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

MUCUGL: April 2012 – It’s all about Lync Call Flow

This April MUCUGL has partnered with the kind folks at Acme Packet – a leading manufacturer of Lync qualified Session Border Controllers or SBCs.

First up Adam Jacobs will introduce the benefits of Fixed-to-Mobile convergence and then run though a reference architecture, next up Justin will go into a deep-dive session on internal and external Lync Call Flow.

We’ll then have Geraint Evans, a guest speaker from Acme Packet, who will give us an overview of how Acme Packet achieves SIP session management within the SME up to carrier-grade environments.

Finally Tom will provide an industry update and focused Lync guidance/sharing.

A full agenda can be found below, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Apr 19th 2012 Title: All about Lync Call Flow
Times Topics
18.00-18.20 – (high-level) Fixed-to-Mobile (FMC) Convergence with Microsoft UC (AJ)
18.20-18.40 – (deep-dive) Lync Internal and External Call Flow Explained (JM)
18.40-19.10 – (Networking) N/A
19.00-19.45 – (Guest Speaker) SIP Session Management for Microsoft UC (GE)
19.45-20.00 – (Gen. Update & Q/A) Latest resources and speaker specific updates (TA)

Registration: here

Location:

Eight Club
1 Change Alley
London, UK EC3V 3ND

MUCUGL: January 2012 – The one about…Lync Mobility and Call Recording

The Lync Mobility Service or MCX is here and Justin, Tom and I have a great MUCUGL session lined up for those who want to learn more!

First up Adam Jacobs will introduce the capability of Lync Mobile and an overview of the architecture, next up Justin and Tom will run through the deployment procedures and a live demo.

We have also managed to secure a great guest speaker from AudioCodes both Steve Hopkins and Yaniv Epshtein will be introducing their Mobility PLUS and Lync call recording solution.

Finally Tom, Justin and Adam will provide an industry update and focused Lync guidance/sharing.

A full agenda can be found below, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Jan 19th 2012 Title: The one about…Lync Mobility and Call Recording
Times Topics
18.00-18.20 – (high-level) Lync Mobility Architecture (AJ)
18.20-18.40 – (deep-dive) Lync Mobility Deployment (JM & TA)
18.40-19.10 – (Networking) N/A
19.10-19.40 – (AudioCodes Guest Speaker) Mobility and SmartTAP Recording for Lync
19.40-20.00 – (Chalk/Talk & Gen. Update) Latest resources and speaker specific updates. (All)

Registration: here

Location:

Bow Bells House
1 Bread Street
EC4M 9BE London
United Kingdom

MUCUGL: October 2011 – Lync Server and Polycom Conferencing Interop

In this, our second MUCUG gathering, the kind folks at Polycom have offered to host the event at their London Executive Briefing Centre, or EBC – naturally we agreed!

“The Polycom® Executive Briefing Centers and Solutions Centers offer exciting experiences that are unlike any others in the world of corporate briefings. At a Polycom center, you can explore the full range of our solutions hands-on, and easily envision how they can work specifically in your business.”

In our first session Mike Adams (Polycom Customer Experience Manager) will be running a series of Polycom/Lync integration demos – it’ll be a 6pm sharp kick-off, so if you are late you might miss out!

Then what better way of demonstrating Polycom’s telepresence but by Mike Stacy and Jeff Schertz (Polycom Solutions Architects and Lync MVPs) joining us to present on Audio/Video Conferencing and Interop in Lync Server.

Finally Tom, Justin and Adam will provide an industry update and focused Lync guidance/sharing.

A full agenda can be found below, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Oct 20th 2011 Title: Lync Server Conferencing and Interop
Times Topics
18.00-18.40 – (Mike Adams, Customer Experience Manager) Polycom Telepresence and Lync Server Interop Demonstration
18.40-19.00 – (Networking) N/A
19.00-19.30 – (Mike Stacy and Jeff Schertz, Lync MVPs) Audio/Video Conferencing and Interop in Lync Server
19.30-20.00 – (Chalk/Talk & Gen. Update) Focused Lync guidance/sharing, latest resources and speaker specific updates. (All)

Registration: here

Location:

Polycom Executive Briefing Centre
69 Old Broad St
Dashwood House (16th Floor), Broadgate
EC2 London
United Kingdom

MUCUGL: July 2011 – An Introduction to Lync

In this, our first MUCUG event, the first presentation by Adam Jacobs will introduce Lync Server and some high level differences over OCS. In the second session Justin Morris will talk about the resilience capability available in Lync Server, demonstrating how the Microsoft UC stack could replace an enterprise PBX.

We’d also like to encourage attendees bring their own topics for a chalk and talk session, for example, particular adoption or environmental barriers (existing voice setup, business case suggestions or integration opportunities).

Finally Tom Arbuthnot will cover off an industry update, including noteable new resources, announcements and futures. Q. & A. and then to the pub!

A full agenda can be found below, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Jul 28th 2011 Title: An Introduction to Lync
Times Topics
18.00-18.20 – (high-level) User Group & Lync Server Intros (All/AJ)
18.20-18.40 – (deep-dive) Lync Voice Resiliency (JM)
18.40-19.10 – (Networking) N/A
19.10-19.40 – (Chalk/Talk) Attendee pain points/guidance (All)
19.40-20.00 – (Gen. Update & Q/A) Latest resources and speaker specific updates (All)

Registration: here

Location:

Bow Bells House
1 Bread Street
EC4M 9BE London
United Kingdom