Leading the Way Through a LargeScale Cloud Migration

Team-leadership.jpg What does it take for a large organization to pull off a cloud voice migration project involving dozens of sites, such as the initiative I oversaw last year for a Fortune 500 company? I’d say that it takes leadership, teamwork, and experience. Nothing can replace experience. But it’s not just any experience — it’s the right type of experience. Attend Enterprise Connect the week of March 18 in Orlando, Fla., for more advice on navigating cloud migrations. Check out the conference program here, and register now using the code NJPOSTS to save $200 off the cost of attendance.  You probably wouldn’t want to hire a C++ coder to lead your voice migrations. Instead, you’d want to make certain your candidate has experience coordinating with multiple carriers, working MAC tickets, plotting return on investment, managing vendors, writing technical documents, and handling helpdesk tickets from end users. You’d also want someone who is articulate and patient, but motivated, too. And on the flip side, you’d do well to avoid an introvert. There are times when you’re going to need team members to pick up the phone and call a few strangers. The ideal person to lead a large, multisite company migration to cloud-based voice isn’t a project manager. This isn’t a project that can be broken down into tasks and assigned to various groups, because cloud-based voice service isn’t the sum of its parts. Cloud-based VoIP is more like a total solution with a life of its own that can be molded into different shapes and forms to meet the needs of an enterprise. These requirements may seem like a lot, but participating in a project of any magnitude will demand all of them.Over many years, I’ve seen teamwork either devolve into drama-filled soap operas or evolve into well- oiled machines. I believe the human spirit is highly influenced by leaders. Dragging people down is easy, but lifting people up doesn’t require much more effort or skill. Toll-Free Tools, Not Given So Freely Darin Ward June 06, 2019 If you don’t have access to a self-service portal, ask again… and again! Adapting Smartphone Sound Just for You Darin Ward July 03, 2019 A tip from the trenches on tuning audio quality for Samsung devices This is the final post in this four-part series. For my earlier posts, see:How I Upgraded 50 Facilities to Cloud-Based Voice1 Year, 50 Sites: Lessons Learned in Cloud VoIP ProjectCloud VoIP: Look for Unintended Benefits The key to finding someone with the traits I’ve listed is to identify someone who has passion and excitement about cloud voice migration and wants to teach others how to navigate a large project like this successfully. If you can find someone who wants to mentor others, you probably have found a leader for your team. The ideal candidate to lead an endeavor of this scope should have years of IT experience, ideally in both voice and data. This person should be humble. Capable of listening to the troops, energetic and motivated enough to get dirty and work in the trenches, and able to identify the team’s strengths and weaknesses. This leader will hold others accountable, give direction with confidence, articulate enough to present to all types of audiences, and persist in seeing the process to completion. This person will also remain close to the business to ensure the solution is the right fit and remains fiscally sound. Log in or register to post comments A good leader is as precious as a gold nugget. Good leaders are able to adapt to various audiences, motivate reluctant participants, articulate clearly (and sometimes redundantly with patience), be flexible, delegate and trust, see potential trouble coming, and understand strategy and see the big picture. And, perhaps more important than anything else, a good leader leads by example — and works harder than anyone else. We all know that motivation and positivity are important, so I won’t preach about that. Where I sometimes find teamwork lacking is between departments. For instance, if the telecommunications and network engineering departments aren’t in alignment, teamwork will suffer. If this is the case, the blame lies squarely on upper management, not the team members. The technology from both departments are married together as one and must operate as a cohesive force. If there’s a rift between these department heads at your organization, don’t launch a large-scale VoIP enterprise project. Audit Your POTS Line, Save Money! Darin Ward August 05, 2019 Individually, those old POTS lines don’t cost much… but boy can they add up. See All in Enterprise Insider » 1 Year, 50 Sites: Lessons Learned in Cloud VoIP Project Darin Ward January 03, 2019 Second in a multipart series: The good, bad, and ugly… expect to see it all in a cloud migration. Tags:News & Viewscloud migrationVoIPCloud VoiceEnterprise InsiderBest PracticesCareersCloud CommunicationsDigital TransformationEnterprise Connect Articles You Might Like From EC19 Mainstage Direct to You: Hear from Your Peers Beth Schultz March 21, 2019 In panels large and small, plus a keynote address, enterprise IT professionals share their goals, concerns, and vision for communications and collaboration in their businesses. read more

92 people dead after Russian plane crashes into Black Sea

A pilot error or technical fault is likely to be the cause of Sunday’s devastating plane crash in Russia. All 84 passengers and eight crew members are believed to have died when the Russian military’s Tu-154 plane crashed into the black sea just two minutes after takeoff.The passengers included dozens of members of the Russian military choir, nine Russian journalists and a Russian doctor, according to The Associated Press.Helicopters and drones were being used during recovery efforts and two submersibles arrived Monday that will also help crews search for the planes black boxes. A makeshift memorial has been set up outside the Sochi Airport, where the plane had departed shortly before it crashed.

Police seize 58K worth of drugs from St Catharines home

Three people are facing charges after a massive amount of powerful prescription drugs were seized from a home In early October, members of the Guns, Gangs, and Grows Unit began investigating a man they believed was selling drugs from his home on Barbican Trail in St. Catharines. Police say the man was arrested on October 19 after he conducted a “drug transaction” at a different location on Carriage Rd.Investigators were granted search warrants to enter the man’s home and when they arrived, they found two women in the driveway. Police arrested the women and continued to search the home. Officer found $58,123 worth of Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Codeine, and Fentanyl. They also seized $6300 in cash believed to be proceeds of crime. Joseph Ishkhanian, 76, Whitley Sacco, 26, and Brook Bridgman, 36, are all facing drug related charges. read more

New garden rocks in downtown Simcoe

The newest addition to the downtown Simcoe cleanup efforts really rocks.The Norfolk Association for Community Living and the Simcoe Painted Rocks group have come together to revamp a garden outside of the NACL downtown location. The newly founded Simcoe Community Painted Rock Garden is located at the corner of Peel St. and Kent St. South.Cindy Newlove from NACL said they wanted to clean up the garden outside of their location.“This garden area was full of weeds, and syringes, and garbage. I thought if we can clean it up and bring some beauty to the downtown, why not?”Newlove is a member of the Brantford Painted Rock group and drew inspiration from their community rock garden for the Simcoe location.“I saw how much positivity was coming from it in Brantford so I thought why not bring it to Simcoe,” said Newlove.Kim Feere, the founder of the Simcoe Painted Rocks group, worked alongside Newlove to see the garden come to fruition.The Simcoe group currently has around 480 members that paint and hide rocks around the community. This garden is now a new location for these artists to hide their painted rocks.The public is welcome to take any of the rocks that they feel speak to them. They can later return the rock, hide it somewhere else, or replace it with a new rock they have created.“It’s like a rock exchange, it’s just to put a smile on somebody’s face,” said Feere.If you find one of the rocks or hide it somewhere else, they ask that you tag the Simcoe Painted Rock group so they can see how far the rocks travel.There will be rock painting days held at the downtown NACL location, which will be posted on their Facebook page.astaylor@postmedia.com  11-year-old Stella Davidson, alongside brother Rowan, 7, paint rocks at the grand opening of the Simcoe Community Painted Rock Garden on Friday afternoon. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) Maeghan Lampman and Peter Ford paint rocks to place in the Simcoe Community Painted Rock Garden during the garden’s grand opening on Friday afternoon. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) read more