Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dropbox and Google Docs integration?

I spotted this article on ZDNET a few weeks ago.  Wouldn't it be great if your Google Docs were more accessible through Dropbox?

Having been a big user of both technologies, my problem with Google Docs is that it sits outside of the standard file sharing and usage. If it were more accessible I think it would quickly become more mainstream.

Dropbox is a service which allows for sharing a folder (and sub-folders) of files between your computers, and the capability of sharing them with a anyone else using Dropbox, or even a public URL share.  It also can create a web interface for people to view your shared pictures.

If the two were to integrate, it would mean having your Google docs on all of your computers, and having them up to date everywhere, so even offline copies would update what you have in your online repository.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

WeirdSE Launches Wisdom Apple Apps

Who said Sales Engineer training needs to be in a class room? 

The WeirdSE just launched  training targeted at field based SEs which is always at hand and available anytime & anywhere.  The training is available as a series of applications for iPhone/iPad available through the Apple app-store.
The main focus is on relevant field-applicable, high impact technical sales skills.
WeirdSE Wisdom
Training modules
"I've been an Account SE, a Specialist, and a Technical Account Manager. I've attended lots of boring sales trainings designed for the Account Manager, not for me. What I want is actionable, insightful, and entertaining training that was designed specifically for SEs. How do I drive the deal toward technical closure? How do I plan deal-changing moments?" said Steve Ottana, co-founder of Sales Edutainment, Inc. And thus was born WeirdSE. For more information about the WeirdSE visit his website.

This is something I have often seen in the field - SE training is either about technology (understanding product capabilities, infrastructure or industry standards) or else about sales (Solution Selling, Customer-Centered Selling, etc).  Very rarely are there trainers, training or processes around sales engineering as a discipline.

What I like about the WeirdSE training is that it is available wherever the SE is. Plenty of time is sunk into travel, waiting for meetings, between meetings and so forth, that this would be truly useful to SEs on the road.  At least those with an Apple product!