Monday, June 30, 2014

InfoStrat Excited About Microsoft Kinect V2

The InfoStrat Advanced Technology Group has been deeply engaged with Microsoft in its products using a natural user interface (NUI) such as multi-touch screens, voice controls, and motion sensing.  We are excited about the latest version of Kinect, and are exploring how it will make NUI apps better than ever.

The following video shows a comparison of Kinect version 1 and version 2 for tracking skeletons.



Skeleton tracking is essential for many games and for practical purposes such as exercise and physical therapy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Microsoft Focuses on Compliance and Agility for Government Contractors

In his blog post today, Elliott Ichimura, Microsoft Global Industry Director, announced a new initiative to help government contractors work more efficiently and comply with regulatory requirements.

Microsoft has recently formed an alliance of its partner companies who focus on the government contractor community.  InfoStrat is excited to be named one of the premiere partners in this group for Dynamics CRM.

The InfoStrat solution Dynamics CRM for Government Contractors has recently been enhanced to work on the latest version of Dynamics CRM and provide integration with data services such as FedBizOps and Onvia.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Don't Let SharePoint Grow Like Kudzu

SharePoint is a great product, but it is so easy to use and offers so many options for how you organize your sites and content that it can grow out of control.  In a large organization, the depth and quality of content varies widely from one department to another, and even site navigation can become confusing.

After a few years of using SharePoint, your intranet can become like the wild west, sprawling and lawless.

To get the most out of SharePoint, you need governance which matches the cultural style and policies of your organization.  Consider questions like these:
  1. Do you want a single consistent graphic design and theme throughout your sites?  Should departments "brand" themselves in a different way than the overall organization?
  2. Can users create sites without permission from administrators?
  3. How long should sites last?  How can users know when content is still current?  Are old sites deleted or archived?
  4. Does the site navigation reflect the popularity of sites and pages?  How does it evolve as new content is created?
  5. Do you want the site to look like SharePoint out of the box, or create a more custom website appearance?
  6. Should you have a collection of formal sites as well as a separate set of informal, ad hoc sites for collaboration?
InfoStrat helps clients not only with the technical side of SharePoint, but with planning, design and governance.  Be sure to write down the vision for the intranet, and keep updating your objectives over time.

Agile project approaches are well suited to SharePoint because they engage the project stakeholders.

Upgrading to a new version of SharePoint provides an opportunity to institute governance and clean up your sites. Learning about which new features you will need is a great way to increase overall knowledge of SharePoint and give your intranet a fresh start.