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  • Microsoft vs. Cisco: New Issues & Decision Factors

    Phil Edholm  |  President and Founder, PKE Consulting | Speaker
    Brent Kelly, PhD  |  President, KelCor, Inc. | Speaker
    Location:  Sun A
    Track: Unified Communications and Collaboration
    Pass Type: Entire Event, Tue-Thu Conference - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: TBD

    In a recent Enterprise Connect/No Jitter audience survey, a majority of enterprise IT organizations said they don't have to run both Microsoft and Cisco UC platforms, and support both Lync/Skype for Business and Jabber clients -- yet one-third do so anyway. Clearly a significant number of enterprises continue to balance strategic relationships with both these vendors, even as Cisco and Microsoft evolve and refine their UC strategies. As Microsoft moves to focus more on the Office 365 Cloud and Cisco emphasizes the Spark collaboration client and Tropo platform for APIs, enterprises will find the Cisco-Microsoft dilemma evolving and taking on new aspects.

    This session will start with the basics, highlighting the changes Microsoft and Cisco have each made in their UC offerings over the last year, and where they're headed strategically. From this foundation, you'll get expert guidance on the pitfalls and benefits of each, with pointers on how to evaluate each UC product for the particular tasks at hand. And you'll hear advice on how best to live in a dual Microsoft-Cisco world or plan an exit strategy that leaves your organization's UC program in the hands of one or the other vendor.

    KEY QUESTIONS:

    • How have Microsoft and Cisco evolved their UC offerings in the last 12 months and where are they headed over the next year?
    • How is each vendor approaching two growing trends: UC in the cloud, and communications APIs?
    • Does continued coexistence make sense going forward, or should enterprises really be plotting a migration to a single vendor UC strategy? What are the pluses or minuses of each approach?
    • Whether all-Microsoft, all-Cisco, or a mix of both, what are the biggest challenges organizations face in UC today and going forward?