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)

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

 

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