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10 questions about the new Office 365 Open, which I would suggest you read if you're interested in the topic. I think Office 365 Open could be incredibly useful for TaskLight and other Microsoft Partners - it gives us a chance to give a single, simple bill to clients and to avoid confusion there.
Working From Wherever - Using Lync Online from Office 365 This was a great learning experience for me - with a USB modem (and a relatively decent Internet connection), I was able to work from a field. This means I'm not as tied to the office as I would otherwise be - I can work from wherever I want. Lync Online is one of the components of Office 365. Contact Conor in TaskLight today on 01 901 0304 or firstname.lastname@example.org to start your free 30-day trial of Office 365 and discover your dream office.
Social Care Ireland 2012 Conference, which took place in the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny. With such beautiful weather, it might seem a shame to spent two days inside in a conference, but it was well worth it for us. I had been involved in a voluntary capacity in implementing an online ticketing system for the conference (using Eventbrite, which I would highly recommend - feel free to get in contact if you need any advice around this) and when the topic of paying for an exhibition table came up, I jumped at the opportunity. The SCI conference is the perfect opportunity for me, as the provider of a solution to the social care sector, to meet potential clients and get crucial feedback. Over the course of the two days I spoke to many social care workers, unit managers, operations managers and company directors about the current internal systems and processes they used to record the data on their young people, while also outlining TaskLight's offering and providing hands-on demos of our solution, TIMS (TaskLight Information Management System). I learned a lot from the two days, including that one care provider pays €150 a month in archiving costs for all of the paper records of the young people who have ever been in their care and that these records are archived every 3 months! The legal requirement to store a copy of the information on the young people in care indefinitely is absolutely justified and necessary, but the requirement to store a paper copy might be prohibitively expensive. In this case, for example, to read an incident report that is only four months old, the provider must find the relevant barcode of the report, contact the archiving company and wait up to 5 days to receive the report - all of this while, with TIMS, you would be able to read that information in less than a minute! Demonstrating this to the provider, they were blown away and could immediately see the benefits. Anyway, it was great to meet so many people in the industry and to get some warm feedback about TIMS. Enjoy this photo of our stand (below). That big iMac was playing our 'A Story About a Residential Care Company' video, which also seemed to get a lot of people's attention! You'll see me there, looking busy, as well as a giant tub of chocolates which, at times, seemed equally as popular as TIMS! Social Care Ireland Conference - Photo of our stand with Conor (and the tub of Roses)
Apparently, the cost of additional storage on SharePoint Online will also be coming down by a massive 92%, but I have not been verify to find this on Office 365's Irish site. In a blog post on the Office 365 blog, Kirk Koenigsbauer from Microsoft's Office Division said that:
As we rapidly add customers, the cost to run Office 365 becomes more efficient. This is the beauty of the cloud where we can deliver economies of scale through our worldwide data centers and economies of skill with our engineers, administrators, and support teams operating the service.This might hint to further reductions in the cost of Office 365 in the future. We'll keep you informed if this happens. We use Office 365 extensively and would highly recommend it for a flexible, cloud-based email, communication and collaboration system.
Office 365. You can read more in this article on the Irish Times website.