30 Minute Tutorial: Evaluating Telecom Options in Microsoft Teams

Operator Connect, Direct Routing & Calling Plans

As Microsoft Teams gains adoption among large enterprises, the options to bring communications and telephony functions to Teams continue to grow. Recently, Microsoft announced a public preview of Operator Connect, a method to obtain PSTN connectivity through the Teams Operator Console. Many large organizations that are deploying or are planning to deploy Direct Routing are now wondering if this should change their migration strategy. 

Available:
On Demand
Duration:
0h 45min

Our experts will provide early answers to some of the most popular questions, as well as host a live Q&A session. Key takeaways of this webinar for you and your team will be:

  • An overview of the different calling options with Microsoft Teams
  • The major differences between Microsoft Calling Plans, Direct Routing, and Operator Connect
  • Anticipated advantages for the Operator Connect method, specifically
  • Ideal use cases for each method of PSTN access

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Featured Speakers

  • Irwin Lazar
    Irwin Lazar
    President and Principal Analyst
    Metrigy

    As president and principal analyst at Metrigy, Irwin Lazar develops and manages research projects, conducts and analyzes primary research, and advises enterprise and vendor clients on technology strategy, adoption and business metrics, Mr. Lazar is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in the digital workplace, covering enterprise communications and collaboration as an industry analyst for over 20 years. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and sought-after speaker and author, Mr. Lazar is a blogger for NoJitter.com and contributor for SearchUnifiedCommunications.com writing on topics including team collaboration, UC, cloud, adoption, SD-WAN, CPaaS, WebRTC, and more. He is a frequent resource for the business and trade press and is a regular speaker at events such as Enterprise Connect, InfoComm, and FutureIT. In 2017 he was recognized as an Emerging Technologies Fellow by the IMCCA and InfoComm. Mr. Lazar’s earlier background was in IP network and security architecture, design, and operations where he advised global organizations and held direct operational responsibility for worldwide voice and data networks. Mr. Lazar holds an MBA from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Radford University where he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, Ordnance Corps. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Outside of Metrigy, Mr. Lazar has been active in Scouting for over ten years as a Scouting leader with Troop 1882 in Haymarket VA.

  • Lauren Brockman
    Lauren Brockman
    Director, Product Management
    Bandwidth

    Lauren leads New Product Development for Voice Services at Bandwidth. She focuses on bringing new, software driven IP communications solutions that transform the customer experience and challenge the way we think about communications today. Lauren is 25 year veteran of the telecom industry and has worked in new product development, product management, finance, corporate restructuring and M&A for a variety of communications companies before joining Bandwidth in 2017.

  • Eric Krapf
    Eric Krapf
    GM & Program Co-Chair, Enterprise Connect
    Publisher, No Jitter

    Eric Krapf is General Manager and Program Co-Chair for Enterprise Connect, the leading conference/exhibition and online events brand in the enterprise communications industry. He has been Enterprise Connect’s Program Co-Chair for over a decade. He is also publisher of No Jitter, the Enterprise Connect community’s daily news and analysis website. Eric served as editor of No Jitter from its founding in 2007 until taking over as publisher in 2015. From 1996 to 2004, Eric was managing editor of Business Communications Review (BCR) magazine, and from 2004 to 2007, he was the magazine's editor. Before coming to BCR, he was managing editor and senior editor of America's Network magazine, covering the public telecommunications industry. Prior to working in high-tech journalism, he was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Connecticut and Texas.

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