Office Communications Server Consulting Microsoft announced the Release 2 version of Microsoft Communications Server 2007, Microsoft's platform for streamlining presence awareness, instant messaging, video conferencing, and IP-based calling. The newest version of Office Communications Server 2007 features enhancements that offer IT managers additional versatility for managing their communications system efficiently while representing an extensible architecture for communications-enabled business activity.

To reduce expenses, improve productivity, and promote collaboration, the new Release 2 of Microsoft Communications Server permits dial-in audioconferencing to eliminate costly outside services with an in-house conferencing software bridge that is maintained along with the current communications infrastructure. Office Communications Server also now features desktop sharing, which allows users to share their PC seamlessly and initiate audio communications and collaborate with others external to the organization on Windows PC, Apple Mac, or Linux platforms via a Web-based interface. The new edition of Microsoft Communications Server also enables geographically dispersed teams to collaborate by taking part in theme-based discussions that persist over time. This tool provides users with a list of all active discussion sessions and topics, automatically backs up chats in an XML file format that meets auditing regulations, delivers tools to search the complete record of chat on a specific topic, and provides filters and alarms to notify people of new updates.

the new edition of Microsoft Communications Server 2007 also includes improved support for voice communications and mobile workers. The innovative attendant console permits receptionists or group administrators to manage calls and conferences on behalf of associates, set up processes to direct calls, and handle larger volumes of incoming communications via a software-based interface. A new SIP trunking capability allows businesses to cut costs by establishing up a straight-through Voice over IP connection between an IP phone service supplier and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 without needing in-house gateways. In addition, Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile functionality has been extended to more platforms such as the Motorola RAZR, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.

How Progent's Microsoft-certified Engineers Can Help Your Business to Deploy Office Communications Server
A Standard Edition Microsoft Office Communications Server hosts all necessary services on one physical Front End Server. The minimal expense in hardware and simplicity of management make this configuration is optimal for small and mid-sized businesses and for remote offices. Office Communications Server 2007 is based on Windows Server and takes advantage of powerful Windows platforms such as Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, Operations Manager, and Exchange Server. With Microsoft Office Communications Server, you can incorporate real-time teamwork capabilities and presence to popular MS Office programs like as Microsoft Office Outlook, Excel, and Word. Presence awareness from your server can also be incorporated into line-of-business applications. Microsoft Office Communications Server also acts as the presence mechanism for collaborative web sites and web portals, providing presence and Instant Messaging access from within SharePoint Services sites.

Microsoft Office Communications Server Consulting Services

Progent's Microsoft-Gold certified professionals can provide expert consulting services for all these technologies and can assist you in designing and executing a deployment of Microsoft Office Communications Server so as to optimize the productivity value of this IM, presence, and VoIP solution. Progent can in addition assist your company to migrate from Live Communications Server 2005 to the current version of Office Communications Server.

Progent's IT professionals can help your company to install Office Communications Server and configure a wide of Microsoft platforms to benefit from the presence awareness, IM, and VoIP features enabled by Microsoft Office Communications Server:

Windows Server 2008 Integration
Progent offers a variety of Windows Server 2008 planning and integration services that can help small organizations to get the most from Windows Server 2008. Progent's Microsoft Gold certified consultants can help you to understand the areas where Microsoft Windows Server 2008 could improve the business value of your IT system so that you can rationalize an upgrade. Progent can help you test Windows Server 2008 so that you can assess its reliability, performance, and compatibility running realistic applications. Progent can provide consulting for creating a rollout plan, evaluate and enhance existing network environment, document archiving and recovery processes, evaluate security mechanisms and policies, help in integrating physical and virtual machines, develop fault-tolerant strategies including failover server clustering with Hyper-V, train your internal network administration staff, and set up automated 24x7 monitoring processes to ensure your information system's protection and efficiency.

