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  • Third-party Management for Lync/Skype for Business

    Robin Gareiss  |  President, Nemertes Research | Speaker
    Phil Moen  |  President and CEO, Unimax | Speaker
    Henry Barton  |  VP Strategy, Voss | Panelist
    Tom Tuttle  |  VP Microsoft Practice, Nectar Services Corp. | Panelist
    Andre Cuenin  |  President of Americas and Europe, IR | Panelist
    Mark Achzenick  |  CIO & Vice President, IT Innovation and Support, Unify Square | Panelist
    Location:  Sun A
    Track: Management and Security
    Pass Type: Entire Event, Tue-Thu Conference - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: TBD

    As Microsoft Lync and now Skype for Business have grown within the enterprise, many user organizations have discovered a need for management tools specifically designed to serve Lync/Skype for Business deployments. But different tools have different strengths and weaknesses, and take different approaches to the range of management, monitoring, and configuration challenges that enterprises experience with Lync/Skype for Business deployments. So how do you decide whether your enterprise needs such a tool in the first place, and if so, what capabilities that tool should provide? In this session, we'll explore the unique management challenges of Lync/Skype for Business implementations, and will examine the approaches that different management vendors are taking to solve these problems. You'll come away with a clear idea of how to tackle your Lync/Skype for Business management challenges, and where to turn for help.


    • What are the most common management challenges encountered by enterprises as they scale up their Lync/Skype for Business deployments? What causes these issues?
    • How (if at all) do management challenges in Lync/Skype for Business deployments differ from management challenges with other vendors' voice and UC systems?
    • Do Microsoft-specific management tools typically provide multi-vendor management capabilities, to serve a multi-vendor environment? What are the pros and cons of multi-vendor management that includes Lync/Skype for Business?
    • What are the most important attributes to look for in a third-party tool to manage Lync/Skype for Business?
    • How do the different management vendors' solutions for Microsoft UC differ? How is this product area likely to evolve in the next 12 months?