I’ve been at Intuit 3 months now. Moving from the Sun Solaris, Java Desktop, SunRay environment to the Laptop Windows environment has been very interesting. There is a lot of stuff that just works better on SunRay and I know life is easier when you don’t have to be your own system administrator but there is one thing that is a big improvement at Intuit. Calendaring. People (especially admins) at Sun spend hours and hours setting up meetings mainly using email. When I occasionally used to go to an admin and ask him or her to set up a big meeting the admin would usually cringe. The amount of back and forth to figure out when people were available was daunting.
I know Outlook has enormous security issue but does it ever make calendaring and setting up meetings easy. At Intuit you just look at every ones calendar in Outlook pick a meeting time and send the email. When someone accepts a meeting the meeting automatically gets added to his or her calendar. You can propose alternate times and also build the meeting room scheduling and conference call scheduling right into your meeting announcement.
I know that the IT group at Sun has plans to address calendaring in the future. Having worked at Sun for 18 years I didn’t know what I was missing.