Session Offers Strategies for Deployment of Microsoft Lync to Improve Collaboration in College and University Environments
Sonus Networks, Inc., a global leader in SIP communications, announced today that it will lead a workshop titled “Lessons for Bringing Microsoft Lync to Existing Networks” at the ACUTA 2014 Winter Seminar, to be held January 12-15, 2014 in Phoenix.
ACUTA, comprised of more than 700 educational institutions, is focused on advancing the capabilities of communications and collaboration technology leaders in the field of higher education to address the range of collaboration styles and needs of faculties, students and staffs within today’s distributed, and often virtual, campuses.
With the advent of the mobile Internet and the increased use of smartphone and tablet devices, universities are increasingly turning to unified communications (UC) platforms such as Microsoft Lync to improve collaboration. With Microsoft Lync, colleges and universities can leverage campus voice, video and data networks and build a bridge to bring-your-own-device (BYOD), Cloud and social media tools used by students and faculty.
Sonus was selected by ACUTA to lead the workshop based on the company’s experience in delivering interoperability for real-time, multimedia communications across complex, multi-vendor environments. Joining Sonus in the workshop will be representatives from Microsoft who are well versed in the higher education sector, as well as leading Lync integration partner, The Via Group. The Via Group was recognized in 2011 as the U.S. Lync Voice Education Partner of the Year and is a certified Microsoft Gold Communications systems integration partner.
Together, Microsoft, The Via Group and Sonus plan to conduct a dynamic, interactive session based on actual university use cases selected from session participants. These industry experts expect to take the class through what to consider and how to go about executing a Lync deployment.
“Colleges and universities have a real opportunity to leverage improved collaboration on campus through tools such as Microsoft Lync, as the intersection between social, mobile and Cloud tools begin to emerge,” said Todd A. Abbott, executive vice president, Strategy and Go-to-Market, Sonus. “We are very pleased to have been selected by ACUTA to lead this consultative workshop. By collaborating with our key partners Microsoft and The Via Group, we plan to share best practices across a project life cycle, from planning through the deployment of Microsoft Lync in campus environments.”
- ACUTA’s membership ranges from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions representing diverse Carnegie classifications in all 50 states, Canada and New Zealand.
- Arizona State University is the host school for the ACUTA 2014 Winter Seminar.
- ACUTA’s 43rd Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place March 30 - April 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, while its 2014 Fall Seminar will occur October 26-29, 2014 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.
- The Sonus SBC 5210 and Sonus SBC 5110, as well as the Sonus SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 SBCs have achieved Microsoft Lync 2013 qualification for SBC deployments.
- Sonus is positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for Session Border Controllers," published October 21, 2013 by Gartner, Inc. and is the fastest growing brand of SBCs (Source: Infonetics Research, 2011 – 2012).
- As seating is limited, those wishing to register for this workshop at the ACUTA 2014 Winter Seminar are encouraged to do so now to take advantage of early bird registration.
- Sonus launched a new resource and informational microsite designed to educate enterprises and service providers about the value of SBCs in Microsoft Lync Enterprise Voice deployments. Visit the site at www.sonus.net/lync.
- Click here to download Sonus’ educational guides, published in partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; publisher of the world’s best-selling For Dummies® reference series: Lync Enterprise Voice For Dummies, Session Border Controllers For Dummies, SIP Trunking For Dummies and WebRTC For Dummies
- Read the case study Focus on Higher Education: An Interview with Western Kentucky University by The Via Group.
- Click here to read about Marquette University Upgraded Communications Capabilities to Improve Access and Reliability with Microsoft Lync.
- Download a copy of the CIO Magazine Playbook, “Three Steps to Maximizing ROI for Microsoft Lync Enterprise Voice.”
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Sonus helps the world's leading communications service providers and enterprises embrace the next generation of SIP-based solutions including VoIP, video and Unified Communications through secure, reliable and scalable IP networks. With customers around the globe and 15 years of experience transforming networks to IP, Sonus has enabled service providers and enterprises to capture and retain users and generate significant ROI. Sonus products include session border controllers, policy/routing servers, subscriber feature servers and media and signaling gateways. Sonus products are supported by a global services team with experience in design, deployment and maintenance of some of the world's largest and most complex IP networks. For more information, visit www.sonus.net or call 1-855-GO-SONUS.
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