MUCUGL Thursday 11th June 2015: Skype for Business, a deeper dive

The summer is practically here and Ingite is over!

At this event Tom and Adam will present more detail on Skype for Business Server, new functionality, demos (hopefully!) and more detail on the recently announced RoundTable 100. As always the event is taking place at the Polycom EEC London, near Liverpool Street Station.

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

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Thursday 11th June 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 11th June Title: MUCUGL June 2015: Skype for Business a deeper dive
Times Topics
18.00-18:45 – Skype for Business demos/overview (Tom Arbuthnot) Tom will cover SfB cube reporting, Call-via-Work and in-place upgrade.
18:45-19.25 – Networking Networking, Drinks and Snacks
19.00-19.30 – Skype for Business demos/overview (Adam Jacobs) Adam will cover VIS deployment and the newly introduced RoundTable100
20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

 

MUCUGL Wednesday 25th February 2015: Introducing Skype for Business

Happy new year! MUCUGL is back and we’re pleased to announce our first event of 2015. At this event Tom and Adam (in-person 🙂 ) will present on Microsoft’s latest version of Lync, Skype for Business Server 2015. As always the event is taking place at the Polycom EEC London, near Liverpool Street Station.

We expect a lot of interest given some of the great content Microsoft has shared with us, so register soon to avoid disappointment and as always please only reserve seats if you’re able to make it.

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

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Wednesday 25th February 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: Wednesday 25th February Title: MUCUGL February 2015: Introducing Skype for Business
Times Topics
18.00-18:45 – Skype for Business Voice, Server and Deployment Enhancements (Tom Arbuthnot) Tom will cover Microsoft’s investments within voice, server and deployment enhancements.
18:45-19.25 – Networking Networking, Drinks and Snacks
19.00-19.30 – Skype for Business Meeting and Video Enhancements (Adam Jacobs) Adam will cover Microsoft’s investments within meeting and the new Video Interoperability Server (VIS).
20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

 

MUCUGL Wednesday 26th November 2014: Managing Lync Call Quality

We’ve decided to shift the October event by a month and theme the next event around Lync and networking best practices. As always the event is taking place at the Polycom EEC London, near Liverpool Street Station.

This time we’re going to focus on two hot deployment topics, specifically Lync Quality of Serivce (QoS) and Software-defined Networking (SDN).

We’ll also be reaching out to one of our MUCUGL regulars as we have an open guest speaker slot, if you’re interested in speaking please reach out to Tom or Adam.

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

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Wednesday 26th November 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: Wednesday 26th November Title: MUCUGL November 2014: Managing Lync Call Quality
Times Topics
18.00-18:30 – Lync and SDN (Tom Arbuthnot) Tom will provide and overview of SDN and how this is relevant to Lync deployments.
18:30-19.00 – Networking Networking, Drinks and Snacks
19.00-19.30 – Lync QoS (Adam Jacobs) Adam will provide an overview of Lync QoS and how to ensure the various types of   Lync clients perform as expected on your network
19.30-20.00 – Guest Speaker TBC
20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

Best MUCUGL to date!

I’d be lying if I said that comments like “Best MUCUGL to date” (from a regular attendee) didn’t make it all worth it! 🙂

Thursday’s event was a resounding success and we were fortunate enough to have to have two guest speakers, Scott Brown (Worldwide Director for Lync Enterprise Voice from Microsoft) was in town and spent some time talking about the success story that Microsoft Lync is – including how Lync voice adoption was increasing at a rapid pace. Scott then touched on Microsoft’s priorities for FY13, which to no surprise now encompasses an increased focus on Cloud and Office 365.

Our second guest was Polycom’s product manager for Lync voice products (Open SIP and CX devices) – Vasudevan Krishnamurthy. The group were given an insight into Polycom’s Lync voice focus and future features/functionality.

Justin, Tom and I also delivered some sessions on Lync Mobility, Centralized Logging and Updates for Lync in Q1, (decks from the event are available below)

Thanks to those that came along, we look forward to seeing you at the next event on 25th July.

MUCUGL: January 2013 – Best of Lync 2013 Ignite

Happy New Year!

So the festive period is over, new year resolutions have started and we’re all back at work – but fear not, the January edition of MUCUGL is upon us! 🙂

We’re back at the Polycom EEC (following great venue feedback) and for those unable to attend one of Microsoft’s Lync 2013 Ignite events then Tom, Justin and Adam will be delivering the best content all in under 2hrs! *gulp*

As always we look forward to seeing you all (this time in 2013) and for those that can make it we’ll make sure we leave plenty of time for a beer afterwards!

See you there!

