I KNOW – Unified Communications launch event in Belgium

December 28, 2007 By: Yann Espanet Category: Office Communication Server

Everybody Knows UC ? No ?

One month ago, I was in Brussels – Belgium at the Unified Communications Event organized by Microsoft. A lot of MS partners, clients and ITpro from the whole Belgium and Luxembourg was there to follow some technical and business sessions.


The UC team for BeLux has done a live demonstration of the capabilities of Office Communications Server 2007. Dirk Caals (Unified Communications Technology Advisor), Patrick Van Asch (Unified Communications Solution Sales Advisor), Peter van Hees (MCS Consultant) and Annelies Bulkens (Partner Account Manager) was each sitting in a room with different colors and corresponding to different places : at work, in a Hotel, in a meeting room …. They have played some real life scenes around the use of Instant messaging, presence information, voice-mail access, conferencing with the Office Roundtable, and more.

Speakers have used the new Microsoft’s slogan for UC-enabled applications: Click-To-Communicate, which can be declined in Click-To-Call, Click-to-Chat, Click-To-Conference, Click-To-Web Conference…

This slogan has been first introduced at the worldwide UC launch event and means that end-user’s software will have the “click to communicate” capabilities to simplify the use of communication’s tools inside CRM or ERP solutions for examples.

Developers and third party can also develop some UC-enabled applications using resources from the new Unified Communications Developer Portal on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). This portal includes a number of resources, including new software developer kits (SDKs) and application programming interfaces (APIs), to help developers build compelling applications on Microsoft’s unified communications platform.

Download this presentation to see some sample code for: IM response bot, Voice bot, …

Extensibility: Embedding Unified Communications in LOB Applications

But the most interesting part for me was the business sessions, with a lot of information on the impact of UC in the enterprise and how people should use it.
If  you have a Unified Communications project, don’t hesitate to spend time on the planning of end-user training and guidelines to prepare people to the adoption of this tool. I will soon post an article on this subject,

 You can download the PowerPoint presentations and see some pictures of the event on the Microsoft’s website:

NB : During the presentation, I have seen on a slide a strange USB key with an availability indicator,  it’s look like a Bluetooth or Wifi key, but I don’t know what is the use of this device,

Take a look at the pictures and if you have an idea, don’t hesitate to give me your opinion :

UC devices

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