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developing requirements for unified communications

Developing Requirements for Unified Communications

Preston Burkhalter – Summer 2013



What is Unified Communications?

History and Evolution of Unified Communications

Fritz Industries

My Instant Communicator


Transforming the organization with Unified Communications

imagine a workforce
Imagine a workforce…
  • Linked with vendors and customers
  • Secure audio conferences
  • Mobile, productive, & effective
  • Desktop sharing and whiteboards…

This workforce utilizes Unified Communications

what is unified communications
What is Unified Communications?
  • Unified communications (UC) is the integration of real-time communication services such as:
    • Instant messaging (IM) and Email
    • Presence information
    • Telephony
    • Video conferencing
    • Data sharing (desktop sharing and interactive whiteboards)
what is uc
What is UC?

Unified communications encompasses all aspects of communication via TCP/IP

Communication that optimizes the processes and output of a business or unit

history and evolution of uc
History and Evolution of UC

In the late 80’s, voicemail systems with the capability of interacting with users and emailing voicemails were considered “UC”

The term UC wasn’t broadly used until the mid 90’s, when the first product that displayed presence of employees was released by New Zealand based IPFX.

history and evolution of uc1
History and Evolution of UC

IP networks greatly changed the landscape of UC, as phones became just another device with Ethernet capabilities.

With the onset of the cloud, new laws around communication, enhanced networking protocols, and mobile device integration, UC is constantly evolving.

why is uc important
Why is UC Important?

A 2010 study by Katherine Beise revealed that teams working virtually who embraced technological advances in communication were more productive than their counterparts who didn’t utilize the tools available.

UC enables users to communicate quickly with colleagues in different parts of the world

Being connected to the office when physically out of the office enables more productivity from end-users

fritz industries
Fritz Industries

Founded in 1956 in the garage of Frederick “Fritz” Weisend

Local chemical manufacturer with facilities in Mesquite, TX and Greenville, TX.

Employee owned

Integrated R&D

my instant communicator
My Instant Communicator

Unified communications platform around the Alcatel Lucent OmniPCX phone system

Designed to enable users to communicate quickly and effectively through any medium.

problems with my instant communicator
Problems with My Instant Communicator
  • Software plagued by bugs and “gotcha’s” that frustrated users and delayed adoption
    • SSL Certificate issues
    • Desktop sharing incompatibilities
    • Incompatibilities with existing enterprise apps
  • The Biggest Problem: The Lack of Requirements!
lack of requirements
Lack of Requirements
  • The lack of a formal project or defined requirements posed serious problems for Fritz Industries
    • No traceability of delivered system
    • No project end date
    • New ideas – no scope – no plan!
poor user adoption
Poor User Adoption
  • The traditional way of communicating may be more appealing to some users, they must be shown the value of instant communication across multiple platforms
  • Users must trust that a system will be reliable or they won’t use it
the turnaround
The Turnaround
  • Fritz had a unique opportunity:
    • Develop formal requirements for product selection
    • Rethink implementation strategy
    • User-centric implementation
  • Fritz ultimately selected Microsoft Lync as their Unified Communications Package
  • Lync 2013 was the chosen platform for next generation communication at Fritz
  • Fritz still needed to implement with existing systems
    • Audiocodes media gateway
transforming the organization with requirements and project management
Transforming the Organization with Requirements and Project Management
  • Fritz implemented the “PMO” – Project Management Office
  • Responsibilities include:
    • Project intake process
    • Requirements gathering
    • Documentation
works cited
Works Cited