Date: Jan 24th 2013 Title: Best of Lync 2013 Ignite
Times Topics
18.00-18.30 – (Ignite Content) Lync 2013 Ignite Content (AJ)
18.30-19.00 – (Ignite Content) Lync 2013 Ignite Content (TA)
19.00-19.20 – (Networking) N/A
19.20-19.50 – (Ignite Content) Lync 2013 Ignite Content (JM)
19.50-20.00 – (Gen. Update & Q/A) Latest resources and speaker specific updates (TA)

Registration: here

Location:

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

Unable to attend MUCUGL?

We don’t expect everyone to travel thousands of miles, cancel their holidays or miss mission critical business meetings so they make it to a MUCUGL event (well no always anyway!)

Which is why you shouldn’t forget that shortly after each meet we post the content up to the MUCUGL SlideShare account, if you haven’t done already we recommend you subscribe so you don’t miss out!

MUCUGL: October 2012 – Devices, Endpoints & Bridges (that don’t go bump with Lync)

The summer is almost over and Autumn is fast approaching, but fear not, the October edition of MUCUGL is about to arrive! 🙂

Last October we held the event at the Polycom Executive Experience Centre, this is a great centrally located London venue and we’re pleased to be back again. Jabra are co-sponsoring this event and Stuart Black will be giving us an overview of the latest and greatest Jabra devices optimised for Lync – they’ll also be giving away 5 Supreme UC Headsets. Adam will then provide an update on some of the new and existing Polycom audio/video endpoints and bridges now qualified for Lync, including some live demos.

We also listen to your feedback and it was requested at our last meet that we do a deeper-dive into PBX interoperability with Lync, so Justin has stepped up and will deliver this technical session – EV, RCC, Simring, Gateways, Direct SIP, ISDN, ITSPs and more will all be explained! Tom will then close the event (before the regular visit to the pub) with a round-up on Lync related news and community updates.

We all look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Oct 25th 2012 Title: Title: Devices, Endpoints & Bridges that don’t go bump with Lync
Times Topics
18.00-18.20 – (Guest Speaker) Overview from Jabra on Optimised for Lync Device Portfolio (SB)
18.20-19.00 – (high-level) Polycom Voice and Video Solutions Qualified for Lync (AJ)
19.00-19.20 – (Networking) N/A
19.20-19.40 – (deep-dive) Lync PBX Interoperability Scenarios (JM)
19.40-20.00 – (Gen. Update & Q/A) Latest resources and speaker specific updates (TA)

Registration: here

Location:

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

An Olympic User Group Event…

The turnout for our special birthday event at Microsoft’s London office was excellent (with hot London weather, summer holidays and Olympic-sized travel chaos we weren’t sure we’d get great attendance at first) , we attracted lots of new attendees and received a load of great questions and some great interaction (event more post-event at the bar 🙂 )

We were fortunate enough to have Steve Tassell from Microsoft deliver a great strategic overview for Lync 2013, the goals and functionality begin targeted by Microsoft. Tom went into more detail on Top 10 features. I did video conferencing (some major changes/improvements here) and then Justin did a more detailed look into architectural changes, specifically within high availability – there was some very positive feedback on this, although some were disappointed to learn that some of the existing models are now unsupported.

Thanks to all those that joined us and we hope to see you all at our next event on October 25th, venue and topics to be announced – stay tuned. Presentations from Justin, Tom, Geraint and I are now available via the MUCUGL SlideShare account (also embedded below)

 

MUCUGL: July 2012 – Introducing Lync Server 2013

So not only is it MUCUGL’s birthday, but we’ve also arranged a bumper Lync Server 2013 event. Agenda will be announced early next week, but ensure you register tickets are going fast!

The event will take place at Microsoft’s London Offices and first up Steve Tassell (Microsoft UK UC Product Manager) will give us an overview of Lync 2013.

Next Tom will run us through some top 10 features worth shouting about. Adam and Justin will cover off some deeper-dive content on Video Conferencing and Architecture respectively.

Register now to avoid disappointment!

Date: Jul 26th 2012 Title: Introducing Lync Server 2013
Times Topics
18.00-18.20 – (high-level) Introducing Lync Server 2013 and Lync Online – Steve Tassell
18.20-18.45 – (high-level) Top 10 Changes within Lync 2013 – Tom Arbuthnot
18.45-19.05 – (Networking) N/A
19.05-19.30 – (deep-dive) Video Conferencing Capabilities  within Lync Server 2013 – Adam Jacobs
19.30-20.00 – (deep-dive) Architecture and High Availability within Lync Server 2013 – Justin Morris

Registration: here

Location:

Auditorium 1, Microsoft Cardinal Place 80-100 Victoria Street SW1E 5JL London United Kingdom