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By SuperUser Account on 11/17/2010 11:34 AM
Microsoft Lync puts people at the center of communications, connecting in new ways, across the PC, phone and browser.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 17, 2010 — Three years ago, the introduction of Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) changed the way people stay connected. An individual’s identity and presence became the center of business communication, thanks to the integration of unified communications across e-mail, voice, instant messaging, audio- and videoconference tasks — and even desktop sharing. People could choose how to manage their conversations, redirect calls, set their level of availability, and decide how and when they could be reached.

A look at Microsoft Lync in action — how it helps you connect anywhere, anytime.
A look at Microsoft Lync in action — how it helps you connect anywhere, anytime.
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In 2006, Bill Gates talked about the magic of software being poised to help people manage communications amid the rush of business life, often filled with an unrelenting combination of conference calls, e-mails, faxes, voice mail messages, business trips, in-person meetings and instant messages.

Microsoft knew the time had come for a communications platform that could help people navigate through all types of communication with colleagues, partners and customers — to get work done faster and with less frustration.

Office Communications Server has been one of the fastest growing solutions at Microsoft, experiencing double-digit growth over the past three years. Fortune 500 companies, top pharmaceutical firms, successful financial institutions and large communications providers have chosen Microsoft’s unified communications platform to set their business up for success.

By SuperUser Account on 11/16/2010 3:31 PM

 

Cloud computing is to business what the pocket calculator was to education back in the 1980s.  I’ve already  told you how I was addicted to the Cloud , and your now probably hearing about it daily.  So why should you be interested in this new buzz word.  Well, there are a couple reasons your ears should perk up when you here news about The Cloud, especially when it involves the Microsoft products your company has become dependent upon over the years like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, or Microsoft Dynamics.

  1. Cost – costs usually include little to no up-front costs, and monthly per user costs moving forward.  This allows you to convert capital expenditure to operational expenditure which can lower the barrier to entry into new products and services.
  2. Freedom – your team can more easily access systems remotely and from multiple devices such as Mobile devices
  3. Reliability – cloud computing is ideal for business continuity and disaster recovery.
  4. Scalability – you get “on-demand” provisioning of resources on a self-serve basis in realtime.
  5. Maintenance - cloud computing application maintenance is done for you by the host, and changes and updates apply to all users independent of location.
By SuperUser Account on 9/14/2010 8:14 AM
 
 
More than 30 partners announce beta versions for Microsoft Lync-compatible hardware, software and service products.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 13, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release candidate of Microsoft Lync, the next generation of Microsoft’s unified communications software that enables people to connect in new ways, anytime, anywhere. Lync is the new family brand for the products formerly known as Communications Server, Communications Online and Communicator, and it also now includes Lync Web App, and Lync Online. The release candidates of Lync 2010 and Lync Server 2010 are now available for businesses of all sizes to try for free. They can be downloaded athttp://technet.microsoft.com/evalcenter/ff808407.aspx. This broad release candidate is the last step toward release to manufacturing and general availability scheduled for later this year.

“Over the past five years we have been on a journey to transform communications with the power of software,” said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Unified Communications at Microsoft. “Lync delivers on this vision by unifying enterprise voice, instant messaging and web-, audio- and videoconferencing into a new, connected communications experience.”

Microsoft Lync can make every engagement a virtual face-to-face meeting, because any interaction can include video and audio conferencing, application and desktop sharing, instant messaging, and telephony. Lync has been designed from the ground up to work with Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Exchange, which helps reduce end-user adoption hurdles and increase return on investment. People can also stay connected to others on a wide range of devices while away from the office and manage their communications and calls in new ways, such as easily moving a call from a PC to a mobile device while leaving the office without disrupting the conversation.

More than 120 enterprise customers and partners are enrolled in the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for Lync, testing early releases and providing feedback, and over 400 unified communications partners are involved in readiness activities, preparing for general availability of the software later this year.

In addition, today more than 30 partners announced beta versions of their Lync-compatible hardware, software and service products. Hardware products include a variety of Internet protocol phones and USB endpoints optimized for Lync. Software solutions include contact centers, call recording, accounting and new applications that incorporate communications right within business processes. Routing services work with Lync to allow companies to meet United States E-911 requirements for all U.S.-based workers, regardless of location.

