features. But what if your needs are more refined? This custom SharePoint action looks pretty clever to me.
Office 365 developer items of note
- Using common DLLs in sandboxed solutions :: Learn how to build a common assembly that you can reference in your SharePoint Online sandboxed solutions.
- SharePoint and Windows Azure: data sync, media services & virtual machines :: As the title suggests, there is a lot of info in the post. Steve Fox, Office evangelist and all-around good guy, reports from Tech Ed 12 North America. The big news, at least to me, is the new SharePoint Virtual Machine role in Azure.
- Scripting SharePoint Online with PowerShell using Client Object Model :: It can be done but the list of caveats probably make it unworkable. Still, it is fun to hack away.
- New Office 365 and AD FS/DirSync information available :: Lots of tools here. This is good because AD synchronization, as well as AD migration, are big issues to work through when moving to Office 365 (or Google Apps for that matter).
- Deploying Office 365 jump start (11): Planning SharePoint Online :: This is a series of videos. I’m bookmarking it in case I ever need it. This looks like a soup-to-nuts series that will make any IT Admin type less grumpy. I started to say happy but you IT Admins know, deep down, you don’t do happy. You do grumpy and less grumpy. I still like you guys… no offense intended.