Friday, June 27, 2014

How Can I View Lync lcslog IM Conversations

At Instant, we've been solving customer requirements to view, search, and export content from the Lync lcslog database for more than 8 years. 

We initially developed our application to search the lcslog database back in the LCS 2005 days - that's a long time ago.  Back in the 2005 environment, our application was designed to provide 'end users' with the ability to locate and view their individual conversations. 

With the release of Microsoft OCS 2007, we expanded our focus to more closely match customer requirements to search, view, and export the IM conversations related to HR or legal inquiries.  Instead of individuals searching their own IM content, our OCS 2007 solution was designed for eDiscovery and compliance audits.

Fast forward to 2013.  In 2013, we completely restructured and rebranded our eDiscovery and compliance solution for Lync.  HR Auditor for Lync represents our latest application to handle the requirements associated with locating, exporting, and viewing the content captured in the Lync LCSlog archiving system.

HR Auditor supports a great user interface, a 30 minute installation, and great looking graphical representations of the IM conversations and conversation traffic.  HR Auditor is successfully searching enterprise accounts from 100 to 10,000 users - with great performance, a well designed user interface, and an extreme focus on every aspect of the product.

With HR Auditor for Microsoft Lync, you can easily:
  • Search all IM conversations in the Lync LCSLog
  • Locate conversations based on participants
  • Locate conversations based on keyword
  • Export conversations to pdf
  • Export conversations to plain text
  • View graphical representations of IM traffic patterns - and drill down into result sets

We are incredibly proud of HR Auditor - give it a try at

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chime - Ask the Expert for Microsoft Lync

Chime, our recently announced service desk application for Microsoft Lync provides an excellent platform for an enterprise ask the expert service.  Chime is the next generation of our popular Queue Manager application, which is an expertise location platform for IBM Sametime. 

Chime provides the ability to quickly deploy 'click to chat' and ask the expert functionality within an enterprise, without complex SIP programming or complex Lync configuration.

In Chime, each help desk queue is configured using a simple browser based user interface.  Each service desk 'queue' can be configured to support either agents (experts) - and these agents, or experts, may be maintained using either individual accounts or Active Directory groups.

When a customer requests help from the system, the customer provides some metadata about the request (for example name, email address, question) and the Chime platform will locate an expert in real-time to provide assistance.  Both the expertise routing, and subsequent conversation, will be brokered using the Microsoft Lync platform and the expert and customer may us IM, voice, video, or application sharing during the session.

Once an expert has been located, the conversation may be escalated to any of the modalities supported by Microsoft Lync.  For example, the customer may share their screen, the expert may share their video, or the customer and expert may both review an excel sheet to discuss questions such as a loan plan or investment considerations.

Chime is designed to connect employees with experts - in real time using Microsoft Lync.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Instant Chime - Integrate Microsoft Lync with Salesforce for Help Desk Application

Instant Chime is a service desk application that is a designed to leverage Microsoft Lync, or IBM Sametime, as the primary tool for help desk interaction. Since many of our customers may also use Salesforce, Chime provides a very easy to use interaction layer to connect service desk agents, Microsoft Lync, and Salesforce.

 At a high level, this integration looks like the following:
  • A customer is on a web site, or internal portal, and requests help using a click to chat link
  • Chime receives the request and locates an available help desk agent, using Microsoft Lync, to handle the inbound request
  • When the help desk agent accepts the request using Microsoft Lync, the agent's Lync client is connected to the customer via IM and the agent's Lync window automatically expands and opens a Salesforce URL
Of course, it is possible to place any URL in the Lync CWE (context window extension), however, placing a Salesforce URL seems especially useful.  Chime supports a dynamic template engine, so the URL that is staged in the agent's window may include custom parameters and values.

Some other useful Microsoft Lync CWE pages may include SharePoint ticketing panels, internal employee dashboards, content from Microsoft Dynamics, or an internally developed ticketing system.

Chime has been developed with integration in mind - and the addition of the Lync CWE extensions provides a lot of context to the help desk agent, with minimal configuration and zero additional development.

Here are some screenshots demonstrating the various stages of the help desk request

The help desk agent receives the request in Microsoft Lync and accepts the conversation:

The agent accepts the request and their Microsoft Lync client expands with an embedded Salesforce page:

 Take a look and quickly add Lync IM to your service desk...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Routing Service Desk Issues with Microsoft Lync

Instant has been helping customers with their help desk operations on the IBM Sametime platform for over 10 years.  With several of our larger service desk deployments, Instant Queue Manager routes more than 3,000 service desk requests per day - across a help desk landscape that may include more than 125 help desk agents.

We have noticed the transformation from traditional phone based service desks, to an environment where 'click to chat' and IM routing are both replacing the phone based model.  Our existing Sametime based product, Queue Manager, is enabling this transformation at some of the largest companies in the world.  We are excited to bring this same level of expertise to the Microsoft Lync service desk environment.

As service desks transform from phone based support, to IM and real time support, employee satisfaction improves, the load on the service desk can be reconfigured, and agents can handle multiple issues concurrently (since they can typically manage 2 or 3 chats concurrently).

In order to further secure our place in the modern service desk environment, we have recently launched Instant Chime for Microsoft Lync.  Chime represents the next generation of our service desk platform and it supports both Microsoft Lync and IBM Sametime (the Sametime version will be available later this summer). 

