Microsoft O365 Cloud Migration “Powered” by Savings

As most of us are aware, cloud migration can save our companies significant costs for applications that are mission critical to our organizations. Silicone Angle reported an average of 82% of companies that migrated to the cloud for one or more services saw a hard cost savings in IT spend. Once your company determines the cloud offering meets your security and organizational compliances, cost savings quickly becomes a relevant discussion point for the migration decision.

Of the recent studies I have seen, most only cover licensing costs that are discounted by the cloud provider to move you to their service. Although those savings can be easily documented and are very significant, you have many other areas where savings can be substantial as well. Things like employee hours doing upgrades, installing patches, infrastructure costs, OPEX vs. CAPEX for budget considerations, data connections and power consumption should be part of the fiscal exercise as well.

Both government and privately funded studies have been conducted analyzing the type and consumption of energy used by cloud providers, such as Microsoft. Many cloud providers choose to locate data centers where renewable energy is available. It is almost always less expensive and reduces the carbon footprint. General estimates to power a single physical server in a traditional datacenter is $700.00 per year. That includes a primary and secondary power source, and all associated heating and cooling. Across major US cities, about 72% of that power is provided by coal and delivered through an aging, inefficient power grid. Cloud migration will significantly reduce or eliminate infrastructure, and will provide a tremendous savings on power in the data center. In many cases, the data center consumes more than 20% of the electricity of a traditional brick and mortar.

Saving money on licensing, data center hardware and power may be the most visible ROI for moving to the cloud, but it is certainly not the only benefit. You can expect additional savings, but the bigger impact is a better approach to create an environment for corporate users to connect, share, collaborate, communicate and become more productive in a competitive landscape.

Tomm Sullivan

Director of Sales & Marketing

ConQuest Technology Services

TSullivan@conquest247.com

April 18, 2014

 

How Technology is Changing the Business Landscape

Years ago businesses were making substantial investments in a hardware-centric IT environment, that’s what was available so that’s where investments were made.  Time warp – it’s now 2014 and the systems used by these companies are now not relevant to an operative working environment.  Software and services now dominate business efficiencies and investments.

Companies now are evaluating their priorities which includes refined and considerable focus on data analytics, tools to provide better infrastructure intelligence, cloud service growth and the importance of securing networks amid an increase in employees’ desire to use their own devices, anytime, anywhere.

The breadth and depth of technological advancements has never had the impact on our lives both personally and professionally than it does today.  It’s a mantra you’ll hear every 3 to 6-months as new technology replaces old ways in doing business.  Forward thinking evolving technological advancements will change how we do business and interact in general tomorrow and each following day.  Consumer empowerment, mobile, social, data and cloud capabilities are redefining the business environment in profound ways. 



Everyone will agree that new technology is being developed at an accelerated pace.  These developments impact our personal lives and the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Let’s look at a few of the trends in the market today:

Data analytics

If businesses are to harness big data and use this to drive their commercial strategies, they need to invest in state-of-the-art data analytics and business intelligence systems. Continued growth in the volumes of enterprise data available to businesses is only valuable if they obtain cross-functional buy-in in order to break down the many data and organizational silos that still exist within many organizations. 


Infrastructure intelligence

Depending on which analyst you talk to it is estimated that by 2020 there will potentially be 4 billion people online using 50 trillion gigabytes of data. The increase in data volume is being driven by the rise in use of business critical applications, mobile devices and the cloud. With storage growing at 20-40% each year, businesses need to improve their intelligence and implement an infrastructure to store such vast quantities of data. 


The rise of the cloud

Many IT managers foresee that the rise of cloud-based applications will have a tremendous impact on the way in which they manage their data center and enterprise infrastructures. Businesses need to manage these changes and the impact on IT personnel. Business processes must evolve in tandem with cloud adoption if organizations are to achieve the full potential of their cloud investments. 



