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  • Blog Post: Unified Communications and the Cloud

    When you think about how the traditional phone system (PSTN) or public switched telephone network really relied upon hardware to work, and now you think about merging the Internet and Phone networks, things get interesting. Major parts of the Internet are software based, think about Virtualization, how...
  • Blog Post: Part 2 of 5 - Keith Kabza, MVP, and Blain Barton discuss OCS 2007/Exchange 2010

    Part-2 - is posted below! The rest of the series is being delivered every week for 5 weeks! Part 1 – Learn about Exchange 2010/OCS Integration features – http://dpeeast.hosted.panopto.com/CourseCast/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=97439256-efc4-48a0-863b-8e69ffbefe13 Part 2 – Learn about Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Lync 2010 worth the effort

    Today I was reading an article by J. Peter Bruzzese at Infoworld. The title of his article: Microsoft Lync 2010:Finally, a commnications server worth the effort. Here is a link to the article http://infoworld.com/d/windows/microsoft-lync-2010-finally-communications-server-worth-the-effort-515 In this...
  • Blog Post: Neeti Gupta And Her Role At Microsoft

    My name is Neeti Gupta and I am a Senior Product Manager, Unified Communications (Exchange and Office Communications Server) Audience Marketing at Microsoft. I am very excited to participate in the BIEB blog and write about Microsoft communications products that I use every day at work and at...
  • Blog Post: IBM Panasonic “Win” = Keeping a Notes Customer

    In advance of Lotusphere, IBM is touting a big cloud win with Panasonic who will be using LotusLive for 320,000 people, and IBM is claiming this as a replacement of Microsoft Exchange. These claims around Panasonic compel me to shed some light on the real facts. Panasonic was already using Notes...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Pricing and Licensing announced

    We recently announced pricing for Lync Server 2010 which is the new name for our next Office Communication Server. You can find all the details at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx Pricing and Licensing Lync Server 2010 follows the Server/Client Access License (CAL)...
  • Blog Post: Using OCS to Cut Costs and Increase Productivity in a Modern Day Unified Communications World

    I think we've all heard the pitch before in just about all aspects of our lives - buy product XYZ and it'll do everything you'll ever want, it'll save you money, and it'll get your whites whiter and your brights brighter (to use a Tide laundry detergent analogy). Well in the case of OCS, this sales pitch...
  • Blog Post: OCS and Virtualization

    I thought a good topic to discuss would be that of OCS and virtualization, as virtualization is obvioulsy a hot topic that can save real dollars for people and there is some general confusion as to whether or not OCS supports virtualization or not (most people think it doesn't).. As a quick background...
  • Blog Post: It Is the Mindset, Not the Skill Set...

    In the last post, I had mentioned my research whitepaper titled " Preparing for Innovation: Understanding How IT Organizational Change Can Help Drive Success with Unified Communications ". If you lead or manage a technology team and haven't read this paper yet, I'd encourage you to read it. ...
  • Blog Post: What's new in OCS 14?

    I have been wanting to write this post for sometime. Internally we have been playing around with the features of Office Communications Server 14 for sometime, and I haven't been able to show you the new features. Well now I can. In the last week the OCS team released 5 new videos on edge.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: VoiceCon This Year

    My colleague BJ Haberkorn wrote a really nice blog post about looking forward to VoiceCon Orlando 2010. I wanted to share it with you all since it captures all the things that has kept our team busy from keynotes - event - case studies - virtual launches - strategic initiatives - and all the news...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications: Is it real and is it for me?

    About a month or so ago, I saw the following post on Information Week: http://www.informationweek.com/news/telecom/unified_communications/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225700490 . I found the article to be enlightening and thought I would post my thoughts regarding some of the items brought out by...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications going beyond the trial

    I was reading this article today on WindowsITPro site by B.K. Winstead. He talks about people that claim to be doing Unified Communications are most just piloting it, and most of the deployments are only using a very small percentage of the features of Unifed Communications(UC). His organization is using...
  • Blog Post: Part 1 of 5 - Keith Kabza - MVP and Blain Barton discuss OCS 2007/Exchange 2010

    I've been chatting with Keith Kabza Microsoft Partner and MVP at some of the local Florida events. I met up with him at the Microsoft Tampa Office to put together some videos on OCS 2007 R2 and Exchange 2010 and some of the benefits and features around the products. Take a look and tell us what you...