Blend and Extend Approach for Unified Communications Deployment

Friday, June 28, 2013
TIME: 2:00pm EST/ 11:00am PST

Organizations, like the University of North Alabama (UNA), are turning to unified communications (UC) as a critical tactic for increasing user productivity and enhancing business processes. Join us for this webinar as Stephen Putman walks us through UNA’s UC migration story.

With a recent campus expansion, they knew it was time to start phasing out their legacy PBX system. They deployed a UC solution that enabled a campus-wide migration from TDM to IP. UNA was able to leverage its existing infrastructure as the base for its migration to advanced UC services, saving significant cost and time, as well as preserving the capital value of their existing network.

What Attendees will learn::
  • How to select the appropriate feature set and scale to support current users and, when needed, easily extend the reach and service portfolio to meet future demands.
  • How to transition from a legacy PBX solution, while offering new and better services, and affording significant cost savings
  • How to tailor the configuration to meet the specific deployment criteria

Who should attend:

  • CIOs and IT management and staff
  • Executive leadership interested in the cost-saving possibilities of UC
  • Department managers who would like to see UC functionalities



Stephen Putman
Director of Computer and Telecommunication Services,
University of North Alabama

Stephen Putman been at UNA and involved in the Information Technology Services (ITS) department since 1989. He worked as a student worker in ITS for four years while obtaining his BS degree in Computer Information Systems. Upon graduation, he became a full time employee with UNA ITS as a Mainframe Systems Operator. Since 1993, he has held positions in every area of ITS - ERP, Systems, Network, and Management. The majority of his ITS experience has been in the Network area. He was named the Director of ITS in July 2012. He is responsible for the overall planning and directing of the college’s academic and administrative computing services.


 Randall Phifer
 Network Services Manager
 University of North Alabama

Randall Phifer started working at UNA in 2003 and worked for two years as a Mainframe Systems Operator. In 2005, he moved to the position of PC Technician. He became a Network Administrator in 2007 and was promoted to Network Services Manager earlier this year. In this position, he manages the VoIP, wired, and wireless networks and infrastructures..



Ethan Humphres
ITS Architect / Assistant Director
University of North Alabama


After graduating from UNA, Ethan Humphres began working at UNA in 2002 as a Mainframe Systems Operator. In 2004, he moved to a Network Administrator position. He later trained as an Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) in preparation for UNA’s move away from the Mainframe System. In 2012, he became the Assistant Director of the ITS department / Systems Architect. In addition to his current duties, he supervises the DBAs and is still involved with DBA tasks.



Barry Derrick
Marketing Manager


Barry Derrick has more than 12 years of experience in technical marketing as well as marketing communications. He currently serves as Marketing Manager for ADTRAN’s NetVanta Unified Communications solutions and highly successful cloud connectivity line of products, which include: NetVanta and Total Access IP Business Gateways, NetVanta access routers, and eSBC. Barry’s efforts have helped ADTRAN maintain their market leadership position in private and public cloud connectivity. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Barry was a 9-year veteran of General Electric where he served in both marketing communications and marketing manager roles for the Intelligent Platforms Embedded Computing business group. Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in Consumer/Industrial Marketing from the University of Alabama.


Parker Smith
Business Development Manager


Erik K. Linask
Group Editorial Director

Erik oversees the daily operation of TMCnet, which delivers news, information, videos, white papers, podcasts, and more to three million visitors each month. He is also a contributor to TMCnet as well as TMC’s IP Communications publications. Prior to joining the TMC team, several years ago, he was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, a global securities services publication, where he also managed the magazine’s survey research. Erik began his professional career at management consulting firm Leadership Research Institute.



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