Featured Collaboration Sessions
Building Networks for Real-Time Applications: What Works, What Doesn't?
Configuring your IP network to support real-time voice and video will only get more challenging as these applications spread through your user base. Network managers have a range of tools with which to tackle this challenge, from basic QoS marking to emerging integrations with SDN technologies. This session will review the fundamental best practices of network management for real-time traffic, and will then dive into some of the most critical emerging issues.
Speaker: Terry Slattery, Principal Engineer, NetCraftsmen
Microsoft vs. Cisco: Compare, Contrast--or Co-Exist?
Cisco is the current leader in IP-based telephony, but as enterprises migrate toward Unified Communications, Microsoft Lync represents a strong challenge. As network decision-makers, your choice in this area will be informed not only by the products' features/functions/costs, but also by your enterprise's existing relationships with these 2 strategic vendors. In this session, an analyst who has done extensive work comparing Microsoft and Cisco in the communications/collaboration space will provide an in-depth analysis aimed at helping your organization make the decision between Cisco and Microsoft. You'll learn about the key differences between Microsoft's Lync and Cisco's Jabber/Unified Communications Server, and you'll also get a framework for analyzing the two offerings in the context of your enterprise's unique requirementse.g., whether voice, video, or conferencing are most critical for your users; how your legacy environment might fit with the two platforms; and how to work within your organization to make the right choice.
Speaker: Brent Kelly, PhD, Principal Analyst/Consultant, KelCor, Inc.
Integrating Communications into Business Processes: Case Studies
Where do we find the biggest demonstrated, delivered value of Unified Communications and Collaboration? Making workers more efficient and happier through IM and Presence is nice, but what you really want to do is shorten the sales cycle, speed up time to market, cut overhead with more efficient process, and more. These are benefits promised through “communications enabled business processes”, “CEBP”, but how many enterprises have achieved them? This session will offer real-world examples of enterprises that are doing CEBP today, and the benefits they have achieved.
Speaker: Don Van Doren, Principal and Co-Founder, UniComm Consulting, LLC