24/7/365 business connectivity

The social and business implications of always-on connectivity are only just beginning to emerge. In order to service the demand for round-the-clock access to goods and services, businesses will need to invest in new technology and modify their working processes accordingly. 



Network security and the growth of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)

Most employees and in particular Generation Y – new entrants into the workforce – will want to use their own devices to access their employer’s network,  Actually it’s been stated that many employees have been accessing company data – without their employer’s knowledge or permission.  Now there is a demand and substantial focus on improving security. Safeguarding networks is a must and requires the implementation of BYOD usage guidelines alongside technical controls that physically allow or prevent access.

Other important trends:

3D printing is another new technology that is rapidly evolving and gaining mainstream acceptance.  Augmented reality, which provides users with a real-time view of the environment enhanced by digital data such as text, sound, graphics and navigation, is already available via smartphones.  The use of wearable technologies such as bionic lenses and Google Glass type products look likely to become increasingly widespread. 
The ‘gamification’ of commercial websites, where businesses add game-like features to their commercial applications and websites that reward customers is also increasing in popularity.

It’s valid to say that businesses which fail to embrace the latest technologies run the risk of losing their hold in the markets they serve being left behind as competitors reap the advantage of controlling their costs, driving results, staying connected and focusing on their business instead of the IT infrastructure.

Debbie Brandt, Marketing Manager

ConQuest Technology Services

dbrandt@conquest247.com

April 15, 2014

Healthcare providers need to revisit their technology strategy – more specifically their cloud strategy

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACCA) commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “ObamaCare” is probably the most significant change in the United States’ healthcare history since 1965 with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid.  As of March 31, 2014 open enrollment closed.  However, exception enrollment opportunities may still be available for those that have not yet enrolled.  Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/ for more information.

It’s very obvious that Americans have their own feelings about the program which I am not going to address in this blog.  From a technology standpoint there are opportunities for Healthcare IT since they have to adhere to the new requirements but also because they have long strived to reduce costs while improving patient care.  Some of these opportunities may occur in evaluating traditional approaches versus cloud adoption.  Technology has significantly evolved over the years and it’s now time to plan for modernizing business processes and operations.

Providing high-quality clinical care is not feasible without the support of strategic, cohesive, and nimble IT systems. More fully aligning medical care with technology allows IT systems and staff to improve their effectiveness.  Healthcare providers need to look at more contemporary and pioneering ways to not only deliver more efficient care to patients and providers but also to quickly comply with the law.

This is where the cloud comes into the picture.  Adopting the usage of resources to make it easy to provision is important to support the healthcare mandates.  Cloud computing features such as agility and time-to-market advantages make adoption pretty attractive.

Understandably some healthcare providers are questioning security by potentially failing an audit or compromising data.  However, the fact is that regardless if it’s co-located or cloud, the function of planning and which technology employed is more important than where the data is actually stored.

One of the goals of the Act is to provide more efficient and effective healthcare to Americans.  To do that healthcare organizations will need better automation, collaboration and information sharing.  One of the fastest, least expensive and effective ways to accomplish this is to consider cloud computing.

Healthcare IT modernization is set to accelerate as information sharing will now need to be in place considering in the past a lot of data was not previously shared.  This will actually make providers’ jobs easier.  While exchanges are not new required deadlines and data management and regulation now makes cloud that much more important.

Digitization of patient medical information will drive advanced levels of information sharing and collaboration between insurance providers and doctors.  Key systems and security changes need to happen to accommodate ObamaCare. There are certainly some advantages considering there will be less human handling, less margin for mistakes, more timely responses and decision making as well as using information sharing to better serve patients and health providers in general.

Americans have their own perceptions and many have strong opinions about the Act but it brings about a great opportunity for healthcare IT to make significant changes and modernize their organization.  It’s the perfect and necessary time for healthcare providers to revisit their technology strategy – more specifically their cloud strategy.

