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CIOs and Enterprise Social Networking recent articles #esn #socbiz

Following recent discussions with CIOs in different geographies and industries, there is a lot of interest around enterprise social networking (ESN) and hence I’ve compiled below a few articles on successful ESN adoptions and journeys from customers. Another great read is this latest McKinsey research: Evolution of the networked enterprise: McKinsey Global Survey results Enterprise social networking – Ignoring new trend should be a crime Red Robin CIO Drives Change Through IT Management When social tools go viral, Some Australian organisations are embracing enterprise social media tools

Office 365 ProPlus Administrator Series: Using Office 365 as a Deployment Share

Author: Jeremy_MSFT Originally published to the Office 365 Preview blog. While the concept of having deployment automation call online file sources for unattended installations isn’t new, Office 365 ProPlus adds the unique benefit of robust file streaming instead of the traditional download and execute style installation. Office 365 ProPlus and the Office Deployment Tool (see my earlier blog about deployment options) allows you to define the http://officecdn.onmicrosoft.com file path as the SourcePath location defined in the configuration XML of the Office Deployment Tool. The current Office Deployment Tool lets you download and install Click-to-Run Office packages with your own software distribution tools. When you download Office Click-to-Run files, you will see the path where they are stored in the CMD window.     Download of the Office 365 ProPlus Click-to-Run files using the Office Deployment Tool In this case, Office source files are located at http://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/D85263CB-A813-4A8F-9895-E2EC9A47293 and you can use that value inside of your configuration XML. The Office Deployment Tool needs an XML with the SourcePath configured for installation which contains the OfficeDataVersionNumber folders to resolve. If you use a configuration XML with the following parameters:                                 your deployment automation will call the Office 365 streaming service and install according to the version number, architecture, language and other parameters that you assign in the configuration XML.  Notice I even used an older version number than the current one (.1019)  and was able to declare update behavior, display level and accept the EULA on behalf of my users. In a nutshell, even though I am using Office 365 as the SourcePath to install from, I didn’t give up any controls I had by installing Office 365 ProPlus from my local file share location. If I had Group Policy settings enforced on the computers I target for my deployment, then I would have complete control over how Office is installed, configured and managed. This is where it can get interesting… If I use the Office Deployment Tool – specifically just the setup.exe and the configuration XML sample I have above – I can pair this with System Center Configuration Manager 2012, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Windows Intune, third party tools, simple logon scripts or even psexec commands. In this case, I decided to pair with another cloud service – Windows Intune – to show everything working.     Process for using Windows Intune to stream an Office 365 ProPlus installation – 1. Configure install, 2. Push install instructions to PC, 3. Stream from Office 365, 4. Report success back to Windows Intune You might be asking yourself, “Why would I use Windows Intune versus sending users to the Office 365 Web portal to self-install Office?” If you are asking this question, there is a good chance you are an administrator on your computer or your users are able to install software themselves. For more than a decade, Microsoft has advocated Standard User accounts in Windows to maintain configuration control and therefore improve inherent security levels against malware. If you also manage a lot of software, it wouldn’t make sense to ask users to visit multiple websites to install their own software. Imagine your first day on the job and your boss tells you, “Here is your computer and email account. I sent you an email with a list of the 100 applications you’ll need to be productive and all the links of where to find the applications. Enjoy the next 3-8 hours of software installation.” What initially sounds like freedom for the end user would be a degraded experience for the person who otherwise receives a pre-configured PC with the 100 applications pre-installed based on his user role, geography and language preferences (you could argue that is the primary reason why Windows imaging and deployment automation exists). Centralizing your application resources to a single catalog and location along with using “required” or “push” installation performed by the administrator simplifies the process for the user and helps ensure that your users’ PCs stay in a manageable state. Windows Intune and System Center Configuration Manager 2012 both provide a central application catalog and support push software deployments. I put together a short narrated video of the process using Windows Intune along with Office 365 streaming. Basically, I used a file similar to the configuration XML sample above (I named it configuration2.xml) and added that along with the setup.exe to my Windows Intune environment. These two files only constitute about half a megabyte (MB) of space, so it doesn’t really consume any storage resources. It also means that the files are quickly copied from the Windows Intune service to the managed PC’s local cache. Both Windows Intune and the application model in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 will download the entire application payload prior to executing installation commands. For Office 365 ProPlus, that would mean you would typically need to wait for a 1 gigabyte (GB) file download, then Office would be installed from the local Windows Intune or Configuration Manager file cache. In this case, we can just cache that tiny half MB file and the streaming begins immediately from Office 365 according to our instruction set. The result is that the Windows Intune service basically instructs the Office 365 service and when completed sends a success message back to Windows Intune. Here it is in action… (Please visit the site to view this video)   Jeremy Chapman @deployjeremy Office Deployment Team

