My Winning Microsoft Teams World Cup Team

With the FIFA World Cup just two weeks away, I thought I’d use it as an opportunity for the perfect Microsoft Teams analogy for getting it right. If you are considering implementing Teams into your organization, you’re probably coming from one of two angles; existing Office365 consumer, or greenfield deployment. Whichever, route you are coming… Read More


Considerations for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing

Microsoft released Direct Routing to Public Preview last week (15th May 18) for Microsoft Teams. We as a Microsoft UC team seems to be incapable of choosing a decent name that clearly identifies our products without having to Bing first… It also has a very confusing acronym, DR. C’mon DR means Disaster Recovery to so… Read More

The Cloud Leads the Way to Disable TLS 1.0/1.1–Goodbye Lync Phone Edition

Microsoft announced that they will be turning off TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption on Office 365 on 31st October 2018. This should not come as a shock surprise to anyone after the POODLE and BEAST vulnerabilities exposed throughout 2011 and 2014. But what does that mean for you and your devices? From a Skype world… Read More

Dangers of Confusing Productivity with Flexibility & Mobility

We haver never lived in such a time where computing was so accessible. With the mainstream use of Office 365 and Azure services remote working has become an ever popular and often the main selling point to a business. The internet is awash with how great it is that people can access more than just… Read More

Migrating from Avaya to Skype for Business – Part 5 – Migrating with MigrationPro

In Part 4 I discussed how Unimax MigrationPro Grouping component to analyse station ties and grouping them together into migration groups.. In this post I will be focussing on the actual migration process. Before I jump into the application, I wanted to spend a little time discussing the migration build up. Migrations are not as… Read More

Migrating from Avaya to Skype for Business – Part 4 – Group Using MigrationPro

In Part 3 of this series I talked about how you can leverage Unimax 2nd Nature to discover your Avaya estate, how it matches users from AD to Avaya and SfB etc. In this part I am going to be focusing on post discovery tasks that need to happen before migrations can begin. When migrating… Read More

Migrating from Avaya to Skype for Business – Part 3 – Unimax 2nd Nature

In Part 2 I talked about how to architect a discovery and the reasons why each element is required. In this post I am going to be zeroing in on the telephony feature and dependency discovery. There is no two ways about it, the migration of users or extensions from Avaya or any other VoIP… Read More

Migrating from Avaya to Skype for Business – Part 2 – Discovery

In Part 1 of this series I gave an overview on how to approach these types of projects. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can do here. As I said previously, the discovery is the most important part of these types of projects. You cannot just turn up and expect to migrate users, that’s… Read More

Migrating from Avaya to Skype for Business – Part 1 -Where to Begin?

I am going to be writing a series of blog posts of my experiences migrating global Avaya deployments to Skype for Business. These posts will focus more on on-premises migrations, but the framework and methodology can be applied to Microsoft Phone System also. I’ll do my best to call out the differences as I go.… Read More

Don’t Waste Your Money on BYOSBC to Microsoft Teams

At a breakout session in Ignite 2017, Microsoft made reference to a new method of connecting OPCH PSTN to Office 365 which was in development. The current standard offering for OPCH to Skype for Business Online Cloud PBX is Cloud Connector Edition (CCE). CCE is an on-premises hardware appliance (I use the term liberally) that… Read More