Microsoft unveiled the Release 2 edition of Office Communications Server 2007, Microsoft's solution for managing presence, IM infrastructure, remote conferencing, and Voice over IP. The Release 2 version of Office Communications Server includes improvements that offer IT managers additional control for managing their communications system efficiently while representing an expandable architecture for communications-enabled business activity.
To lower expenses, increase efficiency, and enhance teamwork, the new version of Microsoft Office Communications Server allows dial-in conferencing to replace costly third-part services with an on-premises audioconferencing bridge that can be maintained along with the overall communications infrastructure. Microsoft Communications Server 2007 Release 2 also now features desktop sharing, which enables users to share their desktop seamlessly and initiate calls and team up with others external to the company on Windows PC, Macintosh, or Linux-powered computers through a Web-based connection. The new version of Microsoft Office Communications Server also allows geographically scattered teams to work together by participating in topic-based dialogues that persist indefinitely. This application supplies users with an index of all available discussion rooms and topics, periodically backs up discussions in an XML file format that addresses compliance regulations, provides utilities to look through the complete history of discussion on a given theme, and offers filters and alarms to inform people of new updates.
the latest version of Microsoft Communications Server also includes enhanced support for voice communications and mobility. The innovative attendant window allows support personnel or group administrators to manage phone calls and conferences for other users, establish workflows to route phone calls, and handle higher volumes of incoming calls via an intuitive software console. The Session Initiation Protocol trunking capability enables businesses to cut expenses by setting up a straight-through VoIP connection between an IP phone service supplier and Office Communications Server without needing on-premises VoIP gateways. Also, Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile functionality now includes more platforms including the Motorola RAZR, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.
How Progent's Microsoft-certified Consultants Can Assist You to Benefit from Microsoft Communications Server 2007
A Standard Edition Office Communications Server 2007 manages all necessary services on a single Front End Server. The minimal expense in computer hardware and ease of administration make this configuration is optimal for small and mid-sized companies and for branch offices. Microsoft Communications Server 2007 relies on Microsoft Windows Server and takes advantage of core Windows Server platforms such as Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, System Center Operations Manager, and Exchange Server. With Microsoft Communications Server, you can add instant teamwork capabilities and presence awareness to popular Office programs like as Outlook, Microsoft Office Excel, and Word. Presence information from your server can also be added to line-of-business software. Office Communications Server 2007 also serves as the presence engine for team sites and web portals, delivering presence and IM support from within SharePoint sites.
Progent's Microsoft-Gold certified engineers can provide professional technical support for all these areas and can help you in planning and executing an installation of Microsoft Communications Server 2007 in order to optimize the productivity value of this communications platform. Progent can also assist your company to upgrade from Microsoft Live Communications Server to the Release 2 version of Microsoft Communications Server 2007.
Progent's consultants can help you to deploy Microsoft Communications Server and integrate a range of Microsoft technologies to benefit from the presence awareness, Instant Messaging, and VoIP capabilities enabled by Microsoft Communications Server:
Windows Server 2008 Integration
Progent offers a range of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 planning and integration support that can help small companies to get the most from Windows Server 2008. Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help your company to understand the areas where Microsoft Windows Server 2008 could improve the business value of your IT system so that you can cost-justify an upgrade. Progent can help you pilot Microsoft Windows Server 2008 in order to determine its stability, throughput, and operability running realistic applications. Progent can help with developing a rollout plan, evaluate and improve your current network environment, develop backup and recovery procedures, analyze security architecture and guidelines, assist in setting up actual and virtual machines, design fault-tolerant strategies including server and storage clustering, educate your in-house IT management team, and deploy automated 24x7 monitoring operations to ensure your information system's security and performance.