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By SuperUser Account on 8/9/2010 9:30 AM

Polycom Expands Relationship to Include Unique, Natively Integrated Polycom Solutions and Coordinated Go-to-Market Initiatives for Microsoft Unified Communications

 

 

PLEASANTON, CA, Aug 09, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Polycom, Inc.(PLCM 30.24+0.24+0.80%) has signed a multi-year, strategic global agreement with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT 25.52-0.03-0.12%) to deliver integrated end-to-end unified communications (UC) and to improve customers' business productivity. Under the agreement, Polycom plans to develop and market standards-based UC solutions that span the enterprise, small-to-medium business, and government markets, that will encompass software, hardware, networking and services, and will enable customers to improve business productivity and reduce travel, telecom and IT operating costs.

Polycom and Microsoft share a vision for business productivity solutions built on standards-based platforms that work with the tools and applications people know and use today. The companies' strategic agreement is a major step towards streamlining communications across messaging, video and voice with connected applications and devices. 

Featured Microsoft Partners

 

Metafile Information Systems 
Office Location:  Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  Retail, Manufacturing, Distribution, Government


MetaViewer® Paperless ERP for Dynamics® Go beyond the electronic file cabinet to an integrated paperless ERP solution from MetaViewer®. Today’s business environment has heightened the need for cost-cutting efficiencies and executive visibility into all your financial processes. It has also brought heightened focus to the Accounts Payable function. The root of most of AP's challenges can be traced back to its dependence on paper and the resulting lack of automation and accurate analytics.

 

 

The Resource Group 
Office Location:  Renton, , United States
Type:  Reseller,VAR
Industry Focus:  Wholesale/Distribution Industries:Our long-time experience with both the distribution industry and Microsoft Dynamics GP ensures you have a solution that is automated so you can ultimately sell and ship more products to your customers. Our specialty is working with companies that distribute consumer goods, food and beverages.Software Subscription CompaniesBusinesses in the software industry face many day-to-day challenges. The most common are related to fast growth and constant change. Significant employee and revenue growth can take years for many traditional businesses. However, high technology firms can experience this type of growth in months. As such, you need a business software solution that deploys quickly, changes structure easily, and can scale as volume increases. The Resource Group has helped numerous clients grow in this industry by implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle important business needs such as deferred revenue and recurring billing.Healthcare for Medical Laboratories, Multiple Facility Clinics and Assisted Living:Healthcare organizations face many challenges today. Having a solid financial software solution that helps keep costs down and efficiencies high is essential. The Resource Group provides software solutions that help healthcare organizations operate at top efficiency so they can focus on their core business of providing excellent care and service. We work with a variety of healthcare providers and specialize in serving:Multi-Site ClinicsAssisted Living / Long Term Care FacilitiesMedical Laboratories


The Resource Group assists clients in gaining valuable business insights enabling their financial systems to become a competitive advantage. We leverage our knowledge of finance, technology and the engineering process to confidently deliver rock solid implementations to companies.We can help your organization scale to new heights by assisting in pre-sales evaluation, implementation planning and execution, as well as on-going support and services around the Microsoft Dynamics® GP solution. Our dedication ensures that your organization chooses a solution that meets your needs and future plans.

 

 

Blackcreek Technologies 
Office Location:  Stratford, ON, Canada
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,VAR
Industry Focus:  General - Applicable to All


Blackcreek Technologies is a dynamic company dedicated to providing integrated business technology solutions and improvements to our valued customers. We believe in our abilities. We provide exceptional service. We are a diverse group of dedicated professionals who specialize in providing complete and pro-active solutions for businesses.

 

 

The Partner Channel 
Office Location:  Fargo, , United States
Type:  Other
Industry Focus: 


The Partner Channel provides sales, marketing, and leadership focused publications and events for Microsoft Dynamics Partners.

 

 

NCC Data 
Office Location:  Addison, Texas, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller
Industry Focus:  NCC Data specializes in IT Outsourcing. We consult with companies in order to help maximize employee’s productivity with the goal of reducing costs.


NCC Data has grown to one of the top independently owned IT services and communications companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Why? Our clients come first. It’s important to us as a company to give each and every client the best in cost-effective innovation, strategies, service and professionalism.

 

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