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Upcoming Webinar: Integrate Lync with Your Avaya Environment

As part of the Lync 2013 integrated communications platform, Enterprise Voice, an enterprise class VoIP solution, includes various new features to enhance deployment, operational and user experience capabilities. If you currently have an Avaya environment, and you are struggling with the question of how to make Lync work with your existing investments in telephony, you […]

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Ringing in the New Year with Skype (Lync) for Business

This morning Microsoft lifted the curtains to finally unveil what everyone knew was inevitable; Lync Server now becomes “Skype for Business”. This is actually the second go around for the “Skype for Business” name, prior to the Microsoft acquisition Skype tried to enter the “Business” realm with a business offering…yeah, that didn’t work out to […]

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Webinar Recap: Planning for a Lync Deployment on a Global Scale

I’ve mentioned before that here at Perficient, we are big fans of Microsoft Lync, and we use it for everything from conferencing to PBX functionality. I’m fortunate to work with a talented team of Lync experts who make the experience for me, as an end user, simple and straightforward. Last week, two of our resident […]

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Meet Yammer, Your Answer to Project Collaboration!

Yammer has a full range of features to help you communicate openly and expedite decision making, open new collaboration channels and breakdown email silos. Let’s start looking at our current ways of communicating with our team. A typical project is slated to begin and end with a vision and goal. In order to achieve these, […]

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Abusing Outlook

For many of us Outlook is always running. If used to its full potential Outlook will work for you and make a busy day more manageable. Many fail to utilize the many features Outlook has to assist you with hundreds of incoming emails and/or a full calendar. I am sharing a few tips that will […]

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Webinar: Lync Online – How the Cloud Is Changing Communication

Companies now have several options when it comes to Microsoft’s enterprise-ready unified communications platform, Lync – from Lync on-premises, hosted Lync, to Lync Online with Office 365, or even Lync in a hybrid environment. I’ve been using Lync for over three years, and can attest to its ability to provide a more connected experience, enabling […]

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Office 365 – What’s the Best Plan?

Didn’t you always wonder which plan to pick in the O365 family? So many different SKU’s providing distinct features, storage capabilities, tools, etc. I know while talking to customers one of the initial and biggest question has been around which plan is perfect for them and can they downgrade or upgrade from there. Looks like Microsoft […]

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Compelling Case for Office 365

Everyone has an opinion on “Cloud’ and its effect on the business, for some it’s scary in terms of data security and for some it’s revenue generation and cost savings. There are a number of reasons why cloud computing is so widely used among businesses today. Some of them include Reduction of costs – lower […]

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Perficient’s Matt McGillen on Lync with Redmond Channel Partner

Yesterday, over at Redmond Channel Partner, Scott Bekker wrote about the recent upswing in business around Microsoft Lync. You can read the full article here. Bekker talks about the recent Lync Conference, and a major takeaway being that Lync is really taking off as customers move past the initial voice pilots to full implementations, where […]

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#Lync and the Impacts of Windows XP

It’s no secret Microsoft is doing the same to XP as the bad boy trio from Office Space did to that poor Printer. The deprecation of XP will have an impact on organizations for various reasons, some of which I’m not qualified to speak in depth about, but a key topics on the wire as […]

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Changing the SQL mirror endpoint owner breaks mirror in Lync 2013

When you install Lync 2013 and configure the back end for mirroring, a lot of things happen “under the hood” to configure the mirror (and witness, if applicable). Microsoft really has done a fantastic job of hiding the overall complexity of SQL mirroring through Lync topology builder, but suffice it so say, there are many […]

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SPC Keynote: For IT Pros

This is going to be a hard hitting session with lots of stats and lots of new features delivered rapid fire.  Hence my heavy use of bullets. 30% of all IT spending will be in the cloud by 2020.  It’s IT as a service.  Keep in mind, SharePoint is one product but there are many […]

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Configuring Office Web Apps Location in Lync 2013

For those that have deployed Lync 2013 alongside Office Web Apps 2013, we’ve all seen this seemingly innocuous check box: Office Web Apps Server is deployed in an external network (that is, perimeter/Internet) Over the past year I’ve never yet had a reason to check that box and honestly didn’t have a very good idea […]

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SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Released!

In further anticipation of SharePoint Conference 2014, today Microsoft announced the release of Service Pack 1 for all Office products, including SharePoint 2013. This has been a long time coming. Most of us in the industry were expecting SP1 to arrive sometime last fall, right around the 1 year mark of the product release. There […]

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Managing Office 365 with Powershell

A recent Office Blog highlights new resources for Managing Office 365 with Windows Powershell.  Powershell is an incredibly robust tool for managing your SharePoint, Lync, and Exchange environments. It was released around the 2010 product lines and most of us in the industry remember its predecessor, STSADM, for managing SharePoint 2007.  If you are new to Powershell, you’ll find the […]

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Lync Conference 2014…Your Chance to Grill the Experts

Starting this upcoming Monday, February 17, Lync Conference 2014 goes into full swing through the 20th.  Experts from all over the world will be presenting, demoing, answering questions and having a good time representing the world of Lync.  The Lync community as a whole are just a bunch of geeks who love what they do […]

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Celebrate #LyncConf14, Win $1000 to the Microsoft Store

So, who’s excited for the second annual Lync Conference next week, February 18-20, in Las Vegas? Our team certainly is, as noted in the recent press release and previous blog post. Perficient is one of only two Lync Partners in the US with multiple Microsoft Certified Masters (MCMs) on staff, and is also one of […]

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Perficient announces Lync Conference evening event sponsorship

Today, Perficient announced that we will be the evening event sponsor at the second annual Lync Conference in Las Vegas from February 18-20. The Perficient team, including several Lync Microsoft Certified Masters (MCM), will be showcasing our expertise in booth 223.  The team will also be giving away a $1000 gift certificate to the Microsoft Store. […]

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The CIO’s Guide to a Lync Server 2013 Global Design

More and more organizations are deploying Lync 2013, as it provides a single solution that unites voice, IM, audio, video, and web-conferencing into a richer, more simplified experience. It allows employees to work from just about anywhere to communicate securely and stay connected with colleagues and customers. When an organization decides to take advantage of […]

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Lync 2013 SQL Mirroring Witness Gotcha

My colleague, Jason Sloan, has a great blog post on some SQL mirroring issues he encountered during a recent Lync 2013 deployment that I highly recommend everyone read.  This post is intended as an addition to that list with an issue that I discovered during my own Lync 2013 SQL mirroring deployment. Consider the following […]

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