There are so many reasons to deploy a unified communications solution

To be more precise, because this is a Microsoft blog, there are so many reasons to deploy Microsoft’s Office Communication Server 2007 (OCS).  Every day since I first became a member of Microsoft’s dogfood deployment of OCS I’ve been amazed at just how powerful it is and how much better I’m able to communicate and collaborate because of it.  With the weather as it is, and this is what it looked like outside my window at this morning

Monday morning in Sheffield , then it really does come into its own.  I’ve had several planned meetings that are now converted to virtual meetings because of the snow.  Previous to OCS they would have just been abandoned but now, thanks to OCS we can generally carry on with a focused discussion and business doesn’t stop.

Here’s an example of an OCS live meeting we had the other day:

live meeting

This was with Coventry University, Julian Datta and me.  Coventry University were up in Coventry using one of their Microsoft Roundtable devices, Julian was in the office in Reading and I was at home in Sheffield.  We had a productive meeting without any of us having to travel and yet each of us could collaborate and communicate fully.

It’s a fact that the deployment of OCS is making me more productive, gives me more time with customers and partners, saves travel expense and time and keeps my CO2 emissions down.  Is there a university that doesn’t want better resource utilisation, more time between students and teaching staff, reduced costs and a reduced environmental footprint?  Well, it seems that plenty of universities are now deploying OCS but more of that later.

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