Help me out here. I'm looking for a solution for a small company (under 50 users), mostly heavy travelers. They need easy to use and reliable email, calendaring, file sharing and collaboration (presence, IM, meetings, discussion/micro blogging, etc.). They need to collaborate and share files with each other and with clients and prospects.
They need contact management. They need off line capability for when they're on airplanes, in secure buildings, etc. They need platform independence -- at least Mac OS X and MS Windows, iPhone/iPad and Blackberry but Linux and Android wouldn't hurt. It needs to be a shared system: They need shared address books for mail, collaboration and contact management. They need to be able to check each others' calendars, schedule meetings and reserve rooms and resources (e.g. conference lines). They need to be able to have administrative staff manage their contacts, add entries to their calendars and do mailings on their behalf. The system needs to be secure without being too hard to use. They need some granularity so they can share certain files with only certain clients. The whole thing needs to be easily and reliably backed up. They still use the phone a lot. They would like to be able to dial from their address book when on the PC and when on their PDA. They want to be able to take advantage of IP telephony for ease of use and to reduce costs, especially when traveling outside the country. They want to receive voice mail in their inbox. Simple right? Please share your thoughts. I don't want a proposal. I want discussion and ideas on how to make a small organization as productive as possible -- preferably at reasonable cost and with a solution that's simple to manage. [I want to treat this as a wide open search for the best solution, but I'll post their current solutions list in a comment for those that are interested.] David
Wishing I could be in Orlando this year
Sun, Jan 6th 2013 12:14p David Schaffer I’ll be missing everyone at Connect 2013 in Orlando this year. As a budget measure there are no professional development funds available from my employer.
This may be a “be careful what you wish for” story. All of the great resources available at no charge these days, both online and in person, have clearly led management to see paid training as expendable. And in the IBM collaboration solutions world in particular the reality is that given the great content available at no charge IBM [read] Keywords: collaboration
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Mon, Oct 29th 2012 10:09a David Schaffer As anyone following the news knows, the east coast of the United States is being hit with what is being called Frankenstorm, a perfect storm or the ever-popular storm of the century. Connecticut is expected to get some of the worst coastal flooding, due to a storm track that will funnel water into Long Island Sound, combined with the normal high tides from the full moon.
Please take this one seriously and I hope everyone is safe.
Some resources to follow along:
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When requesting technical assistance...
Wed, Sep 19th 2012 6:09a David Schaffer Could you please provide:
Here's what I did
Here's what happened
Here's the message/error/screen I got
Ideally it would be nice to know how long it to took from taking the action to getting the result, does it happen every time, does what you were trying to do in the first place actually happen or is this a failure?
Sending me a screen shot or a non-delivery message with none of the above will not get your problem resolved unless it's something really simple or really catastro [read] Keywords:
Linux vs Windows coming out of sleep
Mon, Jul 23rd 2012 9:16p David Schaffer I have a Lenovo ThinkPad X61s running Linux (Suse 11.4). When it comes out of sleep mode it takes what seems to be a long time to grab a network connection, and it usually finds WiFi before it finds the wired Ethernet.
I've used lots of ThinkPads with Windows XP and Windows 7, including this same model, and I've never seen this lag there, and it's almost always the wired network that's picked up first or as default when coming back from sleep.
With both operating systems I'm just closi [read] Keywords: linux
Blackberry and BYOD
Wed, Jun 13th 2012 7:13a David Schaffer Much of the interest in "bring your own device" is, admittedly, driven by employees' interest in adopting devices other than Blackberry. But Blackberry isn't dead and employees sometimes want to connect a personal Blackberry to the company BES.
This is a quick post to point out that most wireless carriers do not include permission to connect to a BES in the normal consumer data plans, and the personnel in the stores and on the phone may not even understand the distinction. I just had a user [read] Keywords: bes