Thanks – we want your feedback

Many thanks for the great attendance to the London user group last week, even the storm didn’t keep many people away (or you were stuck in London, but I’m choosing to assume the former )

I can’t believe all the live demo’s went off without a hitch.

As always, we would really appreciate your feedback. What do you want to see from the user group? Do you want a specific topic covered? Would you like to present?

Email: tom “at” tomarbuthnot.com or twitter 

Also if you like to follow Skype for Business be sure to join our monthly online community chat over at msuc.chat

thanks

Tom and Adam

MUCUGL February 23rd 2017: Skype for Business Cloud PBX – All the Demo’s, Live!

We’re well into 2017 now and it’s time for February Microsoft UC User Group London. After some good Cloud PBX questions last time, this time we’re going heavy on the live demos (sacrifices will be made to the demo gods ahead of the event).

There is a lot we will demo including Cloud PBX Auto Attendants and Call Queues, with these features due to GA in March we’re hopeful all the core features will be in play for this February meet up, either way, we’ll be demo’ing everything we can. Want to see something specific? Please let us know.

Adam Jacobs will demo Aqua (Polycom in Azure for Skype for Business Online) and show the provisioning wizard, user licensing and scheduling.

As usual, at the end of the event, we’ll head to the pub for networking and catch up.

Hope to see you there!

thanks

Tom and Adam

Register for tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-february-23rd-2017-skype-for-business-cloud-pbx-all-the-demos-live-tickets-31462883331

Microsoft UC User Group London (MUCUGL) is at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre

69 Old Broad St

16th Floor – Dashwood House

London EC2

 

Agenda:

18.00-18:50 – Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX Demo Fest Part 1

18:50-19.20 – Snacks, Networking and Break

19.20 – 19:55 – Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX Demo Fest Part 2, Polycom Aqua demo

19:55 – Wrap Up and Close

Then it’s off to the pub for a beer and catch up

 

MUCUGL December 12th 2016: Skype for Business – All the News, All the Features

December is right around the corner, so it must be time for our end of year Microsoft UC User Group London. Since the July user group it’s been a crazy period with UCday, Microsoft Ignite, MVP Summit and various other events and news. We’ve also had SfB Server CU4, some new features into preview in Cloud PBX and Microsoft Teams.
With all that going on, we’ve brought together all the important news and all the latest feature information for our December user group.

As usual, we’ll have a pint and a catch up after the event.

Hope to see you there.

Microsoft UC User Group London (MUCUGL) is at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station
Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Register with Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-december-12th-2016-skype-for-business-all-the-news-all-the-features-tickets-29513874794
Agenda:
18.00-18:50 – Summary of all the important news from Ignite and other events
18:50-19.20 – Snacks, Networking and Break
19.20 – 19:55 – SfB Server CU4, Cloud PBX latest features Org AA and Call Queues and Microsoft Teams
19:55 – Wrap Up and Close
Then it’s off to the pub for a beer and catch up

Tom Arbuthnot Speaking at Unity Connect, Netherlands, November 18th, 25% discount for MUCUGL members

I’m excited to be speaking at Unity Connect, a show in Haarlem, Netherlands, November 16th – 18th. I’m speaking on Friday, Nov 18 10:15 – 11:30.

https://www.unityconnect.com/2016/speaker?speakerid=249

Unity Connect has more than 75 sessions and 3 full-day workshops covering deployment and upgrade, governance and adoption, administration and security, and application development give you the tools you need to properly manage SharePoint 2016 and the latest Office 365 features.

Exclusively for MUCUGL members, Unity Connect are offering 25% discount off ticket prices with the code  LDNUCH25 .

Hope to see you at the event!

Also look out for the next MUCUGL coming in December, just locking in the date, we will post an update shortly

thanks

Tom

UCday UK 2016, 24th October in Birmingham

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After great success last year, UCday is back on 24th October in Birmingham. A number of UK community groups have come together to put on a one-day UC and Cloud conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, in Birmingham

The event features five tracks this year:

  • Skype for Business
  • Exchange
  • Office365
  • Azure
  • Cloud

I will be presented in the Skype for Business track discussing the right Skype for Business deployment model for you. We’ll be digging into all the latest cloud options and how they can work as pure cloud or hybrid.

More details and registration here: http://www.ucday.co.uk/agenda/

Many thanks to our great UCday sponsors who will also be exhibiting on the day:

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I know it’s north of Watford gap, but it’s worth the trip for the biggest UK UC and Cloud community event 😉

Quite a few regulars from the London user group will be there, hope to see you there.

Tom

 

MUCUGL July 6th 2016: Skype for Business Cloud PBX UK PSTN Calling Hands On and Global SIP Trunking Success

The sun is shining (mostly) and it’s time for the summer installment of Microsoft UC User Group London. There is plenty to talk about this time around, Microsoft PSTN Calling (Microsoft as a PSTN carrier) will be generally available in the UK in July, so we’ll spend some time going over exactly how this works, the licencing/costs and even a live demo of how to set it up!

We’re then going to dive a bit further into the carrier space, talking about SIP trunking at a global scale. We’ll be starting with the easy stuff, but then diving into the complex stuff like providing global services and considering more challenging locations like India and the UAE. Also how do you can connect SIP Trunking to both SfB Server and SfB Online Cloud PBX.