Debbie Brandt

Marketing Manager

ConQuest Technology Services

dbrandt@conquest247.com

April 1 2014

 

What Is Cloud Computing?

You hear about cloud computing in every facet of your life both professionally and personally.  Think of it as the next generation in the Internet’s evolution.   Most likely you are already using cloud computing and you don’t even know it.  For instance have you ever posted a video on YouTube?  Perhaps you are a Flickr user.  And if you’re one of the 1.15 billion users worldwide using Facebook and if you’ve uploaded a photo – yep, you’re using the cloud.

 You can access these files from basically any smartphone or computer that has Internet access.  The files are actually stored in a data center – some people will refer to it as in a “computer warehouse”.  Many times the terms are used interchangeably – that’s fine it basically refers to the same thing.  Inside a computer warehouse there are hundreds of computers and you can bet that they are more powerful than your own computer and have the capacity to store an unbelievable amount of files and information.

 It’s a global theory, your files are stored and saved in multiple data centers worldwide.  The owner of every data center ensures that your videos, photographs, documents and files are safe and sound.  The best part about it is that if something catastrophic happens to one data center all your data will be available from another data center so the actuality of you ever losing your critical data – files, photos, videos is significantly reduced.

Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo and basically all Internet companies that provide services and cloud-based applications are managing the datacenters.  An example that may make it clearer is Google as the company lets you store photos in Picasa, documents in Google Drive, videos in YouTube and emails in your Gmail account.  Facebook lets you store photos and videos and makes sharing super easy, you can also play games on your web browser, video chat with friends and send virtual gifts to anyone.

The glory is that you simply use the cloud and spend your valuable time doing the things you really like to do.  To use all these services, you don’t have to download anything on your computer, and you’re not limited to a single computer. You don’t have to buy software or worry about upgrades and routine maintenance.  Yes, they have you covered.

Technically cloud computing or “the cloud” can be defined as the set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that combine to deliver aspects of computing as a service.  Cloud services include the delivery of software, infrastructure, and storage over the Internet (either as separate components or a complete platform) based on user demand.

Cloud computing has four essential characteristics: elasticity and the ability to scale up and down, self-service provisioning and automatic de-provisioning, application programming interfaces (APIs), billing and metering of service usage in a pay-as-you-go model. This flexibility is what is attracting individuals and businesses to move to the cloud.

Cloud computing is offered in different forms: public clouds, private clouds, and hybrid clouds, which combine both public and private. Cloud computing can completely change the way companies use technology to service customers, partners, and suppliers.   A business like Amazon, already has most of its IT resources in the cloud. They have found that it can eliminate many of the complex constraints from the traditional computing environment, including cost, power, space and time.

Jack Woods a regular contributor to SiliconANGLE, covering the cloud market put together based on extensive surveys and research 20 statistics that every business owner or CIO should think about when considering cloud computing in their organization. ( http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/01/27/20-cloud-computing-statistics-tc0114/ ).

1. By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion

.2. It is predicted that the global market for cloud equipment will reach $79.1 billion by 2018

.3. If given the choice of only being able to move one application to the cloud, 25% of respondents to their survey would choose storage  

.4. By 2014, businesses in the United States will spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services   

.5. Throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud versus an 8.9% growth for “on-premise” computing workloads is expected.

6. 82% of companies reportedly saved money by moving to the cloud.

7. More than 60% of businesses utilize cloud for performing IT-related operations.

8. 14% of companies downsized their IT after cloud adoption.

9. 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud.

10. 32% of Americans believe cloud computing is a thing of the future  

.11. There’s an estimated 1 exabyte of data stored in the cloud.

12.  More than half of survey respondents say their organization currently transfers sensitive or confidential data to the cloud.

13.  CISCO forecasts that global data center traffic will triple from 2.6 zettabytes in 2012 to 7.7 zettabytes annually in 2017, representing a 25 percent CAGR.

