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Featured Event – Enterprise Connect 2012

Enterprise Connect 2012: Communications Transforming Business

Date:
03/26/2012 - 03/29/2012

Location:
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida,  United States
Booth: 625

Featured Event – Enterprise Connect 2012

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Change the Conversation

Wireless, video, Unified Communications, voice, SIP Trunking, the Cloud...all of these topics and more make up the focus for Enterprise Connect 2012, the leading conference and exposition on enterprise communications and collaboration.

Enterprise Connect, formerly known as VoiceCon, provides the leading market and though leaders, comprehensive analysis, in-depth technical sessions and the largest and broadest exhibition. This event will provide the information and personal connections you'll need to plan, build, unify and leverage your enterprise's next evolution in communications and collaboration.

Visit our booth and chat with our experts to learn how you can Change the Conversation in 2012 and beyond.

Be part of The Conversation and one of the first to find out how you can:

  • Call, video and share like never before!
  • Connect and collaborate without boundaries
  • Conduct business at the swipe of your finger tips

Hear Us: Our Speakers

Integrating video with UC

Monday, March 26 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Moderator: Andrew Davis, Senior Partner, Wainhouse Research LLC

Alcatel-Lucent speaker: Jorge Nunes, Technical Advisor and Consultant, Office of the Ombudsman of Angola, Portugal

Business are now asking for integration of desktop video solutions with group and telepresence systems. They are also asking for integration of video with the PBX and the UC core to enable video telephony and click-to-videoconference. In such systems, there are three possible call control centers: the enterprise PBX, the UC server, and the call control native to group video systems. This session discusses tradeoffs and strategies for integrating group video systems with telephony and with common UC environments.

Key Questions:

  • How can we integrate and scale Lync video with group/telepresence viceo?
  • What options exist for integrating group/telepresence with my existing Sametime deployment?
  • Is it possible to have a fully integrated UC environment that includes voice, video, and unified call control?
  • What tradeoffs do I have to make if I want Lync integrated with my PBX and with my group/telepresence video solutions?

Enterprise Communications Platform: IP Telephony/UC RFP

Monday, March 26 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Moderator: David Stein, Principal, Stein Consulting Group

Alcatel-Lucent speaker: Jack Jachner, OpenTouch Business Development VP, Alcatel-Lucent

The RFP process for a selecting a new enterprise communica¬tions system has changed significantly during the past few years based on changing technologies, pricing models, system design and performance capabilities. New 'Cloud-based' offerings as well as those from Unified Communications vendors have dramatically changed the landscape.

The primary objectives of this workshop are to help customers prepare and write their own RFP document and to acquaint them with currently available system offerings from leading suppliers. This workshop has been synchronized with the UC and Cloud workshops so that a similar set of requirements is being used for all three sessions.

Key take-aways for this workshop are:

  • A comprehensive RFP system performance document covering basic and advanced hardware/software capabilities for current IP telephony and Unified Communications systems. The RFP will also include:
  • Actual proposals from leading system suppliers with detailed performance specifications and associated summary pricing tables.
  • Critiques of response submissions by one of the industry's leading enterprise communications system analysts and end user consultants.
  • Scoring of vendor responses based on TCO and ability to meet the RFP requirements

Choreographing the Cloud: Finding the Right Mix of Cloud vs. On-Premises Functions

Monday, March 26 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Zeus Kerravala, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Research, Yankee Group

Alcatel-Lucent speaker: Peter Anderholm, Director of Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

A consensus is emerging that most enterprises will implement some form of "hybrid cloud" that deploys communications functions in a mix of environments: public cloud (i.e., hosted); private cloud (i.e., the enterprise datacenter); and on-premises. The task will be to determine which communications capabilities should reside in which types of environments. This session will feature a discussion and debate among representatives of the various viewpoints and constituencies, who will offer their perspectives on why you should choose a particular mix of cloud and CPE deployments. You'll leave the session with an idea of what's possible now, and what direction you should take your planning for the next 12-18 months.

Key Questions:

  • What are the risk/reward tradeoffs of deploying different communications functions in different parts of a "hybrid" deployment?
  • Are all communications capabilities available for all types of environments (public cloud, private cloud and on-prem)? Do different types of providers specialize in different capabilities, and how does this factor influence your decision-making?
  • What interoperability or integration challenges are you likely to encounter when you try to implement a hybrid cloud environment?
  • What cost factors are involved in the decision-making? Considerations may include capex vs. opex; vendor incentive programs; product lifecycles and end-of-life; and how your own strategic technology plans fit with what's available now and what's on the horizon?
  • Where do the risks of vendor lock-in reside in hybrid cloud implementations, and how do you avoid them?

SIP Trunking Case Studies

Monday, March 27 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Moderator: Doug Carolus, Senior Associate, Pace Harmon

Alcatel-Lucent speaker: Arne Saustrup, IT Director, Alamo Colleges

The vast majority of enterprises are still in pilots or early-stage deployments of SIP Trunks, but a few early adopters have migrated most or all of their wide area VOIP to SIP trunks. In this session, you'll get a chance to hear from a panel of these end users. They'll discuss their experiences, what worked, what didn't, what they'd do differently, and what they plan to do when their next contract for SIP Trunks comes due. You'll get real-world knowledge that you can put to use when you implement SIP Trunks.

Key Questions:

  • What's the biggest challenge when implementing SIP Trunks?
  • Why did these panelists move so quickly to implement SIP Trunks?
  • What have been the major benefits?
  • What would they have done differently the first time around, and what do they plan to do differently as they move forward?

Virtualization: How Much, How Soon?

Wednesday, March 28 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Moderator: Irwin Lazar, Analyst, Nemertes Research

Alcatel-Lucent speaker: Craig Walker, Director of Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Virtualization is coming to enterprise communications, in two areas: The server and the desktop. At the server/datacenter, most enterprise communications platform vendors claim to have at least some ability to virtualize their call control and/or related applications. And in a more recent development, vendors have been tackling the more challenging task of making client softphones work with virtualized desktop infrastructures (VDIs). This session will help you understand two issues: Are the vendors' claims valid—in other words, are their virtualized systems really ready for prime time? And if so, how should your enterprise respond? You'll come away with a road map for virtualizing your enterprise communications.

Key Questions:

  • How far have the vendors progressed in offering virtualized versions of their server software, and specifically what applications can they provide in a virtualized environment?
  • Can you deploy voice endpoints in a VDI environment?
  • What are the benefits of moving sooner rather than later toward virtualization for your communications? What are the risks?
  • What steps will you have to take organizationally in order to make virtualization work for your communications? Will the IT staff that have overseen communications up to now have to give up some control of these functions as they move into the datacenter with the other virtualized enterprise applications?
  • Can video be deployed in a virtualized environment? If this is isn't possible now, is such a capability on the horizon?

Turning Enterprise Communications into Collaborative Conversations

Wednesday, March 28 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Moderator: Market Leader Theater (Exhibit Hall)

Alcatel-Lucent speaker: Jack Jachner, OpenTouch Business Development VP, Alcatel-Lucent

Come learn about the OpenTouch™ converged multimedia communications architecture that helps turn enterprise communications into meaningful conversations and business services. OpenTouch solutions deliver native multimedia (video, voice, IM,...) and multi-device (desk phones, smart phones, mobile, laptops...) conversation services to help users better engage with customers, partners and peers improving productivity at work. For more information, please visit: http://enterprise.alcatel-lucent.com/