Microsoft and Polycom teams up for Unified Communications

On August 9, 2010, Stuart Johnston wrote a nice article for Enterprise Networking Planet about the multi-year deal between Microsoft and Polycom. There are quite a few customers who have been using Polycom technologies and solutions for many years for video and teleconferencing needs.  I have had many customers who asked about integrating those existing…

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Microsoft Exchange Online for Large companies

I was reading this interesting article today on CIO.com about Dow Chemical and their move from Exchange 2003 to Exchange Online or BPOS (Business Productivity On-Line Suite).  The perception has been that Exchange Online is just for small and medium sized companies.  This article explains the considerations that Dow made before making the decision to convert…

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Unified Communications: Is it real and is it for me?

About a month or so ago, I saw the following post on Information Week: http://www.informationweek.com/news/telecom/unified_communications/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225700490.  I found the article to be enlightening and thought I would post my thoughts regarding some of the items brought out by the article. First, I find that companies really have to understand what their Unified Communications (UC) goals are…

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Exchange Server Earning Leadership Everyday

Over the past year, with a myriad of vendors jumping into the business email market, I have been asked by press and customers how Exchange grew to its current leadership position and how we have continued to earn this position over time.  The history of Exchange is an interesting journey with ups and downs, but…

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Beyond the Clouds

Like many other people, I’ve been following some of the recent discussions and debates about what is often called “Cloud Computing”. Since this term has been applied to many scenarios, from using special-purpose web sites to publishing custom-written applications to hosted, virtualized computing resources,  I’ll restrict myself here to talking about “The Cloud” as the…

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Managing Complexity in Unified Communications

HP and Microsoft recently announced that they will be working together to provide solutions based on Exchange Server and SQL Server that are easy to deploy, and easy to manage. When it comes to interfacing Exchange to the world of telephony (via Microsoft Office Communication Server, or some kind of PBX), the planning often requires…

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Microsoft and HP Agree to invest $250 Million to Simplify Technology Environments

Last Tuesday, January 13, 2010, Microsoft and HP announced an agreement to invest $250 Million over the next three years to significantly simplify technology environments.  This is not something that is just targeted at the large enterprises but meant to benefit businesses of all sizes!  Here’s the announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/jan10/01-13inftoapppr.mspx. I’m sure some of you are…

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Removing Migration Barriers One (Lotus) Note at a Time…

Switching From Lotus Notes to Exchange and SharePoint Just Got Easier With New Migration Tools and a Free Training Offer for Notes Professionals In my job, I’m privileged to spend a lot time with current and prospective customers. In the last six months, as I’ve met with companies switching from Lotus Notes to Microsoft, I…

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IBM Panasonic “Win” = Keeping a Notes Customer

In advance of Lotusphere, IBM is touting a big cloud win with Panasonic who will be using LotusLive for 320,000 people, and IBM is claiming this as a replacement of Microsoft Exchange.  These claims around Panasonic compel me to shed some light on the real facts.  Panasonic was already using Notes worldwide, and fewer than…

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Exchange 2010: Saving Money, Delighting Users, Protecting Communications

Today, at Tech·Ed in Berlin we announced that Exchange 2010 is available. This version of Exchange is like no other for many reasons.  One reason is that we built it as a service from the beginning, and over two years ago it became the e-mail service for universities around the world via our Live@Edu offering. In…

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