Microsoft unveiled the next edition of Microsoft Communications Server 2007, Microsoft's solution for streamlining presence, IM infrastructure, video conferencing, and IP-based calling. The latest version of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 features improvements that give network administrators more versatility for supporting their communications infrastructure effectively while representing an expandable architecture for collaborative work processes.
To reduce costs, increase efficiency, and support teamwork, the new Release 2 of Microsoft Communications Server 2007 allows dial-in audioconferencing to replace costly outside services with an on-premises conferencing software bridge that is controlled as part of the existing communications environment. Microsoft Communications Server also now permits desktop sharing, which allows workers to share their desktop seamlessly and initiate audio communications and collaborate with others external to the company on Windows PC, Mac, or Linux-powered platforms via a web interface. The new release of Microsoft Office Communications Server also enables geographically scattered groups to work together by taking part in topic-based discussions that persist over time. This tool supplies participants with a list of all active chat rooms and topics, automatically backs up discussions in an XML format that addresses compliance requirements, delivers tools to look through the entire history of chat on a given topic, and offers filters and alarms to notify someone about new updates.
The new version of Microsoft Communications Server 2007 also incorporates improved support for voice communications and mobile workers. The new attendant window permits receptionists or team administrators to control phone calls and conferences on behalf of other users, set up workflows to route calls, and handle larger volumes of incoming communications through a software-based interface. A new Session Initiation Protocol trunking feature allows companies to cut expenses by setting up a direct Voice over IP connection between an Internet phone service provider and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 without needing in-house gateways. In addition, Office Communicator Mobile functionality has been extended to more platforms such as the Nokia S40, RIM Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.
How Progent's Microsoft-certified Engineers Can Assist Your Company to Benefit from Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2
A Standard Edition Office Communications Server hosts all required services on one physical Front End Server. The minimal expense in computer hardware and simplicity of administration make this version is ideal for small and mid-sized companies and for remote offices. Office Communications Server 2007 is based on Microsoft Windows Server and taps into powerful Windows Server platforms like as Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, System Center Operations Manager, and Microsoft Exchange Server. With Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, you can incorporate real-time teamwork features and presence to popular Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook, Microsoft Office Excel, and Microsoft Office Word. Presence awareness from the server can also be integrated into line-of-business software. Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 also serves as the presence engine for collaborative web sites and web portals, delivering presence and Instant Messaging support from within SharePoint sites.
Progent's Microsoft-Gold certified professionals can provide expert consulting support for all these technologies and can help your company in planning and implementing a deployment of Office Communications Server 2007 in order to optimize the business impact of this IM, presence, and VoIP platform. Progent can in addition help your company to migrate from Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 to the latest version of Microsoft Communications Server 2007.
Progent's consultants can assist you to deploy Microsoft Communications Server and configure a wide of Microsoft technologies to take advantage of the presence, Instant Messaging, and VoIP features enabled by Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007:
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Integration
Progent offers a variety of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 consulting and integration services that can assist small organizations to get the most from Windows Server 2008. Progent's Microsoft Gold certified consultants can help your company to evaluate the areas where Windows Server 2008 could improve the business value of your network so that you can cost-justify a migration. Progent can help you pilot Microsoft Windows Server 2008 in order to assess its reliability, responsiveness, and operability running realistic applications. Progent can assist with creating a deployment plan, assess and enhance your current network environment, develop archiving and restoration processes, evaluate security mechanisms and guidelines, assist in integrating actual and virtual machines, develop fault-tolerant solutions including failover server clustering with Hyper-V, train your in-house IT administration staff, and set up proactive server and network monitoring operations to ensure your information system's security and efficiency.
