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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

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!