Hunting in Packs, Seamless-ness and Happy Holidays

I attended DevConnections (Exchange) last month and was blown away by the technical talks. Speakers included Exchange MVPs William Lefkovics, Michael B. Smith, Paul Robichaux, and Jim McBee. Topics ranged from Exchange Edge Services to Transport Rules, Powershell and Exchange 2007 to Database Portability.

I attended DevConnections (Exchange) last month and was blown away by the technical talks. Speakers included Exchange MVPs William Lefkovics, Michael B. Smith, Paul Robichaux, and Jim McBee. Topics ranged from Exchange Edge Services to Transport Rules, PowerShell and Exchange 2007 to Database Portability.

The audience was highly attentive and at the end of the talks the speakers were often hunted down by packs of question-hungry Exchange Admins. Technical debates carried on well into the coffee breaks.

Over in the Expo hall I had an opportunity to find out how the phrase ‘seamless archiving’ might mean different things to different people.

Here’s what I thought ‘seamless’ meant (from Dictionary.com):

seam.less

1. having no seams

2. smoothly continuous or uniform in quality; combined in an inconspicuous way.

I checked out demos from nearly a dozen archiving vendors. Naturally everyone said “Look Ma, no seams!”

“Of course it’s seamless,” said one. “Unfortunately there’s no message preview but all the end user has to do is click on the stub and then click on the link that appears.” Others explained the ins and outs of their ‘integrated’ search: “First you search your inbox of non-archived emails and hopefully you’ll find what you are looking for.”
“What happens if you don’t find what you are looking for?”
“Then you go to the archived mail folder and do another search there.”

Hmmm. Those seams looked kind of conspicuous to me.
But what do you think? How seamless should seamless be? What would you expect from a ‘seamless’ Exchange archiving tool? Post your comments here.

Happy holidays to you all,

Michael Francis