14. Global data center traffic will grow threefold (a 25 percent CAGR) from 2012 to 2017, while global cloud traffic will grow 4.5-fold (a 35 percent CAGR) over the same period.

15. From 2012 to 2017, data center workloads will grow 2.3-fold; cloud workloads will grow 3.7-fold .

16. 2014 is the first year the majority of workloads will be on the cloud as 51% will be processed in the cloud versus 49% in the traditional IT space  

.17. 545 cloud services are in use by an organization on average  

.18. 56% of survey respondents trust the ability of cloud providers to protect the sensitive and confidential data entrusted to them  

.19. 59% of all new spending on cloud computing services originates from North American enterprises, a trend projected to accelerate through 2016

.20. 38% of enterprises surveyed break out cloud computing budgets, while 60% include cloud-related spending as part of their enterprise-wide IT budgets.

If you want a personal introduction to cloud computing, please give us a call and we’ll gladly explain what it is, how it works and the benefits you can expect to gain because there will be many.

Debbie Brandt

Marketing Manager

 

 

WEBINAR: A New Way Of Doing Business – Welcome Microsoft Office 365, Lync and the cloud

Communicating is the one thing we do more than anything else.  We speak with each other either in person or using phones, voice, IM, text and video chat.   Many times we’re using different devices compounded by mixing personal and office tools to stay connected.  Spend some time with us and we’ll explain how businesses are bringing it all together to drive results.

LEARN – BE ELIGIBLE FOR A $100 GIFT CARD

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If you’ve heard about Microsoft Office 365 and “the cloud” but still need to learn more, come to this webinar and we’ll explain:

  • Consolidate your communications systems and remove unneeded spend on IT.
  • Leverage the cloud to its fullest advantage
  • Avoid costly business travel and provide anytime, anywhere on any device solutions.
  • Benefit from added security, reliability, compliance and compatibility.   
  • Give your team productivity tools – your biggest asset is your team – empower them to be successful!
  • Control costs, drive results, get connected and focus on your business.

If you’re already using Microsoft® Cloud Platform-Office 365 we’ll give you tips on how to leverage it with features you may not even know you have.

Debbie Brandt  2/23/2014

ConQuest Marketing

REGISTER HERE:  http://mdgi.com/conquest247/ConQuest247_Mar2014_Webinar_Invite.pdf

 

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February Seminar Series – Atlanta, GA & Birmingham, AL — Office 365 & “the cloud”

Atlanta, GA – February 18th             Birmingham, AL – February 20th

REGISTER TODAY:

Communicating is the one thing we do more than anything else.  We speak with each other either in person or using phones, voice, IM, text and video chat.   Many times we’re using different devices compounded by mixing personal and office tools to stay connected.  Spend some time with us and we’ll explain how businesses are bringing it all together to drive results.

LEARN – HAVE LUNCH ON US – BE ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE SURFACE & $100 GIFT CHEQUES

  • If you’ve heard about Microsoft Office 365 and “the cloud” but are not fully aware of the value-add you will when you leave the seminar:
  • Consolidate your communications systems and remove unneeded spend on IT.
  • Leverage the cloud to its fullest advantage
  • Avoid costly business travel and provide anytime, anywhere on any device solutions.
  • Benefit from added security, reliability, compliance and compatibility.
  • Give your team productivity tools – your biggest asset is your team – empower them to be successful
  • Control costs, drive results, get connected and focus on your business.

 If you’re already using Microsoft® Cloud Platform-Office 365 we’ll give you tips on how to leverage it with features you may not even know you can use.

Recommended attendees:

CIOs, CEOs, CTO, Presidents, VPs, Small-Mid-Large Business Owners, Managing Partners, IT Decision Makers

PRESENTERS: 

Tom Sullivan, Directors of Sales & Marketing

Industry Leading Technology Partners

Stay connected with people everywhere with Lync Online

Lync Online connects people everywhere, on devices running Windows 8 and other operating systems, as part of their everyday productivity experience.   Our customers value Lync since it provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and a great meeting experience.   Lync enables instant messaging (IM) and voice calling with the hundreds of millions of people around the world who use Skype.

