Create a Caption and Win errr Something

You may have noticed the new photo to the right hand side of this post. This is deployment photo of a customer retiring a Cisco phone with a new Polycom CX600 deployed on Lync.

If you can create a better caption than mine (as judged by me, I am very impartial), you could win something (I have no idea yet what that is) I have stored away in my treasure trove of stuff. Worst case you win a Ethernet cable, best case you win a webcam. I have a mixed bag. Your comment will also go in place of my own on VoIPNorm.

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Just add your caption in the comments and I will announce the winner at the end of June. Make sure to identify yourself with your comment so I can send you the prize if you win.

VoIPNorm

****UPDATE: We now have prizes.

Prize pool so far:

Microsoft LifeCam Cinema

Polycom CX100

Windows 2008 R2 Administrators Pocket Reference

Thanks to Graham Walsh at Polycom for sourcing a Polycom CX100.

45 comments:

  1. The future can be seen out in the distance...

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    1. We have our first entry. Nice one Matt.

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  2. The last time you will see Cisco in front of Lync...

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  3. Which phone would you rather setup SIM Ring on?

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  4. Cisco Phone: Is there something behind me?
    Lync Phone: Few more inches and he's off the desk...

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  5. Bachelorette number 2, If I was a Cisco IP phone, how would you turn me on?

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  6. If it's broken fix it, if it's dead, bury it. I hear taps in off in the distance for Cisco......

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  7. Meh, looks like a 7940. It's not worth anything - even to a Cisco shop.

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  8. Cisco Phone: Hi, I'm a Cisco Phone
    Lync Phone: Hello, I am a Lync Phone
    Lync Phone: I cost the same as the 5 year old Cisco phone, sold on EBay.
    Cisco Phone: Psst, well, I was in all the Transformer movies.

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    1. Come on cous , don’t jump . Those old bones are so fragile .

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  9. It's plainly obvious which one is getting replaced...and it's not just happening here...

    Jamie Stark - @nomorephones

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  10. My extension appears to have stopped working.....again!

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  11. Lo-fi gives way to HD voice

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  12. (in an operator's voice) "Lync regrets to inform you that your Cisco phone has been disconnected. We apologize for the improved user experience at a cheaper price."

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  14. Poly: Well I guess your owner.. (puts on sunglasses) Hooked me up! "YEEEAAAHHHH" -CSI outro-

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  15. same cost as a net-book, 1/100 of the functionality! However the handset can be used as a nut cracker over the holiday season!

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  16. shut it, pack it, forget it!!

    Vinayak Shenoy
    ur buddy from far east

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  17. Cisco: "when I was a lad ...... it was all fields round here"

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    1. ...and analog handset were still the rage, the good old days.

      Love it. Classic.

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  18. Lync, I am YOUR Father!! Nooooooooooo!!!

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    1. First Star Wars reference, surprised it took so long. Your such a nerd John:)

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  19. Cisco: "Hey, you are cute, are you available?"

    Poly: "That's my status, are you familiar with the concept?".

    :-P

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    1. Look at Andy go, multiple entries. He really wants a Webcam:)

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  20. Poly: "Hey big boy, give me a call !"

    Cisco "Aaaaarrggghh, damn you VERSION ERROR ! ! !"

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  21. You hear that Mr. Cisco?... That is the sound of inevitability... It is the sound of your obsolescence...

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  22. Cisco IP Phone: Hey Lync, can I borrow you a while to make a call?
    Lync IP Phone: Sure, but what for? Could you make the call yourself?
    Cisco IP Phone: My Crazy Con Master had just abandon me and I need to call the museum to pick me up

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  23. Lync: Everyone mentions SKINNY when they talk about you... but from my perspective you might need to lay off a few packets for awhile.
    Cisco: (starts to walk off the edge of the table)

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  24. This is your phone - this is your phone on UC

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  25. Cisco? I thought that was a food service company. You make phones?

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  26. Jack Bauer FINALLY gets a new phone.

