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September 28, 2008  4:05 AM

Video Conference Via SmartPhone



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Callwave, Cisco, CUCM, Fuze, iPhone, Microsoft, OCS 2007, smartphone, streaming video, Video conferencing

Throw away your excuses. You won't be missing any more meetings. As long as you have your mobile phone, you will only be a click away. CallWave is rolling out the Beta version of FUZE which, according to a...

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September 20, 2008  4:23 AM

RIM Introduces Blackberry Support for OCS 2007



Posted by: Tony Bradley
BlackBerry, OCS 2007, RIM, UC, Unified Communications

I give credit to Palm for bringing the concept of the personal digital assistant (PDA) to the masses. Research in Motion (RIM) however introduced the revolution of integrating the PDA functionality with a mobile phone which can almost be said to be the beginning of unified communications. Well,...


September 19, 2008  8:38 PM

Cisco Reversing Course?



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Cisco, Gurdeep Singh Pall, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications

As unified communications entered into the mainstream consciousness, a few major players emerged. Two of them were Cisco and Microsoft. They have very different visions for what unified communications means and very different approaches to get their customers there. At one point, they actually...


September 2, 2008  3:16 AM

TechEd Interview with Head of Evangelyze Communications



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Harold Wong, Joe Schurman, Microsoft, MVP, TechEd, UC, Unified Communications

Joe Schurman, Founder an Executive Director of Evangelyze Communications, and a Microsoft MVP in Unified Communications, took some time while attending Microsoft's TechEd '08 in Orlando earlier this year to sit down with...


August 31, 2008  8:41 PM

Determining Number of Users for OCS Front End



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Evangelyze Communications, Microsoft, Mike Stacey, OCS 2007, SQL query, UC, Unified Communications

For capacity and scaling purposes, there may come a time when you need to determine how many users are connecting to a given OCS front end. As Mike Stacey of Evangelyze Communications points out in


August 31, 2008  8:31 PM

Microsoft and the ‘Magic Quadrant’



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Gartner, IP PBX, Magic Quadrant, Microsoft, NoJitter.com, OCS 2007, telephony, UC, Unified Communications

Those who follow technology trends in business are probably familiar with the coveted Gartner Magic Quadrants. What has shocked many in the communications arena is that Gartner recently added a new player to their Magic Quadrant for corporate telephony- Microsoft. Microsoft is well known in many...


August 31, 2008  8:19 PM

Aastra Joins HP ProCurve Alliance



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Aastra, HP, ProCurve Alliance, ResponsePoint, UC, Unified Communications

Aastra, a global provider of communications equipment, and one of the three vendors supplying hardware for Microsoft's ResponsePoint communications system, announced that they have joined HP's ProCurve Alliance. According to


August 29, 2008  1:40 PM

Corporate Culture and ROI



Posted by: Tony Bradley
corporate culture, education, Evangelyze Communications, ROI, training, UC, Unified Communications, user

Unified Communications is many things to many people. Many organizations (and even some experts) are still struggling to define what it is, what it isn't, what are the features and benefits, and what are the pitfalls. Arguments can be made about how it will streamline communications and allow the...


August 29, 2008  1:31 PM

Aspect Names Head of Global Professional Services



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Aspect Software, call center, Kevin Schwarz, Microsoft, UC, Unified Communications

Aspect Software, a major player in unified communications and the largest company focused solely on providing unified communications for the call center, named Kevin Schwarz Executive Vice President of Global Professional Services. Aspect has been providing IP-based solutions in the call center for...


August 23, 2008  1:19 PM

The OCS Director Role



Posted by: Tony Bradley
Director, Edge, Evangelyze Communications, Mediation, Microsoft, Mike Stacey, OCS 2007, UC, Unified Communications

Those familiar with Microsoft Unified Communications and how to deploy and configure Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 are likely familiar with the Edge and Mediation roles. The OCS Edge server allows external or public access to the OCS 2007 resources, and the Mediation server 'mediates'...


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