How it works

Organizations can purchase Lync Online as a standalone service from Microsoft Office 365 or as part of an Office 365 for enterprises suite that includes Lync Online, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Professional Plus, and Microsoft Office Web Apps. 

We emphasize to our customers that organizations that subscribe to Lync Online retain control over the collaboration services they offer to users, but they do not have the operational burden of on-premises server software.

With the Lync Online multi-tenant hosted plans, Lync is hosted on multi-tenant servers that support multiple customers simultaneously. These servers are housed in Microsoft data centers and are accessible to users on a wide range of devices from inside a corporate network or over the Internet.

Some of the Lync Online features our customer’s appreciate most:

They get real-time presence information—including photos, availability status, and location—and enhanced instant messaging (IM) to connect efficiently and effectively.

They make voice calls through their computer to other Lync or Skype users in their organization or in other organizations that use Lync or Skype.

They can create, moderate, and join pre-planned and on-the-fly audio, video, and web meetings with people inside and outside their organization.

They benefit from enhanced online presentations with screen-sharing and virtual whiteboards.

Our customers can participate with their clients in their Lync conference calls even if they are not Office 365 or Lync Online customers.

Keeping pace with how businesses operate today.

We know you’ve heard this before but business owners and professionals need to embrace these new ways of doing business or they will find themselves lagging behind in the markets they serve.  It will be difficult for them to:

  • Out-pace their competitors
  • Manage their business profitably
  • Keep mobile workers connected
  • Improve their profits
  • Attract quality talent to move their business forward
  • Delight their existing customers with efficient management of their accounts
  • Attract new customers

In addition, the new office generation of employees expects to collaborate on the go, leverage their existing mobile devices and do business anywhere at any time.  Heck, they use it in their personal lives, they “expect” to use it at the office.

At ConQuest Technology Services we’ve found that our customers value our commitment to their success.  We do not consider ourselves as simply sales men and women or professional services experts, we become an invaluable extension to their high-power team. 

It’s our job to know where the market is leading and believe me we do it very well.  We work with our customers to truly understand their current pain points and their going-forward business vision.  We consult and advise customers on new technologies that will fill their business gaps.  We share our expertise to ensure our customers are improving their bottom line.  Simply stated, we make sure our customers achieve optimum performance

Debbie Brandt

Marketing Manager

ConQuest Technology Services

North Carolina – January Seminar Series (Raleigh/Durham & Charlotte)

REGISTER TODAY:  http://mdgi.com/conquest247/Conquest247_Jan2014_Seminars_Invite.pdf

Communicating is the one thing we do more than anything else.  We speak with each other either in person or via some mediated technology like telephone, voice, IM, text and video chat.  We create and send emails.  We produce presentations that we deliver via networked conferencing systems.  More than ever our people are away from the office working from home, hotels, customer sites, soccer fields, and the beach and everywhere in between.  The technologies that enable all of this communication must reach farther, be more readily available, and also must be more secure than ever before.

Interested in learning the true meaning of “doing more for less”?   Join us for this free seminar and learn how new technology simplifies your business needs while decreasing risk and dramatically reducing the overall cost of doing business.

CONTROL COSTS – DRIVE RESULTS – GET CONNECTED – FOCUS ON YOUR BUSINESS

  • Dramatically reduce communications costs (Audio / Video / Web Conferencing / Phone System)
  • Transform how your teams communicate and collaborate internally as well as with customers and partners.
  • Use familiar tools like Microsoft® Office to do more and make it easier for team members to reach out to each other and get the answers they need to move the business forward.
  • Reduce spend on IT infrastructure and support by consolidating communications systems and leveraging the cloud.
  • Get even more value out of the Microsoft® Cloud Platform – Office 365.
  • Extend the value of your existing Microsoft software investments
  • On-board and retain valued employees by providing the tools they “expect” to use in today’s work environment.
  • Benefit from added security, reliability, compliance and compatibility.   