Here is a short overview of how to configure a Lync service desk queue using Instant Chime.

Chime provides a platform that is designed to enable 'real-time' communication with service desk agents using Microsoft Lync. For Microsoft Lync based organizations, Chime provides the ability to quickly create, deploy, and monitor help desk 'queues'.

Chime provides:
  • Real time dashboards to view all service desk activity - for example all employees waiting for help
  • Web client for one click access to agents - of course you can provide custom branding
  • Historical charts and metrics with information on ASA, total chat duration, agent productivity
  • The ability for line of business managers to manage, and monitor, service desk queues
  • Capability to surface existing ticketing applications in the agent's Lync client - via a Lync Client Window Extension - or Microsoft Lync CWE
We are very excited about the recent launch of Instant Chime for Microsoft Lync and the upcoming release for IBM Sametime. 

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Example of Chime surfacing a SharePoint ticketing site within a Lync Client Window Extension


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Help Desk Chat Using Microsoft Lync

On Tuesday, we announced our latest product, Instant Chime for Microsoft Lync.  Instant Chime is focused on providing 'click to chat' and service desk support using Microsoft Lync.  Chime is the latest offering from Instant that targets the IT and help desk environment. 

The following screen shot shows Chime with the Microsoft Lync Client Window Extension or Lync CWE - where an Office 365 SharePoint site is integrated with the agent's IM session:

Lync CWE example with a SharePoint ticketing panel integrated with the Chime agent experience

Instant has been helping customers with their help desk operations on the IBM Sametime side for over 10 years. Given this breadth of experience combined with growing expertise on the development team, it was time to introduce a solution for the Microsoft Lync environment. Instant has customers of all sizes, industries and locations around the world using our click-to-chat solutions.  One global IT customer currently handles more than 30,000 requests per month through Instant Queue Manager. At Instant, developing IM based service desk solutions are a core piece of our business and we understand the challenges and needs in this area well.

Instant Chime enables agents to handle multiple concurrent chat sessions with easy case escalation without impacting quality or first call resolution rates. Chime is singularly focused on the user experience—bringing together multiple role-based dashboards with robust reporting and rich visuals, enabling agents to perform their job with ease and managers to continuously monitor and improved work flow operations.

Chime is designed for businesses looking for a more integrated solution to get the most value out of their Lync investment without taking on a full featured contact center deployment.

Please visit to learn more about Instant Chime

Configure Service Desk and Help Desk Groups Using Microsoft Lync

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Using Microsoft Lync in the Service Desk

For more than 7 years, Instant has had an IM service desk application based on IBM Sametime.  Our IBM Sametime based product (Queue Manager) has enjoyed widespread customer adoption and is currently routing more that 3,000 service desk requests, per day, in some of our large deployments.  Providing the ability to offer 'click to chat' service desk access has increased employee satisfaction and, at the same time, improved the efficiency and performance of the service desk. 

We are seeing internal service desk teams shift the focus from phone based support to IM based support, and this shift is only increasing.  For employees, IM based support allows for immediate access to an agent, the ability to send and receive useful textual content and links, and the ability to quickly escalate to other forms of information sharing (i.e. sharing a desktop).

Next week, we will announce Instant Chime.  Instant Chime is service desk application focused on connecting employees, agents, and customers using an existing presence infrastructure - Microsoft Lync.  Chime assumes that all internal employees are already using Microsoft Lync on a daily basis, and that Microsoft Lync should be primary means to contact and interact with the internal service desk. 

For the managers running the various service desks, Chime includes a rich set of dashboards, metrics, and real time notifications systems.  For the employees who need to access the service desk, Chime includes a 'click to chat' web client, the ability to connect with Chime using Microsoft Lync, and immediate access to a service desk agent - whether that agent is in the next office or around the world.  For the agents responsible for the service desk, Chime includes rich contextual window extensions, the ability to escalate conversations to screen and application sharing, and the ability to handle more than one incident at a time. 

Let your employees Chime In and receive immediate assistance. 

View our updates on our latest Chime LinkedIn page:

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Search Microsoft Lync Conversations

Over the past several years, we have developed a variety of applications to help customers capture,  search, and share content from the two largest enterprise IM platforms - IBM Sametime and Microsoft Lync.  Both platforms are excellent and have a mission critical role in many of the large enterprises that we work with on a daily basis.

With Microsoft Lync, the Lync server provides the ability to automatically capture the Lync based conversations to a central SQL database.  While the Lync server is great at capturing the Lync IM conversations, there are not a lot of great tools out there for searching, locating, exporting, and sharing this captured content for meaningful action.

Enter HR Auditor for Microsoft Lync.  We developed HR Auditor for Microsoft Lync in order to fill the void that many customers articulated - namely, provide a great tool to enable searching and eDiscovery against the Lync chat repository.  Since HR Auditor is deployed on premise, we focused on a great installation process and a super clean and simple user experience.  As with all of our recent software, we made every attempt to provide a crisp, simple, powerful, and rewarding experience for both the technical IT manager and the non-technical end user. 

If you are looking for a great tool to search, export, locate, or view server based Lync conversation, then we hope you take the time to evaluate HR Auditor for Lync.  This latest release has been in the market for more than one year and we have enjoyed some great feedback and customer loyalty. 

While we enjoyed building HR Auditor, we almost had more fun mocking up designs for a mascot, Moto.

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How can I search the lcslog database