Microsoft Exchange Server Planning, Setup, Troubleshooting, and Hosting Support
Progent's Microsoft certified support team can help you design and implement an efficient Exchange Server 2007 upgrade strategy that minimizes network disruption, reduces long-term support requirements, and makes your Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 easy to administer. Progent's Exchange 2007 help, troubleshooting, and consulting offerings include expertise with the configuration of outside vendor enhancements of Microsoft Exchange 2007 Server and the design of unified messaging solutions based on Exchange 2007 Server. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server Hosting Support Services offer an enterprise-class data center that features redundant power and environmental control systems, 24x7 staffed security and operations center, plus failover access to tier-1 Internet service companies. Hosted Exchange servers are configured as virtualized servers for service continuity, smooth scalability, and fast recovery. Progent's services feature integration with your network, access to mobile communication products, continual monitoring of efficiency and security, spam and virus protection, patch and revision control, Help Desk support, daily backup, and full email management services.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Help
Progent can offer help for planning, configuring, and managing productive Microsoft SharePoint Server solutions that can significantly enhance important aspects of your organization's information environment including collaboration, web portal, corporate-wide search, forms-driven business processes, delivery of management information, and document control. Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can assist your company to evaluate the business case for deploying SharePoint Server 2007, provide configuration and integration expertise, help your business to configure Microsoft SQL Server 2008 as a back-end database engine, enhance your network architecture, set up your off-the-shelf and custom business software to work with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007, develop a comprehensive protection strategy that incorporates portal solutions, and deliver remote and on-site troubleshooting and Call Center support.
SQL Server 2008 Programming and Support
Progent's SQL Server experts can help your business installs SQL 2008 properly, and that your SQL Server database solution is integrated effectively with your application software. Progent can provide continuous network tracking to make sure your business network is healthy, and Progent's remote Technical Response Center is ready to offer quick solutions for SQL database issues. Progent's certified network protection consultants can assess your business-wide security policies and mechanisms and suggest enhancements for more complete protection. Progent's application developers can assist you to create or personalize business applications or web sites utilize databases controlled by Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
Windows Active Directory Consulting and Support Services
Microsoft Windows Active Directory demands significant field experience to integrate efficiently across an enterprise. Progentís Microsoft certified Active Directory experts are experienced in planning, deploying, and supporting sophisticated Microsoft Enterprise Active Directory installations. Progentís fields of expertise with Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Active Directory include replication problems, multi-domain partition configurations, repair of corrupted Active Directory objects, dealing with residual beta software configuration objects in online Active Directory environments, and fixing unsuccessful configurations of Active Directory and Active Directory-integrated programs.
PC Desktop Support Services
Progent's certified desktop support experts offer a wide range of affordable support services to assist your business to deploy, integrate, troubleshoot, and manage desktop PCs and laptops powered by Microsoft Windows. Progent can provide on-premises or remote technical support for individual desktop computers and moble devices or work with you to design and implement a company-wide rollout of the most current release of Windows. Progent can also configure Microsoft Office or Microsoft Dynamics applications on your client PCs so they communicate productively with other Microsoft programs, software from third-party publishers, database servers, and key services throughout your network. Progent can also provide engineers and technical workers to assist your company to prepare for and implement an office relocation or consolidation organized to cause the least possible disruption of your productivity.
Wireless Technologies Integration
Progentís consultants provide expertise in multiple technologies relevant to mobile networking such as system topology, wireless data synchronization, wireless protection, wireless email, Windows Mobile, Research in Motion Blackberry, and wireless software development. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco certified professionals can save your business work and money by using their wireless background to show you how to select and configure mobile access technologies that fit the needs of your business. Progent can also tune your IT infrastructure so that wireless handhelds perform more reliably.
Urgent Online Technical Support
Progentís National Support Center offers nationwide remote troubleshooting for Windows and Cisco-based small business IT networks. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-Certified support engineers provide telephone support and remote secure computer access to troubleshoot and resolve network problems rapidly and affordably. The breadth of IT experience represented by Progent's team of country-wide support engineers allows Progent to escalate even the most difficult problems to competent experts as needed.
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