LCS, OCS, Lync, Skype for Business – The Name may Change but Microsoft is still in the Business of Communication and Collaboration

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In mid-November, Microsoft announced that it would be rebranding the next version of its unified communications platform as Skype for Business.  This represents the next step in the integration between Skype, one of the most popular consumer communications services (with more than 300 million users) and Lync, one of the leading enterprise communications platforms (sharing Gartner’s Leader Quadrant with Cisco, Avaya and Mitel).

Things to Do NOW: Windows Server 2003 Assessment

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With support for Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 ending in July 2015, it is important that organizations begin planning and preparing for an upgrade path that meets the unique needs of their business.  Organizations everywhere will need to begin assessing their current infrastructure and develop a strategy to migrate off the aging platform onto Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure.

Exploring Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite

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Recently, Microsoft introduced a new suite of products designed to help organizations better manage their mobile environments.  It’s called Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).

Today I’m going to share details on the products it includes.  I’d also like to share how these products can help IT gain more control and save headaches during our rapidly growing mobile device era.  But first, for the benefit of the reader, let’s define what I mean by “mobile device.”

The Coming Server-pocalypse

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Companies throughout the world have been very busy for the past couple of years upgrading their Windows XP systems before the end of extended support earlier this year. While many began to breathe a sigh of relief when that project wrapped up (and others are continuing to work through it), there really isn’t time to rest. The reason: There is another deadline that is quickly approaching which should be of equal, if not greater, concern.

Windows Server 2003 Retirement: Risk and Reward

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By now everyone knows that Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching end of life. But each organization needs to assess the impact, both in terms of the risks of not removing Windows Server 2003 from the infrastructure, and the rewards of deploying a current server OS in the data center. In this brief blog post, we will examine each, the risks and the benefits, with the hope that your organization will benefit.