Your Office In Your Pocket

Fun fact: your smartphone contains more computing power than the entire Apollo program used to put astronauts on the moon. That kind of power in your pocket means more than just playing Candy Crush: it’s the means by which technology is finally enabling business to move out of the cubicle and into the pocket office revolution—the most disruptive change to work since replaceable parts.

Since the industrial revolution, most business has been conducted in large bureaucratic settings. And there was good reason for that. Managers needed to be physically close to assembly line workers, and later VPs of companies needed to be able to roam cubicles and give out ad hoc assignments.

Information also needed to be centralized and controlled to make sure nothing was lost or stolen. Businesses ran fairly well but individual productivity was certainly held back.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, we were promised a paperless office yet technology wasn’t quite ready to handle the demands of enterprises, governments, or universities. As we all remember, hundreds if not thousands of companies rushed into the “tech bubble” claiming to have made the breakthroughs that would change everything. Almost all of these promises went unfulfilled. The technology just wasn’t there yet.

But today we are experiencing a mobility revolution that is changing the way business is conducted in almost every industry. Technology is finally ready to truly fulfill its promise to improve productivity. Seamless digital communications tools are enabling coworkers scattered around the world to conduct truly global business. Enterprise-level mobile security is enabling workers to brainstorm and collaborate in real time without the fear of data loss.

Some companies are taking advantage of this sea of change while others, slow to adapt, are being left behind or closing up shop.

The pocket office is about more than just mobility. It is a massive disruption of business-as-usual for four big reasons. Embracing the pocket office gives your business:

  • Anytime, anywhere access, seamlessly across all devices
  • Productivity apps that allow for content creation as well as consumption
  • Full compatibility with desktop-based office suite
  • Enterprise level management and security

With these tools businesses both large and small can finally give their employees the ability to work productively from anywhere, anytime. And all with tools that fit in your pocket, talk about a revolution…

Let’s face it, communicating is the one thing we do more than anything else.  We speak with each other either in person or via some mediated technology like telephone, voice, IM, text or even video chat.  We create and send emails.  We produce presentations that we deliver via networked conferencing systems.  More than ever our people are away from the office working from home, hotels, customer sites, ball fields, the beach and a million other places.  The technologies that enable all of this communication must reach farther, be more readily available and also be more secure than ever before. 

No matter what industry you are in, the mobility-enabled pocket office revolution will dramatically change the way you (or your competitors) do business. This is what disruptive change in the workplace looks like: the ability to put the entire means of production into devices the size of your wallet—or that even fit in your wallet.

The mission of ConQuest Technology Services is to provide and support these technologies, constantly improving upon how well we can adapt them to each clients’ requirements, and their future needs to help them identify and innovate new ways in which mediated communication technologies can drive new business opportunities and greater success.

Debbie Brandt

Marketing Manager

ConQuest Technology Services

 

Microsoft Lync Overview

 

Microsoft Lync is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Lync connects people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other operating systems including mobile devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience. Lync provides our customers a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and a great meeting experience.   Many of our customers appreciate that Lync users can connect to anyone on Skype, enabling rich communication with hundreds of millions of people around the world.

How it works

Work Anywhere

Lync allows our customers to communicate securely and stay connected with colleagues and their customers, from virtually wherever they chose to work.

Lync across Devices

Our customers’ employees can switch among devices as they choose based on their needs. Lync offers familiar and consistent user experience across PC, phone, browser and tablets.

Connected Experiences

Lync connects millions of people, their communications and the applications they use every day – together. This is particularly helpful to our customers as many have national as well as global employees and customers.  Multiparty HD video conferencing brings life and expression to Lync Meetings.  This is a useful feature because road warriors feel more engaged in meetings.

