Office 365 means Golf with Slalom in Portland (but no Pong)

Slalom Consultant Rick Koppin

Rick Koppin, Practice Area Lead of Slalom Consulting’s National Advanced Infrastructure Team, has more than 15 years of experience leading clients through infrastructure transformations and is a leading evangelist of the Cloud and Office 365.

Folks, Office 365 is less than a month away from general availability. For those of you who are not already familiar with it, Office 365 is Microsoft’s second generation cloud productivity package for businesses which includes:

  • Email and Calendaring via Exchange 2010 Online;
  • Website and Collaboration via SharePoint 2010 Online;
  • IM & Online Meetings via Lync 2010 Online; and,
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint Online via Office Web Apps.

So what is the press saying so far? The CRN Test Center team had this to say about Office 365 Beta:

“Office 365, frankly, is to Google Apps
as XBOX 360 Live is to Pong.”

Wow! That’s a pretty bold statement. In fact, early impressions from many leading technology publications, including the likes of PC Magazine, are outstanding.

Now let me be frank! These reviews are a great starting point for an organization that’s beginning their evaluation process around whether they can make the leap to the cloud and Office 365. However, it’s one thing for a magazine to test a couple of pretend business users on a solution and another thing entirely for a living, breathing organization to determine the fundamentals and environmental requirements of an implementation or migration to the Cloud and actually decide when this cloud business makes sense.

Golf BallTo do our part, Slalom’s Portland office has invited Technology VIPs from a group of Portland area companies to grab their golf clubs and come shoot a round of golf with us at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club. Over the course of lunch, a quick presentation, and 18 holes of golf, we’ll traverse all the joys and potential pitfalls of moving to the cloud with Office 365. I’m no Tiger Woods on the course. In fact, I guarantee I will swing and miss the ball repeatedly throughout the day. But, by the end of the day, I will have shared a wealth of information that Slalom has garnished over the last couple of years while moving over 350,000 users to the cloud with Microsoft.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the greens!

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