Posted by: dkoepke | July 16, 2010

Huge news

So I know it’s been a while since I have posted to my blog. This news was worthy of taking the time to sit down and write something so I thought I would.

Today there was a little news story that came across the web on a Friday mid day after the markets closed and most people had tuned out at work thinking – what am I doing for the weekend?

Well that news story was this: Google purchases Metaweb. Now if you don’t know anything about Metaweb, they are a company that basically categorizes content on the web and makes it so that you can reference that content on a site easily without having to know how the name is spelled or how things relate. It is like one huge relational database for content on the web. Watch this video to get a short description of what they do and then draw your own conclusions. I think this is huge news marrying google and metaweb.


Moon Energy
This is what out of the box thinking looks like. From the ingenious people in Japan.

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Posted by: dkoepke | April 29, 2010

The state of Microsoft

The way we run our lives has forever changed. The employees we are hiring right out of school are appalled by the technology we use to run our companies. They are more productive at home than they are in the office. They call for a change that is difficult to hear in companies that rank seniority over insight. The new paradigm is amplified as entire industries like communications, music, and education are transformed forever

This paragraph caught my eye from an article about the death of Microsoft.

Fundamentally what they are saying is somewhat real, but I think the part they are forgetting is that most businesses today larger than 10 people are running on software built for good or bad by Microsoft. I think Microsoft will have to innovate quickly in the coming years to not become the next IBM, but there is still a chance for that to happen.

Posted by: dkoepke | July 30, 2009

New Suzuki sedan unveiled

Suzuki displayed a new model to it’s line up today that is called the Kizashi.  It translates as something good coming.  I love the back end design of the exhaust of this vehicle.  It reminds me of the Honda Civic that was sold only in the UK, the US version didn’t get the cool tailpipes.  It also looks alot like the Lexus behemoth.

Posted by: dkoepke | July 25, 2009

SharePoint 2010 information

If you are looking for good reliable information on SharePoint 2010 you can get it straight from Microsoft here Sharepoint 2010 Sneak Peak Videos

Posted by: dkoepke | June 12, 2009

Great resources from Microsoft

Microsoft has put up a great resource for Sharepoint Developers.  Lot’s of good information here.

Click here to check it out

Posted by: dkoepke | May 15, 2009

Cool Javascript popups for reminders in SharePoint

Jan on his blog has a great post on how to code this out.

Posted by: dkoepke | March 4, 2009

Getting the most out of a user group

Getting the Most out of User Groups
I am a firm believer in information shared, information gained and as such over the years I have participated in, created, moderated and invented many a user group. I have also seen both success and failure when it comes to the time invested.

Here are some top tips for really finding that sweet win!

1. It is not just about joining. Time invested = higher returns on the investment

2. Although you might be an incredible wealth of information it is highly likely that most people in the room know something that you do not know. Egos need to be checked in at the door.

3. If you feel like you are constantly offering information and not getting much in return then perhaps you are talking too much 🙂

4. A user group is not a training session. It is an interactive discuss. Come to the meetings ready to have a conversation.

5. Never hesitate to follow-up after any meetings with those that you met. If you didn’t get a specific card or e-mail address reach out to the organizer.

6. If a side conversation was of value to you, then it might be valuable to the rest of the group. Share.

7. Preparing for a user group meeting by gather tidbits of interest during the week helps jump start a meeting that might consist of a crowd of strangers.

8. The best presentations are the ones where you get to work with real software or solve real problems and the solving is a team activity. Share the keyboard, mouse or choose a driver that gets input from all.

9. Providing pizza and soda tend to be a necessary evil that works 😉

10. Go ahead and stick your neck out – there are no dumb questions and someone else in the room will be thankful that you asked.

Bill Gates has written an annual letter regarding his work at the Gates Foundation.  You can read the full article here at The Gates Foundation Website.

It is a very comprehensive account of what he is doing to better the world.  That might be a lofty goal, but as one of the world’s richest men he has great responsibility also.  It is great to see someone that has been given so much to give so much back to the world as a whole.  When you compare Bill Gates to other CEO’s and even people that have been lucky to become wealthy thru book writting or Music they tend to say they are saving the world by driving a prius, when in reality they should be giving back like this.

Overall this report is a good read and I would recommend it for anyone that has an interest in serving others instead of themselves.