Simpler to Manage

Lync is a dependable platform for all real-time communications. A single system reduces complexity in Enterprise IT.  This allows our customers to remain focused on doing business and not worrying about their infrastructure.

Deployment Flexibility

ConQuest Technology Services allows customers who are using Lync to reach their vision of unified communications – on their timeline following their specific blueprint.

Lync Server Features

Lync Unified Client

Lync 2013 provides a single,   unified client for real-time communications, including voice and video calls,   Lync Meetings, presence, instant messaging, and persistent chat. Having a   single UC client application instead of multiple applications simplifies   deployment, adoption, and support.

Lync Windows 8 App

Lync is optimized for touch on   Windows 8 (both x86-based Windows8 and Windows RT) and takes advantage of   Windows 8 “touch first” capabilities to provide fast, natural,   hands-on control of communications across a variety of devices and architectures.  

Lync Web App

The Lync Web App allows PC and   Mac users to join a Lync Meeting from within an HTML5-based browser, and   delivers a full Lync meeting experience, including multiparty HD video, voice   over IP, instant messaging, desktop, application, and PowerPoint sharing.

Lync Mobile Clients

Lync Mobile Clients are   available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Single Click Conference Join

Joining a Lync Meeting   requires only a single click or touch, whether from an Outlook meeting   reminder on a Windows PC or from the calendar or meeting pane on Windows   Phone, iOS, and Android devices.

Presence

See the availability status of   a contact with visual presence indicators. New presence states include:   Presenter (while laptop is connected to a projector) and Working Elsewhere   (to indicate physically out of the office yet working).

Contact Card

A dynamic card that displays a   contact’s high resolution photo, their presence, status note, location and   organizational details and is consistent across Microsoft Office   applications.

Lync Meeting

Previously known as   “online meeting”, Lync Meetings provide capabilities to interact   with people through multiparty HD video, audio, instant messaging, and   content sharing.

Meeting View

Meeting View options are   designed to bring content and people together while optimizing the Lync   Meeting experience for every individual participant’s needs. The Meeting View   is selected by the participant.

Multiparty HD Video Gallery

Continuous view of multiple HD   video streams or contact card photos in conference displayed in a gallery   format. Photos replace active speaker video when video is unavailable.   Gallery controls enable participants to select video stream of interest, see   participant name and identify active speakers.

Persistent Chat

Organize or participate in   topic based virtual rooms where workgroups or designated colleagues meet and   collaborate in real-time. Discussions are searchable and persist over time   enabling efficient information sharing.

OneNote Share

OneNote Share allows users to   create and share OneNote digital meeting notes within a Lync Meeting,   reducing possible errors caused by later transcription and simplifying   communication and follow-up.

Exchange Archiving

Using the Exchange Online   archiving, you can store all you emails, instant messages and Lync Online   meeting contents, then easily search them using Exchange e-Discovery   compliance.

Lync Federation

Lync Federation extends   unified communications securely over the Internet to customers, suppliers,   and partners using Lync.

Skype Connectivity

Skype Connectivity enables   presence sharing, instant messaging (IM), and voice calling with the hundreds   of millions of people around the world who use Skype.

Server Role Consolidation

Lync can reduce the number of   server roles by co-locating roles which were previously deployed or managed   separately, allowing for simplified deployment and management.

Scale and High Availability   Improvements

Lync Server front-end   architecture has been redesigned allowing a larger number of active users in   one pool while improving high availability capabilities that can help lower   total cost of ownership.

Active Monitoring

Active Monitoring gives Lync   administrators the ability to monitor pools, servers, networks across   different datacenters through the public internet.

 

More and more of our customers are looking for solutions that allow them to connect anytime, from anywhere and most importantly using any device.  Today everyone has their own personal choice of mobile devices – with Lync our customers can meet their business needs and provide alternatives to their employees that enable them to stay connected and productive.

 

Tom Sullivan

Director of Sales

ConQuest Technology Services

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