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School District Passes the Lync Test

Proving that preparation will get you to the head of the class

Alan PercyBy Alan Percy, Senior Director of Marketing, AudioCodes

Earlier this summer I wrote about the importance of network readiness and preparation in advance of enterprise-wide implementations of Microsoft Lync – quoting Benjamin Franklin “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”  Apparently the administrators at Allen Independent School District in Allen, Texas were paying attention in their American History class and heeded Ben’s advice as they began their Lync implementation.

I recently wrapped up a case study with David Spann, Executive Director of Technology for the Allen Independent School District, discussing the preparations he and the school district made prior to their Allen ISDimplementation of Microsoft Lync.  By the way, Allen ISD is no run-of-the-mill school district, with 11,800 student and teacher workstations, close to 1,000 computers in administrative offices, and over 2,000 tablets, the Allen ISD rivals many enterprises with a complex multi-site network.

“It was important for the district to have a clear understanding of whether we had a solid foundation for our Microsoft Lync implementation before beginning our transition”, noted David.

And it was a good thing David did his homework, as during simulated load testing, technicians discovered spikes in latency and dropped packets during certain times of the week that surely would have cause voice quality issues during their roll-out.

How did they discover this issue and deal with it?  To find out, read the complete Allen ISD case study.

Continue the conversation with your comments or suggestions – Alan can be reached at or on Twitter @AlanDPercy

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