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ThinkTel announces a new Proof of Concept model to help your organization uncover the power of Lync 2013!

Nov 30, 2012

Edmonton, Canada (November 30, 2012) – ThinkTel, a Canadian leader in Unified Communications, is delighted to offer a 'Build Your Own Package' Proof of Concept (POC) model for Microsoft® Lync™ 2013.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Communications Partner and the only Canadian company independently qualified by Microsoft's standards to deliver SIP Trunking directly to Microsoft Lync, we are proud to offer all of our POC packages with the full Lync experience, including:

  • PSTN voice, Exchange voicemail, audio/video conferencing and multimedia.
  • Full remote Lync install, configuration and setup for each user
  • SIM-ring existing PBX phone numbers with Lync number
  • SIM-ring Lync number to mobile or alternate PSTN number
  • Outbound Lync caller ID masked to PBX phone number
  • Lync contact list pre-populated with POC users and key partner contacts
  • Lync Presence integration within existing servers including Exchange, SharePoint and Office
  • Federation with @microsoft.com and open federation
  • Lync mobility client available for Windows Phone 7, Android, iPhone/iPad
  • Admin level web portal access to manage users and view usage statistics
  • North American long distance included, international calling disabled

Our POC packages can be hosted on-premises or in the Cloud and include Performance Reporting to showcase the progress of the POC to your business and project management team.

A POC is just like a test drive!
Our POC allows you to help other members of staff uncover the benefits of Lync 2013 and permits you to measure the output and actual costs of the solution before going ahead with the full deployment of the solution. The POC drives interest among your colleagues and creates a buzz in the organization, helping you complete the business case with more accurate information, as well as obtain business-wide acceptance for the full deployment of the system.

Other benefits of the POC include:

  • Assist in "pre-selling" the system by getting colleagues accustomed to the principles of Lync and the benefits of its use.
  • Provide a tangible way of communicating the potential of the system, to influence those within the organization who are not yet convinced that this change is necessary.
  • Gain significant support from those participating in the pilot, who can become advocates of the use of Lync.
  • Review the potential functionality, giving you the flexibility to change the scope of the full deployment so it better aligns to the true business requirements.
  • Obtain the missing information required for your business case for a full deployment, including samples of outputs, initial productivity rates and cost/benefit projections.
  • Ensure that requests for capital funding of the project are accurate reflections of need, based on actual experience with the product operating within your organization's technical environment.
  • Test interfaces with related business functions and information systems.
  • Determine effectiveness of training programs and better understand resource requirements.
  • Assess the functionality of software and ensure that the system is technically stable.
  • Identify and address obstacles for the full scale implementation.


For further information or to discover the Power of Lync 2013 today, please contact us by email at:
pocorders@thinktel.ca