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May 23, 2015
Lync Migration Week in Review: NaviSite, Varonis, Microsoft
By Casey Houser
A number of product releases highlight this week's news concerning Lync Migration. Companies on the docket include NaviSite (News - Alert), Varonis Systems, and Microsoft itself which may release a new email conversation app for the iPhone.
As readers here probably know, Lync - Skype (News - Alert) for Business can be found in on-premise and cloud-based forms. This has allowed some third parties to begin offering Lync as a service. NaviSite is one of said companies, and is known for its offerings of all manner of business-class software. Recently, it began offering several editions of hosted Office 365 which will provide, among many other applications, Lync for use in the cloud. This offering should jumpstart NaviSite's presence in many corporations that have been hesitant to install Lync on home servers for fear of difficult installation, support concerns, or access to updates. Using the hosted platform here will assure uptime, access from anywhere, and consistent updates all handled by NaviSite's technicians.
Some enterprise customers prefer to keep some of their data on-premises and some in the cloud. This can be a good choice in some situations, but there must be underlying software that keeps track of all that data. Varonis recently announced an update to its cloud platform that completes exactly that task. It can help businesses manage all their data in a hybrid setup; the latest update regards support for Microsoft (News - Alert) Office 365. Again, when considering Lync in this situation, it is important to think of the voice recordings, instant message logs, and other communication logs that are part of that system. Are they stored in the cloud on in the office? Varonis brings a clear view into that situation and boosts security by showing file permissions of files no matter where they are located.
Microsoft may not have wanted to make the news this week for its new app, but its project called Flow still made the rounds. First discovered by Twitter (News - Alert) user @h0x0d, the “Microsoft Confidential” download page that contains the (secret?) app shows that Microsoft intends to create an email-
based conversation system that will work on iPhones. It will cut out extraneous material such as subject lines and signatures in favor of a cleaner interface that seeks “fast, light-weight” conversations. Microsoft did not make an official comment to news sources about the new app, but it is clear that, if released, it will integrate with Outlook to create a more universal experience regarding personal conversations whether users are on mobile or desktop.
Regarding business intelligence (BI), however, Microsoft has been open about its intentions. It recently acquired Datazen Software in order to leverage that company's BI platform that focuses on mobile usage and has a customizable dashboard to meet the needs of all its clients. Microsoft has even commented that its SQL Server customers prefer the Datazen platform because it is optimized for SQL. This open push for mobile in the face of BI shows that Microsoft's intentions for the future include a strong focus on phones, tablets, and employees on the go.