Talking to a US colleague recently, he was telling me about various projects worldwide where universities are bringing together all of their communications and messaging systems. He referred me to the case studies published in the last six months of things happening in schools and colleges in Asia and the USA.
Linked to that, word has reached me of a series of "Communication on Demand" executive briefing events hosted by Eurodata, a Microsoft partner in London. The idea is that with unified communications, you can reduce telecommunications costs and increase productivity - and take away some of the frustrations of trying to successfully connect to other people. Although it used to be something that was for "big" establishments only, it's now the kind of thing that's within the reach of everybody, and there are a number of colleges taking steps in this direction. If you're considering bringing your telecomms and IT infrastructure together, then this event could help you to define your strategy
The half-day agenda includes sessions with titles like "Confusion or Convergence?", "Bridging the gap between telephony and computing" and "Seeing is Believing". The aim is to help you understand some of the options for unified communications, and how the Microsoft software solutions fit into an overall telecomms picture.
You can find more details, and register for the events here, being held in London on 27th March and 24th April.