Posted by: dkoepke | January 23, 2009

The current economic climate

It is amazing to me to think that the majority of this hit the United States just in really the past 3-4 months.  We are seeing things like this letter everywhere in every part of America.  Layoffs and downsizing across the board in all industries.  Granted my exposure is mainly to the tech industry but from what I am hearing it is happening everywhere.  There are a couple of things that I have seen in these types of email memos:

  • When we see CEO’s say that “The fact that we are growing at all during the worst recession in 2 generations” is the part that continues to floor me.  It is amazing that most businesses are still doing year over year growth despite the fact that the economy is in an equivalent state to that of the 1920’s.
  • When CEOs say that we have quickly adapted to the climate and have reigned in spending is a good thing.  When a behemoth such as Microsoft can quickly adapt to changing economic climates and reign in spending to the tune of 600 million is an amazing trick.  I have seen this elsewhere that companies are reacting quickly and changing their spending habits, but that in turn is affecting the purchasing power of the vendors and companies they do business with which has a cyclical effect.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the near future.  I can only be optimistic in the hope that things will turn around soon and things can get back to semi normalsy.

From: Steve Ballmer
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 6:07 AM
Subject: Realigning Resources and Reducing Costs

In response to the realities of a deteriorating economy, we’re taking important steps to realign Microsoft’s business. I want to tell you about what we’re doing and why.

Today we announced second quarter revenue of $16.6 billion. This number is an increase of just 2 percent compared with the second quarter of last year and it is approximately $900 million below our earlier expectations.

The fact that we are growing at all during the worst recession in two generations reflects our strong business fundamentals and is a testament to your hard work. Our products provide great value to our customers. Our financial position is solid. We have made long-term investments that continue to pay off.

But it is also clear that we are not immune to the effects of the economy. Consumers and businesses have reined in spending, which is affecting PC shipments and IT expenditures.

Our response to this environment must combine a commitment to long-term investments in innovation with prompt action to reduce our costs.

During the second quarter we started down the right path. As the economy deteriorated, we acted quickly. As a result, we reduced operating expenses during the quarter by $600 million. I appreciate the agility you have shown in enabling us to achieve this result.

Now we need to do more. We must make adjustments to ensure that our investments are tightly aligned with current and future revenue opportunities. The current environment requires that we continue to increase our efficiency.

As part of the process of adjustments, we will eliminate up to 5,000 positions in R&D, marketing, sales, finance, LCA, HR, and IT over the next 18 months, of which 1,400 will occur today. We’ll also open new positions to support key investment areas during this same period of time. Our net headcount in these functions will decline by 2,000 to 3,000 over the next 18 months. In addition, our workforce in support, consulting, operations, billing, manufacturing, and data center operations will continue to change in direct response to customer needs.

Our leaders all have specific goals to manage costs prudently and thoughtfully. They have the flexibility to adjust the size of their teams so they are appropriately matched to revenue potential, to add headcount where they need to increase investments in order to ensure future success, and to drive efficiency.

To increase efficiency, we’re taking a series of aggressive steps. We’ll cut travel expenditures 20 percent and make significant reductions in spending on vendors and contingent staff. We’ve scaled back Puget Sound campus expansion and reduced marketing budgets. We’ll also reduce costs by eliminating merit increases for FY10 that would have taken effect in September of this calendar year.

Each of these steps will be difficult. Our priority remains doing right by our customers and our employees. For employees who are directly affected, I know this will be a difficult time for you and I want to assure you that we will provide help and support during this transition. We have established an outplacement center in the Puget Sound region and we’ll provide outplacement services in many other locations to help you find new jobs. Some of you may find jobs internally. For those who don’t, we will also offer severance pay and other benefits.

The decision to eliminate jobs is a very difficult one. Our people are the foundation of everything we have achieved and we place the highest value on the commitment and hard work that you have dedicated to building this company. But we believe these job eliminations are crucial to our ability to adjust the company’s cost structure so that we have the resources to drive future profitable growth. I encourage you to attend tomorrow’s Town Hall at 9am PST in Cafe 34 or watch the Webcast.

While this is the most challenging economic climate we have ever faced, I want to reiterate my confidence in the strength of our competitive position and soundness of our approach.

With these changes in place, I feel confident that we will have the resources we need to continue to invest in long-term computing trends that offer the greatest opportunity to deliver value to our customers and shareholders, benefit to society, and growth for Microsoft.

With our approach to investing for the long term and managing our expenses, I know Microsoft will emerge an even stronger industry leader than it is today.

Thank you for your continued commitment and hard work.


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