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

Another successful MUCUGL event in the can…

Thursday night Tom, Justin and I – along with the great guys (and gal) from Acme Packet presented at Club Eight. We had a great turnout, some of the regulars and friendly new faces too!

Justin gave an in-depth and insightful look at Microsoft SIP, explained the different types of messages and ran the group through the Lync Snooper tool, Geraint Evans (from Acme Packet) gave the group a great overview on what to expect from a Session Border Controller or SBC, not only within the service provider space, but in SMEs too. Tom updated the group on what’s new in Lync-land for the last quarter and I presented on Fixed-to-Mobile Convergence or FMC, which I’m pleased to say seemed to provoke some thoughts amongst the group.

Thanks to all those that joined us and we hope to see you all at our next and 1st anniversary event on July 19th, 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: 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 does Mobility…

Despite rain, wind and fire (well not actually a real fire, just a false alarm, but irritating nonetheless!) our third meet-up was a resounding success. We delivered some great technical content and the group expressed their views around some of the more strategic considerations worth taking into account as a part of an enterprise mobility strategy – one such example was a debate around Call-via-work (3G and Wi-Fi vs. PSTN).

Steve Hopkins from AudioCodes also joined us and presented on their latest and greatest mobile and voice recording solutions for Lync Server 2010.

Thanks to all those that joined us and we hope to see you all at our next event on April 19th at Eight Club. Presentations from Justin, Tom, Steve and I are now available via the MUCUGL SlideShare account (also embedded below)

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

#ucomsldn and MUCUGL Holiday Drinks

The next MUCUG London event isn’t until January 19th, so Justin, Tom and I decided it would be a pity not to meet for up for some pre-Xmas “Lync Drinks” – I know it’s bad, but the SharePoint folks have SharePint?!?

So if you’re in London/South East and work in UC (not just Microsoft – we get industry analysts and people from all vendors along), come down to Doggett’s near Blackfriars Bridge on the Southbank on the 8th December from 6:30pm for a few ales.

Event invite and all other important details here – http://twtvite.com/ucomsldnxmas2011

Also check out some great Geek-Mas trees here

Hope to see you there!

MUCUGL October 11 @Polycom

Last Thursday night Justin, Tom and I sucessfully delivered the second MUCUGL event, with the kind support of Graham Walsh, Mike Adams and Jeff Schertz at Polycom.

We started off with a fantastic demonstration on Polycom’s conferencing and telepresence solutions – all of which work natively with Lync. This was followed up by an engaging presentation from Jeff on the “How it works” aspects, then last but not least Justin and Tom updated the group on recent updates to Lync on Mac (Lync for Mac), Skype, Windows Mobile and CEBP.

We also managed to get some great feedback from attendees! (see below)

As always we’d like to personally thank those that made it along and we hope to see you at future events (January 19th 2012 agenda to be announced soon!)

Presentations from Justin, Tom and Jeff are now available via the MUCUGL SlideShare account (also embedded below)

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

The 1st MUCUGL event is a wrap!

Last night Justin, Tom and I ran the first MUCUGL event and based on the feedback it was a resounding sucess!

“Great to contact peers”, “A very informative event”, “Great first meeting” & “Very good, many thanks!”

We’d like to personally thank those that made it along and we hope to see you at future events (October 20th agenda to be announced soon!)

Presentations from Justin, Tom and I are now available via the MUCUGL SlideShare account (also embedded below)