Announcement: New Office 365 sign-in page

The sign-in page for Office 365 has a new look! The redesign provides a simple sign in experience that adapts to work better on whatever device you’re using, from a desktop to tablet to phone, as well as reducing the number of times you’ll need to sign in. Highlights include: The sign-in page automatically adapts to the screen resolution and capabilities of different devices, operating systems, and browsers. You can start signing in almost immediately, while the rest of page downloads in the background. Improved experience for on-premises-to-cloud single sign-on. You can stay connected until you want to sign out. Just check the “Keep me signed in” option. Want to know more? Check out details and screenshots of the new experience . NOTE: The new sign-in page works best in Internet Explorer 8 or later browsers. Learn more about Office 365 browser support .

Announcement: New Office 365 sign-in page

The sign-in page for Office 365 has a new look! The redesign provides a simple sign in experience that adapts to work better on whatever device you’re using, from a desktop to tablet to phone, as well as reducing the number of times you’ll need to sign in. Highlights include: The sign-in page automatically adapts to the screen resolution and capabilities of different devices, operating systems, and browsers. You can start signing in almost immediately, while the rest of page downloads in the background. Improved experience for on-premises-to-cloud single sign-on. You can stay connected until you want to sign out. Just check the “Keep me signed in” option. Want to know more? Check out details and screenshots of the new experience . NOTE: The new sign-in page works best in Internet Explorer 8 or later browsers. Learn more about Office 365 browser support .

See you all the Midwest SharePoint and Project Conference in Chicago on April 15th

See you all the Midwest SharePoint and Project Conference in Chicago on April 15th

I’m looking forward to deliver the keynote at the Midwest SharePoint and Project Conference in Chicago (W Chicago) on April 15th.There is a very exciting line-up of sessions with lots of great speakers & experts from Microsoft and our rich partner ecosystem. Looking forward to meet you all share our latest innovation & value and hear how you are using our products. I’ll also be attending Yammer on Tour the next day (JW Marriott, April 16th). Both events are free and have limited seating so don’t wait any longer and REGISTER TODAY! PS: I’ll also be doing the opening of the SharePoint Saturday Houston on Saturday April 13th if you are in Texas!

New Ignite Webcast – Introduction to Office 365 Architecture

New Ignite Webcast – Introduction to Office 365 Architecture

To sign up for this webcast please download and save the attached calendar invite below where you will find the Webcast Meeting information.  Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and Support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite.  View the Ignite Site  for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions and materials  here  and be sure to see upcoming Ignite Webcasts on the  Ignite Events Page .     Office 365 is helping revolutionize what you can do in the Cloud. Cloud computing is a new approach for many companies, and there may still be questions about how Office 365 works. In our latest webcast, we will get an inside peek into what Microsoft software developers and product managers are aiming to accomplish with Office 365. Learn about the Office 365 Architecture that powers this cloud solution.  Our webcast will be led by   Andy O’Donald, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Exchange.  This is a great opportunity to join a discussion with our Microsoft presenters. Bring your questions!  Remember, to sign up for this webcast please  download and save the attached calendar invite below . We are excited to see you there!  —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Presenters : Andy O’Donald , Senior Product Marketing Manager, Exchange. Date/Time:  Thursday April 4 th , at 9:00 AM Pacific Time . (1 Hour presentation) Live Meeting Information: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Join online meeting https://join.microsoft.com/meet/v-joshto/F00T8BQY Join by Phone  +14257063500        +18883203585          Find a local number   Conference ID: 27579341    Forgot your dial-in PIN?  |    First online meeting?      [1033])!]   Audience: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses Office 365 for enterprises

Register for Yammer on Tour & Transform Tour13 US events this spring #esn #socbiz

Register for Yammer on Tour & Transform Tour13 US events this spring #esn #socbiz

Microsoft Yammer is organizing a series of FREE half day events in major US locations this spring (starting in early April) focused on Enterprise Social. We organized similar events worldwide for the past few months and I attended and delivered content at a few and all have been very well attended with great attendees feedback on the value of these event, so don’t wait any longer and register today ! Yammer on Tour Transform Tour13  

The new Office Garage Series: Did Deployment Just Get Faster?

