2010 Refresh

March 11, 2010

2009 got busy with this-and-that, so this blog became stale.  It’s a new year, and though we have not yet finalized our departmental or individual goals, there’s a lot going on this year at work.

In 2010, at work, plans include:

  • Server refresh (hopefully with a lot of virtualization)
    • New Citrix environment / upgrade
    • Re-vamp intranet/website test server configuration
    • Symantec upgrade
  • SharePoint 2007 or 2010 deployment
  • Altiris Management Suite deployment / configuration
  • Disaster recovery project
  • Information security project
  • User training project
  • SOX compliance process review

Those are the main things, composed of many many little things.

I hope to have more to post soon.


Smile for Excel 2010

March 11, 2010

I’m testing out Office 2010, and thought that Microsoft’s new way of showing files that were autosaved was cute:

It shows “when I closed without saving” – a gentle, user-friendly reminder to save.

Free Wi-Fi at Airports

July 25, 2009

Found something to add to my “Road Warriors” series of user training.  Wisebread has a post on How to Get Free Wi-Fi at Airports that Charge for Internet Connections.

If you’re stuck at an airport that charges for Internet connections, here’s a solution: Go to the gift shop and ask for a a free Wi-Fi pass.

Office 2010 Extended Trailer

July 11, 2009

You may have seen the Office 2010 teaser trailer…

Here’s the new extended version, featuring the infamous Clippy:

I find it a bit ridiculous. 🙂

The Office 2007 Kick-Off

June 19, 2009


We’re planning to have an Office 2007 Kick-Off for all users, previous to any training or deployment.  I’ve found some valuable resources from trainer Tiffany Songvilay‘s OfficeOverEasy blog:

These resources could, of course, apply to MOSS 2007 or any other new software deployment.

Office 2007 Training on a Budget

June 19, 2009

In case you can’t afford the thousands of dollars a day it takes to bring in a trainer for on-site training, here are some alternatives to help you do Office 2007 training in-house.

Use Microsoft’s FREE resources:

Use Microsoft Software Assurance Benefits (if you have Software Assurance).

Use FREE online webinars

Quick Reference Guides

More resources to come!

Pricing for On-Site Training for Office 2007

June 18, 2009


This fall we are deploying Office 2007.  We’re planning on doing some internal training, focusing on the differences between Office 2003 and Office 2007, but for the nitty-gritty of the training, we are considering bringing someone in.   I’ve acquired quotes and information from several well-known and lesser-known IT training companies, and the pricing varies.  Below is a table of costs for six different vendors:

5 days 7 days 10 days 15 days Cost Per Day
$9,750 $13,650 $19,500 $29,250 $1,950
$19,500 $27,300 $39,000 $58,500 $3,900
$26,500 $37,100 $53,000 $79,500 $5,300
$7,500 $10,500 $15,000 $22,500 $1,500
$19,000 $26,600 $38,000 $57,000 $3,800
$10,000 $14,000 $20,000 $30,000 $2,000

Pricing is based on 10-20 students per class.   Each vendor offered both full day one session training and half day two session training.  This includes materials and travel costs, but does not include providing computers for hands-on work.

I wanted to share this info in case there is anyone out there wondering what the costs are like for on-site training.  Basically – around $1,500 to $5,000 per day, or $7,000 to $10,000 per week.