My OCS 2007 Innovative Communications Alliance case study is published!

Back in early 2007 my workplace were in the market for an enterprise strength unified communications system, the aim from a high level was to take the businesses voice and data collaboration systems to the next level.

In addition to this we knew it had to have:

  • Instant Messaging
  • Voicemail to E-mail
  • Presence
  • Conferencing opportunities
  • Mobile integration
  • PBX integration
  • Calendar synchronisation
  • VoIP Softphone

At the time Microsoft had Live Communications Server 2005 which didn’t really deliver all the functionality we were after, but all was not lost. During our discussions with Microsoft, Nortel and BT we were informed of a new product called Office Communications Server 2007, this not only ticked all of our boxes but integrated seamlessly with our already well established choice of systems.

These incumbent technology investments were:

  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Nortel CS1000 PBX
  • MPLS Wide Area Network (MPLS is not a requirement per se but for site-to-site integration you will need to think about QoS)

Before we knew it we were about to embark on a very rewarding proof of concept.

Today we are continuously building upon the success of the OCS platform and I was asked to talk more about it in an Innovative Communications Alliance case study, this has just been published up on their website here.

If you are also interested in running a similar pilot I’d recommend you give these guys a shout.