Office 2.0 Conference: Reports and Links

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The Office
2.0 conference
has just ended (OCT 10-12) and, though I was not able
to attend, I’ve seen and heard a lot of good things about the event. So, here
are a few links to related resources…

Firstly, Kathleen Gilroy—on the Otter Blog—points to IT
Redux
, where Ismael Ghalimi (Office 2.0 Conference Organizer) nicely
sums up what he learned at Office 2.0
and provides this useful definition for what it is:


Office 2.0: Office productivity environment
enabled by online services used through a Web browser. By storing data online
and relying on applications provided as Web services, it fosters collaboration
and extends mobility, while promoting a user-centric model that fuels
innovation and increases productivity.


Ismael’s comments on “Who
is it for
”, “What’s working”, and “Where
do I get it
” are really informative, but more importantly, check out
his Office 2.0 Setup, which describes
the apps that he uses (based on frequency) as well as alternative solutions. For
a comprehensive list of apps, check out his Office 2.0 database.

CNET
also had some coverage of the conference, such as Rafe Needleman’s “top picks”
of new products, including brief comments on Wufoo (I’ve tried this and like it as
well
), Smartsheet, Trovix, FreshBooks,
and more. Needleman also discusses where we stand with Office 2.0 and
some concerns with using web-based apps—which he called Office 2.slow (quote: “It's all good, baby…If you have a lot of time to wait for
your apps and data to come over the network
”).

Dan Farber (ZD Net) also covered some nice topics from some of the talks/panels,
including a VC’s view of Office 2.0 and a brief comment on “when Office 2.0 doesn’t work” (quote: “A good example of when Office 2.0 doesn't work is during
demos at the Office 2.0 conference. Presenters were hampered by a slow
network–not the best way to sell the virtues of cloud computing
”).
Additionally, Faber offers his opinions on Microsoft vs. Office 2.0 on his Dan & David Show (podcast),
which includes quotes from Steve Ballmer’s talk at the Gartner
Symposium
as well.

For me, though, the Business
Two Zero
blog probably has the best, most in-depth conference report
(see Parts 1, 2, 3, and “Office 2.0 Blitz Demos),
including a great write-up on Andrew McAfee’s keynote speech—here’s
an excerpt from the blog post:


He explained that the
biggest opportunity for companies is to find a way to tap in to the knowledge
and human capital in their organisation, and that is exactly what these kinds
of tools could be addressing. 

However, one of the key
barriers is that CIOs are threatened by the rise in this kind of social
software approach.  The tools threaten their fiefdom, so although they are
cheap, quick and easy to sue, they might shrink their empire, so they typically
raise security as an issue.  Organisations needs some form of stealth
strategy to aid adoption in spite of many CIOs.


Well, now that the
conference is over, there are some brief reflections on the event by people
like Rod Boothby and Stowe Boyd. They both seem to
agree that the hallway chatter and various events are what really made the
event special. In fact, Boyd goes so far as to say:


Death To All Panel
Sessions — panel sessions are widely known to be the least favorite format
from the viewpoint of attendees. The format is simple for organizers, but
unless serious, active moderation goes on panel sessions are flabby.
Recommendation: Drop all panel sessions
.

So, if you want to hear brief intros to the talks/panels at
the conference, definitely check out the Office
2.0 PodcastJam
, which I will slowly make my way through over the
next few days/weeks. You can also find more Office 2.0 related links here.


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