The Microsoft Unified Communications Launch is now over. The presentations from the event can be downloaded here.
If you're interested in attending one of the Unified Communications Deep Dive Technical Events occuring in launch cities in 2008, please visit www.microsoft.ca/ucdeepdive.
Microsoft Unified Communications technologies use the power of software to help streamline communications between people and organizations, regardless of medium, platform, device or location. A comprehensive set of clients, servers, services and devices delivers e-mail/calendaring, mobile messaging and device management, unified messaging, presence/instant message, VoIP call management, and audio-video-web conferencing. This event will focus on the architecture, deployment, availability, security and management of the Microsoft Unified Communications platform. There will also be a session on software-powered VoIP fundamentals and architecture. The products that will be covered in the keynote and throughout the day include:
We will begin by providing an end-state vision for the Microsoft Unified Communications platform, using demos to illustrate how it can provide streamlined communications, built-in security, operational efficiency and a future-ready foundation for your organization.
In this session you will learn how Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 integrate with existing applications, IT and Telephony Infrastructure and build on a common Windows-based Infrastructure including Active Directory to leverage your organization’s existing IT investments and skills. You will also learn how your organization can benefit from close integration capabilities with the software back-end, whether .NET, third party, or through a software oriented architecture (SOA).
This session will explore how Office Communications Server 2007 can provide high-value software-powered VoIP functionality to communicate with users on PBX, PSTN, and mobile endpoints. We will cover the fundamentals of connecting the Microsoft Unified Communications platform to your organization’s telephony infrastructure, including topics such as the Unified Messaging role within Exchange Server 2007 and the call management capabilities of Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007.
In this session you will learn how Office Communications Server 2007, Office Live Meeting 2007 and Microsoft Roundtable can support your organization’s audio, video and Web conferencing needs natively or in combination with other conferencing products.
By 2010, 80% of organizations implementing communications-enabled processes may
achieve significant revenue and competitive differentiation. This is due to the fact that
Unified Communications technologies have broad implications affecting many fundamental,
people-driven business processes. During the course of this event we will cover the
following topics, including real-world examples across a variety of industries:
The opening session will highlight the implications unified communications has to organizations across industries. For years, most organizations have had two separate, parallel investments in terms of communications: one around a voice network and another around a data network. This exemplifies the dilemma of modern business communications: many individual tools are considered indispensable, yet do not work well together to help people collaborate and enhance productivity. Organizations are now looking for ways to take advantage of modern technologies like VoIP to help reduce both the hard costs and productivity drain of their current communication networks. Integrating existing communications and PC networking infrastructures can help reduce complexity and total cost of ownership, while at the same time making the most of current technology investments.
With the power of a single identity, and “right time, right method” communications, enabled by presence, communication becomes a seamless and personal experience. With presence, you can find the contact you’re seeking the first time. Select contacts from a directory and see their personal availability and their optimal contact mode, whether it be phone, IM or e-mail. And because presence is integrated into the applications you use most, you can “click to communicate” without having to switch to a new application. Learn how improved communication and collaboration technologies can help make your organization more responsive and agile to customers' and partners' needs.
Some of the most important requirements of a communications system are in the areas of security, compliance and availability. Communications from e-mail to IM are constantly threatened by spam and viruses that if left unchecked can disrupt business and compromise security. As more electronic media come into mainstream use, security and compliance will continue to be primary IT concerns – as will the need for communications to always be readily available. In this session we’ll explore how a unified communications platform can help reduce risks for your organization.
Many organizations have fragmented internal communications systems that include multiple applications and hardware from many different vendors. This fragmentation is challenging and time-consuming for employees, and expensive for IT departments that must deploy, manage and update the systems. Communications modes are rarely integrated with other applications, resulting in disconnected infrastructure islands with multiple address books or user directories, and proprietary hardware and software applications that can’t talk to each other. In the final session, discover how unified communications helps prolong investments in communications infrastructure and helps reduce management costs associated with communications technologies.