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  27. Along came a BLACK spider with a BIG BAD MICROSOFT behind it and scared a simple Miss Moffett away.

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    1. I think its funny how you think Cisco is simple Miss Moffett because if you have ever implemented Cisco UC it certainly isn't simple.

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  28. Norm - quite opposite, I think it's funny how you think Microsoft will solve the world hunger and bring peace to the nations.

    We are in process of actively dismantling a large (32,000+ seats) Lync implementation and replacing it with something that actually works and provides business value - an iPhone. Sorry for spoiling a nice use case for Lync.

    http://delimiter.com.au/2012/05/30/commbank-ditches-softphone-strategy-for-smartphones/

    So perhaps you need to add another contender to the picture: an iOS device that will rule them all.

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    1. I think what's even funnier is you believe that an iPhone isn't going to increase telephony costs and in turn provide more productivity than a well defined UC strategy no matter who the UC vendor is. Having come from Australia and knowing how Telstra and Optus charge for cell and data service I think the road the article outlines is going to a tough one for the bank if controlling costs is a prime objective. Cell phone usage typically has quite the opposite effect and drives up costs which is why most companies prefer to limit their use and turn to softphones as a way to help control telephony costs. Not to say a smartphone strategy isn't a good thing to have as it is a growing area but just throwing out iPhones and saying that is our strategy doesn’t seem like much of a strategy which makes me think that you are less in the know than you make out to be.

      As to the article. There is a mention of an unverified source so I am not all that convinced that this is true to the length that the article suggests. It also mentions Cisco in regards to the softphone deployment so there seems to be some errors in the article or maybe this is what they were referring to as the flaky technology who knows. All this manages to do is make me doubt the validity of the points raised in the article or by you.

      It also mentions in the article that they are going to continue using Lync. Which considering there are iOS and WP7 Lync mobile apps makes good sense as both of these smartphones according to the article are under consideration and not just iOS as you mention.

      I can only guess by using the word "We" in your reply that you work for the Bank, which surprises me that you have presented a comment like this as I pretty sure the Commonwealth Bank hasn't elected you as their official spokes person. Seeing as you posted as dude and are probably not the official spokes person for the bank I can also assume that you do not have all the facts of the real story either. So sorry dude, excuse me while I disregard your comments and that of a poorly written article. I am sure that if the CBoA wanted to have an official statement released they will do so and not on a website that allows anonymous tips.

      Good luck with your iPhone btw because I got a feeling if you do work for CBoA and they identify you posting comments like this, your probably going to need it.

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    2. Nice conjecture mate, however the fact remains - one of the largest Lync deployments in the region is going to be limited to IM/P, at best.

      To put you in the picture, there were 2x Lync deployments, one with voice, the other with Cuci. Neither worked terribly well - hence the result.

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    3. All I have is conjecture, there is no facts, because you seem to think everyone is supposed to believe an anonymous commenter, an unnamed spokes person and an unverified source. In fact the only thing that seems to coherent between what you are saying and the story is that Cisco’s softphone technology had issues being implemented. CuciLync is not supported or recommended by Microsoft. It makes no reference to Lync Enterprise Voice deployment when mentioning softphone. From the article, “last week the bank briefed senior staff on a decision to dump the hardware being used to power the softphones — Cisco and Plantronics branded gear”. Just to back up my own doubts about your own loose grip of the so called facts, in one comment Lync is being dismantled and in the next its being kept for IM and P. So as I said previously I doubt whether you are in the know as much as you claim to be.

      Seems to me you have an agenda of your own but I am not sure what that is since all you have done is throw stones at two of CBA's largest IT vendor partners, Cisco and Microsoft. At the end of the day CBA is basing their decision on whats best for them whether they choose Lync or not but I am pretty certain that what ever they choose the last thing they want is an anonymous commenter from CBA or other sharing what is surely CBA confidential information on a public website. Information that could potentially sour what relationship they have with either Cisco or Microsoft. I hope in some form this sinks in because the dole office has a long queue with people that thought it was appropriate to share this type of information online.

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