Exchange Server 2007 Planning, Configuration, Troubleshooting, and Hosting Services
Progent's Microsoft certified consultants can help you design and implement a smooth Microsoft Exchange 2007 migration strategy that avoids productivity disruption, simplifies ongoing support demands, and makes your Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 easy to manage. Progent's Exchange 2007 support, repair, and consulting offerings include assistance with the configuration of outside vendor enhancements of Exchange Server 2007 and the creation of unified messaging solutions based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Progent's Exchange Server Hosting and Management Services offer a world-class data center that features backed-up power and environmental control systems, round-the-clock site security and operations center, plus fault-tolerant connections to Internet backbone service companies. Hosted Microsoft Exchange servers are set up as virtual servers for high uptime, easy expandability, and rapid restoration. Progent's services include integration with your business network, access to handheld communication products, automated tracking of efficiency and security, spam filtering, patch and service pack control, Helpdesk support, per-day backup, and comprehensive messaging administration support.

SharePoint Server 2007 Consulting and Support
Progent can offer expertise for designing, deploying, and managing productive Microsoft SharePoint Server solutions that can dramatically enhance key aspects of your company's IT environment such as collaboration, intranet portal, company-wide search, forms-driven business operations, delivery of business information, and document control. Progent's Microsoft Gold certified engineers can help you to evaluate the business benefit for deploying SharePoint Server 2007, provide configuration and integration support, help your business to configure SQL Server as a back-end database engine, optimize your network architecture, set up your off-the-shelf and custom business programs to work with SharePoint Server 2007, develop a comprehensive protection strategy that includes portal technology, and provide remote and on-site repair and Help Desk services.

SQL Server 2008 Consulting Services
Progent's SQL Server engineers can help your organization installs Microsoft SQL 2008 efficiently, and that your SQL-powered RDBM solution is integrated thoroughly with your business applications. Progent offers automated network monitoring to ensure your corporate information system is working efficiently, and Progent's online Technical Response Center is available to offer fast resolutions for SQL-related issues. Progent's certified network security experts can assess your company-wide security processes and mechanisms and suggest enhancements for better regulatory compliance. Progent's programmers can assist your company to develop or customize line-of-business applications or web sites utilize information managed by SQL Server 2008.

Active Directory Support Services
Windows Active Directory requires extensive hands-on experience to integrate efficiently across a large corporation. Progentís Microsoft qualified Active Directory engineers are experienced in planning, integrating, and troubleshooting complex Microsoft Enterprise Active Directory projects. Progentís fields of proven competence with Windows 2003 and 2008 AD include replication issues, multi-domain partition design, correcting corrupted AD objects, dealing with residual beta version configuration objects in online AD environments, and fixing failed installations of Active Directory and AD-integrated applications.

PC Desktop Support Services
Progent's Microsoft Gold certified desktop support experts can deliver a broad range of cost-effective consulting and support services to help you company to deploy, integrate, repair, and administer workstations and notebooks powered by Microsoft Windows. Progent can provide on-premises or remote technical support for individual PCs and handheld devices or help you to design and carry out a network-wide migration to the most current version of Windows. Progent can also configure Microsoft Office or Microsoft Dynamics business applications on your workstations so they integrate productively with other Microsoft applications, products from third-party publishers, database servers, and key solutions throughout your network. Progent can also provide engineers and technical workers to help your company to plan for and complete an office relocation or merger designed to produce minimal interruption to your business.

Wireless Solutions Integration
Progentís professionals offer expertise in multiple technologies relevant to mobile connectivity including network architecture, Activesync, wireless security, mobile e-mail, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Research in Motion Blackberry, and wireless software development. Progent's Microsoft certified consultants can save your company work and expense by applying their wireless expertise to help you choose and integrate mobile networking technologies that make sense for your business. Progent can also tune your network infrastructure so that mobile handhelds work more reliably.

Urgent Remote Troubleshooting
Progentís Technical Response Center provides national remote help for Windows and Cisco-based small office computer networks. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-qualified service engineers provide telephone help and online direct computer connection to troubleshoot and repair network problems rapidly and economically. The scope of technical experience available from Progent's staff of nationwide service professionals allows Progent to escalate even the toughest network issues to qualified experts as needed.

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