In this week’s new Office Garage series episode, our hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh explore the change in guard of compatibility tools; race Click-to-Run Office installs using MDT, SCCM, and Windows Intune versus the MSI and catch up with Office engineer, John Hoegger, on the end-to-end aspects of deployment. They demonstrate compatibility tools and automated software distribution and discuss the Office roll-out inside Microsoft, to answer whether or not deployment just got faster. Tune into www.microsoft.com/garage .

You’re Invited to Our Upcoming Ignite Events

Are you a Microsoft professional with deep technical knowledge? Do you want to take your skills to the next level? Like mingling with the industries’ best and learning directly from Microsoft peers? Then we have two Ignite events for you! The Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite events are a series of limited invitation workshops for Microsoft’s most valued customers and partners introducing you to the technical capabilities for the NEW Exchange, Office and Office 365, launching in 2013. Topics of the training range from new capabilities, design, deployment and management considerations for these technologies . During the event, you will also have the opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft Microsoft would like to extend to you an official invitation to the Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite in: Miami – April 9-11, 2013 Registration Site Link Registration Code: O15CUSTMIA San Diego: April 30 – May 2, 2013 Registration Site Link Registration Code: O15CUSTSDO While a 3-day workshop won’t make you an expert, we will prepare you to go deeper via the Ignite Lab DVD and additional resources provided during the workshop. Please note that accommodations for this event are not included, however suggested hotel details are posted to the registration site . There is no charge for this exclusive training, however we will be imposing a no-show fee of $500 if you register for the event, but do not cancel your registration within five (5) business days before the start of the event. For further details regarding this event, including agenda and logistics, please visit the registration site and see below. Space is limited. RSVP today!   Event Agenda: Start End Day 1 – Introducing the new Office 8:30 9:45 Ignite & Office Introduction 9:45 11:00 Exchange Introduction 11:00 11:15 Break 11:15 12:30 Office 365 introduction 12:30 13:00 Lunch 13:00 14:15 The New Visio 14:15 15:30 Office as a Service 15:30 15:45 Break 15:45 17:00 Office & SharePoint App Model Start End Day 2 – Office 365 Deployment 8:30 9:45 Office 365 Deployment 9:45 11:00 Office 365 Identity 11:00 11:15 Break 11:15 12:30 Office 365 Identity 12:30 13:00 Lunch 13:00 14:15 Office 365 Migration (Part 1) 14:15 15:30 Office 365 Migration (Part 2) 15:30 15:45 Break 15:45 17:00 Service Management Start End Day 3 – Exchange Deployment 8:30 9:45 Exchange Architecture (Part 1) 9:45 11:00 Exchange Architecture (Part 2) 11:00 11:15 Break 11:15 12:30 Exchange Deployment and Coexistence 12:30 13:00 Lunch 13:00 14:15 Storage, High Availability & Site Resilience 14:15 15:30 Archiving, eDiscovery & DLP 15:30 15:45 Break 15:45 17:00 Exchange Online Protection We look forward to having you participate in this exciting, invitation-only event! If you have questions regarding this Ignite Event, please contact the Microsoft Ignite Registration Desk . Thank you, The Ignite Team.     Audience: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses Office 365 for enterprises

See you all at the Share conference in Atlanta next month!

I’m looking forward to attend my first Share conference in Atlanta, April 10-12, 2013. Beside loving to visit Atlanta since I’ve lived there for seven years ( Georgia Tech alumni!) I’ll be delivering a keynote Friday morning titled: Transform Your Business with Enterprise Social (details below) and monitoring a roundtable Wednesday afternoon on “ What does 2013 mean for me? ”. There are lots of other great business users focused session at Share not to mention awesome speakers, check the detailed conference agenda . There will be a Microsoft booth staff by experts including Yammer Customer Success Managers to answer all your enterprise social questions and more!  As usual, beside great contents delivered by great speakers, I believe a key value for such event is to network and meet customers, experts and more.  Register today and see soon! Keynote on Friday morning (April 12th): Transform Your Business with Enterprise Social Abstract: “Enterprise Social is enabling organizations to transform their businesses, to harnesses the power of their most valuable asset, their people, by connecting employees, partners, and customers. Microsoft has made significant investments in Enterprise Social in SharePoint 2013 and with the acquisition of Yammer. This keynote will cover Microsoft’s vision and roadmap for this transformative technology, in addition to highlighting the significant opportunity for business value using case studies and demonstrations.”