Today I wanted to bring your attention to an article the U.S. Army wrote about its Lync pilot. I was excited to learn how the Army believes Lync can benefit its personnel, and I think you’ll find it interesting as well. At the Command and Control Directorate for the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC CD2), a development effort is underway to understand how the Army can use Lync to extend its communication infrastructure to keep soldiers connected to each other, whether they are at the command post or on patrol. Instant communication is critical to soldiers on the front lines. In fact, soldiers rate instant messaging applications as the most important application they use. Adverse conditions, a wide variety of communications equipment, mobile personnel, and bandwidth constraints make communications difficult. Instant messaging helps the army overcome these challenges. Here’ s how:
I think it’s also great to know that Lync had been approved by the Defense Information Systems Agency and the US Army feels it can use Lync to solve so many of its communications challenges. I like that the Army is using the most basic functions of Lync—instant messaging and presence—to keep soldiers in the field connected, but it also sees the potential of flexible Lync APIs to customize solutions that truly support its operations.
Read the US Army article
Kind regards,Rainer PodjoutomoProduct Manager, Microsoft Lync