Exchange Server Design, Setup, Maintenance, and Hosting Services
Progent's Microsoft certified support team can show you how to design and deploy a smooth Exchange Server 2007 migration strategy that avoids network disruption, simplifies ongoing support requirements, and makes your Exchange 2007 Server easy to administer. Progent's Exchange 2007 help, troubleshooting, and consulting services include assistance with the integration of outside vendor add-ons to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and the creation of unified messaging implementations powered by Exchange 2007 Server. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Hosting and Management Services offer a world-class data center that features redundant power and cooling systems, round-the-clock site security and IT support center, and fault-tolerant connections to Internet backbone service companies. Hosted Microsoft Exchange servers are set up as virtual servers for fault tolerance, smooth scalability, and rapid recovery. Services include integration with your business network, connectivity with handheld computing products, automated tracking of performance and security, spam and virus filtering, security update and revision management, Helpdesk services, per-day backup, and comprehensive email administration support.
SharePoint Server 2007 Integration Services
Progent can provide expertise for planning, configuring, and maintaining successful SharePoint Server solutions that will dramatically enhance key aspects of your company's information system such as teamwork, intranet portal, corporate-wide search, forms-based business processes, access to management information, and content control. Progent's Microsoft-qualified consultants can assist you to evaluate the business case for adopting Office SharePoint, deliver configuration and integration expertise, assist your business to configure SQL Server as a back-office database, optimize your network infrastructure, integrate your off-the-shelf and specialized application programs to work with SharePoint Server 2007, develop a comprehensive protection strategy that includes portal solutions, and provide remote and on-premises repair and Help Desk services.
SQL Server Programming and Support
Progent's SQL Server consultants can help you installs Microsoft SQL Server 2008 properly, and that your SQL-based data management system is integrated thoroughly with your business applications. Progent offers automated server monitoring to make sure your corporate network is healthy, and Progent's online Help Desk is ready to provide rapid solutions for SQL issues. Progent's certified network security consultants can assess your business-wide security policies and technologies and recommend improvements for better regulatory compliance. Progent's developers can assist you to develop or personalize business programs or web sites utilize information managed by Microsoft SQL Server.
Windows Active Directory Support Services
Windows Active Directory requires extensive hands-on experience to integrate optimally across a large corporation. Progentís Microsoft Gold certified Active Directory experts are experts in planning, integrating, and troubleshooting sophisticated Microsoft Enterprise AD installations. Progentís areas of proven competence with Windows 2003 and 2008 Active Directory include replication problems, multi-domain partition design, repair of corrupted AD objects, cleaning up legacy legacy version configuration objects in online Active Directory systems, and repair of failed configurations of Active Directory and AD-associated applications.
Desktop Consulting and Support Services
Progent's Microsoft-certified desktop support experts offer a broad range of affordable consulting and support services to help you business to install, configure, troubleshoot, and manage desktop PCs and laptops powered by Windows. Progent can provide on-premises or remote assistance for single desktop computers and handheld devices or help you to plan and carry out a network-wide migration to the most current release of Windows. Progent can also configure Microsoft Office or Microsoft Dynamics programs on your client PCs so they integrate efficiently with all Microsoft programs, software from popular vendors, business servers, and key solutions network-wide. Progent can also supply engineers and technicians to help your company to plan for and complete an office relocation or merger designed to produce the least possible disruption of your business.
Wireless and Mobility Solutions Expertise
Progentís professionals provide expertise in a variety of technologies related to mobile connectivity such as system infrastructure, wireless data synchronization, wireless protection, wireless e-mail, Microsoft Windows Mobile, RIM Blackberry, and wireless software development. Progent's Microsoft certified experts can save your business work and money by using their wireless background to help you choose and configure mobile access solutions that fit the needs of your business. Progent can also optimize your network infrastructure so that mobile PDAs work more reliably.
Urgent Remote Technical Support
Progentís Technical Response Center offers national remote help for Windows and Cisco-based small business IT networks. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified support engineers provide telephone help and remote direct network connection to isolate and repair technical problems rapidly and affordably. The scope of technical experience available from Progent's team of country-wide service engineers makes it possible to escalate even the toughest network issues to qualified specialists as required.
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