(more at About Mike)
- Mike Riversdale
- Owner of the on-line collaboration consultancy business, MiramarMike.co.nz
- The picture is the one I use on the web taken by my son and chosen by the Webstock team ... suitably "hip and trendy and 2.0"
- I introduce, educate about and grow the introduction of "Web 2.0" within organisations
Microsoft Office (PC installed)
So, what are the options ...
- Hands up who uses Microsoft Office on a daily basis
- What do you use it for (word processing, spreadsheets, email, calendaring and possibly presentations?)
- I am not here to tell you that you are wrong
- This is not an anti-Microsoft Office preso
- In fact, if you're using MS Office right now I urge you to keep doing it
- I am here to give you options and remove the thinking that it can ONLY be MS Office
- When you come to upgrade/pay money then I hope you remember this preso and question the status quo
Google Apps (web based)
- Let's start with the one closest to my heart - Google Apps
- Google suite of applications ("apps")
- Can be tailored to the organisations (domain name, branding etc)
- Free or $50/user
- Free is never free, what does it mean in the on-line/Google world?
- Google Calendar
- Google Docs
- Google Talk
Zoho (web based)
- A complete Microsoft Office suite of functionality + more
- Can us your Google or Yahoo! accounts to login
- Zoho Month on my blog; follow along to see just how good/comprehensive it is
- Personal view - they are stuck between Microsoft and Google, a tough place to be :-)
OpenOffice (PC installed)
- But that's the web, maybe the web (or "cloud computing" isn't for you)
- Open Source - describe
- OpenOffice is "maintained" by Sun but has a large and active community of geeks working for you
- Can read/write MS Office files
- But hey, let's make MS Office use the major standard, ODF :-)
- NO licensing costs
What about all the other applications you might use in your day-to-day work life ... there are alternatives to those as well
Other PC installed applications
- Firstly, check out the LARGE list at Wikipedia: Comparison of office suites
- Jive - collaboration
- Yuuguu - on-line meetings.conferences
- Liferay - portal
- GIMP - image editing
- Thunderbird - email client
- Sunbird - calendar
- Scribus - desktop publishing
- Inkscape - drawing
- Avidemux - video editing
- TurboChash - accounting
- And for those really wanting to move away from a pay-for-licensed environment check out Ubuntu - complete and free operating system
(which comes with OpenOffice - everything you want in one free operating system)
But back to the Web ... where we'll all end up eventually. What else is there for the day-to-day business user?
Other web based services
- Firstly, how do you get to the Web, via the browser and again there are alternatives to the Microsoft Internet Explorer
- The most famous and, IMHO, usable/extensible is called Firefox
- However, breaking news, Google has just released it's own open source browser called Chrome ... we all watch that space!
- Once you're on the web, then what - we'll here's a few options that might not be free but offer "freedom" of location and use of your IT resources
- Oh, and one of the best things about web services is you get the very latest version without having to do anything ... log in and there it is!
- Xero - accounting
- PlanHQ - business planning
- MindMeister - brain storming, mind maps
- Vyew - on-line 'workspaces'
Crickey, where is all this going - so many options with new ones appearing day-by-day!
A little glimpse into the future.
Not one thing or the other
- From data and applications tightly knitted together on the PC we are moving towards a world of:
- Applications available one whatever device you like
- Data in one place and made available, securely, how and when you want it
- iPhone, Vodafone NZ
- Kiwibank iPhone access
- National Bank iPhone access
- Your challenge is NOT to keep up with all this - who can?
- Your challenge is to question the status quo and get the best for your own organisation
- And know that you are not alone - this conference is aimed at connecting you to those that can help