Steve Fox, Sr. Product Evangelist, Microsoft

Taken by Terry Gore with his Windows 7 phone (my iPhone couldn't focus in the dark room)

I’m in the first keynote of my first SharePoint Connections conference.  Fortunately for me, it happens to be in sunny (ok, cloudy) Orlando, Florida. 

 I want the slide decks from this keynote.  The basic premise is how unified communications, collaboration, enterprise content management, business intelligence, and search all work together now…both in your enterprise and in the cloud. 
 
Steve wrote and cowrote a number of books including Professional Office Business Application Development; Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and VSTO and Professional Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Using Microsoft Silverlight 2.
 
There was a demo of Office 360, including a streamlined and flawless demo of SharePoint administration and application development in the cloud.  Makes me want to be in charge of that governance model in my company.  Right now, any development in the cloud makes traditional enterprises’ security gurus go “uh uh”.  This is unfortunate, since it’s so easy to give agile developers and emerging business developers quick access to sandboxes to accelerate innovation.  In a small company, this could be the difference between prosperity or bankruptcy.  In a large enterprise, the results aren’t known so rapidly, but undoubtedly, WILL have an impact on market share.
 
Now, Steve is developing in Windows Azure, pulling data from his on-premise SharePoint implementation, and displaying the results on a Windows 7 phone.  The results are editable and the changes are downloaded back to the on-premise implementation.  Yep.  Real-time data changes in the cloud from your smartphone.
 
Check out Steve’s blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/steve_fox.  Download the iw (information worker) virtual machine.  Bing it.
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Author: Ynema Mangum

Ynema Mangum is an experienced, data-driven principal product manager of mission-critical composable infrastructure at HP Enterprise. Constantly curious, her passions draw her to emerging technologies. She joined HP 6 years ago as a solutions architect for private IT cloud computing. She then served as owner of the enterprise social collaboration domain at HP, responsible for its future direction. Prior to her current position, she was a senior product manager for the massive HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA. At SUN, she was a product line manager for cloud computing, responsible for the requirements for common subsystems of the Sun Cloud, as well as user personas, industry analysis, and competitive research. Her product experience also includes building web based database management systems at BMC Software targeted at Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and DB2 UDB. Y provides an invaluable hybrid mix of strategist, architect, product manager and product marketer with an unbendable passion for the user experience. Her entrepreneurial experience allows her to understand business as a whole and drives her to make decisions and execute quickly. As an added bonus, she is certified in ITIL v3 best practices for IT and Pragmatic Product Management. Ynema is a change agent. She considers herself a determined influencer and a connector whose collaborative nature ensures success in introducing new concepts and services into the mainstream -- even in the most complex environments. She thrives on doing what seems to be impossible, and enjoys taking calculated risks in her personal life -- snowboarding, skiing, SCUBA diving or wake boarding when the season is right.

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