In a related way to how tablets provide a more flexible and intuitive interface to applications, unified communications provides a way for us to better and more productively communicate with our colleagues, customers, clients and partners. Providing a single interface to instant messaging, voice and video services, conferencing and desktop or application sharing a UC client can help you communicate the right information to the right people at the right time, and therefore resolve issues quicker and easier.

Microsoft Lync 2010 is a core component of Microsoft’s unified communications platform, working together with Exchange and Office. The Microsoft UC User Group are holding a number of event across the UK and in Dublin over the coming weeks. If you’d like to learn more about what Lync and unified commutations is all about, and how it could help your organisation register for one of the events:

Dublin              23rd April

Bristol              14th May

Liverpool         15th May

Derby              16th May

Newcastle       17th May

Edinburgh        18th May

Register here if you are interested in attending one of the above events:

The agenda for each day:

Start    End      Title

09:30   10:00   Registration and coffee.

10:00   10:15   Welcome.

10:15   11:00   Introduction to Lync.

11:00   11:15   Coffee break.

11:15   12:00   We have a PBX, how do we move to Lync?

12:00   12:45   High availability and disaster recovery.

12:45   13:15   Sponsor Session - A10 Networks.

13:15   14:00   Lunch.

14:00   14:45   Using an existing video conferencing solution with Lync?

14:45   15:30   Deploy our own or use a cloud offering, if cloud who's?

15:30   15:45   Coffee break.

15:45   16:45   All of this sounds good, how do I get my boss to agree?

16:45   17:00   Q&A and wrap-up.

The days are being run by Adam Gent and Russ Kirk, both Lync MVPs with a background in UC and telephony, with additional guest speakers from the local community and Microsoft varying between locations. The days are made possible by sponsorship from www.a10networks.com.

You can sign up for free attendance at these events at http://mucuguk.eventbrite.co.uk/