As you may have read in my recent post, I really want to bring my blog back to life. I have actually attempted this several times and miserably failed each time. As I thought through the why’s and how’s , I came to the conclusion that I need to be doing something unique (duh). I’ve always tried to focus on my primary competencies. When I started this blog in 2005 (sorry lost 3 years of posts through a failed migration to WordPress) I was actually blogging about my various experiences in corporate IT. As my career took a hard turn towards this new Unified Communications technology from Microsoft called Office Communications Server, I found myself posting tons of technical deep dive articles around this product. As the product matured many new “technical gurus” began writing about Microsoft UC on their own blogs (many of which I consider close friends, colleagues, and co-workers) and it became harder and harder for me to write about something new. Someone almost always “beat me to the punch”. Ultimately I engulfed myself in other projects such as book writing and User Groups but blogging has always been what I consider the infancy of my contributing to technical communities. As I was thinking through what could bring readers back to my blog, it hit me the other day. A new idea…sort of
Over the past four years I’ve had the opportunity to sit with some of the world’s largest and most complex companies and listen to their unified communications and collaboration stories. I’ve gotten to listen to hundreds of IT Directors, UC Admins, video engineers, and even a few CIOs from Fortune 500 companies (as well as a lot of mid-market and small businesses) express their successes and failures on their journey to implement their vision for collaboration. Admittedly most of those conversations have been centered around Microsoft solutions but nevertheless it’s been a wealth of knowledge and huge learning experience for me. Over the past 2 years I have noticed a common conversation keeps coming up. I noticed people were shifting more of the conversation from 3 hour architecture meetings to 3 hour “let’s make collaboration and communications simple” conversations. Don’t get me wrong, we still need the deep dive technical conversations and knowledge, but there has been a real industry shift into “making meetings simple”. IT has learned complexity never wins the day when it comes to end user experiences. In my current job, the conversation typically revolves around that little thing called the conference room or as many now refer to as the meeting space (we’ll get to that more later). To this end, I’ve decided to spend more time learning and sharing my knowledge around how organizations can wrap technology around the way today’s and tomorrow’s information workers meet instead of the other way around. I hope to share some of this experience and knowledge in this new series I’m calling “Empowering the Modern Meeting”. I’ll focus on how collaboration solutions such as Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams, as well as solutions from Polycom, are enhancing the capabilities of today’s meeting spaces while ensuring end users have a consistent and intuitive experience. Right now this seems like a bit of a daunting task but I think there is a wealth of knowledge to learn and be shared in this space and I hope you can follow me (and contribute) in this journey.
– meeting: a coming together of two or more people by chance or arrangement – Oxford Living Dictionaries