Recently I’ve been helping out the guys over at MUCUGUK (Microsoft Unified Communications User Group UK) with finding a venue for them to run a Lync event in Newcastle. The good news is that this is just one of a series of events they are running up and down the country in places that don’t normally get much attention in the IT Pro world so show them some love and get signed up…

The events run over a full day, are free to attend and even better include lunch and refreshments through the day. The whole set of events have been kindly sponsored by A10 Networks (purveyors of Lync compatible hardware load balancers)

The content is designed to cover all of Lync’s bases; taking you through an introduction to the platform, using Lync as a PBX, resiliency / DR planning, third party integration and even helping you out with creating a business case. So as you can see it doesn’t matter if your already a Lync IT Pro, an overstretched Systems Administrator or IT Manager there should be plenty of stuff to take away from the day.

The full day’s agenda is as follows:

Start End Title
09:30 10:00 Registration and coffee.
10:00 10:15 Welcome.
10:15 11:00 Introduction to Lync.
11:00 11:15 Coffee break.
11:15 12:00 We have a PBX, how do we move to Lync?
12:00 12:45 High availability and disaster recovery.
12:45 13:15 Sponsor Session – A10 Networks.
13:15 14:00 Lunch.
14:00 14:45 Using an existing video conferencing solution with Lync?
14:45 15:30 Deploy our own or use a cloud offering, if cloud who’s?
15:30 15:45 Coffee break.
15:45 16:45 All of this sounds good, how do I get my boss to agree?
16:45 17:00 Q&A and wrap-up.


Places are limited for each event so head over to Eventbrite and get signed up. If your looking for inspiration about how to get permission from your boss, if the shear awesomeness of learning about Lync isn’t good enough, you could take some inspiration from the Teched “persuade your boss page”?

See you there in May….


(EDIT: I appear to not know what year this is, hence the original title & URL being 2011… I assure you, I’m talking about 2012!)