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Monday, June 23, 2014

Lync's Tales from the Trenches for the Enteprise CONNECT Lync Tour 2014 Chicago

Enterprise CONNECT Lync Tour 2014 is on the road again to New York City on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Microsoft’s Lync:  Making the Choice , Making it Work is still collecting Tales from the Trenches nationwide, from the West Coast to the East Coast to share experts and end user stories and advice which will facilitate understanding the influence and application for enterprise decision-makers of the enterprise CONNECT Lync Tour and its real-world impact and challenges associated with deploying Lync.

According to Fred Knight, the General Manager for UBM Tech, “Lync is more than a technology.  It is a cultural change in the way people communicate with others via Microsoft’s Lync.”
                        Fred Knight at the Enterprise Connect Lync Tour 2014 Renaissance Chicago

                                  Kevin Kieller, enableUC, Presents Tales from the Trenches Panel

Kevin Kieller, enableUC is a Canadian software developer who brings his own pragmatism to the enterprise CONNECT Lync Tour 2014 and leads the Tales from the Trenches Panel discussion.

The Tales from the Trenches Panel also addresses the biggest, most paralyzing mistakes users make with Lync.  For instance, the Lync video streaming is a two-way channel which can remain idle on a blank screen, until it is initiated by the end-user.   One of the Lync clients forgot that the previous group video had left Lync ON during a conversation in his office.  When the Lync video screen became activated by another end-user who commented that he had watched the first client’s exchange conversation in response to their previous Lynch video meetings.   Lync can also double as an office two-way Video/Voice communications which evolves into a highly sophisticated surveillance monitoring system for remote and virtual end-users.

Lync multi-tasks as an ubiquitous Voice and Multimedia Communications Business Tool.   There is a rising need for training users to interface with enterprise CONNECT Lync Video/Voice Conference.

Depending on the enterprise CONNECT Lync Tour stop, the Tales from the Trenches Panel session will include a mix of local end-users and other experts who can share their experiences and offer real-world advice with your Lync 2013 decisions and actions for Microsoft upgrades.  Skype users must sign into Skype using a Microsoft ID and have the latest Skype client software.  V2 of the Lync-Skype integration (Beta is for the Summer or Fall 2014).  Look for Video Interoperability with improved security signaling and media streaming, as well as improved audio (wide-band audio with Silk).

The new Lync 2013 features include Lync Web Apps, Lync Mobile, and a Better Video Experience.

It is not too late to join the enterprise CONNECT  Lync Tour set for New York City on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Amazon launches a shopping machine and calls it a phone - Quartz

Amazon launches a shopping machine and calls it a phone - Quartz

Amazon’s Fire Phone is here: CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the company’s first smartphone at an event today in Seattle. Details are still rolling in, but Bezos has already made one thing clear: This is a shopping device.


The most interesting feature so far is called Firefly: An image recognition app that can supposedly detect and identify more than 100 million items, ranging from physical products on sale at Amazon—Bezos demonstrated the feature with a Nutella jar, among other products—to songs and phone numbers. The phone has a dedicated Firefly button on its side, meaning that the feature—and your credit card—is always only a tap away.


Amazon is also opening the service to developers so they can build Firefly into their apps. Two examples, via the Verge’s Fire Phone liveblog: Using MyFitnessPal to get nutritional information for food or Vivino to get more information about wine. This could be one way to get companies creating custom apps for the Fire Phone’s app store instead of just porting over their plain Android apps.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014 | Orlando, FL | CIO Conference

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014 | Orlando, FL | CIO Conference

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world's most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives. Our 2014 agenda offers 500+ analyst sessions, workshops, roundtables and mastermind keynotes across five full days. With 10 role-based tracks and 11 industry tracks, the agenda targets your specific title responsibilities and ways to adapt new ideas and strategy to your industry, along with insight on what's next in IT.