There has been a lot of news and updates since the last user group, so we’ll take some time to go over the latest.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual for beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Wednesday 6th July at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre

69 Old Broad St

16th Floor – Dashwood House

London EC2

Register for free tickets at Eventbrite

Agenda:

MUCUGL: Wednesday 6th July 2016

Skype for Business Cloud PBX UK PSTN Calling hands on and Global SIP Trunking Success

Session

Detail

18.00-18:40 – Cloud PBX and UK Microsoft PSTN Calling – details and hands on

In July Microsoft PSTN Calling (where Microsoft can be your PSTN carrier in SfB Online) is generally available. We’ll go over how it works, the models and costs, and do a hands on demo

18:50-19.20 – Global SIP Trunking

How SIP Trunking works at a global scale, deployment models, regional/country specific challenges

19.20-19.40 –Networking Break

Networking and Snacks

19.40-19:55 – Latest News

Latest SfB Server and Online Updates. General industry news updates

19:55 – Wrap Up and Close

Wrap up and off to the pub for a beer and catch up

MUCUGL Thursday 3rd March 2016: Cloud PBX Experience, Broadcast Meetings and Office Click to Run

We’re well into 2016 now and it’s time for another MUCUGL. By this event, it will have been 3 months since Cloud PBX officially GA’d, so we’ll take a look at what we now know with hands on experience, and what’s the latest news on Cloud Connector Edition

We’ll also be taking a look at Skype Broadcast Meetings, and taking a look at the new and Microsoft preferred Office Click to Run deployment model, branches and updates and it’s impact on your Skype for Business deployment.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual for beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Thursday 3rd March at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Registration at Eventbrite

Agenda:

MUCUGL Thursday 3rd March 2016:  Cloud PBX Experience, Broadcast Meetings and Office Click to Run
Times Detail
18.00-18:40 – Cloud PBX real world experience The latest on Cloud PBX from hands on experience and Cloud Connector Edition updates
18:40-19.00 – Skype Broadcast Meetings Skype Broadcast Meetings
19.00-19.25 –Networking Break Networking and Snacks
19.25-19:55 – Understanding Office Click to Run Microsoft’s preferred Office deployment model is now Click to Run. What does the new branches and update model mean to your Skype for Business deployment?
19:55 – Wrap Up and Close Wrap up and off to the pub for a beer and catch up

 

MUCUGL Thursday 22nd October 2015: Skype Compliance and Recording and Cloud PBX

Time flies as always. We’re going for shorter notice on this one, hope to see you there

At this event we have special guest Jamie Wheeldon, UC Lead at a global finance Organisation talks about deploying Skype for Business successfully in a heavily regulated financial environment, the third party tooling required for recording and compliance and how it works

Tom and Adam will be going over Cloud PBX, what we know so far and lots of other news about what’s new since our last meeting.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual for beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Thursday 22nd October at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Full agenda below and registration available here:

 

Date: Thursday 22nd October MUCUGL Thursday 22nd October 2015:  Skype Compliance and Recording and Cloud PBX
Times Topics
18.00-18:50 – Skype for Business – IM, Voice and Video recording and ethical walls compliance requirements in Finance (Jamie Wheeldon) Jamie Wheeldon, UC Lead at a global finance Organisation talks about deploying Skype for Business successfully in a heavily regulated environment, the third party tooling required and how it works
18:50-19.10 – Networking Networking, Drinks and Snacks
19.10-19.50 – Skype for Business Cloud PBX – What we know today and Polycom Endpoints (Tom Arbuthnot and Adam Jacobs) Tom and Adam discuss what we know about the new Skype for Business Cloud PBX and Adam talks about how Polycom will work in Cloud PBX topology
19.50 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

 

UC Day, 28th September, Birmingham, UK

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A number of UK community groups have come together to put on a one-day Skype for Business & Exchange conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, in Birmingham, UK on the 28th September 2015.

The event features, 13 MVP Speakers, 4 MCMs and 4 Community Leaders. There is also a pre event quiz night.

You can register here: http://www.ucday.co.uk/ucticket-registration/

 

I know a few regulars from the London user group will be there, hope to see you there.

Tom

MUCUGL Thursday 31st July 2014: Managing and Monitoring Lync in the Enterprise

I’m calling it, Summer is here, it’s the July Microsoft UC User Group London. As always, at the Polycom EEC London, near Liverpool Street Station.

This month we have special guest Phillip Priestley from Unify² . Phil is a Managing Architect with Unify Square based in the UK specializing in corporate strategy, design and implementation of complex Microsoft UC solutions. He has a broad range of industries including Finance, Retail, Defence, Education and Local Government from SMBs to Complex Multinational organisations

Phil will be talking about operating and monitoring Lync in the Enterprise. Lync provides lots of functionality and integration options, which means Enterprise deployments can be Large and Complex. Good management and monitoring are vital. Come and see how free native Microsoft tools can be used to operate and monitor your Lync environment and how 3rd party tools can provide additional benefits and value to your Lync deployment to enhance your end user experience.

An interesting topic and I’m sure will provoke some good conversations and debate.

Tom and Adam will do a roundup of all the latest UC and Lync news and updates.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual, hopefully sunny, beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Thursday 31st July at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Tickets on eventbite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-july-2014-managing-and-monitoring-lync-in-the-enterprise-tickets-12114008325

Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Full agenda below:

Date: Thursday 31st July Title: MUCUGL July 2014: Managing and Monitoring Lync in the Enterprise
Times Topics
18.00-19:00 – Operating and Monitoring Lync 2013 in the Enterprise (Philip Priestley) How Microsoft tools can be used to operate and monitor your Lync environment and how 3rd party tools can provide additional benefits and value to your Lync deployment to enhance your end user experience.
19:00-19.20 – Networking Networking, drinks and snacks
19.20-19.50 – Latest News and Developments (Tom and Adam) All the important announcements and news
19.50-20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub