IT Showcase on: Microsoft Lync 2010 "Dogfood" Deployment at Microsoft

Microsoft IT has showcase describing the Lync 2010 “Dogfood” Deployment is now available for download free of charge from the Redmond company.

Bill Gates has said that “Lync is the most important thing to happen to the office worker since the PC came along.” Learn how Microsoft IT Used Lync 2010 in a dogfood deployment to replace PBX systems in seven Microsoft sites worldwide.

As part of the Lync 2010 dogfood deployment, Microsoft IT replaced PBX systems in seven sites located in the three major regions: APJ, EMEA, and the Americas. MSIT implemented user adoption strategies that resulted in a very successful deployment with high user satisfaction scores,” Microsoft explains.

According to MS, the dogfooding program involved giving employees a chance to opt whether or not they wanted to use Lync 2010.

  • Over 28,000 of them volunteered to be part of the testing program and 26,800 were subsequently migrated to Lync 2010.
  • Since it was deployed, Lync 2010 enabled users to make over 104,000 conference calls and almost 80,000 video conferences.

Microsoft IT also notes that it ran into some issues especially related to the Lync Attendee Client, which was slightly confusing to users and there were early problems installing the client due to locked-down desktops,” Microsoft revealed.

The Lync Web Application has slightly different capabilities than the Lync Attendee Client, which also complicated matters. The Lync Attendee experience is much improved after making small changes to the client and after users have had more practice.

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About David Lim

David has over 15 years of experience in IT industry in designing and implementing Microsoft Solutions ranging from small to enterprise customer. He also has experience in designing and developing Microsoft Unified Communications, Collaboration and Office 365 solutions with focus on Exchange, Lync & SharePoint as well as strategic migration planning in complex business environments. He is specializing in architecture and design of Lync Voice deployments. He has been actively involved in various speaking engagements, the recent being the sessions on Lync On-Premise and Office Interoperability in September 2011 and Office 365 Introduction in November 2011. In recognition of his high-quality real-world technical excellence with the community and with Microsoft, David received the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in April 2011.
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